With 2014 knocking on the door, it’s time to reflect on the past year, which means (in today’s psyche) lots of “Best of” lists. EW is proud to announce that two photos taken by longtime art director Todd Cooper made Rolling Stone’s “40 Best Live Photos of 2013.” The photos in question? An intimate shot of Eugene perennial favorite, Langhorne Slim and the Law (pictured), taken at WOW Hall Oct. 12; it’s so close you can see the sweat glistening in Slim’s beard. Diarrhea Planet stars in the other shot — well, Hodan Dickie’s whipping mane and Tiny Tavern’s checkered floor are the real stars here — taken Sept. 15.
Dance for Africa shakes things up 7 to 11 pm Saturday, Dec. 28, at Cozmic; $8-$20. Sights and sounds for the 12th annual benefit concert provided by the Kudana Marimba Band, Americanistan, Middle Eastern dance troupe AN NOUR and more. Look for the silent auction and free Cuban salsa dance lessons.
Famed female impersonator and UO alum Lawanda Jackson (she performed as Tina Turner in Miss Congeniality II) hosts a delicious night of drag with local favorites 9 pm Dec. 29 at Cowfish; $8.
Party like it’s ... another year gone by — NYE roundup: funky Reeble Jar and funky cowboys The Quick & Easy Boys hit Luckey’s stage starting at 10 pm (with free champagne at midnight); Ninkasi hosts its “New Years Eve and ReNewAle 2014 Release Party” with Zepparella and Blue Lotus 8 pm at McDonald Theatre; Satin Love Orchestra rings in 2014 with its swanky, bedazzled annual show 8:30 pm at Valley River Inn — this year’s theme is “White Out,” wear white and dance under the blacklight; join the Cozmic party at 8:30 pm with guests Marv Ellis, Acoustic Minds and Lafa Taylor; OneEleven hosts an electronic NYE with Sound Remedy at 9 pm at Studio 44.