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November 20, 2014

It’s Thanksgiving night: You’re stuffed with stuffing and yucky with yams, and that chatty, neurotic extended family of dingbats and drunks and drama queens you so love has packed up and gone home, not to return till Christmas inaugurates another symptomatic round of obligatory togetherness. What to do?

November 20, 2014

Canada’s Three (Folk) Graces and perennial Eugene favorite The Wailin’ Jennys return again to shower their heavenly voices upon us. In addition to the vocals of soprano Ruth Moody, mezzo Nicky Mehta and alto Heather Masse, the trio brings a babbling brook of instrumentals marked by accordion, banjo, bodhrán, harmonica and ukulele. The band’s first shot at an album, 2004’s 40 Days, nabbed them a Juno (Canada’s Grammys) for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year; they won again for latest album Bright Morning Stars.

November 20, 2014

In a place as rich in natural beauty as Eugene, it isn’t surprising that many local artists create work reflecting the natural world. Painter Erika Beyer and fiber artist Robin Seloover are no exceptions to this trend; their new exhibit at Lane Community College, titled  “Structure/Sequence,” showcases work that depicts nature with varying degrees of imagination and scientific accuracy.

November 13, 2014

Dirty Wars, a 2013 documentary by filmmaker Richard Rowley about Nation journalist Jeremy Scahill’s investigation into the War on Terror in such dangerous locales as Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen, receives a free screening 8pm Tuesday, Nov. 18, at UO’s Pacific Hall, room 30, with a discussion to follow.

November 13, 2014

Alas, it’s time to bid a bittersweet but fond farewell to one of Eugene’s great

November 13, 2014

Freddy and Francine is the harmony-filled Los Angeles duo of Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso. After meeting as cast members in the flower-power rock opera Hair, they began writing and recording songs together. In 2009, the two released a first album, The Briar Patch, followed by The Forest and the Sea in 2010. Musical theater careers have kept them on hiatus for the past four years, but now they’re back with guitar, microphone and goosebump-inducing vibrato. 

November 13, 2014

Fun fact: Sweet, lovable comic Kevin Hart got booed off the stage during his first-ever comedy set, and soon after, another gig resulted in a piece of chicken getting thrown at his face. Thankfully, Hart stuck with it, settling into a sort of Chris Rock style tinged with charming self-deprecation. And while Hart’s best jokes are about his kids, Los Angeles-based comic Chris D’Elia is most famous for a painfully long, acted-out bit about the nonsensical shit drunk girls say.

November 13, 2014

Southern Soul Assembly is the joint force of four Southern gentleman — J.J. Grey, Luther Dickinson, Anders Osborne and Marc Broussard — playing Southern rock, soul, roots and blues. Their concert takes an informal, in-the-round approach to create a night of musical storytelling, ’round-the-campfire style. Grey is a Florida native who likes soul, Southern rock and harmonica. Dickinson is a bluesy Grammy winner who comes from the North Mississippi Allstars. Osborne comes from New Orleans with a smooth voice and rootsy, clap-along guitar melodies.

November 6, 2014

Another round of rapid-fire verse, spontaneous spoken word and homegrown poesy gets underway Saturday when Eugene Poetry Slam opens its new season at Tsunami Books. Taking place every second Saturday starting now and running through May, the EPS features an open-mic forum for local poets looking to cut their teeth as well as a venue for featured local and visiting artists of national renown. This month’s guest artist is Portland-based poet Leyna Rynearson, 2007 Anchorage Youth Grand Champion and the co-slam master of the Portland Poetry Slam.

November 6, 2014

A former Portlander who came up through the Olympia music scene, Mirah is an indie-pop queen whose reign has outlasted most twee birds of the like. The now Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter returns to Eugene Nov. 11 with her fifth full-length album — 2014’s Changing Light — which she has said is less cutesy than her signature sweet folksiness.

November 6, 2014

Hailing from Oakland and copping all the bluesy, ballsy urban grit of that Cali concrete jungle, The Coup’s sound is a furious amalgamation of fun and fuck-you that runs elements of Motown, ’70s funk and ’80s punk through the grinder of politicized rap and hip hop, creating a kind of conscious party music that is at once dirty and danceable, like a filthier version of Outkast.

October 30, 2014

As part of Cinema Pacific’s Schnitzer Cinema program, film historian Dennis Nyback will recreate in real-time the 1961 presentation of Heaven and Earth Magic, a feature-length animated film by Portland-born producer Harry Smith, whose most famous work is the vaunted Anthology of American Folk Music.

October 30, 2014

It might be those pseudo-geeky spectacles, or songs with titles like “Unfuckwittable” and “Soundtrack 2 My Life,” or maybe it’s the fact that he’s playing Matthew Knight Arena, of all venues — but any way you cut it, there’s something about Kid Cudi that puts the emphasis on “kid.” His all-too-cleverly titled debut mixtape, “A Kid Named Cudi,” carries sentimental value for many a 20-something who remembers listening to it while getting high in her parents’ basement after coming home from long days of high s

October 30, 2014

The post-Halloween hangover is a horrifyingly familiar thing — vile, vivid and persistent as all hell. This time around, though, instead of ordering a Papa John’s pizza for only yourself, there’s another way to push through the pain: the soothing sound of poetry recited out loud. Portland poet Willa Schneberg and Eugene poet Ingrid Wendt read from their published works 5pm Saturday, Nov. 1, at Tusnami Books (2585 Willamette St.). And the very next night, Nov.

October 23, 2014

Most folks might let DÍa de los Muertos pass by unnoticed, but the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is celebrating this beautiful, deathly holiday in style. Every night of this four-day annual celebration will feature live music from local groups, dancing and Spanish poetry recitation, accompanied by a special exhibition of works by contemporary artists from Guanajuato, Mexico (Octavio Bajonero’s untitled woodblock print, pictured).

October 23, 2014

Anyone who participated in last year’s 72-Hour Horror Film Competition hosted by Bijou Metro and the Eugene Film Society (EFS), in which amateur and professional filmmakers vied to create a winning three-minute scary movie in just three days, can attest to the heady thrill of writing, directing and editing a short movie on the fly. On Thursday, Oct.

October 23, 2014

Nothing signals the damp, decomposing arrival of autumn in Eugene like Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s Mushroom Festival, an annual celebration of shrooms and the gloriously deciduous season in which they flourish.

October 23, 2014

Axe & Fiddle in Cottage Grove consistently lands great musical acts, and the Oct. 23 billing of Sean Rowe is this week’s big score. With his bluesy, soulful compositions and earthy baritone, Rowe fits solidly inside a tradition of American pop ranging from the classic R&B of Marvin Gaye to the neo-Tin Pan Alley stomp of Tom Waits. His latest album, Madman, presents a cycle of songs that are upbeat and deep at once, propelled by strong rhythms and held together by a spirit of exuberant creativity grounded in roots balladry.

October 23, 2014

Dynamic fine-art photographer and graphic artist Tracy Sydor is making waves throughout Eugene, and not just in the art scene. The Outsiders Ball, her upcoming costume-optional art show and party, is doubling as a benefit for Womenspace; rather than charging an entry fee, Sydor is asking that guests offer winter clothing donations to this local foundation providing aid to survivors of intimate partner violence. A survivor of domestic violence herself, Sydor feels strongly about advocating for fellow victims.

October 16, 2014

Ab-Soul, best known thus far for his collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller and the rest of the California rap crew Black Hippy, has finally released a full-length that should solidify him as a stand-alone act. These Days, an all-too-listenable album with a lyrical fearlessness capable of referencing Joseph Kony and Alexander McQueen in the same verse, achieves a classic gangsta-rap aggression similar to A$AP Ferg while maintaining the understated, cleverly-sampled beat-smithing of Black Hippy.

October 16, 2014

Whatever it means to be a “world famous” belly dancer, this woman is it: Sharon Kihara, originally from Eugene, is sought after year-round for performances and workshops across the globe. Her specific style, known as “tribal fusion,” is a modern form combining movement elements from several different folkloric and classical styles, including hip hop, flamenco and traditional Egyptian dance. This Saturday, Oct. 18, Kihara returns to Eugene to teach two dance workshops and perform at the Fall Festival of the Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene (MEDGE).

October 16, 2014

The number of oil trains rolling through Oregon — including those carrying the more volatile tar sands crude — is on the rise, and here in Eugene we still don’t know how many gallons of oil are passing through town. Railroads must notify states about the volume, frequency and routes of trains carrying 1 million or more gallons of Bakken crude (about 35 cars). The trains coming through Eugene carry a lot of oil, but not necessarily the 35 cars it takes to trigger a notification. So how do we find out more about what is passing through our town?

October 16, 2014

There’s not really much that qualifies Olympic runner Nick Symmonds to write an autobiography and expect people to care, unless we’re underestimating the fan-girl capacity of run-or-die track junkies (many of whom call Eugene home).

October 9, 2014

CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) and White Bird Clinic are celebrating 25 years of helping those with mental health and substance abuse and medical and poverty related problems on the streets of Eugene. In addition to its two vans already in use, crisis worker/EMT Breton Gicker tells EW that CAHOOTS is preparing to have another van that will operate in Springfield and Glenwood. He says CAHOOTS gets about 30 calls a day, and about 60 percent of the people they help are homeless.