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June 23, 2016

Kids love Disney’s take on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Little Mermaid, a story in which a teenaged fish-girl trades away her voice for the chance to fall in love with a handsome rich kid. She’s got three days to make a prince fall in love with her, or a sea witch will turn her into a sentient sea vegetable. Boiled down, it sounds kinda messed up. But the songs are catchy and the characters are endearing. Plus, everything works out in the end, more or less.

June 16, 2016

Comedian Susan Rice got her comedy-feet wet performing at the Leaky Roof in Portland in 1983. The ’80s were kind to stand up comics, and Rice decided early on to take a stab at a career in comedy. After more than 30 years doing stand up, the seasoned comic is only getting funnier. A recent profile piece in Willamette Week describes Rice as a beloved fixture of Portland's growing comedy scene, who supports young talent and is revered by many performers as one of the city’s funniest people.

June 16, 2016

Remember fun? Somewhere along the way we lost our ability to have it. Shit, we may even have forgotten how. Every chance we get, we nail up bright yellow diamond-shaped signs to remind each other of the inherent mortal danger lurking in traditionally fun places, like playgrounds and beaches. The message: fun is bad for you. In school we’re forced to watch health class videos that reprogram us to think in terms of death and disease at the mention of sex. And when we hear loud music we begin to panic about the damage it’s doing our eardrums. Enough is enough.

June 9, 2016

This spring, UO assistant professor Rick Silva instructed students in his action sports filmmaking class, Stoked 101, to think “beyond the GoPro.” What they came back with may surprise you. Silva and his students plan to screen the results Friday, June 10, at the UO’s Outdoor Program Barn. The films featured in Stoked 101 vary in scope and tone, ranging from a documentary about a local fly fisherman to a mockumentary about competitive Slip’N Slide athletes. 

June 9, 2016

Heshers get no respect. Members of polite society will always see fans of heavy metal music as wastes of human potential, derailed in their teen years by the pull of cheap booze, dirty drugs, bad sex and Satanism. But I’ve always admired them as a kind of scorned monastic order. What's more, I'm intrigued by what appears to be their monomaniacal quest for Earth’s most excruciating sounds. Their savage and vulgar sensibilities completely reject the clean and predictable stupidity of pop music.

June 2, 2016

Rolling Stone sent Portland-based writer Donnell Alexander to Burns, Oregon, earlier this year to get a read on the Ammon and Ryan Bundy-led occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County. “Even in Portland, I stand out," Alexander writes. "And now I'm more than 100 miles beyond cell phone range, and I feel like a sitting black duck." Early Oregonians did their absolute worst to keep black people from settling here, and to large extent, they succeeded.

June 2, 2016

The WOW Hall building is almost 85 years old. Can it withstand the perfect storm of noise and chaos coming its way? Portland’s sweaty bedazzeling nightmare circus marching band, MarchFourth, performs Friday with Eugene’s own High Step Society. Fans know you can't discuss MarchFourth and High Step Society in terms of decibels alone. To convey the intensity and spirit of these two bands, you need to resort to the Richter scale.

MarchFourth and High Step Society perform 9pm Friday, June 3, at WOW Hall, 291 W. 8th Ave.; $15-$18.

June 2, 2016

Don’t call it a comeback. For years now, audiophiles have been stoked to see records making a return, but the truth is vinyl never really went away. As more and more people turned to hollow-sounding compressed digital audio files and frustratingly incomplete online music streaming services, purists clung ever tightly to their bulky record collections. Though some never gave up hope, a new generation is discovering the priceless joy of listening to its favorite songs on LP. Fortune magazine reported last month that record sales are at a 28-year high, and climbing.

May 26, 2016

Do you long for the drone of the bagpipes on cool foggy mornings? Do you ever find pants too restrictive? Are plaid skirts more your thing? Can’t get enough haggis? Then you’re in luck, because the 14th annual Eugene Scottish Festival is this weekend. Join the tartan horde for traditional Celtic music and dancing, a dog parade, horse-drawn wagon rides, vendors, sheepdog trials and highland games, sword fights, an import shop and plenty of Scottish cuisine. There will be entertainment geared towards the kids also, including a bouncy house, face painting and more.

May 26, 2016

L.A.’s good-time indie-prog boy band Saint Motel is coming to town. Known for their bright, cinematic, retro ’70s music videos, Saint Motel got together almost 10 years ago, after pianist A.J. Jackson and guitarist Aaron Sharp met in film school. They added bassist Dak Lerdamornpong and drummer Greg Erwin and got to work producing some of the breeziest, most gleeful party songs you’re likely to hear anywhere. But their music is only a fraction of the Saint Motel appeal. The good-natured foursome rounds it all out with cheerful antics and merry theatricality.

May 26, 2016

When did we become afraid of science? In the face of waning science literacy and a growing anti-science movement Director John Schmor of the University Theatre pulled together a group of theatre and science majors to create Wonder If Wonder Why, an original play that examines scientific inquiry. The resulting production is a 90-minute science-art mash-up full of spectacle. The show presents a child-inspired investigation of the science involved in understanding light.

May 19, 2016

Music has the power to change lives for the better, says Holly Spencer, executive director of the Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras (ESYO). “When you go to a performance or even a class or rehearsal, that’s when you see what music is doing for these kids,” Spencer says. The music groups are gearing up for their spring concerts May 24-26. In a time when children in public school have fewer opportunities to participate in the arts, ESYO gives students a chance to engage musically.

May 19, 2016

Bright costumes, alter egos, larger-than-life personalities, mysterious origin stories, blood feuds, epic battles: the connection between comic books and hip hop is plain to see, but the relationship between the two counter cultures runs mad deep. To explore the sibling artforms’ tangled histories and cultural influences and impacts, the UO has organized a two-part program, titled Hip Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining, that brings together legendary visual artists, writers, rap stars and producers.

May 12, 2016

Fresh from their appearance at the Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) finals in New York City, Divisi, the UO’s premier women’s a cappella group, returns home with a performance this weekend, titled 15 Years of Divisi. “Being an ICCA finalist group is something that we have all dreamed of since we began preparing for this competition in August,” says Divisi’s Sam Westmoreland. Divisi co-founder Evynne Hollens adds: “The girls did not place [at ICCA], but certainly did us proud.

May 12, 2016

Josh Fox and Tim DeChrisopher have given us some of the most dramatic moments in the fight against fossil fuels and climate change. Fox’s anti-fracking documentary film Gasland shows a man lighting his tap water on fire and was nominated for an Oscar in 2011. DeChristopher served almost two years in prison after protesting a Bureau of Land Management public lands oil and gas lease auction in Utah by successfully bidding on 14 parcels of land. He did not plan on paying for the $1.8 million in land deals.

May 5, 2016

Classically, it was only the very rich who could afford to be immortalized by fawning portraitists. That’s why you won’t find a ton of paintings of broken losers on display at the Met. Thankfully, local artist Matt Bliss addressed this sad artistic lack several years ago when he launched the first Portraits of Comedians art show at Jameson’s in downtown Eugene.

May 5, 2016

Don’t call it a maze; mazes are cheap puzzles Denny’s has printed on the backside of disposable placemats in order to keep rambunctious toddlers occupied till their pancakes arrive. Labyrinths, however, are like totally profound, being designed as much for strolling the long pointless halls of your mind as they are for stretching your legs. To help you celebrate World Labyrinth Day, the labyrinthians at Labyrinth Network Northwest have compiled a Self-Guided Labyrinth Tour of the Greater Eugene Area.

May 5, 2016

At this point millennial moviegoers might have some trouble believing that Robert De Niro used to mean something. Decades prior to pissing away practically all of his cred on mystifyingly daft comedy horseshit like Dirty Grandpa and Meet the Fockers, De Niro was synonymous with gritty intense New York underground cinema.

April 28, 2016

There’s much to be said about the artistry of cooking, but for Guy Crosby, the science of food takes the cake. Crosby is coming to Eugene on May 5 to share his perspective as science editor for Cook’s Illustrated magazine, a regular fixture of America’s Test Kitchen on PBS and co-author of The Science of Good Cooking. With a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, Crosby gets down to a molecular level when describing why excess baking soda collapses cookies, or why fish poached in water cooks faster than fish cooked in oil.

April 28, 2016

Amid the thousands of plants you can purchase this weekend at the Lane County Master Gardeners Plant Sale and Garden Fair you can find something a vast number of those plants need: bees. More specifically the folks from Healthy Bees = Healthy Gardens will be there promoting ways to help bees and other pollinators. Jen and Doug Hornaday suggest allowing veggies like “broccoli, kale and lettuce go to flower to help finish their life cycle and go to seed, and help feed the pollinators,” as well as creating pesticide-free spaces and providing water for bees to drink.

April 28, 2016

Ever accidently get way too stoned way too fast and suddenly your brain is spinning sticky webs of neurotic fear and paranoia until you feel like Woody Allen on bad acid? Wouldn’t it have been nice, during that endless moment, to have a kind, gentle and pot-smart voice whispering sage advice into your ear? Well, author David Schmader is that voice.

April 21, 2016

Eugene goes all out for Earth Day. While some cities are satisfied after only one measly day, April 22, spent giving Earth its due, Eugeneans spread the holiday out over a whole weekend. Organizers of UO’s Earth Week take it a step further. And though the geocentric fun is coming to an end this weekend, the folks behind Earth Week saved some of the best for last: noon Thursday, April 21, at UO's EMU Amphitheater, check out "A Toxic Love Story," a mock wedding ceremony which signifies the UO Foundation’s undying love for Big Oil.

April 21, 2016

Hot flashes, night sweats and sexual predicaments: Let’s talk menopause. More often than not, this taboo stage of a woman’s life doesn’t get the representation it deserves — until Menopause the Musical, that is. Written by Jeanie Linders, the show debuted in Florida in 2001 and has become an uproarious national tribute to the wonderful world of changing hormones. Megan Cavanagh (Earth Mother), Donna J. Huntley (Professional Woman), Kathy St.

April 21, 2016

Something wicked awesome this way comes. Red Raven Follies and Cabaret de Caliente team up for a burlesque performance that marries the mind-bending horror sci-fi series The Twilight Zone with George Romero’s pulped-up ’80s fright buffet Creepshow. This weekend, “Twilight Zone vs. Creepshow!” lures performers from as far away as San Francisco to share the stage with some of the best local burlesquers at Sam Bonds Garage.