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September 11, 2014

With that trademark nasal twang delivered in the languorous tones of weary urban cool, Mike Doughty led Soul Coughing to ’90s notoriety, creating with seminal albums like Ruby Vroom and Irresistible Bliss a hip-hop soundtrack for the end of the century. His taste for heroin and booze ran things into the ground before Doughty re-emerged a solo artist (as well as a published author), gaining fans the hard way, minus a label and touring in a rental car.

September 11, 2014

Oregon’s most famous wolf, OR-7 (aka Journey), is on a roll: First, he found a mate, then had adorable wolf pups and now he’s about to hit the big screen in his very own documentary. OR7 — The Journey tells the story of a lone wolf breaking from his Northeastern Oregon pack and becoming the first known wolf west of the Cascades since 1947. The documentary’s Eugene premiere will include a Q&A session with wolf advocates and filmmaker Clemens Schenk. It’s sure to be a howling good time.

September 11, 2014

Australian filmmaker Chris Edser’s short The Beards: Got Me a Beard plays during the Best of the Northwest Animation Festival screening at 1pm and pm Saturday, Sept. 13, at Bijou Metro; $5 matinee, $7 evening.

September 4, 2014

Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 absurdist black comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb plays Thursday, Sept. 4, at Wildish Theater as part of Springfilm’s new monthly series “Almost an Oscar,” a screening and discussion of films that didn’t win an Oscar but should have. The event is free and open to the public.

September 4, 2014

Not to be outdone by the sudsy digs of Eugene, where microbreweries now seem to pop up like mushrooms on cow poop, our neighbors to the north are hosting Corvallis Beer Week, which runs a whole nine days starting Friday, Sept. 5, and ending with Septembeerfest on Sunday, Sept. 13. Featuring tours, meet-and-greets with local craft brewers, disc golf, dodge ball and a whole lot of food, music and, of course, beer, this extravaganza of hops is a dandy way to usher in autumn.

September 4, 2014

According to his press release, “Dwight Dickinson is the King of the Gresham Country Sound, the World’s last living Straight Man, The U.S.A.’s last true patriot and the World’s Best Arab Country Singer…” Enough said. Dwight Dickinson (aka Nabeel Sweilem) plays with Portland’s peripatetic punk troubadour Erik Anarchy and Not a Part of It at 7pm Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Wandering Goat. It’s punk rock and it’s free.

September 4, 2014

“That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.” This hilariously sleazy line from Dazed and Confused (1993) is spoken by Wooderson, played to stoned perfection by a young Matthew McConaughey, and it captures the earthy authenticity and slacker grace of Richard Linklater’s classic flick about coming of age in the late ’70s. The movie opens this Friday as part of Bijou Metro’s “Resonance of Gen-X” film series, with a Sunday, Sept.

August 28, 2014

Cascades Raptor Center on Sunday, Aug. 31, hosts “All About Owls” for its Family Nature Discovery Day, in which kids get a chance to meet real live owls, dissect owl pellets (fun!) and create their own pine cone owls. The event runs from noon to 4 pm and costs $2 over and above general admission.

August 28, 2014

At just 22, Porter Robinson has already taken the world of EDM by storm, pegging a series of number-one singles across various genres and garnering recognition as one of the most exciting producers of electronica. Robinson — a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who began creating music at the age of 12 — earlier this month dropped his full-length debut, Worlds, a series of tracks that seed the future with a sonic cloud of squelchy halts, machine bleeps and orchestrated swirls of computerized angularity.

August 28, 2014

Now that we have your attention, sports fans, we’d like to clue you into a nifty little event called Starlight Golf at Hidden Valley Golf Course in Cottage Grove: At 8:30pm Friday, Aug. 29, slicers and duffers and hackers of an adventurous disposition can partake of night golfing, in which participants hit the darkened links with colored balls that light up electronically when whacked with a club.

August 20, 2014

This weekend is your last chance to catch Cottage Theatre’s latest production, A Flea in Her Ear, a new version of Georges Feydeau’s classic French farce in which a wife, suspecting her husband of stepping out, sets a trap by sending him an anonymous love letter offering a shady tryst. Of course, all manner of hilarity ensues including the classic staples of farce, i.e. mistaken identity, miscommunication, sexual innuendo and general tomfoolery. Runs through Sunday, Aug. 4; cottagetheatre.org — Rick Levin

August 20, 2014

Aside from the late, great John Belushi’s explosive imitation of a zit in the college cafeteria, perhaps the most memorable scene in National Lampoon’s legendary 1978 comedy Animal House (partly shot in and around Eugene) is when the fraternity brothers take a drunken road trip where they get down to “Shout!” with Otis Day and the Knights. That scene was shot at the Dexter Lake Club, which on Saturday hosts the DVD release of Animal House of Blues, a documentary about the making of the movie. Highlights of this toga party (TOGA!

August 20, 2014

The rubber meets the road Tuesday when Dr. Richard Chartoff discusses “The Condom of the Future” at the Eugene library. As leader of a team of UO scientists recently awarded a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation “Grand Challenges Explorations” grant, Chartoff — an internationally respected expert in all things polymer — has been tasked with developing a space-age sheath that is at once stronger and more sensitive than your average jimmy hat.

August 13, 2014

The Village Green is nearing the end of its cult classic summer movie series, so now’s your chance to trot down to Cottage Grove for a time-traveling good time at the Aug. 19 showing of Back to the Future. It’s everyone’s favorite story about those awkward teenage moments that we’ve all experienced, like traveling back in time to save your parents’ marriage … or, you know, going to prom.

August 13, 2014

The Whiteaker neighborhood sports some of the best murals in town, from the more recent colorful splashes of paint that adorn the WJ Skatepark + Urban Plaza to the iconic, gorgeous piece by Kari Johnson at 4th and Monroe, painted in the ’90s. Join a group of art-appreciating bikers for the Lane Art Council’s 2nd Mural Bike Tour on Aug. 16. Leading the way is Shawn Mediaclast, co-owner of Cowfish and founder of the Museum of Unfine Art, who will interview a handful of mural artists as the tour rolls along, including Jim Evangelista, Ron Lafond and Esteban Camacho.

August 13, 2014

Shakespeare plays can get a little spendy: A showing of The Tempest at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland can cost more than $100. Fortunately, Free Shakespeare in the Park in Eugene gives playgoers a chance to experience Shakespeare in an outdoor setting for absolutely no cost. This year, the play of choice is Antony and Cleopatra, a romantic tragedy chock full of dramatic intrigue and corruption. Go ahead, give Shakespeare a try.

August 6, 2014

A colorful expanse of chalk art will fill the streets of Springfield this Friday. In its first Chalk Art Festival, the Eugene Springfield Art Project will gather together professional chalk artists, giving them six hours to create splashes of artwork. And don’t worry, it’s not just for the pros: Eugene Tutor will provide sidewalk chalk for attendees of all ages and skill levels to doodle to their hearts content.

ChalkFest is noon-8pm Friday, Aug. 8, at 509 Main St., Spfd. FREE.
— Amy Schneider

August 6, 2014

The Eugene/Springfield Pride Festival boasts quite the celebrity guest list this year: Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and Brett Bigham, the 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year and first LGBTQ teacher to win that title. Festival marketing coordinator Paul Homan says his personal favorite moment of last year’s festival was when Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg signed the Oregon United for Marriage petition after giving a speech about making Springfield an accepting place for the LGBTQ community.

August 6, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when the Society for the Legitimization of the Ubiquitous Gastropod convenes to crown its new slimy leader. On Aug. 8, the SLUG Queen Competition and Coronation oozes once more. Old Queen Professor Doctor Mildred Slugwak Dresselhaus will step down, and a new SLUG Queen will take her place, decided by Old Queens and celebrity judges Laura Lee Laroux and Sean Cuellar.

July 30, 2014

The UO’s University Theatre is trying something a bit different this time around by mounting a production of Virginia Woolf’s final novel, Between the Acts, and staging it in the style of Seattle’s seminal Book It Theater, where actors read directly from passages of the work. It’s a gutsy, exciting move: Much of Woolf’s genius resides in her incomparable ability to float freely among her characters’ fleeting thoughts and emotions, creating an exhilarating web of meaning and feeling.

July 30, 2014

Abraham Lincoln’s legacy lives on 149 years after his death, and on Friday, you can see Stephen Spielberg’s interpretation of his life when the Springfield Museum sponsors a free viewing of the epic historical film Lincoln at the Richard E. Wildish Community Theater. Featuring a haunting performance from Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president of the United States, Spielberg’s film is a brutally sincere look into some rather dark days of U.S. history.

July 30, 2014

Grab your bicycles and helmets and make sure you’re ready to chow down — the 16th annual Blackberry bRamble is here (no, that’s not a typo). Hosted by local bicycle collective GEARs, the bRamble offers bicyclists of all ages and skill levels the chance to enjoy scenic bikes rides of various lengths — 100, 62, 40, 20 or 10 miles — while also enjoying quality food and drink at rest areas along the way.

July 23, 2014

When Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law 50 years ago, he helped create a mechanism to protect wilderness areas in the United States, and today, over 106 million acres of federal land are protected under that act. To acknowledge the achievement, Cascadia Wildlands will lead a hike into the Proposed Devil’s Staircase Wilderness on Saturday. The potential wilderness area is between the Umpqua and Smith rivers east of Reedsport, and its forests are home to Pacific giant salamanders, river otters, marbled murrelets, Chinook salmon and more.

July 23, 2014

A giant gorilla is about to terrorize the streets of downtown Eugene, and you won’t want to miss it. On July 30, the city of Eugene and Bijou Cinemas will show the 1933 version of King Kong at Kesey Square — we all know how this one ends, but you can never watch a classic movie too many times, right? 

King Kong plays 8:30-10pm Wednesday, July 30, at Kesey Square in downtown Eugene, call 682-6347. FREE. — Amy Schneider