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February 23, 2017

In the wake of the Women’s March on Washington this past January, local women-ran group Makeba Arts and Entertainment is keeping the party going with their upcoming Mardi Gras themed shindig. Makeba Arts and Entertainment is a decade in the making and consistently aims to create a diverse, female-centered arts and music culture in Eugene. The two women behind the scenes are Shea Baker, who spent 12 years in nonprofit women’s healthcare, and Merrill Moore, a real estate broker whose passion lies in advocating for women’s rights.

February 23, 2017

Punk rock cool dad Mike Watt is best known for his work as bassist and vocalist with insanely influential bands like The Minutemen and fIREHOSE. Since then Watt has remained remarkably prolific, getting down with his gruff and utterly unique self in a variety of projects and on all sorts of stages, most recently with his band The Missingmen. Watt’s latest album, rumored to be released any minute now, is tentatively called Big Nuts Yonder — why? Because he’s Mike Watt, and he does what he wants.

February 16, 2017

For the first time in three years, four regional peace choirs will come together in Eugene for a reunion concert called Let Peace Begin with Me. The peace choir movement in our region, according to Eugene Peace Choir coordinator Julia Linebarger-Taylor, started in 1984 with two sisters. “They protested the shipment of toxic stuff by train through Eugene. They got on the tracks and sang in protest.” The peace choir movement sprang from there, and as members left the region they started their own choirs in other parts of the valley.

February 16, 2017

This weekend is bookended by three legendary punk bands visiting Eugene. First comes Sham 69, Friday at Luckey’s Cigar Club. One of the most popular acts from England’s ’70s-era punk explosion, Sham 69 is known for the punk anthem “If The Kids are United,” as well as a general sense of working class populism. Then, on Monday, some West Coast hardcore veterans, DOA and MDC (Millions of Dead Cops) stop by the Hi Fi Lounge. Canadian act DOA is said to have helped innovate hardcore punk alongside bands like Black Flag and The Germs.

February 16, 2017

Cue hectic music from seemingly nowhere, follow that up with mind-boggling introduction that leaves your head spinning, and voilà — Welcome to Night Vale. Cecil, the good-hearted yet gossip-addicted news reporter welcomes us to his radio show about the incredibly normal, yet completely screwy, town of Night Vale. This quaint city and its inhabitants are overrun by every conspiracy theory and apocalyptic plot twist imaginable. To them, however, these occurrences are nothing out of the ordinary — even a day when it rains animal corpses.

February 9, 2017

It may sound lovey-dovey for Valentine’s Day, but Affair of the Heart is more interested in keeping you healthy and happy than finding you a partner. “We have vendors from a lot of different local clients, and it’s all geared towards a healthy lifestyle for women in all aspects,” co-organizer Amanda Burd says. Three talks put on by McKenzie Willamette Medical Center will cover varicose veins, diabetes and the thematically relevant broken heart syndrome. Attending can help the community too.

February 9, 2017

Stomp your feet and flap your wings, it’s time to Move Like a Mammoth! The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is bringing its exhibit to the library in a free event for grade-schoolers. “It’s a family event where kids and their families can learn about Pleistocene animals or ice age animals,” says museum educator Mia Jackson. “They get to explore the different adaptations these animals have and act them out.” Kids and parents alike will learn about Pleistocene-era animals like mammoths, sabertooth cats and giant sloths.

February 9, 2017

There will be 90 vendors with a variety of “breeds and ages of chickens, waterfowl, quail, peafowl, guinea fowl, turkeys, doves and pigeons, rabbits, cavies and hatching eggs” at the Oregon Poultry Swap Winter Poultry and Homesteading Faire this weekend. Among the most dramatic chicken breeds poultry perusers will encounter is the ayam cemani, an Indonesian chicken breed whose feathers, skin, meat and bones are all black.

February 2, 2017

Theater students from Springfield’s Academy of Arts & Academics (A3) high school will premiere A Very Incomplete History of the Blue Planet, an all-original work created by playwright Mallery Avidon and the students themselves. “Working on a play that is still being written means that, as the playwright heard the actors working, it inspired re-writes and refinement,” says director Andrew Hock, an A3 instructor.

February 2, 2017

Feeling feisty with fascist executive orders raining down every day? 350 Eugene wants to help you direct your energy in a meaningful way with Non-Violent Direct Action Advanced Skills Training. The keynote will be Leonard Higgins, a prominent environmental activist who’s facing trial soon for a protest in which “a few people shut down all of the tar sands coming in from Canada,” according to organizer Sandra Clark. The training will include a variety of different options for activists of all stripes, Clark says. “This is a civil disobedience training.

February 2, 2017

 “But race is the child of racism, not the father,” journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in his 2015 Between the World and Me, a book that takes the form of letters to his son and that was lauded as “required reading” by famed African-American novelist Toni Morrison. Coates, national correspondent for The Atlantic, 2015 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, comes to Eugene Feb.

January 26, 2017

The feature debut from director Garth Davis, Lion tells the incredible true-life story (based on the memoir A Long Way Home) of Saroo Bierley, who as a 5-year-old boy (Sunny Pawar) in India falls asleep on an empty train and travels some 1,600 kilometers to Calcutta, where — utterly lost and alone, and unable to speak Bengali — he falls in with street children, is nearly abducted, twice, before ending up in an orphanage, from where he is adopted out to Australian parents (David Wenham and Nicole Kidman).

January 26, 2017

Downtown Springfield is in the midst of a renaissance and, as Judith “Sparky” Roberts of Fools Haven Acting Company notes, “nothing fits better with the idea of a renaissance than Shakespeare.” Fools Haven is the resident theater company at Wildish Community Theater in downtown Springfield, and Roberts is directing a production of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, with a short run Jan. 27-29. Local actors Cloud Pemble and Nicole Trobaugh star in the roles of the ill-fated, star-crossed lovers.

January 19, 2017

There’s a pretty clear line between journalism and science, but Robert Krulwich doesn’t mind sitting right in the middle. The host of Radiolab has that kind of unique and curious mind that lends itself perfectly to audio storytelling.

January 19, 2017

This is a tough week for those of us who cherish decency, reason and the continued existence of NATO, and it’s easy to feel helpless in the face of giant gears turning against our collective will. But there are small ways we can devote our time, money and energy towards helping each other and making the world a better place, even if the Jan. 20 Trump inauguration may spell a dark future. That’s the thinking of Megan Floretta, owner of The Vintage restaurant.

January 12, 2017

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. day, so how better to spend it than in service to the community? Friends of Trees is having a community ivy pull-down in Alton Baker Park to protect the ecosystem there.

January 12, 2017

If you’re in a swingin’ mood despite the frigid weather, head over to the Hi-Fi Lounge this Friday for some old-style feel-good jazz and bluesy rock, courtesy of Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners. Miller says, “The music we’ve been writing lately is very reminiscent of 1960s B-side soul music.” His band plays music that’s “laid-back, fun and something you’d tap your toes to.” The horn section plays solos on the fly, so every performance is different, Miller says.

January 12, 2017

Trump’s inauguration is Jan. 20, and our community will have to learn how to handle “Trumpism” as the official position of the United States. How better to prepare than to figure out just what the hell Trumpism is?

January 5, 2017

If you’ve still got a dead Christmas tree scattering pine needles all over your living room, you can kill two birds with one stone in the giving season by having a charity pick it up for a small fee. 

A Team Justice League, a local nonprofit that advocates for the alter-abled, is picking up Christmas Trees for a fee of $10. Donations will go towards “A sensory gym for Lane County,” organizer Amy Rayfield says.

January 5, 2017

Get your kicks (get it?) this weekend with a free Capoeira Introductory Class with Master Mestre Dilaho. For the uninitiated, capoeira is the traditional Brazilian street martial art/dance. Heather Figi, a capoeira teacher, says, “It’s a Brazilian martial art that originated with African slaves who were brought to Brazil.”

January 5, 2017

It’s the New Year, and a new set of great classes and events for kids at the various Eugene Public Library branches. “The voters approved a ballot measure so starting in July we had a lot more funding,” Kristen Thorp, youth services manager Eugene Public Library says. The extra funding created new kids, teens and early literacy programs, meaning there are plenty of options for you and your little one in the New Year.

December 29, 2016

Bird lovers have something to look forward to in the New Year: the 75th annual Christmas Bird Count. On the first of the year, hundreds of bird lovers will be counting birds in a 15-mile radius in Eugene for the Lane County Audubon society. Count coordinator Dick Lamster says, “There’s over 2,500 of these bird counts in North America.” The Eugene count is split into 27 areas, each led by an expert bird watcher with “anywhere between five and 15 members of the team,” Lamster says. The event is free to the public, and anyone can join.

December 29, 2016

As we enter 2017, it is vital to humanity and democracy that we maintain a healthy sense of humor. Not just that we laugh so we don’t cry, but laughing as an act of resistance, of irreverence, of critique, to the powers that be. Especially since ol’ Trumpsky has a vocal disdain for free speech and a penchant for lawsuits, including suing comedian Bill Maher for joking that the president-elect had an orangutan for a father.

December 29, 2016

Feeling that holiday bloat? Or maybe it’s those holiday blues. The lines are growing at the gym as people resolve to work out, but forget bodyshaming, the best cure for all the weird feelings that 2016 has created is loving yourself and your body and getting outside.