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July 30, 2015

There are so many reasons to love Jurassic Park. Even for those of us who never got into trouble for conducting fossil digs in the backyard as a child, the appeal of the dinosaur is pretty much self-explanatory. But beyond that, Jurassic Park gives us so much more — a dash of hesitant ’90s feminism, a comical Jeff Goldblum, a blend of CGI and animatronics that still dazzles our jaded 21st century eyes. And don’t even get me started on John Williams’ majestic score, perfectly encapsulating the quiet dignity of a brachiosaurus.

July 30, 2015

Sean Scolnick never considered a life as anything but a musician — either playing on street corners and struggling or wildly famous, playing gigs all around the world. Adopting the moniker Langhorne Slim, he cut five solo records before hooking up with his backing band, The Law. Together, their songs are propelling them toward the latter. Slim is a storyteller, a soul who has been around the world and back again, and his lyrics are deeply personal.

July 23, 2015

Nine years ago, Daft Punk made a dystopian sci-fi, buddy road trip movie about loneliness and nonconformity. Shot over 11 days on grainy 35mm film, the washed out picture opens with two silent robot companions climbing into a black ’87 Ferrari 412 with California plates that read “HUMAN.” They drive through the practically endless scrublands of the American Southwest before reaching a podunk town in Inyo County. Their glossy blank faces somehow register disdain as Hero Robots 1 and 2 cruise the small town’s main drag.

July 23, 2015

Shadow might be the perfect medium for capturing the nebulous, shifting topography of the tormented mind. Berkeley-based Ouroboros Shadow Pictures says their newest live shadow-cinema performance The History of Waking Up “paints a haunting picture of solitude, memory and parallel realities” that will swallow audiences whole. This Friday, Ouroboros brings Waking Up to the Opal Center in Cottage Grove.

July 16, 2015

For some, it’s a prize-winning sow. For others, it’s the scrumpugnant odor cotton candy makes when mixed with funnel cake and spilled beer. For still others, it’s the chance to see a sweaty, disoriented rock band perform for the grazillionth time a pop single they released decades ago. And let's not forget the squeeling carnival rides. Some trust their lives to blurry, swinging metal constructions with torturous monikers: The Scrambler, The Vertigo, The Inverter, The Rat Race and The Kamikaze.

July 16, 2015

The funny thing is, Jim Smircich doesn't much like rock music. He was just a man with a camera, in the right place at the right time. The wild, profound, historic 1960s San Francisco rock scene blossomed right before Smircich's eyeballs, and he caught it all on film. Smircich, who now lives in Eugene, was childhood friends with once-and-future rock god Paul Kantner. So when Kantner and Marty Balin formed Jefferson Airplane in 1965, Smircich had front row seats.

July 9, 2015

For the best view of the night sky, you must leave the glowing city behind. The heavens take on an entirely new character once you escape the reach of urban light pollution. That’s why the Eugene Astronomical Society hosts its annual Dark Sky Party at sundown in Dexter Park — roughly 15 miles outside of Eugene — on Saturday, July 11. EAS members know there’s no substitute for beholding the cosmos with the naked eye, albeit aided by telescope.

July 9, 2015

It’s strange to think that every particle has an equal opposite particle floating around somewhere. Where are the particles that oppose the ones inside me? Have they joined together to form an anti-me? If so, who would win in a fight? I guess we’d both lose since the two of us would explode the instant the first punch lands. To explore these questions and other more important ones, UO physics professor James Brau leads a lecture titled “Why Antimatter Matters” at 6pm Wednesday at the downtown library.

July 9, 2015

The annual World’s Largest Skinny Dip, which is scheduled for noon Saturday, caps off Nude Recreation Week 2015. For those who don’t normally celebrate nude holidays (or holy weeks), the nudists at Willamettans Resort in Springfield invite you to swim naked in their pool this weekend. Nudist organizations across the country participate in the skinny dip event. In 2009, the American Association of Nude Recreation counted 13,674 naked bodies nationwide, all swimming at once.

July 2, 2015

Every autumn for the past 32 years, the small staff at Maude Kerns Art Center — with help from a couple hundred volunteers — begin organizing the tremendous, annual Art & the Vineyard Festival. The festival, which kicks off 11am Friday and runs all weekend long in Alton Baker Park, is the art center’s biggest fundraising event of the year. It crams a whole summer’s worth of activities into one weekend and attracts 20,000 visitors. Proceeds from the festival can be enough to fuel Maude Kerns’ education and exhibit programs throughout the year.

July 2, 2015

After watching a flesh-and-blood cowboy ripped and jolted around like a flimsy ragdoll in a demon-possessed washing machine, it’s tempting to dismiss rodeo sport as an idiotic spectacle of might and luck. But it ain’t. Cody Hudson, a promising young rider from Camas, Washington, once told me bull riding is a thinking man’s game. Furthermore, Hudson argued, the physical challenge of covering 1,000 pounds of livid, surging beef is a test of cowboy grace more than muscle, ligament or bone. “The bull is bred for this,” Hudson said.

July 2, 2015

In a blog entry entitled “Oscar Oversights” for the web site Parallax View, Seattle critic Richard Jameson writes: “What movie most influenced the ‘American renaissance’ filmmakers of the ’70s? If you answered The Searchers, take a cigar, pilgrim.

June 25, 2015

The weather might be heading for the triple digits this weekend. Some people will retreat to the river, others to the coast and some will hurry to nearby Philomath for three days of watching riders ask thousand-pound hooved mammals to prance like dainty ballet dancers one day, then charge balls-to-the-wall over ditches, logs and oddly shaped immobile obstacles the next. It’s time for the 18th annual Inavale Farm Horse Trials, a three-day event that kicks off Friday with dressage. The trials move on to cross-country events Saturday.

June 25, 2015

As the regular Women’s Premier Soccer League season draws to a close, Eugene’s Azul finds itself in a curious position. Only two season games remain, and Azul might very well be number one in their division. Whether or not Azul advances to the regional finals depends somewhat on how the rest of the division shakes out. But to have any chance at all of securing the top spot, Azul must defeat their last two opponents. Azul takes on FC Tacoma 253 and Fuerza FC this weekend.

June 25, 2015

Look, just because we voted to legalize recreational marijuana doesn’t mean life henceforth is going to be all laser light shows and Cypress Hill records. Cannabis is a many splendored plant, but it’s not without its hazards and intricacies. Come July, you’re going to want the straight dope. That’s why Eugene-based OG Analytical, the state’s pioneering cannabis testing facility, launches a Science Pub series devoted entirely to the plant and its soon-to-be legalized uses.

June 18, 2015

It hits me like a slap across the face to realize that Prodigy’s The Fat of the Land is almost 20 years old. Where did the time go? The way The Who’s miserable 1982 single “Eminence Front” drags my mind back through time and forces it to replay scenes from my childhood, there are adults roaming the streets today for whom the controversial radio pop hit “Smack My Bitch Up” triggers some of life’s earliest memories. The Brussels-born producer Apashe is one such adult.

June 18, 2015

A specter haunts Eugene. It expands across the city, painting red everything in its path, making believers of the once skeptical. We’re talking, of course, about the intensifying buzz surrounding Eugene’s Premier Development League soccer squad, Lane United FC. The two-year-old team — known by fans as “the Reds” — attracts a fiery crowd, and inspires an even more adrenalized booster club.

June 18, 2015

It’s simple, really. Play to your strengths, and do what you love, says professional juggler Curtis Carlyle. Growing up, Carlyle’s teachers said he’d never be a math genius or a science whiz. “I’m not gonna cure cancer; that’s not my lot in life,” Carlyle admits. “I don’t have the ability to look at books and figure those things out.” Carlyle brings his comedy juggling act The Curt Show to the Hult Center Plaza in downtown Eugene Thursday, June 18.

June 11, 2015

Though his body threw in the towel a few years ago, artists like George Hitchcock never really die. The guy achieved too much in his 96 years, and succeeded at too many different endeavors for death to mean very much. Though a prolific artist, Hitchcock is probably best known for founding and editing the revered poetry journal Kayak. In 1964, Hitchcock started the magazine because he “found most American poetry magazines boring” and wanted to “relieve the tedium.” After 20 years of editing the thing on his own, Hitchcock shut his magazine down.

June 11, 2015

Somewhere along the way most of us stopped being naked. As kids we squirmed out of our clothes any chance we got; it’s a comfort thing. But then shame set in, so we started to feel more at ease when fully clothed. Now our nightmares involve showing up to work, somehow, without pants on. Organizers claim the World Naked Bike Ride, which happens Saturday, is a political demonstration against our oil dependent habits, as well as a live-action metaphor signifying cyclist vulnerability on our roadways.

June 10, 2015

Remember eight years ago when British forward Kelly Smith took off her soccer cleat and kissed it after scoring two late-game goals against Japan in the Women’s World Cup? No? How about the time Brazil’s Marta Vieira da Silva danced her way around America’s defenses like they were wearing leaden clogs to score one of the cleanest, most beautiful goals we’d ever seen? Still no? What gives? The 7th Women’s World Cup is under way, and, like always, too few bars in Eugene are screening the matches.

June 4, 2015

The history is a little spotty. But for about as long as cigars have come in small boxes, people have been turning those boxes into guitars. We’re talking maybe 200 years of cigar box music. It’s enough to lift one’s spirit with hope for mankind, even if just a little. The Saturday Market Stage is set to host the second annual Cigar Box Guitar Fest Northwest this weekend. This year’s cigar box guitar party includes performances by cigar box blues musicians, rock bands and virtuosic shredders.

June 4, 2015

Eugene’s favorite bricoleur Jud Turner hosts June’s First Friday ArtWalk starting at 5:30 pm at MODERN (207 E. 5th Ave.), which will showcase light fixtures designed by UO art and architecture students in its “7th Annual Evening of Illuminating Design.” Next up is Studio Mantra (40 E. 5th Ave.), where models will strut designs from LCC’s ReFashion Lab (see this issue’s ‘Pretty Paper’). Then catch the folk art of Carolina Tinklers at Belle Sorelle (488 Willamette) and a new exhibition at the Lincoln Gallery (309 W.

June 4, 2015

Every grade school classroom has its rambunctious weirdo. But have you ever wondered what happens to that kid when he/she grows up? Maybe the very weird don’t out-grow it. Maybe they stay weird, finish school, move to Eugene and join the off-the-wall No Shame Theatre group. Expect the unexpected this Friday when No Shame Eugene celebrates its sixth birthday with a performance at the downtown Atrium Building. No Shamers live by three simple rules: performances must be short, original and no breaking shit. Other than that, pretty much anything goes.