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February 26, 2015

The recent release of the film adaptation of E.L. James gazillion-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey has left people with at least 50 different opinions about BDSM (bondage/discipline/sadomasochism), with public reaction to the movie/book ranging from shocked to turned-on to just plain confused. Portland-based sex educator Mollena Williams — who calls herself an award-winning “executive pervert” and “delicate, trembling flower of submission” – visits Eugene on Thursday, Feb. 26, to clear up this grey area.

February 19, 2015

Get glammed up for Drag to the Future!, UO’s annual student drag show. The show will feature performances from UO’s top drag performers, with emcees K’Raven Koxx and local rapper Ben Jammin’ officiating the festivities. This year’s intergalactic theme will explore both queer history and the future to the backdrop of dance, music and costumes. In past years, more than 700 people have been in attendance and folks have been turned away.

February 19, 2015

Tapping their longstanding sentimental attachment to musical theater and all things sweetly nostalgic, the folks at Red Cane Theatre have mounted Summer of ’59, a song-and-dance extravaganza that resides somewhere between the sock-hop bounce of Happy Days and the milder side of Grease. The music, ranging from post-war pop classics like The Shangri-Las’ “Leader of the Pack” to the hip-shaking growl of Elvis Presely’s “Hound Dog,” is a total hoot, and the choreography is, as usual, spot-on.

February 19, 2015

The Bee Eaters’ roots are in the wilderness, influenced by brother and sister Tristan and Tashina Clarridge’s upbringing in a teepee in rural California. Although the pair never attended traditional public school, they did start music lessons at age two, perfecting string instruments early in life. The work paid off — between the two, they have six Great National Fiddle Champion titles and have traveled worldwide to perform and teach.

February 12, 2015

Roses are red, violets are blue, V-Day is coming, what the hell you gonna do? Certainly no day of the year is more poetic than Feb. 14, and luckily, the Eugene Poetry Slam has your back. For the first time in the monthly event’s history, EPS night falls smack dab on Valentine’s Day. This month’s featured guest, Portland poet Doc Luben, is a perfect fit for the occasion, too.

February 12, 2015

The bio of astrophysics superstar Janna Levin reads almost like fiction, ticking off her teaching and scientist-in-residence positions at universities like Columbia, Cambridge and Oxford. Levin’s physicist left-brain isn’t hogging all the action, either: Her debut novel, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, was promptly nominated for numerous national awards. She has (of course) given a TED Talk, appeared on the Colbert Report and split the bill with musician-comedian Reggie Watts on an episode of Studio 360 Live.

February 12, 2015

It’s all about sustainability these days for the green and eco-oriented. But just what does sustainability mean? You can take courses on it at Lane Community College from Margaret Robertson, author of the textbook Sustainability Principles and Practice. Or you can get some answers on Feb.

February 12, 2015

Eugene’s Red Raven Follies shouldn’t be categorized strictly as an old-timey burlesque act: With performance ranging from fully choreographed group dances to solo features, the Red Raven Follies combine elements of vaudeville, circus, acrobatics, comedy, cabaret and what they refer to as “creative sparkle.” Fishnets and bare chests abound, and what better way to say “screw you” to the corporate traditions of Valentine’s Day than by getting sloshed and gawking at a bunch of boobs?

February 5, 2015

The Valentine’s season – also known as the entire month of February — is filled with equal parts snark and sentiment.

February 5, 2015

Four words introduce one of the most iconic rap songs of all time — or at least to anyone born between the years 1980-2000: “Oh. My. God. Becky.” Call him a one-hit wonder or a Grammy-winning Seattle rapper, but either way Sir Mix-A-Lot (pictured) is getting back to Eugene.

February 5, 2015

Yes, and: Eugene’s free-styling foursome of funny is back with a show Saturday, Feb. 7, at Oregon Contemporary Theatre. WYMROV! — the comedy troupe that is Enid Lefton, Vicki Silvers, Sally Sheklow and Debby Martin — have been practicing improv together for 22 years. “We’re looking forward to mixing things up a bit this year,” Sheklow says via email. “We’ve got some new improv setups to try and of course all new suggestions from the audience!

January 29, 2015

The quintessential image of Americana, singer-songwriter Joe Pug (born Joseph Pugliese) fingerpicks his guitar while a harmonica hangs from his neck, a disarming rasp twinging his voice. Thanks to this look, he’s often likened to folk prophets like Bob Dylan and John Prine — though the contents of his songwriting aren’t too far off, either.

January 29, 2015

In keeping with the anti-establishmentarian spirit of the Whit, the Last Friday Art Walk is as ragtag and gorgeously unorganized as the neighborhood in which it takes place. Basically, if you wander out after sundown in the Whiteaker neighborhood and hit up any sort of artsy venue — galleries, of course, but also bars, coffee shops, breweries, tattoo parlors, etc. — you’re likely to find an opening of sorts, featuring work by artist(s) and sometimes wine, food and live music.

January 29, 2015

It’s that time of month, Eugene, when frolicsome fun meets a good cause at “Made in the USA,” the official Wednesday night LGBTQ Happy Hour at the Barn Light that also functions as a fundraiser for selected LGBTQ charities across the country. February’s featured state is Louisiana which, according to event organizer John O’Malley, promises to be a humid little slice of New Orleans-style fun: “Louisiana! Laissez les bons temp rouler! Gumbo! King cake! LGBTQ-history specialty cocktails! Surprise performances!

January 22, 2015

Laura Heit is a puppet master. Not in the way of the disturbing, schlocky 1989 film Puppet Master, but in an ingenious, crafty shadow-play sort of way. Combining puppetry with animation and dioramas, the Portland artist drew on the infamous debauchery of Hieronymus Bosch’s painting, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” for her installation and film Two Ways Down, which will be on view Jan. 23 through March 29 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Room 240A.

January 22, 2015

Originating in Washington, D.C., go-go is a funny little subgenre — a funky, syncopated style with an emphasis on lo-fi percussion and call-and-response vocals, the music lends itself immediately to the dancehall setting. Olubowale Akintimehin, better known by the stage name Wale, is a D.C. native who capitalizes on these groovy roots, rapping over classic go-go beats and creating a style so singular it transcends genre.

January 22, 2015

The Oregon Writer’s Collective presents another evening of poetry and prose Tuesday at The Barn Light as part of its bi-monthly reading series nurturing “working literary writers, particularly those who are beginning their careers.” Serena Markstrom Nugent (pictured) will be reading along with Michael McDermit and Brie Huling.

January 15, 2015

It’s time, sports fans: Those beautiful bruisers and buxom brawlers that make up the Emerald City Roller Girls are primed for the glorious bastinado that is the 2014-15 championship bout, a tournament to decide this year’s toughest, meanest, brawlingest, most aggressive and upwardly mobile skating fiends from greater Lane County. Saturday’s event features the sacredly profane Church of Sk8in taking on red-hot Lava City, and the furious Flat Track Furies lacing up against the dreaded Andromedolls. Are you ready to rumble?

January 15, 2015

Springfield’s got it goin’ on Sunday when Wildish Theater hosts the Lane County’s Got Talent Multicultural “Friendraiser,” a talent show featuring a dozen different acts that will be judged by such local luminaries as Eugene mayor Kitty Piercy, Springfield mayor Christine Lundberg, actor-singer William Hulings and Hilary Anthony, stage manager for Oregon Country Fair.

January 15, 2015

It’s been ten years since Northwest Royale released The Nosebleed Section, its most famous full-length collection of sweaty mosh-pit metal.

January 15, 2015

Even in the foggy cold of an Oregon winter, our native birds are everywhere — black cormorants preening at Delta Ponds, downy woodpeckers hopping up and down forest trees and bald eagles soaring around Skinner Butte. Celebrate Oregon’s beautiful birdies with other bird nerds at the upcoming Willamette Valley Bird Symposium at Oregon State University, where Eric Forsman will give a special lecture on everyone’s favorite avian rabble-rouser, the northern spotted owl.

January 8, 2015

When you hear the word “fermentation,” it’s likely your mind rushes to thoughts of beer, or perhaps — this being Eugene — kombucha. But the ancient process of fermentation, a metabolic action that converts sugar to gas, acid or alcohol, is used in the production of all sorts of stuff, including cheese, bread, mead and teas, all of which you can discover Saturday at the annual “Fun with Fermentation” Festival hosted by the Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance.

January 8, 2015

It’s time to share your visions … of what an industrialized Pisgah would look like? Or not.

January 8, 2015

“And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper.” That line, spoken by Minnesota police chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand), is but one of many unforgettable moments in Fargo, the 1996 dark comedy that catapulted the filmmaking duo of Joel and Ethan Coen to cinematic glory. McDormand, who was nothing short of brilliant, earned an Academy Award for Best Actor, but was the movie robbed of its own Oscar that year when The English Patient took home Best Picture honors?