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December 18, 2014

A pair of musical acts this week should go a long way in ensuring you have yourself a sultry, snazzy little holiday season: Fronted by vocalist Cynthia Valentine, Concrete Loveseat (pictured) plays a special “Solstice” concert Friday at Jazz Station, performing standards from the jazz canon. And the following night, the downtown venue will host Rebecca Kigore’s Holiday Jazz show, featuring new and old holiday songs, some drawn from Kilgore’s lastest EP.

December 18, 2014

‘Tis the beginning of a warm and fuzzy community holiday tradition: Gather your clean hats, gloves, blankets, coats, sweaters, socks, pillows and toiletries with care and head down to Tsunami Books for the third annual Caldera Songwriters Group concert for the Egan Warming Center Benefit. Eugene troubadour Beth Wood (pictured) leads the eve, joined by a team of local singer-songwriters including Jeffrey Martin, Lori Kats, Laura Golden, Peter Newman and more. Refreshments and desserts will be served. Attendees are encouraged to bring a haiku to share.

December 11, 2014

For 30 years running, local actor David Stuart Bull has been lifting Eugene’s seasonal spirit with “A Celtic Holiday,” a singular treat whose centerpiece is Bull’s reading of Dylan Thomas’ classic “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” a nostalgic recollection of the author’s early years.

December 11, 2014

The holidays are a slammin’ time, and usually not in a good way, what with crazed last-minute shopping sprees, endless dinner engagements, aggressive family woes and the nostalgic crush of high expectations that make the yuletide yucky, so feel free to take a load off and attend the Saturday, Dec. 13, installment of the Eugene Poetry Slam at Tsunami Books. This time around, the event hosts two notable slammers: two-time National Poetry Slam contestant Alex Dang and Clementine von Radics (pictured), who founded Where Are You Press, which publishes both poets.

December 11, 2014

Fiddler-about-town Chip Cohen, who has played in the Klezmonauts as well as several other local music outfits, will celebrate the release of his new book, Tall Tales & Twin Fiddles, at a special event Friday, Dec. 12, at Tsunami Books. Cohen’s book collects together some 21 old-time fiddle duets, complete with sheet music, downloadable recordings and a “bogus” history of the songs, all illustrated by artist Jesse Springer. The release party will feature Cohen and friends playing and talking about the music featured in the book.

December 4, 2014

With the insufferable madness and aggressive tactics of Black Friday come and gone, discerning holiday shoppers can get down to the real business of tracking down the perfect gift for that special someone, while also supporting Eugene’s own homegrown artisans and artists.

December 4, 2014

Based on the 1936 play by Miklos Laszlo and written by the creators of Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me is the musical romance that inspired the 1940 film The Shop Around the Corner as well as the beloved Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan vehicle, You’ve Got Mail. Directed for Cottage Theatre by Ron Judd, this production stars Eric Elligott and Phoebe Gildea in the leads, as a pair of lovelorn co-workers who unwittingly begin writing each other love letters.

November 26, 2014

Anyone who stumble-bumbled into the Ferns’ late night set at Uncle Brad’s Hidden Stage during this year’s Whiteaker Block Party was treated to one of those rare moments of spontaneously generated greatness, as this guitar-driven rock trio ravaged their way through a hazy, sloppy, glorious set of fuzzy power-pop that found a teetering balance between the lumbering fuck-its of Crazy Horse and the sparky snark of the Buzzcocks.

November 26, 2014

Sure, perennial holiday burnout makes us jaded about all those ubiquitous seasonal signifiers, and yet no matter how you think you feel about Frank Capra’s classic film, you’ve gotta nod that few things herald the advent of ye old Yule like It’s a Wonderful Life, which, upon annual rewatching, is always darker and deeper and less sentimentally stupid than we remember, and more relevant.

November 26, 2014

After winning several national slam poetry competitions and becoming one of the few white people to be featured on HBO’s “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry,” skinny little George Watsky recently has made his way from spoken-word poetry to alternative hip hop, and the transition’s been surprisingly smooth.

November 20, 2014

The personality of Portland pop-influenced trio Rocket 3 can be pretty much summed up by its Facebook page description: “Rocket 3 wants to rock with you.” Immediately and innocently lovable, this threesome delivers straightforward, infectious tunes played with slight guitar fuzz, tight drum fills and light, dreamy vocals. Each member of the band is a Midwest native, which can be heard in the band’s guitar-rock simplicity, though its more free-associated, psychedelic sounds are distinctly Pacific Northwest.

November 20, 2014

It’s Thanksgiving night: You’re stuffed with stuffing and yucky with yams, and that chatty, neurotic extended family of dingbats and drunks and drama queens you so love has packed up and gone home, not to return till Christmas inaugurates another symptomatic round of obligatory togetherness. What to do?

November 20, 2014

Canada’s Three (Folk) Graces and perennial Eugene favorite The Wailin’ Jennys return again to shower their heavenly voices upon us. In addition to the vocals of soprano Ruth Moody, mezzo Nicky Mehta and alto Heather Masse, the trio brings a babbling brook of instrumentals marked by accordion, banjo, bodhrán, harmonica and ukulele. The band’s first shot at an album, 2004’s 40 Days, nabbed them a Juno (Canada’s Grammys) for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year; they won again for latest album Bright Morning Stars.

November 20, 2014

In a place as rich in natural beauty as Eugene, it isn’t surprising that many local artists create work reflecting the natural world. Painter Erika Beyer and fiber artist Robin Seloover are no exceptions to this trend; their new exhibit at Lane Community College, titled  “Structure/Sequence,” showcases work that depicts nature with varying degrees of imagination and scientific accuracy.

November 13, 2014

Dirty Wars, a 2013 documentary by filmmaker Richard Rowley about Nation journalist Jeremy Scahill’s investigation into the War on Terror in such dangerous locales as Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen, receives a free screening 8pm Tuesday, Nov. 18, at UO’s Pacific Hall, room 30, with a discussion to follow.

November 13, 2014

Alas, it’s time to bid a bittersweet but fond farewell to one of Eugene’s great

November 13, 2014

Freddy and Francine is the harmony-filled Los Angeles duo of Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso. After meeting as cast members in the flower-power rock opera Hair, they began writing and recording songs together. In 2009, the two released a first album, The Briar Patch, followed by The Forest and the Sea in 2010. Musical theater careers have kept them on hiatus for the past four years, but now they’re back with guitar, microphone and goosebump-inducing vibrato. 

November 13, 2014

Fun fact: Sweet, lovable comic Kevin Hart got booed off the stage during his first-ever comedy set, and soon after, another gig resulted in a piece of chicken getting thrown at his face. Thankfully, Hart stuck with it, settling into a sort of Chris Rock style tinged with charming self-deprecation. And while Hart’s best jokes are about his kids, Los Angeles-based comic Chris D’Elia is most famous for a painfully long, acted-out bit about the nonsensical shit drunk girls say.

November 13, 2014

Southern Soul Assembly is the joint force of four Southern gentleman — J.J. Grey, Luther Dickinson, Anders Osborne and Marc Broussard — playing Southern rock, soul, roots and blues. Their concert takes an informal, in-the-round approach to create a night of musical storytelling, ’round-the-campfire style. Grey is a Florida native who likes soul, Southern rock and harmonica. Dickinson is a bluesy Grammy winner who comes from the North Mississippi Allstars. Osborne comes from New Orleans with a smooth voice and rootsy, clap-along guitar melodies.

November 6, 2014

Another round of rapid-fire verse, spontaneous spoken word and homegrown poesy gets underway Saturday when Eugene Poetry Slam opens its new season at Tsunami Books. Taking place every second Saturday starting now and running through May, the EPS features an open-mic forum for local poets looking to cut their teeth as well as a venue for featured local and visiting artists of national renown. This month’s guest artist is Portland-based poet Leyna Rynearson, 2007 Anchorage Youth Grand Champion and the co-slam master of the Portland Poetry Slam.

November 6, 2014

A former Portlander who came up through the Olympia music scene, Mirah is an indie-pop queen whose reign has outlasted most twee birds of the like. The now Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter returns to Eugene Nov. 11 with her fifth full-length album — 2014’s Changing Light — which she has said is less cutesy than her signature sweet folksiness.

November 6, 2014

Hailing from Oakland and copping all the bluesy, ballsy urban grit of that Cali concrete jungle, The Coup’s sound is a furious amalgamation of fun and fuck-you that runs elements of Motown, ’70s funk and ’80s punk through the grinder of politicized rap and hip hop, creating a kind of conscious party music that is at once dirty and danceable, like a filthier version of Outkast.

October 30, 2014

As part of Cinema Pacific’s Schnitzer Cinema program, film historian Dennis Nyback will recreate in real-time the 1961 presentation of Heaven and Earth Magic, a feature-length animated film by Portland-born producer Harry Smith, whose most famous work is the vaunted Anthology of American Folk Music.

October 30, 2014

It might be those pseudo-geeky spectacles, or songs with titles like “Unfuckwittable” and “Soundtrack 2 My Life,” or maybe it’s the fact that he’s playing Matthew Knight Arena, of all venues — but any way you cut it, there’s something about Kid Cudi that puts the emphasis on “kid.” His all-too-cleverly titled debut mixtape, “A Kid Named Cudi,” carries sentimental value for many a 20-something who remembers listening to it while getting high in her parents’ basement after coming home from long days of high s