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October 16, 2014

Whatever it means to be a “world famous” belly dancer, this woman is it: Sharon Kihara, originally from Eugene, is sought after year-round for performances and workshops across the globe. Her specific style, known as “tribal fusion,” is a modern form combining movement elements from several different folkloric and classical styles, including hip hop, flamenco and traditional Egyptian dance. This Saturday, Oct. 18, Kihara returns to Eugene to teach two dance workshops and perform at the Fall Festival of the Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene (MEDGE).

October 16, 2014

The number of oil trains rolling through Oregon — including those carrying the more volatile tar sands crude — is on the rise, and here in Eugene we still don’t know how many gallons of oil are passing through town. Railroads must notify states about the volume, frequency and routes of trains carrying 1 million or more gallons of Bakken crude (about 35 cars). The trains coming through Eugene carry a lot of oil, but not necessarily the 35 cars it takes to trigger a notification. So how do we find out more about what is passing through our town?

October 16, 2014

There’s not really much that qualifies Olympic runner Nick Symmonds to write an autobiography and expect people to care, unless we’re underestimating the fan-girl capacity of run-or-die track junkies (many of whom call Eugene home).

October 9, 2014

CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) and White Bird Clinic are celebrating 25 years of helping those with mental health and substance abuse and medical and poverty related problems on the streets of Eugene. In addition to its two vans already in use, crisis worker/EMT Breton Gicker tells EW that CAHOOTS is preparing to have another van that will operate in Springfield and Glenwood. He says CAHOOTS gets about 30 calls a day, and about 60 percent of the people they help are homeless.

October 9, 2014

Founded in 1979 as a grassroots collection of amateur singers who dug the funky, angular structures and lush, layered harmonies of Eastern European women’s vocal music, Kitka has evolved into a creative collective driven by a passion for introducing ever-new audiences to Balkan and Slavic choral music.

October 9, 2014

A Zapotec hip-hop artist from Oaxaca whose music was selected as 2012’s “Best Alternative Music of the Year” by NPR, Mare uses rap as a means of raising consciousness and building social networks throughout Mexico and beyond.

October 9, 2014

Seeing a show at the Red Cane Theatre is one of those experiences that will remind you just how small Eugene actually is. The people greeting you upon arriving at the theater are the same folks you’ll see performing onstage, and between acts those same faces hover among the glitter-covered tables offering up popcorn and red velvet cake.

October 2, 2014

What’s most impressive about Becky’s New Car — which ends its successful run this weekend at Oregon Contemporary Theatre — is that it works on several levels at once, thanks in large part to an excellent cast of actors (including Storm Kennedy as Becky and Patrick Dizney as Joe, her husband) capable of evoking compassion and warmth where neither typically exist.

October 2, 2014

In an indie-rock landscape growing more lo-fi by the second and thereby polarizing itself from the super-clean production on the other end of the pop spectrum, skillful singing is often abandoned in favor of voices that have “character.” It’s immediately refreshing, then, to hear a singer who can artfully carry a melody, enunciate words and, like, actually sing.

October 2, 2014

In case the Dungeons & Dragons scene at Addictive Behaviors or the LARP scene at Amazon Park never quite quench your deep nerd-culture thirst, fear not: Indie Game Con, a three-day celebration of the local gaming industry, kicks off this Friday at Eugene Mindworks. The event (which, ironically, actually sounds pretty “cool”) opens with an art show produced by the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA) that features local names like visual artist Akio Segawa (pictured) and experimental composer Don Haugen.

October 2, 2014

Ivan Akhmetev and Tatiana Neshumova, two leading voices in Russian literature, will present a three-part lecture series, “Literary Life in Totalitarian Society: Russia, Then and Now,” beginning this week at the University of Oregon. In “Russian Poetry at the End of the Soviet Empire,” Akhmetev will recall government suppression of Soviet-era literature and the phenomenon of “deep underground” authors.

September 25, 2014

“And on the subject of burning books,” the great American writer Kurt Vonnegut once said, “I want to congratulate librarians … who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves … The America I love still exists at the front desk of our public libraries.” Amen. Celebrate free speech and the right to read whatever you damn well please 1-3pm Saturday, Sept.

September 25, 2014

We know them by their heretical handles — Rat Rod, Stevie Plunder, Bullet Brains, Marilyn Man-Slaughter — and by their general demeanor, which runs the gamut from aggressively confident to downright furious. The Emerald City Roller Girls open up the season Saturday, Sept. 27, with a home team round-robin tournament that puts the Andromedolls, Church of Sk8in and the Flat Track Furies on a oblong collision course of roller derby domination. If you crave a sporting spectacle of bumping, grinding and high-velocity antics, get thee to the track.

September 25, 2014

Head’s up Lane County banjo-lovers, someone made a movie for you. UO folklore grad student Bruno Seraphin’s 2012 film If I Had Wings to Fly follows the banjo-playing ramblings of Felix Eugene across the Appalachian Mountains. Although technically not a documentary, the film does feature the music, dance and oral traditions of the area as a “backdrop for characters exploring the joys and sorrows of being young and directionless.” This free, public screening is presented by the Oregon Folklife Network and the UO Folklore Program.

September 25, 2014

Putting the “fun” back in “fundraiser,” the Richard E. Wildish Community Theater in Springfield will hold Wildstock II, a benefit event bent on keeping the venue open by chipping away at rental rates.

September 11, 2014

Christine McKinley, author of Physics for Rock Stars and host of  the History Channel series “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded,” will explain exactly why nature abhors a vacuum when she gives a free talk 3pm Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Eugene Downtown Library.

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.