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December 8, 2016

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, a brief pause, to listen and share in community, can really fit the bill. And this weekend affords the chance to come together for Believe in Peace, a collaborative community concert featuring internationally famous Eugene artists Peter and Evynne Hollens (pictured), 7 pm Saturday at the First United Methodist Church.

December 1, 2016

If you’re stumped and out of ideas for hard to buy for people on your holiday gift list, start by perusing the art shows and sales in Eugene on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Faye Nakamura studio, Blair Artists Open House Studio, McMillian Spring Studio and North Eugene High School are just a few of the venues hosting holiday bazaars and studio sales. The First Friday ArtWalk also includes several studios and shops with jewelry, pottery and paintings for sale. 

December 1, 2016

The HIV Alliance is hosting Celebrate and Remember this World AIDS Day on Thursday, Dec. 1. The event will remember people who have died and will celebrate the nonprofit’s efforts to eradicate HIV and celebrate the group’s successes, according to William Bourget with the HIV Alliance. A performance of How to Be a Sissy, a play written and performed by Lane Community College professor Brian Haimbach, is also slated for the event.

November 23, 2016

On Nov. 20, media reports showed police using water cannons and tear gas against protesters at Standing Rock. The Universalist Unitarian Church is hosting a benefit for the Standing Rock Sioux and the NoDAPL Water Protectors. Event organizer Christina Sasser says, "This event will create a sacred and prayerful container for people in the community to gather in solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock." A yoga and sound healing session will be hosted by Maia Shmueli and Meghan Quinn and live music is also scheduled for the event.

November 23, 2016

American Express takes credit for launching Small Business Saturday in 2010, according to its website. All 50 states now participate in the alternative shopping day to Black Friday, which advocates for people to support and shop at local, small businesses. Feed Your Body & Soul Art Exhibit/Artisan Market is one of the many local options for Eugene shoppers on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Handcrafted items by local crafters, entrepreneurs and artists will be for sale.

November 22, 2016

Better Eugene-Springfield Transit is hosting “Abundant Access: Public Transit as an Instrument of Freedom,” a public lecture by author and international consultant Jarrett Walker. Walker is the president of Jarrett Walker + Associates and works in public transit policy and network design. Walker will talk about his network studies résumé, which includes Houston’s recently redesigned bus network, which has seen an increase in ridership.

November 17, 2016

Aloha Friday will celebrate Hawaiian culture with dances performed by students of the Eugene hula school, Halau Hula o Na Pua o Hawaii Nei. Founded in 2008, the school will feature a Christmas hula performance. Kelsey Galago, a hula competitor, will speak about her journey to the Merrie Monarch hula competition. The all ages event also includes music by Steve Yungen. 

Aloha Friday runs 5-7:45 pm Friday, Nov. 18 at Whirled Pies, 199 W. 8th. FREE; Don appreciated.

November 17, 2016

If you’re looking to avoid that holiday bloat, check out the free vegan cooking class hosted by the Seventh Day Adventist church. The healthy holiday-themed class will teach you how to make the vegan versions of green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and meatless meatloaf. The church is hosting a series of healthy vegan cooking classes. For more information about their ongoing series, visit eugeneadventistchurch.org.

Free Vegan Cooking Class:Healthy Holidays runs 6:30-8:30 pm Monday, Nov. 21, at the Eugene Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1275 Polk St., 541-228-0667; FREE.

November 17, 2016

Friendship with Cambodia will screen the documentary Girl Rising to raise funds for girls’ education in Cambodia. The film follows the stories of nine girls who face extreme challenges while trying to receive an education. Friendship with Cambodia executive director Bhavia Wagner says, "Just like boys, girls deserve kindness, respect and an education, so they can bring their gifts and talents into the world.” Over the last 12 years, the nonprofit has sponsored girls living in poverty in rural Cambodia, helping them complete high school and college. 

November 10, 2016

The first time famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart flew across the Atlantic, she wasn’t the pilot — she crossed the ocean tucked away in the back of the plane. New York Times best-selling author Laurie Notaro’s new book Crossing the Horizon delves into the true stories of three of the women who tried the flight before Earhart. Five women attempted before her, Notaro says. Three of them died. Eugene-based Notaro, who is perhaps best known for The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club, will be discussing her latest book at the UO Knight Library Nov.

November 10, 2016

Brace yourselves for another raucous, zany, bewildering and action-packed Eugene Comic Con this weekend, where a colorful cast of characters meet to embrace shared pop culture passions: cosplayers, comic book aficionados, artists, writers, memorabilia collectors, celebrities, people in capes. This year’s three-day bash includes celebrity appearances by actor Deep Roy, Butch Patrick (better known as Eddie Munster) and Ruth Connell of Supernatural.

November 10, 2016

The Ballroom Thieves have toured nonstop for the last two years, which was the catalyst that motivated the band to write and release their first and second full-length albums in 2015 and 2016, according to cellist and vocalist Callie Peters. “Deadeye was written in a time where we had pushed ourselves to the limit, and instead of stepping back and taking care of ourselves, we just kept on,” Peters writes in an email.

November 3, 2016

A$AP Ferg will perform at the McDonald Theatre on his Turn and Burnt Tour. The 28-year-old rapper released his debut album Trap Lord in 2013. He attended art school and introduced a jewelry and clothing line, according to his bio. He has collaborated with A$AP Rocky and he dedicated his song “100 Million Roses” to Selena after learning more about the life and death of latin pop singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. A$AP Ferg’s latest album Always Strive and Prosper was released in April 2016. VIP meet and greet packages are available for his show. 

November 3, 2016

It’s Lane Arts Council’s 40th birthday. The First Friday ArtWalk will be hosted by James Aday — one of the council’s founding members — and will begin at Oregon Art Supply. The guided walk will make stops at Vista Framing & Galley, Karin Clarke Gallery, Shadowfox and Natural Burial Company Pop-Up Show, which is the “first business in the U.S. to sell woven wicker coffins to the general public,” according to a Lane Arts Council statement.

November 3, 2016

If you’re as thrilled as we are about National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo), then dust off your typewriter or grab the writing utensil of your choice and sign up for a writing workshop at the Springfield Public Library. Every Saturday in November the library will host Write-In Workshops. Composing 50,000 words may seem a little daunting, but the Wordcrafters folks are hosting write-ins that will help you construct your perfect novel by answering questions about plot, character and settings.

October 27, 2016

The Northwest Youth Corps will host a screening of An American Ascent, the story of the first team of African-American climbers who took on America’s Highest Mountain. Scott Briscoe, who was part of the team of nine climbers in 2013, will be hosting a Q and A session about the film and climbing Denali. “Quote or two from Scott that will take up a line or two.” Food and beer will be available for purchase.

An American Ascent begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Northwest Youth Corps, 2621 Augusta St. $5-$6.

October 27, 2016

Halloween falls on a Monday this year, which is kinda shitty, but what can you do: it happens. Luckily, Eugeneans know that Halloween is more state-of-mind than annual calendar blip. As such, the city and surrounding areas are crawling with Halloween themed activities. Here’s a few: The weird and talented writers who make up the Stonecutters Union (which features some former and present EW staff) host a free and unnerving reading Friday, titled “Accidents: A Reading of Five,” 7 pm at the Barnlight East, 545 E. 8th Ave.

October 20, 2016

Oh Ben Folds — you playful, poignant ’90s piano poet, you. Think about this: As of Feb. 5, his former band Ben Folds Five’s breakthrough album Whatever and Ever Amen will be 20 years old. Damn. That means teens have been lying in bed, staring at the ceiling and listening, no, feeling, the melancholy hit “Brick” for generations now. But Folds the solo act (and band for that matter) didn’t stop in the ’90s, and neither should you, listeners.

October 20, 2016

The fight to protect the water and treaty lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe from the Dakota Access Pipeline continues and many Eugeneans have traveled across the country to aid in the battle. Lauren Regan and Cooper Brinson of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, long experienced in the legalities of battling climate change inducing projects like this tar sands pipeline, headed to North Dakota to lend some legal expertise to the Native American protest. A YouTube video of Regan, in the role of police liaison, walking up to a long line of armed law enforcement is worth a viewing.

October 20, 2016

“Take the free money,” my high school Spanish teacher always told my class whenever we talked about college applications. Three degrees later, I can’t tell you how right he was — student loans are a nightmare that can stick around anywhere from 10 to 25 years. But don’t let those numbers prevent you from pursuing higher education. Lane Community College is here to help address those college financial woes. Now in its 18th year, this one-day event is designed to teach prospective high school and current students how to apply for scholarships and financial aid.

October 13, 2016

“The 400 pound man on the bed [comment] was brilliant,” Paula Poundstone says by phone from her California home. After the first presidential debate, Poundstone said Trump is right about one thing: “No one wants to call Sean Hannity.” She points out the original question asked was about Trump's support of the Iraq war. If one issue has become apparent to Poundstone during this presidential election, she says, “It’s our mental health as a nation.

October 13, 2016

It is entirely fair to compare Omaha native Simon Joyner to songwriting giants like Townes Van Zant and Bob Dylan. Joyner writes intense, personal songs and reaches for notes on the edge his vocal range without much concern for whether he hits them. His characters are weary, lonely and wry. The music is off-kilter. What’s important when he wails “I won’t go to your funeral, Sue, but I got a couch if you ever need a place to crash” in "Nostalgia Blues" is that the listener understands why he says this and feels the same way.

October 13, 2016

Community Supported Shelters (CSS) will show The Lady in the Van as a benefit and to raise awareness about the many aspects surrounding homelessness. Bhavia Wagner, CSS board president, says the film fits the nonprofit’s mission. “We help a lot of people that live in vans and cars that have lost their jobs.” The nonprofit assists with many levels of support to help people become stable with temporarty housing.

October 6, 2016

Creepy, hallucinatory and profoundly unnerving, Polish director Marcin Wrona’s Demon is a possession film unlike anything you’ve seen. A modern retelling of the Jewish dybbuk myth about an evil spirit that inhabits the soul of a dead person, the film takes place almost exclusively during a traditional wedding in which the behavior of the groom (the wonderful Israeli actor Itay Tiran) — a Londoner marrying into an extended Polish family — becomes exceedingly, well, strange and disturbing.