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May 19, 2016

Bright costumes, alter egos, larger-than-life personalities, mysterious origin stories, blood feuds, epic battles: the connection between comic books and hip hop is plain to see, but the relationship between the two counter cultures runs mad deep. To explore the sibling artforms’ tangled histories and cultural influences and impacts, the UO has organized a two-part program, titled Hip Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining, that brings together legendary visual artists, writers, rap stars and producers.

May 12, 2016

Fresh from their appearance at the Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) finals in New York City, Divisi, the UO’s premier women’s a cappella group, returns home with a performance this weekend, titled 15 Years of Divisi. “Being an ICCA finalist group is something that we have all dreamed of since we began preparing for this competition in August,” says Divisi’s Sam Westmoreland. Divisi co-founder Evynne Hollens adds: “The girls did not place [at ICCA], but certainly did us proud.

May 12, 2016

Josh Fox and Tim DeChrisopher have given us some of the most dramatic moments in the fight against fossil fuels and climate change. Fox’s anti-fracking documentary film Gasland shows a man lighting his tap water on fire and was nominated for an Oscar in 2011. DeChristopher served almost two years in prison after protesting a Bureau of Land Management public lands oil and gas lease auction in Utah by successfully bidding on 14 parcels of land. He did not plan on paying for the $1.8 million in land deals.

May 5, 2016

Classically, it was only the very rich who could afford to be immortalized by fawning portraitists. That’s why you won’t find a ton of paintings of broken losers on display at the Met. Thankfully, local artist Matt Bliss addressed this sad artistic lack several years ago when he launched the first Portraits of Comedians art show at Jameson’s in downtown Eugene.

May 5, 2016

Don’t call it a maze; mazes are cheap puzzles Denny’s has printed on the backside of disposable placemats in order to keep rambunctious toddlers occupied till their pancakes arrive. Labyrinths, however, are like totally profound, being designed as much for strolling the long pointless halls of your mind as they are for stretching your legs. To help you celebrate World Labyrinth Day, the labyrinthians at Labyrinth Network Northwest have compiled a Self-Guided Labyrinth Tour of the Greater Eugene Area.

May 5, 2016

At this point millennial moviegoers might have some trouble believing that Robert De Niro used to mean something. Decades prior to pissing away practically all of his cred on mystifyingly daft comedy horseshit like Dirty Grandpa and Meet the Fockers, De Niro was synonymous with gritty intense New York underground cinema.

April 28, 2016

There’s much to be said about the artistry of cooking, but for Guy Crosby, the science of food takes the cake. Crosby is coming to Eugene on May 5 to share his perspective as science editor for Cook’s Illustrated magazine, a regular fixture of America’s Test Kitchen on PBS and co-author of The Science of Good Cooking. With a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, Crosby gets down to a molecular level when describing why excess baking soda collapses cookies, or why fish poached in water cooks faster than fish cooked in oil.

April 28, 2016

Amid the thousands of plants you can purchase this weekend at the Lane County Master Gardeners Plant Sale and Garden Fair you can find something a vast number of those plants need: bees. More specifically the folks from Healthy Bees = Healthy Gardens will be there promoting ways to help bees and other pollinators. Jen and Doug Hornaday suggest allowing veggies like “broccoli, kale and lettuce go to flower to help finish their life cycle and go to seed, and help feed the pollinators,” as well as creating pesticide-free spaces and providing water for bees to drink.

April 28, 2016

Ever accidently get way too stoned way too fast and suddenly your brain is spinning sticky webs of neurotic fear and paranoia until you feel like Woody Allen on bad acid? Wouldn’t it have been nice, during that endless moment, to have a kind, gentle and pot-smart voice whispering sage advice into your ear? Well, author David Schmader is that voice.

April 21, 2016

Eugene goes all out for Earth Day. While some cities are satisfied after only one measly day, April 22, spent giving Earth its due, Eugeneans spread the holiday out over a whole weekend. Organizers of UO’s Earth Week take it a step further. And though the geocentric fun is coming to an end this weekend, the folks behind Earth Week saved some of the best for last: noon Thursday, April 21, at UO's EMU Amphitheater, check out "A Toxic Love Story," a mock wedding ceremony which signifies the UO Foundation’s undying love for Big Oil.

April 21, 2016

Hot flashes, night sweats and sexual predicaments: Let’s talk menopause. More often than not, this taboo stage of a woman’s life doesn’t get the representation it deserves — until Menopause the Musical, that is. Written by Jeanie Linders, the show debuted in Florida in 2001 and has become an uproarious national tribute to the wonderful world of changing hormones. Megan Cavanagh (Earth Mother), Donna J. Huntley (Professional Woman), Kathy St.

April 21, 2016

Something wicked awesome this way comes. Red Raven Follies and Cabaret de Caliente team up for a burlesque performance that marries the mind-bending horror sci-fi series The Twilight Zone with George Romero’s pulped-up ’80s fright buffet Creepshow. This weekend, “Twilight Zone vs. Creepshow!” lures performers from as far away as San Francisco to share the stage with some of the best local burlesquers at Sam Bonds Garage.

April 14, 2016

When things on Earth got too rough, the super-rich fled to Mars, leaving behind a scorched, polluted wasteland. Martian man-ape Oliver Shoback pilots his first official mine-scouting mission to Earth when his spaceship is shot out of the sky over the barren deserts of upstate New York. Shoback, the foul-mouthed half-chimp stoner, is primarily concerned with sparking up a joint when bandits try shaking him down at gunpoint. Luckily, our simian hero is rescued in the nick of time by an exploding teddy bear lobbed by a creepy hermit wearing a gas mask and HazMat suit.

April 14, 2016

Folk music, more than most other genres, tends to get bogged down by grey-bearded guitarists who safely tread and retread the same tried-and-true standbys, ad infinitum. For folk music to be a living art form, it’s got to somehow reach today’s listeners on their turf. Canadian electro-folkster T. Nile gets it. The addictive synth-heavy pop songs on her 2016 release, Tingle & Spark, surge with electricity without obscuring, too much, her folk music roots.

April 7, 2016

Guys like Tom Waits and Nick Cave wish they were as authentically dark as Kurt Weill (sounds like “vile”). The Weimar-era composer’s fascination with petty crime, poverty and the violence of gutter life soak the murder ballads of his best known work, the Threepenny Opera, like fresh-spilled blood. Even if Weill’s name sounds new to you, you’ve probably heard pop music renditions of “Mack the Knife” with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht — sung by Bobby Darin or Jim Morrison and The Doors.

March 31, 2016

Marketed as the “culinary event of the year,” Chef’s Night Out enters its 26th incarnation at the Hult Center April 5. It’s a food-a-palooza beyond compare, with a list of participating restaurants and breweries to tempt even the pickiest foodie: Agrarian Ales, Belly Taqueria, Oregon Electric Station, Red Wagon Creamery, WildCraft Ciderworks and so many more. Join a bevy of food enthusiasts in the lobby of the Hult Center, where sumptuous dishes from local food purveyors are on display and ready for sampling.

March 31, 2016

The annual Lane Community College Powwow, hosted by the college’s Native American Student Association, will kick off LCC’s spring term on April 2. Dancers in regalia enter in two grand entries at 1 pm and 7 pm, and the event features drumming, dancing, singing and more, celebrating the support that families, tribes, friends and faculty give Native American LCC students. The yearly intertribal powwow started around 1991, when, according to Indian Country Today, LCC had only about 50 Native American students.

March 24, 2016

Bay Area underground alterna-rapper Tsutomu Shimura, or Lyrics Born, never stops looking for new ways to break ground. To shake things up and explore new sounds, Shimura left Berkeley to record 2015’s Real People in New Orleans with members of the popular jazz funk band Galactic. Shimura has been in the game a long time, collaborating with other artists and releasing singles, mixtapes and albums under different names since the early ’90s, but the Japanese-American performer shows no sign of slowing down.

March 24, 2016

Call to artists: Break out your kitschy molds because Maude Kerns Art Center is hosting its 28th year of the stickiest art event in town — The Jello Art Show & Tacky Food Buffet. Participants (you too can channel your inner gelatin artist) are instructed to drop off their wobbly work with a $3 submission fee at the center from 3 to 4:30 pm Saturday, April 2.

March 17, 2016

Irvine, California, is sending Eugene a special treat this week: 16-year-old guitar and blues prodigy Ray Goren. Guitar World has mused whether Goren is the future of guitar, pointing to his soulful and rollicking cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun” as proof. Then there’s that time he opened for B.B. King when he was 13.

March 17, 2016

Go green this St. Patrick’s Day and spend the night carousing at the abundance of events going on March 17. Drop by beergarden. (777 W. 6th Ave.) for its St. Patty’s Party — the venue’s four food carts will serve Irish fare all day, while Irish beer will flow from the taps. Local band Kells Bells shows up at 7:30 pm to charm the crowd with traditional Irish tunes. To burn off all those calories, head over to Dorris Ranch in Springfield at 5:30 pm and take a jaunt in the Lucky Clover 10K/5K.

March 10, 2016

You had me at Fartbarf. I have a dream that L.A.’s synth-crunch trio Fartbarf make a huge splash and get invited to rock the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Chris Martin, Bruno Mars and Bono are there and all three of them weep helplessly like babies at their first taste of something beautiful and inspiring. Fartbarf are farting and barfing their way to Eugene this week, hopefully to challenge all preconceived notions about art in the Post Fun Age. They call themselves Fartbarf. Be there or be fartbarf.

March 10, 2016

If only Indian scholar Vandana Shiva were eligible to run for president. With more than 20 books written on subjects ranging from the importance of sustainable farming practices to the harmful effects of globalization, there’s probably no single bigger thorn in the side of companies like Monsanto and organizations like the World Bank. Part of the Dempsey Environmental Lecture Series, Vandana Shiva is scheduled to speak at Willamette University in Salem on Thursday, March 17.

March 3, 2016

Boulder-based poet Andrea Gibson released their third collection of poetry, Pansy, this time last year. The activist/spoken word artist — who performs Wednesday at WOW Hall — is known for fearlessly exploring the underpinnings of gender norms, social reform and the ongoing struggles faced by LGBTQ people. But fans know Gibson’s voice, also, for its honesty and disarming vulnerability.