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March 26, 2015

The Glow Variety Show, says impresario Anna Miller, is characterized by a “calculated chaos of comedy, high-energy kung-faux fighting and irreverent pop-culture parodies.” Since 2004, audiences have delighted in featured performers NANDA’s “Acrobaticalist Ninja Action Hero” antics that incorporate dance, juggling and acrobatics. Also in the spotlight is Twonz, brothers who do “cropping,” mixing current styles of dance with their own.

March 19, 2015

The old adage “don’t play with your food” deserves to be disobeyed for JELL-Odyssey, the 27th Annual JELL-O Art Show at Maude Kerns Art Center, “where the odds are good, but the goods are odd.” Sure, downtown is revitalized and the Ducks now win games, but some fixtures in this town will never change.

March 19, 2015

In February of 1965, jazz legend John Coltrane released A Love Supreme, considered by many to be one of the greatest albums of all time, and not just by fans of the genre. Covered by everyone from Branford Marsalis to Carlos Santana, the four-suite album is broken into parts — “Acknowledgement,” “Resolution,” “Pursuance” and “Psalm” — and is based largely on themes of spirituality and gratitude.

March 19, 2015

Boobs and a benefit — need we say more?

March 19, 2015

Tommy Tutone is only known for one song, but what a glorious, four-chord gem of a song it is. If you’ve ever been within earshot of a radio, odds are you’ve heard it. And if you were alive anywhere near the ’80s, you know the song well. But if you grew up in that decade, raised on a steady diet of late-night MTV, you likely have every crunchy power chord burned deep into your psyche. “867-5309/Jenny” is as much a part of you as your spleen or little toe. It’s one of the few phone numbers many of us know by heart.

March 12, 2015

Spring cleaning. Spring planting. Spring ahead. Something about the advent of warmer weather and clearer skies gets us nesters in the mood to fix and fancy up our habitations inside and out, and if you’re hunting down bold new ideas for domestic projects, there’s no better place to start than the annual Lane County Home & Garden Show at the Lane County Fairgrounds, where Thursday through Sunday, March 12-15, you can peruse hundreds of exhibits and seminars that touch on everything from small-space gardens and barn construction to bath installations and landscaping.

March 12, 2015

Cultish music geeks reared on the underground sounds of the late ’80s and early ’90s — before the term “indie” replaced “college radio” as a designation for all things cool and unsullied — will be familiar with Robyn Hitchcock, a singer-songwriter whose buzzy British sensibilities rest somewhere between the surreal flights of Syd Barrett and the empurpled harmonies of Nick Drake, with a bit of pure manic whacky thrown in.

March 12, 2015

The looming shadow of climate change can be intimidating, and sometimes it feels good to do the little things that make life a smidge greener: taking a reusable bag to the grocery store, or hopping on a bike instead of driving. But sometimes, making the enviro-friendly choice isn’t as straightforward as it seems, says David Tyler (pictured), a chemistry professor at the UO, who will speak at Science Pub on March 12.

March 11, 2015

There is a haunting connection between comedy and tragedy; the image of the sad, rosy-cheeked clown applies to many comedians, especially when they use personal tragedy to fuel their humor. Chris Titus is a comedian for Gen-Xers and beyond, a dark-comedy clown who jokes about dysfunctional families. “My parent’s divorce settlement involved a bar tab,” Titus jokes in his first show, Norman Rockwell is Dead.

March 5, 2015

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton is an avant-garde documentary set in pre-Beats San Francisco and focusing on its title character, a poet and filmmaker who celebrated a life of “pansexual transcendence” and lived according to the motto “follow your own weird.” Sound like a motto we can get behind, Eugene? For the Wednesday screening of Big Joy, co-director Eric Slade, creator of the PBS documentary Hope Along the Wind, will be in attendance, ready to discuss the ins and outs of experimental film.

March 5, 2015

Now that the flatulent, big-money hype and militant commercialism of the Super Bowl has passed, it’s time to get down to some real sport: Enter the Eugene Reign, our very own women’s rugby team, which opens its season Saturday versus the scrummy ladies of Boise. If you’ve never seen a women’s rugby game, do yourself a favor: These girls are tough, aggressive and not afraid of the sorts of high-contact collisions that would make NFL players — with their pneumatic protective pads and high-tech helmets — quaver in their cleats.

March 5, 2015

“He stares through wolf eyes from his hard knock skin,” a voice recites in verse, accompanied by a soft flute. Enter a mosaic of cross-genre art — combining jazz, poetry and theater — telling the non-linear story of a homeless man’s journey. Eugene musicians Candace Renee Perkins, Eve King-Lehman and Jack Niedermann, along with Kit Chell, will perform Hard Knock Skin: A Jazz Poetry Epic at 8 pm Thursday, March 12, at WOW Hall.

February 26, 2015

Throughout the week, Beatles fans from all across the universe are celebrating George Harrison’s would-be 72nd birthday. In L.A., a George Harrison tree recently destroyed by, ironically, beetles is being replanted. To celebrate Harrison’s birthday in Eugene, join Maya Love — the Harrison, Lennon and Dylan cover band named after Harrison’s 1974 tune — Saturday at Cozmic, along with another local band, Bindaas, which will play a set of sitar tabla music to commemorate Harrison’s friendship with Indian musician Ravi Shankar.

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!