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January 22, 2015

Originating in Washington, D.C., go-go is a funny little subgenre — a funky, syncopated style with an emphasis on lo-fi percussion and call-and-response vocals, the music lends itself immediately to the dancehall setting. Olubowale Akintimehin, better known by the stage name Wale, is a D.C. native who capitalizes on these groovy roots, rapping over classic go-go beats and creating a style so singular it transcends genre.

January 22, 2015

The Oregon Writer’s Collective presents another evening of poetry and prose Tuesday at The Barn Light as part of its bi-monthly reading series nurturing “working literary writers, particularly those who are beginning their careers.” Serena Markstrom Nugent (pictured) will be reading along with Michael McDermit and Brie Huling.

January 15, 2015

It’s time, sports fans: Those beautiful bruisers and buxom brawlers that make up the Emerald City Roller Girls are primed for the glorious bastinado that is the 2014-15 championship bout, a tournament to decide this year’s toughest, meanest, brawlingest, most aggressive and upwardly mobile skating fiends from greater Lane County. Saturday’s event features the sacredly profane Church of Sk8in taking on red-hot Lava City, and the furious Flat Track Furies lacing up against the dreaded Andromedolls. Are you ready to rumble?

January 15, 2015

Springfield’s got it goin’ on Sunday when Wildish Theater hosts the Lane County’s Got Talent Multicultural “Friendraiser,” a talent show featuring a dozen different acts that will be judged by such local luminaries as Eugene mayor Kitty Piercy, Springfield mayor Christine Lundberg, actor-singer William Hulings and Hilary Anthony, stage manager for Oregon Country Fair.

January 15, 2015

It’s been ten years since Northwest Royale released The Nosebleed Section, its most famous full-length collection of sweaty mosh-pit metal.

January 15, 2015

Even in the foggy cold of an Oregon winter, our native birds are everywhere — black cormorants preening at Delta Ponds, downy woodpeckers hopping up and down forest trees and bald eagles soaring around Skinner Butte. Celebrate Oregon’s beautiful birdies with other bird nerds at the upcoming Willamette Valley Bird Symposium at Oregon State University, where Eric Forsman will give a special lecture on everyone’s favorite avian rabble-rouser, the northern spotted owl.

January 8, 2015

When you hear the word “fermentation,” it’s likely your mind rushes to thoughts of beer, or perhaps — this being Eugene — kombucha. But the ancient process of fermentation, a metabolic action that converts sugar to gas, acid or alcohol, is used in the production of all sorts of stuff, including cheese, bread, mead and teas, all of which you can discover Saturday at the annual “Fun with Fermentation” Festival hosted by the Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance.

January 8, 2015

It’s time to share your visions … of what an industrialized Pisgah would look like? Or not.

January 8, 2015

“And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper.” That line, spoken by Minnesota police chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand), is but one of many unforgettable moments in Fargo, the 1996 dark comedy that catapulted the filmmaking duo of Joel and Ethan Coen to cinematic glory. McDormand, who was nothing short of brilliant, earned an Academy Award for Best Actor, but was the movie robbed of its own Oscar that year when The English Patient took home Best Picture honors?

December 31, 2014

Now that you’ve finally shaken off that horripilating holiday hangover, there is no better way to usher out the first weekend of 2015 than by letting loose your inner voyeur, courtesy the Sunday night Broadway Revue Burlesque Show at Luckey’s. According to revue maven Ditto (aka Matthew Depew), “The Broadway Revue Burlesque Show has been keeping Sunday nights downtown classy as fuck for over 11 years … We’ve got beautiful performers, comedic hosting shenanigans and the ever-favorite audience participation.” Excuse us? Audience participation?

December 31, 2014

If you want to see what Eugene will look like when the apocalypse finally hits, try taking a stroll downtown on New Year’s Day between the hours of, say, 2 pm and 5 pm, when the streets will be creepily empty of people save for a few committed hipsters. Face it, even the tweakers will be seated in front of a television Thursday at 2 pm when the Oregon Ducks face off against the Florida State Seminoles in the first ever College Football Playoff at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. All eyes — not just in Eugene, but nationally — will be on the No.

December 24, 2014

Unless you plan on getting uncomfortably numb for New Year’s Eve (in which case, do us all a favor and stay home), make it a Pink Floyd kind of night at McDonald Theatre with the Floydian Slips, a musical ensemble that, for the past decade and a half, has been cranking out crystalline tributes to Britain’s foremost purveyors of — no, not stoner rock — but rather a particular breed of British despair that is one-part Dickens and two-parts Orwell, all set to intensely operatic, blues-based music that is by turns heady and guttural, melodramatic and cerebral.

December 24, 2014

If you are looking to ring in your new year on a completely surreal and darkly sensual note, you might consider spending the night with The Sexbots, an experimental electronica project conceived and executed by Portland-based artist Ilima Considine. Underscored by an alien soundscape that is a carnival of interstellar blips and algorithmic bleeps, Considine’s vulnerable tenor — wavering between the writhing shit-fits of Bjork and the erotic pleadings of PJ Harvey — takes on nervy themes of sexuality and emotional displacement.

December 24, 2014

It’s a couple days past Christmas, and that jolly old whale of a man has already breached your chimney and gone, depositing a pod of presents but leaving you, now, with nothing much to anticipate in the way of holiday activities. Thank goodness, then, that the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department has announced this to be Whale Watch Week, running Dec. 27-31.

December 18, 2014

This weekend Rose Children’s Theatre presents “Christmas at the Movies,” its annual holiday review and fundraiser. According to director Evynne Hollens, “This show features hit Christmas songs from some of the most famous holiday movies. We’ve even tried to recreate the feel of some of those classic scenes.” RCT hosts this benefit concert to fund their extensive children’s theater program, and it has quickly become a holiday tradition for a lot of folks around town.

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.