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July 2, 2015

After watching a flesh-and-blood cowboy ripped and jolted around like a flimsy ragdoll in a demon-possessed washing machine, it’s tempting to dismiss rodeo sport as an idiotic spectacle of might and luck. But it ain’t. Cody Hudson, a promising young rider from Camas, Washington, once told me bull riding is a thinking man’s game. Furthermore, Hudson argued, the physical challenge of covering 1,000 pounds of livid, surging beef is a test of cowboy grace more than muscle, ligament or bone. “The bull is bred for this,” Hudson said.

July 2, 2015

In a blog entry entitled “Oscar Oversights” for the web site Parallax View, Seattle critic Richard Jameson writes: “What movie most influenced the ‘American renaissance’ filmmakers of the ’70s? If you answered The Searchers, take a cigar, pilgrim.

June 25, 2015

The weather might be heading for the triple digits this weekend. Some people will retreat to the river, others to the coast and some will hurry to nearby Philomath for three days of watching riders ask thousand-pound hooved mammals to prance like dainty ballet dancers one day, then charge balls-to-the-wall over ditches, logs and oddly shaped immobile obstacles the next. It’s time for the 18th annual Inavale Farm Horse Trials, a three-day event that kicks off Friday with dressage. The trials move on to cross-country events Saturday.

June 25, 2015

As the regular Women’s Premier Soccer League season draws to a close, Eugene’s Azul finds itself in a curious position. Only two season games remain, and Azul might very well be number one in their division. Whether or not Azul advances to the regional finals depends somewhat on how the rest of the division shakes out. But to have any chance at all of securing the top spot, Azul must defeat their last two opponents. Azul takes on FC Tacoma 253 and Fuerza FC this weekend.

June 25, 2015

Look, just because we voted to legalize recreational marijuana doesn’t mean life henceforth is going to be all laser light shows and Cypress Hill records. Cannabis is a many splendored plant, but it’s not without its hazards and intricacies. Come July, you’re going to want the straight dope. That’s why Eugene-based OG Analytical, the state’s pioneering cannabis testing facility, launches a Science Pub series devoted entirely to the plant and its soon-to-be legalized uses.

June 18, 2015

It hits me like a slap across the face to realize that Prodigy’s The Fat of the Land is almost 20 years old. Where did the time go? The way The Who’s miserable 1982 single “Eminence Front” drags my mind back through time and forces it to replay scenes from my childhood, there are adults roaming the streets today for whom the controversial radio pop hit “Smack My Bitch Up” triggers some of life’s earliest memories. The Brussels-born producer Apashe is one such adult.

June 18, 2015

A specter haunts Eugene. It expands across the city, painting red everything in its path, making believers of the once skeptical. We’re talking, of course, about the intensifying buzz surrounding Eugene’s Premier Development League soccer squad, Lane United FC. The two-year-old team — known by fans as “the Reds” — attracts a fiery crowd, and inspires an even more adrenalized booster club.

June 18, 2015

It’s simple, really. Play to your strengths, and do what you love, says professional juggler Curtis Carlyle. Growing up, Carlyle’s teachers said he’d never be a math genius or a science whiz. “I’m not gonna cure cancer; that’s not my lot in life,” Carlyle admits. “I don’t have the ability to look at books and figure those things out.” Carlyle brings his comedy juggling act The Curt Show to the Hult Center Plaza in downtown Eugene Thursday, June 18.

June 11, 2015

Though his body threw in the towel a few years ago, artists like George Hitchcock never really die. The guy achieved too much in his 96 years, and succeeded at too many different endeavors for death to mean very much. Though a prolific artist, Hitchcock is probably best known for founding and editing the revered poetry journal Kayak. In 1964, Hitchcock started the magazine because he “found most American poetry magazines boring” and wanted to “relieve the tedium.” After 20 years of editing the thing on his own, Hitchcock shut his magazine down.

June 11, 2015

Somewhere along the way most of us stopped being naked. As kids we squirmed out of our clothes any chance we got; it’s a comfort thing. But then shame set in, so we started to feel more at ease when fully clothed. Now our nightmares involve showing up to work, somehow, without pants on. Organizers claim the World Naked Bike Ride, which happens Saturday, is a political demonstration against our oil dependent habits, as well as a live-action metaphor signifying cyclist vulnerability on our roadways.

June 10, 2015

Remember eight years ago when British forward Kelly Smith took off her soccer cleat and kissed it after scoring two late-game goals against Japan in the Women’s World Cup? No? How about the time Brazil’s Marta Vieira da Silva danced her way around America’s defenses like they were wearing leaden clogs to score one of the cleanest, most beautiful goals we’d ever seen? Still no? What gives? The 7th Women’s World Cup is under way, and, like always, too few bars in Eugene are screening the matches.

June 4, 2015

The history is a little spotty. But for about as long as cigars have come in small boxes, people have been turning those boxes into guitars. We’re talking maybe 200 years of cigar box music. It’s enough to lift one’s spirit with hope for mankind, even if just a little. The Saturday Market Stage is set to host the second annual Cigar Box Guitar Fest Northwest this weekend. This year’s cigar box guitar party includes performances by cigar box blues musicians, rock bands and virtuosic shredders.

June 4, 2015

Eugene’s favorite bricoleur Jud Turner hosts June’s First Friday ArtWalk starting at 5:30 pm at MODERN (207 E. 5th Ave.), which will showcase light fixtures designed by UO art and architecture students in its “7th Annual Evening of Illuminating Design.” Next up is Studio Mantra (40 E. 5th Ave.), where models will strut designs from LCC’s ReFashion Lab (see this issue’s ‘Pretty Paper’). Then catch the folk art of Carolina Tinklers at Belle Sorelle (488 Willamette) and a new exhibition at the Lincoln Gallery (309 W.

June 4, 2015

Every grade school classroom has its rambunctious weirdo. But have you ever wondered what happens to that kid when he/she grows up? Maybe the very weird don’t out-grow it. Maybe they stay weird, finish school, move to Eugene and join the off-the-wall No Shame Theatre group. Expect the unexpected this Friday when No Shame Eugene celebrates its sixth birthday with a performance at the downtown Atrium Building. No Shamers live by three simple rules: performances must be short, original and no breaking shit. Other than that, pretty much anything goes.

May 28, 2015

For the last 160 years or so, the Willamette Valley has been one of the most prolific hops-growing regions in the world. Last year, Oregon farmers devoted 5,400 acres to hops bines and harvested over 8 million pounds of the stuff. Skinner City Farm honors the plant this weekend with the Heritage Hops Celebration in Skinner Butte Park. SCF volunteer Stacey Janssen hopes the party raises awareness about local agriculture and Oregon’s natural history, while spotlighting the many programs underway at the 15-year-old SCF community garden.

May 28, 2015

It’s more fun to emote. LA-based singer-songwriter Meg Myers says she wants to “make people not afraid to feel.” And she’s on the right track. The pop melodies backing songs like 2013’s “Heart Heart Head” lull the casual listener into a false sense of security. At first you might be like, “Yeah, I’ve been here before. This sounds familiar to me.” Myers then swerves violently into some wild and scary territory.

May 28, 2015

If Jean-Paul Sartre wrote an episode of the Twilight Zone directed by David Lynch, it might look something like Two Doors, a new two-person play by Eugene writer Amber Taylor. Claustrophobic and creepy, the play turns a romantic endgame into a kind of existential thriller that combines elements of horror and the supernatural. Taylor, who also directs and co-stars with Daniel Williams in the plays, says Two Doors is about the anxiety that arises when a seemingly safe place — figuratively or literally — becomes more and more dangerous.

May 21, 2015

The University of Oregon has more than 450 veterans on campus. According to UO Veterans and Family Student Association member Jared Smith, most students have had a class with a veteran but “never engaged with a veteran about their experiences.” Phil Klay is author of the 2014 National Book award-winning collection of short stories, Redeployment, in which he joins a long literary tradition of war vets coming home and telling the story of the conflict in which they served. Klay was deployed as a public affairs officer with the U.S.

May 21, 2015

At 81, puppeteer Caroll Spinney is still the man who gives life to a pair of Sesame Street’s most beloved characters, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, a dream job he nabbed on the ground floor in 1969 when Jim Henson and crew kick-started the Children’s Television Workshop. A new documentary, I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story, is a moving tribute to Spinney’s artistry as well as his humanity.

May 14, 2015

Originally broadcast on Canadian television, the Netflix hit Trailer Park Boys is an unrepentant shit show of low-rent, low-class Canuck living set in, yes, a trailer park and populated by an addled clan of deadbeats, welfare cheats, hopheads, degenerates, wannabe gangstas and lazy do-boys. In other words, it’s a glorious, uproarious masterpiece of a show — a brilliantly stupid mockumentary full of priceless moments of spontaneous illogic and slapstick debauchery, and featuring dialogue to die for. Among the cast of less-than-impressive characters are Mr.

May 14, 2015

If meteorologists can be believed, the dark clouds over Mount Pisgah Arboretum will part just in time for the Wildflower & Music Festival this Sunday. This fortuitous blip of good weather has the folks at Mount Pisgah thinking this might be a record year for attendance, which is thrilling because the spring celebration is a crucial fundraiser for the non-profit that oversees 209 acres of tree garden in Buford Park.

May 7, 2015

Something kinda smutty’s going on. For the first time ever, HUMP!, The Stranger’s 10-year-old, Seattle-based sex-positive porn film festival hits the road. And it’s dirtying-up Eugene’s beloved Bijou Arts Cinema this weekend. The Best of HUMP! features 18 short movies that cover all the bases, as it were. “It’s a celebration of diverse bodies, genders, sexualities, everything,” says founder/curator Dan Savage. 2008’s “Butthole Lickin” asks audiences to consider the etiquette question: Is it okay to kiss after rimjobs?

May 7, 2015

It would appear, all things being equal and benevolent, that the universe is perfectly aligned for a kickin’ good time at Saturday’s Willamette Valley Music Festival on the University of Oregon campus: Warm weather is forecasted (73 degrees, slightly cloudy), the first-ever WVMF beer garden (serving Hop Valley brews) will be up and running, extracurricular activities are planned including everything from artsy workshops to fire dancing, along with a fine lineup of regional and local musicians.

April 30, 2015

May’s First Friday ArtWalk is not your typical art crawl but the perfect storm of multiple creative forces in Eugene, including a video projection preview of the Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (6:30 pm) and “Hard Truths: A Collaborative Printmaking Show,” both at the Broadway Commerce Center, as well as the winners’ showcase performances for the Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene’s Make-A-Band competition (2 to 10 pm, 8th & Oak).