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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).

April 30, 2015

When married comedy team Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally come to the Hult Center May 2 for their Summer of 69: No Apostrophe tour, Parks and Recreation junkies will get a much-needed fix.

April 23, 2015

Perhaps no stagework in the past 50 years has had the cultural impact of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer-winning Angels in America, a two-part play (Millennium Approaches and Perestroika) set in mid-1980s New York and focused on a handful of compelling characters struggling with the broad implications — spiritual, emotional, political, psychological — of the growing AIDS epidemic during the late stages of the Cold War and Reaganomics.

April 23, 2015

After leaving an old, transplanted hotel in the woods outside Eugene to follow the Grateful Dead, author Kathleen Cremonesi found herself in Europe, riding an ostrich in a circus and falling for Stefano, the elephant trainer. She details her adventures in Love in the Elephant Tent (ECW Press). Cremonesi now lives outside Junction City and she and two other members of her writers’ group, Authors of the Round Table (ARTS), are celebrating the recent publication of their books.

April 16, 2015

Rose Children’s Theatre is at it again, this time with a new take on the classic Beauty and the Beast. A grumpy prince in the midst of a long punishment must love and be loved in order to break the spell imprisoning him as a terrible creature within his castle. A strong young woman helps the beast-prince see past his suffering to help others and ultimately save himself. Spring’s “big musical” at RCT features a cast of 62 actors from grades two through through 12, and a 20-piece orchestra of professional and community musicians provides support.

April 16, 2015

The last time comedian Bill Maher graced the Hult Center stage, Barack Obama was weaning off his first year of presidency and Glenn Beck and the Birthers were top fodder for the standup circuit. But Maher isn’t your classic standup funnyman — he’s an astute political player, throwing his weight behind legalizing both gay marriage and cannabis as well as co-producing the award-winning HBO news series VICE. Nothing is sacred in the world of Maher, making him either a sardonic truth-seeking martyr or a blasphemy-peddling atheist, depending on whom you ask.

April 16, 2015

Local author Chris Scofield’s debut novel The Shark Curtain takes readers deep into Lily Asher’s 1960s Portland, where her family and those around her are just as puzzled by her naiveté and artistic nature as she is by their philandering and problems with alcohol and gambling. Ever the outsider, Lily’s conversations with Jesus (or, as she calls him, SOG) and her tendency to bark in public after the death of her dog, Mrs. Wiggins, show Lily's disconnection with the surrounding world as she struggles through her teenage years. Is Lily autistic?

April 9, 2015

Scarlet Craig, a 5-year-old girl from Eugene, traveled to San Francisco in early March of this year — not for vacation, but to treat a type of cancer called neuroblastoma that doctors found in her bone marrow. Scarlet endured the radioactive treatment and now she’s back in Eugene, waiting to see if the treatment worked. Friends of Scarlet and her parents are asking the community to help with the cost of medical bills by attending the For Scarlet Fundraiser at North Eugene High School on April 11.

April 9, 2015

Forget about the high-tea dramas of Jane Austen and the parlor games of Henry James — when it comes to social intrigue, romantic shenanigans and domestic espionage, you can’t beat the old trailer park, where everyone’s working an angle and true love is just around the trailer hitch.

April 9, 2015

“Cheating scandals have been discovered in almost every major school district that has reported great improvements: Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York,” writes UO education professor Yong Zhao in the introduction to his latest book, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World.

April 2, 2015

Now in its fourth year, the McKenzie River Trust’s annual celebration, “McKenzie Memories,” is offering a special treat this time around: Local historian Jim Goodpasture will discuss his family’s roots as he recounts how the Goodpasture family settled in the area in 1853, exploring a legacy that includes a connection to the Goodpasture covered bridge near Vida. Next up, author William Sullivan will delve into three local mysteries as he discusses the geology of the McKenzie.

April 2, 2015

Whether you celebrate the resurrection, go pagan, sleep in or opt instead to fry up on Easter Sunday, once the eggs are all found you might want to head down to Tsunami Books for “Renewal/Regeneration with Michelle Peñaloza and Michael Copperman,” which celebrates a literary homecoming of sorts. Peñaloza, an alum of the UO’s MFA program, returns to Eugene from her current digs in Seattle to read poetry from her chapbooks, landscape/heartbreak and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes.

April 2, 2015

Nothing but nothing heralds the perennial arrival of gloriously ripe, warm spring-come-summer weather like the open-air glory of Eugene’s Saturday Market, which celebrates its grand opening April 4 with a full slate of musical performers (from Chip Cohen to the Klezmonauts) as well as the usual fare of farm-fresh Willamette Valley produce at the Farmers’ Market across the street, food booths offering everything from pastries and noodles to juice and coffee, local artisans making everything under the sun, including handcrafted clothing, musical instruments, balloon animals

March 26, 2015

A journalist and author in multiple genres including graphic novels, G. Willow Wilson’s most recent work is “Ms. Marvel,” a comic book featuring superhero Kamala Khan, a teenaged Muslim woman. Wilson, who splits her time between Egypt and the U.S., was the first Westerner to be granted an interview with Sheikh Ali Gomaa, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, and her graphic novel Cairo was a New York Times Notable Book and nominee for the Orange Prize. “G.

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.