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August 28, 2014

At just 22, Porter Robinson has already taken the world of EDM by storm, pegging a series of number-one singles across various genres and garnering recognition as one of the most exciting producers of electronica. Robinson — a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who began creating music at the age of 12 — earlier this month dropped his full-length debut, Worlds, a series of tracks that seed the future with a sonic cloud of squelchy halts, machine bleeps and orchestrated swirls of computerized angularity.

August 28, 2014

Now that we have your attention, sports fans, we’d like to clue you into a nifty little event called Starlight Golf at Hidden Valley Golf Course in Cottage Grove: At 8:30pm Friday, Aug. 29, slicers and duffers and hackers of an adventurous disposition can partake of night golfing, in which participants hit the darkened links with colored balls that light up electronically when whacked with a club.

August 20, 2014

This weekend is your last chance to catch Cottage Theatre’s latest production, A Flea in Her Ear, a new version of Georges Feydeau’s classic French farce in which a wife, suspecting her husband of stepping out, sets a trap by sending him an anonymous love letter offering a shady tryst. Of course, all manner of hilarity ensues including the classic staples of farce, i.e. mistaken identity, miscommunication, sexual innuendo and general tomfoolery. Runs through Sunday, Aug. 4; cottagetheatre.org — Rick Levin

August 20, 2014

Aside from the late, great John Belushi’s explosive imitation of a zit in the college cafeteria, perhaps the most memorable scene in National Lampoon’s legendary 1978 comedy Animal House (partly shot in and around Eugene) is when the fraternity brothers take a drunken road trip where they get down to “Shout!” with Otis Day and the Knights. That scene was shot at the Dexter Lake Club, which on Saturday hosts the DVD release of Animal House of Blues, a documentary about the making of the movie. Highlights of this toga party (TOGA!

August 20, 2014

The rubber meets the road Tuesday when Dr. Richard Chartoff discusses “The Condom of the Future” at the Eugene library. As leader of a team of UO scientists recently awarded a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation “Grand Challenges Explorations” grant, Chartoff — an internationally respected expert in all things polymer — has been tasked with developing a space-age sheath that is at once stronger and more sensitive than your average jimmy hat.

August 13, 2014

The Village Green is nearing the end of its cult classic summer movie series, so now’s your chance to trot down to Cottage Grove for a time-traveling good time at the Aug. 19 showing of Back to the Future. It’s everyone’s favorite story about those awkward teenage moments that we’ve all experienced, like traveling back in time to save your parents’ marriage … or, you know, going to prom.

August 13, 2014

The Whiteaker neighborhood sports some of the best murals in town, from the more recent colorful splashes of paint that adorn the WJ Skatepark + Urban Plaza to the iconic, gorgeous piece by Kari Johnson at 4th and Monroe, painted in the ’90s. Join a group of art-appreciating bikers for the Lane Art Council’s 2nd Mural Bike Tour on Aug. 16. Leading the way is Shawn Mediaclast, co-owner of Cowfish and founder of the Museum of Unfine Art, who will interview a handful of mural artists as the tour rolls along, including Jim Evangelista, Ron Lafond and Esteban Camacho.

August 13, 2014

Shakespeare plays can get a little spendy: A showing of The Tempest at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland can cost more than $100. Fortunately, Free Shakespeare in the Park in Eugene gives playgoers a chance to experience Shakespeare in an outdoor setting for absolutely no cost. This year, the play of choice is Antony and Cleopatra, a romantic tragedy chock full of dramatic intrigue and corruption. Go ahead, give Shakespeare a try.

August 6, 2014

A colorful expanse of chalk art will fill the streets of Springfield this Friday. In its first Chalk Art Festival, the Eugene Springfield Art Project will gather together professional chalk artists, giving them six hours to create splashes of artwork. And don’t worry, it’s not just for the pros: Eugene Tutor will provide sidewalk chalk for attendees of all ages and skill levels to doodle to their hearts content.

ChalkFest is noon-8pm Friday, Aug. 8, at 509 Main St., Spfd. FREE.
— Amy Schneider

August 6, 2014

The Eugene/Springfield Pride Festival boasts quite the celebrity guest list this year: Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and Brett Bigham, the 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year and first LGBTQ teacher to win that title. Festival marketing coordinator Paul Homan says his personal favorite moment of last year’s festival was when Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg signed the Oregon United for Marriage petition after giving a speech about making Springfield an accepting place for the LGBTQ community.

August 6, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when the Society for the Legitimization of the Ubiquitous Gastropod convenes to crown its new slimy leader. On Aug. 8, the SLUG Queen Competition and Coronation oozes once more. Old Queen Professor Doctor Mildred Slugwak Dresselhaus will step down, and a new SLUG Queen will take her place, decided by Old Queens and celebrity judges Laura Lee Laroux and Sean Cuellar.

July 30, 2014

The UO’s University Theatre is trying something a bit different this time around by mounting a production of Virginia Woolf’s final novel, Between the Acts, and staging it in the style of Seattle’s seminal Book It Theater, where actors read directly from passages of the work. It’s a gutsy, exciting move: Much of Woolf’s genius resides in her incomparable ability to float freely among her characters’ fleeting thoughts and emotions, creating an exhilarating web of meaning and feeling.

July 30, 2014

Abraham Lincoln’s legacy lives on 149 years after his death, and on Friday, you can see Stephen Spielberg’s interpretation of his life when the Springfield Museum sponsors a free viewing of the epic historical film Lincoln at the Richard E. Wildish Community Theater. Featuring a haunting performance from Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president of the United States, Spielberg’s film is a brutally sincere look into some rather dark days of U.S. history.

July 30, 2014

Grab your bicycles and helmets and make sure you’re ready to chow down — the 16th annual Blackberry bRamble is here (no, that’s not a typo). Hosted by local bicycle collective GEARs, the bRamble offers bicyclists of all ages and skill levels the chance to enjoy scenic bikes rides of various lengths — 100, 62, 40, 20 or 10 miles — while also enjoying quality food and drink at rest areas along the way.

July 23, 2014

When Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law 50 years ago, he helped create a mechanism to protect wilderness areas in the United States, and today, over 106 million acres of federal land are protected under that act. To acknowledge the achievement, Cascadia Wildlands will lead a hike into the Proposed Devil’s Staircase Wilderness on Saturday. The potential wilderness area is between the Umpqua and Smith rivers east of Reedsport, and its forests are home to Pacific giant salamanders, river otters, marbled murrelets, Chinook salmon and more.

July 23, 2014

A giant gorilla is about to terrorize the streets of downtown Eugene, and you won’t want to miss it. On July 30, the city of Eugene and Bijou Cinemas will show the 1933 version of King Kong at Kesey Square — we all know how this one ends, but you can never watch a classic movie too many times, right? 

King Kong plays 8:30-10pm Wednesday, July 30, at Kesey Square in downtown Eugene, call 682-6347. FREE. — Amy Schneider

July 23, 2014

This Saturday evening, the sounds of Japanese Taiko drumming and traditional folk dancing will fill the air at Alton Baker Park, where the Japanese American Association of Lane County will hold its annual Obon and Taiko Festival. Each dance will begin with a lesson from Seiko Sensei, a longtime Obon dance instructor in the Eugene/Springfield area, and observers get the chance to participate in these storytelling dances.

July 16, 2014

Take a sojourn in Cottage Grove this weekend and learn about its lively origins with four days of old-timey fun at the 55th Bohemia Mining Days Festival. This year’s theme is “Swindlers, Scoundrels, Liars & Cheats,” a nod to the town’s wild youth, and it will play out through parades, gold panning and other demonstrations, scores of vendors, live music, a beer garden, a root beer garden, pony rides and a carnival. Venues throughout town will host the festival, but the majority of it will take place at Bohemia and Coiner Parks.

July 16, 2014

Norma King of the Springfield Trap/Neuter/Return Project says that of the strays and homeless cats she catches and fixes, about 60 percent are friendly, adoptable cats that have been abandoned. That’s why King is holding July 20’s Adopt-A-Thon, where aspiring cat owners can take home local, adult cats for $40 to $90. This fee includes spay/neuter, deworming, flea treatment, vaccinations and FIV-testing. The Humane Society of the U.S.

July 16, 2014

Let’s hear it for hemp — according to Hemp History Week’s website, industrial hemp has been in the U.S. since the early 1600s. All sorts of useful products are made from hemp, including paper, food, clothing and skin care products. Celebrate the world of hemp at the Emerald Empire Hempfest this weekend, where this year’s theme, “The Walls of Cannabis Prohibition Are Coming Down,” will explore the future of hemp in Oregon and across the U.S.

July 3, 2014

Fireworks, endless barbecue, flag waving and parades. However you decide to get your patriot on this Friday, there’s sure to be an event that’s fit for you. Kick off the day by running from Butte to Butte in a 10K, 5K or 4.5 mile mayor’s walk beginning at 8am (Spencer Butte Trail, 85385 Willamette St, $30).

July 3, 2014

If you’re looking for a more adventurous morning walk that gets off the beaten sidewalk and into wilder territory, head out to Willow Creek Wetlands July 8. In the Wetland Wander, Willamette Resources and Educational Network (WREN) leads participants on casual jaunts through the different wetland locations in the area on the second Tuesday of each month. Wetland wandering offers a chance to experience and explore the incredible biodiversity of a wetland up close and with the added benefit of experienced and knowledgeable guides.

July 3, 2014

Raging rivers, wild forests and untamed wildlife — if this reads like a list of things you love about Oregon, get down to Territorial Vineyards Wednesday, July 9, for the first Wild Wednesday Happy Hour to learn more about Oregon Wild’s work to protect and restore Oregon’s public wildlands, wildlife and waters. Quaff a glass or two and eat some snacks while chatting up like-minded folks alongside Oregon Wild staff and volunteers every second Wednesday of the month. 

June 26, 2014

Spring may be over, but this week at the WOW Hall, spring cleaning is still in full force with a week of soap and scrubbing that culminates with a washroom-themed concert. The Wash Fest features travelling act Shovelman and a handful of local acts: the Whiskey Chasers, Sunday Sam and The Murder Rags and Crooked River. In typical Eugene fashion, the performers will use recycled materials like a shovel, washboards and washtubs repurposed as musical instruments.