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August 25, 2016

This weekend is Fifth Street Public Market’s 40th Anniversary Celebration weekend. From Aug. 26 to 28th there will by live music, a car show and more. Events kick off Friday with woodwind musicians from the Eugene Symphony. Saturday check out live music all day and a roaming balloon artist and face painter. And Sunday from 12 am to 3 pm there will be the Blues, Brews & Classic Car Show fundraiser for FOOD for Lane County ($3 sug. don. or three cans of food) with guest breweries Plank Town and Claim 52.

August 18, 2016

Tsunami is throwing a party to celebrate four authors and their newest works. Valerie Ihsan, Gina Ochsner, Tanya J. Peterson and Anthony St. Clair will read from their latest books with stories ranging from mental illness, beer brewers and travel to loss and a small town after the fall of the Soviet Union. Stick around to learn more about these authors and their newest releases while enjoying music and light refreshments and you may find your next favorite page-turner. 

August 18, 2016

Trudy Bauchery is bringing her burlesque to Hi-Fi Music Hall, which is now home to her monthly variety shows. Bauchery is known for creating and performing in risqué shows, and she sought performers far and wide throughout the U.S. to join her on stage. This month’s cast includes Angelique Devil, Julia Holtzman, Hattie Hotpants, Noah Mickens, Nani Poonani and Indigo Sky.

Trudy Bauchery Variety Show: Premier Burlesque begins at 8pm Saturday, Aug. 20, Hi-Fi Music Hall, 44 E. 7th Ave.; $12-$60.

August 11, 2016

New Yorker cartoonist Matt Diffee will talk about his work, creativity and his newest book, Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People on Saturday. As the editor of the book series The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in The New Yorker, Diffee probably spent extended periods of time looking only at rejected cartoons. Lucky man. He’s taken the TEDx stage and you’ve probably seen his work in the New York Times and heard him on NPR. Jim Gaffigan said, “Matt Diffee’s book is so funny.

August 11, 2016

Watch sidewalks come to life as artists create colorful chalk art in Springfield. Over 75 artists will participate in the Springfield Art & Chalk Fest, where participants have up to six hours and a 6 by 6 foot space to construct their chalk creations. The family-friendly event will also feature street performers, jugglers, hula hoopers, DJ Eric Sutton and the Ridgeline Ukulele Extravaganza. Now in its third year, the Art & Chalk fest will award prizes for chalk art in adult and youth categories with prizes ranging from $100 to $600.

August 3, 2016

In April, northwest Ecuador experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which killed 600 people and left 720,000 people in need of humanitarian aid. This Saturday Oregon for Ecuador, an initiative created by Ecuadorian residents in Eugene, is hosting a benefit for communities in need. DJ Pacheko will spin dance tunes and the event will also showcase Latino American dances and live Ecuadorian music. Sam Bonds will donate one dollar for every beer sold at the benefit.

July 28, 2016

A benefit for the White Bird Clinic and CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets) will be held in Kesey Square on Saturday. Stop by the celebration to catch music by Steel Wool, Gumbo Groove and Musekiwa Chingdoza and be sure to sample the special “White Bird” doughnut that will be whipped up by Voodoo Doughnut. CAHOOTS, a crisis intervention unit, is dispatched by the Eugene police, fire and ambulance communications center to assist with urgent psychological and medical needs.

July 28, 2016

The Springfield Farmers Market is now located outdoors, and to mark the move back into the sunshine they’re hosting a summer celebration with crafts, kids activities, food and prizes. Jim Crabb and Friends will play from 5-7pm. Purchases support local farmers who sell meats, local produce and baked goodies, and local art will also be for sale at the market. The market is open year-round so you can pick up fresh produce during any season. 

July 21, 2016

Just when you thought you were wearing your grownup pants, mobile game company Niantic Inc. dropped Pokémon Go in our collective lap. Pokémon Go, an addictive cell phone app, has forced people outdoors to go on a virtual animal hybrid chase, and this week you can bring your friends and your phones and be part of a pubcrawl to trap your favorite animated creatures. Don’t forget to name a designated driver, who should also double as a sober walker to make sure you can safely navigate downtown on foot while launching Poké balls. 

July 21, 2016

When the musicians of Samba Ja fill Kesey Square with Afro-Brazilian percussion, they are welcoming dancers, acrobats, clowns, jugglers, to join them at the Third Thursday Thircus. The band’s practices are open to the public, so if you want to learn their songs, you can join Samba Ja’s performances. The 15-piece plus ensemble brings the beats of Carnival and old-school hip hop around Eugene and at events like the Oregon Country Fair and the Olympic Trials. Bring your dancing shoes or a hula hoop. 

July 14, 2016

It’s a bird, it’s a plane … actually it is a plane, a plane performing aerial acrobatics, aka aerobatics, at the Corvallis Corkscrew this weekend at the Corvallis Municipal Airport. Aerobatics are the sort of maneuvers you might see at an airshow — flying upside down, rolls, turns, spins and tailslides — but the more than 30 pilots coming to show their stuff in Corvallis will be there to compete in precision flying. Think of aerobatics competitions as something like figure skating with competitors judged on symmetry and level of difficulty.

July 14, 2016

Though some hangers-on might still be lost in the woods, Oregon Country Fair is technically over. Before you waste any time showering and getting your life back in order, though, don’t forget The Lane County Fair is set the begin Wednesday. Deep fried sugar, rigged carnival games, braying livestock, washed-up rock bands and bone-rattling carnival rides of dubious integrity: The Lane County Fair is simultaneously the best of times and the worst of times. Life’s pressing responsibilities can wait another week, we hope.

July 7, 2016

Where once there was merely a KISS Army (the name for KISS’ official fanclub), there seems to have grown a KISS Industrial Complex. KISS, now more than 40 years running, is thought to be the most successful band in rock history when it comes to merchandising.

July 7, 2016

The world lost an amazing artist a few months ago, when Newport-born Rick Bartow died at age 69. Bartow relied on graphite, acrylic paints, woodworking tools and more to convey things known, but unexplainable. His creations — hanging in galleries and museums around the country, including the Smithsonian and, for a time, the White House — are sometimes playful and vivid, and other times tormented half animal, half man mutations with flashing white teeth and wild pain in their eyes.

June 30, 2016

Some of the world’s speediest runners, springiest jumpers and throwiest throwers compete this week in Eugene at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. Beginning Friday at Hayward Field, America’s track stars will give it their sweatiest all to see if they have what it takes to bring home Olympic gold medals from Brazil this summer.

2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials: Track and Field run July 1-10 at Hayward Field, at UO; Ticket prices vary, see usatf.org for more information.

June 30, 2016

Ken is funny, successful and smart. And he wants to die. Left paralyzed after a car accident and dependent on medical support systems, he is disinclined to wallow among beeping, sanitized hospital equipment. Ken chooses death. The rub, in this particular case, is that he’s not allowed to. This is the story of Whose Life Is It Anyway?, which opens Friday at the Very Little Theater. For VLT director Cindy Solari, the plot line of this play is more than just speculation.

June 23, 2016

“Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?” Yes, the Black Sheep Gathering — this weekend at the Lane County Fairgrounds June 24-26 — has a lot of wool. The gathering, in its 42nd incarnation, will feature 600 sheep, more than 120 vendors and hundreds of fleeces, according to Wayne Thompson a local sheep grower and BSG organizer. It’s a “sheep-to-shawl” show, Thompson says, with hundreds of sheep, goats and alpacas and a huge marketplace. The BSG will also host workshops on sheep-friendly topics such as wool-dyeing, spinning and felting.

June 23, 2016

Kids love Disney’s take on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Little Mermaid, a story in which a teenaged fish-girl trades away her voice for the chance to fall in love with a handsome rich kid. She’s got three days to make a prince fall in love with her, or a sea witch will turn her into a sentient sea vegetable. Boiled down, it sounds kinda messed up. But the songs are catchy and the characters are endearing. Plus, everything works out in the end, more or less.

June 16, 2016

Comedian Susan Rice got her comedy-feet wet performing at the Leaky Roof in Portland in 1983. The ’80s were kind to stand up comics, and Rice decided early on to take a stab at a career in comedy. After more than 30 years doing stand up, the seasoned comic is only getting funnier. A recent profile piece in Willamette Week describes Rice as a beloved fixture of Portland's growing comedy scene, who supports young talent and is revered by many performers as one of the city’s funniest people.

June 16, 2016

Remember fun? Somewhere along the way we lost our ability to have it. Shit, we may even have forgotten how. Every chance we get, we nail up bright yellow diamond-shaped signs to remind each other of the inherent mortal danger lurking in traditionally fun places, like playgrounds and beaches. The message: fun is bad for you. In school we’re forced to watch health class videos that reprogram us to think in terms of death and disease at the mention of sex. And when we hear loud music we begin to panic about the damage it’s doing our eardrums. Enough is enough.

June 9, 2016

This spring, UO assistant professor Rick Silva instructed students in his action sports filmmaking class, Stoked 101, to think “beyond the GoPro.” What they came back with may surprise you. Silva and his students plan to screen the results Friday, June 10, at the UO’s Outdoor Program Barn. The films featured in Stoked 101 vary in scope and tone, ranging from a documentary about a local fly fisherman to a mockumentary about competitive Slip’N Slide athletes. 

June 9, 2016

Heshers get no respect. Members of polite society will always see fans of heavy metal music as wastes of human potential, derailed in their teen years by the pull of cheap booze, dirty drugs, bad sex and Satanism. But I’ve always admired them as a kind of scorned monastic order. What's more, I'm intrigued by what appears to be their monomaniacal quest for Earth’s most excruciating sounds. Their savage and vulgar sensibilities completely reject the clean and predictable stupidity of pop music.

June 2, 2016

Rolling Stone sent Portland-based writer Donnell Alexander to Burns, Oregon, earlier this year to get a read on the Ammon and Ryan Bundy-led occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County. “Even in Portland, I stand out," Alexander writes. "And now I'm more than 100 miles beyond cell phone range, and I feel like a sitting black duck." Early Oregonians did their absolute worst to keep black people from settling here, and to large extent, they succeeded.

June 2, 2016

The WOW Hall building is almost 85 years old. Can it withstand the perfect storm of noise and chaos coming its way? Portland’s sweaty bedazzeling nightmare circus marching band, MarchFourth, performs Friday with Eugene’s own High Step Society. Fans know you can't discuss MarchFourth and High Step Society in terms of decibels alone. To convey the intensity and spirit of these two bands, you need to resort to the Richter scale.

MarchFourth and High Step Society perform 9pm Friday, June 3, at WOW Hall, 291 W. 8th Ave.; $15-$18.