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April 28, 2016

Amid the thousands of plants you can purchase this weekend at the Lane County Master Gardeners Plant Sale and Garden Fair you can find something a vast number of those plants need: bees. More specifically the folks from Healthy Bees = Healthy Gardens will be there promoting ways to help bees and other pollinators. Jen and Doug Hornaday suggest allowing veggies like “broccoli, kale and lettuce go to flower to help finish their life cycle and go to seed, and help feed the pollinators,” as well as creating pesticide-free spaces and providing water for bees to drink.

April 28, 2016

Ever accidently get way too stoned way too fast and suddenly your brain is spinning sticky webs of neurotic fear and paranoia until you feel like Woody Allen on bad acid? Wouldn’t it have been nice, during that endless moment, to have a kind, gentle and pot-smart voice whispering sage advice into your ear? Well, author David Schmader is that voice.

April 21, 2016

Eugene goes all out for Earth Day. While some cities are satisfied after only one measly day, April 22, spent giving Earth its due, Eugeneans spread the holiday out over a whole weekend. Organizers of UO’s Earth Week take it a step further. And though the geocentric fun is coming to an end this weekend, the folks behind Earth Week saved some of the best for last: noon Thursday, April 21, at UO's EMU Amphitheater, check out "A Toxic Love Story," a mock wedding ceremony which signifies the UO Foundation’s undying love for Big Oil.

April 21, 2016

Hot flashes, night sweats and sexual predicaments: Let’s talk menopause. More often than not, this taboo stage of a woman’s life doesn’t get the representation it deserves — until Menopause the Musical, that is. Written by Jeanie Linders, the show debuted in Florida in 2001 and has become an uproarious national tribute to the wonderful world of changing hormones. Megan Cavanagh (Earth Mother), Donna J. Huntley (Professional Woman), Kathy St.

April 21, 2016

Something wicked awesome this way comes. Red Raven Follies and Cabaret de Caliente team up for a burlesque performance that marries the mind-bending horror sci-fi series The Twilight Zone with George Romero’s pulped-up ’80s fright buffet Creepshow. This weekend, “Twilight Zone vs. Creepshow!” lures performers from as far away as San Francisco to share the stage with some of the best local burlesquers at Sam Bonds Garage.

April 14, 2016

When things on Earth got too rough, the super-rich fled to Mars, leaving behind a scorched, polluted wasteland. Martian man-ape Oliver Shoback pilots his first official mine-scouting mission to Earth when his spaceship is shot out of the sky over the barren deserts of upstate New York. Shoback, the foul-mouthed half-chimp stoner, is primarily concerned with sparking up a joint when bandits try shaking him down at gunpoint. Luckily, our simian hero is rescued in the nick of time by an exploding teddy bear lobbed by a creepy hermit wearing a gas mask and HazMat suit.

April 14, 2016

Folk music, more than most other genres, tends to get bogged down by grey-bearded guitarists who safely tread and retread the same tried-and-true standbys, ad infinitum. For folk music to be a living art form, it’s got to somehow reach today’s listeners on their turf. Canadian electro-folkster T. Nile gets it. The addictive synth-heavy pop songs on her 2016 release, Tingle & Spark, surge with electricity without obscuring, too much, her folk music roots.

April 7, 2016

Guys like Tom Waits and Nick Cave wish they were as authentically dark as Kurt Weill (sounds like “vile”). The Weimar-era composer’s fascination with petty crime, poverty and the violence of gutter life soak the murder ballads of his best known work, the Threepenny Opera, like fresh-spilled blood. Even if Weill’s name sounds new to you, you’ve probably heard pop music renditions of “Mack the Knife” with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht — sung by Bobby Darin or Jim Morrison and The Doors.

March 31, 2016

Marketed as the “culinary event of the year,” Chef’s Night Out enters its 26th incarnation at the Hult Center April 5. It’s a food-a-palooza beyond compare, with a list of participating restaurants and breweries to tempt even the pickiest foodie: Agrarian Ales, Belly Taqueria, Oregon Electric Station, Red Wagon Creamery, WildCraft Ciderworks and so many more. Join a bevy of food enthusiasts in the lobby of the Hult Center, where sumptuous dishes from local food purveyors are on display and ready for sampling.

March 31, 2016

The annual Lane Community College Powwow, hosted by the college’s Native American Student Association, will kick off LCC’s spring term on April 2. Dancers in regalia enter in two grand entries at 1 pm and 7 pm, and the event features drumming, dancing, singing and more, celebrating the support that families, tribes, friends and faculty give Native American LCC students. The yearly intertribal powwow started around 1991, when, according to Indian Country Today, LCC had only about 50 Native American students.

March 24, 2016

Bay Area underground alterna-rapper Tsutomu Shimura, or Lyrics Born, never stops looking for new ways to break ground. To shake things up and explore new sounds, Shimura left Berkeley to record 2015’s Real People in New Orleans with members of the popular jazz funk band Galactic. Shimura has been in the game a long time, collaborating with other artists and releasing singles, mixtapes and albums under different names since the early ’90s, but the Japanese-American performer shows no sign of slowing down.

March 24, 2016

Call to artists: Break out your kitschy molds because Maude Kerns Art Center is hosting its 28th year of the stickiest art event in town — The Jello Art Show & Tacky Food Buffet. Participants (you too can channel your inner gelatin artist) are instructed to drop off their wobbly work with a $3 submission fee at the center from 3 to 4:30 pm Saturday, April 2.

March 17, 2016

Irvine, California, is sending Eugene a special treat this week: 16-year-old guitar and blues prodigy Ray Goren. Guitar World has mused whether Goren is the future of guitar, pointing to his soulful and rollicking cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun” as proof. Then there’s that time he opened for B.B. King when he was 13.

March 17, 2016

Go green this St. Patrick’s Day and spend the night carousing at the abundance of events going on March 17. Drop by beergarden. (777 W. 6th Ave.) for its St. Patty’s Party — the venue’s four food carts will serve Irish fare all day, while Irish beer will flow from the taps. Local band Kells Bells shows up at 7:30 pm to charm the crowd with traditional Irish tunes. To burn off all those calories, head over to Dorris Ranch in Springfield at 5:30 pm and take a jaunt in the Lucky Clover 10K/5K.

March 10, 2016

You had me at Fartbarf. I have a dream that L.A.’s synth-crunch trio Fartbarf make a huge splash and get invited to rock the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Chris Martin, Bruno Mars and Bono are there and all three of them weep helplessly like babies at their first taste of something beautiful and inspiring. Fartbarf are farting and barfing their way to Eugene this week, hopefully to challenge all preconceived notions about art in the Post Fun Age. They call themselves Fartbarf. Be there or be fartbarf.

March 10, 2016

If only Indian scholar Vandana Shiva were eligible to run for president. With more than 20 books written on subjects ranging from the importance of sustainable farming practices to the harmful effects of globalization, there’s probably no single bigger thorn in the side of companies like Monsanto and organizations like the World Bank. Part of the Dempsey Environmental Lecture Series, Vandana Shiva is scheduled to speak at Willamette University in Salem on Thursday, March 17.

March 3, 2016

Boulder-based poet Andrea Gibson released their third collection of poetry, Pansy, this time last year. The activist/spoken word artist — who performs Wednesday at WOW Hall — is known for fearlessly exploring the underpinnings of gender norms, social reform and the ongoing struggles faced by LGBTQ people. But fans know Gibson’s voice, also, for its honesty and disarming vulnerability.

March 3, 2016

It’s not outrageous to claim that Dan Savage has changed the way we all think and talk — especially talk — about sex (Google “santorum,” for example). For the past 25 years, since the 1991 advent of his “Savage Love” advice column and his rapid ascent as the national media’s go-to gay guy, Savage has been battering down puritanical barriers and bludgeoning conservative homophobes with his frank, frothy and often controversial discussions of all matters sexual. In 2005, Savage coordinated the inaugural HUMP!

March 3, 2016

It’s still hard to believe he’s really gone. A generation of hardcore Bowie fanatics first knew the mystical British rock god as Jareth, the sexed up Goblin King from Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy cult classic Labyrinth. As kids we thought Labyrinth was neat, but a second glance reveals an avante-garde coming of age story about a girl wending her way through a sinister network of sticky tunnels crawling with grabby Muppets who sometimes play too rough for her comfort, and ours.

February 25, 2016

The headlines called them a “Lesbian Wolfpack” and a “Gang of Killer Lesbians.” Patreese Johnson, Renata Hill, Venice Brown and Terrain Dandridge say they were out for a night on the town with some friends in New York’s West Village 10 years ago when they were accosted by a man named Dwayne Buckle. Johnson, Hill, Brown and Dandridge say Buckle followed them down the street, hounding the women with insults and rape threats. When they’d had enough abuse, they confronted Buckle and a fistfight broke out. By the time police arrived, Buckle had been stabbed.

February 25, 2016

Rickie Lee Jones moved to L.A. about 40 years ago to become a professional musician. She lives in New Orleans now. Her newest record, 2015’s The Other Side of Desire, is the work of an artist who’s got nothing to prove. Jones, who performs Friday at The Shedd, has been everywhere. She’s learned from and inspired many of the best songwriters of her generation and the next. The Other Side of Desire is her first album of all new songs in over a decade.

February 25, 2016

The new dance photography exhibit at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art captures the kinetic force, athleticism, elegance and beauty of dance — from traditional African and Indian forms to modern, jazz and ballet styles. “Strike a Pose: Images of Dance from the JSMA’s Collection” features many of the same images that comprised JSMA’s “Dance in Art” exhibition in 1963.

February 18, 2016

It’s the year of the monkey and the Asian Celebration, whose posters all over town feature adorable smiling orange primates, is celebrating in style. In its 31st year, the Asian Celebration is one of the longest-running local cultural events in Eugene. UO assistant professor of percussion and renowned marimbist and composer Pius Cheung — deemed “a young Chinese-Canadian virtuoso” by The New York Times — will headline the event with Portland Taiko, a youth Japanese drumming ensemble.

February 17, 2016

Is it art? Or is it corporatized commodified schmaltz? Can it be both? Thomas Kinkade, who called himself the “painter of light,” was one of the most commercially successful artists of his time. Critics sneered at Kinkade, calling him a “mall artist” for hawking his cottage and lighthouse paintings on the QVC home shopping network and licensing his work to greeting card giant Hallmark and retail behemoth Walmart. To make matters worse, the painter of sentimental dreck formed a company in 1990 called Media Arts Group Inc.