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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.

March 19, 2015

In February of 1965, jazz legend John Coltrane released A Love Supreme, considered by many to be one of the greatest albums of all time, and not just by fans of the genre. Covered by everyone from Branford Marsalis to Carlos Santana, the four-suite album is broken into parts — “Acknowledgement,” “Resolution,” “Pursuance” and “Psalm” — and is based largely on themes of spirituality and gratitude.

March 19, 2015

Boobs and a benefit — need we say more?

March 19, 2015

Tommy Tutone is only known for one song, but what a glorious, four-chord gem of a song it is. If you’ve ever been within earshot of a radio, odds are you’ve heard it. And if you were alive anywhere near the ’80s, you know the song well. But if you grew up in that decade, raised on a steady diet of late-night MTV, you likely have every crunchy power chord burned deep into your psyche. “867-5309/Jenny” is as much a part of you as your spleen or little toe. It’s one of the few phone numbers many of us know by heart.

March 12, 2015

Spring cleaning. Spring planting. Spring ahead. Something about the advent of warmer weather and clearer skies gets us nesters in the mood to fix and fancy up our habitations inside and out, and if you’re hunting down bold new ideas for domestic projects, there’s no better place to start than the annual Lane County Home & Garden Show at the Lane County Fairgrounds, where Thursday through Sunday, March 12-15, you can peruse hundreds of exhibits and seminars that touch on everything from small-space gardens and barn construction to bath installations and landscaping.

March 12, 2015

Cultish music geeks reared on the underground sounds of the late ’80s and early ’90s — before the term “indie” replaced “college radio” as a designation for all things cool and unsullied — will be familiar with Robyn Hitchcock, a singer-songwriter whose buzzy British sensibilities rest somewhere between the surreal flights of Syd Barrett and the empurpled harmonies of Nick Drake, with a bit of pure manic whacky thrown in.

March 12, 2015

The looming shadow of climate change can be intimidating, and sometimes it feels good to do the little things that make life a smidge greener: taking a reusable bag to the grocery store, or hopping on a bike instead of driving. But sometimes, making the enviro-friendly choice isn’t as straightforward as it seems, says David Tyler (pictured), a chemistry professor at the UO, who will speak at Science Pub on March 12.

March 11, 2015

There is a haunting connection between comedy and tragedy; the image of the sad, rosy-cheeked clown applies to many comedians, especially when they use personal tragedy to fuel their humor. Chris Titus is a comedian for Gen-Xers and beyond, a dark-comedy clown who jokes about dysfunctional families. “My parent’s divorce settlement involved a bar tab,” Titus jokes in his first show, Norman Rockwell is Dead.

March 5, 2015

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton is an avant-garde documentary set in pre-Beats San Francisco and focusing on its title character, a poet and filmmaker who celebrated a life of “pansexual transcendence” and lived according to the motto “follow your own weird.” Sound like a motto we can get behind, Eugene? For the Wednesday screening of Big Joy, co-director Eric Slade, creator of the PBS documentary Hope Along the Wind, will be in attendance, ready to discuss the ins and outs of experimental film.

March 5, 2015

Now that the flatulent, big-money hype and militant commercialism of the Super Bowl has passed, it’s time to get down to some real sport: Enter the Eugene Reign, our very own women’s rugby team, which opens its season Saturday versus the scrummy ladies of Boise. If you’ve never seen a women’s rugby game, do yourself a favor: These girls are tough, aggressive and not afraid of the sorts of high-contact collisions that would make NFL players — with their pneumatic protective pads and high-tech helmets — quaver in their cleats.

March 5, 2015

“He stares through wolf eyes from his hard knock skin,” a voice recites in verse, accompanied by a soft flute. Enter a mosaic of cross-genre art — combining jazz, poetry and theater — telling the non-linear story of a homeless man’s journey. Eugene musicians Candace Renee Perkins, Eve King-Lehman and Jack Niedermann, along with Kit Chell, will perform Hard Knock Skin: A Jazz Poetry Epic at 8 pm Thursday, March 12, at WOW Hall.

February 26, 2015

Throughout the week, Beatles fans from all across the universe are celebrating George Harrison’s would-be 72nd birthday. In L.A., a George Harrison tree recently destroyed by, ironically, beetles is being replanted. To celebrate Harrison’s birthday in Eugene, join Maya Love — the Harrison, Lennon and Dylan cover band named after Harrison’s 1974 tune — Saturday at Cozmic, along with another local band, Bindaas, which will play a set of sitar tabla music to commemorate Harrison’s friendship with Indian musician Ravi Shankar.

February 26, 2015

The recent release of the film adaptation of E.L. James gazillion-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey has left people with at least 50 different opinions about BDSM (bondage/discipline/sadomasochism), with public reaction to the movie/book ranging from shocked to turned-on to just plain confused. Portland-based sex educator Mollena Williams — who calls herself an award-winning “executive pervert” and “delicate, trembling flower of submission” – visits Eugene on Thursday, Feb. 26, to clear up this grey area.

February 19, 2015

Get glammed up for Drag to the Future!, UO’s annual student drag show. The show will feature performances from UO’s top drag performers, with emcees K’Raven Koxx and local rapper Ben Jammin’ officiating the festivities. This year’s intergalactic theme will explore both queer history and the future to the backdrop of dance, music and costumes. In past years, more than 700 people have been in attendance and folks have been turned away.