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August 27, 2015

Certain activities are best enjoyed in the dark. With the lights out, it’s less dangerous — cuts down on the shame and blame. Golfing, it turns out, is not only adaptable to after-hours endeavors; in a lot of ways, teeing off at sundown is far superior to whiffing in the harsh light of day. Every summer for the past six years, Hidden Valley Golf Course in Cottage Grove has hosted “Starlight Golf” on the last Friday of July, August and September.

August 27, 2015

Actor Patrick Stewart wishes world leaders would follow the example he set while playing the part of Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Wise Picard is one of fiction’s greatest diplomats. “Talk, talk, talk and keep on talking. That would be a great message for the world to absorb,” Stewart recently told Huffington Post.

August 20, 2015

On the surface, Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is about a group of latchkey kids helping a kind-hearted alien find its way home. But even very young viewers seem to sense the movie’s uncomfortable subtexts. As kids, we loved E.T., but it scared the hell out of us, too. Especially when compared with the movies Hollywood aims at today’s youngsters, E.T. feels raw, intimate and menacing.

August 20, 2015

Folk singer Steve Earle released a blues album this year. Earle, who performs Wednesday at The Shedd, wrote the songs on Terraplane while going through a divorce — his seventh, in fact. On paper, divorce might seem like familiar territory for the singer-songwriter, but this one is the first he’s navigated sober. It’s also the first divorce since his son was born, Earle told CBC Radio One's q. That might be why the songs on Terraplane don’t sound like the work of a world-weary or hard-hearted artist.

August 13, 2015

A little more than five years ago the British Petroleum oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank to the bottom of the ocean near the Mississippi River Delta in the Gulf of Mexico. The explosion killed 11 people. Countless more were harmed by exposure to oil and the chemical dispersants used to clean up the mess. Before engineers could cap off the well, approximately 210 million gallons of oil had spewed into the gulf waters. Reports from last year indicate that the ocean there is still toxic.

August 13, 2015

Slimy cavalcade

Of would-be gastropodal rank,

Both man and lady

(And maybe other brackets, too.

I don’t know;

I’m new here.

Give me a break.)

Do in dog days scrum

Long since the savage roar 

Of Common Era ’83.

Crowned this Friday

In Eugene’s park-ish, blocky heart

After matching wits,

Talent and allure,

(And also bribes)

The new SLUG queen will its place take

On history’s porcelain throne

Among the storied many:

August 6, 2015

Indie music, indie films — Oregon loves independent culture. Now, joining the scene is indie gaming. The second annual Indie Game Play Test Night at Shoryuken League is produced by Bitforest, a local nonprofit focused on the local video game community in Eugene. Indie Game Test Night allows gaming enthusiasts to test-play games from Portland and Eugene developers — participate in tournaments, give your feedback to programmers, win prizes and earn bragging rights to beating a game before it’s even released.

August 6, 2015

Piggybacking on the worldwide success of the TED and TEDx Talks, a group of the city’s movers and shakers are coming together for the inaugural TAD Talks (TAD being Technology and the Arts Downtown) Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Hi-Fi Music Hall. The first talk — “Downtown Eugene a Hub for Millennials: How Valuing Technology, Community and Creativity Inform New Ideas of Work and Play” — will focus on preventing a brain drain of young, creative professionals and college grads to larger cities and keeping them in the Eug.

July 30, 2015

As You Like It is as merry and satisfying a Shakespeare play as ever there was, and Free Shakespeare in the Park unveils its opening performance this weekend. The daughter of an exiled duke and her friend dress up in disguise (no Shakespeare comedy is complete without a little crossdressing) and escape to the Forest of Arden, where a quirky group of misfits enjoy each other’s company. Shenanigans ensue. And, of course, romance of the most convoluted and confusing kind. It’s a delightful, silly romp that is perfect for a summer evening.

July 30, 2015

There are so many reasons to love Jurassic Park. Even for those of us who never got into trouble for conducting fossil digs in the backyard as a child, the appeal of the dinosaur is pretty much self-explanatory. But beyond that, Jurassic Park gives us so much more — a dash of hesitant ’90s feminism, a comical Jeff Goldblum, a blend of CGI and animatronics that still dazzles our jaded 21st century eyes. And don’t even get me started on John Williams’ majestic score, perfectly encapsulating the quiet dignity of a brachiosaurus.

July 30, 2015

Sean Scolnick never considered a life as anything but a musician — either playing on street corners and struggling or wildly famous, playing gigs all around the world. Adopting the moniker Langhorne Slim, he cut five solo records before hooking up with his backing band, The Law. Together, their songs are propelling them toward the latter. Slim is a storyteller, a soul who has been around the world and back again, and his lyrics are deeply personal.

July 23, 2015

Nine years ago, Daft Punk made a dystopian sci-fi, buddy road trip movie about loneliness and nonconformity. Shot over 11 days on grainy 35mm film, the washed out picture opens with two silent robot companions climbing into a black ’87 Ferrari 412 with California plates that read “HUMAN.” They drive through the practically endless scrublands of the American Southwest before reaching a podunk town in Inyo County. Their glossy blank faces somehow register disdain as Hero Robots 1 and 2 cruise the small town’s main drag.

July 23, 2015

Shadow might be the perfect medium for capturing the nebulous, shifting topography of the tormented mind. Berkeley-based Ouroboros Shadow Pictures says their newest live shadow-cinema performance The History of Waking Up “paints a haunting picture of solitude, memory and parallel realities” that will swallow audiences whole. This Friday, Ouroboros brings Waking Up to the Opal Center in Cottage Grove.

July 16, 2015

For some, it’s a prize-winning sow. For others, it’s the scrumpugnant odor cotton candy makes when mixed with funnel cake and spilled beer. For still others, it’s the chance to see a sweaty, disoriented rock band perform for the grazillionth time a pop single they released decades ago. And let's not forget the squeeling carnival rides. Some trust their lives to blurry, swinging metal constructions with torturous monikers: The Scrambler, The Vertigo, The Inverter, The Rat Race and The Kamikaze.

July 16, 2015

The funny thing is, Jim Smircich doesn't much like rock music. He was just a man with a camera, in the right place at the right time. The wild, profound, historic 1960s San Francisco rock scene blossomed right before Smircich's eyeballs, and he caught it all on film. Smircich, who now lives in Eugene, was childhood friends with once-and-future rock god Paul Kantner. So when Kantner and Marty Balin formed Jefferson Airplane in 1965, Smircich had front row seats.

July 9, 2015

For the best view of the night sky, you must leave the glowing city behind. The heavens take on an entirely new character once you escape the reach of urban light pollution. That’s why the Eugene Astronomical Society hosts its annual Dark Sky Party at sundown in Dexter Park — roughly 15 miles outside of Eugene — on Saturday, July 11. EAS members know there’s no substitute for beholding the cosmos with the naked eye, albeit aided by telescope.

July 9, 2015

It’s strange to think that every particle has an equal opposite particle floating around somewhere. Where are the particles that oppose the ones inside me? Have they joined together to form an anti-me? If so, who would win in a fight? I guess we’d both lose since the two of us would explode the instant the first punch lands. To explore these questions and other more important ones, UO physics professor James Brau leads a lecture titled “Why Antimatter Matters” at 6pm Wednesday at the downtown library.

July 9, 2015

The annual World’s Largest Skinny Dip, which is scheduled for noon Saturday, caps off Nude Recreation Week 2015. For those who don’t normally celebrate nude holidays (or holy weeks), the nudists at Willamettans Resort in Springfield invite you to swim naked in their pool this weekend. Nudist organizations across the country participate in the skinny dip event. In 2009, the American Association of Nude Recreation counted 13,674 naked bodies nationwide, all swimming at once.

July 2, 2015

Every autumn for the past 32 years, the small staff at Maude Kerns Art Center — with help from a couple hundred volunteers — begin organizing the tremendous, annual Art & the Vineyard Festival. The festival, which kicks off 11am Friday and runs all weekend long in Alton Baker Park, is the art center’s biggest fundraising event of the year. It crams a whole summer’s worth of activities into one weekend and attracts 20,000 visitors. Proceeds from the festival can be enough to fuel Maude Kerns’ education and exhibit programs throughout the year.

July 2, 2015

After watching a flesh-and-blood cowboy ripped and jolted around like a flimsy ragdoll in a demon-possessed washing machine, it’s tempting to dismiss rodeo sport as an idiotic spectacle of might and luck. But it ain’t. Cody Hudson, a promising young rider from Camas, Washington, once told me bull riding is a thinking man’s game. Furthermore, Hudson argued, the physical challenge of covering 1,000 pounds of livid, surging beef is a test of cowboy grace more than muscle, ligament or bone. “The bull is bred for this,” Hudson said.

July 2, 2015

In a blog entry entitled “Oscar Oversights” for the web site Parallax View, Seattle critic Richard Jameson writes: “What movie most influenced the ‘American renaissance’ filmmakers of the ’70s? If you answered The Searchers, take a cigar, pilgrim.

June 25, 2015

The weather might be heading for the triple digits this weekend. Some people will retreat to the river, others to the coast and some will hurry to nearby Philomath for three days of watching riders ask thousand-pound hooved mammals to prance like dainty ballet dancers one day, then charge balls-to-the-wall over ditches, logs and oddly shaped immobile obstacles the next. It’s time for the 18th annual Inavale Farm Horse Trials, a three-day event that kicks off Friday with dressage. The trials move on to cross-country events Saturday.

June 25, 2015

As the regular Women’s Premier Soccer League season draws to a close, Eugene’s Azul finds itself in a curious position. Only two season games remain, and Azul might very well be number one in their division. Whether or not Azul advances to the regional finals depends somewhat on how the rest of the division shakes out. But to have any chance at all of securing the top spot, Azul must defeat their last two opponents. Azul takes on FC Tacoma 253 and Fuerza FC this weekend.

June 25, 2015

Look, just because we voted to legalize recreational marijuana doesn’t mean life henceforth is going to be all laser light shows and Cypress Hill records. Cannabis is a many splendored plant, but it’s not without its hazards and intricacies. Come July, you’re going to want the straight dope. That’s why Eugene-based OG Analytical, the state’s pioneering cannabis testing facility, launches a Science Pub series devoted entirely to the plant and its soon-to-be legalized uses.