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October 30, 2014

It might be those pseudo-geeky spectacles, or songs with titles like “Unfuckwittable” and “Soundtrack 2 My Life,” or maybe it’s the fact that he’s playing Matthew Knight Arena, of all venues — but any way you cut it, there’s something about Kid Cudi that puts the emphasis on “kid.” His all-too-cleverly titled debut mixtape, “A Kid Named Cudi,” carries sentimental value for many a 20-something who remembers listening to it while getting high in her parents’ basement after coming home from long days of high s

October 30, 2014

The post-Halloween hangover is a horrifyingly familiar thing — vile, vivid and persistent as all hell. This time around, though, instead of ordering a Papa John’s pizza for only yourself, there’s another way to push through the pain: the soothing sound of poetry recited out loud. Portland poet Willa Schneberg and Eugene poet Ingrid Wendt read from their published works 5pm Saturday, Nov. 1, at Tusnami Books (2585 Willamette St.). And the very next night, Nov.

October 23, 2014

Most folks might let DÍa de los Muertos pass by unnoticed, but the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is celebrating this beautiful, deathly holiday in style. Every night of this four-day annual celebration will feature live music from local groups, dancing and Spanish poetry recitation, accompanied by a special exhibition of works by contemporary artists from Guanajuato, Mexico (Octavio Bajonero’s untitled woodblock print, pictured).

October 23, 2014

Anyone who participated in last year’s 72-Hour Horror Film Competition hosted by Bijou Metro and the Eugene Film Society (EFS), in which amateur and professional filmmakers vied to create a winning three-minute scary movie in just three days, can attest to the heady thrill of writing, directing and editing a short movie on the fly. On Thursday, Oct.

October 23, 2014

Nothing signals the damp, decomposing arrival of autumn in Eugene like Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s Mushroom Festival, an annual celebration of shrooms and the gloriously deciduous season in which they flourish.

October 23, 2014

Axe & Fiddle in Cottage Grove consistently lands great musical acts, and the Oct. 23 billing of Sean Rowe is this week’s big score. With his bluesy, soulful compositions and earthy baritone, Rowe fits solidly inside a tradition of American pop ranging from the classic R&B of Marvin Gaye to the neo-Tin Pan Alley stomp of Tom Waits. His latest album, Madman, presents a cycle of songs that are upbeat and deep at once, propelled by strong rhythms and held together by a spirit of exuberant creativity grounded in roots balladry.

October 23, 2014

Dynamic fine-art photographer and graphic artist Tracy Sydor is making waves throughout Eugene, and not just in the art scene. The Outsiders Ball, her upcoming costume-optional art show and party, is doubling as a benefit for Womenspace; rather than charging an entry fee, Sydor is asking that guests offer winter clothing donations to this local foundation providing aid to survivors of intimate partner violence. A survivor of domestic violence herself, Sydor feels strongly about advocating for fellow victims.

October 16, 2014

Ab-Soul, best known thus far for his collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller and the rest of the California rap crew Black Hippy, has finally released a full-length that should solidify him as a stand-alone act. These Days, an all-too-listenable album with a lyrical fearlessness capable of referencing Joseph Kony and Alexander McQueen in the same verse, achieves a classic gangsta-rap aggression similar to A$AP Ferg while maintaining the understated, cleverly-sampled beat-smithing of Black Hippy.

October 16, 2014

Whatever it means to be a “world famous” belly dancer, this woman is it: Sharon Kihara, originally from Eugene, is sought after year-round for performances and workshops across the globe. Her specific style, known as “tribal fusion,” is a modern form combining movement elements from several different folkloric and classical styles, including hip hop, flamenco and traditional Egyptian dance. This Saturday, Oct. 18, Kihara returns to Eugene to teach two dance workshops and perform at the Fall Festival of the Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene (MEDGE).

October 16, 2014

The number of oil trains rolling through Oregon — including those carrying the more volatile tar sands crude — is on the rise, and here in Eugene we still don’t know how many gallons of oil are passing through town. Railroads must notify states about the volume, frequency and routes of trains carrying 1 million or more gallons of Bakken crude (about 35 cars). The trains coming through Eugene carry a lot of oil, but not necessarily the 35 cars it takes to trigger a notification. So how do we find out more about what is passing through our town?

October 16, 2014

There’s not really much that qualifies Olympic runner Nick Symmonds to write an autobiography and expect people to care, unless we’re underestimating the fan-girl capacity of run-or-die track junkies (many of whom call Eugene home).

October 9, 2014

CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) and White Bird Clinic are celebrating 25 years of helping those with mental health and substance abuse and medical and poverty related problems on the streets of Eugene. In addition to its two vans already in use, crisis worker/EMT Breton Gicker tells EW that CAHOOTS is preparing to have another van that will operate in Springfield and Glenwood. He says CAHOOTS gets about 30 calls a day, and about 60 percent of the people they help are homeless.

October 9, 2014

Founded in 1979 as a grassroots collection of amateur singers who dug the funky, angular structures and lush, layered harmonies of Eastern European women’s vocal music, Kitka has evolved into a creative collective driven by a passion for introducing ever-new audiences to Balkan and Slavic choral music.

October 9, 2014

A Zapotec hip-hop artist from Oaxaca whose music was selected as 2012’s “Best Alternative Music of the Year” by NPR, Mare uses rap as a means of raising consciousness and building social networks throughout Mexico and beyond.

October 9, 2014

Seeing a show at the Red Cane Theatre is one of those experiences that will remind you just how small Eugene actually is. The people greeting you upon arriving at the theater are the same folks you’ll see performing onstage, and between acts those same faces hover among the glitter-covered tables offering up popcorn and red velvet cake.

October 2, 2014

What’s most impressive about Becky’s New Car — which ends its successful run this weekend at Oregon Contemporary Theatre — is that it works on several levels at once, thanks in large part to an excellent cast of actors (including Storm Kennedy as Becky and Patrick Dizney as Joe, her husband) capable of evoking compassion and warmth where neither typically exist.

October 2, 2014

In an indie-rock landscape growing more lo-fi by the second and thereby polarizing itself from the super-clean production on the other end of the pop spectrum, skillful singing is often abandoned in favor of voices that have “character.” It’s immediately refreshing, then, to hear a singer who can artfully carry a melody, enunciate words and, like, actually sing.

October 2, 2014

In case the Dungeons & Dragons scene at Addictive Behaviors or the LARP scene at Amazon Park never quite quench your deep nerd-culture thirst, fear not: Indie Game Con, a three-day celebration of the local gaming industry, kicks off this Friday at Eugene Mindworks. The event (which, ironically, actually sounds pretty “cool”) opens with an art show produced by the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA) that features local names like visual artist Akio Segawa (pictured) and experimental composer Don Haugen.

October 2, 2014

Ivan Akhmetev and Tatiana Neshumova, two leading voices in Russian literature, will present a three-part lecture series, “Literary Life in Totalitarian Society: Russia, Then and Now,” beginning this week at the University of Oregon. In “Russian Poetry at the End of the Soviet Empire,” Akhmetev will recall government suppression of Soviet-era literature and the phenomenon of “deep underground” authors.

September 25, 2014

“And on the subject of burning books,” the great American writer Kurt Vonnegut once said, “I want to congratulate librarians … who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves … The America I love still exists at the front desk of our public libraries.” Amen. Celebrate free speech and the right to read whatever you damn well please 1-3pm Saturday, Sept.

September 25, 2014

We know them by their heretical handles — Rat Rod, Stevie Plunder, Bullet Brains, Marilyn Man-Slaughter — and by their general demeanor, which runs the gamut from aggressively confident to downright furious. The Emerald City Roller Girls open up the season Saturday, Sept. 27, with a home team round-robin tournament that puts the Andromedolls, Church of Sk8in and the Flat Track Furies on a oblong collision course of roller derby domination. If you crave a sporting spectacle of bumping, grinding and high-velocity antics, get thee to the track.

September 25, 2014

Head’s up Lane County banjo-lovers, someone made a movie for you. UO folklore grad student Bruno Seraphin’s 2012 film If I Had Wings to Fly follows the banjo-playing ramblings of Felix Eugene across the Appalachian Mountains. Although technically not a documentary, the film does feature the music, dance and oral traditions of the area as a “backdrop for characters exploring the joys and sorrows of being young and directionless.” This free, public screening is presented by the Oregon Folklife Network and the UO Folklore Program.

September 25, 2014

Putting the “fun” back in “fundraiser,” the Richard E. Wildish Community Theater in Springfield will hold Wildstock II, a benefit event bent on keeping the venue open by chipping away at rental rates.

September 11, 2014

Christine McKinley, author of Physics for Rock Stars and host of  the History Channel series “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded,” will explain exactly why nature abhors a vacuum when she gives a free talk 3pm Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Eugene Downtown Library.