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March 23, 2017

A group of 12 local artists are coming together to do an art show and benefit called Friends with Heart for the Community Veterinary Center (CVC). CVC is a nonprofit that provides veterinary services for the pets of low-income individuals. All the money from this event will go to CVC so it can build a surgical facility. At the moment, CVC is sending pets in need of surgery to for-profit veterinarians and helping their customers pay for the costs, which is expensive.

March 23, 2017

Now that the weather is getting nicer, many Eugeneans are pulling out their bikes and starting to commute the green way. But if your buns are sore or knees are creaking with every stroke of the pedal, you may want to go to the Getting Fit to Be Fit bicycle fitting clinic with Jay Loew. Loew is a licensed body geometry fit expert who has performed hundreds of fittings. He hopes his free clinic will help dispel some of the misinformation surrounding bike fittings.

March 16, 2017

Hippies want to protest it; punks want to complain about it; Gen Xers just want to avoid it. And Millennials — said to be an optimistic generation, and judging from their voracious appetite for up-tempo EDM and DJ culture — well, they seem to just want to dance about it. Musician, producer and all around knob-twiddling whiz kid Jackson Stell (a.k.a. Big Wild) is one of dance music’s hottest young acts.

March 16, 2017

In 1980, an organization was formed based on the radical notion that human beings should always have access to nutritious food and dignified shelter. The founder of Food Not Bombs, Keith McHenry, started the non-profit after seeing food at his local grocery store thrown out every day. Today the organization that started in Boston has spread to 65 countries and has over 1,000 chapters, according to McHenry.

March 16, 2017

Pull up your green pants and pull out the shamrocks, it’s time to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in Irish style. If you’re in the mood to drink on Friday, head over Mohawk Tavern for its St. Pat’s Party with rock band Piksix starting at 9 pm, no cover. Luckey’s will have DJ Evergreen playing at their party, along with Fortune's Folly (pictured) for their CD release show starting at 10 pm, $5. Reeble Jar and Quick and Easy Boys will play funk and rock music at McShane’s at 9 pm, $9 cover.

March 9, 2017

Kelly Middle School will be hosting the Benito Juárez Celebration this Friday to recognize and celebrate Latino students and families. Fernell López, the bilingual family liaison at Kelly, says there will be music at 5:30 pm then dinner from 6 to 7 pm, which will be “homemade food by a lot of our Latina moms.” López says he views the night as an opportunity for Latino students to recognize and celebrate their heritage.

March 9, 2017

Whether you feel nervous about natural disasters or avoid thinking about them entirely, you’ll certainly find value in Lucy Jones, Ph.D's lecture on natural disasters and community resilience. Jones is a longtime researcher and founder of the new nonprofit, the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, which focuses on filling in the communication gap between scientists and decision-makers.

March 9, 2017

Nobel Peace Prize winner Óscar Arias Sánchez “took measures to deal with Costa Rica’s heavy foreign debt and other economic problems, but his main interest was in trying to restore peace and political stability to the war-torn countries of Central America,” according to the PeaceJam Foundation. Arias was elected president of Costa Rica in 1986 and again in 2006, and his early efforts in office earned him Nobel laureate status in 1987. PeaceJam itself has been nominated for the Peace Prize nine times.

March 1, 2017

Reaching far back and tapping into that original font of American pop — everything from the percussive jolt of Jerry Lee Lewis to the proto-rockabilly of Buddy Holly to the bluesy croon of Elvis — Eugene’s own Daddy Rabbit unabashedly bucks the latest fads in favor of orthodox, old-fashioned rock-and-roll done the way Grammy and Gramps liked it.

March 1, 2017

Literature fans are in for a treat this week at the Northwest Women Writers Symposium. Bestselling author Ayana Mathis will deliver a keynote and participate in a panel on her novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.

March 1, 2017

Ninety people showed up for the February meeting of the new South Willamette Valley Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and interest is growing. NOW Chapter President Laurie Notaro says the previous NOW in the area went defunct some years ago, but as of now, there’s a new NOW in town. NOW bills itself as the “largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States,” and Notaro says the local chapter’s first meeting in January drew 50 people simply through word of mouth and a Facebook event.

February 23, 2017

Five environmental activists currently facing felony charges in four states for temporarily shutting down fossil fuel pipelines to fight climate change will discuss their nonviolent direction action this weekend. The “valve turner” protest was in response “to a call from the Standing Rock Sioux for international prayer and action on the growing climate emergence,” organizers say. On Oct.

February 23, 2017

In the wake of the Women’s March on Washington this past January, local women-ran group Makeba Arts and Entertainment is keeping the party going with their upcoming Mardi Gras themed shindig. Makeba Arts and Entertainment is a decade in the making and consistently aims to create a diverse, female-centered arts and music culture in Eugene. The two women behind the scenes are Shea Baker, who spent 12 years in nonprofit women’s healthcare, and Merrill Moore, a real estate broker whose passion lies in advocating for women’s rights.

February 23, 2017

Punk rock cool dad Mike Watt is best known for his work as bassist and vocalist with insanely influential bands like The Minutemen and fIREHOSE. Since then Watt has remained remarkably prolific, getting down with his gruff and utterly unique self in a variety of projects and on all sorts of stages, most recently with his band The Missingmen. Watt’s latest album, rumored to be released any minute now, is tentatively called Big Nuts Yonder — why? Because he’s Mike Watt, and he does what he wants.

February 16, 2017

For the first time in three years, four regional peace choirs will come together in Eugene for a reunion concert called Let Peace Begin with Me. The peace choir movement in our region, according to Eugene Peace Choir coordinator Julia Linebarger-Taylor, started in 1984 with two sisters. “They protested the shipment of toxic stuff by train through Eugene. They got on the tracks and sang in protest.” The peace choir movement sprang from there, and as members left the region they started their own choirs in other parts of the valley.

February 16, 2017

This weekend is bookended by three legendary punk bands visiting Eugene. First comes Sham 69, Friday at Luckey’s Cigar Club. One of the most popular acts from England’s ’70s-era punk explosion, Sham 69 is known for the punk anthem “If The Kids are United,” as well as a general sense of working class populism. Then, on Monday, some West Coast hardcore veterans, DOA and MDC (Millions of Dead Cops) stop by the Hi Fi Lounge. Canadian act DOA is said to have helped innovate hardcore punk alongside bands like Black Flag and The Germs.

February 16, 2017

Cue hectic music from seemingly nowhere, follow that up with mind-boggling introduction that leaves your head spinning, and voilà — Welcome to Night Vale. Cecil, the good-hearted yet gossip-addicted news reporter welcomes us to his radio show about the incredibly normal, yet completely screwy, town of Night Vale. This quaint city and its inhabitants are overrun by every conspiracy theory and apocalyptic plot twist imaginable. To them, however, these occurrences are nothing out of the ordinary — even a day when it rains animal corpses.

February 9, 2017

It may sound lovey-dovey for Valentine’s Day, but Affair of the Heart is more interested in keeping you healthy and happy than finding you a partner. “We have vendors from a lot of different local clients, and it’s all geared towards a healthy lifestyle for women in all aspects,” co-organizer Amanda Burd says. Three talks put on by McKenzie Willamette Medical Center will cover varicose veins, diabetes and the thematically relevant broken heart syndrome. Attending can help the community too.

February 9, 2017

Stomp your feet and flap your wings, it’s time to Move Like a Mammoth! The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is bringing its exhibit to the library in a free event for grade-schoolers. “It’s a family event where kids and their families can learn about Pleistocene animals or ice age animals,” says museum educator Mia Jackson. “They get to explore the different adaptations these animals have and act them out.” Kids and parents alike will learn about Pleistocene-era animals like mammoths, sabertooth cats and giant sloths.

February 9, 2017

There will be 90 vendors with a variety of “breeds and ages of chickens, waterfowl, quail, peafowl, guinea fowl, turkeys, doves and pigeons, rabbits, cavies and hatching eggs” at the Oregon Poultry Swap Winter Poultry and Homesteading Faire this weekend. Among the most dramatic chicken breeds poultry perusers will encounter is the ayam cemani, an Indonesian chicken breed whose feathers, skin, meat and bones are all black.

February 2, 2017

Theater students from Springfield’s Academy of Arts & Academics (A3) high school will premiere A Very Incomplete History of the Blue Planet, an all-original work created by playwright Mallery Avidon and the students themselves. “Working on a play that is still being written means that, as the playwright heard the actors working, it inspired re-writes and refinement,” says director Andrew Hock, an A3 instructor.

February 2, 2017

Feeling feisty with fascist executive orders raining down every day? 350 Eugene wants to help you direct your energy in a meaningful way with Non-Violent Direct Action Advanced Skills Training. The keynote will be Leonard Higgins, a prominent environmental activist who’s facing trial soon for a protest in which “a few people shut down all of the tar sands coming in from Canada,” according to organizer Sandra Clark. The training will include a variety of different options for activists of all stripes, Clark says. “This is a civil disobedience training.

February 2, 2017

 “But race is the child of racism, not the father,” journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in his 2015 Between the World and Me, a book that takes the form of letters to his son and that was lauded as “required reading” by famed African-American novelist Toni Morrison. Coates, national correspondent for The Atlantic, 2015 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, comes to Eugene Feb.

January 26, 2017

The feature debut from director Garth Davis, Lion tells the incredible true-life story (based on the memoir A Long Way Home) of Saroo Bierley, who as a 5-year-old boy (Sunny Pawar) in India falls asleep on an empty train and travels some 1,600 kilometers to Calcutta, where — utterly lost and alone, and unable to speak Bengali — he falls in with street children, is nearly abducted, twice, before ending up in an orphanage, from where he is adopted out to Australian parents (David Wenham and Nicole Kidman).