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October 3, 2012 10:00 PM

One of the smallest and nicest farm stands in Eugene can be found in the courtyard of the Excelsior Inn on 13th Avenue. It is operated each Friday, July through October, by Angela Andre, manager of Excelsior Farm.

One of the smallest and nicest farm stands in Eugene can be found in the courtyard of the Excelsior Inn on 13th Avenue. It is operated each Friday, July through October, by Angela Andre, manager of Excelsior Farm. When Andre’s garlic caught my eye, it was the first I’d heard of Excelsior Farm. In the fall of 2009, the owner of the Excelsior Inn and Restorante, Maurizio Paparo, turned a 5-acre pasture on his property into a farm to supply the restaurant with fresh organic eggs and produce. He hired Andre, a veteran organic farmer, to set up and manage the farm.

October 3, 2012 10:00 PM

Art is as art does, and sometimes we find it in the most unusual of places.

Art is as art does, and sometimes we find it in the most unusual of places: Wallace Shawn, for instance, brought lower Manhattan audiences into posh bourgeois apartments to stage The Fever; Wayne Coyne gathered Flaming Lips fans into an Austin parking garage for his Zaireeka boom-box experiment; and another Wayne — Wayne Vajgert of Springfield — is hoping local art aficionados are willing to wander outside the gallery scene in order to view his growing collection of outlaw art.

September 19, 2012 10:00 PM

So you think the gardening year is winding down? Think again. We are entering the best all-around planting season of the year.

So you think the gardening year is winding down? Think again. We are entering the best all-around planting season of the year. Let’s start with vegetables. Depending on the weather, you can still get fall and winter harvests from sowings of lettuce, mache, arugula and other leafy greens, with or without protection from cloches or row covers. Carrots too. Kale, mustard and beets, planted now as starts, can yield from late fall through early spring. Enrich the beds for overwintering crops with compost before you plant, but don’t add too much fertilizer.

September 19, 2012 10:00 PM

Where do your loyalties lie? With your spouse? Your sex? Your child?  

Where do your loyalties lie? With your spouse? Your sex? Your child?  

When an 11-year-old boy gets a few teeth smashed out by a stick-wielding playmate, the appropriate thing for his conscientious parents to do is to invite the offender’s parents over for a conversation, maybe some clafouti and a drafted statement of the incident. In this comedy-of-no-manners, the polite conference quickly devolves into a rum-soaked battle of ego where well-heeled family folk are exposed for the flesh-eating Neanderthals they really are.

September 12, 2012 10:00 PM

Avast, ye son of a biscuit eater! Tales of treachery in the sweet trade lie ahead. 

Avast, ye son of a biscuit eater! Tales of treachery in the sweet trade lie ahead. 

That’s right, they’re back. Silvan Ridge Winery hosts The Poison Pen Players for another evening of hilarious homicide with AAARRRGH! PinkEye: A Pirate’s Parrot in Peril.

September 5, 2012 10:00 PM

I know I’m supposed to be writing about wine, and, oddly enough, a lot of people are interested in learning about the various wines. I’ll get around to wine. Promise.

I know I’m supposed to be writing about wine, and, oddly enough, a lot of people are interested in learning about the various wines. I’ll get around to wine. Promise. But these are ominous times, and as a hedge against what I fear might be an election that proves that super-rich oligarchs can simply buy a democracy and loot the public treasury with impunity, I’m trying to prepare myself.

I’m trying to learn Republican. It ain’t easy. The language is strange and the logic is twisted.

September 5, 2012 10:00 PM

Still on a performance high from its success in June, The Actors’ Table of Eugene (TATE) is back with another installment of selected scenes and monologues.

Still on a performance high from its success in June, The Actors’ Table of Eugene (TATE) is back with another installment of selected scenes and monologues. Flying under the banner of “Life’s Changes,” 22 Eugene actors will perform 16 of their favorite pieces. 

August 29, 2012 10:00 PM

Local rockers Cosmic Jelly are sort of an elusive band these days. They’re fading away into fond memory and separating officially, but it wouldn’t be like them to go out without a bang.

Local rockers Cosmic Jelly are sort of an elusive band these days. They’re fading away into fond memory and separating officially, but it wouldn’t be like them to go out without a bang. On Sept. 2 the group will have a screening and CD release day for their new video, “Let’s Talk About Poop,” which is designed to knock the shit (or should I say poop?) out of your ass.

August 22, 2012 10:00 PM

A red Texas-emblazoned, self-proclaimed pirate vehicle bears down on Eugene, laden with instruments (musical and otherwise) and the talented rogues who know how to use them. The Hellzapoppin’ Sideshow is a carnival of the grotesque, a touring troupe of human oddities performing feats of pain and handling it without batting a wing, like professionals of the underworld.

A red Texas-emblazoned, self-proclaimed pirate vehicle bears down on Eugene, laden with instruments (musical and otherwise) and the talented rogues who know how to use them. The Hellzapoppin’ Sideshow is a carnival of the grotesque, a touring troupe of human oddities performing feats of pain and handling it without batting a wing, like professionals of the underworld.

August 22, 2012 10:00 PM

As the annual Burning Man Festival approaches, Justin Lanphear prepares The Triceratops for its 385-mile journey to Black Rock City, Nev.

As the annual Burning Man Festival approaches, Justin Lanphear prepares The Triceratops for its 385-mile journey to Black Rock City, Nev. The repurposed Frito-Lay delivery van that now looks like a prehistoric beast is Eugene’s most prominent art car.

“About six years ago I realized I could buy a house, or I could build The Triceratops,” Lanphear says. “I realized that if I bought a house, I would never build the triceratops. So I found out where to get these decommissioned delivery vans, and I went for it.”

August 15, 2012 10:00 PM

Local sculptor Jud Turner continues to make waves in the art world with his stunning industrially inspired pieces. Not only is his work beautifully crafted, but each piece also challenges the viewer with a deeper cognitive message.

Local sculptor Jud Turner continues to make waves in the art world with his stunning industrially inspired pieces. Not only is his work beautifully crafted, but each piece also challenges the viewer with a deeper cognitive message.

“I put things together that weren’t made to go together,” Turner says. From recycled bike frames to scrap metal and steel, his medium is often harsh and mechanical, but the product is always gorgeous.  

August 8, 2012 10:00 PM

What better way to punctuate this beautiful, hot summer than with pride? The Eugene/Springfield 2012 Pride Festival, that is.

What better way to punctuate this beautiful, hot summer than with pride? The Eugene/Springfield 2012 Pride Festival, that is. The opening ceremonies start at noon on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Alton Baker Park ($5 sug. don.), and the celebration continues until 7pm. Trai La Trash and Daphne Bertha Storm will emcee, while bands from Wetsock to Sugar Tits keep the party hopping. The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Emerald Empire — featuring Miss Gay Pride Oregon 2012, among others — struts its stuff at 3pm, building anticipation for its Aug.

August 8, 2012 10:00 PM

Memory is a precious thing, and film allows us to capture moments that would otherwise be transitory. We take solace in those captured moments because sometimes memories can leave us — sometimes they can fade away and never return. That last part is exactly what installation artist Michelle Given wants her viewers to explore.

Memory is a precious thing, and film allows us to capture moments that would otherwise be transitory. We take solace in those captured moments because sometimes memories can leave us — sometimes they can fade away and never return. That last part is exactly what installation artist Michelle Given wants her viewers to explore. 

August 1, 2012 10:00 PM

Speaking of old, Eugene’s Very Little Theatre is completing its 84th season, now making it the longest continuously running community theater in the nation. As befits its octogenarian status, VLT has mounted a near-immaculate production of Peter Coke’s 1958 play Breath of Spring.

On March 4, 1513, the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon, on a valedictory commission from King Ferdinand, set out from Puerto Rico to find the rumored “Islands of Benimy.” He found Florida instead. It was only posthumously that writers began mythologizing de Leon’s voyage as a search for the mythical Fountain of Youth. What he was really searching for was gold, slaves and other imperial booty.

August 1, 2012 10:00 PM

For everyone who has ever wished that Cinderella would just pull herself up out of the ashes and tell her wicked stepsisters to go buckle their own bustles, Edith Weiss has written a charming makeover of the classic Grimm fairytale.

For everyone who has ever wished that Cinderella would just pull herself up out of the ashes and tell her wicked stepsisters to go buckle their own bustles, Edith Weiss has written a charming makeover of the classic Grimm fairytale. 

August 1, 2012 10:00 PM

If artist Martha Bowen could be described with only one word, that word might be “humble.” Along with her modest and genuine character, Bowen’s captivatingly beautiful watercolor paintings are true to her unassuming nature.

If artist Martha Bowen could be described with only one word, that word might be “humble.” Along with her modest and genuine character, Bowen’s captivatingly beautiful watercolor paintings are true to her unassuming nature. She’s traveled the world and brought images home for us to enjoy. 

Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Bowen now calls Eugene home, though her Latin roots seep through the canvas with vibrant colors and life. 

August 1, 2012 10:00 PM

The wines we’ll sip will be rosés, but not those schlocky-pink “blush” wines. Nope, these’re the real deal: dry, crisp, slightly chilled wines with complex flavors.

At last we’re getting hot. Well, not actually hot, at least not here in the moisty Willamette Valley. Elsewhere, all across the country (and wider world), people are baking in drought conditions, crops drying and dying, herds starving, swarms of locusts consuming every green leaf and shoot. “This is what global warming looks like,” said one climatologist.

July 25, 2012 10:00 PM

To all the people who grow and sell vegetable starts, thank you! Those little trays of baby plants, locally grown and ready to go, are well worth the money for a casual gardener like me.

To all the people who grow and sell vegetable starts, thank you! Those little trays of baby plants, locally grown and ready to go, are well worth the money for a casual gardener like me. I love eating out of the garden, but there are only two of us. I don’t need to grow a heap of food, and I don’t have a lot of time to harvest and put food by. Besides, I like to support the local farmers, who grow many things far better than I can.

July 25, 2012 10:00 PM

What can a person buy with $2.50 these days? A pack of gum? A ballpoint pen? Perhaps a single condom? Certainly not a gallon of gas anymore.

What can a person buy with $2.50 these days? A pack of gum? A ballpoint pen? Perhaps a single condom? Certainly not a gallon of gas anymore. But if you have a few bucks in your pocket Saturday, July 28, you can come away with some beautifully strange art, art supplies, CDs and who knows what else at Eugene Storefront Project’s (ESAP) Trailer Park Art Sale

July 25, 2012 10:00 PM

Just because you’re done with the past doesn’t mean the past is done with you. This is especially the case when it comes to love, as saloon manager Rose Waters (Amanda Lawrence) learns in The Silver Spur Saloon, the inaugural production by the Phoinix Players at their newly opened Red Cane Theatre.

Just because you’re done with the past doesn’t mean the past is done with you. This is especially the case when it comes to love, as saloon manager Rose Waters  (Amanda Lawrence) learns in The Silver Spur Saloon, the inaugural production by the Phoinix Players at their newly opened Red Cane Theatre.

July 18, 2012 10:00 PM

Painters, drawers, sculptors, photographers, dancers, printmakers, architects and other artisans must command the push and pull, yin and yang, hard and soft elements of their respective crafts in order to captivate their viewers.

‘Green Destiny’ by New Flesh
‘Kung Fu Allstars’ by Brent Cheshire
July 18, 2012 10:00 PM

After months of scouring, scrubbing and then completely refurbishing the former Asian market at 1075 Charnelton the hard-working troupe Phoinix Players at last have cut the ceremonial ribbon.

After months of scouring, scrubbing and then completely refurbishing the former Asian market at 1075 Charnelton, right next door to Ring of Fire, the hard-working troupe Phoinix Players at last have cut the ceremonial ribbon and opened the doors to Eugene’s latest addition to the theater community. Red Cane Theatre inaugurates its first season — its first everything, in fact — with a spectacular dinner-theater musical written by Red Cane director Mary Hulls and entitled Silver Spurs Saloon.

July 18, 2012 10:00 PM

Where do I belong? It’s a question we all sit with, perhaps never more strongly than in our 20s.

Where do I belong?  

It’s a question we all sit with, perhaps never more strongly than in our 20s.

It is a question that James can’t shake. As New Year’s Eve 1999 approaches, he returns to Road’s End, where the past can illuminate the future. 

July 18, 2012 10:00 PM

Kerry G. Wade carefully combines pragmatism and found objects in his handcrafted furniture on display at the Jacobs Gallery.

Kerry G. Wade carefully combines pragmatism and found objects in his handcrafted furniture on display at the Jacobs Gallery. His materials are simple: old water skis, toboggans, snow skis and board games. All are used, all are authentic and all are reminiscent of Wade’s childhood. 

“I love the nostalgia that vintage material brings about,” Wade says. “It brings a sort of mystery.”