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July 4, 2012 11:00 PM

It’s July, and DIVA is showcasing two vibrant and unusual artists possessing a style and ingenuity well-worth checking out.

It’s July, and DIVA is showcasing two vibrant and unusual artists possessing a style and ingenuity well-worth checking out. Painter and theater designer Jerry Williams will showcase his large-scale paintings, which will be moved eventually to the Bijou’s newly remodeled theater in August. “It will be a challenge to see how many of these big paintings I can fit into DIVA,” Williams says. 

Williams says he was inspired to take on these giant paintings after years of set design for theaters such as the Hult Center, UO Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and more. 

July 4, 2012 11:00 PM

According to local writer and actor Judith McKenzie, her latest project, the Actors’ Table of Eugene (T.A.T.E.), takes its cue from an unintentional invention by her late sister, Seattle actress Jane Marie Kinney.

According to local writer and actor Judith McKenzie, her latest project, the Actors’ Table of Eugene (T.A.T.E.), takes its cue from an unintentional invention by her late sister, Seattle actress Jane Marie Kinney.

“They always sat at the same table, and the owner took to calling it ‘The Actors’ Table,’” McKenzie says of The Actors’ Table of Seattle, named after a table at the Comet Tavern on Seattle’s Capitol Hill where Judith’s sister and other actors regularly met for drinks and discussion.

July 4, 2012 11:00 PM

EMFC Azul, Eugene’s premier women’s soccer team, had a weekend of ties at home: The first, against Issaquah Soccer Club came down to stoppage time.

EMFC Azul, Eugene’s premier women’s soccer team, had a weekend of ties at home: The first, against Issaquah Soccer Club came down to stoppage time. “It was a real barn-burner,” says Evon Smith, Azul’s coordinator and perhaps the team’s most loyal fan. In a last-ditch effort, Eugene Metro Fútbol Club (EMFC) put an equalizing header between the goalposts from a corner kick that rang in the final whistle, much to the chagrin of the opposing coach.

July 4, 2012 11:00 PM

The Fourth of July is a special holiday, when Americans — regardless of race, religion or creed — gather together to celebrate independence and appreciate explosives.

The Fourth of July is a special holiday, when Americans — regardless of race, religion or creed — gather together to celebrate independence and appreciate explosives. 

Sure, the country may be in the death-clutch of brutal economic recession. Yes, one could make the case that our nation is experiencing an identity crisis in which cultural, demographic and socioeconomic distinctions are dividing and conquering us. But that doesn’t mean we can’t gather ‘round and watch things blow up, for “old times’ sake.” Right?

July 4, 2012 11:00 PM

Local art enthusiasts accustomed to cruising exhibits, lectures and readings at The WAVE Gallery space will discover a pivotal change in the life of the gallery.

Local art enthusiasts accustomed to cruising exhibits, lectures and readings at The WAVE Gallery space will discover a pivotal change in the life of the gallery. Former owner, artist and entrepreneur Sabrina Jackson is turning over the space to local nonprofit Eugene Contemporary Art (ECA). 

“The answer to keeping independent art alive in Eugene is not to try to make money off of selling it in the traditional gallery format,” Jackson says, “but more so in engaging the community in education and art-related events through nonprofit organizations.”

July 4, 2012 11:00 PM

I just wanted to make a bit of sense about wine. Silly, because so often wine involves feelings, not reason.

I just wanted to make a bit of sense about wine. Silly, because so often wine involves feelings, not reason.

June 27, 2012 11:00 PM

Some 600 years ago, at the battle of Agincourt, British forces clashed with the French in a field of mud — a carnage of superiorly armored French nobility and their horses sliding to collective death in the soggy soil.

Some 600 years ago, at the battle of Agincourt, British forces clashed with the French in a field of mud — a carnage of superiorly armored French nobility and their horses sliding to collective death in the soggy soil. Replace the soldiers with a gaggle of comedians, singers and dancing girls, and you have the riotously uncontrolled, hysterically slippery Spamalot.

June 27, 2012 11:00 PM

Photographer Rachel E. Rainwater has returned from her travels in Europe, and she’s got the photographs to prove it.

Photographer Rachel E. Rainwater has returned from her travels in Europe, and she’s got the photographs to prove it. Originally from N.Y., Rainwater studied photojournalism  at Rochester Institute of Technology, but her love affair with the lens began long before her college degree. 

“I was very little when I started. Like anyone, you get a toy camera and kind of go crazy with it. I guess I never got over that,” she says. 

Rainwater found her heart in the darkroom during her teen years. “I realized this is what I needed to do,” she says. 

June 27, 2012 11:00 PM

Among the many tart, tangy pleasures of The Glass Menagerie at Cottage Theatre you can count the thrill of love at first sight — the opening glimpse of director Alan Beck’s set design.

Among the many tart, tangy pleasures of The Glass Menagerie at Cottage Theatre you can count the thrill of love at first sight — the opening glimpse of director Alan Beck’s set design. Awash in a mauve glow hinting at sepia-tones and rust, the stage becomes a diorama (or vivisection) of Tennessee Williams' fictional St. Louis flat: The apartment, and all that goes on inside, is viewed through the spiny exoskeleton of the tenement's beams and girders.

June 27, 2012 11:00 PM

At first glance Richard Lewis might just look like a surly old white man who has every intention of keeping that baseball you threw into his yard, but the minute you strike up a conversation you’ll probably be ready to forsake the ball in place of escaping Lewis’ neuroses.

At first glance Richard Lewis might just look like a surly old white man who has every intention of keeping that baseball you threw into his yard, but the minute you strike up a conversation you’ll probably be ready to forsake the ball in place of escaping Lewis’ neuroses.

June 20, 2012 11:00 PM

EMFC Azul’s June 15 home match against Portland Rain may not have gone completely according to plan, but nevertheless the Eugene Women’s Premier Soccer team showed great determination and defensive prowess in attempting to keep their northern rivals

EMFC Azul’s June 15 home match against Portland Rain may not have gone completely according to plan, but nevertheless the Eugene Women’s Premier Soccer team showed great determination and defensive prowess in attempting to keep their northern rivals, who lead EMFC (Eugene Metro Fútbol Club) by one position in the Northwest league, at bay.

June 20, 2012 11:00 PM

First impression tells you that Eugene-based playwright Cassi Holmes was once that quiet girl in a summer dress who regularly had her pigtails pulled by mean boys during recess.

First impression tells you that Eugene-based playwright Cassi Holmes was once that quiet girl in a summer dress who regularly had her pigtails pulled by mean boys during recess. Holmes exudes a sort of bemused thoughtfulness, and her blue eyes sparkle with the punch line to a joke she has yet to formulate. Her manner is halting but generous, and she is quick to bite off a sentence if she thinks you have something to say.

June 13, 2012 11:00 PM

A young woman shows up in New York City with her heart quite literally on her sleeve.

A young woman shows up in New York City with her heart quite literally on her sleeve. This innocent is taken in by every type of con man imaginable, as she tries to make a living as a taxi dancer at the seedy Fandango Ballroom.

A perfect cautionary tale for teens, right?

Whether or not they get the message, the folks at Shedd Theatricals have seen fit to let young people take over the telling of Sweet Charity, which opens Thursday, June 14, at the Shedd. Teens make up nearly one-third of the cast. 

June 13, 2012 11:00 PM

Encaustic painting is an acquired skill that is by no means easy to master.

Encaustic painting is an acquired skill that is by no means easy to master. It involves the careful melting and pigment alteration of heated beeswax, which is then applied as a paste. Think of it like painting with a medium far more difficult than acrylic, and then imagine trying to make your creations not look like crocodile crap on a canvas; this, Marianne Clancy has on lock.

“I moved away after living here in the ‘70s,” says Clancy. “Now my daughter is at the University studying and I am ‘home’ again in Eugene.”

June 6, 2012 11:00 PM

Rain fell hard on Friday, June 1, as Eugene Metro Azul Women’s Fútbol Club (EMFC) took the pitch for their first home game of the season.

Rain fell hard on Friday, June 1, as Eugene Metro Azul Women’s Fútbol Club (EMFC) took the pitch for their first home game of the season. The stands, home to a 620-person crowd of screaming fans of all ages, became a puddle-ridden waterway only minutes after the starting whistle was blown. But the atmosphere at South Eugene High School was jovial and spirited, with feet stomping against the metal and hordes of fans engaging in chants each time the excitement level on the pitch rose.

June 6, 2012 11:00 PM

Local painter John Babbs died in April, but his artwork survives him.

Local painter John Babbs died in April, but his artwork survives him. A prolific member of Eugene’s art scene, Babbs made countless friends playing basketball at the YMCA, was one of Ken Kesey’s original Merry Pranksters and was an initial participant in Kesey’s Acid Test. But later in his life, Babbs’ interest turned to fly fishing and painting. 

 “I’d describe his technique as rustic with a psychedelic edge,” says Ken Babbs, John’s brother.

June 6, 2012 11:00 PM

This year, after decades as a teacher of writing and literature at Lane Community College, I’m finally retiring, takin’ off my chaps, hangin’ up my spurs, drapin’ my guns over the bedpost, kickin’ off my boots and slouchin’ to the rockin’ chair. 

This year, after decades as a teacher of writing and literature at Lane Community College, I’m finally retiring, takin’ off my chaps, hangin’ up my spurs, drapin’ my guns over the bedpost, kickin’ off my boots and slouchin’ to the rockin’ chair. And lest some tax-dodgin’ right-wingnut works up a froth about my becoming a PERS burden, I’d like to point out that I’ve paid my dues: I’m 69, started paying taxes when I was 16, taught my first college-level class at UO in 1966, did 10 years at UO, five years at PSU, taught my first class for LCC in 1981. I’ve never had a summer off.

May 30, 2012 11:00 PM

"UO student-athletes are well-rounded students with diverse interests that extend beyond their athletics pursuits."

“Student-athletes are often recognized for their accomplishments in their respective sports. However, UO student-athletes are well-rounded students with diverse interests that extend beyond their athletics pursuits.”

These are the words of Rob Mullens, director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Oregon, lending his perspective on a remarkably unique new exhibit that just opened at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

May 30, 2012 11:00 PM

In the age of the quick fix and pop-up porn, you gotta hand it to E.L. James for hoodwinking the hoi polloi into dicking around with something as atavistic and temperate as on-the-page erotica.

In the age of the quick fix and pop-up porn, you gotta hand it to E.L. James for hoodwinking the hoi polloi into dicking around with something as atavistic and temperate as on-the-page erotica. Fifty Shades of Grey — the first installment in a trilogy of erotic novels that started online as Twilight fanfiction — sold more than 10 million copies in six weeks in the U.S. alone. This, despite repeated assaults by high-brow literary critics as well as pop sexpert Dr.

May 30, 2012 11:00 PM

Well-written literary junk food is a fantastic palate cleanser for people whose job it is to read a lot of nonfiction.

Well-written literary junk food is a fantastic palate cleanser for people whose job it is to read a lot of nonfiction. When you throw sex into the mix — especially forbidden sex — you’ve got entertainment plus the antidote to becoming a snob who wants to look down on whatever is trendy in popular literature.

May 30, 2012 11:00 PM

Like the films of Christopher Guest (especially Waiting for Guffman) and the Prairie Home broadcasts of Garrison Keillor, John Cariani’s Almost, Maine sports a veneer of pleasantly skewed gentility.

Like the films of Christopher Guest (especially Waiting for Guffman) and the Prairie Home broadcasts of Garrison Keillor, John Cariani’s Almost, Maine — now at the Very Little Theatre — sports a veneer of pleasantly skewed gentility. The play’s sentimental surfaces appear ready-made for the fuzzy liberalism that hums like a bumble across the honeyed airwaves of NPR.

May 30, 2012 11:00 PM

“You can’t change history!” cries abolitionist author Harriet Beecher Stowe. And with a quick, knowing smile, Tom replies: “No, but you can change who writes it.”

“You can’t change history!” cries abolitionist author Harriet Beecher Stowe. And with a quick, knowing smile, Tom replies: “No, but you can change who writes it.”

May 23, 2012 11:00 PM

When Peggy Kelsey met a group of 14 Afghan women in the fall of 2002 in Austin, Texas, she was inspired by their strength, motivation and activism.

When Peggy Kelsey met a group of 14 Afghan women in the fall of 2002 in Austin, Texas, she was inspired by their strength, motivation and activism. In 2003 Kelsey traveled to Afghanistan, and from her experience there grew her photography project “Portraits of Afghan Women.”

Kelsey says that when she first arrived in Afghanistan, she was discouraged by the political events affecting the country. Upon meeting the women, however, she experienced a feeling of optimism.

May 16, 2012 11:00 PM

There is sartorial talent galore out Cottage Grove.

There is sartorial talent galore out Cottage Grove, and local fashion mavens, clotheshorses, slink-a-bees and sex kittens would be fools to miss Arcade Theater’s 6th-annual Fashion Show, which will bring together 14 of the Grove’s best threadheads for an extravaganza of design, DJing and flashing cameras. An opening night fundraiser takes place Thursday, May 17, at Opal Center & Arcade Theater (513 E. Main St., Cottage Grove), followed by 7:30 pm shows all weekend, May 18-20. Tickets at door; prices, times, details & such at 505-4099.