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May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

Some weekend during spring term of my sophomore year at college, a group of us decided to go rafting down the Columbia.

Some weekend during spring term of my sophomore year at college, a group of us decided to go rafting down the Columbia. An old, old friend of mine, Scott, organized the trip, with promises that he’d take care of everything. All I was to do was grab three or four of my college buddies, and provide a second car for setting out.

Scott’s purportedly well-nigh professional preparations consisted of: A raft, four mismatched paddles, two fifths of whiskey and six waterlogged life preservers that looked to be circa 1953 or so.

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

I went to the mild as the wild because I wished to deliberately expose only the essential facts of life and see if I could not uncover some truth in it.

I went to the mild as the wild because I wished to deliberately expose only the essential facts of life and see if I could not uncover some truth in it. This was not to affiliate myself with known outdoorsy visionaries (see nudehiker.blogspot.com for a Northwest example), those arbiters and champions of dignity and expressively non-sexual physical freedom.

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

In a crowd of writhing bodies that slip, splash, squirm and somersault through nearly 4 miles of muck, it won’t take long before you find yourself face down in a mud puddle the size of a small pond.

In a crowd of writhing bodies that slip, splash, squirm and somersault through nearly 4 miles of muck, it won’t take long before you find yourself face down in a mud puddle the size of a small pond. Sound like fun? Welcome to Eugene’s First Annual Dirty Dash!

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

We’re not talking the kind your mom bought at the gas station. We’re talking kamikaze hot.

Think you can handle hot wings? We’re not talking the kind your mom bought at the gas station. We’re talking kamikaze hot. Like airplanes-blowing-up-in-your-mouth hot. If you think you’ve got the chops — and the stomach — then Godspeed to you; you’re probably planning on competing at Hot Mama’s Wings’ Kamikaze Smackdown I Monday, May 14.

May 9, 2012 11:00 PM

What if Lady Macbeth and Richard III met in hell? What if a high schooler planned a bank heist?

What if Lady Macbeth and Richard III met in hell? What if a high schooler planned a bank heist?  

Or what if longtime Lane Community College professor Patrick Torelle were trying really hard retire, and the one-act plays he helped students craft still needed staging?

May 9, 2012 11:00 PM

Just like the herbaceous monstrosity at the heart of this campy musical romp, the cult appeal of Little Shop of Horrors just keeps on growing.

Just like the herbaceous monstrosity at the heart of this campy musical romp, the cult appeal of Little Shop of Horrors just keeps on growing. But if you’ve merely seen the movie starring Steve Martin and Rick Moranis, you only know half the story. 

May 2, 2012 11:00 PM

There are some weekends where so much is going on, it’s hard to suggest any one event over the others. This is one of those weekends.

There are some weekends where so much is going on, it’s hard to suggest any one event over the others. This is one of those weekends, but we thought we’d give it a shot with a few choice cuts.

May 2, 2012 11:00 PM

Saturday, April 21, the Emerald City Roller Girls all-star Skatesaphrenics took on the San Francisco ShEvil Dead in Eugene.

Saturday, April 21, the Emerald City Roller Girls all-star Skatesaphrenics took on the San Francisco ShEvil Dead in Eugene. Using strong pack control to pile on the points during the ShEvil Dead’s many trips to the penalty box, the Skatesaphrenics dominated from start to finish winning 206-102.

May 2, 2012 11:00 PM

Allihalla by Alli Ditson

Man shorts by Jeremy Covert

Shady lady by Annie Rupp

Revivall clothing by Laura Lee Laroux

Spandex Body + Richard Quigly by Marcia Knee

May 2, 2012 11:00 PM

Something is happening in folksy little Pleasant Hill. And I don’t know what it is.

Something is happening in folksy little Pleasant Hill. And I don’t know what it is.

April 25, 2012 11:00 PM
#MUTLIPLE#

Remember when everyone’s game console was the original Nintendo and the control pad only had two buttons? When “Duck Hunt” was the only shooter and you sometimes had to blow into the cartridges to make them work?

Remember when everyone’s game console was the original Nintendo and the control pad only had two buttons? When “Duck Hunt” was the only shooter and you sometimes had to blow into the cartridges to make them work? 

In those days, when the home console wasn’t enough to satiate our videogame cravings, we went to the arcade. Hell, we went just to play games with cooler graphics and more buttons, to escape ourselves and become fantastical characters in surreal worlds — if only for a quarter’s worth of time.

April 25, 2012 11:00 PM

“Hollywood’s taking over the world,” declares one of the cast members during the introductions, and this slightly bemused, somewhat nauseated proclamation sets a nice tone.

“Hollywood’s taking over the world,” declares one of the cast members during the introductions, and this slightly bemused, somewhat nauseated proclamation sets a nice tone for the freewheeling barrage that is Very Little Theater’s current production of Completely Hollywood (Abridged) by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, with additional material by Dominic Conti. 

April 25, 2012 11:00 PM

Mari Livie is more than a talented local artist; she is an advocate for the residents of Eugene.

Mari Livie is more than a talented local artist; she is an advocate for the residents of Eugene. From her beginnings, sewing at home, to her tenure spent studying ceramics at the UO, Livie has always exuded the spirit of creativity and an appreciation for the environment. 

“The natural world is a really indispensible part of my life and happiness,” Livie says. “I want to help increase the person’s relationship with the natural world.”

April 25, 2012 11:00 PM

How can we examine a culture that mass media have so mired down with images of car bombs, burkas and the occasional Disney-sponsored flying carpet?

What if Baghdad meant “City of Peace” instead of standing as a war zone? How can we examine a culture that mass media have so mired down with images of car bombs, burkas and the occasional Disney-sponsored flying carpet?

April 18, 2012 11:00 PM

The award-winning work of Colorado-based filmmaker Stacey Steers comprises thousands of handmade paper cuttings, collages and individually painted drawings. It can take Steers years to create the artwork seen in her animated films, which average about eight individual images per second of animation. And now, in an even more painstaking and detail-oriented feat of artistry, Steers has created an installation piece to highlight her dark, surreal 2011 flick, Night Hunter

April 18, 2012 11:00 PM

Keeping in mind the immense amount of time it must take most small theaters to produce a seamless, well-crafted performance of Arthur Laurents’ 1959 musical, Gypsy.

Keeping in mind the immense amount of time it must take most small theaters to produce a seamless, well-crafted performance of Arthur Laurents’ 1959 musical, Gypsy — with its countless costumes, 17 settings, monstrous cast and big-band charts — Cottage Theatre proves its ability to transcend the efforts of “most” small theaters by displaying their production with a lack of tack.

April 18, 2012 11:00 PM

Lord Leebrick Theatre is once again encouraging aspiring writers to get their scribble on with Northwest Ten, a festival of 10-minute plays.

Lord Leebrick Theatre is once again encouraging aspiring writers to get their scribble on with Northwest Ten, a festival of 10-minute plays. This year’s theme, Writing On The Wall, implies broken rules and unexpected insights. Among the truths revealed this time around: God is a fish, frat boys make really creepy trees and pink glitter brings out the blood splatters in a protest sign.

April 12, 2012 12:00 AM

Brian, a straight-laced architect, finds himself going nuts as he tries to deal with his crazy family.

Brian, a straight-laced architect, finds himself going nuts as he tries to deal with his crazy family. It’s hard to come home to a mom with an enthusiasm for fairies and a mad-inventor father who is attempting to create a chicken vacuum to ease the flow of fowl from pen to truck.

Sound familiar?

April 12, 2012 12:00 AM

The beautiful old Lighthouse church has been reclaimed as a theater as well as a sacred space, so what could be more fitting than opening with an updated production of Godspell?

The beautiful old Lighthouse church has been reclaimed as a theater as well as a sacred space, so what could be more fitting than opening with an updated production of Godspell? New Hope International’s creative arts director, Steve Kenny, notes there are several reasons to be thrilled about the new venue and the old classic.

April 12, 2012 12:00 AM

Do you love art? How about supporting programs that foster the arts and education for kids in local schools?

Do you love art? How about supporting programs that foster the arts and education for kids in local schools? Do you dig really good music and the kindness of a strong cocktail (or two)? Then you probably need to make your way down to the Midnight in Manhattan event at the Schnitzer. 

With the grooves of Satin Love Orchestra set to funk up the Coeta and Donald Barker Gallery, an art installation by Eugene artist Terry Holloway, the help of Ninkasi, Hard Times Distillery and SLUG Queen Holly GoSlugly, this is an evening that is set to pop off. 

April 11, 2012 11:00 PM

When the great March snowfall struck the Willamette Valley, I was basking in unseasonably warm New York sunshine. As we landed in Eugene a few days later, piles of grayish snow at the airport were still evident. 

When the great March snowfall struck the Willamette Valley, I was basking in unseasonably warm New York sunshine. As we landed in Eugene a few days later, piles of grayish snow at the airport were still evident. But by far the more powerful testimony was the carnage we saw among the trees. The streets were mostly cleared but broken branches were piled everywhere, in front yards, medians and park strips. The first thing we noticed was that most of the destruction seemed to involve purple leafed plums, which had been in full, ravishing pink bloom when the snow fell. 

April 5, 2012 12:00 AM

Four lead changes and one tie kept the crowd on its feet. Sacred City opened up leads. Emerald City obliterated them. 

For the first 25 minutes of the hour-long March 24 bout between the host Sacred City Derby Girls of Sacramento and the Emerald City Roller Girls, the seating in the small, crowded venue seemed superfluous. Four lead changes and one tie kept the crowd on its feet. Sacred City opened up leads. Emerald City obliterated them. Up 26-24, Sacred City took a 21-point lead off 10-0 and 9-0 scoring runs by Jamn’ Jewlz and The 4Closer respectively. But Emerald City was not going down easily. They regained the lead on the next two frames.

April 5, 2012 12:00 AM

Maybe the great poet T. S. Eliot had it right and April is the cruelest month, but March has been pretty nasty, and not just for weather.

Maybe the great poet T. S. Eliot had it right and April is the cruelest month, but March has been pretty nasty, and not just for weather. Pick a region, pick a country, and we often find nightmare tales of human cruelty. It seems a particularly vicious time for violent repression, especially of women — oh, and journalists (more than 900 killed since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists), anyone inclined to speak truth.

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

The colorful vibrancy of the Whiteaker with its pastel houses and the fecund dishevel of its front-yard gardens can be credited to bohemian culture. However, to overlook Kari Johnson’s contributions to that neighborhood would be equivalent  to failing an acid test or choking through a bong rip — just flat out un-Eugenean.  Johnson, a resident and artist of the Whiteaker for more than twenty years, has brush-stroked and stippled her way into the position of neighborhood muralist. Her work is as outspoken as it is tasteful.