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December 12, 2013 01:00 AM

“The four of us are kind of like sisters,” Vicki Silvers tells me over coffee pre-snowstorm at Noisette Pastry Kitchen, with her other “sister” Debbie Martin in tow. She’s speaking of the four women who make up WYMPROV!, a pioneering comedy improv group whose legacy in Eugene dates back more than two decades to its “Debut and Farewell” show at Agate Hall.

“The four of us are kind of like sisters,” Vicki Silvers tells me over coffee pre-snowstorm at Noisette Pastry Kitchen, with her other “sister” Debbie Martin in tow. She’s speaking of the four women who make up WYMPROV!, a pioneering comedy improv group whose legacy in Eugene dates back more than two decades to its “Debut and Farewell” show at Agate Hall. Martin nods, adding that the foursome is supportive of each other on stage and off, getting together for frequent dinners and continuing “to get together and play.”

December 5, 2013 01:40 AM

“Why Star Trek?” asks Christina Allaback, an adjunct theater professor at the University of Oregon. “Why not Star Trek?” Allaback is speaking about Trek Theatre, a new company aiming to bring stage works inspired by Star Trek: The Next Generation to Eugene’s growing theater scene.

“Why Star Trek?” asks Christina Allaback, an adjunct theater professor at the University of Oregon. “Why not Star Trek?”

December 5, 2013 01:00 AM

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week.

Eugene Contemporary Art’s 5th Public Process artist residency is coming to a close: The painter and ceramicist from Georgia, William Ruller, will be giving a free lecture 7 to 8 pm Dec. 5 at the Wave Gallery. The following night, 7 to 9 pm Dec. 6, ECA will host Animula at the Wave, featuring art produced while Ruller was in residency (free).

 

December 5, 2013 01:00 AM

I‘ve written so many of these columns (nearly 200 — zot!) that I can properly claim some traditions. This being December, annually I offer suggestions for seasonal winestuff for Giftmas. I’ve borrowed that term from a prodigy, Taryn Bazurto; it captures the vital thrust of this season without undue damage — I hope — to various religious inclinations among some readers.

I‘ve written so many of these columns (nearly 200 — zot!) that I can properly claim some traditions. This being December, annually I offer suggestions for seasonal winestuff for Giftmas. I’ve borrowed that term from a prodigy, Taryn Bazurto; it captures the vital thrust of this season without undue damage — I hope — to various religious inclinations among some readers. 

November 27, 2013 01:00 AM

If you’d been living in a swamp since you were seven, you might not be too concerned with personal hygiene either. Still, while he’s not the handsomest of guys, with his green skin, bulbous nose and trumpeting ears, Shrek has plenty of odoriferous humor and heart, and he’ll need both to save Duloc’s fairy tale creatures, rescue the princess and cope with his new sentimental feelings of … love? 

If you’d been living in a swamp since you were seven, you might not be too concerned with personal hygiene either. Still, while he’s not the handsomest of guys, with his green skin, bulbous nose and trumpeting ears, Shrek has plenty of odoriferous humor and heart, and he’ll need both to save Duloc’s fairy tale creatures, rescue the princess and cope with his new sentimental feelings of … love? 

November 27, 2013 01:00 AM

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week

Please resist Black Friday (or Brown Thursday, or whatever the people who camp outside Best Buy call it these days). If you must indulge in retail therapy, try walking off those Thanksgiving calories and buying some local art on Last Friday ArtWalk in the Whit Nov. 29. Pop into Paper Moon Photo Studio, 543 Blair Blvd., for the show Remember the Red featuring art by those in the community affected by HIV in observation of World Aids Day; donations go to the HIV Alliance.

November 27, 2013 01:00 AM

On Nov. 20, The Redoux Parlour and Grrrlz Rock joined forces at Territorial Vineyards to host a sold-out fundraising event to kickstart Eugene’s up-and-coming garment production house, Silver Lining.

On Nov. 20, The Redoux Parlour and Grrrlz Rock joined forces at Territorial Vineyards to host a sold-out fundraising event to kickstart Eugene’s up-and-coming garment production house, Silver Lining. Territorial’s back room dazzled with lights (which looked especially cool against a backdrop of wine barrels), music, chatter and the latest in local fashions from Sweet Skins, Revivall, Sew Fresh, Stitches by V, Kendra Grace, Sparkle Glitter Glow and Taylor Made (who ended the show with one hell of a maternity dress — see no. 11).

November 27, 2013 01:00 AM

Movies are grand, but theater is alive — something to remember as the 2013-2014 season settles into its groove. When we recline in our cozy seats before the big screen, we are supplicating before a product, a bit of prefabricated horseplay that, despite our various responses, is as inflexible and immutable as a ride on a roller coaster.

Movies are grand, but theater is alive — something to remember as the 2013-2014 season settles into its groove.

When we recline in our cozy seats before the big screen, we are supplicating before a product, a bit of prefabricated horseplay that, despite our various responses, is as inflexible and immutable as a ride on a roller coaster.

November 21, 2013 01:00 AM

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week

Not many captured Sid Vicious in intimate moments like photojournalist Eileen Polk, a friend of the punk icon. See her ’70s-era photography with images of Sid Vicious, Deborah Harry, The Ramones, New York Dolls and more at the Punk Icons: Images of the Original Scene 1974-1979 exhibit now through Jan. 14 at Cowfish, 62 W. Broadway; opening reception 6 to 9 pm Friday, Dec. 6.

 

November 21, 2013 01:00 AM

Combining history and outstanding hiking, the Santiam Wagon Road from Mountain House to House Rock passes through impressive old-growth Douglas fir forest and passes a waterfall and a large boulder that both Native Americans and American settlers used for shelter.

Combining history and outstanding hiking, the Santiam Wagon Road from Mountain House to House Rock passes through impressive old-growth Douglas fir forest and passes a waterfall and a large boulder that both Native Americans and American settlers used for shelter.

November 14, 2013 01:00 AM

Czech-born playwright Tom Stoppard was knighted as a British subject in 1997, a gesture of literary pomp that, while entirely deserved, nonetheless must have struck Sir Tom as a delicious twist of irony. As the author of such wickedly intelligent plays as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Arcadia, as well as a co-writer of the screenplay for Terry Gilliam’s dystopic masterpiece Brazil, Stoppard has made a name for himself as an uber-smart iconoclast of insanely inventive plays.

Czech-born playwright Tom Stoppard was knighted as a British subject in 1997, a gesture of literary pomp that, while entirely deserved, nonetheless must have struck Sir Tom as a delicious twist of irony.

November 14, 2013 01:00 AM

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week

See new work by Jud Turner like “Navadurga,” a skeleton mandala, at the New Zone Gallery’s “One Night Extravaganza” 7 pm Saturday, Nov. 16, — part of the Life in the Age of Steampunk exhibit; $10 adv., $12 door. Steampunk costumes encouraged. Also on display is the 500-pound steel “mech walker” by Archive Designs. This will be a good warm-up for Turner, who joins the Steampunk Exhibition at the Seoul Arts Center in South Korea March 2014.

 

November 14, 2013 01:00 AM

Walls can do amazing things for a garden. Here in Eugene we rarely see free-standing walls enclosing spaces, but retaining walls abound. I’ve visited many hillside gardens in Eugene that would be just about impossible to cultivate or enjoy without the transformative power of terracing and retaining walls. 

Walls can do amazing things for a garden. Here in Eugene we rarely see free-standing walls enclosing spaces, but retaining walls abound. I’ve visited many hillside gardens in Eugene that would be just about impossible to cultivate or enjoy without the transformative power of terracing and retaining walls. Materials vary. Poured concrete is practical and can also look great in certain settings. Railroad ties and treated lumber are relatively cheap. Concrete blocks of various kinds are popular, but to me they always look like an opportunity missed.

November 14, 2013 01:00 AM

At the North Crawford Mask & Wig Club, Central Connecticut’s finest community theater, Tom Newton is waxing philosophical on love, pure and complicated. “The way I see it,” he notes, “love and theater have a lot in common. They’re both seductive. They both make promises they can’t always keep. And they’re both chock-full of attractive people who are maybe just a little too addicted to drama.” 

At the North Crawford Mask & Wig Club, Central Connecticut’s finest community theater, Tom Newton is waxing philosophical on love, pure and complicated. 

“The way I see it,” he notes, “love and theater have a lot in common. They’re both seductive. They both make promises they can’t always keep. And they’re both chock-full of attractive people who are maybe just a little too addicted to drama.” 

November 7, 2013 01:00 AM

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week

Grab your flashlights because arts writer and photographer Bob Keefer is leading a flashlight-guided Second Friday Art Walk in Springfield from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Friday, Nov. 8, beginning at the City Hall Gallery, 225 5th St. On the crawl, be sure to pop into Springfield Museum for a show by the Oregon Fiber Artists; photographs of ancient ruins inspire many of the fiber art pieces.

 

November 7, 2013 01:00 AM

There’s nothing more attractive than a funny woman (or rather, a funny person). Forget what the world of advertising tries to tell us; true beauty doesn’t rest with spherical breasts south of a perfectly placed Monroe mole (or washboard abs south of a cleft chin). It lies with a person who can master perfect timing or who can observe the subtle hilarity in everyday life and discuss it on stage with only a microphone.

There’s nothing more attractive than a funny woman (or rather, a funny person). Forget what the world of advertising tries to tell us; true beauty doesn’t rest with spherical breasts south of a perfectly placed Monroe mole (or washboard abs south of a cleft chin). It lies with a person who can master perfect timing or who can observe the subtle hilarity in everyday life and discuss it on stage with only a microphone.

November 7, 2013 01:00 AM

Give thanks. Go ahead and feast, share a grand meal with friends and family. Sure, it’s not easy to feel celebratory in these times. Tea Party Republicans did all they could to undermine our confidence, to extol Ayn Rand’s absurd “virtue of selfishness” and to profane the very concept of communion. But this season and the impulses behind it are ancient: We celebrate the harvest.

Give thanks. Go ahead and feast, share a grand meal with friends and family. Sure, it’s not easy to feel celebratory in these times. Tea Party Republicans did all they could to undermine our confidence, to extol Ayn Rand’s absurd “virtue of selfishness” and to profane the very concept of communion. But this season and the impulses behind it are ancient: We celebrate the harvest. We come together as a community of families to share our bounty, even if we face a bleak winter.

October 31, 2013 01:00 AM

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week

Globally acclaimed New York City-based Dance Theatre of Harlem makes its only PNW stop 7:30 pm Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Hult. Eugene Ballet Company brings the “foremost African-American ballet company” to Eugene for one performance only: Agon, set to the works of Igor Stravinsky by the renowned Russian choreographer George Balanchine, originally premiered at the New York City Ballet in 1957. Known for its community outreach, Dance Theatre of Harlem will also present an Education Performance at the Hult Nov.

October 24, 2013 01:00 AM

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week

With Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq on the tips of our tongues, it’s easy to forget or simplify past quagmires — the Vietnam War for one. Vietnam vet and history buff Marc C. Waszkiewicz has made it his life’s work to make sure we don’t forget with his upcoming documentary, Viet Nam: An Inner View, set to premiere in 2014. Catch a sneak preview of Waszkiewicz’s oeuvre 7 pm Thursday, Oct. 24, at Tsunami Books.

October 24, 2013 01:00 AM

Brian Haimbach waited, watched and learned. His first year as the lead theater faculty at Lane Community College slipped by as Haimbach got to know the college and the community.

Brian Haimbach waited, watched and learned. His first year as the lead theater faculty at Lane Community College slipped by as Haimbach got to know the college and the community.

Now, he’s ready to bust out some change. 

Haimbach’s vision encompasses transfer degrees, acting competitions, community connections and the revamping of a vibrant old theater department.

October 17, 2013 01:00 AM

Journalist Robert K. Elder has authored one of those cool, catch-all books about the movies that should appeal to film fans of every stripe and persuasion. The Best Films You’ve Never Seen compiles interviews with directors defending their favorite overlooked or critically dismissed films.

Journalist Robert K. Elder has authored one of those cool, catch-all books about the movies that should appeal to film fans of every stripe and persuasion. The Best Films You’ve Never Seen compiles interviews with directors defending their favorite overlooked or critically dismissed films. Elder, editor-in-chief for Chicago Sun-Times Media Local, calls such films “outcast classics.”

October 17, 2013 01:00 AM

“Even if he was a communist, why would he have cards printed up?” the writer asks, hearing that General George Marshall has just been accused by Joseph McCarthy of being a card-carrying communist. It’s just another day at the office — the crazy, neurotic, hysterical office for Lucus (Zachary Twardowski) as he tries to make it as a comedy writer for a major comedian against the pressures of lowering network standards and Cold War propaganda.

“Even if he was a communist, why would he have cards printed up?” the writer asks, hearing that General George Marshall has just been accused by Joseph McCarthy of being a card-carrying communist. It’s just another day at the office — the crazy, neurotic, hysterical office for Lucus (Zachary Twardowski) as he tries to make it as a comedy writer for a major comedian against the pressures of lowering network standards and Cold War propaganda.

October 10, 2013 01:00 AM

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week

OSU’s 5th annual International Film Festival runs Oct. 14-20 at the Darkside Cinema in Corvallis. There’s pretty much something for everyone, from Student, a Crime and Punishment adaptation from Kazakhstan, to Parada, a Serbian comedy about a “crime boss who recruits his war buddies to provide protection for a gay pride march.” For show times, see http://wkly.ws/1ky.

 

October 10, 2013 01:00 AM

The Knights Who Say “Ni.” The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog and the Gorge of Eternal Peril. A three-headed giant, a sorcerer named Tim and that petulant French sentry who threatens to “fart in your general direction” before vowing to “taunt you a second time.”

The Knights Who Say “Ni.” The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog and the Gorge of Eternal Peril. A three-headed giant, a sorcerer named Tim and that petulant French sentry who threatens to “fart in your general direction” before vowing to “taunt you a second time.”