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Blood Sugar Sex Lama? After His Holiness speaks at Matthew Knight arena May 10, he heads to Portland where the Red Hot Chili Peppers will serenade him, preceded by a Q&A with His Holiness hosted by Anthony Kiedis. Warning: This is not a joke.

Alt-rapper Tyler, The Creator performs with Earl Sweatshirt at WOW Hall Sunday, May 12, hot off his Mountain Dew commercial controversy. A Syracuse professor accused the now-pulled ad, featuring a beat-up white woman identifying a suspect from a line-up of all black men, as being racist. Tyler, who developed the ad for PepsiCo., called the accusation “ridiculous.”  Tyler is touring for his critically acclaimed 3rd studio album, Wolf, but don’t bother trying to nab tickets; the show has been sold out for about three years. 

Does anyone else feel like planet Earth, and Eugene specifically, has a beer/food/music/book/art/film/fairy/cupcake festival every week? This week is no exception. The perennial Willamette Valley Music Festival on the UO campus runs noon to midnight Saturday, May 11, with three stages and 14 bands including Water Tower, the Shook Twins and Maca Rey. See for details.

Another festival, you say? Get ready for the weeklong BetterFest extravaganza hosted by KWVA, with award-winning music director Thor at its helm, for the station’s 20th birthday. The week includes a free Party Downtown kick-off party (6-9 pm Monday, May 13), an MC Freestyle Hip-Hop Tournament with a prize of $200 at Diablo’s (9 pm Tuesday, May 14), a local band showcase at The Wandering Goat (8 pm Wednesday, May 15) and a record swap at Cozmic (12-5 pm Saturday, May 18). Concerts run May 16-18 at the WOW Hall with headliners The Helio Sequence, Ducktails and Fuzz. Concerts are free for students. For more info visit

Musicians! You have one more week to submit to EW’s Next Big Thing for free before the submission fee ($20 per song) kicks in May 16. Visit for more info.

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