Former attorney general John Ashcroft will be speaking and singing at 10 am Sunday, Jan. 25, at Willamette Christian Center , 2500 W. 18th Ave. Free. Ashcroft will be singing some of his original songs, including "Let the Eagle Soar" and presenting an inspirational message, says Pastor Rick Jackson. This video is one of many that either celebrate or lampoon the far right-wing Ashcroft's patriotic singing.
With the movie Wild garnering national success in theaters around the country, book author Cheryl Strayed hasn't forgotten her Oregon loyalties — she's speaking tomorrow, Jan. 15, at Oregon State University as part of its DISCOVERY Lecture Series.
From OSU's website:
Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild. At age 22, Strayed found herself shattered by two major life events: her mother’s sudden death from cancer and the end of her young marriage. After hitting rock bottom, Strayed decided to confront her emotional pain by trekking over 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. Wild tells the amateur hiker’s tale, peppered with the colorful characters she encounters along the way, as she struggles to find inner peace and stability. Cheryl’s story inspired Oprah Winfrey to revive her tremendously popular book club, with Wild as its inaugural selection for the launch of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. The story also inspired producer and actress Reese Witherspoon to bring Wild to the big screen in 2014.
Cheryl’s personal struggles and story of survival motivate and inspire crowds. She is a dynamic speaker, and her moving rhetoric resonates with audiences of all sizes.
Strayed's free talk is 7:30 pm at LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus in Corvallis. Shelly Signs, director of university events for OSU, says that they're expecting a full house, so you might want to get there when doors open at 6:30 pm. Catch up with Strayed after the lecture to buy her book and get it signed.
Another amazing cover from The New Yorker this week. www.newyorker.com
New blues rock video pays tribute to Oregon Ducks in honor of making the national championship game today. No credits on the video but we rcognize one Eugene musician, Paul Biondi on sax. Anybody else?
UPDATE: We hear from Paul Biondi that The Revelators recorded this song at the new Ninkasi Studios in the Whiteaker. Musicians include John Swan, Biondi, Skip Jones, Byron Case and Rick Markstrom.