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May 30, 2012 05:18 PM



On Saturday June 2nd the Whiteaker’s unofficial community center, Reality Kitchen, will be hosting a meeting to discuss railroad pollution, with Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson scheduled to attend and speak on the issue at 6:30 pm.

Jim Evangelista, who started Reality Kitchen, a learning center for adults with developmental disabilities, says the community has had ongoing concerns about the train cars passing through the neighborhood.

“It is a critical issue for us and certainly other neighborhood residents,” he says. Evangelista adds that part of Reality Kitchen’s mission is “creating a space that is available to the community,” a place for neighborhood residents to gather and discuss issues such as this one. The hope is to create a “community inclusion space” for people, he says.

Some of the concerns that brought about the meeting pertain to the threat of pollution wafting through the neighborhood streets. If proposed coal extraction takes place (see “Coal Train” 1-19), the dirty fossil fuel could be dumped on freight cars and hauled through the neighborhood train tracks on the way to Coos Bay.

“The noise pollution and the physical pollution and the impact on the neighborhood continues unabated,” Evangelista says. “It’s been an ongoing issue.”

At the Saturday meeting, handouts will be provided as well as displays to give residents a better understanding of the issue.

“Many folks are going to do what they can to bring information, to make it available, and so this is why we’re [having the meeting],” says Evangelista. 

May 26, 2012 09:33 PM

Portland actor Isaac Lamb proposed to his girlfriend on Wednesday. The video's already gone viral.  It's worth a watch — cute but not in the way that makes you wince. It makes you giggle.

And as long as we're on the topic. It's about to be June and that IS wedding season after all … Head's up, some of these are corny (you know, cute, but corny). And I can't help but to wonder how the heck are these guys so organized? Number 2 is the best one.

May 24, 2012 01:30 PM


It seems indie music is experiencing a movement of flannel-clad gents strumming vintage guitars while tugging at scruffy beards. A token petite blonde with amazing pipes singing backup over sweeping, rootsy tales about vagabonds is standard fair. But if you can wade past all the skinny jeans and saddle shoes you will find your way to Hey Marseilles, and you won’t be sorry.

This Seattle-based group is unafraid to throw an instrumental or two alongside heartstring-tugging ballads. What sets Hey Marseilles apart isn’t just the classically trained string aficionados Jacob and Samuel Anderson; it’s also the soul-searching lyrics of Matt Bishop, Nick Ward’s guitar and drumbourine, Patrick Brannon’s trumpet, Philip Kobernik’s accordion and Colin Richey’s drum set.

 Originally a trio, Hey Marseilles was formed in 2006. Guitarist and lead vocalist Matt Bishop said in an interview during 2012’s SXSW Festival that they “added musicians until we couldn’t fit anyone else onstage.” Give a listen to their intoxicating 2010 album To Travels & Trunksand try to imagine the sound without all seven; it’s near impossible.

They’ve got a little bit of something for everybody; gypsy-inspired accordion, maudlin jazz trumpet, mournful viola and even a joyful beat here and there. However, it’s not all heartache and missed connections with Hey Marseilles. There is a sense of joy in each note strummed or sung, regardless of subject matter. Take the song “Rio,” a vibrant, hand-clapping exultation of love and optimism sure to make you smile, for example.

Touring now in support of its two-song single Elegy, the adorable new age boy band will make a stop at Cozmic on Friday, May 25. Get there early to catch Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox, otherwise known as the dream-pop duo Lemolo. I have a feeling the pairing will feel a little like having dessert before dinner.

Hey Marseilles plays with Lemolo 9 pm Friday, May 25, at Cozmic; $10 adv., $12 door.

— Jackie Varriano

May 24, 2012 04:48 PM


Nine months after embarking on the original journey to the Mother Coffee tree [as chronicled in this week’s cover story], I had the opportunity to hike to the oldest Coffea arabica tree in the world once again. This time I would do make the approach coming in the opposite direction: a two-day journey coursing through a rocky river valley, relying only on a hastily printed map, my fuzzy memory, and a handful of helpful locals. Again I would wonder: Why all this hardship to make it to a tree?

Luckily it was the tail end of the dry season, and the un-dammed rivers were well below their flood levels. And, more thankfully, I was with a trio of gung-ho American dudes who would risk their skin for an adventure into the Kafa Biosphere Reserve. We followed animal trails along the river, ducking under vines and squeezing through dense foliage for as long as it stayed true. But then, abruptly, the trails ended, and there was only the river as a guide. We leapt from boulder to boulder, afraid of the parasites and bacterium that might afflict us if we fell into the dirty brown river. (The biggest threat was schisto, a worm parasite that is easily acquired in lakes and streams in Ethiopia.)

Oftentimes we had to boulder around sheer dropoffs, or duck under natural bridges and caves. One misstep and a rolled or broken ankle would’ve spelled disaster. No cellphone network. No passing locals. No Coast Guard helicopters rushing to our aid. If someone couldn’t walk, he’d have to be carried out of the gorge. This predicament only got worse when we exhausted all options and, at the cooling hour of 4 pm, had to hitch up our pants and wade through the waist-deep river, up and up the river valley.

Finally, at dusk, we found a suitable place to camp on a rocky sandbar on the side of the river. With moldy feet we pitched our tent, made soup over an open fire, and roasted marshmallows under a night sky with a million beads of starlight dripping on our heads. The next morning, after a harrowing traverse of waist-deep rapids and an uphill climb into foothills, we finally found the “road” that led us to the Mother Coffee tree. Once again, the tree itself was an underwhelming goal, but something occurred to me while I scooped tuna fish out of a can with glucose biscuits while sitting under the Great Tree: No destination is worth its weight in gold if it’s a cakewalk to get to. Mother Coffee was just a landmark we could slap and then turn around and trudge the rest of the way back to the main road, where a 4x4 vehicle awaited us. The route to get there was the trial and tribulation. The coffee trail was the destination.

When the four of us white boys spilled onto the main road, exhausted, hungry, soaking wet … a local elder stopped on the opposite side of the road and stared at us for a very long time. He leaned heavily on his walking stick. He contemplated our very existence. What were we doing here? Where did we come from? Where were we going? Long after the 4x4 LandCruiser spirited us away back to Bonga, the man stood silently on the side of the road, looking on, utterly baffled.  

Follow more of Chuck’s ramblings and adventures at Narrantology http://chuckadams.tumblr.com/ and read more about the Kafa Biosphere Reserve at http://www.kafa-biosphere.com/ 

May 23, 2012 01:50 PM

Looks like the Emerald is joining the tabloit format club next year -- welcome, ducklings! They're also moving to online first, twice-a-week print. Here's an example of the new format:


More at http://collegemediamatters.com/2012/05/23/oregon-daily-emerald-reinvented-for-the-digital-age-announces-revolutionary-changes/

May 22, 2012 07:48 PM

The “Indigenous People, Climate Change, and Environmental Knowledge” conference at the University of Oregon kicks off Wednesday May 23 with a keynote at 7 pm in the Many Nations Longhouse. UO History Professor Mark Carey, the co-organizer of the conference, says he sees a lack of understanding in the general public about the impacts of climate change on indigenous people. 

 “Native peoples are disproportionately affected by climate change,” says Carey, who teaches the new UO Honors College course Climate and Culture in the Americas. Larry Merculieff, deputy director of the Alaska Native Science Commission, and Daniel Wildcat, a Yuchi member and professor of American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University, speak 7 pm  May 23 at the UO’s Many Nations Longhouse and the conference continues on Thursday, May 24 with an additional keynote address at 9 am in the UO Fir Room, followed by student presentations and three student panels: Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change, Cultural Perspectives and Responses to Climate Change, and Cultural Impacts and Climate Education. The conference rounds out a year of events for The Americas in a Globalized World series, part of the UO Big Ideas initiative. The conference is free and open to the public, for more information, visit uoclimateconference.wordpress.com and for a full story, see this week’s EW. 

May 22, 2012 10:18 AM

Hey local musicians, the NBT competition is now accepting submissions! Both electronic and physical subs are welcome. For contest rules go to http://nextbigthingeugene.com/

We are looking forward to listening and loving and judging!

May 22, 2012 02:40 PM

Who ends up looking better here, the irritating guy with the gun or the EPD?

May 21, 2012 01:43 PM


A news story about how organic foods might make people act like jerks is making the internet rounds this week, with gems like this:

 "I stopped at a market to get a fruit platter for a movie night with friends but I couldn't find one so I asked the produce guy," says the 40-year-old arts administrator from Seattle. "And he was like, 'If you want fruit platters, go to Safeway. We're organic.' I finally bought a small cake and some strawberries and then at the check stand, the guy was like 'You didn't bring your own bag? I need to charge you if you didn't bring your own bag.' It was like a 'Portlandia skit.' They were so snotty and arrogant."

As it turns out, new research has determined that a judgmental attitude may just go hand in hand with exposure to organic foods. In fact, a new study published this week in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science, has found that organic food may just make people act a bit like jerks.

Also big in food news this week is "meat glue." Will it be the next pink slime?

Transglutaminase (TG or TGase), better known to chefs as “Meat Glue,” has the amazing ability to bond protein-containing foods together. Raw meats bound with TG are often strong enough to be handled as if they were whole uncut muscles. TG is safe, natural, and easy to use. In the kitchen, TG is primarily used to:

• Make uniform portions that cook evenly, look good, and reduce waste

• Bind meat mixtures like sausages without casings

• Make novel meat combinations like lamb and scallops

• Produce special effects like meat noodles, meat and vegetable pastas (using gelatin as a binder), etc. Additionally, TG can thicken egg yolks, strengthen dough mixtures, thicken dairy systems, and increase yield in tofu production, among other useful applications.

Umm, increase yield in TOFU production? Heads up hippies.

May 21, 2012 09:50 AM

Volunteers: The City of Eugene's Transportation Planning department needs some folks who excel in counting to help them out:

Friends! We need volunteers for our annual bicycle counts. The bike count period is Tuesday May 22-Thursday May 24 and Tuesday May 29-Thursday May 31. If you can help out, contact Lee Shoemaker at (541)682-5471 or lee.shoemaker@ci.eugene.or.us

May 20, 2012 04:09 PM

Dogs Against Romeny is not going to let sleeping dogs lie when it comes to presidential hopeful Mitt Romeny and the time he stuck his Irish setter Seamus in a kennel and strapped it to the roof of his car.

Now they have a dog theme song. Warning the language is for mature audiences only. The dog curses in an Irish brogue.

May 18, 2012 11:08 AM

Sometimes we get info about cool events a little late for publication, but everybody loves Food For Lane County, and everybody loves a bowl sale:



FFLC’s 21st Annual EMPTY BOWLS Sale


Nearly 1,000 bowls made and donated by local artists will be available for purchase.  Bowl prices start at $10. Each bowl also comes with a gift certificate for free soup or salad from one of several local restaurants. NEW THIS YEAR --- “Meet the Artist” featuring the exquisite work of woodturner Brian Nordlof, clay demonstrations and tastings of FFLC’s new Lentil & Barley soup.


This Saturday!                                                                      May 19, 2011                                                                             11am – 3pm


Clay Space Pottery Studio                                                        222 Polk Street    (Eugene)


Because the need is greater than ever for hungry families!

We also heard a carnival to help Relay for Life, which celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer:


Children in the City of Eugene's Youth and Family Services KidCity program will hold a Family Fun Carnival to support Relay for Life 2012 on Friday, May 18, 6-8 p.m. at Sheldon Community Center, 2445 Willakenzie Rd.

Youth in KidCity's school-age programs selected Relay for Life 2012 as their community project and worked all year to support the organization that that celebrates the lives of people who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost, and encourages students to eat healthy and get active.

Games at the Family Fun Carnival are just 10 cents per play. Dinner for the first 350 guests is free. Swimming at Sheldon Pool is free, too!

For more information call 541-682-5312.