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October 20, 2013 09:22 PM

I didn't expect a ballet would make me laugh out loud, but Zorro did. Today was the last performance of the Ballet Fantastique's season opener Zorro: The Ballet at the Hult's Soreng Theater; it was a zesty, fresh, fantastic treat. Fábio Simões, who flew in from Portugal, danced the part of Zorro with a dashing, silly and playful flair. Hannah Bontrager was his perfect foil as the cheeky, funny and independent love interest Juliana. The costumes and choreography were bright, innovative and fearless. All set against a music backdrop by the California-based Incendion Band, an exhilirating mix of Spanish guitar, violin and a dash of rock 'n' roll. We can't wait to see what Ballet Fantastique does with their next production, Tales from a Floating World, which according to BF, will bring to life "ancient Asian legends of samurai adventure, romance and the supernatural." To see find out more, see our preview coverage: "The Man, and Women, Behind the Mask."

October 18, 2013 03:16 PM

Boo, the Bijou wants you! Thursday, Oct. 24, is the kick off for the Bijou Metro’s first 72-Hour Horror Film Festival and Competition. Attention amateur and pro-filmmakers alike, here’s your chance to get screen time in our fair city with a fairly low commitment. From the Bijou’s website:

"Contestants will have 72 hours to write, shoot and edit a 2-3 minute horror film utilizing a mandated prop and line of dialogue. Films submitted by deadline will be eligible for a $500 cash prize awarded to the “Jury Prize Winner” and exhibition prior to the Bijou Metro’s Halloween screening of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining."

Joshua Purvis of Bijou Art Cinemas says that the festival/competition sprang from his own interest in horror flicks, as well as “creating the opportunities I wish I had had as a filmmaker.” Adding that horror is the perfect entry point for movie makers because the genre is celebrated for being “low brow.” Who doesn’t have a special place in their heart for low-tech horror films? Look for our story on it in the Oct. 24 issue.

For more info, visit: http://bijou-cinemas.com/bijoumetro/?p=1348
 

August 19, 2013 01:35 PM

Lady Gaga stays true to her inner art freak with her new music video "Applause," which was released today. I love Lady Gaga and her cheekiness, and I like someof her "art pop" music, but this video, while successfully showcasing Gaga as the glam chameleon that she is,  is not the narrative gold of some her past work. Watch below and decide for yourself.

August 7, 2013 10:01 AM

Meet the new members of Mumford & Sons: comedians Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Ed Helms and Will Forte. Raise a pint to banjo pelvic thrusts! Cheers!

July 24, 2013 01:59 PM

Leave it to the PNW to make a progressive parody of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" — the ubiquitous summer hit (they play it in my Barre3 class pretty  much every time I go) that critics have deemed mysognist and "rape-y." Seattle's boylesque troupe Mod Carousel plays with gender stereotypes in their version of the video and song with locals singers Caela Bailey (as Robin Thicke), Sydni Deveraux (as Pharrell) and Dalish Phillips (as T.I.).  (See the Mod Carousel and Thicke videos belows.) Mod Carousel writes of their depiction:

"It's our opinion that most attempts to show female objectification in the media by swapping the genders serve more to ridicule the male body than to highlight the extent to which women get objectified and do everyone a disservice. We made this video specifically to show a spectrum of sexuality as well as present both women and men in a positive light, one where objectifying men is more than alright and where women can be strong and sexy without negative repercussions."

May 23, 2013 01:43 PM

Seattle Folklife Festival 2012

Seattle Folklife Festival 2012, photo by Alex Notman

Our 5-23 issue was jam packed so, unfortunately, we couldn't squeeze in BackBeat this week. Here are some more notes and news to pay attention to this weekend:

I know I got a bad reputation … It’s been almost 20 years since Freedy Johnston’s hit “Bad Reputation” — featured in Noah Baumbach’s Kicking and Screaming (1995) — was saturating the airwaves, and eight albums later, the original indie rocker is touring the West Coast. Catch Johnston at 10 pm Thursday, May 23, at Luckey’s.

Don’t miss this week: Anna Fritz (of Portland Cello Project) takes her solo album on a West Coast tour with a stop at 7 pm Friday, May 24, for a Springfield house concert (see annafritz.com for tickets); Banjo player Kendl Winter (formerly of The Blackberry Bushes) 9:30 pm Friday, May 24, at Sam Bond’s; the twinkling stringed ballads of Kingdom County at 4 pm Saturday, May 25, at Oakshire Public House; Up-and-coming Portland band The Ecstatics plays  The Campbell Club's annual "Halloween in Spring" night 7 pm Friday, May 25; $3 with costume, $5 with no costume. Disclosure is back to play its postponed show (originally set for April 17) 9 pm Tuesday, May 28, at WOW Hall.

This weekend is the 42nd annual Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle and many Eugene bands are making the trek north joining the over 6,000 music and dance acts. EW will be following the musical caravan that includes Betty and the Boy, Alder Street All Stars, Conjugal Visitors, Tara Stonecipher and the Tall Grass, Dirty Spoon, Breakers Yard and The Whiskey Chasers. Looks for updates on the EW blog this weekend.

May 16, 2013 04:47 PM

If you haven't read this week's BackBeat, than maybe you have no idea that there's a new festival coming to town this August. The first Kaleidoscope Music Festival will be hosted at Mt. Pisgah with onsite camping, and they just released their lineup via viral video. Headliners include Bassnectar, Paper Diamond and Blue Scholars. Watch the video to find out the rest.  We have to give Kaleidoscope producers OneEleven props, this is one hell of a creative press release.

May 14, 2013 04:37 PM

Oh la la. The beautiful new Bijou Metro sign, inspired by the Paris Metro's Art Nouveau design, is up on Broadway. We hear the new theater will be open before June...

In addition, the Bijou has almost reached its Kickstarter goal of  $38,713 for a new digital projection system with seven days left to go. One lucky spender pledged $6,000 — we'll get to see who it is soon enough since a pledge of 6,000 bucks gets your name on one of the auditoriums in the new theater.

April 29, 2013 02:22 PM

It took just over a month last summer after its release for the Duck to parody international pop star Psy's "Gangnam Style," which has reached  earth-shattering popularity with 1.5 billion views. What happens if 1.5 billion people all have the same annoying song in their head? Or worse, what happens when three billion legs start doing that weird horse-and-lasso trotting dance move?

It doesn't matter, because Psy recently released a follow up to Gangnam: "Gentleman." Now accepting bets on how long it will take for a "Duck" version of "Gentleman" (see below) to come out. Winner gets to bask in the everlasting glory of being right.

April 3, 2013 12:58 PM

Alright, alright. So The Barn Light is a little behind in "What's Hot"  in meme world with its lightning fast turn-over (one week it's cats, the next week it's kittens, the next week it's kitty-cats getting rick-rolled) but this is a pretty hilarious local take on the Harlem Shake. And remember. Wait. For. It.

 

March 8, 2013 03:37 PM

It's  official. According to local designer, business owner and coproducer of Fashion Week, Mitra Chester, the two biggest fashion shows of Eugene Fashion Week will be hosted at The Shedd, May 3 & 4. Beautiful clothes in a beautiful venue? We're in. Belly and Oak Street Speakeasy will be hosting  the smaller runway shows. 

Interested in modeling some local threads? Channel your inner Naomi Campbell or Mark Vanderloo and strut your stuff to the model call at 7 pm Monday, March 11, at Oak Street Speakeasy. Participants must be 18 years old to model (21 for the lingerie show). For more information (what to bring, what to wear) visit Eugene Fashion Week's Facebook page.

March 5, 2013 03:00 PM

According to Deadline.com, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart will be taking an extended summer vacation to make his directorial debut:

Stewart has written the script, and will direct Rosewater, an adaptation of the book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. Published in 2011 by Random House, the book is Maziar Bahari’s harrowing ordeal of leaving London in June 2009 to cover Iran’s presidential elections. With a pregnant fiance left behind, the BBC journalist expected to be away for a week. Instead, he spent the next 118 days in Iran’s most notorious prison being brutally interrogated by a man he knew only by one thing: he smelled of Rosewater. Bahari wrote the book with Aimee Molloy. Scott Rudin will produce with Stewart and Gigi Pritzker. 

The silver lining? British correspondant John Oliver will be filling his seat.

February 20, 2013 05:06 PM

EW reader Leah Chava of Imagine Salon was kind enough to email us this photo with the title "We Love you too! Eugene Weekly" Ahh shucks, you're making us blush, we do love our readers. Keep the pics of readers reading our rag acoming! Email to alex@eugeneweekly.com.