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January 31, 2013 03:15 PM

One hell of a concert is slated for the Matt Knight Arena March 4. Headlining is Passion Pit, the indie-rock band whose  album Gossamer was on many-a-top-ten list for 2012. Then there's Matt and Kim whose single "Daylight" was one of the songs of the summer in 2009. They also released Lightening in 2012. But there's one more gem on the bill: the the punchy, intoxicatingly fun Icona Pop. The DJ and synthpop duo hails from Sweden and their song "I Love It" was just featured in the Jan. 27  Girls episode "Bad Friend."  

January 16, 2013 12:36 PM

Chip Kelly is leaving afterall for the Eagles and it must be official if the UO already posted the job opening for Head Football Coach. But don't expect Kelly's $2.5 million-plus salary - the pay is "commensurate with experience." See job description and application details below:

 

POSITION:  Head Football Coach
SALARY RANGE:  Commensurate with experience
PERIOD OF APPOINTMENT:  Full time, twelve month position

QUALIFICATIONS:                        

Bachelor’s degree required.  Minimum 5 years' successful collegiate/professional coaching experience.  Excellent written, interpersonal and oral communication skills required.  Knowledge of NCAA rules and interpretations required.  The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated dedication to the full academic and social development of student-athletes.  Preference will be given to candidates who effectively communicate a plan of action for program improvement, have been affiliated with highly successful elite program(s), have demonstrated knowledge and implementation of offensive and/or defensive strategies, have demonstrated understanding of the University of Oregon Football program and can highlight consistent and significant skill development of student-athletes both individually and collectively.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Responsible for the management and administration of all phases of the Football program in a manner that upholds the philosophy and objectives of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Promotes an atmosphere of compliance.  Adheres to and enforces all policies and procedures of the Department and University, as well as the rules and regulations of the Pacific-12 Conference, the NCAA and other authorities that may legitimately influence the intercollegiate athletic program.

Oversees the recruitment and selection of student-athletes.  Ensures compliance with NCAA guidelines for contacting and recruiting prospects.  Initiates the process for determining academic eligibility and issuing National Letters of Intent.

Provides leadership and instruction in the academic, athletic, professional and personal development of student-athletes, to include advising team members in academic, disciplinary and personal matters, when appropriate.

Monitors the eligibility status and promotes the academic progress of student-athletes by working closely with the Compliance staff.  Assists in enforcing support services or activities: study hall, tutoring, academic advising, etc.

Develops and submits the Football program’s annual budget request.  Manages the program within the framework of a balanced budget.

Works collaboratively in the selection, purchase, fitting and maintenance of team equipment, to include uniforms, athletic equipment and supplies.

Schedules and conducts regular practice sessions in and out of season, as permitted by NCAA rules and regulations.  Develops and implements strategies for motivating student-athletes to perform at maximum levels as both individuals and a team.

Works collaboratively with Athletic Director or sport liaison to develop a competitive event schedule.

Ensures that team travel arrangements are in compliance with the University, Pacific-12 Conference and NCAA rules and regulations, to include monitoring the development of travel itineraries and coordination of travel plans.

Oversees the conditioning and training of team members, in conjunction with the Strength and Conditioning staff to ensure that student-athletes are physically prepared for competition.

Supports the Sports Medicine staff to ensure student-athlete welfare.

Supervises assistant coaches, graduate assistants, interns and other support staff to ensure their compliance with applicable rules, policies and procedures and promote an atmosphere if compliance.  Provides orientation, training and guidance, as needed.  Conducts performance evaluations and recommends salary increases, as appropriate.

Participates in clinics, exhibitions and camp activities, as approved.

Participates in public relations activities, to include fundraising appearances, speaking engagements, television and radio interviews, and press conferences, as approved or requested.  Represents the Department at professional, civic, charitable and alumni events.

Compiles data and reports, as required by the Department and University.

Develops and publishes team rules regarding general standards of behavior, with the approval of the sport liaison.  Enforces team rules with appropriate disciplinary action.

Ensures the safety of student-athletes and coaching staff through careful monitoring of the condition of athletic equipment and facilities utilized by the Football program.  Submits requests for repair, maintenance and improvement of facilities to the Facilities staff when appropriate.

Cooperates with all coaches within the intercollegiate athletic program to enhance overall Department operations.

Performs other duties as requested by the athletic administration, including but not limited to Athletic Director and sport liaison.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:                                  

Submit letter of interest, resume and the names and phone numbers of three references via email to Mark Ruckwardt, atathletichr@uoregon.edu.  Mailed or faxed applications will not be considered.  Review of applications will begin immediately.  Finalist must successfully complete a criminal background check.  An equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

December 12, 2012 12:17 PM

Cottage Theatre will be hosting open auditions for their musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel, The Secret Garden, at 1pm Saturday, Jan. 12, and and callbacks will be at 6 pm Sunday, Jan. 13. Auditions will be held at the theatre (700 Village Dr., Cottage Grove)

The theatre is looking for large cast: two children (ages 10-14), two teens/young adults (one male, one female) and 15-20 adults (all ages and genders). Bring your singing voice, director Peg Major is looking for a stellar adult chorus to play a large part in the production, which will run for four weekends from April 12 to May 5, 2013.

Actors are expected to prepare a short song from any musical for the auditions. Accompanist provided. For more information, visit www.cottagetheatre.com or call 541-942-8001.

 

December 11, 2012 03:40 PM

Photo courtesy of Courtney Stubbert

Eugene Contemporary Art (ECA)'s Public Process artist residency is the only artist residency of its kind (it accepts artists of any medium) in the Eugene-Springfield area and if it doesn't reach it's $8,500 goal on Kickstarter by 10:33 pm PST  Dec. 13, the residency will come to an end. At press time, ECA had received $5,446 in pledges, which means ECA must still raise $3,054 before the Kickstarter campaign closes.

"We will close the space in January if don't meet our goal," says Courtney Stubbert, ECA executive director and owner of the WAVE Gallery in the Whit where the residency is hosted. "Or at least if someone else doesn't step forward before Jan. 1 with a sizable donation."  

The residency program began this fall with Alida Bevirt, a visual artist, who formerly told EW about the residency: "It's a magnificent privilege to be given the key to use this fantastic space." UO MFA student Katherine Spinella's  Shoddy Contructionsexhibition is now on view at the WAVE through Jan. 5 and features site-specific installations

Stubbert says he's disappointed that they haven't yet reached their goal because "We've received some great submissions for show proposals and the residency program." 

For more information, visit the ECA Kickstarter page or contact Stubbert at courtney@eugenecontemporaryart.com

December 5, 2012 12:10 PM

Legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck has passed, just shy of his 92nd birthday. Bruebeck wrote such jazz standards like “Take Five” and “The Duke.” The Dave Brubeck Quartet played at the UO in 1957 for the Erb Memorial Union’s “Jazz a la Carte” series and Brubeck performed at the Hult Center in 2008 (pictured above).


On a brighter note, Fleetwood Mac is reuniting for a 34-city tour kicking off in April, their first tour since ... 2009. In preparation for the tour, Stevie Nicks, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie crafted two new songs in 2012, "Sad Angela" and "Miss Fantasy." They are also pulling out an old tune that was never recorded. Unfortunately the tour only gets as close as Tacoma. Check out the recent Q&A Rolling Stone did with Nicks and Buckingham. Stevie Nicks says they are still the drama queens (and kings) they always were:

"We're dramatic. Lindsey and I will always be dramatic. When you were almost married for seven years, and then you've been in a band for 30 years, it's never not going to be dramatic. We are who are are and we were dramatic kids going together. That never really goes away."

Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon feels that the ubiquitous “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is not getting enough play, so he enlisted the help of The Roots, some cute kids and Mariah Carey to remake the song with toy instruments:

November 16, 2012 01:10 PM

Lord Leebrick Theatre will be hosting a free public discussion at 4:30 pm Sunday, Nov. 18, following the 2:00 pm matinee showing of Next Fall. Basic Rights Oregon will be there to discuss the passage of Measure 74 in Washington and how it compares to the future of marriage equality in Oregon. "It's interesting in light of what transpired in the election in terms of having the first forward motion in a popular vote on marriage equality," Lord Leebrick Artistic Director Craig Willis says. 

This discussion will be a warm up for a Feb. 10 reading of "8 The Play," written by Acadamy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Land Black (Milk, J. Edgar), about Perry v. Brown - the case that held that California's Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. Lord Leebrick will be coproducing the reading, performed by local actors and community members.

 

 

November 15, 2012 11:24 AM

Bjork seems to have a bottomless bag of creativity and artistry. Check out her newest music video for "Mutual Core." It brings puppetry and sand to a new level. Don't miss the behind-the-scenes video after to learn all the secrets.

November 14, 2012 03:20 PM

Attention arts and culture nonprofits!

The Oregon Cultural Trust has created a field guide, "Oregon Culture: A Field Guide," that aggregates the activities of the more than 1,300 arts, heritage and humanities  nonprofits in the state. Until Nov. 15, you can go nominate cultural activities for the guide.

Current "Featured Activities" include "Visit the Northwest's most Vibrant Latino Theatre" (nonprofit Miracle Theatre in Portland) and "Attending the largest outdoor quilt show in the world" (nonprofit Sisters' Outdoor Quilt Show).

Current nominees for Eugene include the Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House, the Oregon Country Fair and the University of Oregon Libraries' collection of Ken Kesey manuscripts, papers and letters. This isn't just for pride of making the guide, the Oregon Cultural Trust has dished out over $11 million in grants to arts and culture nonprofits since 2003.

November 2, 2012 10:40 AM

Don't miss the Wayne Drury Project at the Axe and Fiddle 8 pm Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Axe & Fiddle in Cottage Grove.  The Wayne Drury Project will also be performing Nov. 10 at WOW Hall. For more information about the Alt-Country folk revival story of the Wayne Drury Project (WDP), pick up the Nov. 8 issue of EW.

November 1, 2012 10:40 AM

Congratulations to Lord Leebrick Theater  who will receive $200,000 from the Meyer Memorial Trust whose trustees voted unanimously in support of the local theater's project to build a new facility on West Broadway. The new theatre is slated to be ready for performances in early 2013. Let's raise our glass to even more shows that Eugene audiences love, like Avenue Q, which landed Leebrick in a tie for first place in this year's Best of Eugene Best Theater Performance. This nudges the city a little closer to BOE voter's wish for the Best Thing That Could Happen to Eugene: Downtown revitalization.

 

 

October 17, 2012 01:37 PM

Attention all up-and-coming David Finchers and Kathryn Bigelows! The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA) is now accepting submissions for the OpenLens Festival Short Film Competition. Entries must be 15 minutes or less and postmarked no later than December 7, 2012. Find more info on how to enter here.

Check out 2011's winner for Best in Show, The Tell, a 6 minute film that shows what happens when demons play poker - there's an unexpected musical element. Beware, there is also gore.

October 16, 2012 10:38 AM

The Russian-American songstress releases a new video today for her lovely, haunting and more conventional song "How," from her latest album What We Saw from the Cheap Seats. Directed by the talented Margo Weathers, who has also done a series of bright-colored videos for Neiman Marcus. Too bad Spektor won't be touring Eugene any time soon.

October 10, 2012 02:31 PM

On Saturday, Oct. 6, George Washington University hosted a live taping of “O’Reilly V. Stewart 2012: The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium,” in front of a rowdy audience. Unlike the Oct. 3 Obama-Romney debate, the rumble was passionate, informational (at times) and entertaining. Like the presidential debate, there was also a swirl of lies and talking points. Luckily, I watched the full debate for free via YouTube before therumble2012.com made them take it down. Now, you can either watch the debate piecing together YouTube clips or by downloading it for $4.95 at therumble2012.com.

Former Fox News host E.D. Hill (with the prerequisite Fox Barbie blonde hair and body-hugging dress to boot), who at times came off as as if she was hosting Entertainment Tonight, still managed to moderate the sparring TV personalities more effectively than Jim Leher. Although they both brought gimmicks; O’Reilly held up signs to punctuate his arguments and Stewart used an elevating platform, allowing the 5’6” comedian to “look down upon” the 6’4” Fox pundit.

One of the best moments of the night is when O’Reilly and Stewart argue about the social safety net. O’Reilly claims that lazy people mooch the system (“The mind-set is, if I can gin the system, I’ll do it because it’s easy”). Stewart asks O’Reilly about his own father claiming disability from his company. O’Reilly goes into belligerent-drunk-uncle mode, repeatedly yelling, “He had colitis!” followed by “If they genuinely need it, there’s no beef” (“genuinely need it” feels a little too close to Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment).

Stewart goes into breathless-exasperation mode and fires back, “If you take advantage of a tax break, you’re a smart businessman. If you take advantage of something you need to not be hungry, you’re a moocher.” 

September 19, 2012 04:39 PM

Stephen King announced on his website today that the sequel to The Shining will be released Sept. 24, 2013. King will bring the child character, Danny Torrence (the Esp-gifted/cursed kid who bikes around the Overlook Hotel), back to life in Doctor Sleep, as a middle-aged hospice employee who finds his supernatural powers still come in handy. Here's to 36 years in the making!