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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.