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."
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
Oregon's first statewide Drive Less Challenge kicks off Oct. 21 and runs (and bikes and walks and carpools) through Nov. 1. The aim is to reduce vehicle miles traveled by 500,000 miles. Sign up at DriveLessChallenge.com/challenge to participate, and you can get an informational kit; you can even request a couple of freebies like leg straps for biking and pedometers.
For more Eugene-centric information, like connecting with carpools and figuring out your best bike routes, check out point2pointsolutions.org. Sponsors Bike Friday and Wells Fargo are donating prizes.
According to this flyer on the Westboro Baptist Church website (and yes, the church's URL really is GodHatesFags.com) the church (more accurately called an anti-gay hate group) is coming to the memorial service for a fallen soldier on Sunday. The memorial for 24-year-old Cody Patterson, a U.S. Army Ranger who died in Afghanistan is 2 pm Oct. 20 at the LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis. A quiet counter-protest is planned according to a Facebook event page.
Update: here are the instructions for the protest via the the organizer Joseph Hedburg's Facebook event page.
Alright everyone, gather around, take a knee, and listened up. First of all I want to thank each and everyone of you for joining this cause, I appreciate your enthusiasm for it and to support the family of the fallen soldier.
Second, I will be in the front of the ticket office of Reser Stadium at noon but probably 11:45. You can meet up with me and the others there. I will be wearing blue jeans, a black coat, and a Miami Dolphins ball cap. I'll be holding an American flag too. WBBC is going to be there at 1:15, I'm going to gather intel with a few connections I've made over the years to see if we can block these people sooner.
Third, these people are jerks and with that they're lawyers and have powerful lawyers. DO NOT, I saw again DO NOT, let their hateful words, signs, or manner provoke you. They tend to have their own children at these protests, DON'T EVEN REPLY to them. This is a peaceful demonstration and if they're the ones shouting and making a scene let them get escorted away. Don't stoop to their level hurling the hate back. I've lived in this community for seven years, this is my second home, and I will not accept their hate and intolerance here, and you shouldn't either.
Lastly, for now, if you have an American flag please bring it. I want to raise the flags to block their hateful signs from the families sight. If you don't have an American flag don't stress, hopefully some people have multiple, I have 3, so ill lend two out. If you have any more questions, comments, or concerns you can post them here or send me a private message. I learned three important P's when I was in the Military: Polite, Professional, and Prepared (to Kill). We will stick with all three minus the kill part.
The shot above is also included in Rolling Stone's "Hottest Live Photos of 2013" gallery.
Either that's a typo, or the Springfield Library has adopted a new, raunchier persona. It's particularly unforunate that this event has to do with small children. Halloween isthe time to be creepy, but this is taking it a little far.
German traveler and cancer survivor Randolph Westphal is in Oregon this week and is expected to be at the Quality Inn in Springfield today. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thom Hartmann narrates this documentary on climate change and the possibility of mass extinction if trapped methane is released. The Permian mass extinction nearly wiped out life on Earth.
A new bike and pedestrian path will open soon in Springfield. Here is the press release sent out today (Oct. 16) from Willamalane's public affairs department:
The last leg of a new, 4-mile paved path along the Middle Fork of the Willamette River will be formally opened by Willamalane Park and Recreation District at noon on Friday, Oct. 25.
The 10-foot-wide path will transport walkers, runners, cyclists, birders and nature seekers along a previously inaccessible stretch of river from Dorris Ranch to Clearwater Park near Jasper Road in southeast Springfield. The fully accessible path offers close-up views of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River, wildlife and wildflowers, along with a new perspective on Mount Pisgah in the distance to the south.
"We are excited to open up this breathtaking part of the river and complete the path," said Willamalane Superintendent Bob Keefer.
Keefer noted the path will connect to the riverfront bike path system and Lane Transit District's Springfield Station via the South Second Street bike lane.
“It will become not only an amazing recreational path but also a great nonmotorized transportation corridor," Keefer said.
Willamalane opened the first section of the asphalt path, from Clearwater Park to Quarry Creek, in 2011. The new section extends from Quarry Creek around the butte to Dorris Ranch. A new trailhead, parking lot and restroom complete the project.
Dorris Ranch was closed weekdays during the construction of the second phase of the path; the park will resume regular hours when the path is opened to the public.
Willamalane has begun planning efforts to connect the Middle Fork Path with a path along the Springfield Mill Race, creating an 8-mile loop, with brief sections of on-street bicycle lanes. The path will also connect to an extensive existing riverfront path system linking Springfield and Eugene through Island Park and West D Street.
To further enhance the path's regional appeal, a bridge across the river is also in long-range plans. Such a bridge would provide access to Lane County's 2,300-acre Howard Buford Recreation Area and Mount Pisgah, including 16 miles of trails within the recreation area and access to the preferred route of the Eugene to Pacific Crest Trail.
More than 100 invited guests are expected to attend the grand opening ceremony. People are encouraged to bring bicycles to tour the new path. In addition, Willamalane will provide pedicabs for people to use.
This newest section of the path was funded with approximately $3 million in federal transportation grant funds, plus Willamalane’s local match of approximately $900,000. The Oregon Department of Transportation provided support for the project from four different programs that fund off-street bike paths and encourage multimodal connectivity.
The Middle Fork Path was constructed with the cooperation of Springfield Utility Board, city of Springfield, Knife River Corporation, and the Allen and Reinagel families, who with Willamalane, own the land along the path.
Visit willamalane.org for celebration details and more information about the new path.
Bill Moyers talks about dollars vs. democracy and how the disfunction in Congress has been orchestrated.
Apparently coal company execs and public relations flacks crack up over climate change. Posting on the desmogblog, Mike Stark of FossilAgenda writes of an interaction he recorded at a September coal conference in Pittsburgh. Lauri Hennessey does PR for the Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports (which Stark calls "a front group for coal mining and rail corporations that would profit from the export of Powder River Basin coal").
Hennessy was on a panel called "Moving Coal from Coast to Coast — Domestic Infrastructure Challenges for Rail, River, and Ports" in which Stark says she "repeatedly called the citizens of Oregon and Washington 'weird' and 'strange.'" Stark approached Matthew Ferguson, Arch Coal's senior vice president for thermal coal marketing for an interview. But before the interview, Ferguson chatted with Hennessey. Stark recorded the conversation. You can read the transcript here or listing below, but here's what Hennessy and Ferguson said:
Matt Ferguson: Your comment on the civil unrest was quite funny.
Lauri Hennessey: Oh wasn’t it? Yeah, I got, I got hassled.
Matt Ferguson: Yeah, it’s like, let’s be adults here.
Lauri Hennessey: That was a project like a year ago, and, I think it was my second week on the job. So, I grew up in the Northwest, and I don’t know if you saw, I used to work for EPA a long time ago?
Matt Ferguson: Did you? [laughter]
Lauri Hennessey: Yeah. [inaudible] So I have - and I also worked for Bob Packwood on the Hill - so I have both sides. But we’re connected.
I worked with EPA, and I pull that out in the right crowds, because in the Northwest, that's a good thing, right? But it's funny because I never really went out of my way to mention it to our Alliance board before. And one day I was quoted in the paper, because again I was speaking to the audience in Seattle, and I was like, "Well of course we're concerned about climate change. Everyone's concerned about climate change. But what we're saying is this is not going to contribute to climate change."
But someone from Peabody got on a call, it was my second week on the job, and said, "You were quoted saying coal’s worried about climate change? We don't believe in climate change!” And I remember I was on the phone and I was like, "I can't say that..ha. I can't say that in Seattle!"
Matt Ferguson: Not worried about it!
Arch Coal rep 2: You can say that in St. Louis, but you can't say that in Seattle.
Matt Ferguson: Yeah. It’s not gonna happen.
Lauri Hennessey: Yeah, I can’t say it in Seattle, and I remember she just goes, "Wow, we really have different regions, do we?!"
Matt Ferguson: I think what you do is say, you're trying to help people out of poverty in the Far East. Yeah.
Lauri Hennessey: Exactly! And I did that.
Matt Ferguson: Do they not deserve to enjoy prosperity? Like we have? Don't be so selfish, you jerks! [laughter]
According to Hennesey's old bio on her former Hennessey PR webpage (courtsey of the Wayback Machine) before she worked for Big Coal, Hennessey "began her career in the newsroom at KIRO radio twenty years ago. In the years after that, she worked as a press secretary in Washington, D.C. for two Northwest Members of Congress, ran a large public affairs office for a Northwest federal land management agency, and worked as a special assistant for the regional head of the Environmental Protection Agency."
One of the Northwest members of Congress was Bob Packwood, who stepped down after a sexual harrassment scandal. Her bio goes on to say ""Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Oregon and Washington, Lauri worked closely on issues involving forestry, salmon, growth management, tourism, and much more. She supervised a large staff, and was directly responsible for Congressional relations, and was the lead spokesperson for the agency in the Northwest. She was also loaned to the office that implemented the Northwest Forest Plan, then President Clinton's attempt to end long-running debates over Northwest forests, and worked with the White House on message development, organized press conferences, and worked with local governments. At the EPA, Lauri worked with the Regional Administrator, and worked closely with the public on his behalf."
Stark writes of the conversation he recorded, "They also seemed to talk as if they are a separate species from the people who happen to live in the path of their planned rail and port terminal expansions, mocking those who are asking reasonable questions about the impacts of exporting America's coal to Asia. They clearly regard with contempt the majority of Americans concerned about climate change."