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December 12, 2012 11:17 AM

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 12, 2012 10:46 AM

Hey walkers, bikers and drivers: Tomorrow you get a chance to practice some perfection in commuting. EPD's "downtown team" is "educating the public" tomorrow by focusing on traffic violations in the Broadway and Willamette and Broadway and Olive areas between noon and 5 pm. From the press release:

 

The officers will be focusing on a variety of traffic violations that seem to contribute the most to crashes or other conflicts between road users.  These violations include traffic control device violations, failure to yield right-of-way violations, speeding, improper turns, failing to signal lane changes or turns, improper lane usage, failing to obey one-way designations, and pedestrians suddenly leaving the curb. 

If you need a refresher on Oregon's crosswalk law, know these things: Every street intersection is technically a crosswalk, marked or not; at a traffic signal, drivers can't turn until pedestrians are at least 6 feet into the next lane; at other crosswalks, drivers must wait until pedestrians are out of their lane, the lane they're turning into and the next lane. More details on the law here.

Bikers: Unlike Idaho, in Oregon you CAN'T legally treat a stop sign as a yield sign.

Edit (12:23 pm): Sounds like biking on the sidewalk (also illegal) got a lot of people in trouble last time around.

December 12, 2012 11:28 AM

December 11, 2012 02:40 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 11, 2012 02:03 PM

The Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza has long been home to, well, free speech. But the R-G is reporting that Lane County Administrator Liane Richardson has signed an order putting the kibosh on free speech at the plaza for now in response to a protest.

Eugene SLEEPS, an offshoot of Occupy Eugene, set up tents in the plaza Dec. 10 after the Eugene City Council did not move on modifying the city's camping ban. SLEEPS, which stands for Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep, has been advocating to have the camping ban lifted before winter weather sets in. In 2008 a homeless veteran, Major Thomas Egan, froze to death on the street in Eugene during a cold spell.

The Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza is on indefinite closure, the R-G reports and it says:

There are rules about using the plaza in regard to health and safety,” county spokeswoman Jennifer Inman said. “This is really about the issue of camping, rather than the free-speech aspect” of the protest.

Back in September the R-G reported that Richardson was advocating to ban smoking in the plaza, which in addition to being a frequent protest site, is also a popular weekend hangout during Saturday Market.

If Lane County starts calling for a ban on drum circles, then we'll know it really has it in for the Free Speech Plaza.

 

December 11, 2012 01:09 PM

 

The Eugene City Council heard public forum comments Monday, Dec. 10, on the three options for City Hall: move to EWEB’s riverfront building, stay at the same 7th and Pearl site and build a new building, or rebuild and beautify the existing city hall using parts of its skeleton. (See wkly.ws/1a9 for more information.) Most of the 17 speakers advocated keeping city hall downtown; two spoke in favor of the EWEB site.

As EW goes to press Wednesday, Dec. 12, council will sit down to a work session that Mayor Kitty Piercy said after the Dec. 10 meeting would include an attempt by council to decide on the future site. Piercy said that because of Councilor George Poling’s expected absence, there would not be a tie. But if Poling is able to phone into the Dec. 12 meeting and a tie results, Piercy says she supports remaining downtown for reasons including its connection to the county building and the city’s ownership of the 7th and Pearl property. “It just makes really good sense to me,” she said.

December 7, 2012 02:44 PM

Red Agave is closing, and the last night to grab their grub is tomorrow, Dec. 8. From their press release:

 

This Saturday night will be Red Agave’s last.  We wish it weren’t so…but alas here we are. 
There are three nights left to savor your favorites from the kitchen and the bar. 
(Unless, you’re looking for private party in the weeks to come, in which case you should call the restaurant, immediately)
We’ll have the regular menu plus some specials.
We’ll also be selling off our wine cellar (only on Saturday) at retail prices.   
We hope to see all of you who we’ve had the pleasure of serving over the years.
If you can’t make it in, you’ll be missed. 
So with a tear in my eye, a whole in my wallet & fond memories of the last 10 years,
We bid you gracias & good luck.
Yours,
Brian
December 7, 2012 03:08 PM

The U.S. News and World Report is famous for their college rankings — did anyone else proudly show their parents the "dorms like dungeons" listing for UO when living in the residence halls? Anyhow, now they're publishing a list of "underperforming schools," which means the schools' reputations are better than U.S. News thinks they should be based on academic indicators. UO is on that list.

According to U.S. News, the academic peer assessment ranking for UO is 70, but the UO really deserves a 115. Fellow alums, should we make T-shirts or something? "I love my underperforming Ducks?"

December 5, 2012 11:10 AM

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:

December 5, 2012 01:32 PM

Look at this coffee foam;

Look at this pretentious tome;

Now look at this garden gnome,

I'm fricken Michaelangleo.

December 5, 2012 08:08 PM

Tomorrow possession of less than an ounce of marijuana becomes legal under Washington's state statutes. The Seattle PD created "Marijwhatnow?" the best press release in the history of police press releases by way of explaining the ins and outs of the new law, and now it's the Portland PD's turn to help the Oregon populace:

Much like existing fireworks laws, what is legal in Washington is not legal in Oregon, In other words, if it goes high in the air or gets you high, you should probably use it in the Evergreen State.

Not bad, PDXPD, not bad. The rest is pretty straightforward and factual, so check it out if you're considering some "agricultural tourism" up north.

Maybe Oregon should just go ahead and legalize marijuana for the sake of fun in press releases. I think the EPD's spokesfolks Melinda McLaughlin and Jenna McCulley are totally up for a good ol' press release challenge.

December 4, 2012 06:38 PM

Looking for things to do this weekend?  After you ArtWalk come hear fellow EW staffer Alex Notman, a plethora of funny people and I tell naughty Christmas stories on Friday at Cozmic. Not only will we crack ourselves up, there will be wine, beer and food and it's a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood.

Also on the roster are : Laurie Notaro, author of An Idiot Girl’s Christmas: True Tales from the Top of the Naughty List (check out her piece on Yelp that she wrote for some OTHER weekly); Mark Russell, author of God Is Disappointed in You; L. J. Sellers, author of provocative mysteries and thrillers (she has a couple that feature a Eugene cop with a urinary problem); Leigh Anne Jasheway, author and standup comic; Curt Hopkins, journalist and poet; and Trisha Marcy, standup comic.

On Saturday it's time for the Cascadia Wildlands’ 10th annual Wonderland Auction is from 6 to 10 pm Saturday, Dec. 8, at the EMU Ballroom at UO. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and include dinner and drinks. More information at cascwild.org or call 434-1463. It's more than a bunch of treehuggers standing around and more like treehuggers in nice clothes drinking and making merry and buying cool local stuff. Music, beer from Ninkasi, food from Coconut Bliss and Ring of Fire and this event packs the EMU Ballroom at the UO each year.

It's not the weekend, but on Wednsday Dec. 12 head over to Beyond Toxics, which is hosting an open house in honor of the 50th anniversary of the publishing of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. Two new video documentaries will be premiered: Malignant Mileageabout the pesticide poisoning in La Pine, Oregon; and Environmental Justice in Eugene: A Toxic Tour. The open house is from 5 to 8 pm  at 1192 Lawrence in Eugene. Refreshments will be provided. See beyondtoxics.org or call 465-8860 for more information. 

December 3, 2012 03:03 PM

A lot of you probably read the Savage Love a few weeks back in which Dan Savage asked LGBT folks whose straight friends worked for marriage equality during the past election to send in a picture and a small description of what they did.

The result is Straight Up Thanks, and this Tumblr will make you sob, bawl, get misty or whatever you do when faced with something particularly touching. As the Nov. 14 Savage Love stated, gay people shouldn't have to say "thank you" when their rights are recognized. But I think and hope that straight people in other states ***coughOREGON2014cough*** will see this and realize that our activism during future elections (and during non-elections) could be very  important to someone we love.

From SUT:

Good people!

These are my friends Jehan and Seth. They gave a substantial donation to Equality Maryland as a wedding favor to all the guests at their wedding. Jehan even had her toenails painted in rainbow colors as a sign of support! My wife and I (and all the other gay people present) had a great time dancing at their wedding, and four months later, their donation helped our state of Maryland achieve marriage equality!—Jenise

November 29, 2012 03:57 PM