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July 26, 2012 04:38 PM

Sam Bond’s Anniversary Bash

Sam Bond’s Garage has been a Whiteaker fixture for seventeen years, too old to count in bar time. Consistently voted by EW readers as Eugene’s favorite watering hole, the Sam Bond’s Anniversary Variety Showbrings together a heap of local performers who’ve graced the venue’s wooden stage over the past years.

Tom Heinl and Scott Kof Monday night bingo notoriety will act as masters of ceremony, rambling, joking, drinking and calling bingo between music sets throughout the night. “There will definitely be a blackout round,” Heinl says. Whether he meant this with regard to the cash-prize bingo game or the state of inebriation is unclear.

One thing to look forward to is the three-piece one-off ZZ Top cover band composed of guitarist Jake Pavlak(Ferns), bassist Dave Snider(Test Face) and drummer Rob Smith, that will put some hair on your chin. “It’s all early ‘70s stuff, Pavlak says. “It’s been fun learning these new tunes.”

And if that beard of yours, pints-deep in the evening, needs a lift out of the ol’ Mason jar, the lovely ladies of the Red Raven Folliesalso perform.

Hey, as if that isn’t enough, the rambunctious bluegrass of the Alder Street All-Starswill have you stomping, swinging and pushing tables out of the way to dance. But wait, there’s even more. Vaudevillian folk/jazz, provided by Hot Milk, should wear in your dancing boots for the evening, and the mellow jazz compositions of Geoffrey Mays should help with the cool down process.Of course, the evening wouldn’t be complete without an early, pre-funk set by The Stagger and Sway, guitaring up the night from the outset.

Saturated in strong beer, this showcase of local talent will no doubt bring about a good start to the next year of Sam Bond’s entertainment.

Sam Bond’s Anniversary Show “Too Old To Count” starts 9 pm Saturday, July 28, at Sam Bond’s; $5. 

— Patrick Newson

 

       

July 26, 2012 04:12 PM

 

Indie folk rockers Wintertime Carousel are on the verge of releasing a new EP, not to mention the fact that they’re kicking off a West Coast tour to San Diego and back to promote the album. Spoiler alert: The new EP is really fucking good.

Simon Adler positions his vocals in the foreground of hallowed-hall reverb created by the perfect nighttime glitter and twang of droning electric guitars. Layers of brass and thick bass lines hug your ears tight as the four track EP rolls on toward inspired greatness. Since its first release in 2010, Carousel has evolved toward becoming a solidified indie racket, with the songwriting becoming heartfelt, personal and far more meaningful than it used to, and nowadays the instrumentation is downright savage in its slow, tense arrangement.

Wintertime Carousel was once a stormy sea, and has now calmed and matured into something far more adult. They’ll still knock your teeth out with a single punch, though, so don’t cast off the five minute songs as desolate whines. They’re the crooning, powerful tracks of Carousel’s new EP, and you can hear them tonight.

Wintertime Carousel plays with Strum Theory & Royal Blue 10 pm Thursday, July 26, at Luckey’s; $3 — Andy Valentine

July 25, 2012 10:49 AM

A new video from Predator Defense, intended for media use but also suitable for general public consumption.

July 25, 2012 03:19 PM

Harpist Thaddeu "Gaffer" Venar from Boulder, Colo., is in town to perform at Faerieworlds and will also play at 7:30 pm Tuesday, July 31, at Reality Kitchen, 245 Van Buren. Sliding scale. No one turned away.

July 25, 2012 12:18 PM

The Oregon Dental Association makes brushing cool. Or umm, tries to. Or something. 

 

H/T to Willamette Week for this gem.
 
I kept waiting fearfully for an ice cream truck to zoom by and send one of the kids reeling. Sugar and rap don't mix.
 

(Apparently he wasn't really dancing to "Teach Me How to Dougie," but that's the version that went viral. He survived and got a rap video of his own.)

July 23, 2012 02:05 PM

The Eugene City Council decided to wait until after its summer break to weigh on on coal trains, but the Coos Bay World does't think Eugene should have an opinion at all on the issue. 

In an editoral published July 18, the World says Eugene should keep its "big nose" out of coal exports and "butt out" of the global energy and climate change issue. 

 

Our view: The Eugene City Council has no business dictating international energy markets.

Riddle: What's the difference between God and the Eugene City Council?

Answer: God doesn't think he's the Eugene City Council.

Eugene has yearned for decades to dictate national energy policy. In 1986, it declared itself a 'Nuclear Free Zone." Now the council is talking about using health and safety laws to block coal trains' passage through town.

This kind of self-important pushiness is why America's founders put Congress in charge of interstate commerce. When every provincial politician can regulate trade, we all starve.

Admittedly, coal trains are a serious issue. If Coos Bay builds a coal terminal, enormous chains of rail cars will haul Asia-bound Wyoming coal through many Western communities. Opponents warn of air pollution, black lung and derailments, caused by coal dust falling from train cars.

Regulators and railroads, answering market demand, are attacking these problems. A sticky spray called a 'surfacant" reportedly reduces dust emissions by 85 percent. Covered cars may be better still.

But never mind. Eugene's real objection to coal trains isn't coal dust. It's global climate change. Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy told The Register-Guard, '... we live in global society and the effects of our decisions are felt far beyond our borders."

That's true. But what gives Eugene the right to decide what Wyoming will mine and what Asia will burn?

Moreover, the morality of coal exports is not as simple as it may sound. Ask:

If Asia can't get North American fuel, what will it burn instead?

How might fuel exports affect America's balance of trade?

How about U.S. economic strength and strategic alliances?

How does affordable energy affect health and quality of life in developing nations?

These are big questions for federal regulators, Congress and the free market. The Eugene City Council should butt out.

What does give Eugene the right? Coal train opponents argue it's that the trains will be going through town, past farms and through wild areas. 

July 23, 2012 12:55 PM

It's a sarcastic, musical how-to ride the bus video. The UO needs one of these. 

"These are not the rides you are looking for."

Also the "Bohemian Rhapsody" spoof kicks in around 5:40.

July 20, 2012 06:15 PM

About an hour ago, McDonald Theatre posted on their Facebook:

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Secret show just announced for comedian DAVE CHAPPELLE at McDonald Theatre THIS SUNDAY AT 9pm!!

Tickets justwent on sale through TicketsWest. My advice is grab a pair quick! You know they won't last long.

July 20, 2012 01:09 PM

Another exclusion request:

 

In the afternoon of July 18, a downtown officer saw an adult man mingling with a number of teenagers in the Park Blocks. The man was contacted when he violated one of the posted park rules. The officer ran a record check on the 26-year-old man and found there was a warrant for his arrest. It was also determined that he was in the park in violation of an administrative park restriction. He is currently on probation for Possession of Heroin and Marijuana Delivery within 1000 Feet of a School.

Following the arrest, officers discovered the subject was in possession of heroin, marijuana and accouterments of marijuana distribution. He was arrested for the warrant, Trespassing (violating a park restriction), Possession of Heroin, and Unlawful Distribution of Marijuana within 1000 Feet of a School.

The subject has a local criminal record that includes 45 arrests in which he was lodged in the jail, and 26 arrests in which he received a citation in lieu of being lodged at jail. His arrests have been for Possession of Marijuana, Giving False Information to a Police Officer for a Citation, Violation of Park Rules, Delivery of Marijuana within 1000 Feet of a School, Criminal Trespass, Consuming Liquor on Unlicensed Premises, Failure to Appear, Delivery of Marijuana to a Juvenile (two separate incidents not including that which led to his arrest on the 18th), Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property, Physical Harassment and Disorderly Conduct.

The subject is a white male, age 26, of Eugene.

July 19, 2012 05:15 PM

 

 

If you’ve been waiting for new songs from Bad Mitten Orchestre — one of Eugene’s hottest acoustic groups — the wait is over. The Orchestre is coming out in full force Saturday, July 21, to put on its CD release party for the new album BabyGone Broke On Through.

The solid 11-track album is named in honor of perseverance. This is quite appropriate given the band’s refusal to stop making music, despite the inherent difficulties of the modern music industry.

Baby Gone Broke on Throughreally speaks to how we have worked through our struggles as a band, and how we work through our struggles in our own lives,” guitarist and vocalist Ila Kriegh says.

Bad Mitten Orchestre possesses a unique sound that is part gypsy and part Americana. The group blends sophisticated layers of accordion, banjo, upright bass, cello, violin and percussion with vocals that sound as if they come straight from an old-school speakeasy. And Baby Gone Broke on Throughis no exception to the Orchestre’s signature style, but the album’s lyrical content is bursting with the general feeling of meeting adversity head on.

“This album truly came from our hearts,” accordionist, ukulele player and guitarist Naima Muntal says. “I hope our fans feel it to.”

The Bad Mitten Orchestre CD Release Party is 9 pm Saturday, July 21, at WOW Hall; $8 adv., $10 door.

— Dante Zuñiga-West

July 18, 2012 05:14 PM

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has weighed in on county payments under the Secure Rural Schools Act. What did it find?

We need more clarity.

Shocking, I know.

This report focuses on Title III of Secure Rural Schools, which "authorizes the use of a portion of the payments for certain purposes related to wildland fire and emergency services on federal lands."

 

If Congress chooses to extend Title III beyond 2012, it should consider making explicit which types of 
expenditures are and are not allowable. GAO also recommends that the agencies issue regulations or clear guidance specifying the types of  allowable county uses of Title III funds. In commenting on a draft of this report,  the Forest Service and Interior  generally agreed with GAO’s findings  and recommendations.
July 16, 2012 05:26 PM

Warning, there's some throwing of bunnies and and it looks like a rabbit gets stepped on.

The video of the Cottage Grove "Animal Scramble" is accompanied by this statement by Red Barn Rabbit Rescue.

Last year it was brought to our attention that the Cottage Grove Rodeo had an event called the Animal Scramble. This event uses specifically bred baby rabbits and roosters as bait for children to chase, catch and keep. At the time we were still struggling financially and had not quite gotten to the point where we felt we had the experience to weigh in on the subject and take a stand. Then a couple months ago the Humane Society of Cottage Grove asked us to help them provide education and get safer, more rabbit friendly conditions brought to the event. After doing research and watching a video we have decided that there cannot be any possible way to make this event rabbit friendly. In addition, it is clear to us that breeding over 50 rabbits for the event is grossly irresponsible and does nothing to help the disheartening rabbit overpopulation. Therefore we wrote to the Cottage Grove Riding club asking them to discontinue this event. We conceded that it may be difficult to stop this year's Scramble but that they should stop all future Scrambles as they are not the responsible thing to do concerning the rabbit.

We feel we should just be able to stop at the breeding but feel inclined to also point out that the event puts these animals in what is arguably the most terrifying situation a rabbit could be in. We have also heard stories about rabbits running under the trucks and trailers tires. Finally, more than likely the majority of the kids getting these rabbits have absolutely no idea how to take care of one properly.

We know where we stand and have expressed ourselves to the CG Riding Club. They declined to reply either verbally or in writing. Therefore we are asking that you watch a video or attend the Animal Scramble on Saturday night and let the CG Riding Club know what your feelings are toward the event. We have attached the letters that were sent to the Club by our rescue. With any luck we can convince the Club to do the right thing and remove this event from future Rodeos.

Looks like the Cottage Grove Rodeo, put on by the Cottage Grove Riding Club, took place this past weekend.

July 13, 2012 05:29 PM

An email from the city of Eugene today announced that the planned City Council vote on the coal trains resolution has been postponed until September. 

The Eugene City Council goes on summer break from July 26 until Sept. 6.

Yesterday coal train opponents held a peaceful demonstration at the Union Pacific 150th celebration on July 12. You can read more about it in the RG story if you scroll alllllll the way to the bottom. 

This week the Western Organization of Resource Councils released a study showing that coal trains could clog up already congested lines in the Northwest, increase the costs for taxpayers to fix problems with the rail system and increase rail rates for other freight. And then there's that toxics coal dust … 

The study estimates 3.7 over 1-mile long trains would go through Eugene to Coos Bay each day.

Find out more at the Coal Hard Truth forum on Monday, July 16 at the Eugene Public Library.