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May 25, 2017

When assimilating truly American musical styles like ’50s-era rock, funk and surf music, as well as Jamaican ska, who better to do so than — the Russians? Since the mid-’90s, Russian-American L.A. act Red Elvises (now known as Igor & The Red Elvises after the departure of long-time bassist known only as Oleg Bernov) have developed this bathtub brew of styles into a fun and energetic punk rock buzz.

May 25, 2017

For many Oregonians, biking is a regular form of transportation, and what better way to celebrate your love for two wheels than participating in Bike Month? May is National Bike month and Eugene has a ton of events to peddle through in its last week. The University of Oregon Bike Program is holding a Bike Touring 101 event on Thursday, May 25. Come gather stories, tips and inspiration for your next adventure from 6-8 pm at the UO Outdoor Program Barn on the UO Campus. It’s FREE.

May 18, 2017

The University of Oregon’s Black Student Union is wrapping up its 2017 Black Arts Festival this week with some great events on the UO campus. May 18 is focused on UO’s Black Women of Achievement and it will include a “Saving the Arts” lecture and luncheon with Attorney Barbara Arnwine, 1 to 3 pm in Friendly Hall, room 214. There will also be a vendor fair with hair product giveaways — the Black Women of Achievement Ethnic Hair Care Event, 6 to 7:30 pm in the Lewis Integrative Science Building, featuring Atlanta hair stylist Crouch Sanders.

May 18, 2017

“Alternative Radio” host David Barsamian chats with thinkers and revolutionaries week after week on his radio show airing on 200 stations across the country, including here in Lane County on 97.3 FM, KEPW Community Radio. Barsamian has written books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said, to name a few of the luminaries he has collaborated with. On May 18, Barsamian speaks on the importance of independent media as a means to a sustainable future at fundraiser for KEPW.

May 18, 2017

Eugene author Jeff Geiger is primed to release his fantastic debut novel, Wildman, which tells the coming-of-age story of a high school valedictorian whose world is rocked when his ’93 Buick Century breaks down on a road trip and he’s stranded among the rough-and-tumble residents of a small rural town in Washington.

May 11, 2017

Mother Nature is starting to look extra fine — flowers are blooming and the rain is becoming slightly sparser — but remember to keep your own mother in mind this weekend. There are a ton of events coming up for you to enjoy with your mom, or a motherly figure in your life, during Mother’s Day weekend, both highlighted here and listed in the full calendar. First up, on Friday, May 12, support the Springfield Library Foundation and your mom by buying a Shady Oaks hanging basket for $30.

May 11, 2017

As we creep into spring, it’s not only the blossoms that are blooming. Eugene’s vivacious professional performance arts community has a ton of great events coming up, but make sure not to overlook the equally talent-packed student-produced ones. The Lane Community College Dance Program is putting on “The Works” May 18-20. A culmination of year-long choreographic and performance studies, “The Works” is an annual student dance concert, which provides a venue for dance students to create and perform work, according to LCC’s website.

May 11, 2017

Although immigrants only make up 6 percent of Lane County’s population, according to the 2011-2015 census, the diversity in their cultures and experiences are immeasurably valuable to the community. The Springfield Museum is hosting a photography exhibit titled “We Are Neighbors” that features over 20 photographs of Lane County immigrants.

May 4, 2017

Odds are if you’re from Eugene you’ve most likely been to a yoga class before – or at least know someone who has. But, if the typical patchouli-scented patrons and overall serene, quiet vibe isn’t your thing, there’s another option – Broga. Broga, or bro-yoga is exactly what it sounds like: yoga geared toward men. “Where most yoga classes are filled with women, Broga was originally created to get more guys to come to yoga class,” Jess Donohue, a Broga instructor in Eugene, tells EW via email.

May 4, 2017

If you’ve never seen a roller derby game, or bout as they’re called, you’re missing out. Luckily, you’ll have many options to do so this weekend at The Big O Tournament, the sixth annual international roller derby tournament hosted by Emerald City Roller Derby — Lane County’s women’s roller derby league.

May 4, 2017

Pack up your banjo, fiddle and square dancing shoes (are those a thing?) for the second annual Willamette Valley Old-Time Social. The social consists of multiple events, put on by Mud City Old-Time Society, happening from Thursday, May 4, to Sunday, May 7, which include music jams, workshops, social dances, food and drink. The events start Thursday with a free 7 pm kick-off party at The First National Taphouse (51 W. Broadway) with four local old-time bands playing and all keg proceeds going to Mud City Old-Time Society.

April 27, 2017

Parents rejoice! There’s a fun, safe new place to take little ones to play in Eugene: the Adventure! Children’s Museum. Newly minted exhibits — all built by volunteers — include a travel station lobby with postal locker scavenger hunt; Squish!

April 27, 2017

If there’s one thing Trump’s election has done, it’s get the people of Eugene some exercise —both by taking to the streets and by exercising their free speech rights. Last week’s Science March drew an estimated 2,000 people downtown and now this Saturday it’s the Climate March or really a convergence — a rally and a march: the Rally for a Climate of Safety in Eugene is being held in conjunction with the People’s Climate March in DC, and that rally will be joined by marchers from the University of Oregon Youth Contingent.

April 27, 2017

There is physical strength in numbers, but people often overlook the emotional strength that comes with something intangible, like solidarity and support. Combine all of those things and you get Take Back The Night — a rally, march and speak-out in support of sexual assault survivors.

April 27, 2017

Lane Community College’s The Oresteia Project is an all-original musical, built in collaboration with some of our arts community’s heavy hitters. Featuring music by Cullen Vance, with book and lyrics by six writers, including LCC’s Brian Haimbach and Jen Ferro — and with support from students Gypsy Prince, Cairo Smith, Morgan Suitor and Ripley Cerna — the show promises a new take on an ancient tale. “I’ve always wanted to do a Greek tragedy with original music,” Haimbach says.

April 20, 2017

Of all the holidays Eugene goes all-out in celebrating, it’s not surprising that Earth Day is one of them. From park cleanups to rock festivals — the geode kind, that is — there’s a little bit of something for everyone going on April 22. Here are a few Earth-centric events happening this Sunday, check out the full calendar for the rest. For some adult fun on Earth Day, check out the Brewshed Alliance’s Brewfest & Celebration from 2-9 pm at Sprout! (418 A Street, Springfield).

April 20, 2017

One person’s trash is another one’s treasure, as the saying goes. The annual Metamorphose up-cycled fashion show is “one of Lane County’s most unique and fascinating fashion and recycling events,” according to St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, and the Saturday evening events highlights just how beautiful cast-off materials can be. Metamorphose founder Mitra DeMirza Chester is SVdP’s own in-house art and fashion designer and she’s been taking yesterday’s scraps and turning them into hip apparel for the nonprofit since 2013.

April 20, 2017

While reflecting on the importance of the Earth and the environment on Saturday, take some time to get your creative juices flowing, too. Unleash Yourself is a day of creative workshops at Petersen Barn Community Center. The all-day event includes 12 workshops on varying topics.

April 13, 2017

Tax Day is looming: Tuesday, April 18. It’s a good time to think about just what your taxes are going toward. On Saturday, April 15, community members who support their taxes going to “support peaceful purposes like education, health care, green energy and protecting the environment, rather than increasing a massive military budget,” will gather at 1 pm in Alton Baker Park, Michael Carrigan of the Community Alliance of Lane County tells us.

April 13, 2017

Australian author Dr. Arne Rubinstein’s book, The Making of Men is about “raising boys to be happy, healthy and successful,” and Rubinstein says he does so through rite of passage camps. Rubinstein is coming to Eugene in an event sponsored by Cascadia Quest, a local nonprofit that facilitates wilderness rites of passage for young men much like Rubinstein’s in Australia. “They’re nature-based camps,” Cascadia Quest Director Rob Miller says.

April 13, 2017

You probably know Glenn Kotche as the drummer who’s helped reboot Wilco since joining that band in 2001. But he’s so much more. A noted composer and solo artist, he’s appeared on 80-plus albums and collaborated with Kronos Quartet, So Percussion, eighth blackbird, Bang on a Can, John Luther Adams, Andrew Bird, cellist Maya Beiser and more.

April 6, 2017

With public education on trial on the national stage and the 4J school board election coming up, it’s time to start thinking hard about the role of schools in young people’s lives. Luckily, two renowned public education advocates will soon speak in Eugene about the issues. Diane Ravitch and Yong Zhao will discuss Defending Public Education from Attacks in the Trump/DeVos Era. Zhao was once a professor at the University of Oregon College of Education, and he will be running the event with Ravitch Skyping in.

April 6, 2017

The March and Vigil for Trans Justice will focus on the issues that the transgender community faces such as transphobia, violence and homelessness. Organizers say the vigil is in remembrance of the eight trans women of color who have been murdered so far in 2017, and will honor all transgender people who have been killed or who have lost their lives to suicide. There will be multiple speakers during the rally portion of the event, including sexologist and comedian Helen Shepard and Jay St. James (pictured).

March 30, 2017

If you love rescue dogs and beer this may be the perfect event to kick off April. Ales for Tails  is a benefit that helps Northwest Dog Project save dogs from euthanasia. The $5 entry fee at Ninkasi Brewing includes a free wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage. There will be a silent auction and raffle as well as food from Hot Mama’s Wings and live music from local bands Loftän and Butterchuck. More than 50 items will be auctioned and more than 20 raffled.