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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.

March 30, 2017

Upcoming Ontario-based artist Cat Clyde is coming through Eugene following the release of her single “The Meadow.” Despite being from our northern neighbor, her music and voice have a distinctly Southern twang with some slick hipster sensibilities. Slide guitar and velvet vocals characterize her bluesy music. Her easy-going and fluttering but powerful vocals would fit in well by any campfire or on the stage in any saloon.

March 30, 2017

Last summer Québécois artist and musician Geneviève Castrée died of pancreatic cancer. Now her husband, Washington state musician Phil Elverum, known for work with indie band Microphones and under the moniker Mount Eerie, has released A Crow Looked at Me. The album is part musical project, part personal memoir; it chronicles Elverum’s experience with Castrée’s illness and death and raising the couple’s only child.

March 23, 2017

In the 70s, psychotherapist Arthur Janov argued the only way through childhood trauma is to relive it — to make it real again while expelling it from the central nervous system through unrestrained screaming, hysteria and violence. This idea, known as Primal Therapy, or Primal Scream Therapy, seems to apply to Bay Area band Deafheaven, stopping by Eugene in support of 2015’s New Bermuda.

March 23, 2017

A group of 12 local artists are coming together to do an art show and benefit called Friends with Heart for the Community Veterinary Center (CVC). CVC is a nonprofit that provides veterinary services for the pets of low-income individuals. All the money from this event will go to CVC so it can build a surgical facility. At the moment, CVC is sending pets in need of surgery to for-profit veterinarians and helping their customers pay for the costs, which is expensive.

March 23, 2017

Now that the weather is getting nicer, many Eugeneans are pulling out their bikes and starting to commute the green way. But if your buns are sore or knees are creaking with every stroke of the pedal, you may want to go to the Getting Fit to Be Fit bicycle fitting clinic with Jay Loew. Loew is a licensed body geometry fit expert who has performed hundreds of fittings. He hopes his free clinic will help dispel some of the misinformation surrounding bike fittings.

March 16, 2017

Hippies want to protest it; punks want to complain about it; Gen Xers just want to avoid it. And Millennials — said to be an optimistic generation, and judging from their voracious appetite for up-tempo EDM and DJ culture — well, they seem to just want to dance about it. Musician, producer and all around knob-twiddling whiz kid Jackson Stell (a.k.a. Big Wild) is one of dance music’s hottest young acts.

March 16, 2017

In 1980, an organization was formed based on the radical notion that human beings should always have access to nutritious food and dignified shelter. The founder of Food Not Bombs, Keith McHenry, started the non-profit after seeing food at his local grocery store thrown out every day. Today the organization that started in Boston has spread to 65 countries and has over 1,000 chapters, according to McHenry.

March 16, 2017

Pull up your green pants and pull out the shamrocks, it’s time to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in Irish style. If you’re in the mood to drink on Friday, head over Mohawk Tavern for its St. Pat’s Party with rock band Piksix starting at 9 pm, no cover. Luckey’s will have DJ Evergreen playing at their party, along with Fortune's Folly (pictured) for their CD release show starting at 10 pm, $5. Reeble Jar and Quick and Easy Boys will play funk and rock music at McShane’s at 9 pm, $9 cover.

March 9, 2017

Kelly Middle School will be hosting the Benito Juárez Celebration this Friday to recognize and celebrate Latino students and families. Fernell López, the bilingual family liaison at Kelly, says there will be music at 5:30 pm then dinner from 6 to 7 pm, which will be “homemade food by a lot of our Latina moms.” López says he views the night as an opportunity for Latino students to recognize and celebrate their heritage.

March 9, 2017

Whether you feel nervous about natural disasters or avoid thinking about them entirely, you’ll certainly find value in Lucy Jones, Ph.D's lecture on natural disasters and community resilience. Jones is a longtime researcher and founder of the new nonprofit, the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, which focuses on filling in the communication gap between scientists and decision-makers.

March 9, 2017

Nobel Peace Prize winner Óscar Arias Sánchez “took measures to deal with Costa Rica’s heavy foreign debt and other economic problems, but his main interest was in trying to restore peace and political stability to the war-torn countries of Central America,” according to the PeaceJam Foundation. Arias was elected president of Costa Rica in 1986 and again in 2006, and his early efforts in office earned him Nobel laureate status in 1987. PeaceJam itself has been nominated for the Peace Prize nine times.

March 1, 2017

Reaching far back and tapping into that original font of American pop — everything from the percussive jolt of Jerry Lee Lewis to the proto-rockabilly of Buddy Holly to the bluesy croon of Elvis — Eugene’s own Daddy Rabbit unabashedly bucks the latest fads in favor of orthodox, old-fashioned rock-and-roll done the way Grammy and Gramps liked it.

March 1, 2017

Literature fans are in for a treat this week at the Northwest Women Writers Symposium. Bestselling author Ayana Mathis will deliver a keynote and participate in a panel on her novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.

March 1, 2017

Ninety people showed up for the February meeting of the new South Willamette Valley Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and interest is growing. NOW Chapter President Laurie Notaro says the previous NOW in the area went defunct some years ago, but as of now, there’s a new NOW in town. NOW bills itself as the “largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States,” and Notaro says the local chapter’s first meeting in January drew 50 people simply through word of mouth and a Facebook event.

February 23, 2017

Five environmental activists currently facing felony charges in four states for temporarily shutting down fossil fuel pipelines to fight climate change will discuss their nonviolent direction action this weekend. The “valve turner” protest was in response “to a call from the Standing Rock Sioux for international prayer and action on the growing climate emergence,” organizers say. On Oct.

February 23, 2017

In the wake of the Women’s March on Washington this past January, local women-ran group Makeba Arts and Entertainment is keeping the party going with their upcoming Mardi Gras themed shindig. Makeba Arts and Entertainment is a decade in the making and consistently aims to create a diverse, female-centered arts and music culture in Eugene. The two women behind the scenes are Shea Baker, who spent 12 years in nonprofit women’s healthcare, and Merrill Moore, a real estate broker whose passion lies in advocating for women’s rights.