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November 7, 2012 11:00 PM

Eliot Treichel calls Eugene home but he misses Wisconsin, and his debut collection of short stories, Close Is Fine, is a tribute to his home state.

Eliot Treichel calls Eugene home but he misses Wisconsin, and his debut collection of short stories, Close Is Fine, is a tribute to his home state. “It’s where I grew up,” Treichel says. “I wanted to understand it. I guess I started to miss it once I left. I was working on all the stories together to be a book.” And nostalgia for home permeates Close Is Fine, focused mainly on rural areas of the state and the characters that inhabit them.

November 7, 2012 11:00 PM

Luke is going to come out to his parents next fall. Always next fall. For Luke (John Jeffrey) conservative, literalist Christianity has made sense of the world, giving him peace and even joy. He views homosexuality as his own particular struggle and prays for forgiveness while taking great pleasure in this “sin.” 

Luke is going to come out to his parents next fall. Always next fall.

For Luke (John Jeffrey) conservative, literalist Christianity has made sense of the world, giving him peace and even joy. He views homosexuality as his own particular struggle and prays for forgiveness while taking great pleasure in this “sin.” It works for him, but not for the man he has fallen in love with: Adam (Tony Stirpe) can claim the preachy moral high ground of an atheist but is wracked with doubt and angst, scrambling for a sense of purpose as he negotiates his way through the world. 

October 31, 2012 11:00 PM

I’m writing days before this ominous election, a harsh test of our fragile democracy, a chance for us to learn if mere money can overwhelm the process.

I’m writing days before this ominous election, a harsh test of our fragile democracy, a chance for us to learn if mere money can overwhelm the process. One test: If voters have elected a zombie fraud, financed by a Wall Street hedge-fund vampire, over Peter DeFazio, one of the most principled congressmen ever to sit in the House, then maybe we  have little reason to hope that this experiment in democratic self-rule has much chance for success.

October 31, 2012 11:00 PM

If you were an artist, how would you represent the worst of the human condition? How about rabid hyenas emerging from the swollen, bandaged head of a faceless man?

If you were an artist, how would you represent the worst of the human condition? How about rabid hyenas emerging from the swollen, bandaged head of a faceless man? That’s how artist and University of Oregon student Bryan Schuldt imagined it with his piece “Head Fuller,” on display at the UO’s Mills International Center.  “Hyenas seemed to be the perfect animal to show disgust, fear, restlessness, anger and just a lot of ‘bad’ emotions that we have in everyday life, especially in interactions with others,” Schuldt says. 

October 31, 2012 11:00 PM

It’s really too bad that whenever I huff bud I wind up feeling like Woody Allen on pig’s feet and strychnine, fretting that I didn’t wipe good enough and convinced I’ve come down with lupus.

I don’t much care for pot. In theory, marijuana strikes me as an ideal recreational drug, a mellow, groovy high that is nowhere near as murderous as alcohol or aggrandizing as cocaine — not to mention that, unlike junk, it would take an almost Herculean effort to get addicted to the weed. That said, it’s really too bad that whenever I huff bud I wind up feeling like Woody Allen on pig’s feet and strychnine, fretting that I didn’t wipe good enough and convinced I’ve come down with lupus.

October 24, 2012 11:00 PM

Eugene will soon be graced with the presence of an author so clever, elaborate and terrifying that he has channeled his talents into writing some of the most interesting and “obstinately obscure” books you’ll ever read.

Eugene will soon be graced with the presence of an author so clever, elaborate and terrifying that he has channeled his talents into writing some of the most interesting and “obstinately obscure” books you’ll ever read. Dale Basye, an author from Portland, will be a featured speaker at the Young Writers Association (YWA) Scare-A-Thon FUNdraiser on Saturday, Oct. 27. Basye will be reading excerpts from his Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go book series. 

October 24, 2012 11:00 PM

The founders of Eugene Contemporary Art (ECA) want the city of Eugene to embrace challenging art. “Difficult art is what everyone remembers from history,” ECA Executive Director Courtney Stubbert told the audience at the packed Red House Oct. 19 during the “Creative Conversations: Re-imagining Eugene — What the Arts Do for Downtown” panel discussion.

The founders of Eugene Contemporary Art (ECA) want the city of Eugene to embrace challenging art. “Difficult art is what everyone remembers from history,” ECA Executive Director Courtney Stubbert told the audience at the packed Red House Oct. 19 during the “Creative Conversations: Re-imagining Eugene — What the Arts Do for Downtown” panel discussion. “The commercial arts scene has always been a limp, sad creature. Difficult art is what Eugene needs.”

October 17, 2012 11:00 PM

Cottage Grove’s 29-year-old Thomas Haney likes snakes, lizards and bugs — a lot. At one point as a kid in Austin, Texas, Haney wrangled over 80 lizards for pets. When his love of reptiles transformed into a love of reptilian (and nature) photography, the world took notice.

Cottage Grove’s 29-year-old Thomas Haney likes snakes, lizards and bugs — a lot. At one point as a kid in Austin, Texas, Haney wrangled over 80 lizards for pets. When his love of reptiles transformed into a love of reptilian (and nature) photography, the world took notice.

October 17, 2012 11:00 PM

When Joseph Kesserling sat down to write Arsenic and Old Lace — about a pair of spinster sisters who act as angels of mercy to lonely old pensioners, and the nephew who struggles to put a cork in his murderous aunties’ decanter of toxic elderberry wine — the American playwright believed he was cooking up a mean, disturbing drama about the banality of evil.

When Joseph Kesserling sat down to write Arsenic and Old Lace — about a pair of spinster sisters who act as angels of mercy to lonely old pensioners, and the nephew who struggles to put a cork in his murderous aunties’ decanter of toxic elderberry wine — the American playwright believed he was cooking up a mean, disturbing drama about the banality of evil.

October 10, 2012 11:00 PM

“Terrific!” “Radiant!” “Humble!” Any of these web-woven words can be used to describe E.B. White’s timeless story of a spider who saves her friend Wilbur with a few, well-chosen adjectives.

“Terrific!” “Radiant!” “Humble!” Any of these web-woven words can be used to describe E.B. White’s timeless story of a spider who saves her friend Wilbur with a few, well-chosen adjectives. For decades readers have fallen in love with the thoughtful little pig as he negotiates a barnyard full of opinionated critters and kind-hearted humans who have every intention of eating him. 

October 3, 2012 11:00 PM

Glorious autumn: I’ve sojourned in Eugene nearly 50 years and I don’t recall an autumn more lovely. I just want to wander the streets, besotted by colors and aromas, tipsy with nostalgia for autumns of my childhood, lingering now in the autumn of my life.

Glorious autumn: I’ve sojourned in Eugene nearly 50 years and I don’t recall an autumn more lovely. I just want to wander the streets, besotted by colors and aromas, tipsy with nostalgia for autumns of my childhood, lingering now in the autumn of my life. For viticulturalists (grape-growers and winemakers), autumn 2012 has them trembling; despite our soggy June which reduced crop size, these long stretches of warm days and cool nights have led to rising sugars and deepening colors in the clusters, promising what could become a classic vintage. Harvesting has already begun.

October 3, 2012 11:00 PM

One of the smallest and nicest farm stands in Eugene can be found in the courtyard of the Excelsior Inn on 13th Avenue. It is operated each Friday, July through October, by Angela Andre, manager of Excelsior Farm.

One of the smallest and nicest farm stands in Eugene can be found in the courtyard of the Excelsior Inn on 13th Avenue. It is operated each Friday, July through October, by Angela Andre, manager of Excelsior Farm. When Andre’s garlic caught my eye, it was the first I’d heard of Excelsior Farm. In the fall of 2009, the owner of the Excelsior Inn and Restorante, Maurizio Paparo, turned a 5-acre pasture on his property into a farm to supply the restaurant with fresh organic eggs and produce. He hired Andre, a veteran organic farmer, to set up and manage the farm.

October 3, 2012 11:00 PM

Art is as art does, and sometimes we find it in the most unusual of places.

Art is as art does, and sometimes we find it in the most unusual of places: Wallace Shawn, for instance, brought lower Manhattan audiences into posh bourgeois apartments to stage The Fever; Wayne Coyne gathered Flaming Lips fans into an Austin parking garage for his Zaireeka boom-box experiment; and another Wayne — Wayne Vajgert of Springfield — is hoping local art aficionados are willing to wander outside the gallery scene in order to view his growing collection of outlaw art.

September 19, 2012 11:00 PM

So you think the gardening year is winding down? Think again. We are entering the best all-around planting season of the year.

So you think the gardening year is winding down? Think again. We are entering the best all-around planting season of the year. Let’s start with vegetables. Depending on the weather, you can still get fall and winter harvests from sowings of lettuce, mache, arugula and other leafy greens, with or without protection from cloches or row covers. Carrots too. Kale, mustard and beets, planted now as starts, can yield from late fall through early spring. Enrich the beds for overwintering crops with compost before you plant, but don’t add too much fertilizer.

September 19, 2012 11:00 PM

Where do your loyalties lie? With your spouse? Your sex? Your child?  

Where do your loyalties lie? With your spouse? Your sex? Your child?  

When an 11-year-old boy gets a few teeth smashed out by a stick-wielding playmate, the appropriate thing for his conscientious parents to do is to invite the offender’s parents over for a conversation, maybe some clafouti and a drafted statement of the incident. In this comedy-of-no-manners, the polite conference quickly devolves into a rum-soaked battle of ego where well-heeled family folk are exposed for the flesh-eating Neanderthals they really are.

September 12, 2012 11:00 PM

Avast, ye son of a biscuit eater! Tales of treachery in the sweet trade lie ahead. 

Avast, ye son of a biscuit eater! Tales of treachery in the sweet trade lie ahead. 

That’s right, they’re back. Silvan Ridge Winery hosts The Poison Pen Players for another evening of hilarious homicide with AAARRRGH! PinkEye: A Pirate’s Parrot in Peril.

September 5, 2012 11:00 PM

I know I’m supposed to be writing about wine, and, oddly enough, a lot of people are interested in learning about the various wines. I’ll get around to wine. Promise.

I know I’m supposed to be writing about wine, and, oddly enough, a lot of people are interested in learning about the various wines. I’ll get around to wine. Promise. But these are ominous times, and as a hedge against what I fear might be an election that proves that super-rich oligarchs can simply buy a democracy and loot the public treasury with impunity, I’m trying to prepare myself.

I’m trying to learn Republican. It ain’t easy. The language is strange and the logic is twisted.

September 5, 2012 11:00 PM

Still on a performance high from its success in June, The Actors’ Table of Eugene (TATE) is back with another installment of selected scenes and monologues.

Still on a performance high from its success in June, The Actors’ Table of Eugene (TATE) is back with another installment of selected scenes and monologues. Flying under the banner of “Life’s Changes,” 22 Eugene actors will perform 16 of their favorite pieces. 

August 29, 2012 11:00 PM

Local rockers Cosmic Jelly are sort of an elusive band these days. They’re fading away into fond memory and separating officially, but it wouldn’t be like them to go out without a bang.

Local rockers Cosmic Jelly are sort of an elusive band these days. They’re fading away into fond memory and separating officially, but it wouldn’t be like them to go out without a bang. On Sept. 2 the group will have a screening and CD release day for their new video, “Let’s Talk About Poop,” which is designed to knock the shit (or should I say poop?) out of your ass.

August 22, 2012 11:00 PM

A red Texas-emblazoned, self-proclaimed pirate vehicle bears down on Eugene, laden with instruments (musical and otherwise) and the talented rogues who know how to use them. The Hellzapoppin’ Sideshow is a carnival of the grotesque, a touring troupe of human oddities performing feats of pain and handling it without batting a wing, like professionals of the underworld.

A red Texas-emblazoned, self-proclaimed pirate vehicle bears down on Eugene, laden with instruments (musical and otherwise) and the talented rogues who know how to use them. The Hellzapoppin’ Sideshow is a carnival of the grotesque, a touring troupe of human oddities performing feats of pain and handling it without batting a wing, like professionals of the underworld.

August 22, 2012 11:00 PM

As the annual Burning Man Festival approaches, Justin Lanphear prepares The Triceratops for its 385-mile journey to Black Rock City, Nev.

As the annual Burning Man Festival approaches, Justin Lanphear prepares The Triceratops for its 385-mile journey to Black Rock City, Nev. The repurposed Frito-Lay delivery van that now looks like a prehistoric beast is Eugene’s most prominent art car.

“About six years ago I realized I could buy a house, or I could build The Triceratops,” Lanphear says. “I realized that if I bought a house, I would never build the triceratops. So I found out where to get these decommissioned delivery vans, and I went for it.”

August 15, 2012 11:00 PM

Local sculptor Jud Turner continues to make waves in the art world with his stunning industrially inspired pieces. Not only is his work beautifully crafted, but each piece also challenges the viewer with a deeper cognitive message.

Local sculptor Jud Turner continues to make waves in the art world with his stunning industrially inspired pieces. Not only is his work beautifully crafted, but each piece also challenges the viewer with a deeper cognitive message.

“I put things together that weren’t made to go together,” Turner says. From recycled bike frames to scrap metal and steel, his medium is often harsh and mechanical, but the product is always gorgeous.  

August 8, 2012 11:00 PM

What better way to punctuate this beautiful, hot summer than with pride? The Eugene/Springfield 2012 Pride Festival, that is.

What better way to punctuate this beautiful, hot summer than with pride? The Eugene/Springfield 2012 Pride Festival, that is. The opening ceremonies start at noon on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Alton Baker Park ($5 sug. don.), and the celebration continues until 7pm. Trai La Trash and Daphne Bertha Storm will emcee, while bands from Wetsock to Sugar Tits keep the party hopping. The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Emerald Empire — featuring Miss Gay Pride Oregon 2012, among others — struts its stuff at 3pm, building anticipation for its Aug.

August 8, 2012 11:00 PM

Memory is a precious thing, and film allows us to capture moments that would otherwise be transitory. We take solace in those captured moments because sometimes memories can leave us — sometimes they can fade away and never return. That last part is exactly what installation artist Michelle Given wants her viewers to explore.

Memory is a precious thing, and film allows us to capture moments that would otherwise be transitory. We take solace in those captured moments because sometimes memories can leave us — sometimes they can fade away and never return. That last part is exactly what installation artist Michelle Given wants her viewers to explore.