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May 2, 2012 10:00 PM

Something is happening in folksy little Pleasant Hill. And I don’t know what it is.

Something is happening in folksy little Pleasant Hill. And I don’t know what it is.

April 25, 2012 10:00 PM
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Remember when everyone’s game console was the original Nintendo and the control pad only had two buttons? When “Duck Hunt” was the only shooter and you sometimes had to blow into the cartridges to make them work?

Remember when everyone’s game console was the original Nintendo and the control pad only had two buttons? When “Duck Hunt” was the only shooter and you sometimes had to blow into the cartridges to make them work? 

In those days, when the home console wasn’t enough to satiate our videogame cravings, we went to the arcade. Hell, we went just to play games with cooler graphics and more buttons, to escape ourselves and become fantastical characters in surreal worlds — if only for a quarter’s worth of time.

April 25, 2012 10:00 PM

“Hollywood’s taking over the world,” declares one of the cast members during the introductions, and this slightly bemused, somewhat nauseated proclamation sets a nice tone.

“Hollywood’s taking over the world,” declares one of the cast members during the introductions, and this slightly bemused, somewhat nauseated proclamation sets a nice tone for the freewheeling barrage that is Very Little Theater’s current production of Completely Hollywood (Abridged) by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, with additional material by Dominic Conti. 

April 25, 2012 10:00 PM

Mari Livie is more than a talented local artist; she is an advocate for the residents of Eugene.

Mari Livie is more than a talented local artist; she is an advocate for the residents of Eugene. From her beginnings, sewing at home, to her tenure spent studying ceramics at the UO, Livie has always exuded the spirit of creativity and an appreciation for the environment. 

“The natural world is a really indispensible part of my life and happiness,” Livie says. “I want to help increase the person’s relationship with the natural world.”

April 25, 2012 10:00 PM

How can we examine a culture that mass media have so mired down with images of car bombs, burkas and the occasional Disney-sponsored flying carpet?

What if Baghdad meant “City of Peace” instead of standing as a war zone? How can we examine a culture that mass media have so mired down with images of car bombs, burkas and the occasional Disney-sponsored flying carpet?

April 18, 2012 10:00 PM

The award-winning work of Colorado-based filmmaker Stacey Steers comprises thousands of handmade paper cuttings, collages and individually painted drawings. It can take Steers years to create the artwork seen in her animated films, which average about eight individual images per second of animation. And now, in an even more painstaking and detail-oriented feat of artistry, Steers has created an installation piece to highlight her dark, surreal 2011 flick, Night Hunter

April 18, 2012 10:00 PM

Keeping in mind the immense amount of time it must take most small theaters to produce a seamless, well-crafted performance of Arthur Laurents’ 1959 musical, Gypsy.

Keeping in mind the immense amount of time it must take most small theaters to produce a seamless, well-crafted performance of Arthur Laurents’ 1959 musical, Gypsy — with its countless costumes, 17 settings, monstrous cast and big-band charts — Cottage Theatre proves its ability to transcend the efforts of “most” small theaters by displaying their production with a lack of tack.

April 18, 2012 10:00 PM

Lord Leebrick Theatre is once again encouraging aspiring writers to get their scribble on with Northwest Ten, a festival of 10-minute plays.

Lord Leebrick Theatre is once again encouraging aspiring writers to get their scribble on with Northwest Ten, a festival of 10-minute plays. This year’s theme, Writing On The Wall, implies broken rules and unexpected insights. Among the truths revealed this time around: God is a fish, frat boys make really creepy trees and pink glitter brings out the blood splatters in a protest sign.

April 11, 2012 11:00 PM

Brian, a straight-laced architect, finds himself going nuts as he tries to deal with his crazy family.

Brian, a straight-laced architect, finds himself going nuts as he tries to deal with his crazy family. It’s hard to come home to a mom with an enthusiasm for fairies and a mad-inventor father who is attempting to create a chicken vacuum to ease the flow of fowl from pen to truck.

Sound familiar?

April 11, 2012 11:00 PM

The beautiful old Lighthouse church has been reclaimed as a theater as well as a sacred space, so what could be more fitting than opening with an updated production of Godspell?

The beautiful old Lighthouse church has been reclaimed as a theater as well as a sacred space, so what could be more fitting than opening with an updated production of Godspell? New Hope International’s creative arts director, Steve Kenny, notes there are several reasons to be thrilled about the new venue and the old classic.

April 11, 2012 11:00 PM

Do you love art? How about supporting programs that foster the arts and education for kids in local schools?

Do you love art? How about supporting programs that foster the arts and education for kids in local schools? Do you dig really good music and the kindness of a strong cocktail (or two)? Then you probably need to make your way down to the Midnight in Manhattan event at the Schnitzer. 

With the grooves of Satin Love Orchestra set to funk up the Coeta and Donald Barker Gallery, an art installation by Eugene artist Terry Holloway, the help of Ninkasi, Hard Times Distillery and SLUG Queen Holly GoSlugly, this is an evening that is set to pop off. 

April 11, 2012 10:00 PM

When the great March snowfall struck the Willamette Valley, I was basking in unseasonably warm New York sunshine. As we landed in Eugene a few days later, piles of grayish snow at the airport were still evident. 

When the great March snowfall struck the Willamette Valley, I was basking in unseasonably warm New York sunshine. As we landed in Eugene a few days later, piles of grayish snow at the airport were still evident. But by far the more powerful testimony was the carnage we saw among the trees. The streets were mostly cleared but broken branches were piled everywhere, in front yards, medians and park strips. The first thing we noticed was that most of the destruction seemed to involve purple leafed plums, which had been in full, ravishing pink bloom when the snow fell. 

April 4, 2012 11:00 PM

Four lead changes and one tie kept the crowd on its feet. Sacred City opened up leads. Emerald City obliterated them. 

For the first 25 minutes of the hour-long March 24 bout between the host Sacred City Derby Girls of Sacramento and the Emerald City Roller Girls, the seating in the small, crowded venue seemed superfluous. Four lead changes and one tie kept the crowd on its feet. Sacred City opened up leads. Emerald City obliterated them. Up 26-24, Sacred City took a 21-point lead off 10-0 and 9-0 scoring runs by Jamn’ Jewlz and The 4Closer respectively. But Emerald City was not going down easily. They regained the lead on the next two frames.

April 4, 2012 11:00 PM

Maybe the great poet T. S. Eliot had it right and April is the cruelest month, but March has been pretty nasty, and not just for weather.

Maybe the great poet T. S. Eliot had it right and April is the cruelest month, but March has been pretty nasty, and not just for weather. Pick a region, pick a country, and we often find nightmare tales of human cruelty. It seems a particularly vicious time for violent repression, especially of women — oh, and journalists (more than 900 killed since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists), anyone inclined to speak truth.

March 28, 2012 11:00 PM

The colorful vibrancy of the Whiteaker with its pastel houses and the fecund dishevel of its front-yard gardens can be credited to bohemian culture. However, to overlook Kari Johnson’s contributions to that neighborhood would be equivalent  to failing an acid test or choking through a bong rip — just flat out un-Eugenean.  Johnson, a resident and artist of the Whiteaker for more than twenty years, has brush-stroked and stippled her way into the position of neighborhood muralist. Her work is as outspoken as it is tasteful.

March 28, 2012 11:00 PM

Jud Turner, Eugene’s most prominent found-art sculptor, will have his new work on display at The Wave Gallery. The showing, entitled “DoubleThink“ will run from March 30 through April 21. The opening reception will be 6 pm Friday, March 30.

“DoubleThink“ is Turner’s ode to the Orwellian concept of knowing but not knowing, made popular by the novel 1984. Turner will extrapolate on his process and this theme in his artist discussion 7 pm Wednesday, April 11, also at The Wave Gallery. — Dante Zuñiga-West

March 14, 2012 11:00 PM

Inspired by director Elia Kazan’s “naming names” before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952, Arthur Miller — the great used-car salesman of American authors — churned out The Crucible.

Inspired by director Elia Kazan’s “naming names” before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952, Arthur Miller — the great used-car salesman of American authors — churned out The Crucible. The play, set during the ‘92 Salem witch trials (1692, that is), locates its lugubrious moral center in the character of John Proctor, a man of courageous rectitude who refuses to succumb to the orgy of persecution that is plunging his preachy peers into madness.

March 14, 2012 11:00 PM

In an unsettling trend, Broadway has turned to Hollywood for inspiration. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is one of a string of hit films revamped with razzle-dazzle and shoved onto a stage.

In an unsettling trend, Broadway has turned to Hollywood for inspiration. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is one of a string of hit films revamped with razzle-dazzle and shoved onto a stage.  Legally Blond will run at Actors Cabaret of Eugene later this spring, and if you’re in New York you can try to find a ticket for — yes, it’s true — Pricilla Queen of the Desert.

It’s an American trend that would be a lot easier to turn up my nose at if it wasn’t so wonderfully entertaining.  

March 14, 2012 11:00 PM

Richard Nixon’s official recognition and visit to Communist China in 1972 was a brash, brave and hotly debated political maneuver.

Richard Nixon’s official recognition and visit to Communist China in 1972 was a brash, brave and hotly debated political maneuver. Although both Nixon and Henry Kissinger, his national security advisor, enter history with more than a few black marks beside their names, it’s difficult to downplay that single trip’s impact on furthering global understanding and broadening international relations.

Was it a sloppy ploy to win votes or a world-altering event? Either way, “the week that changed the world” was nearly operatic in it’s drama and import. 

And now it is an opera.

March 14, 2012 11:00 PM

Oregon’s only National Park is a summertime favorite for locals and tourists alike.

Oregon’s only National Park is a summertime favorite for locals and tourists alike. Whether it’s a boat ride to majestic Wizard Island or a scenic tour around the caldera on Rim Drive, Crater Lake has plenty to offer in the warm season. But America’s deepest lake is by no means off-limits when the snow falls in winter. The southern entrance to the park remains open, and the road to Rim Village is plowed for vehicle access.

March 7, 2012 11:00 PM

A cozy set of run-down apartments hugs the stage, leaving less of a street and more of a sidewalk for the aggressive characters and busty puppets to (literally) spill into and ignite the audience during Actors Cabaret’s angsty, irreverent production of Avenue Q.

A cozy set of run-down apartments hugs the stage, leaving less of a street and more of a sidewalk for the aggressive characters and busty puppets to (literally) spill into and ignite the audience during Actors Cabaret’s angsty, irreverent production of Avenue Q.

This “Sesame Street for adults” follows the post-collegiate lives of people, monsters and puppets as they struggle to make it on the confusing, real-life pavement of Avenue Q.

March 7, 2012 11:00 PM

The talented painter Frank Moro is an oddball among artists, which is no mean feat. 

The talented painter Frank Moro is an oddball among artists, which is no mean feat. A public defender, former police detective and jack of many trades, Moro stumbled into the craft of painting as if by accident. 

“I went into a little arts store on Highway 1, looking to buy some pens. I came out with an acrylics set, and I’ve been painting ever since,” Moro says.

March 7, 2012 11:00 PM

Maybe most people hate making mistakes. I know I do. Last month I tried to do a little good for some fine people.

Maybe most people hate making mistakes. I know I do. Last month I tried to do a little good for some fine people: I mentioned the fundraiser wine auction on behalf of Start Making A Reader Today (SMART), an event involving my old pal and wine maven Larry Malmgren. Unfortunately, I sent interested readers to the wrong place.

March 7, 2012 11:00 PM

First published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 contains one of the great opening sentences in American literature: “It was a pleasure to burn.”

First published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 contains one of the great opening sentences in American literature: “It was a pleasure to burn.”

Adapted from author Ray Bradbury’s own script and presented in collaboration with the Eugene Library’s “Big Read” project, Lord Leebrick’s production of Fahrenheit 451 is an eye-opener, especially for those of us whose recall of the novel is a bit fuzzy. As director Bobby Vrtis indicates in his program notes, this is no simple screed against state censorship.