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December 20, 2012 01:00 AM

The ongoing proliferation and fragmentation of music production, especially nonlabel productions, makes choosing the top 12 albums of 2012 an impossible and foolish task — but here at EW, we’re OK with attempting the impossible and playing the fool sometimes.

December 20, 2012 01:00 AM
December 20, 2012 01:00 AM

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December 20, 2012 01:00 AM

Let’s face it: A good bottle of booze makes the holidays that much merrier, and what could be easier than a quick pop in to the liquor shop on your way to a party or a family gathering?

November 21, 2012 11:00 PM
November 21, 2012 11:00 PM

Some gifts warm the heart and others appease the stomach. Gifts of food and drink baskets are sure to please even those hard-to-buy-for folks on your gift list. 

November 21, 2012 11:00 PM

If you have a suds-lover or locavore on your list, if you want to buy an out-of-towner a “made in Eugene” gift or if you know broke college students and recent grads who consider microbrews a luxury, a stocking (Hirons, $9.99) or basket full of the good stuff is an excellent consumable present.

November 21, 2012 11:00 PM

To survive winters in Eugene and have some fun along the way, braving the rain and overall glumness of the atmosphere is mandatory. Gray skies and routine downpours shouldn’t equate to an uneventful winter.

November 21, 2012 11:00 PM

Holiday gifting can seem harder and harder each year. Budget, personalities and time are all variable factors. If you’re running short on any of them, here are a few ideas to jog your imagination. 

November 21, 2012 11:00 PM

Right as you enter, you’re greeted by posters, cassettes and CDs galore, and then there are the records. Holy shit, sweet, sweet vinyl.

November 21, 2012 11:00 PM

A perfect gift for a family Christmas morning, carolers shivering on your porch or friends and neighbors who love to drop by during the holidays, hot cocoa is an American holiday staple.

November 21, 2012 11:00 PM

Whether a gifting list has five people on it or 25, Eugene Saturday Market’s Holiday Market has enough variety in one place to be true one-stop shopping.

November 15, 2012 12:00 AM

Calendar of holiday events.

November 15, 2012 12:00 AM

Earlier this year, the royal family of Qatar purchased Paul Cézanne’s painting “The Card Players” for a cool $250 million — the highest price ever paid for a painting. Fortunately, this holiday season, you don’t have to be part of the 1 percent to purchase a one-of-a-kind work of art.

November 15, 2012 12:00 AM

The holidays are a time to visit family, devour sugary treats and wear the ugliest clothes imaginable at social events. In an ironic way, of course.

November 15, 2012 12:00 AM

The holidays always manage to be the busiest time of year, just when our circadian rhythms are trying to get us to slow down a bit. Yet Eugene’s version of “busy” will likely still allow for the enjoyment of a few cultural and seasonal events this year.

November 15, 2012 12:00 AM

Holidays mean curling up by a warm fire, cocoa in hand, cat on your lap, with your stockings hung by the fire with care ... Because hanging your socks by the fire is a great way to dry them after a nice long hike in the rain.

October 17, 2012 11:00 PM

Noises in the night. Beds shaking. Lights flickering. Rooms flooding. Strange Victorian women. This is not your average relax-by-the-fire-with-a-cup-of-cocoa-after-a-day-on-the-slopes kind of ski getaway.

October 17, 2012 11:00 PM

I’ll let you in on a secret: We’re not bears, so start acting Oregonian and get the hell out of town already.

October 17, 2012 11:00 PM

I traveled to Mongolia to find big fish that also reflect Khan’s spirit. Taimen (hucho hucho taimen) are the world’s largest salmonids. They grow to more than five feet long, and they hunt prey in packs.

October 17, 2012 11:00 PM

First there was couch surfing, then thanks to the web and social media there was CouchSurfing.org, which let people all over the world find couches to crash on. Now savvy travelers looking for a unique and local place to stay in Eugene or across the planet can use Airbnb.com to find a room, studio or cottage for their vacation getaway.

September 26, 2012 11:00 PM
September 26, 2012 11:00 PM

Beer and ballet. The combination is so Eugene it’s a wonder this isn’t already a decades-long tradition. It certainly isn’t any more unusual than watching cyclists smoke cigarettes as they lumber down Willamette Street, for example, so an event which brings both of these things together should be something that will please and amuse many. 

September 26, 2012 11:00 PM

Upstart Crow Studios holds a noble vision: to provide a place where all kids, regardless of income, training or physical ability can perform. No child who feels the magic pull of the theater is turned away for any reason. Nurturing children in the arts has been a passion and a pledge. Now, Upstart Crow is adding grown ups.