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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. 

August 1, 2012 11:00 PM

Speaking of old, Eugene’s Very Little Theatre is completing its 84th season, now making it the longest continuously running community theater in the nation. As befits its octogenarian status, VLT has mounted a near-immaculate production of Peter Coke’s 1958 play Breath of Spring.

On March 4, 1513, the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon, on a valedictory commission from King Ferdinand, set out from Puerto Rico to find the rumored “Islands of Benimy.” He found Florida instead. It was only posthumously that writers began mythologizing de Leon’s voyage as a search for the mythical Fountain of Youth. What he was really searching for was gold, slaves and other imperial booty.

August 1, 2012 11:00 PM

For everyone who has ever wished that Cinderella would just pull herself up out of the ashes and tell her wicked stepsisters to go buckle their own bustles, Edith Weiss has written a charming makeover of the classic Grimm fairytale.

For everyone who has ever wished that Cinderella would just pull herself up out of the ashes and tell her wicked stepsisters to go buckle their own bustles, Edith Weiss has written a charming makeover of the classic Grimm fairytale. 

August 1, 2012 11:00 PM

If artist Martha Bowen could be described with only one word, that word might be “humble.” Along with her modest and genuine character, Bowen’s captivatingly beautiful watercolor paintings are true to her unassuming nature.

If artist Martha Bowen could be described with only one word, that word might be “humble.” Along with her modest and genuine character, Bowen’s captivatingly beautiful watercolor paintings are true to her unassuming nature. She’s traveled the world and brought images home for us to enjoy. 

Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Bowen now calls Eugene home, though her Latin roots seep through the canvas with vibrant colors and life. 

August 1, 2012 11:00 PM

The wines we’ll sip will be rosés, but not those schlocky-pink “blush” wines. Nope, these’re the real deal: dry, crisp, slightly chilled wines with complex flavors.

At last we’re getting hot. Well, not actually hot, at least not here in the moisty Willamette Valley. Elsewhere, all across the country (and wider world), people are baking in drought conditions, crops drying and dying, herds starving, swarms of locusts consuming every green leaf and shoot. “This is what global warming looks like,” said one climatologist.

July 25, 2012 11:00 PM

To all the people who grow and sell vegetable starts, thank you! Those little trays of baby plants, locally grown and ready to go, are well worth the money for a casual gardener like me.

To all the people who grow and sell vegetable starts, thank you! Those little trays of baby plants, locally grown and ready to go, are well worth the money for a casual gardener like me. I love eating out of the garden, but there are only two of us. I don’t need to grow a heap of food, and I don’t have a lot of time to harvest and put food by. Besides, I like to support the local farmers, who grow many things far better than I can.

July 25, 2012 11:00 PM

What can a person buy with $2.50 these days? A pack of gum? A ballpoint pen? Perhaps a single condom? Certainly not a gallon of gas anymore.

What can a person buy with $2.50 these days? A pack of gum? A ballpoint pen? Perhaps a single condom? Certainly not a gallon of gas anymore. But if you have a few bucks in your pocket Saturday, July 28, you can come away with some beautifully strange art, art supplies, CDs and who knows what else at Eugene Storefront Project’s (ESAP) Trailer Park Art Sale

July 25, 2012 11:00 PM

Just because you’re done with the past doesn’t mean the past is done with you. This is especially the case when it comes to love, as saloon manager Rose Waters (Amanda Lawrence) learns in The Silver Spur Saloon, the inaugural production by the Phoinix Players at their newly opened Red Cane Theatre.

Just because you’re done with the past doesn’t mean the past is done with you. This is especially the case when it comes to love, as saloon manager Rose Waters  (Amanda Lawrence) learns in The Silver Spur Saloon, the inaugural production by the Phoinix Players at their newly opened Red Cane Theatre.

July 18, 2012 11:00 PM

Painters, drawers, sculptors, photographers, dancers, printmakers, architects and other artisans must command the push and pull, yin and yang, hard and soft elements of their respective crafts in order to captivate their viewers.

‘Green Destiny’ by New Flesh
‘Kung Fu Allstars’ by Brent Cheshire
July 18, 2012 11:00 PM

After months of scouring, scrubbing and then completely refurbishing the former Asian market at 1075 Charnelton the hard-working troupe Phoinix Players at last have cut the ceremonial ribbon.

After months of scouring, scrubbing and then completely refurbishing the former Asian market at 1075 Charnelton, right next door to Ring of Fire, the hard-working troupe Phoinix Players at last have cut the ceremonial ribbon and opened the doors to Eugene’s latest addition to the theater community. Red Cane Theatre inaugurates its first season — its first everything, in fact — with a spectacular dinner-theater musical written by Red Cane director Mary Hulls and entitled Silver Spurs Saloon.

July 18, 2012 11:00 PM

Where do I belong? It’s a question we all sit with, perhaps never more strongly than in our 20s.

Where do I belong?  

It’s a question we all sit with, perhaps never more strongly than in our 20s.

It is a question that James can’t shake. As New Year’s Eve 1999 approaches, he returns to Road’s End, where the past can illuminate the future. 

July 18, 2012 11:00 PM

Kerry G. Wade carefully combines pragmatism and found objects in his handcrafted furniture on display at the Jacobs Gallery.

Kerry G. Wade carefully combines pragmatism and found objects in his handcrafted furniture on display at the Jacobs Gallery. His materials are simple: old water skis, toboggans, snow skis and board games. All are used, all are authentic and all are reminiscent of Wade’s childhood. 

“I love the nostalgia that vintage material brings about,” Wade says. “It brings a sort of mystery.”

July 12, 2012 12:00 AM

Want to foster a love of the arts in your child? Have a budding actor running around the house? Just need to get the kids out for an hour?

Want to foster a love of the arts in your child? Have a budding actor running around the house? Just need to get the kids out for an hour?

The UO’s Mad Duckling Children’s Theatre is your ticket. 

First up in Eugene’s traditional summer theater series at Amazon Park is Willard Simms’ adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. This half-hour production of the 1865 classic novel, directed by Tricia Rodley, hits the highlights and adds audience interaction to boot.

July 5, 2012 12:00 AM

It’s July, and DIVA is showcasing two vibrant and unusual artists possessing a style and ingenuity well-worth checking out.

It’s July, and DIVA is showcasing two vibrant and unusual artists possessing a style and ingenuity well-worth checking out. Painter and theater designer Jerry Williams will showcase his large-scale paintings, which will be moved eventually to the Bijou’s newly remodeled theater in August. “It will be a challenge to see how many of these big paintings I can fit into DIVA,” Williams says. 

Williams says he was inspired to take on these giant paintings after years of set design for theaters such as the Hult Center, UO Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and more. 

July 5, 2012 12:00 AM

According to local writer and actor Judith McKenzie, her latest project, the Actors’ Table of Eugene (T.A.T.E.), takes its cue from an unintentional invention by her late sister, Seattle actress Jane Marie Kinney.

According to local writer and actor Judith McKenzie, her latest project, the Actors’ Table of Eugene (T.A.T.E.), takes its cue from an unintentional invention by her late sister, Seattle actress Jane Marie Kinney.

“They always sat at the same table, and the owner took to calling it ‘The Actors’ Table,’” McKenzie says of The Actors’ Table of Seattle, named after a table at the Comet Tavern on Seattle’s Capitol Hill where Judith’s sister and other actors regularly met for drinks and discussion.

July 5, 2012 12:00 AM

EMFC Azul, Eugene’s premier women’s soccer team, had a weekend of ties at home: The first, against Issaquah Soccer Club came down to stoppage time.

EMFC Azul, Eugene’s premier women’s soccer team, had a weekend of ties at home: The first, against Issaquah Soccer Club came down to stoppage time. “It was a real barn-burner,” says Evon Smith, Azul’s coordinator and perhaps the team’s most loyal fan. In a last-ditch effort, Eugene Metro Fútbol Club (EMFC) put an equalizing header between the goalposts from a corner kick that rang in the final whistle, much to the chagrin of the opposing coach.

July 5, 2012 12:00 AM

The Fourth of July is a special holiday, when Americans — regardless of race, religion or creed — gather together to celebrate independence and appreciate explosives.

The Fourth of July is a special holiday, when Americans — regardless of race, religion or creed — gather together to celebrate independence and appreciate explosives. 

Sure, the country may be in the death-clutch of brutal economic recession. Yes, one could make the case that our nation is experiencing an identity crisis in which cultural, demographic and socioeconomic distinctions are dividing and conquering us. But that doesn’t mean we can’t gather ‘round and watch things blow up, for “old times’ sake.” Right?

July 5, 2012 12:00 AM

Local art enthusiasts accustomed to cruising exhibits, lectures and readings at The WAVE Gallery space will discover a pivotal change in the life of the gallery.

Local art enthusiasts accustomed to cruising exhibits, lectures and readings at The WAVE Gallery space will discover a pivotal change in the life of the gallery. Former owner, artist and entrepreneur Sabrina Jackson is turning over the space to local nonprofit Eugene Contemporary Art (ECA). 

“The answer to keeping independent art alive in Eugene is not to try to make money off of selling it in the traditional gallery format,” Jackson says, “but more so in engaging the community in education and art-related events through nonprofit organizations.”

July 5, 2012 12:00 AM

I just wanted to make a bit of sense about wine. Silly, because so often wine involves feelings, not reason.

I just wanted to make a bit of sense about wine. Silly, because so often wine involves feelings, not reason.