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May 17, 2012 12:00 AM

Lord knows you don’t need to be a wino to get a taste for grapes.

Lord knows you don’t need to be a wino to get a taste for grapes. It’s delicious, inhibition-loosening and, under the right conditions, extremely refreshing. The weather’s been beautiful lately, and while snatching up a bottle of Three-Buck-Chuck, dragging a couch into the middle of your lawn, cranking some UB40 and getting sloshed might sound like refreshment enough, there’s also a city full of invigorating wine — and easy, fun ways to select what’s right for you — just beyond the driveway.

May 17, 2012 12:00 AM

The Broadleys’ home, a dark, beveled-cedar single-story, sits near the top of the hill above their vineyards.

The Broadleys’ home, a dark, beveled-cedar single-story, sits near the top of the hill above their vineyards. From the front deck, the south Willamette Valley is revealed to the east — lush, green with farms, fields and stands of oaks and firs. On clear days, snow-capped peaks of the Cascades gleam in the sunlight, from Mt. Hood in the north to the Three Sisters in the south.

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

After surviving a winter of being hailed on and harassed by the seemingly schizophrenic weather Gods of the Pacific Northwest, it’s finally about time to get outdoors. And what better way to celebrate the coming of sun (and very large full moons) than to go on an adventure of the wild kind. 

After surviving a winter of being hailed on and harassed by the seemingly schizophrenic weather Gods of the Pacific Northwest, it’s finally about time to get outdoors. And what better way to celebrate the coming of sun (and very large full moons) than to go on an adventure of the wild kind. 

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

The thriving mother-daughter-powered dance company doesn’t sacrifice skill for novelty. The core of every production is classical ballet and highly trained dancers.

Ballet Fantastique continues to amaze audiences with creative takes on old favorites, like the Wild West version of As You Like It, or the dramatization of Van Gogh’s “Cafe Terrace at Night,” but the thriving mother-daughter-powered dance company doesn’t sacrifice skill for novelty. The core of every production is classical ballet and highly trained dancers.

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

I don’t know exactly how many blondes it takes to screw in a light bulb, but I suspect the number is more than one and something less than 163.

I don’t know exactly how many blondes it takes to screw in a light bulb, but I suspect the number is more than one and something less than 163. Honestly, the questions isn’t all that interesting, the punch line probably less so, but since we’re on the subject, let’s dispense with any misogynistic concerns and acknowledge that Legally Blonde: The Musical, like the movie upon which it’s (egad) based, has pro-feminist pretensions, if only of the lipstick variety.

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

Where I’m from there’s a dearth of firearms. Hell, I grew up watching bobbies hit the beat with a billy club and a goofy hat — no pistols at their hips.

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

Adventures demand persistence, and the best ones are worth the sweat, mosquito bites and boot-blisters that come along with them.

Adventures demand persistence, and the best ones are worth the sweat, mosquito bites and boot-blisters that come along with them. These are thoughts one tries to keep in mind step-for-step when the weight of a 50-pound pack and half a 60-pound canoe hinders a three-mile hike through thick Oregon wilderness as darkness begins to set in. 

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

Some weekend during spring term of my sophomore year at college, a group of us decided to go rafting down the Columbia.

Some weekend during spring term of my sophomore year at college, a group of us decided to go rafting down the Columbia. An old, old friend of mine, Scott, organized the trip, with promises that he’d take care of everything. All I was to do was grab three or four of my college buddies, and provide a second car for setting out.

Scott’s purportedly well-nigh professional preparations consisted of: A raft, four mismatched paddles, two fifths of whiskey and six waterlogged life preservers that looked to be circa 1953 or so.

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

I went to the mild as the wild because I wished to deliberately expose only the essential facts of life and see if I could not uncover some truth in it.

I went to the mild as the wild because I wished to deliberately expose only the essential facts of life and see if I could not uncover some truth in it. This was not to affiliate myself with known outdoorsy visionaries (see nudehiker.blogspot.com for a Northwest example), those arbiters and champions of dignity and expressively non-sexual physical freedom.

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

In a crowd of writhing bodies that slip, splash, squirm and somersault through nearly 4 miles of muck, it won’t take long before you find yourself face down in a mud puddle the size of a small pond.

In a crowd of writhing bodies that slip, splash, squirm and somersault through nearly 4 miles of muck, it won’t take long before you find yourself face down in a mud puddle the size of a small pond. Sound like fun? Welcome to Eugene’s First Annual Dirty Dash!

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

We’re not talking the kind your mom bought at the gas station. We’re talking kamikaze hot.

Think you can handle hot wings? We’re not talking the kind your mom bought at the gas station. We’re talking kamikaze hot. Like airplanes-blowing-up-in-your-mouth hot. If you think you’ve got the chops — and the stomach — then Godspeed to you; you’re probably planning on competing at Hot Mama’s Wings’ Kamikaze Smackdown I Monday, May 14.

May 9, 2012 11:00 PM

What if Lady Macbeth and Richard III met in hell? What if a high schooler planned a bank heist?

What if Lady Macbeth and Richard III met in hell? What if a high schooler planned a bank heist?  

Or what if longtime Lane Community College professor Patrick Torelle were trying really hard retire, and the one-act plays he helped students craft still needed staging?

May 9, 2012 11:00 PM

Just like the herbaceous monstrosity at the heart of this campy musical romp, the cult appeal of Little Shop of Horrors just keeps on growing.

Just like the herbaceous monstrosity at the heart of this campy musical romp, the cult appeal of Little Shop of Horrors just keeps on growing. But if you’ve merely seen the movie starring Steve Martin and Rick Moranis, you only know half the story. 

May 2, 2012 11:00 PM

There are some weekends where so much is going on, it’s hard to suggest any one event over the others. This is one of those weekends.

There are some weekends where so much is going on, it’s hard to suggest any one event over the others. This is one of those weekends, but we thought we’d give it a shot with a few choice cuts.

May 2, 2012 11:00 PM

Saturday, April 21, the Emerald City Roller Girls all-star Skatesaphrenics took on the San Francisco ShEvil Dead in Eugene.

Saturday, April 21, the Emerald City Roller Girls all-star Skatesaphrenics took on the San Francisco ShEvil Dead in Eugene. Using strong pack control to pile on the points during the ShEvil Dead’s many trips to the penalty box, the Skatesaphrenics dominated from start to finish winning 206-102.

May 2, 2012 11:00 PM

Allihalla by Alli Ditson

Man shorts by Jeremy Covert

Shady lady by Annie Rupp

Revivall clothing by Laura Lee Laroux

Spandex Body + Richard Quigly by Marcia Knee

May 2, 2012 11:00 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 11:00 PM
#MUTLIPLE#

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 11:00 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 11:00 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 11:00 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 11:00 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 11:00 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 11:00 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.