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January 17, 2013 12:00 AM

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” These are the iconic words of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights champion who our nation celebrates every January.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” These are the iconic words of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights champion who our nation celebrates every January. Though, tragically, Dr. King was gunned down on April 4, 1968, the words of his legendary “I Have A Dream” speech have lived on to become some of the most memorable — and powerful — words ever uttered on a public stage.

January 17, 2013 12:00 AM

Fantastic characters, high drama, a peppering of unexpected jokes — the VLT production of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure has it all, almost.

Fantastic characters, high drama, a peppering of unexpected jokes — the VLT production of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure has it all, almost.

January 10, 2013 12:00 AM

Studies show that native plants attract a wider variety of pollinating insects than standard garden ornamentals do, and pollinators need all the help they can get these days.

Studies show that native plants attract a wider variety of pollinating insects than standard garden ornamentals do, and pollinators need all the help they can get these days. That’s just one more reason to include native plants in your landscape. This top 10 list of showy, well-behaved native shrubs reaches a bit beyond the boundaries of the Willamette Valley, but all will tolerate conventional garden conditions, including summer irrigation.

Vine maple (Acer circinatum)

January 10, 2013 12:00 AM

If the reach of your Robin Williams fandom extends no farther than Mrs. Doubtfire, then sorry to say it, but shame on you.

If the reach of your Robin Williams fandom extends no farther than Mrs. Doubtfire, then sorry to say it, but shame on you. While the old-school comic-turned-actor has made a lucrative career out of his (often family-friendly) portrayals on the silver screen, it should never be forgotten that his stand-up shows are iconic. Dancing from voice to absurd voice, bit to feverish bit, alcoholic yearning to reformed learning, Williams’ stand-up is near unmatched.

January 10, 2013 12:00 AM

Three years ago I was laughing my gluteus maximus clean off, spellbound as kids wrestled with orthography. The Actors Cabaret of Eugene space was packed with everyone from hip 20-somethings to the pastor at my mom’s church to this critic, and we all raved. 

Three years ago I was laughing my gluteus maximus clean off, spellbound as kids wrestled with orthography. The Actors Cabaret of Eugene space was packed with everyone from hip 20-somethings to the pastor at my mom’s church to this critic, and we all raved. 

January 3, 2013 12:00 AM

Zot! I never could’ve guessed that here and now, at the end of the whole world, indeed all existence, I’d be strapped to the bench tapping out another wine column.

Zot! I never could’ve guessed that here and now, at the end of the whole world, indeed all existence, I’d be strapped to the bench tapping out another wine column. I always imagined myself huddled with my loved ones, sharing final kisses, maybe slurping down that last bottle of 1961 Dow’s Port as the mushroom clouds rise on the horizon.

January 3, 2013 12:00 AM

For those unfamiliar with Roller Derby, it’s time you knew: This is one of the most exciting, brutal and enjoyable-to-watch sports ever created.

For those unfamiliar with Roller Derby, it’s time you knew: This is one of the most exciting, brutal and enjoyable-to-watch sports ever created. And the best part? It’s for ladies only. The Emerald City Roller Girls hit the rink this week to begin their sixth season of what some have called “rugby on skates.” It’s more like speed-skating meets wrestling. Ferocity is encouraged. Fear is not an option. Fun is a given. So, if you’re intrigued (which you should be), roll on down to Lane Events Center this weekend and see what all the fuss is about.

January 3, 2013 12:00 AM

There’s no better time to reflect on family dynamics than after the holidays, for many a time of family harmony and family madness, and that’s exactly what artist Sarah Refvem is doing with her First Friday ArtWalk solo exhibit Familiar Dynamics at the Woodpecker’s Muse on Jan. 4.

There’s no better time to reflect on family dynamics than after the holidays, for many a time of family harmony and family madness, and that’s exactly what artist Sarah Refvem is doing with her First Friday ArtWalk solo exhibit Familiar Dynamics at the Woodpecker’s Muse on Jan. 4. Refvem’s last show explored group dynamics through painting photographs of school classes or swim meets her impressionist and expressionist style rendering the subjects just vague enough to be relatable to a wider audience.

December 27, 2012 12:00 AM

There is a gallery in Eugene with more than 66,000 paintings from over 900 artists. That’s twice as many artworks than are currently on display in the Louvre Museum.

There is a gallery in Eugene with more than 66,000 paintings from over 900 artists. That’s twice as many artworks than are currently on display in the Louvre Museum. You’re not going to find Daily Paintworks on any art walk, however, because it’s in the cloud; it’s online.

“The internet is transforming art — the art industry — just the way it has with music and publishing,” David Marine, co-founder of Daily Paintworks, says.

December 27, 2012 12:00 AM

The year is 1980. Columbia University student Mark Beudert stood at the edge of the stage, coming in on the right note along with the rest of the chorus, as Kevin Klein and Linda Ronstadt rocked the house in a wildly successful Broadway production of Pirates of Penzance.

The year is 1980. Columbia University student Mark Beudert stood at the edge of the stage, coming in on the right note along with the rest of the chorus, as Kevin Klein and Linda Ronstadt rocked the house in a wildly successful Broadway production of Pirates of Penzance.

Fast-forward 32 years and leap across the nation, Beudert is back at it again. This time he fills the director’s chair, but still utilizing the lessons he learned as a sophomore to inform a new production of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic.

December 27, 2012 12:00 AM

Recently I’ve had the craving to hike around Oakridge. I’m not sure if it is the incredible forest or the food and beer at Brewers Union Local 180 after the hike.

Recently I’ve had the craving to hike around Oakridge. I’m not sure if it is the incredible forest or the food and beer at Brewers Union Local 180 after the hike. Regardless of the reasoning, I’ve been twice in the last week. The first hike was a lower portion of the Middle Fork Willamette Trail and the second was the Larison Creek Trail. For those who don’t know, Oakridge is a mecca for both hiking and mountain bike riding. I like to do both, but prefer hiking.

December 27, 2012 12:00 AM

1.  The forward pass. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota throws the ball pretty well and Kansas State does not do a good job defending against the pass. The Wildcats rank 90th in the nation in defending the pass and got scorched for more than 300 yards more than once. Watch for Josh Huff to make some big catches. If Marcus can find tight end Colt Lyerla early and often, the Ducks will roll. 

December 20, 2012 12:00 AM

Portland painter Carl Morris’ History of Religions murals will open at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Dec. 21 only the second time they’ve been shown since the inaugural exhibition more than 50 years ago.

Sounds like the beginning of a highfalutin bon mot, but it was a crucial step in the production of the late Portland painter Carl Morris’ History of Religions murals that will open at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Dec. 21 only the second time they’ve been shown since the inaugural exhibition more than 50 years ago.

December 6, 2012 12:00 AM

The 16th-century Dominican philosopher Giordano Bruno suggested that God was a living essence that flowed through and permeated the universe — i.e., God is not remote but dwells within us. You may scoff at such hippie-dippy huggermugger, but the Holy Roman Empire was so freaked by Bruno’s ideas about cosmic interconnectedness that they burned him at the stake.

The 16th-century Dominican philosopher Giordano Bruno suggested that God was a living essence that flowed through and permeated the universe — i.e., God is not remote but dwells within us. You may scoff at such hippie-dippy huggermugger, but the Holy Roman Empire was so freaked by Bruno’s ideas about cosmic interconnectedness that they burned him at the stake.

December 6, 2012 12:00 AM

“I hope you don’t start screaming in the middle of it,” my son says, almost as an afterthought as we walk into the theater. Me too.

“I hope you don’t start screaming in the middle of it,” my son says, almost as an afterthought as we walk into the theater. Me too.

Roald Dahl’s cautionary tale of greed, gluttony and bad parenting scares the snot out of me, and after two radically unsuccessful attempts by my parents to help me enjoy the film ended in fits of horrified hysteria, we all happily gave up. And so long as nobody ever mentions Gene Wilder I’m perfectly fine.

December 6, 2012 12:00 AM

Everything changes, and nothing can remind us of that truth so easily as the slow altering of Christmas traditions. ACE producer Joe Zingo and local musician Lydia Lord have teamed up to create Christmas: The Most Wonderful Time of The Year.

Everything changes, and nothing can remind us of that truth so easily as the slow altering of Christmas traditions. ACE producer Joe Zingo and local musician Lydia Lord have teamed up to create Christmas: The Most Wonderful Time of The Year, reflecting the delights and questions of the holidays in splendid ACE style.

December 6, 2012 12:00 AM

Question: How many stoners does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Answer: Ask Ngaio Bealum.

Question: How many stoners does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Answer: Ask Ngaio Bealum.

Beaulum, perhaps the Northwest’s premiere perpetrator of high-times comedy, is headlining the 8 pm Thursday, Dec. 6, “Cannabis Comedy Night” at WOW Hall, a fundraiser and evening of huffs and hee-haws sponsored by Northwest Alternative Health, an outfit supporting the rights of patients to get their Oregon medical marijuana cards.

December 6, 2012 12:00 AM

Radio T.B.S. has been so successful in its two-week run that I can’t even get a seat. Set in a trailer park, this bawdy, politically incorrect show has audience members coming back a second time to laugh themselves silly.

Radio T.B.S. has been so successful in its two-week run that I can’t even get a seat. Set in a trailer park, this bawdy, politically incorrect show has audience members coming back a second time to laugh themselves silly. The Very Little Theatre’s Stage Left space can hardly hold the guffawing audiences. To find out the secret behind local-actor-turned-director Ron Judd’s sold-out show I caught up with him over email.

 

December 6, 2012 12:00 AM

After touring the West Coast with their Dead Rockstars exhibition, Blunt Graffix is back with another blockbuster show in Eugene, Blunt Fink! which gives iconic movies like Easy Rider, Big Trouble in Little China and Lolita a deliciously ghoulish spin.

After touring the West Coast with their Dead Rockstars exhibition, Blunt Graffix is back with another blockbuster show in Eugene, Blunt Fink! which gives iconic movies like Easy Rider, Big Trouble in Little China and Lolita a deliciously ghoulish spin. The “Fink!” part is derived from Rat Fink, the hot-rod icon created by cartoonist and custom car designer Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.

December 6, 2012 12:00 AM

This year, we decided to crack the problem of gifting wine. Here’s the kernel inside the shell of this nut: Most of us want to give gifts that somehow endure and keep giving, keep buzzing the giftee with pleasures.

Election’s over and Santa sent Artie back to Cave Junction with a lump of coal, also Gov. Poopiehead back to Ogden or wherever, so we’re ready to red-line the jolly-meter, even if it’s mostly pretend (the Refumblicans are still dangling America’s economy over the fiscal cliff). Folks who know me are aware that this time of year I morph into sap mode; I get giddy with giving gifts.

November 28, 2012 10:00 PM

When Charles Dickens put ink to paper for “A Christmas Carol,” he probably never could have envisioned his tale being told quite like this.

When Charles Dickens put ink to paper for “A Christmas Carol,” he probably never could have envisioned his tale being told quite like this. Al LePage, a laugh riot with acting chops to boot, returns to town this year with his production “A Christmas Carol for Kids! The one-man show is a retelling of Dickens’ classic tale through the eyes of Englishman Thomas Hutchinson, Traveling Thespian. LePage uses his skills to enliven the story by playing every character, and doing it well.

November 28, 2012 10:00 PM

I bang through the heavy wooden doors of the Actors Cabaret of Eugene, ten minutes late and anxious to escape the rain and noise of Willamette Street. But two steps in the door and I am immobilized, dripping a small pool of water in the entrance.

I bang through the heavy wooden doors of the Actors Cabaret of Eugene, ten minutes late and anxious to escape the rain and noise of Willamette Street. But two steps in the door and I am immobilized, dripping a small pool of water in the entrance. Actors Cabaret has been transformed for their upcoming, original production Christmas: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Every inch of space is adorned with Christmas decorations, the stage festooned, the hallway decked.

November 28, 2012 10:00 PM

What would you put on posters for a band that revels in love, loss and genetic mutations? Instruments sprouting like tentacles from a skeleton’s mouth, maybe?

What would you put on posters for a band that revels in love, loss and genetic mutations? Instruments sprouting like tentacles from a skeleton’s mouth, maybe? A lone Hohner accordion? A whistling octopus? 

November 21, 2012 10:00 PM

For an entire Minnesota winter, Peter Happel Christian left a thick stack of black and white photo paper, tied up with twine, on a cedar pallet in his snowy backyard. Over the season, the paper turned black, the corners curled and the waterlogged sheets began sticking together.

For an entire Minnesota winter, Peter Happel Christian left a thick stack of black and white photo paper, tied up with twine, on a cedar pallet in his snowy backyard. Over the season, the paper turned black, the corners curled and the waterlogged sheets began sticking together. By the time the snow was melting, the stack had transformed into a rigid, solid mass the color of darkness.