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March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

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 29, 2012 12:00 AM

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 15, 2012 12:00 AM

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 15, 2012 12:00 AM

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 15, 2012 12:00 AM

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 15, 2012 12:00 AM

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 8, 2012 12:00 AM

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 8, 2012 12:00 AM

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 8, 2012 12:00 AM

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 8, 2012 12:00 AM

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.

March 1, 2012 12:00 AM

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are part theater, part comedy act and all basketball. We caught up with 5-foot-8 guard Kenny “The Blenda” Rodriguez not long before the Globetrotters packed Matthew Knight Arena on Feb. 24 to entertain thousands. 

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are part theater, part comedy act and all basketball. We caught up with 5-foot-8 guard Kenny “The Blenda” Rodriguez not long before the Globetrotters packed Matthew Knight Arena on Feb. 24 to entertain thousands. 

 

How did you become a Harlem Globetrotter?

February 23, 2012 12:00 AM

With the success of the UO women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, Fugue, which won the President’s Day Invitational this past weekend in California, it’s no wonder the sport is enjoying such popularity in Eugene.

With the success of the UO women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, Fugue, which won the President’s Day Invitational this past weekend in California, it’s no wonder the sport is enjoying such popularity in Eugene. So infectious is the calling to play that now another women’s team is forming.

February 23, 2012 12:00 AM

“I wanted to do something more with my life … I wanted something that would connect with my heart,” Paul Nicholson says, explaining how a corporate man from New Zealand came to be executive director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

“I wanted to do something more with my life … I wanted something that would connect with my heart,” Paul Nicholson says, explaining how a corporate man from New Zealand came to be executive director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Nicholson has spent the past 32 years supervising the business end of Ashland’s world-class theater and will take his final exit at the conclusion of this season.  

February 23, 2012 12:00 AM

As always, Last Friday ArtWalk is bursting with the talented work of new and veteran artists. And per usual, rain (hail) or shine, there is more than enough reason to brave the elements, but in case you are in need of specifics, here are a few.

As always, Last Friday ArtWalk is bursting with the talented work of new and veteran artists. And per usual, rain (hail) or shine, there is more than enough reason to brave the elements, but in case you are in need of specifics, here are a few.

February 16, 2012 12:00 AM

The Midtown Throwdown III on Feb. 11 showcased Eugene’s mixed-martial arts talent in masse. Local gyms pitted gutsy competitors against each other in fight after fight in what proved to be a gripping series of contests — with each combatant hungry to further propel his nascent career into what has now become the world’s fastest-growing sport. 

The Midtown Throwdown III on Feb. 11 showcased Eugene’s mixed-martial arts talent in masse. Local gyms pitted gutsy competitors against each other in fight after fight in what proved to be a gripping series of contests — with each combatant hungry to further propel his nascent career into what has now become the world’s fastest-growing sport. 

And one up-and-comer was preparing to welcome another kind of birth.

February 16, 2012 12:00 AM

Work Dance Company is about to grace the Hult Center with a performance that can only be described as all-encompassing.

Work Dance Company is about to grace the Hult Center with a performance that can only be described as all-encompassing.

“We are about bringing raw and honest dance to the stage,” says choreographer and LCC dance alumnus Nathan Boozer. “This is a full-scale production. It’s theatrical and high energy.”

February 9, 2012 12:00 AM

Audiences still reeling from the Eugene Ballet Company’s Dark Side of the Moon ballet will be thrilled to know that the company is set to perform another riveting homage to some of music’s finest.

Audiences still reeling from the Eugene Ballet Company’s Dark Side of the Moon ballet will be thrilled to know that the company is set to perform another riveting homage to some of music’s finest. All You Need is Love, the new originally choreographed ballet from artistic director Tony Pimble, is a collaboration of The Eugene Ballet Company and acclaimed Portland music group The Nowhere Band — it’s ballet meets The Beatles. 

February 9, 2012 12:00 AM

Eugene resident, LCC student and snowboarded Kyle Richner won a nationally competitive scholarship from Academy Snowboard Company for his ability to mix the fun of snowboarding with school and work.

Eugene resident, LCC student and snowboarded Kyle Richner won a nationally competitive scholarship from Academy Snowboard Company for his ability to mix the fun of snowboarding with school and work.

February 9, 2012 12:00 AM

The folks at Midtown MMA are at it again with their third in a series of mixed martial arts shows, highlighting local fighters and local gyms. Midtown Throwdown III will present a 16-fight card starting at 6 pm Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Lane Events Center. Each match will consists of three three-minute rounds, where fighters may win by way of knockout, submission, technical knockout or decision.

The folks at Midtown MMA are at it again with their third in a series of mixed martial arts shows, highlighting local fighters and local gyms. Midtown Throwdown III will present a 16-fight card starting at 6 pm Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Lane Events Center. Each match will consists of three three-minute rounds, where fighters may win by way of knockout, submission, technical knockout or decision. 

February 9, 2012 12:00 AM

Native or not, every garden is better for plenty of evergreen components, whether for screening purposes or just to keep the garden looking lively through what often feels like a long winter. I’ve written about evergreen native shrubs in previous columns. Here I’d like to focus on evergreen additions to the groundcover layer. 

February 9, 2012 12:00 AM

Any of you ladies out there ever stumble upon an idea for a huge work project while you’re busy folding the never-ending pile of laundry and dinner is boiling over? Next time this happens, take a moment to appreciate being a woman in the 21st century by reflecting on the challenges that confronted Gerty Cori. A pioneer in biochemistry and the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, Cori had to think and fight for recognition and respect.

Any of you ladies out there ever stumble upon an idea for a huge work project while you’re busy folding the never-ending pile of laundry and dinner is boiling over? Next time this happens, take a moment to appreciate being a woman in the 21st century by reflecting on the challenges that confronted Gerty Cori. A pioneer in biochemistry and the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, Cori had to think and fight for recognition and respect.

February 2, 2012 12:00 AM

In a bout marked by blood-splattering hits, a revolving-door penalty box, five ejections, and an appearance by Miss Oregon USA; our hometown men’s roller derby team lost a testosterone-filled event. The Emerald City Roller Girls kicked off their fifth season Jan. 28 at the Lane Events Center before a crowd of 2,000-plus.

 In a bout marked by blood-splattering hits, a revolving-door penalty box, five ejections, and an appearance by Miss Oregon USA; our hometown men’s roller derby team lost a testosterone-filled event. The Lane County Concussion hosted the Deep Valley Belligerents of Mendocino County, Calif., Jan. 15 at the Willamalane Center in Springfield. The 198-154 score does not accurately represent how close this bout was.

February 2, 2012 12:00 AM

Just how bad is Exploding Love, the play? It is so miserably and flatulently bad, in fact, that it’s nearly inconceivable Exploding Love, the actual current LCC student production directed by Michael Watkins, could not also be bad. We’re talking inevitably, ineluctably bad, as in lipstick-on-pig bad. Not just ungood, but bad. Awful.

Just how bad is Exploding Love, the play? It is so miserably and flatulently bad, in fact, that it’s nearly inconceivable Exploding Love, the actual current LCC student production directed by Michael Watkins, could not also be bad. We’re talking inevitably, ineluctably bad, as in lipstick-on-pig bad. Not just ungood, but bad. Awful.

February 2, 2012 12:00 AM

The dirty streets of London crawl with vermin and their lousy human counterparts. Victorian England is a great place to get rich, a terrible place to be poor and the perfect place for Charles Dickens’ imagination to run wild with an orphan in search of hope.

The dirty streets of London crawl with vermin and their lousy human counterparts. Victorian England is a great place to get rich, a terrible place to be poor and the perfect place for Charles Dickens’ imagination to run wild with an orphan in search of hope.   

Oliver! The Musical is more than memorable songs like “Food, Glorious Food” and “Consider Yourself.” It is a dark, Dickensian story. A successful production takes skill, bravery and a heap of children.