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September 5, 2013 01:00 AM

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week

Sept. 6 marks the first First Friday ArtWalk of the fall season. Hosted by art photographer Karen Rainsong (her work is on display at Goldworks Jewerly Art Studio), the tour kicks off 5:30 pm at MECCA for the 5th Annual Object Afterlife exhibit reception and awards ceremony, where Mayor Kitty Piercy, SLUG Queen Professor Doctor Mildred Slugwak Dresselhaus and others will pick winners. EW’s pick is “Made in China,” by Rogene Manas, an Uncle Sam-meets-technology bricolage.

September 5, 2013 01:00 AM

In Two Mothers Speak: Memoirs of a Passion, a baby is the battleground. Her fate is decided in a maelstrom of race, privilege, mental illness, good intentions and a messed-up system that is trying its best to protect children and families. 

Found Space Theatre tackles tough issues with Two Mothers Speak: Memoirs of a Passion

September 5, 2013 01:00 AM

So just how juicy is the role of murderess Roxie Hart in the Tony-winning Broadway musical Chicago? “It’s very juicy,” says actor Paige Davis, who will be playing the homicidal vamp when the touring production stops for two shows Sept. 10 and 11 at Eugene’s Hult Center.

So just how juicy is the role of murderess Roxie Hart in the Tony-winning Broadway musical Chicago? “It’s very juicy,” says actor Paige Davis, who will be playing the homicidal vamp when the touring production stops for two shows Sept. 10 and 11 at Eugene’s Hult Center. “It’s been exceptionally juicy,” Davis adds.

September 5, 2013 01:00 AM

September in western Oregon can be dazzling. It’s a transitional month, pregnant with promises but already yielding the year’s harvest, the bounties of farms, fields and vineyards. This month usually finds Oregon’s vintners trembling on the brink: The vintage can make or break over the next few weeks.

September in western Oregon can be dazzling. It’s a transitional month, pregnant with promises but already yielding the year’s harvest, the bounties of farms, fields and vineyards. This month usually finds Oregon’s vintners trembling on the brink: The vintage can make or break over the next few weeks. Grape clusters hang on the vines, fruit daily richer in color, sugars rising, flavors changing almost hourly.

August 29, 2013 01:00 AM

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week

All over the world anarchists, activists, rebellious teens and, of course, hipsters wear T-shirts emblazoned with the two-tone image of Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara sporting a steely stare beneath a beret. It is said to be one of the most duplicated images in the world, right up there with the Mona Lisa.

August 29, 2013 01:00 AM

Hard to believe, but it’s already time to think about a fall and winter vegetable garden. If you grow your own starts from seed, it’s already a bit late for some crops, but happily there are people out there who are growing starts for us. 

Hard to believe, but it’s already time to think about a fall and winter vegetable garden. If you grow your own starts from seed, it’s already a bit late for some crops, but happily there are people out there who are growing starts for us. 

August 29, 2013 01:00 AM

With all the hoopla of Eugene Celebration and Kaleidoscope Music Festival this past weekend, you probably laid eyes on a whole slew of inexplicable sights. And if you saw a giant glowing jellyfish bouncing around Mount Pisgah, don’t fret — you weren’t having a crazy trip; those dancing tentacles were just the far-out fiber optic artwork of local company Ants On A Melon. 

With all the hoopla of Eugene Celebration and Kaleidoscope Music Festival this past weekend, you probably laid eyes on a whole slew of inexplicable sights. And if you saw a giant glowing jellyfish bouncing around Mount Pisgah, don’t fret — you weren’t having a crazy trip; those dancing tentacles were just the far-out fiber optic artwork of local company Ants On A Melon. 

August 22, 2013 01:00 AM

Kaleidoscope Music Festival, the fusion music behemoth with 80-plus acts (see music), plants itself at Emerald Meadows Aug. 23-25, but more than just the aural senses will be stimulated. Look for the dubstep Wanderlust Circus, the steampunk-meets-cabaret Vagabond Opera and the multimedia dayglo-a-go-go performance troupe The Jezebelles. Eugene-based fiber optic toy company Ants On A Melon brings more eye candy to the meadow with their LED Jellyfish performance group.

 

August 15, 2013 01:00 AM

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week

August 15, 2013 01:00 AM

Burlesque is just stripping for hipsters, right? Or the kind of show to which Don Draper from Mad Men would take clients (performed at places with names like “The Boom Boom Room”)? Wrong. The truth of the matter is burlesque has a long and storied history, and while dance is vital to burlesque, the popular variety shows also feature comedy, live music and social commentary. 

Burlesque is just stripping for hipsters, right? Or the kind of show to which Don Draper from Mad Men would take clients (performed at places with names like “The Boom Boom Room”)? 

Wrong. The truth of the matter is burlesque has a long and storied history, and while dance is vital to burlesque, the popular variety shows also feature comedy, live music and social commentary. 

August 15, 2013 01:00 AM

Dance Listings

All That! Dance Company

Ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, ballroom
www.allthatdancecompany.com 

Argentine Tango Practica
Argentine tango
541-681-9681 / jackethanger@gmail.com

Ballet Fantastique
Ballet
www.balletfantastique.org

Ballet North West Academy
Ballet
541-343-3914 / www.bnwa.net

Celebration Belly Dance and Yoga
Bollywood, Zumba, samba, capoeria, African, 40+
www.celebrationbellydanceandyoga.com

August 15, 2013 01:00 AM

This year, Betty Waterhouse decided it was time to give competitive ballroom dancing a whirl. After a mere month and a half of training, she sashayed through the Emerald Ball, a competition held each May in Los Angeles that attracts over 15,000 participants, earning seven first-place titles in her age division. 

This year, Betty Waterhouse decided it was time to give competitive ballroom dancing a whirl. After a mere month and a half of training, she sashayed through the Emerald Ball, a competition held each May in Los Angeles that attracts over 15,000 participants, earning seven first-place titles in her age division. 

August 15, 2013 01:00 AM

Lounging on the overstuffed chairs and couches of All That! Dance Company’s studio, Jordan Ross and twin brothers Coleman and Kaelen Byrum look like any clean-cut, athletic 18-year-olds. Only Ross’s I.C.U. Dance Crew T-shirt gives any indication that the guys might not be into just the usual track and football. 

Lounging on the overstuffed chairs and couches of All That! Dance Company’s studio, Jordan Ross and twin brothers Coleman and Kaelen Byrum look like any clean-cut, athletic 18-year-olds. Only Ross’s I.C.U. Dance Crew T-shirt gives any indication that the guys might not be into just the usual track and football. 

Yet get them and the other two crew members, 18-year-olds Logan McGann and Aidan Ziegler-Hansen, on stage and there’s no mistaking that these guys are an award-winning hip-hop dance group. 

August 15, 2013 01:00 AM

Every Wednesday Anthony Carter, 15, suits up for practice. He throws on a T-shirt and joins the other boys as they sweat through 90 minutes of complex combinations, draining jumps and — on a hard day — upward of 200 push-ups. Afterwards, they head to the barre to decompress and leave feeling focused, energized and confident.

Every Wednesday Anthony Carter, 15, suits up for practice. He throws on a T-shirt and joins the other boys as they sweat through 90 minutes of complex combinations, draining jumps and — on a hard day — upward of 200 push-ups. Afterwards, they head to the barre to decompress and leave feeling focused, energized and confident.

August 15, 2013 01:00 AM

Eugene may not have Moscow’s Bolshoi or New York’s Martha Graham Dance Company; however, just below the city’s surface is a vibrant world of dance, of clacking heels and pointed toes, of “pop, lock and drops” and ball changes. From classical performances at the Eugene Ballet Company and sensual Middle Eastern folk dance at Celebration Belly Dance and Yoga to pioneering modern dance at the University of Oregon and glitzy hip-hop productions at Work Dance Company, there’s a groove for everyone’s mood.

Eugene may not have Moscow’s Bolshoi or New York’s Martha Graham Dance Company; however, just below the city’s surface is a vibrant world of dance, of clacking heels and pointed toes, of “pop, lock and drops” and ball changes. From classical performances at the Eugene Ballet Company and sensual Middle Eastern folk dance at Celebration Belly Dance and Yoga to pioneering modern dance at the University of Oregon and glitzy hip-hop productions at Work Dance Company, there’s a groove for everyone’s mood.

August 15, 2013 01:00 AM

There is perhaps no one better known in the local dance community than international dance visionary Alito Alessi. The Eugene-based dancer, teacher and artistic director for DanceAbility International created the Joint Forces Dance Company and DanceAbility — a globally renowned method that explores artistic expression between people with and without disabilities through movement — with his dance partner Karen Nelson in 1987.

There is perhaps no one better known in the local dance community than international dance visionary Alito Alessi. The Eugene-based dancer, teacher and artistic director for DanceAbility International created the Joint Forces Dance Company and DanceAbility — a globally renowned method that explores artistic expression between people with and without disabilities through movement — with his dance partner Karen Nelson in 1987. And, naturally for a dancer, he just can’t stay in one place. This spring, he was chosen as an “arts envoy” by the U.S.

August 8, 2013 01:00 AM

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week

Stroll Downtown Springfield’s Second Friday Art Walk (5 to 8 pm) and see the abstract paintings of Connie Avery at City Hall, the expressionist works of Amber Stock at Hearts for Hospice and the fine Chinese Brush technique of Sandi Grubbs at the Emerald Art Center — Grubbs spent eight years in China where she studied both the spontaneous and Gongbi style of brushwork.

 

August 8, 2013 01:00 AM

For the 32nd year in a row, Lane County is gearing up to gay it up at Alton Baker Park with the annual Eugene-Springfield LGBT Pride Festival. The all-day affair starts at noon and features a good gaggle of local acts and the whole thing is hosted by downtown celebs Daphne Storm and Trai La Trash. 

For the 32nd year in a row, Lane County is gearing up to gay it up at Alton Baker Park with the annual Eugene-Springfield LGBT Pride Festival. The all-day affair starts at noon and features a good gaggle of local acts, including Coyote Grace, Lauren Joiner and Spin Cycle, and the whole thing is hosted by downtown celebs Daphne Storm and Trai La Trash (who have hosted events of many different varieties all over town).

August 8, 2013 01:00 AM

I was definitely a complete nerd. I sat at the lunch table alone and got picked last for P.E., but books saved my life,” says Cidney Swanson, local novelist for young adult audiences and traveling speaker/educator. Swanson will host “Character Building: The Viscera of Young Adult Fiction,” Friday, Aug. 9 as part of Wordcrafters in Eugene’s ongoing program to teach the essentials of fiction writing.

I was definitely a complete nerd. I sat at the lunch table alone and got picked last for P.E., but books saved my life,” says Cidney Swanson, local novelist for young adult audiences and traveling speaker/educator. Swanson will host “Character Building: The Viscera of Young Adult Fiction,” Friday, Aug. 9 as part of Wordcrafters in Eugene’s ongoing program to teach the essentials of fiction writing.

August 8, 2013 01:00 AM

Last weekend, Kat and I attended the annual salmon bake at the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) in McMinnville, urban heart of the north Willamette Valley wine country. This remarkable annual event (2013 marked the 27th version) in wine culture draws participants from nearly all the regions of the world where pinot noir is cultivated and vinified.

Last weekend, Kat and I attended the annual salmon bake at the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) in McMinnville, urban heart of the north Willamette Valley wine country. This remarkable annual event (2013 marked the 27th version) in wine culture draws participants from nearly all the regions of the world where pinot noir is cultivated and vinified —Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Canada (!), Germany, California and, of course, France (Burgundy) and Oregon.

August 1, 2013 01:00 AM

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week.

They’re ready for their close-up: Wife-and-husband team Tracy and Rob Sydor have long been snapping stunning photos of live shows like Primus and Beats Antique, EW covers and high fashion images around Eugene. Now they have opened a studio for their companies Digital Latte Photography and Eugene Commercial Photography. Nosh on Sammitch or sip a Ninkasi brew while bouncing to the beats of DJ Mr. Rose at the studio grand opening 7 pm Friday, Aug. 9 (1000 S. Bertelsen, Unit 2, Eugene).

 

August 1, 2013 01:00 AM

A brilliant politician who would be king is brutally stabbed to death by a group of senators … right in the middle of Amazon Park? Now that’s drama. With daggers at the ready and poetry popping from their lips, it is time again for Shakespeare in the Park’s annual show.

A brilliant politician who would be king is brutally stabbed to death by a group of senators … right in the middle of Amazon Park? Now that’s drama. With daggers at the ready and poetry popping from their lips, it is time again for Shakespeare in the Park’s annual show.

This year they take on the bloody, ever-relevant The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. I managed to fire off a few questions to Artistic Producing Director Sharon Se’love as she raced about in the final week before production.

August 1, 2013 01:00 AM

Irish playwright Martin McDonagh is a fecking, foul-mouthed arsehole with a shite attitude, but he sure is one hell of a writer. McDonagh’s plays, the earliest of which take place in rural Ireland, tend toward high satire in low settings. His dialogue, laced with profanity and steeped in dialect, is whip-smart and viciously funny, and he has a keen eye for the absurd.

Irish playwright Martin McDonagh is a fecking, foul-mouthed arsehole with a shite attitude, but he sure is one hell of a writer. McDonagh’s plays, the earliest of which take place in rural Ireland, tend toward high satire in low settings. His dialogue, laced with profanity and steeped in dialect, is whip-smart and viciously funny, and he has a keen eye for the absurd.

August 1, 2013 01:00 AM

Imagine this: A loved one passes but there’s no funeral where you can honor her memory, no loving obituary to read in the paper, no gravestone to lay flowers upon. In some cases, any traces that she existed at all have been wiped clean.

Imagine this: A loved one passes but there’s no funeral where you can honor her memory, no loving obituary to read in the paper, no gravestone to lay flowers upon. In some cases, any traces that she existed at all have been wiped clean.

“A lot of homeless people lose their identity and then they pass away,” says Josie McCarthy, the manager for FOOD for Lane County’s Family Dinner Program at the Dining Room on 8th. “There’s not a big celebration of them, of their life.”