Monday, January 30, 2006

G. Love raps and rocks at the McDonald

It's 1999. The waves off the Southern California coast are breaking, creating a sound of thunder before smoothing themselves out into a phosphorescent blanket of blue that reaches like a handshake onto the golden sands of Topanga, a city just south of Malibu, Calif. Garrett Dutton and Jack Johnson are paddling out, soon to transition from stomach to standing in the burgeoning whitewater. After a day challenging walls of water and soaking in sunshine, Dutton and Johnson grab their guitars and start swapping sounds and songs as the breeze of a cool, California night creeps onto the beach.

G. Love & Special Sauce. 9 pm • Fri. 1/27. McDonald Theatre. $17.50 adv/$20dos
It must be tough being popular young rock stars.

Jack Johnson is … Jack Johnson, the bane of guitar-strumming surfers everywhere and the singer/songwriter behind albums like Brushfire Fairytales and In Between Dreams. Garrett Dutton is G. Love, the vocalist/guitarist who travels town to town with his band Special Sauce spreading his hip hop blues sound and playing a mean harmonica.

G. Love & Special Sauce released their most recent album, The Hustle, on Johnson's Brushfire Records in 2004, solidifying a business relationship that began on the coast of California, amongst waves and whitewater, almost seven years ago. This was G. Love & Special Sauce's sixth release of what G. Love calls "hip hop blues," a combination of laid-back, sometimes funny rap lyrics over James "Jimi Jazz" Prescott's stand-up baselines and Jeffrey "Houseman" Clemens' drumming.

The Hustle features guest performances from Money Mark, Jason Yates of Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals and G. Love's sun-drenched surfing buddy Johnson. This album has been called G. Love's most diverse, moving from classic G. Love funk-tinged beats like "Astronaut" to more mellowed compositions like "Two Birds."

The band credits some familiar names as their inspiration, including Bob Dylan, The Beatles and the Ramones. But it's obvious that G. Love was also swayed by the skills of hip hop and blues artists, and he does consider KRS One, John Lee Hooker and De La Soul influences. The influence of 1940s to 1960s jazz sounds from classic ensembles behind the likes of Miles Davis and Charlie Parker are noticeable as well, especially in Jimi Jazz's baselines.

But, more than anything, this is laid-back music. It's music you could play, say, on a California beach after plunging down the faces of giant waves with your rock star buddies.

Friday, January 27, 2006


Sunrise 7:36am; Sunset 5:15pm, Av High 48; Av Low 33
GATHERINGS "The Forest Family Feud," the Bus Project of Lane County and the Many Rivers Sierra Club go head to head on important issues in the style of the old game show, with MC Joseph Calbreath, 6pm, Cozmic Pizza. FREE.
Eugene Tree Foundation's Annual Celebration of Trees with speaker Paul Ries of the Oregon Department of Forestry, 7pm, EWEB. FREE.
"A Powerful Vision of Social Transformation," weekly study group on a solution-oriented approach to social transformation, 7:15pm, Dharmalaya Center. Jason, 607-1835. $25.
KIDS What's Up? Hogwarts Hoopla! for grades 1-6; Ready, Set, ROCK!, a show about rocks and rock-hunters with Yvonne Young, 4pm, Downtown Library. FREE.
LECTURE "Evolution, Human Nature and Literature: Toward a New Humanities," Joseph Carroll, 3:30pm, Gerlinger Lounge, UO. 346-4941.
LITERARY ARTS Elana Dykewomon, spoken word presentation and discussion, noon, 206 Building 1, LCC. 463-3000.
"Grandfather Talks: The Earth Speaks," ancient wisdom and native teachings of the Lipan Apache people with Linda Redmon and Steve Kriegh, 6pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum Visitor Center. 747-1504. $4 sug. don.
Michael McCloskey reads and discusses In the Thick of It: My Life in the Sierra Club, 7pm, 175 Knight Law, UO. FREE.
Reflective Readers book group, discuss Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 7pm, Barnes & Noble. FREE.
Weapon of Choice: Voice!, open mic poetry, 7pm, Morning Glory Café. FREE.
Haiku Showdown, 8:30pm, Sam Bond's Garage. 21+ event. $3.
MUSIC Early Chamber Music Ensemble presents "Happy Birthday, Mozart!," 5:15pm, Collier House, UO. FREE.
Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, 7:30pm, Jaqua Concert Hall. $16-$24.
Ala Nar, with bellydance by Astryd Farah deMichele and Amani, 8pm, Luna. 21+ show. $6.
Marcus Thompson, viola, and the Oregon String Quartet with pianist Victor Steinhardt, 8pm, Beall Hall, UO. $9, $5 stu., sr.
Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble, 8pm, EMU, UO. $12, $6.50 stu.
ON THE AIR "Breakfast With Nancy" features Mary O'Brien, 6am, KOPT 1600 AM.
"The Jefferson Exchange" discusses encouraging the vote with Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, 8am and 8pm, KRVM 1280 AM.
"New Dimensions" features "The Celestine Prophecy on the Silver Screen" with James and Salle Redfield, 6:30pm, KLCC 89.7 FM.
OUTDOORS/RECREATION Paddling Club meeting, 6:30pm, Oregon River Sports. 334-0696.
THEATER Amadeus, 8pm tonight, tomorrow and Jan. 28 and Feb. 2-4 and 10-11; 2pm Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, Very Little Theatre. 344-7751. $12, $10 Thursday performances.
Betrayal, 8pm tonight, tomorrow and Jan. 28 and Feb. 2-4; 2pm Jan. 29, Lord Leebrick Theater. $12-$16.
Cyrano preview, 7:30pm, with pre-show talk at 6:45pm, Hult Center. $12-$20.

Sunrise 7:35am; Sunset 5:17pm, Av High 48; Av Low 34
ARTS/VISUAL An opening for "Marquee Massacres: Native Americans in One Hundred Years of Global Movie Graphics from Oregon Passage to Battle of Rogue River," an exhibit curated by Rennard Strickland, 5:30pm, Jacobs Gallery. FREE.
Last Friday Artwalk, self-guided tour through 20 venues around town, 6pm-9pm. For details and locations go to www.lastfridayartwalk.orgFREE.
An opening for "Eye Contact," work by 26 UO faculty members, 6pm, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. FREE.
DANCE Collaborations in Rhythm, dances in various styles featuring Eugene area dance groups, 8pm tonight and tomorrow, Performance Hall, LCC. $6, $4 stu.
FILM The Emigrants (Swedish with English subtitles), 7pm, 221 McKenzie, UO. FREE.
GATHERINGS Oregon Truffle Festival, demos, dinners, marketplace, workshops & more, 8am-6:30pm today; 8am-7pm tomorrow and 10am-2pm Jan. 29, various locations around Eugene.
City Club: Rep. Peter DeFazio discusses his legislative priorities and issues that Congress will face in the year ahead, 11:50am, Downtown Athletic Club. $3, members free.
5th Annual Oregon Students of Color Coalition Conference: "Profile This!," 3pm-late today, 8:30am-late tomorrow and 9:30am-1:10pm Jan. 29, UO. For schedule and information call 346-0621 or go to
Pacifica Forum: "Impeachment Update," analysis by Jack Dresser and others of proposals to impeach Bush and Cheney, 4pm, 125 McKenzie, UO. 344-0483. FREE.
UUCE Singletarians meeting, activities, conversation and more, open to all single men and women, 7:30pm, Unitarian Universalist Church. 729-6655. FREE.
KIDS Prospective parents information meeting, 10am, The Village School. 345-7285. FREE.
Young Readers book group, discuss The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke, 7pm, Barnes & Noble. FREE.
LECTURES "Energy History and Energy Futures: Some Perspectives," Daniel Pope, 10am, Baker Center, 10th & High. 346-0697. FREE.
"An Evening With Jim Walker," featuring historic maps of local counties and territories, 7pm, Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House. Reservations at 484-0808. $15.
MUSIC Lijie, 7pm, Borders Books. FREE.
Oregon Mozart Players present "Happy Birthday to Mozart!," an all-Mozart program, 7:30pm, Hult Center. $20-$28.
Kenziefest 2006: Kenzie, The Ovulators, The Jet Jones, The Deleted Scenes, 7:30pm, WOW Hall. $5.
G. Love and Special Sauce, 9pm, McDonald Theatre. $17.50 adv., $20 dos.
John Shipe and The Blue Rebekahs, 9pm, Luna. 21+ show. $6.
Macaco Velho, 9:30pm, Sam Bond's Garage. $5.
ON THE AIR "Breakfast With Nancy" discusses sustainability issues with Bob Doppelt, Michael Dorsey and Miscelle Douglas, 6am, KOPT 1600 AM.
"The Jefferson Exchange" features multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven, 8am and 8pm, KRVM 1280 AM.
SPRITUAL Narrated slide show featuring a journey to the limits of the viewable universe via photos from the Hubble telescope and NASA, 7:30pm, Eugene Zendo, 2190 Garfield. $5 sug. don.
THEATER Willamette Repertory Theatre presents Cyrano, 8pm tonight, tomorrow and Feb. 3, 4, 10 and 11; 7:30pm Feb. 2 & 9; 2pm Feb. 5 and 12, Hult Center. $15-$34.
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change…, 8pm tonight, tomorrow and Feb. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25; 2pm Feb. 5; Valentine's Day performance 8pm Feb. 14, Actors Cabaret of Eugene. $13-$17; $31.95 dinner and show.
Amadeus continues. See Thursday, Jan. 26.
Betrayal continues. See Thursday, Jan. 26.

Sunrise 7:34am; Sunset 5:18pm, Av High 48; Av Low 34
Leahy! performs Saturday at the Hult Center.
DANCE Collaborations in Rhythm continues. See Friday.
FILM "The Creative Eye," an evening of short films with hosts Steven Speidel and Gary Elam, 8pm, DIVA. $5.
GATHERINGS Good Earth Home, Garden and Living Show, the first sustainable home, garden and living show in the United States, featuring exhibits, seminars, speakers, music and more, 10am-8pm today and 10am-6pm tomorrow, Lane County Fairgrounds. Free admission with canned food donation.
4-H Horse Tack Swap & Fashion Expo, noon-3pm, OSU/Lane County Extension Service Auditorium and parking lot. FREE.
Contra Dance with calling by Tom Gogio and music by Full Moon, 8pm, Kelly School Gym. 302-2628. $7.
5th Annual Oregon Students of Color Coalition Conference continues. See Friday.
Oregon Truffle Festival continues. See Friday.
KIDS Winter Storytime, 11am, Borders Books. FREE.
Cavalcade of Crawling Creatures, meet amphibians and reptiles with their owners from the Oregon Herpetological Society, noon-4pm, Science Factory. $4.
Owl Discovery Program for ages 8-12, learn about owls through their pellets, 1pm, West Eugene Wetlands. Register at 683-6494. FREE.
Ready, Set, ROCK!, a show abut rocks and rock-hunters with Yvonne Young, 2pm, Sheldon Library. FREE.
LECTURE "Saudi Arabia, Peak Oil and U.S. Foreign Policy," Ted Duggan, 6:30pm, Core Star Center, 2nd & Lawrence. FREE.
LITERARY ARTS Barry Ozeroff signs Sniper Shot, 1pm, Barnes & Noble. FREE.
Baseball Book Club, 7pm, Borders Books. FREE.
Jorma Kaukonen appears Saturday at Taboo
MUSIC Dirty Mac, 6pm, World Café. FREE.
9th Annual Concert Ho'ike featuring Braddah Waltah and hula dancer Leionaona Aipolani, 6pm, Willamette High School. For tickets call 688-7298.
Jorma Kaukonen, 7pm, Taboo, 23 W. 6th Ave. $18 adv., $20 dos.
Leahy!, 8pm, Hult Center. $25, $20 stu.
KRVM's Saturday Night Blues Party: Mary Flower, Jerry and the Stagehogs, Matt Sonnenfelt and the Infamous 145s, The Strange Tones, 7pm, WOW Hall. $5-$10 ss.
Silas, Stone Mosey, 8:30pm, Luna. 21+ show. $5.
Oregon Students of Color Coalition Conference Dance with DZO, The Phormula, DJ Smoov, 9pm, Vet's Club Ballroom. $5, conference attendees free.
Vagabond Opera, 9:30pm, Sam Bond's Garage. 21+ show. $5.
OUTDOORS/RECREATION GEARs ride: easy-paced ride to breakfast in Veneta, 35-40 miles, 10am, meet at Alton Baker Park.
Waxing and tuning skis and snowboards, clinic with Mike Van Buren, 11am, G.I. Joe's. FREE.
Obsidians trips: Marilyn Lakes snowshoe, 4 miles; Salt Creek Falls snowshoe, 4 miles. See YMCA board for details.
THEATER Impact! Arts presents Pinocchio, 7pm, Agate Hall, UO. 431-1177. Don.
Zero Clearance Theater Company presents Love Quest, 7pm tonight and Jan. 30; 2pm tomorrow, Willamette Activity Center, Oakridge. 782-5701.
Amadeus continues. See Thursday, Jan. 26.
Betrayal continues. See Thursday, Jan. 26.
Cyrano continues. See Friday.
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change… continues. See Friday.

Sunrise 7:33am; Sunset 5:19pm, Av High 48; Av Low 34
GATHERINGS University Student Fibers Guild Shear a Shetland field trip, help shear the flock at McTavish Farm, 8am, meet at USFG Office, 318 EMU, UO.
Piccadilly Flea Market, 10am-4pm, Lane County Fairgrounds. $1.50.
Food Not Bombs serves meals, 3pm-5pm, near deer mural at Washington Jefferson Park. FREE.
Post-Carbon Eugene monthly meeting, 6pm potluck, 7pm meeting, Maitreya EcoVillage. FREE
5th Annual Oregon Students of Color Coalition Conference continues. See Friday.
Oregon Truffle Festival continues. See Friday.
Good Earth Home, Garden and Living Show continues. See Saturday.
KIDS Open House for all interested families and students, 11:30am-1:30pm, St. Paul Parish School. 344-1401. FREE.
LITERARY ARTS Annual William Stafford Birthday Party, bring a favorite Stafford poem to read, 4pm, Tsunami Books. FREE; donations of paperback books for Operation Paperback encouraged.
MUSIC Imani Winds, 3pm, Beall Hall, UO. $12-$29.
David "Honeyboy" Edwards & Michael Frank, Mary Flower, Inkwell Rhythm Makers, Jerry Zybach and more, 4pm, Eugene Hilton. $15 + 2 cans of food.
Oregon Music Educators Association presents the All-State OMEA Gala Concert, 3pm, Hult Center. $12.
ON THE AIR "Sentinel Radio" discusses "How God helps you find your way," 7am, KPNW 1120 AM.
"The Son of Saturday Gold" features music and conversation with the Everly Brothers, 11am, KRVM 91.9 FM.
OUTDOORS/RECREATION GEARs ride: bicycle path to Owosso Bridge and beyond, 25-35 miles, 10am, meet at Alton Baker Park.
Northwest Association for Adult Competitive Kickball game, 1pm, 20th & Washington.
Obsidians trips: Midnight Lake cross-country, 6 miles; Rosary Lakes cross-country, 7 miles. See YMCA board for details.
SPIRITUAL Karen Sundberg leads Sound Weaving, 7pm, Unity of the Valley. 342-2202. $5 sug. don.
THEATER Amadeus continues. See Thursday, Jan. 26.
Betrayal continues. See Thursday, Jan. 26.
Love Quest continues. See Saturday.

Sunrise 7:32am; Sunset 5:21pm, Av High 48; Av Low 34
ARTS/VISUAL An opening for work by students who studied in Italy last summer, 5pm, LaVerne Krause Gallery, UO. FREE.
Comedian Auggie Smith performs Monday at the McDonald Theatre.
COMEDY Auggie Smith, 7:30pm, McDonald Theatre. $10.
GATHERING Lane Community College Business Department Open House, 2pm-6pm, Building 2, LCC. FREE.
MUSIC Rainy Day Blues Society Annual Meeting, 6:30pm, followed by Porch Dawgs concert, 8pm, Cozmic Pizza. FREE.
UO Jazz Lab Bands I & II, 8pm, 178 Music, UO. $5, $3 stu., sr.
ON THE AIR "Breakfast With Nancy" features Gwyneth Van Frank Carlson with LILA, 6am, KOPT 1600 AM.
"The Jefferson Exchange" features Len Eisenberg, a former geologist with Chevron International, 8am and 8pm, KRVM 1280 AM.
"UO Today" features Georgia Durante, midnight and noon tonight, 11:30pm tomorrow and 11:30am Feb. 1, Community TV of Lane County Ch. 29.
SPIRITUAL Tuning Into the Healing Stream, an introduction to the teachings of Bruno Groening, 10am, Campbell Senior Center. Phyllis, 684-6798. Registration at 682-5318. FREE.
"Relieving Stress in a Busy World," Buddhist meditation, 7:30pm, Tamarack Wellness Center. $8.
THEATER Love Quest continues. See Saturday.
VIGIL "Women in Black Standing for Peace," 5pm-5:30pm, 7th Avenue & Pearl St. FREE.

Sunrise 7:31am; Sunset 5:22pm, Av High 48; Av Low 34
LECTURE "The Right to Be Cold: Inuit Human Rights and Global Warming Litigation," Martin Wagner, 7pm, 110 Knight Law, UO. FREE.
MUSIC Bradley Hathaway, Lightbreak, Brightwood, Chase, 7pm, WOW Hall. $5.
Marah, Adam and Dave's Bloodline, Dan Jones, 9:30pm, John Henry's. 21+ show. $8.
ON THE AIR "Breakfast With Nancy" features Congressman Peter DeFazio and Sally Sheklow, 6am, KOPT 1600 AM.
"The Jefferson Exchange" features Laurie Bagley, who plans to climb Mount Everest to raise awareness and funds for the children of Bodghaya, India, 8am and 8pm, KRVM 1280 AM.
"Alternative Radio" features "Malcolm X and the Struggle for Black Liberation" with William Sales, 6:30pm, KLCC 89.7 FM.
"UO Today" continues. See Monday.
SPIRITUAL Living the Four Agreements wisdom circle, 7pm, DIVA. Paul, 461-1977.
VIGIL "Practicing Being Peace," silent meditation, 8:15am-8:45am, Federal Building. FREE.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Ladies and Gentleman, the once known AAA DJ'S is changing it's name to ABSOLUTE DJ'S.
You must absolutely come to JOGGER'S on Tuesday nights and help support a great...well two great businesses! Come bring your voices, your friends, and everything in between. $2 drinks, come on! cant get much better than that! Kirk is a great bartender and Korina is awesome at the Karaoke thing, so bring lots of money and plan to sing and drink your face off!


Click here for a guide to eugene venues compiled by Glenn Shires

WOW Hall
291 W 8th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97401
Phone: 541.687.2746
Capacity: 400

McDonald Theater
1010 Willamette Street
Eugene, Oregon 97401
Phone: 541.345.4442
Capacity: 1250

Downtown Lounge
959 Pearl St.
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 343-2346

Cosmic Pizza
1432 Willamette
8th & Charnelton
Eugene, OR

John Henry's
77 West Broadway
Eugene, OR
Phone: 541.345.9315

Sam Bond's Garage
407 Blair Blvd.
Eugene, OR
Phone: 541.343.2635

Cafe Paradiso
115 W. Broadway
Eugene, OR
(541) 484-9933
All Ages daytime
21+ evenings

the Wetlands
922 Garfield St.
Eugene, OR

894 E. 13th
Eugene, OR
(541) 344-6174

The Tiny Tavern
394 Blair Blvd
Eugene, OR

McShane's Bar and Grill
Formerly the Blarney Stone
86495 College View Rd.
Eugene, OR

Evin Marshall Presents:
Booking local and touring bands in Eugene for over 3 years.

Black Forest
50. E 11th Ave
Eugene, OR
(541) 686-6619

Luckey's Club Cigar
933 Olive Street
Eugene, OR
Capacity: 300/with P.A

Indigo District
1290 Oak Street

Agate Hall
1787 Agate St. (346-4376)

UofO (EMU)
1222 E. 13th Ave. (346-4363)

Le Sous-Sol
All Ages Basement Venue Located @ 375 River Rd NO Alcohol NO Drugs!



The Ovulators
The Jet Jones
The Deleted Scenes
7:00 pm
$5 @ the Wow Hall

TK Presents
Forrestal's Fall

Latitude 21 (Formerly Joe's Bar & Grill)
21 W. 6th
Eugene, Oregon
9PM 21+ $4

Sawyer Family
Cap Gun Suicide
Richard Hedders
Station Wag
@ John Henry's, corner of Broadway & Olive
10 PM $3-$5 sliding scale donation 21+

7:00p -12:00p
Benefit Show at The Shelter Skatepark in West Eugene

Cold Dead Hands
Riot Cop
Pirate Radio
First Offense
Internal Chaos
(80's style punk)

$5 to watch, $8 to skate
This is a benefit show for Josh Ober. For more info go to
Dark Cloud 9

Four Seasons Bowl
Washington St.
Hillsboro, Oregon
7PM All Ages $7

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Local Calender


Sunrise 7:38am; Sunset 5:13pm, Av High 47; Av Low 33

FILM Lunafest, traveling festival of films by, for and about women, a benefit for WomenSpace, 7pm, 129 McKenzie, UO. $7, $5 stu.

GATHERINGS Martin Luther King Jr. Award Recognition Reception, 11:30am, Gerlinger Alumni Lounge, UO. FREE.

Community Forum to discuss and gather input on this year's Take Back the Night event, 6:30pm, Head Start Whiteaker Community Center. FREE; childcare provided.

Intercambio: Conversation Circles / Círculos de Conversación, adults and teens practice English and Spanish, with Hora de Diversión for grades 1-6, 6:30pm, Downtown Library. FREE.

"Iraq: Which Way Out?" forum presented by members of Progressive Responses, moderated by Alan Siporin, with responses from aides from the offices of Rep. Peter DeFazio & Sen. Ron Wyden, 7pm, First United Methodist Church. 485-1755. FREE.

"Creating an Eco Logical Culture," series of panels and presentations, 7pm, Harris Hall, UO. Jan, 686-6761.

Wings Seminars special evening, "The Alchemy of Commitment … Transforming Resolutions into Reality," 7pm, Wings Building, 136 W. 8th Ave. Register at 683-8540. FREE.

Lane County Audubon Society meeting with "The Woodpecker's Tongue and Other Useful Adaptations of Birds" presentation by Dan Gleason, 7:30pm, Eugene Garden Club. FREE.

LITERARY ARTS Karen Fisher reads and discusses A Sudden Country, 7pm, Knight Library, UO. FREE.

MUSIC Women's Choral Society Winter Concert, 8pm, Beall Hall, UO. $5, $3 stu., sr.

ON THE AIR "The Jefferson Exchange" features Lisa Arkin and Conde Cox of the Oregon Toxics Alliance, 8am and 8pm, KRVM 1280 AM.

"Alternative Radio" features "Agitation: The Essence of Democracy" with Jim Hightower, 6:30pm, KLCC 89.7 FM.

"UO Today" continues. See Monday.

OUTDOORS/RECREATION River Rescue Seminar for river runners and those wanting to learn about river safety, 7pm, Oregon River Sports. Register at 334-0696. FREE.

SPIRITUAL Raja yoga meditation, 7pm. For location and information call 343-5252. FREE.

Deep Dive Spiritual Dialogue on "Original Blessing," 7pm, Unity of the Valley. 767-0953.

VIGIL "Practicing Being Peace," silent meditation, 8:15am-8:45am, Federal Building. FREE.

VOLUNTEER Volunteer meeting, 4pm, Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Jenna, 346-1694.


Sunrise 7:37am; Sunset 5:14pm, Av High 47; Av Low 33

ARTS/VISUAL Andrew Shulz discusses Vincent van Gogh's Femme Dans Un Jardin and Henri Edmund Cross's Un Pin, 6pm, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. FREE.

FILM The Idiot, Episode 3, 6pm; Leo Tolstoy, 7pm; Brigade, Episode 3, 9pm, all in Russian with English subtitles, 111 Pacific, UO. FREE.

22:8 — The Jeff Luers Story, 6:30pm, Cozmic Pizza. FREE.

Skins, 7pm, 180 PLC, UO. FREE.

GATHERING Richard Fairbanks, former Forest Service employee, discusses the Biscuit timber sale corruption and his experience working in the Siskiyou National Forest office, 6pm, Downtown Library. Jeff, 434-1463. FREE.

KIDS What's Up? Hogwarts Hoopla! for grades 1-6; Ready, Set, ROCK!, a show abut rocks and rock-hunters with Yvonne Young, 4pm, Bethel Library. FREE; tickets available 30 minutes before showtime.

Storytime with's African Safari, 6:30pm, Barnes & Noble. FREE.

LECTURE "Gender, Sexuality and Marriage in a Changing Papua New Guinea Society," Aletta Biersack, noon, 330 Hendricks, UO. FREE.

LITERARY ARTS Book group discussion of The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, noon, Downtown Library. FREE.

Chick Lit book group, discuss The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis, 7pm, Barnes & Noble. FREE.

MUSIC Hot Buttered Rum String Band, New Monsoon, 9pm, WOW Hall. $10 adv., $12 dos.

ON THE AIR "The Jefferson Exchange" discusses building healthier families with closer parent-child relationships with Gloria De Gaetano, author of Parenting Well in a Media Age, 8am and 8pm, KRVM 1280 AM.

"UO Today" continues. See Monday.

OUTDOORS/RECREATION Obsidians trip, South Shasta Loop, 4 miles. See YMCA board for details.

SPIRITUAL Conclusion of Green Tara Commentary and Practice (Part V) with Tulku Jigme Thrinley Rinpoche, 6:30pm, Nyen-Gyud Samten Choe Ling Tibetan Buddhist Study and Meditation Center. 554-9696. $10-$15 sug. don.

THEATER Cyrano previews, 7:30pm tonight and tomorrow, with pre-show talks at 6:45pm, Hult Center. $12-$20.

VIGIL Faith in Action and Progressive Responses Peace Vigil, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Federal Building. FREE.

The Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble performs Thursday, Jan. 26 at the EMU Ballroom.

Sunrise 7:36am; Sunset 5:15pm, Av High 48; Av Low 33

GATHERINGS "The Forest Family Feud," the Bus Project of Lane County and the Many Rivers Sierra Club go head to head on important issues in the style of the old game show, with MC Joseph Calbreath, 6pm, Cozmic Pizza. FREE.

Eugene Tree Foundation's Annual Celebration of Trees with speaker Paul Ries of the Oregon Department of Forestry, 7pm, EWEB. FREE.

"A Powerful Vision of Social Transformation," weekly study group on a solution-oriented approach to social transformation, 7:15pm, Dharmalaya Center. Jason, 607-1835. Don.

KIDS What's Up? Hogwarts Hoopla! for grades 1-6; Ready, Set, ROCK!, a show abut rocks and rock-hunters with Yvonne Young, 4pm, Downtown Library. FREE; tickets available 30 minutes before showtime.

LECTURE "Evolution, Human Nature and Literature: Toward a New Humanities," Joseph Carroll, 3:30pm, Gerlinger Lounge, UO. 346-4941.

LITERARY ARTS Michael McCloskey reads and discusses In the Thick of It: My Life in the Sierra Club, 7pm, 175 Knight Law, UO. FREE.

Reflective Readers book group, discuss Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 7pm, Barnes & Noble. FREE.

Haiku Showdown, 8:30pm, Sam Bond's Garage. 21+ event. $3.

MUSIC Early Chamber Music Ensemble presents "Happy Birthday, Mozart!," 5:15pm, Collier House, UO. FREE.

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, 7:30pm, Jaqua Concert Hall. $16-$24.

Marcus Thompson, viola, and the Oregon String Quartet with pianist Victor Steinhardt, 8pm, Beall Hall, UO. $9, $5 stu., sr.

Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble, 8pm, EMU Ballroom, UO. $12, $6.50 stu.

Octoberman, 10pm, Luckey's. 21+ show. $3-$5 ss.

ON THE AIR "The Jefferson Exchange" discusses encouraging the vote with Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, 8am and 8pm, KRVM 1280 AM.

"New Dimensions" features "The Celestine Prophecy on the Silver Screen" with James and Salle Redfield, 6:30pm, KLCC 89.7 FM.

OUTDOORS/RECREATION Paddling Club meeting, 6:30pm, Oregon River Sports. 334-0696.

THEATER Betrayal continues. See Thursday, Jan. 19.

Amadeus continues. See Friday.

Cyrano previews continue. See Wednesday.


THURSDAY, JAN. 19 Jan Michael "Looking Wolf" Reibach, noon, MU Lounge, OSU. FREE.

Parkinson's Support Group, 2pm, Corvallis Senior Center. Jerry, 752-3238. FREE.

An opening and slide show/video lecture for "Conflict and Resolution," work by Gary Westfjord, noon, SSH Gallery, Linn-Benton Community College, Albany. FREE.

FRIDAY, JAN. 20 Visiting Writers Series: Steven Stern reads and discusses his work, 7:30pm, Valley Library, OSU. FREE.

Eric Vilain discusses "Between a Man and a Woman," 4pm, 206 MU, OSU. FREE.

A Fine and Pleasant Misery, 8pm tonight and tomorrow and 2pm Jan. 22, Majestic Theatre. $17.

Seussical the Musical, 8pm tonight, tomorrow and Jan. 27 and 28 and Feb. 2-4; 2:30pm Jan. 22 and 29, Albany Civic Theater. $11.

SATURDAY, JAN. 21 Corvallis Indoor Winter Market, local produce, local and exotic meats, cheese, baked goods, arts & more, with Namaste Vineyards wine tasting and Bellwether Wool Company spinning demonstration, 10am-2pm, Benton County Fairgrounds. FREE.

American Legion Oratorical Contest for High School Students, 10am, Albany American Legion Hall. 928-1961. FREE.

SUNDAY, JAN. 22 Introduction to the Heart of Now, 2pm, 2945 Circle Blvd. 758-5272. FREE.

MONDAY, JAN. 23 Amen (French with English subtitles), 7pm, ESCAPE, Snell Hall, OSU. FREE.

Low Vision/Mascular Degeneration Support Group, 2pm, Corvallis Senior Center. Vision Northwest, 800-448-2232. FREE.

TUESDAY, JAN. 24 Pain Pals Support Group, 7pm, Corvallis Senior Center. Namita, 760-0894. FREE.

Bilingual Kids' Book Club for grades 3-6 features Color of My Words/El Colorde Mis Palabras by Lynn Joseph, 6:30pm, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. FREE.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25 Woyzeck, 7:30pm tonight, tomorrow and Jan. 27 and 28; 2pm Jan. 29, Withycombe Lab Theatre, OSU. 737-2784.

THURSDAY, JAN. 26 Jay Chen and Joan Haaland Paddock, noon, MU Lounge, OSU. FREE.

"Music for Life," the OSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and West Albany High School Jazz Band, 7:30pm, West Albany High School. FREE.

The Gossip plays a CD release party for their new album Wednesday in Portland. See On the Road listings.

Note- Continuation dates for out-of-town events are listed under the first day of the event.

THURSDAY, JAN. 19 Colin Meloy, Laura Veirs, 8pm, Aladdin Theater, Portland. $13 adv., $15 dos.

52nd Annual First Citizens Banquet, 5:30pm, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg. $40.

The Wizard of Oz, 7pm tonight, tomorrow and Jan. 21, Newport Performing Arts Center. $14, $12 stu., sr.

FRIDAY, JAN. 20 The Diary of Anne Frank, 7:30pm Fridays & Saturdays; 2pm Sundays through Jan. 29, Umpqua Community College, Roseburg. $9.

Toby Keith with Joe Nichols, Danielle Peck and Scotty Emerick, 7:30pm, Rose Garden, Portland. $39.75-$59.75.

4th Annual Winter Folk Festival featuring The New Christy Minstrels, a John Denver tribute concert, pie baking contest, craft booths, food vendors and more, today and tomorrow, Florence Events Center.

Slightly Stoopid, John Brown's Body, 8:30pm, Crystal Ballroom, Portland. $17 adv., $20 dos.

"Obo Addy: 70 Years Young," a celebration of Obo Addy's birthday, life, music and love for Portland, 7:30pm, Lincoln Hall, Portland State University. $18, $12 stu., sr.

Laura Kemp, John Shipe, 8pm, Mojo Rising Workshop and Event Studio, Ashland. 324-7044. $10.

SATURDAY, JAN. 21 REI Winter Fest 2006, winter sports festival with clinics, demos, prizes, activities and more, 11am-3pm, Gold Lake Sno-Park. 465-1800. FREE; sno-park permit required.

An Evening with Bea Arthur, 7:30pm, Elsinore Theatre, Salem."A $15 European Tour" wine tasting, 1pm-4pm, The Wine Place, Yachats. $15.

SUNDAY, JAN. 22 Crystal Ballroom 92nd Birthday Free-For-All with Crackerbash, Heartless, Caves, Climber, Freak Mountain Ramblers, poster show, kids' activities and much more, 1pm-1am, Crystal Ballroom, Portland. FREE.

Hilliard Ensemble, 3pm, Reed College, Portland. 503-224-9842. $30.

MONDAY, JAN. 23 An Evening with Groucho, 7:30pm, Newport Performing Arts Center. $20, $5 stu., $15 sr.

TUESDAY, JAN. 24 Paul Auster in conversation with Siri Hustvedt, 7:30pm, First Congregational Church, Portland. $12, $8 stu.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25 Illahee "Oil and Water" Lecture Series: James Howard Kunstler speaks, 7:30pm, First Congregational Church, Portland. $20, $15 stu.

The Gossip, CD release party for Standing in the Way of Control, with Swan Island and Lovers, 9pm, Wonder Ballroom, Portland. $10 adv., $12 dos.

THURSDAY, JAN. 26 Indigo Girls, three5human, a benefit for Habitat for Humanity Women Build, 9pm, Crystal Ballroom, Portland. $35.

Donna the Buffalo, Po' Girl, 8pm, Aladdin Theater, Portland. $13 adv., $15 dos.

Candye Kane, 7:30pm, Domino Room, Bend. $12 adv., $15 dos.

Healthy Environment Forum: Lawrence Frank on "Healthier By Design: Urban Lifestyles and the Built Environment," 6pm, Multnomah Athletic Club, Portland. 503-222-1963 ext. 100. $25.


Oregon Quarterly invites submissions to its 7th annual Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest. Entries should be unpublished nonfiction essays of no more than 2,500 words that address ideas that affect the Northwest. Postmark deadline is Jan. 31. For more information go to

Lord Leebrick Theatre Company seeks submissions of original plays for its 2006 Northwest Playwrights Festival. Any unpublished and unproduced scripts by writers from the Pacific Northwest are eligible. To submit a play for consideration, send a resumé, a one page synopsis, a cast list, a description of scenic requirements and ten pages of sample dialogue to Lord Leebrick Theatre Company, 1320 W. 2nd Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402. Materials will not be returned. Postmark deadline is Jan. 31, 2006.

Community Puppet Theater invites people of all ages to make marionettes, shadow puppets and rod puppets to perform The Magic Camel, a narrated imaginary journey through time and tales of the Middle East. $20 sliding scale includes materials and snack. Norma, 206-4678.

The Shedd Institute will hold auditions for Annie Get Your Gun, part of the 2006 Oregon Festival of American Music, on Jan. 28. Auditions are by appointment only; auditioners should bring a headshot and resume, prepare a one-minute monologue and one musical selection (musical theatrer repertoire). To schedule an appointment call the Shedd at 687-6526.

Sexual Assault Support Services volunteer training begins Jan. 20-22. Crisis intervention training include supportive communication skills, crisis assessment, dynamics of sexual violence, anti-opression and legal/medical isues. Volunteers fluent in Spanish are especially needed. Call 484-9791 for registration information.


TH: Adult ballet—10 & 5:30, Paradise Dance. 485-4669.
Adult/teen ballet—6, The Shedd. Starts Jan. 12.
Adult urban beat jazz dance—4:30, In Shape Fitness. 517-9665.
Argentine tango, all-level—8; Studio B.
ÁBailámos! dance concepts en Español for ages 3-4—3:30, Washington Park Community Center. 689-3233.
Hip hop, beginning/intermediate—4, Paradise Dance Studio. 747-1323.
NIA—9 & 6, Body Now (women only); 9, Studio B; 5:30, YMCA; 5:30, Willamalane Adult Activity Center.
Salsa, Cuban style with Josh Remis—8, In Shape Fitness. Starts Jan. 12.
Sparkplug Dance, creative dance for teens and adults—6:30, Washington Park Community Center. 689-3233.
Swing aerobics—noon, Paradise Dance Studio. 343-7826.

FR: Adult ballet—5:30, Paradise Dance. 485-4669.
Bhangra—6, Yoga West.
Capoeira, all-level—7, In Shape Fitness.
Flamenco, beginning—5. 431-1640.
Friday Night Dance—9, StaverDanceSport. 746-6268.
HoopDance—7, Core Star Cultural Center.
NIA—9, Body Now (women only); 5:30, In Shape Fitness (868-5900).
Oregon Ballroom Dance Club dance—7:30 lessons, 8:30 dance. 346-6025.
Salsa—9, Studio B. 687-0678.
Salsa—9, Vet's Club Ballroom.
Tango, intro class—8; Milonga (social dance)—9, The Tango Center.

SA: Adult ballet—10, Paradise Dance. 485-4669.
African, all-level—11, Skinner Butte Park near Campbell Senior Center. 653-2840.
Balkan Dance Festival with Michael Ginsburg—9:30 & 1:30 workshops, Vet's Club Ballroom. 726-5748.
Ballroom, Latin—7:15, Studio B.
Brazilian (Samba, xe, Coco, Maracatu, Forro)—1, Core Star Cultural Center. 686-5708
Healing dance & yoga—11, Fool's Paradise Tea House. 653-2840.
NIA—9, Body Now. Women only.
Pre-ballet/creative movement—11:30, Paradise Dance. 485-4669.
New Year's Eve Salsa Party—9; Vet's Club Ballroom. 683-1384.
Tango intro class—8; Milonga (social dance)—9, The Tango Center.
Tango with Homer Ladas—9, Eugene Tango Center.
West African, all levels—6:30, Odd Fellows Hall, Corvallis. 753-6833.

SU: Balkan Dance Festival with Michael Ginsburg —12:30 workshop, Vet's Club Ballroom. 726-5748.
Ballet, intermediate—4:30, InShape Fitness.
Capoeira, all-level—7, Core Star Community Space.
Contact improvisation—4, Eugene School of Ballet. 607-9416.
International—7:15, In Shape Fitness. 726-7548.
Lindy, advanced—5; intermediate—6; Lindy hop swing basics—7, Agate Hall, UO.
NIA—12:30, In Shape Fitness.
West African—11, WOW Hall. 687-2746.

MO: Adult ballet—5:30, Paradise Dance. 485-4669.
Afro-rhythmic dance fitness—10, Paradise Dance. 747-1323.
Capoeira, all-level—8, In Shape Fitness.
Flamenco, beginning—7. 431-1640.
Jazz, intermediate—11, Paradise Dance. 747-1323.
NIA—9 & 5, Body Now (women only); 9 & 7, Eugene School of Ballet (868-5900); 9:30 & 5:30, Tamarack Wellness Center; 9:30, YMCA.
Tap, beginning—7, Paradise Dance. 747-1323.
West Coast swing—7, Agate Hall, UO.

TU: Adult ballet—10, Paradise Dance. 485-4669.
Adult dance—9, The Shedd.
African—6:30, Fool's Paradise Tea House. 653-2840.
Dancesport Fever, ballroom dance for ages 6-12—4, Studio B. 431-1177.
Eugene Swing Team—7, Rock 'n' Rodeo. 687-9464.
Hip hop, beginning/intermediate—5:30; Bhangra—7, Paradise Dance Studio. 747-1323.
Mom and Me for ages 2-4—10:15, The Shedd.
NIA—9 & 6, Body Now (women only); 9, Studio B; 9, YMCA; 5:30, Willamalane Adult Activity Center.
Neuro Nurture developmental movement for babies and parents—10:30, Sparkplug Dance.

WE: Adult ballet—5:30, Paradise Dance. 485-4669.
Afro-rhythmic dance fitness—10, Paradise Dance. 747-1323.
Bellydance with Astryd deMichele, beginning/intermediate—7:30, Ballet Fantastique. 683-7778.
Capoeira, all-level—8, In Shape Fitness.
Contact improvisation—5:30, Agate Hall, UO. 343-2913.
Dance in earth tones—9, Studio B. 342-4690.
Flamenco, beginning—6. 431-1640.
Fluid movement—9, Tamarack Wellness Center. 683-9501.
Jazz, intermediate—11, Paradise Dance. 747-1323.
NIA—9 & 5, Body Now (women only); 10:30, Core Star; 7, Eugene School of Ballet (868-5900); 5:30, Tamarack Wellness Center.
Pilates mat—9, The Shedd.
Pre-ballet for ages 3-4—10, The Shedd.
Swing, lindy hop—8, Studio B.
Tap, beginning—4:30, Paradise Dance. 747-1323.

Celtic Rhythm
Haas and Fraser form award-winning pair

When you think of Celtic music, what comes to mind? Chances are it's a lively reel played on a fiddle, tin whistle, flute, or Uilleann pipes, accompanied by rhythmic help from a Bodhran (Celtic drum) and spoons. Chances are you will also tend to think of it being pitched mostly in the upper registers. There aren't a lot of Celtic instruments designed for a strong bass line.

So the idea of pairing a master fiddler such as Alasdair Fraser with the sublime cello playing of Natalie Haas might seem like a stroke of brilliance, something bold and new. But according to Fraser, it's a pairing that has deep roots in Celtic tradition. "People may be familiar with the gorgeous, melodic cello sound," Fraser says, "but they're surprised to learn that the cello used to comprise the rhythm section in Scottish dance bands."

Fraser is unquestionably one of the finest fiddle players in the world, both in performance and his tireless promotion of Scottish music. His repertoire spans centuries of Scottish music with a willingness to push those forms in new directions.

Haas, now in her early 20s, first came to Fraser's attention at age 11 while attending one of his Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School camps. Encouraged by Fraser, she began to investigate the cello's potential for rhythmic accompaniment to fiddle tunes.

In 2004, the musicians joined forces for Fire & Grace, an award-winning album that showcases a wide range of styles, from sizzling reels and airs to the lush melancholic pieces that are also a hallmark of Celtic music. The album is well balanced, with Fraser and Haas sharing the spotlight and complementing each other with effortless grace. Fraser's fiery fiddle is matched and mellowed perfectly by Haas's rich, sonorous cello.

Fraser says, "Natalie unleashes textures and deep, powerful rhythms that drive fiddle tunes. We can duck and dive around each other, swap melody and harmony lines, and improvise on each other's rhythmic riffs. She has such a great sense of exploration and excitement for the music."

Now a Juilliard graduate, Haas will return to Eugene in May as part of Mark O' Connor's Appalachia Waltz Trio.

Ave Amadeus
Oregon Mozart Players celebrate the composer's 250th birthday.

Marcus Thompson
This year, a high percentage of classical music institutions will be adding even more Mozart than usual to their programs, Jan. 27th being the 250th anniversary of his birth. In Eugene, the Oregon Mozart Players are taking the lead with a series of events, including:

• In Search of Mozart, a new documentary film about the composer's life and music, showing at the McDonald Theatre Saturday, Jan. 21.

• A chamber music and chocolate concert that evening in the same venue, featuring two lively, small-scale Amadean gems — the chirruping Oboe Quartet and the iridescent Clarinet Quintet.

• A glorious orchestral concert on Friday, Jan. 27 at the Hult Center's Silva Concert Hall, with an ideal tribute to the great classical composer, including two of his most famous vocal showcases, Regina Coeli and Exsultate Jubilate, with soprano Lauren Flanigan, and the overture and a scene from the opera The Marriage of Figaro. They'll also perform two of the greatest works in Western music, both written near the end of Mozart's too-short life: his magnificent Symphony #41, and the luminous Clarinet Concerto, with renowned clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer. This show features some of the most beautiful music ever written, performed by the Mozart Players, Eugene Concert Choir and UO opera students.

The UO School of Music presents its own free Amadeus tribute. On Thursday, Jan. 26 at Collier House fortepianist Anne Dhu McLucas, violinist Margret Gries and Eugene Symphony clarinetist Michael Anderson perform more chamber music gems including sonatas for piano, violin and piano and yet another lambent work featuring clarinet, the so-called Kegelstgatt Trio. The musicians use period instruments like those Mozart wrote these pieces for, and they make a real and positive difference in experiencing these timeless creations.

That's only one of several fine UO concerts this month. On Sunday, Jan. 29, the popular Imani Winds ensemble (last seen at the Bach Festival) play one of the 20th century's most poignant masterpieces, Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin. In addition they'll perform Latin American music by Arturo Marquez, Mario Lavista and the great Astor Piazzolla, plus an original quintet by the group's own Valerie Coleman. It's always great to see a young group playing relatively recent music from outside the classical mainstream.

Other recommended UO concerts include chamber music by Brahms, Turina and Dvorak played by viola virtuoso Marcus Thompson and UO faculty members on Jan. 26; music by Bach, Debussy, Faure and others performed by flute virtuoso Louise Di Tullio on Jan. 22; and the Good Vibes jazz duo on Jan. 23, featuring music by Charles Dowd, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett and others. The UO/Lane Community College Oregon Jazz Festival culminates in public concerts at LCC Performance Hall on Jan. 20 and 21.

Much great classical music originated in dance performances, so music lovers should join dance fans at the Martha Graham Dance Company concert at the Hult Center on Jan. 22, featuring a quartet of works commissioned by Graham and performed by members of the Eugene Symphony, including Copland's Appalachian Spring (in its original version) and other great mid-20th century American works by Gian-Carlo Menotti, Wallingford Riegger and Norman Dello Joio. (See Emily Freeman's preview in our online archives at Music fans should also be at the Hult the preceding evening for American Dreams: The Creation of Appalachian Spring, a multimedia presentation that explores the Graham-Copland collaboration, featuring music, photos, film and readings.

Speaking of music and dance, the Cape Breton family act Leahy! will bring high-stepping Celtic fiddle music and dance to the Hult on Jan. 28, and Celtic music fans should check out the Irish-American duo Matt and Shannon Heaton at Cozmic Pizza on Jan. 29.

Matt Haimovitz: Making Classical Cool

Two decades ago, Matt Haimovitz had it all. Midway through his teen years, the California-born cellist, touted as the most promising in a generation, had achieved the peak perks of prodigyhood. He'd performed with Isaac Stern and Mstislav Rostropovich, had a slot at Juilliard arranged by Itzhak Perlman and a recording contract with the leading classical music record company.

Matt Haimovitz
But Haimovitz felt disconnected from people his own age, and bored by playing the same old warhorses dozens of times. Not wanting to be just another dweeby prodigy growing up in a high-rent, high-culture bubble, he went to college and majored in something other than music, moved briefly to Europe, married a composer, started recording new music instead of tired classics and founded his own record label.

Dismissed by the classical establishment, Haimovitz decided to connect with today's culture and his own peers. He tossed his cello and boxes of CDs in the trunk of his car and started playing Bach's sublime solo cello suites in bars and rock concert halls. He's performed in New York's CBGB's, Seattle's Tractor Tavern, a pizza parlor in Jackson, Miss., and, memorably, a jam-packed Sam Bond's Garage here in Eugene — a show he still talks about in interviews. The intimacy and informality of these shows infused his performances with visceral energy and made previously frozen-in-amber classics breathe anew. He toured alternative venues again last year, this time playing edgy contemporary American music (from Jimi Hendrix to Lou Harrison) that's often rejected by stuffy conservative classical bluehairs.

And now he's doing it again. After reconnecting with his eastern European heritage with a new album, Goulash! (featuring collaborators as distinguished as jazz guitar god John McLaughlin), he toured with, variously, a DJ, a Persian ensemble and a trio of young Canadian cellists from McGill University, where he now teaches. He's bringing that cello quartet, called Uccello, on his latest tour and the word on the street is that they'll be performing, among other things, Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir." Expect anything from contemporary rock to Bartok to Romanian and Middle Eastern folk music, and, if we're lucky, a bit of Bach as well.

Matt Haimovitz and Uccello play at 9 pm Friday, Jan. 20 at Sam Bond's Garage. $10. — Brett Campbell

Roots Reggae Benefit for the Kids of Katrina

When Hurricane Katrina roared ashore along the Louisianna-Mississippi border on August 29, 2005, few people predicted that Katrina would enter the record books alongside the worst natural disasters ever to hit this country. Yeah, it's been a few months and life for the survivors is moving along, but by Associated Press estimates, there are still more than 300,000 orphaned or displaced children whose lives will be forever altered by the aftermath of this storm. One local man and a respected international aid organization have organized a benefit concert so you good folks can boogie down with reggae artist Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band and help those kids at the same time.

Daniel, a Eugenean who gave only his first name, organized the benefit concert simply because he's "a human being" who witnessed the destruction and wanted to help. "I saw this unfold on TV and it was very striking to literally see it " as it happened, he said. "With that, I thought it'd be a great idea to, instead of having this big huge benefit for the hurricane, [of] which there were many, to rather, really specify what aspect of that catastrophe could I put my efforts into." His search for a focus led him to the hundreds of thousands of children without homes, schools, clothes, books, toys, or sadly, family.

Clinton Fearon, a globally recognized conscious voice in reggae music beginning with his career in The Gladiators, hadn't played in Eugene for a few years. When Daniel contacted him, he wanted to help.

AMURT, Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team, is a volunteer organization dedicated to responding to disasters the world over and meeting development and humanitarian needs in 80 countries. All proceeds will flow through AMURT to directly benefit North America's Katrina kids. The organization provides emergency medical care, food and water, shelters and help with clean-up, repair and rebuilding.

Contact AMURT USA at or by calling (301) 984-0217. You can also mail donations to 6810 Tilden Lane, Rockville, MD 20852

Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band and I'Chele & The Circle of Light play at 9 pm, Saturday, Jan. 21 at the WOW Hall. $15 adv/$17 dos. — Vanessa Salvia

A Faux-French Connection

Bonjour. We here at EW know how many of our fellow Eugeneans are loyal members of the Bill O'Reilly army and have taken his slandering of the "cowardly" French to heart. But we believe in equal-opportunity media exposure, so we felt it necessary to spend a few moments telling you about the hottest French band presently touring within our borders … even if they're just barely French.

…Nous Non Plus
…Nous Non Plus' chanteuse (female vocalist) Céline Dijon (ah!) hails from Paris, but the other six members of NNP come from foreign places like Pittsburgh, Denver and San Francisco. The septet actually met at the Rhode Island School of Design in the early 1990s and transplanted to New York City in 1998. Their music is a tongue-in-cheek American interpretation of French pop, but the songs are catchy with a dancehall-friendly sound.

Mais bien sur (but of course), it's all about the irony of a bunch of smartass Americans performing in (mostly) French. The song "One Night in Paris" is about Paris Hilton, not the City of Lights. In English, singer Jean-Luc Retard (read again) belts out, in a deep, overplayed French accent: "I saw her playing / with her dog / she calls her Tinkerbelle / and she's got / a better life than mine." Formidable!

…Nous Non Plus plays music that borrows from 1960s French yé-yé pop, new wave and good ol' American rock 'n' roll. The group was formed in the summer of 2005 and is made up of members of the more-jokey Les Sans Culottes. Ooh la la.

Bottom line: Ils sont bons (They are good).

Grab a Chardonnay and some freedom fries with your faux-French music at 9 pm Monday, Jan. 23 at Sam Bond's Garage with Vagenius opening. $5. —Tim O'Rourke

Big Time Bluegrass Rides In Style

What if every Greyhound bus in this country ran on used vegetable oil from restaurants? Greyhound fares would be cheaper and our air a little cleaner, probably. But what if every bus carried a kick ass bluegrass band? Well, that doesn't really mean much to us as consumers or as air breathers, but it would make for much more entertaining bus travel.

Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Buttered Rum, a five-piece acoustic bluegrass band from the San Francisco Bay Area, rolls in a 1991 Greyhound rig that's undergone said fuel system transformation. The diesel engine switches over to vegetable oil when warmed, which saves resources and money and lowers vehicle emissions.

"There are various social and geo-political reasons to not use fossil fuels which we all know about," says Erik Yates, vocalist and player of the banjo, flute, accordion and clarinet. "We got keyed into the movement a few years ago and just decided that with our new bus we really wanted to have a professionally installed fuel system to use alternative fuel."

But don't restaurant owners scoff at the likes of five fiddle-playing dudes going through their dumpsters? "Nobody's really thought ill of us," Yates says. "They mostly just think that we're sweet and optimistic and that we want their trash."

This optimism-in-motion is also reflected in the band's music – a modernized old-time bluegrass sound with influences from swing, jazz and folk. It resonates with obvious instrumental expertise, which makes sense considering that most of the band studied music during college. Aaron Redner (fiddle, mandolin and vocals) earned a Master's in violin performance at the New England Conservatory of Music. Nat Keefe (guitar and vocals) met Yates at Lewis and Clark College where Keefe completed a degree in composition and ethnomusicology (the scientific study of music as an aspect of culture). Bryan Horne (double bass and vocals) met Zac Matthews (mandolin, fiddle and vocals) at UC San Diego where they formed an improv electric rock band called Oversoul.

HBR displays a rare combination of originality, authenticity and entertainment quality. These guys have no trouble playing for hip, dancey crowds or upscale listeners. They even take the show down south where their sound originated. "I think overall [southern audiences] really like it," Yates says. "I think they're touched that we in California would get into music that came from that part of the world."

What doesn't get lost in this band's talent and innovation is its sense of playfulness and humor. Songs about chewing tobacco and $2 bottles of wine fit naturally and sincerely into the fun-time set. "I think we all share kind of a passion just for being happy and being alive and expressing that through music," Yates says. "Our strength is really kind of that celebratory joyful spirit of music." Hot Buttered Rum String Band plays with New Monsoon at 8:30 pm Wed. Jan. 25 at the WOW Hall. $10 adv/$12 dos. — Danny Cross

Monday, January 23, 2006

Gotta See Tim!!

I am a big sucker for sorry, i know its a bit old school or whatever, but i love to see people live out their dream of being a wannabe singer. Its great to see drunk people stand in front of the crowd and belt out some old country tune or a hip hop track or maybe even some good old rock and roll. Whatever the genre, its a great outlet for people to have their shining moment in the spotlight. If you are one of those people, you need to come to ODONNELL'S on hwy 99 four corners. They have one of the best KJ's around. TIM is my boy! He has been doing this forever. The bar is small but has a great vibe. Check it out!!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Eugene Oregon Entertainment

ACE: Actors Cabaret Of Engene

996 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401-3134, phone: (541) 683-4368
After 25 years, ACE is hailed by many as still the best in live theater. Once again, we have scheduled performances for almost every weekend of the year, so come see us often! Actors Cabaret of Eugene provides seating for a restaurant and two theaters, the Cabaret and the Annex. We are a non-profit performing arts organization presenting plays, musicals, premiere and original productions, and much more. We also offer drama instruction for children at ACE Youth Academy.

Community Children's Theatre
820 E 36TH, Eugene, OR, phone: (541) 431-0444

Encore Theatre

Eugene, Oregon, phone: (541) 686-4341, email:
Every fall, a new troupe of 7-9 elders is assembled, and a new Encore show is created based on their life experiences. In the spring this show is toured free to thousands of young people through out Oregon. Since 1998, Encore has performed for youth in elementary/middle/ high schools, alternative schools, detention facilities, and community programs.

Hult Center For Performing Arts

One Eugene Center, Eugene, Oregon 97401, phone: (541) 682-5000, email:
The 2,500-seat Silva Concert Hall is reminiscent of an early 19th century European opera house in its warmth, intimacy, and attention to detail. Yet its technical capabilities are state of the art. The 500-seat Soreng Theater, an asymmetrical, open-ended room, is distinctly different in design than the Silva Concert Hall. The theater is ideal for speaker presentations, solo recitals, choir and chamber music, theatrical performances, and dance events. Located in the heart of Alton Baker Park along the Willamette River is Cuthbert Amphitheater. The 4,500-seat venue is a summer facility ideal for popular musicians, rock-n-roll, and amphitheater performers. A favorate performing spot for artists, the venue is set in a beautiful setting complete with wildlife, trees, and water.

Lord Leebrick Theatre Company

540 Charnelton St, Eugene, OR 97401-2647, phone: (541) 465-1506
Great plays and great artists. Lord Leebrick Theatre Company promises both - and delivers. As Eugene's premiere Off-Broadway Theatre, LLTC is known for theatre that is passionate, original and immediate. We are proud to feature the work of the world's finest playwrights, performed by our region's best directors, designers, actors and technicians.

University of Oregon Theatre
(Robinson Theatre)
1236 Kincaid St, Eugene, OR 97401-3739, phone: (541) 346-4191
The Robinson Theatre Season is composed of three to five theatre productions and often one dance concert. Usually the plays are directed by faculty although advanced student directors are also given the opportunity to direct during this season. Second Season consists of three to five plays presented in the Arena Theatre, which has a seating capacity of 80 to 100. Directors are usually graduate students, although faculty also direct as part of this season. Plays are typically chosen to suit the intimate production style and facility, often focusing on modern, small cast plays or experimental pieces.

Some more info on the goings on!

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Side Show: Wild card

Dances from the Balkans to be taught this weekend New York City dancer Michael Ginsburg will teach dances from Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia and Bulgaria this weekend during the Veselo …
A very un-Disneylike Pocahontas tale

Terrence Malick's ``The New World'' strips away all the fancy and lore from the story of Pocahontas and her tribe and the English settlers at Jamestown, and imagines how new and strange these …
Side Show: Screen

Women's film festival on campus on Tuesday Lunafest, a festival of films by, for and about women, will stop at the University of Oregon on Tuesday for a screening to benefit …
Exotic star, unlikely résumé

HOLLYWOOD - Q'orianka Kilcher looks slightly out of place with the lunch crowd at the Four Seasons. Kilcher, who stars as Pocahontas in Terrence Malick's historical epic ``The New World,'' is …
Movie's mission partly accomplished

``End of the Spear,'' directed and co-written by Jim Hanon, is based on a true event in 1956, when five American missionaries were speared to death by the very Ecuadorean tribesmen they had hoped to …
The terror of bad stand-up

Question: Why is there no Halloween in India? Answer: They took away the Gandhi. Ho, ho. Of course, if there is no Halloween in India, then they wouldn't know they …
Now showing at local theaters

Opening today End of the Spear (NR) Mincayani (Louie Leonardo), a tribesman in the Ecuadorean rain forest, lives by a violent code: kill or be killed. His world …
Calendar: Friday, Jan. 20, through Tuesday, Jan. 24

Today Jan. 20 MUSIC Oregon Jazz Festival - Featuring the Oregon Jazz Ensemble and the Lane Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building, Lane Community …
Calendar: Thursday, Jan. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 29

Wednesday Jan. 25 MUSIC Hot Buttered Rum String Band, New Monsoon - Bluegrass and jam rock, 9 p.m., WOW Hall. $12, $10 advance. (687-2746) Terry Robb - …
Calendar: Stage, Art exhibits, Museums, Opportunities, Karaoke and DJ dances

Stage "Betrayal" - Harold Pinter's play about love and betrayal; directed by Hans Christofferson. Lord Leebrick Theatre, 540 Charnelton St. Through Feb. 4 (465-1506) "Are …
Calendar: Venues

Actors Cabaret of Eugene - 996 Willamette St. (683-4368) Agate Hall - 1787 Agate St. (346-3465) Alton Baker Park - 100 Day Island Road. Ax Billy Grill & Sports …
Calendar: Concerts

Concerts ON SALE THIS WEEK Solo Flamenco - 7:30 p.m. May 25, Aladdin Theater, Portland, $22, TM. On sale at 11 a.m. today. Cheap Trick - 8 p.m. April 21-22, …

The Happenin' Places!

959 Pearl St., (541) 683-3855
This is a great club for those who love dancing to hip-hop and techno music. Cover charges vary with the talent performing. Thursday night's ladies get in free. Upstairs lounge always open for those with two left feet.

The Downtown Lounge
959 Pearl Street
Located above Diablo's dance club, the Downtown Lounge is a classy blend of bar, pool hall, music venue and art gallery. The deep red interior, from walls to furniture, provides about as chic and trendy a vibe you can find in Eugene and is the perfect place to sip martinis, check out art and chat with fellow bar goers. The Downtown Lounge regularly books music acts in a wide variety of genres. Check out 80s night on Thursday.

The Highlands Brewpub
390 East 40th Avenue
Located deep in South Eugene territory, the Highlands is a bar and pool hall popular among the college crowd and the nearby neighborhoods. Featuring eight full-length pool tables and over 40 beers on tap, this brewpub is a great place to shoot a game or just schmooz with some buddies. A full bar, greasy food menu, jukebox and poker machines complete the get down, get drunk atmosphere. Stop in and check out their daily changing specials.

Joggers Bar and Grill
710 Willamette Street
Across from the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in the heart of downtown Eugene, Joggers has become most famous for its karaoke nights. It takes a little push to get the folks on stage though, and Joggers gets the toes tapping, hips shaking and vocal cords blaring with a wide variety of brews and stiff drinks. Joggers features weekly specials and has a slew of televisions to ensure all the game coverage possible.

Taylor's Bar & Grille
894 E 13th (541) 344- 6174
Another campus favorite! Premium, well-sized hamburgers with fries $5-6. Wednesday night's microbrews are $1 from 9-10:30 p.m. Lively college atmosphere. Open till 2:30 a.m. every night.

Turtles Bar & Grill
2690 Willamette, (541) 465-9038
Traditional American food such as barbecue ribs and home-style hamburgers. Full bar included. Hefty portions. Meals $7-10.

Rock'N Rodeo
44 E 7th, (541) 683- 5160
Put on your boots and chaps and get ready to do some line dancing! For those who prefer to dance to country music, this is the place to go. Open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., there's a nightly cover charge of $3 that begins at 9:30.

You gotta check all these great places out for some Adult fun and entertainment


Thursday, January 19, 2006


First of all I would like to welcome you all to "The Eugene Scene". I will do my best to inform you all of the goings on in the great city of Eugene. My first bit of info is about a new Karaoke/DJ service. They are AAA DJ KARAOKE. Korina is the owner and she has around 10 years of experience in this field. You can see Korina at JOGGERS on Willamette on PHAT Tuesdays from 9pm to close. You get $2.00 drinks and lots of fun singing your favorite tunes. So go check em out!