Jim Gaffigan currently stars in TV Land's "The Jim Gaffigan Show." (Creative Commons)
Film & TVWknd

Berg: TV’s “Golden Age” is changing what it means to be a TV channel

This has been a phenomenal summer for TV fans. I can’t think of a past summer with as many memorable, original choices, most of which are just getting started with their first seasons. Mr. Robot has mastered the narrative of counterculture, telling a story about hackers that bursts with dark authenticity. UNReal …

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Michelle Monaghan, Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage in 'Pixels.'
Film & TVWknd

Pixels Review: It’s Adam Sandler vs. The World

In the world of Pixels, Kevin James is the President of the United States. That says everything you need to know about the latest from Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison. It takes place in a reality where Adam Sandler’s mentality has won over America. It’s a world where very serious …

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NBA2K16 cover.
Video GamesWknd

Gaming Week In Review: College Teams Return For 2K16

2K fills the NCAA-sized gap in gaming’s heart for NBA 2K16 Hardcore fans of sports games may have noticed a lack of NCAA video games on store shelves recently. EA’s NCAA Football franchise was once a yearly staple alongside Madden, allowing fans to play as their alma mater. However, lawsuits over the unpaid status …

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The “Crüecifly” roller coaster from which Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee performs his drum solo. (Craig Wright / Emerald).
EventsMusicWknd

Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper make The Final Tour an explosive experience in Eugene

Mötley Crüe, the beloved hard rock band from Los Angeles, has been touring the world for the last time on what has been declared “The Final Tour.” The slogan “All Bad Things Must Come To An End,” has been the basis of the tour, as the band has signed a …

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In jazz combos, students don’t just improvise. They often compose music and arrange it for every instrument in a combo group, or transcribe written music for a specific instrument. (Creative Commons Archive)
EventsNightlifeWknd

Wknd Calendar: Burrito Brigade hosts a variety show for charity, free concerts galore

While most Eugenians’ summer plans include more exercise, reading or outdoor adventures, the volunteers at the local nonprofit organization Burrito Brigade are up to something little different: Each week, they make and distribute about 500 vegan burritos to members of the community facing hunger and homelessness. In an effort to raise the money needed …

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
EventsWknd

Phonebook-ripping, pig racing & Joan Jett: Lane County Fair begins Wednesday, here’s what you need to know

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will play the opening day of the 2015 Lane County Fair this Wednesday to start off the fair’s concert series, which will feature Sugar Ray, Better than Ezra and country singer Brett Eldredge. It will also feature pig racing and a woman crushing apples with her biceps. When …

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Pabst enthusiasts  at Project Pabst reveled in the bounty of beer. (Scott Greenstone / Emerald).
EventsMusicWknd

PBR stains the mountaintops in 2015 Project Pabst music fest

The second annual incarnation of Project Pabst finished last night in southwest Portland’s Zidell Yards. Weezer, Blondie, Run the Jewels and Passion Pit were among the acts that played during the two-day music festival. Temperatures lingered in the high 90s both Saturday and Sunday (July 18-19.) For most attendees, the …

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Video GamesWknd

Gaming Week In Review: ‘Dead Island 2′ chops connection with original developer

“Dead Island 2″ is down, might get back up again Techland’s first-person zombie brawler “Dead Island” was an unexpected hit for Deep Silver back in 2012. With a nation infected with a zombie love, the gory co-op adventure went on to spawn two sub-par spinoffs (Half-sequel “Dead Island: Riptide” and …

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Ant-Man was released in theatres Friday, July 17. (Creative Commons).
Film & TVWknd

Review: ‘Ant-Man’ makes for a clever addition to Marvel’s canon

Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is one of the most fascinating accomplishments in recent blockbuster history. A perfectly intertwined series of films that began as standard superhero fare before eventually transforming into a set of series in which every film carries weight on into the next, no matter how seemingly disparate they are. The format …

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E-Sports championship series in 2014. (Creative Commons).
Video GamesWknd

Why you should be excited for EVO 2015

There’s always been something irresistible about watching a good fight. While society has invented countless different forms of competition, from racing to sports to intellectual, we still find ourselves coming back to the innate human conflict of watching two people beat each other to a pulp. Going in the hard …

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This week's Movie in the Park is Disney/Pixar's 'Up.' Photo courtesy of Disney.
EventsWknd

Wknd Calendar: Disney’s ‘Up’ takes to the park, Beatles cover band plays the plaza and more

By Jordyn Brown This Saturday, from 2-10 p.m., locals can experience the second annual Westside Warehouse District Block Party, a celebration of wines, beers and other spirits in West Eugene. This event is free and open to anyone 21 or older, who can help themselves to beverages provided by Noble Estate Winery …

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Senior advertising major Matthew Sorensen and graduate Rachel Ellam co-founded the fashion-forward creative project Modish Mint. (Photo provided by Matthew Sorensen.)
FashionWknd

These Ducks are creating a fashion community at UO

While there isn’t an official fashion club or program here, these students have found various ways to break into the industry.

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Passion Pit lead singer Michael Angelakos thrusts his microphone into the crowd during the band's second song. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)
EventsMusicWknd

Weezer, Blondie, Passion Pit headline Project Pabst 2015 music fest in Portland

Passion Pit, Blondie, Run the Jewels and Weezer are among the big names performing this weekend at the Project Pabst music festival in Portland. Saturday’s lineup includes Against Me!, Thee Oh Sees, TV On the Radio, Run the Jewels, and Blondie, while The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo), Buzzcocks, Passion Pit and Weezer will …

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Tim McLaughlin performing at the Saturday Market. (Cooper Green/Emerald)
Wknd

The best places in town to spend a summer afternoon, courtesy of a Eugene native

As Civic Stadium went down in flames just a few weeks ago, childhood memories were lost. Native Eugenians of all shapes and sizes are grieving over the incineration of the stadium they sat in during the summer months of their youth. But don’t fret, because Eugene has so much more …

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The "Spectrum Splendor" art installation has several rainbow-colored silk streamers that float in the breeze at the Oregon Country Fair grounds. (Jamie Perry / Emerald).
EventsPhotoWknd

Photos: Oregon Country Fair hosted didgeridoos, libraries and more just outside of Veneta

The road leading into the 46th annual Oregon Country Fair was packed with pedestrians and cars parked bumper-to-bumper. A cyclist rode down Suttle Road in tie-dye t-shirt and a yellow reflective vest. A dad wearing a loin cloth pulled his children, who slept in a canopied Radio Flyer wagon. Everyone …

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Your new Batman, Ben Affleck, out of costume (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons archive).
EventsFilm & TVWknd

Comic-Con News Roundup: DC triples down on Ben Affleck for the next Batman film

This weekend, all of San Diego was taken over by the pop culture masses. It’s San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest nerd collection of the year. The dense packing of geeks makes it prime time for companies to drop their latest announcements for all things sci-fi, fantasy and superhero. Check out the …

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'Go Set a Watchman' will release Tuesday, July 14.
BooksEventsWknd

Atticus Finch will be old and racist in ‘Go Set A Watchman,’ release party at Duck Store this Tuesday

Quick: think of your favorite civil rights attorney from a 20th-century novel who famously crusaded against racism in the Deep South. If you said Atticus Finch, this news may be troubling. To Kill A Mockingbird‘s follow-up novel Go Set a Watchman, which has invited excitement and skepticism in equal measure, will go on sale this Tuesday, exactly …

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Photo courtesy of Joe Powers.
EventsMusicPersonalitiesWknd

UO graduate pioneers new musical genre with his harmonica

When Joe Powers was two years old, his aunt bought him his first harmonica. He still has the photo from that Christmas Day, in his Captain America pajamas with the harmonica in his hands. As a teenager, he’d play it endlessly, walking down the street and waiting at bus stops. …

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Film & TVWknd

Review: The Gallows wastes an intriguing premise for standard horror shlock.

Back in high school, I used to be a pretty serious Drama nerd. Auditioned for every show, worked behind the set, and spent countless afternoons in the auditorium of my hometown high school.  The backstage is a mysterious place – a hodgepodge of relics from shows past, surrounded by mammoth …

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FoodOpinion

Lassuy: A review of the pea guacamole controversy

July 1 was a monumental day. Recreational marijuana use was legalized in Oregon. Billy Joel beat Elton John’s record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden. But these stories pale in comparison to the big news story of the day. America has a new enemy, and …

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Paul Thomas Anderson (Courtesy of Northwest Film Center)
EventsFilm & TVWknd

Preview and Q&A: Paul Thomas Anderson’s films & influences to be screened in Portland series

In the two days that Paul Thomas Anderson was enrolled at New York University’s film program, he turned in part of a script by playwright David Mamet’s as his own. Then he dropped out. He took his tuition money and used it to bankroll his first movie Coffee and Cigarettes in 1993. …

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The 46th annual OCF takes place this weekend on July 10–12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Emerson Malone/Emerald.)
EventsMusicNightlifeWknd

Wknd Calendar: as Oregon Bach Festival comes to a close, Oregon Country Fair ramps up

The Oregon Bach Festival (OBF), which the Wall Street Journal has called “one of the world’s leading music festivals,” is coming to a close this weekend. The donor-supported program of the University of Oregon has received international attention, drawing musicians from all over the world to participate in its events. One of the most …

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(Van Halen prepares to take a bow after a performance/ Creative Commons)
MusicWknd

Van Halen far exceeds expectations in show near Portland

When Van Halen, whose founding members are all past the age of 60, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel in late March to announce a new live album and summer tour, it looked as if the best days of the band had long passed. Lead singer David Lee Roth hit himself in …

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The 46th annual OCF takes place this weekend on July 10–12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Emerson Malone/Emerald.)
EventsNightlifeWknd

Volunteers prepare for the 46th annual Oregon Country Fair

By Andrea Harvey and Emerson Malone Although fewer than 5,000 people inhabit the quaint town of Veneta (about 15 miles west of Eugene) during most of the year, roughly 45,000 people from across the country are drawn to the area each year during the Oregon Country Fair, which takes place every …

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Set aside next year's summer vacation to explore the final Zero Escape trap.
Video GamesWknd

Why You Should Be Excited For: Zero Escape 3

Welcome to “Why You Should Be Excited For:” a new preview column that will attempt to rationalize the hype and excitement behind some of the most niche entertainment releases building buzz across the web. It’s the quickest way to board any hype train. You’ve probably never heard of Zero Escape, and …

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Ideas on Tap is a free event the first Wednesday of each month. (Czarina Alegre/Creative Commons)
EventsWknd

Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History hops on the craft beer bandwagon with ‘Ideas on Tap’

The University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History has refined the perfect recipe for the first Wednesday of each month: It includes a scholarly blend of local craft beer and thought-provoking discussions with experts about the science, ecology and cultural history behind it all. “Ideas on Tap will provide opportunities …

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Creative Commons image courtesy of Flickr user baron valium.
EventsWknd

Wknd Calendar: Eugene Pro Rodeo, music and art shows to celebrate Fourth of July weekend

Starting on Thursday and continuing until Sunday evening, the Eugene Pro Rodeo welcomes members of the community to partake in one of Eugene’s old traditions at the Oregon Horse Center. Founded in 1991, and a part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Eugene Pro Rodeo offers four days of events and …

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If you want to get any Avengers action on console this year, it'll have to be in the form of Lego Avengers.
Video GamesWknd

Berg: Where did all the good Marvel games go?

We’ve had three Iron Man flicks, two Avengers movies and exactly ZERO great superhero games. What gives, Marvel?

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