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Review: Deadpool is bullish and brash, but it lacks confidence

For a film about a wisecracking superhero with a superiority complex, Deadpool suffers from a surprising lack of confidence. Sure, the titular hero is a boastful bastard. The “merc with a mouth” is a nerd counterculture icon, the voice of an audience aware of every trope. He doesn’t care what you …

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Photos: Japanese Student Organization showcases Annual Japan Night

The University of Oregon Japanese Student Organization showcased Japan Night at the EMU Ballroom in Eugene, Oregon on February 13th, 2016. The Japanese Student Organization featured traditional music, hip-hop dance, and Japanese food. Instrumental performances included Koto demonstration by Mitsuki Dazai and Taiko performances by students from Yujin Gakuen and Ahiru Daiko. Dances …

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'How To Be Single' stars Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann in a story about teaching a friend coming out of a long-time relationship how to enjoy the freedom of being single.
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Review: ‘How to Be Single’ hilariously changes the game for Valentine’s Day weekend

Just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend, the movie “How To Be Single” hits theaters with a much needed dose of side-splitting humor and romance reality check, while making its mark as what is sure to become a new rom-com (though light on the “rom”) classic for people to watch …

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Video: Ducks on Valentine’s Day

These Ducks have some great advice about Valentine’s day! Spread the joy and tell your loved ones you love them every day. Love, the Daily Emerald.

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Three easy Valentine’s Day dessert recipes

Need a few last minute Valentine’s Day treat ideas? Here are a few recipes that are easy to make and colorfully represent the February holiday. Strawberry Cake (Serves 2 with ingredients left over) Ingredients: 4 slices of pound cake 1 pint of heavy whipping cream Sugar to taste (1 ½ …

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Review: DIIV’s ‘Is The Is Are’ is a stellar sophomore release in the aftermath of personal trauma

Changing musical styles can either make or break a band. Sometimes it’s much better to stick with what is already working than to throw a wrench in the gears, and Brooklyn band DIIV definitely stuck with what it knows for its newest release, Is The Is Are. Maybe the band …

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This Valentine's Day weekend features multiple events to take that special someone, or events such as the 'My Shitty Valentine' dinner to laugh away past heartbreaking romantic experiences.
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Weekend Calendar: Valentine’s Day Edition

Eugene Friday, February 12: The David Bowie Love Show at Old Nick’s Pub 9 p.m., 211 Washington St, $6.66 for entry, 21+. This show is to be less of a tribute and more of a homage to the late pop legend David Bowie. Guests are encouraged to dress like Bowie, …

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Not-So-Obvious Way

We all know what Valentine’s Day means. You shower your loved one with candy, and cards, flowers and cute gifts. You go out to a formal dinner and maybe a movie afterwards. That’s all very romantic, but it can get boring and cliche if you’ve been in a relationship for …

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Preview: ‘The Art of Cunnilingus’ to be discussed at LLC next Tuesday

Next Tuesday a certified clinical sexologist will visit the University of Oregon to address “the art of cunnilingus.” Dr. Victoria Hartmann, director of the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas, believes that anyone – not just parents – can teach their children about sex. Dr. Hartmann’s mother was very open about …

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Podcast: Jamie and Meerah pick some of their favorite Valentine’s Day songs

With the stress of week six weighing down, Emerald staffers Jamie Perry and Meerah Powell picked their favorite love and relationship-themed songs for the upcoming Valentine’s Day weekend, though don’t expect them to be heartfelt ballads. Warning: If you’re looking for a playlist to listen to while you peer into …

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The University health Center will be giving away free Valentine's Day "goodie bags" which include condoms and dental dams starting today to promote sexual health and wellness. Photo: Emerald Archives.
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UO Health Center giving free “goodie bags” for a healthy Valentine’s Day

Starting today, the University Health Center will be providing students with Valentine’s Day “goodie bags” in an effort to promote sexual health and wellness. On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, students can attend the tabling event at the EMU between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to build personal goodie …

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Five burning hot sauce-related questions we have for Beyoncé

Beyoncé’s latest single “Formation” has only been out since Feb.6, but it’s already been memed endlessly – in no small part because of her declaration that “I got hot sauce in my bag, swag.” Now, everyone loves hot sauce. But for Beyoncé to carry a bottle around in her (presumably ridiculously expensive) …

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'Firewatch' paints countless beautiful images across the Wyoming wilderness.
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Review – ‘Firewatch’ is a polished, yet flawed journey through the forest.

In 1988, Yellowstone National Park nearly burned to ash. A series of “controlled” wildfires across the park combined into a massive blaze, staying alight for an entire summer. Despite the efforts of thousands of fire personnel, only cool weather of the Fall sufficed to control the blaze. The national park …

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Video: UO quartet Spiller brings hooks and chops to the house show circuit

Kansas, Boston, Chicago, America and now Spiller: the tradition of bands naming themselves after places is long and storied. The four members of Eugene quartet Spiller first met in the dorm of the same name, traditionally home to members of University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance, which three …

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Is it (finally) Leo’s year?

Before his days playing the whimsically romantic Jack Dawson in Titanic or the infamously ruthless Calvin Candie in Django Unchained, a babyfaced Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for his first Academy Award at just 19-years-old for his role as Arnie, a mentally impaired youth in the independent drama What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.  DiCaprio has been …

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Review: That time Beyoncé stole the Super Bowl Halftime show

The halftime show for Super Bowl 50 included a high energy mash-up of three varying artists: Coldplay, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. The show included an attempt at a tribute to past halftime performers. As much as Coldplay tried to be the star of what was supposed to be its big show, …

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These North Carolina/Colorado recipes will be a hit at your Super Bowl party

Today we’ll see the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos go head-to-head in Super Bowl 50. While some throw Super Bowl parties to follow the game — others for the commercials — most everybody can agree that the most important part of the Super Bowl is the food offerings. When …

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Recap: Oregon Game Studies Conference 2016

UO Think.Play hosted the second annual Oregon Games Studies conference on Saturday, Feb. 6, where the group spent the day having serious discussions about video games and the complex culture that has grown around the medium. The conference ran from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and was hosted in Education …

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Louis C.K. is the co-creator of 'Baskets,'  starring Zach Galifianakis, as well as the surprise-released 'Horace and Pete' costarring Steve Buscemi.
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Louis C.K. stays busy with ‘Baskets’ and ‘Horace and Pete’

In 2011, standup comedian Louis C.K. released his Live at the Beacon Theater comedy special for $5 through his website. Since then, all of his specials have been released in the same manner due to its success. Lately, his main project has been the FX show Louie, arguably one of …

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‘Pillowtalk’ review – Come on Zayn, you can do better than this

“Pillowtalk,” the big debut single from One Direction defector Zayn Malik, couldn’t have come at a worse time. For one, it was overshadowed by the surprise release of not only Rihanna’s Anti but Drake’s latest single, “Summer Sixteen.” Secondly, it came not long after Justin Bieber’s Purpose, a bland and …

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Review: ‘The Witness’ is beautifully simple, yet intoxicatingly complex.

Often when we think of a game as being “simple,” it comes off as a damnation through faint praise. We associate the notion of being uncomplicated with being undesirable, “casual.” Yet as we see in The Witness, the latest puzzle game from Braid designer Jonathan Blow, simple can be beautiful. It …

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Video: Burrito science

The Emerald finds out which burrito is the best on campus by conducting a taste test and measurement of several metrics of burritos from four different on-campus places: Chipotle, Chachi’s, Big Mouth Burrito and Qdoba.   Follow Stacy Yurishcheva on Twitter: @stacyfromrussia.

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Kwiecien: Steps to starting a relationship

“I want to be in a relationship so much, but I never have been. I just don’t know what to do or how anything works, and being shy doesn’t help. What do I do?” – April Showers Dear April Showers, As this is my first response with the Emerald, I …

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The Queer Film Festival is pushing cultural and cinematic boundaries

The 1993 film Blue depicts director Derek Jarman’s eyesight deteriorating as he undergoes AIDS treatment in a hospital. The movie is a stark shade of blue for 79 minutes with Tilda Swinton narrating. And to Hallie Frost, it’s pure inspiration. “For me it exemplifies the use of film as an …

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(from left to right) Charles Demonnin, Ben Lattimer on saxophone, Samira Lobby, and Zev Kamrat are Soul Vibrator. The group will play at HiFi Music Hall this Friday night. Photo by Craig H. Gray.
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What’s going on this weekend – Feb. 5-7

Eugene Friday, February 5 Marv Ellis & WE Tribe, Lynx, Soul Vibrator – 8 p.m. HiFi Music Hall. 44 E 7th Ave. $12 in advance/$15 at the door. 21+. Attending a Soul Vibrator show is a must for anyone who considers themselves a Eugenian. The local soul-funk staple, who won Eugene …

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Video: Day Trip! – Forests of the McKenzie

Hike through a unique old growth forest, mountain bike along the McKenzie River, and relax in a natural hot spring! If you’d like to know more about the places featured in the video, visit the website of Travel Lane County: Eugene, Cascades, & Coast at www.eugenecascadescoast.org

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'Anomalisa' is a stop-motion puppet film starring Michael Stone and Jennifer Jason Leigh in director Charlie Kaufman's seventh feature film.
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Double Take: The slow burn of Charlie Kaufman’s newest film, ‘Anomalisa’

Anomalisa is writer-director Charlie Kaufman’s seventh feature film after a string of heady movies like Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation. (2002), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). The 90-minute, stop-motion animation film, which Kaufman shares the directorial helm with Duke Johnson, features puppets in the starring roles and …

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FX's 'The People v. OJ Simpson' brings America back to the hottest case of 1994.
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Review: The People vs O.J. Simpson is every bit as unbelievable as the truth.

In many ways, the trial of O.J. Simpson spurred the modern concept of reality TV. It brought Americans to their television sets in unprecedented numbers, watching a plot unfold that couldn’t have been constructed in any writers’ room. As a result, The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story feels like …

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