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Kesey Square: How an author is transforming his city

Kesey On the corner of East Broadway and Willamette Street in downtown Eugene, four bronze sculptures portray acclaimed novelist Ken Kesey sitting on a bench reading to three children. Kesey, who grew up in Springfield and attended the University of Oregon, remains an iconic symbol of Eugene: His renowned literary …

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Things to do this week: May 4-10: Matt De la Pena, Twilight track meet, food festival, HOPS at Falling Sky, herbalism project

Thursday, May 4: “From Struggling Reader to Best-Selling Author” at 156 Straub Hall (UO campus), 5:30 p.m., free and open to the public Young-adult fiction author Matt De la Pena will be speaking about creative writing and literature as part of a day-long event for the department of education studies. …

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Things to do this week: April 20-26: Let’s Talk Food, Duck baseball, Record Store Day, Ira Glass, Quack Chats

Thursday, April 20: Let’s Talk Food: Conversations with Oregon food writers at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (1680 E. 15th Ave.), 5:30 p.m., $5-10 If you’re a foodie who holds a genuine interest for where your food is sourced, join the Museum of Natural and Cultural History this …

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Bring color to your plate with these spring foods

Once upon a time, eating seasonal foods was our only option. Walking into a grocery store expecting to find a rainbow of fruits and vegetables at any time of year is a huge privilege. But even though we have the option to buy asparagus in the fall and tomatoes in …

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Things to do this week: April 6-12: Swing dance, crystal healing, Radio Redux, coloring party, The Write Time

Thursday, April 6: Learn to Swing: Dance Workshop at Eugene Public Library (100 W. 10th Ave.), 6 p.m., free If you’ve ever wanted to learn swing dance, now is your chance. The upbeat and groovy dance, which is derived from swing-style jazz music in the ‘20s, will be the focus …

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Things to do this week: March 16-22: Fish Tales, Zero Waste Crafting, Beard and Mustache Competition, Reggae Night, Healing Gardens

Thursday, March 16: Fish Tales: Traditions and Challenges of Seafood in Oregon at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (1680 E 15th Ave.), 5:30 p.m., free for UO students with I.D. and museum members The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is sponsoring a conversation on Oregon seafood as …

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Walking Tree Travel offers young adults a way to travel meaningfully

In 2007, Will Loyd waltzed into his high school Spanish class, excited that there would be a guest speaker from Walking Tree Travel — at the time, it indicated an opportunity for him to zone out and not really pay attention. But when the speaker started talking about white water …

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Things to do this week: March 2-8: ‘La La Land,’ Environmental Law Conference, taming test anxiety, Saturday Market at the Bijou, Color Brave Campus Dialogue

Thursday, March 2: Ducks After Dark: ‘La La Land’ at EMU Redwood Ballroom (1395 University St.), doors at 8:15 p.m, movie at 9 p.m., free for UO students with I.D. If you haven’t seen best picture award winning film (just kidding) “La La Land” yet, now is your time! Ducks …

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Dogs to the rescue

Four paws, a fluffy tail and a wet nose are all part of what make dogs so endearing, but some furry companions at the University of Oregon offer much more than their unfathomable cuteness. For some, having a service or therapy dog is a matter of life or death. UO …

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Things to do this week: Feb. 16-22: ‘The Fruit Stand’ reading, Dimond Saints, Free Speech

Thursday, Feb. 16: Play Reading: “The Fruit Stand” by Sravya Tadepelli at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (1430 Johnson Ln.), 4 p.m., free Political science major and playwright Sravya Tadepelli wrote “The Fruit Stand” in response to the 2015 church shooting in Charleston, North Carolina. The play’s events are fictionalized …

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Things to do this week: Feb. 2-8: Cheese tasting, global data conference, dance marathon, Pink Martini, Derrick Bell lecture

Friday, Feb. 3: Cheeses of the World, A Tasting Tour: Italy at Provisions Market Hall (296 E. 5th Ave.), 5:30-7 p.m., $30 Provisions Market Hall, Eugene’s specialty market that provides only local and in-season goods, presents the second installation of its series on worldwide artisan cheese exploration. While the first …

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Podcast: A Very Formal Discussion about Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

Emerald writers Sararosa Davies, editor Carleigh Oeth and podcast producer Emerson Malone discuss the new Netflix series adaptation, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Spoilers for all episodes, as well as the books, ahead! This episode was produced by Emerson Malone.

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Things to do this week: Masquerade Ball, Drew Shirley/Switchfoot and Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Friday, Jan. 27: Blues to Cure the Blues at Ninkasi Brewing Company (155 Blair Blvd.) 7 p.m., $60, 21+ This weekend, Ninkasi Brewing Company will host a live blues performance to raise money to benefit a local nonprofit called WellMama. The night will consist of live country blues and bluegrass music, …

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Things to do this week: Jan. 19-25: Inside Science with Robert Krulwich, Eugene Women’s March, Hell’s Belles with Brownout, and The Greatest Pirate Story (N)ever Told

Saturday, Jan. 21: Inside Science with Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich at Hult Center for Performing Arts (1 Eugene Center), 8 p.m., $23-43, all ages Robert Krulwich from NPR’s Radiolab will be giving a talk at the Silva Concert Hall at the Hult Center for Performing Arts, detailing his work on the …

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Bike Appreciation Week: Happy bikes make for happy riders

Eugene stands at number 18 on Bicycling’s “50 Best Bike Cities of 2016” and is recognized by The League of American Bicyclists as “gold.” The University of Oregon campus, which brims with students peddling through rain or shine, is certainly no stranger to the two-wheeled travel companions — so it’s …

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Emerald Recommends: Last minute gift ideas for your parents

Update: 3:05 p.m. More last minute gift ideas have been added to the list. Let’s face it: our parents do a lot for us. In addition to being the reason we are in this world at all, our parents spent years loving us unconditionally, providing a home, feeding us, doing our …

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Don’t let political discussions disrupt your holiday celebrations

It’s that time of year again: holiday festivities, copious amounts of food and more naps than usual. Let’s not forget the epic family gatherings and that one crazy uncle who cannot wait to devastate any conversation with political antics. But this year, we can’t really blame that crazy uncle. To …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends the songs that defined 2016

In this installment from the Emerald Podcast Network, arts and culture editor Craig Wright, music writer Sararosa Davies and Emerald associate podcast editor Emerson Malone join forces and share some of the songs that defined 2016 for them. This episode was produced by Emerson Malone. Our theme music was written by Evan …

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Award-winning film ‘HAZE’ dissects the Greek tragedy of hazing

“Knock-knock.” “Who’s there?” “Not Zach Green!” In the fictional film HAZE, this knock-knock joke was caught on tape as an insensitive jab at student Zach Green, who tragically died from alcohol poisoning during a severe fraternity hazing ritual. The gravity of Green’s death sets the solemn undertones of the film …

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Skip Black Friday shopping and visit an Oregon state park for ‘Green Friday’

Skip the shopping, skip the lines and skip the chaos this Black Friday because for the second year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will waive all day-use fees in support of what the department refers to as “Green Friday.” Although most Oregon state parks are …

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Things to do this week: Nov. 24-30 Turkey Trot, German Fall Festival, Nutcracker, Grateful Dead jam

Thursday, Nov. 24: Turkey Trot Eugene starting at Valley River Center (293 Valley River Center), 9 a.m., $25 registration at event On Thanksgiving morning, before you get weighed down with a belly full of turkey and stuffing, Valley River Center will be hosting the Turkey Trot Eugene. The event will …

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Things to do this week Nov. 10-16: Cheese tasting, EUCON, Change Food Festival Viewing, Saturday Market

Friday, Nov. 11: Noble Cheeses of France at Provisions Market Hall (296 E. Fifth Ave.), 5:30 p.m., tickets $30 Provisions Market Hall is hosting a talk, tasting and discussion class with cheese-monger Sam Rollins for those interested in the process of making artisan cheese. With a focus on French cheeses, …

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Q&A: Shook Twins start 2016 tour after release of new single ‘Call Me Out’

Saturday, Nov. 5: Shook Twins at Hi-Fi Music Hall (44 East 7th Ave.), doors: 7 p.m., show: 8 p.m., advance tickets: $16, day of show tickets: $20 The folk-pop band Shook Twins is aptly named, getting its title from two members who are identical twin sisters: Laurie and Katelyn Shook. …

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Things to do this week Oct. 27-Nov. 2: ‘Rocky Horror,’ ‘Here, There, and Everywhere,’ Shakespeare

Thursday Oct. 27: “Motoring Out of Time: Histories of Technology and Development in Tanzania” at Knight Library Browsing Room (1501 Kincaid St.), 12-1:15 p.m., free Led by Dr. Joshua Grace, a renowned historian, this lecture will focus on cultures of technology, mobility and development in Tanzania from the 1870s to …

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Kombucha: An ancient drink receives a modern revival

When Matt Thomas tasted kombucha [kom-BOO-cha] for the first time, he had no idea what to expect — let alone what he was drinking. “I wasn’t ready for that super vinegary weirdness,” Thomas said about his first-ever sip of the mysterious liquid. Thomas, a 2002 University of Oregon graduate, is …

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Emerald Recommends: The best Halloween movies to remind you of childhood

Halloween is rapidly approaching. While creepy clowns walk the streets and a scary amount of work piles up for students, The Emerald recommends some classic Halloween movies that made our Halloweens a little less scary as children. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Don’t let the festive title fool you. This quirky Tim Burton …

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Things to do this week: Oct 6-13

In Eugene: Friday, Oct. 7: Forest Veil at Sam Bond’s Garage (407 Blair Blvd.) $5 door, show 9:30 p.m., 21+ Portland based singer-songwriter Forest Veil celebrates the Oct. 14 release of her new album, Zoolights, at Eugene’s Sam Bond’s Garage. Known in her last two self-released albums as Moniker, Forest …

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Check out some of Eugene’s best study locations

As college students, we all develop our own niche study habits. Whether we are cramming for finals or just having another coffee date with our textbooks, a suitable location can be imperative to our studies, and with the Knight Library’s newly shortened hours, scoping out an alternate study spot is …

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Preview: Sneak Peek into the Oregon Country Fair

Each year during the second weekend of July, nearly 45,000 people flood to the fairgrounds in Veneta, Oregon – a small town west of Eugene – to attend the ever-enchanted Oregon Country Fair. The three-day fair, taking place this year during July 8-10, is an artistic smorgasbord of recreation. From …

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Preview: UO students share dance, art, slam poetry, music during INFLUX

For the third year in a row, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s Student Member Advocacy Council (JSMAC) presents INFLUX: A Night of Performance Art. The two-hour event will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18. Submission is free, so come and support your local talent. INFLUX is an …

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