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Emerald Recommends: Songs of the summer 2017

As the end of the school year approaches, students will be faced with their first issue of the summer: What songs make it onto a summer playlist? Although the Oregon weather has yet to fully remind us of summer, the Emerald has selected its favorite songs to help put you in …

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Heading to the river? Here are some helpful tips to enjoy the Willamette

It’s around 4 p.m. during dead week. The sun sits high above the Willamette River and there is zero percent chance of precipitation. Should you study, sit at Taylor’s listening to the top pop songs on the radio, or should you head to the river for some sunbathing, river soaking, …

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Things to do this week: Jean-Luc Ponty, Travis Scott, 2nd Annual Invitational Brew Fest

Thursday, June 1: Jean-Luc Ponty at The Shedd Institute (E Broadway & High St.), 7:30 p.m., $39-$45 Jean-Luc Ponty’s prolific 60-year career has made him a pioneer in the world of jazz fusion. With his virtuosic grasp of the elusive jazz violin, Ponty has catapulted himself among names like Frank Zappa, …

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The captivating style of Rafael Newman

“I’m the R to the A-F-A-E-L, I thrift all my clothes but they fresh as hell!” Rafael Newman shouted from the stage at the Willamette Valley Music Festival. “Raf,” as his friends shortened it to, considers himself a b-boy. According to google, a b-boy is “a young man involved with …

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Nike SB community wear test brings demo shoes to Washington-Jefferson skatepark

The sun was shining and the Washington-Jefferson Skatepark was packed at 4 p.m. on Friday during the Nike SB community wear test. Nike SB, along with Tactics Skateshop had two booths set up and were renting out the new FC Classic and Koston Hypervulc models for skaters to test out. …

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Things to do this week: May 18-24: JSMA book sale, Nike wear test, National Geographic photo exhibit, Chris Orsinger Trio, Bark in the Park

Friday, May 19: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Book Sale at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Museum Store, (1430 Johnson Lane), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free. The JSMA is holding its annual book sale this weekend. It runs during museum hours Friday through Sunday and will feature books related …

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Q&A: Gregory Alan Isakov talks YouTube, songwriting and touring

Gregory Alan Isakov is a touring musician among many other things. His songs sound like a cold water creek, flowing calmly and smoothly as they invoke a variety of emotions with his moving lyrics. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Isakov moved to the U.S. when he was 6 years old. …

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Climbing community: The Rec Center’s rock wall provides more than just exercise for students

Tiana SantaBarbara, a sophomore at the University of Oregon, stared at students scampering up the rainbow-colored plastic rock wall located in the heart of the Student Recreation Center. “I feel like this would be a great place to bring a date,” she said. “If it got really awkward, you’d always …

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Coalessence Dance group offers a transcendent experience for participants

As people trickled onto the dance floor at WOW Hall, they were welcomed by a couple sweatily practicing “touch improv.” The couple looked like two playful puppies nudging and touching each other, but they were two full-grown adults rolling on the ground. Beside them, a large, burly man with long, …

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Emerald Recommends: The best weed dispensary deals in Eugene for 4/20

April 20, the nation’s most popular day for smoking copious amounts of pot, is approaching for the second time since recreational marijuana use has been legalized in Oregon. The origins behind this weed smoking holiday are pretty hazy. Some say that it all started when Jerry Garcia asked his band …