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Building dialogue at Manzil Midrash: a meeting of the minds

Most University of Oregon students never cross military checkpoints or narrowly miss suicide bombs, but for some, the violence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can’t be escaped — even when living 7,000 miles away. Students gathered in the EMU Amphitheater on Tuesday to celebrate Israel’s 69th Independence Day at the Israel …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends: Family reunion edition

In this special family reunion edition of the Emerald Recommends series, Emerald writers Emerson Malone and Sararosa Davies are joined by a very special guest: Sararosa’s mom! Here’s what we recommend in this episode: ‘Swear I’m Good At This’ by Diet Cig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by …

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Faculty start online petition to save Substance Abuse Prevention Program

Faculty of the University of Oregon’s substance abuse counseling program are petitioning to save their program after UO announced its termination last Wednesday. The online petition currently has 377 of its 500-signature goal. The Wednesday announcement from the college of education calls for cutting the Substance Abuse Prevention Program in fall …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends Netflix originals

In this episode from the Emerald Podcast network, Podcast Editor Emerson Malone joins Arts & Culture Writers Dana Alston and Sararosa Davies to discuss the highs, lows and aesthetics of Netflix’s original programming. Shows discussed in this episode include Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None,” Judd Apatow’s “Love” and the eighties …

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Netflix shows to watch instead of going outside

Who says the arrival of Spring has to mean spending more time outdoors? The rain may be (kind of) gone, but days spent lounging around the house are still very much alive. Sometimes going outside is overrated — the best days are the ones with no agenda but to visually …

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Review: Diet Cig packs a powerful punch at the Boreal

New York two-piece Diet Cig’s debut album, “Swear I’m Good at This,” is a rally cry for self-love and safe spaces — a bubbly pop-punk look at the current political moment in all its confusion. Drummer Noah Bowman and guitar and vocalist Alex Luciano stopped in Eugene to play a …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends what to read this week

In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, Emerald acolytes Sararosa Davies and Emerson Malone discuss the best articles they’ve read in the past week. Here are the stories mentioned in this episode: You’re Not Alone: A Community Of Musicians And Fans Bonded By Mental Disorders by Tatiana Tenreyro (Uproxx) …

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Q&A: Alex Luciano from Diet Cig talks writing while touring and ‘Swear I’m Good at This’

Sometimes you need to scream about all that’s wrong with the world. Diet Cig, a two-piece band from New York, will be there when you need to let it all out. It’s hard not to dance when singer and guitarist Alex Luciano yelps and Noah Bowman’s drumming provides a cathartic …

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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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Review: Jeremy Messersmith’s ’11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs for Ukulele’ delivers positivity in 15 minutes

Minneapolis musician Jeremy Messersmith can be a little macabre, often spending his songwriting power on graveyards and suburbia. But when the world becomes dark, his music turns to the overtly positive to provide comfort. He is often compared to Portland’s Elliott Smith, but Messersmith has created his own brand of …

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Indie band Whitney remains steady in the face of audience shenanigans

Last night, Smith Westerns-alumni-band-turned-indie-rock-darlings Whitney played WOW Hall to a rambunctious crowd. Though based in Chicago, vocalist/drummer Julien Ehrlich and bassist Josiah Marshall are both Portland natives. Ehrlich said he has wanted to play WOW Hall since he was a senior in high school who used to come to Eugene …

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Triple Take: Father John Misty’s ‘Pure Comedy’ is far from funny

Some albums are complex or polarizing enough to merit assigning two reviewers to fairly capture the essence of the work of art. Father John Misty’s “Pure Comedy” is an album brimming with enough symbolism, dread and social commentary that the Emerald assigned three reviewers to decipher what Father John Misty is …

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Podcast: Father John Misty’s ‘Pure Comedy’

Arts & Culture Editor Craig Wright joins arts writers Sararosa Davies and Dana Alston to discuss Father John Misty’s self-indulgent 75-minute folk-rock record “Pure Comedy.”

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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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Six ways to celebrate spring

Spring break is over and the final term of the school year is here. The new season is a great time to check in with yourself and enjoy the beautiful weather. Whether you want to take stock of your winter clothes, cook new foods or just enjoy the sun, here are …

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Emerald Recommends: The best spring concerts in Eugene (that aren’t sold out)

With the arrival of spring term comes a new season of concerts and events across Eugene. Unfortunately, many of the best shows are already sold out, but if you missed a chance to score Snoop Dogg tickets, never fear. The Emerald has compiled a list of the best spring concerts and …

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To space and back: The story of UO’s ‘Moon Tree’

While walking along 13th Avenue on the University of Oregon’s campus, one encounters countless types of trees with intriguing origins and interesting names, but few trees have a story like UO’s “Moon Tree.  Located between the EMU and Carson Hall is the Moon Tree, a seemingly regular Douglas Fir. Upon …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends songs for your spring break

In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, podcast editor Emerson Malone and arts and culture writer Sararosa Davies dish out their recommendations for what tunes to play this spring break. Here are the songs you’ll hear in this episode: “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell “Something for your M.I.N.D.” …

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Laura Marling’s ‘Semper Femina’ expands on the legacy of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’

“Semper Femina,” the title of British folk artist Laura Marling’s latest album, means “always woman” in Latin. Marling is a prolific songwriter. In recent years, she’s explored themes of introversion and anxiety in her work. In an interview with Clash Music, Marling said that her new album is “me looking …

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Russian Theater class culminates in presentation of play ‘The Lady Peasant’

Russian Through Theater is not your average language course. Instead of sitting in a classroom conjugating verbs, students create a play based on a selected work of Russian literature. Throughout winter term, students learn about different authors, create a full-length play and rehearse in Russian. All of this work culminates …

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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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Hippo Campus strikes a balance between nostalgia and growth with debut album ‘Landmark’

The debut album by Minnesotan indie-pop group Hippo Campus, “Landmark,” is a gift to those who have followed the band since its art school beginning, but it’s also a generous offering to those who might not know the four-piece’s jangly, post-Vampire Weekend sound. Whatever camp you fall into, “Landmark” balances growth …

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Prince for a week: two Emerald writers take the purple plunge

On Sunday, Feb. 12, Prince’s discography was released on Spotify. Emerald Arts and Culture writers Sararosa Davies and Dana Alston took this opportunity to fully immerse themselves in Prince’s music by exclusively listening to The Purple One’s catalog. Here are their responses, with a podcast detailing their experiences during this …

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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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Q&A: Evan Stephens Hall from Pinegrove – ‘Being alive is very weird and being weird is very alive’

On Friday night, about 20 people piled into a house on Alder Street for an intimate performance with Evan Stephens Hall of the up-and-coming alt-country band Pinegrove. Hall is the lead singer and songwriter behind the Montclair, New Jersey, based band. The audience sat on the floor singing along as …

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How to properly celebrate Galentine’s Day

Galentine’s Day is a fictional holiday turned real-life celebration of female friendship. Created by Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, it has turned into a cultural phenomenon that women celebrate together the day before Valentine’s Day.  In Parks and Rec, Knope celebrates Galentine’s Day by bringing …

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University Theatre’s ‘Emperor of the Moon’ generates laughter and whimsy at the Hope Theater

University Theatre’s most recent production, Aphra Behn’s Emperor of the Moon, was a fresh and wonderful take on Restoration-era theatre from the 1600s. Due to its use of Early Modern English, Restoration theatre has a reputation for being difficult to comprehend. This version of Emperor was a great melding of …

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University Theatre enters last weekend of ‘The Emperor of the Moon’

University Theatre’s second play of the season, The Emperor of the Moon, presents a modern twist on comedy from 1687. Playwright Aphra Behn is known in the theatre world as the female Shakespeare — she wrote in the middle to late 1600s and made a career out of playwriting before …

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Fools Haven’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ lacks focus, struggles to revive popular play

Romeo and Juliet, arguably William Shakespeare’s most famous work, is a hard play to successfully produce. It’s not an easy task to stage this play in a genuine and fresh way because of the challenges Shakespeare’s language presents. When done well, it can be transcendent; when not, it can flop. …

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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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