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Podcast: Emerald Recommends songs for the rain

In this episode of Emerald Recommends from the Emerald Podcast Network, podcast editor Emerson Malone and music writer Sararosa Davies share the songs that they turn to when the rain won’t stop pouring. With everything from Ann Peebles to Vampire Weekend to Chopin, this podcast explores music that can help …

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Trekking for truffles: The rise of the Oregon truffle

Despite the rain and thick fog that often blankets the Oregon Coast Range, 79-year-old Lee Yamada spent his day in a grim forest with a rake in hand. With his eyes cast toward the ground and rain dripping down his blue hood, he searched the mossy forest floor for a …

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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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Podcast: The state of television in 2017

In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, writers Sararosa Davies, Patience Greene and Emerson Malone discuss the state of television in 2017, namely Transparent (Amazon), Atlanta (FX), Broad City (Comedy Central), Adventure Time (Cartoon Network), A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix) and many more. This episode was produced by Emerson …

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‘Fences’ and ‘Angels in America’ make the case for stage-to-screen adaptations

Theatre is an art form that has been around for thousands of years with its origins in Ancient Greece. The theatre’s counterpart, film, has had a relatively short history with the first movies being made in the late 1800s. Filmmakers and TV producers have been adapting theatrical works like plays …

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Emerald Recommends: The best albums of 2016

It’s likely that 2016 will be remembered as the year that proved no one is safe as David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen and so many legends passed away. But as strange of a year as it may have been, there were many great releases that powered us through. Emerald writers have …

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Emerald Recommends: The best songs of 2016

Although 2016’s musical legacy is bound to be remembered more for the stars that died than the actual music itself, there was no shortage of great songs created. The Emerald’s music writers have selected their favorite songs of the recently concluded year. Craig Wright’s top songs: 5. “Easy Eating” by Naked Giants …

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Emerald Recommends: The best books of 2016

As college students, it’s tough to find spare time to read for pleasure between homework, midterms and term papers. The Emerald has enlisted its writers to recommend their favorite books they managed to read released in 2016. But What If We’re Wrong? By Chuck Klosterman Chuck Klosterman is the type of person who …

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The do’s and don’ts for giving gifts to friends

No matter what holiday you may celebrate, winter is a season for giving. Even with a college student’s budget and time constraints, it’s possible to give great gifts. Whether for a Secret Santa or a simple exchange between friends, giving personalized gifts is a great way to make someone feel …

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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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What to look forward to in 2017 music

With the loss of legends like David Bowie and Prince among many others, 2016 has been a surreal year for music fans. Musicians paid tribute to and built on the legacies of those who passed while also crafting their own voices.  Though it may have been a sad one, this …

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Review: ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ disappoints hopeful fans

The beloved mother-daughter duo of Gilmore Girls has returned after a 10-year break. But in the third episode of the Netflix Original revival of the show, a 32-year old Rory Gilmore says that she’s “not back” in her hometown of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, for good. With four 90-minute episodes suited …

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‘Phineas and Ferb’ co-creator Dan Povenmire to speak in Eugene to aid nephew

Family is clearly important to Dan Povenmire, co-creator of Disney’s Phineas and Ferb and Disney XD show Milo Murphy’s Law. He has created multiple characters in his shows based on people in his life. For instance, Isabella, a side character from Phineas and Ferb, is based on his eldest daughter …

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Emerald Recommends: Books to comfort you

The weeks leading up to finals can be very stressful. With tests and essays on the horizon, it’s important to practice self care at times like these. Why not escape the crazy stressful world of college for a moment with a book? These picks by Emerald writers Sararosa Davies and Patience …

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Car Seat Headrest delivers joyous performance at WOW Hall

It’s highly unlikely 2016 will be remembered as a good year for music by any measure. David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen’s deaths are only the beginning of a long list of celebrities who have passed on this year. Luckily, Seattle’s Car Seat Headrest has been the year’s saving grace …

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Q&A: ‘On the Banks of the Tigris’ to deliver hidden history at Temple Beth Israel

On the Banks of the Tigris: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music is a film about cultural ties and the ways in which history can hide them, according to director Marsha Emerman. It features musicians like the Iraqi-Israeli Yair Dalal, Maqam singer Farida and Ahmed Mukhtar. The Emerald sat down …

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‘Dark Knight: The Musical’ is Pocket Playhouse’s first original musical

Riley Mulvihill, director of Pocket Playhouse’s most recent production, Dark Knight: The Musical, says it’s Batman’s time to shine. Pocket Playhouse is a student-run theatre company, and as Mulvihill told the Emerald in an interview at the green room of Villard Hall, “Spiderman already has his musical. It’s time for …

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Review: ‘James Joyce’s The Dead’ spreads holiday warmth at the Robinson Theatre

James Joyce’s The Dead, the first of five University Theatre shows this season, is not simply a musical, according to director Michael Malek Najjar. Instead, it lives in a world between a play with music where the plot is portrayed mainly through dialogue, and a musical like Cats where the …

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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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Podcast: Emerald Recommends songs to help you process the election results

Note: There is explicit language in this podcast and post. In honor of the 2016 election results, this installment of Emerald Recommends looks to songs about rage and politics. Emerald staffers Craig Wright, Sararosa Davies and Emerson Malone discuss the response on campus and the difference between hope and rage in music, from …

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‘The Daily Show’ election night special will provide the commentary our future needs

The Emerald recently asked The Daily Show with Trevor Noah correspondents Hasan Minhaj and Roy Wood Jr. an important question during a media conference call. When asked what insulting tweet they can imagine Donald Trump sending them, correspondents Minhaj and Wood both laughed at the question, but as they were thinking …

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Four poems to read on Halloween instead of “The Raven”

It’s time to do something scary for Halloween. Read. Instead of watching a horror movie or searching for clowns, read some poetry. There are plenty of poems and books out there that can send chills down your spine beside Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” Skip your old stuffy literature class …

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Review: Communist Daughter goes beyond introspection in ‘The Cracks That Built The Wall’

Minnesota-based band Communist Daughter takes its name from a Neutral Milk Hotel song, but on its newest release, The Cracks That Built The Wall, the band created a name for itself beyond NMH and beyond the Saint Paul, Minnesota music scene it calls home. On previous releases like Soundtrack to the …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends Music To Study By

In this episode of Emerald Recommends from the Emerald Podcast Network, Frankie Kerner and Nathan Stevens join Emerald staff Sararosa Davies and Emerson Malone to discuss the best songs to study to during midterm week. Listen to the podcast and check out the Spotify playlist below. Featured songs include: “Angelina” …

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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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Review: Blind Pilot and Margaret Glaspy bring summer back to HiFi Music Hall

On Sunday night, Oregon’s own pride and joy of indie-folk, Blind Pilot, came to the HiFi Music Hall with banjos, upright basses, guitars and lead singer Israel Nebeker’s resonant voice in tow. With its warm and vibrant sound, Blind Pilot made the venue feel like a big family gathering somewhere on …

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Setting the stage for Arab-American theater

Each school year brings a new season of theatrical productions to the University of Oregon theatre department. Past pieces have included classics such as Shakespeare, the French playwright Moliere and musicals like the notorious Bat Boy. Last year, Michael Malek Najjar directed Scorched, a contemporary drama about the conflict in …

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Review: Bon Iver explore dark new influences in ’22, A Million’

Bon Iver’s new album, 22, A Million, is an album for insomniacs rustling in their sheets in early morning; the ones who wake up and feel surrounded by heavy air. Never quite asleep, never quite awake, 22 floats and drops from one song to the next. 22 is an obvious …

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