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Podcast: Music festival survival guide

Days ahead of Sasquatch! Music Festival this weekend, let us remind you that the trials of attending a music festival are catastrophically underestimated. In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, podcast editor Emerson Malone, digital managing editor Meerah Powell and managing editor of Ethos Hannah Steinkopf-Frank discuss the best …

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YA author Renee Watson to speak about concepts of home at EMU on May 23

Author and performer Renee Watson writes for a young adult audience, especially children in marginalized groups because she wants to help them process trauma. Watson’s two YA books, “This Side of Home” and “Piecing Me Together,” explore racial tensions and concepts such as gentrification in a way that helps her …

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Double Take: Fleet Foxes bring their harmonies back to Portland for first time since 2012

Seattle band Fleet Foxes returned to Portland for the first time since July 2011. The band took a six-year hiatus following its tour for 2011’s “Helplessness Blues.” Since then, Josh Tillman left the band and became Father John Misty. Singer Robin Pecknold went to Columbia University. The Emerald attended the …

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University Day brings community spirit to campus

On the first sunny day after a mid-May week of rain, the area outside the EMU  was filled with music, pop-up tents and good vibes. Thursday was University Day, where hundreds of students, faculty and community members worked to beautify the campus. Each spring, University Day is hosted by the …

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Comedian W. Kamau Bell brings his political humor to the Hult Center on Friday

W. Kamau Bell has a lot to say. Take the title of his new book for example (it’s a mouthful): “The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6′ 4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian.” Bell, who …

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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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For the culture: Black Student Union hosts the 15th annual Divine Nine Step Show

University of Oregon’s Black student population is underrepresented in the classroom, in the faculty and in administrative funding. But the annual Divine Nine Step Show provides Black students with a place to gather, dance and enjoy their culture — a culture that is struggling to find representation on a predominately …

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Preview: African dance and drumming ensemble Dema prepares for year-end performances

As the members of the Dema African Dance and Drumming Ensemble filed into one of their final practices before their year-end performance on Friday and Saturday, the pressure of their upcoming shows didn’t seem to phase them. The second floor of the Gerlinger Annex was buzzing with conversation while participants happily …

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Portland Art Museum brings architect John Yeon’s work to life

Although many architects think of themselves as artists, John Yeon did not; he viewed himself as a landscape painter who could see the inner beauty of a site. Yeon (1910-1994) worked to bring out the beauty of a location rather than to create beauty within the space.  “He was really …

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Best ways to spend less than $10 at the spring ASUO Street Faire

It’s that time of year again when walking down 13th Avenue means wafting smells of curly fries, cotton candy and sizzling hot dogs overwhelm your sense of smell on the way to class. With week 6 comes the spring ASUO Street Faire, drawing in students with delicious food, a majority …

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Things to do this week: May 11-17: Spring Student Dance Concert, Zepparella at Hi-Fi and Dogs at the Duck Nest

Thursday, May 11, through Saturday, May 13: Spring Student Dance Concert (1484 University St.), 8 p.m., students/seniors $8, general admission $12 The University of Oregon’s dance program will present a spring performance in the Gerlinger Annex’s Dougherty Dance Theatre as a culmination of the year’s work from multiple advanced student …

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L.A. indie duo Girlpool discusses its second album, “Powerplant,” the importance of collaboration and why songs are like children

By Emerald contributor Hannah Steinkopf-Frank Harmony Tividad, one half of the L.A. indie-rock band Girlpool, was sitting in the Brooklyn warehouse she called home, writing a song in her loft and crying as a harsh summer storm raged outside. She had just returned from Philadelphia to see a romantic interest, …

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Q&A: Producer Pomo talks staying inspired after winning the Juno award for best electronic album

While last year saw a slew of musicians breakthrough into the mainstream spotlight, Canadian producer David Pimentel had possibly the quietest, but most successful year of his career. As the rest of the world continued to run per usual, the producer from British Columbia helped write some of 2016’s biggest …

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Review: Com Truise and Clark vibe out at WOW Hall

Synth-wave and electronica veterans Com Truise and Clark continued their 2017 co-headlining tour at the simple yet effectively-decorated WOW Hall on Sunday night in an impressively cool fashion. With no opener necessary, Clark’s dissonant, bass-heavy tracks set the tone for the show and energized the beginning crowd of about 80 …

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Q&A: Eva Hendricks from Charly Bliss talks mental health and musical theatre

Eva Hendricks, lead singer of Brooklyn grunge-pop band Charly Bliss, approaches her mental health with a quirky, uncommon sense of humor. She doesn’t just lightly brush off anxiety or panic in her lyrics but instead dives into what makes her uncomfortable. The resulting music is both personal and much bigger …

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Preview: iNight 2017 to close international week in style

On Monday, Ellen Hovde, vice president of the University of Oregon’s International Student Association, handed out free bubble tea on campus to kick off International Week at the university. The giveaway was meant to showcase the country of Taiwan, where bubble tea originated. Each year, similar events are held throughout …

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Sasquatch! announces LCD Soundsystem to replace Frank Ocean as headliner three weeks before festival

R&B singer Frank Ocean will not perform at this year’s Sasquatch! music festival due to “production issues beyond his control,” the festival’s website announced Friday morning. Electronic rock group LCD Soundsystem will replace Ocean as the festival’s Friday closing act.  Ocean, whose long-awaited sophomore album, “Blonde,” hit number 1 on …

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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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Oddisee talks uniting people through music on his new album ‘The Iceberg’

Amir Mohamed, better known by his stage name, Oddisee, is a member of a rare breed of rapper that seems to be dying out with every passing year: He produces all of his own music, his lyrics focus on social issues and he’s never used the n-word on a track. …

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The Rhino Ride visits the EMU Amphitheater to promote rhino conservation

Matt Meyer first decided to ride for the rhinos a year ago. A lifelong safari guide in South Africa, Meyer said he felt his message needed a bigger audience. He heard about someone who had walked 1,000 miles for rhino conservation, but no one had ever biked the entire western …

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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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Things to do this week: ‘The Cuisine of Mali’ exhibit, Futurebirds at Hi-Fi and ‘Mystery’ of Easter Island lecture

Thursday, April 27: Across the Table, Around the World, The Cuisine of Mali (The Museum of Natural and Cultural History), 6 p.m., $35 with pre-registration This weekend presents a unique opportunity to improve your cultural culinary skill at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. This event explores the “staples and …

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Concert preview: Jahkoy says he can be the face of a new genre of music

At just 23 years old, Toronto-native Jahkoy Palmer has already tasked himself with creating the next popular genre of music. His wide variety of musical influences, international perspective and everyday life experiences all contribute to his unique genre-blending sound that he says will help him achieve his ambitious goals. “I …

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Review: Solange Knowles brings her triumphant stage show to Portland

The unsinkable Solange Knowles played the headlining slot for Soul’d Out Music Fest, a soul and R&B music festival based in multiple venues around Portland, on Friday, April 21, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The festival’s events from April 19–23 have included Travis Scott (who brought Drake out to get …

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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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Appreciating the planet during Earth Week

When you live in Oregon, it is easy to see just how beautiful the Earth is. From breathtaking waterfalls to peaceful forest hikes, this lush state offers a variety of ways to immerse yourself in nature and appreciate what the Earth provides. With Earth Day right around the corner on …

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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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Ab-Soul and Nick Grant gave Eugene a taste of “real hip-hop” Saturday night

When DJ Kerosene took the stage at WOW Hall on Saturday night, he introduced himself then asked the crowd, “Eugene, are you ready for some real hip-hop tonight?” Only half the venue was full at that point, but those who arrived early were in for a treat. Opening act Nick …

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