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Movember open mic event sparks dialogue about destructive masculinity

Performers bravely discussed the wretched consequences of destructive masculinity in U.S. culture at the event Speak Easy: A Spoken Word Open Mic in Support of Men’s Health on Nov. 9 in the Common Grounds Cafe in Hamilton Hall. For nearly two hours, students — the majority of whom had never …

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Podcast: Spotlight on Science: Science communication with Theresa Cheng and Saul Propp

In this second season debut of Spotlight on Science, Kris Chauvin and Max Drascher speak with Theresa Cheng and Saul Propp about science communication: why it is important and how scientists and researchers can get better at it. Science communication aims to explain research and findings in a way that …

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Review: Daniel Johnston gives an emotional performance in Portland during final tour

Cult singer-songwriter and outsider artist Daniel Johnston is currently finishing a limited string of live performances that have been billed as his “final tour.” On Wednesday, the artist made a stop in Portland at Revolution Hall for an intimate, and heartfelt sold-out show. The night began in a slightly unorthodox …

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Beyond Mat Kearny: Musical references to Eugene show more than just Oregon pride

This lively, green city often lies near the back end of the public zeitgeist’s list of favorite American towns — Eugene is rarely discussed on a larger scale outside of University of Oregon relations. But though the town is generally absent from pop culture, the name “Eugene” (in reference to …

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Review: Pinegrove finds meaning among simple shapes and words in ‘Intrepid’

Evan Stephens Hall, the songwriter and lead vocalist for the Montclair, New Jersey band, Pinegrove, has a few unusual songwriting idiosyncrasies. Hall likes to sing about geometry and literature, using those subjects as a way to talk about interpersonal connections. Sometimes Hall even challenges his band’s Twitter followers to find …

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Discography Dive: British band Blur perfects the pop album

Emerald writers love a deep dive. In the Discography Dive series, Emerald A&C staffers write in-depth about their favorite groups. This week, music writer Nic Castillon looks into the British band Blur’s lengthy history. “Leisure” (1991) and “Modern Life is Rubbish” (1993) Blur signed to Food Records in 1990 and …

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Podcast: Culture wrap: The good, the bad and the Taylor Swift

On this second episode of the Emerald culture wrap, Senior Podcast Editor Alec Cowan, Associate Arts and Culture Editor Dana Alston, and Senior Arts and Culture Editor Sararosa Davies discuss three things from this past week that caught their attention. What follows is some good talk on “Mindhunter” — Netflix’s …

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Review: Tyler, The Creator brings the colorful world of ‘Flower Boy’ to Eugene

Los Angeles-based rapper Tyler, the Creator brought the brash sounds and beautiful colors of his “Flower Boy” tour, along with Odd Future tag-alongs Taco and Jasper, to McDonald Theatre on Saturday night. Tyler released his highly successful album “Flower Boy” in July and started the tour in promotion of the …

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Building Legacies: Chapman Hall overhaul to be completed by December 2017

The Emerald is continuing its series on names of University of Oregon campus buildings this week with Chapman Hall. Check out the previous building stories on Friendly Hall, Collier House, Prince Lucien Campbell Hall, Lillis Hall, Gerlinger Hall and Condon Hall. Traditionally the home of the Robert D. Clark Honors …

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Review: ‘The Mask You Live In’ provides thought-provoking stories and iffy claims

Filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s 2015 documentary, “The Mask You Live In,” is a provocative assessment of the narrow definition of masculinity in the U.S. The film features discussions by social scientists, psychologists and educators about how masculinity in American culture is defined by physical strength, sexual dominance and economic success. …

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Kevin Dempsey fills the musical theater void on campus

When Kevin Dempsey first came to the University of Oregon in 2014, he knew he wanted to follow a theatrical path. That led him straight to the School of Music and Dance. Now only months away from graduation, Dempsey will surely leave behind a legacy. He is the mastermind behind …

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Never saying no: The Macks discuss opportunity, inspiration and location

The Macks have made a point of never saying never. Anything is on the table for the Portland, Oregon-based rock band composed of frontman Sam Fulwiler, guitarist Ben Windheim, drummer Joe Windheim and bassist Bailey Sauls. The Macks’ latest EP, “Happy Camper,” combines blues riffs and grunge style, creating a …

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Review: Rupi Kaur’s ‘The Sun and Her Flowers’ simplifies the human experience

Rupi Kaur tackles universal issues and simplifies the human experience in her poetry. The instapoet’s success is attributed in large to her social media presence. Kaur’s condensed poetry seems to parallel Instagram’s ability to condense our world into a three by six-inch screen. Her work details immense heartbreak in quick …

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Emerald Blind Taste Test: Halloween Candy

Halloween is today, so Emerald staffers decided to compare and contrast similar Halloween candies. See which staffers guessed right, and hear their thoughts on the best candies. Happy Halloween from the Emerald! Video produced by Lilly Lion.  

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Podcast: Culture wrap: Favorite shows of fall

On this inaugural episode of the Emerald culture wrap, Podcast Editor Alec Cowan and Senior Arts and Culture Editor Sararosa Davies discuss their favorite shows of fall thus far. The focus of the discussion settles on “Broad City” and “BoJack Horseman,” two shows taking unique directions in their latest seasons, …

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Eugene’s Captain Crook Records remains at the “heart of DIY” music

Before Eugene’s Slade Nevin began his own record label, “Captain Crook” was just the name of his disabled cat. “Its neck was broken to the left, its tail was broken to the right, so it walked sideways,” Nevin said. Crook passed away but lives on: his name is memorialized through …

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Conversation starters: UO food studies program’s first graduates

Last year’s divisive political season left many Americans feeling like it is hopeless to discuss the local implications of national issues with people who have different opinions than them. Even on a largely progressive college campus like the University of Oregon’s, these topics can be difficult to discuss candidly. But …

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Beloved Eugene restaurant Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen and BBQ to close in near future

Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen and BBQ, a popular and beloved restaurant in the Whiteaker neighborhood, announced today that it will be closing after 15 years in business. The restaurant, at 400 Blair Blvd., made the announcement via Facebook. In the post, current restaurant owner Deb Lee thanked the community and the …

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Triumph through tragedy: How Said The Whale reinvented itself

It had been nearly four years since indie-rock group Said The Whale had recorded an album prior to its 2017 record “As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide.” During that time, the Vancouver, B.C.-based quintet parted ways with two of its members and went through many personal tragedies — all …

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Look a little deeper: students open up about what makes them feel alive

At the same time that self-reflection can be liberating and encouraging, it can also be ugly and overwhelming. Peeling back the layers of our lives isn’t always glamorous, but it is often constructive and necessary and can open up space for growth. In a spirit of self-reflection, the Emerald took …

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Emerald Recommends: Halloween Songs

“Halloween V mix” — RL Grime While children will be parading in the streets on Oct. 31 in celebration of the largest candy giveaway of the year, EDM fans will be celebrating for a different reason: Los Angeles-based DJ and producer RL Grime will release his sixth annual Halloween mix. The …

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Sleeping Giant: The past, present and future of Mac Court

University of Oregon’s McArthur Court gives the appearance of a high school gym: rickety, wooden bleachers suspended over an ancient wooden floor. In the building’s prime it held just 9,000 people, and what the arena lacked in amenities and space it made up for in pure energy. The bleachers would …

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Review: Bully’s sophomore LP ‘Losing’ is honest and energetic but suffers from invariability

Bully’s latest LP, “Losing,” is out on Sub Pop Records, which feels fitting. The Nashville band’s grunge-influenced sound is reminiscent of many artists the label helped popularize during the late ‘80s and ‘90s. Unfortunately, the strong energy Bully brings on this sophomore album does little to make up for its …

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Review: Iron & Wine gives unique intimate experience to sold-out McDonald Theatre

As rain poured on the streets of downtown Eugene, the crowd inside the sold-out McDonald Theatre remained dry, eagerly awaiting Iron & Wine’s calming acoustic sound beneath a dreamy sky of decorative clouds. Sam Beam, better known by his stage name, Iron & Wine, played with a unique supporting band …

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Together PANGEA brings their rebellious sound to Portland

In the foggy Portland Analog theater and cafe, LA rock group Together PANGEA played to a modest crowd. Its provocative lyrics and grungy edge give the band a distinct punk influence. People were in thrifted jackets, colorful hair and beanies. This weekend, the four-man group is finishing out their American …

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The Department of Comparative Literature begins another promising year of Nomad

The Comparative Literature department hosted its first Nomad meeting of the academic year Tuesday evening. Students and professors gathered for their common love of writing to hear what’s in store for the upcoming year of research, writing and revision. Since 2007, the Nomad program has been pairing undergraduate students with …

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Review: King Krule immerses listeners with ‘The Ooz’

English musician King Krule’s last two records, “6 Feet Beneath The Moon” and “A New Place 2 Drown,” drew in listeners with his growing competence in immersive, versatile production and his enigmatic vocals. “The Ooz,” released last Friday, continues Krule’s progression towards becoming a world-class musician — and may have …

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Review: ‘Dolores’ focuses on the key civil rights activist most have probably never heard of

Dolores Huerta’s story needed to be told. How could one of the most influential figures in every farm workers rights movement in the U.S. be so unknown? How could such a powerful activist from the civil rights era, who is still working today, not be a household name? The documentary …

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Bromfield: The Case For A ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Horror Movie

According to “Bob’s Burgers” creator Loren Bouchard, the big-screen adaptation of his cult animated sitcom — due in 2020 — might be called “Horseplay: The Horsening.” Well, probably not. It’s a classic Bouchard joke: a microcosm of “Bob’s” humor. It’s so absurd as to border on anti-humor, inexorably tied to …

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