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Harmony of singing brings this couple together

Courtesy of Dan Payson-Lewsi Singing Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s hit “Lucky,” Evynne and Peter Hollens have chosen a fitting song to open their show, with lyrics that tell the Hollens’ story of finding love through music and returning to Eugene after traveling the high seas for months together. As …

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‘Black Sands’ bests Bonobo’s previous beats

In his fourth studio album, London “trip hop” artist Bonobo finally produces jazz-inspired tunes for people who don’t spend their nights slamming poetry in dark cafes. The upbeat drum solos blended with strains from an electric guitar are amazingly unpretentious and easy to listen to.Released March 23, “Black Sands” channels …

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Local pub demonstrates jammin’ is not a thing of the past

Kevin Minderhout For Chuck Holloway and Sean Shanahan, Tuesday nights at Sam Bond’s Garage are a time when people of all sorts can come together and jam. Sam Bond’s Bluegrass Jam has been held now for nearly two decades, and these two main hosts share a passion for sitting with …

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Bus driver fares well on student routes

Shawn Hatjes Shannon Alpers’ windshield is more like a bay window, allowing her to look out upon all of Eugene’s colorful scenery as she pulls away from campus, drives along 11th Avenue, turns north on Hilyard Street, then west on Broadway, goes over the Ferry Street Bridge, loops around Garden …

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Discovering more than just sea life, finding yourself, too

Jack Hunter Miles O’Malley is a precocious teenage boy exploring the Puget Sound tidal flats when he finds a dying giant squid on the shore. His discovery sets in motion a string of events — more sea life washed ashore, ever-increasing media attention and the confusing new awareness that comes …

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Portugal. The Man makes one last indie label hurrah

Portugal. The Man’s newest album “American Ghetto” strays even further from its typical indie-rock style and dabbles more into a psychedelic funk-pop, at times sounding strikingly similar to early Radiohead. The new album also is the last off its former indie label Equal Vision. In the beginning of the month, …

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The comedy, drama, passion of the vagina

Vagina. Interested? That’s exactly what the cast and crew of this year’s production of “The Vagina Monologues” is hoping for. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 25 women will take the stage to shriek, laugh, cry and wonder about vaginas and the issues surrounding them. “I love the idea of using …

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15 minutes of experimental theater

Ivar Vong “Creatures” crawl through the audience, a student plays beer pong with his sleeping friend connected to his back, and police beat up businesspeople in Frani Geiger’s “WooInFloo”, opening this weekend in the University’s Pocket Playhouse. The play is a series of five vignettes set in what might be …

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Film & TV

Movies present controversial topics in all-inclusive format

Sam Zalutsky’s film “You Belong to Me” is all about obsession. A repressed New York architect moves into his object of obsession René’s building in order to be closer to the handsome Frenchman. But his plan backfires when his new landlady becomes obsessed with him, beginning a twisted mother-son relationship …

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Medium Troy plays tribute to fans

Local band Medium Troy has sold out every single WOW Hall show it has headlined since it started regularly playing shows in October 2006. On Friday, March 19, the band plans to do it again, though this time it’s having a “Pay What You Want” Fan Appreciation Party charging as …

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Faust’s theatrical damnation revives fervor for opera

Among all the underground rap artists and alternative rock concerts circulating the Eugene music scene, many often overlook a local classical outlet: the Eugene Opera. While some may find it difficult to muffle a yawn at just the thought of seeing an opera, the Eugene Opera’s new show “Faust” will …

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Puppeteer extraordinaire sets the stage

For University theater arts major Casey Reece-Kaigler, fabric, color and texture are what make the stage come alive. Reece-Kaigler has a passion for costume design and a niche interest in creating a fictional world of her own. When Reece-Kaigler combines her imagination and creativity with her love for theater and …

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Who is Oregon’s best roommate?

The University of Oregon’s Residence Hall Association held the UO’s Best Roommate game show event in Common Grounds Café Thursday night.  Eager dorm residents competed through three rounds of increasingly difficult questions to find the University’s perfect set of inseperable twosies.

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Music

Underground rappers make above-ground appearance

A diverse array of rap and hip-hop artists will hit the stage at WOW Hall this month. While many students have never heard of names like Eyedea & Abilities, P.O.S. or Dosh, they are part of an up-and-coming underground rap movement. And while they don’t have million-dollar contracts with Def …

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Move over, ‘Glee;’ Divisi is the real deal

Jack Hunter As the melodic sounds of joyful singing filled the air last week, students gathered around the EMU amphitheater to watch the all-female a cappella group Divisi during one of their bi-monthly Friday afternoon performances. Divisi, one of few all-women’s collegiate a cappella groups, will compete in this year’s International Championship …

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A balancing act: school, work, life

Ivar Vong University economics major Philip Taylor is a busy guy.  Working more than 25 hours a week at two jobs and going to school full time means he has to carefully plan his schedule if he wants to have any time for himself. “Often what I’ll try to do …

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Battling for the title of ‘bandest band’

Six bands promise top-notch performances as they take their on-stage energy to the next level in competition for a taste of Eugene’s musical limelight. The University’s Ethos Magazine, UO Cultural Forum and Ninkasi Brewing are hosting an all-out band brawl and have selected enthusiastic, hopeful local bands to compete. The …

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Student disc jockeys take back the airwaves

While most students were asleep in their beds or cramming in some last-minute studying, University sophomore Allie Gavette was alone in the Erb Memorial Union disc jockeying for the University radio station KWVA 88.1. Between the hours of 2 and 8 a.m., commonly referred to as the “safe harbor” hours …

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Celebrating its 81st season, Very Little Theatre revives ‘The Country Girl’

In a small, half-dome shaped building off of Hilyard Street sits the Very Little Theatre, where community theater productions have taken place since 1929. As a volunteer-run organization, the Very Little Theatre offers the Eugene area a taste of local theater and acting as well as more than 80 years …

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Series showcases new, unique music

Although many people think classical music is a dying art, the Sound-Bytes music series brings classical and modern sounds to campus with a twist. Whether it’s making new sounds on a traditional saxophone or a guitarist with electronic influence, the artists of the Sound-Bytes music series strive to change the …

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A myriad of characters combine to explore life’s tragic comedy

Nick Cote It begins with a writer who is obsessed with his work. He feels compelled to spend all of his time writing. People think he’s mad, but really he’s harmless. He built his study with his bare hands, and though the room tends to slide because of the rain …

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‘Wedding Singer’ musical tours the Northwest

The Hult Center looks back a few decades this week with the ’80s-inspired musical “The Wedding Singer.” Based on the 1998 movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, the musical version has been nominated for five Tony Awards. “The Wedding Singer” features the three weddings, a bar mitzvah and the …

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Zombie play spoofs strict school policy

In 2005, then-18-year-old high school student William Poole from Kentucky was arrested after writing a short story about zombies taking over his school. Charged with a second degree felony for terrorist threatening, bail was initially set at $1,000 and was then raised to $5,000. The case was eventually thrown out, …

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Green in more ways than one

The holiday season is a joyous yet wasteful time of year, prompting significant environmental damage. According to the Stanford Recycling Center, the amount of trash in the U.S. increases 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, equaling nearly 5 million additional tons of garbage. But there are ways to …

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Eat locally this season

It’s easy to forget where our favorite foods come from when we buy them off the shelf. Packaged and processed, these products are often as far from original as they can get. With family, travel and gifts to worry about, appreciating the people who supplement the season is perhaps our …

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Fooled by Santa

People laugh when I tell them how old I was when I found out the truth about Santa. But in our family, Santa didn’t just sneak in during the middle of the night, eat some cookies and split. In our family, not only did we get to see Santa on …

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Here for the holidays

For staunch believers in Santa Claus, the difference between time zones might help jolly old Saint Nick in his pursuit to circle the globe in one night. For University international students however, time zones mark just how many hours have to be crossed to get home, and sometimes it is …

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7 season jingles

White ChristmasThe Bing Crosby version of this song is often cited as the best-selling single of all time. Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerMany artists have recorded this hit adapted from the 1939 story by Robert L. May. Winter WonderlandThis year, check versions of the Christmas standard by Ozzy Osbourne, Bob Dylan, …

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Finding ways to give back

Blair Ryan Many people feel the humanitarian itch to volunteer and give back to their community this time of year. In the spirit of giving, there are many ways to get involved around Eugene during the holidays. Valley River Center’s Giving Tree Fulfill a child’s Christmas wish by picking a …

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5 ways to get into the holiday spirit

1. Bake and eat plenty of goodies, from gingerbread men to hot chocolate with marshmallows. 2. Listen to and watch your favorite holiday music and movies. 3. Decorate your place with a tree, menorah, candles, lights and more. 4. Go out and find the perfect white elephant gift for a …

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