A Walk Through Old New England
Eugene Weekly
by Dan Buckwalter
2d ago
It’s been a bastion of flowering culture throughout the nation’s history, with Western European threads tied to much of it, and a slice of that old New England artistry comes to The Shedd Institute for the Arts for a pair of performances.   Three late 19th and early 20th century composers from that region — Horatio Parker, Amy Beach and Charles Ives — will have their works spotlighted in New England Voices by microphilharmonic, led by Michael Anderson, the clarinetist and artistic director of the ensemble.  Parker’s Suite for Piano Trio, with violin and cello, leads off the prog ..read more
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A ’20s Twist 
Eugene Weekly
by Sofia Garner
2d ago
“It goes by much quicker than an Avengers movie,” Andrew Bisantz says of the opera La Bohème. “There’s never a dull moment.” Bisantz, in his 15th season as the conductor of Eugene Opera, has served as the artistic director since 2017. La Bohème opens Friday, Jan. 27, at the Hult Center for Eugene Opera’s first production of the classic since 2010. Giacomo Puccini’s 1896 opera is based on the 1851 Henri Murger novel Scenes de la Vie Bohème, about four struggling bohemians — a poet, a painter, a musician and a philosopher — living together in Paris. Everything changes for them on Christmas Eve ..read more
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It’s Not Easy Being an Asylum Seeker
Eugene Weekly
by Guest Viewpoint
2d ago
By Victoria Koch I got a text around 8 pm, two days before Christmas Eve from Maria,* the asylum seeker I sponsor. She told me Lorenzo’s wife, Hilda, was on her way to Eugene, and due to bleak weather conditions, her flight had landed in Portland. Lorenzo, who had come from Nicaragua over a year and a half ago and was excited to reunite with his beloved, had been working two jobs and saving to bring Hilda back to him. He had managed to first bring her brother here, who had also been working non-stop. We all started brainstorming how we might help bring Hilda home. My daughter lives in Portland ..read more
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E-Bike With Care
Eugene Weekly
by Letters Editor
3d ago
Note to drivers: E-bikes can reach speeds well over speed limits posted for cars. They can blast up from behind you in bike lanes and essentially pass on the right, rendering drivers’ carefully planned right turns unexpectedly hazardous — especially for the riders. Note to bike and e-bike riders: According to a couple of law enforcement types with whom I’ve chatted, crosswalks are for pedestrians and bikes ridden at walking speed.  Bikes at bike speed do not have right-of-way in crosswalks. The hilarious new street configuration around 19th and Willamette features bike lanes morphing into ..read more
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Eugene’s A Friendly Place To Live
Eugene Weekly
by Letters Editor
3d ago
I moved to Eugene six years ago from a large city in the Southwest. Immediately, I was impressed with the friendliness of the Willamette Valley. Whether walking around, riding my bike, or sitting in a park, I was greeted by a smile, hello, good morning, but always a smile and welcoming eye contact.  My daughter Amy said it best of our former home: “There, people are struggling and mostly they show it. They make less eye contact, smile less and don’t seem as happy. Here, we have the same struggles, but we seem to handle them in stride and enjoy life more.” I continue to receive warm and we ..read more
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Homecoming
Eugene Weekly
by Henry Houston
3d ago
For 14 years, head chef Katie Nordgren ran the kitchen of the popular restaurant Café 440. When the restaurant closed its doors in August 2022, Nordgren says she received a phone call from an old friend.  It was Bier Stein’s beer baron, Dave Stockhausen, calling Nordgren to see if she would be interested in working at the restaurant. For Nordgren, it was more than a job offer — it was an invitation to return to a restaurant that she helped open years ago.  “My ears perked up and I got happy,” she says. “And I said, ‘Well, absolutely.’”  Now that she’s in charge of the Bier Stein ..read more
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Local Beer, Exotic Brats
Eugene Weekly
by Jake Moore
3d ago
Bratwurst is an American staple when it comes to cookouts and pregame tailgates, yet restaurants that serve brats exclusively seem almost unheard of. At least they were until Bangers & Brews came to Eugene. Bangers & Brews Eugene is a locally owned restaurant that recently opened a second location near the University of Oregon campus — but its roots stem from Bend, where the first-ever Bangers & Brews was established. Seen by the owner as a center for community, the restaurant has distinguished itself by serving good food, rare meats and local beers. Founded in 2019, Bangers & ..read more
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EWEB For City Hall Makes Sense And Saves Dollars
Eugene Weekly
by Letters Editor
3d ago
I’ve advocated the sense and sensibility of purchasing and remodeling the EWEB Building for Eugene’s City Hall since the utility first sensed they would vacate the building, especially dollars and cents wise. How very sensible for the Eugene City Council to come to its senses! Dan Cragun Eugene ..read more
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‘Wait Your Turn, It’s Worth It’
Eugene Weekly
by Sofia Garner
3d ago
“We’re not a traditional restaurant,” says Billy Reid, chef and owner of Dueling Spoons. Reid says people are surprised when they find out that he’s the only person cooking the food. “I’m one chef with five burners cooking for everybody,” he says. Reid compares the experience of dining at Dueling Spoons to having a private chef. “Someone asked me, ‘Why don’t you just hire cooks?’ And I said, ‘If I hire cooks, am I cooking for you?’” Dueling Spoons is in Fall Creek, but that hasn’t stopped it from developing a loyal following of Eugene locals. “They come in, and they come in regularly,” Reid sa ..read more
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DeFazio Took It To The Mat And Won
Eugene Weekly
by Letters Editor
3d ago
Thank you for publishing Henry Houston’s excellent article (“Leaving the House,” Jan. 19) on Peter DeFazio. We need more representatives with DeFazio’s progressive passion. I think we can all agree DeFazio wrestled with the politics of Oregon and a nation and won with a resounding pin. Joe Blakely Eugene ..read more
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