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It has been a year since Donald Trump was inaugurated as the president—and it has been a constant drum beat of insults, Twitter fights and sudden reversals of policy. The news cycle has been dominated by the reality TV show broadcast from the White House, and in homes and cafes

Havana Libre is as much about macro-international politics as it is about the micro-family relationships and friendships, which is to say Robert Arellano’s latest novel, a follow-up to Havana Lunar, sets giant world events (like the decades of Cuba’s strained politics) against the small day-to-day flirtations, friendships and family matters—or,

Snow and fog may be in the forecast, but you can still chase the chill away with summertime fun at an indoor sports and recreational facility near you. From rock climbing to scuba, the local assortment is sunshine to the outdoor lover’s soul, so grab a pal or two and

  It isn’t just where we watch films that has revolutionized over the past couple decades, but it is where those films are made. Time was when movie theaters were the only place to indulge in the adventures of the Lone Ranger and Flash Gordon. But then came the convenience

Truth and art often always gone hand-in-hand, or in this case hand in glove. Four exhibits at Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University will open Thursday, January 18 with an opening reception at 5 pm. The exhibits will run through March 17. Each one will feature artists dedicated

Rogue Valley Messenger: Just to be clear: You’re not operating the library, “just” raising money to help keep it operating? Amy Drake: Your property taxes cover the operating budget of the library, which is managed by the Jackson County Library District Board and the Jackson County Library staff. The Foundation

Crater Lake National Park: A given for a breathtaking snowshoeing experience. But even if you’ve already done it, snowshoeing in one of the most beautiful places in the world should be a yearly activity. Not only are the views gorgeous, snowshoeing at the park is free and guided by a

Osmo’s Alehouse is a simple tap house. One-story. One bar. One bartender. Upon first glance, it doesn’t look flashy. And yet, it gets its name from a character from a Finnish poem. Far from simple, right? When you enter, you’re greeted with some long tables, community style, looked to be

… about your life, I would like to make sure that you are getting enough sleep. Easier said than done, let’s talk about it. After Christmas I thoroughly enjoyed a week away (Whidbey Island in the winter is rainy but so sweet!) and a great book at the same time:

Sound

Eugene dance-rock quartet Fortune’s Folly have been turning fans into friends since their first show. And for the past four years vocalist Calysta Cheyenne, guitarist Ira Mazie, bassist Jesse Sanchez, and drummer Alex “Squatch” Koleber, have been playing up and down the west coast bringing friends into the “Folly Family.”

The most common band formation story is two college students playing guitar together on a dorm couch, and saying, “this is fun. Let’s find an endless parade of drummers.” Portland pop-rock act’s story is the second most common: old hands that knew each other through the local music scene full

Ashland folksters The Brothers Reed launched several years ago as a leaner, more frequently bookable vehicle for brothers Aaron and Phil Reed’s songs than their nitro-charged bar band, Bucklerash. As an acoustic duo, they could play virtually anywhere, regardless of noise constraints or whether the rhythm section was available. The
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