Best of Eugene 2013-14: Artari (Arts)

Audio Schizophrenic aka Shawn Mediclast. Photo by Todd Cooper



Best gallery

1. New Zone Gallery 164 W. Broadway. 683-0759.

2. Karin Clarke Gallery 749 Willamette St. 684-7963.

3. White Lotus Gallery 767 Willamette St. 345-3276.


Exiled in Eugene
Exiled in Eugene

Best self-published literary item (blog, zine)

1. Exiled in Eugene

2. Pork

3. Culinaria Eugenius



Photo by Tracy Sydor
Photo by Tracy Sydor

Best visual artist

1. Tracy Sydor

2. Shanna Trumbly

3. Claire Flint Last

A Tracy Sydor creation could easily fall out of the pages of Vanity Fair: Her photos are powerful, polished and high fashion. But Sydor doesn’t shoot celebrities; she shoots the women of our fair valley. “If you have the ability to make someone feel on top of the world, do it,” Sydor says. “The everyday woman in fashion poses? That comes directly from being pissed off so many times in the supermarket and seeing these magazines with skinny girls.” With her high-gloss appeal, it’s hard to believe that Sydor has only been clicking away since 2006, when her husband Rob Sydor (also a photographer) encouraged her to pick up a camera. “He taught me every single thing I know.” Sydor is excited for what the future holds. “I’m moving towards fine art and putting on big productions,” she says, adding that she’d love to have a 30-person-plus creative team. Could there be a Factory a la Andy Warhol in Eugene’s future?




Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros perform at the Cuthbert. Photo by Todd Cooper.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros perform at the Cuthbert. Photo by Todd Cooper.

Best live music venue

1. Cuthbert Amphitheater 601 Day Island Rd.

2. WOW Hall 291 W. 8th Ave. 687-2746.

3. Sam Bond’s Garage 407 Blair Blvd. 343-2635.

Before hordes of Eugeneans make the trek to Autzen Stadium in the rainy late fall, many make a similar trip across the Willamette to see a show of a different kind. Tucked behind Alton Baker Park, Cuthbert Amphitheater offers a serene retreat for live music. Perhaps Cuthbert, the sole concert amphitheater in a town that receives scarcely three months of sunshine, is the best in Eugene because it’s a symbol of the fleeting summer. It’s a time when a bike ride, a picnic blanket and a live concert in the park are only a thought away. This season, some of the biggest concerts of the year, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Neko Case and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, have graced its stage. Whatever the reason and whatever the music, be it electronic, reggae or rock ‘n’ roll, the vibes and sounds of summer have become synonymous with the Cuthbert.




Audio Schizophrenic aka Shawn Mediclast. Photo by Todd Cooper
Audio Schizophrenic aka Shawn Mediclast. Photo by Todd Cooper

Best club DJ

1. Audio Schizophrenic

2. DJ Crown

3. Connah J

You remember the songs but sometimes it’s hard to remember the disc jockey. The club DJs are humble fellows or ladies who manage the stage with their heads drooped down, and during the show their identities remain hidden like a masked crusader of funky jams. For every DJ who settles and spins Avicci’s “Wake Me Up,” there is a DJ that tries hard to provide the fresh vibes and keep the crowd on the dance floor. By day he’s Shawn Mediaclast, co-owner of downtown Eugene’s freakiest and grooviest club, Cowfish, but at night, Mediaclast transforms into Audio Schizo. “Most DJs are alone in their basement masturbating to music by themselves,” says Brian Hebb, Cowfish’s other owner. “Shawn looks to the crowd and responds to them.”



Best radio show

1. “The Donkey Show” 101.5 FM KFLY.

2. “Sunday Morning Hangover with Marc Time” 88.1 FM KWVA.

3. “Brickwall Comedy Show” 1450 AM KLZS.

See that number one up there? We told you we don’t change the poll results.



Photo courtesy of Work Dance Co.
Photo courtesy of Work Dance Co.

Best show/concert since September 2012

1. Wonderland by Work Dance Co.

2. David Byrne/St. Vincent

3. Kaleidoscope Music Festival

Move over rock stars, because dancers are taking the town by storm. Nathan Boozer, director at Work Dance Company, uses muses like Nikki Minaj, Kanye West and Lady Gaga to inspire his hip-hop dance extravaganzas. For last February’s Gaga-esque Wonderland, which sold out at the Hult and both shows at Portland’s Headwaters, Boozer spent 10 months choreographing, crafting props and fine-tuning lighting and multimedia backdrops to make the show really pop (lock and drop). “It’s really cool because I don’t know if a dance production has gotten that kind of acknowledgement here in town,” Boozer says. “That’s my mission, to make my dance productions a show to go see.”

Next up for the company is Animal Instinct at the Hult Feb. 22 — a portion of the show’s proceeds will go to Greenhill Humane Society. Can’t wait that long? Work Dance performs frequently at G.L.A.M. Night and CC Slaughters in Portland.



Photo by Kent Peterson.
Photo by Kent Peterson.

Best professional dancer

1. Juan Carlos Amy-Cordero Eugene Ballet Company

2. Nate Boozer Work Dance Co.

3. Eileen King Unity School of Dance

Juan Carlos Amy-Cordero was more than a professional ballet dancer. He was a regal prince, a playful jokester, a youthful spirit, a passionate romantic and a strong, dynamic presence on stage and off. As a principal dancer for the Eugene Ballet Company, Amy-Cordero performed in more than 50 different ballets and dazzled audiences with his pristine form and electric charisma. He brought his passion to life with lead roles in Rite of Spring, Toni Pimble’s Dark Side of the Moon, as Peter Pan, the prince in Swan Lake and Shakespeare’s Romeo.

His death last June jolted the community, leaving it with a void impossible to fill. “There was no lower gear with JC. Not in the physical act of dancing, not in his mental preparation, not in his attention to detail. Never. He was fully committed to making each day the best one possible,” former EBC dancer Rider Vierling wrote in the company’s program. Fellow EBC dancer Mirell Sork adds, “I will never forget JC’s passion and commanding presence as an artist, or the joy and humor he shared with all of us off stage. He will continue to be with us because I know we will bring his memory and spirit into our performances.” Amy-Cordero is survived by his parents, his brother and sister and his wife, EBC mistress and former principal dancer Jennifer Martin. As Eugene’s best professional dancer, he is, and will always be, deeply and profoundly missed.



Jimmy Singleton. Photo by Trask Bedortha.
Jimmy Singleton. Photo by Trask Bedortha.

Best tattoo or body modification artist

1. Jimmy Singleton The Parlour Tattoo, 1097 Willamette St. 345-6465.

2. Clay Fraser Aurora Tattoo & Gallery, 304 E. 13th Ave. 844-1628.

3. Splat Ter High Priestess, 525 E. 13th Ave. 343-3311.

Entering a tattoo parlor can summon those anxious adolescent insecurities that arose whenever you arrived at a new environment that was cooler and edgier than any place you’d been to before. The butterflies are already intensely flapping during the permanent placement of your first tattoo, and the demand for a friend in need can be so high that not even the sweet sorrows of James Taylor and Carole King can caress. It’s these nervous feelings that fuel and propel Jimmy Singleton of The Parlour Tattoo. “He’s overly nice and really goes that extra mile for his clients,” says Kristian Wilson, Singleton’s schedule manager and co-worker. “He makes people feel safe and turns clients into friends and makes them want to come back.”



Sol Seed
Sol Seed

Best local band

1. Sol Seed

2. Blue Lotus

3. Medium Troy

Well, this is no surprise. Eugene fans courted last year’s winners Sol Seed throughout this year’s Next Big Thing competition, and the six-piece reggae fusion band nabbed the title again. With roots in southern Oregon, a large Eugene following and fans up and down the West Coast, the guys of Sol Seed are primed to record their second full-length and first professionally produced album, Family Tree. The world could use more music like this: uplifting but not cloying, thoughtful but not preachy and hella good music to shake your booty to. For more information about Family Tree, check out Sol Seed’s Kickstarter page at



Best vocalist

1. Halie Loren

2. Sara Dawson Zagarino & Siri Vik (tie)

Eugene native Halie Loren is a rising star in the international jazz scene and just made the top of the Billboard jazz charts in Japan with her new album Simply Love. See our review at Loren is charismatic on stage, whether it’s with pianist Matt Treder and bassist Mark Schneider, with her larger band or rocking out with The Sugar Beets. Loren has sold out the Wildish Theater a couple of times. We imagine she could easily pack some larger halls, but she prefers more intimate venues, such as The Jazz Station downtown.

Siri Vik is a Eugene native who returned to teach at LCC after a long absence of study and performance on the East Coast and Europe. She has sung with the Eugene Opera, Oregon Bach Festival and Actors Cabaret of Eugene.




Best clothing designer

1. Laura Lee Laroux

2. Alli Ditson

3. Mitra Chester

If you’ve been paying attention, Laura Lee Laroux is becoming a household name in local and regional fashion (she nabbed first place last year too). With her line, Revivall Clothing, Laroux created her own niche: upcycled prairie couture and ready-to-wear (found at Redoux Parlor and the Oregon Country Fair). Not only is her line wearable and so Eug, it’s meticulously made. From flirty jumpers to schoolboy chapeaus, expect to see much, much more from the designer in the coming year.



Oregon Contemporary Theatre’s opening show this season, August: Osage County. Photo by Michael Brinkerhoff.
Oregon Contemporary Theatre’s opening show this season, August: Osage County. Photo by Michael Brinkerhoff.

Best place to see a play

1. Oregon Contemporary Theatre 174 W. Broadway. 684-6988.

2. The Hult Center 1 Eugene Center. 682-5087.

3. Actors Cabaret of Eugene 996 Willamette St. 683-4368.

OCT prides itself on being a professional theater company, and it delivers with bold, crisp productions. Formerly known as Lord Leebrick, OCT is all settled in on its Broadway location and basking in the downtown revival.




Best local writer/author

1. Bob Welch The Register-Guard

2. Ken Kesey novelist (deceased)

3. Camilla Mortensen Eugene Weekly

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