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Cohn finds 'balance' and advocacy in new album, tour

COTTAGE GROVE – Listen to the song "Yellow Rose" by Jill Cohn and you'll get to hear an excellent sampling of her dynamic work. Listen to that song's backstory – Cohn met a down-on-their-luck...

 

Cohn enjoying 'new life' on latest tour

COTTAGE GROVE – Jill Cohn couldn't be happier about the way her new CD came out. "Balanced on the Rail," which was released less than a year ago, was produced by Malcolm Burn, whose long list of...

 

Scene & Heard - Building Chops

CRESWELL – Times were tough for Hannah Cooper when she first moved to Oregon. It was shortly after the financial collapse of 2008 and she needed a job. But nobody was hiring. "I was crashing with...

 

Revel in showmanship - Hannah Cooper at BVB Friday

CRESWELL – Hannah Cooper was in her early 20s and taking a break from her music career when she decided to take a cross-country trip. On her bicycle. "I had always wanted to do something like that," said Cooper, who will play at the Blue Valley...

 

Jazz bands prep for competition

CRESWELL – Jazz Band 1 had an opportunity to perform and receive feedback from clinicians when they represented Creswell High School at the annual District Jazz Festival, held Nov. 8 at Willamette...

 

Music Listings

FRIDAY, NOV. 15 • Jesse Boden Band (Roots-rock, blues, Americana) The Brewstation, 7:30 p.m., no cover • Hannah Cooper Blue Valley Bistro, 7 p.m. SATURDAY, NOV. 16 • Anna Fine, Olivia Rose, Aida, The Chorduroys, Plushie, Do Mi Stauber, Hannah...

 

McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival

SPRINGFIELD-Last weekend, an estimated 3,000 people attended the seventh annual McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival at the Bob Keefer Center in Springfield. Over 150 varieties of cider and beer...

 

Fru Skagerrak

Most of us rarely take the time to sample the tasty cornucopia of sounds and rhythms from around the world. We’re really missing out, too. Haven’t you stumbled upon some kind of international music — maybe a Celtic festival or an African music...

 

37 PLAYS / 97 MINUTES

COTTAGE GROVE – A crafty and dysfunctional presentation on the most famous playwright of all time filled Cottage Theatre seats during the opening weekend of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]” on Oct. 13. During...

 

SPOOKY SPRINGFIELD

SPRINGFIELD – For being the oldest cemetery in Lane County, the file on Pioneer Memorial Cemetery Park is notably thin. Aside from a few old newspaper articles, a page in a booklet and a plaque at t...

 

Nashville's loss is Lane County's gain

COTTAGE GROVE – There’s no denying that Brian James is one passionate dude. It’s etched across his face during every song he performs, and it shines through with his brand of music, which is mostly old-style blues and soul with a new twist....

 

Cullen Vance: A man of many art forms

Multitasking when it comes to art can be difficult, but to some, it seems to come with ease. Enter Cullen Vance, 28, a creative mastermind who's done just about any art form you can think of – from...

 

Nikki Manesco's got your back at BVB

CRESWELL - Nikki Manesco describes herself as an open book, and is willing to help anyone who comes to her with a question. Manesco, who has been working with Blue Valley Bistro for two years as a bar...

 

Shady Oaks unrolls orange carpet of fall fun

By ALIYA HALL The Chronicle COTTAGE GROVE - Although fall symbolizes the end of Shady Oaks' season, the farm goes out with a bang, providing a wide variety of fall activities before it closes its...

 

Swallowtail Spirits grand opening

SPRINGFIELD – Last weekend, Springfield distillery Swallowtail Spirits held their grand opening to a packed house. Though the tasting room had a soft opening last month, patrons braved heavy rains...

 

Brian Peterson: cafe's 'rockstar' bartender

SPRINGFIELD – With Cornbread Cafe's presence being relatively new in Springfield, manager Nick Keough said they needed top-notch service industry folks to get the vegan cafe ready to rock. That...

 

Jennifer Davis: Cottage Grove's hometown-driven bartender

COTTAGE GROVE - When it comes to cultivating a warm and diverse atmosphere at restaurants, Axe & Fiddle owner Alyssa Gonzales says that bar manager Jennifer Davis does it best. "(She's) the...

 

String Cheese Weekend has a 'Ripple' effect

EUGENE - The music world had said goodbye to Robert Hunter less than a week earlier. So it wasn't a matter of if - but when - The String Cheese Incident would pay homage to the legendary Grateful...

 

Pizza & brunch at Bartolotti's

SPRINGFIELD – Let's talk brunch. This fall, Bartolotti's Pizza Bistro, located at 330 Main St., Suite B, is cooking up unique brunch items at their Springfield location. For something sweet,...

 

'Prost!'

COTTAGE GROVE - Oktoberfest for the Brewstation is the equivalent of Christmas. Owner Dale Smith said the venue transforms with blue and white flags and fall-adjacent products like squash and pumpkin...

 

McQuaid's music has 'shades of multiple meanings'

It was quite the happy accident that internationally acclaimed musician Sarah McQuaid chose Sept. 20 – the worldwide day of protest against climate change – to make her first appearance in Cottage...

 

'in a landscape'

DORENA - There's no shortage of gold in Oregon's lush rolling hills, its vibrant, cascading waterways and breathtaking rock formations. Gold, as in, golden tales about the state's rich history, its...

 

UNPLUGGED

COTTAGE GROVE – An intimate crowd at the Cottage Events Venue was treated to an evening anything but ordinary last Thursday. Looking like they just walked out of a Dorothea Lange photograph, a...

 

Thoughts from the desk at Kalapuya Books…

Toni Morrison, in her Nobel acceptance speech said, “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” Language is what inhabits Kalapuya – words to inspire change in the world, bound in books....

 

Peaches & Burrata

2 peaches, sliced 8 oz burrata cheese Fresh basil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Chili powder (optional) Arrange peaches and burrata on a plate. Drizzle with balsamic and oil. Season with...

 

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