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REVIEW: Popovich Comedy Pet Theater @ the Hult (Eugene, OR – 1/31/10)

1st Feb 10 (Mon) 2 comments


So, we got the flyer for the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater in the mail and had to go.  It’s sponsored by Greenhill Humane Society – a great pet-friendly organization in Eugene.  The show started at 2:30pm and was the same day as the Oregon Truffle Festival.  Ack!  Quandary!  We opted hit the OTF 2010 beforehand.  Amazing time at OTF, as usual.  Check out my review of last year’s Oregon Truffle Fest, including the Lagotto Romagnolo (truffle dog) demo.

Anyway, back to Popovich… or as I like to call it… Pupovich…

Gregory Popovich has been featured on tons of television shows (Leno, Letterman, America’s Got Talent, et cetera), featuring his amazingly trained pets (all rescue animalseven the geese).  Most notably, he has actually managed to train house cats to do tricks.

Let me let that sink in for you.

House cats.  Here’s a USA Today article/interview with Gregory with a cat-training Q&A.

The show started shortly after 2:30pm… with a little doggie announcer (see video below).  The first set was about 45 minutes until the intermission.  It was jam packed with juggling, acrobatics, tight-rope walking animals, and more.  Some of my favorite bits were the train intro (cute stuff going on), the snowy park scene, and the class scene (full of about 8 dogs).  The end of the train scene with the dog dressed up as an elephant was hilarious.  I’m more of a dog fan; so the way they were all working together with Gregory in the class scene was really cute.  The dog & cat interaction during the snowy park scene was also really endearing.

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The second set (about 30 minutes) started off with a cute doggie balloon soccer game.  Up next was an adorable doggie medical clinic set, followed by impressive human rope jumpers.  The finale was the cat show… about a dozen cats climbing posts, jumping through hoops, tight rope walking, parallel bar work, and all around being cats!  At the end one of the cats didn’t want to leave; so Gregory brought out a dog and it got on its hind legs, and then the cat jumped on its shoulders and rode away on the walking dog.

Overall, the afternoon was highly entertaining and adorable!  If you are in Vegas or if the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater comes to your town… go!

The Promo Reel:

Now, we need to get our cute, but lazy, dog to do some tricks…

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Mycale play John Zorn’s Masada Book Two: Book of Angels, Vol. 13 – Mycale

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Oregon Truffle Festival 2009

2nd Feb 09 (Mon) 3 comments

Yesterday was a truffle-tastic day… we started the day with a belated work holiday brunch for my wife’s work at NIB (see my prior rave / review here).  Delicious.  Utterly delicious. We had some truffles of the chocolate variety, and one of those chocolate truffles had a filling that was of the mycological variety.  Then we went straight from brunch to the Oregon Truffle Festival (henceforth noted as “OTF”) at the Valley River Inn in Eugene.

The entry fee was $15, but it came with a great assortment of truffle samples, whether infused into oil, cheese, breads, shortbread cookies… plus for an additional $5 I got an OTF Riedel glass with as many wine tastings as I wanted.  There were probably 6-8 wineries there with 4-6 wines each.  Oh… it was awesome.  We came home with the 2007 Willamette Valley Vineyards’ Riesling.  It was only $10 and not as sweet as most Rieslings… nice drinkability.  The Gewürztraminer from a winery late in the tasting (thus I forget their name) was also aucking fwesome, but I think we were spent in both the wallet and weariness categories; so we didn’t pick it up.

Probably the best part of the OTF was the truffle dog demonstration.  The trainer, Jim Sanford, and 6 year old Lagotto Romagnolo named Tom came from a truffle orchard at the Blackberry Farm in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Jim told us a lot about this wonderful Italian breed of dogs, but basically came out with “any dog can do this.”  These Italian dogs have just been bred to do it very well.  He went through some of the history of the dogs, the orchard, and the hauls they’ve brought in (25 pounds of truffles in one day once, 4 pounds in 30 minutes – where 150 pounds per year is a good year).  Truffles can fetch $600 a pound; so a 25 pound haul in one day is $15,000 worth of mushrooms!!

After a quick Q&A session, we all went outside and Jim had Tom find some truffles that he had previously hidden by a large tree in a field by the Inn.  Tom did a good job, despite being distracted by the freeway, the new smells, the 30-40 people surrounding him and the other dog in the field. :)

More pictures of Lagotto Romagnolo’s are here: (they look very poodle-y to me)

Anyway, I’m looking forward to the Oregon Truffle Festival next year…

~Dan – np: Joey BaronTongue in Groove

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