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Celtic harpist Helfand treks back to Eugene

Eugene's David Helfand is back from his first European tour.

The Celtic harpist traveled to England with his ensemble for a string of performances, including a show at the Eden Project, an environmental center in Cornwall.

To celebrate their return and a successful trip, Helfand, Chad Marks-Fife (violin) and Jeff Schenck (bass) will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Cafe Paradiso, 115 W. Broadway. Admission is $5 to $8 on a sliding scale.

From rocker to author with stroke of a pen

Arthur Edwards, co-founder and former bass player of the 1990s band the Refreshments, has more recently found inspiration as a novelist. "Stuck Outside Phoenix" is his story of a 21-year-old bass player who wants to rock the world, but instead finds himself trapped in Arizona.

Edwards, whose book was just released in paperback, called upon his 20 years of rock band experience to write the story. The novel, he says, takes its inspiration from author John Updike, the film `Raising Arizona' and the rock band the Gin Blossoms.

As a member of the Refreshments, Edwards helped produce the 1996 hit `Banditos' and the theme song to the animated series `King of the Hill.'

He comes to Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St., at 4 p.m. Sunday for a free reading.

North Plains festival gets to the root of the music

Roots music lovers will descend upon Horning's Hideout in North Plains southwest of Portland tonight and Saturday for the fifth annual Pickathon.

Eugene's own Kitchen Syncopators are on the bill Saturday.

Tickets are $35 through Fastixx, and that includes camping. Kids younger than 12 get in free.

For more information, go to www.pickathon.com.

- The Register-Guard
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Title Annotation:Sideshow; Entertainment
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Aug 22, 2003
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