Arts & Culture

Slavery, Freedom and Empathy in the Whipping Man

Jan 16, 2018

The day after the Civil War ended in 1865, Passover began. The play The Whipping Man explores the parallels between the freeing of slaves in America, and the liberation of the Israelites in Egypt.

Portrait of Fine Art Woodworker Tim Boyden
Sandy Brown Jensen

 Tim Boyden, Woodworker, Respecting the Trees

Show: Viz City

Subject: Tim Boyden

Date of Interview: Tues. Jan 2, 2018

Date of Broadcast: Wed. Jan. 10, 2018

RE: Out on a Limb Gallery

You’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s Arts Review program.

Nikola Tesla’s inventions and imaginations crossed boundaries from electricity to wireless communications, from prescient genius to misguided theories. The life he lived spanned an equally wide and tumultuous range.

This is KLCC. I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of “The Book of Joan” by Lidia Yuknavitch.

After Tumultuous Year, Eugene Opera Is Back

Dec 27, 2017

The Eugene Opera is preparing for a weekend of comeback performances.

This weekend’s productions of Gioachino Rossini’s “Barber of Seville,” scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, are the first since a leadership transition revealed a six-figure operating deficit.

Dianne Story Cunningham has an opening at the New Zone Gallery Jan. 5, 2018
Sandy Brown Jensen

Dianne Story Cunningham at the New Zone Gallery 

Viz City's Sandy Brown Jensen interviewed Dianne Story Cunningham of New Zone Gallery

From Eugene YMCA Facebook

A capital campaign to raise $26 million towards a brand new YMCA facility in Eugene has just gotten a hefty boost.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A couple in Bend have turned their passion for fermentation into a new business.  KLCC’s Brian Bull visits the founders of Local Culture, a pair of teachers that are enjoying sweet success with sauerkraut.

Toys: Historic Playthings of Lane County

Dec 18, 2017
Photo by Faith Kreskey

Lane County History Museum’s new exhibit is Toys! Historic Playthings from Lane County. It includes artifacts and photographs from 1850 to 1950, giving a reflection of Oregon life through the eyes of kids at play. Exhibit curator Faith Kreskey speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about vintage toys and the evolving nature of play itself. 

Chris Pietch / Register Guard

A Eugene City Councilor delivered a statement this week, urging the city’s airport to keep a piece of artwork that features former public radio broadcaster Garrison Keillor.

How Love Wins: The Power of Mindful Kindness

Dec 14, 2017

Doug Carnine is a Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Oregon, who is the founder of a project called Feed Kindness Starve Harm. In connection with that, he has published two books this year on the inner workings of mindful kindness. One is How Love Wins: The Power of Mindful Kindness, and the other is Saint Badass: Personal Transcendence in Tucker Max Hell, which arises out of correspondence with prisoners in a maximum security prison in Arkansas. He also will offer seminars on the subject through Sponsors, Inc. in Eugene.

Oregon Mozart Players, Live in the KLCC Studios

Dec 13, 2017
Photo by Alexis Evers

An ensemble from the Oregon Mozart Players performed in KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall on Tuesday evening, December 12th, in front of a live studio audience.

Photo by Jen Bell

Oregon is unique among states, in having created a funding model for the arts, heritage and humanities through the Oregon Cultural Trust. Via tax credits, the trust supports statewide partners, tribal and county coalitions, and qualified cultural nonprofits.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Sixth Annual Caldera Songwriters benefit concert for the Egan Warming Center will be this evening, December 8th, at Tsunami Books in Eugene. All proceeds will benefit the warming center, which ensures that homeless people have shelter during extreme cold weather. Donations of clothing and toiletries will also be accepted. Three of the many songwriters performing this evening are here in the KLCC studios, including Anna Tivel, Jeffrey Martin and Beth Wood. 

This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Du Iz Tak?” by Carson Ellis.

I was recently shopping for a gift for a child and ended up gravitating, as one does, to a local bookstore. There I was surprised and enchanted by “Du Iz Tak?” the creation of Portland author/illustrator Carson Ellis, which won honorable mention in this year’s Caldecott Awards.

Robin Jackson and the Caravan Visit Dark Stars

Dec 6, 2017

Eugene native Robin Jackson and his seven-piece band the Caravan return to town to celebrate their new release Dark Stars with a show at Sam Bond’s Garage on December 16th. He speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about the album’s intimate orchestral sound, and how it relates to the other projects in which he’s been central: Vagabond Opera, the Marchfourth Marching Band, the Joy Now Art Project for kids, and Portland’s Songwriter Soiree. 

Adam Grosowski has a show through Dec. 23, 2017 at the Karin Clarke Gallery in downtown Eugene, Oregon
Sandy Brown Jensen

 

Karin Clarke Gallery, “ADAM GROSOWSKY: New Paintings.” Nov. 29 - Dec. 23, 2017 (clickety-click for a link to the gallery page)

 

During the month of December, the Karin Clarke Gallery in downtown Eugene is showing work from local oil painter Adam Grosowsky, and some of his new smaller paintings will surprise you.

Good Gardening: Fresh Pears In Winter

Dec 4, 2017
John Fischer

I love fresh home grown fruit. Especially fruit that lasts into the winter. We all know that apples store well, but most people are not as familiar with the winter storage pears. They grow well in Oregon, and if the only pear you have is a Bartlett, you need to expand your orchard.

Karen Richards

Harmonic Laboratory is a Eugene-based group that merges electronic music, dance and visual arts to create and inspire community. They recently won a grant to turn the city of Eugene into a musical instrument.


Casey Boatman, Eugene Airport

An art exhibit called “Flight Patterns” is being re-installed this week at the Eugene Airport. A photo of the public radio personality Garrison Keillor will not be part of it after he was fired Wednesday for alleged inappropriate behavior.

Sarkis Antikajian in his painting studio in Cheshire, Oregon
Sandy Brown Jensen

SARKIS ANTIKAJIAN AND THE MAUDE KERNS ART CENTER ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP SHOW

Viz City interviewed Sarkis Antikajian (pronounced “ANTI-CAGE-IAN”) on Thur. Nov. 16, 2017 for broadcast on Wed. Nov. 22, 2017

RE: Maude Kerns Art Center Presents, “Art for All Seasons: Annual Membership Show & Club Mud Ceramics Sale”

Exhibit Dates: November 17 - December 15

They Call Me Q is a one-woman play written by Qurrat Ann Kadwani, telling her story as a person born in India but growing up in the Bronx, seeking an identity balancing heritage with a desire for acceptance in her new culture. She will give a free performance of it in the Blue Door Theater at Lane Community on Monday, November 27th, with discussion and international food to follow. 

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County Human Services is hosting a holiday dinner for hundreds of senior citizens—--many who might otherwise be alone on Christmas Day. This annual, volunteer-driven event is seeking community support.

Lane Community College has established an artist-in-residence program, which has brought two interdisciplinary artists to the campus from elsewhere this fall. One artist is Hong Hong, born in China, now residing in Hartford Connecticut. 

The Inner World of Aphasia is a 1967 film by Eugene filmmakers Edward and Naomi Feil, which explores the inability to speak due to a brain injury. It tells the story in a way which uniquely combines the techniques of art films and medical education films. As part of the Schnitzer Cinema series, it will be screened at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene on Wednesday, November 15th at 7 p.m. Ken Feil is the son of the filmmakers, and senior scholar in residence in the Department of Media and Visual Arts at Emerson College.

Turning Synesthesia Into Happiness

Nov 13, 2017
Photo by Rob Sydor

Mirror-touch synesthesia is a rare neurological trait causing an unusual crossing of senses. Amy van der Linde, piano teacher and parenting educator, speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about how she has applied her experience with synesthesia to explore the nature of happiness. She’ll give a talk called Happy Brain, Happy Being at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Thursday, November 16th.

Down Range is an exhibit of art by thirteen veterans, on display now through December 23rd at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association’s Art Center in Roseburg—a building which opened a century ago as the Roseburg Soldiers Hospital.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The city of Cottage Grove hopes a new business can sweeten its local economy.  A budding chocolatier opened a storefront this fall, with an emphasis on direct trade buying and educating customers on where their food comes from.  KLCC’s Brian Bull paid a visit to Sanity Chocolate, and has this report.

Painter Jon Jay Cruson
Sandy Brown Jensen

 

Show: Viz City

Subject: Jon Jay Cruzon His website: https://jonjaycruson.weebly.com

Date of Interview: Oct. 31, 2017

Date of Broadcast: Wed. Nov. 8, 2017

Script: Sandy Brown Jensen

Sound: Terry Way

RE: White Lotus Gallery, “Interpretation of the Landscape: Paintings by Jon Jay Cruson”

Show Dates: October 14th – November 28th

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