Arts & Culture

Holiday Greenery For Oregon Veterans

Dec 14, 2013
Oregon News Service

The words 'Remember, Honor, and Teach' are the goals of Saturday's "Wreaths Across America Program." Hundreds of special ceremonies are taking place all over the nation, including three in Lane County that place wreaths on Veterans graves. Civil Air Patrol Captain and Organizer Roxanna Cole says Saturday's events offer a meaningful pause during a sometimes hectic holiday season.

The Klezmonauts Destroy Tsunami

Dec 13, 2013

The Klezmonauts have been putting their eclectic international spin on klezmer music for a couple of decades now, and they’re celebrating the release of their new CD, The Klezmonauts Destroy Tsunami. Before holding a CD release concert at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Sunday afternoon, December 15th,  Klezmonauts Jeremy Wegner and Ken Sokolov joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios to spin a couple of tunes and talk about the music.

Northwest singer/songwriters Anna Tivel, Nathaniel Talbot, and Jeffrey Martin dropped by the KLCC studio to play in advance of their show at the Avalon Lodge in Eugene.

Looking Ahead at the Shedd

Dec 13, 2013

The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts hosts Camelot and Christmas at the Shedd, as well as continuing an active role in concert presentation and music education. Jim and Ginevra Ralph look ahead with Eric Alan to the holiday shows and the year ahead at the Shedd.

Bob Welch Retires as a Columnist

Dec 13, 2013

After twenty-four years at the Eugene Register-Guard, columnist Bob Welch has stepped down to pursue other interests. He reflects with Eric Alan about the people met and experiences gathered over the course of writing two thousand columns about our local region.

Storycatchers

Storycatchers helps local folks share stories and preserve memories from the Eugene community. Virginia Hendrickson has lived in Eugene since 1915 and became a respected journalist at the Register-Guard. Her long time neighbor, Janet Heinonen, sat down with Virginia to capture her story. Edited by Evelyn Thorne.
To hear more stories and learn how to record your story visit storycatchers.org.

Pink Martini with the Eugene Symphony

Dec 11, 2013

Pink Martini and the Eugene Symphony will join forces for a unique, multi-denominational holiday concert at the Hult Center on December 14th. Music from Pink Martini’s Joy to the World and Get Happy CDs, as Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale speaks with Eric Alan about collaborating with Phyllis Diller, why everyone should have a doppelganger, and why young people can’t sing well about love.

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Connie Bennett, Director of the Eugene Public Library, reviews "Bad Houses,” a graphic novel written by Sara Ryan and illustrated by Carla Speed McNeil.

Tony Furtado Trio Live at KLCC

Dec 5, 2013
Photo by Isabel A. Zacharias

Tony Furtado is one of the Pacific Northwest’s finest banjo and slide guitar players, with his eclectic mix of Americana, rock and beyond. He’s also an excellent sculptor. Live performance is where his music shines most, and before his performance in trio at Cozmic in Eugene on December 5thhe stopped in to play a few songs in the KLCC studios with his trio. The trio includes Luke Price on fiddle and Sam Howard on acoustic bass.

Peculiar Pioneer

Dec 4, 2013

The 14th annual Authors and Artists Fair takes place at the Lane County Fairgrounds on December 7th. Howard W. Robertson will be there with his novel Peculiar Pioneer. He draws from his ancestors’ wagon trail journal and his Cherokee heritage, in creating a fictional account of the racial and cultural clash between Oregon settlers and indigenous peoples. He speaks with Eric Alan about his unique bi-cultural perspective.  

A Man Who May Be 14,000 Years Old

Dec 3, 2013

The Man from Earth was science fiction writer Jerome Bixby’s philosophical final work, a piece about immortality completed on his death bed in 1998. It was later made into a film that succeeded in unusual ways, and was adapted for the stage by Richard Schenkman. The Very Little Theatre in Eugene now offers a Stage Left production of the play, directed by Jay Hash, and starring David Mort as the central character, John Oldman. The play will run from December 6th through 15th. Jay Hash joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

Walking the Camino

Nov 27, 2013

Pilgrims have been walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain for twelve hundred years, particularly the five-hundred mile route known as Camino Frances. One person whose life was changed by taking the pilgrimage is Oregon filmmaker Lydia B. Smith, who first felt compelled to make the journey, then later to return and make a documentary following the journeys of six other pilgrims. Her film Walking the Camino has won awards and audience acclaim, and is currently on an extended run at the Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene.

Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel Live at KLCC

Nov 25, 2013
Photo by Eric Alan

Craig Chee is celebrating the release of his new CD, Life in the Key of Chee, produced by Tyler Fortier. It places Craig's ukulele playing in some non-traditional contexts of songwriting and performance. Before his CD release concert at Sam Bond's Garage in Eugene on Friday, November 29th, Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel brought their ukuleles and good spirit to the KLCC studios, for two live songs and one from the CD.

Tom Banse

A passel of daredevils aim to succeed where the king of stunt performers once famously failed. They want to attempt Evel Knievel's jump over the Snake River Canyon. But first, one of the modern stuntmen has to secure the rights to both a launch and a landing spot on opposite sides of the canyon near Twin Falls, Idaho. That has the potential for another wreck in the making... a bureaucratic one.

Orchestra Next's Unique Mentorship Model

Nov 21, 2013

In just two years, Orchestra Next has established a training orchestra in the Willamette Valley, and become the resident orchestra for the Eugene Ballet. Music director Brian McWhorter speaks with Eric Alan about the orchestra's unique mentorship model, pairing student and professional players.

The Miles Davis band of 1961 was melodic, subtle and built on the grooves of one of the best rhythm sections in jazz. In April of that year, they played and recorded two classic concerts at the legendary Blackhawk jazz club in San Francisco, which were eventually released in full as a four-CD set. The Carl Woideck Jazz Heritage Project will bring the spirit and music of those nights to the stage of the Jaqua Concert Hall in Eugene on Thursday, November 21st.

As the Eugene Symphony's month-long, city-wide Counterpoint Festival continues, the symphony and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival prepare to collaborate on a groundbreaking version of Romeo and Juliet on November 23rd. It combines a full symphony orchestra performing music from Prokofiev with Shakespeare's classic text, brought to the stage by three actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Eric Alan speaks with Terri McMahon, who directs OSF's participation.

Mary Gauthier Live at KLCC

Nov 18, 2013
Photo by Isabel A. Zacharias

Mary Gauthier's redemptive songs have had great impact, over the course of more than half a dozen CDs and an endless string of live performances. After a rough childhood in Louisiana and young travels elsewhere, she's settled into Nashville and become a songwriting force there over the past decade.  Before performing at Cozmic in Eugene on Monday, November 18th, she stopped in at KLCC to perform a new song co-written with Fred Eaglesmith and two of her pervious classics, in a performance hosted by Eric Alan.

The Gloria Darlings and the Gin Jars

Nov 16, 2013

Touring south for the winter, the Gloria Darlings swing by the Saturday Cafe, and show how, with the change of one musician (and their entire repertoire) they magically become the Gin Jars.

Environmental philosopher and author Kathleen Dean Moore will present a talk in Corvallis on Sunday, November 17th entitled, “For the Beauty of the Earth: The Moral Urgency of Climate Action.” She speaks with Eric Alan about that topic, and her new book Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril. That book, co-edited with Michael P. Nelson, gathers the perspectives of the world's moral leaders on what actions we need to take and why.

The Eugene Public Library has been ranked in the top 3% in the United States for cost-effective service.

Library Journal conducts the ranking. It looks at four factors, including circulation, visits and program attendance. Connie Bennett is Eugene Library's Director. She explains the fourth factor.

In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play

Nov 14, 2013

LCC’s Blue Door Theatre presents In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play, Sarah Ruhl's Tony-nominated play based on the Victorian-era use of vibrators to treat “hysterical” women. Director Willow Norton returns from New York City to the Willamette Valley, to talk with Eric Alan about medicine, intimacy and electricity, and why it’s all relevant for modern relationships. 

The Eugene Symphony presents its second Counterpoint Festival, partnering with a variety of community and arts organizations to explore the themes of “Love and Fate,” in events across the spectrum of the creative arts. That includes two performances by the Eugene Symphony: Symphonie Fantastique on November 14th, then Romeo & Juliet and Porgy & Bess on November 23rd, including collaboration with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Eric Alan speaks with the symphony’s executive director Scott Freck, and music director and conductor Danail Rachev. 

Cheryl Crumbley

NPR's Michele Norris and NPR Senior Producer Walter Ray Watson joined KLCC's Rachael McDonald to talk about The Race Card Project. They're in Eugene to speak with students at the University of Oregon.

Michele Norris will be on OPB's Think Out Loud Wednesday at noon. KLCC will simulcast the show. Norris speaks 7 p.m. at the UO EMU Ballroom.

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Julie Sabatier

The heart of every conflict is a strong will. Artists have definite opinions about their work. It’s the passion they feel that fuels their creativity. But it can also lead to conflict when they combine their talents. That’s what one married couple found when they decided to work together to create a unique sculpture. Our story comes from Julie Sabatier of the public radio show, Destination DIY.
 

Tom Rawson

Nov 9, 2013

Folksinger and storyteller has also been a teacher for 20 years ("Real musicians have day jobs," he says.) We talk about the benefits of music on learning, and he cues us in on the latest tool of the folk process: YouTube.

Rawson performs with a capella group In Acchord Saturday, Nov. 9, 7 pm at the Eugene Friends Meeting House, 2274 Onyx St., Eugene.

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Nov 8, 2013

As part of the Eugene International Film Festival, Anthony Powell's award-winning documentary Antarctica: A Year on Ice screens at the Bijou Metro on Friday evening, November 8th. In this interview, Eric Alan speaks with Ben Bonnet, who appears briefly in the film, and has worked at Antarctica's McMurdo Station for several years. He talks about the strong community found there, the unexpected effects of constant winter darkness on sleep, and why polar residents dream of guacamole.

Jazz Guitarist Mark Elf, Live at KLCC

Nov 7, 2013

Guitarist Mark Elf has carved a distinguished career in the jazz world, with a career spanning over forty years. During that time, he's had nine consecutive albums reach number one on the national radio jazz charts, and performed or recorded with greats Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath and many others.

A Distinguished Line

Oregon Contemporary Theatre (formerly Lord Leebrick Theatre) presents Who Am I This Time? (And Other Conundrums of Love) from November 8th through 30th. The play is adapted from the early comic stories of Kurt Vonnegut by playwright Aaron Posner, who has gone on to national success after growing up in Eugene. Lead actors Bill Hulings and Storm Kennedy talk with Eric Alan about the play's parallels to Thornton Wilder's Our Town, about the similarities between the play's small-town Connecticut setting and Oregon, and what the play reveals about love and fate.

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