Arts & Culture

Karen Richards

What might Eugene be like years from now, given changes in climate and energy use? A unique, location-based audio adventure explores such questions. It debuts Earth Day, April 22nd.

Photo courtesy of Sara Thompson

The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde has received an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award for cultural preservation. The honor was given by the state parks and recreation department.

Jenny Graham / Oregon Shakespeare Festival

“As You Like It” is one of my favorite comedies by Shakespeare. The new production at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, directed by Rosa Joshi, offers much to enjoy, but also to annoy.

Photo provided by Migizi Pensoneau

The Native American comedy troupe, The 1491s, is an intertribal group of comedians who have regularly satirized, lampooned, parodied, and teased many aspects of Indian life.  This includes digs at Westward Expansion as well as more contemporary topics, like New Age Shamanism and Hollywood depictions of the First Nations.  Well-established on YouTube, the five members have committed much of their energy recently on their first theatrical production, Between Two Knees, which premiered this past weekend at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland, Oregon.

KLCC's Brian Bull caught up with The 1491s after their final preview performance, and interviewed them about their thoughts on crossing from online comedy to the stage.

Jenny Graham / Oregon Shakespeare Festival

For years, the Native American comedy troupe, The 1491s, have shared their irreverent, raunchy, and provocative humor on YouTube. Now – as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports - they’ve officially shifted from video skits to their first theatrical production here in Oregon.

Artist Lynda Lanker in her home studio in Eugene, Oregon
Sandy Brown Jensen

Viz City was privileged to interview artist Lynda Lanker in connection with her current participation with the show at the White Lotus Gallery: She Flies With Her Own Wings: Celebrating Female Artistry

Exhibition Dates: March 2 – April 13

Jenny Graham / Oregon Shakespeare Festival

“Hairspray,” now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is bound to be a hit for young and old. It’s a bright, bouncy, warm-hearted musical that’s been charming audiences since 2002 as it aims to encourage tolerance and good will toward all.

Eugene Saturday Market Celebrates 50 Years

Apr 2, 2019
Saturday Market

The  Saturday Market kicks off its 50th season this weekend. KLCC's Barbara Dellenback speaks with Marketing Director Vanessa Roy about the Eugene institution. 

Good Gardening: Raised Beds

Apr 1, 2019

  I don't like raised beds. Gasp- Huh Ok- In most situations I don't like wooden raised beds.  There are a few reasons to have a raised garden area. The soil will drain, warm, and be workable a little earlier. And if you have mobility problems or issues that keep you from getting down to ground level, a raised bed can be useful. But there are ways to avoid the ubiquitous wooden walled boxes that have sprouted up in so many yards, and still get the results you want. Mounded beds with no wooden support will help with drainage and warm the soil better than a box.

Pot-Pots Unlimited.

Oregon has two problems: one, restrictions by China have caused a glut in recyclable materials.  Two, federal restrictions on marijuana sales have caused a massive surplus of weed within the state.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, one startup company says it has a solution.

Jenny Graham / Oregon Shakespeare Festival

“Mother Road,” by Octavio Solis, is an intriguing new drama at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. As directed by Bill Rauch, the tale of hard luck and hope is almost mythic.

Oregonians could buy fireworks more often under a measure introduced Wednesday in Salem. Right now, licensed retailers can only sell fireworks in Oregon for about two weeks before the Fourth of July. The bill would expand that to include the time leading up to New Year’s Eve, as well as the Chinese New Year and the Hindu festival called Diwali.

Viz City interviewed Christopher St. John on Monday, March 11 for a broadcast date of Wed. March 20, 2019

Maude Kerns Art Center Presents “Singing the Animal, Singing the Earth: Shelly Fredenberg & Christopher St. John” Exhibit Dates: February 22 - March 27


Jenny Graham / Ashland Shakespeare Festival

Photographer Jon Christopher Meyers
Sandy Brown Jensen

You’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s Arts Review program.  I’d like to introduce photographer Jon Christopher Meyers and his very special project:

Karen Richards


All nine Oregon tribes have Cultural Resources departments. Some have archaeologists on staff, others have museums or archives. In recent years, the number of donations of cultural artifacts is soaring. Here's the next installment of our “Native Oregon Voices” series.

Melorie Begay

Minority Voices Theatre, in collaboration with the University of Oregon and the Very Little Theatre, will produce its first full production this month. The play is a part of an ongoing effort to increase theatre involvement among marginalized communities. 

Tyler Haycraft

If you’re a beer aficionado who likes developing strength, flexibility, and a sense of well-being, you’ll want to roll out a mat at the annual KLCC Brewfest this weekend.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on the trend of “beer yoga.”

Craig Cheshire in his Portland home studio
Sandy Brown Jensen

Craig Cheshire at Karin Clarke's "Five Oregon Painters"

Photo courtesy of Anne Mavor

An art installation aimed at disrupting racism with history and self-reflection is coming to the Runyan Gallery in Newport this Friday. ‘I Am My White Ancestors: Claiming The Legacy of Oppression’ by Portland-based artist Anne Mavor features life-sized portraits, narratives and audio stories. 

Painter Susan Applegate in her home studio in Yoncalla, Oregon, preparing for the "Visual Magic" show at JSMA
Sandy Brown Jensen

Susan Applegate

Date of Interview: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019

Date of Broadcast: Wed. Jan. 23, 2019


Exhibition Dates: January 19, 2019 to May 12, 2019


Angela Kellner / KLCC

Five players from the Eugene area have qualified for the state pinball championship. And this is the first year Eugene is hosting the state pinball tourney.

Brian Bull / KLCC

As part of its Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, Lane Community College invited CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers to be its keynote speaker today. In 2006, when he was 22, Sellers became the youngest elected member of the South Carolina General Assembly.  Prior to his talk at Lane, Sellers stopped by KLCC and talked with interim news director, Brian Bull. 

Poster inviting the public to the Dot Dotson Show
Sandy Brown Jensen

Rachel McDonald

Retired KLCC reporter, Frank Nearing, turns 100 Wednesday, January 9th. Nearing covered school board meetings, the Lane County Commissioners and more in his long tenure with the station. Listen back to this interview with Nearing conducted by KLCC's Claude Offenbacher from 2014.

Chris Lehman

Some of the roughly 17,000 historic artifacts recovered from the construction site of a new police station in Salem are on public display until December 30 at the Willamette Heritage Center.

Charles Roehrich mans Booth #188 at the Holiday Market 2018 and displays his watercolors of Oregon scenes.
Photo by Sandy Brown Jensen

Happy Holidays! This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’’s Arts Review Program.

You're looking here at the main stage gallery of the Maude Kerns Art Center, beautifully curated by Executive Director Michael Fishe
Photo by Sandy Brown Jensen

Viz City Interview with Michael Fisher, Curator of the MKAC Member’s Show 2018

Date of Interview: Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

Date of Broadcast: Wed. Dec. 5, 2018

RE:  Maude Kerns Art Center’s  “Art For All Seasons” Annual Membership Show and Club Mud Ceramics Sale.