Arts & Culture

It’s uncommon for a high school theatre production to be selected for the annual International Thespian Festival (ITF), let alone twice.  But that’s exactly what’s happened to South Eugene Theatre.

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A week and a half before it was to start, organizers say the Oregon Asian Celebration has been postponed due to Lane County’s elevated risk levels for COVID-19.

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An annual festival highlighting Asian culture has reinvented itself given the COVID-19 pandemic.  But organizers of the 36th annual Oregon Asian Celebration say it’ll still be an incredible experience.

Eugene Public Library

Barbara Dellenback talks with Eugene Library Director Will O'Hearn about library services during, and after, the pandemic. Will we ever browse shelves again? What do libraries offer besides books? How will this democratic service creatively move into the future?

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  This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program.

I just got back from several glorious days at the beach. One of those days, high winds kept us off the beaches, so we did what everyone likes to do at the beach--we went gallery hopping.

Karen Richards

The Eugene Ballet moved to its new location at 16th and Pearl about two months ago. As KLCC’s Karen Richards reports, it’s artfully stretching into a place designed for its needs.


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A historical theater in Coos Bay with distinctive Egyptian motifs is riding out the pandemic as best it can. 

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With torches, grinders, and a gift for bringing new dimensions to old metal, sculptor Jud Turner is crafting a monument to  survivors of the Holiday Farm Fire.  It burned 173,000 acres in the McKenzie River Corridor last September, leveling towns like Blue River. KLCC’s Brian Bull produced this audio self-narrative, where Turner describes his project. 

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An alternative newspaper in Eugene is unveiling its foray into NFTs, or non-fungible tokens.  It’s to help offset advertising losses while also embracing an emerging digital art form.

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Someone has been putting up what look like historical plaques around the city of Springfield. But they aren’t official, and tell some pretty exaggerated tales of some of the early residents of the community. 

DisOrient Asian American Film Festival

Recent events have brought racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US into the spotlight. Eugene-based DisOrient film festival is working to build understanding and connection through film.





Rob Reynolds

KLCC’s Barbara Dellenback and former Oregon poet laureate Kim Stafford talk about the role of art in social activism. Stafford discusses how he uses the art of the word in many ways, including creating a manifesto titled “A hierarchy of responses to terror in the world.” Stafford discusses the role of the poet laureate, suggests ways to clarify thoughts and actions, and shares a poem.



Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Carrie Mae Weems

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art has partnered with world renowned and Oregon-born artist Carrie Mae Weems for a public art campaign about COVID-19. The project’s focus is twofold.


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By permission of the gallery

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This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program.

In my last broadcast, I talked about how to look at abstract art through the eyes of dream and responses of the heart. Today, I’m looking at Margaret Prentice’s fine new show at the White Lotus Gallery at 767 Willamette in Eugene.

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After 40 years of movie screenings, the Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene is closing.  Now the facility needs a new owner.

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The Hult Center in Eugene is set to return next week with limited capacity. The center’s staff spent their time behind closed doors working on upgrades for a better - and COVID-friendly - experience.

courtesy of Maude Kerns Art Center


  This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s art review program.

How do we look at and appreciate abstract art?

Benton County Historical Society

Black pioneers in Oregon are being honored with an exhibit at the Benton County Historical Society in Philomath. It's called "Black In Oregon: 1840 - 1870."


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Two Eugene schools were bestowed towering, hand-carved totem poles yesterday, by the 4J NATIVES program. 

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“Making art from heartache” could be one way to describe a sculpture project that uses salvaged metal from the Holiday Farm Fire. The finished piece will honor the fortitude of McKenzie River Corridor residents.

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  This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program. You only have two more days to catch a pretty special exhibit at the Emerald Art Center, and I hope you do. Sponsored by Photography at Oregon, it’s called “HeadStrong: The Women of Rural Uganda” by photographer Dan Nelken.

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene Weekly has committed to writing obituaries for each person who dies on the streets in Lane County this year.

Left: Photo courtesy of Ashley Easter | Middle: Melorie Begay /KLCC News | Right: Photo Courtesy of Gallen Pierce-Lackey


Video calls, car dates, and hallway bowling alleys. These are a few ways people in Eugene are dating during the pandemic.

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Courtesy of the Karin Clarke Gallery

  This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program. There is so much art going on everywhere in the KLCC listening area. 

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After 11 weeks, Eugene’s YMCA re-opened today, under new pandemic protocols.

Live Wire Radio started in 2003 and each week provides an hour of variety with writers, musicians, comedians, and artists of all types.


Luke Burbank hosts the show, which in non-pandemic times, is recorded live at the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland. It’s carried on over 200 stations nationwide, and was added to KLCC’s program lineup one year ago.

The members of Lane Chamber Choir have never met face-to-face. The pandemic has forced the Lane Community College students to sing to a computer screen. A recent performance pays tribute to an ensemble determined to sing together-- however they can. 

Obie Companies

Hayward Field at the University of Oregon was renovated beginning in 2018.  Now parts of its history live on through salvaged remnants.

Bright painting of a goddess.

  This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program. Eugeneans know Tim Boyden as the owner of the popular Out on a Limb art gallery.

Brian Bull

A long-time Eugene resident has instituted the Oregon Blackberry Award during this pandemic to recognize people and organizations for their accomplishments.