Arts & Culture

 NY Times bestselling author, Mary Roach, is known for her books about scientific topics with a humorous twist.

KLCC 89.7 FM will broadcast live from the 50th Oregon Country Fair all day Saturday July 13 and Sunday July 14,  2019.   Beginning at Noon on Saturday, KLCC will bring the music, fun and ambience of the Fair to everyone with a radio, computer or smart device!

Enjoy the Main Stage Music plus interviews with musicians, entertainers and other Fair characters.  

Photo courtesy of Anne Bridgman

The Refugee Resettlement Coalition of Lane County will observe World Refugee Day for the 3rd year in a row. The organization will focus on the growing number of asylum seekers at the southern U.S. Border.

Photo courtesy of Clinton Begley

The Long Tom Watershed Council designed a new welcome road sign along Highway 126. It recognizes the area as Indigenous homelands.

Springfield Public Library

The Springfield Public Library won’t be exacting quite so many fines on its patrons under a new program. Starting in September they’ll auto-renew materials. That means if you check out a book and forget to renew it or return it in time, you’ve got a little more wiggle room.

Photo courtesy of Naeemeh Naeemei

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is opening a new exhibit this weekend featuring an Iranian woman who does environmental advocacy through art. 

Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs / ODVA

A portrait exhibit of Oregon women who’ve served in the military is open today and Monday at the state Capitol.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s to highlight women’s contributions to the nation.

Works by Jamie Newton currently showing in Eugene.
By permission of The White Lotus Gallery and Jamie Newton

White Lotus Gallery

Exhibition Dates: June 7- July 13, 2019

Today Viz City talks with artist Jamie Newton. You have until July 13 to check out his remarkable show at The White Lotus Gallery.

Rachael McDonald

Starting next month, Eugene movie-goers will have more options downtown. The Broadway Metro is expanding.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

One of Eugene’s first African American residents has been honored with a mural. The artwork compliments other historical markers where Wiley Griffon lived, worked, and was eventually interred. 

Cynthia Wooten

The Oregon Country Fair celebrates its 50th birthday this summer. On Saturday, a celebration will mark the designation of the fair as an Oregon heritage tradition.

Travel Oregon /

If you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli movies like “My Neighbor Tortoro” or “Kikki’s Delivery Service”, then Travel Oregon’s recent tourism videos have likely intrigued you. But they may be coming to an end.

Watercolor by Ellen Morrow
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Smaller Venues Rock Summer Art

Hello, this is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s Art Review Program. Today I’m celebrating smaller venues that are rocking summer art.


A couple weeks ago, I had a splendid meal at the Excelsior Restaurant celebrating multiple birthdays. My sister came back from the loo exclaiming about a beautiful piece of art in the Ladies that she would buy if she had the money.


Jess X. Snow

A New York-based slam poet is coming to Lane Community College in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The award-winning performer Kit Yan will present their one-person theatre show “Queer Heartache.”

Tiffany Eckert

In Oregon’s education budget, school arts programs tend to get the short shrift. To make this up—districts often rely on community-based support to ensure students receive some arts education. This is what’s happening in Lane County. KLCC visits one school in the Bethel District to see an artist-in-residence program in action.

Melorie Begay

About 60 people gathered in the LCC Longhouse recently for a community conversation. KLCC reporters Brian Bull and Karen Richards wrapped up their yearlong “Native Voices” series by holding a discussion with Oregon Tribal representatives and educators on issues related a sense of belonging.

Brian Bull

KLCC reporters Brian Bull and Karen Richards hosted a panel surronding topics they covered in their yearlong "Native Voices" series. Panelists discussed how Native Americans are developing a sense of belonging through culture, education, history and by other means.

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene Opera performs “As One”, a contemporary opera about a transgender woman and her journey to self-realization. Performance times are Friday (5/17) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday (5/19) at 2:30 p.m. in the Soreng Theater of the Hult Center in Eugene. 

Eugene Public Library

Will O'Hearn was recently hired as Director of the Eugene Public Library. He speaks with KLCC's Barbara Dellenback about his first impressions, the evolving role of libraries in the community and summer reading.

Robert Dandarov's paintings and drawings are on view
Portrait by Sandy Brown Jensen

Viz City is happy to welcome a new gallery, “Ben’s Art Space,” to the Eugene art scene. . Right now you can see a fascinating show by Robert Dandarov called “Macedonian Noir.” Robert says Americans often say his work as “dark” or “noirish,” but he sees his work with different eyes:

Classic Film /

“Star Trek” actor William Shatner is bringing one of the franchise’s most popular films to Eugene’s Hult Center this Sunday.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the event should deliver for local Trekkies.

Lauren Kessler

Author Lauren Kessler of Eugene has written about subjects including Alzheimers Disease, dance, and raising a teen-age daughter. Her latest book, “A Grip of Time: When Prison is Your Life”,  is about her experience leading a writing group at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. She spoke with KLCC's Rachael McDonald. 

Eugene Symphony

Francesco Lecce-Chong is wrapping up his second season as Music Director of the Eugene Symphony. This week, he’ll conduct the performance of Verdi’s Requiem.

Gage Skidmore /

Eugene-area Trekkies rejoice!  William Shatner – who played Captain Kirk in the original series of Star Trek – is coming to the Hult Center this month. KLCC’s Brian Bull asked Shatner about his visit.

City of Sutherlin

It’s been just over 2 years since Douglas County Commissioners closed their public library system citing lack of funding. But one of its libraries never closed thanks to determined volunteers. 

Trevor Bexon /

If you’ve ever yearned to discuss the scholarly aspects of the rock band, Phish, Oregon State University will accommodate.

Photographer Gary Tepfer adds his vision to the current White Lotus exhibit titled "Water"
Sandy Brown Jensen

Viz City was privileged to interview photographer Gary Tepfer on Saturday, April 27, 2019 for a broadcast date of Wed. May 1, 2019.

White Lotus Gallery

Exhibition Dates: April 25 – June 1

Leonardo da Vinci called water “the driving force of all nature.” Local photographer Gary Tepfer is among the artists included in the current “Water” exhibition at the White Lotus Gallery.

Karen Richards

While the business of art is always in flux, the Indigenous art community may see more dramatic change than most. As part of our series “Native Oregon Voices,” KLCC takes a look at the evolving Native American art scene.  

Wikipedia, Flkr, Tiffany Eckert, Rachael McDonald

KLCC News Director Rachael McDonald, Morning Edition host Anni Katz, and reporters Brian Bull and Tiffany Eckert discuss the news stories on KLCC this week in our new weekly podcast The Northwest Passage.

Margaret Bull

A drama troupe from South Eugene High School was selected to perform a Broadway production at the International Thespian Festival.