Arts & Culture

A University of Oregon graduate turned acclaimed cinematographer is back at his alma mater. Jake Swantko – who filmed the Oscar-winning documentary “Icarus” -- is talking about his craft as well as the importance of journalism. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Photographer Michael Taylor is showing his "Northwest Travels" photographs at the Don Dexter Gallery
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Photographer Michael Taylor at the Don Dexter Gallery

Viz City was privileged to interview photographer Michael Taylor on Thursday, April 19, 2018, about his show called "Northwest Travels," showing at the Don Dexter Gallery through June 25.

Don Dexter Gallery, 2233 Willamette Street, Suite B

Exhibition Dates: March 27--June 25,  2018

Broadcast Date: Wed. May 2, 2018

Eugene Opera

Last year, financial problems nearly put the Eugene Opera out of business. But it was able to pay off its debts with the community’s help. This weekend, the Eugene Opera performs Maria de Buenos Aires in the Hult Center’s Soreng Theater.

Painter Satoko Matouji with one of her paintings for the Eugene ballet's performance of Peer Gynt.
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Viz City was pleased to interview painter Satoko Motouji on Thursday. April 5, 2018 for a broadcast date of Wed. April 18, 2018. The show is at the White Lotus Gallery and is called "Peer Gynt: Paintings by Satoko Motouji." The exhibition dates are March 28 – May 12, 2018.

A new musical work of contemporary percussion rendered with 300 bells and similar instruments makes its West Coast debut in Eugene, Thursday night. KLCC’S Brian Bull previews the performance.

Jenny Graham / Oregon Shakespeare Festival

“Sense and Sensibility,” now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, certainly pleases the high school students who travel to Ashland for a taste of live theater.

This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett with a book review of “Too Shattered for Mending” by Peter Brown Hoffmeister.

I hesitated to read it.  A coming of age story set in the grim poverty of rural Idaho, written from the first person by an abandoned, dyslexic teen who’s in trouble at home, in school, and with the law. I wasn’t sure I wanted to immerse myself in the bleak world of Little McCardell.

A program that brings books to young children in Eugene is seeking help to grow. As KLCC’s Rachael McDonald reports, the Imagination Library serves 4,000 kids in the community thanks to local contributions.

This year, Erik retired, relocated to Portland, and is now a full-time artist, To celebrate this transition, gallerist Karin Clarke curated this impressive show of nearly 40 paintings, mostly watercolors and acrylics on panel, all landscapes and seascapes
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RE: Karin Clarke Gallery Erik Sandgren - Land and Sea April 4 - 28th.

Jenny Graham / Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare’s “Othello,” now playing in a well nuanced production at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is always painful to watch. The Moor is a brilliant admiral who succeeds in protecting Venice from the Ottomans. But, like the hero of a Greek tragedy, his fatal flaw, being born black, guarantees his downfall.

Jenny Graham / Oregon Shakespeare Festival

“Oh for a muse of fire.” Reminiscent of Homer’s Iliad, so begins “Henry V” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. As directed by Rosa Joshi, this compelling and inventively stylized production is a fine example of ensemble work.

Sterling Israel and a pair of Levis she altered for the "Denim N' Art" show at the Lincoln Gallery.
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Sterling Israel is the Artist-in-Residence at the Lincoln Gallery, which has a show right now called "Denim 'N Art." Sandy Brown Jensen interviewed her Fri. March 16, 2018, for a broadcast date of Wed. March 21, 2018. The show is hosted by OSLP Arts & Culture Program and runs March 2 through March 30th, 2018. In addition, there is a Fashion Show April 21st, at noon, called “Metamorphose” at 252 Lawrence.

Jenny Graham / Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Hola, mis amigos! I just saw a play by Karen Zacarias at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival called “Destiny of Desire,” and it’s more fun than a Mexican telenovela. Well, it is a telenovela, a Latin-style soap opera, but it’s in English, with added soundbites about dating and other vital social issues.


Award-winning science fiction writer Kate Wilhelm has died at 89.

Deonna Anderson/KLCC

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon has a new exhibition on display. It addresses something almost all of us have on our heads: hair. KLCC's Deonna Anderson visited the museum to see the show and talk to the curator.

Lord Birthday

An Oregon State University professor who, for years, posted satirical cartoons anonymously on Instagram, has now published his work in a book.

Sandi O'Brien, Infrared Photographer
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Viz City was privileged to interview Sandy O’Brien, Infrared Photographer on Feb. 27, 2018 regarding her current show at the Maude Kerns Art Center, "In a Different Light: Infrared Photography: Paul Barden, Rich Bergeman, Phil Coleman, Jack Larson, & Sandi O’Brien." The exhibit dates are February 23 - March 23

Keith Achepohl, at home in Eugene, Oregon, has a fine new exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
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Viz City interviewed Keith Achepohl on Sat. Jan. 23, 2018 for a broadcast date of Wed. Feb. 21, 2018

RE:  Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art presents, “Keith Achepohl: Vision Of Nature/Vessel Of Beauty.” January 20, 2018 to April 29, 2018


The Four Seasons of the McKenzie River

Feb 9, 2018
Photo by Ronald Perez

The beauty of nature, music and photography will converge in The Four Seasons of the McKenzie River, presented by the Eugene Symphony in association with McKenzie River Trust and Travel Lane County.

Tiffany Eckert

A play in Eugene this weekend will feature actors who can not hear. In what they’re calling a shadow performance, the company will present The Vagina Monologues.

Kevin Stacey is a serigraph and silk screen artist showing his pop album covers and show posters at The Island Park Gallery Jan. 31 through Mar. 29.
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Date of Interview: Sat. Jan. 13, 2018

Date of Broadcast: Wed. Feb. 7, 2018

RE:  The Island Park Gallery at the Willamalane Adult Activity Center in Springfield “Aprons and Albums” by Marissa Solini and Kevin Stacey, Jan. 31 through Mar. 29.

Photo by Eric Alan

Turntablist and scratch DJ Connah Jay has sampled, mixed and created new sounds from vinyl records for over 15 years in Eugene. He’s a founding member of Bohemian Dub Orchestra and Medium Troy, as well as a solo DJ. He speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about his unique craft, before being DJ at the KLCC Brew Fest at the Lane Events Center, on Friday February 9th and Saturday February 10th.

The podcast S-town brought new audio storytelling forms into being, drawing from literature and investigative journalism. It followed the true story of John B. McLemore, who hated his hometown of Woodstock, Alabama enough to bring it to the attention of the producers of This American Life. Brian Reed went off on the storytelling trail to investigate a murder that may not have happened, but encountered many strange things that did happen. S-Town was then downloaded 40 million times in the first month after it was released.

Classical chamber music and Chicago blues harmonica merge in Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, on their new release Different Voices. Corky Siegel speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about that musical symbiosis, about music as a manifestation of inner deepening, and fearlessness as a compositional tool.

This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of “How We Became Human” by Joy Harjo.

Revisiting an Interview with Ursula K. LeGuin

Jan 25, 2018

In 2012, author Ursula K. LeGuin spoke at the Downtown Eugene Public Library, in conjunction with the annual Big Read--an even in which the whole community is asked to read and discuss one book, and its issues. In this case, the book was Ray Bradbury's classic Farhenheit 451, with all of its issues regarding censorship, self-censorship and the power of reading. KLCC's Eric Alan spoke to Ursula K. LeGuin then about those issues, as well as the impact of the Internet on reading, and her own work. To honor her passing, we revisit that interview here. 

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Corvallis resident Jennifer Moreland and her husband took a road trip to Los Angeles last year. Moreland was inspired by the murals in the city. She took a photo in front of one with wings.  Then posted it on Facebook. This led to an art project of her own.

Karen Perkins, Clay Artist
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Viz City Interviews Clay Artist Karen Perkins

Date of Interview: Tues. Jan 16, 2018

Date of Broadcast: Wed. Jan. 24, 2018

David Grisman has led evolving versions of his Quintet for over forty years, since the self-titled David Grisman Quintet album revolutionized the acoustic music world in 1977 with its merger of bluegrass, jazz and beyond.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Live at KLCC

Jan 23, 2018
Photo by Eric Alan

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has brought their joyful vocal music from South Africa to the world for over half a century, their music rising from isicathamiya, the music of the mines. In the past year, they’ve released two albums: Songs of Peace and Love for Kids and Parents Around the World Sharing, and also Shaka Zulu Revisited, both of which have received Grammy nominations—bringing the band to 19 Grammy nominations in their career.