Arts & Culture

Freedom and Dialogue in a Polarized World

Mar 19, 2014

Sharon Schuman has just released a new book called Freedom and Dialogue in a Polarized World, which looks at our definitions of freedom and how they may contribute to divisions between us. She explores that both through literature and current topics. She speaks with Eric Alan, before a book signing at J. Michael’s Books in Eugene on Saturday, March 22nd.

Oregon Arts Commission.

For the second year in a row, the same person has been named the Oregon Poetry Out Loud state champion.

18-year-old Rosie Reyes is a senior at Gresham's Center for Advanced Learning. This past weekend she took the top honors at Poetry Out Loud competition in Salem. One of the judges called her reading spellbinding. Reyes recited "The Pomegranate and the Big Crowd," by Alberto Rios.

Reyes: "Everyone gathered, her friends and his. Everyone watched. The boys, the girls, the pigs, the chickens and more."

Martyn Joseph Live at KLCC

Mar 17, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Welsh songwriter Martyn Joseph has recorded over thirty albums in a recording career spanning over thirty years, as well as keeping a focus on global activism the whole time. He joined Eric Alan for a few songs in the KLCC studios, before performing a St. Patrick's Day show at the Dexter Lake Club in Dexter, and another concert at the Sisters High School Auditorium in Sisters on Tuesday evening, March 18th as part of the Sisters Folk Festival’s winter concert series.

Charlie Ruff

A suspected arson fire did extensive damage to a large wooden dragon sculpture at the Oregon Country Fair site in Veneta late last week.

The dragon near the entrance to the Oregon Country Fair is familiar to people who've visited the annual three day festival. OCF General Manager Charlie Ruff says the dragon's head and tale are still intact but the middle of the wooden structure was destroyed. Ruff says it's a blow because the dragon is an important feature at the fair.

Photo by Eric Alan

Herb Ohta Jr., Chino Montero, and Keoki Kahumoku, along with hula dancer Christina Wong, are on tour, bringing their Made in Hawaii tour to the mainland. Before performing at Aloha Friday at Cozmic in Eugene, they stopped by the KLCC studios to play a few songs, and talk about Hawaiian culture, including sustainable pig farming.

Emily Pulley, The Girl of the Golden West

Mar 13, 2014

Eugene Opera presents Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West at the Hult Center in Eugene, starring the Metropolitan Opera’s Emily Pulley. The opera is part of a larger citywide celebration of the women of the pioneer American West. Emily Pulley speaks with Eric Alan about her role, the cinematic score, and the universal themes of the Wild West.

Wes Corbett and Jacob Jolliff Live at KLCC

Mar 11, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Wes Corbett and Jacob Jolliff have been playing together for a decade on banjo and mandolin, respectively, most recently in the Boston string band Joy Kills Sorrow . Jacob Joliff also won the National Mandolin Championship in 2012. Wes Corbett teaches banjo at Berklee College of Music, where Jacob was the first full-scholarship mandolin student. They stopped by the KLCC studios to perform a few songs before presenting a duo show at a house concert in Eugene.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Sprout Film Festival features short films about people with intellectual disabilities, at the Wildish Theatre in Springfield on Friday, March 14th. Laura Weil-Noppenberger, Community Outreach Coordinator for Full Access, and client Nickolas Kaasa talk with Eric Alan about the festival’s role in breaking down barriers and furthering inclusion.

City Club of Eugene. Meeting Date: March 7, 2014

KLCC Air Date: March 10, 2014

Guest Speakers: Mark Beudert, General Director, Eugene Opera, and Director of Opera Notre Dame, University of Notre Dame; Emily Pulley, Metropolitan Opera soprano

Harper Collins

The book I’m reviewing this month – Carl Hoffman’s “Savage Harvest” – is a bit of a departure for these KLCC reviews.  For one thing, this is the first time I’m reviewing an advanced copy – the book won’t be available until later this month.  For another, award winning journalist Carl Hoffman, perhaps best known for his book, “The Lunatic Express,” isn’t a Pacific Northwest writer.  However, he will be speaking at Eugene Public Library in a free talk on March 27th as part of his book tour.  So I thought it well worth bringing this fascinating book to your attention.

The Big Read for 2014: The Great Gatsby

Mar 7, 2014

The Eugene Public Library is partnering with the Springfield Public Library, Oregon Contemporary Theatre and others for 2014’s Big Read—a month-long series of events around F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby. Historian David Turner talks about how Willamette Valley culture compares to Fitzgerald’s 1920s, while Big Read coordinator Allison Arnold details the month’s events. 

Mick Moloney at the Irish Cultural Festival

Mar 7, 2014

Mick Moloney opens the 11th annual Irish Cultural Festival in Eugene on Friday, March 7th. Moloney has recorded over forty albums of traditional Irish music, and was the recipient of the National Heritiage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mick Moloney speaks with Eric Alan about Irish music and culture, traditional and modern.

Ecstasy: A Water Fable

Mar 6, 2014

Egyptian-American playwright Denmo Ibrahim based her play Ecstasy: a Water Fable on an ancient Sufi tale. At the UO, it’s directed by Michael Najjar , and includes live music from the band Americanistan. Ibrahim and Najjar talk with Eric Alan about how an ancient fable is relevant to modern immigration issues, and to repairing a sense of disconnection shared across cultures and eras.

Martin Sexton at KLCC

Mar 5, 2014
Eric Alan

Singer/Songwriter Martin Sexton first made a name for himself playing on the Boston streets, after moving there from his initial home of Syracuse, New York. More than twenty years and ten albums later,  he's built a loyal following for his expressive and inventive vocals and fine guitar playing. He stopped by the KLCC studios to perform a few songs before his show on March 5th t at the WOW Hall in Eugene.

Maude Kerns Art Gallery

Terry and Sandy review the exhibit "The Nakedness of the Subject" at Maude Kerns Art Gallery in Eugene.

Vasen Live at KLCC

Mar 4, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

The Swedish trio Vasen is celebrating twenty-five years of making instrumental music together. They’re touring behind their most recent CD, Mindset, and before  performing in the Jaqua Concert Hall of the Shedd Institute in Eugene, they joined Eric Alan live in the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios, including Olov Johansson on nyckelharpa, Mikael Marin on viola, and Roger Tallroth on 12-string guitar.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The new season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland celebrates the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. Included this spring are one of his earliest works, “The Comedy of Errors,” and “The Tempest,” the last play considered to be written by Shakespeare alone.
The Festival’s version of “The Comedy of Errors,” set during the exciting Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and performed in the small Thomas Theatre, is the most endearing, funniest production of the play I’ve ever seen.

Slow Medicine with Dr. Victoria Sweet

Mar 4, 2014

Dr. Victoria Sweet, author of God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, spent twenty years in practice at the last almshouse in the country. She speaks with Eric Alan about the differences between an almshouse and a hospital, and the lessons from “slow medicine” relevant to the modern healthcare system. She speaks at the UO on Wednesday, March 5th, presented by the Oregon Humanities Center. 

Jazz at Lincoln Center has been dedicated to the performance, education and preservation of jazz for over 25 years, all with Wynton Marsalis as Artistic Director. Wynton Marsalis joins Eric Alan for conversation and music, before the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs at the Hult Center on March 5th.

 

Babes With Axes

Mar 1, 2014

It's been 14 years since the last Babes With Axes show at the WOW Hall. Now Laura Kemp, Katie Henry, Debbie Diedrich and TR Kelley are reuniting for a 20th anniversary show Saturday, March 8.  Three fourths of the Babes (Katie lives out-of-state) join Frank on the Saturday Cafe to talk about what the passage of time has wrought. (Hint: all the songs get capo'd to a lower key...)

Wordcrafters in Eugene

Feb 28, 2014

The first Wordcrafters in Eugene writers’ conference will be held at the Eugene Hilton from March 7th through 9th, with a particular focus on fiction. Author Elizabeth Engstrom, a conference organizer, joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios to preview the conference.

Faure's Requiem, with the Eugene Concert Choir

Feb 27, 2014

The Eugene Concert Choir presents Faure’s Requiem   at the Hult Center in Eugene on Saturday, March 1st, joined by the Oregon Mozart Players and guest vocalists Sharla Nafziger and Anton Belov. Diane Retallack, Artistic and Executive Director of the Eugene Concert Choir, speaks with Eric Alan.

Saxophonist and vocalist Grace Kelly at KLCC

Feb 25, 2014

Saxophonist, vocalist and songwriter Grace Kelly has already had a very accomplished career. She’s released eight albums, and played with a range of jazz luminaries from Dave Brubeck to Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. Now, at the age of 21, her new album Live at Scullers is her most vocally-oriented release, and finds her stretching more beyond jazz. Before performing at the Jaqua Concert Hall in Eugene, she joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios for music and conversation.

Ned Hickson, Humor at the Speed of Life

Feb 25, 2014

Syndicated humor columnist Ned Hickson has been awarded “Best Local Column” from both the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He celebrates the release of his book, Humor at the Speed of Life, with a roasting at the Florence Playhouse on February 28th. He speaks with Eric Alan about the Winter Olympics, the Academy Awards, and how blowing things out of proportion helps give perspective.

Each year, the Rainy Day Blues Society hosts the Rooster Awards, honoring local talent in a number of different categories. These include:

David Wilcox Live at KLCC

Feb 21, 2014
Photo by Isabel A. Zacharias

Songwriter, storyteller and dedicated bicyclist David Wilcox has hit the road from North Carolina, to celebrate the release of his 18th album, Blaze. He begins his West Coast tour on Friday night, February 21st at the WOW Hall in Eugene, with Justin Farren opening. David Wilcox joined us live in the KLCC studios, for songs and conversation.

Terry Way and Sandy Brown Jenson visit The Gallery and review the show.

Suzy Bogguss, Interpreting Merle Haggard

Feb 20, 2014

Country music vocalist Suzy Bogguss interprets the songs of Merle Haggard on her latest CD Lucky, continuing a long career that has featured platinum and gold albums, a Grammy award and a command performance at the White House. She’ll perform at The Belfry in Sisters on Friday, February 21st, and joins Eric Alan to talk about all things Merle.

Eliot Grasso, Uilleann piper

Feb 15, 2014

Ulleann (Irish) piper Eliot Grasso grew up with a houseful of Chieftains records and a family fascinated with traditional music.  He'll be sharing the stage with Scottish fiddler Brandon Vance and guitarist Glen Waddell Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Beall Hall and Thursday, Feb. 20 at Hope Christian Church in Eugene.

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