Arts & Culture

Imani Winds

Feb 14, 2014

The Grammy-nominated classical quintet Imani Winds takes a musically adventurous approach, including elements of jazz, African, Latin and other musical traditions. Music from Stravinsky and beyond illustrates, as Valerie Coleman speaks to Eric Alan about the quintet’s vision, in advance of their concert at Beall Hall on the UO campus on Sunday, February 16th.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene's First Friday Art Walk was postponed to this Friday, Valentine's Day, because of the snow last week. Downtown will be graced with new light for folks who come to the Art Walk.  

A brand new light display will be turned on at dusk Friday.
Sarah Bennett is President of Downtown Eugene Incorporated, or DEI. She says the lighting treatment is a permanent year-round installation.

Oregon Winterfest

Feb 13, 2014

The annual Oregon Winterfest will be held in the Old Mill District of Bend this weekend, from Friday February 14th through Sunday, February 16th. It includes three days of winter-themed events, from a rail jam for snowboarders and skiers, to snow warrior races, artisan fire pits, music, food, and more. It’s all a benefit for Saving Grace, an organization that provides comprehensive family violence and sexual assault services. An interview with Aaron Schweitzer, producer of Oregon Winterfest.

Transformation without Apocalypse

Feb 12, 2014

The Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word presents a free symposium entitled Transformation without Apocalypse: How to Live Well On an Altered Planet. It will be held at Oregon State University on February 14th and 15th. Keynote speaker Sarah van Gelder, co-founder and editor of Yes! Magazine, speaks with Eric Alan about the nature of transformation, and the positive ones already taking place.  

Eugene Ballet: From Scheherazade to Ailey II

Feb 11, 2014

Eugene Ballet Company presents two diverse events in February. First, Scheherazade and Bolero, with live music by Orchestra Next. Then, they’ll host Ailey II—the junior dance company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—for performances in Eugene and Salem. Toni Pimble, artistic director of Eugene Ballet Company, joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

Roy Zimmerman

Feb 8, 2014

Political satirist and songwriter Roy Zimmerman has been delighted to find enclaves of progressive activity in conservative states.  His "Connecting the Blue Dots" tour made an unexpected weather detour to Eugene en route to the Lincoln City Cultural Center

Hyperbole and a Half

Eugene Public Library Director Connie Bennet reviews Allie Brosh's "Hyperbole and a Half".

http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/

Sol Seed, Live at KLCC

Feb 6, 2014

Sol Seed will bring their positive mix of reggae, rock, hip hop and more to the KLCC MicroBrew Festival at the Lane Events Center in Eugene Friday night, February 7th at 7:30. They’ve been voted the Best Band in Eugene two years in a row in the annual Eugene Weekly Readers Poll, as well as winning the Weekly’s “Next Big Thing” contest this year. They have a new CD coming soon called Family Tree. They stopped in to the KLCC studios to play a few songs and spin just a taste of another song from their new CD.

Boz Scaggs, on Memphis and More

Feb 6, 2014

Nearly fifty years into his recording career, Boz Scaggs is making some of his best soul music. He’ll appear at the Hult Center in Eugene on February 8th, touring behind his new CD Memphis. Music new and old from Boz, mixed with his conversation with Eric Alan about the magic of recording where Al Green did, forays into jazz, and the mix of music in Saturday’s show. 

Winter Songwriter's Showcase with Phoebe Blume

Feb 5, 2014

Seven local songwriters will perform during the Winter Songwriter’s Showcase at Tsunami Books in Eugene on February 9th, hosted by Phoebe Blume. She’s also releasing her new CD, Congregation of One. Music from her new release, and conversation with Eric Alan.

Grammy-winning cabaret vocalist and comedienne Lady Rizo returns from New York for a performance in her hometown of Newport, on February 9th. She has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and Moby, and leads her own band on the new CD Violet. She speaks with Eric Alan about her homecoming concert.

Mamo: Hawaiian duo on the Saturday Cafe

Feb 1, 2014

Jeff Peterson grew up with slack-key guitar as the child of Paniolos, Hawaiian cowboys.   Nathan Aweau grew up with jazz and classical music, only coming to traditional music later.   Performing together as Mamo, they show that island music is so much more than steel guitars and Don Ho.

Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, Live at KLCC

Jan 31, 2014

The Michigan band Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys merge bluegrass, swing and other elements, with beautiful vocal harmonies and exceptional instrumental skill. On the road on their Here Between tour, they visited the KLCC studios a couple of songs in the midst of gigs in Lincoln City, Cottage Grove and Eugene.

The Moonshine, Live at KLCC

Jan 31, 2014

The acoustic Portland quintet called The Moonshine stopped into the KLCC studios before a performance at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove and a California tour. They played two original songs from their debut CD "And Now... The Moonshine," along with a take on the traditional "Cuckoo," as well as sharing a song from their CD.

The 10th annual Open Lens Festival brings Oregon filmmakers and their short films to the UO Baker Center in Eugene on February 1st. Film reviewer and seminar leader Doug Hennessy speaks with Eric Alan about the changing filmmaking landscape, and his controversial list of the best films ever made. 

Craig Childs, Apocalyptic Planet

Jan 28, 2014

The Oregon Humanities Center presents speaker Craig Childs, author of Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth, and a regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition. He talks with Eric Alan about beginnings and endings, and why Iowa was the most extreme landscape of extinction he found.

A Piece Of My Mind -- Routines And Ruts

Jan 27, 2014
KLCC

This is "A Piece of My Mind."  I'm Claude Offenbacher.     

Much of what we consider to be daily pleasures may be merely routines and not, in fact,  pleasurable at all.     

This notion hit me one morning while completing a dozen crossword puzzles.  I'd clipped them from newspapers delivered after I came home from California.

Was this word-solving orgy a boon to my life,  I wondered, or simply a conditioned compulsion to leave no puzzle undone?  And how much of the rest of my day would be filled with rituals more habitual than necessary, or even satisfying?

Kara Walker Exhibit Opens In Eugene At JSMA

Jan 24, 2014
courtesy of JSMA

A new exhibit by Kara Walker called "Emacipating The Past: Kara Walker's tales of slavery and power" opens at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art this weekend. KLCC's Michael Canning talks with Jessi DiTillio, the exhibit curator.

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Joseph Allesi on the Trombone

Jan 22, 2014

The University of Oregon School of Music is hosting Joseph Allesi, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic as the A. Robert M. Trotter visiting professor. Allesi has two public performances this week during his residency, Wednesday and Friday evenings.

Michael spoke with Allesi in the KLCC Studio A.

The 20th annual Dance for a Reason benefit performance brings an eclectic array of dancers together at the Hult Center on Friday, January 24th, as a benefit for the Lane County School Garden Project. Eric Alan speaks with Dance for a Reason founder Geni Morrow and John Moriarty, Executive Director of the School Garden Project.

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the University of Oregon Gospel Choirs and Ensembles will give a free concert Monday afternoon at Beall Hall. Andiel Brown, director of the UO Gospel Choirs and Ensembles, speaks with Eric Alan about the music, Dr. King’s legacy, and how it relates to the gospel choirs’ groundbreaking trip to China last spring.

Winter Folk Festival in Florence

Jan 17, 2014

The Twelfth Annual Winter Folk Festival will be held in the Florence Events Center this Saturday and Sunday, January 18th and 19th. Music from John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Brothers Four and 2-Bit Palomino, plus an interview with Hal Weiner, director of the the Winter Folk Festival.

Elena Passarello, from Scream to Song

Jan 17, 2014

The tenth anniversary of Presidential candidate Howard Dean’s infamous career-damaging scream is  Sunday, January 19th. Elena Passarello honors this scream, alongside those of Marlon Brando and Roger Daltrey, and the famous Wilhelm Scream, which has been used in 350 movies. Elena Passarello is an Oregon Book Award finalist for her book of essays on the human voice, Let Me Clear My Throat. She was the first woman to win the annual Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest in New Orleans, and teaches at Oregon State University.

Working on the Railroad

Jan 16, 2014
Storycatchers

Alan Murphy is a longtime Eugene resident who worked with Southern
Pacific Railroad for 38 years. Story Catchers co-founder Marsha Barr
talked to Alan about his experiences on the railroad and how things have
changed.

Edited by Evelyn Thorne.

The Language Archive

Jan 16, 2014

The Very Little Theatre presents The Language Archive, from January 17th through February 1st. The play is centered around a specialist in dying languages who has trouble with the language of his own life. Director James Aday and assistant director/actress Nancy Hopps join Eric Alan to talk about listening and the language of love.

Austin Jenckes Live at KLCC

Jan 14, 2014

Austin Jenckes originally hails from the small town of Duvall, Washington, although in recent times he’s been centered in Nashville, and has gained national attention this past year through his appearances as a finalist on NBC’s hit TV show The Voice. Back in the Pacific Northwest for a tour with Seattle band Cody Beebe and the Crooks, he stopped by the KLCC studios with Cody Beebe and Skyler Mehal for an in-studio performance and interview with Eric Alan.

Slavery On Trial In the Oregon Territory

Jan 14, 2014

As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, author R. Gregory Nokes reflects on the legacy of slavery in Oregon, through his book Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory. The book has just been named as an Oregon Book Award finalist. Greg Nokes will speak in Newport and Lincoln City on January 18th and 19th.  He is interviewed here by Eric Alan.

Larry Pattis

Jan 13, 2014

Finger style guitarist Larry Pattis uses his hands--and guitar--to paint pictures and tell stories.  He's returning to music after a long absence, performing January 11 at Creswell Coffee Company.

American Luminosity: Our Poets, Our Composers, Our Art is a multi-media concert at Beall Hall on Friday, January 10th, featuring music by soprano Laura Decher Wayte, pianist Nathalie Fortin , and a string trio. It will include musical adaptations of poems by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and others. The stage will feature related art by Helen Liu. Eric Alan speaks with Laura Decher Wayte and Helen Liu about the unique collaboration.

Oregon Contemporary Theatre begins 2014 by presenting Nina Raine’s award-winning play Tribes in the Lord Leebrick Playhouse, January 10th through February 1st. The play explores language, hierarchy and the subtle tribes of which we’re all a part. Eric Alan is joined in the KLCC studios by actor Joe Cronin, one of the founders of Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre, and Tribes’ director Craig Willis, also artistic director of OCT.

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