Arts & Culture

As the Eugene Symphony's month-long, city-wide Counterpoint Festival continues, the symphony and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival prepare to collaborate on a groundbreaking version of Romeo and Juliet on November 23rd. It combines a full symphony orchestra performing music from Prokofiev with Shakespeare's classic text, brought to the stage by three actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Eric Alan speaks with Terri McMahon, who directs OSF's participation.

Mary Gauthier Live at KLCC

Nov 18, 2013
Photo by Isabel A. Zacharias

Mary Gauthier's redemptive songs have had great impact, over the course of more than half a dozen CDs and an endless string of live performances. After a rough childhood in Louisiana and young travels elsewhere, she's settled into Nashville and become a songwriting force there over the past decade.  Before performing at Cozmic in Eugene on Monday, November 18th, she stopped in at KLCC to perform a new song co-written with Fred Eaglesmith and two of her pervious classics, in a performance hosted by Eric Alan.

The Gloria Darlings and the Gin Jars

Nov 16, 2013

Touring south for the winter, the Gloria Darlings swing by the Saturday Cafe, and show how, with the change of one musician (and their entire repertoire) they magically become the Gin Jars.

Environmental philosopher and author Kathleen Dean Moore will present a talk in Corvallis on Sunday, November 17th entitled, “For the Beauty of the Earth: The Moral Urgency of Climate Action.” She speaks with Eric Alan about that topic, and her new book Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril. That book, co-edited with Michael P. Nelson, gathers the perspectives of the world's moral leaders on what actions we need to take and why.

The Eugene Public Library has been ranked in the top 3% in the United States for cost-effective service.

Library Journal conducts the ranking. It looks at four factors, including circulation, visits and program attendance. Connie Bennett is Eugene Library's Director. She explains the fourth factor.

In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play

Nov 14, 2013

LCC’s Blue Door Theatre presents In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play, Sarah Ruhl's Tony-nominated play based on the Victorian-era use of vibrators to treat “hysterical” women. Director Willow Norton returns from New York City to the Willamette Valley, to talk with Eric Alan about medicine, intimacy and electricity, and why it’s all relevant for modern relationships. 

The Eugene Symphony presents its second Counterpoint Festival, partnering with a variety of community and arts organizations to explore the themes of “Love and Fate,” in events across the spectrum of the creative arts. That includes two performances by the Eugene Symphony: Symphonie Fantastique on November 14th, then Romeo & Juliet and Porgy & Bess on November 23rd, including collaboration with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Eric Alan speaks with the symphony’s executive director Scott Freck, and music director and conductor Danail Rachev. 

Cheryl Crumbley

NPR's Michele Norris and NPR Senior Producer Walter Ray Watson joined KLCC's Rachael McDonald to talk about The Race Card Project. They're in Eugene to speak with students at the University of Oregon.

Michele Norris will be on OPB's Think Out Loud Wednesday at noon. KLCC will simulcast the show. Norris speaks 7 p.m. at the UO EMU Ballroom.

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Julie Sabatier

The heart of every conflict is a strong will. Artists have definite opinions about their work. It’s the passion they feel that fuels their creativity. But it can also lead to conflict when they combine their talents. That’s what one married couple found when they decided to work together to create a unique sculpture. Our story comes from Julie Sabatier of the public radio show, Destination DIY.
 

Tom Rawson

Nov 9, 2013

Folksinger and storyteller has also been a teacher for 20 years ("Real musicians have day jobs," he says.) We talk about the benefits of music on learning, and he cues us in on the latest tool of the folk process: YouTube.

Rawson performs with a capella group In Acchord Saturday, Nov. 9, 7 pm at the Eugene Friends Meeting House, 2274 Onyx St., Eugene.

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Nov 8, 2013

As part of the Eugene International Film Festival, Anthony Powell's award-winning documentary Antarctica: A Year on Ice screens at the Bijou Metro on Friday evening, November 8th. In this interview, Eric Alan speaks with Ben Bonnet, who appears briefly in the film, and has worked at Antarctica's McMurdo Station for several years. He talks about the strong community found there, the unexpected effects of constant winter darkness on sleep, and why polar residents dream of guacamole.

Jazz Guitarist Mark Elf, Live at KLCC

Nov 7, 2013

Guitarist Mark Elf has carved a distinguished career in the jazz world, with a career spanning over forty years. During that time, he's had nine consecutive albums reach number one on the national radio jazz charts, and performed or recorded with greats Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath and many others.

A Distinguished Line

Oregon Contemporary Theatre (formerly Lord Leebrick Theatre) presents Who Am I This Time? (And Other Conundrums of Love) from November 8th through 30th. The play is adapted from the early comic stories of Kurt Vonnegut by playwright Aaron Posner, who has gone on to national success after growing up in Eugene. Lead actors Bill Hulings and Storm Kennedy talk with Eric Alan about the play's parallels to Thornton Wilder's Our Town, about the similarities between the play's small-town Connecticut setting and Oregon, and what the play reveals about love and fate.

Poet Laureate Billy Collins visits Eugene

Nov 4, 2013

Billy Collins is one of the most accomplished, popular and humorous poets in the United States. He served as the country's Poet Laureate from 2001 through 2003, and won the Poetry Foundation's first Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry. Recently, he's filled in for Garrison Keillor on Writer's Almanac and been a guest on The Colbert Report. He's touring behind a new collection of poems called Aimless Love, and appears at the Downtown Eugene Public Library in a free reading on Tuesday, November 5th.

Rufus Wainwright, Out of the Game

Nov 1, 2013

While in Eugene for a performance at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, Rufus Wainwright joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios for music from his new CD Out of the Game, as well as for conversation about the songs, how opera saved him, and the necessity of taking time to stare at Oregon trees. We present two versions here: an edited interview interspersed with music from Out of the Game, and an extended interview-only version, in which Rufus discusses his tributes to Judy Garland and Kate McGarrigle, and life in his complex musical family.

The 8th Annual Grrrlz Rock Music and Arts Festival celebrates women and girls in music and the arts, with events throughout November in Eugene, Springfield and Cottage Grove. Organizer Matrisha Armitage speaks with Eric Alan about the growing festival, and the challenges women face in balancing diverse lives with their participation in music.

State Police Offer Halloween Safety Tips

Oct 30, 2013

Children will be out in the streets trick-or-treating for Halloween. Oregon Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be careful.

O-DOT warns children are twice as likely to be hit and killed by cars on Halloween. The increase in foot traffic has prompted warnings to drivers to be more alert in neighborhoods and areas with more pedestrians. Oregon State Police Lieutenant Gregg Hastings says the best thing children can do is ‘see and be seen.’

Merging Architecture with Dance

Oct 30, 2013

DanceAbility International and Frances Bronet, Dean of the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts, have teamed to create a work called “Don’t Leave Me,” which merges architecture and dance. It will premiere in the Ragozzino Performance Hall on the LCC campus on November 1st. Frances Bronet joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

As part of a national series called Creative Conversations, Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) and the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene (ABAE) present “Bridging the Bubble between Campus and Community in the Arts,” Wednesday evening, October 30th at the Lincoln Gallery of the Oregon Supported Living Program in Eugene. Eric Alan speaks with Evelyn Thorne of ELAN and Karen Rainsong of ABAE.

The Opal Center for Arts and Education in Cottage Grove has been undergoing expansive growth, after obtaining nonprofit status and hiring a new executive director, Nick Chase. He chats with KLCC's Eric Alan about the center's role in Cottage Grove's downtown revitalization, and about the Arcade Players' Halloween mashup, which integrates the movies Rocky I-IV and The Rocky Horror Picture Show into one odd play.

Oystein Baadsvik, Live at KLCC

Oct 25, 2013

Norwegian-born Oystein Baadsvik is the only known tuba player in the world to carve out a professional solo career. He brought his astonishing musical skills and humor to the KLCC studios in a live performance hosted by Eric Alan, before performing a solo recital in Beall Hall on Sunday, October 27th, and attending the Ducks/UCLA football game--his first American football game ever.

Fighting Hunger with The Magic Barrel

Oct 24, 2013

The 20th annual Magic Barrel reading to fight hunger takes place at the Whiteside Theater in Corvallis on Friday, October 25th. Barry Lopez will emcee the event, as nine diverse writers gather to benefit Linn Benton Food Share. Lauren Kessler, whose most recent book is Counter Clockwise, visits with Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

Vietnam: An Inner View

Oct 23, 2013

During his three tours of duty in Vietnam as a Marine, Mark C. Waszkiewicz took thousands of photographs, recorded home movies and sent long letters home, as well as being a soldier. His experience is coalescing into a multi-media project called Vietnam: An Inner View, which includes a movie, a memoir, a photobook and an album of songs created and recorded with Lea Jones. Welcome to the Jungle is a live presentation drawn from Vietnam: An Inner View at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Thursday evening, October 24th.

Birds of Chicago and Peter Mulvey, Live at KLCC

Oct 18, 2013

Birds of Chicago, led by the husband and wife team of J.T. Nero and Allison Russell, toured Europe this spring with Midwestern guitarist and songwriter Peter Mulvey. By sheer coincidence, their Oregon tours overlapped, with Peter Mulvey performing at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis, and Birds of Chicago at Cozmic in Eugene, both on Friday, October 26th. They reunited in the KLCC studios for a live performance, hosted by Eric Alan.

Karl Denson visits KLCC

Oct 17, 2013

KLCC's Eric Alan talks with Karl Denson, leader of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. The band is in Eugene to play the WOW Hall tonight. They are touring a show featuring Zach Deputy called "Soul Spectacular: A Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party".

Zorro the Ballet

Oct 17, 2013

Ballet Fantastique opens their new season by bringing the legendary character of Zorro into the ballet world, with original choreography and live music by the world fusion band Incendio, and violinist Kim Angelis. Ballet Fantastique's executive director, co-producer and choreographer Hannah Bontrager joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios, along with Incendio guitarist Jean-Pierre Durand. Zorro the Ballet runs Friday October 18th through Sunday October 20th at the Hult Center in Eugene.

New Realities at Reality Kitchen

Oct 17, 2013

Reality Kitchen creates community for intellectually and developmentally disabled young adults in Lane County, including job training, as well as creating other community-building events and programs. Reality Kitchen recently moved locations, opened a food cart, formed a partnership with Food for Lane County, and has begun to host their Acoustic Reality open mic sessions in their new location. Jim Evangelista, director of Reality Kitchen, and Acoustic Reality host Carl Falsgraf visited KLCC to speak with Eric Alan.

U of O Gets To Keep Ken Kesey's Collected Papers

Oct 15, 2013
University of Oregon Library

The collected papers of novelist Ken Kesey will stay at the University of Oregon. The final acquisition was announced today.

Where They Listen

Oct 13, 2013

Over the years, Deb has asked listeners to send photos of "where they listen" to Dead Air.  Check out these Dead friendly environments!

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