Carnivores, take note…a new group in Eugene wants to change the way you think about and use meat. They want consumers to bypass grocery stores and make tracks to the farm…and perhaps even learn how to butcher their own animal. KLCC’s Brian Bull profiles the Eugene Meat Collective.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
“American Identity in the Age of Trump” is the topic in Oregon Humanities Center’s next lecture in their “We the People” series. It will be given by journalist, novelist and playwright George Packer, whose latest book is The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America--a New York Times Bestseller and winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction.
Stephanie Schneiderman and Tony Furtado have created diverse and skilled music, individually and together. Stephanie’s solo work first came to public attention via her place on the Lilith Fair tour, and through subsequent albums that have ranged from trip-hop to acoustic; she’s also been a key part of the bands Dirty Martini and Swan Sovereign. Tony Furtado is a master of slide guitar and banjo, with around fifteen albums out; he’s also played with Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas and many others. Furthermore, he’s a fine sculptor.
Nikola Tesla’s inventions and imaginations crossed boundaries from electricity to wireless communications, from prescient genius to misguided theories. The life he lived spanned an equally wide and tumultuous range.
A couple in Bend have turned their passion for fermentation into a new business. KLCC’s Brian Bull visits the founders of Local Culture, a pair of teachers that are enjoying sweet success with sauerkraut.
Lane County History Museum’s new exhibit is Toys! Historic Playthings from Lane County. It includes artifacts and photographs from 1850 to 1950, giving a reflection of Oregon life through the eyes of kids at play. Exhibit curator Faith Kreskey speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about vintage toys and the evolving nature of play itself.
Doug Carnine is a Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Oregon, who is the founder of a project called Feed Kindness Starve Harm. In connection with that, he has published two books this year on the inner workings of mindful kindness. One is How Love Wins: The Power of Mindful Kindness, and the other is Saint Badass: Personal Transcendence in Tucker Max Hell, which arises out of correspondence with prisoners in a maximum security prison in Arkansas. He also will offer seminars on the subject through Sponsors, Inc. in Eugene.
Oregon is unique among states, in having created a funding model for the arts, heritage and humanities through the Oregon Cultural Trust. Via tax credits, the trust supports statewide partners, tribal and county coalitions, and qualified cultural nonprofits.