Arts & Culture

  Herb Alpert’s extraordinary, eclectic career has spanned over fifty years in the music business so far. As trumpeter, arranger and composer, he’s sold over 72 million albums and earned nine Grammy awards. In his role as co-founder of A&M Records, he facilitated the careers of countless other stars, while establishing one of the premier artist-driven labels. His philanthropy touches countless lives as well, including a recent bequest to Los Angeles City College that fully funds tuition and lessons for music majors.

Radiolab has become one of this era’s most inventive radio programs and podcasts, bringing a sense of discovery and curiosity to big ideas from science to philosophy. Co-host Robert Krulwich speaks with Eric Alan about orchestrating the news, snail sex, and what it means to keep your stupid on.

Islam and American culture are explored in Sandow Birk’s exhibition, American Qur’an, on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the UO campus, January 21st through March 19th. The exhibition integrates ink and gouache paintings, calligraphy and the verses of the Qur’an, with scenes of American life to explore and express our shared humanity. Sandow Birk speaks with Eric Alan.

  

This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Froelich's Ladder” by Portland writer, Jamie Duclos-Yourdon.

Begin with a baker's dozen of lively characters, sift in two parts magical realism, a pinch of fantasy, and mix in the historical setting of early days in Oregon Country.  And you might end up with an entertaining tall tale, not unlike Jamie Yourdon's debut novel, "Froelich's Ladder."  

Oregon Contemporary Theatre presents The 39 Steps, a comic thriller adapted in part from the Alfred Hitchcock film. It kicks off the Big Read, a community-wide celebration of Hitchcock and film noir. 

An extended version of this conversation is now available as a podcast. Stream or download it from Pop Culture Happy Hour.

Photo by Tracy Ilene Miller

  On Tuesday evening, December 13th, KLCC presented a special hour-long broadcast with one of the new small ensembles of the Oregon Mozart Players. Violinists Della Davies and Alice Blankenship and cellist Eric Alterman performed a variety of music (listed below) for a live in-studio audience in KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall. The broadcast celebrated OMP's candlelight baroque concerts at the First Christian Church in Eugene on Friday, December 16th through Sunday, December 18th. Co-hosting the broadcast were KLCC's Eric Alan and OMP's Kelly Kuo. Here is the broadcast in its entirety. 

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