Arts & Culture

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In the early 2000s, there were around 9,000 Blockbuster Video stores.  But now there’s only one left in the United States.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, changes in the movie rental industry have led to the closure of all U.S. stores, except for one in the central Oregon city of Bend.

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Two of the 21 young people who are suing the federal government over climate change came by the KLCC "hot tub" Friday. The youth plaintiffs were at the Oregon Country Fair to do a presentation about the lawsuit.

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Members of the All Star Opera stopped by the KLCC booth during the live broadcast from the Oregon Country Fair on Saturday. The hip hop band from Seattle played on the main stage. They spoke with KLCC's Kyle Hughes.

Walking the dusty paths at the Oregon Country Fair is guaranteed to get you more than a little dirty. Thankfully there's a place to wash off all that grime.

There are two childcare locations at the Oregon Country Fair, with volunteer staff of about 150 people, serving more than 2,000 kids during the fair.

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With Lane County's mosquito population more than double than average this year, visitors at the Oregon Country Fair may expect to get nibbled by these voracious bugs. But not everyone is comfortable with using over-the-counter sprays and repellents.  That's where one vendor, Soule Ahlenbach, comes in.  She's helping keep fairgoers bite-free by pitting Mother Nature against Mother Nature.  KLCC's Brian Bull checked in with her on the OCF's opening day.

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As the Oregon Country Fair commences, organizers are urging visitors to keep hydrated, stay cool, and pace themselves. While many temps are going to be in the upper 90s,  that heat wave means cold cash for those selling wares that can keep fairgoers cool and refreshed.  KLCC's Brian Bull checked in with one such vendor, Orange You Glad I Didn't Say 'Banana'?, right as the admission gates were opening this morning.

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Visitors to the Oregon Country Fair might want to bring along bug spray as well as sunscreen.  Lane County’s mosquito population has more than doubled due to recent, mild weather…and the bloodthirsty skeeters have no qualms about crashing the event. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Beginning Friday, an estimated 45,000 people will gather in Veneta for the annual Oregon Country Fair. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s a long-standing tradition for many.

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This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program. Today your intrepid arts reporter is at the Picasso Museum in Antibes, France, asking, “Why Picasso?”

Why is Picasso such a big deal, and what can I learn from him?

If you’ve seen too many high school productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!,” you may think it’s a tired old horse. The glorious production at Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival will change your mind.

Oregon Bach Festival

As part of the Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene audiences will be treated to the world premiere of “The Passion of Yeshua” on Sunday.

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Eugene's Kesey Square will be filled with the sound of brass this Friday as local music group Power of Tower plays for the July 6 First Friday ArtWalk.

The band’s name is an inversion of popular funk-rock group Tower of Power, and is a tribute band comprised of local Pacific Northwest musicians.

The Lane Arts Council is featuring the group to continue the City of Eugene’s initiative of bringing public music to the community to energize downtown.

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The Oregon Bach Festival began Friday in Eugene. The nearly 50 year old event attracts artists and fans from around the world.

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Sandy Brown Jensen

This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s Arts Review Program. This summer I’m reporting to you from Europe. Right now, I’m in Provence in the South of France asking myself, “What have the Roman’s done for us lately?”

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KING-PONG interactive art events, sponsored by Eugene Tech, will be a happening at Kesey Square from 8:00-10:00 p.m. on the last Tuesdays of June, July, August and September (June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25th.)

Local artists and musicians will incorporate STEM education activities with digital music and video entertainment to create a larger than life-sized electronic PONG tournament using GIANT controllers, projected on a 20 foot screen.

Carla Crow and one of her paintings currently showing at the Maude Kerns Art Center
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INTERVIEW WITH PAINTER CARLA CROW

 

Maude Kerns Art Center Presents, “Weaving With Nature: Donna Sakamoto Crispin, Deb Curtis, Patricia Montoya Donohue, Mariana Mace, & Sheri Smith with Carla Crow”

Exhibit Dates: May 25 - June 22

Today we’re at the Maude Kerns Art Gallery talking to painter Carla Crow who, along with several weavers, is in a show called “Weaving With Nature.”  Carla gets her inspiration for her repeating patterns from a most surprising source:

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A group is trying to stop the University of Oregon from tearing down the East Grandstand at Hayward Field in Eugene. They’re reviewing their legal options.

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The National Park Service and Interior Department have announced $60 million in historic preservation grants to states and tribes, including Oregon. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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The Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde are celebrating the return of 16 artifacts from Europe. As KLCC’s Brian Bull explains, the items are back after nearly 120 years…but aren’t home permanently.

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The Eug Parade is coming back to Eugene this summer. Emily Farthing is coordinator of the event, which is part of Eugene Sunday Streets on July 29th. 

Leslie Green in her studio
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 Clay and Canvas: A 50-year Retrospective by Leslie Green

Exhibition Dates: May 25 – July 7, 2018

Ron Rogers is a Sisters, Oregon, photographer who has a show at the Sisters Library during the month of May 2018.
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Ron Rogers, “Spring Snow in Sisters, Oregon,” at the Deschutes Library Community Room in Sisters, Oregon Exhibition Dates: May 1—May 29Viz City was privileged to interview photographer Ron Rogers on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 for a broadcast date of Wednesday, May 16, 2018  You’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s Arts Review program.

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This weekend marks the golden anniversary of a major cultural event at the University of Oregon.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the 50th Annual Mother’s Day Pow-Wow is also expected to receive special recognition.

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Friday morning, a Native American blessing ceremony will be held at the University of Oregon’s Straub Hall.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s for art commissioned to commemorate an out-of-this world object.

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Comedian Paula Poundstone is coming to the Hult Center in Eugene on Saturday May 12th.

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A University of Oregon graduate turned acclaimed cinematographer is back at his alma mater. Jake Swantko – who filmed the Oscar-winning documentary “Icarus” -- is talking about his craft as well as the importance of journalism. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Photographer Michael Taylor is showing his "Northwest Travels" photographs at the Don Dexter Gallery
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Photographer Michael Taylor at the Don Dexter Gallery

Viz City was privileged to interview photographer Michael Taylor on Thursday, April 19, 2018, about his show called "Northwest Travels," showing at the Don Dexter Gallery through June 25.

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Exhibition Dates: March 27--June 25,  2018

Broadcast Date: Wed. May 2, 2018

Eugene Opera

Last year, financial problems nearly put the Eugene Opera out of business. But it was able to pay off its debts with the community’s help. This weekend, the Eugene Opera performs Maria de Buenos Aires in the Hult Center’s Soreng Theater.

Painter Satoko Matouji with one of her paintings for the Eugene ballet's performance of Peer Gynt.
Sandy Brown Jensen

Viz City was pleased to interview painter Satoko Motouji on Thursday. April 5, 2018 for a broadcast date of Wed. April 18, 2018. The show is at the White Lotus Gallery and is called "Peer Gynt: Paintings by Satoko Motouji." The exhibition dates are March 28 – May 12, 2018.

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