Arts & Culture

Vocalist Marisa Frantz is a native of Eugene who returned after several musical years in Nashville, and is a part of the Oregon Festival of American Music for the first time. She speaks with Eric Alan about balancing a reverence for vocal tradition while still making classic songs her own. She’ll be a featured vocalist in OFAM’s opening gala, which will be broadcast by KLCC on Tuesday evening, August 11th, during Heartwood Hotel.

Photo Jenny Graham

“The Happiest Song Plays Last,” now at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Thomas Theatre, is part three of a trilogy by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Last year the Festival presented part two, “Water by the Spoonful,” directed, like this play, by Shishir Kurup.
The author, inspired by her cousin Elliot, the youngest Marine to be deployed to Iraq, has stitched his story to others, creating a colorful quilt of present-day issues.

In the first of two features on the Oregon Festival of Music 2015, Eric Alan speaks with Jim Ralph, Executive Director of the Shedd Institute. Jim talks about the transformative musical era from 1921 to 1934, and how it will be represented onstage during Tuesday evening’s opening gala. That concert will be broadcast live on KLCC during Heartwood Hotel, which begins at 7:30 p.m.


  This is KLCC.  I'm Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Astoria" by Peter Stark.

For anyone living in the KLCC listening area, Peter Stark's historical adventure is a fascinating read.  The full title gives you a hint: "Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire, a Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival."

The Eugene Airport Adds 60 Four Legged Employees

Aug 6, 2015

All of them four-legged and hungry for hard to reach brush. 

According to Briana Murphy of Goat Power in Sherwood, Oregon, the Eugene Airport has contracted with her company for 60 animals to eat their fill. 

Briana Murphy:  "Because they have a really diverse palate, which means they’ll eat the woody plants, they’ll grasses, they’ll eat the ivy."

TAD Talks is a new series that will examine how technology and the arts encourage economic development and community engagement in the Downtown Eugene area. The first TAD Talk will be Tuesday, August 11th at Hi-Fi Music Hall at 5:30 pm.  Eric Alan speaks with Matt Sayre, director of the Technology Association of Oregon in Eugene, and Joshua Purvis, Executive Director of the Eugene Film Society.

KLCC 89.7 FM will broadcast Oregon Festival of American Music's
Tuesday August 11, 7:30-10 pm


Photo by Eric Alan

Langhorne Slim and the Law will release their second album as a unit, The Spirit Moves, this Friday, August 7th, bringing another set of soulful, vulnerable and joyful songs to the world. As part of the tour behind it, they’ll appear at the Hi-Fi Music Hall in Eugene, August 4th, and Langhorne Slim came by the KLCC studios for solo versions of a few of his new songs.

Recorded on: July 31st, 2015

Air Date: August 3rd, 2015

Three speakers will explore the road ahead for independent filmmaking. Indie films are those for which the “Director’s Cut” is the final cut, because no producers own the rights to creative control and financial issues do not determine the way the story will be told. They will discuss whether Hollywood is more attuned to the wealth of creativity among filmmakers who insist on artistic integrity.