Arts & Culture

The Hi-Fi Music Hall opens in Eugene on Friday May 8th, with a concert from Zepparella. The new music hall features two stages and video web streaming of every concert. Owners Mike Hergenreter  and Danny Kime talk with Eric Alan about their vision for the venue.

May 2015 – KLCC Book Review by Connie Bennett:  "Saint Friend” by Carl Adamshick
This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Saint Friend” by Carl Adamshick .
It’s not often that I read a book of poetry, cover to cover.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy poetry.  I’m fascinated with the way a poet can distill a concentration of imagery and evoke layers of meaning into such sparse phrases.  But I usually imbibe on one or two poems at a time.

The Center for Community Counseling presents “Stand Up for Mental Health” at the Wildish Theater in Springfield on Saturday, May 2nd. Headlining the event will be Dax Jordan, Los Angeles-based comedian who is a graduate of the University of Oregon, and personally familiar with issues of depression. Dax Jordan joins Eric Alan for conversation and comedy.

Photo by Anthony Proveaux

A conversation with Grammy-nominated producer Don Ross, one of ten producers for the Make-a-Band contest sponsored by the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene. The interview includes music from Big Tuna, the band Don Ross produced, who will perform in the Make-a-Band Showcase on Friday, May 1st in Eugene’s downtown park blocks. 

Charles Tatum

Charles Tatum Retrospective at Maude Kerns Art Center.

Eugene filmmakers Jeremy Teicher and Alexi Pappas speak with Eric Alan about their two feature films, and the human connection between them. Tall as the Baobab Tree explores the lives of the first girls to be educated in a Senegalese village, while Tracktown tells a story about running, set in Eugene. (Alexi Pappas is a two-time NCAA All-American runner, as well as a filmmaker.)  Tall as the Baobab Tree screens on Thursday, April 30th, as part of the Cinema Pacific Film Festival in Eugene.

Lincoln County is celebrating the renovation of one of its covered bridges Monday. The Chitwood Covered Bridge is one of about 800 historically recognized covered bridges in the U.S.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Eugene Concert Choir completes its 40th anniversary season by featuring Celtic Spring with the Willis Clan on Saturday, April 25th at the Hult Center in Eugene. The Willis Clan includes twelve siblings from Nashville who merge Irish music and song and dance. They’ve gained international attention through winning the Today Show Sound of Music Singing Family Contest on NBC, and placing first in the 2013 International Irish Music Festival Competition in Dublin.

Photo by Hiroshi Iwaya

An interview with violinist Monica Huggett , who is celebrating her twentieth year as artistic director of the Portland Baroque Orchestra. They’ll perform Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons along with other music from Vivaldi, Locatelli and Locke in the Chamber Music at Beall series on Tuesday, April 28th on the UO campus.

Oboist Allan Vogel and flutist Janice Tipton are renowned for their work with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Bach’s Circle, among many other credits. They’re currently in residency with Chamber Music Amici for a week educational offerings and performances that will culminate in a Baroque performance with Chamber Music Amici at the Shedd in Eugene on Monday, April 27th.