Arts & Culture

Photo by Milton H. Greene

Milton H. Greene was one of the most celebrated photographers of the first half of the twentieth century, including his iconic images of Marilyn Monroe. His archives are cared for by his son, Joshua Greene at Archive Images in Florence, and a framed print of one of those images is being given away as part of KLCC’s Happy Birthday, Marilyn fundraiser on Monday, June 1st. Joshua Greene speaks to Eric Alan about the stories behind the photographs.

Rachael McDonald

J. Michaels Bookstore is celebrating 40 years in business in Eugene. KLCC's Rachael McDonald speaks with owner Jeremy Nissel about what it takes to survive as an independent bookseller.

Keefer and Norman exhibit at Jacobs Gallery

May 27, 2015

The spring concert of the Women’s Choral Society of Eugene marks both its 80th anniversary season, and its last performance with music director Jim Steinberger, who’s retiring after 24 years. He speaks with Eric Alan about the group, its aims and his experience, before the performance at the UO’s Beall Hall on May 29th. 

Photo by Eric Alan

Portland songwriter Casey Neill has brought his socially conscious and eclectic music to the world for twenty years now, and his current band the Norway Rats are touring behind their most recent CD All You Pretty Vandals, produced by Chris Funk of the Decemberists. Before bringing a full-band show to the Axe and Fiddle tonight in Cottage Grove on Friday, May 22nd, they visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

It's that time of year when hordes of twenty-somethings start sharing rides to remote locations – music festival season. This Memorial Day weekend it's the Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington. But Sasquatch is one of many – many – festivals yet to come. Too, many, in fact? Jessica Robinson wondered how many festivals the music industry can handle.

Forget shows in clubs and concert halls. Some bands now spend long stretches of their summer just hopping from one grassy lawn to another. Take the Northwest's homegrown indie rock band Modest Mouse.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Evangenitals are a thoroughly eclectic band founded by playwright and director Juli Crockett, along with jazz and gospel vocalist Lisa Dee. They make music that has been described as ranging from truck-stop lullabies to Klezmer-punk-jazz, ballads & barn-burners to hillbilly stomp. On their new album, Moby Dick: Or, the Album, they’ve brought Herman Melville’s classic novel into the musical realm.

Luper Cemetery north of Eugene will unveil a new monument over Memorial Day weekend. The stone was created to honor unmarked graves and markers that haven't survived.

The first burials at Luper Cemetery occurred in 1853. Over 160 people are buried at the site which is maintained by volunteers. President Peter Thurston says the monument is dedicated to 28 of the interred.

Thurston: "After five years of fixing things and taking care of the weeds and the cemetery. We determined there were a number of people that did not have a marker at the cemetery."

Eugene and Kathmandu have had a sister city relationship for forty years. As part of local efforts to aid Nepal’s earthquake survivors, there will be a benefit on Sunday, May 24th, featuring music, dance and speakers. Proceeds will benefit the global relief project called Embracing the World. Eric Alan speaks with Arun Toké, event organizer and editor of Skipping Stones magazine.

Photo by Eric Alan

Tony Furtado brings new songs, and his mastery of slide guitar and banjo to a house concert in Eugene tonight, May 15th, where he'll joined by bassist Sam Howard. Tony is celebrating the release of his seventeenth album, The Bell. Tony Furtado and Sam Howard visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.