Arts & Culture

“Chalk Outlines” is a performance piece by the Embodiment Project in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, which will be performed on the Hult Center Plaza in Eugene on Thursday, August 27th at 5:30 p.m. Eric Alan speaks with artistic director Nicole Klaymoon and musical director Valerie Troutt.

Jenny Graham / Oregon Shakespeare Festival

It’s been a smoky summer in the Pacific Northwest. Wildfires have communities from Eastern Washington to Northern California gasping through days and weeks of poor air quality.

In Ashland, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the “show-must-go-on” mantra of the theater has given way to continuous air quality checks and tough show-time decisions.

The City of Springfield is installing a two-story, photorealistic painted mural of Ken Kesey downtown on the side of the Odd Fellows Building, current home of PlankTown Brewing. It was designed by Craig Ferroggiaro of Willamette Valley Color, and will be painted by Old City Artists, who also installed the nearby Simpsons mural. Craig Ferrogiaro speaks with Eric Alan about capturing the essence of Kesey, and the inspiring creative challenge of working with existing architecture.

Photo by Eric Alan

Keith Greeninger returns to the KLCC listening region with a few solo performances. Friday, August 21st he’ll be at the Barn at Yellow Bird Farm, west of Cottage Grove. Then he’ll perform at Fir Street Park in downtown Sisters on Saturday, August 22nd, and give a house concert in Bend on Monday, August 24th. His most recent CD is Soul Connection, which features Bonnie Raitt’s rhythm section, and Bill Payne from Little Feat on the keyboards. Keith came by the KLCC studios to share music on a beautiful Friday afternoon.

Whetherman, Live at KLCC

Aug 20, 2015
Photo by Eric Alan

Whetherman is the stage name of Nicholas Williams, who has released six CDs in recent years on an independent path, including his latest CD Seeds for Harvest. He’s also been touring relentlessly during those years as well, whether it’s with a full band or solo. He’s continuing that touring with two performances in the KLCC listening region, including August 20th at Cozmic in Eugene, and on Friday night, August 21st at Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove. He stopped by the KLCC studios for songs and stories.

Photo Jenny Graham

The last play to open at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this season is one of the very best. “Sweat,” a deeply satisfying new work by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, was commissioned as part of the Festival’s United States History Cycle.

KLCC's Desmond O'Boyle speaks with Festival of Eugene organizer Krysta Albert about the happenings at the festival, located in Skinner Butte Park.

Festival of Eugene, August 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.

The event features 3 band stages, a youth music stage, a dance performance stage and a poetry stage. A Kid Zone and a silent art auction featuring unknown artists, and a make and model car show featuring unique car art.

Arts and cultural organizations around the state will benefit from this year’s record-breaking Oregon Cultural Trust grants. The awards, totaling $2.6 million dollars, are up 30 percent over last year.

The Oregon Cultural Trust is funded by Oregon residents, who receive tax credits for their donations. This year’s record high giving, together with a legislative change to the distribution model, allowed the Trust to distribute more money than ever. The Lane Arts Council received over $21,000 for an “arts asset map.” Executive Director Liora Sponko explains:

As part of Oregon Performance Lab--a new creative residency program hosted by Lane Community College-- the play Spill will be performed in the Ragozzino Performance Hall of LCC on August 14th and 15th, based on interviews regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Louisiana. Lead actor and dramaturg Kelli Simpkins speaks with Eric Alan.