Arts & Culture

Photo by Eric Alan

Saxophonist Idit Shner has made her mark in both the jazz and classical worlds, and finds inspiration from literature in the form of her new release 9 Short Stories, upon which she’s joined by a Texas jazz trio. Idit Shner will perform twice in Eugene, first as part of the Broadway House Concerts series on October 28th, honoring Duke Ellington’s saxophonist Johnny Hodges, and in a CD release show at the Jazz Station on November 4th. 

Painter Margaret Coe in her home studio in Eugene, Oregon, October 2017
Sandy Brown Jensen

Show: Viz City

Subject: Margaret Coe

Date of Interview: Oct. 19, 2017

Date of Broadcast: Wed. Oct. 25 , 2017

Script: Sandy Brown Jensen

Sound: Terry Way

RE: Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Gallery, Mark Clarke and Margaret Coe: Our Lives in Paint

which will show October 21, 2017 to April 01, 2018

The first annual Northwest Different Arts and Music Showcase (NODAMS) celebrates experimental sounds and music, inspired in part by a parallel festival in Olympia Washington, and by the Dada and surrealist movements of a century ago.

The Sprout Film Festival presents films realistically portraying the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Locally, the 10th annual festival is presented by Full Access, which provides services and support to people with those disabilities. It will screen at Lane Community College’s main campus and Cottage Grove campus on Thursday, October 19th, at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on Friday, October 20th, and at the Broadway Metro Theater on Saturday, October 21st.  April Wick, Executive Director of Full Access, speaks with KLCC's Eric Alan. 

Mac McAnally has been named the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year for eight consecutive years. Besides writing hits for many country stars and performing as part of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, he’s released sixteen albums of his own. The latest one is Southbound, which puts his songs in an orchestral context.

Susan Detroy, Photographer, has a show called "Infrared Messages" at Territorial Vineyard
Sandy Brown Jensen

 Featuring Susan Detroy, "Infrared Messages-Today's Memories" at Eugene's Territorial Vineyards and Wine Company Sept. 29--Oct. 28

A mysterious luminous horse in a radiant meadow, a finely detailed grasshopper throwing a soft shadow--this is the infrared photography of Susan Detroy.

"Infrared photography is capturing the rays of light that are infrared...those rays are not visible to the human eye."

Oregon Mozart Players have just announced a three-year contract extension for artistic director Kelly Kuo. He talks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about why he loves the ensemble and community, and what’s ahead for the season, which begins with a concert called Revolution! on Saturday, October 7th in Beall Hall on the UO campus.   

This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of “My Last Continent” by Midge Raymond.

A trip to Antarctica usually starts from Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world.  It’s motto, “fin del mundo, principio de todo" – “end of the world, beginning of everything" – becomes recurringtheme in  Oregon author Midge Raymond’s new novel, “My Last Continent.”

Isaac Marquez has recently been named as Director of City of Eugene Cultural Services, responsible for oversight of the city’s Community Events and Public Art Programs, the Hult Center, and the Cuthbert Amphitheater.

Maria Hinojosa has hosted NPR’s Latino USA for 22 years. She brings a unique perspective about what it means to be American, which she will present as part of Oregon Humanities Center’s “We the People” lecture series on October 5th. She speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about her views on being American, her sense of civic duty, and all of our roles in challenging conversations about identity.  

Legendary Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira has performed with Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Weather Report, Return to Forever, and his wife Flora Purim, among many others. He’ll appear at the Florence Events Center on Saturday, October 7th, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Siuslaw School District Music Education Programs. He speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan.

Eugene Opera is reinventing itself, after canceling half of its previous season due to financial difficulties. New executive director Erika Rauer [rhymes with “tower”] outlines the organization’s new creative and financial vision, with KLCC’s Eric Alan. 

University of Oregon

The University of Oregon Wednesday announced the Oregon Bach Festival will now be managed by its School of Music and Dance. This after the firing of Artistic Director Matthew Halls last month.

Mija Andrade is the new Slug Queen 2017!
Sandy Brown Jensen


The "Society for the Legitimization of the Ubiquitous Gastropod" crowned a new queen last month.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Local Native Americans held resetting ceremonies for two renovated totem poles for the City of Eugene Saturday.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Photo by Eric Alan

Welsh singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph has 32 albums to his credit over the past three decades, including his most recent one, Sanctuary. Lately, he’s also founded a non-profit organization called “Let Yourself Trust,” been nominated for “Hardest Working Artist” in the UK’s Independent Music Awards, and written music for Parliament’s “Sweet Liberties” project, celebrating 800 years of British democracy. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

Eugene-area residents have until Monday night to share three words that describe the downtown.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Eric Alan

Garvar Brummett spent many years being homeless and did prison time for bank robbery, as well as dealing with abuse and addiction. Now he’s a drug and addition counselor, motivational speaker, and the author/illustrator of the book The Scent of Jasmine Cools the Rage.

The Sisters Folk Festival is offering refunds to ticket holders. This year’s concerts were canceled amid heavy wildfire smoke.

The festival was scheduled the second week in September, with headliners like Justin Townes Earle, Robbie Fulks, and the Hot Club of Cowtown. But the Milli Fire and other blazes close to Sisters created unsafe air quality across the region. The festival canceled.

Soprano Renee Fleming is one of music’s most accomplished vocalists, with her accolades including multiple Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts, bestowed upon her by President Obama.

The enduring legacy of six Oregon poets is honored in Erik Muller’s new book Durable Goods: An Appreciation of Oregon Poets. The four of those poets still living--including Barbara Drake, Paulann Petersen, Clemens Starck and Lex Runciman--will be featured at the Windfall Reading Series at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on September 19th. Erik Muller speaks with Eric Alan about poetry as an education of emotions; a venue to explore place, community and ourselves. 

Oregon Bach Festival

Ever since the Oregon Bach Festival last month announced the surprise termination of Artistic Director Matthew Halls, there’s been international reaction and speculation. The secrecy surrounding Hall’s departure has done damage to the reputation of the world-class festival.

Display Poster for Marco Elliott's Plein Air Paintings exhibit at Eugene's Downtown Library, September through October 2017
Marco Elliott



  Show: Viz City

Subject: Marco Elliott

Date of Interview: Sept. 1, 2017

Date of Broadcast: Wed. Sept. 13, 2017

Script: Sandy Brown Jensen

Sound: Terry Way

Photo by Eric Alan

After touring with her music for over two decades, Dar Williams has developed unique perspectives on community as well as music. That’s reflected in her new book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns, which takes a close look at what makes communities thrive. She’s touring behind the book, integrating reading and music. Before appearing at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Tuesday, September 12th, she visited the KLCC studios for community conversation and music, hosted by Eric Alan. 

The unhealed wounds of the Vietnam War still persist, as do the bonds between those who served there. Both are explored in the film Tripwire!¸which focuses on the experiences of local veteran Marc Waszkiewicz and his fellow Marines.

This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of “Avenging the Owl” by Melissa Hart.

Thirty-five years ago, the Hult Center in Eugene opened its doors, forever changing the city’s cultural landscape. In celebration, the venue will host a day of free events on September 16th. Joining KLCC’s Eric Alan to look ahead and look back are general manager Theresa Sizemore, and ticket office manager Marcia James, who has worked at the Hult Center since 1982.

History and the present merge in Singing Creek Educational Center’s Grandparent’s Pioneer Tea. The event honors elders on National Grandparents Day, September 10th, in a one-room schoolhouse in Junction City. Singing Creek’s Executive Director, Karen Rainsong, speaks with Eric Alan about honoring elders, and the relevance of pioneer values in the modern day.  

Ila Rose in her home studio in Eugene, Oregon
Sandy Brown Jensen

Show: Viz City

Subject: Ila Rose, Muralist

Date of Interview: Aug. 16, 2017

Noah Strycker set a world record by seeing 6,042 species of birds in one year. Stories from his global adventure are collected in his new book, Birding without Borders. He talks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about the memorable journey, before speaking at the Oregon Shorebird Festival in Charleston on Labor Day Weekend.