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State tax incentives for the film and television industry have cleared the Oregon House. 

The bill would extend tax breaks for six more years and benefit film and television producers who bring their projects to the state.  Executive Director of the Oregon Film & Television Tim Williams calls the incentives a powerful draw for this lucrative industry.

photo Jenny Graham

Among the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s summer openings, the funniest by far is the world premiere of the musical, “Head Over Heels,” at the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
With a script by Jeff Whitty, author of the Tony-winning “Avenue Q,” and music and lyrics by the Go-Go’s, the wildly popular female band from the eighties, the much-anticipated show is hilarious, enticing and touching.

Photo by Johanna Prechtel

Martin Prechtel is the author of The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise, which brings his Indigenous perspectives to a path for the embrace of grief, and a way to transform it to a healthy praise for life. He speaks with Eric Alan, before a book release event at Tsunami Books on Tuesday, June 30th.

Photo by Eric Alan

Banning Eyre is a multi-faceted creative artist, including his roles as author, guitarist, and senior editor and producer of the syndicated public radio program AfroPop Worldwide. His latest book is Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music that Made Zimbabwe—focused on an African cultural icon who is now in exile, and a resident of Eugene.

Photo by John Stark

To celebrate the opening of the 2015 Oregon Bach Festival, KLCC hosted an hour-long special live broadcast in the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios on Wednesday evening, June 24th. Three different ensembles from OBF's new Berwick Academy for Historical Performance performed music from Boccherini, Heinichen and Schubert in front of a live studio audience. The broadcast was hosted by KLCC's Eric Alan and OBF's John Steinmetz. It also included thoughts from OBF Artistic Director Matthew Halls. It was an inspiring session, now available here for on-demand listening.

TONIGHT!  A KLCC Studio Concert and Live Broadcast from the Oregon Bach Festival's Berwick Academy for Historical Performance

Performance begins at 6:30 pm.
Hosted by  Eric Alan (KLCC) and John Steinmetz (OBF).

The Program:

BOCCHERINI    
Flute Quintet in D Major, Op. 17, No. 1
I. Allegro assai
II. Menuetto

Mara Winter, flute
Mai Nguyen, viola
Jimin Shin, Julia Glenn, violins 
Lucien Werner, cello

Carl Falsgraf had a distinguished career as an educator, but at age 55, he left it behind. He bought a used Toyota pick-up truck, packed his guitar and a few other belongings, and spent two months on the road looking inward and outward. His book Highway Blues tells the tale of that journey, and he speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan in advance of a book release event on June 28th at Tsunami Books in Eugene.

This year’s Oregon Bach Festival runs from June 25th to July 12th, with events in Eugene and Portland. Its wide range of musical offerings will include the new Berwick Academy for Historical Performance, which will debut on Saturday, June 27th as Matthew Halls conducts three of Beethoven’s greatest works in Beall Hall.  Members of the Berwick Academy will also perform live in KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall on Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30 p.m. OBF Artistic Director Matthew Halls preview this year’s festival, with KLCC's Eric Alan.

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You won’t see many white sheep at this weekend’s  Black Sheep Gathering at the Lane County Fairgrounds. The show was founded 41 years ago to preserve the genetics of black, brown and grey animals.

The event began in the mid-1970s with gatherings held at people’s homes. It’s grown every year and this year will take over the convention space as well as the expo barns at the fairgrounds. Wayne Thompson has been involved for 35 years:

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