Arts & Culture

Scandinavian Festival Association

The 54th Annual Scandinavian Festival kicks off Thursday in Junction City. Recently, the festival was honored with an award for its ongoing legacy.

The “Oregon Heritage Tradition Designation” was awarded to the Scandinavian Festival this year. The award is bestowed to festivals and fairs that have been running for 50 years or longer. Mark Crenshaw, president of the Scandinavian Festival explains it’s not just the age of the festival that makes it stand out.

As part of the Oregon Festival of American Music 2014, Siri Vik  and Shirley Andress interpret the songs of Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland. Their interview with Eric Alan includes recorded music from both Monroe and Garland, and a live a cappella taste of “Get Happy.”


by Dorothy Velasco

for broadcast on KLCC, Aug. 5, 2014

“Family Album” is a new rock musical commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Written by the artist known as Stew and his partner Heidi Rodewald, and directed by Joanna Settle, the show features excellent performers, many of them from the New York music scene.

Photo by Michael Wilson

Grammy-award winning songwriter Shawn Colvin speaks with Eric Alan about music from Steady On to her new release All Fall Down, as well as her collaboration with Steve Earle and her appearance on The Simpsons. She will perform at the Tower Theatre in Bend on Tuesday, August 5th.

First the disclaimer.  I’m a physicist’s daughter.  And, I have two brothers and two nephews who are engineers.  So, it was with at least a bit of skepticism that I cracked the cover of Portland author Christine McKinley’s new book, “Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You.”

Photo by Tiffany Eckert

Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit have uniquely merged performance poetry and storytelling with roots music, over the course of countless shows and two CDs together, the latest of which is Matadors. Chris Chandler also has a new book collection out, called Avoiding Godot. They performed live in the KLCC studios along with percussionist Jarrod Kaplan of My Father's Ghost, before appearing at Sam Bond's Garage in Eugene on Thursday, July 31st.

Springfield Chooses Artists For Simpsons Mural

Jul 30, 2014
Matt Groening

Springfield’s city committee has chosen the artists who will be transforming the west side of the Emerald Arts building into a mural, honoring the longest-running scripted T.V. show, the Simpsons.

The firm Old City Artists was chosen from among eight other groups hoping to paint the city’s newest mural depicting the Simpsons. Springfield city spokesman Neil Laudati explains how the finalists stood out among the rest.

#Instaballet is a creation of dancers Suzanne Haag and Antonio Anacan, featuring choreography and instant performance of a ballet based on audience instructions. Antonio Anacan speaks with Eric Alan about the process, about why children’s questions often drive it, and how the dance relates to everyday life.

Photo by Julia Moore

Guitarist Craig Chaquico has led an exceptionally diverse career, from his early days as the lead guitarist for the multi-platinum selling Jefferson Starship, to a Grammy-nominated, million-selling solo career including success in the realms of smooth jazz, New Age, and lately blues. He’s now working with one of Oregon’s fine young vocalists, Shaeny Celine Johnson, and will be the headlining performer this Saturday at the three-day Newberry Event Music & Arts Festival, a multiple sclerosis benefit in La Pine. He speaks with Eric Alan.

Storycatchers: Queen Marie Slugtoinette

Jul 24, 2014
Connie Van Flandern

The slug queen pageant has been a Eugene tradition since 1983, but the office of slug queen hasn't always been so involved in the community.

Connie Van Flandern or Queen Marie Slug-toinette sat down with her friend Mitra  Chester to talk about Connie's role in shaping the meaning of being slug queen.

Mama Lou claims to be the only professional strong woman performer in the Northern Hemisphere. She visits the KLCC studios to rip a phone book in half and explain why her feats of strength provide inspiration for living a strong and beautiful life. She appears at the Lane County Fair every day through Sunday.

A live in-studio performance at KLCC from Absolute Harmony, a five-piece all-women a cappella ensemble from Corvallis. They perform an original song, then cover Steve Martin, and talk with Eric Alan about being inspired by everything from South African freedom songs to their children.

Watershed Arts Foundation

Sandy Jensen talks with Amy Isler Gibson, executive director of the new Watershed Arts Foundation. 

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The Lane County Fair opens today at the Eugene fairgrounds and runs through Sunday.  It’s all about finding your thrill, your groove, your cuteness, and the goofy in you. We know because the fair’s website,, tells us so.  To learn more about the fair and all the things you’ll find there,  KLCC’S Claude Offenbacher speaks with Assistant Fair Manager Rachel Bivens:

Oregon Shakespeare Festival


by Dorothy Velasco

for broadcast on KLCC July 22, 2014

“Water by the Spoonful,” by Quiara Alegria Hudes, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Thomas Theatre, it’s an excellent choice for the intimate space.

Meeting Date: July 18, 2014

Air Date: July 21, 2004

In 1969 in an apple orchard outside of Eugene, a handful of local people held a benefit for Children’s House, a community alternative school. That philanthropic event, billed as the Renaissance Faire, grew into the Oregon Country Fair (OCF). In the decades since, the Fair has been incorporated as a nonprofit organization with thousands of volunteers and six employees. Every July, hundreds of entertainers, performers, and handcraft artisans come together to co-create a lively festival.

3 Leg Torso Live at KLCC

Jul 18, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

The band 3 Leg Torso has been making eclectic music for nearly two decades, integrating elements of chamber music, tango, Gypsy music, Latin, klezmer and more. Their music has found its way into several films as well as on recordings. They’re currently working on two new albums, as well as hitting the road for the live shows that they love. They joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios, on their way to the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove.

Jacob Lewin

It is a colorful ritual that many Latinos brought with them when they immigrated to Oregon, and it is now more popular than ever. Quinceaneras celebrate the 15th birthday of Latino girls, but they are much more than just a big party.

Ileana Torres is being fitted for her quinceanera dress (zipper sound) at a Salem shop that specializes in them.  Quinceaneras once were a way to present girls as ready for marriage. Now they're a rite of passage when, at the age of 15 girls, like Ileana, are expected to take on more responsibility:

The Eugene Film Society 72-Hour Music Video Competition will challenge local videographers to create videos for the songs by this year’s finalists for the Eugene Weekly’s Next Big Thing contest. Eric Alan speaks with Joshua Purvis, founder and Director of operations of the Eugene Film Society.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival


by Dorothy Velasco

for broadcast on KLCC July 15, 2014

“Into the Woods,” now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Allen Elizabethan Theatre, is a Broadway-worthy spectacle. You may very well enjoy it as much as the ecstatic opening night audience.

Tiffany Eckert

KLCC reporters walked the paths of the Oregon Country Fair this weekend to find stories that capture  experiences at the nation's oldest event of its kind. Emery Blackwell was born with cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or do many of the things many of us take for granted. But he's able to ride a tricycle that he custom designed for his body. It's known as Em's Cosmic Limo, and with the help of a dedicated crew, he spends nights at the Country Fair pedaling people around. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert has the story.


Crews Craft a Story Pole At Oregon Country Fair

Jul 13, 2014
Amanda Butt

The clan members of the "Ritz Sauna and Shower Spa" have set up their booth at the Oregon County Fair for the past 38 years. Now, they're working on a story pole to mark their legacy for many future generations of Fairgoers to see. KLCC's Amanda Butt was there with Booth Manager George Bradock and has more.

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Karen Richards

Oregon Country Fair is a place people can escape their everyday lives. One of the larger industries at the fair is food service. Many people leave their normal jobs to work at the fair's various food booths.

Merrill Smith works at La Tortilla, better known as "€œthe chalupa booth." He runs a bakery in Ashland. But most of his employees this weekend are not in food service. Smith says his workers are flight attendants, yoga instructors, tree planters, and parents. He enjoys working here because...

Oregon Country Fair - Wild Edibles And A Living Beehive

Jul 11, 2014
Desmond O'Boyle

Oregon Country Fair's Community Village is a collection of booths providing information about social issues.

Tucked away is a booth called Wild Edibles. Here people can learn about natural foliage that can be consumed or used as medicine. There's also a small section dedicated to a vital component to wild edible plants: Bees.

KLCC's Desmond O'Boyle took some time to visit the Fair's only living bee hive and found some women bringing attention to saving the bees.

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At the Oregon Country Fair Friday, KLCC's Eric Alan & John Cooney spoke with John Perkins. He's the author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman. He's the founder and board member of Dream Change, as well as co-founder of Pachamama Alliance.

Photo by Eric Alan

Friday at the 45th Oregon Country Fair, KLCC's Eric Alan and John Cooney spoke with poet Jorah LaFleur with Eugene Poetry Slam.

Photo by Eric Alan

Friday at the Oregon Country Fair, KLCC's Eric Alan and John Cooney spoke with Michelle Holman of SLFR: Support Local Food Rights.

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Country Fair features more than music, food, jugglers, acrobats and funny costumes. If you're looking for a shady spot for some live theater and laughs, the Morningwood Odditorium is the place for you. During pre-fair set up, KLCC's Rachael McDonald stopped by to talk with a couple of actors, Christopher Huson and Maque DaVis.

"Beauty and the Beast" is performed at noon and 3 o'clock each day of the fair at the Morningwood Odditorium.

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Country Fair will lure thousands of people to the woods in Veneta this weekend.  KLCC's Rachael McDonald checked in with Fair General Manager Charlie Ruff this week to find out what fair-goers can expect.

Workers are putting finishing touches on the fanciful structures that dot the landscape of this wooded tract of land in Veneta. Charlie Ruff says this year's heavy snows and icy temperatures caused some damage.

“Hi, I’m your neighbor, and I’d like to eat your weeds.”  In her book “Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness,” author Becky Lerner accepts her editor’s challenge to survive for a week on the wild plants growing within Portland’s city limits.  She quickly discovers that collecting leafy weeds and brewing pine-needle tea costs far more in energy than it provides in sustenance.  Exhausted and near starvation, she gives up on the experiment by the end of chapter 2.