Arts & Culture

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.

A coastal Oregon tradition has been captured by author James Herman in his new book, Driftwood Forts of the Oregon Coast. It looks at forts from a variety of perspectives, from the historical to the spiritual and the practical, in a book that’s photographic as much as it written in prose. James Herman will appear in the KLCC listening area at Siuslaw Public Library in Florence on July 12th, in Lincoln City on July 19th, and on August 2nd at the first annual Driftwood Fort Festival. He speaks with Eric Alan.

Author Bonnie Henderson’s latest book is called The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast. It looks at how the scientific community came to understand the Cascadia Subduction Zone and the possibilities for tsunamis along the Pacific Coast—particularly through the eyes of geologist Tom Horning, who experienced the 1964 tsunami in Seaside, Oregon, as a ten-year-old. Bonnie Henderson will be holding book events in July in Bend, Newport, and Eugene, and will appear as a panelist in Florence in August. She speaks with Eric Alan.

Dan Chen Open Studio

Jul 9, 2014
Oregon Shakespeare Festival


by Dorothy Velasco

for broadcast on KLCC July 8, 2014

“A Wrinkle in Time,” Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved book published in 1962, has been adapted for screen, stage and even opera. Now you can see a new adaptation at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Bowmer Theatre, and delight in the creativity of the stagecraft.

Zac Wolfe Live at KLCC

Jul 3, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Eugene guitarist Zac Wolfe blends jazz, Latin and pop styles, and recently had the opportunity to make his debut album, Hello, with one of his inspirations, the great drummer Stix Hooper of the Crusaders. Before performing at Art and the Vineyard in Alton Baker Park in Eugene on Friday, July 4th with his full band, he visited the KLCC studios in duo form with Brazilian percussionist Valter Da Silva, for songs and conversation.

Lucy Ohlsen/KLCC

At race registration, one person stands out among the runners.

“I’ve got my water jugs, and my gun here," he gestures. "I’m ready to go hunting for rabbits.”

This man calls himself Eugene Skinner.

“Came out here, and started a ferry. Brought my family out here, and we thought we’d raise our kids out here,” he said.

With racing bib number 2549, he won the first “Eugene Skinner” look-alike contest. There was only one other contestant. Both will run in the 41st Butte to Butte run.

Photo by Eric Alan

The six-piece Seattle ensemble Hey Marseilles merges orchestral and pop textures, and have been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, among other places. They've released two acclaimed albums to date, including the most recent one Lines We Trace. They joined us in the KLCC studios to share two new songs and one older one, before performing at Cozmic in Eugene on July 2nd.

The City of Springfield is partnering with the iconic television show The Simpsons to bring the family to Downtown on a mural. The show is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It's the longest running scripted show currently still on the air.

The critically acclaimed show featuring Homer, Bart, Maggie and Lisa is set in Springfield. Simpsons Producer Al Jean says they have always been vague about which state the show is set in.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival


by Dorothy Velasco

for broadcast on KLCC  July 1, 2014

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival opened its outdoor season at the Allen Elizabethan Theatre with a riveting production of “Richard III.” Dan Donahue’s multi-layered portrayal of the complex title role is a unique gift to theatre-goers.

Photo by Eric Alan

Portland songwriter Ashleigh Flynn returns to her former home of Eugene for a house concert on Friday evening, June 27th, as well as performing in Bend at McMenamins on Wednesday, July 2nd and at Planktown in Springfield on Thursday, July 3rd, with her band the Back Porch Majority. Her most recent CD is called A Million Stars, produced by Chris Funk from the Decemberists. The album’s songs primarily involve female Wild West characters. She joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Here’s a piece of my mind I call  “Car Squawk,” three small complaints from behind the wheel of my 2010 Honda Fit in Eugene.  Maybe this will resonate with you.

First, it’s hard to avoid playing bumper cars as I park in the city garage closest to KLCC. I contort my body out after squeezing into a tortuously narrow space made narrower by an adjacent
intruding truck.  

Squawk number two:  I’m behind a driver stopped at a red light.  He’s clueless he can now legally turn left onto an empty one-way street. 

Photo by Eric Alan

KLCC and the Oregon Bach Festival continued their annual collaborative tradition by celebrating the opening of the year's festival with a special hour-long performance in the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios, on Wednesday evening, June 25th. This year's performance featured cellist Jonathan Manson and lutenist Simon Martyn-Ellis--two of the world's top players on their respective instruments--with a live studio audience. The broadcast was hosted by KLCC's Eric Alan, and co-hosted by John Steinmetz from the Oregon Bach Festival. It was a truly memorable evening.

Storycatchers: Going Beyond Toxics

Jun 26, 2014
Lisa Arkin

Mary O’Brien, founder of Beyond Toxics, and Lisa Arkin, the Executive Director, reminisce about their work in the anti-toxics movement and particularly how Eugene’s Toxics Right-to-Know Act came to be. Mary begins by recalling how Lisa got involved in the movement…

Jan Eliot, Stone Soup

Jun 26, 2014
By Jan Eliot

Syndicated cartoonist Jan Eliot talks with Eric Alan about her strip Stone Soup and the changing nature of the comics business. The tenth Stone Soup collection, It Seemed like a Good Idea at the Time, has just been published, and Jan Eliot will have booksignings in Cottage Grove and at Art and the Vineyard in Eugene.

Jacobs Gallery

Lotte and Terry visit the Jacobs Gallery in Eugene on Viz City.

The Oregon Bach Festival’s new artistic director Matthew Halls speaks with Eric Alan about this year’s festival, and his vision for both the artistic and educational components in future years to come.

Joan Baez plays Eugene June 25th

Jun 24, 2014
Dana Tynan

KLCC's Michael Canning spoke with award winning musician, and activist Joan Baez. Ms Baez plays a concert with The Indigo Girls at Eugene's Cuthbert amphitheater on Wednesday June 25th at 7:30PM.

Elias Kauhane is an Oahu native who will be the featured performer at this month’s Aloha Friday at Cozmic in Eugene, bringing Hawaiian culture to the Willamette Valley in an evening that also features "Hello Summer Songs" and a quiz on the birds of Hawaii. Elias Kauhane joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios for music and conversation about the shifting culture of Hawaii, including the newly enlivened movement around Hawaiian sovereignty.

Desmond O'Boyle

Construction barriers were removed from Eugene's Washington-Jefferson park in April, ushering in hundreds of skate boarders, bicyclists, and in line skaters. Saturday's official opening hopes to show the park is not just for kids, its part of a revitalization of downtown Eugene.

Oh Kay

Jun 19, 2014

The Shedd Theatricals presents the musical Oh, Kay! June 19th through the 29th in the Jaqua concert hall at the Shedd Institute. Cast members Madelyn Schwartz and Dylan Stasackdropped by the KLCC studio to talk with Michael Canning about the show.


Rogue HackLab

Maker spaces and hacker spaces are a growing phenomenon. They’re places where everyday people gain access to the tools – and the collaborative inspiration – to combine art, engineering and technology in new and innovative ways. Sometimes these projects become incubators for products and inventions with enormous potential. In Medford, the Rogue Hack Lab is a local expression of this global movement.

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A lot of people were disappointed last week when Kesey Enterprises announced the Eugene Celebration is taking a hiatus this year.  Now, an alternative event is in the works.

Krysta Albert runs the Eugene Health and Wellness Celebration which has been part of the Eugene Celebration over the years.  She says when the news came out community members contacted her about putting on a Festival of Eugene instead.

Ordinary Days at OCT

Jun 13, 2014

The new musical "Ordinary Days" plays at Oregon Contemporary Theatre through June 29th. KLCC's Michael Canning talks with Director Craig Willis and Musical Director Nathan Alef.