Arts & Culture

Photo by Eric Alan

Eugene musician Tyler Fortier has been busy lately, both as a producer and a songwriter. He’ll celebrate both aspects this Saturday, June 14th at Cozmic in Eugene. It’s a CD release party for his own new CD, Black and White Heart, and for Beth Wood’s new release, Sometimes Love, which he produced. He visited the KLCC studios for two live songs and one from his new CD.

Chamber Music Amici brings an unusual multi-media presentation to the Jaqua Concert Hall in Eugene on Wednesday, June 11th and to a house concert in Cottage Grove on Thursday, June 12th. They’ll perform Dvorak’s American String Quartet, synchronized to slides from Looking Back: Lane County and the Lane Historical Society.  They'll also perform music from Gershwin and Mozart. Violinist and artistic director Sharon Schuman joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios to share music and descriptions of the slides.

Photo by Anna Daedalus

Portland-based author Lindsay Hill has created an unusually structured novel called Sea of Hooks that follows his protagonist through a series of traumas and transformations, taking him from youth in San Francisco to an adulthood search in Bhutan. The book’s spiritual insights and literary power have brought it national acclaim, including being named by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best books of 2013. Lindsay Hill speaks with Eric Alan, before giving a reading at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Wednesday, June 11th.

Dorian Michael on the Saturday Cafe

Jun 7, 2014

  Dorian Michael has been playing guitar for forty-six years.  He says folk, blues, jazz, rock, all have found their way into his music.

Photo by Eric Alan

Nathan Brown is the current Poet Laureate of Oklahoma, as well as a musician, photographer, workshop leader and teacher. His latest book is Less is More, More or Less; and his most recent CD is Gypsy Moon. He stopped by the KLCC studios for songs, poetry and conversation before a  house concert in Eugene with Beth Wood on Friday, June 10th, and a reading at Paulina Springs Books in Sisters on Saturday evening, June 11th.

In her first adult novel, Seattle writer Deb Caletti has crafted a mesmerizing internal journey for her protagonist, Dani Keller.  The story grabs us with the first sentence:   "I used to imagine it sometimes, what would happen if one day I just didn't come home."   But it isn’t Dani who disappears.  She wakes one morning to find her husband gone – from their bed, their Lake Union houseboat, just vanished from her life – with no explanation. 

Sculptor Jud Turner speaks with Eric Alan about "The Art of Repurposing," particularly in connection with his recent sculpture "Blind Eye Sees All (No Secrets Anymore)," created in response to recent surveillance issues in America. Jud Turner will launch the Lane Arts Council's new ArtTalk series as part of the First Friday ArtWalk in Eugene on Friday, June 6th.

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The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the UO campus in Eugene presents “Placing Pierre Daura,” an exhibition of work by the Catalan-American artist, curated by students from the university. In conjunction with that, music and dance instructor Laura Wayte and her students present an event on Saturday afternoon, June 7th called “A Spirited Bourree,” joined by Nathalie Fortin on piano and David Rogers on guitar. It includes songs in Catalan and Spanish that highlight prominent themes in Pierra Daura’s work.

Peter Laufer discusses his new book Slow News: A Manifesto for the Critical News Consumer, which parallels the Slow Food movement and Michael Pollan’s guidelines in that arena. Peter Laufer is the James Wallace Chair in the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon, and has led a distinguished career as an author, journalist, and broadcaster.

Simpsons Mural To Be Painted In Springfield

Jun 1, 2014
Matt Groening

The Simpsons are coming home to Springfield. Well, on a mural at least. The city is partnering with Simpsons production crew with input from series creator Oregon native Matt Groening. Springfield Community Relations Manager Niel Laudati says the show is a cultural icon now, and it's great the City has a role to play.

The new Washington Jefferson Skate Park in Eugene will feature murals by Esteban Camacho, who speaks with Eric Alan about his creative vision, and the interaction of art with skaters to create a dynamic, living place. Esteban Camacho will be at the park on Saturday, May 31st as part of a public art wash and barbecue.

Chester Stevenson/Lane County Historical Society

Many families preserve their histories by keeping photographs from the distant past.   But what most don’t realize is that many, if not most, photographic negatives produced before 1950 are now considered hazardous waste.   

In The Moment, Self-Portraits

May 28, 2014
Maude Kerns Art Gallery

Terry Way and Sandy Jensen visit Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene.

Liz Jones / KUOW

Monday is Memorial Day. And it’s just one of many days throughout the year when the American flag is lowered to half-staff. The President and state Governors also order flags lowered during times of mourning.

In Washington state, flags recently flew at half-staff to honor local soldiers who died while on active duty…and also after the tragic landslide in Oso. Countless people perform this job of lowering flags at both private and government buildings.

A reality TV show about the craft beer industry has taken on breweries in Portland and Seattle. Now, it’s headed north to feature the Alaskan Brewing Co., in the capital city of the nation’s northernmost state.

In 2007, Scottish beer makers James Watt and Martin Dickie started BrewDog, now one of the most popular craft breweries in the U.K.

Run Boy Run Live at KLCC

May 23, 2014

Run Boy Run is a progressive bluegrass band from Arizona, weaving occasional elements of classical and jazz into their sound at times. Their first full-length CD, So Sang the Whippoorwill, was released last year, with liner notes by Garrison Keillor. A new CD called Something to Someone will be out this fall. Run Boy Run stopped by the KLCC studios for songs and conversation, before perform at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Friday, May23rd.They will return to the KLCC listening region on Wednesday, May 28th for a show at Bombs Away Café in Corvallis.

Checker Board Mud Flaps, Ska, And Eugene's Scooter Scene

May 23, 2014
Desmond O'Boyle

Many people like to ride scooters. A small engine and a step through design make them enticing for people who want to save some money while zipping around town. Some scooter enthusiasts combine their love for the machines with a unique culture. It includes fashion, distinctive mud flaps, and ska. The top speed is around 70 mph. KLCC’s Desmond O’Boyle examines what, and who makes up the Eugene scooter scene.

Geoff: “You turn on the key, you turn on the gas, if you need to, you choke it, and it usually starts in a kick or two.”

Oregon has just named its new Poet Laureate, Corvallis poet Peter Sears. He speaks with Eric Alan about his goals in expanding the program’s diversity, the role of imagination, and his forthcoming collection of new and selected poems. 

The second annual She Sings women’s a cappella festival brings headlining performers, showcase concerts and workshops to the Shedd Institute on Friday and Saturday. Co-director Evynne Hollens shares music from The Riveters, Honey Whiskey Trio and Divisi as part of the conversation.

Tobias Wolff has been recognized as one of America's greatest authors of memoirs and short stories. Before visiting OSU in Corvallis to receive the Stone Award for Lifetime Achievement, he speaks with Eric Alan about the power of the short story, of reading itself, and why the Pacific Northwest remains a creative touchstone for him. 

Ben Sollee Live at KLCC

May 19, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Kentucky native Ben Sollee has uniquely combined cello and songwriting, in his eclectic career. After his 2012 release Half-Made Man, he’s also produced the limited-edition release The Hollow Sessions, is the featured cellist in a forthcoming movie with John Travolta and Robert DeNiro, wrote a score for the documentary film Maidentrip, performed on two other motion picture soundtracks and two ballet performances, taught workshops and more.

Photo by Eric Alan

Betty and the Boy are now a string quintet, led by Bettreena Jaeger and Josh Harvey, joined by Michelle Whitlock (violin), Nanci McDonald (cello) and Jon Conlon (upright bass). They have just released their second CD, The Wreckage, produced by Billy Barnett at Gung Ho Studios in Eugene. Before performing CD release shows in Bend at the Tower Theatre on Saturday, May 17th, and in Eugene on May 24th, they visited the KLCC studios for three live songs and one from the new album.

The Pittsburgh band Stick Against Stone merged punk with global rhythms. They moved to Eugene in the mid-1980s, and recorded a show at Eugene’s Saturday Market in 1985 just now being released on CD as The Oregon Bootleg Tapes. Now a new version of the band, the Stick Against Stone Orechestra, is getting national attention. Eric Alan talks to Will Kreth about the music and politics then and now. 

Photo by Eric Alan

Patchy Sanders is a folk orchestra based in Ashland, Oregon. In the first year of their existence, they've already recorded their debut album, Patchy Sanders and the Wild Peach Forest, with producer Sylvia Massy (responsible for albums ranging from Tool to Prince to Johnny Cash). They're also looking forward to a busy summer of west coast festivals and beyond. Before performing at Cozmic in Eugene on Thursday, May 15th, they visited the KLCC studios for a few songs and conversation with Eric Alan. 

Working for Social Justice in Eugene

May 15, 2014
Mark Harris

Mark Harris is an addictions counselor and educator at LCC. He sat down
with his parents, Myra and Dr. Hiawatha Harris, to talk about their
family history and their hopes for social justice in Eugene.

Edited by Evelyn Thorne.

Tim Mueller, Secretary/Treasurer of KindTree-Autism Rocks, speaks with Eric Alan about the unique issues the autistic face, why art is frequently such a vital outlet, and the atmosphere of acceptance at this Saturday’s benefit event, The Prom, which will be held at the Vet's Club Ballroom in Eugene.

Sandy Brown Jensen and Terry Way visit the Annual National Juried Painting Exhibit at Emerald Art Center in Springfield, for today's Viz City.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Lovebirds are the San Diego-based duo of Lindsay White and Veronica May, bringing their solid songs and harmonies to original music with elements of pop, folk and beyond. Their latest CD, Breakup Shmakeup, features songs about their journey of parting as a romantic couple in order to better stay a musical one. Before performing live at Black Forest in Eugene on May 13th, they joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Furthur Rides Again

May 13, 2014

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ voyage across the U.S.—one of the most famous bus trips ever. Zane Kesey and a new crew of pranksters will celebrate in July, with a new trip. Eric Alan has the story, including an interview with Zane Kesey and original Acid Test recordings.

Misty River on KLCC

May 10, 2014

  In 1997, a mother and daughter, with another friend and one of the mother's guitar students, took the stage at an open mic in Portland.  Seventeen years, five CDs and a DVD later, Misty River gets back together to celebrate Mother's Day and music with a tour that includes The Saturday Cafe.