Arts & Culture

Ashleigh Flynn Live at KLCC

Jun 27, 2014
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.

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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…

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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 Live at KLCC

Jun 20, 2014

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.

Tyler Fortier Live at KLCC

Jun 10, 2014
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.

Lindsay Hill, Sea of Hooks

Jun 9, 2014
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.

Nathan Brown Live at KLCC

Jun 6, 2014
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 and the Art of Repurposing

Jun 5, 2014

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.

Photo by Eric Alan

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.

Skate Park Artist Esteban Camacho

May 30, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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