Arts & Culture

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's New Poet Laureate, Peter Sears

May 23, 2014

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. 

She Sings Women's A Cappella Festival

May 22, 2014

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.

Betty and the Boy Live at KLCC

May 16, 2014
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. 

Patchy Sanders Live at KLCC

May 15, 2014
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.
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Edited by Evelyn Thorne.

Autism Rocks the Vet's Club Ballroom

May 14, 2014

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.

The Lovebirds Live at KLCC

May 13, 2014
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.

Bohemian Dub Ball

May 9, 2014

A look at the Bohemian Dub Ball, an ambitious and multidisciplinary event at the Hult Center on Saturday, May 10th. It will feature electronic artists paired with a thirty-piece concert orchestra, dance, visual artists and more. Our guests are Calyn Kelly from the Community Center for the Performing Arts, JoJo Ferreira from Medium Troy, and Jeremy Schropp from Harmonic Laboratory.

Photo by Eric Alan

Early music vocal ensemble Vox Resonat presents "Springtime in Paris," bringing French songs from the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance periods--all celebrating spring, nature and love--to the Central Lutheran Church in Eugene on Saturday, May 10th. Vox Resonat joined Eric Alan in the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios, including founder and director Eric Mentzel, vocalists Heather Holmquest, Emily Hopkins, and Ryan Dixon, and instrumentalists David Rogers on lute, Laura Zaerr on medieval harp, and Adam Dunson on percussion.

Sarah Jarosz Live at KLCC

May 7, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Texas native Sarah Jarosz has built a remarkable music career, after signing with Sugar Hill Records at age sixteen. Seven years later, she has three albums to her credit, including the latest, Build Me Up from Bones, which was nominated for a Grammy Award this year for Best Folk Album. The title track also received a nomination for Best American Roots Song. The CD features her regular trio, including Corvallis native Alex Hargreaves on the violin, and Nathaniel Smith on the cello.

Transforming Adversity into Opportunity

May 7, 2014

Tibetan refugee Lady Jangchup Palmo--also known as Amala, or Honored Mother--lived a meditative life in caves after Chinese invaders killed her family. She escaped and eventually moved to Cottage Grove, where she now faces cancer. She was instrumental in arranging the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Eugene last year. She will give a talk called “Transforming Adversity into Opportunity” on the LCC campus on Thursday evening.  She speaks to Eric Alan, with the assistance of her son and translator, Lama Jigme Rinpoche.

Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett

May 5, 2014

Carol Burnett stands as one of the all-time legends of comedy, and at 81 years old she’s still as vibrant as ever. Before her May 7th Hult Center show, she speaks with Eric Alan about her comedic career, including the time a Tarzan yell nearly got her killed, and what she would’ve done if she was Osama bin Laden for 24 hours.

Shook Twins Live at KLCC

May 2, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Identical twins Laurie and Katelyn Shook are celebrating the release of the new Shook Twins CD, What We Do, with a performance at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene on Friday, May 2nd. They dropped by the KLCC studios to perform a few songs, along with Anna Tivel on violin and Niko Dauossis on mandolin (on Niko's birthday). A good time was had by all, especially with the magnifying glass.

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The Thing with Feathers,” released at the end of last month, is a new book by South Eugene graduate and self-described bird nerd, Noah Strycker.  The book’s been getting rave reviews from the birding community, but I think that sells it short.  While Strycker begins each chapter with bird watching anecdotes and fascinating facts, he never stops there.   

Matt Andersen Performs Live at KLCC

Apr 30, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Matt Andersen hails from the tiny Canadian village of Perth-Andover, and now spends much of his life touring with his acoustic blues music. His newest CD is Weightless, produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. Before performing at Cozmic in Eugene on Wednesday, April 30th, he dropped by the KLCC studios to play a few soulful songs from Weightless and talk to Eric Alan about working with Steve Berlin, his collaborative songwriting process and a recent experience he had performing for prison inmates.

2 shows at the JSMA

Apr 30, 2014

Sandy and Terry talk about 2 big exhibits at the JSMA:  Contemporary Oregon Visions: Jo Hamilton and Irene Hardwicke Olivieri  and The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection

Trumpeter Chris Botti Comes Home

Apr 30, 2014

Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti returns to the Willamette Valley with a performance at the Hult Center in Eugene on May 1st, not far from where he grew up in Corvallis. He speaks with Eric Alan about collaborating with Mark Knopfler and Frank Sinatra, and how growing up in Corvallis helped him as a young player.

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At a recent discussion with a Eugene audience, a playwright was asked what he found most difficult with respect to his work.  “Letting go,” he answered. Those who create performance pieces must leave them for others to interpret.  They must learn to “let go” of their play, song, opera or symphonic opus. Those who stage the piece may have a concept that differs from theirs.

Similarly, parents need to accept their children will one day pursue independent lives. They will go their own way, regardless of what their elders prefer.

Bill Sullivan, The Oregon Variations

Apr 28, 2014
Photo by Dean Rea

Author Bill Sullivan, best known for his definitive Oregon hiking guides, has a new book of short stories out about Oregon's most quirky places and people. It's called The Oregon Variations, and its literary structure parallels the musical structures of Bach's Goldberg Variations. He speaks with Eric Alan before bringing his related slide show Oregon for the Curious to Eugene, Bend and Sunriver. 

Ungar/Mason Family Band on KLCC

Apr 27, 2014

Jay Ungar, his wife Molly Mason, daughter Ruthy and son-in-law Mike Merenda are continuing a great folk music tradition: the traveling family band. With two small children and any number of musical instruments in the mini-van, the Ungar/Mason Family Band bring good times and music to the Shedd in Eugene.  Awaiting their arrival: a double bass and a babysitter...  

Jake Shimabukuro Live at KLCC

Apr 25, 2014
Photo by Isabel A. Zacharias

Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro stopped by the KLCC studios for a live performance and interview before his appearance at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene on Friday, April 25th. He played songs ranging from traditional Hawaiian and Japanese music, to his signature cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." He talked about adapting music to the ukulele, and the odd experience of being the subject of the documentary film Life on Four Strings.

Spring Awakening

Apr 25, 2014

University Theatre presents the musical Spring Awakening, a modern rock adaptation of a controversial play from 1891, regarding adolescent sexuality and coming of age. Eric Alan speaks to director John Schmor about the play’s raw edge, the unusual music, and what we haven’t learned about coming of age in the past century.

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