Arts & Culture

The Cinema Pacific Film Festival brings films and new media from countries which border the Pacific Ocean. It includes the annual Adrenaline Film Project, in which films are created and then shown in a 72-hour frenzy. A conversation with Cinema Pacific director Richard Herskowitz, and Leigh  Kilton-Smith, a mentor for the Adrenaline Film Project who has served as an acting coach for Jennifer Aniston and many others.

Steve Landes as John Lennon in Rain

Apr 23, 2014

Steve Landes has been portraying an eight-year portion of John Lennon’s life for sixteen years, as part of the multi-media Beatles tribute called Rain. Before Rain’s performance at the Hult Center, he speaks with Eric Alan about the oddity and excitement of the role, what it takes to recreate the Beatles, and what he’ll do when he no longer looks like John Lennon.

Noah Strycker is the author of The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human. He’s also associate editor of Birding magazine, and he’ll be the guest speaker at this month’s Lane County Audubon Society meeting on Tuesday evening, April 22nd. He speaks with Eric Alan about birds’ surprising intelligence, including aspects of altruism, art and dance.

Angela Kellner

William Shakespeare is said to have been born on     April 23rd 450 years ago.  Eugene is home to a family named "Shakespear" -- and they're related to the Bard!  Intrigued by their name,  KLCC's Claude Offenbacher spoke with two family members:  Roosevelt Middle School 8th grader Zac, and his mother,  Christy.

The University of Oregon English Department and the Collins Fund present Asian American Voices, A Collins Literary Forum, bringing four authors to the UO campus in spring. The first will be Gish Jen, author of four celebrated novels, a collection of short stories and her most recent book, Tiger Writing: Art, Culture and the Interdependent Self. That book is drawn from her lectures at Harvard University in 2012. She’ll appear in the Knight Library Browsing Room on the UO campus on Monday, April 21st at 8 p.m.

Claudia Schmidt on the Saturday Cafe

Apr 20, 2014

Claudia Schmidt has been a touring professional musician for over four decades, with nineteen albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz and spoken word. Her spring tour brought her to Salem and Eugene with her new Red House release, New Whirled Order.

Marx(ist) Brothers on the Saturday Cafe

Apr 20, 2014

Live music should always be so lively!  Andy Cohen, Chico Schwall and Mark Ross begin their first Northwest tour as the Marx(ist) Brothers with a rousing send-off on the Saturday Cafe.

 

Eugene Celebrates A Windy Earth Day

Apr 19, 2014
Desmond O'Boyle

Despite rainy and windy conditions, hundreds of people celebrated Earth Day Saturday in the Eugene Water and Electric Board's downtown parking lot. The wind seemed to be more of a factor than the rain. Elizabeth Brown is with the organization "Our Children's Trust" who operated a booth at Earth Day. She says they tied their booth next to two adjacent ones.

David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach Live at KLCC

Apr 17, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

David Jacobs-Strain merges the blues with his own musical vision, including in acoustic duo shows with Philadelphia harmonica master Bob Beach. He’s also recently been recording in southern California with some stellar players, including bassist Viktor Krauss (of Lyle Lovett's Large Band), Greg Leisz and legendary drummer Jim Keltner.

Lincoln Gallery

Apr 16, 2014

Terry Way and Sandy Jenson visit Lincoln Gallery in Eugene. It's sponsored by Oregon Assisted Living Program.

Eugene Symphony Guest Conductor Grant Llewellyn

Apr 16, 2014

Guest conductor Grant Llewellyn, a native of Wales, will join the Eugene Symphony for their April performances in Eugene and Florence. He also is participating in extensive artist residency programs this week as well. He speaks with Eric Alan about the experience.

Tom Spanbauer, I Loved You More

Apr 15, 2014

Tom Spanbauer is the author of five acclaimed novels, and the founder of the teaching form called Dangerous Writing. His latest novel I Loved You More looks at the workings of a very complicated love triangle. Before giving a reading on the UO campus on Tuesday evening, April 15th, he speaks with Eric Alan about the muse of the secret sore place.

Beth Wood and Anne Weiss Live at KLCC

Apr 11, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Portland songwriter Anne Weiss has merged folk with the blues and other influences, while Texas native  Beth Wood has brought her own songs to Eugene in recent years. Together, they joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios on the last day of KLCC's spring fund drive, before also performing together at Tsunami Books in Eugene, on Friday April 11th.

The Battlefield Band Live at KLCC

Apr 10, 2014

The Battlefield Band merges traditional Scottish music with their own modern, original compositions, into a blend that’s won them many awards over the years. That recently includes “Album of the Year” at last year’s Scots Trad Music Awards, for their most recent release Room Enough for All. They were previously named “Scottish Folk Band of the Year” there as well. They joined Eric Alan  live in the KLCC studios, before performing at the Jaqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene on April 10th.

Shy Persons Talent Show

Apr 10, 2014

The annual Shy Persons Talent Show will coax secret performers of all ages out onto the stage at Sam Bond's Garage in Eugene starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 12th. It's a benefit for paralyzed activist David Oaks. Eric Alan talks with the talent show's originator, Buck Mueller, and Margo Schaefer about the event.

Bruce Cockburn Live at KLCC

Apr 8, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Bruce Cockburn has carved a remarkable career over the past four decades and thirty-one albums, combining his talents as guitarist, poet, songwriter and activist. His latest CD, Small Source of Comfort, ranges widely from beautiful instrumentals to song reflections on his travels to Afghanistan, from an imagining of the reincarnation of Richard Nixon to a fine song about people who don’t call you back. He is also the subject of a DVD last year called Pacing the Cage, and he has a spiritual memoir coming out in book form in the fall.

The Eugene Ballet Company is collaborating with the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies for Zoot Suit Riot at the Hult Center in Eugene on Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th. The performances will also include a tribute piece called “Silk and Steel,” by Toni Pimble, the Eugene Ballet Company’s Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer. She and Steve Perry, vocalist and guitarist of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, talk with Eric Alan about the unusual collaboration.

The Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras celebrate eighty years of bringing music into the lives of youth, with a performance at the Hult Center in Eugene on April 5th. That performance will include all of the ESYO ensembles, and a guest appearance by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Tracy Bonham Fine, a Eugene native who once played violin in ESYO. She joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios, along with Michele Pound, ESYO’s Executive Director.

Robin Bacior and Dan Bindschedler Live at KLCC

Apr 3, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Vocalist and pianist Robin Bacior  is part of a musical duo with cellist Dan Bindschedler, who've recently relocated to Portland from New York. They're working on a new CD called Water Dreams, to be released this summer. They visited the KLCC studios to play a few songs, before performing at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Thursday, April 3rd.

Autumn Steam

Honeybees are in peril because of disease and pesticides. A photo contest celebrating bees will be on display during the first Friday Artwalk in Eugene Friday evening.

The organization Beyond Toxics has been sounding the alarm about bee health for years. They're celebrating a recent decision by the Eugene City Council to ban the use of pesticides containing neonicotinoids from city property. The chemicals are proven to kill bees and other insects. Lisa Arkin of Beyond Toxics says we should care about bees because they help to grow food:

Northwest Festival of Ten-Minute Plays

Apr 3, 2014

The Sixth Annual Northwest Festival of Ten-Minute Plays runs April 4th-12th at Oregon Contemporary Theatre. Executive Producer Paul Calandrino and playwright Nancy West talk with Eric Alan about the joys and challenges of short-form theatre, and what emerges when eight plays are presented together.

McKenzie River Memories

Apr 2, 2014

McKenzie Memories is an annual evening of McKenzie River storytelling, rare historic film clips and photographs. It will be at Cozmic in Eugene on Friday April 4th. Wooden boat expert Randy Dersham and Joe Moll, Executive Director of McKenzie River Trust, join Eric Alan to talk about drift boats, Helfrich family history, and why the McKenzie River is iconic.

Jacobs Gallery, Rhythm

Apr 2, 2014

Terry Way and Sandy Jensen check out three artists showing at the Jacobs Gallery in Eugene.

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Oregon Humanities is launching a letter exchange to help connect people from different parts of the state. It's called the Dear Stranger project.

Writing a letter, sending it through the mail, then waiting for a reply isn't as common in the digital age. That's partly why Oregon Humanities is launching a letter exchange. Executive Director Adam Davis says part of their mission is to connect people. They will be gathering dear stranger letters from all over the state, and then they'll swap them.

Photo by Eric Alan

March 31st marks the 3rd anniversary of one of baseball’s most tragic fan violence cases: the Opening Day beating of Bryan Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.  It also marks one of the most unusual musical benefit efforts in response. Eric Alan travels with Tim Flannery and the Lunatic Fringe—a band led by the San Francisco Giants third-base coach—to explore the place where music, baseball and healing from violence converge.

 

Glass sculptor Jonathan Swanz is doing installations at Lane Community College called Vibrant Matter and Right of Passage, the latter of which is paired with a dance performance by Bonnie Simoa and Sarah Nemecek. Jonathan Swanz joins Eric Alan to talk about light, the social behaviors of glass and people, and the relationship of portals and pilgrimage.

The Downtown Eugene Public Library presents “The Art of the Possible: Jazz and Community Building,” on Saturday March 29th. It’s a community conversation led by Tim DuRoche, a jazz musician and scholar, who joins Eric Alan to talk about the changing landscapes of music and society. 

Solas Plays Live At KLCC

Mar 27, 2014
Photo by Michael Canning

The Irish-American band Solas stopped by the KLCC studios for an interview/performance with KLCC's Eric Alan. They are touring the Pacific Northwest in support of their latest project, Shamrock City. Solas plays the Shedd Institute in Eugene tonight (3/27), and in Sisters, Or. on Saturday night (3/29).

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Not that long ago in Oregon and America, marriage evoked a simple narrative.  A man and his “intended” would exchange vows. The woman would take the man’s name. They’d commit to each other for life.

Today, divorce is on the rise. Heterosexual marriage is a shaky proposition.  Many partners forgo it.  They simply live together.  The woman may choose to take the man’s name… or not.  Either one may insist on a prenuptial agreement to protect assets should the marriage not take.  Divorce, once stigmatized, is as accepted these days as scrapping an old car.

Linda Perhacs visits KLCC

Mar 25, 2014

Linda Perhacs recorded an album in 1970 called "Parallelograms". The album got some small notice back then, but Linda went back to her day job as a dental hygienist for about the next 40 years. In the meantime "Parallelograms" slowly developed a cult following, and because of that Linda has just released a new CD called "The soul of All Natural Things".  She visited the KLCC studio to spin a few tunes from her CD, and talk with KLCC arts reporter Eric Alan.

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