Arts & Culture

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.

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.

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:

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.

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).

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.

Photo by Eric Alan

Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra bring vintage Delta Blues influences to original music, along with other eclectic influences. The Orchestra is a trio that includes including Marty O’Reilly on vocals and resonator guitar, Chris Lynch on the fiddle, and Jeff Kissell on double bass. They performed live in the KLCC studios before playing in Bend at Crows Feet Commons on Friday, March 21st and then on Wednesday, March 26th at Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene.


Patricia Cortez is founder of Juventud Faceta, a program developed with the Amigo Multicultural Services Center to train Latino youth to be leaders and human rights advocates. She sat down with one the youth members to discuss how Juventud Faceta has affected their lives. The young man asked to remain anonymous.

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Edited by Evelyn Thorne.

Photo by Eric Alan

Scottish fiddler Hanneke Cassel returns to her native Oregon from the Boston area, bringing her eclectic trio to KLCC before performing at the Jaqua Concert Hall in Eugene and a house concert in Bend on March 19th and 20th, respectively. She’s out touring behind her most recent CD, Dot the Dragon’s Eyes, along with Mike Block on cello and Christopher Lewis on guitar. They perform three eclectic instrumental tunes, and speak with Eric Alan about everything from touring in China to growing up in Port Orford.

Sharon Schuman has just released a new book called Freedom and Dialogue in a Polarized World, which looks at our definitions of freedom and how they may contribute to divisions between us. She explores that both through literature and current topics. She speaks with Eric Alan, before a book signing at J. Michael’s Books in Eugene on Saturday, March 22nd.

Oregon Arts Commission.

For the second year in a row, the same person has been named the Oregon Poetry Out Loud state champion.

18-year-old Rosie Reyes is a senior at Gresham's Center for Advanced Learning. This past weekend she took the top honors at Poetry Out Loud competition in Salem. One of the judges called her reading spellbinding. Reyes recited "The Pomegranate and the Big Crowd," by Alberto Rios.

Reyes: "Everyone gathered, her friends and his. Everyone watched. The boys, the girls, the pigs, the chickens and more."

Photo by Eric Alan

Welsh songwriter Martyn Joseph has recorded over thirty albums in a recording career spanning over thirty years, as well as keeping a focus on global activism the whole time. He joined Eric Alan for a few songs in the KLCC studios, before performing a St. Patrick's Day show at the Dexter Lake Club in Dexter, and another concert at the Sisters High School Auditorium in Sisters on Tuesday evening, March 18th as part of the Sisters Folk Festival’s winter concert series.

Charlie Ruff

A suspected arson fire did extensive damage to a large wooden dragon sculpture at the Oregon Country Fair site in Veneta late last week.

The dragon near the entrance to the Oregon Country Fair is familiar to people who've visited the annual three day festival. OCF General Manager Charlie Ruff says the dragon's head and tale are still intact but the middle of the wooden structure was destroyed. Ruff says it's a blow because the dragon is an important feature at the fair.

Photo by Eric Alan

Herb Ohta Jr., Chino Montero, and Keoki Kahumoku, along with hula dancer Christina Wong, are on tour, bringing their Made in Hawaii tour to the mainland. Before performing at Aloha Friday at Cozmic in Eugene, they stopped by the KLCC studios to play a few songs, and talk about Hawaiian culture, including sustainable pig farming.

Eugene Opera presents Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West at the Hult Center in Eugene, starring the Metropolitan Opera’s Emily Pulley. The opera is part of a larger citywide celebration of the women of the pioneer American West. Emily Pulley speaks with Eric Alan about her role, the cinematic score, and the universal themes of the Wild West.

Photo by Eric Alan

Wes Corbett and Jacob Jolliff have been playing together for a decade on banjo and mandolin, respectively, most recently in the Boston string band Joy Kills Sorrow . Jacob Joliff also won the National Mandolin Championship in 2012. Wes Corbett teaches banjo at Berklee College of Music, where Jacob was the first full-scholarship mandolin student. They stopped by the KLCC studios to perform a few songs before presenting a duo show at a house concert in Eugene.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Sprout Film Festival features short films about people with intellectual disabilities, at the Wildish Theatre in Springfield on Friday, March 14th. Laura Weil-Noppenberger, Community Outreach Coordinator for Full Access, and client Nickolas Kaasa talk with Eric Alan about the festival’s role in breaking down barriers and furthering inclusion.

City Club of Eugene. Meeting Date: March 7, 2014

KLCC Air Date: March 10, 2014

Guest Speakers: Mark Beudert, General Director, Eugene Opera, and Director of Opera Notre Dame, University of Notre Dame; Emily Pulley, Metropolitan Opera soprano

Harper Collins

The book I’m reviewing this month – Carl Hoffman’s “Savage Harvest” – is a bit of a departure for these KLCC reviews.  For one thing, this is the first time I’m reviewing an advanced copy – the book won’t be available until later this month.  For another, award winning journalist Carl Hoffman, perhaps best known for his book, “The Lunatic Express,” isn’t a Pacific Northwest writer.  However, he will be speaking at Eugene Public Library in a free talk on March 27th as part of his book tour.  So I thought it well worth bringing this fascinating book to your attention.