Arts & Culture

While in Eugene for a performance at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, Rufus Wainwright joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios for music from his new CD Out of the Game, as well as for conversation about the songs, how opera saved him, and the necessity of taking time to stare at Oregon trees. We present two versions here: an edited interview interspersed with music from Out of the Game, and an extended interview-only version, in which Rufus discusses his tributes to Judy Garland and Kate McGarrigle, and life in his complex musical family.

The 8th Annual Grrrlz Rock Music and Arts Festival celebrates women and girls in music and the arts, with events throughout November in Eugene, Springfield and Cottage Grove. Organizer Matrisha Armitage speaks with Eric Alan about the growing festival, and the challenges women face in balancing diverse lives with their participation in music.

State Police Offer Halloween Safety Tips

Oct 30, 2013

Children will be out in the streets trick-or-treating for Halloween. Oregon Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be careful.

O-DOT warns children are twice as likely to be hit and killed by cars on Halloween. The increase in foot traffic has prompted warnings to drivers to be more alert in neighborhoods and areas with more pedestrians. Oregon State Police Lieutenant Gregg Hastings says the best thing children can do is ‘see and be seen.’

DanceAbility International and Frances Bronet, Dean of the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts, have teamed to create a work called “Don’t Leave Me,” which merges architecture and dance. It will premiere in the Ragozzino Performance Hall on the LCC campus on November 1st. Frances Bronet joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

As part of a national series called Creative Conversations, Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) and the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene (ABAE) present “Bridging the Bubble between Campus and Community in the Arts,” Wednesday evening, October 30th at the Lincoln Gallery of the Oregon Supported Living Program in Eugene. Eric Alan speaks with Evelyn Thorne of ELAN and Karen Rainsong of ABAE.

The Opal Center for Arts and Education in Cottage Grove has been undergoing expansive growth, after obtaining nonprofit status and hiring a new executive director, Nick Chase. He chats with KLCC's Eric Alan about the center's role in Cottage Grove's downtown revitalization, and about the Arcade Players' Halloween mashup, which integrates the movies Rocky I-IV and The Rocky Horror Picture Show into one odd play.

Norwegian-born Oystein Baadsvik is the only known tuba player in the world to carve out a professional solo career. He brought his astonishing musical skills and humor to the KLCC studios in a live performance hosted by Eric Alan, before performing a solo recital in Beall Hall on Sunday, October 27th, and attending the Ducks/UCLA football game--his first American football game ever.

The 20th annual Magic Barrel reading to fight hunger takes place at the Whiteside Theater in Corvallis on Friday, October 25th. Barry Lopez will emcee the event, as nine diverse writers gather to benefit Linn Benton Food Share. Lauren Kessler, whose most recent book is Counter Clockwise, visits with Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

Vietnam: An Inner View

Oct 23, 2013

During his three tours of duty in Vietnam as a Marine, Mark C. Waszkiewicz took thousands of photographs, recorded home movies and sent long letters home, as well as being a soldier. His experience is coalescing into a multi-media project called Vietnam: An Inner View, which includes a movie, a memoir, a photobook and an album of songs created and recorded with Lea Jones. Welcome to the Jungle is a live presentation drawn from Vietnam: An Inner View at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Thursday evening, October 24th.

Birds of Chicago, led by the husband and wife team of J.T. Nero and Allison Russell, toured Europe this spring with Midwestern guitarist and songwriter Peter Mulvey. By sheer coincidence, their Oregon tours overlapped, with Peter Mulvey performing at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis, and Birds of Chicago at Cozmic in Eugene, both on Friday, October 26th. They reunited in the KLCC studios for a live performance, hosted by Eric Alan.

Karl Denson visits KLCC

Oct 17, 2013

KLCC's Eric Alan talks with Karl Denson, leader of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. The band is in Eugene to play the WOW Hall tonight. They are touring a show featuring Zach Deputy called "Soul Spectacular: A Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party".

Zorro the Ballet

Oct 17, 2013

Ballet Fantastique opens their new season by bringing the legendary character of Zorro into the ballet world, with original choreography and live music by the world fusion band Incendio, and violinist Kim Angelis. Ballet Fantastique's executive director, co-producer and choreographer Hannah Bontrager joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios, along with Incendio guitarist Jean-Pierre Durand. Zorro the Ballet runs Friday October 18th through Sunday October 20th at the Hult Center in Eugene.

Reality Kitchen creates community for intellectually and developmentally disabled young adults in Lane County, including job training, as well as creating other community-building events and programs. Reality Kitchen recently moved locations, opened a food cart, formed a partnership with Food for Lane County, and has begun to host their Acoustic Reality open mic sessions in their new location. Jim Evangelista, director of Reality Kitchen, and Acoustic Reality host Carl Falsgraf visited KLCC to speak with Eric Alan.

U of O Gets To Keep Ken Kesey's Collected Papers

Oct 15, 2013
University of Oregon Library

The collected papers of novelist Ken Kesey will stay at the University of Oregon. The final acquisition was announced today.

Where They Listen

Oct 13, 2013

Over the years, Deb has asked listeners to send photos of "where they listen" to Dead Air.  Check out these Dead friendly environments!

Alberto Korda (Cuban, 1928–2001). Guerrillero heroico (Heroic Guerilla), 1960. Silver gelatin print. Collection of Dr. Steve Pieczenik and Dr. Roberta Rovner Pieczenik and Family, Chevy Chase, Maryland. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAG

Korda and the Revolutionary Image is an exhibit of the works of the late Cuban photographer Alberto Korda, most famous for his iconic photograph of Che Guevara—one of the most reproduced images in human history. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the UO campus in Eugene hosts the exhibit how through January 26th, with the first of two related talks taking place on Tuesday, October 15th. Eric Alan speaks with June Koehler, JSMA Assistant Curator.

Paul Bogard is the author of the book The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light.  He details the vital nature of pure darkness, and the increasing damage done by its absence in the modern world. He will speak at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library this Wednesday, October 9th at 7 p.m., in an appearance sponsored by OSU’s Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word.

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts

The Newport Visual Arts Center is on a list of properties being considered for sale by the city of Newport.  The revelation of this in mid-September promptly sparked a mobilization by artists and arts advocates.  On Monday (October 7th), the issue is before the City Council once again. 

Derrick Tokos is Community Development Director for the City of Newport.  He says the city is experiencing a financial crunch, and there is currently little funding available to maintain its existing facilities or buy other property it needs.  This leaves Newport officials asking themselves:

Web Extra: Newport Visual Arts Center

Oct 7, 2013
Oregon Coast Council for the Arts

The City of Newport’s Visual Arts Center could be placed on the “for sale” list.  The city says it needs funds for other essential property purchases and is evaluating whether owning a Visual Arts space is appropriate.

The Visual Arts Center is managed by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts.  KLCC's Eric Alan spoke with OCCA Director Catherine Rickbone about the emerging controversy.

Mina Wegner on the Saturday Cafe

Oct 5, 2013

Mina Wegner first stepped on stage with the Sugar Beets at age 11.  Tonight she celebrates her 18th birthday opening for them at Cozmic in Eugene.  She and her father Jeremy join Frank live on the Saturday Cafe.

 

The Oregon Mozart Players open their new season under the direction of Kelly Kuo on Saturday, October 5th in Beall Hall on the UO campus in Eugene. The program includes Mozart's "Coronation" piano concerto, featuring the acclaimed pianist Anton Nel, a native of South Africa now settled in Austin Texas. He stopped by the KLCC studios to visit with Eric Alan.

Over the course of the past decade, the Oregon Coast Jazz Party has grown to gather a wide array of national and regional talent in a context of performance, education and celebration. The 10th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party will be held October 4th-6th in Newport. Eric Alan speaks with Catherine Rickbone, Executive Director of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, the Jazz Party's presenting sponsor.

In celebration of the National Geographic's 125th anniversary, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the UO Campus hosts the exhibit National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West, through December 31st. One of the photographers represented in the exhibit, Sam Abell, stopped by KLCC to talk with Eric Alan about photographing the west, and Sam Abell's personal photographic journey. 

Matt the Electrician plays KLCC

Sep 26, 2013
Matt the Electrician

Austin singer/songwriter Matt the Electrician has just released a new CD called It's a Beacon It's a Bell. He is touring to support the disc, and he stopped by the KLCC studio to play and talk with KLCC's Eric Alan.

The Eugene Symphony opens its 48th season on September 26th with the sights and sounds of Spain, including music from DeFalla, Debussy, Ravel and Bizet. Eric Alan talks with pianist Orion Weiss, who is featured on DeFalla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain, and with the Eugene Symphony's music director and conductor, Danail Rachev.

Matisyahu, "Spark Seeker"

Sep 24, 2013

Matisyahu rose to stardom with his unique combination of reggae, hip-hop, rock, and spirituality. He then shocked the Chasidic Jewish community by shaving off his beard, letting go of the traditional clothes, and opening up his spirituality to other influences. His latest release, Spark Seeker, is a multi-layered album produced in Israel and Los Angeles with producer Kool Kojak. Before his performance at the Cuthbert Amphitheatre in Eugene, Matisyahu spoke to Eric Alan about his personal and musical evolutions. Passages from Spark Seeker are merged with the interview.

Author Keith Scribner has been the recipient of a New York Times Notable Book of the Year award, as well as being chosen for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Series. His new novel, The Oregon Experiment, details the life of a family moving to a small Oregon town from the East Coast. Eric Alan talks to Keith Scribner, before his coastal appearance in the Writers On the Edge Series.

Halie Loren has just released a new recording in the U.S. called "Simply Love". It has already reached #1 on the Japanese billboard Jazz chart, having been released there some time ago. Ms. Loren visited the KLCC studio to play with her trio with Matt Treder on piano, and Mark Schneider on bass. She plays a CD release party this Saturday night at the Wildish Theatre in Springfield.

A major collection of Arctic artifacts has found a new home at the University of Oregon's Museum of Natural and Cultural History. The collection of more than 5,000 artifacts is part of a transfer between the U of O and Western Oregon University. WOU decided to cease operation of its Jensen Museum this year because of financial problems. State Representative Nancy Nathanson from Eugene helped to secure more than 900,000 dollars as part of a statewide mission to preserve significant collections.

August: Osage County is the Putlitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts, which opens Oregon Contemporary Theatre's new season in Eugene. Eric Alan talks with director Tara Wibrew and OCT artistic director Craig Willis about the darkly comedic play, and its universally relevant reflections about

family.

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