Arts & Culture

Sarah Sedwick

Eugene artist Sara Sedwick talks with KLCC's Terry Way. Sedwick is showing at The Gallery at the Watershed at 3rd and Mill in Eugene through February 8th.

Whitney Monge Live at KLCC

Jan 7, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Seattle soul songwriter Whitney Monge visited the KLCC studios to perform a few songs, in advance of her show at Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Thursday evening, January 7th. Here she plays live, and talks with Eric Alan about busking in Seattle, her impending trip to the Redwoods, and refining her sound in the studio in the process of creating her new album.

Destination DIY: Creative Focus Shifts With Diagnosis

Jan 6, 2014
Kris Regentin

Andrea Leggit cranks out clever mobiles and other laser cut goods for her company, saltyandsweet design. She didn't set out to start her own business, but her life and her creative focus changed when she got some unexpected news. That was shortly after she graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in industrial design. This story comes from Julie Sabatier, host of the public radio show, Destination DIY.

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Eugene Public Library Director Connie Bennett reviews "The Boys in the Boat" Nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics" by Daniel James Brown.

Eugene Opera's La Traviata

Dec 31, 2013

Verdi’s once-controversial opera La Traviata has become an enduring standard. Eric Alan speaks with Andrew Bisantz  and Mark Beudert  about the Eugene Opera’s presentation of La Traviata, including the star power of soprano Leah Partridge, and why Verdi’s musical approach was revolutionary.

Photo by W.S. Bowman, 1916.

Oregon needs to do more to preserve its history-- that's according to people who support a new state Heritage Plan. It would set many of the state's historic preservation priorities for the next five years.

The median annual budget for the many small museums around the state is less than a typical lower income household, and many depend on volunteers to keep their doors open. Kyle Jansson is with the Oregon Heritage Commission. He says more training for caretakers is one aspect of the plan.

Holiday 'Glass Art' Hunt Features Northwest Artists

Dec 23, 2013
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For those spending the holidays near Lincoln City, scouring the beaches might prove to be fruitful. More than 100 colorful glass floats will be hidden throughout 7.5 miles of the Oregon coast. And if you find one, you can keep it.

Kathryn Claire on KLCC

Dec 22, 2013

So much of the music we hear this time of year seems to come from the British Isles:  Christmas, Solstice, songs to drive cold winter away.

Kathryn Claire, Ara Lee and Zak Borden bring a few more songs to the Saturday Cafe on their way to a Winter Solstice show at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Eugene.

Halie Loren Live at KLCC

Dec 19, 2013
Photo by Eric Alan

Halie Loren and her band perform two holiday concerts at The Jazz Station in Eugene, on Friday, December 20th. She’s been out touring behind her new release Simply Love, which quickly reached number one on the Billboard Jazz Charts in Japan, as well as reaching high in the national radio charts in Canada and the U.S. She joined us live in the KLCC studios, along with Matt Treder on the keyboards and Mark Schneider on the bass.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Caldera Songwriters present their second annual benefit concert for the Egan Warming Center, on Friday December 20th at Tsunami Books in Eugene. Two of the many performers that evening, Beth Wood and John Shipe, stopped by the KLCC studios to play a few songs, and talk about the Caldera group and how the concert will assist the homeless served by the Egan Warming Center.

Dylan Tomine, Closer to the Ground

Dec 18, 2013

Author Dylan Tomine’s new book Closer to the Ground details time spent reconnecting his family to nature via foraging, cooking and eating from the woods and sea. He speaks with Eric Alan about why kids prefer food they find, and the resulting sense of stewardship instilled in them.

Oregon Mozart Players Candlelight Baroque

Dec 17, 2013

The Oregon Mozart Players present their annual Candlelight Baroque concerts on Thursday and Friday, December 19th and 20th in Eugene. Artistic director and conductor Kelly Kuo speaks with Eric Alan about baroque music, candlelight, and how it all connects to current pop culture. Music is included in the interview, ranging from Albinoni to Corelli.

A Celtic Christmas

Dec 15, 2013

If the hallmark of a great Christmas story is shared experience, future generations will tell of hearing A Child's Christmas in Wales performed by David Stuart Bull with musicians Chico Schwall and Linda Danielson.

Holiday Greenery For Oregon Veterans

Dec 14, 2013
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The words 'Remember, Honor, and Teach' are the goals of Saturday's "Wreaths Across America Program." Hundreds of special ceremonies are taking place all over the nation, including three in Lane County that place wreaths on Veterans graves. Civil Air Patrol Captain and Organizer Roxanna Cole says Saturday's events offer a meaningful pause during a sometimes hectic holiday season.

The Klezmonauts Destroy Tsunami

Dec 13, 2013

The Klezmonauts have been putting their eclectic international spin on klezmer music for a couple of decades now, and they’re celebrating the release of their new CD, The Klezmonauts Destroy Tsunami. Before holding a CD release concert at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Sunday afternoon, December 15th,  Klezmonauts Jeremy Wegner and Ken Sokolov joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios to spin a couple of tunes and talk about the music.

Northwest singer/songwriters Anna Tivel, Nathaniel Talbot, and Jeffrey Martin dropped by the KLCC studio to play in advance of their show at the Avalon Lodge in Eugene.

Looking Ahead at the Shedd

Dec 13, 2013

The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts hosts Camelot and Christmas at the Shedd, as well as continuing an active role in concert presentation and music education. Jim and Ginevra Ralph look ahead with Eric Alan to the holiday shows and the year ahead at the Shedd.

Bob Welch Retires as a Columnist

Dec 13, 2013

After twenty-four years at the Eugene Register-Guard, columnist Bob Welch has stepped down to pursue other interests. He reflects with Eric Alan about the people met and experiences gathered over the course of writing two thousand columns about our local region.

Storycatchers

Storycatchers helps local folks share stories and preserve memories from the Eugene community. Virginia Hendrickson has lived in Eugene since 1915 and became a respected journalist at the Register-Guard. Her long time neighbor, Janet Heinonen, sat down with Virginia to capture her story. Edited by Evelyn Thorne.
To hear more stories and learn how to record your story visit storycatchers.org.

Pink Martini with the Eugene Symphony

Dec 11, 2013

Pink Martini and the Eugene Symphony will join forces for a unique, multi-denominational holiday concert at the Hult Center on December 14th. Music from Pink Martini’s Joy to the World and Get Happy CDs, as Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale speaks with Eric Alan about collaborating with Phyllis Diller, why everyone should have a doppelganger, and why young people can’t sing well about love.

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Connie Bennett, Director of the Eugene Public Library, reviews "Bad Houses,” a graphic novel written by Sara Ryan and illustrated by Carla Speed McNeil.

Tony Furtado Trio Live at KLCC

Dec 5, 2013
Photo by Isabel A. Zacharias

Tony Furtado is one of the Pacific Northwest’s finest banjo and slide guitar players, with his eclectic mix of Americana, rock and beyond. He’s also an excellent sculptor. Live performance is where his music shines most, and before his performance in trio at Cozmic in Eugene on December 5thhe stopped in to play a few songs in the KLCC studios with his trio. The trio includes Luke Price on fiddle and Sam Howard on acoustic bass.

Peculiar Pioneer

Dec 4, 2013

The 14th annual Authors and Artists Fair takes place at the Lane County Fairgrounds on December 7th. Howard W. Robertson will be there with his novel Peculiar Pioneer. He draws from his ancestors’ wagon trail journal and his Cherokee heritage, in creating a fictional account of the racial and cultural clash between Oregon settlers and indigenous peoples. He speaks with Eric Alan about his unique bi-cultural perspective.  

A Man Who May Be 14,000 Years Old

Dec 3, 2013

The Man from Earth was science fiction writer Jerome Bixby’s philosophical final work, a piece about immortality completed on his death bed in 1998. It was later made into a film that succeeded in unusual ways, and was adapted for the stage by Richard Schenkman. The Very Little Theatre in Eugene now offers a Stage Left production of the play, directed by Jay Hash, and starring David Mort as the central character, John Oldman. The play will run from December 6th through 15th. Jay Hash joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

Walking the Camino

Nov 27, 2013

Pilgrims have been walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain for twelve hundred years, particularly the five-hundred mile route known as Camino Frances. One person whose life was changed by taking the pilgrimage is Oregon filmmaker Lydia B. Smith, who first felt compelled to make the journey, then later to return and make a documentary following the journeys of six other pilgrims. Her film Walking the Camino has won awards and audience acclaim, and is currently on an extended run at the Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene.

Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel Live at KLCC

Nov 25, 2013
Photo by Eric Alan

Craig Chee is celebrating the release of his new CD, Life in the Key of Chee, produced by Tyler Fortier. It places Craig's ukulele playing in some non-traditional contexts of songwriting and performance. Before his CD release concert at Sam Bond's Garage in Eugene on Friday, November 29th, Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel brought their ukuleles and good spirit to the KLCC studios, for two live songs and one from the CD.

Tom Banse

A passel of daredevils aim to succeed where the king of stunt performers once famously failed. They want to attempt Evel Knievel's jump over the Snake River Canyon. But first, one of the modern stuntmen has to secure the rights to both a launch and a landing spot on opposite sides of the canyon near Twin Falls, Idaho. That has the potential for another wreck in the making... a bureaucratic one.

Orchestra Next's Unique Mentorship Model

Nov 21, 2013

In just two years, Orchestra Next has established a training orchestra in the Willamette Valley, and become the resident orchestra for the Eugene Ballet. Music director Brian McWhorter speaks with Eric Alan about the orchestra's unique mentorship model, pairing student and professional players.

The Miles Davis band of 1961 was melodic, subtle and built on the grooves of one of the best rhythm sections in jazz. In April of that year, they played and recorded two classic concerts at the legendary Blackhawk jazz club in San Francisco, which were eventually released in full as a four-CD set. The Carl Woideck Jazz Heritage Project will bring the spirit and music of those nights to the stage of the Jaqua Concert Hall in Eugene on Thursday, November 21st.

As the Eugene Symphony's month-long, city-wide Counterpoint Festival continues, the symphony and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival prepare to collaborate on a groundbreaking version of Romeo and Juliet on November 23rd. It combines a full symphony orchestra performing music from Prokofiev with Shakespeare's classic text, brought to the stage by three actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Eric Alan speaks with Terri McMahon, who directs OSF's participation.

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