Arts & Culture

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.

Some of literature's most classic works have also been banned for various reasons at various times. The 31st annual Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read, with a week of events from September 22nd through 28th. As part of that, Reed College professor Pancho Savery gives a presentation entitled "To Cut or Not to Cut: Censorship in Literature," at the Newport Public Library. He speaks with Eric Alan about censorship, from the time of Homer to the current day.

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