Arts & Culture

Brian Bull / KLCC

A major sporting event built on skates, padding, pageantry, and lots of attitude rolls into Eugene this weekend.  Nearly three dozen teams are competing in the “Big O” Roller Derby Tournament that begins Friday.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Watercolorist LaVonne Tarbox-Crone
Sandy Brown Jensen


  Out at UO’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, local artist LaVonne Tarbox-Crone has received an Award of Excellence at the big watercolor show called “Pour It On!”

Eugene residents can participate in citizen-led neighborhood walking tours this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They’re inspired by Jane Jacobs, a writer who has influenced modern city planning around livable neighborhoods.

Ritz Sauna and Showers Facebook photo.

After a recent surge of criticism, a Native American-style totem pole will not be installed at the Oregon Country Fair.  The Fair Board made its decision Monday night. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about the role of the arts in the community, including why art is vital within education, and where the boundaries of social commentary should be within public art.  Mayor Vinis guest hosts Lane Arts Council’s First Friday Art Walk on May 5th.

Brian Bull / KLCC

After more than a year of searching, the Eugene Symphony has announced its new music director and conductor.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A couple entrepreneurs in Eugene say they have a great protein source that uses a mere fraction of the land and water that cattle use.  So if you’re adventurous and open to what some might consider a creepy, crawly, dining experience…you too can help the environment while enjoying a nutritious – albeit six-legged -- entrée.  KLCC’s Brian Bull serves it up. 

Las Cafeteras, Live at KLCC

Apr 21, 2017
Photo by Eric Alan

The band Las Cafeteras blends elements of traditional Son Jarocho Afro-Mexican folk music with the roots of East Los Angeles streets, in a socially conscious and highly danceable way. They’ve just released a new album called Tastes Like L.A., Before performing at the WOW Hall in Eugene on Thursday, April 20th, they came by the KLCC studios for songs and celebration, in a set hosted by Eric Alan. 

Susana Millman

“Long Live The Grateful Dead”!  The sentiment is still kept alive by Deadheads through shared music and memories.  As a member of the band’s extended family in the 1980’s and ‘90’s, Susana Millman had an insider’s access to take pictures.  Her recently released book is called “Alive with the Dead or A Fly on the Wall with a Camera”.

Ira Glass has been a master storyteller for over twenty years, as host and creator of This American Life. In an in-depth interview with KLCC’s Eric Alan, he shares his thoughts on what makes for a compelling story, including examples ranging from the power of unstoppable delusions to what it’s like to discover that your mother is secretly running guns into Africa.

Prentice, White Lotus, Reflections, Wetlands, oil, artist interviews
Sandy Brown Jensen

                                    Show: Viz City

Subject: Margaret Prentice and “Wetlands”

Bringing Eleanor Roosevelt Back to Life

Apr 18, 2017

Eleanor Roosevelt: Across a Barrier of Fear is a one-woman play by Sharon Whitney, featuring Jane VanBoskirk.

Garth Stein: The Art of Racing in the Rain

Apr 17, 2017

Author Garth Stein has inspired millions with his book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, about a dog obsessed with car racing and believing he’ll be reincarnated in human form. The book is the focus of this year’s Newport Reads program. Garth Stein will appear at the Newport Performing Arts Center on April 19th, and at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on April 22nd. He speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan. 

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A couple entrepreneurs in Eugene say they have a great protein source that uses a mere fraction of the land and water that cattle use.  So if you’re adventurous and open to what some might consider a creepy, crawly, dining experience…you too can help the environment while enjoying a nutritious – albeit six-legged -- entrée.  KLCC’s Brian Bull serves it up. 

My Last Continent is a novel by Midge Raymond—a love story stretching from Antarctica to Eugene, where the book’s protagonist Deb Gardner lives and teaches.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A door is kicked open.  A shot rings out.  A body falls. Saying it isn’t enough if you’re doing radio theater…you need a convincing sound to sell the action.  Jonathan Ward knows that.  He’s a foley artist for Fred Craft’s Radio Redux, which is performing “War of the Worlds” this weekend.  KLCC’s Brian Bull visited Ward during a rehearsal, and has this audio postcard.  

This is KLCC. I'm Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Thunder Boy Jr." by Sherman Alexie, with illustrations by Yuyi Morales.  

Next weekend, Eugene Ballet Company premiers a work years in the making. It’s a new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s "The Snow Queen," with a modern score by Portland-based composer Kenji Bunch.

Photo courtesy of Eugene Register-Guard

The late Jon Sutton was a renowned Eugene composer and musician, whose creative talents extended into tapestries, silk-screen printing, oil and watercolor—even furniture design and photography of the Korean War. His legacy is being celebrated with a concert on April 7th by Eugene Vocal Arts and Eugene Concert

Frank Gosar, Pottery Artist and Owner of Off-Center Ceramics
Sandy Brown Jensen


Frank Gosar and Off-Center Ceramics

Show: Viz City

Subject: Frank Gosar and Off-Center Ceramics. His website is http://www.offcenter.biz/

Date of Interview: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Date of Broadcast: Wed. April 5, 2017

Script: Sandy Brown Jensen

Sound: Terry Way

Eugene Ballet will present the world premiere of their original ballet of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen on April 8th and 9th at the Hult Center.

Photo by Jenny Graham

Guilt, anger, revenge. Riotous hilarity, mortal enemies, Falstaff bigger than life, Prince Hal in a hoody. Yes, it’s “Henry IV, Part One” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s intimate Thomas Theatre, to be followed in the summer by “Part Two.”

As directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, Shakespeare’s great history play, peppered with surprises, is staged in the round and set in modern times. We can almost reach out and touch the actors, and the actors certainly touch us with their electrifying emotions.

Author Henry Alley’s new book is The Dahlia Field, which collects fourteen short stories exploring the complex and nuanced lives of gay male characters. 

The Slants, an Asian-American band from Portland, were blocked from trademarking their name because it was deemed racially disparaging. The case reached the US Supreme Court in January, and awaits resolution. The Slants are touring behind their new EP, The Band Who Must Not Be Named, and will appear in Eugene at the Black Forest on Saturday, April 1st.

Jenny Graham / Oregon Shakespeare Festival

President Trump is weighing deep cuts in his budget plan, including all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  A major theater group in Oregon fears that could affect children’s access to one of history’s greatest playwrights. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Still from YouTube video / Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

An Oregon man is this year’s world elk calling champion.  And as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this distinct talent runs in the family. 

Photo by Jenny Graham

If you wake up each morning worried about the world, relief is available at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. “Shakespeare in Love,” a stage adaptation of the award-winning 1998 film, will dazzle you with raucous wit, inspired bedlam, pleasing music and sumptuous costumes.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History presents “Bowls Around Town: Eugene, OR” in which people can check out a handmade ceramic bowl from artist Michael J. Strand, along with a digital camera. 

Tiffany Eckert

There’s a new non-profit in town-- but by design-- it won’t stick around.  Volunteers on Wheels is made up of people who travel from place to place in two brightly painted school buses. They find volunteer projects in every town they visit. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, this mobile non-profit has already logged 2,000 collective hours helping out in and around Eugene.

“Art Song” is a classical chamber music form setting poetry to music. Soprano Laura Wayte is founder of the art song performance series “Songs@Tsunami.” She speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan, before a March 25th show focusing on music for, by and about women. It will feature vocalist Janene Nelson and pianist Yuliya Minina. 

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