Arts & Culture

Beverly Soasey, head shot
Sandy Brown Jensen

Show: Viz City

Title: “Wired Differently”

Subject: Bev Soasey, Multi-Media Artist

Date of Interview: Sunday, March 12, 2017

Date of Broadcast: 3/ 22/17

Script: Sandy Brown Jensen

Sound Engineer: Terry Way

NARRATOR: Have you ever met somebody who is just wired differently? This afternoon Viz City talks to Eugene multi-media artist Bev Soasey. She has a piece currently at the Maude Kerns Art Center called “Wired Differently,” so we asked Bev about the name.

The last time I talked with Paul Watson, I reached him aboard a Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker in the Arctic, via satellite phone.

"The captain was glaring at me because we talked for a long time," Watson remembers with a laugh.

That was three years ago, and Watson, a columnist for The Toronto Star, was alongside archaeologists who had just located one of two sunken ships lost in the Franklin Expedition, back in the 1840s.

Photo by Jenny Graham

In “Mojada, A Medea in Los Angeles,” playwright Luis Alfaro manages an impressive feat, melding a Greek tragedy with a heartbreaking story of Mexican immigrants.

Now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, with sensitive direction by Juliette Carrillo, this play follows the life of Medea, a young indigenous woman from Michoacán now residing in Los Angeles with her beloved Jason, pronounced Ha-sohn, their son Acan, and Tita, an old family friend. All are mojados, wetbacks, illegal.

Bestselling author Laurie Notaro’s new book is Crossing the Horizon. The historical novel focuses on the lives of three early women pilots--Elsie McKay, Ruth Elder and Mabel Boll--each striving to be the first woman to complete a flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

Springfield Museum

Next in our road trip series, KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert introduces us to some of the notable people who hail from Springfield. (Listen to interviews and watch the slideshow!)

Rachael McDonald

Over the past several years, Springfield has worked to improve its image. Once known for empty storefronts, seedy bars and crime, the city has used art in its efforts to revitalize downtown.  This took a lot of help from the community.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Eugene Symphony welcomes the third of its three finalists to become the symphony’s next conductor and music director. 

Photo by Jenny Graham

When I studied Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” in high school it seemed like ancient history having nothing to do with me. Well, now it’s ancient history that relates perfectly to our times.

Master drummer Steve Smith has rejoined Journey for their current tours, including a performance at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene on Saturday, March 18th .

This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Animals Strike Curious Poses” by Elena Passerello.

Michael Sherman

An independent film co-directed and starring Olympic athlete Alexi Pappas  has been picked up by a major Hollywood studio and will be released to theaters in May. The movie Tracktown was filmed in Eugene.

Dan Chen, watercolor on silk
Sandy Brown Jensen

Show: Viz City

Subject: Dan Chen and his Chinese Watercolor on Silk Class

Date of Interview: Friday, Feb. 7, 2017

Finance and spirituality converge in A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, a live musical theater and media performance by violinist, vocalist, poet and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins. She’ll perform it on Wednesday evening, March 8th at the UO’s Erb Memorial Union, as part of Schnitzer Cinema’s “In the Street” series. It’s paired with a panel discussion the next day at the UO called Betrayal and Unity: Law, Religion and the Bernie Madoff Scandal. Alicia Jo Rabins speaks with KLCC's Eric Alan.

 

Jake Shimabukuro, Live in the KLCC Studios

Mar 3, 2017
Photo by Eric Alan

  Jake Shimabukuro has become the world’s foremost ukulele player, taking the instrument into a wild range of musical realms beyond its Hawaiian origins. His most recent CD, Nashville Sessions, is an electric trio release with bassist Nolan Verner and percussionist Evan Hutchings. He returns to Eugene for a performance at the Jacqua Concert Hall of the Shedd Institute tonight, March 3rd, and he’s here live in the KLCC studios. 

From Grief to Hope, In the Odyssey of These Days

Feb 28, 2017

The Odyssey of These Days is an exhibition blending Wesley Hurd’s art with live Celtic chamber music from Eliot Grasso and Dreos.  It focuses on the transition from grief to hope, and was deeply affected by the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg in 2015.

Author Elena Passarello's Modern Bestiary

Feb 21, 2017

Author Elena Passarello has created a bestiary with her new book of essays, Animals Strike Curious Poses, exploring the lives of individual animals who’ve had enough impact on humanity to be named and widely remembered.

The Eclectic Guitar Mastery of Sharon Isbin

Feb 15, 2017
Photo by Lindsey McCarthy

Sharon Isbin is one of the world’s most accomplished guitarists, in classical music and beyond.

Eugene Opera Seeks Way Out Of Fiscal Crisis

Feb 14, 2017
Eugene Opera

Tonight (Tuesday) the Eugene Opera will hold a second public meeting about its finances. The news is not good. Two productions have been suspended, and the company faces a substantial fundraising challenge to stay alive.

The Cello Artistry of Gideon Freudmann

Feb 10, 2017

  Gideon Freudmann has been extending the language of the cello for more than three decades. His work has ranged from his role as a founding member of Portland Cello Project, to scoring silent films, to contributing to NPR’s All Things Considered, This American Life and Car Talk.

Tiffany Eckert

KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert speaks to Sunshine Kesey, daughter of Ken Kesey, about their family life, Kesey’s wrestling start at Springfield High School and his indelible mark on a generation.

Rachael McDonald

Every year, the KLCC Microbrew Festival gives Eugene’s craft brewers a chance to collaborate on small batches of beer. The theme this year is KLCC’s 50th Anniversary. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald sat down with a couple local brewers to find out more about what they’re cooking up.

Photo by Taylor Made Photography

  The Essentials are a nine-piece soul band who have been performing around the Pacific Northwest for the past twelve years—a tradition they’ll continue by performing live at the KLCC Brew Fest at the Lane Events Center on Saturday evening, February 11th. 

This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of Phil Knight’s "Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the creator of Nike.”

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Live at KLCC

Jan 27, 2017
Photo by Eric Alan

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has brought their joyful vocal music from South Africa to the world for over half a century, their music rising from isicathamiya, the music of the mines. That tradition is respected and extended on the new Ladysmith Black Mambazo CD, Walking in the Footsteps of Our Fathers. 

White Bird Clinic

Friends, family and countless members of Eugene's homeless community have lost a tireless advocate. Robert "Bob" Dritz, one of the earliest administrators of White Bird Clinic, died peacefully in hospice on January 15th.  For this tribute, KLCC's Tiffany Eckert sat down with two of his colleagues at White Bird to talk about the man and his legacy.


Mary Tyler Moore played the girl who could turn the world on with her smile. The actress is beloved for two TV roles: the single young professional Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and before that, the earnest homemaker Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Moore died Wednesday at the age of 80, her longtime representative told NPR.

Photo by Lindsey McCarthy

  The Eugene Symphony welcomes the second of its three finalists to become the symphony’s next conductor and music director. Ryan McAdams will conduct the Eugene Symphony on Thursday, January 26th at the Hult Center.

Eugene Opera

The Eugene Opera has cancelled its performances for the rest of the season. The opera cites disappointing ticket sales and a $165-thousand shortfall.

  Herb Alpert’s extraordinary, eclectic career has spanned over fifty years in the music business so far.

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