Arts & Culture

This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of “Marrow Island” by Alexis M. Smith.

In her lyrical and compelling new novel, Portland based author Alexis Smith walks the tightrope of multiple genres without falling into any easily stereotyped style.  Is “Marrow Island” a mystery? Science fiction? A commentary on cults, or Catholic education?  A screed against the petroleum industry?  A love story?  Well, yes… and, no.

Photo by Ben Klipfel

The city of Eugene is installing two public pianos, to be artistically enhanced by Jessilyn Brinkerhoff and Mija  Marie, and playable by anyone. Mija Marie and Mindy Linder from City of Eugene Cultural Services speak with KLCC’s Eric Alan about enlivening downtown with playable art.  

John Fischer

 

We all know that stealing is wrong.  But there is an exception-stealing from your own garden.

Photo by Eric Alan

KLCC's annual special broadcast celebrating the opening of the Oregon Bach Festival was held in KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall on Tuesday, June 27th. Featured were  two masterful performers: Tenor Charles Daniels and lutenist Simon Martyn-Ellis. Charles Daniels performs the role of the Evangelist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion in this year's festival, and gives the Hinkle Distinguished Lecture. Simon Martyn-Ellis has built a worldwide reputation as a master on lute, theorbo, and baroque guitar, beginning in his native Australia, and performs as part of the OBF company.

Victoria Tierney and her prize winning painting, "Mother Japan"
Sandy Brown Jensen

This week Viz Vity went on the road to the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, which has a large juried exhibition open right now called Expressions West 2017.  The work of Bandon artist Victoria Tierney was chosen as the Grand Prize blue ribbon winner:

Sadie and Bessie Delany were civil rights pioneers: two African-American sisters born in the late 1800s, who each lived to be over 100 years old. Their story is captured in the play Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, which will be given a staged reading by Minority Voices Theatre at Lane Community College’s Downtown Center in Eugene on Sunday, June 25th.

When Anice Thigpen came out as gay in a racist, homophobic family in the south, she lost custody of her children and much more. Decades later, she’s transformed her pain via her original chamber opera The Woman of Salt. Its world premiere will be Friday, June 23rd at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. She speaks to KLCC’s Eric Alan about healing through opera. 

Allan Kluber has returned to creating clay sculptures after a thirty year hiatus. All his proceeds go to Sheltercare.
Sandy Brown Jensen

On the Banks of the Tigris: the Hidden Story of Iraqi Music is an award-winning documentary that follows the journey of exiled Iraqi musician Majid Shokor, as he discovers unexpected cultural roots to the music he loved as a child.

Eugene Poetry Slam’s season finale on June 10th  at Tsunami Books will focus on love and sex. Author Wendy Strgar will be a featured guest, with her new book Sex that Works distilled from her blog “Making Love Sustainable.” She speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about creating positive intimacy with courage, awareness and gratitude.

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