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KLCC's Tiffany Eckert sits down with Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Garcia and George "Hardly Visible" Walker to talk about their experiences as Merry Pranksters with Ken Kesey, Neal Cassidy and the Grateful Dead. The 50th Anniversary of the Acid Test Graduation Commencement is this Halloween night.

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This Halloween marks an auspicious occasion: the 50th anniversary of the Acid Test Graduation. The acid tests were a series of psychedelic parties held in the mid 1960’s and hosted by author and Oregon son Ken Kesey with his Merry Band of Pranksters. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert caught up with some of the original pranksters as they gear up for an all-night celebration in Eugene this Friday.

Doty and Coyote: Stories from the Native West

Oct 27, 2016

  Native American storyteller Thomas Doty presents Doty and Coyote: Stories from the Native West at the UO Baker Center on Friday, October 28th. 

  Guitarist Bill Frisell turns his attention to the beauty and emotion of film and television music on his new release When You Wish Upon a Star. 

Use the Time You're Given: TEDx Veneta Women

Oct 25, 2016

  “Use the Time You’re Given” is the theme of TEDx Veneta Women, featuring nine women speakers at Applegate Regional Theater on October 28th. Organizer Jennifer Chambers is an author and traumatic brain injury survivor. She speaks with Eric Alan about the universal need to use time wisely. 

Leyla McCalla, Live in the KLCC Studios

Oct 21, 2016
Photo by Eric Alan

  Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla has focused on her solo career since leaving the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. 

  “Every Body Deserves Respect” is the title and topic of a discussion to be hosted by Eugene Musicians Against Sexual Violence, at Shadowfox Gallery on Broadway in Eugene on Tuesday, October 18th at 5 p.m., launching a new series of Tuesday Talks there. 

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The towering creature of legend, Bigfoot, is near impossible to spot.  That hasn’t hurt its popularity, though.  While early exposure included plaster foot-casts and grainy film footage, Bigfoot today is on TV, countless books and websites, and even has an action figure.

KLCC’s Brian Bull measures the creature’s cultural footprint. 

  “Resilience” is the theme of a photography exhibit by Paula Goodbar, exploring resilience in women’s lives, in times of both positivity and challenge. It’s an exhibit over four years in the making, which will open at the Tronson Gallery on Main Street in Springfield on Friday, October 14th and run through October, down the street from where Paula Goodbar also serves as Executive Director of Emerald Art Center. She speaks with Eric Alan. 

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Today, while many other American communities are observing Columbus Day, Eugene is joining several other Pacific Northwest cities in recognizing the second Monday of October as “Indigenous Peoples Day”.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

  The Guy Mendilow Ensemble presents Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom, a performance that integrates songs and stories from Sephardic Jewish history, sung in the Ladino language. Guy Mendilow speaks with Eric Alan about that visceral music and its universal stories.

This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "T is for Time” by Marie and Roland Smith, with illustrations by Renée Graef.

Comedienne Paula Poundstone is familiar to KLCC listeners for her hilarious contributions to NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. She’s equally funny and insightful as a standup comedian, which she’ll demonstrate on the Hult Center stage in Eugene on Saturday, October 15th. 

  Project Prayer Song aims to enlist half a million people globally to contribute their voice to one song, in service to human connection. A documentary film will be made of the process as well. Electronic music producer Jesse Scott speaks with Eric Alan about the ambitious project, including a definition of prayer that is not religious.

  

  The Oregon Mozart Players open their season on October 1st at Beall Hall with a performance called “Brilliance.” It includes Ligeti’s Romanian Concerto as well as Mozart’s Linz Symphony and Piano Concerto No. 21, featuring pianist Anton Nel. Artistic director Kelly Kuo speaks with Eric Alan about Mozart seeking to reclaim his Viennese audience, and Stalinist censorship of musical dissonance in Ligeti’s compositions. 

Arts in Action: the 2016 Oregon Arts Summit

Sep 30, 2016

  The role of the arts in strengthening communities and addressing social issues will be the topic of this year’s Oregon Arts Summit, with the theme of “Arts in Action.” 

Photo by Lindsey McCarthy

  The Eugene Symphony and KLCC celebrated the opening of the symphony's 51st season with an hour-long special live broadcast from KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall on Monday, September 19th. 

Photo by Eric Alan

  The Lane Arts Council will mark its 40th anniversary with a celebration at Eugene’s 5th Street Public Market on Friday, September 16th. Director Liora Sponko and James Aday, one of the council’s founders, reflect on forty years of arts advocacy and change.

  Justin King has traveled the world as vocalist, guitar virtuoso and war photographer. He has returned to Eugene after time in Brooklyn, Iraq and Haiti, bringing his new band King Radio with him for an upcoming West Coast tour. 

  In celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary on September 8th,  Trek Theatre presents the original musical Pon Farr: A Green-Blooded Musical Love Story. 

This is KLCC. I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "The Hour of Land” by Terry Tempest Williams.

Last weekend marked the centennial of the National Parks Service in the United States, these places Ken Burns has called “America’s Best Idea.” It’s a perfect time to read the diverse essays in Terry Tempest Williams’ “The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks.”

  The recent closure of the New Zone Gallery in Eugene has left the New Zone Artists Collective without a venue. Gallery coordinator Steve LaRiccia speaks with Eric Alan about the continued challenges and changes in the local visual arts scene, and about his optimistic quest to find a new gallery space for the collective.  

  Oregon Performance Lab is an incubator for artists developing live performance works in theater, dance and music. Artistic director Willow Norton and acclaimed Brooklyn playwright Crystal Skillman talk with Eric Alan about developing the play Rain and Zoe Save the World, which focuses on teenage activism in a time of growth and change. A workshop performance will be held in the Ragozzino Performance Hall at Lane Community College on Saturday, August 27th. 

  Chris Pinto and Chris McVay, founders of the Not Ready for Retirement Players, speak with Eric Alan about creating a theater company for mature actors. Their debut production is Heroes, a Tom Stoppard adaptation of a French comedy about World War One veterans plotting to escape a nursing home. It runs August 26th through September 4th in the Hult Center’s Studio One. 

  Dorothy Velasco reviews the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Timon of Athens and the controversial Play On! Project, which aims to translate Shakespeare into modern language. 

Eugene Weekly

Two Eugene musicians – both considered legends by many locals – died last week.

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