Arts & Culture

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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