Arts & Culture

Photo by Eric Alan

  Bearcoon is the musical duo of Andrea Walker and Solange Igoa, from Long Beach, California. As a result of being grand prize winners at the Buskerfest music festival, they were able to record their debut CD El Guapo.

Photo by Eric Alan

  Ruth Moody’s music has made its way into the world from Winnipeg, whether it’s her solo CDs, her key part in the band the Wailin’ Jennys, or touring and recording with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits. Her most recent CD is These Wilder Things, and she’s touring with her quartet, the Ruth Moody Band. They’ll appear at Tsunami Books tonight, Thursday, June 9th, with Jeffrey Martin opening the show at 7:30 p.m. They also perform on Friday and Saturday in the Dalles and Portland, and in Bend on Sunday, June 12th as part of the House Concerts in the Glen at Newport Hills.

  DanceAbility International has brought people with and without disabilities together through dance for over twenty-five years in twenty-five countries. They’re now expanding their local reach through teacher trainings co-sponsored by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, other classes and events. Founder Alito Alessi speaks with Eric Alan about how the languages of dance and community expand through diversity.  

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  Songwriter Ben Bochner splits his time between Eugene and Austin, Texas. He’s been a finalist at Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, has been working on recordings with David Jacobs-Strain, and was infamously known as the Rogue Reader after being a controversial part of Ken Kesey’s group novel-writing project at the University of Oregon. 

Maude Kerns Gallery

  Vocalist, fiddler and songwriter Carrie Rodriguez has gained acclaim over the course of a career that has taken her from her native Austin, Texas to Carnegie Hall, A Prairie Home Companion to The Today Show.

This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Life Without a Recipe” by Diana Abu-Jaber.

A quotation from this book:  “Sometimes I think the older you get, the more memories there are, and the deeper the forest becomes.  A child thinks their life has one smooth shape – always moving straight ahead.  Eventually, though, you start to see how crooked the path is, how the trees move closer, how birds have eaten your trail of crumbs.”

Hacker Architects

The Oregon Bach Festival will break ground on June 17th to start construction of its new home next to the University of Oregon's School of Music.

Photo by Eric Alan

  The Mims House became the first black-owned property in Eugene in 1948, after previous ordinances prohibited people of color from purchasing property or living within city limits. Eric Alan speaks with Willie Mims about the living history there, including visits from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

The community group hoping to preserve 88.5 FM as an independent radio station has hit its $7 million fundraising goal a month ahead of schedule. KPLU General Manager Joey Cohn announced live on the air Thursday afternoon that nearly 18,000 donors have raised enough money to make a bid for the station.

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