Arts & Culture

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.

The 2nd Annual Eugene Children's Film Festival

Aug 18, 2016

  Filmmakers as young as six years old will have their work showcased in the 2nd Annual Eugene Children’s Film Festival, at the Wildish Theater in Springfield on Sunday, August 21st. Clint Larson, Executive Director of the AAC Foundation, speaks with Eric Alan about the role of film in a child’s development, and within STEAM education. 

Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.

What’s being called a significant archeological discovery has been found in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports ancient obsidian objects are linked to early Native American activity in the region.

Ashland Review: Richard II and the Winter's Tale

Aug 16, 2016

  Dorothy Velasco reviews the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's productions of Richard II and The Winter's Tale.

New Yorker cartoonist Matt Diffee speaks with Eric Alan about his unintentional cartooning career, which has included his new book Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People, and editing three volumes of  The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw and Never Will See In the New Yorker. 

AANR

This week, hundreds of people will gather near Eugene and bare all for a national nudist convention.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, there are serious public policy issues amidst the fun and frolic.

This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "The Carry Home” by Gary Ferguson.

  Historian and author Michael Helquist speaks with Eric Alan about his biography Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions. Equi was one of Oregon’s first women doctors, as well as a fierce advocate for worker’s rights, reproductive rights, and many other social justice causes. Michael Helquist speaks at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, August 6th at 3 p.m. 

Maude Kerns Gallery

photo: Jennie Graham

“The Wiz,” a surprise Broadway hit over 40 years ago, has now landed on the outdoor stage at Ashland’s Allen Theatre. This funky black version of “The Wizard of Oz” won a Tony for best musical, but “Hamilton” it’s not.

photo: Jennie Graham

“Vietgone,” now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is a lively new comedy about Vietnamese refugees creating their version of an American life from scratch.

Identity is a key issue in a multi-cultural world, and ¿Identity? is the name of an exhibit at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art by multi-cultural artists Victoria Suescum and Lee Michael Peterson. As part of the museum’s current focus on “American Identity,” it explores elements of identifying as Latino and Latina within American culture, through art and personal experience.

Ashland Review: Roe

Jul 12, 2016
Photo: Jennie Graham

Lisa Loomer’s new play, “Roe,” about the Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion in 1973, may well be this year’s most important American play. 

Brian Bull

The Oregon Country Fair is a chance to relax and “let it all hang out,” so to speak.  But while most people are fine with the standard summer attire of shorts and a t-shirt, or a billowy dress with wide-brimmed hat, others are more comfortable with skimpy garments or even just a layer of paint.  KLCC’s Brian Bull visited with a young couple who mostly went au naturel to this annual event.

Brian Bull

A new art installation is complete and slated to debut soon at the Oregon Country Fair. But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the “Story Pole” is still a year away from being erected.

Brian Bull

The sounds of the Oregon Country Fair are mostly invigorating.  There’s music to get your feet moving, spoken words to stir your soul, and vaudevillian comedy to jar your funny bone.  But one musician provides a special experience for those who want to be transported away from the revelry, if even for just a few minutes. 

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