Arts & Culture

Photo by Eric Alan

Dirty Bourbon River Show bring their high energy mix of New Orleans styles to Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene tonight, July 9th, merging everything from brass to piano ballads, blues and rock edges. They’re touring from New Orleans behind their latest CD, Important Things Humans Should Know, and they brought the full six-piece ensemble to the KLCC studios for songs, stories, and even a little sage advice. 

Tiffany Eckert

Imagine overseeing a cultural event that employs hundreds of staff, raises millions of dollars and draws as many as 60-thousand people in a single weekend. That’s the Oregon Country Fair—and Charlie Ruff has been its General Manager since 2008. This summer, he’s passing the torch to longtime fair volunteer, Tom Gannon. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert speaks to both men about the leadership transition and what the historic Oregon Country Fair means to them.


Photo by Eric Alan

Over the course of fourteen albums and a decade of touring the world, John Craigie has merged wit and observation in his mix of music and storytelling, which continues in his latest CD Working on My Farewell. He has several upcoming local appearances, including at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove tonight, July 8th, at the Oregon Country Fair, and in Florence at the Kenneth B. Gallery on July 15th. He’ll also be up at Horning’s Hideout for the Northwest String Summit on July 17th. He visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Rachael McDonald

The 46th Oregon Country Fair begins Friday in the woods outside Veneta, west of Eugene. This year, the fair has a little more space for the public to wander.

3 person show at Shrager & Clarke Gallery

Jul 8, 2015
photo Jenny Graham

“Long Day’s Journey into Night,” Eugene O’Neill’s gut-wrenching family drama, is playing in a superlative production at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Thomas Theatre.
When O’Neill fashioned this play based on his miserable youth, he stipulated it could not be published until 25 years after his death, and never be performed. But after he died in 1953 his widow soon had it produced on Broadway, and it earned Pulitzer and Tony Awards.

State tax incentives for the film and television industry have cleared the Oregon House. 

The bill would extend tax breaks for six more years and benefit film and television producers who bring their projects to the state.  Executive Director of the Oregon Film & Television Tim Williams calls the incentives a powerful draw for this lucrative industry.

photo Jenny Graham

Among the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s summer openings, the funniest by far is the world premiere of the musical, “Head Over Heels,” at the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
With a script by Jeff Whitty, author of the Tony-winning “Avenue Q,” and music and lyrics by the Go-Go’s, the wildly popular female band from the eighties, the much-anticipated show is hilarious, enticing and touching.

Photo by Johanna Prechtel

Martin Prechtel is the author of The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise, which brings his Indigenous perspectives to a path for the embrace of grief, and a way to transform it to a healthy praise for life. He speaks with Eric Alan, before a book release event at Tsunami Books on Tuesday, June 30th.

Photo by Eric Alan

Banning Eyre is a multi-faceted creative artist, including his roles as author, guitarist, and senior editor and producer of the syndicated public radio program AfroPop Worldwide. His latest book is Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music that Made Zimbabwe—focused on an African cultural icon who is now in exile, and a resident of Eugene.