Arts & Culture

  Comparatively few people of color visit the American wilderness, though the resources are public to all. African-American outdoorsman James Mills addresses this disparity in his book The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors. He speaks with Eric Alan about the issues and how to address them, before his illustrated talk at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, April 23rd.

  “Innovation District” is the theme of the next event in the TAD Talks series, which examines the role of technology and the arts in Downtown Eugene. There will be several speakers, as well as exhibitions, performances and a beer tasting, at the McDonald Theatre on Tuesday evening, April 19th.

Music and history combine in unique ways as Swedish violinist Semmy Stahlhammer and his wife, cellist Isabel Blomme, visit the Willamette Valley. They’ll perform with Chamber Music Amici in Springfield on April 17th and 18th, in a program that ranges from Tchaikovsky to Klezmer. Semmy Stahlhammer will also appear at Temple Beth Israel on Wednesday, April 13th, to speak about his book Codename Barber, which details the story of his father Mischa, a Polish Jew who was a landmine specialist in the People’s Army in World War II.

  Author Eliot Treichel explores a teenage girl’s grief and healing after causing her father’s accidental death on a canoe trip, in the young adult novel A Series of Small Maneuvers. He speaks with Eric Alan about the power of a river and a horse to help a girl find peace with what can never heal. Eliot Treichel speaks at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, April 9th. 

Photo by Eric Alan

  The Ballroom Thieves are a trio with Boston roots, whose music merges fine harmony and acoustics with more electric and experimental edges—including recent collaboration with the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra. Their debut CD A Wolf in the Doorway has brought them national attention, and they were a sensation at the Sisters Folk Festival last September. They begin their West Coast Tour tonight, April 6th, at Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene, and then they’ll perform on Saturday, April 9th at Sisters High School in Sisters. Both are a double bill with the duo Tall Heights.

  Memory loss and music are brought together in a new vocal ensemble piece called Shadow and Light, by composer Joan Szymko (“SHIM-koh”). Eugene Vocal Arts and the Eugene Concert Orchestra present its world premiere as part of Remembrances on Friday, April 8th and Sunday, April 10th at Beall Hall. Joan Szymko speaks with Eric Alan about giving Alzheimer’s patients and care partners a voice. 

photo Jenny Graham

“Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens is a grand novel. And it grandly fills the stage of the Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Photo by Lindsey McCarthy

  Eugene Symphony’s Conductor Laureate Marin Alsop returns as part of Symfest, the symphony’s multi-faceted celebration on April 2nd. She visits Eric Alan in the KLCC studios to reflect on her homecoming, a lively program of music with personal meanings, and whether or not the world has made progress in accepting women conductors. 

This is KLCC. I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "The Triumph of Seeds” by Thor Hanson.

I love to explore new ideas through non-fiction in the hands of an excellent writer – “Guns, Germs, and Steel” or “The Beak of the Finch” come to mind. So I expected to enjoy Thor Hanson’s award-winning natural history: “The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History.” I wasn’t disappointed!