Arts & Culture

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. 

Prep Underway For OCF

Jul 8, 2016
Brian Bull

The 47th annual Oregon Country Fair certainly isn’t shy of pageantry and spectacle.  But getting the 280-acres prepped and ready for the crush of crowds this weekend doesn’t happen on its own. KLCC’s Brian Bull visited the fairgrounds while crews and vendors set up, and learned right off that preparation is all a matter of scale…literally.

Construction Crews Prep For Start Of The Fair

Jul 8, 2016
Angela Kellner

People from all over the world flock to the Oregon Country Fair just outside of Eugene to enjoy a weekend of music, art and to reminisce about hippy-er times.

KLCC’s Kira Hoffelmeyer has some pre-fair details.

Kira Hoffelmeyer

This weekend the Oregon Country Fair marks its 47th year, a near-half century of music, body paint, and environmentally-friendly counterculture.  Roughly 50,000 people are expected to show during the three-day event, west of Eugene.  KLCC’s Brian Bull visited with a longtime coordinator of the fair, who’s just taken on a new role.

photo: Jennie Graham

Many people consider Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” the greatest play ever written. They must be right because a full house sat through the play’s rainy opening night at Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor Allen Theatre.

Rachael McDonald

This weekend an intentional community in Eugene will celebrate its 25th Anniversary. They’re having an open house Saturday.

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Jul 1, 2016

  The play Whose Life Is It Anyway? examines quality of life issues through the eyes of a paralyzed sculptor, portrayed by Blake Beardsley in the Very Little Theatre’s Stage Left production, July 1st through 10th. It’s directed by Cindy Solari , whose own medical journey offers parallels to that of the central character. Cindy and Blake speak with Eric Alan about issues and choices that can affect us all. 

This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Love Factually” by Duana Welch. 

Tracktown: the Movie Makes Its Eugene Debut

Jun 30, 2016
Photo by Bryan Rodriguez

  Tracktown: the Movie is a film by Jeremy Teicher and Alexi Pappas that blends the truth of an elite runner’s life with a fictional story. The movie’s Eugene debut is at the McDonald Theatre on July 5th, while co-director and star Alexi Pappas is training to run with the Greek Olympic Team in Rio. Eric Alan speaks with Jeremy Teicher, in an interview that includes clips from the film.  

 KLCC and the Oregon Bach Festival continued their annual tradition of celebrating the festival's opening with an hour-long special live broadcast from KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall on Tuesday, June 21st. Baroque violin duo Alice Blankenship and Alison Luthmers Tessier treated a live studio audience to a varied program of music ranging from Bach and Telemann to traditional and modern Swedish folk music. The evening was co-hosted by KLCC's Eric Alan, and OBF Executive Director Janelle McCoy. 

Shakespeare and All That Jazz

Jun 24, 2016

  In remembrance of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Pacific International Choral Festivals (Picfest) presents Shakespeare and All That Jazz at the First Baptist Church in Eugene on Sunday, June 26th. It features the legendary jazz band the Yellowjackets; the youthful three-hundred-voice Picfest Festival Chorus; and the world premiere of a composition by British composer and conductor Bob Chilcott.

Photo by Eric Alan

  Makrokosmos Project is a cutting-edge piano music festival celebrating living American composers and featuring Pacific Northwest performers. Duo Stephanie and Saar speak with Eric Alan about music from Frederic Rzewski to John Adams and Philip Glass. The festival is at Oveissi and Company in Eugene on Sunday, June 26th. 

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