Arts & Culture

  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.

  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.

  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. 

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