Arts & Culture

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Keith Greeninger returns to the KLCC listening region with a few solo performances. Friday, August 21st he’ll be at the Barn at Yellow Bird Farm, west of Cottage Grove. Then he’ll perform at Fir Street Park in downtown Sisters on Saturday, August 22nd, and give a house concert in Bend on Monday, August 24th. His most recent CD is Soul Connection, which features Bonnie Raitt’s rhythm section, and Bill Payne from Little Feat on the keyboards. Keith came by the KLCC studios to share music on a beautiful Friday afternoon.

Whetherman, Live at KLCC

Aug 20, 2015
Photo by Eric Alan

Whetherman is the stage name of Nicholas Williams, who has released six CDs in recent years on an independent path, including his latest CD Seeds for Harvest. He’s also been touring relentlessly during those years as well, whether it’s with a full band or solo. He’s continuing that touring with two performances in the KLCC listening region, including August 20th at Cozmic in Eugene, and on Friday night, August 21st at Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove. He stopped by the KLCC studios for songs and stories.

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The last play to open at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this season is one of the very best. “Sweat,” a deeply satisfying new work by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, was commissioned as part of the Festival’s United States History Cycle.

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KLCC's Desmond O'Boyle speaks with Festival of Eugene organizer Krysta Albert about the happenings at the festival, located in Skinner Butte Park.

Festival of Eugene, August 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.

The event features 3 band stages, a youth music stage, a dance performance stage and a poetry stage. A Kid Zone and a silent art auction featuring unknown artists, and a make and model car show featuring unique car art.

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Arts and cultural organizations around the state will benefit from this year’s record-breaking Oregon Cultural Trust grants. The awards, totaling $2.6 million dollars, are up 30 percent over last year.

The Oregon Cultural Trust is funded by Oregon residents, who receive tax credits for their donations. This year’s record high giving, together with a legislative change to the distribution model, allowed the Trust to distribute more money than ever. The Lane Arts Council received over $21,000 for an “arts asset map.” Executive Director Liora Sponko explains:

As part of Oregon Performance Lab--a new creative residency program hosted by Lane Community College-- the play Spill will be performed in the Ragozzino Performance Hall of LCC on August 14th and 15th, based on interviews regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Louisiana. Lead actor and dramaturg Kelli Simpkins speaks with Eric Alan.

Vocalist Marisa Frantz is a native of Eugene who returned after several musical years in Nashville, and is a part of the Oregon Festival of American Music for the first time. She speaks with Eric Alan about balancing a reverence for vocal tradition while still making classic songs her own. She’ll be a featured vocalist in OFAM’s opening gala, which will be broadcast by KLCC on Tuesday evening, August 11th, during Heartwood Hotel.

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“The Happiest Song Plays Last,” now at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Thomas Theatre, is part three of a trilogy by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Last year the Festival presented part two, “Water by the Spoonful,” directed, like this play, by Shishir Kurup.
The author, inspired by her cousin Elliot, the youngest Marine to be deployed to Iraq, has stitched his story to others, creating a colorful quilt of present-day issues.

In the first of two features on the Oregon Festival of Music 2015, Eric Alan speaks with Jim Ralph, Executive Director of the Shedd Institute. Jim talks about the transformative musical era from 1921 to 1934, and how it will be represented onstage during Tuesday evening’s opening gala. That concert will be broadcast live on KLCC during Heartwood Hotel, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

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