Arts & Culture

Photo by Maani Vadgama

  For the past quarter-century, MEDGE—the Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene—has brought Middle Eastern dance and music to the region through performance and education.

  The classic lyric opera Eugene Onegin melds the music of Tchaikovsky with the literature of Alexander Pushkin, creating a romantic and dramatic piece. Eugene Opera will do a fully-orchestrated version with an international cast on Friday, March 11th and Sunday, March 13th at the Hult Center in Eugene. Eugene Opera general director Mark Beudert and music director Andrew Bisantz speak with Eric Alan.

  Author and philosopher Lori Gruen speaks about “Justice and Empathy Beyond the Human.” She talks with Eric Alan about the ability of chimpanzees and other animals to teach us about better relationships. She appears on Thursday, March 10th on the UO campus, as part of Oregon Humanities Center’s year-long focus on justice.

This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Undermajordomo Minor” by Portland writer, Patrick DeWitt.

It’s a deceptively sly and witty book, beginning with the title itself:  our protagonist, young Lucien Minor, comes of age through working as an assistant to the Majordomo at the distant Castle Von Aux.  If that evokes dark forests, snowy peaks and curious escapades, you’re right on target. 

Photo by Ariel Ogden

 

  University Theatre presents Scorched, a play by  Lebanese-Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad that examines the nature of war survivors’ emotional realities, in a way that illuminates current conflicts. Director Michael Najjar--whose parents also fled a Lebanese conflict--and cast member Jerilyn Armstrong speak with Eric Alan. The play runs March 3rd through 13th at the Hope Theatre on the UO campus. 

  The Oregon Bach Festival welcomes its new executive director, Janelle McCoy, who is an accomplished mezzo soprano and arts administrator. Eric Alan speaks with her about her priorities and vision for moving the festival forward in 2016 and beyond.  

Photo by Brian Lanker. Used by permission of Brian Lanker's estate, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

  The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art features From the Heart: the Photographs of Brian Lanker, a retrospective of the late photographer’s work. Eric Alan speaks about his legacy with his widow Lynda Lanker, an accomplished artist herself and the subject of his Pulitzer Prize-winning series on natural childbirth. The exhibit is on display now through April 24th. 

Quetzal, Live at KLCC

Feb 24, 2016
Photo by Eric Alan

  The Grammy-winning ensemble Quetzal has come out of East L.A.’s Chicano community to create a vision that integrates music, dance and community activism in truly global ways.

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