Eric Alan

Music, Arts & Culture Host

Eric Alan is KLCC’s music, arts and culture reporter. The interviews and performances he hosts air on KLCC as local inserts during programs including The Takeaway, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, and The World . Previously, he spent seventeen years at Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, where he was music director and host of the daily music show Open Air. He is a nationally published author and photographer with three books to his credit, ranging from nature spirituality to major league baseball. He also works with National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones, regularly contributing words and photographs to the project “Celebrate What’s Right with the World.” He is an accomplished lyricist as well, with credits ranging from international recording artists Gypsy Soul to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. He has served on the board of the Lane County Cultural Coalition, and is a founding board member of Cerro Gordo Land Conservancy. 

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt (A Parable), explores nuanced aspects of doubt, faith and the power of stories, whether truthful or not.

More storm drains will become murals in the City of Springfield’s Second Annual UpStream Art Installation this Friday, evening August 11th. 

Photo by Eric Alan

The North American Jaw Harpists host the 22nd North American Jew’s Harp Festival, at the Cottage Grove Armory on Friday and Saturday, August 11th and 12th, presented by the nonprofit organization Music Money.

For only the third time in the past century, a total solar eclipse will shadow Oregon, beginning in Lincoln City on Monday, August 21st at 10:15 a.m. KLCC's Eric Alan speaks with particle physicist and astronomer Dr. Jim Brau, former director of the UO Center for High Energy Physics, and the Philip H. Knight Professor of Natural Science.

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The city of Eugene is installing two public pianos, to be artistically enhanced by Jessilyn Brinkerhoff and Mija  Marie, and playable by anyone. Mija Marie and Mindy Linder from City of Eugene Cultural Services speak with KLCC’s Eric Alan about enlivening downtown with playable art.  

Photo by Eric Alan

KLCC's annual special broadcast celebrating the opening of the Oregon Bach Festival was held in KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall on Tuesday, June 27th. Featured were  two masterful performers: Tenor Charles Daniels and lutenist Simon Martyn-Ellis. Charles Daniels performs the role of the Evangelist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion in this year's festival, and gives the Hinkle Distinguished Lecture. Simon Martyn-Ellis has built a worldwide reputation as a master on lute, theorbo, and baroque guitar, beginning in his native Australia, and performs as part of the OBF company.

Sadie and Bessie Delany were civil rights pioneers: two African-American sisters born in the late 1800s, who each lived to be over 100 years old. Their story is captured in the play Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, which will be given a staged reading by Minority Voices Theatre at Lane Community College’s Downtown Center in Eugene on Sunday, June 25th.

When Anice Thigpen came out as gay in a racist, homophobic family in the south, she lost custody of her children and much more. Decades later, she’s transformed her pain via her original chamber opera The Woman of Salt. Its world premiere will be Friday, June 23rd at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. She speaks to KLCC’s Eric Alan about healing through opera. 

On the Banks of the Tigris: the Hidden Story of Iraqi Music is an award-winning documentary that follows the journey of exiled Iraqi musician Majid Shokor, as he discovers unexpected cultural roots to the music he loved as a child.

Eugene Poetry Slam’s season finale on June 10th  at Tsunami Books will focus on love and sex. Author Wendy Strgar will be a featured guest, with her new book Sex that Works distilled from her blog “Making Love Sustainable.” She speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about creating positive intimacy with courage, awareness and gratitude.

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