Eric Alan

Music, Arts & Culture Host

Eric Alan is KLCC’s music, arts and culture host. The music performances he hosts on KLCC air during Q; his interviews and features air during The Takeaway, The World and other programs. 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.

Ways to Connect

  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. 

  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. 

  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. 

  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. 

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.

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. 

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.  

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