Eric Alan

Music, Arts & Culture Host

Eric Alan is KLCC’s music, arts and culture host. 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. 

Ways to Connect

The unhealed wounds of the Vietnam War still persist, as do the bonds between those who served there. Both are explored in the film Tripwire!¸which focuses on the experiences of local veteran Marc Waszkiewicz and his fellow Marines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Hult Center in Eugene opened its doors, forever changing the city’s cultural landscape. In celebration, the venue will host a day of free events on September 16th. Joining KLCC’s Eric Alan to look ahead and look back are general manager Theresa Sizemore, and ticket office manager Marcia James, who has worked at the Hult Center since 1982.

History and the present merge in Singing Creek Educational Center’s Grandparent’s Pioneer Tea. The event honors elders on National Grandparents Day, September 10th, in a one-room schoolhouse in Junction City. Singing Creek’s Executive Director, Karen Rainsong, speaks with Eric Alan about honoring elders, and the relevance of pioneer values in the modern day.  

Noah Strycker set a world record by seeing 6,042 species of birds in one year. Stories from his global adventure are collected in his new book, Birding without Borders. He talks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about the memorable journey, before speaking at the Oregon Shorebird Festival in Charleston on Labor Day Weekend.   

Photo by Karen Rainsong

Eugene’s 35th and newest SLUG Queen is Queen Santa Frida Babosita, the patron slug of arts and culture. She’s also known as Mija Andrade. She talks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about her goals as the city’s unofficial ambassador, including how it relates to her passion for the arts and her Mexican heritage. 

Photo by Paul Carter

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.

Photo by Ben Klipfel

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.

Highway 20 runs over three thousand miles, from Boston to Newport Oregon—a road Sal Strom and Lynn Moyers have just traversed in entirety. 

Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty has extended the language of the instrument in contexts of jazz, rock and beyond. His first American appearance was at the Monterey Jazz Festival fifty years ago—an appearance that launched his recording career, which has ranged from his groundbreaking solo CDs for Atlantic Records, to collaborations from Mahavishnu Orchestra, Frank Zappa, Al DiMeola and Stanley Clarke, among many others.

Photo by Danielle Knapp

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon, is the next topic in the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project.

On the Ragged Edge of Medicine: Doctoring among the Dispossessed, is a book by Dr. Patricia Kullberg, reflecting on her experience in medical practice for the homeless and urban poor in Portland.  She’ll read at the UO bookstore on Wednesday evening, May 24th with book sales to benefit White Bird Clinic. She speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about the health costs of poverty, and the need for empathy as well as universal care. 

Ten years ago, Mason Williams was the featured performer for the first event at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. Now he returns as a guest at the theater’s 10th anniversary gala on Saturday, May 20th. He speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about his career, including the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, his instrumental hit “Classical Gas,” his art projects and a new movie he’s in with Tom Hanks and others. 

Socio-Political comedian W. Kamau Bell is the host of the show United Shades of America on CNN, the author of the new book The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell, the host of three podcasts, and star of the stand-up special and comedy album Semi-Prominent Negro. He’ll bring his stand-up comedy show to the Hult Center in Eugene on Friday, May 19th; he speaks with KLCC's Eric Alan from the CNN studios. 

Photo by Eric Alan

The Delgani String Quartet will close their second season with a performance called Evolving Elements, featuring the percussive side of string quartet music.

Over seventy artists, musicians, and dancers will explore the theme of “Marginalized Voices,” in the Platform Festival at the EMU on the UO Campus on Saturday evening, May 6th. Brad Garner and Amanda Baca speak with KLCC’s Eric Alan about the meaning of the theme, and how those creative voices will speak to it during the free festival. 

Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about the role of the arts in the community, including why art is vital within education, and where the boundaries of social commentary should be within public art.  Mayor Vinis guest hosts Lane Arts Council’s First Friday Art Walk on May 5th.

Photo by Eric Alan

The band Las Cafeteras blends elements of traditional Son Jarocho Afro-Mexican folk music with the roots of East Los Angeles streets, in a socially conscious and highly danceable way. They’ve just released a new album called Tastes Like L.A., Before performing at the WOW Hall in Eugene on Thursday, April 20th, they came by the KLCC studios for songs and celebration, in a set hosted by Eric Alan. 

Ira Glass has been a master storyteller for over twenty years, as host and creator of This American Life. In an in-depth interview with KLCC’s Eric Alan, he shares his thoughts on what makes for a compelling story, including examples ranging from the power of unstoppable delusions to what it’s like to discover that your mother is secretly running guns into Africa.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Across a Barrier of Fear is a one-woman play by Sharon Whitney, featuring Jane VanBoskirk.

Author Garth Stein has inspired millions with his book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, about a dog obsessed with car racing and believing he’ll be reincarnated in human form. The book is the focus of this year’s Newport Reads program. Garth Stein will appear at the Newport Performing Arts Center on April 19th, and at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on April 22nd. He speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan. 

My Last Continent is a novel by Midge Raymond—a love story stretching from Antarctica to Eugene, where the book’s protagonist Deb Gardner lives and teaches.

Photo courtesy of Eugene Register-Guard

The late Jon Sutton was a renowned Eugene composer and musician, whose creative talents extended into tapestries, silk-screen printing, oil and watercolor—even furniture design and photography of the Korean War. His legacy is being celebrated with a concert on April 7th by Eugene Vocal Arts and Eugene Concert

Pages