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. He joined KLCC in 2010 as a host of the music program Fresh Tracks. He then became the host of the music, arts and culture program Living Large, which brought 800 performances and interviews to the airwaves in 2011-2013. 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 also served there as editor and primary feature writer for The Jefferson Monthly magazine, Morning Edition host and producer of The Questing Feast (a food show). 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.

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Eugene Symphony
10:21 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Eugene Symphony's Counterpoint Festival Explores Love and Fate

The Eugene Symphony presents its second Counterpoint Festival, partnering with a variety of community and arts organizations to explore the themes of “Love and Fate,” in events across the spectrum of the creative arts. That includes two performances by the Eugene Symphony: Symphonie Fantastique on November 14th, then Romeo & Juliet and Porgy & Bess on November 23rd, including collaboration with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Eric Alan speaks with the symphony’s executive director Scott Freck, and music director and conductor Danail Rachev. 

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Eugene International Film Festival
10:56 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

As part of the Eugene International Film Festival, Anthony Powell's award-winning documentary Antarctica: A Year on Ice screens at the Bijou Metro on Friday evening, November 8th. In this interview, Eric Alan speaks with Ben Bonnet, who appears briefly in the film, and has worked at Antarctica's McMurdo Station for several years. He talks about the strong community found there, the unexpected effects of constant winter darkness on sleep, and why polar residents dream of guacamole.

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UO School of Music and Dance
10:06 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Jazz Guitarist Mark Elf, Live at KLCC

Eric Alan, guitarist Mark Elf, and KLCC music director Michael Canning.

Guitarist Mark Elf has carved a distinguished career in the jazz world, with a career spanning over forty years. During that time, he's had nine consecutive albums reach number one on the national radio jazz charts, and performed or recorded with greats Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath and many others.

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Oregon Contemporary Theatre
1:58 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Who Am I This Time? (And Other Conundrums of Love)

Bill Hulings and Storm Kennedy as Tom and Kate in Who Am I This Time?

Oregon Contemporary Theatre (formerly Lord Leebrick Theatre) presents Who Am I This Time? (And Other Conundrums of Love) from November 8th through 30th. The play is adapted from the early comic stories of Kurt Vonnegut by playwright Aaron Posner, who has gone on to national success after growing up in Eugene. Lead actors Bill Hulings and Storm Kennedy talk with Eric Alan about the play's parallels to Thornton Wilder's Our Town, about the similarities between the play's small-town Connecticut setting and Oregon, and what the play reveals about love and fate.

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Downtown Eugene Public Library
11:35 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Poet Laureate Billy Collins visits Eugene

Poet Billy Collins

Billy Collins is one of the most accomplished, popular and humorous poets in the United States. He served as the country's Poet Laureate from 2001 through 2003, and won the Poetry Foundation's first Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry. Recently, he's filled in for Garrison Keillor on Writer's Almanac and been a guest on The Colbert Report. He's touring behind a new collection of poems called Aimless Love, and appears at the Downtown Eugene Public Library in a free reading on Tuesday, November 5th.

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John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
10:35 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Rufus Wainwright, Out of the Game

Rufus Wainwright

While in Eugene for a performance at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, Rufus Wainwright joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios for music from his new CD Out of the Game, as well as for conversation about the songs, how opera saved him, and the necessity of taking time to stare at Oregon trees. We present two versions here: an edited interview interspersed with music from Out of the Game, and an extended interview-only version, in which Rufus discusses his tributes to Judy Garland and Kate McGarrigle, and life in his complex musical family.

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Tea Time Productions
12:52 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Grrrlz Rock Festival Celebrates Women and Girls in Music and the Arts

Matrisha Armitage (right), organizer of Grrrlz Rock and member of the band Bajuana Tea.

The 8th Annual Grrrlz Rock Music and Arts Festival celebrates women and girls in music and the arts, with events throughout November in Eugene, Springfield and Cottage Grove. Organizer Matrisha Armitage speaks with Eric Alan about the growing festival, and the challenges women face in balancing diverse lives with their participation in music.

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DanceAbility
11:06 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Merging Architecture with Dance

DanceAbility International and Frances Bronet, Dean of the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts, have teamed to create a work called “Don’t Leave Me,” which merges architecture and dance. It will premiere in the Ragozzino Performance Hall on the LCC campus on November 1st. Frances Bronet joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

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Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene
12:30 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Bridging the Bubble Between Campus and Community in the Arts

As part of a national series called Creative Conversations, Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) and the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene (ABAE) present “Bridging the Bubble between Campus and Community in the Arts,” Wednesday evening, October 30th at the Lincoln Gallery of the Oregon Supported Living Program in Eugene. Eric Alan speaks with Evelyn Thorne of ELAN and Karen Rainsong of ABAE.

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Opal Center for Arts and Education
12:37 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Opal Center for Arts and Education Expands in Cottage Grove

The Opal Center for Arts and Education in Cottage Grove has been undergoing expansive growth, after obtaining nonprofit status and hiring a new executive director, Nick Chase. He chats with KLCC's Eric Alan about the center's role in Cottage Grove's downtown revitalization, and about the Arcade Players' Halloween mashup, which integrates the movies Rocky I-IV and The Rocky Horror Picture Show into one odd play.

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