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. In 2014, he was awarded second place in the "Best Interview" category for his story "Vietnam: An Inner View" at the national convention of the Public Radio News Directors, Incorporated in Washington, DC. 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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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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UO School of Music and Dance
4:12 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Oystein Baadsvik, Live at KLCC

Eric Alan and tuba virtuoso Oystein Baadsvik.

Norwegian-born Oystein Baadsvik is the only known tuba player in the world to carve out a professional solo career. He brought his astonishing musical skills and humor to the KLCC studios in a live performance hosted by Eric Alan, before performing a solo recital in Beall Hall on Sunday, October 27th, and attending the Ducks/UCLA football game--his first American football game ever.

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The Magic Barrel
1:15 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Fighting Hunger with The Magic Barrel

Lauren Kessler

The 20th annual Magic Barrel reading to fight hunger takes place at the Whiteside Theater in Corvallis on Friday, October 25th. Barry Lopez will emcee the event, as nine diverse writers gather to benefit Linn Benton Food Share. Lauren Kessler, whose most recent book is Counter Clockwise, visits with Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

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Tsunami Books
12:23 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Vietnam: An Inner View

Photo by Marc C. Waszkiewicz

During his three tours of duty in Vietnam as a Marine, Mark C. Waszkiewicz took thousands of photographs, recorded home movies and sent long letters home, as well as being a soldier. His experience is coalescing into a multi-media project called Vietnam: An Inner View, which includes a movie, a memoir, a photobook and an album of songs created and recorded with Lea Jones. Welcome to the Jungle is a live presentation drawn from Vietnam: An Inner View at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Thursday evening, October 24th.

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KLCC Live Performance
3:57 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Birds of Chicago and Peter Mulvey, Live at KLCC

Birds of Chicago and Peter Mulvey at KLCC.

Birds of Chicago, led by the husband and wife team of J.T. Nero and Allison Russell, toured Europe this spring with Midwestern guitarist and songwriter Peter Mulvey. By sheer coincidence, their Oregon tours overlapped, with Peter Mulvey performing at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis, and Birds of Chicago at Cozmic in Eugene, both on Friday, October 26th. They reunited in the KLCC studios for a live performance, hosted by Eric Alan.

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