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

An interview with Geshe Thupten Jinpa Langri, creator of the Compassion Cultivation Training program at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, director of the Mind and Life Institute, and the translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His talk,“Fearlessness and Compassion: Cultivating the Courage to Transform the World,” will be at Lane Community College on Sunday, May 10th.

Photo by Scott Eason

Author Diana Abu-Jaber is the keynote speaker for the 4th Annual Northwest Women’s Writers Symposium, with its theme of “Our Daily Bread: Women’s Stories of Food and Resilience.” She speaks with Eric Alan before her talk on Thursday, May 7th at the Downtown Eugene Public Library. The symposium runs from Thursday, May 7th through Saturday, May 9th, sponsored by the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society.

The Hi-Fi Music Hall opens in Eugene on Friday May 8th, with a concert from Zepparella. The new music hall features two stages and video web streaming of every concert. Owners Mike Hergenreter  and Danny Kime talk with Eric Alan about their vision for the venue.

The Center for Community Counseling presents “Stand Up for Mental Health” at the Wildish Theater in Springfield on Saturday, May 2nd. Headlining the event will be Dax Jordan, Los Angeles-based comedian who is a graduate of the University of Oregon, and personally familiar with issues of depression. Dax Jordan joins Eric Alan for conversation and comedy.

Photo by Anthony Proveaux

A conversation with Grammy-nominated producer Don Ross, one of ten producers for the Make-a-Band contest sponsored by the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene. The interview includes music from Big Tuna, the band Don Ross produced, who will perform in the Make-a-Band Showcase on Friday, May 1st in Eugene’s downtown park blocks. 

Eugene filmmakers Jeremy Teicher and Alexi Pappas speak with Eric Alan about their two feature films, and the human connection between them. Tall as the Baobab Tree explores the lives of the first girls to be educated in a Senegalese village, while Tracktown tells a story about running, set in Eugene. (Alexi Pappas is a two-time NCAA All-American runner, as well as a filmmaker.)  Tall as the Baobab Tree screens on Thursday, April 30th, as part of the Cinema Pacific Film Festival in Eugene.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Eugene Concert Choir completes its 40th anniversary season by featuring Celtic Spring with the Willis Clan on Saturday, April 25th at the Hult Center in Eugene. The Willis Clan includes twelve siblings from Nashville who merge Irish music and song and dance. They’ve gained international attention through winning the Today Show Sound of Music Singing Family Contest on NBC, and placing first in the 2013 International Irish Music Festival Competition in Dublin.

Photo by Hiroshi Iwaya

An interview with violinist Monica Huggett , who is celebrating her twentieth year as artistic director of the Portland Baroque Orchestra. They’ll perform Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons along with other music from Vivaldi, Locatelli and Locke in the Chamber Music at Beall series on Tuesday, April 28th on the UO campus.

Oboist Allan Vogel and flutist Janice Tipton are renowned for their work with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Bach’s Circle, among many other credits. They’re currently in residency with Chamber Music Amici for a week educational offerings and performances that will culminate in a Baroque performance with Chamber Music Amici at the Shedd in Eugene on Monday, April 27th.

Alex Tizon is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and the author of Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self, the recipient of this year’s Award for General Nonfiction in the Oregon Book Awards. He speaks with Eric Alan about the universal experiences of shame and of being an outsider, and how we can shift the national conversation about race.

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