Eric Alan

Music, Arts & Culture Host

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

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Author Henry Alley’s new book is The Dahlia Field, which collects fourteen short stories exploring the complex and nuanced lives of gay male characters. 

The Slants, an Asian-American band from Portland, were blocked from trademarking their name because it was deemed racially disparaging. The case reached the US Supreme Court in January, and awaits resolution. The Slants are touring behind their new EP, The Band Who Must Not Be Named, and will appear in Eugene at the Black Forest on Saturday, April 1st.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History presents “Bowls Around Town: Eugene, OR” in which people can check out a handmade ceramic bowl from artist Michael J. Strand, along with a digital camera. 

“Art Song” is a classical chamber music form setting poetry to music. Soprano Laura Wayte is founder of the art song performance series “Songs@Tsunami.” She speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan, before a March 25th show focusing on music for, by and about women. It will feature vocalist Janene Nelson and pianist Yuliya Minina. 

Bestselling author Laurie Notaro’s new book is Crossing the Horizon. The historical novel focuses on the lives of three early women pilots--Elsie McKay, Ruth Elder and Mabel Boll--each striving to be the first woman to complete a flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

Rachael McDonald

Over the past several years, Springfield has worked to improve its image. Once known for empty storefronts, seedy bars and crime, the city has used art in its efforts to revitalize downtown.  This took a lot of help from the community.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Eugene Symphony welcomes the third of its three finalists to become the symphony’s next conductor and music director. 

Master drummer Steve Smith has rejoined Journey for their current tours, including a performance at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene on Saturday, March 18th .

Finance and spirituality converge in A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, a live musical theater and media performance by violinist, vocalist, poet and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins. She’ll perform it on Wednesday evening, March 8th at the UO’s Erb Memorial Union, as part of Schnitzer Cinema’s “In the Street” series. It’s paired with a panel discussion the next day at the UO called Betrayal and Unity: Law, Religion and the Bernie Madoff Scandal. Alicia Jo Rabins speaks with KLCC's Eric Alan.

 

Photo by Eric Alan

  Jake Shimabukuro has become the world’s foremost ukulele player, taking the instrument into a wild range of musical realms beyond its Hawaiian origins. His most recent CD, Nashville Sessions, is an electric trio release with bassist Nolan Verner and percussionist Evan Hutchings. He returns to Eugene for a performance at the Jacqua Concert Hall of the Shedd Institute tonight, March 3rd, and he’s here live in the KLCC studios. 

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