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

  Author and Eugene Register-Guard columnist Dorcas Smucker speaks with Eric Alan about the music of Amish, Mennonite and German traditions, and how modern technology affects those musical traditions in family life. Dorcas Smucker will appear on The Back Porch with Pete LaVelle on KLCC on Saturday evening, May 14th, to share many songs from those traditions. 

  Ben Saunders is curator of the exhibit “Aliens, Monsters and Madmen: the Art of EC Comics,” opening May 14th at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. He speaks with Eric Alan about the enduring impact of the artistically striking and politically radical comic art that EC produced in the 1940s and ‘50s, which ranged from horror to humor. Ben Saunders is also the director of the UO's Comic Studies minor. 

  #Instaballet offers a chance for the audience to choreograph a dance, which is immediately turned into a fully-formed performance. Co-founder Antonio Anacan speaks with Eric Alan about creating in real time with the audience, about dance as acceptance, and about photographing dance as well. #Instaballet performs a dance of acceptance at the Midtown Arts Center in Eugene on Friday, May 6th, as part of First Friday ArtWalk. Antonio Anacan's dance photography will also be on display. 

  Guy Sigsworth is a classical harpsichordist and electronic dance music producer who has collaborated with Madonna, Bjork and many others, and led his own duo Frou Frou to pop stardom. He speaks with Eric Alan about whether pop music is rubbish, finding the soul in electronic machines, and the basic vitality of choral music. He’s in residency at the UO School of Music and Dance this week.   

Photo by Eric Alan

  Anna Tivel and Beth Wood came by to perform live in the KLCC studios. They’ll perform live at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Saturday, May 7th beginning at 7:30 p.m. It’s a dual CD release event, celebrating Anna Tivel’s new CD Heroes Waking Up and Beth Wood’s new one, Spring Tide.

  The 13th annual Archaeology Channel Film and Video Festival tells a visual human story, May 9th through 15th in Eugene, in a vastly expanded festival that also includes a Conference on Cultural Heritage Media, and a variety of other events. Director Rick Pettigrew speaks with Eric Alan about the Antikythera Mechanism, a two-thousand-year-old Greek computer featured in the film The X-Ray Time Machine. He also talks about the unique cultural exchange between Iran and Eugene, and the challenges of overcoming visa issues for foreign filmmakers.     

  Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping turns his attention to climate change in his new book and CD, The Earth Wants YOU! He speaks with Eric Alan about weather as a form of communication, about launching a revolution by singing in big box stores, and why it’s worth getting arrested seventy times (so far). Reverend Billy gives a book reading at Kalapuya Books/Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Friday, April 29th.  

  A Woman’s Guide to the Wild is the first outdoor guidebook specifically addressing women’s unique wilderness needs. Author Ruby McConnell speaks with Eric Alan about correcting the perceived outdoor gender gap, particularly when women have long been leaders in the environmental movement. 

  The Thin Green Line is a conference that will gather activists, artists, writers, scientists, policy makers and others to explore creative resistance to fossil fuel development in the Pacific Northwest.

  A multi-faceted celebration takes place at the WOW Hall in Eugene tonight, April 20th, as David Gans, the Garcia Birthday Band, various Merry Pranksters and others gather to celebrate Oregon’s first legal 4/20, and whatever else feels worth celebrating. David Gans has been a part of related celebrations for decades, as a musician, author, storyteller, and proprietor of the nationally-syndicated Grateful Dead Hour.

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