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

New Yorker cartoonist Matt Diffee speaks with Eric Alan about his unintentional cartooning career, which has included his new book Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People, and editing three volumes of  The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw and Never Will See In the New Yorker. 

  Historian and author Michael Helquist speaks with Eric Alan about his biography Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions. Equi was one of Oregon’s first women doctors, as well as a fierce advocate for worker’s rights, reproductive rights, and many other social justice causes. Michael Helquist speaks at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, August 6th at 3 p.m. 

Identity is a key issue in a multi-cultural world, and ¿Identity? is the name of an exhibit at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art by multi-cultural artists Victoria Suescum and Lee Michael Peterson. As part of the museum’s current focus on “American Identity,” it explores elements of identifying as Latino and Latina within American culture, through art and personal experience.

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Jul 1, 2016

  The play Whose Life Is It Anyway? examines quality of life issues through the eyes of a paralyzed sculptor, portrayed by Blake Beardsley in the Very Little Theatre’s Stage Left production, July 1st through 10th. It’s directed by Cindy Solari , whose own medical journey offers parallels to that of the central character. Cindy and Blake speak with Eric Alan about issues and choices that can affect us all. 

Photo by Bryan Rodriguez

  Tracktown: the Movie is a film by Jeremy Teicher and Alexi Pappas that blends the truth of an elite runner’s life with a fictional story. The movie’s Eugene debut is at the McDonald Theatre on July 5th, while co-director and star Alexi Pappas is training to run with the Greek Olympic Team in Rio. Eric Alan speaks with Jeremy Teicher, in an interview that includes clips from the film.  

 KLCC and the Oregon Bach Festival continued their annual tradition of celebrating the festival's opening with an hour-long special live broadcast from KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall on Tuesday, June 21st. Baroque violin duo Alice Blankenship and Alison Luthmers Tessier treated a live studio audience to a varied program of music ranging from Bach and Telemann to traditional and modern Swedish folk music. The evening was co-hosted by KLCC's Eric Alan, and OBF Executive Director Janelle McCoy. 

  In remembrance of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Pacific International Choral Festivals (Picfest) presents Shakespeare and All That Jazz at the First Baptist Church in Eugene on Sunday, June 26th. It features the legendary jazz band the Yellowjackets; the youthful three-hundred-voice Picfest Festival Chorus; and the world premiere of a composition by British composer and conductor Bob Chilcott.

Photo by Eric Alan

  Makrokosmos Project is a cutting-edge piano music festival celebrating living American composers and featuring Pacific Northwest performers. Duo Stephanie and Saar speak with Eric Alan about music from Frederic Rzewski to John Adams and Philip Glass. The festival is at Oveissi and Company in Eugene on Sunday, June 26th. 

Photo by Eric Alan

  Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel are both masters of the ukulele, with roots from Hawaii to Alabama and the UO. They’ve come together as a duo in life and music, and have returned to the Willamette Valley for an performance as part of Aloha Friday on June 17th, at 6 p.m. at Whirled Pies Downtown in Eugene—formerly Cozmic. Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel visited the KLCC studios, along with bassist Milo Fultz. 

Photo by Eric Alan

  Bearcoon is the musical duo of Andrea Walker and Solange Igoa, from Long Beach, California. As a result of being grand prize winners at the Buskerfest music festival, they were able to record their debut CD El Guapo.

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