Wildish Theater

  Filmmakers as young as six years old will have their work showcased in the 2nd Annual Eugene Children’s Film Festival, at the Wildish Theater in Springfield on Sunday, August 21st. Clint Larson, Executive Director of the AAC Foundation, speaks with Eric Alan about the role of film in a child’s development, and within STEAM education. 

Music and history combine in unique ways as Swedish violinist Semmy Stahlhammer and his wife, cellist Isabel Blomme, visit the Willamette Valley. They’ll perform with Chamber Music Amici in Springfield on April 17th and 18th, in a program that ranges from Tchaikovsky to Klezmer. Semmy Stahlhammer will also appear at Temple Beth Israel on Wednesday, April 13th, to speak about his book Codename Barber, which details the story of his father Mischa, a Polish Jew who was a landmine specialist in the People’s Army in World War II.

Photo by Maani Vadgama

  For the past quarter-century, MEDGE—the Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene—has brought Middle Eastern dance and music to the region through performance and education.

  The movie Forgotten Heroes: An Honor Flight Story, documents the journey of aging Willamette Valley veterans to Washington DC to visit the war memorials there. It will screen at the Wildish Theater in Springfield on Tuesday evening, November 10th. Eric Alan speaks with Shawn Trotter, a team leader and guardian with South Willamette Valley Honor Flight.

Photo by Eric Alan

  Peter and Will Anderson are identical twins from the jazz world of New York City, where they have performed on sax and clarinet as headlining performers in venues ranging from Jazz at Lincoln Center to the Blue Note. They’re graduates of Julliard who have four albums out as bandleaders, and many credits as collaborators. Their trio includes Alex Wintz on guitar, and before performing at the Wildish Theater in Springfield on Friday, October 30th, they stopped by the KLCC studios to play a few classics and talk about the healthy state of modern jazz. 

Photo by Eric Alan

Halie Loren celebrates the American release of her new album Butterfly Blue--which has already been #1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts in Japan—with a concert at the Wildish Theater in Springfield on Friday, July 17th. The CD release concert will feature every musician who appeared on the album, supporting Halie’s continued merger of originals and jazz standards. She came to the KLCC studios in duo with Daniel Gallo, to perform live and to share a little music from the album.

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 Bob Williams

The band Concrete Loveseat is set to release their second album, Breathing and Breaking, with a CD release concert at the Wildish Theater in Springfield on Saturday, April 4th. After their debut CD primarily explored songs from the Great American Songbook, Breathing and Breaking turns to eclectic original material. Rhythm guitarist Marty Chilla and pianist Austin Chevalier visited the KLCC studios to share three songs and conversation with Eric Alan.

Desmond O'Boyle

About 200 people packed Springfield’s Wildish Theater Tuesday evening to hear Mayor Christine Lundberg deliver her 5th “State of the City” address.

Mayor Lundberg began her speech by turning on a street lamp on the stage. This was to bring attention to the revitalization of downtown Springfield. The city is continuing to invest in infrastructure projects such as updated street lamps. Lundberg introduced a video highlighting the creation of its new Simpsons mural, which was unveiled last August. And she revealed a new project set to begin this year.

Photo by Chris White

After over two decades in academia, the New Shakespeare Showcase goes public with a performance at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. Judith “Sparky” Roberts and Matt Keating speak with Eric Alan about the modern relevance of Shakespeare, including how his plays relate to Homer Simpson and the troubles of Bill Cosby.