Wildish Theater

Martyn Joseph, Live in the KLCC Studios

Sep 22, 2017
Photo by Eric Alan

Welsh singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph has 32 albums to his credit over the past three decades, including his most recent one, Sanctuary. Lately, he’s also founded a non-profit organization called “Let Yourself Trust,” been nominated for “Hardest Working Artist” in the UK’s Independent Music Awards, and written music for Parliament’s “Sweet Liberties” project, celebrating 800 years of British democracy. 

The Woman of Salt: Transformation through Opera

Jun 20, 2017

When Anice Thigpen came out as gay in a racist, homophobic family in the south, she lost custody of her children and much more. Decades later, she’s transformed her pain via her original chamber opera The Woman of Salt. Its world premiere will be Friday, June 23rd at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. She speaks to KLCC’s Eric Alan about healing through opera. 

Ten years ago, Mason Williams was the featured performer for the first event at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. Now he returns as a guest at the theater’s 10th anniversary gala on Saturday, May 20th. He speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about his career, including the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, his instrumental hit “Classical Gas,” his art projects and a new movie he’s in with Tom Hanks and others. 

Bringing Eleanor Roosevelt Back to Life

Apr 18, 2017

Eleanor Roosevelt: Across a Barrier of Fear is a one-woman play by Sharon Whitney, featuring Jane VanBoskirk.

The 2nd Annual Eugene Children's Film Festival

Aug 18, 2016

  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.

Forgotten Heroes: An Honor Flight Story

Nov 9, 2015

  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.

Peter and Will Anderson Trio, Live at KLCC

Oct 30, 2015
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. 

Halie Loren with Daniel Gallo, Live at KLCC

Jul 15, 2015
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.

Breathing and Breaking with Concrete Loveseat

Apr 2, 2015
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.

Classical Guitarist Scott Kritzer Live at KLCC

Dec 2, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Scott Kritzer has become one of America’s leading classical guitarists, along a path that has taken him from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, from solo recordings to collaborative performances, and teaching experience that includes the creation of his own guitar training method. He is in residence with Chamber Music Amici for a week of performances through December 8th, and he joined us in the KLCC studios for performance and conversation.

Wayne Morse and the Ghosts of Tonkin

Sep 25, 2014
Photo by Levy Moroshan

Playwright Steve Lyons speaks about The Ghosts of Tonkin, his play that explores the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and Senator Wayne Morse’s opposition to that resolution, which sent the United States fully into the Vietnam War. The Ghosts of Tonkin will be presented at the Wildish Theatre in Springfield on September 28th, with a post-play discussion moderated by KLCC News Director Tripp Sommer.

Downtown Languages celebrates ten years of providing language and life-skills classes to adult immigrants and their families in Lane County, with an evening of folkloric dance and music at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. Eric Alan speaks with Paulina Romo Villasenor, Executive Director of Downtown Languages, and folkloric musician Alessandro.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Sprout Film Festival features short films about people with intellectual disabilities, at the Wildish Theatre in Springfield on Friday, March 14th. Laura Weil-Noppenberger, Community Outreach Coordinator for Full Access, and client Nickolas Kaasa talk with Eric Alan about the festival’s role in breaking down barriers and furthering inclusion.