radio redux

Arts Sampler: Eugene by train for a car free, arts-stuffed weekend

Eugene offers arts lovers a walkable bazaar of music, theater, dance and more

Story, video and photos by GARY FERRINGTON

As the fall arts season opens, arts-loving Portlanders and other Oregonians seeking a relaxed, car-free weekend exploring dance, music, theater, and the visual arts can look 100 miles up river from Portland. Visitors arriving by train from Portland or points north will find most of Eugene’s cultural activities within walking distance of downtown lodging options — a healthy alternative to driving. If motor transportation is needed, the nationally award-winning LTD bus system and numerous taxi companies provide reliable travel about the city.

Eugene at the headwaters of the Willamette.

Eugene at the headwaters of the Willamette.

Amtrak Cascade train service makes rail passenger travel along the corridor between Eugene and Portland, with connections to Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., a comfortable coach or business class option for sitting back and watching the scenic Willamette valley roll by as sleek modern Spanish designed Talgo trains pass through a rural countryside not easily seen from the ever increasingly congested I-5 freeway.

The coming arts season offers some excellent opportunities for visitors to enjoy an arts-saturated weekend in Eugene. Read on for a guide to venues, dining options, exhibitions, performances, and discover some historical architecture along the way.

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Radio Redux preview: Radio days revived

Eugene theater company performs classic broadcast stories live

by GARY FERRINGTON

Listen with your eyes closed to the soundscape that surrounds you. What do you hear and what do you imagine within the theater of your mind? Are those the footsteps of an approaching mugger? Who is inserting a key in the front door? That sound of crashing plates — an accident or domestic fight?

Radio theater encourages you, the listener, to create your own images of the characters and sounds you hear as they perform radio classics from the past.

Radio Redux. Photo: Gary Ferrington.

Radio Redux. Photo: Gary Ferrington.

When the Eugene repertory theater group Radio Redux brings its production  of It Happened One Night to the Hult Center’s Soreng stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10, it will transport theater goers back to a time when radio broadcasters of the 1930s-’50s performed “live” drama before a studio audience. And instead of watching former Oregonian Clark Gable chase Claudette Colbert in the Academy Award winning 1934 film version of the story, they’ll create the images in their own minds.

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