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Piano Men” Jim Witter in Medford April 5


Craterian Theater at the Collier Center presents “Piano Men” starring Jim Witter

Piano Men

Piano Men

Take a multi-sensory 1970s music and pop culture odyssey with Jim Witter! Projected images of the decade’s milestones provide a backdrop to the legendary tunes of Elton John and Billy Joel performed by Dove and Juno Award nominee Jim Witter and his stellar band. Witter’s brilliant tenor shines on such hits as Elton John’s “Your Song” and “Candle In The Wind” and Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are” and “Only The Good Die Young.”

April 5, 2014, 7:30 pm
23 S. Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501
Box Office: 541–779-3000

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March 27th, 2014

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The Tempest


The Tempest, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

I really liked the Tempest.  Like many Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s patrons, having seen the play a number of times, I was not sure how well I would like this version.  After seeing the Tempest, I liked it much more than I thought I would, and I’m glad OSF is doing it.

The staging and production was inventive and expressive without getting in the way of the storytelling.  The Tempest has a strong cast and it was well directed.

It will please many people; and interestingly enough it will satisfy both ‘camps’.  Those who insist Shakespeare plays must be done ‘traditionally’ [read: in “men in tights” ala Sir Laurence Olivier] and those who like a modern spare production.  The setting is on a magical island and on that island many strange and mystifying things happen and logically  those stranded on it for years have lost their ‘traditional’ Elizabethan garb. But the newly arrived shipwrecked characters are in fancy noblemen clothes.

But I think most will very much admire the way the entire production is pulled together. The beautiful buto dancers who silently move through the story, making things happen, assisting Ariel fly, etc. The love scenes are charming, and the comedy is not over-the-top silly.

The Tempest is in the Bowmer, and will run throughout the season.

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March 24th, 2014

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PFX, the Pink Floyd Experience at Medford March 26


Craterian Theater at the Collier Center presents PFX, the Pink Floyd Experience

Pink Floyd Experience

Pink Floyd Experience

The aptly named Pink Floyd Experience is no ordinary concert. These stellar musicians recreate for the theater the sights and sounds of one of the most influential and experimental bands in rock history. With moving lights, giant HD projection, and full quadraphonic sound to reflect the innovation of the original band, PFX will most assuredly prove that pigs fly. The only thing that should keep you from this sensational stage production is “A Momentary Lapse of Reason.”

March 26, 2014, 7:30 pm
23 S. Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501
Box Office: 541–779-3000

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March 19th, 2014

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Upper Table Rock, it’s spring!


Wild Flowers at Upper Table Rock

Upper Table Rock Henderson Fawn Lily

Upper Table Rock Henderson Fawn Lily

Upper Table Rock is one of the two mesas just north of Medford.  You can see them from I-5 at the north end of the Rogue Valley.

There are a nice hikes to the top of both mesas with wonderful views of the Rogue Valley.  Upper Table Rock as well as Lower Table Rock are two of my favorite early spring hiking trails.

It’s that time of the year again, spring flowers are popping.  Fawn Lilies, buttercups, desert parsley are flowering.  Hounds tongue, camas and lupine are leafing out.  With little rain, the flowers might not last long, but they are beautiful!

 

 

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March 17th, 2014

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First Annual Mountain Bird Festival in Ashland


On the Mountain Bird Festival's 'target' list, the beautiful Mountain Bluebird. Photo by David Hodkinson

The beautiful Mountain Bluebird is on the festival’s target list. Photo by David Hodkinson

Mountain Bird Festival hosted by the Klamath Bird Observatory

Ashland, Oregon, May 30 through June 1, 2014

Mountain Bird festival offers 3 days of guided bird walks and keynote presentations with half-day and full-day field trips both Saturday and Sunday.

Klamath Bird Observatory will host this community conservation event in the spring of 2014 in Ashland, Oregon. The festival combines a celebration of nature with the stewardship ethic needed to ensure thriving landscapes for humans and wildlife. Every person who participates in this festival will become a significant steward of the science that drives bird conservation.

Extend your stay and enjoy more of Ashland and its surrounds: wineries, theaters, hiking, art galleries, restaurants.

Follow this link for more information on the Klamath Bird Observatory’s Mountain Bird Festival.

The mountain birds of interest migrate through the Siskiyou and Cascade mountains, many viewing areas are easy driving distance from the town of  Ashland, Oregon.  The ‘target’ list includes: Redhead, Common Merganser, Mountain Quail, nesting Sandhill Cranes, nesting Osprey, Ferruginous Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, dancing Western and Clark’s Grebes, Wilson’s Snipe, Black Terns, Great Gray Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Vaux’s Swift, Calliope Hummingbird, Prairie Falcon, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Williamson’s Sapsucker, White-headed Woodpecker, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, Mountain Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Townsend’s Solitaire, Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Vesper Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Lazuli Bunting.

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March 15th, 2014

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R. Carlos Nakai, Native American Flute, March 28


R. Carlos Nakai, Native American Flute, with Will Clipman, percussion

St. Claire Eclectic Music Concert Series presents R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman

R. Carlos Nakai

R. Carlos Nakai

Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is recognized around the world as a premier Native American flutist. Classical trained in trumpet and music theory, Nakai started with a traditional cedar wood flute in the early 1980s.

Under Canyon Label, he has released over 35 albums. In addition to his solo appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, Nakai has worked with guitarist William Eaton, flutist Paul Horn, composers James DeMars and Phillip Glass and various symphony orchestras.

Friday, March 28, 2014 • 8pm
Tickets: $25/advance, $28/door, $10/teens 12–17,
children under 12 are free with paying adult.
Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland

Silent Auction to benefit Red Earth Descendants

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March 15th, 2014

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John Gorka in Ashland March 6


John Gorka, Singer/Songwriter and Antje Duvekot opening

St. Claire Eclectic Music Concert Series presents John Gorka.

John Gorka

John Gorka

“Rising from a milieu of lovelorn singer-songwriters, John Gorka illuminates instead with his trademark wordplay, twisting, turning and tying words and phrases in the way a balloon artist creates complex creatures from simple balloons. Few contemporary songwriters coax language as deftly as Gorka.

Gorka’s keen ear picks up the stories of those along his path, folding them into poetry and song. His keen perceptiveness inspires people from all over the world to share their stories. By involving those tales in his music, he escapes the trap of introspection that hobbles less gifted singer-songwriters. His shy, almost self-effacing stage presence focuses attention on the songs. His versatility on guitar and piano keeps his sets musically interesting, while his rich baritone effortlessly executes his bidding.”

Antje Duvekot

Antje Duvekot

 

 

Thursday, March 6, 2014 8pm
Tickets: $20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12–17,
children under 12 are free with paying adult.
Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland

 

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March 4th, 2014

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Ashland Oregon Farmers Market Opens March 11, 2014


Ashland Oregon Farmers Market

Ashland Oregon Farmers Market

Ashland Oregon Farmers Market

March 11 starts the 2014 season for the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market!

For your table, you will find all sorts of locally grown produce.  For your garden, you can select a wide variety of locally-grown vegetable starts, flowers and perennials.  Enjoy tasting and buying specialty foods, cheese, meats, baked goods, pasta, coffee, tea, beer, wine and hand-made arts and crafts.  Usually local musicians entertain with live music.

Every Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
At the National Guard Armory on 1420 E. Main Street
March 11 – November 25, 2014

Every Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Oak Street between E. Main and Lithia Way, in the heart of downtown
May 3 – Oct 25, 2014

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March 3rd, 2014

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Apple Rose Tart: a preview of a new recipe


Apple Rose Tart

Apple Rose Tart

Apple Rose Tart

I’ve been experimenting Apple Rose Tarts of late.  Ran across this idea while researching some new recipes, both for the next cookbook and to expand out the Chanticleer’s breakfast repertoire.

This tart pictured here is with a pecan-date crust using red delicious apples.  It has appealing presentation, is very tasty, and is far more healthy than it looks.  All three great criteria for a recipe.

There’s a catch however. When assembling these tarts, it does take a little time.  It’s not difficult, but the time adds up if doing a tart times 12!

Thus apple rose tarts will be served when there are a few guests in the house.  You will have a better chance to taste this tart if you stay on Sunday or Monday night, or during the low-season.

Apple Rose Tart

Bird’s eye view

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March 2nd, 2014

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Comedy of Errors Opens February 20


Comedy of Errors opens February 20 in the Thomas

Comedy of Errors, directed by Kent Gash, written (of course) by William Shakespeare, with Rodney Gardiner playing Dromio and Dromio, runs all season long starting February 20.

This play holds a warm place in my heart.  Years ago (too many to count and tell) my twin sister and I attended this play on a double date.  During the intermission, we changed shirts and switched dates.  When some women in the ladies room questioned our quick change act, we defended the switch by saying, “Take twins to see Comedy of Errors, and what do you expect would happen?”  The general consensus among the ladies was that the unwitting gentlemen asked for it.

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February 12th, 2014

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