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Mount Ashland, one of 50 best wildflower sites in the world

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 26th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Wildflowers of Mount Ashland

[caption id="attachment_2268" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Fritillaria"]Mount Ashland[/caption] Bob Gibbons, author of Wildflower Wonders: The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World (Princeton University Press, $27.95) lists Mount Ashland as one of the 50 best wildflower sites. Here's what USAToday article says about Mount Ashland, Oregon "This southern Oregon peak lords over sprawling Klamath-Siskiyou region, home to 3,500 plant species, including lilies and orchids. While you'll find peak blooms from late June through August, something should be blossoming between April and October. "It's a wonderful flowery place," Gibbons says." Mount Ashland is one of my favorite places to hike in the late summer.  When all the wildflowers are gone from the valley, Mount Ashland flowers are still splendid and abundant.  Drive to the Mount Ashland ski resort, drive through the parking lot toward Grouse Gap.  The road bisects sloping meadows of wild flowers and the native bees and humming birds with extra vigor buzzing about.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Play Reading: The Government Inspector, 3/24/12

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 22nd, 2012 | 0 Comments

  [caption id="attachment_2260" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Nikolai Gogol"]Oregon Shakespeare Festival[/caption] Oregon Shakespeare Festival's play reading: "The Government Inspector" by Nikolai Gogol, adapted by Oded Gross Saturday, March 24 at 10:00 am in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Angus Bowmer Theatre
, Tickets: $9; members $8; youths (6-17) $7. Reading directed by the Phil Killian Fellow in Directing, Nelson T. Eusebio, III In Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector, 
a simple case of mistaken identity catapults the unemployed Khlestakov 
from desperate straits to new fortune and questionable power. In a new 
adaptation with influences from Monty Python and Brazil, Oded Gross 
styles Gogol’s iconic 19th century satire with a fresh Great Recession 
take. Gross's adaptation is being developed for a world premiere 
co-production by The Theatre @ Boston Court and Furious Theatre Company, 
Pasadena, California, to be directed by Stefan Novinski in the Summer 
of 2012.

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Caught in the Act! Wildlife Drama at the Chanticleer Inn

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 19th, 2012 | 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_2246" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Squirrel atop a woodpecker's granary at the Chanticleer Inn"]Squirrel atop a woodpecker's granary at the Chanticleer Inn[/caption] Caught in the act! Out of the Chanticleer Inn B&B's breakfast window, I witnessed a squirrel stealing some acorns out of the neighborhood Acorn Woodpeckers' granary. This picture, taken by my mobile phone, shows him munching on the top of the electric pole the woodpeckers use for granary. A few minutes later 2 woodpeckers chased him away.

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Southern Oregon Repertory Singers: Ancient Voices, 4/14 & 4/15/12

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 14th, 2012 | 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_1319" align="alignright" width="300"] Live Music in Ashland Oregon[/caption] Ancient Voices Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 7:30 pm Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 3:00 pm SOU Music Recital Hall, S. Mountain Avenue, Ashland Free pre-concert lecture one hour prior to each performance Tickets: $20, $5 students with ID The ancient songs of the church have captivated and inspired composers since the very beginnings of western music, and this concert will explore a variety of modern takes on these beautiful ancient melodies. (more…)

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Siskiyou Field Institute: Introduction to Lichens, 4/14 & 4/15/12

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 14th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Dates: April 14th and 15th, 2012 Location: Deer Creek Center, Selma, OR Instructor: Daphne Stone, PhD Tuition: $150 Beginner/Intermediate level class, Naturalist Certificate Description: Discover the wonderful and complex world of lichens! We’ll collect lichens from the meadows and forests around Deer Creek Center and then return to the classroom to identify and preserve specimens; examining their structures and learning terminology needed to discuss the basics of lichen identification. Students will learn to key lichens using Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest. You’ll complete this class with a small personal lichen reference collection to further your lichen studies. For more information click here.

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Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk on Table Rock, 4/14/12

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 14th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk on Lower Table Rock [caption id="attachment_2054" align="alignright" width="150" caption="American Kestrel, photo by Ellen"]Klamath Bird[/caption] When: Saturday, April 14, 2012 Where: Lower Table Rock
Join Frank Lospalluto for a spring walk on Lower Table Rock. Lower Table Rock is an exciting place in the early spring, when migrants are beginning to arrive and birds are becoming more visible and vocal.
We’ll look and listen for Oak Titmouse, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Lewis’ Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Anna’s Hummingbird, Bewick’s Wren, Savannah Sparrow, and many more.
Meet at 8:00 am at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call (541) 770-1104.

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Hip-Hop Poetry Open Mic at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 4/9/12

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 14th, 2012 | 0 Comments

April 9 at the Black Swan Theater: the Redant Souljah Crew - DJ Omari, Bed Baden, and I am Low.

"Get down like Shakespeare, flip language and be a rhyme master"

In order to explore the intersection of nexthetics (the term for hip-hop and spoken word aesthetics created at 2003 Ford Foundation Future Aesthetics conference) and classical theatre the Oregon Shakespeare Festival brings together expert practitioners and connects with community based performers. We hold educational lectures and workshops, program nexthetics based performers in the Green Show, and sponsor spoken word events.

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Ellen Reviews Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seagull 2012

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 13th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Oregon Shakespeare Festival "Seagull" is a thought-provoking, moving play: in all aspects a superb production.

Unlike quite a few of my guests, I almost never pre-read a script or research the play before viewing it. However, in this case, for this play, my interest and enjoyment of this play would have been improved with a little preparation. For me, more contextual knowledge would have increased my engagement while viewing this play. (more…)

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Sue Foley and Peter Karp, 4/13/12

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 13th, 2012 | 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_1643" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="Foley and Karp"][/caption] Sue Foley and Peter Karp"He Said-She Said" An Evening of Folk, Jazz, Flamenco & Blues Friday, April 13, 2012 • 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 "He Said - She Said" is an inspired and winning collaboration of original songs by Canadian Juno award winner Sue Foley and critically acclaimed U.S. singer / songwriter and Blind Pig artist Peter Karp. The songs are adapted from letters and e-mails between the two over a 2-year period. (more…)

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Ashland Contemporary Theater presents “A Room of One’s Own” by Virginia Woolf, 3/24/12 & 3/25/12

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 12th, 2012 | 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_2167" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Virginia Woolf by Beresford (1902)"]Ashland Contemporary Theater[/caption]

Ashland Contemporary Theater presents "A Room of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf.

Location: Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland When: Saturday, March 24, 12 at 8pm and Sunday, March 25, 12 at 3pm. As a fundraiser for the Ashland Contemporary Theater, Artistic Director, Jeannine Grizzard, reprises the one-woman show she has toured throughout the Southeast for seven years. The play reveals the character and ideas of Virginia Woolf through her 1928 address to the women’s colleges of Cambridge. Her inspirational talk explores the nature of the artist and the conditions required to create genius. (Named fourth most important non-fiction of the 20th Century by Modern Library.) Advance tickets are $15, and for a $20 donation at the door.  Tickets are on sale at Paddington Station and Grocery Outlet in Medford.  You can make a reservation at 541 646-2971.

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