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“It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play” at the Cabaret Nov – Dec


Oregon Cabaret Theatre does “It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play” Nov – Dec

It's a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

Five actors, supported by clever sound effects and a piano present the classic holiday drama in a fresh and engaging way that makes us discover it anew.

As a New York Times review said: “Dear devoted fans of a certain 1946 Frank Capra holiday movie: Relax. This live radio play production has done absolutely no harm to the original. In fact, it has added another layer of nostalgia…it’s easy for the audience to get caught up in the fun of creating reality from imagination and obvious artifice.”

Step back in time to the golden age of radio and become the studio audience for this delightfully inventive re-telling of George Bailey’s heart-warming story.
November 21 – December 31
Previews November 19 & 20
Performances nightly @ 8:00 except:
Nov 24, 27; Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 24, 25
Saturday and Sunday Brunch matinees at 1:00
Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you’re looking for fun, talented and campy entertainment.  Ashland’s only performing arts venue that has shows on Monday nights!
For more information visit their website

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Bill Rauch on the Staging of “All the Way” and “Great Society”


Austin Chronicle Interviews Bill Rauch

Bill Rauch, Artistic Director, of Oregon Shakespeare Festival talks about the staging of both “All the Way” and “Great Society” with Robert Faires of the Austin Chronicle.  For the article go here.

In two years, Robert Schenkkan’s play about Lyndon B. Johnson’s ascension to presidency in All the Way premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; it then moved to Broadway with Bryan Cranston starring; where it broke box-office records and won a slew of awards, including two Tonys; and was picked up by HBO for a film version. Now in 2014 the sequel, The Great Society,  premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  Both plays will be in rep in Seattle Rep in the fall/winter season of 2014/2015.

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Klamath Bird Observatory Talk: Beautiful Birds, Beautiful Words


Klamath Bird Observatory Talk

Klamath Bird Observatory Talk

Klamath Bird Observatory Presents on October 15th, “Beautiful Birds, Beautiful Words”

Klamath Bird Observatory Board Member Shannon Rio combines bird photography with poetry, myth, and lore in this presentation that celebrates nature, literature, and our connection to words.

Details: Wednesday October 15th from 6:30-8:00pm, Ages 10-Adult, event is at North Mountain Park Nature Center, and cost is $10. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606.

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Lithia Park, Designated “Great Places in America: Public Spaces”


Lithia Park Ashland Creek

Lithia Park Azaleas on Ashland Creek, [photo by: Ellen Campbell]

Lithia Park in Ashland Oregon Listed in American Planning Association’s “Great Places” for 2014

Lithia Park is truly the gem of Ashland. Locals  and visitors of Ashland already know and enjoy  Lithia Park — it’s truly the town’s heart and soul.  A place to meet friends,  hike trails, admire seasonal changes in the park, listen to concerts, play and even meditate.

This year Lithia Park is listed in American Planning Association’s (APA) “Great Places” program in the Public Spaces category.  This program honors places of exemplary character, quality, and planning.  Annually selected, Great Places meet a gold standard and criteria that have a substantial sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.

According to APA:
APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live. They are enjoyable, safe, and desirable. They are places where people want to be — not only to visit, but to live and work every day. America’s truly great streets, neighborhoods and public spaces are defined by many criteria, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality, and community involvement.

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Chanticleer Inn on the Rogue River


Chanticleer Inn Staff on the Rogue River

All Smiles on the Rogue

Chanticleer Inn Staff Raft the Rogue River

For locals, a summer well spent means at least one day on the Rogue River.

Every year, I try to think of something that we all can do together as a way to thank my staff for all their wonderful assistance — and just plain wonderfulness. This year it was an afternoon on the River.

Indigo Creek guided us and did a stellar job. We all highly recommend them.  Indigo Creek Outfitters does more than just rafting, they also conduct Brewery Tours, guided vacations and fishing trips.

Chanticleer inn staff on the Rouge River

At the top of a rapid

I love my peeps!

 

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Cultural Weekly Interviews Bill Rauch


Bill Rauch interviewed by “Cultural Weekly”

Interested in the direction Bill Rauch see the Oregon Shakespeare Festival going?  What plays might be in the future? Then, Culture Weekly’s interview might be a good start.

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Black backed Woodpecker: Bio-Notes


Black-backed Woodpecker, a Klamath Bird Observatory Note

Black-backed woodpecker excavating a nest

Black-backed Woodpecker

Black-backed woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) is said to be “one of the most enigmatic woodpeckers.”  I guess, they are not considering the Ivory-billed in their estimation.

These birds can be sighted in the mountains near Ashland.  Black-back woodpeckers prefer forested areas that have had fires.  For more information and details of these black beauties, go to Klamath Bird Observatory’s biology note.

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“Great Society” Rates Highest in the Larson’s 2014 OSF Scorecard


“The Great Society” Ranked and Rated by My Guests

For many years, the Larson Family has been attending plays at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  While visiting at the Chanticleer, Victoria shared with me how the family has developed a system to score and rate the plays they see.  Each family member scores the plays (1-9, of course plays being highly regarded get 9) he or she sees.  Then an average is calculated.  Below is an image of the Larson Family’s 2014 OSF score sheet.

It comes as no surprise that “Great Society“, a play written by Robert Schenkkan that just won a 2014 Tony Award,  was uniformly liked by all family members, and then followed by “Comedy of Errors”.

Great Society Ranked by the Larson Family

The Larson Family’s Scoring System

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Indigo Creek “Rogue Valley on Tap” Brewery Tours


Indigo Creek does Rogue Valley on Tap brewery tour

On Indigo Creek Brewery Tour

Opposition Beer’s Flight

Last weekend, friends and I went on a brewery tour conducted by Indigo Creek Outfitters.  They don’t just do rivers!  They are growing into an adventure company.

We really enjoyed the “Rogue Valley on Tap” tasting tour.  It was great to discover some of the local well-crafted beer.  All four breweries are in the Rogue Valley and easy driving distance from the Chanticleer. Speaking of driving, I recommend Indigo Creek tours, because they drive and you taste!

It was especially wonderful to met a couple of the brewery owners and get a personalized tour of their operations.  There’s nothing like talking with people who are masters of their craft, and who love to share their knowledge and passion for it.

The first stop was Opposition Brewing Company. Here is where you get BIG beers. Be they brews with huge hop presence, big malt backbones, or prominent and unique flavor profiles, they brew beers that are approachable, but with the character necessary to challenge the mundane. Opposition offers a consistent selection of quality, small-batch, beers as well as rotating specialties. As they brew weekly, you’re guaranteed some of the freshest beer on tap in the Rogue Valley.

Indigo Creek Brewery tour

Walkabout Beers

Walkabout Brewing Company was established in 1997 in Central Point, Oregon by founder and head brewer, Ross Litton. Why “walkabout” for a company name?  Well when you hear Ross talk you know … you can take the boy out of Perth Australia, but you can’t take the Aussie out of the boy — even after 21 years in Southern Oregon. Walkabout brews have been available primarily in Southern Oregon, however lately distribution has been expanded to include Portland, Salem, Eugene and Corvallis.

Bricktowne’s restaurant and brewery is located in downtown historic Medford directly across from the Craterian Theater. They have an extensive lunch and dinner menu but are best known for their incredible craft beers. Bricktowne boasts some of the best beer in the valley, and with their selection of 11 beers they really have something for everyone. Click here to visit their website.

Indigo Creek Brewery Tour 2

Ross Litton, the Owner of Walkabout Brewing Company, Explains the Beer Biz

Swing Tree Brewing Company is a family-owned and operated Brewery Tap House, located in Ashland Oregon, that opened in the November of 2013.  Swing Tree is a place for family and friends to come together for great company and an exceptional pint. The centerpiece of the Swing Tree experience is its hand-crafted, artisan ales and lagers. Click here to visit their website.

 

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Fledged Screech Owls


Screech Owls! Great photo from KBO

screech owls

“We’re watching you”   Photo (C) Peter J Thiemann.

These are the very same Screech Owl babies  who were ‘disrupting’ the plays in the Elizabethan theater earlier in the season.

As soon as the music started up or actors started to say their lines, the owlets would join in. The audience could hear them in the ‘background’ [thankfully they weren’t miked] and it sounded like the sound system was having a problem.

When they were hungry and calling for food from their parent, they were even louder. There’s a reason they are called “Screech Owls”!

Now that they are fully fledged (as you can see by the picture) and learning to hunt for themselves, it’s been much quieter in the theater.

This photo comes from Klamath Bird Observatory Facebook page.

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