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Kate Vogt and Picasso


Kate Vogt Introduces Fellow Actor Picasso

Oregon Shakespeare Festival has been creating a series of small ‘behind the scenes’ videos, this one about the Dog of Verona, Crab struck my fancy and my funny bone.

In this video, Kate Vogt and Picasso talk about performing in Two Gentlemen of Verona, the role of Crab done by Picasso and their relationship.  O.K., O.K. … Kate does the talking and Picasso does the drooling.  Picasso is the only male performer in the play.

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Ashland Makes Fodors List


Fodors Travel Puts Ashland on its Best Small Town List

This of course doesn’t surprise many of us who live in and love this town.  See the article on CNN.

Explore “America’s Best Small Towns,” … Wacky and wonderful, Ashland is an arts lover’s dream. It’s home to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Ashland New Plays Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the largest regional repertory theater in the United States. Visitors can also enjoy dinner at one of the Northwest’s signature seafood spots and a trip to Lithia Park. The latter is on the National Register of Historic Places and stretches over 90 acres.

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Beer Tasting Tours


Brew Tasting Tours

Brew Tour Stop

Rafting+Beer Tasting by Indigo Creek Outfitters

After a morning of rafting, spend a refreshing afternoon tasting beer.

Get an insider’s sip on some local Rogue Valley nano- and micro-breweries! Go with Indigo Creek Outfitters visit 3 places with snacks and flights.

The tour includes tastings at three breweries and transportation to and from each stop.

Interested? For more information, here’s the link

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Ashland Spring Sidewalk Sale


Ashland Spring Sidewalk Sale: May 16-18, 2014

Spring Sidewalk sale, an annual event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, involves many stores in the Historic Downtown and the Railroad District.  Popular with both locals and out of town visitors.

With one or two exceptions, all of Ashland’s stores are independently-owned; they carry one of a kind art items and clothing.

Friday and Saturday: 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.  For more information.

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Lithia Artisan Market Opens May 3, 14


Lithia Artisan Market Re-opens

Calle Guanajuato where the Lithia Artisan Market is located has been under construction since October 2013. Now the Ashland Creek walk way is all spruced up and ready to host Lithia Artisans this coming Saturday.

For more information go to Lithia Artisan Market’s website.

Lithia Artisan Market

Lithia Artisan Market

 

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Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Bluegrass May 9


An Evening of Bluegrass with Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum; and also with Robin and Linda Williams

Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis

St. Claire Eclectic Music Concert Series presents Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum Bluegrass at it’s best!  With Robin and Linda Williams a great night not to be missed.

Since forming a musical partnership in 1986, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum have recorded 12 albums and performed around the globe. These Grammy-nominated artists are widely regarded as among the leading lights of modern bluegrass and are highly-prized by their peers as sidemen and producers.

Friday, May 9, 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, Oregon

Robin and Linda Williams

Robin and Linda Williams

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Swami Beyondananda, April 26


Swami Beyondananda and Beyond: A Two-Man One-Man Show Comedian

Swami Beyondananda

Swami Beyondananda

St. Claire Eclectic Music Concert Series presents Swami Beyondananda

Wake up laughing, laughing awakens what’s holy. Holy moly what’s so funny about that?  Everything!

Saturday, April 26, 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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David Roth, singer/songwriter, April 12


David Roth Inspirational Singer/Songwriter

St. Claire Eclectic Music Concert Series presents David Roth

David Roth

David Roth

David has stayed with me in the past … this description is ever so true:

David and his music will touch you to the very depths of your soul. He’ll make you laugh and cry, inspire you to rise and fly…” Jack Canfield, co-author Chicken Soup for the Soul

Saturday, April 12, 2014 • 8pm
Tickets: $18/advance, $20/door, $10/teens 12-17,
children under 12 are free with paying adult.
Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland

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“Piano Men” Jim Witter in Medford April 5, 2014


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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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.

For more information and tickets

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