One of my new favorites: Tot Restaurant!
At 310 Oak St. (walking distance from the Chanticleer Inn) check out their menu and the website: www.totrestaurant.com
Opened June ’12, one of the newest places in town. I’ve been there twice, each time it was a delight. Wonderful food and great service.
They call themselves “Southeast Asian BBQ”, but it’s more that BBQ. Soups, rice bowls and sandwiches are available — all very well prepared with great mix of flavors! Worth going back and back, and back.
For more restaurant selections go to Ellen’s favorite eatery list.
Southern Oregon Nordic Club (SONC) Meeting
7:00 PM Thursday, December 6, 2012
Location D&S Harley Davidson, Phoenix
Presentation on Physical Preparation for Ski Season
Be sure to mark your calendar for So OR Nordic skiing club’s second meeting of the season. The program highlight will be Mary Ellen of Jackson County Physical Therapy who will share the best ways to get in shape for the season, and the best stretches to take care of our muscles after a tour.
Also on the agenda is a short presentation for beginners who will be participating in SONC lessons: a who, where, when, what, and how to be ready.
In addition, board member Marian Crumme will review the responsibilities of outing participants. Stay tuned as well for other important announcements , AND a dry land lesson from Michael Dawkins.
And no meeting is complete without refreshments – we’ll have plenty – and a RAFFLE with extra- nice prizes for the season (hint: wouldn’t you love to have a steaming hot beverage during a cold ski tour?).
“Forty-Second Street” at the Camelot Theatre
FORTY-SECOND STREET, November 28 – December 30, 2012
Music by Harry Warren, Lyrics by Al Dubin, Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes.
Every audience enjoys watching the underdog succeed! This Tony Award winning musical is a celebration of Broadway and the people involved in show business. A story of hard work, being in the right place at the right time, talent and love, the musical highlights aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer and takes us on her journey. Musical hits include Lullaby of Broadway, You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me and Forty-Second Street. Read More
November 16 – December 30, Previews November 14 & 15
Performances nightly @ 8:00 except:
Nov 19, 22, 26, 27; Dec 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 24 & 25
Saturday & Sunday brunch matinees @ 1:00
The Wonderettes are back! This seasonal sequel finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party where Betty Jean works in corporate sales. Missy is newly married and just back from her honeymoon with Bill. Cindy Lou has a bigger beehive but a softer heart. And Suzy is as ditzy as ever. When Santa turns up missing, the girls must use their talent and creative ingenuity, plus some great holiday tunes, to save their holiday party: Read More
Karen’s review of Animal Crackers:
Although I may have seen the Marx Brothers film by this name, I have no independent memory of it. I was assured by a fellow theatre-goer that the play we saw that night bore only the faintest resemblance to the movie. I settled in to enjoy two and a half hours of pure entertainment by a cast with boundless energy and enthusiasm for the material and its historical importance in the American theatrical tradition. And, they hit every single nail squarely on its head.
The first visual joke got the audience in the mood; the second had us smiling. The third followed quickly behind but the fourth, entirely unexpected and “over the top,” brought forth a roar of approval. The jokes never stopped coming and the audience never stopped laughing. Read More
Karen’s Review of Party People:
As the second of this season’s plays in the OSF American Revolutions: The United States History Project, “Party People” struck closer to my personal experience than had “All the Way” the day before. Not only because I lived in close proximity through the events portrayed, but also because a colleague of mine had been shot by a member of the Black Panthers, in spite of her role as one of their defense attorneys.
The production (it is so much more than a “play”) was conceived, created and performed by UNIVERSES, a dozen actors/singers/dancers/composers/political activists who incorporate all of these skills into their work. The result is a multi-media, multi-emotional experience. Read More
“Medea Macbeth Cinderella”
Karen’s Review of MMC:
This is the fourth iteration of a play-making process Bill Rauch began 30 years ago. At that time it was presented in his dormitory basement, then as an Actor’s Gang-Cornerstone production in 1998 in Los Angeles before opening the Yale Repertory Theatre’s season in 2002.
And, it is a fascinating idea. Take three plays, one from each of “the three great populist movements of Western drama” – classical Greek tragedy, Elizabethan drama and the American musical – and meld them together into one theatrical experience. Apparently, Rauch placed the scripts side by side and discovered a “synchronicity” of themes and events. They all dealt with the same things: ambition, magic, transformation, the parent/child relationship, and the role of women in male-dominated societies. “Medea Macbeth Cinderella” pays homage to these themes and the three historical genres. Read More
Another review from Karen, this one on Robert Schenkkan’s play “All the Way.”
Robert Schenkkan’s play about Lyndon Baines Johnson takes place during the first year of his Presidency, immediately after the assassination of Jack Kennedy in 1963. The production went into rehearsal at the same time as the release of Robert Caro’s fourth volume of his LBJ biography, covering about the same time period. The play focuses less on the events of that year, and much more on the interactions between the President and the major players in those events: Martin Luther King, J. Edgar Hoover, Governor George Wallace, and Senators Dick Russell, Everett Dirksen, and Hubert Humphrey. Read More
My dear friend and long-standing guest Karen writes this review of Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa. My opinions are in the comments.
Maybe it was the stress of worrying whether or not the fog was going to lift early enough for my Monterey-SFO flight to land in time for me to make my 1/2 hour connection to the plane to Medford. Or, perhaps it was the cab driver telling me that the audience for this show was “leaving in droves” at the intermission. Or, it could have been the other guests at my favorite bed and breakfast remarking how astonished they were that OSF would present a play that still needed so much work. Read More