The Story in the Song Songwriting Workshop with David Berkeley
Saturday, May 12 • Time: 10am-Noon
Tickets – $35
Place: Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland
Can a song be a springboard for a story?
Can a story inspire a song?
How do we translate our personal narratives into lyrics?
What are the narrative restraints on a song lyric?
What are the challenges and benefits of the medium?
In this 2 hour workshop by visiting author/songwriter David Berkeley, we will explore the relationship between stories and songs, between words and music, between prose and lyrics, between reality and creativity. Read More
International Migratory Bird Day-Ashland and Klamath Falls, OR
When: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Where: Ashland and Klamath Falls, OR
David Berkeley, Singer/Songwriter
Friday, May 11, 2012 • 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
Along with his songs from his 4th CD Some Kind of Cure, David Berkeley will read excerpts from the accompanying book 140 Goats and A Guitar.
David Berkeley is a romantic realist, known for his ability to look at the human condition in all its complexity and give us luminous songs full of sunshine and anguish, melancholy and delight. He brings the people and situations he sings about to vibrant life with a warm, rich tenor that often slips into an aching falsetto to underline the overwhelming emotions that can move us to tears or laughter.
In concert, Berkeley wins crowds over with his low-key charisma and hilarious between song banter. He usually introduces songs with long, intricate anecdotes and branching commentaries, using a manner that’s more front porch than show biz, relaxing people without any apparent effort to be funny, a difficult balance to achieve. He weaves together fact, fiction and hyperbole into stories that often leave audiences in hysterics without resorting to obvious punch lines. His on stage narratives rarely repeat themselves and are full of the same astutely observed details that propel his songs.
For more information, please go to St Clair Productions
La Terrasse by Jean-Claude Carrière
May 10 thru May 20, 12
Translated and adapted by Eva Harris and Francine Le Roux
Pacific Northwest premiere! Love is hard, but real estate is impossible. La Terrasse (The Terrace) is a wildly funny, absurdist farce of dissolving marriages, job-hunting, traffic jams, and house-hunting in our increasingly disconnected modern life. If something can go wrong, it will go wrong in this comedy of manners – but is anything really wrong? Playwright Jean-Claude Carrière won an Academy Award for his screenplay The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
Director: Jackie Apodaca
For more details on Ashland Oregon Theater at SOU http://www.sou.edu/theatre/patronres.html
Date: May 5th, 2012
Location: near Crescent City, CA
Instructor: Keith Bensen
2 hikers, Naturalist Certificate
Description: The central portion of Redwood National and State Parks’ Coastal Trail runs along a spectacular unroaded section of California’s north coast. This field-based class follows the Coastal Trail; observing the state’s fourth largest seabird colony, watching foraging seabirds and migrating gray whales, and visiting a rookery for the threatened Steller’s sea lion and the mouth of the Klamath River, where three other species of pinniped often feed. Read More
The 9th Annual Science of Wine — Focus on Oregon Wine
Sponsored by The City of Ashland, The Erath Foundation, and Royce Real Estate, proceeds benefit Science Works educational programs.
Winemakers’ Dinner and Live Auction
Thursday, May 3rd, 6 – 10pm Location: Ashland Springs Hotel 212 E. Main St. Ashland, OR 97520
Tickets: $75-85 (non-members)
An elegant and delicious evening at the Ashland Springs Hotel featuring 7 World of Wine award-winning wines expertly paired with dishes prepared by renowned area chefs.
Evening of Exploration
Friday, May 4th, 6:30 – 9pm Location; ScienceWorks Museum 1500 E. Main St. Ashland
Tickets: $15-20 (non-members)
Guests choose from The Art and Science of Barrels & Wine with Phil Burton of Barrel Builders and John Quinones of RoxyAnn Winery, Wine-Tasting 101 of French Varietals with Ron Stringfield of Galaxy Wine Distributors and Fermentation Transformation with winemaker Linda Donovan. Includes paired food and wine reception. Limited seating. Read More
The King of City Island by James Geoghan
Plays May 2 – 27
Taking place in City Island, the Bronx, this funny and poignant play looks at petty gangsters, relationships, self-esteem and Tai Chi, but most importantly, it examines who we need to become in our relationships in order to truly love another person.
“Geoghan’s characters simply all have heart, and they are impossible not to care about.” — Heather Zimmerman, San Jose Metro.
For more information on the Camelot Theater in Talent Oregon
Date: April 28th, 2012
Location: Crescent City, CA Instructor: Gary Bloomfield
Tuition: $50 Naturalist Certificate, kids aged 12+
Description: This course begins with a field trip that visits Crescent City Harbor, moves along the rocky coast at low tide towards Point St. George, and finishes up at Lake Tolowa. We’ll seek out migrating and resident shorebirds: Black Oystercatcher, Black-bellied Plover, Wimbrel, Dunlin, Greater Yellowlegs, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, and more. After the field portion of the class, there will be a multimedia presentation focusing on the identification and biology of the shorebirds of the Klamath coast.
For more information on this Siskiyou Field Institute class …
Wildflowers of Mount Ashland
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.
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.