Ashland Contemporary Theatre is proud to host “An Evening with Rumi.” It’s a fantastic one-man performance accompanied by live musicians and dervish dancing. For a taste: catch the YouTube clip: http://bit.ly/EveningWithRumi
One night only! Saturday, September 24th at 8pm.
In this vivid montage of Rumi poetry and first-person narrative threads, the life, levity and luminosity of Sufi mystic Jalaluddin Rumi comes alive, as award-winning actor Dan Furst presents the revered and irreverent poet Rumi. Based on translations from Coleman Barks, Kabir Helminski, and Jonathan Star, Dan Furst dramatically embodies the great poet with verve and sapient gusto! With sound and mood-scape accompaniment by musicians Seabury Gould on bamboo flute and bouzouki, Marco Zonka on percussion and vocal textures, and dervish turning by Yahya Suzanna Nadler, an atmosphere of earthy and ecstatic passion and reflection is evoked through dramatic action, verse, and song.
Performance is at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Rd, Ashland
Tickets: General $15.00, Seniors $12.00, Students $8.00, available at Paddington Station, Ashland and Grocery Outlet, Medford
Information: (541) 646 – 2971, http://www.ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org and http://www.hermes3.net/rumi2011.htm
An Evening of Conscious Comedy with Swami Beyondananda and Teresa Tudury
Tickets on-line or at Music Coop in downtown Ashland
“Lose Weightiness Now! Yes, in these stressful times … well, weightiness just seems to pile on, doesn’t it? Just a few days without laughing, and before long you’re suffering from irregularhilarity, on track for a full-blown case of humorrhoids! This doesn’t have to happen. Swami Beyondananda, the Cosmic Comic whose favorite yoga pose is tongue-in-cheek, will help you lose weightiness through heart-opening laughter. It’s a scientific fact: Levity is the best way to overcome gravity. You’ll leave lighter and brighter – or the Swami will double your karma back!”
In the course of nearly twenty-five years of purveying cosmic comedy and healing laughter, Swami (aka Steve Bhaerman) has had a successful, long-running monthly column, Ask The Swami, has written four books (Driving Your Own Karma … When You See A Sacred Cow, Milk It for All It’s Worth … Duck Soup for the Soul … Swami for Precedent: A Seven-Step Plan to Heal the Body Politic and Cure Electile Dysfunction), and produced a half a dozen comedy cassettes (sorry, not available on 8-track) and CDs.
“Teresa Tudury is an undiscovered gem, boasting scads of talent and a command of both language and music, which she demonstrates in ample portions. Like a cross between Tracey Ullman and the early Bette Midler, an evening with Tudury is part comedy show, part sensitive singer-songwriter concert and part cabaret act—and all immensely enjoyable…In her zany between-song patter Tudury is so uninhibited she makes Robin Williams seem restrained…. Plus, Tudury can certainly sing. Possessed of a deep, sultry voice which she dresses in heavy blues phrasing and adorns with generous swatches of vibrato, Tudury evoked every nuance out of her quirky novelty tunes and belted out her off-beat torch songs.” Steven Libowitz – Santa Barbara News Press
Saturday, October 15, Unitarian Fellowship, 87 4th St, Ashland 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20/advance, $22/door, $10/12–17 Free under 12
Come learn what it takes to be a songwriter. Joanne will share her career path and experiences plus some of the basics of the music business such as copyright and publishing, ASCAP, BMI and GRAMMY Associations, royalties and distribution, and agent/manager promotions. You also will learn voice care and the basics of songwriting. All ages and experience welcome. Register at www.stclairevents.com or call 541–535-3562.
A Grammy award and 12-time Native American Music award-winning artist and Wolf Clan member of the Iroquois Confederacy, Joanne Shenandoah has fulfilled the promise of her Native American name, Tekaliwah-kwa, (She Sings). “She’s become one of the most acclaimed Native American recording artists of her time.” Associated Press.
Shenandoah has 15 albums and three Grammy nominations and one Grammy award (Sacred Ground – Songwriting and vocals). She received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Syracuse University in 2002, the first ever given to a Native performer. She has received more Native American Music Awards (13 to date) than any other artist including a “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2008. She has also received numerous Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYS) and was presented with the Grand Prize by the Native Film Festival in Montreal, Canada for her soundtrack in the documentary “Our Land Our Life” in June 2008.
See videos of Joanne performing at www.stclairevents.com. Whistling Elk Drums opens the evening.
Unitarian Fellowship, 87 4th St, Ashland 8 p.m.
Workshop: Wake Up Laughing, Wise Up Loving, Rise Up Singing
An Enlightening and Inspiring Playshop with Steve Bhaerman, aka Swami Beyondananda
and Singer Songwriter Teresa Tudury
Sunday, October 16 • 2-5pm
Tickets – $40
Place: Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland • Cost: $40
In these times of great upheaval – not to mention “downheaval” – we are nourished by love and laughter. This heart-opening and mind-expanding playshop led by Steve Bhaerman and talented singer-songwriter Teresa Tudury will help you wake up laughing and wise up loving – and give voice to your greatest concerns and greatest hopes.
Wake Up Laughing, Wise Up Loving, Rise Up Singing will offer both the perspective and the tools to navigate these evolutionary times. Not only will you get an encouraging take on what would appear to be discouraging news worldwide, you will help develop some key inner resources to help you be a beacon for yourself and others during challenging times. You’ll laugh while you learn, and learn while you laugh … and you will do both singing!
For more information, please go to St Clair Productions
Dr. Laura Hoskins is building a world-class Climate Research Lab at Fleming Institute. But when she breaks off a brief romantic involvement with junior researcher Jake Zamosa, his impulsive retaliation threatens their careers. Can the consequences of Jake’s actions be contained, or will they spread beyond the lab and add fuel to the wider debate over global climate change?
Directed by Greg Younger Cast: Will Churchill, Gwenne Wilcox, Casey Faubion, David Gabriel, Tim Kelly, and Alyssa Leigh Smith.
Sunday, October 9, 8:00 pm Monday, October 10, 8:00 pm
ScienceWorks Theatre, 1500 East Main St., Ashland
$10.00 requested donation at door
For more information about the Playwright Actor Atelier, visit: http://playwrightsatelier.org
For more information about ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, visit: http://scienceworksmuseum.org
The newest name in local theater is Next Stage, the Craterian’s exciting new acting company. Under the leadership of Stephen McCandless, executive director of the Craterian; Doug Warner, former producing director of Camelot Theatre; Peter Alzado, former artistic director of Oregon Stage Works; and Kate Sullivan, local actress and co-founder of Ashland Children’s Theatre.
Next Stage will focus on producing small cast plays that tell great stories, but that don’t typically require elaborate staging.
The company is committed to making professional theater as accessible as possible for the entire community, and all seats for the four plays in the inaugural 2011–2012 season will be just $10! So, spread the word, bring your friends, and come to the Craterian for the premiere performance of Talley’s Folly!
“Talley’s Folly (Sept. 8–10),” “The Decorator (Jan. 5–7),” “The Wild Guys” (March 22–31) and “Molly Sweeney” (May 31-June 2) — this season at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater.
“I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road” Book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer and music by Nancy Ford at the Camelot Theatre October 5 – November 6
When a 40-year-old song writer wants to make a comeback, the conflict is between what she wants and what her manager wants. She’s eager to include feminist material in her act; he wants her to go back to the syrupy sweet, non-controversial formula that made her so successful: a real woman vs. a Barbie Doll.
“Clearly the most imaginative and melodic score heard in New York all season.” – Soho Weekly News
“Brash, funny, very agreeable…it touches a special emotional chord for all times.” – New York Post
For more information: Camelot Theater
Impromptu gigs of improvised music and soundscapes continue at the Schneider Museum on the SOU campus on four upcoming Fridays:
June 17 & 24, 2011 and July 1 & 8 2011 from noon to 1 p.m.
Various friends will join Todd Barton as their schedules allows — he will most likely not know who will be performing with him until that very day and time! So… even the “ensemble” will be impromptu and improvised.
Feel free to drop by and stay or just wander around through the museum for a bit. A great new show opens this week featuring the works of Morris Graves et al. http://www.sou.edu/sma/