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“The Bricks” Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Redo


The Bricks

As soon as the OSF’s 2016 season closed, the city blocked off Pioneer St and started to rip out the plaza area between the Bowmer Theater and the city street — the area fondly referred to as The Bricks. A much needed and long-time in coming redo as the slope of the surface was difficult to navigate even for the completely able-bodied.

Here are pictures taken in November 2016 at the start of the reconstruction:

The Bricks November 2016

The OSF campus, November 2016

 

Access for All

Access for All

Many have received letters, and even calls, asking for donations to help in the project to redo the bricked plaza area where OSF conducts the Green Show. This capital project is important to both OSF and the City of Ashland.

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Prose-Poetry Creative Writing Workshop by Gini Grossenbacher


Prose-Poetry Creative Writing
Workshop by Gini Grossenbacher

In October 2016, Gini Grossenbacher conducted a Prose-Poetry Creative Writing Workshop at the inn. She is a very encouraging teacher.

Gini would assign several short writing exercises each day. When Gini asked us to find an object and write about it, one of the attendees, Judy, was inspired by a vase in the Jardin room. She wrote a cute short called “Antique TV”, for your reading pleasure here it is:

“Antique TV”
by Judy Vaughan

I knew I would take it to the Country Roads Antique Show audition if I ever got the chance. The day the wildly popular TV show came to Stockton, I packed it up in bubble wrap and a recycled Amazon box. What was it? A vase, I guess. Some sort of pottery piece glazed and fired in greens and browns.
The line stretched around the gym at UOP. I shamelessly gawked at a woman pushing a merchandise cart with a Homeboy Depot label peeling off the handle. A hideous — oh—I mean abstract sculpture of black wrought iron poked through the sides like the limbs of a spider monkey bent on escape.
Was that a hat or a lampshade held high by the man who wore Tommy Hilfiger with pink socks?
The volunteer at the registration desk directed me to the China/Pottery table. I added my treasure, stripped of its wrapping, to the Havilland demitasse set I’d seen last week on E-Bay, several fruit bowls and a collection of plump black animals. Native American or netsuke?
The curator’s eyes widened as she fingered the ridges of the tulip-shaped opening of my piece. She touched the frog on the base. A suppressed giggle escaped her as she traced its tiny hands.
“I need to show this to a colleague,” she said. “Put on your make up, honey.” She sent me to a curtained off area of the gym labeled Green Room. “Wait there until the director calls you.” A frisson of cool tingle swept over me. I was going to be on the TV show.
The furry microphone brushed my forehead. Would the lights make me sweat? The curator preened as the director counted down the scene to Action. “This wonderful pot glazed in earth tones has a funnel-shaped opening that gives us a clue to its use. The palm leaf frieze around the bottom hints at a Greek origin. What’s amazing are the figures on the base, the cunning frogs and these grey and tan figures. Do you know what they are?” She thrust the microphone into my face.
I stammered. “Flower buds?”
“No … my colleague and I think they are copied from fourteenth century motifs from the Wee Wee province of China. Can I ask how much you paid for it?
I pictured the pot on the shelf of the nightstand in the B and B in Ashland, Oregon. “Uh.” I tried to think of a polite way to describe concealing it in the underwear section of my suitcase the day I checked out.
The curator didn’t wait for my answer. She upended the vase, “It’s signed,” she said and that’s really unusual in a piece like this.”
A dramatic pause ensued before the reveal.
“Do you know how much it’s worth?”
“A few hundred dollars, I guess. It’s been on the shelf over our Steinway for several years.”
“Well. I’ve shown this to my colleague from Kristi’s….See this oval sticker above the maker’s mark?”
“The one that says Made in China,” I asked?
“Yes, you can see it’s gold leaf, one of the first occasions for such a adhesive appendage. The piece itself is most likely a chamber pot, possibly a cuspidor. Auction value now is astronomical. You should have it insured for as much as your Steinway.”
“Wow … That’s amazing…I had no idea!

 

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South Pacific at the Camelot Theatre


South Pacific

“South Pacific” Music by Richard Rodgers
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel;
Tales of the South Pacific
by James A. Michener

November 30, 2016 – January 8, 2017 at the Camelot

South Pacific, the Musical

South Pacific

About South Pacific, the Musical

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Libretto and Best Score! Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war.

Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. When she learns that the mother of his children was an island native, she is unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised and refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage.

Meanwhile, the courageous Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he’s fallen in love, based on the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that may claim both their lives, Nellie must choose between her prejudices or unconditional love and acceptance. Musical numbers include I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa’ My Hair, There Ain’t Nothing Like a Dame and Some Enchanted Evening.

About Camelot Theatre

Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon in the beautiful Rogue Valley, just a few miles north of Ashland. The Camelot has a wonderful new state-of-the-art building, the James M. Collier Theatre. Here is the Mission Statement:

To be of service to the Rogue Valley, Oregon, by producing high-quality affordable plays, musicals and musical events while providing a supportive environment for professional and amateur theatre artists and technicians and inspiring and training adults, teens and children in the theatre arts.

You can read a short history of the theatre company if you click here.

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Chamber Music Concert: Gabe Young & Jodi French


Chamber Music Recital: Oboist Gabe Young and Pianist Jodi French

Gabe Young and Jodi French

Gabe Young and Jodi French

Special Recital at SOU Music Recital Hall

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2016 – 7:30PM
Maurice Ravel – Sonatine for Oboe and Piano
Eugene Goossens – Concerto for Oboe, Op. 45
Camille Saint-Saëns – Sonata for Oboe and Piano in D Major, Op. 166
Jules Massenet – Meditation from Thaïs

“Gabe Young is not only a master of his instrument but an artist of taste and discernment. The sound of his oboe is, for lack of a better word, angelic. There were moments, particularly in the Adagio, when the music seemed to transcend even that exquisite oboe sound, emerging instead as pure, disembodied human expression. Young created a breathtaking spell…” Patrick Rucker, The Washington Post

 

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Gerry O’Beirne at Grizzly Peak Winery


Gerry O’Beirne Thursday, November 17, 2016

Gerry O’Beirne is a renowned singer, songwriter, and guitarist (6 string guitar, tiple and ukulele, slide guitar, among others). He grew up in Ireland and West Africa. He currently resides near Dingle in Co Kerry. His own compositions blend the passion found in traditional music with the freshness of contemporary song.

His album, Half Moon Bay, was cited as one of the 12 best releases of the year by Performing Songwriter magazine and was chosen as on of Folkworld’s top Ten Albums of the year.

Gerry O'Beirne

Gerry O’Beirne

The performance will take place in Grizzly Peak’s barrel room.

Wine and Irish stew will be available for purchase.

Thursday November 17, 2016 at 7:00PM to 9:00PM

Admission $20 / $18 for wine club members
Tickets will soon be available at brownpapertickets.com

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Pine Mountain Lodge, A Musical at Oregon Cabaret Theatre


Pine Mountain Lodge

Tickets $21.00 -35.00 — November 17 – December 31, 2016

A musical featuring Irving Berlin holiday songs this world premier is a story of a returning World War II veteran who’s been tasked with shutting down his late father’s flagging upstate New York hotel, the Pine Mountain Lodge, discovers that the hotel is haunted by two quarreling ghosts – former lovers and famous dance partners. The ghosts put aside past grievances to convince the young man to put on one last show to save the hotel…

Pine Mountain Lodge

Pine Mountain Lodge

To purchase tickets go to OCT’s website.

The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland is popular with locals as well as visitors. OCT presents musicals, revues, local musicians, and comedies.

The shows are presented in an elegant, theatre-dinner club setting in a restored, church and is on the National Historic register. The original church stained glass is still intact, as are the balconies..

Located in the heart of downtown Ashland, near the Chanticleer Inn B&B. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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Spotlight on Kenny Rogers


Spotlight on Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers: Script by: Brian M. O’Connor

November 10 – November 20, 2016 at the Camelot Theatre

Kenny Rogers

Spotlight on Rogers

About Spotlight on Kenny Rogers

Recently honored with The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Kenny Rogers has been writing and singing music since the 1950s. Name the genre; country, soft-rock, pop, contemporary or jazz – he has done it! Starring Duane George and with a script by Brian Michael O’Connor, Spotlight On Kenny Rogers features 23 hits, including: The Gambler, Lady, Lucille and Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.

About Camelot Theatre

Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon in the beautiful Rogue Valley, just a few miles north of Ashland. A few minutes drive from the Chanticleer Inn, premier lodging in Ashland OR.

The Camelot has a wonderful new state-of-the-art building, the James M. Collier Theatre. Here is the Mission Statement:

To be of service to the Rogue Valley, Oregon, by producing high-quality affordable plays, musicals and musical events while providing a supportive environment for professional and amateur theatre artists and technicians and inspiring and training adults, teens and children in the theatre arts.

You can read a short history of the theatre company if you click here.

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Decision Tree for Shakespeare Plays


Which Shakespeare Play Should You See First?

by Mya Gosling.

I found this ‘cartoon’ both humous and a fairly good breakdown of Shakespeare’s canon. To see more of Mya Gosling’s work go to her website called Peace, Good-Tickle Brain

Mya Gosling Flowchart

Mya Gosling’s Flowchart to Find a Shakespeare Play

 

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Upper Rogue Wine Trail


Upper Rogue Wine Trail

Last weekend friends and I did a wonderful wine tasting foray on the Upper Rogue Wine Trail. An alternative to the Applegate Valley wines, with equally beautiful country, and interesting wines.

We went to three wineries: Del Rio Vineyards, Folin Cellars, and Kriselle Cellars. The tour plan was to taste three out of the six wineries on the Upper Rogue Wine Trail, and then end up at the Rogue Creamery cheese and Lillie Belle chocolate tasting rooms in Central Point. However, we took our sweet time sipping and relishing the wines, and we ran out of time. This only means we need to do the Wine Trail all over again, and try the other three wineries, and see if we can fit in the chocolate and cheese!

The consensus was …

The wine tasters in the group preferred Folin Cellars‘ wines. The pouring room is stunningly elegant with lovely surrounding gardens.

Folin logo on the tasting room wall

Folin Logo

 

Folin tasting room

Wine tasting with dear friends. They tasted and I sniffed and drove — great team work!

Kriselle Cellars has great pizza, fabulous patio with beautiful views. Operating for just 4 years, Kriselle’s wines, while good now, will surely improve.

Kriselle's Grand Entrance

Kriselle’s Grand Entrance

Rainbow over Kriselle's Vineyard

Rainbow over Kriselle’s Vineyard

Del Rio Vineyards had lovely wines, friendly staff, and a quaint historic building for their tasting room.

Del Rio Winery

Del Rio Vineyards

Locations: The Upper Rogue Wine Trail is about 35 minutes from the inn. Most of the wineries branch off Rt 234 running east-west just north of the Table Rock formations between Gold Hill (at I-5 Exit 43) and Butte Falls. www.upperrougewinetrail.com

More photos

Cabernet Franc Trellis on the Upper Rogue Trail

Cabernet Franc Trellis

Cabernet Franc ready to pick!

Cabernet Franc ready to pick!

Sippin' wine on Kriselle's patio -- looking cool in those shades

Sippin’ wine on Kriselle’s patio — looking cool in those shades

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Kevin Nakatani at Oregon Cabaret Theatre


Songs They Won’t Let Us Sing

Kevin Nakatani — October 19, 2016 — Tickets $15.00 

Operatic bass Kevin Nakatani joins OCT Artistic Director Valerie Rachelle to perform their funny, heart-warming two person cabaret-style show.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre is lucky to have Kevin for a one-night show with Valerie Rachelle. Perhaps the promise of singing songs “they” won’t let them sing is too tempting?

Kevin Nakatani Bio:

Kevin Nakatani is on his 10th season with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater. Originally from Northern California, Kevin now calls Logan, UT his home. Outside of his roles performed with UFOMT, Mr. Nakatani has recently been seen locally as Doctor Grenvil in La Traviata and Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly with Utah Opera, Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Utah Lyric Opera, as well as Monterone in Rigoletto and Zuniga in Carmen with Opera Idaho. Prior to moving to Utah, Kevin has also appeared with West Bay Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, and Opera San José.

Kevin Nakatani

Note: Online ticketing is unavailable for this show, instead call OCT

The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland is popular with locals as well as visitors. OCT presents musicals, revues, local musicians, and comedies.

The shows are presented in an elegant, theatre-dinner club setting in a restored, church and is on the National Historic register. The original church stained glass is still intact, as are the balconies..

Chanticleer Inn B&B premiere lodging near the Cabaret Theatre, which located in the heart of downtown Ashland Oregon; and near to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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