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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


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.

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PFX, the Pink Floyd Experience at Medford March 26


Craterian Theater at the Collier Center presents PFX, the Pink Floyd Experience

Pink Floyd Experience

Pink Floyd Experience

The aptly named Pink Floyd Experience is no ordinary concert. These stellar musicians recreate for the theater the sights and sounds of one of the most influential and experimental bands in rock history. With moving lights, giant HD projection, and full quadraphonic sound to reflect the innovation of the original band, PFX will most assuredly prove that pigs fly. The only thing that should keep you from this sensational stage production is “A Momentary Lapse of Reason.”

March 26, 2014, 7:30 pm
23 S. Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501
Box Office: 541–779-3000

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Upper Table Rock, it’s spring!


Wild Flowers at Upper Table Rock

Upper Table Rock Henderson Fawn Lily

Upper Table Rock Henderson Fawn Lily

Upper Table Rock is one of the two mesas just north of Medford.  You can see them from I-5 at the north end of the Rogue Valley.

There are a nice hikes to the top of both mesas with wonderful views of the Rogue Valley.  Upper Table Rock as well as Lower Table Rock are two of my favorite early spring hiking trails.

It’s that time of the year again, spring flowers are popping.  Fawn Lilies, buttercups, desert parsley are flowering.  Hounds tongue, camas and lupine are leafing out.  With little rain, the flowers might not last long, but they are beautiful!

 

 

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First Annual Mountain Bird Festival in Ashland


On the Mountain Bird Festival's 'target' list, the beautiful Mountain Bluebird. Photo by David Hodkinson

The beautiful Mountain Bluebird is on the festival’s target list. Photo by David Hodkinson

Mountain Bird Festival hosted by the Klamath Bird Observatory

Ashland, Oregon, May 30 through June 1, 2014

Mountain Bird festival offers 3 days of guided bird walks and keynote presentations with half-day and full-day field trips both Saturday and Sunday.

Klamath Bird Observatory will host this community conservation event in the spring of 2014 in Ashland, Oregon. The festival combines a celebration of nature with the stewardship ethic needed to ensure thriving landscapes for humans and wildlife. Every person who participates in this festival will become a significant steward of the science that drives bird conservation.

Extend your stay and enjoy more of Ashland and its surrounds: wineries, theaters, hiking, art galleries, restaurants.

Follow this link for more information on the Klamath Bird Observatory’s Mountain Bird Festival.

The mountain birds of interest migrate through the Siskiyou and Cascade mountains, many viewing areas are easy driving distance from the town of  Ashland, Oregon.  The ‘target’ list includes: Redhead, Common Merganser, Mountain Quail, nesting Sandhill Cranes, nesting Osprey, Ferruginous Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, dancing Western and Clark’s Grebes, Wilson’s Snipe, Black Terns, Great Gray Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Vaux’s Swift, Calliope Hummingbird, Prairie Falcon, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Williamson’s Sapsucker, White-headed Woodpecker, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, Mountain Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Townsend’s Solitaire, Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Vesper Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Lazuli Bunting.

R. Carlos Nakai, Native American Flute, March 28


R. Carlos Nakai, Native American Flute, with Will Clipman, percussion

St. Claire Eclectic Music Concert Series presents R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman

R. Carlos Nakai

R. Carlos Nakai

Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is recognized around the world as a premier Native American flutist. Classical trained in trumpet and music theory, Nakai started with a traditional cedar wood flute in the early 1980s.

Under Canyon Label, he has released over 35 albums. In addition to his solo appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, Nakai has worked with guitarist William Eaton, flutist Paul Horn, composers James DeMars and Phillip Glass and various symphony orchestras.

Friday, March 28, 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

Silent Auction to benefit Red Earth Descendants

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