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Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016 Season


OSF 2016 Season

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016 season opens this coming weekend.

In its 81st year the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is still inventive and sizzling. In the last 10 years, Oregon Shakespeare Festival has produced 29 world premieres. Some of those plays, OSF commissioned — and one got the Tony!

Personally, I look forward to the newly minted plays, some of them become my season favorites. For this season, the River Bride which premiers early is one of those I am looking forward to seeing, but there will be others!

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

River Bride

Last fall, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced that they will be commissioning 36 playwrights to translate 39 Shakespeare plays into contemporary modern English. Lively debates ensued (understatement) and will probably continue for some time. My bet is these plays will be very well received and will successfully be bridges for younger generations, who never became comfortable with, or were never introduced to, King James’ English, to cross over and embrace the original Shakespeare plays.

Go to the Portland Monthly magazine Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016 season article for their description of the opening plays for the 2016 season…

 

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China Forbes of Pink Martini, Britt Orchestra Valentine Gala


Valentine Gala benefit for Britt Orchestra with China Forbes of Pink Martini

Live performance by China Forbes (of Pink Martini) for the Britt Orchestra’s gala.  The Valentine Gala will be at the Inn at the Commons in Medford. The evening will include wine from South Stage Cellars and a sumptuous three-course dinner, with an entrée choice of beef, chicken or vegan. Following dinner, Ms Forbes will be joined by Music Director Teddy Abrams for an intimate concert.

China Forbes

China Forbes

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Inn at The Commons, Medford, Oregon
PLATINUM TABLES OF TEN: platinum seating is sold out
GOLD TABLES OF TEN:$125 per person/$1250 per table
COCKTAIL HOUR: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
THREE COURSE DINNER + WINE: 7:00 p.m.

Silent Auction Packages include:

  • A package with Music Director Teddy Abrams, including a signed manuscript, conducting lesson and lunch with Teddy.
  • A gourmet dinner, private concert and reserved seat tickets for the Symphony Pops concert, for 8.
  • Deluxe lodging and dinner package to coincide with the Britt Orchestra performances at Crater Lake this summer.
  • Dinner for 10 at the Voorhies mansion, followed by a Britt Orchestra concert.
  • Biplane ride over Crater Lake.
  • Dinner at the former Bennett Estate, catered by the Jacksonville Inn, followed by a Britt concert and artist meet and greet.

To make the evening even more special, patrons can take a chance to win a “diamond toast,” in which you can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, and one lucky winner will receive a 1/2 carat diamond, courtesy of The Crown Jewel in Jacksonville.

Ticket info:
* Tickets to the Valentine Gala include a seat at a table of ten, food, wine, and the performance.
* Member benefits do not apply to this special event.
* Online ticket orders will include a $7 fee per order. Call the box office to purchase without the $7 fee at 1-800-882-7488 or 541-773-6077, or visit the box office at 216 W. Main St. in Medford.
* Tickets for the Valentine Gala are limited to 300.

 

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Eliza Gilkyson in Ashland St Claire Productions 2/20/16


Eliza Gilkyson
and Nina Gerber

Eliza Gilkyson

Eliza Gilkyson

Eliza Gilkyson, singer, songwriter and activist with Nina Gerber on guitar preforms in Ashland at the Unitarian Church as part of the St. Claire Productions Eclectic Music and More Concert Series.

The Lonesome Road Review says: Eliza Gilkyson’s “… string of nine albums recorded for Red House Records since 2000, including the trio album Red Horse, serve as a testament to her consistency and the magnitude of her talents as a vocalist, songwriter, and instrumentalist. If this were a competition, these albums would stand alongside and surpass those recorded over a similar period of time by Rosanne Cash, Lucinda Williams, and John Hiatt. Yeah, she’s that danged good.

2-time Grammy-nominated singer, a Eliza Gilkyson is a songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots, and Americana circles. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio, and has toured worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Dan Fogelberg.

Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush, and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials, and on prime-time TV. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and recognized with countless Austin Music and Folk Alliance awards. Eliza’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”

For Tickets and Info go to: St. Claire Productions Website
Saturday, February 20, 2016 • 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25/advance, $28/door, $10/teens 12-17,
Children under 12 are free with paying adult.
Location: Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland

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Rogue Suspects at Oregon Cabaret Theatre


Rogue Suspects, February 17, 2016

For 18 years, The Rogue Suspects have been Southern Oregon’s rock n’ roll band of choice. They have appeared with or behind the Who’s Who in the rock n’ roll world, or playing on most prominent stages in the area. The Suspects have earned the honor of being named the Rogue Valley’s favorite band over and over again.

Founding members, Dirk Price, and Greg Frederick have pulled together the finest musicians in the area to bring down the house all night and every night!

A Rogue Valley favorite band, plays at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre on February 17, 2016.

Members of the band:
Dirk Price – guitar and vocals
Greg Frederick – bass
Shae Johnson – lead vocals
Don Harriss – piano, organ
David Bolen – drums
Mary Rydman – percussion

Rogue Suspects on stage at the Cabaret

Rogue Suspects

Purchase tickets on the Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s website.

 

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Solomon’s Blade at the Camelot Theatre


“Solomon’s Blade” by Lisa Beth Allen

A 2004 winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival

At the Camelot Theatre, February 3, 2016 – February 26, 2016

“Approached with great humor and humanity “Solomon’s Blade” speaks to anyone who has ever looked in the mirror and seen a stranger.”

Camelot theaters playbill poster of Solomon's Blade

The Story of “Solomon’s Blade”

Tamar Greenwold has been unexpectedly called to return from a long awaited vacation with her husband. Her sister-in-law Claire is lying in the hospital seven and a half months pregnant, brain-dead, on life-support. Arrangements have been made by Tamar’s close friend and attorney Kristin Joseph to have an Israeli immigrant adopt the child. Tamar, devoted to her Jewish faith, is thrilled… that is until she discovers the mother to be, Sahrrah Shouman, is Arab-Israeli.

Hannah, Tamar’s gifted eight year-old daughter becomes increasingly attached to the aunt she hardly new and the unborn child. In an effort to stem the tide of conflict between the adults Hannah evolves a plan with potentially deadly consequences. As the characters wrestle with the conflict, the nature of identity, faith and truth are called into question.

About the 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 our 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.

Coming from afar, hotels and B&Bs are a plenty in Ashland Oregon near the theater.

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Johnny Cash Review “Ring of Fire” 2016


Ring of Fire: a Johnny Cash Musical Review

Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland Oregon a salute to Johnny Cash

February 11th – April 17th 2016

Many classic hits — to include “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune “Ring of Fire” — performed by a multi-talented cast, portray a musical biography of The Man in Black that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ homage to this unique American legend.

 

Johnny Cash ring of fire poster for the Cabaret theater

Ring of Fire

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 Oregon near myriad of B&Bs, hotels and vacation rentals. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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Omelet Maki in Chanticleer Inn Cookbook


Omelet Maki, page 137

Omelet roll a speciality of the Chanticleer inn B&B in ashland oregon

Omelet Maki Photo by Francesca Amery

Omelet Maki on page 137 in the “Recipes Are Like Pearls” cookbook.

Why Omelet maki? Maki is Japanese for roll. We sushi lovers see this word in Japanese restaurant menus, “maki” used to refer to a type of sushi that is rolled in a log form, and then sliced into round servings.

There are a number of versions of an omelet roll on the Internet, though nearly none use the word maki, even though “omelet maki” more accurately describes this recipe both in appearance and in the process by which it is assembled.

Over the last few years, I have experimented with different fillings and methods. With critical (in a good sense) feedback and suggestions from my staff, we have settled on two versions, both are included in the Chanticleer Inn cookbook — one is a vegetarian and the other a meat version.

Omelet maki fillings will vary over the year, depending on what herbs are in the garden, what vegetables are in season, and who is with me in the kitchen. Filling ingredients that work best are those, when cooked, become soft and malleable, for example spinach and chard, but not broccoli. I like kale, but it should be well cooked.

Of all the savory dishes, omelet maki is my staff’s favorite – they particularly like it with Gorgonzola cheese. While you may choose whatever cheese you like best, do select one that easily melts.

Almost all the Internet recipes include flour, which we have discovered is not entirely necessary, though flour will make the rolling the egg a little easier as its texture will be firmer.  To be gluten-free, you can safely eliminate the flour and still enjoy the results.

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Fruit Crumble in Chanticleer Inn Cookbook


Fruit Crumble II, page 24

Fruit Crumble II a Chanticleer Inn staff's favorite

Fruit Crumble II

Page 24 in the “Recipes Are Like Pearls” cookbook.

This continues to be one of my staff’s favorite first-course recipes. As the fruit vary with the seasons, the crumble is never really the same. Fruit crumble is an easy and tasty first course for a full breakfast. Also makes for a healthy dessert — yes, desserts can be healthy!

If you have already made some apple compote or stone fruit compote, you can use it as the base for the crumble. Sometimes we mix a little homemade jam with the fruit, or drop in bits of butter.

Dietary Note:
For a gluten-free version, exclude the flour, and increase the nuts and oatmeal.
For dairy-free, substitute coconut oil for the butter or drizzle in maple syrup to bind the oats.

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Clafouti in Chanticleer Inn Cookbook


Almond Peach Clafouti, page 112

Almond Peach Clafouti

Almond Peach Clafouti

Page 122 in the “Recipes Are Like Pearls” cookbook.

Traditionally, clafouti (pronounced claw-foo-tea) is a French country dish made with whatever fruit might be in season, cooked in a crust. While adapting this recipe, to keep things simple and quicker for the morning preparations, I dispensed with a crust, also I added ground almonds and some almond extract. This continues to be a staff and guest favorite. Served with chicken sausages or turkey bacon.

At the Chanticleer, we most frequently use pears for this recipe, though pictured in this post is one with peaches and blueberries.

The Rogue Valley is famous for its pears – and when in season, there’s nothing more honey sweet and juicy. That being said, apples, plums, blackberries, nectarines, peaches and cherries also are served to very tasty effect.

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Apple Rose Tart in Chanticleer Inn Cookbook


Apple Rose Tart, page 18

Apple Rose Tart Chanticleer Inn speciality for small groups

Apple Rose Tart, page 18

Page 18 in the “Recipes Are Like Pearls” cookbook.

A quick Internet search will offer many recipes for these tarts, with various kinds of crusts, fillings, and methods of preparing the apples. These tarts are eminently photogenic (click on the image for a bigger picture); the images alone should entice you to do this recipe. Contrary to the way it may appear, the tarts are not at all difficult to create – however a bit time consuming.

I pulled from a few recipes, selecting the easiest and quickest techniques, while keeping true to the taste and presentation of the tart. While a regular wheat crust, such as pâte sablée, is more traditional, I usually prefer a nut crust for an apple rose tart, because it is quicker as there’s no need to rest the dough, and it can be gluten-free.

The tarts can be made in a single pie pan, as pictured above, or individual 6-8 ounce ramekins. The individual tartlets should feature a single large rose, with perhaps a ‘bud’ or two.

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