Breaking Character at Oregon Cabaret Theatre

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Breaking Character, March 2, 2016

Breaking Character: "2 talented women. 1 career. No understudy" and apparently no safety net. Keaton Talmadge and Shannon Nelson take you on a tour of making a career (and life) in Hollywood.

Breaking Character poster for the Cabaret Theater

To buy tickets click here for the Oregon Cabaret Theatre 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 Oregon where there are many fine accommodations and B&Bs, such as the Chanticleer Inn. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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Ashland Farmers Market Opens March 1, 2016

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Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market Opens for the 2016 Season on March 1!

[caption id="attachment_3697" align="alignright" width="236"]Ashland Farmers Market Ashland Farmer's Market[/caption]

Ashland Farmers Market has been serving up fresh produce, specialty foods, and unique hand-made crafts to southern Oregon since 1987.

The Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market consists of over 200 local members, many of whom are local to Jackson County (the town of Ashland is in Jackson County). To be included in the market, all items for sale must be locally prepared, grown, or crafted by the vendor.

Come to the Ashland Farmers Market to shop, chat, and commune with local farmers who deliver food straight from their fields to you; and with crafters who make sundry handmade art and tools.

At the Ashland Farmers market there will be:

  • Freshly harvested salad greens and organically grown fruits and vegetables.
  • Colorful in season flowers, plants in pots, and garden starts
  • An array of prepared foods and baked goods, sustainably grown, harvested and made: such as meats, cheeses, breads, sandwiches, soups, salsa, pasta, pickles, honey and other goodies.
  • A wide selection of unique, locally handcrafted, many totally sustainable, items for home and garden, including woodwork, pottery, homemade soaps and bath items, dried flower arrangements, quality metal artwork and jewelry.
  • Occasional Chef demonstrations
  • Live music played by locals
  • Master Gardeners table after May

Ashland Farmers Market Details:

Locations: The Market comes twice a week: the more expansive market is on Tuesday at the National Guard Armory; the smaller market right in downtown on Saturdays. The Saturday market is convenient to the Chanticleer Inn, guests can just stroll down the hill. The Tuesday market is a short drive on East Main Street. Both locations will take debit and credit cards.

What's local? Everything produced at the market is as local as it can be! Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market is limited to growers, producers and crafters within 3 Southern Oregon counties: Jackson, Josephine, and Siskiyou. Some of the crafters and vendors may source materials and ingredients outside of our valley. Be sure to ask individual vendors about sources of their ingredients, and why they have chosen them.

Organic or Not Organic? Not all products found at the market are organic. Individual vendors decide how they will grow, produce and/or source their products. However the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market organization gives preference to vendors that operate organically locally within the Rogue Valley. All vendors will advertise what is organic and what is not.

TUESDAYS 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Ashland Market National Guard Armory 1420 E. Main Street March – November

SATURDAYS 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Ashland Saturday Market Oak Street in the Heart of Downtown May – October

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Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Reduction

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Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Reduction, page 36

[caption id="attachment_5105" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Reduction Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Balsamic
Reduction[/caption] My staffer Ember St. John while helping to assemble this salad quipped: ‘Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad … unless it is Ellen’s fruit salad.” This very popular salad is refreshing on those bright sunny mornings that come before a hot afternoon. That said, this salad really could be served at any meal. It is important that the ingredients are fresh and ripe. The ingredients are selected for the complimentary colors, as well to balance the sweet with tart and salty. Recipe found in the Chanticleer Inn B&B cookbook "Recipes Are Like Pearls ... Lovely but not useful until strung together"

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016 Season

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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! [caption id="attachment_5088" align="aligncenter" width="469"]Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016 River Bride[/caption]

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

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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.

[caption id="attachment_5002" align="alignright" width="200"]China Forbes China Forbes[/caption]

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

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Eliza Gilkyson and Nina Gerber

[caption id="attachment_4947" align="aligncenter" width="286"]Eliza Gilkyson Eliza Gilkyson[/caption]

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

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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 [caption id="attachment_4818" align="aligncenter" width="510"]Rogue Suspects on stage at the Cabaret Rogue Suspects[/caption] Purchase tickets on the Oregon Cabaret Theatre's website.

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Solomon’s Blade at the Camelot Theatre

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"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

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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.
  [caption id="attachment_4788" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Johnny Cash ring of fire poster for the Cabaret theater Ring of Fire[/caption] 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

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Omelet Maki, page 137

[caption id="attachment_4779" align="aligncenter" width="522"]Omelet maki a speciality of the Chanticleer inn B&B in ashland oregon Omelet Maki Photo by Francesca Amery[/caption]

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

In Japanese restaurant menus, maki [meaning roll] is used to refer to a type of sushi that is rolled in a log form, and then sliced into round servings, much like jelly rolls. 

There are many 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 cooked 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.

Omelet Maki

Serves 6-8, Pre-heat oven 350°F Baking sheet with rim or jellyroll pan, approximately 15”x11”x1” Use parchment paper large enough to cover the baking sheet and run up the sides.


Maki (egg roll)

  • 4 ounces cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour (optional)
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup milk (whole or low-fat)

For after the eggs are cooked

  • 1-2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
Filling #1
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups chopped turkey bacon (optionally, cooked ham)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herb(s), such as rosemary, oregano, savory, finely chopped
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 6 ounces Gorgonzola or bleu cheese, crumbled
Filling #2
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped turkey bacon (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herb(s), such as rosemary, oregano, savory, finely chopped
  • Black pepper, ground to taste
  • 1/2 cup finely sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup finely diced tomatoes without the seeds, or slow-roasted tomatoes, chopped (optional)
  • 8-10 ounces spinach (fresh or frozen) or chard, chopped, more if not using turkey bacon.
  • 4-6 ounces Gorgonzola or bleu cheese, crumbled
Directions Lightly spray the baking pan with oil, just enough so the parchment paper will not slide around. Line the pan with parchment paper (make sure the corners are “mitered”) and spray the paper, and set aside. In a medium large microwaveable bowl, soften cream cheese in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. Whisk the cream cheese to loosen and further soften it, then whisk in the flour. Whisk in, until well blended, an egg or two; then whisk in 1/4 cup of milk. Then continue to add the remaining milk and beat in the remaining eggs until the mixture is smooth. To pour the egg mixture into the pan, start by pulling the middle rack most of the way out of the oven (this works better if the rack rolls, but even if it doesn’t roll pull out the rack a little bit). Place the baking pan on the oven rack; and then pour the egg batter into the pan. Slowly slide the rack back in place and bake at 350°F until eggs are puffed and set, for about 12-15 minutes. While eggs are cooking, prepare the filling. Sauté the onions until they are soft and then add turkey bacon, cook on low heat until onions are translucent and the bacon starts to crisp up. Add ground black pepper, if desired. If using Filling #2: lower the heat, and add the remaining ingredients, except the cheese. Let the mixture simmer to release the spinach’s water (or to soften the chard). Then turnoff the heat and cover the pan. When eggs are done, remove from the oven and immediately spread mustard over the eggs and evenly sprinkle the cheddar cheese. At this point, if you’re not ready to serve and still need 15-20 minutes to prep other breakfast items, keep eggs in a warming oven (at 170°F). When ready, re-heat the filling mixture and follow the steps below. Spread the filling over the egg and sprinkle the Gorgonzola cheese on top of the filling. Roll up (from the short side if serving 6 and long side if serving 8), peeling the parchment paper away while rolling. To serve, cut the maki (roll) into 6 or 8 slices with a serrated knife.

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