Oregon Cabaret Theater, the Marvelous Wonderettes April — May

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: April 1st, 2014 | 0 Comments

More of the "Marvelous Wonderettes" at Oregon Cabaret Theater

[caption id="attachment_3656" align="alignright" width="250"]Marvelous Wonderettes Marvelous Wonderettes at the Oregon Cabaret Theater[/caption] It is graduation time 1958 at Springfield High in this all new chapter from the Marevelous Wonderettes series. Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy reminisce over their final year in high school and look ahead toward their bright futures. In Act Two fast forwards ahead to 1968, where the girls are bridesmaids celebrating Missy’s marriage to Mr. Lee. The girls really rock out with dozens of classic tunes: Dedicated To The One I Love, Sealed With A Kiss, Dancin’ In The Street, The Look of Love, You Keep Me Hangin’ On, and River Deep, Mountain High. Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you're looking for fun, light and campy entertainment.  One of the few performing arts venues that have shows on Monday! April 11- May 25 Previews April 9 & 10 Performances Thursday – Monday @ 8:00 (No evening performance May 11) Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00 (No matinee performance April 20) For more information visit their website

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Kathy Mattea in Medford April 10

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Craterian Theater at the Collier Center presents Kathy Mattea

[caption id="attachment_3635" align="alignright" width="210"]Kathy Mattea Kathy Mattea[/caption] The chart-topping and Grammy Award-winning recording artist returns to the Craterian for another sweet evening of music rich with family stories and influences from bluegrass to gospel to Celtic. In 2008’s Grammy-nominated Coal and 2012’s Calling Me Home, Mattea mines her deep Appalachian and West Virginian roots to remarkable effect with her exquisite alto. As the Hartford Courant says, “Her voice stands out as a rare blend of warmth and power.” April 10, 2014, 7:30 pm 23 S. Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501 Box Office: 541-779-3000

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Piano Men” Jim Witter in Medford April 5

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 27th, 2014 | 1 Comments

Craterian Theater at the Collier Center presents "Piano Men" starring Jim Witter

[caption id="attachment_3629" align="alignright" width="210"]Piano Men Piano Men[/caption] 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

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 24th, 2014 | 0 Comments

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. For more information and tickets

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Paul Taylor’s “Taylor 2″ in Medford April 4

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

Craterian Theater at the Collier Center presents Paul Taylor, "Taylor 2"

[caption id="attachment_3625" align="alignright" width="210"]Taylor 2 Taylor 2[/caption] In 1993, multiple award-winning choreographer and modern dance genius Paul Taylor formed Taylor 2 to ensure that his work could reach audiences in venues throughout the world. With passionate athleticism, grace and individuality, these exquisite dancers translate Taylor’s vast repertoire to intimate settings. Experience what critics have called “a kind of miracle…” that’s “small, travels light, and packs some of the best modern dance around.” April 4, 2014, 7:30 pm 23 S. Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501 Box Office: 541-779-3000

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PFX, the Pink Floyd Experience at Medford March 26

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

[caption id="attachment_3621" align="alignright" width="210"]Pink Floyd Experience Pink Floyd Experience[/caption] 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!

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 17th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wild Flowers at Upper Table Rock

[caption id="attachment_3709" align="alignright" width="225"]Upper Table Rock Henderson Fawn Lily Upper Table Rock Henderson Fawn Lily[/caption] 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

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 15th, 2014 | 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_3468" align="alignright" width="216"]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[/caption]

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.

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R. Carlos Nakai, Native American Flute, March 28

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 15th, 2014 | 0 Comments

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

St. Claire Eclectic Music Concert Series presents R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman [caption id="attachment_3582" align="alignright" width="269"]R. Carlos Nakai R. Carlos Nakai[/caption] 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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Vocaldente in Medford, March 14

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 7th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Craterian Theater at the Collier Center presents Vocaldente, a Cappella Art

[caption id="attachment_3618" align="alignright" width="210"]Vocaldente Vocaldente[/caption] Since its 2004 inception in Germany, this quintet of vocal virtuosos has won raves throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia. The impeccable purity of their sound — often achieved without microphones, amplifiers or other technical devices — has made this group a cappella champions across three continents. With humor, warmth and a rousing repertoire from the 1920s to the present day, these gentlemen show audiences what it truly means to make beautiful music with nothing but the human voice. March 14, 2014, 7:30 pm 23 S. Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501 Box Office: 541-779-3000

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