symposium: Southern Oregon University's Center for Shakespeare Studies will present its free annual Spring Symposium, Friday, April 11, in the SOU Art Building's Meese Auditorium, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. This year's topic is "A Midsummer Night's Dream." From noon to — p.m. director Mark Rucker will talk about his production of the play at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. From — to 4:30 p.m. there will be a panel discussion with Shakespeare scholars professors Copp&
169;lia Kahn (Brown University), Jeremy Lopez (University of Toronto), and Carol Thomas Neely (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Alan Armstrong, Director of the SOU Center for Shakespeare Studies, will act as moderator. Call 552-6904.
poetry and prose: Local authors and SOU professors K. Silem Mohammed and Vincent Craig Wright will present an evening of poetry and prose at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland. Mohammed is the author of three books of poetry. His work has appeared in Fence, New American Writing, and Best American Poetry 2004. Vincent Craig Wright's debut short-story collection is "Redemption Center." The event is free. Call 488-0029.
lecture: Peter Dawkins, British architect, geomancer and visionary, will present "Landscape Temples and Angels" from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Peace House, 543 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Dawkins will speak about areas of landscape with chakras and an auric field where the great archetypes or angels manifest and how awareness of these enhances our harmony with ourselves and our environment. Cost is $25. Call 482-5781.
book signing: Eagle Point Second Saturday series will present local author Betty Grant Henshaw at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Eagle Point Library, 239 W. Main St., Eagle Point. Henshaw put her story of traveling from Oklahoma to Oregon in the back of a pickup truck to paper in her book "Children of the Dust: An Okie Family Story." The book was a finalist in Oklahoma's Book of the Year Award. Call 826-3313.
osf lecture: Lue Morgan Douthit, Oregon Shakespeare Festival's director of literary development and dramaturgy, will present "The Bottom Line: Thoughts on A Midsummer Night's Dream" at noon Saturday, April 12, n Carpenter Hall, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. The Shakespeare comedy is currently playing in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Admission is $7, $6 for members and $5.25 for youths 6-17. See or call 482-4331.
Five poets: Jonah Bornstein, Jeannette Cappella, Steve Dieffenbacher, Marcy Greene, and Amy Miller will read from their chapbooks and recent poems at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland. The event is free. Call 488-0029.
Jackson County Reads: The whole community is invited to read Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451." This is a cooperative project of Jackson County Library Services, Jackson County Library Foundation, and Southern Oregon University. Read "Fahrenheit 451," come to a discussion group, hear John Frohnmayer, former head of the National Endowment for the Arts, speak on "No Read, No Think, No Democracy," at 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the Rogue River Room at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.
lecture: The Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library presents "Conversations about Love," part of an ongoing discussion on the mysteries of romantic love facilitated by Marla Estes, from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 14, at 258 A St., Ashland. See or call 552-9119 between 2 and 6 p.m.
Downtown Coffeehouse poets: Eight local writers will present an evening of poetry at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland. Readers will include Charlotte Abernathy, John Fisher-Smith, Rick Fjellman, Linda Barnes, Liz Robinson, David Hoffman, Carol Brockfield, and Dave Harvey, all regular readers at the Downtown Coffeehouse open mic. The event is free. Call 488-0029.
lecture: The Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library will sponsor "Ancient Secrets for Manifestation: The Law of Self Approval" from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at 258 A St., Ashland. The presentation will explore how to unlock you subconscious mind to reprogram failure into success. See or call 552-9119 between 2 and 6 p.m.
talk: Robert Hight will present a free talk, "Burma Shave Signs," at the meeting of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Southern Oregon Uniserv Office, 2495 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. See or call 512-2340.
jewish film series: The Jewish Film Series will present a free showing of "Purple Lawns" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The contemporary Israeli film is about two secular and free spirited young women who take in a mysterious ultra-orthodox woman as a roommate. The film is in Hebrew with English subtitles. See or call 488-7716.
astronomy: The April Southern Oregon Skywatchers astronomy club meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the North Medford High School planetarium, 1900 N. Keeneway Drive, Medford. Robert Black, the planetarium director, has three of his students lined up to give presentations on their astronomy projects. See .
lecture: Peter Dawkins will present "The Mysterious Mr. Shakespeare," an illustrated talk from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Peace House, 543 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Dawkins received the 2008 scholarship award from Concordia University's Shakespeare Authorship Project for his book " The Shakespeare Enigma." Cost is $25. Call 482-5781.
fund-raising presentation: Peter Spring, executive director of The Steven Spring Foundation, will be giving a talk and media presentation on the state of the recovery effort in New Orleans from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the United Church of Christ of Ashland, at the corner of Morton and Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.
memoir writing class: Ashland author and storyteller Debra Gordon-Zaslow will offer "Writing your Life" from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Mondays, April 21 through May 26, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The class is open to anyone who wants to transform personal memories into written work. The cost is $20 per session. Pre-registration is required. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 482-0088.
poetry: Local poets Joyce Epstein and Priscilla Hunter will read their poetry at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland. The event is free. Call 488-0029.
earth day: John Javna will speaking about his new edition of "50 Simple Things You Can Do To Save the Earth," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland. The event is free. Call 488-0029.
lecture: Prescott College president Dan Garvey will present "Turning Point: The Next Generation," a free lecture and conversation on the challenges facing the next generation at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Rogue River Room Stephenson Union, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. After the lecture Garvey will mediate an open discussion about the opportunities available for citizens and leaders to imagine and create the kind of future we all would like to live in.
lecture: Jonathan Friedlander will present "Tales of the Imagination: The Middle East in American Popular Fiction," the keynote address at the annual Friends of Hannon Library Benefit Dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Hannon Library Meese Meeting Room (LIB 305), Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event will begin with a no-host wine social at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40. Call 552-6835.
poetry: Horizon Institute will present an evening of poetry at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland. Local poets will read one of their own poems and a poem by a favorite poet of theirs on the theme "What Does It Mean To Be Human?" Poets scheduled include: Dori Appel, Anna Beauchamp, Mary Brubaker, Ryan Foster, Richard Hartley, Sasha Lithman, Richard Moeschl, Patty and Vince Wixon. The event is free. Call 488-0029.