short circuits: The Playwrights' Unit of Oregon Stage Works will present readings of six short plays by local playwrights at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, April 13 and 14, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland. Playwrights include Dori Appel, Roy Glassberg, Richard Moeschl, Cathy Noah, Barbara Rosen and Molly Tinsley. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 482-2334.
The Adventures of Stuart Little: Shoestring Productions will present E.B. White's classic story dramatized by Joseph Robinette. The play recounts the adventures of a "remarkable little mouse who is born into a typical New York family." The show plays at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Cornerstone Christian Church, 608 Bartlett St., Medford. General admission tickets are $8 and $5 for students and seniors (62+). Tickets are available at the door. Call 941-0167 or 301-9717
a musical journey: Children's Musical Theatre of Oregon' original production tells the story of Reda who embarks upon a magical journey through the "World of Broadway." The show runs at 7 p.m. April 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, with — p.m. matinees April 12 and 19. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for youth under 18. Tickets are available at Music Coop, Ashland; Piano Studios Showcase, Medford and at the door. See or call 778-3365.
the clay cart: Bill Rauch directs the 2,000-year-old Indian classic full of music, dance, action and romance in a world where gamblers, holy men, political fugitives and royal scoundrels intersect and good people triumph. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.
fences: Leah C. Gardiner directs August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning portrayal of a working-class African-American King Lear in the decade before the Civil Rights Movement. (Strong language, mature themes). Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.
midsummer night's dream: Mark Rucker directs Shakespeare's comedy of young lovers, honest tradesmen, the royal court and the fairy world meet in the Athenian Wood in a dance-filled, joyful, youthful, funny take on midsummer magic. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.
welcome home jenny sutter: Jessica Thebus directs the premiere of Julie Marie Myatt's story of U.S. Marine Jenny Sutter's return home from Iraq and the desert community of misfits who gently nurture her back to her own humanity. (Strong language). Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.
coriolanus: Laird Williamson dorects Shakespeare's story of a Roman military leader unable to find the humanity to cope with the machinations of the Senate or the anger of the people. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.
do i hear a waltz?: Livia Genise directs Camelot Theatre Company's production of the Tony Award winning musical with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Leona falls in love with a married man in Venice and must decide what she should do. The show has been extended and runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through April 20, at 100 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets are $21 for adults and $19 for students and seniors. Reserved seating is an additional $2. See or call 535-5250.
altar boyz: Jim Giancarlo directs and choreographs Oregon Cabaret Theatre's production of a musical comedy with a mission. A Catholic boy band (with one Jewish member) sets out to save souls with pop songs. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursday-Mondays with — p.m. brunch matinees on Sundays, through June 1, at First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets are $21 Sunday evenings, $25 Sunday matinees, $25 and $27 Thursdays and Mondays, and $29, $31; Fridays and Saturdays. The box office is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and — to 6 p.m. daily; 4 to 8 p.m. Sundays; closed Tuesdays. See or call 488-2902.
the Great American Trailer Park Musical: Peter Alzado directs this rowdy celebration of big hair, bad puns, friendship and string cheese by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays and has been extended through Sunday, April 27. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, April 26, and no performance that evening, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland. Tickets are $22 general admission and $15 for students 21 and under, at , Grocery Outlet, Medford and the Music Coop, Ashland. Call 482-2334.
Friday, April 11
modern dance: Dancing People Company, in conjunction with Phoenix High School, presents "Generational Musings" an evening of modern dance at 7:30 p.m. Friday April 11th and Saturday April 12, at Rose St. Theater, Phoenix High School, Bolz and Rose streets., Phoenix. Tickets are $8 and $5 for students at the door. See or call 941-6282.
an evening of hula: The Rogue Valley Hawaiian dance company, Hula O Kahawai, will present its first celebration of Hawaiian song and dance at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall, Laurel and Main, Ashland. The evening also will feature Hawaiian Slack Key musician Pili Moreno. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available at CD or Not CD, Ashland. Call 488-0066.
Saturday, April 12
cats: Craterian Performances will present two performances of "Cats," the longest-running show in Broadway history, at — p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $57-$69. Call 779-3000. Evening show is SOLD OUT.
seether: The rock band will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Main — Arts Center, 821 N Riverside Ave., Medford.Call 618-8423. SOLD OUT.
freebo: St. Clair Productions will present the singer/songwriter in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Jeff Pevar and Inger Jorgensen open then join Freebo later on. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door, and $8 for youth 12-17. Children under 12 are admitted free. Tickets are available at the Music Coop, Ashland; on-line at ; or by calling 535-3562.
The gypsy trio: The Stephane Wrembel Gypsy Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. There will be a master guitar workshop at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 13, at Equinox, 140 Lithia Way, Ashland. Tickets for both the concert and workshop are available at the Music Coop, Ashland. Concert tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door. Call 488-8894.
Sunday, April 13
state solists: Jackson County winners of the District 8 solo music competition will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Call 779-3000.
kirtana: Kirtana will perform a program of her contemporary sacred songs at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 North Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are $15 and are available at Soundpeace, Ashland; or One World, Medford. Call: 855-7373.
The navy chorus: The "Sea Chanters" the 20-voice chorus of the United States Navy accompanied by a three-piece rhythm section will present a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Call 552-6101 for ticket details.
band concert: The Southern Oregon Concert Band, conducted by Yair Strauss, and the Ashland High School Symphonic Band, conducted by Jonathon Sodergerg-Chase will present a free concert, "Classical Flowers," at — p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Ashland High School's Mountain Avenue Theater, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Ashland. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
toubab krewe: The band will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Equinox, 140 Lithia Way, Ashland. Tickets are $12 advanced; $14 at the door. Call 488-8894.
Tuesday, April 15
celtic tenors: The singers will perform with soprano with Donna Malone at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, at South Medford High School auditorium, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. This concert is free to new members joining for the 2008 &
2009 season at or before the concert. Memberships are available for $75 adult, $25 student and $175 family, at the door or from the Jackson County Community Concert Association, PO Box 1358, Medford OR 97501. Single tickets for this concert are $20 at the door. See or call 734-4116.
fishtank ensemble: Fishtank Ensemble will play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are $15 for adults,and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the Music Coop, Ashland. Call 488-7716
ani difranco: Jefferson Public Radio presents Ani DiFranco in concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 779-3000.
Thursday, April 17
jazz concert: Jazz Celebration, a fund-raiser for the South High School band program, will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at South Medford High School auditorium,815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Doors open at 6 p.m. Participating bands include the South Medford Suitz, South Medford Big Band, North Medford High School Jazz Ensembles I and II, Rogue Community College Jazz Band, and Eagle Point Jazz Band. Special guest will be Reggie Watkins, trombonist, arranger, and director for jazz trumpet player Maynard Ferguson. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and seniors, and $10 for a family of up to four, at the door.
Friday, April 18
rogue valley symphony: Pianist Alexander Tutunov will play Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with the Rogue Valley Symphony in the final concert series of the orchestra's 40th anniversary season. The orchestra also will play Igor Stravinsky's "Le Sacre du Printemps." Concerts are 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Southern Oregon University's Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland; 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford; and at — p.m. Sunday, April 20, at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. All seats are reserved. Pat Daly will present a pre-concert lecture one hour before each performance. Ashland ticket prices are $33 and $40; Medford tickets are $26 and $33; and Grants Pass tickets are $23 and $30. Student tickets are available for $5. See or call 552-6398.
dancing people dance company: Dancing People Company will present the "Salon Series", an intimate showing and discussion of modern dance, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday April 18 and 19, and at — p.m. Sunday, April 20, at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey St., Ashland. Tickets are $15 and are available at The Music Coop,Ashland, or online at . Call 941-6282.
the english beat: Dave Wakeling and The English Beat return to Ashland for a concert at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The Frankie Hernandez Band will open. Tickets are $25. Advance tickets are available at Music Coop and Lowdown, Ashland; Bad Ass Coffee, Six One Nine and Music Head, Medford; all Ticketswests outlets; online at , tickets.com ticketswest.com, and jambasetickets.com. Call 530-583-2801.
Saturday, April 19
s.Or. Repertory singers: The group will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Dr., Medford; and at — p.m. Sunday, April 20, at Southern Oregon University's Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. There will be a free preconcert lecture at 2 p.m. for the Ashland performance only. Tickets are $18 and $5 for students. See or call 552-0900.
Sunday, April 20
benefit concert: Marshall Fundraising Management will present a concert and dance to help pay medical expenses for singer/musician/actor David Gabriel at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 20, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Jeff Golden and Livia Genese will co-emcee the evening which will feature The Hamazons, Laura Derocher, David Gabriel, Paula Flowers, Renee Hewitt, Heather Hutton, Karen Lovely, Dave Marston, Richard Williams, Gayle Wilson and The Nowhere Men. Tickets are $25 at the door. Additional donations may be sent to the David King Medical Expense Fund, Umpqua Bank, 250 N. Pioneer St., Ashland, OR 97520. Call 488-3121.
benefit concert: "The Rock Project" will hold a concert and dance beginning at 4:20 p.m. Sunday, April 20, at the Provolt Grange Hall, 14458 Williams Highway, Provolt, to raise funds for friends who lost their home in a fire. Doors open at 4 p.m. Donations of any amount welcome.