Plays




play readings: Ashland Community Theatre will host an evening of readings of one-act plays by local playwrights at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 25-May 3, at Paschal Winery 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tickets are $10 at the door. Featured playwrights include: Darlene Ensor, Jeannine Grizzard, Dave Hill, Archie Koenig, Cynthia Rogan, Taylor Sharpe and Ruth Wire. Directors are Michael Meyer and Archie Koenig. The cast includes MiLisa Cleo, David Dials, Virginia King, Michael Meyer, and Judith Rosen. Call 840-1527.




dancing at lughnasa: Doug Warner directs Brian Friel's Tony Award-winning drama. Five unmarried sisters, one with a young son, move through the everyday trials and triumphs of life in their small Irish village at harvest time in 1936. The show previews at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday May 1, and opens at 8 p.m. Friday, May 2. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through May 25, with a pay-what-you-can performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at 100 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets are $18 general admission and $16 for seniors and students. Previews are $10. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2. See or call 535-5250.




The Adventures of Stuart Little: The Shoestring Pproductions theatrical troupe ages 9 to 19 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. A short musical skit will be presented at the end of intermission to thank the theater's sponsors. General admission tickets are $8 and $5 for students and seniors (62+). Tickets are available at the door. Call 941-0167 or 301-9717




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.




the further adventures of hedda gabler: Bill Rauch directs Jeff Whitty's dark comedy about Ibsen's character who is on a rollicking quest to liberate her story. (Strong language, mature themes) Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.




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. Musical direction is by Chris Kong. 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. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday 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. The show will move to the Cascade Theatre in Redding, CA, for performances Thursday, May 8 - Saturday, May 10. Call 482-2334.




Events




Friday, April 25




the merry wives of windsor: Rogue Opera will perform the classic tale about the misadventures of Falstaff at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, and — p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Southern Oregon University Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland; 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Grants Pass Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass; and 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are available at Larry's Music, Grants Pass; the Music Coop, Ashland; and the Rogue Opera office and the Craterian Box Office, Medford (779-3000). See or call 608-6400.




piano recital: Southern Oregon University will present a student piano recital hosted by Alexander Tutunov at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, at The Old Siskiyou Barn, Ashland. The event is a benefit for the Chinese American Piano Institute. Tickets are $20, and $15 for students. Call 488-3869.




dia del nino: Walker Elementary School will celebrate "Dia del Ni&

241;o" from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the school cafeteria. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a request for a donation per person. The Ballet Folklorico will perform from 6:30 to 7 p.m. There will be games for the children from 7 to 8 p.m.




brothers of baladi: The band will perform its mix of music from the Middle East and the West at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Equilibrium, 140 Lithia Way, Ashland. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Call 488-8894.




Saturday, April 26




r.v. chorale: The choral group will present a concert version of "The Most Happy Fella" at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and at — p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students. Call 779-3000.




david russell: Jefferson Public Radio and Jefferson Classical Guitar Society will present Grammy Award-winning guitarist David Russell in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Ashland High School's Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are $25 general admission and $5 for students. Children under 12 admitted free. See or call 552-9515.




indian dance: Ananda Natya Dance Company will present its spring concert, "An Evening of Indian Classical Dance," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for students and children. Tickets are available at Music Coop, Ashland, or at the door. Call 951-1871.




new monsoon: The San Francisco-based quintet will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Equilibrium, 140 Lithia Way, Ashland. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Call 488-8894.




Sunday, April 27




r.v. symphonic band: The full-piece concert band will present its spring concert at — p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and $16 for families. See or call 774-9268.




osf open house: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will hold a free Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27. There will be behind-the-scenes tours, entertainment and a dress-up booth and a photo booth for children. Visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item as part of a food drive which will go to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank.




Monday, April 28




oregon: The Siskiyou Institute presents the Grammy-nominated band featuring Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Glen Moore and Mark Walker will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, at Mountain Avenue Theatre, Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $15 for students. Tickets are available at CD or Not CD, Ashland, by emailing info@siskiyouinstitute.com, or by calling 488-3869.




capitol steps: Craterian Performances will present the political comedy troupe at 8 p.m. Monday, April 28, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Sold Out.




Friday, May 2




gentle thunder: 2006 Grammy nominee Gentle Thunder and four-time Grammy nominee Will Clipman will perform at 8 p.m. Friday May 2, at The Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets are $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at or by calling 800-838-3006.




the merry wives of windsor: Rogue Opera will perform the classic tale about the misadventures of Falstaff at 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Grants Pass Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. Tickets are available at Larry's Music, Grants Pass; the Music Coop, Ashland; and the Rogue Opera office and the Craterian Box Office, Medford (779-3000). See or call 608-6400.




The wailers: The band will play at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Vibes Main 1, 821 North Riverside Drive, Medford. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 530-583-2801.




Saturday, May —




music recital: Southern Oregon University student Kristen McCaffrey, piano, will present her senior recital at — p.m. Saturday, May 3, in the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event is free. Call 552-6101.




old time fiddlers: The group will hold its monthly jam from — to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Live Oak Grange, 120 Gardiner, Rogue River. The public is welcome to come listen and dance and acoustic musicians of all ages are invited to sign up to play. Admission is by donation. Call 840-2156.




evan hirschelman: The Southern Oregon University department of music will present guitarist and composer Evan Hirschelman at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Hirschelman will be playing his own compositions as well as contemporary works by others. Tickets for the performance are $12 general admission, and free for students. Call 552-6101.




Handbell Concert: The closing concert of the Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in the large gym at Ashland Middle School, 100 Walker Ave., Ashland. The concert will include arrangements for handbells of secular and sacred works rung by massed handbell choirs, solo handbell choirs, ensembles and solo ringers. A percussion ensemble from Southern Oregon University will accompany the handbell choirs on some of the pieces and perform a work for percussion ensemble alone. Donations gladly accepted. Call 488-5905.




Sunday, May 4




the merry wives of windsor: Rogue Opera will perform the classic tale about the misadventures of Falstaff at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are available at Larry's Music, Grants Pass; the Music Coop, Ashland; and the Rogue Opera office and the Craterian Box Office, Medford (779-3000). See or call 608-6400.




gamelan concert: The Southern Oregon University gamelan ensemble, Gamelan Degung Leuwi Asih, will perform a free concert at — p.m. Sunday, May 4, in the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The concert will feature traditional gamelan music from western Java and contemporary gamelan music by West Coast composer Lou Harrison. There will be a pre-concert talk at 2:30, and after the concert audience members are encouraged to explore the instruments. Call 552-6101.




Israeli Independence Day Faire: The May 2-6 "Israel at 60" celebration marking the 60th anniversary of Israel will continue from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. The afternoon will include Israeli music and dance, speakers, discussion groups, Israeli travelogues and short documentaries, Israeli-made goods for sale, craft projects for children and a bouncy house. Middle Eastern food will be available for purchase. See havurahshirhadash.org/upcoming-events-at-a-glance.htm online or call 488-7716 or 488-2909.