Mystery Writers: The 2008 season of the Ashland Mystery Readers series gets under way with GM Ford, author of the Leo Waterman and Frank Corso mystery series and Skye Moody, author of the Venus Diamond mysteries, speaking about their books at 6 p.m. Friday May 9, at Bookwagon Books, 1652 Ashland St., Ashland. See or call 552-0743.




book discussion: Radio host and author Jeff Golden will be the featured guest at Second Friday ArtWalk in Cave Junction. Golden will read from his new book "Unafraid" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Josephine County Building, Redwood Hwy. at Lister in Cave Junction. The event is free. Call 592-4444.




osf talk: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch will present "Equal Opportunity Offender: The Making of The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler,'" at noon Saturday, May 10, in Carpenter Hall, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. The comedy at the Angus Bowmer Theatre involves Ibsen's tragic heroine and a quirky collection of other well-loved dramatic characters on a rollicking quest to liberate themselves and rewrite their stories. Rauch directed the world premiere of the play as well as this current production. Admission is $7, $6 for members, and $5.25 for youth 6-17. Call 482-4331.




lecture: The Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library will sponsor "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, May 12, at 258 A St., Ashland. See or call 552-9119 between 2 and 6 p.m.




music presentation: As part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program, Vicki Purslow, chair of the SOU musical instruments museum board, will give a free talk and play rare historic instruments from the Schumann Collection at 10 a.m. Monday, May 12, at the Rogue Valley Manor, 1200 Mira Mar Ave., Medford. The instruments come from European, Islamic, African, Asian and American musical traditions. See see /olli or call 552-6048.




films about cuba: A series of films about Cuba will be presented for free at 7 p.m. Mondays May 12-June 18, at Peace House, 543 South Mountain Ave., Ashland. The films are presented in anticipation of the visit of the Pastors for Peace Cuba Caravan to Ashland on Thursday, June 19. Call 482-8915 or 482-0102.




book signing: Susan S. Weed will sign her books on herbal medicine and natural approaches to women's health from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at Ashland Food Coop, 237 N. First St., Ashland.




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237;n Prechtel will give a public talk at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, in the Bellvew Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. The cost is $3 to $20 on a sliding scale. Call 488-1192.