dancing at lughnasa: Doug Warner directs Brian Friel's Tony Award-winning drama. The everyday trials and triumphs of life in their small Irish village at harvest time in 1936. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through May 25, at Camelot Theatre, 100 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets are $18 general admission and $16 for seniors and students. Reserved seating is an additional $2. See or call 535-5250.
The great American trailer park musical: Peter Alzado directs the show about the rowdy inhabitants of Armadillo Acres Trailer Park written by David Nehls and Batsy Kelso. The show runs at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays May 16-June 9, at Oregon Stage Works,191 A St., Ashland. Tickets are $21-$25, general and $12 for students 21 and under. See or call 482-2334.
the clay cart: Bill Rauch directs the 2,000-year-old Indian classic. 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 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 the musical comedy about a Catholic boy band (with one Jewish member) that 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.
noises off: Tyrone Wilson directs Phoenix High Scholl's production of Michael Frayn's comedy about the onstage and backstage antics of a fifth-rate acting troupe. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 18, at the school, 745 N. Rose St., Phoenix. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Call 535-1526.
the merchant of venice: John Cole and Ron Danko direct Rogue Community College's production of William Shakespeare's exploration of religion, justice, and love in a world where commerce is king. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 18, at the Warehouse Bldg. H, Eighth and Bartlett streets, Medford. Tickets are $10, and $8 for students. Call 245-7637.
hunting cockroaches: Guest director Terri McMahon directs the Southern Oregon University production of the comedy by Janusz Glowacki, translated by Jadwiga Kosicka. Two Polish &
233;s experience a cultural gulf in America. The play runs at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, May 15-24 and at 2 p.m on Saturday, May 17 and 24, and Sunday, May 25, Center Square Theatre, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $17 regular admission, $14for seniors, and $5 for students. See /theatre/calendar or call 552-6348.
metamorphosis: Dale Luciano directs the Southern Oregon University production of Mary Zimmerman's play based on 10 mythic tales written by Ovid in 13 B.C. The play runs at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, May 22-24 and Thursday-Sunday, May 29-June — and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at the Center Stage Theatre, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $17 regular admission, $14 for seniors, and $5 for students.
Friday, May 16
ysso: The Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at Grants Pass High School's Performing Arts Center, 830 NE Ninth St., Grants Pass; at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Southern Oregon University's Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland; and at — p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at Paddington Station, Ashland; Larry's Music, Medford and Grants Pass.
r.v. peace choir: The choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford; and at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Both performances are free, but donations are appreciated. Call 531-2279.
music recital: Southern Oregon University piano student Elizabeth Moss will perform her senior recital at 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event is free. Call 552-6101.
marimba music: Rutendo Marimba Band will host Zimbabwe master musician, Musekiwa Chingodza, at a concert from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Pioneer Hall, Winburn Way, Ashland. Chingodza will join the student groups of Mwedzi Wagara Marimba Studio on vocals, drums and marimbas. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call 482-7249 .
Saturday, May 17
choral concert: The Women with Wings Choir will perform "This We Know," its annual concert at 7 p.m., Saturday May 17, at the First Presbyterian Church, Siskiyou and Walker, Ashland. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Donation is $10-$20. Call 772-1454.
Sunday, May 18
ANNUAL BUTTERFLY TEA: A formal tea accompanied by a live butterfly release ceremony will take place from — to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St., Ashland. The event is a fundraiser to support Ashland Community Hospital's hospice and palliative care programs. Pianist Karli Krueger provides music, a champagne bar and a raffle for theme baskets takes place in the hotel's conservatory and garden. The butterfly release will be in memory of hospice patients. Guests may purchase butterflies to release for $15. The tea and a motivational talk by Ann Hood, author of "The Knitting Circle" and "Comfort: A Journey Through Grief," will follow in the hotel ballroom. Tickets are $25, and donations will be accepted. Call 201-4014.
Monday, May 19
student recital: Southern Oregon University composition student Travis Moddison will perform his senior recital at 8 p.m. Monday, May 19, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event is free. Call 552-6101.
Tuesday, May 20
jazz: The Siskiyou Institute will present the Hot Club gypsy jazz band Pearl Django from Seattle at 8 p.m. Tuesday May 20, at The Old Siskiyou Barn, Ashland. Tickets are $20, and $15 for students. See or call 488-3869.
Wednesday, May 21
sou saxophones: Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, in the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $8 general admission. SOU students admitted free.
marching band music: The 30-piece MarchFourth Marching Band from Portland will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the Inner Child Cafe, 310 Oak St., Ashland. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children.
chanting concert: Snatam Kaur and her band will perform meditative music at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 21, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets are $25 per person and $45 per couple in advance and $15 for children 12-18. Tickets are $30 at the door. Tickets are available at Sound Peace, Ashland.
Thursday, May 22
opera open house: Rogue Opera will present a "Discover Rogue Opera Tour" at noon, Thursday, May 22, at the Southern Oregon University Music Building, Room 132, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Students will talk about their role in the opera's recent production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Light lunch served with RSVP to Paulette at 608-6400 or e-mail office @rogueopera.org.
benefit: An Evening of Music, Art and Spirit in support of David La Chapelle's healing journey with cancer takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event features Hawaiian and classical Indian dancersdancers from Ashland's Hula O Kahawai and Indian classical dance with Ananda Natya Dance Company. A silent auction will include prints of La Chapelle's artwork, donated services, and other artistic creations. Cost is sliding scale donation $5-$25. Call 488-5025, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Friday, May 23
native american event: Native American Takelma Elder Agnes Baker Pilgrim will present 13 Indigenous Grandmother Council short film stories at 7 p.m. Friday, May 23, at the Good Medicine Lodge 352 St. Parris Drive. There will be authentic crafts from the Takelma Tribal traditions native to Southern Oregon and music by Windsong and Kat Del Rio. Donation is $7-$20 for adults and $3 for children over 4. Proceeds will go to the Agnes Baker Pilgrim Fund. Call 846-6080.
dance: "Let Us Shine," the 23rd annual Spring Dance Recital presented by Gene Leyden and Cassie Richards and over 150 dancers ages 3-13, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 21 and 22, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Admission is free.
luau: The Jerusalem Center Church will put on an authentic Polynesian luau at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, at Kids Unlimited, 821 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. The evening will include dinner and a show. A Hawaiian ensemble from Southern Oregon University will provide dinner music. After dinner at 7:30 p.m. the Tour of the Islands show will begin with the Talofa Dance group featuring dances from throughout Polynesia from Hawaii to New Zealand. This is a benefit event to support the church's nonprofit work among at-risk teens, veterans, homeless, and single families. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $28 at the door. Tickets for the show only are $15. Tickets for children 6-12 are half price. Children 5 years and under are admitted free. Call 770-7086.
student recital: Southern Oregon University composition student Jenifer Jaseau will perform her senior recital at 8 p.m. Friday, May 23, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event is free. Call 552-6101.
Saturday, May 24
Wild music and wildlife: The State of Jefferson band will team up with Williams-based wildlife protection group, Big Wildlife, for an Evening of Wild Music and Wildlife. Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Williams Grange, at 20100 Williams Highway, Williams. At 8:30 p.m. Big Wildlife will give an audio-visual presentation about cougars, bears, wolves, coyotes, and other keystone species, the threats they face, and offer tips for living with them. Tickets are $10-15 at the door. Donations to Big Wildlife also appreciated. Call 846-6016 or 846-1322.