The Scheme of the Driftless Shifter: Dennis Klein directs this 35 minute comic melodrama presented by Oregon Stage Works' Ashland Children's Theatre. The show plays at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland. The Young Academy. short prologue performance of "A Mellow Drama," a comic "lecture/demo" about the melodrama genre written and directed by Eve Smyth. Tickets are $5 for children, ages 6-17, $6 at the door and $10 for adults, $12 at the door. Tickets are available at The Music Coop, Ashland. See or call 482-2334, ext. 2.
From the Heart: Cil Stengel directs Planned Parenthood's Teen Theatre in a show that includes original scenes created by the actors and reflecting the lives of teenagers with humor, poignancy and music. The show plays at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. It is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Tickets are $5, and $3 for students at the door. Call 770-3331 ext. 1012.
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 runs at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday through May 25. Tickets are $18 general admission and $16 for seniors and students. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2. See or call 535-5250.
The great American trailer park musical: Oregon Stage Works brings back the popular show directed by Peter Alzado and written by David Nehls and Batsy Kelso about life and love among the rowdy inhabitants of Armadillo Acres Trailer Park. The show runs at 8 p.m. Fridays-, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays through June 9, at 191 A St., Ashland. Tickets are $22, general and $15 for students 21 and under. See or call 482-2334.
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. ACatholic 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.
hunting cockroaches: Terri McMahon directs the Southern Oregon University production of the comedy by Janusz Glowacki, translated by Jadwiga Kosicka. Two Polish &
233;s in New York City's Lower East Side look for their American dream. The cultural gulf they face as Eastern Europeans in America is revealed during a sleepless night three years into their new life. The play runs at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through May 24 and at 2 p.m on Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25, Center Square Theatre, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $17 regular admission, $14 for 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. Zimmerman uses water to symbolize the transformations experienced by the mythological characters and the stories of King Midas, Cupid and Psyche, Orpheus and Eurydice. 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 23
american INDIAN event: American Indian 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, Williams. 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 benefit Agnes Baker Pilgrim. Call 846-6080.
luau: The Jerusalem Center Church will put on a Polynesian luau Friday, May 23, at Kids Unlimited, 821 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. The evening will include dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a show at 7:30 p.m. featuring dances from throughout Polynesia. 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.
jazz night: Jon Galfano will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Cost is $5. Call 776-2315.
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 will also be appreciated. Call 846-6016 or 846-1322.
Sunday, May 25
student recital: Abby Young, graduating senior at Ashland High School, will perform her senior violin recital at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 East Main St., Ashland. The event is free. Call 488-4188.
Monday, May 26
welcome home project: The Voices of Veterans will take place at 6 p.m. Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, at the Angus Bowmer Theatre, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The program of stories, poetry and song will be created by veterans attending the Welcome Home Project retreat. Tickets are free to all veterans, $15 suggested donation for non-veterans. Tickets are available at Paddington Station, Ashland; Grocery Outlet, Medford; and at the door. See or call 482-1072.
Tuesday, May 27
folk music: Folksinger and multi instrumentalist Mark Ross will celebrate the music of Utah Phillips from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Ross, a longtime member of the Rose Tattoo Band, will play music and tell stories from his 40+ year association with Phillips. Ross has played with Pete Seeger, Dave Van Ronk, John Hammond, Malvina Reynolds, Steve Goodman, David Bromberg, Merle Travis, Anne Feeney, and many others. The performance will be followed by a jam session. Tickets are sliding scale $9.95 to $20. Call 535-6044.
dance festival: The Annual Dance Festival Week at the Dance Arts Center will continue May 27-30, at 9 Hawthorne St., Medford. Each program begins with a demonstration and explanation of the important elements. Dancers and guests will be served refreshments at the end of each program. Each day has a different schedule. Call 772-1362 for schedule and reservations.
Wednesday, May 28
blues at summer jo's: A summer music series featuring Blues Jazz with John Trujillo and Friends will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through the fall, at Summer Jo's, 2315 Upper River Road Loop, Grants Pass. Reservations recommended. Music included with meal. There is no cover charge and no drink minimum. Call 476-6882.
Thursday, May 29
spotlight on tony bennett: Camelot Theatre Company will present "Spotlight on Tony Bennett" featuring David Gabriel and a live seven-piece band. "Spotlight on Tony Bennett" previews at 8 p.m., Thursday May 29. The show opens Friday May 30, and runs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sundays through June 15, at Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave at Main St., Talent. Tickets are $14 for the preview. Regular performances are $18. Reserved seating is an additional $2 per ticket. Tickets are available online at , by phone or in person at the theater box office from — to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. Call 535-5250.
Friday, May 30
jazz night: Guitarist Tim Church will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Cost is $5. Call 776-2315.
student recital: Southern Oregon University voice student soprano Cassandra Tolman will perform her senior recital at 8 p.m. Friday, May 30, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event is free. Call 552-6101.
Saturday, May 31
student recital: Southern Oregon University percussion student Doug Leveton will perform his senior recital at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event is free. Call 552-6101
sou jazz bands: The Southern Oregon University Jazz Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $$8 general admission. Students admitted free. See sou.edu/music or call 552-6101.
second street musicians: The Spring Concert is scheduled for 4 p.m., Saturday, May 31, at Westminister Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford. The audience is invited to the post-concert reception to meet the musicians. Donations are accepted and will provide scholarships for amateur string musicians.
Sunday, June —
dance concert: Ballet Workshop and Oregon Chamber Dance Company will present their annual free dance concert at — p.m. Sunday, June 1, at Kids Unlimited, 821 N. Riverside, Medford. Performances will include pieces choreographed by Katherine Eck. Guest dancer Liz Finnigan will present three works. Call 899-3914.