a brief history of white music: Christopher George Patterson directs and choreographs Oregon Cabaret Theatre's revue by Dee Dee Thomas and David Tweedy. The show poses the question: What if mainstream pop songs originally sung by white artists were re-interpreted by a trio of African-American performers? The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursday-Monday with 1 p.m. brunch matinees on Sundays through Nov. 2, at First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets are $21 Sunday evening; $25 Sunday matinee; $25 and $27 for Thursday; and $29 and $31 for Friday and Saturday. Box office is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. daily; 4 to 8 p.m. Sundays; closed Tuesdays. See oregoncabaret.com or call 488-2902.
the tales of fannie keenan, better known as dora hand: Doug Rowe directs the musical with music and lyrics by Mark Turnbull and a book by Turnbull and Rowe. Based on a true story, the show brings to life the vivid figures and turbulent times that characterized the opening of the West. The play runs at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday and 4 p.m. Sunday, through Sept. 29, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland. Tickets are $22; $15 for students 21 and under. See oregonstageworks.org 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. osfashland.org. 482-4331.
A midsummer night's dream: Mark Rucker directs Shakespeare's comedy where 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. osfashland.org. 482-4331.
coriolanus: Laird Williamson directs 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. osfashland.org. 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. osfashland.org. 482-4331.
othello: Lisa Patterson directs Shakespeare's story of the Moor, Othello, and his downfall at the hands of his deceitful military aide, Iago. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. osfashland.org. 482-4331.
our town: Chay Yew directs the classic drama by Thornton Wilder about the joys, tedium and heartbreak in the lives of the inhabitants of a small New England town. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. osfashland.org. 482-4331.
the comedy of errors: Penny Metropulos directs this music-infused, Wild West-themed production of Shakespeare's comedy about the misadventures of two sets of separated-at-birth twins. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. osfashland.org. 482-4331.
breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Tracy Young directs Luis Alfaro's look at food, family and appetites. (Strong language, mature themes). Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. osfashland.org. 482-4331.
a view from the bridge: Libby Appel directs Arthur Miller's tragedy that probes the rules of love and loyalty against a backdrop of American immigration. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. osfashland.org. 482-4331.
Friday, Sept. 26
danny zeitlan: Siskiyou Institute will present the jazz pianist and composer in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Old Siskiyou Barn, Ashland. Zeitlin has recorded over 30 albums; twice won first place in the Down Beat International Jazz Critics Poll; written original music for Sesame Street; and appeared on network TV, including repeats on the Tonight Show, and CBS Sunday Morning. Tickets are $20, and $15 for students. Call 488-3869.
spotlight on the blues: Camelot Theatre presents "Spotlight on the Blues," featuring Doug Warner, Priscilla Quinby, Michael Vannice and others, at the theater, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 28. Tickets are $18. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2. Reservations are recommended. Box office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. Call 535-5250.
laura love: The singer, bass player and her band Harpers Ferry will perform an evening of "Afro-Celtic" music at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Boston songwriter Meg Hutchinson will open. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, $10 for youth 12-17 and free for children under 12 with a paying adult. Call: 535-3562.
summer concert series: The Fallen Profit$, a young local band with a big classic rock sound, will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at Agate Ridge Vineyard, 1098 Nick Young Road, Eagle Point. Light fare will be available. Cover is $5. See agateridgevineyard.com or call 830-3050.
stand up benefit: Voter Power will present "Get Up Stand Up," a benefit event for the new Dispensary Initiative, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. The event will feature music by the Latin reggae group Oregon Transplant and the funky soulful grooves of A-town Infusion; speakers and a preview showing of the film "The Green Goddess" also are planned. Cost is $10 minimum donation.
Saturday, Sept. 27
cantabile: Craterian Performances will present an evening of humor and harmony with the a capella group at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. The quartet perform in array of musical styles from Renaissance madrigals to Monty Python ditties. Tickets are $13-$25. See craterian.org or call 779-3000.
Sunday, Sept. 28
sunday jazz: Grant Ruiz on guitar and Terry Longshore on percussion will perform Flamenco music from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Cost is $5. Wine and refreshments are available. This is the last Sunday jazz of the season. Call 776-2315.
Monday, Sept. 29
tease-o-rama: Mobius and EQ.TV will host an international burlesque showcase featuring dancers and gagsters recreating the golden era of exotic dance at 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 29, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Tickets are $20. Tickets are available at Bohemia Art Gallery or CD or Not CD, Ashland; or online at teaseorama.com. The show is for those 21 and over. Drinks will be available. Doors open 7 p.m. See themobius.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 30
nunsense: Craterian Performances will present the 25th Anniversary Tour of the off-Broadway musical at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, Medford. This special national tour of "Nunsense" stars two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner, Sally Struthers as Mother Superior. Tickets are $34-$53. Call 779-3000.
Wednesday, Oct. 1
jazz exchange: Guitarist Jamie Findlay, who records and performs internationally and has had several instructional guitar books published, will be featured at the next Rogue Jazz Exchange meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Rd., Talent. Findlay and local guitarist Ed Dunsavage will play solo and as a duo. Admission is $5. Call 535-7957.
Thursday, Oct. 2
the kingston trio/brothers four: This Golden Anniversary Tour will present two folk music groups of the 1950s and 1960s in concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at South Medford High School Auditorium, 815 S. Oakdale St., Medford. The Kingston Trio began performing in 1957 and their hits include "Tom Dooley," "The Tijuana Jail," "Where Have all the Flowers Gone?" and "The M.T.A." The Brothers Four began performing in 1958 and their hits include "Greenfields," "I Am a Roving Gambler," "Blue Water Line" and "Yellowbird." Tickets are $35-$45 at brownpapertickets.com.
Friday, Oct. 3
tracy grammer: St. Clair Productions will present the singer in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Grammer performs the music of her late partner Dave Carter, as well as traditional tunes, covers of other songwriters and her own originals. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 for youth 12-17. Children under 12 admitted free. Tickets are available at the Music Coop, Ashland; on-line at stclairevents.com; or by calling 535-3562.
autumn music series: Indie folk-Americano duo Kites and Crows featuring Mycha Caruso and Jesse Baldwin, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Cost is $5. Wine and refreshments are available. This is the last Sunday jazz of the season. Call 776-2315.
Symphony concert: The opening concert of the Rogue Valley Symphony will feature gold-medal winning pianist Jon Nakamatsu at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland; 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 South Central Ave., Medford; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5,. at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center, 830 NE Ninth Street, Grants Pass. Tickets are $33 and $40 (Ashland); $26 and $33 (Medford); $23 and $30 (Grants Pass); and $5 for students at all venues. Call 552-6398.
music at paschal: Deadwood Revival will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Rd., Talent.
Saturday, Oct. 4
john staedler band: The singer and his band will perform their blend of psychedelic, roots and rock music at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct., 4, at Jackson Wellsprings, 2253 Highway 99 N, Ashland, Cost is $5.
robert cray: The blues guitarist will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Rogue Theatre, 143 SE H St., Grants Pass. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Call 471-1316.
ganesh quartet benefit: Shaina Evoniuk and Natasha Makhijani will represent the Ganesh String Quartet in an evening of violin duets at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students. Reserved seating in the first three rows is $25. Tickets are available at The Music Coop, Ashland. All proceeds go towards the Ganesh Quartet's tour expenses.
Sunday, Oct. 5
Tibetan Cultural Festival: Southern Oregon University's art department, local businesses and individuals from the community will sponsor a festival in support of the Kham-Aid Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of the Tibetan cultural heritage from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in the Rogue River Room of SOU's Student Union Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event will feature Tibetan art, music, film, lectures, dance and vendors of Tibetan goods and food. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door for adults; $8 in advance and $10 at the door for seniors and students; and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at Sound Peace and Tibet Treasures, Ashland. See khamaid.org.