GLACIAL GENES: Oregon Stage Works artistic director Peter Alzado directs local playwright Molly Best Tinsley's exploration of nature and relationships during the phenomenon of global warming. The show will open at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 and run at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 16, at 191 A St., Ashland. Tickets are $20 and $12 for students. Call 482-2334.

GLACIAL GENES: Oregon Stage Works artistic director Peter Alzado directs local playwright Molly Best Tinsley's exploration of nature and relationships during the phenomenon of global warming. The show will open at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 and run at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 16, at 191 A St., Ashland. Tickets are $20 and $12 for students. Call 482-2334.

A Company of Wayward Saints: Ashland High School presents George Herman's tale of La Compagnie de Santi Ostinanti, a classic improvisational troupe that tell stories with masks, comedy, drama and song. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through Nov. 15, at Mountain Avenue Theater, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland.. There will be a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. Tickets are $10 for general seating; $15 for reserved. Call 482-8771.

NINE DRAGONS: Crater Renaissance Academy students will present George Herman's fable about the last nine dragons in the world. The show runs at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 and Saturday, Nov. 8, at Crater Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. Tickets are $8; $6 for seniors and students. Call 494-6280.

an enemy of the people: Southern Oregon University Theatre Arts Professor D.L. Smith directs an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's 1882 drama presented in the Center Square Theatre, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 6-8, and Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 13-16. Matinees will be at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15-16. Tickets are $18, $16 for seniors and $5 for students. Call 552-6348.

RING AROUND THE MOON: David Kelly of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival directs this comedy of wealth and power among the French by playwright Jean Anouilh, adapted by Christopher Fry. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 13-15, and Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 20-23. Matinees are at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23, at the Center Stage Theatre, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. .Tickets are $18, $16 for seniors and $5 for students. Call 552-6348.

aLI BABA: Oregon Cabaret Theatre artistic director Jim Giancarlo directs and choreographs this reprise of the 1998 show he wrote with music by Jim Malachi and Darcy Danielson. The tale of Ali Baba's hero's quest, aided by Scheherazade and the Genie, is a panto derived from the Italian Commedia dell'Arte full of cross-dressing, puns, topical references and broad physical comedy. The show previews at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 12 and 13 ($19). The show runs at 8 p.m. nightly with 1 p.m. brunch matinees on Sundays Nov. 14 through Dec. 31 (no performances Nov. 18, 24, 27; Dec. 2, 9, 16, 24 and 25), at First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets are $21-$31. Box office is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. daily, 4 to 8 p.m. Sundays and closed Tuesdays. See oregoncabaret.com or call 488-2902.

1984: Charles Cherry directs an adaptation of George Orwell's cautionary tale about life with Big Brother in a totalitarian society. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 9, at Camelot Theatre Company: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Call 535-5250.

Events

Thursday, Nov. 6

benefit concert: Clan Dyken 2008 "Revive the Beauty Way" Tour will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Oak Street Dance Studio, 1287 Oak St., Ashland. Tickets are $10 - $20 suggested donation. The group also will perform Friday, Nov. 7, at Provolt Grange Hall, Provolt. Dinner will be from 6-7:30 p.m. followed by music at 7:30 p.m. with Clan Dyken, Diane Patterson & Spirit Earth Band. Tickets are $10 suggested donation, dinner is extra. The concerts are benefits in support of The 17th Annual Thanks Giving Support Run to Big Mountain. Call 846-608.

poetry reading: Poet Ralph Salisbury will read his work at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Meese Room of the Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Friday, Nov. 7

the greatest generation: A musical tribute showcasing songs and ballads from the '30s and '40s to honor veterans of World War II, as well as a ceremony to recognize the veterans in attendance, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7; 3 p.m. Saturday Nov. 8; and 3 p.m. Sunday Nov. 9, at One Eleven Evelyn — A Center for the Arts, 111 N.E. Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. Admission costs $12, $10 for seniors and students and $8 for children 10 and younger. Admission is free for World War II veterans and their spouses. Tickets are available at the center or by calling 479-5463.

dance party: A Benefit Dance Party for Dancing People Company will be held from 7:30-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 after the Artwalk, in their new Ashland Studio at 310 Oak St., Ashland. Music will be provided by Lizz LoPresti of TranscenDance. There will be "Guerilla' performances by the company throughout the evening. Donation $10-$15. The studio will also be open during Artwalk from 5-7 p.m. to watch moving art being made. Call 488-9683 or 482-6858.

jazz concert: There will be a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at Grace Lutheran Church, 660 Frances Lane, Ashland, with desserts and refreshments following at 8 p.m. The concert will feature Southern Oregon University's Coldbones Co., Stu and Alice Turner, John Whitesitt, Hilary Hall, Janeen Hilbrink and Bob Janssen. Call 482-1661.

Saturday, Nov. 8

INTERNATIONAL VARIETY SHOW: The Multicultural Association of Southern Oregon will present "Local Talent from Around the World" from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the auditorium at South Medford High School, 815 Oakdale Ave., Medford. Advance tickets are $15, $8 for children 12 and younger and are available at India Palace and El Gallo in Medford and Tree House Books in Ashland. Tickets are $18, $10 for children 12 and under at the door. Call 779-3740.

breakdancing: An official Breakdown' Breakdance and Popping show will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Roller Odyssey, 2425 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Dance crews will include 3rd Element & Raw Action Break Squad and special guest "B-boy Fanatic" from the Nuckleheads crew. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Children under 5 admitted free. Tickets are available at Bad Ass Coffee and 619, Medford: and Aedion Aesthetics, Ashland.

evening in celebration of the human spirit: Horizon Institute will present its eighth annual show featuring singers, actors, dancers, poets and musicians from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Angus Bowmer Theatre, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. This year's theme is "The Next Chapter: Inspiring Transformation." A companion visual arts show is being held during November at Bohemia Gallery, 222 A St., Ashland. Tickets to the Nov. 8 event are $15, $10 for students and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at Paddington Station and Bohemia Gallery, Ashland and at the door the evening of the show. Call 482-4132.

mad science: Craterian Performances presents "Mad Science CSI: LIVE!" an interactive, educational theatrical production for youth and families, at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $18 for adults and $13 for youth (0-18). See Craterian.org or call 779-3000.

baroque music: Margret Gries will direct the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra's celebrations of music by Johann Friedrich Fasch at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Newman United Methodist Church, Sixth and B streets, Grants Pass, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students. See jeffersonbaroque.org or call 592-2681.

Blues: St. Clair Productions will present blues duo Nathan James and Ben Hernandez at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for ages 12-17. Children under 12 admitted free with a paying adult. Tickets are available at the Music Coop, Ashland; on-line at stclairevents.com; or by calling 535-3562.

music lecture: The American Association of University Women will host "How Music Touches the Heart: From Bach to the Beatles," a free, interactive presentation by Ilana Rubenfeld from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, Masonic Lodge, 570 Clover Lane, Ashland. Call 535-5657.

films: Eight films will screen from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8; Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15, at Southern Oregon University's Meese Auditorium, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event features the best films from The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival. Tickets are $6 at the door. Children 12 and under admitted free. See archaeologychannel.org/content/TACfestival2008.shtml or call 541-345-5538.

Sunday, Nov. 9

ROGUE VALLEY Symphonic band: Rogue Valley Symphonic Band will present its annual concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Dr., Medford. The ensemble will feature Nicklas Waroff, winner of the Young Artist Solo Competition for 2008. Tickets are $8, $5 for seniors and students and $16 for families at the door. Call 488-2926.

hip-hop music: Galactic, The Brass Tracks Tour, featuring Shamarr Allen, trumpet, and Corey Henry, plus Crown City Rockers, will take place at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Tickets are available at renegadeshows.com, ticketswest, tickets.com and jambasetickets.com as well as the Music Coop and Low Down Boards, Ashland. Call 530-583-2801.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

opera tour: Rogue Opera will host a 45-minute "Discover Rogue Opera Tour" led by the Rogue Opera team at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Second Floor conference room, the old Woolworth Building, 33 North Central, Medford. The presentation includes information about the opera's programs and its upcoming performance of "La Boheme." RSVP to Paulette at 608-6400 or e-mail office@rogueopera.org.

veterans day celebration: The Southern Oregon Concert Band and the Siskiyou Singers together for the first time present a free Veteran's Day celebration beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. The program will include the Swing Kings Big Band providing music for dancing.

Thursday, Nov. 13

big band singers: Camelot Theatre will present "Spotlight on The Girl Singers of the Big Band Era" with Gayle Wilson. The show previews at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13 ($14), and opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 23, at 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets are $18. Reserved seating is an additional $2. The theater box office is open from 1-5 p.m. Call 535-5250.

Friday, Nov. 14

siskiyou saxophone orchestra: The 18-piece orchestra will present "Saxophone Colors," a showcase of original music by Arthur Frackenpohl and Walter Hartley, as well as arrangement by Beethoven, Holst, Joplin and Glazounov, at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $10; free for students. See soul.edu/music or call 552-6101.

lucy laplansky: St. Clair Productions will present singer/songwriter Lucy Kaplansky in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, $10 for youth 12-17. Children under 12 admitted free with paying adult. Tickets are available at the Music Coop, Ashland; on-line at www.stclairevents.com; or by calling 535-3562.

Saturday, Nov. 15

youth symphony: The three ensembles of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at Southern Oregon University's Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at Paddington Station, Ashland; Larry's Music in Medford; and tickets for the Nov. 15 performance in Medford are also available through the Craterian Theater's box office. Call 779-3000.

theater benefit: Gumshoe Gourmet will host an improv comedy show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Black Swan Theater, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. The show contains a range of theater games exploring a variety of themes from local history, current events, murder and mayhem. Half the money goes to the players; the other half goes into a Gumshoe Actors' Fund to help out any company actor. Tickets are $15. See gumshoegourmet.com or call 535-5494.