Happenings

Plays

anatomy of gray: Betsy Bishop directs a ensemble of nine students in Jim Leonard's 2006 comedy-drama. Set in the small town of Gray, Indiana, during the 1880s, the story deals with loss, faith, love, and healing when the simple townspeople must contend with a mysterious plague. The show will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, and will run at 7:30 p.m. May 2, 7, 8 and 9, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, May 9. For ticket information, call 840-6410.

the mystery of irma vep: Pat Patton directs Charles Ludlam's parody of Gothic suspense films. Two actors portray eight-characters in this quick-change comedy. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays with brunch matinees at 1 p.m. Sundays through May 31, at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets are $19-$31 and $19 for previews. See oregoncabaret.com or call 488-2902.

i remember mama: Paul Jones directs the play by John Van Druten. In this loving Norwegian-American family in 1910 San Francisco, Mama and Papa raise their four children while Mama's three sisters and eccentric uncle furnish a rich background for a great deal of comedy and tenderness. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through May 24, at Camelot Theatre Company, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. Reserved seating is an additional $2. See camelottheatre.org or call 535-5250.

The servant of two masters: Tracy Young directs an adaptation by Young and Oded Gross of Carlo Goldini's farce about the servant Truffaldino who attends to two masters without either of them knowing about the other. Through Nov. 1, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

macbeth: Gale Edwards directs William Shakespeare's tragedy that follows Macbeth's ascent to the Scottish throne and the carnage it leaves in its wake. Through Nov. 1, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

death and the king's horseman: Chuck Smith directs Nobel prize-winner Wole Soyinka's African tragedy set against the backdrop of a colonial mindset and a vibrant, mystical culture in peril. Through July 5, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

the music man: Bill Rauch directs the musical with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. Con man Harold Hill arrives in River City, Iowa, under the guise of teaching music to the children, while actually planning to bilk their parents. Through Nov. 1, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

dead man's cell phone: Christopher Liam Moore directs Sarah Ruhl's funny film-noir odyssey that begins when a man dies at a restaurant. When his cell phone keeps ringing, the woman at the next table answers it. Through June 19, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

Events

Friday, May 1

cello concert: Thomas Stauffer and Cynthia Darby will present a cello and piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. The Stauffer Duo has been performing together since 1980 and its repertoire includes masterpieces from the Baroque era to the present. The program will include works by Beethoven, Messiaen, Lutoslawski and Brahms. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students at the door. Call 482-6070.

mimi fox: The Siskiyou Institute will present jazz guitarist Mimi Fox and pianist Randy Halberstadt at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Old Siskiyou Barn, Ashland. Tickets are $22, $5 for students. Seating is limited and advance reservations are suggested. E-mail info@siskiyouinstitute.com or call 488-3869.

musical variety show: Cascade Christian High School's choir department will present its 12th annual "Showtime: It's A Wonderful World," a night of music and dessert, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, in the school's Pavilion, 855 Chevy Way, Medford. Tickets include beverages and desserts and are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, students and children. Tickets are available at the school office or at the door. Call 772-0606.

dance performance: Dancing People Company will present its fourth annual Salon Series, an intimate performance and discussion of modern dance, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays May 1-2, and 8-9, and 7 p.m. Sundays May 3 and 19, at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey St., Ashland. Tickets are $13 and are available at The Music Coop, Ashland, online at dancingpeople.com or call 488-9683.

aerial silks: Ashland's Curtain Climbers Aerial Dance Company will perform at 9 p.m., Friday, May 1, at The Black Sheep, Pub & Restaurant, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. There is no cover charge. Minors are welcome until 11 p.m. See theblacksheep.com.

Saturday, May 2

Rogue Valley youth choruses: Rogue Valley Youth Choruses will present "Spring is in the Air!" a concert featuring all four of its choruses, at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. The 225 singers include students in grades 3-12 from 25 schools and numerous homeschools in the Rogue Valley. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students. Call 779-3000.

women with wings: Women with Wings choir will present its 12th annual concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the First Presbyterian Church, Siskiyou Boulevard and Walker Avenue, Ashland. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $10-$15. Children will be admitted free. Call 245-7596 or 772-1454.

jazz singer: Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Typhanie Monique will perform at a wine tasting party from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Schneider Museum of Art on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland. The event will feature original songs, contemporary favorites and jazz standards. Tickets are $50 and include wine, food and music. Call 552-552-8248.

old time fiddlers: The Oregon Old Time Fiddlers will hold its monthly jam from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Live Oak Grange, 120 Gardiner, Rogue River. The public is welcome to listen and dance and acoustic musicians of all ages are invited to sign up to play. Admission is by donation. Call 840-2156.

siskiyou singers: The Siskiyou Singers will present "Gems of Broadway," choral highlights from six of America's best-loved musicals, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 2, and 4 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, and at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Grants Pass Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door and $5 for students. Ticket outlets are Music Coop, Paddington Station and Tree House Books in Ashland; Aquarius Books & Gifts and Larry's Music in Grants Pass; and the Grocery Outlet in Medford. See siskiyousingers.org or call 482-5290.

Sunday, May 3

montage: The musical group will perform as part of the "Sunday Sunset at Paschal" series at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. The event will take place the first Sunday of every month. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic supper and dine in or on the deck or lawn. There will be specials on glasses of wine. There is a $3 cover charge at the door. Call 535-7957.

Friday, May 8

la bohÈme: Rogue Opera will stage Puccini's opera at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Grants Pass Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass; 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Performed in English and led by Rogue Opera's artistic director Willene Gunn and Los Angeles conductor David Aks, "La Bohème" includes a cast of more than 40, including an eight-member marching band from North Medford High School, a children's chorus and a 20-member local chorus. Tickets are $10-$39. Call 608-6400.

student recital: Southern Oregon University music student David Z. Brown, piano, will give a senior recital at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event is free. Call 552-6101.

Saturday, May 9

music: St. Clair Productions will present the modern Japanese Taiko quartet On Ensemble at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door and $10 for youths 12-17. Children under 12 will be admitted for free. Tickets are available at Music Coop in Ashland; online at stclairevents.com; or by calling 535-3562. On Ensemble also will present an "Intro to Taiko" workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 10, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Cost is $30. No experience is necessary, and drums will be provided.

student recital: Southern Oregon University music student Reed Bentley, percussion, will give a junior recital at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event is free. Call 552-6101.

guitar concert: Guitarist Jason Vieaux will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 East Main St., Ashland. Tickets are $20 general, $15 for seniors and $5 for students. See jeffersonguitar.org or call 488-3521.

belly dancing: The Sahara Bellydancers will present "Arabian Night," a benefit show for the American Cancer Society, at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Bellview Grange 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Tickets are $8. Children under 12 will be admitted free. Tickets are available at the door or online at tiazza.com. Call 210-8471.

salsa brava: The First Annual Spring Salsa Saturday will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at EdenVale Winery's Voorhies Mansion 2310 Voorhies Road Medford. There will be live music by the 10-member ensemble Salsa Brava, international tapas and drinks. Couples from the Dance Factory will present a dance performance. Tickets are $10. Optional Salsa lessons will be available. Call 512-2955.

benefit auction: There will be a fundraiser for the tuition-free, Waldorf-based Madrone Trail Public Charter School from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. There will be food, music and a no-host wine and beer bar. The entry fee is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Call 245-6787.

Sunday, May 10

student recital: Southern Oregon University music student Joseph Yungen, piano, will give a junior recital at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event is free. Call 552-6101.