Theater in Ashland and surrounding region

Plays

the 25th annual putnam county spelling bee: Jim Giancarlo directs and choreographs this Tony Award-winning musical written by Rachel Sheinkin with music and lyrics by William Finn. Six puberty-stricken middle-school kids (and four guest spellers chosen from the audience) compete for the title of spelling bee champion. The play will run at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays with brunch matinees at 1 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 30, at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, First and Hargadine Streets, Ashland.. Tickets are $21-$32. PG-13 for mature themes and language. See oregoncabaret.com or call 488-2902.

paradise lost: Libby Appel directs Clifford Odet's Depression-era ode to holding fast to idealism and morality in a climate of fear. The play will open Saturday, July 25 and will run through Oct. 31 at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

all's well that end's well: Amanda Dehnert directs William Shakespeare's comedy of flawed and beautiful people finding their way in love. The play will run through Nov. 1 at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

henry Viii: John Sipes directs William Shakespeare's story of the Tudor king who reshaped the world to his own needs. The play will run through Oct. 9 at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

don quixote: Laird Williamson directs the world premiere of Octavio Solis' adaptation of Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra's tale of the aging hero who jumbles reality and imagination in his quest to become a knight. The play will run through Oct. 10 at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

equivocation: Bill Rauch directs Bill Cain's re-examination of English history at the time of King James, the Gunpowder Plot, the Tower dungeons and William Shakespeare. The play will run through Oct. 31 at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

much ado about nothing: Kate Buckley directs William Shakespeare's comedy about men and women and what it takes to make love happen. The play will run through Oct. 11 at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

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. The play will run 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. The play will run through Nov. 1 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. The play will run through Nov. 1 at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

shirley valentine: Helena de Crespo stars in this Tony Award-winning, one-woman show by Willy Russell about a middle-aged housewife who decides to do something about her stagnant existence. The play will run at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 3 at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland. Tickets are $20 and $12 for students 21 and younger. See oregonstageworks.org or call 482-2334.

cabaret: Livia Genise directs the multiple award-winning musical with book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Set in Berlin as Hitler rises to power, Kit Kat Club performer Sally Bowles and American writer Cliff Bradshaw fall in love. The play will run at 8 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays through Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays, extendedthrough July 26. General admission tickets are $21 and $19 for students and seniors. Reserved seats are an additional $2. PG-13 for sexual innuendo. See camelottheatre.org or call 535-5250.

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Thursday, July 16

flat five string band: The band will perform acoustic swing music from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Eden Valley Orchards, 2310 Voorhies Road, Medford. The concert is part of the winery's "Jazz in the Gardens" series. Admission is $5. Light fare will be available, along with wine, beer and soft beverages. All ages are welcome. Call 512-2955, ext. 2.

andrew bird: The folk-rock musician will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. The former member of Squirrel Nut Zippers, Bird sings, whistles and plays violin, guitar and glockenspiel. Opening will be The Portland Cello Project, an "indie cello orchestra" that mixes pop and rock. Tickets are $35 reserved, $25 lawn and $14 for children 12 and younger. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.

Friday, July 17

fabulous thunderbirds: The band will play at 8 p.m. Friday, July 17, at the Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more than 30 years The Fabulous Thunderbirds have performed its diversity of musical styles ranging from blues to pop. See roguetheatre.com or call 471-1316.

the curtain climbers: The group of aerial silks artists will present its superhero-themed show at 9 p.m. Friday, July 17, at The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. Performers include Susan Chester, Kristi Chipowski, Cheyenne Swartz, Erika Bakke and Seanna Sharpe. Admission is free. Minors are welcome until 11 p.m. Call 482-6414.

soul food: The band will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 17, at Agate Ridge Vineyard, 1098 Nick Young Road, Eagle Point. Admission is $7. Call 830-3050.

the royal blues: The Royal Blues Trio will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 17, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. The trio plays a blend of original and traditional blues with David Pinsky on guitar, harmonica and vocals; Gary Halliburton, keyboards; and Tom Stamper on drums. Admission is $5. Call 776-2315.

Saturday, July 18

cowboy junkies: The Canadian alternative rock band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. Cowboy Junkies has earned critical acclaim and a cult following with its introspective mix of blues, country, folk, rock and jazz. Opening will be alternative country band Son Volt playing genre-spanning traditional American music. Tickets are $37 reserved, $25 lawn and $14 for children 12 and younger. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.

salon concerts: Musicians of the Rogue Valley Symphony will present the final Salon Series of summer chamber music concerts to benefit the orchestra at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford and again at 8 p.m. Monday, June 20, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. Symphony wind players will be featured. Open seating tickets are $15, available at the door, or in advance at the RVSO box office. Call 552-6398.

kevin carr: The piper will present "Kevin Carr and the Other Bagpipes" at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Carr has traveled the world learning to play traditional folk instruments and gathering stories to share through the medium of music with others. Tickets are $15 and are available at the winery. Call 535-7957.

belly dancing: The Sahara Belly Dancers will present an Arabian Night benefit show for the American Cancer Society at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets are $8. Children 12 and younger admitted free. Tickets are available at saharabellydancers.com or at the door. Call 210-8471.

dave marston Memorial Celebration: A gathering will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Butler Band Shell, Lithia Park, Ashland in memory of local musician and choir director Dave Marston. Rev. Brad Carrier will lead a tribute and service followed by a potluck lunch in the park and music by The Nowhere Men. Donations to the Marston Memorial Music Mentorship Fund for voice, guitar and/or piano students can be brought to the memorial or sent to Account 1496965-14, c/o Rogue Federal Credit Union, PO Box 4550, Medford, OR 97501-0278. See DaveMarstonFamily.com.

bluegrass festival: The Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 6th annual festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Trout Pavilion, on Lake Selmac near Cave Junction. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Bands include Siskiyou Summit, Eastfork, The Goldman Family, Jefferson, The Mighty Lonesomes, Gold River Bluegrass Band and Wire Conductors. Admission is $10. Call 592-3326.

Sunday, July 19

blondie: The iconic pop band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. Blondie emerged on the new-wave punk scene in the late '70s and reunited in the late '90s. Special Guest TBA. Tickets are $65 reserved, $39 lawn and $28 for children 12 and younger. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.

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Thursday, July 23

house cats: The band will play at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Eden Valley Orchards, 2310 Voorhies Road, Medford. The concert is part of the winery's Jazz in the Gardens series. Admission is $5. Light fare will be available, along with wine, beer and soft beverages. All ages are welcome. Call 512-2955, ext. 2.

indigo girls: The folk/rock duo of Emily Saliers and Amy Ray will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. Opening will be singer and songwriter David Ryan Harris. Tickets are $39 reserved, $26 lawn and $15 for children 12 and younger. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.

Mystic Garden Party: The music and healing arts festival will take place Thursday July 23 through Sunday July 26, at Jackson Wellsprings. Tickets are $120 until July 21, $150 at the gate and include four days of camping, daily yoga classes, sweat lodges and all workshops. Children under 12 admitted free. Tickets for individual days are Friday, $15 in advance, $25 at the gate; Saturday $30 in advance, $40 at the gate; and Sunday, $25 in advance, $35 at the gate. See mysticgardenparty.com or call 888-966-2568.

Friday, July 24

tommy emmanuel: The two-time Grammy nominee guitarist will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 24, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. Opening will be guitarist, singer and songwriter Chris Smither. Tickets are $37 reserved, $25 lawn and $14 for children 12 and younger. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.

grant ruiz: The Flamenco guitarist will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 24, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Ruiz was the composer, arranger, keyboardist, and guitarist in the 2003 premier of "Lorca in a Green Dress" at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Admission is $5. Call 776-2315.

Saturday, July 25

an evening with the moody blues: The band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. For 40 years, The Moody Blues has generated music regarded as some of the most ground-breaking work in popular music, such as "Nights in White Satin." Tickets are $79 reserved, $46 lawn and $31 for children 12 and younger. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.

le cirque: There will be performances at 7:30 p.m. July 25-26 showing guest artists' work. Located at 280 East Hersey, #12, Ashland. Tickets range from $10 to $15. Call 301-6804.

lisa koch: The Seattle singer and comedian will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com, The Music Coop, 181 A St., Ashland and at the door. Koch's show includes adult humor and gay and lesbian content. Call 488-7716.

Sunday, July 26

ballet in the park: Ballet Rogue's annual series of ballet performances will continue at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26, at the Butler Band Shell, Lithia Park, Ashland. Performances will run at 6:30 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 9. The program will feature "Don Quixote's Dream of Dulcinea" after Petipa; "The Dance of the Seven Veils" by Eric Hyrst; "Axis" by Eric Hyrst, restaged by Diane Hyrst. Guest group is Valerie Ball and Traduza, a Brazilian-American contemporary dance company. The Little Ballerina Class for dancers 5 to 10 years old will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Band Shell on the days of performance. See balletrogue.com or call 773-5118.