Ashland and the 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, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood. Set in Berlin as Hitler rises to power, Kit Kat Club performer Sally Bowles and American writer Cliff Bradshaw fall in love, as do Fršulein Schneider, a German woman, and Herr Schultz, her Jewish suitor. Outside forces threaten to tear both sets of lovers, and the world, apart. The play will run at 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays extended through July 26 at Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. 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.

cinderella: Camelot Theatre Conservatory will present a cast of young actors in Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella." The show will play at 7 p.m. Friday, July 31; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1; and at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. The show will play at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Crater Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children (17 and younger). Tickets only are available at the Camelot Theatre box office or by phone at 535-5250.

Events

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. The Indigo Girls have been performing for two decades, balancing their music with an unwavering commitment to social, political and environmental issues. Opening will be singer and songwriter David Ryan Harris, whose music draws from elements of hip-hop, soul, jazz, blues and rock. Tickets are $39 reserved, $26 lawn and $15 for children 12 and younger. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.

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acoustic night: The rock bands Leland Sundries, We're At Our Worst and Minerva and the Owl, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at The Trove, 522 N.E. F St., Grants Pass. Tickets are $5. Call 479-3563.

Friday, July 24

tommy emmanuel: The two-time Grammy nominee will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 24, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. Emmanuel's career has spanned more than four decades. His unique "finger-style" playing is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all 10 fingers. 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: Guest artists will perform samples of their work at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26, at 280 E. Hersey St., No. 12. Ashland. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. 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 at the door. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com, Music Coop, 181 A St., Ashland, and at the door. Koch's show includes adult humor and gay and lesbian content. Call 488-7716.

roy zimmerman: The satirical songwriter will present his show "Roy Zimmerman: Summer of Loving" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Ashland Public Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. "Summer of Loving" is 90 minutes of Zimmerman's funny songs about ignorance, war and greed, featuring new material inspired by the headlines. Admission is $15 at the door. Call 774-6996.

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. This week's 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.

Monday, July 27

chris chandler: The poet will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, July 27, at Bohemia Gallery, 552 A St., Ashland. Chandler combines theater, poetry and music for an intimate look at America through a provocative lens. Paul Benoit will provide accompaniment on acoustic guitar. $15. See bohemiagallery.com or call 488-5227.

Wednesday, July 29

salsa brava: The salsa band will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the Bear Creek Amphitheatre, Medford. The band will play upbeat and fun salsa dance music. Admission is free. Call 774-2400.

Marcelo Bernardes: The Siskiyou Institute will present an evening of Brazilian music with the multi-horn player from Rio de Janeiro at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Bernardes will be joined by Rogue Valley musicians Dennis Freese, Steve Berman, Jim Calhoun, Chicken Hirsh and Ed Dunsavage. $10. Call 488-3869.

Friday, July 31

classical music at britt: The season will open at 8 p.m. Friday, July 31, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. Twenty-six-year-old cellist Alisa Weilerstein will be the featured soloist with the Britt Festival Orchestra. The program will include selections by Torke, Bloch and DvorŠk. Tickets are $45 reserved, $30 adult lawn, $15 student lawn and $10 for children 12 and younger. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.

Jim Quinby and Marcella Ruikis: The duo will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 31, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Quinby plays piano and Ruikis sings. Admission is $5. Call 776-2315.

Emy Phelps: The local singer and songwriter will perform with a group of young musicians and her music partner, Sam Cuenta, at 7 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tickets are $5. Call 535-7957.

Saturday, August 1

music of the masters: Pianist Anton Nel will join the Britt Festival Orchestra at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. The program will include selections by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven. Tickets are $40 reserved, $25 adult lawn, $15 student lawn and $10 for children 12 and younger. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.

Sunday, August 2

ballet in the park: Ballet Rogue's annual series of ballet performances will continue at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at the Butler Band Shell in 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. 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.

arianna string quartet: The Britt Festivals will present the quartet and special guest pianist Anton Nel in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The program will include selections by Mendelssohn, JanŠcek and DohnŠnyi. Tickets are $25 adult reserved, $15 student reserved. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.