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 runs 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 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, planning to bilk the 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 runs at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday and at 2 p.m. Sunday 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.

cinderella: Camelot Theatre Conservatory will present a cast of young actors in Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella." The show will run 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 30

ashland city band: The 70-member Ashland City Band, under the direction of Don Bieghler, will present its annual summer concert series at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 13 in the Butler Band Shell in Lithia Park, off the Ashland Plaza on Winburn Way. Preconcert entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 245-9494.

Friday, July 31

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 music partner Sam Cuenta and a group of young musicians at 7 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tickets are $5 and are available at the winery. Call 535-7957.

classical music at britt: Cellist Alisa Weilerstein will open Britt Festivals' classical season at 8 p.m. Friday, July 31, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. Weilerstein will be the featured soloist with the Britt Festival Orchestra. Tickets are $45 reserved, $30 adult lawn, $15 student lawn and $10 for children 12 and younger. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.

kottonmouth kings: The psychedelic hip-hop punk rock band with guests Swollen Members, Feat, Battle Axe Warriors, Big B, and Short Dawg Tha Native will perform at 8 p.m. Friday July 31, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 at the door. Tickets are available at Bad Ass Coffee, 619 Clothing and Treasure Trove in Medford; Music Coop in Ashland and at Ticketweb.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 530-898-1497.

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. Tickets are $40 reserved, $25 adult lawn, $15 student lawn and $10 for children 12 and younger. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.

jewish blues: San Francisco Bay Area musician Saul Kaye will present his solo performance, "Saul Kaye; Jewish Blues Volume One Live," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Kaye has dipped into the Old Testament and the Mississippi Delta for his inspiration. Tickets are $10, $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the Music Coop, Ashland. Call 488-7716.

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, Lithia Park, Ashland. Performances will run at 6:30 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 9. This week's guest group will be former State Ballet dancer Robert Guitron and his contemporary Polaris Dance Theater 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.

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. Tickets are $25 adult reserved, $15 student reserved. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.

vocal concert: Peggie Schwarz, mezzo-soprano, and Madeline Abel-Kerns, soprano will perform "Songs of Love, Loss, and Revenge," with Jennifer Schloming as accompanist, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at United Methodist Church of Ashland, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. Tickets are $15 and $10 at the door. Call 482-3647.

Monday, Aug. 3

piano: The Southern Oregon University Music Department will host its annual opening concert for the International Piano Institute Workshop at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. This year's concert will feature classical pianists Alexander Tutunov and Kristina Foltz, jazz pianists Martin Behnke and David Scoggin, and organist Margaret Evans. Tickets are $12. See sou.edu/music or call 552-6101.

Tuesday, Aug. 4

classical guitar night: The local guitar society will come together from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, (and every first Tuesday of the month) at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent, to practice and share unique pieces of music that they are currently working on. The event is free. Cheese plates will be available for $10. Call 535-7957.

arianna string quartet: The Britt Festival's faculty quartet-in-residence will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Eden Valley Orchards, 2310 Voorhies Road, Medford. Preconcert music will be provided by young musicians from Britt's String Quartet Academy. Cost is $10 and proceeds will benefit 2009 Britt Institute summer program scholarships. Call 690-3852.

peter frampton: Known for his trademark guitar sound and hits such as "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do," Frampton will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $55 for general seating, $75 for gold reserved seating and $95 for platinum reserved seating. Visit roguetheatre.com or call 471-1316.

sabertooth: Sabertooth Cavity and Edgar and the Shoes will perform at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the House, 280 E. Hersey St. Suite 14, Ashland. Call 941-9347.

Wednesday, Aug. 5

Jason Johnson and Mike Boren: The country music duo will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Bear Creek Amphitheatre, Medford. The two have been to Nashville and back with their upbeat music. Admission is free. Call 774-2400.

Thursday, Aug. 6

ashland city band: The 70-member Ashland City Band, under the direction of Don Bieghler, will present its annual summer concert series at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 13 in the Butler Band Shell in Lithia Park, off the Ashland Plaza on Winburn Way. Pre-concert entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 245-9494.

rogue suspects: The local blues jazz and rock band will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Eden Valley Orchards, 2310 Voorhies Road, Medford. Cover is $5. Call 512-2955.