This musical thriller is the story of an unjustly exiled barber who returns to London to avenge himself against a judge who framed him and stole his wife. His path leads him to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a pie shop. Director Jeremy Johnson moves the story from 19th-century London to someplace in the future. Shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, March 2-4 and March 9-11, and 2 p.m. Sundays, March 5 and 12, in the Mountain Avenue Theatre at Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Tickets for reserved seats are $15 and can be purchased at showtix4u.com only. Other tickets are $10, $7 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at showtix4u.com or by calling 866-967-8167.
'The Will Rogers Follies'
America’s first multimedia sensation, Will Rogers' wit and homespun wisdom went straight to the nation’s heart. Teen Musical Theater of Oregon tells the story of Will Rogers' life through a series of Ziegfeld Follies at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Look for such musical numbers as "Will-a-Mania," "It’s a Boy," "Give a Man Enough Rope," "Never Met a Man I Didn’t Like" and more. Tickets are $24, $12 for ages 18 and younger, and are available at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.
Enso String Quartet
This New York-based quartet will perform Hugo Wolf's "Italian Serenade," Giacomo Puccini's "I Crisantemi," Alberto Ginastera's String Quartet No. 2, and Maurice Ravel's String Quartet in F major at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Tickets are $33 or $38, $5 for full-time students and Oregon Trail Card holders, and can be purchased at chambermusicconcerts.org or by calling 541-552-6154 or 541-552-6348.
Cold Blood with Lydia Pense and Tommy Castro and The Painkillers
R&B horn band Cold Blood featuring singer Lydia Pense and rock 'n' roll band Tommy Castro and The Painkillers will share a double bill at 8 p.m. Friday, March 3, at the Historic Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. Tickets are $33, $38 for $43 and can be purchased at roguetheatre.com, by calling 541-471-1316 or at the door. The show is open to ages 21 and older.
Oregon Chocolate Festival
The 13th Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival kicks off with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Ashland Hills Hotel, 2525 Ashland St. Tickets for this reception are $10. Chocolate makers, along with regional food and beverage artisans, will display their products from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5, at the hotel. Tickets are $20, or $30 for Saturday and Sunday. Kids 8 and younger get in free. Events include classes, chef demonstrations, chocolate and beer pairings, panel discussions, a 5K run/walk and more. See www.oregonchocolatefestival.com for schedule and ticket details. Tickets are available at the the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, the downtown Ashland Springs Hotel or by calling 541-631-2008.
British finger-style guitarist Adrian Legg will perform traditional music from both sides of the Atlantic, including ballads, Welsh and cradle songs, at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Hilltop Music Shop, 205 N. Phoenix Road, in The Shoppes at Exit 24, Phoenix. Legg was named Guitarist of the Decade by Guitarist magazine, and he won Guitar Player magazine's Best Acoustic Finger-style Guitarist in 1993, '94, '95 and '96. Tickets are $25; $10 for students. Reservations and information are available at siskiyoumusicproject.com.