Adoring commoners want to make war hero Julius Caesar king, but those higher up the political ladder scheme against him. Roman senators Brutus and Cassius reach an unthinkable conclusion. Shakespeare’s political thriller is a look at the unexpected consequences of those who would wield power — honorably or not. Shana Cooper directs. The show runs through Oct. 29 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes and ticket prices are available at www.osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161.
Bluegrass and Americana band Waking Hazel will perform from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. A silent auction will be held during the show. A live auction will begin at 7:45 p.m. Gift and dining certificates, theater and concert tickets, outdoor outings, household services, pet care, wine and more will be on the auction blocks. Tickets are $15 for individuals and families and are available by calling 831-596-4500, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or at the door. Proceeds benefit the fellowship. Childcare is available.
Solo pianist John Nilsen will perform a mix of his original music, folk, classical, jazz and rock at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist and recording artist Nilsen, a graduate of Southern Oregon University, has 20 albums to his credit. His newest, "Local Ocean," featuring his band Swimfish, was released in January. Tickets are $15 in advance at brownpapertickets.com or at Music Coop, $20 at the door. A food truck will be at the site. Proceeds benefit SOU's Young Artists Institute.
Stand-up comedian Marc Price will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Price played Skippy on the '80s TV series "Family Ties." His comedy draws on his experiences growing up in Hollywood and working in the acting industry. Dash Thompson opens the show. The show is part of OCT's One Night Only series. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at theoregoncabaret.com or by calling 541-488-2902. Tickets will be $18 at the door.
A master of all musical genres, ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro adds elements of rock, jazz, blues, funk, bluegrass, classical, folk and flamenco to his energetic performances. Shimabukuro will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at The Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. Tickets are $38, $48 and $58 and can be purchased at roguetheatre.com, by calling 541-471-1316 or at the door. The show is open to age 21 and older.