Wednesday, March 7
Bird Walk: The Rogue Valley Audubon Society has a new location for its free first-Wednesday bird walks. The walks begin at 8:30 a.m. at Denman Wildlife Area and end before noon. The slow-paced walk covers about 1.5 miles. In this ongoing citizen-science project, the numbers of different species observed by walk participants are entered in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory’s eBird database. Participants will need to purchase an ODFW area parking permit. For more information and directions, see http://roguevalleyaudubon.org/.
History Lecture: Part of the "Windows in Time" history lecture series, Patsy Charley Edwards presents "Heritage Ranch History: The Charley Brothers" at noon Wednesday, March 7, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Learn about the story of the Brownsboro Ranch in the upper Rogue Valley and Edwards' ancestors, the Charley Brothers. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.
Poetry Reading: Susanne Petermann will read from her newly published book of translations, "When I Go," poems written by Rainer Maria Rilke, in French at 3 p.m Wednesday, March 7, in the Gresham Room of the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Rilke’s largely unknown and rarely translated French poetry appears for the first time in this book. Susanne will explain Rilke’s mysterious switch to the French language near the end of his life, and she will tell the story of these poems, along with her own story about finding and translating this body of work. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6996.
Antiques Club: Southern Oregon Antiques and Collectibles Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Horton Plaza, 1122 Spring St., Medford. Tim Reuwsaat will be presenting and discussing his collection of owl figurines. Admission is free. Call 541-613-4964 or email at email@example.com.'Bi-': The Associated Student Government of Rogue Community College, Student Life, and the Diversity Programming Board will present “Bi-,” a bilingual play by the Portland-based Teatro Milagro, a future-based play which explores the binary system of human classifications. Inspired by Edwin Abbott’s novel “Flatland.” A free showing of the performance will be held at 7 p.m. Wdnesday, March 7, inthe Rogue Performance Hall located in Building C, Room 109 on the Rogue Community College (RCC) Riverside Campus in Medford, 101 S Bartlett S. Admission is free. Call 541-245-7710.
David Rawlings Machine: Singer and guitarist Dave Rawlings, joined by singer and songwriter Gillian Welsh, guitar and banjo player Willie Watson, violinist Brittany Haas and bassist Paul Kowert, will perform songs from his 2017 "Poor David's Almanack" and other favorites at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. Look for a magical performance of folk, bluegrass and old-time music. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at roguetheatre.com, by calling 541-471-1316 or at the box office. The show is open to ages 21 and older.
The Infamous Stringdusters and The Last Revel: Acoustic bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters will perform Wednesday, March 7, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. The band's 2017 "Laws of Gravity," recorded in Nashville with co-producer Billy Hume, marked a return to its tight but improvisational music. Dobro player Andy Hall, guitarist Andy Falco, banjo player Chris Pandolfi, fiddler Jeremy Garrett and upright bassist Travis Book are showcased as writers, singers and players on an all-original set of songs with a fresh yet familiar progressive Americana feel. Minneapolis-based trio The Last Revel opens the show with its acoustic blend of folk and rockabilly. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of the show, and can be purchased at liveatthearmory.com.
Thursday, March 8
History Lecture: Part of the Windows in Time history lecture series, historian and former U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Jeff LaLande will present "When Timber was King" at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Meese meeting room in the Hannon Library, located on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Learn about the rise and decline of Southern Oregon's wood products industry. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.
Peter Sellars: Join experimental director Peter Sellars and moderator Geoffrey Riley of JPR's Jefferson Exchange" for a Q-and-A discussion at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Meese Auditorium in the Art building on Southern Oregon University's campus, 555 Indiana Ave., Ashland. Sellars theater and opera to push boundaries and explore tough subjects. He will discuss his career achievements and answer questions from the audience. Admission is free, but registration is required. See oca.sou.edu/box-office or call 541-552-6348.
Open Mic: The Rogue Valley chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association will hold its monthly open-mic-without-a-mic reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Downtowne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Sign-ups begin at 6:30. This month's suggested theme is "“Lions and Lambs.” March 8 is the deadline for all entries to this year’s contest. Winners will be announced at the April meeting. Call 541-512-1007.
Friday, March 9
Oregon Chocolate Festival: The annual Oregon Chocolate Festival kicks off with live music, beer and wine from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, in the lounge at Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, 2525 Ashland St. The festival follows from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, at the hotel. Look for creations by dozens of chocolatiers, along with demonstrations, educational sessions, a panel discussion featuring chocolatiers and chefs, and a lecture about the health benefits of chocolate. A chocolate and dessert competition will be judged by Chef Stephen Durfee of the Culinary Institute of America. During the festival, discounted tickets to performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will be available using the code CHOCOLATE. Festival tickets are $15 for the kick-off party, $20 per day, or $30 for Saturday and Sunday. See oregonchocolatefestival.com for the festival schedule and ticket reservations.
Blowin' Smoke: Rockin' country band Blowin' Smoke — with singer and songwriter Beth Henderson — will play at 6 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Roxy Ann Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Admission is $7. See roxyann.com or call 541-776-2315.
Squirrel Nut Zippers: The North Carolina jazz band will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, March 9, at the Rogue Theare, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. "Nut zippers" is a Southern term for a variety of old bootleg moonshine. The band's name comes from a newspaper story about an intoxicated man who climbed a tree and refused to come down even after police arrived. The headline was "Squirrel Nut Zipper." Tickets are $38, $48 or $58 and can be purchased at roguetheatre.com, by calling 541-471-1316 or at the box office. The show is open to ages 21 and older.