5 picks for things to do
'Blues in the Night'
Torch songs tell the story in this sweet, sexy and sorrowful Tony-nominated musical opening at Randall Theatre, 10 E. Third St., Medford. It's interweaving stories are defined by songs from Bessie Smith to Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and others. Kristen Calvin, Rose Passione, Jennifer Davis de Puglia and Brandt Nakamura sing. Kathy Wing directs. The show will preview at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, open Friday, March 9, and run through March 25. Shows are set for 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20, $15 on Thursdays, and can be purchased at randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-632-3258.
With six legs, three brains and a stage as their lab, these "Warrior Princesses of Improv" — Cil Stengel, Eve Smyth and Kyndra Laughery — will present "Science Fiction: The B Movies" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Look for a two-act, unscripted story inspired by such '50s movies as "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "The Blob." Tickets are $15 at hamazons.com or $18 at the door.
Southern Oregon Repertory Singers
The choir, directed by Paul French, will present First Light: The James M. Collier Festival of New Choral Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Performances include newly commissioned music by composers Jodi French and Craig Kingsbury, scored for choir and orchestra. Tickets are $26 or $32 and can be purchased at repsingers.org or by calling 541-552-0900. Tickets are $5 for students and Oregon Trail Card holders the day of the show.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Alice DiMicele and her band Force of Nature — bassist Rob Kohler, Mikey Stevens on trumpet and guitar, Don Harriss on keys and drummer Nick Kirby — will debut DiMicele's new album, "One With the Tide," at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. DiMicele mixes jazz and blues phrasing with R&B and rock 'n' roll rhythms for a folk and roots sound she calls "organic acoustic groove." Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at Music Coop, 268 E. Main St., Ashland, or at brownpapertickets.com. Tickets will be $25 at the door.
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.