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Best Bets: Five picks for this weekend

Keith Little Trio

Nationally-acclaimed musician, vocalist, recording artist and composer Keith Little along with special guests Lela and Rainy Miatke from local band Rainy and the Rattlesnakes will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the Headwaters Room of the Geos Institute, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets are $25, $10 for ages 18 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at Music Coop, 268 E. Main St, Ashland, Hilltop Music, at the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 N. Phoenix Road, Suite J, Phoenix, or by calling 541-552-1665. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Pub Talk

The Southern Oregon Historical Society will host a free historical talk at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at 4 Daughters Irish Pub, 126 W. Main St., Medford. On Tuesday, April 2, Paul Fattig, author and retired journalist, will present “Jumping into History,” a talk which focuses on the nationally historic Siskiyou Smokejumper Base in the Illinois Valley. Talks last approximately an hour, followed by a Q-and-A session and discussion. Call 541-773-6536.

Blue Lightning

This high-energy dance band — Sue Lundquist on keys and guitar, Rhonda Loftis on drums, Trish Cook, Dianne Strong-Summerhays on vocals, Crystal Reeves on electric violin, Brent Norton on lead guitar and Cedrick Buckingham on bass — will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Roxy Ann Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Admission is $5 to $7. See roxyann.com or call 541-776-2315.

Shakespeare Film Screening

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Oregon University will hold a free screening of “Nothing Truer Than Truth,” a new documentary on the Shakespeare Authorship Question, at 1 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Meese Auditorium, on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. A Q-and-A session with writer and filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan and Shakespeare Authorship expert Earl Showerman will follow the screening.

‘Between Two Knees’

Sketch-comedy troupe the 1491s tell a fearless intergenerational story of familial love, loss and connection spanning the massacre at Wounded Knee, all of the World Wars so far and the 1973 takeover at Wounded Knee. Infused with the 1491s’ uninhibited and subversive approach to comedic storytelling, it takes a hard look at the impacts of systematic oppression after the point that textbooks typically stop teaching Native history. Also, its funny. Eric Ting directs. The show runs from Sunday, April 7, through Oct. 27, in the Thomas Theater. Previews are offered at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, and at 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5-6. End 10/27

Shakespeare Film Screening
Trish Cook, left, Crystal Reeves, Dianne Strong-Summerhays, Sue Lundquist, Rhonda Loftis, Cedric Buckingham and Brent Norton are Blue Lightning. [Photo by Jon Summerhays]