Best Bets: 5 picks for things to do
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will commemorate the ending of slavery in America with spoken word, round table discussions, dance, music, visual art and theater pieces from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 17, on the OSF campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. The event is free, but donations will be accepted for the Juneteenth Scholarship Fund. The Juneteenth celebration will continue on Wednesday, June 19, at the Ashland Public Library with “Super Space Storytime,” a book reading series by OSF actors Christiana Clark, Lauren Modica and Kevin Kenerly at 10:45 a.m., as well as a panel discussion from 3 to 5 p.m. featuring Rogue Valley community leaders including Torrie Allen, director of development for OSF, Lt. Hector Meletich from the Ashland Police Department and others, exploring health, wealth, safety, education and spirituality through the lens of Afrofuturism. For a full listing of events, see osfashland.org or call 541-482-4331.
The Medford Cruise will rev up its engine for the 33rd time this summer, and there will be plenty to choose from during the event. The centerpiece of the festivities is the Downtown Cruise, scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in downtown Medford, where classic cars will circle the big block bounded by Central Avenue, West Main, Ivy, Front and Second streets. A new event this year will be a Friday night cruise June 14 in cooperation with Dancing and Dining in the Streets. There will be three bands and a DJ from 5:30 to 10 p.m. in the area of Main Street and Riverside Avenue. The event will include a two-way cruise on Main Street, followed by the traditional Friday night concert. Proceeds from the Medford Cruise are distributed to the Greater Medford Rotary Foundation, which redistributes the funds to youth organizations in the community. For more details about the Cruise, including times and places of Show & Shines and other events, see medfordcruise.org.
Southern Oregon Craft Brew Festival
The Southern Oregon Craft Brew Festival, a signature event of Medford Beer Week, will be held Friday through Saturday, June 14-15, at Pear Blossom Park at the Commons in downtown Medford. The festival runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Look for over 30 breweries plus food from regional food trucks.Tickets are $25 for one day only or $44 for both days. Ticket includes commemorative glass and eight tasting tickets. See socbrewfest.com. The festival is a 21-and-older event.
Studio Roxander presents contemporary ballet “Surealia,” choreographed and directed by David and Elyse Roxander. The show features young dancers from Studio Roxander’s Academy of Ballet, along with Ashton and Jake Roxander and Grace Hill of Pennsylvania Ballet. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 14, and 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Crater Performing Arts Center, 55 N. Third St., Central Point. Tickets are $10 to $20 and can be purchased at studioroxander.com, at Studio Roxander, 101 E. 10th St., or by calling 541-773-7272.
Band du Pays Swing
The band — singer Kacie Bowers, sax and clarinet player Stephen Gagné, percussionist Jenny Gray, guitarist Tony Brussat and upright bassist Merrill Smith — will perform a mix of swing music for dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Evergreen Ballroom’s Jacob Jagger will offer 30-minute swing dance lessons at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. Call 541-535-7957 for reservations.