Five picks for live entertainment
Southern Oregon Songwriters
Southern Oregon Songwriters' Original Music Jam will showcase Taurie Michele at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Pony Espresso, 545 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. Michele performed live in 2015 on KSKQ 89.5 in Ashland, and her songs can be heard at myspace.com/agirlwithherguitar/music/songs. Admission to the jam is free.
The flamenco band — guitarists Berto Boyd and Grant Ruiz, percussionist Terry Longshore and dancer Elena Villa — will celebrate the release of its debut CD, "Convivencia," at 8 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Hilltop Music Shop, 205 N. Phoenix Road, in The Shoppes at Exit 24, Phoenix. The new CD is $15, $10 for a download card, and will be available at the concert. Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Hilltop Music Shop, Music Coop or online at brownpapertickets.com. Tickets will be $30 at the door. A portion of the CD sales will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.
'Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles'
Playwright Luis Alfaro blends tragedy, wry humor, Mexican folklore and a bracing modern setting to unleash the power of Euripides’ ancient tale "Medea," seen through the lens of immigrants in the United States. Jason and his family endure a terrifying journey from Mexico to Los Angeles, and now things are looking up. But his wife, Medea, is still traumatized by the ordeal and fears the nightmare isn't over. The show runs through July 6 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Tickets and information are available at osfashland.org or by calling 800-219-8161.
Quixotic Cirque Nouveau
This performance-art ensemble features dancers, aerialists, visual artists and musicians performing a mix of dance, music, technology and light at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $29, $32 or $35; $20, $23 or $26 for ages 18 and younger, and can be purchased online at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.
Miss Lonely Hearts
This outlaw country band from Santa Cruz, California, will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at The Wild Goose Cafe, 2365 Highway 66, Ashland. Look for rockin' songs on acoustic and electric guitar, lap steel, fiddle, drums and upright bass. The band's fourth and newest album, "Lost Highway," was released in early 2016. Miss Lonely Hearts tours the Northwest frequently, most recently with The Devil Makes Three. See misslonelyheartsband.com. Admission is free.