Five picks for live entertainment
Tutunov Piano Series
Alexander Tutunov, professor of piano and artist in residence at Southern Oregon University's Oregon Center for the Arts, will play the final concert in his annual namesake piano series. Soprano Madeline Abel-Kerns will join Tutunov for a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s arrangement of Hans Christian Andersen’s "The Ugly Duckling." The program also will include Franz Liszt's Sonata in B minor, Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 7 and other favorites. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the SOU campus in Ashland. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 541-552-6348 or at the door.
'The Mother Goose Project' and 'The Silly Journey'
Ashland Children’s Theatre presents a weekend of hilarity and fun for all ages with two comedies, "The Mother Goose Project" and "A Silly Journey," at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14, and 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at The Dance Space, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 10, Ashland. Tickets are $7, $5 for students, and are available at the door. See ashlandchildrenstheatre.com or call 541-414-8676 or 541-301-4549.
Elias Alexander and the Bywater Band
Piper and singer Elias Alexander, originally from Ashland, and his Boston-based band will perform contemporary Celtic music at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, in the Headwaters Room at the Geos Institute, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. The band is touring to promote its self-titled debut album. Tickets are $10 to $20 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or at the door.
Singer and songwriter Holly Near will present "Peace Becomes You," a program of folk and jazz, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Near will be accompanied by keyboard player Tammy Hall and bassist Jan Martinelli. Tickets are $20 or $25 in advance and can be purchased at hollynear.brownpapertickets.com or at Music Coop. Tickets will be $25 or $30 at the door. Call 541-488-7716.
A world premiere based on August Wilson's poetry, "UniSon" by OSF's repertory ensemble UNIVERSES, is a play about words. Not just poetry, rap or hip-hop, though all of these add texture to the story, this music-filled theatrical experience weaves an American master's words with its own poetry and storytelling for a new generation. Robert O'Hara directs. The show runs through Oct. 28 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at www.osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161.