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Performances

Friday, Nov. 5

ROGUE VALLEY SYMPHONY: The Rogue Valley Symphony, under the direction of Martin Majkut, will present three concerts featuring the premiere of "Las Ranas de Katanchel" (The Frogs of Katanchel), a piece composed by the symphony's principal trombonist, Mark Eliot Jacobs. The concert also will feature Schubert's Symphony No. 4, "Tragic," and Elar's "Enigma Variations." See story on Page 6.

Saturday, Nov. 6

OREGON OLD TIME FIDDLERS: The group will hold its monthly jam from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Fruitdale Grange, 960 Rogue River Highway, Grants Pass. Acoustic musicians of all ages may sign up to play, and there will be dancing. Admission is by donation. Call 541-840-2156.

KLEZMERFEST: A Klezmer music festival, featuring the Klezmonauts of Eugene, the Rogue Klezmer All-Stars and the Bar Misfits Klezmer Band of Ashland, will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Kosher bratwurst, knockwurst and vegetarian dinners will be available, along with local beers and wine. Tickets cost $20 and are available at Music Coop, at the temple, online at www.emekshalom.org, by calling 541-488-2909 or at the door. Advance tickets include one free beverage.

BELLY-DANCE BENEFIT FOR CASA: Portland-based belly dancer Sedona Ruiz, along with Ayesha's Oasis Dance Company of Medford and dancers Adena, Maia Alexandra and others will present a show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Carpenter Hall on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. The show, titled "Enchanted Evening," will feature Middle Eastern dance culture. Advance tickets cost $10 and are available online at www.tasseledcamel.com or at the office of Paul Schroder, 1910 E. Barnett Ave., Suite 102, Medford. Tickets will cost $12 at the door. Ruiz will offer dance-technique workshops at 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. For workshop information, see www.tasseledcamel.com, e-mailidenasuzanne@yahoo.com or call 541-951-2522.

hELP NOW! ADVOCACY FUNDRAISER: Help Now! Advocacy Center will hold its annual fundraiser, a live music and dancing event called "Twist & Shout," from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Kids Unlimited performing arts center, 821 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. Rogue Rage and The Mixers Band will provide music. Complimentary beer and wine will be provided by the Southern Oregon Brewing Co. and Valley View Winery. There will be food, a rock 'n' roll trivia contest with $500 in prizes, a raffle and a silent auction that includes two vacations to anywhere in the world, as well as dining certificates and theater tickets. The advocacy center is a nonprofit organization that provides advice, support and skilled negotiation to individuals in crisis. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and are available at www.helpnowadvocacy.org or by calling 541-732-1911.

SCOTT AUGUST: St. Clair Productions will present American Indian flutist Scott August. See story on Page 8.

Sunday, Nov. 7

LIBERTY MEN'S QUARTET: The Idaho-based quartet will perform southern gospel at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1974 E. McAndrews Road, Medford. Admission is free. See www.medfordfirstnaz.org or call 541-779-7777.

Thursday, Nov. 11

VETERANS DAY CONCERT: The Southern Oregon Concert Band, under the direction of its new conductor Martin Behnke, will present a Veterans Day concert, See story on Page 3.

WORDS AND MUSIC: Ashland writer and poet Marcy Greene will read from her new book, "The Chemistry of Buddha's Brain," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at Illahe Studios and Gallery, 215 Fourth St., Ashland. Green's reading will by accompanied by classical guitarist Joseph Thompson. Thompson's compositions were written for poems selected from the book. Also, Kathleen Meagher will read poems from her book, "Facing the Light," to be published this winter. Admission is $5. Call 541-488-5072.

BRONN AND KATHERINE JOURNEY: The Jackson County Community Concert Association will present harp and vocal duo Bronn and Katherine Journey at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. The duo will present classical and popular favorites. Tickets cost $25, $5 for ages 18 and younger. Tickets are available at the new Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon until show time on performance dates. Will-call tickets will be held at the new box office. Call 541-779-3000 or see www.craterian.org for information.

ROGER CLYNE AND THE PEACEMAKERS: Singer and songwriter Roger Clyne and his band, the Peacemakers, will perform country-soaked reggae and pop at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. Clyne is based in Tucson, Ariz., and much of his music is influenced by his trips to Mexico. Clyne's earlier bands include The Mortals and The Refreshments. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. See www.roguetheatre.com or call 541-471-1316.

BUILT TO SPILL: The indie rock band based in Boise, Idaho, will perform at 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Historic Ashland Armory. See story on Page 8.