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Aletta Mannix releases Christmas CD

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A Holiday Collection&

is the name of Aletta&

s Christams CD, featuring soothing, jazz-like interpretation of the traditional favorites.

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When I heard her voice, it did something to me, I could not enough of it,&

says Amy Abramski, Mannix&

s college friend who now lives in Seattle.

In the past several years while living in Ashland, Mannix has established herself as solid performer both as a singer and an actress. She has been a soloist at the Britt Festival and Cretarian Ginger Rogers Theater in such musical revues as &

Swing!&

and &

The World Goes &

145;Round&

as well as in Southern Oregon University theater productions. She had a starring role there in a muscial &

Man witn a Load of Mischief.&

Mannix has also appeared in several Rogue Opera&

s productions such as &

The Mikado and &

The Barber of Seville.&

She is an SOU graduate in English and Theater.

Currently, she has a starring role in the Oregon Cabaret Theater&

s &

Santaland Diaries.&

Her CD is available for sale there during box office hours and after the show or can be ordered via e-mail: AlettaMannix@hotmail.com.

She will perform her Christmas selections as well as several Chanukah songs in a live performance on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Tabu, 76 N. Pioneer in Ashland at 7 p.m., admission is free. She can be reached at (541) 324-7099.

Guitarist Matthew Fox: Acoustic at Siskiyou Brew Pub

Guitarist Matthew Fox will perform at the Siskiyou Brew Pub on December 16 at 9 p.m. Fox has appeared on stages, radio programs and at workshops throughout the US, UK and Scandinavia and has recently released his second solo project, the all-original Tall Tales Plain Lies, featuring the stellar playing of Peter Ostroushko on violin and mandolin, Clint Hoover on harmonica and Gary Raynor of "A Prairie Home Companion" on bass.

In addition to his acclaimed original songs and instrumentals, Fox&

s shows usually include a mix of blues tunes and a jazz standard or two, performed on flattop and resonator guitars and varied in style but usually rooted in the American Roots traditions. He is equally at home playing fingerstyle or flatpicking.

Cost is $6. The Siskiyou Brew Pub is located at 31 b Water St. For more information, call 482-7718. To hear some music or more about Matthew Fox, go to www.matthewfox.net

Solstice concert sparks a light in darkness

&

Peace on Earth,&

A winter solstice concert and candle-lighting with Nancy Bloom and Talia Rose, will benefit children affected by war and disaster.

The event will be &

an enchanted evening of harp music, multicultural songs, chants, and stories that make the magic of the season come alive,&

according to event organizers.

Talia Rose is a harpist, singer and storyteller who has traveled the world sharing her gifts as a bard and sound healer.

Nancy Bloom is a singer-songwriter, recording artist, and sound healer, whose music, lyrics and voice nourish and bring peace.

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We are each a spark, together we light the dark,&

Bloom said.

The event is Wednesday Dec. 21 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Center, Fourth and C streets.

Tickets are available at the Music Coop on A Street, and at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak Street.

Tickets are $12 at the door or reserved by phone. For children 6-16, those with disabilities, and financially-challenged single parents and elders, tickets are $6 at the door, and $5 in advance.

Children under 6 attend free.

For information, call 488-5795 or 621-2181; or e-mail taliarose@earthlink.net or nancy@SpiritInBloom.com.

Flute recital at SOU

Flutist Joanna Martin will present a recital at the Southern Oregon University Recital Hall on December 20 at 8 p.m. Martin grew up in Ashland, OR and is a senior in flute performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has performed throughout the U.S. including concertos and recitals in California, Illinois, Oregon and Texas.

Featured on the recital will be Andrew Eldridge, marimba and Laurie Hunter, piano. Eldridge holds a Masters in Music Performance from University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign, and has an active solo and teaching career in the Dallas area. Hunter graduated with a Masters from Juilliard and has conducted all over North America. She currently teaches applied voice and musical theatre at SOU.

The program includes music by Pagannini, Bach, Piazzolla and Ibert. Sponsored by the SOU Music Department. Admission is free.

Storytellers fuel the fire of the imagination

Story Harmonics presents an afternoon of seasonal tales at the Ashland Children&

s Library on December 20 at 3:45 p.m. Healthy snacks will be served at 3:15 p.m.

Story Harmonics is Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy. Howard recently performed "The Devil and Daniel Webster" for the Oregon Bar Association annual meeting. Along with Duddy, they are two of the four founding partners of Portland&

s Story Theater. Claiming to be anthropologists of a sort &

150; excavating stories from their own and others&

lives &

150; Duddy says, "We look for stories that will lead to programs where audiences respond with aaah, or ah-ha, or amen."

The stories for this event are from all around the world. Some include the story of the Abenaki (Native American) hunter who learns how deeply he is loved by his winter wife and the lessons of Kwanzaa through the story of the blind man and the hunter. Other stories include the tale of the Dreidel and the Ukranian folktale of the magical mitten.

This event is free. For information call the Ashland Library at 774-6995.

This program is sponsored by the Jackson County Library Foundation, Jackson County Library Services, the Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Albertsons, and Shop &

145;n Kart.

The Nowhere Men

Ashland's Beatles band, The Nowhere Men will perform a holiday all-Beatles-music dance concert at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the A Street Marketplace in Ashland. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For information call 482-1905.

Pachelbel&

s Christmas

The Southern Oregon University Brass Quintet will present a concert of Christmas music Sunday, Dec. 18 at — p.m. at the Wagner Creek Schoolhouse Retreat and Cultural Center, 8448 Wagner Creek Road, above Talent.

Arrangements of many Christmas carols and holiday songs from many traditions will be performed.. Featured will be a "Christmas Melange" of over 20 well known carols set to the familiar pattern of Pachelbel&

s Canon.

Members of the SOU Brass Quintet are Bruce Dresser and Markus Tannenholtz, trumpets; Dr. Cynthia Hutton, horn; Dr. Mark Jacobs, trombone; and Michael Knox, tuba. All five are also members of the Rogue Valley Symphony.

For information and directions call 535-6350.