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One World brings Indigo Girls to Southern Oregon

SOU and JPR&

s One World Concert Series present the Indigo Girls in concert on at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater in Medford at 8 pm. Three5Human will open.

After over two decades and eight studio albums together, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, known as the Indigo Girls, continue to make music that inspires and entertains international audiences. In original songs that both bring peace of mind and calls to action, the Indigo Girls music today is bold and subtle, urgent and reflective. Over the course of their career, they have sold millions of albums worldwide &

including one double platinum, three platinum, and four gold recordings &

and earned six Grammy Award nominations.

The two have played thousands of shows and have operated within the music industry, without ever being a product of that industry, gaining the respect of their peers, not to mention an extremely loyal fan base. But more impressive than the industry accolades and hefty sales figures has been the way these two voices consistently reach out to audiences creating music that make a group of strangers feel at home. They've built a large and loyal following of all ages with live performances that are as up-close and personal in a stadium as they are in a smaller theater.

Regardless of which way the pop culture breezes are blowing, who is topping the pop charts, who is dominating fashion magazine covers, or who is getting played on the radio, Indigo Girls' concert experience remains a constant. They possess an enduring artist-audience bond developed without marketing gurus, corporate tie-ins or spin doctors. Theirs is an audience that most artists would envy: one that eagerly awaits new music from the duo, and greets older songs like old friends. Fans often go to multiple shows per tour, and do not leave until the final note rings out, and the house lights go on.

Lifelong friends, the two women met as students at Laurel Ridge Elementary School in De Kalb County, Georgia just outside of Decatur, Georgia. In high school, they started performing together as the B-Band, and Saliers and Ray. Emily graduated and started attending Tulane University. A year later, Amy graduated and started at Vanderbilt University. Homesick, both returned to Georgia and transferred to Emory University. By 1985, they started performing together again, this time as the Indigo Girls.

In 1987, they released their first full-length album, Strange Fire, and in 1988 they were signed to Epic records. After many critically acclaimed recordings and encore performances at Lilith Fair, the Indigo Girls are touring behind their 2004 release, All That We Let In.

The Indigo Girls returned to Tree Sound Studios in Georgia, and again, used producer Peter Collins and the core band of keyboardist/

multi-instrumentalist Carol Issacs, bass player Clare Kenny and drummer Brady Blade. Meanwhile, Saliers, who has played dobro, banjo, bouzouki, classical guitar, piano and hurdy gurdy and guitar on prior albums, made her mandolin and high-string guitar debuts on the album.

Longtime touring partners with the Indigo Girls, Three5Human&

s music is packed with the perfect combination of rock and soul. The brilliant chemistry between guitarist Tomi Martin and lead singer Trina Meade makes people stop and take notice. Meade's sweet and soulful vocals deliver socially potent lyrics; and drummer Melvin Baldwin and bassist Billy Fields&

performances are thunderous, contributing heavily to this modern day Band of Gypsies. Three5Human adds a type of texture and creativity that propels good songs to great ones on their latest release, Flying Below The Radar.

Reserved Tickets are $40/$36 for the general public; $28/$24 for SOU student or children 0-12 and are on sale now at the Craterian Box Office at 779-3000; online at www.oneworldseries.org; and at SOU Raider Aid in the Stevenson Union on the SOU Campus and Music Coop in Ashland.

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Local favorite and former Ashlander Jeff Stanley — is back in town for a visit from Australia. Stanley plays at the Siskiyou — Brew Pub, 31 Water St., Thursday at 9 p.m. Cover is $3, $1 if you say — &

please.&

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Lorenzo SantaBarbara&

s productions are known — for their aerial beauty.

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Auditions set for kids&

version of &

145;Chicago&

The Le Cirque Center will be auditioning for the show &

Chicago&

on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Le Cirque Center, 280 East Hersey St. No. 19.

&

Chicago&

will be co-directed by Lorenzo SantaBarbara and Caroline Shafer. SantaBarbara has an strong choreographic abilities and the staging of his productions has been well received. His most recent show was &

Ashland&

s Nutcracker.&

SantaBarbara has been directing and choreographing for 26 years and has both produced and directed nine shows in the Rogue Valley.

Shafer brings a list of accomplishments in addition to being a mother. She has been an actress in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for several years and has used her directing abilities in many shows in the Rogue Valley. Her latest accomplishment was the show &

fame.&

This show showcased her talents when working with youth through the artistry of theater. This production of &

Chicago&

has been modified with the student performer in mind.

A Touch of Cirque Du Soleil

The show &

Chicago&

will be joined by a well known figure in the circus world, Elsie Smith. A member of the Cirque Du Soleil show &

SaltiBanco,&

she will be performing with Ashland&

s &

Chicago&

cast on her last leg of a European tour with her own circus company the &

Gemini twins.&

Elsie will fly twenty feet in the air as she hangs from a trapeze while flipping with the greatest of ease.

The directors are looking for dancers, singers and actors to join in the production. All who audition will be in the show.

Actors: Shafer will give lines and improvisations for auditioning actors

Dancers: SantaBarbara will give a short phrase of dance

Singers: Singers must bring their own song either from the show &

Chicago&

or an unrelated piece.

For more information on the auditions call 301-6804.

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William Stafford was Oregon&

s poet Laureate — for almost 20 years.

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Tribute to poet laureate William Stafford set at SOU

The SOU Hannon Library will host a tribute to poet laureate William Stafford on January 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Meese Meeting Room. The program will feature eight local poets who will read works by William Stafford along with a poem of their own. Readers include Dori Appel, Anna Beauchamp, Lawson Inada, Michael Jenkins, Mitzi Miles-Kubota, Richard Moeschl, Jeannette Doob, and Vince Wixon.

William Stafford&

s poetry inspired others for over fifty years. Stafford published more than 70 books of poetry during his lifetime. He won the 1963 National Book Award for his book of poems, &

Traveling through the Dark,&

was the Poet Laureate of the United States for 1970-1971, and was Oregon's Poet Laureate for nearly twenty years.

Each January, Stafford&

s birthday month, audiences gather throughout the nation to honor his insight and generosity in sharing his own work while encouraging other poets. This year in January over 50 poetry readings will be held across the United States.

The poetry of William Stafford is still read throughout the world. New books of criticism continue to be published about Stafford&

s works, as well as publications of Stafford&

s previously unpublished works and reprints of older works of poetry. Most recently, in 2005, Oregon State University Press published &

Down in My Heart,&

Stafford&

s memoir of his years as a conscientious objector. 13 years after his death in 1993, Stafford remains one of the most widely-read and widely-published poets in America.

This event is free and open to everyone. For information call 552-6835.

Auditions

Singers needed for &

145;A Little Night Music&

Camelot will be auditioning singers for its up-coming production of &

A Little Night Music.&

Needed for the 5-member ensemble are: a high soprano with an E, an alto, a tenor with a high B, and a baritone who has a high G. Singers should be able to read music; choir experience is a plus. There is a small stipend.

Auditions are by appointment on Tuesday evening, January 24. Please prepare a song and bring the sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided.

&

A Little Night Music&

is a beguiling love story, featuring a witty and moving libretto by Hugh Wheeler and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. &

A Little Night Music&

plays March 15 through April 16.

To schedule a private audition, call the Camelot Theatre Company Box Office at 535-5250 ext. 2. Leave name, address and phone number. To find out more about the theatre, visit the Camelot Web site: www.CamelotTheatre.org. Camelot Theatre Company is located at the corner of Talent Ave and Main St in Talent.

Siskiyou Singers

looking for talent

Auditions for new members of the Siskiyou Singers will begin at 6:15 p.m. on January 24 in Wesley Hall at the First Methodist Church. No prepared material is necessary.

Returning members may register beginning at 6:15 p.m. Rehearsal will begin at 7:30 p.m. for a joint choirs concert of Mozart's works in April, and for Paul McCartney's "Liverpool Oratorio" to be performed May 13 and 14. For information call Music Director Dave Marston at 482-1905.

— — Laura Kemp

Two songwriters in concert at Mojo Rising

Songwriters Laura Kemp and John Shipe will be giving an evening concert at the MOJO Rising Workshop and Event Studio on Friday at 8 p.m.

With the release of her fifth studio album, &

May,&

Kemp has gained a reputation as one of the finest performers and songwriters on the West Coast. She has been a fixture on the Eugene folk scene since 1990.

With &

May,&

Laura adds a bluegrass twist to her acoustic Americana style, featuring an array of talented guest musicians including Steve Smith on mandolin, Sally Van Meter on dobro, Roy Brewer on fiddle, and Mark Thomas on banjo. Talking Leaves describes the album as &

a skillfully and beautifully assembled song cycle which sets a new standard for a Rain Water Records recording, in the quality of the performances, the depth and range of emotion and experience conveyed, and the beauty and power of the music.&

— — — John Shipe

A prolific songwriter and performer, Shipe has an original 200-plus song repertoire, a decade of touring, radio airplay, and eight recording projects. Thirty of his tunes have played on 100 independent and commercial radio stations, without the support of a major record label. He has appeared with Bob Dylan, Blind Melon, Cherry Poppin&

Daddies, Los Lobos, Cake, Tower of Power, Jerry Joseph, and Jimmy Cliff. Scott D. Lewis of the Oregonian reviewed, &

Vocally and lyrically, Shipe appears to prefer the role of the stoic, somewhat disenchanted commentator, and his poetic and literate prose moves from the personal to the political with grace &

133; a talented and capable songwriter and musician.&

Advance tickets are $10, available at the Music Coop in Ashland. Admission at the door is $12. Seating is primarily concert style and will be available on a first-come basis. For information, call 541-324-7044 or visit www.mojorisingstudio.com/.

The following events are featured at The Mobius, 281 Fourth St., through the end of January. For information see the Web site www.themobius.com or call 488-8894.

Victor Barnes

Thursday, Jan. 19, 8:30 p.m.

The Mobius presents the bluegrass-infused music of Victor Barnes on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 8:30 p.m. This group is from Northern Colorado and occasionally play with national acts like Yonder Mountain String Band, The North Mississippi All-Stars and the Railroad Earth. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $5 for students. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Hounds

Jan. 20 at 8:30 p.m.

The Hounds will be playing at the Mobius on Jan. 20 at 8:30 p.m. Their music is a crafted blend of funk, soul, reggae and rock. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 for students.

Poetry Slam XV

Thursday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m.

The competitive art of performance poetry, Thursday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m. $5

Ashland's fifteenth Poetry Slam. A fun and interactive event with a great diverse mix of Ashland locals. Judges are chosen randomly from the crowd and audience participation is encouraged. If you are interested in performing your original poetry, sign ups are at 7:30 sharp. $50 cash prize for the slam champion. Hosted By Ocho.

Taarka

Saturday Jan. 28, at 8 p.m.

Seismic Gypsy Hypno Jazz, Saturday Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. $10/$8 students. Gifted composers and improvisers David Tiller (mandolin) and Enion Pelta-Tiller (violin,) with Jason Flores (bass), and Dale Largent (percussion) draw on a variety of influences &

150; jazz and funk, Afro-Cuban, gypsy and klezmer, celtic, middle-eastern, and classical music to create a uniquely complex yet accessible sound they call &

Seismic Gypsy Hypno-Jazz.&

Taarka, a national touring act, has shared the stage with acts including the Everyone Orchestra, Yonder Mountain, String Cheese Incident, Spearhead and others.

The band members also have side projects of note: Jason; theVagabond Opera, Dale; Coyo, and David and Enion; thaMuseMeant (Frogville Planet Records). Taarka is also excited about recording their new album, due out early 2006.

Lunar Imbolc Women's Gathering

Sunday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m.

Rising with the light, Sunday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. Free, with $3-7 donation suggested.

This time marks the mid point between Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, and has long been celebrated as a time of honoring Mother Earth and the Divine Feminine within. "As glaciers begin to melt, rivers swell and rains wash away what is no longer useful. She prepares herself for the new year's growth, through elemental cleansing."

The Earth is warming, as sap begins to rise up in the trees. All around us, nature mirrors the beauty and the balance in the cycles of life. Imbolc teaches us how to ready ourselves for our own new growth through symbolic cleansing. This evening of the new moon will be a community gathering to encourage and celebrate new life.

Winter healing Arts Fair

The Winter Healing Arts Fair will be at the Mobius, 281 Fourth St., on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The entry fees is $5 and children are free with an adult. The services offered by Ashland&

s community Healing Arts practitioners and workshop facilitators will be available for sample.

There will be a variety of healing practitioner booths, featuring: Ashland Body and Brain Yoga Center; Charman "Mimi" Johnson&

s Energetic Sound Healing; Gwendolyn Terra&

s Transformational Tarot; D'vorah Swarzman&

s Thai Therapeutics; Network Chiropractor Erin Pollinger; Cathy Mary Rashin&

s Flower Essences; Karen Keister&

s Natural Vision Improvement; An-Ra-Nae&

s Ancient Egyptian Aromatherapy; and Jenn Collins&

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

All workshops are included and Healing Services are offered on a donation basis. Practitioners do fill their schedules, so come early to take full advantage of the variety of healing gifts and workshops.

For more information contact Gwendolyn Terra at 488-3033 or e-mail gwendolynterra@yahoo.com

Workshops:

— p.m. A Taste of Nia with Gwendolyn Terra

2 p.m. Ashland Body Brain Yoga

— p.m. Yoga for Joy with Tracie Sage

4 p.m. Sound Circle with Living Dojo