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Epic social drama in &

145;Entertaining Strangers&

Twenty-seven actors bring life to 87 vibrant and varied characters in the Southern Oregon University Theatre Arts production of David Edgar&

s epic social drama &

Entertaining Strangers.&

Drawing its title from Hebrews 13: &

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares,&

&

Entertaining Strangers&

paints a detailed portrait of rural life, religious morality, deep poverty and &

demon drink&

in Victorian England. The play follows two families over the course of 30 years: the Moules, led by the devout and unrelenting pastor Henry Moule, and the Eldridges, led by the equally stubborn brew house owner Sarah Eldridge.

Playwright David Edgar is well known for his Tony-award winning adaptation of Charles Dickens&

&

The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickelby&

and his adaptation of &

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde&

will play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2006. Directed by Dennis Smith, the SOU production of Entertaining Strangers features traditional period folksongs arranged and orchestrated by OSF&

s Maureen Patricia O&

Scannell and traditional English country dances choreographed by Chris Sackett and Brook Friendly; OSF actor David Kelly serves as the production dialect coach.

Entertaining Strangers plays March 2-5 and March 9-12 at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 11. Ticket prices are $5 for students, $14 for seniors and $17 for general admission. For ticket information or to make reservations call the Theatre Arts Box Office at 552-6348. The box office is located in the Theatre Building on the Mountain Avenue side of the SOU Campus. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the box office opens two hours prior to every performance. Southern Oregon University is the designated Center of Excellence in the Fine and Performing Arts for the Oregon University System. For more information, visit Southern Oregon University&

s Theatre Department Web site at www.sou.edu/THTR.

Auditions

&

145;An American Daughter&

at Camelot

Camelot Theatre Company, a semi-professional theatre in the Rogue Valley, will be holding auditions for its 2006 season of Wendy Wasserstein&

s &

An American Daughter&

on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the theatre annex. Camelot Theatre is located at 101 Talent Ave. in Talent. Interested actors need to bring a picture and resume. Actors should plan to be there the entire time and will be asked to read from the script. Directed by Camelot Production Manger Bob Herried, &

An American Daughter&

begins rehearsals April — and runs May 10 through June 11.

Actors are needed for the following roles:

Quincy Quince &

recent college graduate (Female mid-20s)

Walter Abrahmson &

Middle-aged College professor (40-50)

Timber Tucker &

TV reporter (Male 30-45)

Morrow McCarthy &

Walter&

s best friend (40-50)

Senator Alan Hughes &

(60-70)

Charolette Hughes &

Senator&

s wife (55-65)

Billy Robbins &

Works for Senator (Male 20-30)

Jimmy &

Technician for Timber Tucker (20-40)

Judith Kaufman &

Lyssa&

s best friend (African American 40-50)

Camelot is also looking for stage managers for its upcoming productions of &

An American Daughter,&

&

1776,&

&

The Beard of Avon, &

Fahrenheit 451&

and &

Into the Woods.&

Please send a resume to: Camelot Theatre Company, P.O. Box 780 Talent OR 97540, attn: Production Manger

For information see the Web site: www.camelottheatre.org. For information call 535-5250

Irish music is the flavor of the week

Flook and Karan Casey Band are the latest installments in the One World Concert Series

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The Karan Casey Band performs Saturday at the SOU — Music Recital Hall.

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One World Concert Series is looking forward to presenting Innovations in Irish Music featuring Flook and Karan Casey Band in a rare opportunity to enjoy two of Ireland&

s most illustrious bands for one exceptional evening of Celtic music on Saturday March 4 at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall in Ashland at 8 p.m.

The first of two bands to perform in this evening will be Grammy-award-winning artist, Karan Casey, who has been critically acclaimed around the world as one of Ireland&

s greatest singers. The Wall Street Journal has described her as one of the true glories of Irish music today. Her unique interpretations compel the listener to hear with new ears some of the more traditional songs. To this effect the Boston Globe states that &

Casey&

s voice is among the loveliest in folk music, and she is a wonderful interpreter of both contemporary and traditional material.&

They also compare her intimate vocal style to the greatest torch singers, such as Billie Holiday, remarking that &

she makes us believe she is sharing confidences, singing just to us.&

She has also been called &

the most soulful singer to emerge in Irish traditional music in the past decade&

by The Herald in Glasgow.

After moving to Dublin for university studies in Italian and Classics, she also trained in piano and voice at the Irish School of Music and The Royal Irish Academy of Music.

In 1993 Karan emigrated to New York and began a jazz degree in Brooklyn&

s Long Island University. Later she joined Seamus Egan, Winifred Horan, John Doyle and John Williams to form the group Solas. The band recorded three albums in just four years, and won NAIRD awards for each. They played with Bela Fleck, Iris De Ment, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, The Chieftains, Donal Lunny, Sharon Shannon and Paul Winter while touring extensively in America, Europe and Japan. During this period Karan recorded her first solo album Songlines in 1997. Other recent recordings include the Grammy-winning Celtic Soltice with Paul Winter and Friends in 1999, and the PBS documentary Africans In America with Sweet Honey in the Rock&

s Bernice Johnson Reagon. In her second solo album, The Winds Begin To Sing, Karan explores the boundaries of traditional Irish song. Fully versed in the genre&

s subtleties (and comfortable singing several selections in Gaelic), she is equally at home while transforming Billie Holiday&

s jazz classic &

Strange Fruit&

into a chilling Irish ballad from beyond the Pale. Usually touring with accordion virtuoso Niall Vallely and guitar wizard Robbie Overson, Karan Casey has already performed at many prestigious venues, including the Kennedy Center, WOMAD USA, A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Symphony Space, Knitting Factory, Kentucky Center for the Arts, and (participating in Paul Winter&

s Solstice Celebrations) the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Flook

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The Irish band Flook is set to play with Karan — Casey Band Saturday.

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From Ireland via the UK, comes Flook, an inventive and exciting group, featuring melodically dazzling flutes over a hard-driving rhythm section of guitar and bodhran. Flook is a quartet of two Irish and two British master musicians who spin traditionally rooted tunes into a breathtaking sound. This group possesses a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination. The result is musically astonishing. Their latest recording, Haven, is steeped in the tradition of jigs and reels; but if American listeners figure that Flook is just another Celtic band genuflecting to tradition, they should think again.

This is a group that&

s now revered on both sides of the Atlantic for their distinctly non-traditional approach to what many hold sacred and untouchable. Their U.S. tours inevitably produce packed houses of fans thirsty for a completely modern and fearless take on flutes, frets and skins innovation. Their all-instrumental approach lays a hefty dollop of dance-inducing jubilation onto the proceedings, while at the same time keeping their Celtic-grounded sound sparse, airy and at times, downright ethereal. The Scotsman has called their music &

Sheer musical magic...Stunning technique, impossibly agile rhythm work and virtuoso flights of jazzy improvisation add up to one of the most enthralling sounds around.&

In the hands of four of the most talented and adroit musicians anywhere, Flook&

s music has become a thrilling, swinging thing to behold. With this powerful group, the traditional musical form will never be quite the same. Yet Flook has won over even the purists with their sound.

Flook has toured extensively in the US, Europe, Japan and Australia and headlined Peter Gabriel&

s WOMAD Festival in Adelaide. They were also nominated as Best Album in the BBC Folk Awards in 2002 and Flook members Sarah Allen and John Joe Kelly were voted Best Female and Male Musicians of the Year by the Irish-American News. Flook&

s current incarnation -- Sarah Allen on flutes and accordion, Brian Finnegan on flutes and whistles, John Joe Kelly on bodhran and mandolin and Ed Boyd on guitar and bouzouki &

has been together for five years. &

Our secret,&

says Finnegan, &

is that the four of us come from completely different backgrounds. &

The classically trained London native Allen was a mainstay of the now defunct, wildly eclectic jazz-meets-folk-meets-Cajun band The Barely Works. Finnegan, who grew up in Ireland listening to only traditional Irish music before he started frequenting Belfast jazz joints as a teenager, has won four All-Ireland championships on flute and tin whistle. Kelly, who has worked with Altan and Paul Brady, is considered one of the world&

s great bodhran players, with six All-Ireland wins on the instrument and another two on drums.

Reserved tickets for Innovations In Irish Music with Karan Casey Band and Flook at the SOU Music Recital Hall in Ashland ($32 - General Public; $16 &

150; SOU Student/Child 0-12) are on sale now at 541-552-6461 or online at www.oneworldseries.org; and at SOU&

s Raider Aid in the Stevenson Union, or the Music Coop in Ashland.

An evening of Indian ragas with Shabda Kahn

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Shabda Kahn will perform an evening of North Indian — Ragas at the Unitarian Center Friday.

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There will be an evening of North Indian Ragas with Shabda Kahn at the Unitarian Center, Fourth and C streets, Ashland, on Friday at 8 p.m.

Joining Kahn for this concert are Rik Masterson on vocals, Tzara Vierck on tables and Melinda Williams on tamboura.

In 1972, Kahn began studying classical Indian vocal techniques with the late Pandit Pran Nath, the master North Indian classical vocalist who brought the 800 year-old oral transmission of Chisti Sufi Vocal music to the West. With the blessings of his teacher, Kahn formed the Chisti Sabri School of Music. He continues as its director.

Kahn has been the spiritual director of the Sufi Ruhaniat International since 2001. In 1969, he became a disciple of Murshid Samuel Lewis and began teaching Sufi practices after Lewis&

death. He worked closely with the American mystic Joe Miller until his death. Kahn also is a disciple of the Tibetan Buddhist master, the 12th Tai Stupa Rinpoche.

Masterson also was a disciple of Pandit Pran Nath. After Pandit Pran Nath passed away in 1996, Masterson continued his raga studies with Terry Riley and other distinguished teachers. From 1994 to 2001, he traveled to India annually to further his studies and understanding of Indian music and culture. Masterson has taught and performed in America, India, Germany and France with some of the most highly respected artists in the field of Indian music including vocalists Pandit Pran Nath, Pandit Jagdish Mohan and Shrimati Karunamayee, sarangi master Ustad Hafizullah Khan, sitarists Krishna Bhatt, Biswajit Sarkar, Iklaq Hussain Khan, and composer/singers Terry Riley and La Monte Young. In addition to private teaching, he has taught at Marylhurst College, Portland Community College, Lewis Clark College, University of Portland, University of Oregon, Reed College, and Portland State University and given numerous lecture demonstrations in Oregon public schools.

While living in India, Vierck, began studying tabla with B.K. Mahant and Ustad Alla Rakha, as well as vocal raga with Pandit Pran Nath. He has performed in India, and around the United States with Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, Le Monte Young, Iklaq Hussain Khan, O.B. Addy, Emam, and others. Vierck continues to study tabla regularly with Ustad Zakir Hussain. Vierck also performs with the Javanese Gamelan, the Venerable Showers of Beauty, and hosts the Tabla.com Web site and radio program.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door and $8 for kids 5 to 17. Tickets are available on-line at www.stclairevents.com, by calling 535-3562, or at the Music Coop in the A Street Marketplace.

In addition to his concert, Kahn will lead a workshop on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Self and Soul Center, 9820 A Wagner Creek Rd., Talent. Entitled &

Passion for the Goal, Equanimity for What Arises,&

this experiential workshop will include Dances of Universal Peace, Zikr, Buddhist sitting meditation and Sufi practices. Cost of the workshop is $120, which includes lunch. Call 535-3562 to register.

Fashion show benefit

Oh Behave and Fashion to the Rescue present a Masquerade Benefit Ball and Fashion Show, &

The Tale of Thorns Roses&

at the Historic Ashland Armory Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The event will raise money for the Southern Oregon branch of Candlelighters &

children with cancer.&

The tickets will start at $35 for general seating and $50 for reserved seating around the runway. There will be a silent auction and raffle tickets for the donated gifts. Food and wine will be supplied by local businesses. After costs, all the proceeds will be donated to Candelighters as well as other potential foundations who cater to financial assistance to families of children with sever illnesses.

AROUND TOWN

Do your friends think you&

re funny?

The Lithia Fountain Grill, located at 303 East Main St., is looking for fresh faces in the local comedy scene. The Fountain holds Comedy Open Mike, hosted by new MC Bondo, Monday at 9 p.m. Sign-up starts at 8:30 p.m. The kitchen will remain open with a limited menu for the event. P.A. system provided. Call the Fountain at 488-0179 for information.

Mollie O&

Brien

at Mojo Rising

Sugar Hill Recording Artist Mollie O&

Brien performs Sunday at 8 p.m. at Mojo Rising Workshop and Event Studio, 140 Lithia Way. Performing with guitarist Rich Moore, O&

Brien will perform blues, jazz, soul, gospel, mountain traditional, and folk.

Advance tickets are available at the Music Coop, 181 A Street, until 6 p.m. the day of show. Prices are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 541-324-7044 for more information.

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The Nowhere Men are, left to right, David Young, — Joe Cohoon, David Gabriel and Dave Marston.

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Beatles music

Ashland&

s Beatles band, The Nowhere Men

, will perform an all-Beatles-music dance concert at 8 p.m. on Friday at the A Street Marketplace, at the corner of Oak and A streets.

Food and beverages will be available from Cozmic Pizza and the new Ploughman&

s Wine and Cheese Bar.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

&

145;Passport to the World&

benefit

Highlighting this year&

s theme of &

Passport to the World,&

the 2006 Temple Emek Shalom auction will feature a gift of three nights in a $5 million private home located in Aspen, Cabo San Lucas, Napa Valley, St. Barth&

s, Telluride or Florence, Italy or an apartment in Paris.

The auction is Saturday at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., between Walker and Tolman Creek Road, and begins at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to this festive event which has attracted 300 to 400 guests in previous years.

Among other items to be offered in the live auction, led by Ron Burgess, are week-long stays in a luxury home in Puerto Vallarta, one in Hawaii and two homes on the Oregon coast; dinners for up to 24 people at local restaurants; a unique Monte Carlo night; two courtside seats to a Trail Blazer game; an LCD television set, a yearlong movie pass, fine watches, furniture and luggage.

Tickets for the &

Passport to the World&

2006 Auction are $25 per person and include a gourmet dinner buffet of foods from around the world--plus wines, soft drinks and desserts--and the auctions. A silent auction will feature 300 unique gifts donated by local artisans and merchants.

Continuing a sub-theme of &

Building Bridges in our Community,&

a portion of the auction proceeds will be donated to charitable causes in the Rogue Valley and will help fund activities that benefit the community. Among these are Children&

s Advocacy Center, Habitat for Humanity, Human Rights Coalition of Jackson County, Northwest Seasonal Workers, Special OIympics of Oregon, and dozens more.

For information call 488-2909 or visit www.emekshalom.org.

Empty Bowls project

The seventh annual Empty Bowls Project, a pottery fundraiser to support local hunger programs, will take place Friday during the First Friday Art Walk. The sale will take place from 5 to 7 pm in the Thorndike Gallery of the Southern Oregon University Art Building. Last year Empty Bowls, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Ashland, the Schneider Museum of Art and the SOU Art Department, raised more that $3,500. This year, with an increased demand at local food banks, organizers hope to raise at least $4,000.

The Empty Bowls Project began in 1991 in the Midwest and today occurs in all 50 states, as well as many international venues. It has raised over a million dollars for hunger programs. Each month, averages of 194,000 people eat from an emergency food box. The Ashland community has joined together to bring awareness to the hunger problem. More than 200 bowls have been donated by Clayfolk potters and local pottery classes. New this year is the opportunity to purchase a $5 certificate which is good for a bowl of soup at participating local restaurants.

Bowls and other pottery average $15. Proceeds benefit local food banks such as ACCESS Food Share, Ashland Emergency Food Bank, ICCA and Uncle Food&

s Diner. The public is invited to come celebrate, take home a beautiful bowl, and make a difference in the fight against hunger.

For information call 482-9677.

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An Evening of Jazz and Blues with The Gayle Wilson — Jazz Quartet, above, is planned for Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at Alex's — Plaza Restaurant, 35 N. Main St. For information call 482-8818.

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KSKQ benefit concert

David Rovics Attila The Stockbroker are coming to Ashland Sunday in support of KSKQ Community Radio. David Rovics and Attila the Stockbroker are on their second US tour: &

The voice of the opposition!&

They perform hard-hitting poetry and song, raging against the policies of Bush and Blair, the Iraq war, and the corporations that support the war. David Rovics writes perceptive, intelligent, incisive, angry songs, sung to an acoustic guitar backing.

There will be raffles for free CDs from the Music Coop as a benefit to help get KSKQ on the air. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St. Tickets are on sale for $10 at the Music Coop, and the Northwest Nature shop. For more information or to become member of the radio station call 482-3999.

&

145;Women Say No to War&

on the Plaza

CodePINK

women in Ashland is preparing a celebration to take place on the Plaza Wednesday as part of the International Women&

s Day &

Women Say No to War&

movement. Women from around the world are gathering signatures to be presented to U.S. Embassies and to our leaders in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. The Plaza celebration on that day will include performances by members of the Women&

s Resource Center from SOU, members of the Peace Choir, local singer/songwriters, speeches by local children, song parodies by CodePINK members and sing-a-long songs for the audience.

CodePINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities.

Three Ashland women will travel to Washington D.C. to represent Oregon in the presentation of signatures at the White House on Wednesday. Signature tables will be set up at the Ashland Community Co-Op on Saturday for those wishing to be included in the &

Women Say No to War&

movement.

The Plaza presentation takes place on Wednesday at 5 p.m. For information call 488-1469.

Schumann&

s performance features Amos Yang

— — — YANG

Savor the romantic vision of Schumann&

s Cello Concerto featuring Amos Yang and the Rogue Valley Symphony

Cellist Amos Yang will perform Schumann&

s romantic Cello Concerto in three concerts with the Rogue Valley Symphony under the direction of Arthur Shaw. The first performance is Friday at 8 p.m. in Ashland at the SOU Music Recital Hall. The second performance is Saturday, at 8 p.m. in Medford at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater. The final performance will be Sunday at — p.m. in Grants Pass at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center. The exciting Roman Carnival Overture by Berlioz and Franck&

s fabulous Symphony in D minor will complete the program.

Cellist Amos Yang is a multi-faceted artist, comfortable in a variety of musical settings from his position in the Seattle Symphony to orchestral soloist. He has received such accolades as &

superlatively gifted&

(The Boston Globe), &

powerful&

(The Monterey Herald), &

masterful&

(The Rochester Times-Union), and &

an artist one wishes to hear again &

and again&

(The Ellsworth American). Yang has performed as soloist and chamber musician in major concert halls throughout the United States, the Far East and Europe. His numerous awards include the Eastman School of Music&

s highest honor, the Performer&

s Certificate, and first prizes in both the American String Teacher&

s Association and Grace Vamos Competitions. He was also a finalist in the Pierre Fournier International Cello Competition, and for outstanding musical contribution, was awarded the CD Jackson Prize at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He plays on an 18th-century cello made by Thomas Dodd, currently being loaned to him.

Clara Schumann wrote in her diary in 1851, &

I have played Robert&

s cello concerto again (on the piano) and thus given myself a truly musical and happy hour. The romantic quality, the weaving of cello and orchestra are indeed wholly ravishing, and what euphony and deep feeling one finds in all the melodic passages!&

Completed in just a few weeks in 1850, Robert Schumann&

s Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 is in the composer&

s most flowing, lyrical style, full of grace and beauty. Laid out in the traditional three movement form, the concerto reveals the experimental side of Schumann&

s passionate nature and sets the cello firmly in the spotlight, where it remains throughout the piece.

The concert will open with Hector Berlioz&

&

Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9.&

Berlioz began his tumultuous career as a composer in the 1830s. Influenced by Shakespeare, Beethoven and Goethe among many others, he failed to win much recognition as a composer in Paris. His works were considered eccentric for the time and he was forced to make a living as a journalist, writing for Gazette musicale and the Journal des débats. Performances and recognition abroad from the 1842 to 1863 brought Berlioz into the spotlight. Hailed as an advanced composer and as a leading modern conductor, he was finally able to find his place in the musical world. His pieces are inextricably woven with his intense personality, reflecting his love of poetry, literature, religion and drama. &

The Roman Carnival Overture,&

composed in 1844, stands out as one of his most extroverted and brilliant pieces.

There will also be a pre-concert talk led by Pat Daly, one hour before each performance. For details on this performance and upcoming events, visit the Web site www.rvsymphony.org. Call the Rogue Valley Symphony Box Office at 552-6398 to reserve seats. Tickets for the Ashland showing are $39 premium, $32 general reserved, and $5 student. $20 Rush Tickets will be available beginning at 7:45pm.