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LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT

March 16, 2006

St. Patrick&

s dance at Walker Elementary

The Ashland Folk Club is holding its St. Patrick&

s weekend contradance on Saturday at Walker Elementary School in Ashland. Everyone is invited for an evening of family fun. Live music will be provided by local group U-3, comprised of Bo Leyden on four-string banjo and mandolin, Ellie Hultgren on piano and feet, and William Greene on fiddle.

Annie Kramer is calling. A beginners&

workshop will be held at 7 p.m. and the dance runs from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for AFMC members, $7 for the general public, and $4 for teens. Discounts are given for first-timers. Come alone or with a partner. All dances are taught and are suitable for older children through seniors. Dancers are advised to wear soft soled, non-marking shoes and comfortable clothing.

For more information,

e-mail ashlandfolk@attglobal.net or call Gordon

at 488-0679.

Saint Patrick&

s event features Nowhere Men

Ashland&

s Beatles band, The Nowhere Men, will perform an all-Beatles Saint Patrick&

s Day dance concert at 8 on Friday at the &

145;A&

Street Marketplace at the corner of Oak and A streets. Beatles lovers are invited to bring friends, family (children with parents are welcome) and dancing feet to celebrate their favorite music.

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

s Wine and Cheese Bar.

Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The Toyes play the Armory for a

counter-culture St. Paddy&

s Day bash

Rogue Valley radio station KROG presents The Toyes live in concert in Ashland on Friday at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St.

The Toyes are reggae/rock counter-culture icons and have been called &

the world&

s

1 bud band,&

&

Cheech and Chong&

s favorite Reggae band&

(San José Metro Magazine) and &

America&

s best Reggae band&

(The All-Music Guide) The event will feature four bands, including Portland&

s The Hell Yeahs and Ashland&

s own The Frankie Hernandez Band and Chesterfield. There will also be a beer garden with &

green beer&

specials all night for the St. Patrick&

s Day party.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and all ages are welcome. Tickets are $17 in advance and $24 at the door. Advance tickets are available in Ashland at Lowdown Board Shop and The Music Coop, in Medford at Bad Ass Coffee and Six One Nine, and in Grants Pass at Listen Here.

The TOYES&

music can currently be heard in dozens of movies and TV shows, and on hundreds of radio stations around the world. Locally, their music can be heard on KROG and JPR.

Composers&

forum

The Southern Oregon University Department of Music Composition Studies Program will present the Composer&

s Forum on Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall, at Southern Oregon University.

The Composers&

Forum is an informal gathering of composers, performers, and audience members invited to explore new works, the creative process, and new performance techniques via lively performances, discussions, and presentations.

The program will include works by faculty, students, and alumni of SOU&

s Composition Studies Program. The works to be performed are Mark Knippel, Piece by Piece (2005); Cayleigh Allen, flute and Jenna Giles, alto flute. Todd Barton, waterMusic (2006), original electronic music and video. Jason Hoopes, Moon Over Japan (2005) for woodwind choir. Garron Keeney/Michael Kitson/Terry Longshore, Alloy (2005) for — triangles, — suspended cymbals, and 12 glockenspiel notes.

Tickets are free.

SOU Concert Choirs

The Southern Oregon University Department of Music Chamber and Concert Choirs will present &

A Choral Tapestry&

on Sunday at — p.m. in the Music Recital Hall, at Southern Oregon University.

Chamber Choir prepares for their six-day tour of Guanajuato, Mexico over spring break by performing a program featuring Mexican and Spanish music. Two movements of Thomas Victoria&

s ethereal &

Missa Gaudeamus&

are set off by two virtuosic settings of traditional Mexican folk songs. Portland-based composer, Craig Kingsbury, is represented by three colorful settings of the great Spanish poet Fredrico Garcia Lorca and a moving &

Ave Maria,&

dedicated to the victims of 9/11. At the invitation of the University of Guanajuato, Chamber Choir will be performing this program in Yuriria, Celaya, Penjamo, and Guanajuato, Mexico, between March 29 and April 4.

Concert Choir will sing a concert of music of the Jewish culture. Leonard Bernstein&

s Chichester Psalms will be the centerpiece of the event. The work was commissioned for the 1965 Festival at the Cathedral of Chichester in Sussex, England, with choral forces from Sussex, Winchester, and Salisbury. Texts from Psalms 108, 100, 23, 2, 131, and 133 provided inspiration, and the lyrics were set to music in Hebrew.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors and free for students. Tickets and season passes may be purchased at the Music Box Office prior to the performance or by calling 552-6101. For more information see www.sou.edu/music

Dark comedy at SOU for just two shows

Bounded in a Nutshell Productions presents &

Where&

s My Money?&

by John Patrick Shanley. Shanley won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award for best play, and a host of other awards for his play &

Doubt,&

which continues to run on Broadway. &

Where&

s My Money?&

premiered in New York in 2001.

&

Where&

s My Money?&

will have two performances only: Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. in The Center Square Theatre in the SOU Theatre Arts Building. Seating will be limited to first-come, first-served. Admission is free.

&

Where&

s My Money?&

is a darkly comic and wildly theatrical look at modern love and divorce. The New York Times said &

[Where&

s My Money?] can make you giggle and shudder at once.&

The play follows two divorce lawyers as their unhappy marriages each face a crisis.

The play will be presented in the SOU Black Box and will feature Sean Kelly, Jennifer Brown, Amanda Long, Nick Ferrucci, Scott Marden, and Lucinda Bedell. The production will be directed by Keith Mosman. Keith is a BFA director at SOU, where he has directed &

The Nina Variations,&

&

Collected Stories,&

&

How He Lied to Her Husband,&

and &

A Florentine Tragedy.&

Keith is also the artistic director for The Public Domain Players, a student organization that reads plays as charitable fundraisers. &

Where&

s My Money?&

will serve as Keith&

s BFA directing thesis project.

For information, contact Keith Mosman at 541-261-1338 or mosmank@gmail.com.

Public Domain Players read O&

Neil play &

145;Ile&

The Public Domain Players&

latest reading for charity will be &

Ile&

by Eugene O&

Neill Thursday at 4 p.m. in The Center Square Theatre in the SOU Theatre Arts Building. All donations will be sent to The Red Cross Disaster Relief.

The Public Domain Players is student organization at Southern Oregon University. dedicated to presenting readings of publicly-owned plays to the public. Admission is free, but donations to a selected charity will be accepted. This reading will be a benefit for The Red Cross Disaster Relief.

&

Ile&

is a rarely seen one-act from O&

Neill&

s early period. It concerns a whaling ship trapped in ice, a mutinous crew, the wife who shouldn&

t be aboard, and the captain who must keep the ship afloat. The play is a wild and ruckus fairy tale that utilizes the melodrama and archetypes that O&

Neill knew well.

This reading will be directed by Scott Fullerton. Fullerton is a BFA actor at SOU and has recently been seen in &

Entertaining Strangers,&

&

Twelfth Night,&

and &

The Threepenny Opera.&

For more information, contact Keith Mosman, PDP artistic director, at 541-261-1338 or mosmank@gmail.com.

Nancy Wilkins

For the month of March, and in celebration of Women&

s National History Month, The Living Gallery presents new abstract monoprints by Portland&

s Nancy Wilkins.

These oil-based monoprints are created using varying combinations of printmaking techniques: monotype; traditional intaglio methods (drypoint and etching); a non-toxic photoetching process; and collagraph.

Though each monoprint contains a repeatable aspect, it is made spontaneously &

run through the press many times, adding and subtracting elements. I could not recreate any exactly again. Each is a unique print.

&

I am drawn to, and return again and again, to stark, open landscapes, geometric shapes, and to creating layers of rich saturated color. Though frequently I am not conscious of it, I believe I am always somehow thinking about the concept of impermanence &

through my prints, attempting to come to terms with the fact that everything changes, is fleeting and impossible to hold onto. The prints capture that movement for me and are grounding.&

Born in St. Louis, Nancy has lived in Portland, since 1987. She received a B.F.A. in printmaking from Marylhurst University in 1999. Since that time she has been a self-employed studio artist. She teaches periodically, and has shown her work in several prestigious juried art shows in the Northwest.

The Living Gallery is at 20 S. First St. For information call 482-9795.

Hanson Howard Gallery exhibit

&

Painted Ladies&

an invitational exhibit in recognition of National Women&

s History Month, runs through March at Hanson Howard Gallery. Paintings by Anne Schreivogl from Anacortes, Washington are included in the show. She describes her artistic process as &

giving yourself permission to play. For me painting is the ultimate act of trust, being willing to fall in love with life over and over again.&

Hanson Howard Gallery is located at 82 N. Main St. For information call 488-2562 or visit the Web site www.hhgallery.com.

Children&

s art from Indonesia and India

Visit the Ashland Branch&

s Children&

s Library to view delightful and dramatic artwork drawn by children from Indonesia and India. The pieces from these two countries have their own distinctive styles; it&

s fun to compare/contrast them.

This display has been provided by Tom Scott as part of his &

Global Day of Peace Art Exchange: A series of art exchanges between students of Southern Oregon and students of other countries.&

The project started when Scott&

s daughter wanted a pen pal. Before everything was finished, he had contacted schools all over the world to ask if their students would participate.

The drawings will be on display for the month of March. Afterward, the original pieces will be sold, with the funds going to the Nyumbani Orphanage in Kenya. The Ashland Branch Library is located at 410 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland. For more information, call Fran or Perii at 774-6995.

Storyteller Debra Zaslow returns to Ashland library

Ashland&

s own author and storyteller Debra Zaslow will return to the Ashland Children&

s Library as March&

s performer in the Third Tuesday @ the Library series. This encore storytelling performance follows last year&

s event in which Zaslow entertained children and their parents with wondrous and wise tales from around the world.

Set for after-school on Tuesday healthy snacks will be served in the 30 minutes before the 3:45 p.m. performance. The performance will last about 45 minutes, allowing children to be home in time for dinner and homework.

&

When I tell people that I&

m a storyteller, they think it means that I read stories to children; yet actually I don&

t ready anything to anybody.&

Zaslow said.

She believes there is a misunderstanding about what a storyteller is and she&

s committed to clearing-up that confusion.

Storytelling is performance art, according to Zaslow. Though stories may come from books, there are no books involved in these performances. Many storytellers have backgrounds in theater arts and they all, including Zaslow, set out to cast a kind of spell on the audience. They want to capture the audience with their body language, their words, and the content of the stories they tell.

Zaslow&

s performance has many local sponsors, including the Jackson County Library Foundation, the Friends of the Ashland Library, Albertsons, Shop &

145;n Kart, the Ashland Springs Hotel, and Joan Becich.

For information, call Perii at the Ashland Library at 774-6995.

Mountainfilm Festival in Mount Shasta

The Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center is bringing the &

Best of Mountainfilm in Telluride on Tour&

to the Mount Shasta community on Saturday from 6:30 to10 p.m. at College of the Siskiyous in Weed. Mountainfilm presents a collage of its award-winning films featuring themes common to mountain communities all over the globe. Mountainfilm has been inspiring and educating audiences with adventure, cultural and environmental films since 1979.

This one-night-only film festival will consist of feature length, medium and short films, certain to illuminate a diverse community of ecological, adventure, travel and life enthusiasts. In honor of the elements and the issues currently permeating the Mount Shasta bioregional community, the theme this year is Water. As essential for life as breath, sunshine and soil, water will appear throughout the evening, serving as our cohesive element.

Are the wild rivers suitable for eco-tourists? Is the Chinese government willing to support a burgeoning sustainable economy? And most importantly, are the people who have lived and worked along the rivers for centuries prepared to shift their relationships to the land enough to harness the wealth of their rivers in different ways? The film portrays how people gather to address these questions in a way that is relevant to Mt. Shasta&

s own local burgeoning sustainable economy.

Other highlights of the evening include; live ambient music in the lobby beginning at 5:30 p.m. when the doors open, bonus features from 10 to 11 p.m., food and beverage, information on how to get involved with important issues in the Shasta bioregion and opportunities to win a raffle prize.

Tickets may be purchased from The Fifth Season or Village Books in Mount Shasta, The River Exchange in Dunsmuir, Weed Mercantile in Weed and Nature&

s Kitchen in Yreka, or call the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center at 530-926-5655 to mail order tickets or to pay with credit card. Tickets cost $17 in advance or $18 at the door.

Environmental documentary &

Motor&

KS Wild Film Night presents the environmental documentary &

Motor&

Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Environmental Center, 84 Fourth St.

&

Motor&

is an evocative 38-minute documentary that examines the controversial issue of off-road motor vehicle use on public lands and waterways. &

Motor&

documents the environmental damage that jeeps, ATVs, jet skis, snowmobiles, and other personal motorized transportation devices cause in areas that Congress has set aside to be preserved for future generations. The film outlines both sides of the debate with viewpoints from motorized-use advocates, public lands managers, and environmentalists, but projects a firm belief in the conservation of public lands and its resources throughout.

For more information, contact lesley@kswild.org at 488-5789.

Bill Frisell brings his string quartet to SOU

Bill Frisell&

s 858 String Quartet plays at Southern Oregon University Recital Hall on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Southern Oregon University Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd.

&

Originally the music for this group was written for and inspired by eight Gerhard Richter paintings for a project that was put together and produced by my friend, David Breskin,&

Frisell said. &

The Richter paintings are where this began, but the chemistry felt so good with these folks, I have written more music and will continue to do so as it develops on into the future. The group consists of Jenny Scheinman on violin, Eyvind Kang on viola and Hank Roberts on cello. For me, this has been a chance to write for my dream string section and also a reunion with one of my best friends, Hank Roberts. Hank was in my first band and we hadn&

t played together or even seen each other for many years.&

Because Frisell enjoyed playing so much with his 858 String Quartet he brought them on to play on the recording for his album Unspeakable which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album last year.

In a career spanning more than 25 years and over 150 recordings, including 25 albums of his own, guitarist, composer, and bandleader Frisell has established himself as a visionary presence in American music. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists, filmmakers and legendary musicians. But it is his work as a leader that has garnered increasing attention and accolades.

The New York Times described Frisell&

s music this way: &

It&

s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. Mixing rock and country with jazz and blues, he&

s found what connects them: improvisation and a sense of play. Unlike other pastichists, who tend to duck passion, Mr. Frisell plays up the pleasure in the music and also takes on another often-avoided subject, tenderness.&

For information call 488-8894. Tickets are $22.50 and are available at the Music Coop,181 A St. Call 482-3115 or purchase tickets online at www.mobiusticketing.com.