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145;Kelts in Kilts for KSKQ&

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Kelts In Kilts For KSKQ,&

a KSKQ community radio benefit event, is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St.

The benefit features Irish and Scottish music songs and stories by bagpipe artist and storyteller Kevin Carr on fiddle and Irish and Galacian bagpipe. He will be accompanied by local friends and musicians including Donna Breedlove and Patrick Claflin on Bohdram drum, Philip Colvard on guitar, and Jim Finnegan with vocals. and Brian Freeman on vocals and guitar

The &

Briar Rose&

dance ensemble will perform and assist in teaching Celtic dances.

This event will end the ongoing KSKQ art auction in the Unitarian Center Art Gallery. It will also celebrate the 89th birthday of revered elder dancer and artist, Betty Shotliff, who has been a member of the &

Heather and Rose English and Scottish Dance&

community for 26 years. Scottish and Irish goodies, cider, tea and &

Naked Druid Mead&

will be available.

People are also invited to become members of KSKQ and support community owned and operated radio.

Admission is $10. For information contact KSKQ 94.9 LPFM Community Radio, 258 A Street, Suite 6 Ashland, OR 97520; call 482-3999; or see the Web site www.kskq.org.

Around town

Bloomie award winners

Winners of the 2006 Bloomie Award, a new writing contest for southern Oregon women aged 55 and older, will be announced at Bloomsbury Books in downtown Ashland, Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The contest is co-sponsored by local author Sharon Mehdi, author of &

The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering,&

and Bloomsbury Books.

The public is invited to attend the program which will feature readings from the top stories. Light refreshments will be served. For further information, call Bloomsbury Books at 488-0029.

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145;Rossum&

s Universal Robots&

Ashland Community Theatre presents &

Rossum&

s Universal Robots&

by Karel Kapek Sunday evenings April 16, 23 and 30 at 7 p.m. at the Nuwandart Gallery, 258 A St.

Written in the 1920s and set in the distant future, this play coined our usage of the word "robots" in modern vocabulary. Helena Glory, the president&

s daughter, visits the remote island where Rossum&

s Universal Robots are produced and distributed. On behalf of the Humanity League, she campaigns for better treatment and fair compensation for Robots. In the elapse of 10 years the evolvement of Robot technology is balanced by the devolvement of humans to the point of 0 birth rate. In the eclipse of total Robot revolt we see the birth of a new life form, a new Adam and Eve emerge in the garden.

Call 840-1527 for more information.

Havurah fundraiser dance

The Havurah Shir Hadash, a Jewish renewal community led by Rabbi David Zaslow, is hosting its fifth annual dance fundraisor. The adult dance party will be held at the Standing Stone Brewery on Oak Street in Ashland on Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to midnite with a medley of motown and other dance favorites. Tickets are $10 or donation. The fundraisor is being organized by the Sunday School.

Tickets are available in advance at the Havurah and through community members. There will also be tickets at the door on the night of the party. The Havurah is a temple for Jewish religious services but is also used as a gathering place for people of all religions. Rabbi David is the spiritual teacher and he has also been honored as a leader of peace in the Rogue Valley..

Oregon&

s best writers awards

Literary Arts is now accepting applications for its annual competitions, the Oregon Book Awards and the Oregon Literary Fellowships. Guidelines and entry forms are available on the Web site www.literary-arts.org or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Literary Arts, 224 NW 13th Avenue, Suite 306, Portland, OR 97209.

Nominations are also being accepted for the following Oregon Book Awards Special Awards:

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149; The Charles Erskine Scott Wood Distinguished Writer Award is presented to an Oregon author in recognition of an enduring, substantial literary career.

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149; The Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award is presented to a person or organization in recognition of significant contributions that have enriched Oregon&

s literary community.

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149; The Walt Morey Young Readers Literary Legacy Award is presented to a person or organization in recognition of significant contributions that have enriched Oregon&

s young readers.

Deadlines are May 26 for Oregon Book Awards and June 30 for Oregon Literary Fellowships

Finalists and winners are selected by out-of-state judges, who are chosen for their expertise within a particular genre. Books may be submitted by the author, publisher or member of the public. The winners and Special Awards recipients are announced at a much-anticipated public ceremony in the fall. Oregon Book Awards finalists are celebrated in bookstores and libraries across the state, and invited to participate in readings as part of the Oregon Book Awards Author Tour.

Literary Arts is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the importance of language as a means to express, explore and experience the world in which we live.

For information, contact Barbara Verchot or Kristy Athens at 503-227-2583, or e-mail barbara@literary-arts.org or kristy@literary-arts.org.

The Motet performs at the Mobius

The Motet performs at the The Mobius, 281 Fourth St., Friday. The cost is $12 in advance, $10 for students, and the event is for all ages.

Founded and led by drummer Dave Watts, The Motet began almost eight years ago. Featuring complex compositions written and arranged from a drummer&

s perspective, the music tells a story through syncopated rhythms and melodies.

As music and technology evolve, The Motet pioneered their unique sound while continuing to defy categorization. With roots in jazz, Afrobeat, funk, salsa and samba, The Motet layers House and Techno rhythms for a sense of style that is uniquely their own.

Writes Dave Kirby of Boulder Magazine: &

His dedication and artistic integrity have created an elusive musical entity which seems to be as much fun to play in as it is to go out and hear.&

Jacobs-Strain Trio hits the Mojo

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The David Jacobs-Strain Trio has included Ashland — in its latest West Coast tour.

The David Jacobs-Strain Trio plays at Mojo Rising Saturday. The trio includes Jarrod Kaplan and Will Lydgate. NorthernBlues Music recording artist David Jacobs-Strain has been touring for the past decade and was recently named one of &

Ten Guitarists On The Brink of Greatness&

by Guitar One Magazine. He is now touring with his Trio for the second time

David Jacobs-Strain emerged from the rain-soaked mountains of Western Oregon storming the festival circuit as a dynamic blues prodigy. Jacobs-Strain speeds across the landscape of the Country Blues to the earthbound grooves of the Mississippi Delta, with his driving slide guitar and fervent vocals. He has a passion for stretching the limits of the blues with his blazing guitar breakdowns that verge on psychedelia and highlight his intimate knowledge of the fretboard. Jacobs-Strain&

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material comes across like a master as yet undiscovered, an acoustic gem ready to take on all comers and deservedly waiting his place among the elite of his profession,&

according to Greg Johnson, Cascade Blues Notes.

With the release of his new album &

Ocean or a Teardrop,&

Jacobs-Strain builds on the big acoustic guitar sound he developed with producer Kenny Passarelli (Elton John, Joe Walsh, Otis Taylor). His album features an enticing blend of roots classics, inspiring instrumental pieces, and tantalizing originals songs, showcasing both the expanding nature of David&

s songwriting skills as well as the politically conscious evolution of his music. With the collaboration of guests, Joe Craven and Peter Joseph Burtt, we see slide guitar and harmonica rise from the swamp of the blues to meet the West African Kora and the Turkish Oud, creating the organic energy of a great live jam session.

Joining Jacobs-Strain in his trio is Jarrod Kaplan, a 39-year-old percussionist and Acoustic Revolutionary, who for the past ten years plus has been as constant as one of his own drumbeats on the Pacific Northwest&

s colorful acoustic music scene. He and his djembe exploded onto the festival circuit with the groundbreaking, self-styled &

psycho-tantric juju jazz&

trio Trillian Green in the mid-1990s, and he&

s since performed and recorded with Hanuman, Devachan, Taarka and other groups. Since parting ways with Taarka, Kaplan has worked with the California Guitar Trio, performed for the Seattle rock opera Joe Bean, and has been an on-call performer for Cirque du Soleil, among other projects. Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Will Lydgate, adds harmony and a bottom end to David&

s Trio. Originally from Hawaii, Will studied his upright bass at the prestigious Berkeley School of Music in Boston, MA and went from there to travel the world with Carlos Washington of Giant Peoples. Most recently, both Kaplan and Lydgate have been working hard with Jacobs-Strain to form a fiery trio that will make your body move.

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David Jacobs-Strain &

the young man with the age-old voice and guitar chops that make players twice his age break out in a cold swea &

plows new ground with his latest, Ocean Or A Teardrop...&

J. Poet, Paste Magazine, Issue 13 2004

For more information on the David Jacobs-Strain Trio including interview requests, band contact, press kits, photos, or to be placed on a guest list for this show e-mail Jessica Styler at publicity@davidjacobs-strain.com.

Doors open at Mojo Rising, 140 Lithia Way, at 7:30 p.m., with show starting at 8 p.m. The Cost is $15. For information call 541-324-7044 or see the Web sites www.mojorisingstudio.com and www.davidjacobs-strain.com.

Celebrating the Abrahamic traditions

— Sheikh Sherif Baba holds a series of sohbets this — weekend, mixing storytelling, dialogue, song and movement.

Sheikh Sherif Baba is a Sufi master from the Turkish line of mystics that look back to Jalal ad-Din Rumi (d. 1273) for inspiration. Born in Turkey, Sherif Baba received a traditional Sufi education with a Sufi sheikh and is now leader of the Rifa'i Marufi Order of America, based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Sherif Baba comes to Ashland for a series of public events that celebrate the unity and diversity of the Abrahamic faith traditions. The Rev. Anne Bartlett, Trinity Episcopal Church, and Rabbi David Zaslow, Havurah Shirh Hadash, joined Sherif Baba for a special interfaith event on Tuesday, which allowed these three spiritual leaders to share their reflections on the role of religion in society.

Sherif Baba will continue his presentations with series of talks known as sohbets (mystical conversations), where teachings are transmitted from teacher to student through storytelling, dialogue, song, and movement. These events will be held at the Briscoe School Art Wing. Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday evening will relocate to the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road for an evening of Sufi zikr. Zikr is the main chant and meditation of the Sufis that uses the repetition of sacred phrases, movement, and special prayer recitations. On Sunday, Sherif Baba resumes presentations at Briscoe School that will run from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Cost for weekend with Sherif Baba: $125 for weekend package; $15 for Friday; $80 Saturday sohbet; $10 Saturday zikr ceremony; $35 for Sunday sohbet.

For information or registration contact Didar 535-4700.

Evening of Indian music to benefit Pakistan relief

Ashland Zen Center hosts an evening of classical Indian music and devotional chanting on Wednesday at the Unitarian Center.

The performance is a benefit, with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders and Mercy Corps to aid in their ongoing medical relief in Pakistan for the victims of last October&

s earthquake who are still suffering long term effects from this disaster.

The musicians performing for this benefit have spent many years studying classical Indian music both in the US and in India and bring a wealth of musical talent and experience to the stage for an evening with promises to be unforgettable.

Benjy Wertheimer is one of the founding members of the world fusion musical ensemble Ancient Future. An award-winning musician who plays tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards, Benjy has toured the US, Canada, Europe, Central America and Japan, and has opened for such artists as Carlos Santana, Paul Winter, and Narada Michael Walden. He has studied Indian classical music for over 20 years with some of the greatest masters of that tradition (including Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan and Z. M. Dagar).

Heather Wertheimer is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, yoga teacher and therapist whose vocals, unique perspectives and depth reflect a wide array of human experiences. She combines her special love of both music and yoga to lead devotional chanting for yoga workshops and spiritual gatherings. Heather has toured in the U.S. and abroad with her husband Benjy, virtuoso guitarist Michael Mandrell, and Deva Premal Miten.

Steve Gorn has performed Indian classical music and new American music on the bansuri bamboo flute and soprano saxophone in concerts and festivals throughout the world. A disciple of the late bansuri master, Sri Gour Goswami of Calcutta, he has been praised by critics and leading Indian musicians as one of the few westerners recognized to have captured the subtlety and beauty of Indian music. He has composed works for theatre, dance and television and has recorded and performed with artists including Paul Simon, Tony Levin, Jack DeJohnette, Glen Velez, Layne Redmond, Simon Shaheen and Mike Karn.

Peter van Gelder is one of the first American disciples of India&

s great Maestro Ali Akbar Khan and is a renowned sitar player. van Gelder began his study of sitar in California in the 1960&

s and later in India where he spent years learning from the Khan family. After returning to California he resumed his study with Maestro Khan and is now a respected teacher in his own right at the Ali Akbar College of Music. Van Gelder has performed with world famous musicians, including Zakir Hussain, Chitresh Das, and Lalgudi Krishnan. He has composed and collaborated on music for film and dance. His lucid sitar style has won praise from audiences around the world, from Europe to the Fiji Islands as well as India and China.

The concert will be held Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St. Tickets are $15 in advance at the Music Coop, 181 A St., or $18 at the door.

For information call Leslie van Gelder at 482-9010 or e-mail leslievg@jeffnet.org.

Third Tuesday At The Library

Storyteller Christopher Leebrick is a regular in the Pacific Northwest

— — Christopher Leebrick tells stories at the library — Tuesday.

Christopher Leebrick, coming to the Ashland Library on Tuesday, is known as one of the Pacific Northwest&

s favorite tellers of &

good stories from all over.&

In fact, that is the name of his first compact disk.

This event, the April edition of Ashland&

s popular Third Tuesday at the Library program, is for both elementary-aged children and their adults.

Recently featured at the Australian National Storytelling Festival, the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, and Montana&

s Story Keepers Festival, Leebrick has been honored two times with a Storytelling World Award, first for his previously mentioned cd entitled &

Good Stories From All Over&

(2003), and then for &

Critters, Kids, and Cowboys&

(2006). For the Ashland Children&

s Library performance, Leebrick will reprise some of the stories from these disks and when he does, he will enliven them by playing his harmonica and eastern cedar flute.

Eugene&

s Register Guard newspaper, referring to Leebrick in a review, called him &

a first-rate storyteller,&

and said he &

spins tales in ways that fire the listener&

s imagination.&

The youth mentoring organization, Big Brothers of Los Angeles, described Leebrick as &

truly impressive&

and added, &

The rapture on the faces of both adults and children was proof of how much the performance was enjoyed.&

And the Lane County Educators organization wrote, &

Wow! Christopher is a master of his craft and such a treasured inspiration &

133; a 10!&

At the age of 13, Leebrick first performed with Robert Rubinstein&

s nationally recognized Troupe of Tellers. Rubenstein went on to found Eugene&

s Multi-Cultural Storytelling Festival and Concert (now in its 16th year) while Leebrick grew up to become a storyteller whose repertoire has taken him from his home in West Linn to the far reaches of the globe.

This event will begin with snacks served between 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., followed by the performance which begins at 3:45 p.m. Lasting about 45 minutes, this performance is sponsored by the Jackson County Library Foundation, the Friends of the Ashland Library, Jackson County Library Services, Albertsons, Shop &

145;n Kart, the Ashland Springs Hotel, and Stephen and Judith Auerbach.

For information, call the library at 774-6995.

The River Why

David James Duncan,

Meet the Author at the Ashland library. Leaving behind a madcap, fishing-obsessed family, Gus embarks on an extraordinary voyage of self-discovery along his beloved Oregon rivers. What he unexpectedly finds is man's wanton destruction of nature and a burning desire to commit himself to its preservation. Here then is the funny, sensitive, very special story of one man's search: for meaning, for love, and for a sane way to live...a tale that gives a contemporary voice to the concerns and hopes of all living things on this beautiful, watery planet Earth.

Poetry Month

Bloomsbury Books Events for April celebrate Poetry Month with:

Poetry reading

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Poetry reading with Jonah Bornstein, Jeannette Doob, Steve Dieffenbacher, Marcy Greene, and Joan Peterson. These four poets, who have been working together for several years, come together for national poetry month to share their poems.

Poetry reading

Friday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.

Poetry Reading with Edie Berry, Steve Dieffenbacher, Joyce Epstein, Judson Hyatt, Julie Rogers and Pepper Trail. These local poets will be reading from the work of some of their favorite poets, as well as their own poems.

The events are free and open to the public at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St.

For information call 488-0029.

— — — Trance tunes at Tabu

Hipchix Presents &

Be Good or Don't Be Good Friday&

— Friday at 10 p.m. Tabu with Shapeshifter and Space Cowboys. Portland band — Shapeshifter is a psytrance music project by Rain of Phutureprimitive. — The music is described as layered, driving, melodic. Sound samples can — be heard in the &

unreleased&

section of www.phutureprimitive.com. — Space Cowboys is psychedelic tech-house and psytrance DJ sets by Rain — and Love-Lee DJ. Tabu is at 76 N. Pioneer St. The shows are for ages 21 — and older.