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A Night In Japan

The Rogue Valley Peace Choir will bring some of the arts and culture of Japan to Ashland on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Unitarian Center on Fourth and C streets. The evening is a fundraiser to send a contingent of the choir to Japan to sing at the 51st commemoration of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Entertainment will include a performance by the Taiko Drummers under the leadership of Pam Vellutini. Japanese Obon dancers and a Shakuhachi flautist will perform traditional pieces. The Rogue Valley Children&

s Peace Choir and the Peace Choir Ensemble, both under the direction of Dave Marston, will perform. The program also includes a demonstration of Akido, a traditional Japanese martial art.

Displays and demonstrations will reveal the beauty and mystery of various Japanese art forms, including the kimono, or clothing. Participants can learn about ikebana, or flower arranging, and bonsai, the art of growing dwarf trees. Visual art and communication meld in Japanese brush calligraphy. Participants can try their hands at writing their names using Japanese characters. Participants can also learn origami, a traditional Japanese paper folding art.

The Rogue Valley Peace Choir formed in 2003 and currently comprises 130 members. The choir was honored last year with an invitation to sing in Japan on the anniversary of the atomic bombing. In August, 38 members of the choir will travel to Japan to help fulfill the choir&

s mission to share a message of peace, foster friendship and mutual respect, and promote social justice and responsible stewardship of our planet. The choir feels music is a uniquely effective vehicle for transcending cultural, racial, religious, and national boundaries.

The invitation to sing in Japan came as a result of one of the choir member&

s continuing correspondence with friends and colleagues in Japan. Hideko &

Tammy&

Snider was a child living in Hiroshima at the time of bombing. Her mother and other family and friends were killed. Tammy has spent much of her life working personally and professionally on forgiveness issues. Tammy&

s story is told in her book, One Sunny Day. The travelers are studying Japanese history, culture, and language to prepare them for the 12-day tour. The choir will visit Kobe, Kyoto, and Hiroshima and give five concerts, including a joint concert with a famed Japanese male choral group singing &

Tenting Tonight,&

a U.S. Civil War peace song. The tour culminates with a concert in Hiroshima&

s Peace Park on August 6.

The choir has adopted the peace crane as its symbol. The crane recalls the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl, who attempted to fold 1,000 origami cranes to get her wish to regain her health after developing leukemia from the bombing. A statue to her in Peace Park bears the inscription &

This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world.&

The choir will add its 1,000 cranes to the thousands already surrounding the statue.

Admission is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at Music Coop, 181 A Street, 482-3115, or from choir members. For more information, call 482-5634.

Sustainability Film Series

The Jackson County Sustainability Network is holding a weekly &

Sustainability Film Series&

this spring. Learn about ecological challenges facing society and how communities can take simple, positive steps towards a better future. Films will be followed by an interactive discussion about the implications and possibilities of hope for the Rogue Valley and beyond. JCSN is a local action network dedicated to promoting local economic, environmental, cultural and social sustainability in Jackson County.

All film showings are from 7 to 9 p.m.

Talent dates held at Caffe Caf*, 103 N Pacific Hwy.

Medford dates held at Medford at the YMCA, at 522 W. 6th St.

May 9 &

Talent

May 10 &

Medford

&

The Next Industrial Revolution&

Presents work and vision of architect William McDonough and chemist Dr. Michael Braungart, who work with multi-national corporations to redesign buildings, processes, and products to work according to nature's rules.

May 16 &

Talent

May 17 &

Medford

&

Peak Oil: Imposed By Nature&

Informs us not just on the importance of what will happen when we run out of oil, but also what will happen when there is less tomorrow than there is today. Dr. Colin Campbell explains the aspects of oil discovery and subsequent production, the increase and the decline, and the fact that this will happen to the world as a whole very soon.

May 23 &

Talent

May 24 &

Medford

&

My Father&

s Garden&

An emotionally charged documentary about the use and misuse of technology on the American farm. Explores sustainable agriculture and the contrast between chemical and organic farming.

May 30 &

Talent

May 31 &

Medford

&

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil&

&

Our Synthetic Sea&

&

a film about plastics pollution in our seas. Cuba underwent the loss of over half of its oil imports and survived, after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990. This film documents Cuba's transition from a highly industrial society to a sustainable one, moving from large farms or plantations and reliance on fossil-fuel-based pesticides and fertilizers, to small organic farms and urban gardens.

For further information see yahoogroups.com/jcsn or contact Matt Sheehan at 773-1321

Around town

Craig Martin plays at the Wild Goose

Craig Martin, semi-famous Rogue Valley musician and veteran of numerous local bands, brings his solo act to the Wild Goose in Ashland Thursday, May 11 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Accompanied by a menagerie of resonophonic, vintage, funky and historic guitars, he plays songs which evoke images of blue highways, back 40 hits, dotted lines, roadside coffee stops, backwater beer joints and times that might have been.

He is often joined by various guest musicians for information call 482-8106.

Tribal trance music Kan'Nal will perform organic tribal trance rock at the Mobius, 281 Fourth St., Thursday at 9 p.m. Kan'Nal creates earthy tribal sounds and shamanistic visuals give participants on a futuristic, primitive, rhythmic, sensual experience. The group has developed into an inspirational primal rock experience, driven by a rhythm-heavy wall of tribal sounds, featuring percussionist Gilly Gonzales, didgeridoo and percussionist Aaron Jerad, and bassist Rodolfo Escobar. For information call 488-8894 or see the Web site www.kannal.org.

La Gran Noche Caliente on Friday

Southern Oregon University's Latino Student Union is sponsoring a Cinco de Mayo Salsa Dance with live music from Mambo Rico.

The event is on Friday, May 5, at the Britt Ballroom on the SOU campus. The evening begins with a salsa dance lesson at 8:30 p.m. followed by live salsa music from the Ashland-based salsa dance band Mambo Rico.

Long a favorite with locals and visitors alike, Mambo Rico entertains their fans with renditions of Cuban and other Latin-Carribbean songs &

delivering an exciting show which includes piano, bass, three percussionists, four singers and three horn players.

Admission is $12 at the door, $8 for students with ID. Advance sales at a $2/ticket discount are available through the SOU Latino Student Union, SOU campus. Proceeds to benefit the SOU Latino Student Union and their mission of promoting higher education in the Latino community. For information see the Web site www.MamboRicoSalsa.com.

Tango at the Mobius

People are invited to come dance the Tango at The Mobius in Ashland on Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. There will be a beginning lesson from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., taught by Savannah Morgan. No experience and no partner is necessary. After the lesson will be open dancing, DJed by Bill Alsup from Portland.

Admission is 8$, 6$ for high school and younger.The Mobius is located at 281 Fourth St. For more information call Samarra Burnett at 488-1926 or e-mail tango@claysdancestudio.com.

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145;Mississippi Madness&

An authentic Cajun buffet, zydeco music, door prizes, a silent auction and live entertainment will come to Ashland Saturday as Grace Point Nazarene Church hosts their largest fundraiser this year for Katrina Relief. The Mississippi Mission Team has partnered with Mission: Encounter, Compassionate Ministries, NDR, Work Witness, and The Red Cross to focus on rebuilding homes in Pascagoula and the surrounding area in June.

Twenty-five members will caravan to Mississippi hauling their own tools, picking up materials along the way and funding their own expenses to frame, drywall, and replace electrical and plumbing services wherever possible.

Specific sites for repair have already been designated so the labor, time and money can be put to maximum use. Food, water and clothing distribution will also be a priority.

Community support in the way of sponsorships, donations and attendance at &

Mississippi Madness&

is needed to supply building materials and part of the travel expenses.

Call 482-1784 or 488-0350 for ticket delivery or more information on a tax deductible contribution.

— — Mambo Rico performs Friday for a Cinco de Mayo Salsa — dance event at SOU.

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145;An American Daughter&

opens at Camelot

— Left to right, Doug Warner as Timber Tucker, Priscilla — Quinby as Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes, and Bruce Lorange as Walter Abrahmson — star in &

An American Daughter&

at Camelot.

Camelot Theatre Company presents Tony Award Winner &

An American Daughter&

Camelot Theatre Company opens the third production of its 2006 season, &

An American Daughter&

by the Tony Award Winning, Pulitzer Prize winning author Wendy Wasserstein.

Set in Washington, D.C., &

An American Daughter&

focuses on Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes, a health care expert and forty-something daughter of a long-time Senator. When the President nominates Lyssa to a Cabinet post, an indiscretion from her past is discovered. The media turns it into a scandal, which imperils her confirmation and divides her family and friends.

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We are dedicating this production to the memory of author Wendy Wasserstein, an uncommon woman,&

said Artistic Director Livia Genise

Wasserstein died of cancer in New York on January 31.

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This is the third Wasserstein play Camelot has produced,&

Genise said. &

She was definitely a voice for the women of my generation. In &

145;The Sisters Rosensweig,&

she invited those of us who had loved and lost to open our hearts one more time. In &

145;The Heidi Chronicles,&

she invited women to ignore the roles that society was dictating for women throughout the 60s and 70s and, instead, to be true to themselves. She has definitely left her mark as a woman and as a playwright.&

CTC Production Manger Bob Herried directs &

An American Daughter.&

Herried, a longtime theatre veteran, has been a resident stage manager at Camelot.

&

An American Daughter&

stars CTC resident artist Priscilla Quinby as Lyssa Hughes, CTC veteran actor Bruce Lorange as Walter Abrahmson, Arlene Howritz Warner as Judith Kaufman, and CTC Managing Director Doug Warner as Timber Tucker. An Equity actress for over 31 years, Quinby last appeared at Camelot as Countess Malcolm in &

A Little Night Music&

and as Susan in &

the Heidi Chronicles.&

Bruce Lorange (Walter Abrahmson) appeared in the last two Wendy Wasserstein productions at Camelot playing Merv Kant in "The Sisters Rosensweig" and Scoup Rosenbaum in "The Heidi Chronicles.&

Lorange was a professional actor in Los Angeles and a graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse, Bruce is a real estate broker with Windermere Van Vleet Real Estate.

Horwitz Warner is making her Camelot debut. She recently relocated to Southern Oregon from Mendocino and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Other cast members include David Rees as Senator Alan Hughes, Kristie Abart as Charlotte (Chubby) Hughes, John Simutis as Jimmy, Brian Michael O'Conner as Billy Robbins Jazzmin Parker as Quincy Quince and Larry Parker as Morrow McCarthy.

The production team for &

An American Daughter&

includes Camelot's resident designers: costumer Emily Ehrlich Inget, set designer and master carpenter Don Zastoupil, lighting designer Travis Goodman and sound designer and videographer Charles Cherry.

Classical guitarist Andrew Zohn comes to SOU

The Southern Oregon University Department of Music will present classical guitarist Andrew Zohn on Monday at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall, at Southern Oregon University.

Zohn will play South American solo guitar music by Bustamonte and Barrios, Baroque music by J.S. Bach and Domenico Scarlatti, original transcriptions of music by Robert Schumann&

s Manuel de Falla, as well as his own compositions.

Guitarist/composer Andrew Zohn&

s ability on the instrument has earned prizes in five international competitions including the Guitar Foundation of America and the Stotsenberg International. In addition to performing throughout North America and in Europe as a soloist, Andrew Zohn is active as a chamber musician, orchestral soloist, and as a part of Duo Spiritoso with acclaimed Canadian guitarist and Naxos recording artist Jeffrey McFadden. Recent performances include venues in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Ottawa.

Andrew Zohn holds a doctorate of music degree from Florida State University, a master of music from the University of Texas, and a bachelor&

s degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Students of Andrew Zohn have won prizes in international competitions, and have been featured on the American national radio program From the Top.

Beginning a career in composing in 1998, Zohn has already received commissions for new works from, among others, La Flame Records, Canada, the Campbell University Foundation for the Arts, and the East Carolina New Music Festival. In 2004 and 2005, Zohn was selected as a recipient of a Plus Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) in recognition of his compositions. Original compositions and transcriptions by Andrew Zohn are published through Les Productions d&

Oz, Canada, Tuscany publications (Theodore Presser), and FJH Publications. His latest recording, Music of Piazzolla, Debussy, Gershwin, and Zohn, is now available through Centaur Records.

This performance is free for all wishing to attend and is open to the general public. Tickets and season passes may be purchased by calling 552-6101 or at the Music Box Office prior to the performance. For more information seet Southern Oregon University&

s Music Department Web site at www.sou.edu/music.

First Friday live music at the Schneider Museum of Art

— Jazz guitarist Tim Church will entertain at the — Schneider Museum of Art for First Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Schneider Museum features popular jazz guitarist, Tim Church Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Church&

s plays warm fluid jazz tunes.

Also on Friday, people will have an opportunity to view the current exhibit, &

Soaring Spirits: Feet of Clay,&

which presents the work of six clay sculptors whose work represents themes relating to landscape, animals, and human condition. This is not your typical clay pot show!

On May 13, Family Saturday at the Schneider Museum of Art continues with Stories of Stone and Water from 10 to 11 a.m. storyteller and Ashland teacher Matt Damon presents folktales full of humor and wisdom from around the world. This is a free family event for all ages.

From — to 2:30 p.m., the Hands-On Workshop &

Collage Expression&

will give participants a chance to piece together a creative expression using a mixture of papers and experiment with colors, textures, patterns, and images as they find new ways to combine ideas and impressions.

&

Collage Expression&

is geared toward adults and children 7 and older. Younger children welcome, if accompanied by an adult. The cost is $3. Call 552-6399 to register.

The Schneider Museum of Art is located on the Southern Oregon University Campus in the Center for the Visual Arts at 1250 Siskiyou Blvd.

Directions: Siskiyou Blvd to Indiana Street. Right into first driveway for free parking behind the museum on Saturdays, or left turn into first driveway for metered parking in Frances Lane parking lot.

Museum Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; First Fridays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for information call 552-6245 or see the Web site www.sou.edu/sma.

Works from respected glass shapers on display in May

Blue Heron Gallery Gifts presents the work of Orient Flume. Founded in 1972, this art glass atelier has specialized in the transformation of molten glass into poetic reflections of the natural world.

Utilizing rare silver base glasses and &

torch-work&

techniques, Orient Flume artists have created museum quality vase and hand crafted paperweights for more than three decades.

Nationally acclaimed for its excellence in design and quality, Orient Flume art glass can be found in many museum collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian Museum, DeYoung Museum, Louvre Musée des Arts Decoratifs, and Corning Museum of Glass.

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145;Doors of Ashland&

Celebrated Saturday

In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the &

Doors of Ashland&

Poster, photographer Betty Hansen is offering her poster at a special price of $10, for a limited time only. Posters may be purchased at Paddington Station.

Hansen will be at Paddington Station, located at 125 East Main St. on Saturday from 11 a.m. to — p.m. and will be signing copies of the poster.

Headwaters Earth Day contest winners

The Headwaters First Friday Art Gallery Show on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. will be exhibiting all 150 entries to the 3rd Annual Earth Day Art Contest sponsored by Headwaters.

This month&

s show will be a celebration of all the young artists in the Valley who artistically showed what Earth Day means to them. Cold Stone Creamery will be serving up ice-cream cake and punch will be served. Prizes will be awarded. The young artists, their family and friends and the public are invited to celebrate the earth, fine art and treats.

For information call 482-4459.

B. Bayard shows new work at Studio A.B

Polka Dots, a series of new work by artist B. Bayard, is on display at Studio A.B through June 30. Bayard continues his exploration into the realm of digital images. Clouds, chaos and whimsical sayings create a sense of giddy foreboding.

Six years ago, Bayard traded in paint and brushes for a mouse and keyboard to create densely layered, highly saturated images with a working process that offered more satisfying results than traditional media. He states, &

Now that I have a fair level of competence with the software, my working process allows for sustained intuition, fortunate accidents, and a complex layering of visual information, all of which I attempted in paintings, but there with only moderate success in creating the work I had envisioned. Now, it&

s less about the tools, and more about the inspiration.&

Fusion Arts camp opens in July

— — Amirah Said, left, and Shaina Evoniuk, right, formed — Fusion Arts with Heather Mattie Kaiser.

Ashlanders with a blossoming young artist in your family who finds joy in dancing or playing the violin can further develop their art this summer at a one-week camp providing a new opportunity for young dancers and musicians to explore their developing talents.

Fusion Arts: Merging Music and Dance for Young Artists was created by Shaina Evoniuk, Amirah Said, and Heather Mattie Kaiser, and will run July 10-14.

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We wanted to put our talents together in order to create a camp that we all would have loved and thrived in as children,&

said Said.

Adding to her sentiment, Evoniuk said, &

Amirah and I grew up and developed our passion for the arts in this town, so this felt like a wonderful way to give back.&

The two put their heads together with San Francisco Conservatory of Music graduate Mattie Kaiser and put their mission into action.

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As artists dedicated to our passion and growth as performers we have recently come to the conclusion that the creation of music and movement are interrelated,&

a statement from the organizers explains. &

There is more to art than the steps in the dance and the notes on the page; Fusion Arts has been established to explore the deeper common root. We will learn, create, play, and most importantly, have fun while exploring music and dance.&

The camp will be split up into three different sections; students will choose to focus on either violin with Evoniuk or dance with Said, then integrate the two art forms in Kaiser's 'fusion' class. The dance student does not need to have violin experience nor does the violin student need dance training.

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Techniques from both the Dalcroze and Orff music education programs will be used in our class as we explore music kinesthetically,&

said Kaiser.

In the afternoons the participants will be engaged in extra activities including crafts, outdoor activities, guest artists performances and lectures. Preparations will also be made for a final performance showcasing all that the community of students created during the week.

Interested students should visit www.geocities.com/fusionartscamp for more camp information, registration, and also to see the instructor bios. The registration deadlineis June 10th. For information call 326-5773 or 541-601-8533.

OSF actors speak Saturday

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival actors Rex — Young and Miriam A. Laube star in &

The Winter&

s Tale,&

— now playing at the festival. The two will give a free talk this Saturday — at noon in Carpenter Hall. The two are currently playing Polixenes and — Hermione in Shakespeare&

s The Winter&

s Tale, which runs through — October 29 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Rex Young will also appear this — season as Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac, opening in June on the Elizabethan — Stage. He is in his eighth season at OSF. Miriam A. Laube will also be — seen on the Elizabethan Stage this summer in the role of Julia in The — Two Gentlemen of Verona. She is in her third season at OSF, and appeared — in The Philanderer and The Belle&

s Stratagem last season. Admission — to the talk is free. OSF talks and lectures are held from through Sept. — 22. Check www.osfashland.org or call 482-4331 for more information.

Photo by David Cooper

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