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Mother’s Day Events

The real meaning of Mother's Day

The local branch of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom is presenting a program of Music, Dance, Poetry and Story to celebrate Mother's Day. The group gathers to honor all mothers, grandmothers and children.

“With our unsettled world we want to celebrate in a peaceful gathering to show that peace is an active process, not just the absence of war,” a WILPF press release states. “To set the mood, Nancy Ozimkolvski will play the piano as people enter. The program continues with Paula Sohl and dancers performing to a song, “Women for Peace,” written for Sharon Mehdi in honor of her book “The Great Silent Grand-Mother Gathering.”

Other performers are Kerissa Fuccillo and Wilderness Charter School students, etc. All these performers are well known to Rogue Valley attendees. This performance takes place on Sunday at — p.m. at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St. Suggested donation $ 10, family rate $ 20, nobody turned away.

The money collected will be sent to Iraq for the rebuilding of Haditha Hospital. This is a WILPF project organized after the recent visit and talk by Eman, who lives in Iraq.

“Mom’s Bathtub Reader” released

The Bathroom Readers’ Institute offers sons and daughters across the country the opportunity to pay a humorous yet heart-warming tribute to Mom this Mother’s Day, with “Uncle John’s Presents Mom’s Bathtub Reader.”

Uncle John’s Presents Mom’s Bathtub Reader celebrates motherhood and toasts mothers of the past, present, and future with a tubful of fun stories, trivia, and anecdotes that mothers everywhere will soak up. For instance, did you know that...There are over 75 million moms in the United States alone.

- Egyptian women used a home pregnancy test kit that actually worked.

- The food your mom ate while pregnant may have affected your genetic make-up.

- The average child uses 10,000 diapers before being toilet trained.

- One study estimated if moms were paid for all of their motherly duties, they would earn an average annual salary of $600,000.

Uncle John’s is based in Ashland, and the Mom’s Bathtub Reader is available wherever fine books are sold at the publisher’s suggested retail price of $12.95.

This Weekend

Stubson and Tutunov play classics

The Siskiyou Institute presents two of the Rogue Valley's most distinguished musicians, pianist Alexander Tutunov and violinist Larry Stubson, performing works by Mozart, Shubert and Brahms at The Old Siskiyou Barn Friday at 8 p.m.

Tutunov's playing was described by Soviet Culture, Moscow, as “exhilarating and inspired, and which demonstrated a unique talent.” Born in Vitebsk, Belarus, he entered the Central Music School of the famed Moscow Conservatory at age 7, one of three chosen out of 200 applicants, where he graduated magna cum laude. Violinist Larry Stubson is a retired public school teacher and has played with the Rogue Valley Symphony for 28 years. During that time he has been Concertmaster, Principal 2nd violin and principal violinist.

The cost is $20, with student discounts available. For reservations and directions contact the Siskiyou Institute at 488-3869 or email info@siskiyouinstitute.com

The two will host a Master Class Saturday at 11 a.m. Cost is $5 for students and teachers, $10 for the general public.

Wesak celebrations in Mount Shasta

The tradition of Mount Shasta’s annual Wesak Celebration will continue this year, in honor of its founder, Dr. Joshua David Stone, died last year. The festival resumes this year under the direction of Dawn Fazende, editor of Mount Shasta Magazine. Fazende has been editor of Mount Shasta Magazine since 1994. She has appeared on Pat Robertson's “700 Club” to explain the “New Age movement.” She was profiled by Germany's ColourFIELD TV in their series California Dreamin'. She has been interviewed by National Geographic Magazine as an expert on the Mount Shasta area. And she frequently acts as a media guide to the region.

This event, called a spiritual “family reunion,” will take place for the 12th consecutive year in the lap of magical Mount Shasta, a place some consider “the holiest place outside the actual Wesak Valley.”

Mount Shasta is a small but international community. Visitors to Wesak come from Japan, Australia, Canada, Mexico, South America, England, France, Germany and all over Europe. The mountain itself is consider one of the seven sacred mountains in the world.

Wesak is named for the legendary annual convergence of Buddha, Christ and other Masters at the hallowed Wesak Valley in the Himalayas, during the full moon occurring in the sun sign of Taurus. In 2006, Wesak officially falls on May 13 at 6:52 a.m. The 2006 Wesak Festival will run from Friday evening May 12 to Sunday night May 14.

For more information on the speakers or the festival, see www.wesak.us or call 888-926-9555.

Around Town

Bookbinding events at SOU

Kerstin Tini Miura, master bookbinder, will host a series of bookbinding events in at the SOU Library, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., over the next few weeks, including.

- Slide show at the SOU Library, Messe Room 305, May 19, 3:30-5 p.m. “A short history of book cover decoration and a Master Bookbinders designs of today” by Tini Miura.

- Discover tooling on book covers with Master Bookbinder Tini Miura, May 13 and 14, 2006, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $20.

- Edge decoration with Master Bookbinder Tini Miura, May 20 and 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In this two day workshop participants will learn how to decorate the top edges of books. Class fees: $180.

Miura was born in Kiel, Germany, studied in Switzerland and in Paris, and received her master's degree in Stockholm, Sweden in 1975. She has exhibited her work in over 43 venues on three continents and has won many international awards. There are five books published about her work and several TV documentaries were made about her and her philosophy. Miura's bindings are highly prized by collectors and libraries all over the world.

The public is invited to this special free event, which is co-sponsored by Sabina U Nies of “SUN Book Arts”, Ashland. The Library is located at 1250 Siskiyou Boulevard in Ashland.

For more information or to register for classes contact Sophia Bogle (541) 601-7543 redbranch@charter.net or Sabina U Nies (541) 552-0837 SUN@sunbookarts.com.

Circlesinging with Cornflower

Ashland vocal improvisationist Cornflower will host Circlesinging with Cornflower Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hidden Springs Wellness Center up behind the Ashland Street Cinimas on the 1600 block of Ashland Street.

Circlesinging, created by 10-Time Grammy-Winner Bobby McFerrin, is a vocal-improvisation technique where a circle of singers take parts from a skilled facilitator, creating songs unique to the moment. Circlesinging is a fun, community-building, singing experience, facilitated by Cornflower who studied this technique at a MasterClass with Bobby McFerrin. No singing experience necessary.

The event is free, with a $10 sliding scale suggested donation. For information call 367-1791.

Benefit at Peace House

Singer-songwriters David Wilcox and Nance Pettit sing the words of Rumi, Hafiz, St. John of the Cross, and mystic poets from all the major faith traditions in a benefit Friday.

”Out Beyond Ideas” is a benefit concert for Partners in Peacebuilding, an organization that does conflict prevention and mediation work in hot spots around the globe. This is a rare opportunity to see these artists perform in such a small, intimate venue.

The event is Friday at 8 p.m. at Peace House, 543 S. Mountain Ave. Cost is $15 and seating is limited. Reservations at 482-2399 or may12concert@yahoo.com.

John Brown’s Body

There will be a reggae concert with John Brown's Body and special guest Immortal Souls DJ on Monday at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. A $2 discount on door tickets will be given to people who donate at least two cans of food. Tickets are available at Creekside Pizza Bistro.

For information call 201-0611.

Wake the Dead puts the folk back into acid rock

Wake the Dead, the world’s first all-star Celtic Grateful Dead jam band, plays Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Center.

Wake the Dead bands together seven musicians. Harper Maureen Brennan has performed nationally for over 20 years. Bassist Cindy Browne, enlisted from the eclectic world ensemble Next Village, has toured from Jordan to Japan. Singer, fiddler and fretman Danny Carnahan is an award-winning songwriter whose Irish-tinged songs (including a collaboration with Robert Hunter) are popular worldwide. Kevin Carr is a musical triple-threat, known in the U.S. and Canada as a dance fiddler, pennywhistle, and Irish piper par excellence. Percussionist Brian Rice performs in contexts as varied as Mike Marshall’s Choro Famoso ensemble and the touring company of The Lion King. Sylvia Herold’s vocal phrasing can be heard on two solo CDs and in concerts with several swing bands. And Paul Kotapish is known far and wide for his concerts and recordings with Kevin Burke’s Open House and for blazing guitar and mandolin work with the Hillbillies From Mars. All together, they take both the Dead canon and Celtic dance music into fearless new directions.

Wake the Dead has released two CDs: “Wake the Dead” and “Buckdancer’s Choice.” The band will be releasing a third CD in a few months. In praising Wake the Dead, Amazon.com said: “Five stars! This record captures more fully than any single Dead album or tribute project, the melodic beauty, lyrical depth and timeless quality of the Garcia/Hunter songbook. Largely acoustic and blended seamlessly with traditional Scots and Irish melodies, this is a record that could capture a broad audience, converting folkies into Deadheads and “heads into folkies.”

The Grateful Dead made its mark on the Bay Area music scene in the mid-60s as the original acid rock band, both loved and despised for its epic psychedelic jams. However, the group had begun as an old-timey jug band called the Warlocks. Now Wake the Dead is revealing unexpected connections between the Grateful Dead’s music and the Old World sources upon which many of its songs were based.

“We’re encouraged by our society to think in categories and put things in neat little boxes,” says fiddler, guitarist and vocalist Carnahan. “But in music there are no neat little boxes. Everything’s connected. Garcia had a huge background in bluegrass and old-timey music. And there’s a direct line between that music and the Scottish immigrants who came to West Virginia and Kentucky, headed up to the mountains and came down 200 years later playing old-timey music.

”There’s a lyrical connection too, because Hunter’s strange, cryptic story lines and characters are derived from ballad traditions that go back a thousand years. Take the song “Lady with a Fan.” It’s just a twist on a northern English ballad, “Lady of Carlyle.” There are lots and lots of connections.”

The concept for Wake the Dead arose simultaneously among a number of East Bay folk musicians. Brennan, a veteran Deadhead and gifted folk and classical harpist, had long amused herself at formal gigs by slipping quotes of Grateful Dead melodies into medleys of ancient Irish harp airs. At about the same time, Carnahan was getting together with Kotapish, a gifted multi-instrumentalist who plays mandolin, guitar and bouzouki with the band, and experimenting with blending Dead songs and various Celtic forms. In 1999, Carnahan and Kotapish put together the current group. It soon took on a life of its own, growing from a project into a full-fledged band with an expanding repertoire and well-received CDs.

The show is at the Unitarian Center at the corner of Fourth and C streets. Admission is $18 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for kids 5-17. Tickets are available at the Music Coop in the A Street Marketplace, on-line at www.stclairevents.com.

or by calling 535-3562.

Coalition of the Willing at The Mobius

Bobby Previte&

9554;s Coalition of the Willing will be performing at The Mobius on Tuesday.

In the tradition of electric guitar-fueled instrumental rock, Previte’s “super bar band” The Coalition Of The Willing, brings eight new songs that combine to create the group’s self-titled album released May 23 on Ropeadope.

Charlie Hunter puts down his 8-string guitar and picks up a Fender Telecaster and a Fender Bass for the first time ever on record. Sex Mob trumpeter Steven Bernstein and saxophone magician Skerik blast through the former’s horn arrangements. Galactic’s Stanton Moore lends his deep New Orleans percussive funk. Behind the boards, Brooklyn’s own Jamie Saft produces and records all this magnificent noise, adding his voice on various organs, guitars and bass. And underneath it all, Bobby Previte’s tough drums propel the Coalition ever forward.

Collectively, Previte and company go into rock music’s stylistically broad landscape. The barnburner, “The Ministry of Truth,” is a psychedelic prog rocker that harkens back to such classics as “The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.” The high octane “Airstrip One” grooves on top of a double drum attack by Previte and Stanton Moore as Charlie Hunter turns out flashy low end string popping in the rare role of a traditional bassist. “The Inner Truth” is perhaps the record’s most idiosyncratic piece, sounding like Hawaiian slack key guitar music gone mad. Again, Hunter finds himself in a new role; this time that of slide guitarist. An ethereal mood piece, the trance-like “Memory Hole” gently floats, while trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s horn arrangements and Stew Cutler’s harmonica unfold in a strange, but beautiful, design. The Coalition of the Willing conclude with the hard-grooving “Anthem for Andrea” built around Previte’s driving rhythm and complete with soaring horns that, true to the composition’s title, are majestically anthemic.

Composer and drummer Bobby Previte’s star has been on the rise as of late. A fixture of the New York City improvisational music scene, his work has ranged from theater scores to experimental electronic recordings; from chamber music to the power punk-metal trio, The Beta Popes. Most recently, his critically acclaimed work with Groundtruther, a duo comprised of he and Charlie Hunter, led to a cover story in Downbeat Magazine.

Brave frogs and bashful dragons at the library

Storyteller Anne Rutherford will bring to life a lively cast of characters from around the world and within the imagination when she makes her first Ashland appearance after school on Tuesday. Rutherford will be performing as May’s entertainer in the popular Third Tuesday at the Library program.

Rutherford has been a professional storyteller since 1999. As a member of the Portland Storytelling Guild and as a performer in many venues including schools and community theaters, the Young Audiences of Oregon organization has selected her to be an artist in the schools for the last six years.

In this capacity, she entertains the same kinds of audiences she’ll be performing for in Ashland, namely elementary-aged children and their families, with her comic programs such as the one planned for her Ashland Children’s Library performance entitled “Brave Frogs and Bashful Dragons.”

Third Tuesday at the Library is always free. Sponsored by the Jackson County Library Foundation, Jackson County Library Services, the Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Albertsons, Shop ‘N’ Kart, the Ashland Springs Hotel, and Dick and Mary Mastain, the event will begin with snacks served at 3:15 p.m. and continue with the storytelling performance at 3:45 p.m.

For further information, call the Children&

9554;s Department in the Ashland Branch Library at 774-6995.

Bloomsbury events

The Resurrection of Alice by Perri Gaffney

Monday, May 15, 7:30 p.m.

In rural South Carolina, 1948, fifteen-year-old Alice looks forward to graduating from high school (a family first) and attending college on the scholarship that she has earned. But her plans are devastated when she learns that she must honor her parent's secret marriage arrangements for her to Luthern Tucker, the lonely, old benefactor who had been eyeing her since she was seven years old. Alice's next twenty years of overcoming trials are a tribute to the power of nurturing and healing that can cause a broken spirit to be reborn.

Author Perri Gaffney is currently playing Mrs Dickson in the OSF production of “Intimate Apparel.”

East Wind, Rain by Caroline Paul

Tuesday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.

East Wind, Rain is a unique look at a fascinating, yet largely unknown, true story. On Dec. 7, 1941, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a Japanese fighter pilot crash lands on the seemingly-deserted Hawaiian island of Niihau. Telling the story through the eyes of both the islanders and the Japanese pilot, Paul blends fact with fiction to excavate this compelling footnote to America’s entrance into WWII. The first work of fiction to explore this strange byway of history, East Wind, Rain is not only a captivating glimpse into a secret and exotic paradise but also examines what happens when innocence and loyalties are shattered.

Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash by Elizabeth Royte

Thursday, May 18th, 7:30 pm

Like the bestselling Fast Food Nation, “Garbage Land” lifts the lid off a world we take for granted, revealing its complicated, surprising underbelly. In this highly unconventional travel book, Elizabeth Royte leads the reader on a cultural tour guided and informed by the things she throws away. Structured around four separate journeys--those of Royte’s household trash, compostable matter, recyclables, and sewage, the book is a literary investigation of the dirty side of consumption. Royte melds science, anthropology, and a strong dose of clear-headed analysis in her appraisal of America’s relationship with its garbage, examining the uncomfortable subject of waste. By showing us what really happens to the things we’ve “disposed of,” Royte reminds us that our decisions about consumption and waste have a very real impact--and that, like it or not, the garbage we create will always be with us.

All events free at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St. 488-0029.

Camelot Theatre announces 2006 summer camp production of “Honk! Junior”

The Camelot Theatre Company is accepting enrollment for its five-week summer camp production of “Honk! Junior” with a book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe and music by George Stiles. This Olivier winning, contemporary telling of The Ugly Duckling Story is a fun filled adventure in discovering the joys of being different from the writing team currently creating the West End bound production of Mary Poppins!

”Honk! Junior” beat “The Lion King” out of the Olivier award (the British equivalent to the Tony Award). The themes and issues explored in “Honk! Junior” includes tolerance, prejudice, running away and sibling rivalry.

The camp includes four weeks of classes in acting, singing and dancing in the mornings and rehearsals for “Honk! Junior” in the afternoon. The fifth week will consist of technical rehearsals and three performances. All students will complete the camp with two contrasting monologues and songs. Cost is $500, but siblings each deduct $25. Camp dates are June 26 through July 30, with classes scheduled for: June 26-July 21, Monday-Fridays 10 a.m. to 4p.m.; and, July 24-28 from 1-8 p.m.

Performance dates are July 28 and July 29 at 7 p.m. and July 30 at 2 p.m.

There will be some scholarships available. For registration and further information, or to request a brochure or scholarship application, call Camelot Theatre at: 535-5250.