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200 youth celebrate spring in dance

Gene Leyden and Aisha Wand and more than 200 dancers ages three to teen from around the Rogue Valley will present the 21st annual Spring Dance Recital on May 23 -25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Ashland Armory. This year’s theme is “Out of this World!”

The dancers are raising money for the organization Change for Change. They have been collecting change and filling a three-gallon jar. All proceeds will go to the Feed the Children UNICEF fund. The dancers raised more than $1,300 dollars last year for UNICEF.

Donations will be accepted at the door each night and people are encouraged to bring their change collections to help fill the big jar. Checks made out to UNICEF are welcomed also.

Each night will open with “Four Phases of the Moon” presented by the Creative Kids Company, a multi-age group of dancers ages 9-14. Ages 9 to young teens will perform on Tuesday, offering a wide variety of dances from folk dance and a Roaring Twenties piece to hip hop and jazz to a snappy salsa number choreographed and taught by Christina Cansino.

On Wednesday night, ages 5-9 perform as moonbeams and star pixies. There will also be two intriguing story dances: “Alice(s) in Wonderland,” which includes 38 dancers, and “The Mannequin Dance,” featuring elegant mannequins who come alive at night, bumbling robbers, prissy fashion designers, and silly policemen.

Ages 3-6 will perform Thursday night as dancing ducks, fairies, planet pixies and shining sunbeams.

Leyden has been teaching dance to children for 27 years, 23 of those years in Ashland. Her classes offer experiences exploring the elements and concepts of dance, creative self expression and choreography, as well as folk and ethnic world dance. Special emphasis is placed on creativity, brain-compatible skill and technique development, problem solving and building self esteem and a healthy body image. Her classes are held at the DanceSpace 280 E Hersey

10 which she has co-owned with Suzee Grilley for the past seven years. Leyden also presents Family Folk Dances for schools and special gatherings. These intergenerational events promote greater understanding of different cultures, create a bonding sense of community, and are fun and great exercise.

Aisha Wand and her students from Danceworks of Ashland are presenting high energy, creative hip hop and jazz numbers including “Something’s Gotta Give” and “Run It!” featuring dancers ages 9 through teens. Wand has been teaching, choreographing and performing for over 20 years.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted for UNICEF at the door. For more information, call Gene Leyden at 482-5501 or Aisha Wand at 552-1620.

Peace choir heralds the cause

From the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa to the American civil rights struggle to the recent Orange revolution in the Ukraine, song and music are essential ingredients for the alchemy of creating a peaceful and socially just world, according to organizers of the Rogue Valley Peace Choir’s spring concert Sunday.

It is in this tradition that the Rogue Valley Peace Choir presents its spring concert at the Music Recital Hall of Southern Oregon University in Ashland on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. They will be joined by the newly formed Children’s Peace Choir.

Directed by Dave Marston and accompanied by pianist I’lana Cotton, the Rogue Valley Peace Choir performs a mix of songs that uplift and energize their audiences. Songs range from show tunes like Pocahontas’ “Colors of the Wind” to the moving words of Chief Seattle in “This We Know.” The Rogue Valley Peace Choir engages their audience in a way that is designed to leave people hopeful and inspired to create a better world. Members of past audiences have described performances as “powerful,” “rousing” and “awesome!” Organizers of this year’s Martin Luther King Day event had the following praise for the choir: “Your music captured and expressed the essence of Dr. King’s message. Encore!”

RVPC has accepted an invitation to sing in Japan. Thirty-eight members of the choir will be making a Peace Journey to Japan in August, where they will perform in Hiroshima’s Peace Park and in Kobe and Kyoto. Representing our community and nation, they will foster peace and connection with the

Japanese people. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will support the journey.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older and youth 12-17. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free. Advance tickets are available from Paddington Station and Music Coop in Ashland, and Bad Ass Coffee in Medford. Tickets are available at the door the night of the performance. For information, call Bob at 201-0437.

Science of wine a benefit for ScienceWorks

ScienceWorks celebrates its third year with another festive exploration of the sensory experience of wine, a true demonstration of both science and art on Saturday. From 7 to 10 p.m., the museum will be transformed into an exploration of this sensory experience.

The annual fundraising event is an interactive exploration of the science of winemaking with the regional foods and wines. The evening includes exhibits, demonstrations as well as food and wine tastings. The event also offers wine enthusiasts the opportunity to meet and talk one-on-one with the area’s best winemakers, wine growers and restaurateurs. The evening will also feature interactive wine tasting exhibits, discussions with wine experts, live music and a live auction.

This year, the live auction will feature a chance to win a luxury trip to Tuscany, Italy for two, including flight, accommodations and private tours.

Participating wineries include The Academy, Brandborg Vineyard Winery, EdenVale Estate, Foris Vineyards Winery, Granite Peak Winery, Henry Estate Winery, RoxyAnn Winery, Shasta View Vineyards, Spagel Creek Vineyards, Valley View Winery and Weisinger’s Of Ashland. Wine distributors include Galaxy Wine Company, Gold River Distributing Co. and Vineria Italia. Restaurants include Alex’s Restaurant, Arbor House Restaurant, Beasy’s On The Creek, Dagoba, Jacksonville Inn, McCully House, Omar’s, Peerless Restaurant, Rogue Creamery, Creek House Patisserie, Dragonfly Restaurant and Gardens, Pipon’s Mexican Cuisine and Cantina and Standing Stone Brewery Co.

Last year’s event was completely sold out with more than 375 guests attending. This year, ScienceWorks has added more space and hopes to sell 400 tickets. The event successfully raised more than $20,000 for the museum and this year the goal is $40,000.

“This year will be especially exciting for our annual fundraiser. The third year is an important one for a museum and we are thrilled to be alive and well, providing innovative science programming to more than 50,000 people a year,” said Chris Hostetler, executive director of ScienceWorks. “Proceeds from the benefit allow us to continue to bring quality science programming to school children and the public throughout southern Oregon and northern California,” continued Hostetler.

ScienceWorks is an interactive museum for all ages. Considered by many to be one of the most exciting educational attractions in southern Oregon, the museum features world class interactive exhibits, as well as Science Live! performances and hands-on activities designed for the whole family. With community support, ScienceWorks makes science come alive for children and adults alike.

This year’s event is presented by Butler Automotive Group with support from People’s Bank of Commerce and Royce Real Estate.

Tickets for “The Science of Wine,” are $50 for ScienceWorks Members and $60 for nonmembers. The event will be held at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum located at 1500 East Main St. More information is available by calling 482-6767 ext. 29.

YSSO embarks on Spring concert series

The Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon has announced its Spring Concert Series.

The three ensembles of the YSSO Youth Strings, Youth Orchestra and Youth Symphony will perform in Grants Pass on Friday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center, in Ashland on Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Recital Hall at SOU and in Medford on May 21 at — p.m. at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater.

Violinist Lucy Clair Curran, one of the 2006 Youth Symphony Concerto Competition winners, will be featured in a performance of excerpts from Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole.

Curran, a senior at Ashland High School, commented that she loves the violin for its ability to “express so many different emotional tones and textures. The violin sings; it imitates the sound of the human voice in many ways.”

Lucy Claire Curran began violin studies at age ten and is currently a student of Faina Podolnaya. The Youth Symphony will also perform Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations and the Overture to Donna Diana by Emil von Reznicek.

The Youth Orchestra will perform the First Movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Saint-SaensÕ Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah and other works.

The Youth Strings will perform several works including Henry Purcell’s Rondo and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Minuet in G. Dr. Cynthia Hutton serves as Music Director of the YSSO and Conductor of the Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra.

This season marks Hutton’s eleventh year with the YSSO.

In addition to her work with the YSSO, Hutton is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Southern Oregon University.

She is a member of the Rogue Valley Symphony and the SOU Faculty Brass Quintet. Hutton has served on the board of directors for both the Oregon Music Educators Association and the College Band Directors National Association - Northwest Division. Prior to coming to Southern Oregon, Hutton served as Director of Bands and horn instructor at the University of California, San Diego, and was Assistant Conductor of the La Jolla Civic University Orchestra. She received her doctorate in conducting from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Faina Podolnaya will conduct the Youth Strings. Faina Podolnaya is in her sixth year with the YSSO as Associate Conductor. Upon completion of her studies in violin performance and teaching at the Soviet Conservatory of Music she accepted a teaching position at Kazakhstan’s most prestigious music academy where she worked privately with students, lectured and coached ensembles preparing for competitions and concerts.

Podolnaya has been the recipient of numerous awards, including her selection as the Soviet Union’s Teacher of the Year. Since coming to the United States seven years ago, she has performed with the Rogue Valley Symphony and has taught at Southern Oregon University. She also maintains a thriving private studio for violin and viola. She led the Siskiyou Violins in an acclaimed performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2005. The Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon is a not-for-profit educational and cultural organization serving Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass and the surrounding communities.

This year more than 185 students are participating in YSSO ensembles.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students/seniors. Tickets will be available at Paddington Station in Ashland, and at Larry’s Music in both Medford and Grants Pass. Tickets for the May 21 performance are available through the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theatre box office.

For concert, membership, concert sponsorship, advertising or ticket information, contact Sharon S. Wilson, Executive Director, Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, P.O. Box 4291, Medford, OR 97501-0163, 541-858-8859, ysso@mind.net or visit the YSSO’s web site: www.ysso.org.

Welcome to the Winner’s Circle

The Rogue Valley Symphony announces its 2006-07 “Winners Circle” Season featuring two Van Cliburn Winners

Rogue Valley residents can indulge their musical senses this year as the Rogue Valley Symphony announces its 2006-07 season “Winners Circle,” opening the first weekend in October.

Featuring two 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Winners, Joyce Yang and Roberto Plano, renowned violinist Ian Swensen from the Bay Area as well as the Rogue Valley Symphony Horn section and Three Sopranos, Ellie Murray, Susan White and Nancy Caudill, the upcoming season promises an exciting musical experience sure to please everyone’s ear.

Under the direction of Arthur Shaw, the Rogue Valley Symphony will perform the best loved Symphonies of Sibelius, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky as well as symphonic music from Johann Strauss, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rossini, Vaughan Williams, Richard Strauss and an Oregon premiere by John Mackey.

Fifteen performances in Ashland, Medford, and Grants Pass, October through April, guarantee access for everyone in Southern Oregon to this fabulous lineup of artists and composers. In addition, the Rogue Valley Symphony will present its classic Holiday Candlelight Series in December and a romantic Valentine’s Day Celebrity recital in February.

The season begins and ends with two rising stars in piano performance in the world today.

Both winners of the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, these are concerts you wonÕt want to miss. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition was founded in 1962 after an unknown kid from Texas, Van Cliburn himself, beat all the odds to win the First International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958.

“Winners Circle Rhapsody” opens the season with Van Cliburn winner Roberto Plano performing Rachmaninoff’s brilliant Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini.

Italian pianist Roberto Plano’s career includes numerous awards including First Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Third Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition, and a finalist at the 2003 Busoni in Italy.

In addition the Rogue Valley Symphony will perform Johann Strauss’ Thunder and Lightning Polka, Brahms’ Tragic Overture, Ravel’s beloved Bolero and Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov.

“Romance of the Horns” in November features one of the most beautiful melodies ever written, Schumann’s Concert Piece for Four Horns performed by Jenifer Carstensen, Terrie Henderson, Cynthia Hutton and Jody Schmidt.

Members of the Rogue Valley Symphony orchestra, each of these musicians has extensive experience as soloists as well as orchestral performers. Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture and Sibelius’ powerful Symphony No. 2 will complete the concert program.

“Dancing with Beethoven” in January 2007 features renowned Bay Area violinist Ian Swensen performing Barber’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Head of the String Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he has been awarded the top prize in both the International Violin Competition and the Chamber Music Competition of the Walter W. Naumberg Foundation.

Completing the program is Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, of which the composer himself said it was his “most excellent symphony.”

Performing solo pieces from La Boheme, Taming of the Shrew, and Trouble in Tahit, the three will also perform Richard StraussÕ HabÕ mir’s gelobt from Der Rosenkavalier Tchaikovsky’s fiery Symphony No. 4 and Rossini’s Overture to Barber of Seville will complete the program.

Closing the season in April will be the 2005 Van Cliburn Silver Medalist Joyce Yang performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The youngest competitor at the Van Cliburn competition, 19 year old Joyce Yang took the stage to rave reviews.

Completing the concert program will be the Oregon premiere of Antiphonal Dances by John Mackey, including a special guest appearance by the composer, and Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, including the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon Strings.

December’s “Holiday Candlelight Concerts” bring music and ambience together each year, with a superb program, lighted only by candlelight, performed in local churches in Southern Oregon.

A baroque orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s Sinfonia No. 1, Haydn’s Symphony No. 6 “Le Matin”, and Handel’s Concerto Grosso.

Also, the Rogue Valley Symphony Brass Ensemble with present Gabrieli’s Canzon No. 28.

Rogue Valley pianists Kristina Foltz and Alexander Tutunov perform for the Valentines Day Celebrity recital in February. This pair performs as both soloists and as a couple worldwide to rave reviews. Foltz’s performing career has taken her across the United States and to Spain and Italy. Foltz founded the Siskiyou Piano Workshop and the SOU International Piano Institute, now in conjunction with the Britt Festival.

The Symphony offering an introductory subscription rate of 50 percent off to first-time 5 Concert Season subscription. In Ashland, 5 Concert Season ticket prices are: Premium $181, General $146, Student $22. Ashland Symphony concerts are performed at the SOU Music Recital Hall.

Authors at Bloomsbury Booksellers

Monday, May 22nd, 7:30 pm Roses Windows by Susanne Petermann This is a new translation of Rainer Maria Rilkeâs French poems, Roses Windows. Rilke wrote over 400 poems in French during the last years of his life, from 1921-1926 when he was living in a French-speaking region of Switzerland. These poems have been translated only once previously and are not well-known. They represent an important yet neglected aspect of his vast contribution to twentieth century literature. Most of Rilkeâs work is in German and continues to find wide-spread popularity. The translator of Roses and Windows, Susanne Petermann, is a poet and writer living in the Rogue Valley.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 7:30 pm The Spanish Speaking Dog: A Monte Christo Mystery by Phillip M. Messina Nothing ever happens in quiet Monte Christo, Washington (population 1170). The sleepy mountain town is home to John Lee Wolfe. In the ‘80s Wolfe was the leader of a band whose first hit was topping the charts. But when Wolfe caused a tragic accident that ended his music career, John Lee Wolfe went to live in the mountain town where not much ever happened. Flash forward twenty years: John Lee Wolfe is the owner the Silver Queen Hotel and the mayor of Monte Christo. But still nothing much ever happens-except when developer Zed Mackenzie is killed by a vicious dog. And forget about John’s relationship with Carole Mackenzie, Zed’s wife. Because nothing ever happens in Monte Christo, Washington. Phillip M. Messina lives in Southern Oregon.

Thursday, May 25th, 7:30 pm It’s a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters edited by Andrea Buchanan Itâs a Girl is a wide-ranging, often-humorous, and honest collection of essays about the experience of the mother-daughter bond and mothering girls through different ages. Taking on topics as diverse as “princess power,” adding a girl to a brood of boys, and dealing with a daughter’s eating disorder, Itâs a Girl explores what it’s like to mother daughters, an experience that bridges the gap between a mother’s own expectations as a parent and her own reality as a daughter. Contributors participating in the Bloomsbury Books event include: Jennifer Margulis, Ashland author, freelance writer, consultant, and photojournalist, Gabrielle Smith-Dluha, a freelance writer who also enjoys a position at Southern Oregon University, Emily Alexander Strong who began writing personal essays six years ago and lives with her family in Ashland, Shari MacDonald Strong a freelance writer, editor, and former marketing copywriter who makes her home in Portland.

All Events are Free and Open to the Public Bloomsbury Books 290 East Main Street Ashland, Oregon 97520 541-488-0029

Discuss Elizabeth Royte’s book “Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash” Panel Discussion with local experts, author commentary, QA Friday May 19, 7:30 pm, SOU Student Union Arena (Downstairs) also: Thursday 5/18/06 - Book reading and signing at Bloomsbury, 7:30 pm Friday 5/19/06 - Jefferson Exchange 9am-10am 1230AM brought to you buy ECOS, Ashland Conservation Commission, Ashland Parks and Rec, Ashland Food Coop, Rogue Waste Systems, Home Power Magazine, Standing Stone Brewery, Dagoba Chocolate, Soda Mountain Wilderness Council.

“Garbage has found its poet, and her name is Elizabeth Royte. In her new book, Garbage Land, America’s trash trucks, waste treatment facilities, landfills, and compost heaps, as well as her san men, haulers, bureaucrats, suspiciously taciturn landfill operators, and oddly evangelistic environmentalists, are lavished with the attention of a thorough, perceptive, graceful, and often witty writer.” --Jamie Malanowski, Washington Monthly, September 2005 “The author’s adventures in waste management provide a riveting travelog punctuated by a scathing indictment of American consumption.” --Daniel Terdiman, Wired, August 2005 A New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2005 A Washington Post Book World Best Books of the Year

Wild Honey Pie to play for benefit

Wild Honey Pie, an all-girl Beatle band made up of Ashland teens ages 12-15, will play Sunday at 7:30 PM at the Unitarian Center.

Wild Honey Pie is producing this concert to raise money for Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society event. The group has invited many of the best of Southern Oregon youth musicians to join in a mix of Beatles and classical music. It is a concert produced and performed by kids. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life.

This is the second benefit concert the group has produced together. At the first one, they raised more than $4,000 for a young cancer patient in the community.

Tickets are available at Music Coop and Paddington Station. Tickets are a $10 minimum suggested donation

All Proceeds benefit Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

Back from China to share the dance

Ashland’s Nanci Traynor is visiting from China where she has mastered the art of yoga dance.

Traynor’s quest for independence began on center stage at the age of 4 when she became the lead performer for her school in San Francisco. Living and communicating with nature in Southern Oregon nourished her interest in mysticism. She holds a bachelor’s degree in dance and has studied samba, tribal folk dances of North Africa, modern, classical and various forms of Indian Dance; as well as music, ritual theater and Eastern philosophy.

Traynor has traveled many ancient trade routes throughout the world. As she retraced these prehistoric human pathways she has studied the culture, tradition and dances of these areas including; North Africa, West Africa, Persia, Capoeria of Brazil, and India. She has also studied the mental and physical healing aspects of dance with Anna Halprin at Stanford University.

She is currently living in China teaching yoga, creating dances and observing the traditions of the East, which she will share in a workshop Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Inner Space, 280 E. Hersey St.

1, just behind the DanceSpace in Ashland. Cost is $20, bring a yoga mat.

‘Beyond the surface’

Gallery DeForest presents “Beyond the Surface?” with etchings by Dan Welden and fine leather books by Sabina Nies shown May 4-27. Kersti Tini Miura, master bookbinder, will be present at Gallery DeForest on Thursday, May 18 to show some of her fine leather binding and give a free lecture at SOU on May 19.

New work by Dan Welden, printmaker and painter, will be shown at Gallery DeForest in the RR District. In addition to his 58 national and international exhibits, Welden has collaborated and printed for many prominent artists including de Kooning, Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Motherwell and Dine. His recent work fascinates the viewer with its rich use of color, vivid strokes, textures and use of surface detail. His solar plate making process is revolutionizing printmaking and art school training in the U.S. and abroad. Use of this ecologically friendly technique can be seen at Gallery DeForest.

Equally enticing surface design can be seen by viewing Berlin born bookbinder, Sabina U. Nies’ work as she combines traditional fine leather bindings with contemporary design. Books by this Ashland artist with gold tooling, mother-of-pearl enclosures and watercolor edge decoration are part of the May show “Beyond the Surface?” Sabina graduated from the American Academy of Bookbinding and Gallery DeForest will show the scope of her custom work and fine craftsmanship including: Victorian albums, pyramids, clamshell boxes and hand bound books.

In addition to Sabina’s books, Kersti Tini Miura, master bookbinder, will be present at Gallery DeForest on Thursday, May 18 to show some of her fine leather bindings. Tini has exhibited her work in over 43 venues on three continents and has won many international awards. She will also present a free slide show at the SOU Meese Library on May 19 from 3:30-5:00 entitled “A Short History of Book Cover Decoration and A Master Bookbinder's Designs of Today?. In addition, Tini will conduct workshops on May 20-21 at Sophia Bogle’s Book Restoration Studio in the Briscoe Art Wing. For more information, contact Sabina U Nies at 552-0837 or Sophia Bogle at 601-7543.

Gallery DeForest is located in Ashland’s Historic Railroad District at 270 Fourth St., across from the Peerless Restaurant and steps away from Davis and Cline Gallery. Hours for May are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and by appointment. Call 482-1005 for more information or check out www.gallerydeforest.com.

Secret societies, etc.

The Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library takes people beyond ‘The Da Vinci Code’

With the renewed interest in the obscure generated by the recent release of the film “The Da Vinci Code,” the Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library is offering resources to people who would like to explore similar themes.

Jennifer J. Reeds is a local artist/author/scholar who has a special interest in esoteric knowledge and secret societies.interests center on initiation and mysticism. She is working through the RVML to offer people ideas and further avenues of research.

Her own research focuses on spiritual matters, Egyptology, women warriors, and archaeology with respect to discoveries and insights that counter conventional perceptions of the past.

She has a special interest in esoteric knowledge and secret societies (Freemasonry, in particular) and is currently writing a novel, “For Sion’s Sake I Will Not Be Silent,” her interview with Margaret Starbird, author of “The Woman with the Alabaster Jar” and “Mary Magdalene, Bride in Exile,” currently appears on the Phenomena website. Jennifer recently toured Egyptian sacred sites with independent Egyptologist John Anthony West. Jennifer holds an A.B. in Speech Communication from the University of Southern California and also studied ceramics, drawing, and design at the Art Institute of Southern California in Laguna Beach, California. She spent 18 years as a ceramic artist, specializing in carved one-of-a-kind porcelain vessels and dinnerware.

Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library and Event Center is a Non Profit Organization, located on 258 A St. in Ashland. Hours are 2-6 p.m. every day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. For information call 552-9119 or see the Web site www.rvml.org.

The library has a loaning library of 10,000 books, videos, DVDs and audios in a fully computerized system.

RVML is responding to the enormous interest in the Da Vinci Code movie by creating a Special Feature section of Books and Videos relating to the Da Vinci Code.

The titles include: “Holy Blood, Holy Grail,” “The Jesus Mystery,” “Beyond Belief,” “Sacred Sites of the Knights Temple,” “Dead Sea Scroll Deception - The Lost Teachings of Jesus,” “Guardians of the Grail” and “Lost Books of the Bible Jesus and the Essenes.”

‘Once Upon a Mattress’ opens soon in Yreka

The joyous musical comedy classic “Once Upon a Mattress”opens at the Yreka Community Theatre on May 19 for two weekends.

Based on the fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea,” this College of the Siskiyous and Siskiyou Institute production was last seen at the Yreka Community Theatre in 1987 when J.J. Lewis-Nichols and husband Ned Nichols produced “Mattress” and played Princess Winnifred the Woebegone and Prince Dauntless the Drab. They will be reprising these roles in this new mad-cap production. Former Broadway actress Lewis-Nichols is the director and Ashland local Vrenda Lee serves as the choreographer.

This “Mattress” has great songs, nutty characters, and wild dances and is perfect for the whole family. Originally starring Carol Burnett on Broadway, the play is a giant joy-ride of crazy fun. Some of the delightful musical numbers include the irrepressible “Shy,” “The Swamps of Home,” “I’m in Love with a Girl Named Fred,” “Sensitivity,” “Happily Ever After,” and the wacky dance “The Spanish Panic.”

Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, May 19, 20, 26, and 27 with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28.

All tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the Yreka Chamber of Commerce, Nature’s Kitchen in Yreka, the Opera House Emporium in Montague, Scott Valley Florist in Fort Jones, and Gallery 319 / Holiday Travel in Mount Shasta. For more information or for out-of-town ticket sales, call Tom or Sari at 530-467-3999.

Oregon Stage Works hosts all that Jazz

Oregon Stage Works, located at 185 A Street in the A Street market place presents jazz artists Paul Bollenback and Chris McNulty on Monday and Tuesday at 8 and 10 pm. at Oregon Stage Works, 185 A Street, Ashland. Tickets are $17 general admission, and may be purchased at the door.

Paul Bollenback’s new release, “Brightness of Being” is currently hitting the Jazz Week chart at No. 13. The recording features Bollenback in a variety of settings with three tenor greats, David “Fathead” Newman, Gary Thomas and Tim Garland along with Terri Lynn Carrington, Ari Hoenig on drums, James Genus on bass and Chris McNulty, voice. The CD features several Bollenback originals along with two Ray Charles classics, a Stevie Wonder tune as well as adaptations from Puccini’s Tosca and Garcia de Leon’s El Desierto.

McNulty’s most recent CD, “Dance Delicioso” released this past summer, has received accolades from the U.S. and international press as well as making it to the final round at this year’s Grammy’s in five categories including Best Jazz Vocal Recording. This recording includes five McNulty originals, as well as some takes on several classic standards including “All of You,” “Star Eyes” and “Meaning of the Blues.” The lineup includes jazz greats Mulgrew Miller, Gary Bartz, Gary Thomas, Billy Hart and Paul Bollenback, with cello and accordion added for additional sonic color.

For more information, and ticket availability, call Oregon Stage Works, located at 185 A St., in the A street market place, at 482-2334.

In Brief

OSF Talk

Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Catherine E. Coulson will give a free talk this Saturday, May 20 at Noon in Carpenter Hall. Ms. Coulson is currently playing Mrs. van Daan in “The Diary of Anne Frank,” running through July 9 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. She will also appear this season as Lucetta in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, opening in June on the Elizabethan Stage. Coulson is in her thirteenth season at OSF, and appeared in “By the Waters of Babylon” and “Napoli Milionaria!” last season. She also has numerous film and television credits, including David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks.”

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

KS Film Night

KS Wild presents the film “preditors” Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Environmental Center, 84 Fourth St.

Around the world, according to event organizers, from the forests of Venezuela to Yellowstone’s majestic wilderness to the Caribbean’s coral reefs, predators are disappearing. Experts are learning that predators could play a crucial role in structuring entire ecosystems and when the predators disappear, the consequences may be dramatic. “Predators” is one of a four-part National Geographic series called Strange Days on Planet Earth. This screening is part of KS Wild’s monthly environmental film series and is free to the public.