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Camelot Conservatory’s Summer Camp presents ‘Honk, Jr!’

A musical version of ‘The Ugly Duckling

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Camelot Theatre Company presents its Summer Camp 2006 production of “Honk, Jr!” a musical for the entire family, for three performances only: Friday and Saturday July 28 29 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 30, at 2 p.m..

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— — — Where: Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave at Main St., Talent — What: “Honk, Jr!,” a musical for the entire familyBook and Lyrics: Anthony Drewe; Music by: George Stiles, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling” — When: Friday Saturday, July 28 29 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 30 at 2 p.m.Cost: $7 (students), $10 (adults); reserved seats $2 additional per ticket.Outlets: Camelot Theatre Box Office only, 535-5250

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In the London season featuring the appearance of “The Lion King,” “Honk!” based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling,” became a stand-out by winning the 2000 Olivier Award (the British equivalent of the Tony Award) for Best New Musical.

Written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (dubbed “The brightest hopes for the future of the British musical” by The London Daily Telegraph), “Honk!” is the story of Ugly, whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry Cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms.

Smart, funny and moving, “Honk, Jr.!” evokes both laughter and tears.

“Its charm, humor and message of tolerance is perfect for a family audience… and every

audience,” Camelot artistic director Livia Genise said.

Camelot’s Conservatory production of “Honk, Jr!” stars Coca Herried as Ugly, featuring Shay Astor, Elijah Ballantyne, Chloe Brown-Briggs, Caitlin Campbell, Griffin Hadden, Rosabelle Heine, Ayla Herried, Rylee Houck, Teara Kay, Ketzal McCready, Lydia McKee, Sara Milhollin, Josette Saydah, Jennifer Schmerber and Lisa Werfel as the Cat.

The production is co-directed by Rebecca Campbell, who also choreographs, Laura Derocher and Renee Hewitt. Musical direction is by Jennifer Schloming. Camelot’s resident designers Bart Grady (lights), Emily Ehrlich Inget (costumes), and don Zastopil (set and props) handle the production values with sound design by Peter Spring.

Tickets for “Honk, Jr! are $7 for students and $10 for Adults and are only available at the Camelot Theatre Box Office, located at the corner of Talent Avenue and Main Street in Talent or by phone at 535-5250. Reservations are recommended and there is an additional $2 per

ticket charge for reserved seating. Box Office hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances.

Dar Williams opens for Shawn Colvin

Grammy-winning female folk singers — double bill at Britt Festivals

Shawn Colvin and Dar Williams will take to Britt’s outdoor stage for an evening of contemporary folk music Thursday, July 27. Singer/songwriter Colvin is considered to be part of the “new folk movement” that began in the late 1980s.

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— — — Who: Shawn Colvin and Dar WilliamsWhen: 7:30 p.m. — Thursday, July 27Where: Britt Festivals, JacksonvilleTickets: $39, $36 — reserved; $25 lawn, $17 for children (0-12)Call: 773-6077 or see brittfest.org on the Web

Her debut album “Steady On” came out 15 years ago and grabbed the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Recording.

Since then, Colvin has recorded five more albums: “Fat City,” “Cover Girl,” “A Few Small Repairs,” “Holiday Songs And Lullabies,” and “Whole New You.”

Her song “Sunny Came Home” from the album “A Few Small Repairs” earned Colvin two Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The song also landed in the top 10 record charts.

Colvin is as well-known for her acoustic guitar work as she is for her poignant lyrics. She also has won praise for her interpretations of songs written by others.

Colvin grew up an ardent Joni Mitchell fan, and had mastered the guitar by the time she was 10. For a time, she played country music with the Buddy Miller Band.

Meeting and working with guitarist John Leventhal moved Colvin’s music more toward pop.

Williams is a major force on the New England folk scene. “My Better Self,” her latest CD and ninth album, is a personal, political collection of songs.

Williams has been highly involved in environmental and progressive projects.

Her non-profit Echoes Initiative partners with local community-based organizations where Williams performs to help draw attention and funds to those organizations.

Williams’ has also just finished her second young-adult novel, called “Lights, Camera, Amalee” which has been published by Scholastic Press.

Ashland venue offers variety

8 p.m. Thursday, July 27

Kan’Nal at the Historic

Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St.

The band Kan’Nal will headline an evening of organic tribal rock. Kan’Nal’s groove-oriented acoustic fusion of Latin and Middle Eastern rhythms combines elements of spoken word, electronica, and primordial rhythm.

Opening for Kan’Nal will be March Fourth Marching Band with its high-energy, eclectic mix of Mardi Gras mayhem, afro beat, sultry samba, and gypsy folk. Next up will be Wisdom Creations with their conscious lyrics, hip-hop and reggae. Tickets cost $15 in advance at Soundpeace and Low Down Boardshop, Ashland, and $18 at the door.

9 p.m. Friday, July 28

Tina Malia

Singer Tina Malia will present an evening of songs and prayers from around the world. Malia’s music is inspired by her roots in American Folk music, ancient Celtic modalities, Middle Eastern rhythms and mystical tones of India. Tickets cost $10.

2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 29

— Birth and The Birth Tour

— “Birth” is a one-hour public radio and audio documentary about the practices and perceptions of birth in America. Through many voices woven with sound, the show examines the process of birth from an emotional, physical, anthropological, historical and philosophical perspective. Families are invited to share birth stories. Tickets $10 sliding scale.

8 p.m. Sunday, July 30

— Fanna-Fi-Allah Qawwali

Fanna-Fi-Allah will present an concert of classical qawwali music, Ecstatic sufi devotional music which expresses the fire of divine love through the verses of sufi poets. The ragas will be sung in Urdu, Farsi Hindi, and Punjabi and presented by Pakistani tablas, six voices, tampura and harmoniums. Fanna-Fi-Allah studied with the legendary family of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in Faislabad Pakistan. Tickets cost $10 all ages.

The Mobius is located at 281 Fourth St. For information call 488-8894 or see the Web site www.theMobius.com.

Tina Malia sings

"Her voice is as pure as fresh water bubbling from a spring. As a songwriter, she evokes

— visions of peace and oneness, yet her words are very much of this world, and of the earth. Her name is Tina Malia, a name that will be well known before long, because this young woman is destined for musical immortality."

— Magical Blend Magazine

Tina Malia is an integral part of a grass roots music movement originating from the West Coast, which is dedicated to bridging people of all cultures through song and celebration. Her music has influences of American folk music, African rhythms, Indian mysticism, Middle Eastern melodies, and Celtic modalities. She and her band started their tour in June, traveling to Europe. Their concerts were met with critical acclaim and packed concert halls.

Now she begins her extensive U.S. tour with full band to promote her new album, “The Silent Awakening.” Her sound has matured into an earthy, rhythmic fusion, featuring danceable upbeat grooves combined with her unique, sultry, captivating voice. Malia plays the Mobius at 9 p.m. Friday, July 28.

Tickets are $10 and available in advance at www.themobius.com. The Mobius is located at:281 Fourth St. For information call 488-8894.

Edgar on ‘Jekyll and Hyde’

British playwright addresses the classic story through the lense of time

On Friday, July 28, at Noon, British playwright David Edgar will present a lecture entitled “Why Then? Why Now? ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ from 1885 to 2006” at Noon in Carpenter Hall.

Edgar’s adaptation of the classic tale “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” opens Saturday, July 29 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre, directed by Penny Metropulos and starring James Newcomb in the title roles.

David Edgar won a Tony Award for his adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Nicholas Nickleby,” and OSF has previously produced his plays “Pentecost” and “Continental Divide.”

Admission to OSF talks is $7; members $6; youths 6-17, $5.25. OSF talks and lectures are held from March 4 through September 22. Check www.osfashland.org or call 482-4331 for more information, or to purchase tickets.

New Bathroom Reader — celebrates human triumph

Book chronicles unbelievable comebacks, true survivors — and incredible gifts

The Ashland-based publishers of the latest Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader, “Tales to Inspire,” invite people to look on the bright side with this uplifting and motivating book filled with facts about everyday heroes and small acts that changed the world. “Tales to Inspire” features stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things (as well as some extraordinary people doing amazingly extraordinary things).

Bringing readers 150 stories infused with a twist of humor, “Tales to Inspire” offers readers a mix of laughs and inspiration. With this touching book, readers will find architectural achievements, like the village made out of bottles, and the castle that took one man 70 years to build (all by himself), plus fables, proverbs, jokes, and words of wisdom from the likes of the Buddha, Einstein, Helen Keller, and P-Funk.

“Over the two decades that we’ve been bringing you Bathroom Readers, we’ve uncovered many uplifting stories,” a press release from the publisher states. “That gave us the inspiration to create an entire book that celebrates incredible people and achievements. This book reports on more than just amazing people though, we’ve also included incredible tales from the natural and animal world. This is an inspiring book like no other.”

The book includes stories such as:

• Everyday folks who do exceptional things, such as the mysterious driver who always pays the toll for the five cars behind her, or the man who sold his house and then used the money to buy a community hall for the Girl Scouts.

• Disabled people who refuse to be limited by their physical limitations, like the blind man who helped millions learn to read and write, or the high school wrestler who figured out how to win even though he has no arms.

• Wealthy people who give back, such as the hockey star who donated his entire salary to help troubled teens, or the doctor in India who invented a simple toilet that saved millions of lives.

Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Tales to Inspire offers readers the opportunity to take a seat and read about astonishing stories with happy endings. Tales to Inspire is available at local bookstores books at the publisher’s suggested retail price of $14.95.

Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series is one of the longest-running, most popular humor collections in the publishing industry. With more than 7 million copies in print, Uncle John taps into a vast resource of hidden readers — the 66 percent who admit to reading in the bathroom.

For more information about the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series visit www.bathroomreader.com.

Vinyl Club hosts Karmetic Underground

Sonically combining the east, the west, the above and the below, the Karmetik Underground attempts to religiously infuse packed dance floors with live instrumental fusion.

Karmetik creates an ethnically diverse musical tapestry, often incorporating traditional instruments from India with state of the art synthesizers, samplers, and sequencers. The group’s sound is influenced by Talvin Singh, Phish, The Chemical Brothers and Sound Tribe Sector Nine to name a few.

As part of the creative process, songs are conceived from within the emotional spectrum and given life through a hybrid medium of electrorganic sounds, allowing the listener to fully explore their musical mind and body while getting down and dirty on the dance floor.

Primarily a quartet, the Karmetik Underground is also constantly exploring the collective musical experience through improvised jamming with a plethora of guest musicians. The music is kept fresh for both listener and performer as it takes on a form derived from the present with little predetermined length or finite structure.

Karmetik will perform at the Vinyl Club at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 29.

Harmony in Japan

Ashland group will sing at Hiroshima’s 61st anniversary

Rogue Valley Peace Choir Of Southern Oregon travels to Japan to sing at 61st anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima

Keeping the hope for peace alive in the face of daily headlines of war requires optimism, energy, and effort. In August, 38 members of The Rogue Valley Peace Choir of southern Oregon will travel to Japan as part of its stated mission to inspire peace through music that transcends borders, religions, and cultures and asserts the need to care for our earth.

The invitation to sing on the anniversary of the bombing came as a result of one of the choir’s members, Hideko “Tammy” Snider’s, correspondence with friends and colleagues in Japan. Hideko was living in Hiroshima at the time of the bombing and lost her mother and other friends and family in the bombing. The choir travelers have named their trip “Peace Journey: Harmony in Hiroshima,” and they have prepared a repertoire of songs which reflect both countries’ desire for peace and understanding, and the healing power of forgiveness. The itinerary includes three cities with five concerts, culminating with a concert in Peace Park in Hiroshima on August 6. The choir is under the direction of Dave Marston.

The group has adopted the peace crane as its symbol in honor of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl who attempted to fold 1,000 origami cranes in order achieve her wish to regain her health after developing leukemia from the bombing. The choir will add its 1,000 folded cranes to Sadako’s statue in Peace Park before flying back home to Oregon.

Children’s authors at Ashland library

Author Night at the Ashland library welcomes mother and daughter writing team Cici Brown and Chelsea Witnauer on Tuesday, Aug. — at 7 p.m.

Cici Brown and Chelsea Witnauer have written the children’s story, Madame Dragonfly and produced the award-winning companion DVD, “Baby’s Stroll Through Nature.” The picture book and video encourage awareness and appreciation for the future care of our Earth’s environment, offering children a chance to view nature in different ways.

Their next children’s book “Midnight at the Concert Hall,” due out next year, will also have a companion video. Paula Rice, the illustrator, is an award-winning Northwest artist noted for her works in batik and acrylics. She will join Brown and Witnauer and talk about her role in the production of this illustrated book and video.

Author Night is free to the public and proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. Call 774-6996 for more information.

Throat singers resonate at Unitarian Center

Chirgilchin — Master Throat Singers of Tuva

Chirgilchin — Master Throat-Singers of Tuva perform at the Unitarian Center on Sunday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St.

Chirgilchin, which translates to ‘Mirage’ or ‘Miracle,’ is one of today’s younger generation of Tuvan throat-singers.

Members are all recent champions of the Tuvan national throat-singing competition. The group sings ancient folk songs in the Tuvan language and plays hand made instruments.

Chirgilchin is becoming known for their innovative new compositions with a jazz-like handling of the traditional vocal techniques and instrumentation.

Atmospheric and mesmeric, ‘throat-singing’ is produced by resonating low sounds in the throat, creating a middle note and a haunting, flute-like harmonic.

Tuva is a small Russian province in the heart of Central Asia.

Admission is $15 at the door or $14 in advance at Music Coop 181 A St.

Ballet In The Park

Ballet In The Park’s 22nd annual summer series will hold its last show on Monday, July 31, bringing back for a third year The Kinetic Images Dance Company from Lake Oswego. The Kinetic Images Dance Company features nine Portland area dancers from a variety of dance backgrounds.

Known for performances that blend live dance and videography, the company has performed throughout the Pacific Northwest since 1996. Artistic Director Kimm Mahoney-Watson has honed a kinesiologically based technique that is strong artistically and technically.

Videographer Will Mahoney-Watson has been with the company since 1999. Choreographer Kimm Mahoney-Watson brings an innovating taste of modern dance with her nine dancers, and “Fragile” is the company’s newest work being developed. It explores ritual and religion and looks at how we use these aspects of our culture to work through life’s worries, fear and grief. This piece is danced to the music of Sting: “David Grohl.”

Their second piece, “What Lies Within,” is an evocative interpretation of a selection of Mozart piano sonatas and symphonies. “What Lies Within” offers a view on experiences that are universal but are felt in isolation. Through the performance we come to see those experiences as common to our humanity, according to Kimm Mahoney-Watson the company’s Artistic Director.

The Ballet Rogue has Nutcracker auditions Aug. 27, a costume sale Aug. 26; and Nutcracker Nights at the Rogue Valley Country Club Nov 17.

This is the 20th year of the Nutcracker and to honor that on Dec. 16 there will be a party sponsored by Gorilla Bites in Medford after the Saturday night performance. It will be an event where people can mingle with the guest artists and adult dancers from the Nutcracker. It will be a wine, champagne, chocolate and dessert party for which only 80 tickets will be sold. The Children’s Sugarplum Tea Party will be held on Dec. 16 and 17.