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pajama game: Chris Williams directs Ashland High School's production of the musical by Richard Bissell, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, and book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell. See story on page 6.

bullshot crummond: Doug Warner directs the comic mystery by Ron House, Diz White, Alan Sherman, John Neville-Andrews and Derek Cunningham in a parody of low budget '30s detective movies. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through March 1, at Camelot Theatre Company, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. Reserved seating is an additional $2. Tickets are available online at CamelotTheatre.org, by phone or in person. Call 535-5250.

deathtrap: Dennis Klein directs Ira Levin's classic about a once successful playwright who plots to steal a former student's new play. But things are not quite what they appear to be. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays through March 1, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students 21 and under. Tickets are available at The Music Coop, Ashland and at the door. Call 482-2334.

Once Upon A Time ... The Clever Plays: Oregon Stage Works Ashland Children's Theatre, under the direction of Eve Smyth, presents 14 student actors, ages 10-14, and several adult performers, in three traditional stories and an adaptation of "The Three Sillies." The shows open at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6 and run at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays March 6 to 14, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8 and Saturday, March 14, at 191 A St., Ashland. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are available at The Music Coop, Ashland and at the door. Call 482-2334.

Dick Whittington and His Amazing Cat: Michael Hume directs the musical by Pat Hume. Written in 1980, the play is based on the true story of Richard Whittington, a London merchant who became the Mayor of London in the 15th century. The show runs at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28; at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1; and at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $18 regular, $16 for seniors, and $5 for students. Call 552-6348.

Anna in the Tropics: Stephany Smith-Pearson directs the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Nilo Cruz about Cuban immigrants working in Florida's cigar-making factories in the early twentieth century. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. Feb. 26-28; with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 1, at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets for each show are $18 regular, $16 for seniors, and $5 for students. Call 552-6348.

once upon a mattress: Jahnna Beecham directs St. Mary's School's production of the musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea" with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. The show opens at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, and runs at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, at Crater Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. Tickets are $12 general admission and $7 for students. Call 773-7817.

macbeth: Gale Edwards directs William Shakespeare's tragedy follows Macbeth's ascent to the Scottish throne and the carnage it leaves in its wake. Feb. 20-Nov. 1, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

death and the king's horseman: Chuck Smith directs Nobel prize-winner Wole Soyinka's African tragedy set against the backdrop of a colonial mindset and a vibrant, mystical culture in peril. Feb. 21-July 5, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

the music man: Bill Rauch directs the musical with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. Con man Harold Hill arrives in River City, Iowa, under the guise of teaching music to the children, while actually planning to bilk their parents. Feb. 21-Nov. 1, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

dead man's cell phone: Christopher Liam Moore directs Sarah Ruhl's funny film-noir odyssey that begins when a man dies at a restaurant. When his cell phone keeps ringing, the woman at the next table answers it. Feb. 22-June 19, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

Events

Thursday, Feb. 26

Discover Rogue Opera: The Rogue Opera team will give a tour at noon, Thursday, Feb. 26, in room 132 in the Music Building of Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. SOU students will talk about the impact Rogue Opera has had on their music education. A free lunch is provided with RSVP to 608-6400 or sarah@rogueopera.org.

light painting: Photographer Marc Sirinsky will present an exploration into the nature of light, time and space at 7 p.m. Thursday Feb. 26, at the Southern Oregon University Schneider Museum of Art, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Sirinsky will talk about his approach to using photography as a spiritual practice and guide attendees in experimenting with movement, light and photography. Bring a camera and light sources. See smaash.org or call 552-6245

Friday, Feb. 27

leipzig quartet: Chamber Music Concerts will present the Leipzig String Quartet at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $26 and $30 and $5 for those 22 and under. See ChamberMusicConcerts.org or call 552-6154.

heartsong concert: Mount Shasta keyboardist, harmonica and tabla player Anton Mizerak and Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist Kim Lorene will present an evening of songs and chants from around the world at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the Grants Pass Museum of Art, 229 Southwest G St., Grants Pass. The concert is a fundraiser for the museum. Tickets are $10. Call 479-3290.

Saturday, Feb. 28

R.V. Symphony: Cellist Elinor Frey will play Elgar's Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in E minor with the Rogue Valley Symphony in a series of concerts also featuring "audience choice" selections. Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 South Central Ave., Medford; at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, at the High School Performing Arts Center, 830 NE Ninth St., Grants Pass; and at 8 p.m. Monday, March 2, at Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Medford ticket prices are $26 and $33; Grants Pass tickets are $23 and $30; Ashland tickets are $33 and $40. Student tickets are $5 at each venue. Pat Daly will offer a free pre-concert talk one hour before each performance. See rvsymphony.org or call 552-6398.

blame sally: St. Clair Productions will present the folk-rock quartet in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, and $10 for youths 12-17. Children under 12 admitted free. Tickets are available at the Music Coop, Ashland; stclairevents.com; or by calling 535-3562.

opera in the schools: Rogue Opera will present three free performances of OperAntics! its Opera in the Schools show. Performances will take place at 10 a.m. at Rogue Community College, Rogue Building Auditorium, 3345 Redwood Highway, Grants Pass; at 1 p.m. at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland; and at 3 p.m. at St. Mary's High School, 816 Black Oak Dr., Medford, on Saturday, Feb. 28. Call 608-6400.

Sunday, March 1

Heartsong Concert: Mount Shasta keyboardist, harmonica and tabla player Anton Mizerak and Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist Kim Lorene will present a concert at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1119 Ellen Ave., Medford. They were featured musicians at the 2004 Seattle Sacred World Music Festival and at the 2008 UCRS Asilomar gathering. Donations accepted. Call 734-8581.

Monday, March 4

jazz exchange: The Grooveyard Trio will present the next program at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Rd., Talent. Grooveyard just completed two new CDs and will perform music from them and talk about the recording process. The trio includes Dave Swan on piano, Joe Cohoon on bass and Gary Hirsh on drums. Admission is $5. Call 535-7957.

Thursday, March 5

the phantom tollbooth: Craterian Performances will present Kennedy Center's travelling musical based on the book by Norton Juster with music by Arnold Black and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick at 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. The Phantom Tollboth is a portal into an enchanted realm for bored young Milo. Recommended for children in grades 5-8. Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for youths 0-18. Call 779-3000.

second street musicians: Second Street Musicians will present its annual Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the First United Methodist Church 175 N. Main St., Ashland. The program will include selections by Vivaldi, Dvorák, and Respighi. The concert will feature cellist Elinor Frey playing the Vivaldi Cello Concerto in B Minor. There will be a reception to meet the musicians. Donations will provide scholarships for amateur string musicians and a portion will be given to the Rogue Valley Symphony. Call 482-7629.

Friday, March 6

a winter jazz night: The Southern Oregon University Jazz Ensemble and two student jazz combos will perform a concert of standards and original compositions by band director Martin Behnke beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $5 general admission. Students are admitted for free. Call 552-6101.

celtic fiddle music: Celtic fiddler Hanneke Cassel will perform with her band at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Cassel will conduct a workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the Fellowship. The cost for the workshop is $25. Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, $12 for youths. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available at Music Coop, Ashland; BrownPaperTickets.com; and at the door. Call 324-6851.

Saturday, March 7

baroque Music: Jefferson Baroque Orchestra and Chorus, under the direction of Baroque violinist Margret Gries will present a program of operatic and ballet music by Jean-Baptiste Lully at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Newman Methodist Church, Sixth and B streets, Grants Pass; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students at the door or by calling 592-2681.

choral music: The Jefferson State Choral Coalition will perform at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland. Tickets are $10. Call 552-6101.

R. V. Chorale: The chorale will present its spring concert, "A Celebration of Songs and Singing," at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at 779-3000, on line at craterian.org, or at the box office.

old time fiddlers: The group will hold its monthly jam from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Live Oak Grange, 120 Gardiner, Rogue River. The public is welcome to listen and dance and acoustic musicians of all ages are invited to sign up to play. Admission is by donation. Call 840-2156 for more information.

opera concert: "Voices from the Valley Opera Scenes Concerts" will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The concerts will feature 14 staged scenes from operas by Berlioz, Britten, Donizetti, Tchaikovsky, Floyd, Strauss, Mascagni, Menotti, Mozart, Rossini and Weill and more. The production is directed by Rogue Opera's artistic director, Willene Gunn, former director of San Francisco Conservatory of Music opera program, with music director, vocal coach and pianist Laurie Anne Hunter. The concerts are the culmination of Rogue Opera and Southern Oregon University Department of Music's nine-week Opera Workshop collaboration, and will feature 22 singers. A "Meet the Artists" Reception will follow each concert. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for youths 21 and under. Tickets are available at the door, at rogueopera.org or call 608-6400. Proceeds benefit Rogue Opera's Educational Programs and collaborations with SOU.

ballet folklórico: The 11th dance show featuring Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre, the Rogue valley's Mexican Folk Dance troupe, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at South Medford High School Auditorium, 815 S. Oakdale Ave, Medford. The Youth Performance Company, adult group and children's dance classes will present traditional folk dances in full regional costume from the Mexican states of Jalisco, Nayarit, Sinaloa, Guanajuato, Vera Cruz, Michoacán, Campeche, Yucatán. Guest singer Felipe Reyes and Estampa Mexicana dancers also will be featured. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students, and $4 for children. Tickets are available at El Gallo Supermarket, Medford; El Tapatío Restaurant, Ashland and at the door. Call 261-1906.

benefit concert: Kelsey Hoffman and the North Medford High School Sparrow Club will host a benefit show for Benjamin Putnam at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Revolution, 188 Garfield St., Ashland. Performing will be Turned Up Missing, After You, The Truth Is and The Octones. Admission is $5.

Sunday, March 8

r. v. symphonic band: The Rogue Valley Symphonic Band and wind ensemble under the direction of Bill Norfleet, will present its Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood, Medford. On the program will be a Souza march and Americana Hymns as well as works from Lerner and Loewe, Leonard Bernstein, Hoagy Carmichael, and George Gershwyn. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and $16 for families at the door. Call 488-2926.