the 25th annual putnam county spelling bee: Jim Giancarlo directs and choreographs the Tony Award-winning musical written by Rachel Sheinkin with music and lyrics by William Finn. Six puberty-stricken middle school kids (and four guest spellers from the audience) compete for the title of Spelling Bee champion. The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday, June 12 and run at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays with brunch matinees at 1 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 30, at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, First and Hargadine Streets, Ashland.. Tickets are $21-$32 and $19 for previews. PG-13 for mature themes and language. See oregoncabaret.com or call 488-2902.
henry Viii: John Sipes directs William Shakespeare's story of the Tudor king who reshaped the world to his own needs. The play will open at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 12 and will run through Oct. 9, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.
don quixote: Laird Williamson directs the world premiere of Octavio Solis' adaptation of Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra's tale of the aging hero who jumbles reality and imagination in his quest to become a knight. The play will open at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13 and will run through Oct. 10, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.
much ado about nothing: Kate Buckley directs William Shakespeare's comedy about men and women and what it takes to make love happen. The play will open at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 14 and will run through Oct. 11, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.
The servant of two masters: Tracy Young directs an adaptation by Young and Oded Gross of Carlo Goldini's farce about the servant Truffaldino who attends to two masters without either of them knowing about the other. Through Nov. 1, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.
macbeth: Gale Edwards directs William Shakespeare's tragedy follows Macbeth's ascent to the Scottish throne and the carnage it leaves in its wake. Through 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. Through 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. Through 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. Through June 19, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.
shirley valentine: Helena de Crespo stars in this Tony Award-winning one-woman show by Willy Russell about a middle-aged housewife who decides to do something about her stagnate existence. The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday, June 12 and run at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through July 13, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland. Tickets for previews are $15. Tickets for regular performances are $20 and $12 for students 21 and younger. See oregonstageworks.org or call 482-2334.
cabaret: Livia Genise directs the musical with book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, set in Berlin as Hitler rises to power. There will be a fund-raiser performance for Talent Chamber of Commerce at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 17. Tickets are $20. The show will preview at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 18. Tickets are $12. The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday, June 19, and will run at 8 p.m., Mondays (beginning June 29) and Thursdays through Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays through July 19, at Camelot Theatre Company, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets are $21 and $19 for students and seniors. Reserved seats are an additional $2. PG-13 for sexual innuendo. See camelottheatre.org or call 535-5250.
Thursday, June 11
daryl shawn and ted killian: The two guitarists will perform "Strange Guitar Nite," a concert of new music, from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at the Christian Church of Ashland, 318 B St., Ashland. The concert is free.
Friday, June 12
Los Lonley Boys: The Britt Festivals will open its 2009 season with the rock sounds of the three Texas brothers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 12, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. Opening the show will be the San Francisco Bay Area band Frobeck, performing a blend of pop, funk and soul music. Tickets are $49 reserved, $32 lawn and $19 for children 12 and younger. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.
Curtain Climbers Aerial Dance Company: The performers will present an encore presentation of their First Friday show at 9 p.m. Friday, June 12, at the Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. The show will feature Susan Chester, Cheyenne Swartz, Erika Bakke and Kelly Pettinger. Minors will be welcome until 11 p.m. There is no cover charge. Call 482-6414.
Saturday, June 13
India.Arie: The singer and songwriter will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Britt Festival grounds in Jacksonville. Opening the show will be pop singer and writer Chris Mann. Tickets are $43 reserved, $33 lawn and $19 for children 12 and younger. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.
all that jazz: The dance studio will mark its 20th anniversary with a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Grants Pass Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. Tickets are $12 and $8 for seniors, children and students. See jazzdancing.com or call 441-0378.
salon concert: Members of the Chamber Players String Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford, and at 8 p.m. Monday, June 15, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door and at the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra box office. Call 552-6398.
choir concert: The Music Department of First Methodist Church of Ashland will present "Broadway at First," a musical revue, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13, in the church sanctuary, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. Dave Marston has been choir director at the church for 17 years, and part of the proceeds from this event will go toward his medical and living expenses and to support the church music program. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or at Paddington Station in Ashland. Call 482-3647.
ballet: The Rogue Valley School of Ballet will present "Sleeping Beauty" excerpts and other dances at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at South Medford High School Theater, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Tickets are $10, $5 for children 6 and younger. Tickets are available Rogue Valley Swim & Tennis Club and Dance and Beyond in Medford, and at the door. See roguevalleyballet.com or call 601-5371.
Sunday, June 14
benefit concert: The Rogue Suspects and Karen Lively and the Karen Lively Band will perform at "Mayors United, Helping Feed Our Community" from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 14, in the Sherm and Wanda Olsrud Pavilion at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Exposition Park, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling ACCESS at 774-4312 or 774-4320.
Solo Violin Recitals: Young violin students from the Studio of Faina Podolnaya and members of the Siskiyou Violins will perform from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday June 14 (ages 6-13) and Sunday, June 21 (Ages 13-19), at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Non-perishable food in sealed packages, cans, or bottles for the Ashland Emergency Food Bank are welcomed.
Monday, June 15
chamber music trio: Chamber Music Concerts will present Alexander Tutunov, piano; Michal Palzewicz, cello; and Mateusz Wolski, violin at 8 p.m. Monday, June 15, at Ashland High School's Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are $25, $10 for students. Tickets are available at Paddington Station and at the Music Coop in Ashland. Call 227-1710.
Wednesday, June 17
bear creek concerts: The concert series will open with the 15—piece big band, the Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, at the Bear Creek Amphitheatre, Medford. the band will play a mix of swing, Latin and classic big band arrangements of the '40s, '50s and '60s. Admission is free. Call 774-2400.
Thursday, June 18
ashland city band: The 70-member Ashland City Band, under the direction of Don Bieghler, will begin its annual summer concerts series at 7:30 p.m. June 18, at the Butler Band Shell in Lithia Park, Ashland. The concerts will take place every Thursday through Aug. 13. Preconcert entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 245-9494.
Friday, June 19
living on dreams: The dance band, jazz combo will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 19, at Agate Ridge Vineyard, 1098 Nick Young Road, Eagle Point. Admission is $7. Bring a picnic. Wines are available by the bottle or by the glass. Call 830-3050. This is an outdoor event, rain or shine.
mercy: The band, featuring Lynda Morrison, will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 5, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Admission is $5. 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Call 776-2315.
howie mandel: The Britt Festivals will present the comedian at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 19, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. Opening the show will be comedian John Mendoza. Tickets are $74 reserved, $39 lawn. This performance may not be suitable for young children. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.
Jamie's Rock N' Roll Legends: Elvis impersonator in Justin Shandor will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 19, at Hawthorne Park, Medford to kick off Medford Cruise Weekend. The event is free. Call 774-2400.
Saturday, June 20
come together, right now, over dave: Two concerts are planned to support Dave Marston's medical and family expenses at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20 (solos, duets and ensembles) and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 21 (choirs), at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Tickets are $25, $10 for children 12 and younger. A combo ticket for both events is $40 for adults, $15 for children 12 and younger and are available at the Music Coop and Paddington Station in Ashland and at the door. A portion of the proceeds will establish a local musical students' scholarship fund.
midsummer's dream: The Lithia Arts Guild of Oregon and the Briscoe ArtWing will present the fifth annual art and music festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 20, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 21, at the old Briscoe Elementary School, 265 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free.
Sunday, June 21
les claypool: The Britt Festivals will present the rock bass player at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 21, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. Best known for his work with the band Primus, Claypool mixes finger-tapping, flamenco-like strumming and a slap technique to create his unique, funky playing style. He is equally famous for his wacky sense of humor and eccentric personality. Opening the show will be the Yard Dogs Road Show featuring sword swallowers, dancing dolls, fire eaters and sunset hobo poetry, all animated by the live sounds of the Yard Dogs cartoon heavy band. Tickets are $39 reserved, $25 lawn, $19 children 12 and younger. This performance may not be suitable for young children. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.