5 picks for things to do
Those who praised Moor general Othello’s military successes now reject his marriage to Venetian Desdemona. The newlyweds are determined to overcome all obstacles, but Othello’s assignment to a new location draws them into the demonic web of his lieutenant Iago in Shakespeare’s most intimate tragedy. Bill Rauch directs the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Othello,” running through Oct. 28 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161.
Guitarist John Kadlecik — of Further and Dark Star Orchestra — will perform an acoustic/electric show with live looping at 9 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Talent Club, 114 Talent Ave., Talent. Cover is $20 at the door. Call 541-535-2721.
Southern Oregon’s last standing ghost town, Buncom, comes alive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 26. To get there, take Highway 238 to Ruch and turn south on Upper Applegate Road. Travel three miles, turn left on Little Applegate Road and follow it to Buncom, where it intersects with Sterling Creek Road. Festivities include a parade at noon, live music, a book and plant sale, a country store, kids activities, and the ever-famous chicken-splat contest. Victory Dogs’ food truck will be at the site, and other snacks and treats will be available. Admission is free.
Lithia Park Nature Walks
Naturalists lead free, 90-minute walks through Lithia Park at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays through September. Saturday walks will be available in July and August. Learn about the plants, trees, animals, water, geology and history of the park. Meet at the park entrance on Winburn Way across from the downtown Ashland Plaza. No registration required. Call 541-488-5340.
Blades of Grass
Mandolin player Jef Ramsey, guitarist Kathryn Casternova and other musicians will play originals, Texas swing, bluegrass and vintage country at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Admission is $10. Proceeds will benefit Jackson County Fuel Committee, a volunteer program working to provide affordable sustainable energy for all.