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Best Bets: 5 picks for live entertainment

Michael Brown

Pianist, composer and artist-in-residence with New Haven Symphony Michael Brown will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., at Southern Oregon University, Ashland. Friday’s concert, “Bernstein at 100!” will celebrate works by Brown, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss and George Perle. Saturday’s “Boats and Barcaroles” will feature Couperin, Mendelsson, Ravel, Chopin and Liszt. Tickets are $35 or $42, $5 for full-time SOU students, and are available at chambermusicconcerts.org or by calling 541-552-6254 or 541-552-6348. Pre-concert talks will be offered an hour before each show. A free preview and lecture will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the music hall.

The Slow Poisoner

San Francisco one-man surrealistic rock band The Slow Poisoner, aka Andrew Goldfarb, will perform his offbeat songs about swamp witches, earwig buffets and giant worms that drive hot rods at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Johnny B’s, 120 E. Sixth St., Medford. Goldfarb will build a 7-foot creature called The Amerimonster on stage, piece by piece. “Amerimonster” also is the title of his newest album. Stream it at captaincrookrecords.bandcamp.com/album/amerimonster.

Schneider Museum of Art

“Terrain: The Space Between” will feature art by Vija Celmins, Judy Pfaff and Ed Ruscha in the entry gallery, along with Patrick Collier’s “Field Burns” in the main gallery and works by Susan Murrell and Carl Diehl, “Outland About,” in the Heiter and Treehaven galleries, through Jan. 5 at the Schneider Museum of Art, 555 Indiana St., at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.

‘Walter Cronkite is Dead’

Playwright Joe Calarco’s charming comedy about two women — a liberal named Margaret and a conservative named Patty — who are grounded at an airport during a storm focuses on a difficult, revealing and frank conversation that results in mutual understanding between the political opposites. Jeannine Grizzard directs. Presila Quinby plays Margaret; Elizabeth Suzanne plays Patty. Performances are set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, then 8 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 3, 10 and 17, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 4, 11 and 18, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org, Paddington Station in Ashland and Grocery Outlet in Medford, or at the door.

‘Finding Neverland’

Fly back to Neverland when this musical based on the 2004 Academy Award-winning film is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Disheartened by the failure of his last production, struggling playwright J.M. Barrie finds friendship with a widow and her four imaginative young sons. Captivated and inspired by their children’s play, he embarks on creating the everlasting, cherished character of Peter Pan. Tickets are $60, $66, $72 or $78 and can be purchased at craterian.org, the box office at 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.

Michael Brown