Best Bets: Five picks for this weekend
Art du Jour Gallery
A reception for guest artist Carl Seyboldt will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St., Medford. Look for fine art paintings and illustrations by Seyboldt as well as Roy Musitelli’s illustration work. Live music will be performed by Rod Petrone. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Find the gallery on Facebook, see artdujourgallery.com or call 541-770-3190.
‘The Lithia Water Diaries’
Writer and director Josh Gross presents a new play “The Lithia Water Diaries,”all about Ashland. Gross captures local culture with slice-of-life monologues you couldn’t hear anywhere else. It is in turns funny, shocking, heartwarming and provocative, using local archetypes to explore what it’s like to live in a multi-faceted community in the midst of rapid change. Gross directs, and Todd Lowenberg, Helen-Thea Marcus, Jordan Fernandez, Lauren Taylor, Chun-Han Chou and Hunter Prutch appear in the play. Shows are set for 8 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 16 and 23, and 3 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 17 and 24, in the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Tickets are $10, $15 or $20. Tickets are available in advance at thelithiawaterdiaries.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.
‘A Tribute to the Life and Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein’
From 1943 thru 1956, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II collaborated on some of the most powerful and influential musicals of the ‘40s and ‘50s, including “Oklahoma,” “Carousel,” “The King and I,” “South Pacific,” “Cinderella” and “The Sound of Music.” Their work together garnered them 34 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and two Grammy Awards. Livia Genise, Renée Hewitt, David King-Gabriel and Derek Rosenlund present some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most popular songs from that period. They are backed up by Mark Reppert on musical direction and keyboards, Steve Fain on bass, Daryl Fjeldheim on sax, clarinet and flute, and Steve Sutfin on drums. Musical arrangements are by Brent Olstad with script by Charles Cherry. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 15-24, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Tickets are $20 and are available at liviageniseproductions.org, or by cash or check at Paddington Station in Ashland. Oregon Trail cards will be accepted at the door.
Singer and songwriter Stoll Vaughan will perform a mix of Americana, alt country and folk at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Johnny B’s, 120 E. Sixth St., Medford. His 2018 album, “The Conversation,” co-produced by Mike Wanchic (John Mellencamp) and Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket) marks a return to his solo career after more than a decade of collaborating with other artists. His music has been featured in major motion pictures and television series such as “True Blood,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Shameless” and “The Office.”
‘All That Jazz’
All That Jazz Dance Studio, led by artistic director Karen Daggett Austin, will present “Dance Variations,” a mix of contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, tap and ballet dancing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. Tickets are $16, $12 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at allthatjazzdancestudio.com.