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Mandelring String Quartet

The Mandelring String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. The Friday concert, “Last Works,” will feature music by Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert. Saturday’s performance, “Russian Night,” includes works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Tickets are $35-$42, $5 for full-time university students, children 8 and older, and Oregon Trail Card holders, and can be purchased at chambermusicconcerts.org or by calling 541-552-6154 or 541-552-6348. A preview and Q-and-A session will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the recital hall, and pre-concert lectures will be given at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday in Room 132 of the Music Building.

DeGroft Benefit Concert

A concert in support of longtime local musician Mark DeGroft, who was stricken Sept. 12 with sepsis and a disease called disseminated intravascular coagulation, will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. A variety of local musicians will perform, followed by dancing to the rock music of Blue Lightning, L.E.F.T. along with members of the Rogue Suspects and Gene Black, and the Frankie Hernandez Band. Also look for a silent auction and raffle. Food will be available from Daddy Ramen. Tickets are $15 to $25 on a sliding scale and are available at Cripple Creek Music, 353 E. Main St., Ashland, or at the door. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Donations may also be made at Cripple Creek. Call 541-482-9141.

Women’s Film Fest

The second annual Women’s Film Festival will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Films to be shown are Cici Brown’s “Wings & Sails”; Claudia Ballard’s “Eritrea with Love”; Ramie Streng’s “All for Money — A Painting by Mary Perry”; Kathy Roselli and Pat Somers’ “So. Oregon Women’s March 2019”; Laney D’Aquino’s “Right Now”; and Cici Brown’s “Two in a Million.” Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

‘Hay Fever’

This cross of high farce and a comedy of manners set in midsummer at an English country manor follows a self-absorbed theatrical family that turns its clueless house guests into pawns in a game of misplaced desire and warped romance. Written in 1924, “Hay Fever” was Noel Coward’s first big hit, making him the first ambassador of “cool Britannia” at age 24. Scott Kaiser directs. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and $5 for full-time students.

Oregon Chocolate Festival

The annual Oregon Chocolate Festival kicks off with live music, beer and wine from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, 2525 Ashland St. The festival follows from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10, at the hotel. Look for creations by dozens of chocolatiers, demonstrations, educational sessions, and family-friendly activities. Festival tickets are $20 per day, or $30 for Saturday and Sunday, children 8 and under get in free. See oregonchocolatefestival.com for schedule and tickets.

{ }Southern Oregon University, Theater, Public Relations, Center for the Arts, Hay Fever, Directed by Scott Kaiser, Photos by Kim Budd
Mark DeGroft plays a Waterproof Ukulele at Cripple Creek Music Store in Ashland on Wednesday. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch