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Best Bets: Five picks for this weekend

First Friday Art Walk

Galleries, restaurants and studios in downtown Ashland and its Railroad District unveil new exhibits, host art demonstrations and live music from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5. Some artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Art walk maps are available at any of the venues. Hanson Howard Gallery, 89 Oak St., will hold an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for Deborah Oropallo’s “Dark Landscapes for a White House.” For a full listing of events, see ashlandgalleries.com.

Terry Robb

Portland Blues artist Terry Robb will perform original songs from his newest album, “Confessin’ My Dues,” at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7 at The Talent Club, 114 Talent Ave., Talent. On “Confessin’ My Dues,” Robb draws on his deep knowledge of Delta blues, ragtime and swing in 13 original compositions ranging from instrumental blues and ragtime fingerpicking to soulful singing backed by a powerful rhythm section. Admission is $15. Call 541-535-2721.

‘The Mikado’

Performed by the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players and the New York Asian American theatrical community, this production of the 1885 comedic opera offers a fresh historical context and diverse casting. The action begins in 1884 at the D’Oyly Carte Theater Company, where Gilbert and Sullivan meet with their producer, Richard D’Oyly Carte, to plan their next opera. What ensues is a dreamy love story satirizing Victorian culture, all set in a fictionalized Japan. Performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $48, $45 or $42, and $36, $33 or $30 for ages 22 and younger, and can be purchased online at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.

Historic Candlelight Tour

Explore the secrets and mysteries of Jacksonville’s historic Beekman Bank on Friday and Saturday, April 5-6. Regional historian Ben Truwe pursues secrets lost with the last Beekman in 45-minute candlelight tours beginning at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Admission is $5. Tours are limited to a maximum of 12 people, and reservations are required. Flashlights also are required. Proceeds benefit the preservation and maintenance of the landmark. Email info@historicjacksonville.org or call 541-245-3650.

Jerusalem String Quartet

The Israel-based Jerusalem String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in the Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus. Friday’s concert will feature music by Haydn, Bartók and Beethoven; Saturday’s performance includes works by Ravel, Beethoven and Debussy. Tickets are $35, $5 for full-time students, children 8 or younger and Oregon Trail Card holders. To purchase tickets, see chambermusicconcerts.org or call the box office at 541-552-6154 or 541-552-6348. Pre-concert lectures will be given one hour before each performance in Room 132 of the SOU music building.

First Friday Art Walk
Terry Robb