Best Bets: Five picks for this weekend
Rogue Valley Earth Day
Carpool, bicycle or ride Rogue Valley Transportation District’s Route 10 bus to Rogue Valley Earth Day. Look for eco-friendly fun for all ages, along with live entertainment and educational exhibits, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. More than 50 local organizations and businesses will present visitors with information and activities about energy, climate, water, food, farms, public lands, wildlife and ways to make a difference in our community. Also look for live music performances by Sonic Kaleidoscope, Rogue Alphorn Quartet and Blades of Grass. A lineup of local dance performances includes Ashland Hula — Halau Hula o Na Pua o Hawai’i Nei, Ruth Rhiannon & Odissi Dance, Neeta’s Bollywood Dancers, and Ashland DanceWorks. Chip Wright’s Champion KarateDemo Team will demonstrate self-defense and anti-bullying techniques, and ScienceWorks will present “It’s Not Magic; It’s Science!” with audience participation. See roguevalleyearthday.net for a full listing of activities.
Pop-Up Art Exhibition
Marrow Collective, a community-based artists’ group, will hold a pop-up exhibition, “PROGRESS2019,” featuring a diverse range of work, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the old Nui Kai building, 122 E. Main St., Medford. An artists reception will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 19, and refreshments will be available. See marrowcollective.com/progress2019.
Dance to a mix of ballroom, Latin and swing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Evergreen Ballroom, 6088 Crater Lake Ave., Central Point. Dance instruction in waltz and cha cha is at 7:30 p.m. No partner or experience required. Admission is $8, $6 after 8:30, and $6 for kids. Age 12 and younger get in free but must be accompanied by an adult. See evergreenballroom.com or call 541-826-8000.
‘The Bridges of Madison County — The Musical’
Based on the best-selling Robert James Waller novel, “The Bridges of Madison County” traces a brief affair of two soulmates who have met too late in their respective lives in 1965. Robert Kincaid, a photographer for National Geographic, is on assignment to shoot the historic bridges of Madison County, Iowa, when he meets Francesca, an Italian war bride, whose husband and children are away on a trip. During her quest to help Robert find the last bridge for his assignment, Francesca faces memories and emotions long tamped down by the routines of life, which ultimately leads to a dilemma. Directed by Daniel Session Stephens. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and at 1:30 p.m. Sundays, through May 12, at Collaborative Theatre Project, 555 Medford Center, Medford. Tickets to all other performances are $15 to $28. Tickets and information are available at ctpmedford.org, by calling 541-779-1055 or at the box office. Group rates are available. The Lobby Gallery will feature the photographic works of West Christy and Gerry Katz.
Blades of Grass
The duo will perform a mix of bluegrass, newgrass, vintage country, Texas swing, Cajun, Tejano and original compositions at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at The Black Sheep, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-482-6414.