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Rogue Valley live & virtual theater, art galleries, closures: April 16

Jeff Ripley as Charlie Allnut and Kate Sullivan as Rose Sayer in Collaborative Theatre Project's "The African Queen." Photo by Drew Aversa.
In Focus: Collaborative Theatre Project: ‘The African Queen’

The Medford-based Collaborative Theatre Project, located at555 Medford Center, will present “The African Queen,” a radio adaptation of the 1935 C.S. Forrester novel of the same name. In 1914, news reaches a British missionary colony in German East Africa that Germany and England are at war. Reverend Samuel Sayer, brother to Rose Sayer, passes away due to conflict with the German army, who burn the mission to the ground, leaving his sister to embark on a perilous journey through the jungle on a dilapidated steamboat. Rose is determined to do her patriotic duty for the British war effort and avenge her brother, plotting to use the steamboat with homemade torpedoes to take out a huge German warship, the Louisa. CTP Radio Days actors will present a full-length entertainment using the tools of radio and live sound effects to create the soundscape for the on-stage actors. Vintage radio jingles are another highlight of the genre and are included in this presentation. Directed by Daniel Sessions Stephens. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 pm. Fridays and Saturdays, April 16-24 and 1:30 pm. Sundays, April 18-25. All patrons must be masked for the duration of the show, and social distancing protocols will be enforced. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased by calling the CTP Box Office at 541-779-1055. No online ticketing is available for this production. CTP will also offer on-demand virtual screenings of their previous performance, “Around the World in 80 Days,” through Monday, April 19. Tickets for the filmed production are $25 per household. For further information on either production or to purchase tickets, see the theater’s Facebook page or visit ctpmedford.org.

Ashland New Plays Festival: ‘Berth Breach/Breech Birth’

ANPF will present a new livestream play “Berth Breach/Breech Birth,” by award-winning playwright Inda Craig-Galván, and directed by Kyle Haden, for two performances only. The play explores the world of a Black farming community in America and examines how cycles of birth, life, and death look much different to those of the African Diaspora. The story follows a veterinarian, on a house call for a pregnant mare, who discovers an entire ship filled with enslaved people inside the horse’s uterus. And one enslaved man sees her, too. Is she imagining it all? Can she get them out? And if she can, what happens to them then? Performances are set for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25. Virtual tickets are available on a sliding scale. To purchase tickets and for further details, see ashlandnewplays.org.

Editor’s note: Because of COVID-19 restrictions, please call businesses or check their websites to confirm listed events.

Barnstormers Theatre: ‘Postmortem’

Barnstormers Theatre will present “Postmortem” by Ken Ludwig, directed by Steven Sabel. Set in the early 1920s, famous actor William Gillette, best known for being the first man to portray Sherlock Holmes on the theatrical stage, invites some of the actors from his Broadway production to spend the weekend at his home in Connecticut. Soon it becomes apparent that there is a murder to be solved, and suspense increases as they characters work to find who among them is the cold-blooded killer. The production will be shown via livestream and to limited live audiences, unless COVID-19 restrictions prevent in-person viewing. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturdays through April 24, and at 2 p.m. Sundays through April 25. Tickets are $15 for up to two viewers, $30 for 3-4 viewers, and $50 for 5 or more viewers. The livestream performances will take place on ShowTix4U. Viewers should be advised that there are gunshots in this production. “Postmortem” is recommended for ages 13 and up. See barnstormersgp.com for more information and details on upcoming shows, or email at barnstormersgp@gmail.com or call 541-479-3557 with questions.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre: ‘The Spitfire Grill’

The Ashland dinner theater, 241 Hargadine St., on the corner of First and Hargadine streets, presents “The Spitfire Grill,” a new take on the hit musical, with the cast playing their own instruments as an onstage orchestra. In the show, Percy, a parolee just released from prison, arrives in a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill, the only eatery in a struggling town. It is for sale, but there are no takers, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars, and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Directed by Valerie Rachelle. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 16-17, and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18. Tickets are $43 or $39. Reservations are required for pre-show dinner and brunch. Appetizers, beverages and desserts are available without reservations. Student rush tickets are $15 and can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain. COVID-19 safety measures include masks being worn at all times when not eating, temperature checks at the door, tables 6 feet apart and 12 feet from performers, and limited capacity (maximum of 42 patrons to adhere to Jackson County’s “high risk” status). To purchase tickets or for additional information, call the Oregon Cabaret Theatre box office at 541-488-2902 or see oregoncabaret.com.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

OSF’s O! virtual portal is available for viewing with archived plays plus the promise of new online content. The archived play “Manahatta” by Mary Kathryn Nagle will stream through April 24, followed by “Snow in Midsummer” by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, streaming May 3-29. Live performances are anticipated in the late summer and fall. See osfashland.org for details. O!, OSF’s interactive and immersive digital content platform, can be accessed for free at osfashland.org/digital. Some content will be accessed for a fee. Other content available or in development includes interviews, digital storytelling, online classes, podcasts, audio plays and more. To receive updates and release information, go to osfashland.org/digital and click on the “Join O!” button at the bottom of the page.

Rogue Theater Company: ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’

The Rogue Theatre company will present the Tony Award-nominated comedy-drama by Lucas Hnath “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” directed by Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Caroline Shaffer. The play picks up 15 years after Henrik Ibsen’s Nora infamously slammed the door on her marriage and children. With razor-sharp dialogue, “A Doll’s House, Part 2” provokes questions about marriage, gender inequality, and in insightful and often hilarious ways, the meaning of liberation. Cellist Michal Palzewicz will perform before and during the show. Performances are set for 2 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, May 6-16, outdoors at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Seating is limited and social distancing protocols will be enforced. You don’t need to have seen the original to follow “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” Tickets start at $25. The Friday, May 7, opening benefit for Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice with wine and talkback is $35. Tickets for the preview performance, Thursday, May 6, are $20. For further information or to purchase tickets see roguetheatercompany.com, or call 541-205-9190.

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Aimeé García Marrero's "Enigma" is on exhibit at Southern Oregon University’s Schneider Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.
Art Galleries

Editor’s note: Because of COVID-19 restrictions, please call businesses or check their websites to confirm listed events.

American Trails: The gallery, located in the Columbia Hotel, 250 E. Main St., Ashland, features art and crafts of the indigenous peoples in North and South America. The gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Masks are required, and hand sanitation will be offered at the door. See americantrails.com or call 541-482-2553.

Art du Jour Gallery: See exhibits by 17 local artists in myriad mediums such as watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, pen & ink, Conté crayon, collage, sculpture, photography, mixed media and more. See Marilyn Zupan’s exhibit of watercolor paintings showing nature scenes of Eastern Oregon, as well as weavings and jewelry by Thalia Keple and the painting exhibit, “No Walls,” by Jeanne LaRae, featured through April 30. The gallery, located at 213 E. Main St., Medford, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Private viewings are available outside open business hours by reservation. Masks are required to visit the gallery. See artdujourgallery.com, or email at artdujourgallery213@gmail.com, or call 541-770-3190.

Art & Soul Gallery: The gallery’s May’s featured exhibit, “Fresh Paint” by Jenay Elder, featuring acrylic and oil paintings exploring Spring and new beginnings, will be on display May 6-30. Elder will provide a live outdoor painting demo in addition to the gallery’s COVID-19 style artists reception from 4 to7 p.m. Friday, May 7. The gallery, which features art in a variety of mediums by regional artists, located at 247 E. Main St., Ashland, will be open from noon to 5 p.m., Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, and by appointment. Masks are required by visitors. See artandsoulgallery.com or call 541-488-9006.

Art Presence Art Center: The gallery is located at 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, and will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. See an exhibit by Bruce Bayard, featuring digital and collage image prints. The main gallery will showcase gallery members work in a variety of mediums. Masks are required by visitors. A virtual tour will also be available. To view the virtual exhibits, see art-presence.org or for further information or to schedule an appointment, call 541-941-7057.

Ashland Art Works: See the work of local artists in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, woodwork, fiber arts and garden art. The art collective, at 291 Oak St., Ashland, will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Masks are required to visit the gallery. See ashlandartworks.org or call 541-488-4735.

Center for the Visual Arts: New spring exhibits featuring student artists will be displayed through Wednesday, April 30, in the windows of the Art and Marion Ady buildings, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Look for Iveta Mulhall’s work, “Art For Change,” at the Thorndike Gallery, and Bennett Muscato’s sculptural work, “Several Autopsies Later,” at the Meyer Memorial Gallery. The interior of the galleries are not currently open; external viewing will be available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Masks and social distancing are required while on SOU campus property. Email at cvagalleries@sou.edu.

Central Art Supply: The art supply store and gallery, located at 101 N. Central Ave., Medford, will offer a special, weekend-only showing of painter and multi-media artist Allen Smith’s exhibit “Skin” Friday through Sunday, April 16-18. An artist’s reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 16, as part of Medford’s Third Friday Art Walk. On Saturday, Smith will offer an artist talk and Q-and-A session at noon. For further details, see centralartsupply.com/featured-artist.htm or call 541-773-1444.

Gallerie Karon: The gallery, located at 500 A St., Suite 1, Ashland, features vintage textiles and jewelry, antiques, art and furnishings. See a mix of work by local and regional artists from Oregon, Washington, and California. The gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Masks are required to visit the gallery, and hand sanitation will be available. See discovergalleriekaron.com or call 541-482-9008.

Grants Pass Museum of Art: Located at 229 S.W. G St., Grants Pass, the gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and by appointment. See gpmuseum.com to view the tour or call 541-479-3290 for further information.

Hanson Howard Gallery: The gallery, located at 89 Oak St., Ashland, features works in an array of mediums including painting, sculpture, ceramics and fine art prints. See the exhibit of paintings and mixed-media sculpture work by featured artists Laura Foster and Wade Schuster through May 8. Mixed-media sculptures by John and Robin Gumaelius, and paintings by Robert Koch will be featured May 13 through June 26. The gallery will be open noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and by appointment. Masks are required to visit the gallery, and hand sanitation will be available. For further information, see hansonhowardgallery.com or call 541-488-2562.

Houston’s Custom Framing and Fine Art: The gallery, located at 280 E. Hersey St #11, Ashland, will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment. See the colorful exhibit of intaglio prints by Yuji Hiratsuka, and paintings by of Stephen McMillan and Thomas M. Houston. Masks are required, and hand sanitation will be offered at the door. See houstonscustomframing.com or call 541-482-1983.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center: The gallery, at 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. See the exhibit “Best of the Best,” featuring outstanding artwork by high school students, as chosen by their art teachers. Participating high schools include Ashland High School, Crater Renaissance Academy, Grants Pass High, Hidden Valley High, Illinois Valley High, North Medford High, North Valley High, St. Mary’s High and Phoenix High. The exhibit will be on display Friday, April 16, through Friday, April 30. Masks are required to visit the gallery. Call 541-772-8118 or see roguegallery.org.

Schneider Museum of Art: Southern Oregon University’s Schneider Museum of Art has reopened for in-person viewing with the exhibit “Collecting Cuba: Selections from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art,” on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, through July 1. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Ashland Independent Film Festival and curated by Jill Hartz. Admission is free; donations accepted. The museum hopes to hold its first outdoor exhibition between May and July. See sma.sou.edu or call 541-552-6245 for further details.

Studio A.B.: The studio is the gallery and workspace for artists Ann DiSalvo and Bruce Allen Bayard. See their work in a variety of dry media and photography. The studio is located at 21 A St., Ashland, and open by appointment. Masks are required. See studioa-b.com or call 541-482-2253.

Studio 151: The art studio, located at 151 N. Pioneer St., Ashland, features mixed-media sculptural artwork by Elizabeth York. See a series of work investigating time, wall relief Buddhas and a variety of sculptural animals and birds. The studio is open by appointment only. All proceeds from York’s artwork will support Shine a Light, a nonprofit organization committed to raising awareness about preventing and rehabilitating victims of sex trafficking both locally and abroad. See studio151ashland.com.

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Closures, postponements

Editor’s note: If your business is planning to reopen, please see page 2 of this week’s Tempo to learn about submissions and deadlines.

Ashland Folk Collective: The local folk music collective has postponed its Folk Festival until February 2022. The organization is planning to host their summer series outdoor concerts at Fry Family Farm beginning in June, with limited capacity in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions. For further information, see ashlandfolkcollective.com.

Camelot Theatre: The theatre has canceled its 38th season. See camelottheatre.org for further information.

Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers, District 4: Because of COVID-19, the local fiddlers district has canceled its Saturday jam schedule. Organizers hope to resume the public jams as soon as restrictions allow. Call 541-779-8145 or see ootfa4.org.

The Rogue Valley Bike Swap: The annual Ashland event will take a different form this year. Ashland Parks and Recreation will team up with the Rogue Valley Transportation District to collect donated bikes to be distributed to local organizations with the aim of getting bikes in the hands of those affected by the Almeda fire, veterans and low-income people. To donate a bike, drop by the parking lot of The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland, from 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, June 18, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 19. Bikes should be in working order; those in need of minor repairs are welcome. For further information or to volunteer, email at Sulaiman.shelton@ashland.or.us or call 541-552-2264.

Rogue Valley Chorale: The Rogue Valley Chorale Association’s planning for future performances is ongoing, including a scheduled performance, “Carmina Burana,” at Grizzly Peak Winery in Ashland in June and a holiday concert in December 2021. Plans still are being made for RV Chorale’s Youth Choruses. See roguevalleychorale.org or find Rogue Valley Chorale on Facebook for further information and updates on future performances.

Rogue Valley Symphony: The Rogue Valley Symphony hopes to return to the stage in September 2021. It will be offering a series of digital concerts, “Digital Journeys: Concert Detours,” in the meantime. Search YouTube for “Rogue Valley Symphony” to see posted concerts. See rvsymphony.org, email at tickets@rvsymphony.org or call 541-708-6400 for further details.

Royal Affair Storytime: Local fairy tale character group Once Upon a Song has postponed its children’s “royal” storytime, previously held at Barnes and Noble, until further notice because of COVID-19 concerns. The “princess” group will offer virtual story times (see our Livestream listings for dates/times). For more information, find Once Upon a Song on Facebook or call 415-306-3288.

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum: The hands-on science museum at 1500 E. Main St., Ashland, will be closed because of COVID-19 restrictions until further notice. ScienceWorks Online offers virtual science activities that be performed at home. For virtual content and further details, see scienceworksmuseum.org/scienceworks-online or call 541-482-6767.

Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild: The guild will present an ongoing virtual show featuring the opportunity to view and purchase work created by local craftspeople. See siskiyouwoodcraftguild.org.

Southern Oregon Repertory Singers: The local choir has canceled all concerts through May 2021. The choir hopes that in-person concerts can resume in October or December. For further information and to receive free digital content, see repsingers.org. Content includes interviews with composers and singers, clips from past concerts, new solos and virtual performances and program talks by Music Director Paul French.

The Urban Cork: The Urban Cork’s tasting room still remains closed, but plans are in the works to reopen this summer. Call 541-500-8778 or see theurbancork.com.