5 picks for live entertainment
Look for an evening of wine-tasting, food and music when Medford Parks & Recreation and Medford Rogue Rotary host their seventh Parks Uncorked, a fundraiser to benefit scholarships for youth in Medford Parks programs and Rotary-funded academic scholarships. The festivities will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Community Park, 300 Lowry Lane (off South Pacific Highway across from Harry & David), Medford. Eleven wineries of the Bear Creek Wine Trail will pour select wines, and there will be hors d'oeuvres and oral and silent auctions. Tickets cost $40. See www.medfordparksfoundation.org to bid on silent and oral auction items and to purchase tickets.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents "Cabaret," a dark and compelling musical with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The story is set in 1931 Berlin at the gritty Kit Kat Klub and revolves around English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her doomed relationship with a young American writer. Jillian Van Niel plays Sally Bowles and Galloway Stevens plays the master of ceremonies, a role made famous by Joel Grey in the Broadway and film versions of the musical. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Fridays through Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 p.m. for Sunday matinees, through Aug. 30. Tickets cost $39, $25 for bistro seating, and can be purchased at the Cabaret box office, First and Hargadine streets, Ashland, online at oregoncabaret.com or by calling 541-488-2902. Dinner reservations begin at 6:30 p.m. for evening shows; brunch begins at 11:30 a.m. for 1 p.m. matinees. Appetizers, beverages and desserts do not require reservations. Saturday matinees are kid-friendly, with a $10 ticket discount and $7 brunch entrees for ages 6 through 12.
The 62nd Rogue River Rooster Crow Festival will be Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, in downtown Rogue River. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. Friday, June 26, with a dinner at the Rogue River Community Center. A Fun Walk and Run begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at Rogue River Middle School's Beck Field. Register from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. the day of the run for $12. The Rooster Crow Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Rogue River Shopping Center and follows Main Street. Live music by Don West featuring Kat, an art exhibit, Mexican dancers Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegro and more starts at 11 a.m. The Human Crow and Rooster Crow contests will follow at 2:15 p.m. at Rogue River Elementary School, 300 Pine St. Live music by Husk Band will be from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Woodville Museum. On Sunday, a car show is planned from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot and Main streets. Look for arts, crafts and food vendors both days. See www.rogueriverchamber.com/rooster for information.
The rock guitarist and vocalist who rose to fame with Procol Harum during the '60s, and then again as bandleader of his own power trio, will perform Monday, June 29, at The Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. A local trio featuring guitarist Jack Hopfinger, drummer Gary Mallaber and bassist John Trujillo will open the show. The music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $25, $35 or $45 and can be purchased online at roguetheatre.com, by calling 541-471-1316 or at the door. The show is open to ages 21 and older only.
Best of Britt
Britt Festivals' annual benefit for its music education programs starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at the Britt Pavilion, 350 First St., Ashland. There will be a silent auction, food from 10 local restaurants, wine from local wineries and beer from Ninkasi and other breweries. Tickets cost $95 for reserved seats, $380 for premium blanket seating for four, and $190 for premium blanket seating for two. Tickets include the 8:45 p.m. performance of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a swing band celebrating 21 years in the music industry. Tickets for the concert only cost $45 for reserved, $180 for premium blanket seating for four, $90 for premium blanket seating for two, $29 for lawn seating and $12 for ages 12 and younger. Ashland group Band du Pays Swing will play in the Britt Performance Garden at 5:30 p.m. All tickets can be purchased at the Britt box office, 216 W. Main St., Medford, online at brittfest.org or by calling 541-773-6077 or 800-882-7488. No outside food or alcohol will be permitted at this event.