5 picks for live entertainment
The Portland pianist, guitarist and recording artist returns to the Rogue Valley to present his annual holiday concerts. Just back from a European tour and on the tail of his 19th album, Nilsen will play arrangements of holiday classics, some boogie-woogie, jazz and songs from his extensive repertoire of recordings. Willamette Week calls Nilsen "one of those unclassifiable artists that seems to be a Northwest specialty." Nilsen attened Southern Oregon University (SOSC) and got his start as a performer at live music venues around Ashland. His shows are set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent; 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford; and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at United Methodist Church, 416 Fourth St., Gold Hill. Tickets for the Dec. 17 concert are $10, all others are free.
Portland's Marchfourth! takes an alternative spin on traditional marching bands. The group makes the entire venue its stage as horn, percussion and electric string sections parade around the audience playing rock, hip-hop, swing, ska and jazz. An all-ages show is set for 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at Music Coop, 268 E. Main St., or online at liveatthearmory.com. Tickets will be $25 at the door.
Singer Cilette Swann and multi-instrumentalist Roman Morykit will present their 15th annual holiday benefit concert for WinterSpring at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Look for songs from the duo's newest album, "True." Tickets are $22 in advance and can be purchased online at gypsysoul.com or at Music Coop, 268 E. Main St.
Alternative folk band Patchy Sanders — Eric Jones, Jacqui Aubert, Dani Aubert, Ian Van Ornum and Dan Sherrill — will present its farewell concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Acoustic string band Steep Ravine will open the show. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. See www.patchysanders.com.
Bad Film Society
The glitter dome of outrageous kitsch and box office bomb, "The Apple," will be the feature film when the Bad Film Society meets at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, in the basement of the Ashland Elks Lodge. "The Apple" — a 1980 futuristic, disco rock opera — was called by one reviewer "relentlessly in bad taste." Producer and director Menahem Golan went on to make it big with action schlock starring Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and others. Lots of interesting short films, cartoons and surprises will be shown before the feature film. Bring a wrapped gift of any bad DVDs, tapes or books for a gift exchange, and a dish to share at the potluck dinner. Admission is a donation of $4. Visitors should use the entrance on Will Dodge Way, the alley between East Main Street and Lithia Way. See www.badfilmsociety.org.