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Ashland Calendar, Jan. 29, 2016

Friday, Jan. 29

'Aerial Circus Show': Le Cirque Centre will present "She," a program of aerialists, acrobats, trapeze artists, hoop and silk dancers performing in the style of Cirque du Soleil set to the music of Pink Floyd, Heart, Led Zeppelin and John Lennon, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29-30, at Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. "She" stars aerialist Angela Henty as Malala, a strong, young woman from another universe who brings harmony and peace to Earth in the face of Argon the Oppressor, played by Alex Webb. She and her clown-like Nebobs are advocates for human rights and the fluidity of growth. The show, written by Lorenzo SantaBarbara, is inspired by Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. See www.socircus.org or call 541-301-6804 for ticket information.

Sō Percussion w/Clocked Out: Chamber Music Concerts will present New York City ensemble Sō Percussion at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Praised by the New Yorker for its "exhilarating blend of precision, anarchy, rigor and bedlam," the group will perform Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet, Glenn Kotche’s Drumkit Quartet No. 51, John Cage’s "Third Construction" and Bryce Dessner’s Music for Wood and Strings. Australian percussion and piano duo Clocked Out will perform along with Sō Percussion. Tickets can be purchased online at chambermusicconcerts.org or by calling 541-552-6154 or 541-552-6348. In addition, Sō Percussion will offer a master class for SOU's percussion students at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, and a concert for SOU music students at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. Admission is free to these events.

Mustang: A benefit film screening of "Mustang" will be held at 6:15 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Varsity Theatre, 166 E. Main St., Ashland. Purchase tickets online at www.catheatres.com or at the Varsity Theatre box office.

Saturday, Jan. 30

Storytelling Benefit Concert: Storytellers and musicians will share Jewish stories, folk tales, personal stories and songs of hope, healing and transformation at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The evening is a benefit for Rafael Jensen, 15 year-old Ashland High School student who suffered a traumatic brain injury. Suggested donation $10 to $20. Call 541-488-7716 for more information. 

Ed Dunsavage and Leslie Kendall: The guitar and vocal duo will perform standards from the Great American Songbook at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Evening of Scottish Music: The 11th annual evening of Scottish music will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. Tickets are $15 or $5 (12 and under) and available at The Music Coop, 426 E. Main St., Ashland. The evening will feature the songs of Robert Burns, Brian Freeman and seminal Scots folksinger Andy M. Stewart. To reserve tickets or for more information call 541-482-1915.

Used Book Sale: Feeling that wintry chill? Cuddle up with good books this winter purchased at the "pay what you want" FOTAS Waggin' Tales Used Book Sale fundraiser from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 and 12 noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Purchases benefit the animals at the shelter waiting for their forever home. For more information, see www.fotas.org.

My Faire Valentine: The Talent Garden Club invites you to the third annual community Valentine gift-making activity from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, Talent Town Hall, 206 E. Main St., Talent. Everyone is welcome. Garden club members will be on hand to help and inspire the making of heart wreaths, Valentine cards and the planting of winter-blooming bulbs. Entrance fee is $10 per person or $20 per family of three or more people. This event is a fundraiser for Talent community garden club projects. For more information call 541-535-6455 or email jennipresley@yahoo.com. 

Open House: Go Rogue Dog Training Center LLC is celebrating their one-year anniversary and grand opening with an open house from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, Go Rogue Dog Training Center, 301 S. Phoenix Road, Unit E, Phoenix. The public is invited to meet the owners and find out more about many exciting projects the group is working on. There will be refreshments, training demos, door prizes, a raffle and giveaways for pet parents who attend.

Sunday, Jan. 31

Bil Leonhart: The seven-string guitarist will combine the Bach-like chordal movements of mainstream jazz with finger-style picking and running bass lines at noon Sunday, Jan. 31, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Ben Gault: The pianist will play "pre-bop" improvisational jazz at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Gault cites W.C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen and others among those on his list of favorite composers. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Celebration and Conversation: Join Our Family Farms Coalition, local farmers and community members celebrate the GE-Free Seed Sanctuary from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, Talent Community Center, 104 E. Main St., Talent. The event is free. There will be a seed market, music by Paul Turnipseed and great food from Rogue Chef food truck at 6 p.m. From 7 to 9 p.m. there will be the State of the Seed Report, Conversation with Local Seed Farmers — Why a Seed Sanctuary? For more information see www.ourfamilyfarmscoalition.org. 

Short Films: Short films about collecting and collectors will be shown for free at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, in the Southern Oregon University Arts Building Meese Auditorium on the Ashland campus. See how far people will go in their pursuit of objects that include books, insects, robots, stamps and more. A limited number of free parking spaces are available behind the Schneider Museum of Art on campus.

Monday, Feb. 1

Garden Club: The Ashland Garden Club meeting is at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. The meeting will feature Jen Hardin-Tietjen, general manager of Forestfarm, whose topic will be "Unusual Plants that Thrive in Southern Oregon." She'll also describe Pacifica: A garden in the Siskiyous. Call 541-482-4558 for more information.

Tai Chi: The Ashland Senior Center offers a combination of beginning/intermediate tai chi classes from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Mondays at the Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Cost is a sliding scale of $3 to $4 per class. Call 541-552-0698 for more information.

Line Dancing for Seniors: Line dancing for adults 60 and older is held at 1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Advanced line dancing is from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at the center. Admission costs $2. Call 541-488-5342.

Teen Library Maker Night: Teens, tweens, and their parents are invited to kick-off the first Library Maker Night. Tinker with several Littlebits® electronic sets, including Gizmos & Gadgets, Makey Makey, Space, and Synth kits from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Littlebits® can be combined with Lego® to create robots and lots of other fun projects. Mica Cardillo from Rogue Hack Lab will be available to help teens with their creations. This program will repeat on the first Monday of each month. Call 541-774-6994 or see www.jcls.org for more information.