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Ashland Calendar, Thursday, Nov. 3

Thursday, Nov. 3

Mah Jongg: Experienced and beginner adults 50 and older are invited to play Mah Jongg, a tile game of Chinese origin, for free at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave., Ashland. Call 541-488-5342 or see www.ashlandseniorcenter.org.

Dominoes: Play Jamaican, Mexican train, Cuban or French dominoes games at 1 p.m. Thursdays in the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Call 541-535-7090 or see www.jcls.org.

Hearts and Spades: Adults 50 and older are invited to play card games for free at 1 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Donations are accepted. Call 541-488-5342.

Spanish English Conversation Group: Practice a new language during a free conversation class that meets from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6980 or see www.jcls.org.

Author Talk: Sharon St. George will discuss her mystery series from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Aimee Machado, the main character in the series, is a health sciences librarian with a specialty in forensic collections who gets caught up in mysteries surrounding her patients and colleagues. The first three books in the series are "Due For Discard," "Checked Out" and "Breach of Ethics." Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Ed Dunsavage Trio: Guitarist Ed Dunsavage, bassist Joe Cohoon and drummer Gary Hirsh will perform jazz standards and arrangements from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 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.

Hilary Scott: The award-winning Americana singer-songwriter will perform songs from her recent album "Freight Train Love" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at La Baguette, 340 A St., Ste. 2, Ashland. Admission is $5 to $10. See www.hilaryscott.com.

Poetry Reading: Michael Spring, Judith Arcana and Amy Miller will read from their poetry collections at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029 or see www.bloomsburyashland.com.

'The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940': Longtime Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Michael J. Hume directs playwright John Bishop's wildly witty whodunit at the Mountain Theatre at Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland, which opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. With a cast and crew of theater program students, this farcical escapade features nonstop hilarious moments as characters untangle the mystery of the infamous "Stage Door Slasher" in a house designed with sliding panels, secret passageways, knives springing out of nowhere and a maid who seems to pop up everywhere. Shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 10-12. Matinees are at 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 6 and 13. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats, $10 for general seating, $7 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online at showtix4u.com, by calling 866-967-8167, or at Paddington Station, Tree House Books or Music Coop in Ashland. Reserved seats can only be purchased online.

Friday, Nov. 4

Art Exhibit Reception: An opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, for art exhibits in the Art Building and Marion Ady Building on the Southern Oregon University campus, Ashland. Artists will be present and refreshments will be provided. The exhibit continues through Dec. 9. The "Gold Fever" exhibit by Kyle Peets is inspired by the underside of the 1849 American gold rush. Laurie Brain examines water as a symbol of the subconscious with "Undercurrent." Austin Brayfield's exhibit "The Anguish of Lost Words" is a reaction to a diagnosis of cancer in the speech center of her brain. Christoph Sharp explores dark worlds with "What Dwells in the Shadows." Aimee Dahlin portrays the female form in "Exposed." Paige Gerhard displays abstract work in "Suspects." Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 541-552-8315.

Art Show: Local artist Kyle Adam Kalev Peets will have showcase titled "Gold Fever" from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The show will explore the history of the gold rush in drawings, prints, video and sculptue. Email kpeets@bellsouth.net.

Author Book Signing: Local author Ginger Johnson will sign copies of her book "How to Market Beer to Women: Don't Sell Me a Pink Hammer" starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Call 541-552-6245 or see www.sma.sou.edu.

Savanna: Singer and guitar player Liz Jones, percussionist and singer Anna Christensen and acoustic bassist Bob Rawlings will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, 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.

Documentary Screening: There will be a free showing of the new documentary "The Last Crop" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the Southern Oregon University Meese Auditorium, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. See www.thelastcropfilm.com.

Delphi Piano Trio: Delphi Piano Trio will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Trio in G major, a premiere of composer William Bolcom's Piano Trio, Toru Takemitsu's "Between Tides," and Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 405 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. At 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, the piano trio will perform Franz Haydn's Piano Trio in F major, Becrich Smetana's Piano Trio in G minor, and Franz Schubert's Piano Trio in B-flat major. Tickets are $33 or $38, $5 for full-time students and Oregon Trail Card holders. Saturday's tickets are $20 for ages 19 through 35. Tickets are available online at chambermusicconcerts.org or by calling 541-552-6154 or 541-552-6348.

ArchaeologyFest Film Series: Films exploring humans' cultural heritage and the diversity of cultures will be shown Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12, at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Two films will be shown each night, with doors opening for seating at 7 p.m. and the films beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door. See bit.ly/archfestfilmseries-eugene2016.

Tree of Living & Dying: A Gathering for Sacred Story is an evening of storytelling, exploring the powerful relationships between life, death and beyond. Bringing photos or mementos to honor your lost loved ones is encouraged. The event will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at The Haven, 1970 Ashland St., Ashland. Produced by Spirit of Resh Foundation, a a Rogue Valley non-profit organization. Suggested donation: $10. Register at www.sacred-story-ceremony.eventbrite.com or at the door. For more information, call 541-708-1383.

Massage Talk: Matthew Schulman give a free talk about Energic Development from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the Ashland Institute of Massage, 280 E. Hersey St., Ste. A-8, Ashland. Call 541-482-5134.

Ashland International Folk Dancers: The group meets Fridays at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, to perform dances from Eastern and Western Europe, Greece, Scandinavia, Israel, Turkey and the Middle East. Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m., and dancing goes from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. No partners needed. Admission is $5. Call 541-535-6397 or 541-482-8249.

Saturday, Nov. 5

Talent Garden Club: The club meets the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-6455.

Cat Adoption Event: The Southern Oregon Humane Society will waive adoption fees for adult cats from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6. See www.sohumane.org or call 541-779-3215.

Book Sale: The Friends of the Ashland Public Library will hold its annual book sale and silent auction from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The silent auction offers baskets featuring items donated by local businesses, as well as a variety of gift certificates. Silent auction items and gift baskets will be on display for bidding in the library two weeks prior to the sale. The auction will end at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6. The highest bid wins. Winners will be contacted by phone and need not be present to win. Proceeds benefit special library programs. See www.ashlandfriends.org.

Scrabble: Play for free from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

Grant Ruiz: Flamenco guitarist Grant Ruiz will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 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.

Alchymeia: The group — vocalist Nadia Tarnawsky, National Scottish Fiddle Champion Brandon Vance, along with Seattle folk musicians, will perform music from Eastern European, Celtic, Appalachian and Cajun songs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Admission is $10 to $15. See www.paschalwinery.com or call 541-535-7957.

Brava! Opera: Soprano Deborah Voigt will lead a concert of arias performed by 10 emerging and professional opera singers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus, Ashland. Accompaniment will be provided by pianist Laurie Anne Hunter. A reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $20, $5 for ages 21 and younger, and are available online at bravaopera.com, by calling 800-901-7173, ext. 3, or at the door. There is a $4 charge for phone orders.

Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon: YSSO's 2016-2017 season opens with fall concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. The Youth Symphony will play W.A. Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4, featuring YSSO alumna and soloist Alison Dresser, and Franz Liszt's "Les Preludes." The Youth Orchestra will play Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral,” arranged by Richard Meyer, and a march from Franz von Suppé’s opera "Fatinitza" arranged by Alfred Pfortner. The Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra will present a joint performance of Edmund Siennicki’s arrangement of music from Richard Wagner’s opera "Die Meistersinger." Tickets are $10, $5 for students. Tickets for the Craterian Theater show can be purchased online at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000. Tickets for the Ashland concert can be purchased at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., Ashland, and Artistic Piano, 1390 Biddle Road, Suite 107, Medford.

Jackson County Fuel Committee Fundraiser: Food, live music by Jive Mountain, and dancing will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the old schoolhouse at 1219 N. Valley View Road, Ashland. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com/event/2665171 or by calling 530-598-2272. Proceeds benefit the Fuel Committee's building fund. Bring finger foods to share. Call 541-488-2905 for information.

Sunday, Nov. 6

Legos in the Libraries: Learn Lego building skills at 12:30 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6995 or see www.jcls.org.

David Scoggin: The jazz pianist will perform standards and originals from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, 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.

David Pinsky and Phil Newton: The guitar and harmonica duo will perform original and '60s-style Chicago blues duets from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, 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.

Kathleen Grace: Los Angeles vocalist Kathleen Grace, along with bassist Sam Howard and guitarist Storm Nilsson, will perform Grace's jazz- and folk-inspired compositions at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Grace's newest album, "No Place to Fall," was released in 2013 on Monsoon Records. Tickets are $25, $10 for students, and can be reserved online at siskiyoumusicproject.com or by calling 541-488-3869.