Ashland Calendar: Feb. 23
Friday, Feb. 23
Center for the Visual Arts: Spring exhibits feature student, faculty and community artists and are open Friday, Feb. 23, through Wednesday, March 21, in the Art and Marion Ady buildings, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Look for Kaylee Vanek's BFA thesis "Divulge" in the Retzlaff Gallery; "Women in Action," a collection of works by SOU students, faculty and community members, in the Thorndike Gallery; a collection of works by Reba Crawford Hayes, Kelsey Goldman, Jazmine B. Heard, Manya Orescan and Ellie Peck, "Poetry in Sink," in the Meyer Memorial Gallery; Ryan Evangelisti's "Lost Places" in the Boise-Cascade Gallery; Ben Gradel's "Adventure in Motorcycling" in the Art Department Chairs Gallery; and Tristan Perrotti's "Heartache" in the JELD WEN Gallery. A reception for the artists will be at 5 p.m. Friday, March 2, and refreshments will be provided. The galleries' hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 541-552-8315
Author Talk: Author George Dohrmann will discuss his book "Superfans: Into the Heart of Obsessive Sports Fandom," at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
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.
Southern Oregon Swing: Swing dances are held from 8 to 11 p.m. every second and fourth Friday at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Beginners' instruction is at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10, $5 for ages 66 and older, and free for ages 18 and younger and full-time students. Call 541-324-7981.
Blue Lightning: This high-energy dance band — Sue Lundquist on keys and guitar, Rhonda Loftis on drums, Trish Cook and Dianne Strong-Summerhays on vocals, Crystal Reeves on electric violin, Brent Norton on lead guitar and Cedric Buckingham on bass — will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at Roxy Ann Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Admission is $7. See roxyann.com or call 541-776-2315.
Saturday, Feb. 24
Waggin' Tales Used Book Sale: Friends of the Animal Shelter's pay-what-you-want book sale will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Jackson County Animal Services, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Book purchases, made by cash or check only, support FOTAS programs. Call 917-602-9074.
Stolen Moments: Guitarist Dan Fellman, vocalist and guitarist Conny Lindley and Walter Lindley on upright bass will play American jazz standards, Latin jazz and Gypsy jazz from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-552-4900 or see bellefiorewine.com.
Expanse Ensemble: The quartet — pianists Christine Eggert and Matt Goodrich and percussionists Jordan Curcuruto and Eric Retterer — will present "Then and Now," a program of works by Bartok and Meadowcroft, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Admission is $10, $5 for seniors and Oregon Trail Card holders, free for students, and can be purchased by calling 541-552-6348 or at the door.
'Erin go bragh': Rogue Valley Chorale will present "Ireland forever," a showcase of solos, duets and trio, accompanied by artistic director Laurie Anne Hunter on piano and Celtic harp, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. A small women’s ensemble from the chorale also will be featured, along with a group of Rogue Valley Youth Ensemble graduates. Admission is $20, or pay-what-you-can, and proceeds will benefit Rogue Valley Chorale’s summer tour to Ireland. See roguevalleychorale.org.
Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon: Youth Symphony, Youth Orchestra, Cantare Chorus, Youth Ensemble and choral ensembles from North and South Medford high schools, directed by Cynthia Hutton, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Look for the first movement of John Rutter's "Gloria"; Aaron Copland's "The Promise of Living" from his opera "The Tender Land"; Tchaikovsky's overture to "Romeo and Juliet"; the finale from Dvorak's Ninth Symphony; Melvin Daniels' "Festique"; and an arrangement of the final movement of Richard Wagner's opera "Tannhauser." Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and can be purchased at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000. Tickets also are available at Artistic Piano in Medford and Paddington Station in Ashland. See ysso.org or call 541-858-8859 for information.
Sunday, Feb. 25
Craig Wright Band: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Craig Wright, singers Savannah True Randall and Laynie McCartney and bassist Jeff Addicott will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Rogue Valley Symphonic Band: The community band, under the baton of guest conductor Steve Kessler, will present music by Gustav Holst and arrangements by Robert Longfield, Jay Bocook, Alfred Reed and others at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Also look for music by Leonard Bernstein, Roger Nixon, Steven Reineke and other composers. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, $8 for students, $20 for a family of four, and can be purchased at roguevalleysymphonicband.org or at the door. Call 541-227-3787 for information.
Tony Brussat: Singer and guitarist Tony Brussat will perform what he calls "jazz Americana, the good old good ones" from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Admission is free. See paschalwinery.com or call 541-535-7957