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THE CLEVELAND DUO WITH JAMES UMBLE

The Siskiyou Institute New Artist Series presents an evening of chamber music by The Cleveland Duo with classical saxophonist James Umble at Paschal Winery & Vineyard. Together with Umble, The Cleveland Duo features two members of The Cleveland Orchestra on piano and violin. The trio will play songs from its original repertoire in addition to commissioned works by nationally acclaimed composers at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tickets are $15 or $10 for Siskiyou Institute Members. Call 541-488-3869 or email info@siskiyouinstitute.com for reservations.

SPOTLIGHT ON BARBARA STREISAND

Vocalist Jessica Brandes presents such Streisand hits as "The Wee Small Hours," "The Man That Got Away" and "Don't Rain on My Parade," among many others, in Camelot Theatre's musical spotlight. Brandes will be accompanied by Kathy Campbell on synthesizer, Jeff Kroeger on keys, Rand Mace on bass, Fred Morgan on trumpet and Steve Sutfin on drums. Presila Quinby directs. Shows are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 25 at the Talent theater. Tickets cost $20. See www.camelottheatre.org.

KARRGO BOSSAJOVA

Local band Karrgo Bossajova incorporates elements of rock, funk, jazz, blues and heavy psychedelic sounds into its set at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Alex's Plaza Restaurant and Bar, 35 N. Main St., Ashland. The six-piece ensemble is Zack Karr on vocals, guitar and slap bass, Blake Norris on guitar, vocals and drums, Danny Quilicci on drums, triangle and mouth harp, Eric Jones on bass, Mitchell Jensen on auxiliary percussion and Sean McDermott on trumpet. Cover is $5.

SHOKOTO MUSIC AND DANCE PROJECT

Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents African diaspora music and dance as part of its Green Show at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and Sunday, Sept. 25, in the OSF courtyard, off Ashland's Pioneer Street. Hear Okaidja sing traditional songs he learned in Ghana as a canoe boy on fishing boats. As a young boy, Okaidja worked on the weekends and heard fishermen sing a cappella songs of the great Naaye — or sea. Admission is free.

HAMFIST

Join EZ, Slim, The Kid, Cletus T. Cornhauler, Jonny B, Sequoia and Stephany for a cowboy-folk blast Saturday, Sept. 24, in Ashland's Lithia Park bandshell. The seven-piece band made up of former and current Oregon Shakespeare Festival employees will perform country and pop songs in the band's unique Hamfist style, making pretty songs "purdy." The hamfisting starts at 11 a.m. Admission is free.

STAR PARTY

Learn to view the night sky during this educational event at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Colin White, president of the Southern Oregon Skywatchers amateur astronomy club will review equipment that can be used for astronomical viewing and discuss astronomical objects that can be seen during the fall. The 30-minute discussion will be followed by a star party with opportunities to view the heavens with telescopes provided by the Skywatchers. Registration for this free event is required at www.ashland.or.us/register.

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