Thursday, Dec. 17
AHAA! winter fine arts festival: Creativity will abound at the Ashland High Arts Advocates' annual Winter Fine Arts Festival to be held Thursday, Dec. 17, in the high school's Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave. There will be theater and dance presentations; an orchestra, choirs and jazz and symphonic bands will perform and there will be visual art exhibits and video presentations. The performances will begin at 7 p.m. Sandwiches, desserts and a silent auction will be available at 5:30 p.m. AHAA!'s annual fundraiser suppports grants that go directly to fine and performing arts programs at ASH and provides financial assistance to students in regional and state events. Tickets cost $10, $5 for students and are available at Paddington Station, online at www.showtix4u and at the door. For more information, contact AHAAemail@example.com.
poetry readings: Rogue Valley poets Stephanie Butler, Steve Dieffenbacher and Derek Pyle will present "Poetry in the Neighborhood" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at Illahe Gallery and Studios, 215 Fourth St., Ashland. Call 488-5072 for information.
Friday, Dec. 18
gypsy soul: Celtic soul duo Cillette Swan and Roman Morykit will present their ninth Annual WinterSpring Benefit Concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18-19, at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Friday's show will feature the duo; Saturday's show will feature the Gypsy Soul band. There will be refreshments and a raffle. Proceeds will benefit WinterSpring Center and ACCESS Inc. Food Share. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Music Coop and Paddington Station in Ashland, Willow Creek in Jacksonville and online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Call 201-8957 for information.
KAREN LOVELY: The Karen Lovely Band will perform at Roscoe's BBQ and Blues Raffle Giveaway from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18-19, at Roscoe's BBQ, 117 S. Main St., Phoenix. Call Roscoe's at 512-1046.
Saturday, Dec. 19
red earth descendants' native storytelling conference: Red Earth Descendants and Natives of One Wind Indigenous Alliance will sponsor the fourth annual Solstice Storytelling Conference from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. The featured storyteller will be Esther Stutzman of the Kalapuya Tribe. The Women's Community Meeting will be at 9:45 a.m. There will be a raffle and a silent auction at the conference. Proceeds will benefit RED's annual Elder and Youth Conference. Visit www.redearthdescendants.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
dancing people company: The Rogue Valley dance company will present its fourth annual winter solstice show, "Call Back the Sun," with performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Highlights will include DPC's Emily Abrahams, Veronica DeWitt, Sarah Goldberg, Alonzo Moore and Stephanie Narlock in a dance accompanied by electric cellist Matthew Shoening and a dance created with taiko drummer Kelvin Underwood. "Cave," the opening number, will feature Liz Finnegan, Suzee Grilley, Lizzi LoPresti, Marion Moore and Peggy Paver. Aerial dancer Moore will be accompanied by cellist Daniel Sperry, and DPC's aerial dancers, Flying People, will be accompanied by Bohemian Soul's Jeff Pevar and Inger Jorgensen, among others. The evening shows will be followed by a community dance with music chosen by Ken Becker. Tickets cost $15; $12 for the matinee. Tickets for children age 12 and younger will be $10 for any show. Tickets are available at Music Coop in Ashland, online at dancingpeople.com or at the door. Call 488-9683.
FATHER/SON DUO: The father and son duet of Jeff and Julian Jones will perform from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 19, at Evo's Coffee Lounge, 376 E. Main St., Ashland. The Joneses play traditional Celtic music on guitar, fiddle and vocals but often throw in a few surprises — including some holiday music for this show. The Joneses have been performing together for the past nine years, since Julian was 6 years old. Jeff plays mandolin with Siskiyou Summit bluegrass band and Julian plays electric violin and guitar with his own rock band and performs with the Ashland High School Show Choir. The concert is part of Evo's Musical Brunch Series. Call 482-2261 or 488-0178.
saul kaye: The San Francisco-based blues artist will present a Hanukkah concert and Jewish blues at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Kaye will sing stories about biblical characters such as Joseph, Jonah, Noah, Elijah, Jacob, King David and King Saul. Kaye also will play tunes from his "Jewish Blues, Vol. 1" album and from "Jewish Blues, Vol. 2," to be released in January. Tickets cost $10, $5 for children 12 and younger and are available at Music Coop in Ashland. Call 488-7716.
Wednesday, Dec. 30
CECILIA ST. KING: The "peace troubadour" from Woodstock, N.Y., will stop in Ashland for a concert as part of a nationwide tour at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Peace House's Friends Meeting House, 543 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Inspired to write and perform songs about peace after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, St. King earned an Ambassador for Peace award through the Universal Peace Federation and has been the keynote musician for performances at the United Nations, the Peace Alliance, The M.K. Gandhi Institute of Non Violence, Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Vigil for International Peace and Ecology. Most recently her world anthem, "Peace on Earth," won a placement on a compilation CD being produced by New York Symphony Orchestra Conductor David Eaton, and she wrote "Water Not Weapons," Pete Seeger's slogan for the World Water Rescue Foundation. Admission is a suggested $10 donation. Call 482-9625.
Thursday, Dec. 31
FAMILY DANCE pARTY: The fifth annual multigenerational dance party will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Providing music will be Jerry Attrick (aka Dave Young) and the Pacemakers, who play everything from klezmer to '60s and '70s tunes to contemporary dance songs. The band will play till after midnight, and there will be snacks and beverages available throughout the evening. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $25 for families, and available at Music Coop in Ashland. Tickets at the door are $13 and $30. Call 488-7716.
MUSIC AT ST. MARK'S: The music outreach program of St. Mark's Episcopal Church plans a New Year's Eve concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at the church, Fifth Street and Oakdale Avenue, Medford. Featured will be Kimberly Fitch on viola, Kirsten Boldt Neurohr on bassoon, Laurie Ann Hunter on piano and harp, Christian Mathisen on vocals, John Neurohr on trombone, Barbara Evans O'Donnell on vocals and Margaret R. Evans on organ. A reception is planned afterward, with a night prayer service to follow. Admission is free. Call 858-8037.
Sunday, Jan. 3
KIRSTEN BOLDT AND FRIENDS: The eighth annual concert featuring bassoonist Kirsten Boldt and friends will being at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Fifth Street and Oakdale Avenue, Medford. Admission is free. Call 858-8037.
Saturday, Jan. 9
PAT MCMANUS: Comedian Pat McManus will perform "A Fine and Pleasant Misery" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. For the past 40 years, McManus has tickled the funnybones of readers of Field and Stream and Outdoor Life with comic, quasi-tall tales about his misadventures in the great outdoors of rural Idaho, tales enlivened by the appearance of such colorful, semi-fictional characters as ornery woodsman Rancid Crabtree and feather-brained Mrs. Swisher. Tickets are $19-$25 for adults, $13-$19 for youth. Call the box office at 779-3000 or see www.craterian.org.
Friday, Jan. 15
rogue valley BLUES FESTIVAL: The 10th annual Rogue Valley Blues Festival will be Friday through Sunday, Jan. 15-17, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Friday's concert begins at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m. for dinner) and features Eden Brent, Michael "Hawkeye" Herman and songs-in-the-round with Gary Joe Wade, Chuck Yates and Mark and Cindy DeGroft. Saturday's dance party begins at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m. for dinner) and includes the Gospel Hummingbirds, Ty Curtis Band and David Pinsky and His Rhythm Kings. On Sunday, there will be an Under 21 Band Showcase and Dance at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner) that features the Ben Rice Band, Gabe Young and Friends and Gunnar Roads Band. There will be workshops and daytime free performances throughout the weekend. Tickets are $55 for a weekend pass that includes workshops; $30 for Friday only; $30 for Saturday only; $10 for Sunday only ($5 for students). Workshops are $20 each at the door. Dinner is extra. Ticket outlets are Music Coop and Ashland Chamber of Commerce in Ashland; Tom's Guitar Warehouse in Medford; and Heart Song in Grants Pass. For more information or to buy tickets online, see stclairevents.com/blues_festival.htm.
CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT: The annual series at Southern Oregon University features the Cypress Quartet at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the Music Recital Hall at SOU, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The touring quartet will perform Mozart's String Quartet in D major, Schulhoff's Five Pieces for String Quartet, and Dvorak's String Quartet No. 13 in G major. Tickets are $26 and $30 for adults, $5 for student 22 and under. Call 552-6154 or see chambermusicconcerts.org.
Thursday, Dec. 17