Performances at local venues

Thursday, May 13

pearl django: The Seattle-based quartet will present the hot club-style string music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli blended with American swing at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Pearl Django formed in 1994 as a Reinhardt and Grappelli tribute band and soon morphed into a group with a full repertoire of original compositions. With nine CDs to its credit, the newest is "Modern Times" on the band's Modern Hot Records label. The Siskiyou Institute will present the concert, and proceeds will benefit its Artists in the Schools Program. Tickets cost $25, $20 for institute members and $5 for students. Call 541-488-3869 or e-mail for reservations.

Friday, May 14

siskiyou singers: The choral music group, under the direction of Mark Reppert, will present songs by American composers Steven Foster, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Cole Porter during its lineup of spring concerts. Shows are set for 8 p.m. Friday, May 14, at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St.; 8 p.m. Saturday, May 15, and 4 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets cost $15, $5 for students and are available at Music Coop, Paddington Station or Tree House Books in Ashland, Aquarius Books, Larry's Music or The Music Shop in Grants Pass and the Grocery Outlet in Medford. Call 541-482-5290 or visit for information.

SISKIYOU SAXOPHONES: The saxophone orchestra, under the direction of Rhett Bender, will perform Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" at 8 p.m. Friday, May 14, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. General admission is $5, free for students. Call 541-552-6101 or visit

Saturday, May 15

swami beyondananda: St. Clair Productions will present "Wake Up Laughing and Wise Up Loving" with comedian and inspirational speaker Steve Bhaerman as Swami Beyondananda at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Bhaerman, co-author of "Spontaneous Evolution," will hold a workshop, "Building the Heartland Community: Evolving Spontaneous Evolution From Ideal to Real Deal," from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 16. Tickets to the show cost $20 in advance, $22 at the door and $10 for ages 12 through 17. Ages 11 and younger will be admitted free. Cost of the workshop is $30 in advance, $35 at the door and $25 per person for groups of five or more. Call 541-535-3562 or visit to register.

Monday, May 17

roy zimmerman: Satirical songwriter and singer Roy Zimmerman will present "Real American," a 90-minute program of funny songs and comic political commentary, at 7 p.m. Monday, May 17, at the Unitarian Center, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Local Celtic folk group Wendi's House will open the show. Admission is $15, $5 for students and young children. Call 541-301-7469.

Friday, May 21

spring Ho'ike — hula and hawaiian music offering of aloha: Ka Pi'o O Ke Anuenue, a hula hui under the direction of Andrea Luchese, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Admission is $5. Call 541-482-7033.

Saturday, May 22

amateur comedy night: Local business and community leaders, including Jackson County Commissioner C.W. Smith and others, will present amateur, G-rated stand-up comedy routines at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in the auditorium at South Medford High School, 815 S. Oakdale Ave. Professional comedian Kris Vandehey will head up a panel of judges. Ticket-holders may vote for their favorite comedian. Tickets cost $12 and are available at the door or at branches of Evergreen Federal Bank in Medford and Grants Pass, Hubbard's Ace Hardware in Medford, Evangel Book Store in Grants Pass or by calling 541-772-2892. All proceeds from the event will benefit Wilderness Trails, a nonprofit camping ministry for underprivileged youth in Southern Oregon. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

youth symphony of southern oregon: More than 150 young musicians from the Rogue Valley make up the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon — the Youth Symphony, the Youth Orchestra and Youth Strings. The three ensembles will present their Spring Concert Series, with performances set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. The programs will feature works composed for stage and film. Tickets cost $10, $5 for students and are available at Paddington Station in Ashland and Larry's Music in Medford. Tickets to the Craterian performance are available by calling 541-779-3000.

Sunday, May 23

"Spring Festival of Song:" The a capella group The Accidental Ensemble will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 23, at the Jacksonville library, 340 W. C St. Admission is free. Call 541-899-1665 for information.

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