dancing at lughnasa: Doug Warner directs Brian Friel's Tony Award-winning drama. Five unmarried sisters, one with a young son, move through the everyday trials and triumphs of life in their small Irish village at harvest time in 1936. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through May 25. Reservations are recommended. Tickets are $18 general admission and $16 for seniors and students. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2 per ticket. See or call 535-5250.
figaro gets a divorce: Gisela Cardenas directs a reading of Odon von Horvath's 1938 comedy at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 15, in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. The imagined sequel to Beaumarchais' "The Marriage of Figaro," the play features Figaro, Susanna, and the Count and Countess Almaviva crossing the border of their former country and living in exile. Reserved seating only tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for members and youth aged 6-17. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.
the clay cart: Bill Rauch directs the 2,000-year-old Indian classic full of music, dance, action and romance in a world where gamblers, holy men, political fugitives and royal scoundrels intersect and good people triumph. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.
fences: Leah C. Gardiner directs August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning portrayal of a working-class African-American King Lear in the decade before the Civil Rights Movement. (Strong language, mature themes). Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.
midsummer night's dream: Mark Rucker directs Shakespeare's comedy of young lovers, honest tradesmen, the royal court and the fairy world meet in the Athenian Wood in a dance-filled, joyful, youthful, funny take on midsummer magic. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.
welcome home jenny sutter: Jessica Thebus directs the premiere of Julie Marie Myatt's story of U.S. Marine Jenny Sutter's return home from Iraq and the desert community of misfits who gently nurture her back to her own humanity. (Strong language). Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.
coriolanus: Laird Williamson dorects Shakespeare's story of a Roman military leader unable to find the humanity to cope with the machinations of the Senate or the anger of the people. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.
the further adventures of hedda gabler: Bill Rauch directs Jeff Whitty's dark comedy about Ibsen's character who is on a rollicking quest to liberate her story. (Strong language, mature themes) Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.
altar boyz: Jim Giancarlo directs and choreographs Oregon Cabaret Theatre's production of a musical comedy with a mission. A Catholic boy band (with one Jewish member) sets out to save souls with pop songs. Musical direction is by Chris Kong. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursday-Mondays with — p.m. brunch matinees on Sundays, through June 1, at First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets are $21 Sunday evenings, $25 Sunday matinees, $25 and $27 Thursdays and Mondays, and $29, $31; Fridays and Saturdays. The box office is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and — to 6 p.m. daily; 4 to 8 p.m. Sundays; closed Tuesdays. See or call 488-2902.
noises off: Tyrone Wilson directs Phoenix High Scholl's production of Michael Frayn's comedy about the onstage and backstage antics of a fifth-rate acting troupe. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays May 8-18, at the school, 745 N. Rose St., Phoenix. There will be a preview performance at 7:30 Thursday, May 8, $5 general admission and $2 for students and seniors. PHS theatre arts students and Talent Middle School students admitted free. Half-price for women attending the Mother's Day Sunday May 10 matinee. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. $2 off for tickets purchased in advance at the front office during school hours. Call 535-1526.
Fiddler on the Roof: North Medford High School presents the classic musical is set in the small Jewish village in Anatevka, Russia in 1905, and tells the tale of a poor milkman, Tevye and his wife, Golde, and their five daughters as they struggle to cope with life in Tsarist Russia. Shows are 7 p.m., Tuesday May 13 and Wednesday May 14, Lynn Sjolund Auditorium, 1900 N. Keeneway Drive, Medford. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors at the door. Call 842-3670.
the merchant of venice: John Cole and Ron Danko direct Rogue Community College's production of William Shakespeare's exploration of religion, justice, and love in a world where commerce is king. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays May 9-18, and at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at the Warehouse Bldg. H, Eighth and Bartlett streets, Medford. Tickets are $10, and $8 for students. Reservations are recommended. Call 245-7637.
hunting cockroaches: Guest director Terri McMahon directs the Southern Oregon University production of the comedy by Janusz Glowacki, translated by Jadwiga Kosicka. Two Polish &
233;s spend a sleepless night three years into their new life in New York City's Lower East Side looking for their American dream. The play runs at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, May 15-24 and at 2 p.m on Saturday, May 17 and 24, and Sunday, May 25, Center Square Theatre, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $17 regular admission, $14for seniors, and $5 for students. See /theatre/calendar or call 552-6348.
Friday, May 9
the jerry douglas band: The Dobro Guitar player and his band will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, at The Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Call 471-1316.
Siskiyou singers: The Singers will perform "Five Centuries of Choral Music, Part Two" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 9, 10 and at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The accompanist will be pianist Joseph Yungen. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door, and are available at the Music Coop, Paddington Station and Tree House Books, Ashland, and at the Grocery Outlet, Medford. Call 482-5290.
flowmotion: The Seattle-based high-energy rock band will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, at The Equilibrium, 140 Lithia Way, Ashland. See or call 488-8894.
jazz concert: Pianist Mark Levine will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, at The Old Siskiyou Barn, Ashland. Levine will be joined by bassist John Witalan. Tickets are $20 and $15 for students. Levine will conduct a Jazz Theory Workshop/Lecture at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10. Tickets for the workshop are $10 for the general public and free to students and teachers.
jazz night: Instrumentalist Dan Verner will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Rd., Medford. Cost is $5. Call 776-2315.
Saturday, May 10
r. v. women's barbershop: Rogue Valley Women's Barbershop Chorus will present "Broadway Memories" at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. Tickets are available in advance for $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children at the door. Call 476-7006.
wake the dead: St. Clair Productions will present the Celtic Grateful Dead jam band in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door and $10 for youth 12-17. Children under 12 are admitted free. Tickets are available at the Music Coop, Ashland; on-line at ; or by calling 535-3562.
heather hutton: The local singer/songwriter will present a CD release concert and celebration for her new CD, "Closing the Divide," at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Admission is $5 at the door. CD's will be available at the event.
Variety show: Ashland High School students will perform orchestral, choral and original pieces to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland.
tea party: Harpist Laura Zaerr will perform at a tea party and concert celebration for Mother's Day on Sunday, May 11, atThe School House Retreat and Cultural Center, 8448 Wagner Creek Road, Talent. The tea party begins at 2 p.m. and the concert is at — p.m. Tickets are $20, and $10 for the concert only. Reservations are required for the tea party. Call 535-6350.
Sunday, May 11
music recital: Music at St. Mark's will present Ellie Murray, soprano; and Laurie Anne Hunter, piano and harp; in "Where the Music Comes From," a free recital of music for soprano and piano or harp at — p.m. Sunday, May 1, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Fifth and Oakdale in Medford. Call 858-8037.
siskiyou violins: The 28-member ensemble of young students of Faina Podolnaya will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at the First United Methodist Church, 175 North Main St., Ashland. Call 324-7584.
Monday, May 12
music fund raiser: There will be a keyboard studies fundraiser with Southern Oregon University piano student Joseph Yungen at 8 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students. Call 552-6101
Tuesday, May 13
erin mckeown: The singer will be joined by Allison Miller for a performance at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the Equilibrium, 140 Lithia Way, Ashland. Tickets for the 21 and over show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Call 488-8894.
barbershop singing: The Southern Oregon Sound chapter of Sweet Adelines International will present a free open rehearsal of its competition program in the Mount 'n Shore regional competition at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the Rogue Valley Christian Church, 1440 S. Oakdale, Medford.
Wednesday, May 14
choir concert: Concordia University-Portland Choral Ensembles will present a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Grace Lutheran Church, 660 Frances Lane, Ashland. Call 482-1661.
belly dancing: Gypsy Caravan of Portland and Ashland's Circus Tribal Bellydance and local guest dancers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday May 14, at the Equilibrium, 140 Lithia Way, Ashland. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 488-8894.
Thursday, May 15
jazz drummer: The Stanton Moore Trio featuring Galactic co-founder, drummer Stanton Moore, keyboardist Robert Walter, and guitarist Will Bernard, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Equilibrium, 140 Lithia Way, Ashland. Tickets are $12 and $15 at the door. Call 488-8894.
school production: Jacksonville Elementary School intermediate grades will present a musical play, "We Will Rock You" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville. Tickets are $3, or $10 for a family. The Britt grounds will be open for family picnics starting at 6 p.m. Call 842-3790.
Friday, May 16
ysso: The three ensembles of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at Grants Pass High School's Performing Arts Center, 830 NE Ninth St., Grants Pass; at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Southern Oregon University's Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland; and at — p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at Paddington Station, Ashland; Larry's Music, Medford and Grants Pass. Tickets for the May 18 performance in Medford are also available through the Craterian Theater's box office, 779-3000.
r.v. peace choir: The choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford; and at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Both performances are free, but donations are appreciated. Call 531-2279.
music recital: Southern Oregon University piano student Elizabeth Moss will perform her senior recital at 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event is free. Call 552-6101.
jazz night: Flamenco guitarist Grant Ruiz will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Rd., Medford. Cost is $5. Call 776-2315.
Sunday, May 18
music at st. mark's: The Fong-Rands-Stubson Trio will perform a free concert of music for violin, cello, and piano at — p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the church, Fifth and Oakdale, Medford. The trio of Larry Stubson, violin; Doug Fong, cello; and Janis Rands, piano; will play works by Beethoven, Bloch, and Schubert. A reception in the St. Mark's Parish Hall will follow the concert. Call 858-8037.
david jacobs-strain: The finger-style and slide guitarist will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Equilibrium, 140 Lithia Way, Ashland. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door. Call 488-8894.