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Lughnasa is a Celtic Feast Day celebrated on August 1, so it is fitting that Medford’s Collaborative Theater Project would be opening its production of Dancing at Lughnasa in August. The play, written in 1990 by Brian Friel, starts August 22 and runs through September 15. Directed by Rick Robinson

There is no turning back: Climate change is happening. And, along with the forest fires, it will hit southern Oregon in terms of, well, all aspects of agriculture; yes, including the burgeoning wine industry. But Oregon’s cultural heritage of perseverance, progressiveness and environmental awareness seem to be creating a storm

Sometimes the bond between human and animal goes to such depths it can break barriers to our understanding. Heartisan Films and Wildlife Images announce the world premiere of Gorilla Girl, a documentary chronicling the life of animal relations specialist, Ann Southcombe, as she gives us an intimate glimpse into the

The Milepost 97 Fire near Canyonville reminds me that our community now makes annual fire preparations a fact of life. Vineyard visitors and Shakespeare lovers alike have been overheard complaining of a smokey taste in the wine after a bad season of fires. Local businesses see sales dip. People generally

Rogue Valley Messenger: Your organization indicates that birds are indicator species. What are birds in southern Oregon currently telling us?   John Alexander: Results from our long-term monitoring and research show that many western forest birds are in decline, likely as a result of intensive forest and river management, including fire

  NorthWest Pine Apple has been around the Rogue Valley as a food truck for a few years, but has recently found a permanent location on N Riverside Avenue in Medford. The small building used to be a burger joint, but now has swung 180 degrees health-wise, and now serves

Rogue Poetry Slam has been taking over Black Sheep Restaurant & Pub in Ashland the third Tuesday of every month since 2013. The scene often depicts an audience silently and attentively listening to an original poem recited by a single person.  Rogue Poetry Slam was founded by T-Poe Varnado. According

  Known for the Rogue River tumbling through the region, and the tourist attraction it catches in its currents, local rafting companies have been enjoying a particularly high water mark this year, with record numbers of visitors and tourists. The Messenger caught up with Mike Slagle with Orange Torpedo Trips

This year, I invested in my own health insurance for the first time ever. This has less to do with me “growing up” or “having liquid funds” and more to do with my rate of injury since turning 30. I pulled a muscle the other day reaching down to pet

In addition to water and sugar, oxygen is also necessary for the maintenance of optimal health. It should come as no surprise then, that a deficiency of oxygen in the tissues is a major contributor in the development and progression of degenerative and chronic disease. Many, if not all, progressive

SOUND

  Derek Deon has a sound: He calls it “dream-pop.” And it is on full display in his debut album, Floating in the Backseat While the World Goes By.  “This is an album that arose out of wanting to create something that embodied a feeling of nostalgia for long drives

It is not his first time in Ashland, but it has been “many moons” since his last performance here and Julian Marley is ready to bring the love on August 24. Born in 1975 to Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder, the apple has not fallen far from the tree. Marley
promo photo for single Turning the Shoulder.

19 year-old Singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks, hailing from his family’s farm in central New York State, is quickly establishing himself as an authentic and original Americana artist with a story to tell. His raspy vocal might remind you of Paolo Nutini, but the slow cadence of his latest track Turning the

Beyond the Valley

family acoustic trio Wildwood Kin

Following another busy summer of festivals, including an incredible performance at Glastonbury, family acoustic-rock trio Wildwood Kin share the intimate second single from their self-titled sophomore album which will be released on the 4th of October. Beauty in Your Brokenness is an acoustic lament on the difficulties of self-acceptance, which
Allan Rayman - Stitch

Allan Rayman is a singer and songwriter who has released three projects – Hotel Allan, Roadhouse 01 and Courtney. With a headline tour of Europe coming up, his music is ready to reach a wider audience and Stitch will be the track to reach new fans for him. Although his
Lyrah: Down Low (stripped)

While the sultriness of her beautiful melody and stripped-down groove might remind you of Maggie Rogers, Lyrah gives voice and substance to a complicated situation, and presents the series of emotional steps that were taken in her erstwhile don’t-call-it-a-relationship as a collective sense of frustration. The message here is simple
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