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On Tuesday, December 3, 6 – 9 pm, Art Building: Meese Auditorium, there is a short film, multimedia presentation, and exhibit by 12 SOU graduate students who recently returned from a 35-day backpacking and cultural expedition taking them through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Albania.   Chad Thatcher is the professor

For the past five years, the Messenger has published an annual Give Guide, a listing of local nonprofits, each which is doing important work to make our communities safer, smarter, more interesting and, overall, helping make the world of southern Oregon a better place.  Let’s not mince words: For this

  Life didn’t really turn out how I thought it would. Namely when asked what I wanted I wanted to be when I grew up, bartending wasn’t really given as an option. I imagine it’s generally frowned upon for a seven-year-old to say, “I want to be around as much

Ashland is known for its many desirable features. The the picturesque hill and mountain views surrounding the Valley; the beautiful parks; the lively and unmistakable downtown center.  Then there’s SOU and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival bringing creative minds and tourism to the city every year. Ashland, for all intents and

This past summer, I traveled to Amsterdam with my daughters, and on our first day visited Anne Frank’s house. My girls are 11 and 13 years old, the same ages that Anne Frank was when her family first hid from Nazis and then when she was discovered and taken to

Peek into the worlds of newts, German browns, ice sheets and grizzlies at the 7th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival “On Tour” on November 8. The night of short film, benefitting southern Oregon’s Rogue Riverkeeper, aims to entertain while encouraging activism toward preserving and protecting the natural environment and

Remember that saying, “Be careful what you wish for?” Well, the heavy population of hemp-CBD advocates who have been demanding rules to govern this newly legalized crop just got our wish—in the worst way. One hundred sixty-one pages of new rules just took a pot-shot (pun intended) at our burgeoning

The shapes, molds and purposes that clay can become are really only limited by imagination—and at the 44th annual Clayfolk Show & Sale, that seems to be boundless. The artists participating are almost giddy about their experimentation and expressions with clay—from tea sets to outer-worldly beings, from earthen tones to

One of the fondest Christmas memories anyone can create is hunting for one’s own Christmas tree. For some families they find their tree within the first couple minutes and then spend the rest of the day sledding, having a spirited snowball fight, and drinking hot chocolate. For others, hunting for

Between that last morsel of pumpkin pie and racing out the door to conquer the cheapest PlayStation or Samsung, there’s digestion. A walk after your Thanksgiving meal might ease that full belly, along with the pressures of the holiday shop-a-thon pandemonium. The last, and best, course of the meal could

SOUND

They are straight guitar rock: guitar, bass, and drums. They stay away from keyboards. (“We like it raw.”) Rickishane is made up of Rick Bolz, a pioneering 60s rocker, his two sons, Shane and Kish, and an “adopted into the band” son, who just happens—and somewhat confusingly—also to be named
Groovy Electro Pop from Germany.

Mainly on the strength of her breakout single ‘No Roots’ a few years ago, Alice Merton has taken the stage at Coachella and had late-night TV appearances on both Jimmy Fallon and James Corden. She was even a judge on The Voice of Germany, and all of it via her
Rolling Stone Country put Corb Lund on their list of '10 New Country Artists You Need to Know,' and it is not hard to see why.

Rolling Stone Country put Corb Lund on their list of ’10 New Country Artists You Need to Know,’ and it is not hard to see why. Corb’s distinct blend of Americana and rootsy alt-country is rugged and unapologetic, and touches on the only proven remedy for heartbreak: the open road.

Beyond the Valley

Starry Eyed Kids by Natalie Walker

Natalie Walker creates music that feels like magic, mixing electronic and indie rock with a gorgeous lead vocal and an existential dreaminess. She uncovers the hidden memories that lie buried beneath your world-weary soul, with a bit of nostalgic reflection towards that last perfect moment between two lovers. Lately, her
Lyric video by CHILLFILTR.

In the summer of 2018, a chance encounter at a show in Venice, CA reunited Brendan Willing James with producer and friend Erin ‘Syd’ Sidney. After having parted ways with Grizfolk, Brendan left Los Angeles for a spell to write and restore in the highlands of Ojai, CA. Earlier this
Chance Peña: Beyond the View.

Beyond the View is taken from 19-year-old singer-songwriter Chance Peña’s debut offering ‘anxiety & mixed emotions,’ out now (BMI). Chance wrote & produced the entire EP himself, which adds a stylistic primacy to the evolution of this collection of songs – from the elements of chamber pop, and the precise
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