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Y La Bamba is the musical brainchild of Rogue Valley native Luz Elena Mendoza. Over the past 11 years the band has made a name for themselves throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond for their own unique brand of indie rock. After releasing six albums of gradually evolving Latin-infused indie

Two standing ovations and buckets of sequins; what’s not to love about Hairspray at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF)? Opening night brought a big crowd, big hair, a big cast and an over-the-top production that delighted the audience and showcased the incredible range of talent that OSF offers. The Broadway

  Much like cheese itself, the Oregon Cheese Cave, located in the renovated section of Phoenix and which opened five months ago, has been ages in the making. Fittingly, it is staffed by Mélodie Picard, who was born and raised in France, started out in specialty foods over eight years

Love Shakespeare for his knotted plots of romance? Pair that with a good old case of hidden identity? Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s As You Like It is your cup of tea. Opening March 8 in the Angus Bowman Theater to a full house, the intimate atmosphere allowed the audience to feel

How many times has one heard the phrase, “change is inevitable?” Yet when it comes to the climate change conversation, it’s an inevitability some find difficult to discuss, while others grieve over the knowledge of its in-motion process, and others refuse to embrace it at all. The documentary Voices of

Rogue Valley Messenger: Sanctuary One takes care of cats, dogs, horses, rabbits and even alpacas. What is the oddest animal you have been requested to take care of? Megan Flowers: We bring in companion and farm animals, but recently someone asked us to take in a buffalo. Unfortunately, we weren’t

Over the last three decades the Western monarch butterflies, which annually migrate from the Pacific Northwest down to California, have declined to a thin sliver of their former population. Without the native milkweed to lay its eggs on, or wildflowers to refuel from along its 500-mile migration to California, these

Repurposing rejected wood has become a popular trend in furniture and in home decor. Not only can one make a beautiful dining room table with reclaimed wood, you can also create a priceless work of art for your walls. David Thomason of Burnpile Design in Grants Pass has been creating

Summer’s around the bend and before you know it you’ll be pulling out those swim duds. But why wait to get wet? Whether you need water wings or water yoga, these warm-liquid locales offer a full menu of pool-time pleasures. Ella Redkey: This geo-thermally heated outdoor swimming pool located in

As we spring forward into the longer days of springtime, it is natural to feel more energized and alive. Have you instead been feeling more fatigued, achey, unmotivated and depressed? Are you more forgetful and having trouble clearing your head? Are you urinating more than normal?  Is you sex drive

Since the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, over which the the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) has partial authority, much of the international community has banned cannabis as a matter of law. Further, international agreements and Richard Nixon’s 1972 declaration of a “War on Drugs” in combination with a ramping

Do you remember being a little kid and getting scolded for staring up at the sun? You’d be trying to catch of glimpse of that elusive outline and your parents would tell you that looking right into the blinding brightness could actually make you go blind. We may have grown

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Run River North - photo by Stephen Yonsik Lee

A co-lead vocal-split between Alex and Sally lends a dynamism to the mix that feels both fresh and genuine. With mid-tempo energy and a sense of wistful retrospection, Rearview explores the power of hindsight, and taps into the sense of regret that comes with once having been young and in

The Phoenix Clubhouse has been hosting open mic events since 2015 and Organizer Christine Totten says each one has an eager, listening audience. She also says open mic hosts usually attract an audience similar to his or her music style, setting a tone for the evening, as well as warming

  It’s been about three years since the last official release from Ashland-based songwriter/producer Mitchell Winters’ solo project PALMCO. In that time he has scored a record deal, toured extensively, and released his debut album with his other project, Slow Corpse. It is relatively common for artists in Winters’ position

Beyond the Valley

Millennials have been blamed for many changes in American culture — for turning the hotel industry on its head with AirBnb rentals, for dismantling cable television, and for taking the wheels off the concept of traditional taxi cabs. But one unexpected trend has emerged for the nascent generation: They might actually

Urgent care is a category of walk-in clinic focused on the delivery of ambulatory care in a dedicated medical facility outside of a traditional emergency room. Urgent centers typically treat injuries and illnesses that require immediate care, but not life-threatening or serious enough to require an emergency room visit. The
Jon and Roy: Where Has My Love Gone

Acoustic Soul-Pop from Canada With a warm soul-flavored melodic baritone that might remind you of Otis Redding, the open drum-feel here and the plaintive horns all point towards that ever-present symbol of a broken heart. The pain, the futility, and the cry of a shattered soul, are all welcome at
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