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Take it from us, the Messenger. It isn’t always easy running a business in the Rogue Valley. And while we are now a non-profit, we’re still a business, needing to make ends meet and the trains run on time. To get a little advice and insights to what it takes

Henry Rollins is a cultural force. Launched nearly 35 years ago as the take-no-prisoner singer for Black Flag, Rollins has gone to bundle a career as a writer, radio personality, actor and activist. One thing he isn’t, however, is a weed smoker. What then is he doing keynoting the Oregon

It takes a village to raise a café and that’s exactly what’s taken place at the Medford Food Co-op with the opening of their new venue, The Café. “It’s be a very eclectic mix of different flavors, culturally, all from scratch and we’re featuring as much local and organic foods

  After thirteen years fighting for an end to the Iraq war and the rights of military personnel and their families, author and advocate Stacy Bannerman has come to embrace a much wider, deeper perspective of her journey and the welfare of the planet we live on. “The war on

The first bar I patronised  in the Rogue Valley was Ashland’s Wild Goose. The last bar I will write about for Drink Local is the Wild Goose. You will find everything you need there for a pleasant evening out, with friends, with your Valentine, with the intriguing soul you want

Local artist Cammy Davis didn’t grow up watching TV, but was left to entertain herself with anything else she could get her hands on. “At five or six I remember doing this little painting I did for my grandma and she kept it in her recipe book and I saw

Back in its third year at Barnstormers Theatre in Grants Pass, the Wandering Reel Festival brings fresh and exciting new films from across the world. Not only has creator and director of the festival dubbed it a “great year” with exceptional turnouts, Michael Harrington also says, “the reception has been

  No, not pinned as in Pinterest, or pinned at the homecoming dance. Pinned as in straining for what seems like your life with someone who is your same weight. The only advantage is strength and skill. Eagle Point Youth wrestling coach Tony Stanfield fills us in on the massive

Thanksgiving is fast upon us, meaning it’s time to start planning the massive meal at home or deciding where you’re going to go for the U.S.’s greatest feast of the year. Several Rogue Valley restaurants have hosted Thanksgiving dinner to the public throughout the years, but here are a couple

Halloween may be behind us, but thanks to horror creators and fans, the films created from the twisted corners of the human imagination know no season. What is it about horror that fascinates us? Do we enjoy being scared, and scaring one another? Perhaps it’s stimulating to see how far

I imagine you know someone who has Alzheimer’s disease, or some other form of dementia, perhaps even someone in your own family. Although not the most common illness of aging, it is probably the most terrifying—even though those most afflicted have lost perspective and their dread largely dissolved. If you

Sound

Starting a new band is like rolling a pair of dice. But like Sgt. Pepper, you get by with a little help from your friends. Guitarist Trevor Roberts, and drummer Trevor Gill, have been playing together in Redding, California’s metal-scene for years; writing songs and toying with various lineups. And

Occasionally, I teach self-marketing workshops for musicians. The thing most folks that show up want to know is how to get press coverage. My top answer is always the same: “send out a press release.” Reporters are mavens and information-junkies, but we’re not omniscient. And if you’re not marketing your

Lou Reed famous said “One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” Chicago-based duo North by North felt kind of the same way about band members, choosing to abandon a trio format and stuck to the fundamentals: guitar, drums, and a furious garage-rock
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