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In a warehouse-sized building spectators laugh and cheer as a basketball soars through the air and hits the backboard. Instead of hearing sneakers squeak on the court, the audience hears a donkey trotting for the rebound. Yes, the fifth annual Donkey Basketball at the Medford Armory will be held on

Rogue Valley Messenger: What important issues are in front of City Council currently?  Clay Bearnson: In my opinion, the most pressing issues that we are starting to tackle are homelessness, the housing crisis, downtown revitalization, and repeat drug offenders that have no fear of any punishment due the turnstile door

If you’ve never taken a tour of the Rogue Creamery or tasted their certified organic cheese, can you really call yourself a Southern Oregonian? Am I right? This coming weekend is a crash course in cheese. Come watch Sarah Kaufman, the famous “Cheese Lady” from Wisconsin, sculpt art out of

In some ways, a good place to start a story about Omar’s in Ashland is with the hard-boiled detective writer, Raymond Chandler. He didn’t necessarily visit the place ever; at least, not in person, but perhaps in spirit. The godfather of gritty lit noir was in the zeigest when Omar’s—the

  I think I’m done with OSF. A lot of things did it. For one, the hypocrisy of condemning a copy of Little Black Sambo being included in a downtown display of banned books, while staging Othello and The Merchant of Venice. As is, because if it’s on stage, then

  Whether her name is immediately recognizable, chances are fairly good that the reader has already viewed the high spirited, beautiful, and versatile actress and singer Marlyn Mason in some production or other. With a career that has spanned more than six decades, her television and cinematic credits are numerous—and

In this arrangement, peach roses, pink tulips, eucalyptus, and fern fronds aren’t painted on a canvas but put into a beautiful glass vase. Heaven Scent Flowers & Gifts in Eagle Point has been an expert in the art of flower arrangements since 1975. Cathy Wallace has been the owner for

Rogue Valley Messenger: You are an English literature professor at SOU. What is your favorite topic to teach and why? Alma Rosa Alvarez: I teach US Literature. One of my favorite topics to teach is Modernism. I also like teaching US Ethnic Literature. I am currently teaching a course on

My parents were big fans of Mel Brooks, which meant I grew up watching a lot of Gene Wilder.  The VHS cases of Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles were well worn. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was a staple in our collection as well. Not quite the sardonic satire

A good meal is a good memory. I can recall many happy evenings spent in restaurants with family and friends throughout my life, taking in the sights, smells and flavors that would bombard the senses. Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Hither in Ashland, and left with a new


Everything comes back in 20-year cycles. And though it may go by different names (garage, power-pop, indie), the stripped-down, revved up sound of ‘90s pop-punk complete with all its goofball antics is having a resurgent moment as those that grew up listening to it come into their own. Portland trio

It’s said that we never really leave high school. For music critics of a certain age, that can be a problem, as they endlessly pine for the fading sounds of their fading youth. For my certain age, however, it bring the extra complication that music was something very different when

Punk-metal band American Standards have released five albums in seven years, and until last year had never recorded consecutive albums with the same line-up. Vocalist Brandon Kellum and guitarist Corey Skowronski have played 300 shows together since 2011. Joined by bassist Steven Mandell, and drummer Mitch Hosier, they plan to