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In its ninth year, both organizers, Chris Dennett and Nick Ellis have watched Medford Beer Week turn into a “metric week” (that is, 10 days) with more events than the year before and even a “bonus day.” Dennett explains their goal is to present the entire ecosystem of beers in

About a month ago, a friend texted me about a writer from Ashland. He had just been to a reading in Portland from Victor Lodato, and was elated. “His writing has hints of Annie Proulx’s (The Shipping News) descriptive and Augsten Burrough’s (Running With Scissors) wit,” my friend wrote. That

Perched atop the Rogue Valley world on Woodrat Mountain in Jacksonville, as often as every 15-seconds, onlookers can catch the site of 180 brave paragliding pilots flying off into the wild-blue-Applegate-open-yonder from June 15 – 22. Ground-level viewers are also welcome to enjoy the landings, paired with fresh food truck

Beer is my favorite beverage. This is about as surprising as finding out birds are happiest when flying. It’s part of their DNA, so no wonder. To say I was excited when I heard about Medford Beer Week would be putting it lightly. I might have squealed with the same

Oregon is beer. I realized that living in Massachusetts for a short time prior to becoming an Oregonian. But the concept stuck with me: Making a name for yourself as a region via the craft industry that people picture when dreaming up an experience. Now, as a resident of Oregon,

Step back into the 1950s where gender expectations and experiences were much stricter and, well, binary. Men were expected to be a certain definition of men, and women were similarly constrained, and witches were, well, it’s complicated. The era’s cultural, political and sexual constraints help set the perimeters for John

What is the beef about the wildlands? I attended a showing at the Medford Library of two films, Saving Wellington produced by Greeley Wells and Ed Keller and Walking the Wild Applegate by Tim Lewis. The first film was a documentary recently featured at the Ashland Independent Film Festival. The

In Rogue Community College’s Design + Digital Media program, students not only cultivate and learn about the art of design, they also have the opportunity to connect with local businesses. Wednesday, June 12, the Annual Portfolio Show will kick off at 10 am with guest speaker presentations in HEC Presentation

Finally, the sun is shining and weather is sweet! It’s easy to let a sunburn sneak up on you, though, so it’s important to be sun savvy. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70. You can do yourself a great service to reduce your risk of

SOUND

  The only Porchfest Music Festival in Oregon takes attendees on a blast into the past to a time when friends became family over a glass of sweet tea, as the afternoon air was swirling with the harmonious notes of a fiddle’s strings and the summer sun had just risen
Brave - by Don Diablo and Jessie J

Brave is a beautiful anthem to self-empowerment, featuring the unbridled soul of Jessie J and the production expertise of Don Diablo, whose contributions to the evolution of future-house and other flavors of modern EDM are widely known. GRAMMY® Award-nominated songstress Jessie J cracked the Billboard Top 20 with her ambitious

“Folk is music for the people,” says Jacqui Aubert, one of the two founders of Ashland Folk Collective. She and her partner, Dan Sherrill, who also works for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, began the collective in 2017.  The focus is on “progressive” folk defined as original music by singer/songwriters predominantly.

Beyond the Valley

John The Blind: Hallelujah

Joining the sound of soul with electronic vocoder flair and a dance-club beat, John The Blind makes his breakout with this infectious paean to the body language of love. In that moment when the song takes hold of you, and it makes you move – that is when you give
Jerad Finck: Home

With a knack for simple hooks, Jerad Finck builds a modern electronic production from the bones of folk-pop, and contends with the state of his relationship. Sometimes it feels like a slow-motion wreck where you can see the conflict approaching, and you are powerless to stop it. If only we

Oregon legislators are currently considering legislation that would make obtaining a driver’s license a possibility for any resident of Oregon, regardless of their immigration status. Of course, anyone looking to get a driver’s license will still need to pass a driver’s test and meet the other DMV requirements. For the
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