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Vanessa Newman

Vanessa Newman

Vanessa Newman taught Rogue Valley Manor residents to do Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Rogue Community College students to do Pilates and Parkinson’s clients to dance. She grew up in Massachusetts, moved to Colorado and now resides in Oregon with her family. She began writing at age eight, but now she writes more and can be found relocating chocolate at Lillie Belle Farms. She has published articles in IDEA, Rocky Mountain Sports, Women’s Edition, Rogue Valley Messenger and online at Livestrong.com and eHow. She has also written online courses for companies like SkillSoft, Chevron, and Anheuser-Busch. Her published children’s books and novels are available at Amazon, SoulSongFlutes

Americans shop online, communicate through text, slack and e-mail, converse with Alexa and drive connected to GPS. Is the writing on the wall? Are board games and card games a thing of the past? Not in the Rogue Valley where some gaming centers are thriving. These centers specialize in analog

Bigfoot, The Ducks, Ty Burrell from “Modern Family,” Don Pedro Colley from Dukes of Hazzard, Truffles, and the Klamath Independent Film Festival (KIFF)—all Oregon treasures. For the second year in a row KIFF is the only film festival that is Oregon-centric. And the Festival plans to keep this niche going

How does a 22-year old who records his first album (Pangaea) in his basement and bedroom singing and playing acoustic guitar make it to the big time? Ask Jason McCue. He may not be at the “big time” yet, but he is on his way. This young man’s lyrics are

Wearing dark sunglasses and puffing his cheeks out like a kid carrying a secret stash of large gumballs, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews makes playing trombone look cool and easy. And when his trombone-playing syncopates with the saxophone, popping and locking is no problem for anyone who wants to dance. But

  It takes a honey bee her entire life to make one-twelfth of a teaspoonful of honey and more than one weekend for people to learn how she does it. But at the 5th Annual Oregon Honey Festival, children and adults alike can buzz around and learn, taste, participate, and

“Get out of the online world and connect at the personal level,” says Jeb Hart. “People are more isolated now in spite of social media, and we want to bring them together in community,” adds Danika Holmes. With two acoustic guitars and a piano, they will do just that on

David Ramirez has a-helluva-a-lot to say. Seventeen million streams on Spotify and counting, to be exact. The singer from Austin, Texas does not write lyrics that are subtle—more like a call for authenticity in a faux culture. One fan calls a recent show an “emotionally raw performance.” Ramirez’s songs do

CURTAIN RISES; NARRATOR SPEAKS: What say ye of these two theatres in the Rogue Valley? In the fair town of Ashland long, long ago (May of 1991), several fair maidens and gentlemen who were friends to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival collaborated and established Ashland Community Theatre (ACT). That same theatre

Singing is like breathing for Ann Wilson. When she belts out lyrics to The Who’s “Don’t Get Fooled Again” or Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” or Heart’s “Barracuda” there is power, courage and passion exhaled. “The stage is where I have always lived; where I’ve expressed my deepest emotions

A symphonic progressive metal rocker, somewhat reminiscent of Lita Ford, Klarissa Collins is an intelligent, thoughtful and driven 28-year old. She is talented, and a musician to watch as she settles into her new band, Final Aeon, made up of three women and one man. But as confident and talented