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Dance is about more than the music, more than the movements. Consider the colors, the expressions on the dancer’s faces; then consider everything else. Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre started in the Rogue Valley nearly 25 years ago when Mexican-America high school students wanted to pursue this traditional yet stylized dancing.

“Anyone can relate to Pippin’s dream of being a remarkable and memorable person,” asserts Lauren Panter. “Don’t we all want complete fulfillment in our lives?” The Lead Player in Randall Theatre’s production Pippin, Panter begs an important, if inconclusive, question. In the play, originally performed as a musical in 1972,

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

A mug with a personalized message tends to be the one people take special care of. Hand painted piggy banks seem to never be broken because of the memories held on the surface’s patterns. David Willhite opened Pottery Canvas & Stone in Grants Pass on May 16. Art has been

If you really think about it, windows are like the frame for living art. Whether it’s a willow tree overhanging an ornate fountain surrounded by a lush bed of flowers or a white picket fence guarding a perfectly mowed lawn, art is thriving outside. Banyan Tree Landscape Construction has been

As far as trends go, storytelling must rank as one of the more surprising ones of the 21st century, in a time when individuals are spending more time sucked into their computers and phones than actively listening to one another—or, so we are told. Perhaps more traditionally, storytelling was considered

Dozens of programs and shows are made possible by the grants both Jackson and Josephine Counties Cultural Coalitions, both part of the Oregon Cultural Trust network. Without them, the region would be missing many of the arts locals enjoy every year. Earlier this year, Jackson County donated over $30,000 to

Most often, a traumatic event usually drives people away, as far as they can possible get. To embrace tragic event—and even find the beauty in such a thing—like photographing stillborns, is a daring and courageous act of art. Shannera Weaver life and art has been fueled by a series of

Ed Battistella, chess aficionado, primary organizer of the Southern Oregon Chess Open Tournament, and by several accounts one of the best chess players in the Rogue Valley, is a long standing writing and linguistics professor at SOU. He also heads the Ashland Chess Club, which meets at Boulevard Coffee in

It seems like there should be some deeper significance that Manahatta, by Mary Kathryn Nagle, premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Thomas Theatre on April 1, both April Fools’ Day and Easter this year. Ultimately, it is a play that is remarkable as much for its polytemporal structure as for