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If anyone is thinking about getting out of town for Memorial Day, consider Boatnik instead––one of Southern Oregon’s most anticipated events of the year. Boatnik’s 61st year includes a live show by hard rock band Dokken, a golf shoot out, and, of course, boats. The event begins May 23 with

Banding together with a 75-year-old Smokey the Bear in balloon form, the Grants Pass Rotary Club are taking flight for kids in need at the annual Grants Pass Balloon and Kite Festival May 31 to June 2. Kicking off the summer season of celebrations, Smokey’s promotion of forest fire prevention

Like the blossoming of flowers in the spring and summer, it seems as if the fertile music scene in southern Oregon is constantly popping up new and fresh festivals—as well as keeping alive those tried and true. These are the Messenger’s five must-see summer festivals in southern Oregon! Mystic Rising

It’s May, the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health has long been, and still partially remains, a stigmatized part of human health. The days of old when mental health issues were either ignored or simply had their existence denied aren’t far in the past and remnants of them

Boop…Wokka-Wokka…Doodly-do-do-do…KA-POW! As part of the retro game roadshow organized by SORG (Southern Oregon Retro Gamers) at the 2019 MCC, thousands (yes thousands) of archaic arcade games will be available to play on gaming systems from: Konami, Hudson Soft, Bandai, SNK, Tradewest, HAL Laboratory and the iconic Tecmo. Play Pong, Pac-Man,

Smashing through walls and seeking justice, local artist Junie Maupin has created the new face of the Medford Comic Con, hitting the Medford Library April 27 and 28. “There were some great and interesting submissions for the Logo Contest, but ultimately, it was a unanimous decision by our committee; there were

The Vinh Diagram between comic books and feature film fanatics must have a good deal of overlap. Just consider the success of Marvel. But also consider the number of zombie, vampire, Tank Girl and Wimpy Kid movies—and their inspirations. Local filmmaker Ray Robison seems to have a foot firmly in

Billed as a dark comedy, International Falls is, at once, a simple story about a middleage woman clawing her way out of a Midwest rut; but it is simultaneously a complicated, knotted ball of yarn about standup comedians, desperation, emotional fatigue and unsinkable optimism. It is funny, and in equal

Looking for an origin story of a hero? Grit picks up the story a young woman Dian, whose village in East Java—and 15 others—were wiped out 13 years ago by a tidal wave of hot, toxic sludge that had been uncorked by a reckless Indonesian company drilling for natural gas

Afghan director, Hassan Fazili, has documented his family’s arduous journey to a safe country, over 3000 miles in as many years. Fazili and his wife, Fatima Hussaini, have filmed life in Afghanistan before (Peace in Afghanista, Mr. Fazili’s Wife), pushing the boundary of restrictions they’ve been under during years of