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Charles Fischman

Charles Fischman

Charles Fischman writes about life in the Rogue Valley. He plans to write a memoir about Volvo station wagons as soon as he discovers how to save humanity from itself.

Performing arts companies must strike a balance between safety and adventure. If they choose musicals, symphonies, or dances which are popular and familiar—Music Man or Mozart or Tchaikovsky—they might win crowds, but sacrifice artistic integrity and performers’ motivation. If they take the cutting edge route—Lorca or Shostakovich or Graham—yes, perhaps

Shakespeare in Love is wonderfully complex. It is part time-travel story, part satire, part comedy, part meditation on the power of art, and part romance with a tragic ending skillfully developed into a compelling whole. That was just the 1998 film version written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard starring

The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Article 25 specifies that, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.” Article 19

Your razor-sharp Facebook posts fail to break double digits. You scan Huffington, Politico, the Times, the Post, Salon, and the panicky e-mail alerts from your non-profits for nuggets of objective truth. You suspect that CNN, MSNBC, and Fox might drain human spirits more effectively than the Dementors in Harry Potter.

They are not doing things the easy way at Rogue Kombucha in Grants Pass, which, for the kombucha drinking public of the Rogue Valley, is fortunate. “We create and craft all of our flavors from scratch,” says Chris Leach, Rogue Kombucha’s owner, as he cleans up after a morning’s production

When Lilia Caballero first started as the Cultural Outreach Coordinator for the Medford Police Department, she struggled to answer Latino community members’ traffic ticket questions. Unable to read the citation in English, they often could not tell her which agency had even issued it: Jackson County Sheriff? Oregon State Police?

Brewing beer requires four basic ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, and yeast. Starting a business has four basic parts, too: the product/service, distribution, marketing, and customer service. At Osmo’s Alehouse, a new brewery and tasting room on downtown Medford’s South Central Avenue opened in January by Southern Oregon natives Nick

  “Noises Off is well-known as a slam-bang comedy,” affirms Director (and OCT Artistic Director) Valerie Rachelle. Between crashing doors (all eight), flying props, perilous staircases, and sardine oil spills, the cast of Oregon Cabaret’s 2017 season-opening show will do well to survive all 49 performances intact. Or, the cast’s

In 1972, Congress passed the Clean Water Act. The law establishes water quality standards (e.g. drinkable, fishable, swimmable) and prevents pollution which violates them. Although the current Congress and White House administration may have little interest or foresight in general environmental health, Rogue Valley residents can rely on one fellow

Jefferson Public Radio usually delivers auditory delights to listeners, from “American Routes” to “World Cafe.” On February 9th, JPR will offer gustatory sensations instead at its 36th Annual Wine Tasting at the Ashland Springs Hotel. Nearly 40 Oregon wineries will pour everything from Cabernets to Tempranillos accompanied by delectable treats