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“I love sharing my work in readings,” says Victor Lodato, an award-winning playwright and novelist who joined the Ashland community a few years ago. “For me, most of my writing begins with a character and with his or her particular way of speaking or thinking. Also, I think the humor

“Our founding president Jerry Work and his wife Sharon went to Appalachia to find out how they expanded their arts economy throughout their region,” says Joyce Abrams, president of the Southern Oregon Guild. “They came back and talked to various organizations about how to really explode the identity of the

The Schneider Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, Breaking Pattern, a multi-artist showcase curated by Matthew Delegate and Rossana Martinez of Brooklyn’s Minus Space gallery, highlights explorations of pattern, optical and perceptual abstract painting through selected works by seven artists from across the country. Featured artists are an accomplished bunch, including

Luis Alfaro is a renowned artist and activist, his creative legacy is substantial and potent, and his conversation is filled with tales of travel and casual literary name-dropping. He’s exactly the kind of person you want to see representing your region at a yearly conference focused on community and the

In her debut book, The Sex Myth, author Rachel Hills delves into a topic that can often feel sensationalized: sex. But Hills takes a more earnest approach, reaching out to and interviewing a wide breadth of people on their own sex lives, insecurities, identities, and beliefs. The result is a

Living Opportunities has been serving the Rogue Valley since 1974, providing workplace advocacy, residential assistance and family consulting for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. One of their core programs, The Studio, encourages participants to express themselves creatively through artistic mediums––which can also act as a vehicle for essential communication.

For the Pulitzer Prize winner for drama in 1937, You Can’t Take it With You is surprisingly suited for our day and age. And Barnstormers Theatre in Grants Pass delivers an award-worthy performance of it. It will play at Barnstormers through September 20. The entire play takes place in the

Make ‘Em Laugh to Make it Big (That’s What She Said?) In 2007, Amy Schumer took fourth place in the Last Comic Standing TV show. After performing on multiple shows and on Comedy Central, her own sketch show Inside Amy Schumer launched in 2013. Now she has taken the comedy

For our Wine Issue, we’re trying a bit of sophistication and culture. How about after wine tasting checking out local, public art? While the weather is still agreeable, why not see what our talented Rogue Valley has to offer in the great outdoors? If you are feeling refined after that

Typically, Oregon Shakespeare Festival productions allude to contemporary issues through costume and set design choices that attempt to cast the historical or “universal” struggles of humanity into a modern context. It’s latest production cuts straight to the chase. Sweat, which opened on July 29, and will run through October 31,