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Show-Stopper Oregon Shakespeare Festival opened The Happiest Song Plays Last, on July 7. The play is the third in a trilogy from playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes, about a soldier’s search for meaning after returning from war in Iraq. Though it is the third in the series, it can be
Medford nonprofit LifeArt has a brutally simple mission: use art to prevent youth suicide. The organization, which partners with various schools and government agencies (such as Jackson County Youth Suicide Prevention Coalition), has been around since 2009. Phil Ortega, the founder of LifeArt, believes the kids will have better
The play tells the story of Edmund Dantes, a trusting merchant sailor who is wrongfully thrown into prison through the scheming of those who coveted what he had. After 18 years in prison, he finally escapes, procures a fortune and sets about exacting his revenge on those who framed him.
You sure do get more for your money with the musical A Day in Hollywood, A Night in Ukraine, playing at Barnstormers Theatre in Grants Pass through June 28. The two acts are virtually unrelated, other than the genre of the 1930s. The first half reviews a whirlwind of Hollywood
I’m Ready for My Close-up Mr. Schneider Chuck Close is widely considered one of the greatest living artists in the world, having so permeated contemporary art culture that anyone who has taken a junior high or high school art class probably had an assignment to mimic one of his iconic
Dancing, sex, and Nazis—and kind of in that order, actually. Ahh Cabaret. Whether it was the scantily-dressed women, the dancing gorilla, or those damn rascally Nazis, the early June audience was so captivated by the performance of Cabaret that a pin drop could be heard during those pregnant theatrical pauses.
It turns out that most of the shoes that Americans wear are not made by elves that sneak into cobblers’ shops in the middle of the night. Nor are they even made in America. Most are mass-produced in China (more on that later), yet there are still fine shoe-craftspeople here
Second Annual Exploring Psychedelics to Bring an Academic Focus to a Blurry Topic Southern Oregon has been somewhat of a psychedelic hotbed in recent years. Groups like the Santo Daime and Native American churches of Ashland have both won Federal Court cases for the right to use psychedelic substances
Monthly queer and ally night, Inside Out, kicks off at The Rocky Tonk Saloon in June Crucial to the very idea of community (and certainly to a thriving one) is a gathering place to bond with the tribe. While many groups throughout the Rogue Valley have defined turf for bonding,
Jeff Whitty Go-Go’s for broke with ‘Head Over Heels’ “This is my new world of outdoor theater,” Jeff Whitty says of the rain pouring down on a gray Ashland afternoon. “The rain and the owls.” The Tony-winning playwright of Avenue Q is hard at work on his new play, Head