Picks! Best Events Ever!
ART—Pattern, optical and perceptual abstract painting give a person the opportunity to contemplate the meaning of life, along with a trusty glass of wine in hand. Crater Lake Cellars will be pouring for the opening reception of Breaking Pattern, a display of paintings by seven multi-generational American artists. Through December 5. 5—7 pm. Schneider Museum of Art, 1250 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland. $5, suggested donation.
fri 2—sun 4
Art Along the Rogue
ART—The City of Grants Pass shuts down several blocks every year to make space for traffic-stopping artwork. Chalk art will cover the ground and music will fill the air to the theme of “Cartoons Meet the Masters.” The music and the drawing begin on Friday night. Come enjoy the colors before the rain washes it all away. “H” Street in downtown Grants Pass. Free.
MUSIC—Louisiana-native Dylan Scott is a true country boy of the South. Though he now lives in Nashville, he often returns to his roots to ride a four-wheeler or do some other country-song worthy activity. His newest single “Crazy Over Me” entered the Country Music Billboard at #14. Now that is worth singing about. 9 pm. Rocky Tonk Saloon, 333 E. Main, Medford.
Bear Creek Salmon Festival
FESTIVAL—What the bleep about salmon? These magnificent, long-distance swimmers inhabited the river long before we came splashing in. The Festival features exhibits and workshops to educate about salmon habitat and watershed stewardship. Fly and spin-casting are also on the agenda, with Peruvian Point on the menu. 11 am – 4 pm. North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Avenue, Ashland. Free.
Brews & Boogie
FUNDRAISER—ScienceWorks annual fundraiser is the chance for everyone to throw off their lab coats, drink local brews (like Apple Outlaw Hard Ciders and Southern Oregon Brewing Co.), play carnival games, eat tasty food (like Martolli’s Pizza, Milagro’s Mexican) and dance to awesome music (including Jive Coulis and DJ G-rad). Whoever said that scientists weren’t partyers? 7 pm – midnight. ScienceWorks, 1500 E Main, Ashland. $15, advance. $20, door.
tues 6 and fri 9
Versa Style Dance Co.
DANCE—Through talented and accomplished hip-hop dance moves, the members of Versa Style teach audiences of all ages about expression, dedication, discipline and hard work. The group started in Los Angeles 10 years ago, and now they show their skills around the world, returning to the Rogue Valley for the second time. 6:45 pm. OSF Green Show Stage, 15 S. Pioneer Street, Ashland. Free.
wed 7 and thurs 8
David Nelson Band and Moonalice
MUSIC—The David Nelson Band isn’t your typical cover band, because Nelson actually co-wrote some of the Grateful Dead songs that they play. They make roots rock n’ roll and psychedelic country-rock their own as well with original album releases. Moonalice’s claim to fame is that they “invented Twittercast concerts.” 8 pm. Applegate Lodge, 15100 Hwy 238, Applegate. $25.
Little Boy Needs Ride
READING—Chicago author and playwright Chris Bower’s written work is the kind where you just can’t look away. Disturbing yet engrossing, his sharp tales of betrayal, abandonment and other downfalls of the human race compel the reader to continue. Bower will provide discussion and insight into this debut book of short stories. 6 – 8 pm. Bloomsbury Books, 190 E. Main, Ashland. Free.
MUSIC—Since winning the seventh season of American Idol in 2008, David Cook has steadily taken his music up a notch to true stardom. He debuted on the Billboard album chart in the top 20 with his singles “Light On” and “Come Back to Me,” and the top 10 with “This Loud Morning.” 8 pm. Rogue Theatre, 143 SE H Street, Grants Pass. $23 – $43.
fri 9—sat 10
Oregon Coast Film Festival
FILM—From short films to documentaries, seagulls to crashing waves, the Pacific Ocean never disappoints. Even with a still photo exhibition and a time lapse category, the highlight of this event is sure to be the “Greatest Cranberry Story Ever Told” video contest. 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Fri. 4 – 8:30 pm, Sat. The Sprague Community Theater, 1202 11th St SW, Bandon. $15.
Southern Oregon Pride Parade and Festival
PARADE—It is time for all the colors of the spectrum to come together in neat lines for the rainbow party of the year. Whether marching in the parade, partaking in the festival or just watching on the sidelines, everyone is invited to this party. Music by the Rogue Suspects and a taco truck for food. 11 am – 2:30 pm. Downtown Ashland. Free.
STUNTS—Flip Fabrique’s theme is “Attrape Moi” which means “Catch Me.” Whether doing flips on a trampoline, gliding through the air on a rope or jumping from heights, the members of Flip Fabrique must have ultimate trust in their Flip-mates to catch them. And all this while juggling or yo-yoing. 7:30 pm. Craterian Theater, 23 S Central Ave, Medford. $22 – $38.