June 9th, 2015 by Julie
AGAVE RESTAURANT IN ASHLAND
Ashlands’ much loved Mexican restaurant Agave has moved from it’s former location on North Main Street to just around the corner at 5 Granite Street in the space that used to house the now closed Greek restaurant “Blue” This space is much bigger says owner Jacob Brown-Van Ausdall, “we are going from a 20 seat restaurant to 99 seats”. The fare will be just as good, serving fresh house made gourmet Mexican inspired food.
In Agave’s former space will be a new restaurant called Flip, they will serve: burgers, shakes and fries among other things. Grand opening soon.
May 19th, 2015 by Julie
The 2015 Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents Fingersmith. The play is a brilliantly perfect adaptation of Sarah Waters best selling Victorian mystery. It is Alexa Junge an Emmy nominated play-write who has taken the book to the OSF stage beautifully. Director Bill Rauch brings the characters to life with imaginative staging and subtle direction.
This is an extremely complex story about two orphans, one Maud Lilly ( played by Erica Sullivan
) is an heiress living in a country house with a rich uncle. The other Sue Trinder (played by Sara Bruner
) who was raised by “baby farmer” Mrs Sucksby (played by Kate Mulligan
). Sue was taught to become a fingersmith ( slang for a pick-pocket ) She lives with Mrs Sucksby and her band of thieves in the slums of London. Their lives could not be more different …..
or so you think!
Some fascinating facts about life in Victorian England, women of all walks of life had very few choices and a rigid class structure to deal with. They could not vote, own property or get an education in many cases.
From the women of lower part of society in the slums, to the privileged women who lived luxury, most were at the mercy of the men in their lives.
This is the backdrop for Fingersmith, Sue meets charming scoundrel and con man (Gentleman) Richard Rivers ( Elijah Alexander) who needs Sue’s help him in a scam to marry and steal from the wealthy Maud, but all is not what it seems!
Over the next three hours with two intermissions you will be amazed at what happens: There is a surprising love story and lots of double crosses, it’s full of plot twists and turns, fascinating characters and getting rave reviews from the audience and critics alike. The first intermission ends on a cliff hanger with audible gasps from the audience.
And so it goes… there will be many gasps of surprise along the way. Enjoy the ride, but don’t give away the plot to your friends!
To get your tickets go to osfashland.org
April 22nd, 2015 by Julie
Guys and Dolls at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 production of Guys & Dolls is a much loved musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. It has been performed many times and made into a movie too. I have seen the movie and also a couple of stage productions but this production is by far and away the best I’ve seen.
Mary Zimmerman directs the top notch cast through a fast paced and uproariously funny show with witty dialog and foot tapping and beloved songs.
The play opens in Times Square New York with gambling crazy Nathan Detroit ( played with comic exuberance by Rodney Gardiner ) trying to find a spot for his floating crap game.
We then meet Adelaide, a night club dancer and Nathans long suffering fiancee who after 14 years wonders if she will ever become a bride. As Nathan ties to find a place for the crap game, along comes Sky Matherson a handsome sinner and gambler who will bet on just about anything. Nathan bets Sky that he can’t take Sarah a straight laced goody two shoes Salvation Army Mission doll to Havana for a night. Sky sets about wooing Sarah, but he unexpectedly falls in love with her.
Guys and Dolls never misses a beat with heavenly vocals and great choreography and an enormously talented cast.
Especially endearing is Robin Goodrin Nordli who gives a absolutely adorably ditsy performance as Adelaide. She stops the show with her renditions of songs ” Sue Me” and ” Take Back Your Mink ” but the most funny and charming song is “Adelaid’s Lament ” (A Poyson Could Develop a Cold) together with sneezing and wheezing, it’s a hoot.
Sky Matherson (played by Jeremy Peter Johnson ) and Sarah Brown (played by Kate Hurster) win the hearts of the audience as the unlikely lovers, they dazzle and delight with songs ” I’ve Never Been in Love before ” and ” I’ll Know “.
You will be humming the tunes all the way home, and probably like us would love to see it for a second time.
April 18th, 2015 by Julie
THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS ( The Musical ! )
The newest musical production at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre is ” The Musical of Musicals. ” It’s a comic satire of the most loved musicals of our time. A compilation of 5 mini musicals including The Lion King, West Side Story and Les Miserables among others.
As always the cast Andrea Hilbrant, Phillip David Black, Laura Derocher and Tony Carter are amazing and a sheer delight for the eyes and ears as they take us through the music of Rogers and Hammerstein Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman and Kander & Ebb.
This is a true dinner theater, chef Scot Frankenberger delivers gourmet food from steaks, duck and fish to small plates to share and of course dessert is not to be missed, especially everyone’s favorite Chocolate Dick Hay Pie. Enjoy the show from your table, entrees are served before the performance and dessert is served during the intermission.
The show is hilariously funny with cleaver witty writing and a cast that gives their all.
The show goes from April 18th. until May 17th.
For tickets and information go to theoregoncabaret.com
April 10th, 2015 by Julie
A Taste of Ashland
A Taste of Ashland will this year commence on Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and April 26th 2015. The annual event will go from Noon to 4 pm each day. Tickets for the whole weekend are $60 per person or for Saturday only $50 and Sunday $40.
A Taste of Ashland is one of the premier events and one of the most important fund raisers for The Ashland Gallery Association, money raised will support art and artists in the region. The Taste of Ashland weekend showcases the best of local art, food and wine. Foodies and Art lovers will follow the event map to over 20 art galleries and at each gallery they will be treated with amazing art works and also delicious food from some of Ashlands’ best restaurants and delectable wines from local boutique wineries even perhaps some music to serenade you through the day.
It will be an easy stroll from one Gallery to the next but if you need a little help along the way,there is an complimentary shuttle bus to take you in comfort to each venue.
While in Ashland for the weekend, there are lots of things to do in the evening, catch a play at one of the theatres at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival or a dinner theatre treat at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. Music of all kinds can be heard at the many of Ashlands’ restaurants and bars.
It’s all about the Art !!!
Come join in the fun… for tickets and information go to www.atasteofashland.com
March 26th, 2015 by Julie
” Pericles” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
by William Shakespeare is a play not often performed these days, in Shakespeare lifetime it was wildly popular, but over the years it has fallen out of favor with audiences.
The play is a swashbuckling adventure fairy tale with rich characters of pirates, wicked Queens and bawdy brothel keepers.
It is a story of birth, death, resurrection and love.
It’s both romantic, comic and tragic, a veritable roller coaster ride in which Pericles the Prince of Tyre ( played superbly by Wayne T. Carr
) takes you, the audience with him on a journey to find his destiny. Along the way he finds and marries then loses his Princess and his daughter at sea. He faces ambition, hatred and loss. With many implausible events and complicated twists and turns to the plot.
In a very compelling scene, Pericles is drowning at sea, it really feels like you are being tossed as he is by the stormy rolling waves.
The director Joseph Haj
has done wonderful job of producing a mesmerizing and dynamic spectacle. It is a visually and musically stunning play with lush original music and songs and luminous staging.
We both loved this play, it grabbed us from the beginning. The play is immensely moving. At times it is very sad, also hilariously funny and like all good fairy tales, has a happy ending.
A play definitely not to be missed.
For tickets and information about plays at Oregon Shakespeare Festival go to osfashland.org
February 15th, 2015 by Julie
Oregon Chocolate Festival
The Oregon Chocolate Festival takes place in the springtime every year in Ashland, this year the Festival will take place on the weekend of March 6th and March 8th 2015.
For lovers of all things chocolate like me, this is a must visit event. There will be many chocolatier’s you may recognize including Dagoba, Lillie Belle Farms, Sipping Dreams and many many more. Try some unique combinations and unexpected concoctions, cakes, cocktails, beer and even a chocolate facial.
The event takes place at the Ashland Springs Hotel, if you would like to stay at a B&B the Blue Moon is a 10 minute walk from the venue, where you will find a warm welcome and a home away from home cozy atmosphere, and also our yummy chocolate desserts. While you are here in Ashland see a play or two at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Theatres just 2 blocks from the Festival.
See you there….
For more go to ashland springs/chocolate festival