Archive for the ‘The Arts’ Category

Bloomsbury Books Ashland Oregon

January 29th, 2015 by Julie

 

Bloomsbury outside bloomsbury books

 

 

Bloomsbury Books is a small independant book store for book lovers,  located at 290 E Main Street Ashland. The store is celebrating it’s  34th anniversary of business in Ashland. It’s so good to see a thriving independant book store here in Ashland that is very well supported by the locals and visitors alike,  there are so few good book stores left in America.

Bloomsbury Books got it’s name from the Bloomsbury district in London that is associated with writers, artists and intellectuals, one of these prominate writers was Virginia Woolf, the book store features a picture of Virginia Woolf as their logo, it is seen on paper advertising and in the store, also on their website.

When you go to the book store don’t forget to go upstairs and visit the cozy and comfortable Coffee House, for great coffee  ( my favourite coffee ) or a delicous lunch, snack or treat. Take your book and settle down with your choice of beverage and enjoy an afternoon.

For more information and Book Club go to bloomsburyashland.com

Here are some of my favourite books…

THE BOYS IN THE BOAT
Daniel James Brown
Now in paperback, a best-seller and a staff favorite, this book traces the story of an American rowing team that defeated elite rivals at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics.

NORA WEBSTER
Colm Toibin
Widowed at forty in a small town in Western Ireland with not enough money and four children, Nora is one of contemporary fiction’s most memorable female characters. Toibin’s ability to capture the intricacy and drama of ordinary lives is reminiscent of the work of Alice Munro.

THE WARS OF THE ROSES
Dan JonesThe next chapter in British history from the best-selling author ofThe Plantagenets. Jones makes history exciting and relevant.

SO, ANYWAY
John Cleese
Who doesn’t need to laugh this winter? Cleese, the mind behind “Monty Python” and “Fawlty Towers” gives us a memoir that is as silly, clever and laugh-aloud funny as the best of his very British comedy.

For more go to Bloomsburyashland.com

Live at the Armory

January 20th, 2015 by Julie

 

bill frisell

 

Live at the Armory 

Bill Frisell, guitarist, composer and bandleader will be Live at the Armory on January 29th 2015.

With a career spanning more than 25 years and over 200 recordings, Bill has made 25 albums of his own and has recorded and played with many other artists and done music in films too.

The New York Times describes him this way “It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compostions of guitarist Bill Frisell.”  His music is a mixture of Rock, Country, Jazz and Blues, we are certainly lucky to have him perform at the Armory In Ashland. Joining Bill on stage will be Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen.

The concert will start at 8pm  and food and a full bar will be available.

For tickets and info. Go to liveatthearmory.com

New Year at the Ashland Armory

December 25th, 2014 by Julie

new years eve

 

New Year in Ashland!!

Welcome in the New Year at the Ashland Armory with a Champagne Countdown and some of the Rogue Valley’s best entertainment from Burlesque, Trapeze, Shot’s N Slot’s poker,and some Electro Swing as you ring in the New Year, what fun!!

The New Years Eve Bootleggers Ball will delight you with The Cats Pajamas and shows that will get you jumping and jiving!  Enjoy Burlesque with Black Kat Kabaret, these sulty ladies will heat up the audience with perfectly naughty dancing.

World class DJ’s Shakti Bliss and Cyril Noir will provide music to electrify the dance floor with their own brand of swing and pop.

Tickets are $25 in advance     or $30 the day of show.    Doors open at 8.30 pm and dancing starts at 9pm.

For tickets and info go to” New Years Eve Bootleggers Ball ” at  Liveatthearmory.com

Fiesta Latina at the Ashland Armory

December 16th, 2014 by Julie

 

salsa bravaCome to Ashland this December 19th for an evening of fun and dancing.  Fiesta Latina at the Ashland Armory, if you would like to enjoy Dinner Theatre you will experience a fantastic show of Salsa Tango and Flamenco dance while you enjoy a gourmet dinner. After dinner the tables and chairs will be swept away and then comes your chance to dance the night away and practice what you saw in the performance.

Dinner Theatre starts at 6.30 pm.   General admission will be at 9pm.

Dance the night away until 2am. with great latin music from Salsa Brava

For more information and tickets go to…                 Liveatthearmory.com 

 

Chamber Music Concerts in Ashland Oregon

November 8th, 2014 by Julie

 

Horszowski trio

Chamber Music Concerts in Ashland Oregon

Chamber Music Concerts in Ashland Oregon presents the Horszowski Piano Trio   (Piano, Cello and Violin).

The concert will take place at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall  on Friday November 21st at 7.30 pm and Saturday November 22nd. at 3 pm.

The concert features pianist Rieko Aizawa  who has played at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall in New York. Jesse Mills plays the violin, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. The last member of the trio is cellist  Ramon Ramakrishnan who is the founding member of the prize winning Daedalus Quartet.

The Horszowski Piano Trio  ”is destined for great things” says the New Yorker. The trio have performed concerts throughout the US and also Japan and Hong Kong this year. The two concerts in Ashland will be their last of 2014.  We are so lucky to have them entertaining us at this concert here in Ashland, we look forward to hopefully seeing them again soon.

For more information and tickets…. Chambermusicconcerts.org   or call 541-552-6154

 

Rogue Valley Symphony

October 15th, 2014 by Julie

Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra 

The Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Martin Majkut  opens it’s 2014-2015 season on October 3rd with Beethoven’s Symphony no. 3 ” Eroica,”

Then on November 7th  Berlioz ” Romeo and Juliet ” will be performed. Lastly for this year  ” Handel’s  Messiah” will be presented on December 12th.  There will be lots of concerts in 2015, for  complete concert schedule see link below.   All performances will be at the Music Recital Hall on the Campus of  the Southern Oregon University in Ashland Oregon.

For tickets and information go to rvsymphony.org

“Into the Woods” is playing in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland Oregon until October 11th.

August 20th, 2014 by Julie

into-the-woodsInto the Woods” is playing in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland Oregon until October 11th

The Elizabethan stage is the perfect venue for “Into the Woods” a play written by James Lupine with mesmerizing music by Stephen Sondheim. The musical was inspired by Grimms Fairy Tales stories… Cinderella,  Little Red Riding Hood,  Jack and the Beanstalk,  Rapunzel and others.

On stage is a full 25 piece orchestra, you may recognize Matt Castle playing the grand piano, he also played the piano on stage in last years “My Fair Lady”. He was very much part of My Fair Lady and he is also quite a presence in Into the Woods playing Sondheim’s delightful music.

The two Prince Charming’s played by John Tufts and Jeremy Peter Johnson are hilarious, they  also sing some really wonderful lusty songs.   Another stand out is the riveting Miriam A. Laube who plays the humorously menacing witch, she is a fantastic combination of good and evil!

‘Into the Woods’ is beautiful to look at, the OSF multi talented acting company breath new life into the fairy tales we all grew up with. Of course all good fairy tales start with the words… Once upon a time… then the story begins.

What follows is a gorgeously rich Broadway worthy musical spectacular with a unique Oregon Shakespeare Festival flair.

Does it all end Happily Ever After..   You will have to go and see for yourself..

Go to  osfashland.org/productions/2014-plays/into-the-woods.aspx

 

 

Belle Fiore Winery in Ashland Oregon will present a Ballet and Wine dinner on Thursday August 14th.

August 5th, 2014 by Julie

Ballet Diane Hyrst

Belle Fiore Winery in Ashland Oregon will present a Ballet and Wine dinner on Thursday August 14th. From 6.30 pm. until 715 pm. for dinner.  Ballet performance from 7-30 pm. until 9 pm.

Come and ‘ Celebrate Love’  with a performance by “Ballet Diane Hyrst.”    A local Non Profit Educational  Ballet Company, who are looking forward to their first open-air performance at Belle Fiore Winery,  located at 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road Ashland Oregon.

The Ballet Company of professional world class dancers perform a classic and contemporary repertoire, the company have been enthralling audiences since 1980. They will also perform at another local winery DANCIN Vineyards on August 11th.

If you want to go… Bellefiorewine.com/Events

and DanceInVineyards.com/Visit/Entertainment-Event.html

“The Great Society” now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

August 1st, 2014 by Julie

“The Great Society” now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

bill rauch and robert schennkeanRecently we were privileged to join an audience of OSF volunteers at the Music Hall on the campus of Southern Oregon University for an evening with Bill Rauch, Robert Schenkkan and Tom Bryant. They talked about the Broadway production of  ”All the Way” and the new sequel to All the Way, Robert Schenkkan’s new work “The Great Society”.

This play will be just as powerful and tumultuous as All the Way. In The Great Society, we start from LBJ’s landslide victory in 1965 until 1968. We see how Lyndon Johnson has to come to grips with the increasingly unpopular Vietnam War, and how he is able to push through great legislation such as the Voting Rights Act and Medicare.

Jack Willis again reprises his role as LBJ,  and Kenajaun Bentleyas Dr. Martin Luther King. The cast is still in rehearsals, guided by Bill Rauch as Director and Robert Schenkkan, they are getting ready for the world premier opening on July 23rd.

We are so excited to see The Great Society, to revisit the 1960′s and to remember what Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King fought for. and what they achieved in difficult times in our history.

Another snippet fresh off the presses… Robert Schenkkan told us that he is in negotiations with a movie company to make a film of All the Way!!  We will look forward to seeing it in the future at the Varsity Theatre in Ashland.

Summer in Ashland Oregon

July 10th, 2014 by Julie

ashland oreegon townAshland Oregon has so much to offer visitors, it’s a small town bursting with sophistication but also wacky and wonderful too, it’s a friendly place, where everyone has time to chat!!

 Ashland is home to the Tony Award Winning and world famous “Oregon Shakespeare Festival ” the jewel in the crown of our town.  With it’s three iconic and beloved Theatres all in the center of downtown Ashland.

It’s not only a great Get-a-way from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but as you arrive in Ashland you take a deep breath ready for renewal, restoration and the healing power of our glorious and famous small town.

 There are so many things to do when you come to visit Ashland, it’s an art lovers dream, has lots of music events,  fabulous dining, boutique wineries, river rafting, birding, hiking trails and Lithia Park which is on the list of “National Register of Historic Places”.

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