Archive for the ‘The Arts’ Category

Water by the Spoonful at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon

May 15th, 2014 by Julie

water by the spoonful“Water by the Spoonful”  a 2012 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Quiara Alegria Hudes and directed by Shishir Kurup.

The scene….. Six years after Elliot is wounded in Iraq.  An aspiring actor Elliot ( played by Daniel Jose Molina) has to make ends meet by working at a sandwich shop, that he really hates. He’s dealing with the pain of his wounds and the pain of his childhood with a mother who was in the grip of addiction and was incapable of caring for him.

The play delves into the lives of addicts on a cyber chat room, who are dealing with drug addiction and recovery. We meet ” Haikumom” ( the moderator )  ”Orangutan”  ( a girl wondering if she should find her birth mother ) and “Chutes&Ladders”  ( an African American man in his 50′s ) Their lives intersect in surprising ways as the play goes on.

Elliot and his older cousin Yaz ( who is going through a divorce)  are dealing with their gravely ill beloved Aunt, who raised Elliot when his mother abandoned him.

Elliot finds out that Haikumom is his mother Odessa, he has to face the trauma of of his childhood. Elliot and his mother are haunted by the past.

The play is full of unforgettable characters in the virtual world and the physical world, also the harrowing consequences of drug addiction. This story in many ways is inspiring with complex relationships and even love

A not to be missed play!!!

.For tickets go to https://www.osfashland.org/experience-osf/current-season/buy-tickets.aspx

 

Lithia Artisans Market along Ashland Creek opens for 2014

May 14th, 2014 by Julie

lithia artists  on the creekLithia Artisans Market  opened for 2014 on Saturday  May 3rd. The artisans market is a collective of  local and regional artists and craftspeople of all kinds.

Every year there seem to be more artisans to look at as you wander through the quaint little alley behind the restaurants and bars on Ashlands Plaza. If you are looking for something unique and authentic look no further than this outdoor market along Ashland Creek.

Wonderfully inspiring music supplied by many of our local musicians regale you as you stroll through stalls offering clothing,photography,leather work,woodwork,jewelry,glass,pottery and all sorts of art and much more.music on the creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the new artisans is former Ashland Inn Keeper Barbara Shoonover.  Barbara makes absolutely beautiful scarves and shawls, they are very unusual and innovative she also does weaving too. Go along to her stall you will be amazed at her creations, tell her we sent you!

The market is open every Saturday and Sunday from May until October.

Bring beauty into your life and joy in your heart, we hope to see you there on our glorious Ashland weekends to support local art, crafts, music and culture.

For more information go to lithiaartisansmarket.com

 

 

 

Bryan Cranston nominated for a Tony Award for “All the Way”

May 6th, 2014 by Julie

 

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The award winning play commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival  ” All the Way “ by Robert Schenkkan and directed by Bill Rauch.   Had it’s world premiere here in Ashland in July of 2012.

It was a huge success at the OSF that year.  Since then Bill Rauch ( OSF artistic director)  has taken the play to Broadway in New York.

Last week the the play was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor… Bryan Cranston   (best known for his title role in Breaking Bad)  and also nominated for Best Play.  The Tony awards will be handed out on June 8th. at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

Bill Rauch says ” I couldn’t be more proud and grateful, it’ a home grown play. We developed it, and I’m so proud of our actors and the other artists and our audience.”

“The Great Society” Schenkkan’s  follow up to ‘All the Way” will open at the Bowmer Theatre in Ashland on July 27th.  Jack Willis will again reprise the role of Lyndon Johnson.

To get tickets go to www.osfashland.org

 

 

 

Ashland Oregon the Gem of the North West

May 2nd, 2014 by Julie

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Ashland Oregon is a jewel box town set in the bucolic mountains of southern Oregon.

This lively and beautiful town is the hub for the arts including a world class award winning Theater company also galleries, music and much more…

For more information about Ashland go to www.ashlandchamber.com

The Tenth Muse a new play at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

October 21st, 2013 by Julie

tenth museOSF commissioned the play by the rising Mexican playwrite Tanya Saracho.

The action starts with three young women arriving at the convent of San Jeronimo in Mexico on the same day.They are shown to a basement storeroom by the nuns where they will stay.The girls explore the storeroom and soon come upon a locked cupboard containing a treasure trove of writings, there are many plays and poems, unfortunately Jesusa is only one of the girls who can read, she reads the plays and poems to the other two girls, Tomasita a (shy Nuhua Indian) and Manuela a (noble woman who is pregnant and sent to the convent by her family). Under the direction of Jesua the girls act out the plays and delight in the poems.

They learn that these are the writings of a famous intellectual nun that died 20 years before in the convent, her writings were banned by the church.

It will all end badly when the Mother Superior finds out what they are doing. In a time when women could not voice their opinions or have the right to be educated.  These three young women fight for their rights from the church and society.

Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast hosts film company

October 8th, 2013 by Julie

bruce cambellExciting news at the Blue Moon,  a famous actor was interviewed at our B&B.   Actor Bruce Cambell best known for the movie series  Evil Dead played the iconic role of Ash Williams in the films.  More recently he stared as Sam Axe in the USA network series Burn Notice.

The interview at the Blue Moon took place last week in the Cottage at our B&B here in Ashland.

A film crew of three from the company Exibit A Pictures LLC used our cottage for the interview which lasted all day. It was very interesting to see them set up everything from lighting to staging the cottage. The interview will be aired on EPIX in March 2014 and could be seen at a film festival earlier.

Bruce Campbell has been acting, producing and directing movies since 1977. He was born in Royal Oak MI in 1958 and currently lives with his wife Ida Gearon in Jacksonville OR.

To read more about Bruce go to www.bruce-campbell.com

 

The Liquid Plain at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

September 18th, 2013 by Julie

          A world premiere play by Naomi Wallace at the Thomas Theatre.

The story begins with Adjua and Dembi, two runaway slaves eking out a living on the docks in Bristol  Rhode Island in the late 18th century. The pair pull a dead body out of the water and proceed to rob him of everything he has, including his clothes.

The mysterious man is not dead, when he revives he has no idea who he is, but when he slowly starts remembering,  Adjua and Dembi realize that he is part of there past and also will be part of there future.

As the play moves on we find out more about Adjua and Dembi and why they are waiting for a privateer to provide them with passage back to Africa.

The Liquid Plain does not give the audience any real closure, there are many unanswered questions.

The play is a horrifically vivid history lesson of the New England slave trade with all it’s brutality and desperate characters.

The Heart of Robin Hood at the OSF in Ashland

September 11th, 2013 by Julie

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                     A new play by David Farr

 This is a delightful retelling of the classic story of Robin Hood; it is full of slapstick humor, swashbuckling and bawdy jokes.   Robin Hood is played by an athletic John Tufts.

But all is not well in Nottingham, the dastardly evil Prince John has come to double the taxes on the poor and marry a reluctant Marion.

To get away from Prince John the determined and impetuous Marion played by Kate Hurster accompanied by her trusty jester protector Pierre, decides to dress as a boy and call herself Martin  of Sherwood and join the bandit Robin Hood and his merry men.

What follows is a funny and fast paced romp of good against evil, and of course in all fairy tales good eventually wins.

Get thee to the OSF’s box office to capture your tickets.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s ” Green Show “

July 17th, 2013 by Julie

Ashland_danceworks-160x130Where can you see a great show 6 nights a week?

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents it’s 2013 Green Show.

This is a  fabulous Free Show starting at 6:45 p.m. before the evening theater performances, every night except Monday’s and lasts for about  35 minutes. The show is fun for the whole family,  and will run through October 13th.

Some of the offerings this July, August and September will include…..

Ashland Dance Works…. an elite group of local dancers ages 10 to18

Bathtub Gin Serendes… playing Jazz and Blues form the 1920′s and 30′s

Dance Kalieidascope….. a contemporary dance group

Deathrow Tull …. a funk rock band

Heiwa Taiko…. a unique hip and energitic group of grandmother drummers the oldest player is 87 years old.

For more information and complete schedule go to http://www.osfashland.org/artist-biographies/green-show/ashland-danceworks.aspx

 

First Friday Art walk in Ashland Oregon

June 23rd, 2013 by Julie

Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk

art walkThe first Friday of every month the members of the Ashland gallery Association invite everyone to take a leisurely stroll through the downtown galleries to see new exhibits, meet the artists, hear live music and enjoy some delicious refreshments. The monthly walk is from 5pm to 8pm. Art walk maps are available at the Blue Moon. The next Art Walk will be on June 7th. 2013.  Come and enjoy a night on the town!

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