Jefferson Monthly en The Tempest: Shakespeare’s Final Answer <p>A narcissistic ruler opts to abdicate his position of responsibility in exchange for personal freedom. He assumes that he will retain the privileges and respect afforded his former role. But the family member he has designated to take over betrays him. Instead of enjoying the comfortable life of his choice, he is exiled and undergoes a terrible ordeal. Last year at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, this premise devolved into the darkest of denouements in <em>King Lear</em>. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:34:14 +0000 Molly Tinsley 10007 at The Tempest: Shakespeare’s Final Answer Raindance <p>I read somewhere recently that music flowed from Franz Schubert’s pen as naturally as rain falls from the clouds. Such a fitting analogy. Not just because he was one of the most prolific composers in history, but also because he used rain and water so often in his lieder (poetry written by others that he set to music). He’s not the only one, of course. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:27:26 +0000 Valerie Ing 10006 at Raindance Why Northwest Mills Want China to Buy Lumber Instead of Logs <p></p><p>Mark Elston followed his father into the timber industry back when business was booming.</p><p>“When I started, you could really mess things up and still make good money,” he said. “You can’t do that anymore.”</p><p>Elston runs a lumber mill in Tillamook, Ore., for Hampton Affiliates. The company has spent millions on energy efficiency and technology upgrades that allow his mill to make the most out of every log.</p><p>But despite those investments, the mill was on the ropes after the U.S. housing market collapsed in 2008.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:03:28 +0000 Cassandra Profita 10001 at Why Northwest Mills Want China to Buy Lumber Instead of Logs Utopia/Dystopia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>I have a friend — brilliant and creative; the happiest guy I know. In fact, the tag line on his emails reads “The secret of life is to be happy.” Another of his favorite sayings is “Reality is overrated.” He follows all the latest developments in technology, but carefully avoids the news. He’s not just ignorant of current events; he’s innocent of them.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:38:06 +0000 Pepper Trail 9999 at Utopia/Dystopia All The World’s A Stage: Theatrical Wealth in The Rogue Valley <p>The thought of reviewing the range of non-professional theatre in the Rogue Valley, and pondering the question of what community theatre might be, has always intrigued me. Bear with me as I explore the rich history and bright future of community theatre, nestled right here amidst the peaks and valleys of the Siskiyou mountains.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:18:39 +0000 Geoff Ridden 9998 at All The World’s A Stage: Theatrical Wealth in The Rogue Valley R&R For Carl <p>After waking up well before dawn for 30 years and flying every week to Chicago for the past 15, Carl Kasell is ready for some well-earned R&amp;R and has announced he’s retiring this spring after a five-decade career in broadcasting. Carl will record his final broadcasts for <em>Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!</em> this spring during shows that are being planned to celebrate his career in Chicago and Washington, D.C.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:03:48 +0000 Paul Westhelle 9997 at R&R For Carl Upon My Return <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Coming back to </span>JPR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> after nearly nine years has been a happy challenge for me. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In some ways, it’s been </span>déjà<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> vu all over again...</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last time I was in the </span>JPR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> newsroom, I worked in the same studio and sat at the same desk as I do now. I’m working with a lot of the same people, too. And when I was moving back in, deep in one drawer I even found some old business cards of mine, from when I was </span>JPR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> News Director in 2002–2005.</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:31:47 +0000 Liam Moriarty 8641 at Upon My Return Digging For Gold In The Local Hills <p>By the time this issue of the <em>Jefferson Monthly</em> hits your mailboxes, the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">finals of the 2014 South Stage Cellars/Britt Festivals Rising Stars Competition will be upon us. On Saturday, March </span>1st<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the four winners of the weekly competition rounds will be up on the Britt stage, performing for a cash grand prize, and fantastic opportunity to open one of this summer’s Britt Festivals concerts, and a 30-minute live session right here on Jefferson Public Radio. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:54:14 +0000 Eric Teel 8546 at Digging For Gold In The Local Hills The National Agenda <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For better or worse, broadcasters of all stripes operate in a highly regulated environment. While we work hard to focus on and reflect life in our local communities, what goes on in Washington, D.C. impacts our work and can significantly affect our ability to serve citizens. Several national developments are underway that are worth watching.</span></p><p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:42:04 +0000 Paul Westhelle 8545 at The National Agenda Buildings That Won't Fall Down <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Alys Holden, the new Director of Pro</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">duction at the Oregon Shakespeare&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Festival, had held the same position at the Center </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Group in Los Angeles for over eight years. When Bill </span>Rauch<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> invited her to leave that professional pinnacle and sign on with the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">OSF</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, she had to make a tough choice. She decided to visit Ashland incognito, see a couple performances, and scout the town. Lunching in a local restaurant, she eavesdropped on the tourists—and they were all talking about the plays. “Nobody in L.A. talks about plays,” she said. She took the leap.</span></p><p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 18:57:18 +0000 Molly Tinsley 8639 at Buildings That Won't Fall Down