Jefferson Monthly

Theatre
11:43 am
Thu May 22, 2014

The Sign of Genius: Oregon Shakespeare Festival's "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window"

Alton Scales (Armando McClain) is interested in the news in Iris' (Sofia Jean Gomez) sister's letter.
Jenny Graham

Lorraine Hansberry’s premature death from cancer in 1965 at the age of the thirty-four deprived American theatre of a brilliant light. Her first play, A Raisin in the Sun, had dazzled Broadway in 1959, winning the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.  Only one other play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, saw production in her lifetime, and her deteriorating health severely challenged its development.

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Theatre
12:36 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Presents Comedies With Heart

The Cocoanuts | Detective Hennessey (David Kelly, center) has much to sing about at the wedding rehearsal dinner. Ensemble.
Jenny Graham

The two comedies anchoring the 2014 season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival put the accent on zany shenanigans. The Cocoanuts, by Irving Berlin and George S. Kaufman, was created as a vehicle for the legendary Marx Brothers—vaudeville veterans with a bottomless bag of comic shticks. And the title of Shakespeare’s early The Comedy of Errors says it all: mistaken identities, compounding misunderstandings, escalating farce.

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Tuned In
10:27 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Good News...Bad News About Federal Funding

Language contained in House Republican’s FY 2015 budget blueprint released in early April calls for the elimination of all funding for public broadcasting.

The appropriations season is unfolding in Washington D.C. and there is both good news and bad news to report related to continued funding for public broadcasting stations around the country.

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Jefferson Monthly Feature
9:56 am
Thu May 1, 2014

The Southern Oregon Deer Debate

A perfect storm of conditions spawns ballooning deer populations in Ashland, Ore.
Steve Hillebrand USDFW

They roam through town in groups of three and four at dusk, or pre-dawn. They hide under bushes at night. They trespass, hopping fences and taking what they want. They’re black-tailed deer, and they’re everywhere.

For residents of just about every town in Southern Oregon, the sight of two or three deer browsing in someone’s yard or languidly crossing a busy street hardly turns a head. In certain “hot spots”--Ashland, Jacksonville, parts of Grant’s Pass and Medford--it goes without saying that if you want a successful garden, you better protect it with a fence.

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Theatre
11:34 am
Mon March 31, 2014

The Tempest: Shakespeare’s Final Answer

Denis Arndt as Prospero and Kate Hurster as Ariel in "The Tempest."
Photo: Jenny Graham | Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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 King Lear.

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Recordings
11:27 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Raindance

Credit Wikimedia Commons

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.

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EarthFix
11:03 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Why Northwest Mills Want China to Buy Lumber Instead of Logs

Tillamook mill manager Mark Elston says without efforts to export lumber to China, his mill would have gone under.
Photo: Cassandra Profita

Mark Elston followed his father into the timber industry back when business was booming.

“When I started, you could really mess things up and still make good money,” he said. “You can’t do that anymore.”

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.

But despite those investments, the mill was on the ropes after the U.S. housing market collapsed in 2008.

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Jefferson Almanac
10:38 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Utopia/Dystopia

Credit Photo: Max Ronnersjö / Wikimedia Commons

  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.

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Jefferson Monthly Feature
10:18 am
Mon March 31, 2014

All The World’s A Stage: Theatrical Wealth in The Rogue Valley

Founded in 1935 by Angus L. Bowmer, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) did not begin as a professional theatre. Pictured here, the 1935 production of Twelfth Night featuring Angus Bowmer as Sir Toby Belch and Robert Stedman as Feste.
Photo: Bushnell-Perkins Studio

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.

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Tuned In
10:03 am
Mon March 31, 2014

R&R For Carl

When Carl Kassell talks, Peter Sagal listens,
Photo: Tony Nagelmann

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&R and has announced he’s retiring this spring after a five-decade career in broadcasting. Carl will record his final broadcasts for Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me! this spring during shows that are being planned to celebrate his career in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

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