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Past articles by Jeffrey:

Review: Southern Oregon Repertory Singers end the season on a high note

The Southern Oregon Repertory Singers gave their final concert of the decade this past weekend under the baton of Dr. Paul French — with a diverse and stimulating program of music that incorporated the contributions of three separate choirs, numerous soloists on wind, brass and vocal instruments, the use of the Oregon Center for the Art’s grand pipe organ, and an assemblage of water glasses and… → Read More

Quills & Queues: Art is long, life is short

“Ars longa, vita brevis. ”— HippocratesThis column will be my final piece for the Ashland Daily Tidings. After four years of writing for the paper both as a political commentator and as a theater, fine art and music reviewer, the time has come for me to move away from the Rogue Valley to pursue my options in a larger city. Being too old for a midlife crisis, I can only hope that whatever forces… → Read More

Art Walk marches on, smoke or no smoke

Despite the blistering heat and unrelenting smoke, the First Friday Art Walk will continue its tradition of bringing art to the Ashland public and visitors, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at various venues around the city.In addition to the usual smorgasbord of → Read More

Quills & Queues: Work by Ashland artist to be exhibited in Venice

Anne Baxter is a prominent artist who trained at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris before beginning a career that has led her to Ashland by way of New → Read More

Quills & Queues: 'Threshold' sets a low bar

As someone with an extensive professional background in the arts, and especially in the visual arts (having started working in the gallery business in → Read More

Meet Camelot's new artistic director

Shawn Ramagos is Camelot Theatre's new artistic director, officially taking over the role from Roy Von Rains, Jr., in April 2018. Ramagos has a long history in the theater world, and I chatted with him to see how he might be feeling about his relocation to the Rogue Valley.JG: Shawn, welcome to the Rogue Valley! What is your creative and artistic history?SR: My first love for theater started in… → Read More

A member of the theater family since she was 5

Olivia Harris is a young performer who has been onstage since she was a child. With many acting credits under her belt in the region, she has more recently moved into directing, and is spearheading the latest production in the pipeline at Camelot Theatre, "The Man who Shot Liberty Valance." I spent some time with Harris to hear about her evolution from child stardom to the director's chair. JG:… → Read More

Stellar pianists to perform Russian masterworks

The Tutunov Series at the Oregon Center for the Arts will reboot on the evening of Feb. 2 with an all-Russian program. The performance will include works → Read More

New gallery to join Ashland art scene

Campbell Baker is a gallerist with a plan. Her Galt Gallery will open on Main Street in Ashland in February. I caught up with Baker to discuss her plans → Read More

Winter shows at Schneider Museum of Art

The Schneider Museum of Art at the Oregon Center for the Arts will mount its winter shows beginning Friday, Jan. 19. In what appears to be a tight collaboration with longtime gallerist Jane Beebe of PDX Contemporary in Portland — three of the five artists in the show are represented by Beebe — the show will feature work of Anna Gray and Ryan Paulsen, Betty LaDuke, Maria de Los Angeles and Storm… → Read More

Quills & Queues: A retrospective look at Camelot Theatre's 2017

There were many bright shining moments for Camelot Theatre in 2017, and there look to be a good many more in the coming year.Camelot launched its 2017 → Read More

Quills & Queues: Actor's influence went far beyond the stage

Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,So do our minutes hasten to their end;Each changing place with that which goes before,In sequent toil all → Read More

Cabaret shines in 2017, readies for '18

Oregon Cabaret Theatre, under the excellent direction of Valerie Rachelle and Rick Robinson, is two weeks away from closing out its 2017 season, with the → Read More

A dozen chefs to put skillet skills to the test

The 11th Annual Ashland Culinary Festival, which began Thursday with the sold-out Ultimate Top Chef Dinner, continues through Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites, one of Doug and Becky Neuman's stable of Rogue Valley hotels. Twelve Ashland restaurants will compete for the coveted 2017 Top Chef title, which has been won the previous two years by Josh Dorcak of MÄS. Dorcak… → Read More

Well-done performance of meaty Miller play

Mark Schneider, who directs Camelot Theatre's new production of "All My Sons" by Arthur Miller, has compared Miller's characters to the artwork of New York-born German painter Lyonel Feininger. This is an interesting observation, to be sure; Feininger's work is jarring, operates in both the seen and the unseen, and ultimately juxtaposes the tame, pastoral surface of the American experience with… → Read More

Repertory Singers to launch New Works Festival

Dr. Paul French is something of an Ashland institution. Having helmed Southern Oregon Repertory Singers for 26 years, he is looking ahead to the next season of this august company. I spent some time speaking with Dr. French to hear more about what might be in store for the Valley this coming season.JG: Paul, What has been the most profound aspect of being involved in the evolution of the… → Read More

A 'tremendous year' for Camelot

Dann Hauser is the executive director of Camelot Theatre who, along with Roy Von Rains, has been spearheading the company's evolution in its post-Livia → Read More

Wilderness advocate communes with the West's mystique

Robert Leonard Reid is a writer and composer who has combined 19 selected essays in a new work entitled "Because It Is So Beautiful: Unraveling the Mystique of the American West." He will be at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, to read from and discuss his celebration of the splendor of the West. I touched base with Lewis at his home in Carson City, Nevada, to talk… → Read More

'The Bricks' designer was nervous going in

Chelsea McCann is a landscape architect and managing principal of the Walker Macy Agency, responsible for the new design of The Bricks at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. McCann comes to the project with extensive experience on large-scale landscape design projects, with a specific focus on waterfronts, urban parks, and brownfield sites. Her work emphasizes the "integration of innovative sustainable… → Read More

'Merry Wives' make hilarious theater magic

One comes to "The Merry Wives of Windsor" expecting broad farce, this being arguably the most comically potent play in the canon. Rich with humor and ribald in plotline, it's among the most reliable workhorses in the Bard's canonical stable. As such, a director might be forgiven for dialing it in. Dawn Monique Williams was having none of that on opening night. Playing to a packed house on a… → Read More