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Visiting Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Things have changed a lot at Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) since performances began there back in 1935. For instance, when it started out, the OSF included boxing matches along with the plays in attempts to broaden its appeal.

School of Hip-Hop

Fusion Dance Company will host four days of intense hip-hop training next Monday-Thursday, July 16-19. Guest teachers will include Misty Rasconsmith and Rick Ligon, who’ve worked with artists including Britney Spears, Omarion, Christina Aguilera, Ashley Tindale, 3LW, OutKast, Kirk Franklin, and Snoop Dogg; and local dance instructors Beth Deopante, Shawn Henry, Cynthia Norton, and Kara Stewart.

New Books about Gardening

It seems like there are plenty of book titles covering every topic, with a book for every season, and yet, new titles arrive on the stacks daily.

Acouple months ago, I was in Bermuda for vacation, hanging out with my sister, her roommate, and another NorCal pal on the beach. Beach bummin’ being what it is, talk turned to the books we pulled out of our respective bags.

Read All About It

Jan Baross has been a painter, teacher, filmmaker, playwright, film critic, travel writer, cartoonist, and photographer; now, the Oregon-based Jill-of-all-trades is trying her hand at fiction writing.

Big-Top Fun

Circuses are scary-and I’m not talking about the clowns. Last week, on a windy afternoon in Santa Maria, I found myself 40 heart-pounding feet off the ground, my sweating palms gripping a trapeze bar. I feigned a smile to my hosts from Circus Vargas, thought about my last ride in an ambulance, and jumped.

Jan Timbrook’s Chumash Ethnobotany

We are surrounded by the basic ingredients for human survival, but most of us don’t even know it. That’s one conclusion to be drawn from the new book Chumash Ethnobotany by Jan Timbrook, curator of ethnography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.


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