Defending the Caveman

5 picks for live entertainment

1. Adaskin String Trio and Ensemble Schumann

The Adaskin Trio, with violin, viola and cello, will join forces with the oboe and piano of Ensemble Schumann for a mix of instrumentation at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., at Southern Oregon in Ashland. Friday's show, “Paris Connection,” will feature music by Edward Elgar, Arthur Honegger, Charles Martin Loeffler, Jean Francaix and Joaquin Turina. Saturday's concert showcases J.C. Bach, Jean Sibelius, Bohuslav Martinu and Johannes Brahms. Tickets are $33 or $38, $5 for students, and can be purchased online at www.chambermusicconcerts.org or by calling 541-552-6154 or 541-552-6348.

2. Young in the City

The Seattle band draws from music by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, The Strokes, and Huey Lewis and he News to follow its intuition of musical fun, full of images of youthful abandon and excess. Young in the City will play at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Brickroom Gathering House, 35 N. Main St., Ashland. Northwest pop and rock band Soft Sleep will open the show. Early tickets are $10. Call 541-708-6030.

3. 'Defending the Caveman'

This funny and sweet exploration of the gender gap presents uproarious insights into the different ways men and women love, argue and communicate. The New York Times calls it a "nationwide comic phenomenon." The show is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $29, $32 or $35 and can be purchased online at craterian.org, at the box office at 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.

4. Chautauqua Poets & Writers

Poet Naomi Shihab Nye speaks at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in Ashland High School's Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. In 2015, Nye won a Middle East Book Award for her novel "The Turtle of Oman" and her poetry collection "19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East." Tickets are $15 and are available at Bloomsbury Books and Bookwagon. Reserved seats are $20 and available at www.chautauquawriters.org. Students with identification can purchase tickets for $12 at AHS. Remaining general admission and student tickets will be available at the door for $12 or $15.

5. 'Shakespeare's Other Women'

It's 1623 and editors John Heminges and Henry Condell have finished assembling the complete works of William Shakespeare. What remains is surplus, especially unused talks by women. Written and directed by Scott Kaiser of The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, this new anthology of monologues puts a spotlight on the women in Shakespeare's works who deserved more stage time — even plays of their own. Shows are set for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 16-18, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, in Stevenson Union, off University Way, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Tickets are $21, $18 for seniors, and $6 for students, and can be purchased online at oca.sou.edu/box-office or by calling 541-552-6348.

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