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Best Bets: 5 picks for the week

Barret O’Brien

Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Barret O’Brien will discuss his novel, “Greater Wilder,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main, Ashland. O’Brien, along with fellow OSF actors, will read excerpts from “Greater Wilder,” offer a Q-and-A, and sign copies of the book. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Jake Shimabukuro

Ukulele rock star Jake Shimabukuro will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Shimabukuro’s music garnered mainstream attention when his ukulele arrangement of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral in 2006 on YouTube. Today, he has his own artist line designed and manufactured by Kamaka, whom he describes as “the godfather of ukulele luthiers.” Tickets are $40, $15 for students, and can be purchased at oca.sou.edu/box-office or by calling 541-552-6348.

ensemble 4.1

Four wind soloists from top German orchestras — oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn — and one pianist, Thomas Hoppe, make up ensemble 4.1. The group will perform music by Beethoven, Dorman and von Herzogenberg at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Tickets are $35 or $42, $5 for full-time university students, ages 8 and older, and Oregon Trail Card holders, and can be purchased at chambermusicconcerts.org or by calling 541-552-6154 or 541-552-6348.

Jefferson State Chorale Coalition

Singer, composer and conductor Kirby Shaw, choreographer Markita Shaw and the Jefferson State Chorale Coalition will present “Broadway Our Way,” a program of well-known songs such as “Climb Every Mountain,” “Till There Was You,” “From This Moment On,” “I Got Sun in the Morning” and “The Impossible Dream” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $25, $10 for students, and can be purchased online at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.

Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman’s annual “Evening of Scottish Music,” featuring the songs of Scottish poet Robert Burns, will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. The program features Freeman on guitar, octave mandolin and Scottish vocals, James Keigher on bodhran and mando-cello, and Michaella Brynn on pipes. Pre-show music will be presented by flutist Tish McFadden and harpist Kathleen Page. Tickets are $15, $5 for ages 11 and younger, and can be purchased at Music Coop, 268 E. Main St., or at the door. Call 541-482-1915 to reserve tickets.



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