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Petunia and the Vipers play Brickroom Gathering House

Top 5 picks for things to do

‘Once’

A Dublin street musician is about to give up the dream when a beautiful young woman takes an interest in his haunting love songs. The two serve as each others’ muses and create new, emotionally charged music. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through July 1 at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets are $25 or $39. A special menu created by chef Chris McSevney will be available at the dinner theater. See oregoncabaret.com or call 541-488-2902.

North Valley Soroptimist Garden Tour

Take a self-guided tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, through six gardens in Central Point and Jacksonville. See flowers, ponds, vegetables, garden art, and beautifully designed outdoor spaces. Admission is $20. Tickets are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Schoolhaus Brewhaus, 525 Bigham Knoll Dr., Jacksonville. Call 541-890-7490.

SOU Percussion Ensembles

Southern Oregon University’s Percussion Ensembles, directed by Terry Longshore, will present “Shared Spaces,” a program of music by composers Mark Applebaum, Johanna Magdalena Beyer, Nelson Cornejo, Patrick Duvall, Christos Hatzis and others, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Percussionist Lynn Vartan joins the group. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors. See oca.sou.edu/box-office or call 541-552-6348. Full-time students get in free.

Mile Twelve

Bluegrass band Mile Twelve — a product of Boston’s Berklee College and New England Conservatory of Music — will perform a spicy stew of traditional and progressive bluegrass at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at La La Baguette Music Cafe, 340 A St., Ashland. Rainy and the Rattlesnakes will open the show. Admission is $15. Call 541-482-0855.

Petunia & The Vipers

Retro roots combo Petunia and the Vipers breathe new life into genres of old-time country, swing, jazz and blues — all with a punk edge — at 9 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Brickroom, 35 N. Main St., Ashland. Frontman Petunia sings in an authentic high and lonesome voice, and he manages a convincing yodel on some songs. Cover is $15.

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