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    Classical guitarist Mark Hamersly, upright bass player Bob Rawlings and drummer and percussionist Theresa McCoy of the Rogue Valley Symphony will perform authentic Brazilian bossa novas and sambas at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at Luna Cafe (inside Ashland Hills Hotels), 2525 Ashland St., Ashland. They’ll be joined by flugelhorn player Charlie Moresi of the Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Vanessa Finney. Call 541-482-3372.

    Blue Lightning Dance Band

    High-energy dance band — Sue Lundquist on keys and guitar, Rhonda Loftis on drums, Trish Cook on lead and backup vocals, Dianne Strong-Summerhays on vocals, Crystal Reeves on electric violin, Brent Norton on lead guitar and Cedrick Buckingham on bass — will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Roxy Ann Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Admission is $5 to $7. See roxyann.com or call 541-776-2315.

    ‘Tuck Everlasting’

    This new musical based on children’s writer Natalie Babbitt’s tale of Winnie Foster and her encounter with the Tuck family, who never age, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Dec. 20-22 and Dec. 27-29, at Collaborative Theatre Project, 555 Medford Center, Medford. Matinees are set for 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 29-30. Does the Tuck family enjoy the blessing, or endure the curse, of immortality? Tickets are $28, $22 for ages 55 and older, $20 for students and ages 17 and younger, and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com.

    ‘Moonlighting 2018’

    “Home for the Holidays,” readings of short plays by local playwrights, takes a poignant, humorous and even outrageous look at family and amorous relationships at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, in the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Look for “Sitcom,” by Mark Saunders, “Departure,” by Cynthia Rogan, “The Cabin,” by Diane Nichols, “To Home,” by Stan Mazor, “The Familial,” by Archie Koenig, “Best Friends” by Darlene Ensor, and “That Other Thing,” by David Copelin. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org.

    Mark Hamersly Band

    Classical guitarist Mark Hamersly, upright bass player Bob Rawlings and drummer and percussionist Theresa McCoy of the Rogue Valley Symphony will perform authentic Brazilian bossa novas and sambas at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at Luna Cafe (inside Ashland Hills Hotels), 2525 Ashland St., Ashland. They’ll be joined by flugelhorn player Charlie Moresi of the Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Vanessa Finney. Call 541-482-3372.

    Perry Road

    Guitarist Erica Flynn, bassist Mike Plane and drummer Randy Schoenauer will play rock and country at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

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