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    Lithia Artisans Holiday Market

    Lithia Artisans Holiday Market

    After 13 years in the Art Wing at Briscoe Elementary School in Ashland, Lithia Artisans will move its holiday market to the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway. Look for about 70 artists and artisans showcasing a diverse range of gift items, from homemade soap and evergreen wreaths to sculpture and fine art. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the armory. Admission is free. There will be a raffle for a $100 gift certificate Sunday.

    The Hamazons

    Warrior Princesses of Improv Cil Stengel, Eve Smyth and Kyndra Laughery will present “A Completely Improvised Holiday Classic (That Has Yet to Be Told)” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. This comedy improvisation cuddles up next to such classic holiday fare as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “A Christmas Carol.” Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased at hamazons.com. Tickets will be $18 at the door.

    Hillstomp

    American punk blues duo Henry Hill Kammerer and John “Lord Buckets” Johnson of Portland will perform their bucket ‘n slide brand of rock ‘n’ roll at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Talent Club, 114 Talent Ave. The duo’s newest album, “Monster Receiver,” is available at hillstompband.bandcamp.com/album/monster-receiver.

    Le Cirque Centre Holiday Variety Show

    The circus arts academy, directed by Lorenzo SantaBarbara, will present dancers, musicians, contortionists, aerialists, mimes and scenes from its “Greatest Show on Earth” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Le Cirque Centre, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 12, Ashland. Admission is $12, $10 for students. Call 541-301-6804.

    Sing-along ‘Messiah’

    Local singers and musicians, conducted by maestro Lynn Sjolund, will lead their audience in a sing-along of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Look for goosebumps when everyone rises to their feet for the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Admission is free. See craterian.org or call 541-779-3000 for information.

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