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This week in music: higher education from the music geek.

This week in music: higher education from the music geek.

By George! A lot of really amazing musicians were born this week, but the list has to start with one George Frideric Handel, born Feb. 23, 1685. He wrote songs, operas, concertos, Music for the Royal Fireworks, and many other things, but his magnum opus was his oratorio “Messiah,” which is a testament to the […]

Music News (2/13-2/21)

Music News (2/13-2/21)

      New Radiohead album out now Radiohead’s new album, “The King of Limbs,” is now available to download in a digital format from their new website, thekingoflimbs.com. MP3 copies are $9, and WAVs are $14.  They also have a physical/digital bundle for $48, which includes two 10-inch vinyl records, a CD and over […]

Oregon Shakespeare Festival prepares for opening weekend

        The Oregon Shakespeare Festival opens its 2011 season this Thursday with four new productions. Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,” Moliere’s “The Imaginary Invalid,” the stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and Julia Cho’s “The Language Archive” will open the new season of awe-inspiring OSF productions. The Angus Bowmer Theatre […]

“Unknown” just another average rollercoaster ride

“Unknown” just another average rollercoaster ride

    Watching “Unknown” is a little like riding the rollercoaster at the county fair. There are a few chills,  thrills and unexpected bumps along the way, but afterward, when you step from the platform, you can’t help but feel a little let down, wishing there had been something more. Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) […]

“The Blues Brothers” remains a classic

“The Blues Brothers” remains a classic

        “It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.” Easily one of the most memorable lines in all of moviedom, I still wish I had a pair of classic Wayfarer shades every time I hear it.  If […]

“The Vagina Monologues”: Just in time for Valentine’s Day

“The Vagina Monologues”: Just in time for Valentine’s Day

The Women’s Resource Center hosted Southern Oregon University’s tenth annual production of  The Vagina Monologues last weekend. As the excited audience members picked up their tickets, the show’s ushers led them through the door way decorated with inviting pink, red and purple curtains, arranged to resemble a woman’s genitalia. The Rouge River Room was packed […]

This week in music: higher education from the music geek.

This week in music: higher education from the music geek.

    Here are all of the interesting things I learned this week, plus the Top Five Love Song Lyrics of all time (or of some time) that may or may not get you the Valentine’s lovin’ you crave… V-Day Lyrics #5: “You’re My Home” – Billy Joel “I’ll never be a stranger/and I’ll never […]

Music News (2/6 – 2/12)

Music News (2/6 – 2/12)

    Neil Young to induct Tom Waits into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame On March 17, Neil Young will deliver the speech officially entering Tom Waits into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Waits has released 23 albums since 1973, running the musical gamut from blues and rock to jazz and vaudeville.  […]

“King Lear” is a labor of love

“King Lear” is a labor of love

          Poking out of trapdoors, painting wooden staircases and hanging sliding partitions, students work furiously to bring to life Director Brent Hinkley’s medieval set. Hipsters in tight jeans, striped hoodies and coiffed hairdo’s buzz from set to lobby, lobby to costume design, costume design to the drafting loft and then back […]

Cage the Elephant hits sophomore slump

Cage the Elephant hits sophomore slump

    I thoroughly enjoyed Cage the Elephant’s eponymous debut album.  It was a great, original album that wasn’t concerned with being mainstream at all.   Cage the Elephant struck me as some weird amalgamation of the Pixies and Kings of Leon, but with a lot more twang.  It was this original sound that drew […]