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Remembering Ronnie James Dio and “Holy Diver”

Remembering Ronnie James Dio and “Holy Diver”

There are a couple albums out there that have had an incredible impact on how I live my life.  “Astro Lounge” by Smash Mouth, “Inhuman Rampage” by Dragonforce, and “Kamikaze” by Los Rabanes, are all close to the top, but nothing compares to Dio’s debut album of utter magnificence, “Holy Diver.” Before “Holy Diver,” there […]

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

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

Fun (and sometimes bizarre) facts I learned this week, plus some water-cooler knowledge straight from my noggin.         Well, I know what I’m doing after college now… This week in 2009, Liverpool University started offering a very specialized Masters program – on THE BEATLES!  Liverpool Hope University is quoted as saying one […]

“Barney’s Version” is good acting, quality writing and laughter rolled into one

“Barney’s Version” is good acting, quality writing and laughter rolled into one

        Life has been a little rough for most of us lately, what with finals week right around the corner. After a long day of slaving over the computer and text books, it is important to seek a little rest and relaxation. Sometimes (especially on a snowy day) we just need to […]

Music news (2/22-2/28)

Music news (2/22-2/28)

      Tom Morello plays at Wisconsin rally       The guitarist from Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and The Nightwatchman took part in the Wisconsin protests on Monday, performing acoustic songs and delivering a speech in support of protestors against Governor Walker’s attempt to end the right of state employees to collectively […]

Outdoor Program is a cache for adventurous students

Southern Oregon University’s Outdoor Program offers terrific services for students. From kayak rolling clinics to snowshoe rentals, the Outdoor Program has something to offer avid outdoor persons or the inexperienced beginner. Over the years, the outdoor program has grown from a small entity to a full service gear rental shop accompanied by a trip service […]

Ashland Independent Film Festival will host Oscar night celebration

Ashland Independent Film Festival will host Oscar night celebration

The Ashland Independent Film Festival will hold its 2011 Oscar Night Gala on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. at the Historic Ashland Armory. The fundraiser for the AIFF will feature dinner and dessert by Helena Darling Fine Catering. A no-host bar will be sponsored by South Stage Cellars and Wooldridge Creek Winery, with all […]

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) […]