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Arts & Entertainment

Don't let the rural settings of Southern Oregon fool you. The region is rich in theater and other fine arts opportunities. The Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland is only the tip of the iceberg.

Britt Festivals in Jacksonville brings world-class entertainment to its 2200 capacity outdoor amphitheater throughout the summer and early fall. The Rogue Theatre in Grants Pass is a showcase for national, regional and local performing arts. Rogue Music Theater offers some of the finest regional musical theater in Oregon.

There is also: the community theater Barnstormers Little Theater and the Stardust Repertory Theater, Grants Pass Performing Arts Center in Grants Pass; the Ross Ragland Theater in Klamath Falls; the Craterian Theater at The Collier Center for the Performing Arts in Medford that hosts local, regional and national performing artists; the Randall Theatre Company in Medford that is the only live community theater in Oregon offering "Pay What You Want" seating; the Camelot Theater that is a year-round, semi-professional theatre performing award winning plays, musicals and spotlight musical events in Talent; and the Cabaret Theatre and Ashland Contemporary Theatre in Ashland.

The Rogue Valley has traditional movie theaters as well as The Varsity Theatre in Ashland that caters to those who prefer art house films. It is also host to the annual The Ashland Independent Film Festival that presents five days of the the highest quality independent films. Over 7000 film lovers gather at the art-deco Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, and other venues to watch over 90 documentary, feature, and short films. Filmmakers from around the world engage with the audience after each screening and at festival events such as Opening Night Bash, the AfterLounge, and Awards Celebration, which include local wine, beer, and gourmet food. Special guests have included Ty Burrell, Albert Maysles, Barbara Kopple, Helen Hunt, and Bruce Campbell.

In addition to performing arts, the Rogue Valley is a hotbed for visual artists, full of art galleries and studios. You could spend a better part of a year visiting them all. Each community seems to have its own monthly art walk as well as annual festivals. Art Along the Rogue, for example, has become the premier street painting and music festival in the Northwest. Every October in Grants Pass, Art Along the Rogue combines the two events into a festival of creative visual and performance art that is unique.

There are also Farmer's Markets galore throughout the valley in the spring, summer and early fall.