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Entertainment report for week ending 5/14: See a play, sit outside, listen to live music

By BEN OLSON/for The Herald  —  I’ve been talking for two months about the return of outside music. It may actually happen this week with me being on stage, squinting into the sun at the Dexter Lake Club this Friday. With temperatures in the mid-eighties and real darkness happening about 8:30 or so, there’s no reason not to play in the beer garden. I’ll be on stage from 6 until 8 pm playing my favorites, and I hope you feel the same way about my songs as I do.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Brian Chevalier and friends will be moving their jam session and open mic outside on Sunday evening, with temps over 90. That gets started around 6 O’clock. The Dexter Lake Club is located just off Highway 58 at milepost 12. They have a full bar, and the adjoining Rattlesnake BBQ offers appetizers, sandwiches and dinners on the menu. For more information, call 541 581 3000.

ZCT to perform this weekend at the Lion Mtn Bakery

The Lion Mountain Bakery in Oakridge will be featuring Broken Horn singing and playing his guitar this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 12, 13 and 14, from 11 am until 1 pm each day. The Lion Mountain serves breakfast and lunch during the performance. Also, Lion Mountain will be the host to Zero Clearance Theater’s production of “A Bad Year for Tomatoes”. That show will be held this Friday and Saturday evening, with curtain time at 7 pm. There will be a matinee on Sunday, with curtain time at 2 pm.

The performance on Saturday evening will be a fundraiser for the theatrical company, featuring a silent auction and a dinner. Check the website for more information and tickets @ zeroclearancetheater.org.

Rob was partied out from the big Tree Planting Festival weekend and the Cramer Boys show on Saturday night. This week he’s back to karaoke on Saturday night.

Rutabaga Blossoms at the Crane

The 3 Legged Crane will be inviting all singers and pickers this Thursday evening for the open mic. I’ll be running the show, there to help you pick out the proper key for you to belt out, “Hot Blooded, Check it and See”. The first song happens at 6:30 pm. On Saturday night, the Rutabaga Blossoms will be making their first appearance at the Crane. From what I can gather from their website, therutabagablossoms.com, this is something that I need to see. As I’ll be at the play, “A Bad Year for Tomatoes”, I’ll be getting in there for the last half hour or so.

The 3 Legged Crane is located on 1st Street in uptown Oakridge. They brew much of their own beer, and the ones that they didn’t brew have been selectively chosen from other microbreweries from around the state. There are appetizers, sandwiches and dinners on the menu.

Last chance to ski the Pass

At presstime I don’t have a concrete answer as to whether I’ll be entertaining skiers on break at Willamette Pass Resort this weekend. They will be open both days, however, with plenty of snow and temps in the 70s at the base. Yes, it’s not fresh powder, but there’s something fun about pushing piles of mushy snow around on a gorgeous spring skiing day. Unless you hop a plane to Chile or Argentina, it’ll be your last chance to ski for 6 months. The Willamette Pass Resort is located at milepost 62 on Highway 58. They have a full bar and a number of food options.

Ben is looking to hand over the reins

I have a plan to return to my old home town, a major tourist trap in south central Wisconsin, and play music for the summer. I’ll be catching up with some old musician friends that I need to see one more time. I’ll be doing the entertainment column for 3 more weeks and then taking a temporary or permanent vacation from writing about where the action is. If you’re interested in becoming a journalist and providing our readers with essential information about where to hear real music, contact George at the Highway 58 Herald. You can do it. I know you can. It’ll be fun. You may even win a Pulitzer Prize. I think mine is in the mail.

Ben Olson, musician and Oakridge Resident, with his standup bass. Ben is a regular contributor, as well as the Entertainment Report’s columnist. Ben Olson photo
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