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Best Bets: Sept. 18-25

Thursday, Sept. 18

Gonzalo Bergara

The Argentinian guitarist and his group will perform gypsy swing inspired by Django Reinhardt and Bergara's original Latin-style compositions at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tickets cost $25, $10 for students, and can be reserved online at www.siskiyoumusicproject.com or by calling 541-488-3869.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Ashland Paint Out

Join in Ashland's inaugural outdoor painting celebration beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave. Fan out to paint in North Mountain Park or Lithia Park along Winburn Way, then return to enter framed paintings for judging at 1 p.m. at North Mountain Park. Twenty paintings will be selected to hang in Hanson Howard Gallery, 89 Oak St., from Saturday afternoon through Sept. 30. Receptions will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20,at the gallery and Standing Stone Brewing Company, 101 Oak St. Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606. The cost is $15. Artists must supply their own materials.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Portland Gay Men's Chorus

The group will perform eclectic music that honors and uplifts the gay community at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The choir will be joined by gay rights pioneers Gov. Barbara Roberts and Terry Bean. Tickets cost $15, $10 for students, and can be purchased at Paddington Station and The Music Coop in Ashland, online at www.roguevalleychorale.org, by calling 541-582-0574 or at the door.

Sunday, Sept. 21

Robin Williams Memorial

The Bad Film Society will hold a public memorial for Robin Williams with a screening of the critically panned movie "Death to Smoochy" at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in the Ashland Elks' Dungeon. The entrance is on Will Dodge Way, an alley between E. Main St. and Lithia Way and First and Second Streets. Bring a potluck dish to share. A donation of $4 is suggested. See www.badfilmsociety.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

The Afro-Cuban All Stars and Salsa Brava!

Recording artists Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars will present a concert of Cuban music Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Local ensemble Salsa Brava! will open the show. Bandleader de Marcos was an original member of the Buena Vista Social Club. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $35 in advance and can be purchased at www.liveatthearmory.com. Tickets will cost $40 at the door. The event is open to age 21 and older only.

Thursday, Sept. 25

John Reischman and the Jaybirds

The bluegrass ensemble — mandolinist John Reischman, guitarist Jim Nunally, bassist Trisha Gagnon, banjo player Nick Hornbuckle and fiddler Greg Spatz — will present two shows — one at 7 p.m. and one at 9 p.m. — Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Headwaters Room of the Geos Institute, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets cost $20 for each show or $30 for both shows. Call 541-552-1665 for reservations.

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