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World Film Week

The 29th annual World Film Week will feature 13 films representing 18 countries, including China, Mexico, Germany, Israel, Serbia, Egypt, Norway, Argentina and the U.S. The films will be shown Friday through Friday, Oct. 5-12, at the Varsity Theatre, 166 E. Main St, Ashland. Look for opening and closing night festivities, including Q&As with film directors and after-screening parties. Tickets for the opening and closing night films and parties are $15 and can be purchased at ashlandfilm.org. All other tickets are $9.25, $7.25 for seniors, students, military and kids, and can be purchased at catheatres.com or the box office. A six-film pass is available at the box office for $42; $37 for seniors, students, military and kids.

Cassatt String Quartet

New York City-based Cassatt String Quartet — violinists Muneko Otani and Jennifer Leshnower, violist Ah Ling Neu and cellist Elizabeth Anderson — will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University, 405 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Friday’s concert features Shostakovich, Zwilich and Beethoven; Saturday’s show Haydn, Schikele and Borodin. Music lectures are at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday in Room 132 of the Music Building. Tickets are $35 or $42, $5 for full-time SOU students, kids 8 and older, and Oregon Trail Card holders. A free preview and lecture will be offered at 12:30 p.m. Friday. See chambermusicconcerts.org or call 541-552-6154 or 541-552-6348.

Talent Harvest Festival

The annual Harvest Festival in downtown Talent will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. The 5K, 10K Run and Walk takes off at 8 a.m. The Grand Parade will travel along Main Street at 10 a.m. Live music by Emily Turner, The Brothers Reed and Slow Corpse starts at 10:45 a.m. on the City Hall Stage. Look for growers’ booths, food vendors, children’s activities, apple pressing, a beer and wine garden and more. For a full listing of events and attractions, see cityoftalent.org.

Classic Albums Live

Craig Martin’s Classic Albums Live will present “Led Zeppelin II,” note for note, cut for cut, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Look for “The Lemon Song,” “Thank You,” “What Is and What Should Never Be” and more. Tickets are $32, $35 or $38, $22, $25 or $28 for ages 22 and younger, and can be purchased at craterian.org or by calling 541-779-3000.

Black Market Comedy

Stand-up comic Andrew Rivers will perform at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Talent Club, 114 Talent Ave., Talent. Rivers has appearances on NBC, FOX, the “Truth or Drink” webseries from WatchCut, and appears regularly on Seattle morning show “BJ & MIGS.” His first comedy special, “Laffy Taffy,” was released this year by drybarcomedy.com. Admission is free.

World Film Week