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Best Bets: 5 picks for live entertainment

The Hamazons

Improv comedy troupe Cil Stengel, Eve Smyth and Kyndra Laughery will present “A Completely Improvised Zombie Apocalypse” ... in the style of Jane Austen. Shows are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Toad, Ashland. Look for a story full of twists, turns and brains, lots of brains. Tickets are $15 in advance and are available at hamazons.com. Tickets will be $18 at the door.

Pacifico Flamenco

This flamenco music and dance troupe — guitarists Berto Boyd and Grant Ruiz, percussionist Terry Longshore and dancers Melissa Cruz and Elena Villa — will perform modern compositions rooted in traditional forms at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Tickets are $25, $5 for students, and are available at ijpr.org.

‘Radio Days’

In the style of 1940s radio programs, Geoff Ridden, Pam Ward, Keith Fuller and Daniel Sessions Stephens head up a cast to voice and create sound effects for Stephens’ adaptation of “Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles.” Shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Sundays and Mondays, Oct. 14-15 and Oct. 21-22, at Collaborative Theatre Project, 555 Center Drive, Medford. Tickets are $10 at the door.

‘Virgins to Villains: My Journey with Shakespeare’s Women’

Actor Robin Goodrin Nordli’s witty show explores her personal life through the lives of William Shakespeare’s female characters. Her show is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in the Thomas Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Tickets are $65, $30 for youth and students. Proceeds will benefit OSF’s Rising, a fund to overcome festival losses due to wildfire smoke.

Poetry Readings

Rogue Valley poet Steve Dieffenbacher and Corvallis poet Chris Anderson will read from Dieffenbacher’s new chapbook, “Intimations,” and Anderson’s book, “You Never Know,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Dieffenbacher’s new poems focus on finding hope in the face of what’s going on in the world today. Anderson’s have a similar theme, but with a spiritual bent. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

The Hamazons