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Best Bets: Five picks for this weekend

Ashland Independent Film Festival

Special screenings, art exhibits, live performances and over 150 films highlight the 18th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival, set for Thursday through Monday, April 11-15, in venues throughout Ashland. This year’s festival will include a 40th anniversary tribute to “Apocalypse Now” and its inspirations and legacies. Special guest Eleanor Coppola will be in attendance for the screening and a Q-and-A for her classic 1991 documentary “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Odyssey.” For the full story on “Hearts of Darkness” see page 8. Film screening tickets are $14, $13 for seniors, $6 for students and $5 for Oregon Trail Card holders. See ashlandfilm.org for a full listing of events.

Medford Railroad Park

The park, at Table Rock Road and Berrydale Avenue in Medford, is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of every month April through October. Visitors can ride diesel trains and a motor car, see unique model railroad layouts and the Hogwarts Express, send and receive telegrams, tour historical railroad equipment and more. Also visit the park’s new butterfly garden. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. See ci.medford.or.us.

Frankie Hernandez Band

Singer, songwriter and guitar and horn player Frankie Hernandez and his band will play soul-infused funk at 6 p.m. Friday, April 12, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Admission is $7. See roxyann.com or call 541-776-2315.

‘The Dixie Swim Club’

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another to get through the challenges that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork,” rally around their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, April 12-28, and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Barnstormers Theatre, 112 Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. Tickets are $15. See barnstormersgp.org or call 541-479-3557 for tickets. Group discounts are available.

David Cahalan

Singer and songwriter David Cahalan of The Carpenters fame will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Kriselle Cellars, 12956 Modoc Road, White City. Admission is free. See krisellecellars.com or call 541-830-8466.

Maynor Alvarado and Manuel Uriza appear in The Infiltrators by Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera, an official selection of NEXT program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Lisa RinzlerAll photos are copyrighted and may be used by press only for the purpose of news or editorial coverage of Sundance Institute programs. Photos must be accompanied by a credit to the photographer and/or 'Courtesy of Sundance Institute.' Unauthorized use, alteration, reproduction or sale of logos and/or photos is strictly prohibited.
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