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Virtual events, local livestreams: July 24

Gypsy Soul

Folk, soul and roots duo Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit will perform their monthly livestream concert web series, “Front Row with Gypsy Soul,” at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 25. The band will debut some new material for its upcoming 2020 album, “Beneath The Covers 1, Vol II,” as well as older favorites. The duo will do two, four- to six-song sets with a 10 minute Q-and-A section at “intermission.” See gypsysoul.com, click “shows and dates,” and find a “virtual tip jar,” where you can use PayPal or a credit card to start the show. The show is a “pay-what-you-want” basis. You do not have to sign up for anything unless you would like to be sent a reminder for the concert or you’d like to be part of the chat/comments during the concert.

Yuval Ron

Internationally renowned World Music artist, composer and peace activist Yuval Ron will perform a livestream concert, “Mystic Heart — An evening of Sacred Hebrew Music and Wisdom Tales,” from the Havurah Synagogue in Ashland at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25. A donation of $10 to $25 is requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. To register for the streaming concert, see havurahshirhadash.org/yuval-ron-concert. For more information about Yuval Ron, see yuvalronmusic.com.

Lecture — ‘Oregon Burlesque Revealed’

Laurie Kurutz, professor of costume construction and the costume shop supervisor at Southern Oregon University, will give a free presentation, “Oregon Burlesque Revealed” at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 26, via Zoom. Burlesque is a theatrical art form that uses satire, caricature and parody to comment on social mores and attitudes. The performance art form of burlesque sits squarely in the context of social history, and women’s and gender-equity movements. Kurutz’s research expands the traditional narrative of history by featuring interviews with current Oregon performers and producers who reveal how the art form has given them a voice to express themselves and a community in which to do so. To register, visit the JCLS online events calendar at jcls.libcal.com or call 541-774-8689.

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

The climate action group will host a general meeting via Zoom and Facebook Live at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 28. The presentation, “Digging In — Master Gardner Meets Master Climate Protector,” given by Cultivate Oregon Co-Director and local organic farmer Rhianna Simes, will discuss restoring the health of soils in domestic gardens and yards by increasing the soil organic matter, and offer tips on how to keep carbon in the soil as we grow food for our own table. For a complete experience, please have a plate or bowl of soil from your yard on hand. The Zoom meeting will begin at 5:45 p.m. for social time. To join the virtual meeting, send a request to carmen@socan.eco. To watch via Facebook Live, see facebook.com/SOClimate.

Master Storytellers

Jackson County Library Services will host professional storytellers Alton Takiyama-Chung and Will Hornyak for virtual programs as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program. Takiyama-Chung will present stories from Hawaii, of WWII Japanese-Americans, and Asian folktales, at 2 p.m. on select Thursdays through Aug. 6. Hornyak will tell stories from American tall tales, Native American myths, Mexican fables, Russian fairytales, and more, at 2 p.m. every Friday through July. These free storytelling programs are intended for all ages. Some of the events will be live Zoom programs, and others will be prerecorded programs available through the JCLS YouTube channel. To register, visit the JCLS online events calendar at jcls.libcal.com or call 541-774-8689.

Windows in Time— local history lecture

As part of the “Windows in Time” lecture series, Ashland residents Linda and Peter Kreisman will give a free presentation, “Our Search for Historic Markers in Jackson County” at noon Wednesday, Aug. 5, via Zoom. Both Linda and Peter Kreisman grew up in Ashland. After returning to Ashland from Minnesota, for retirement, they began a search for the seemingly mythical Buck Rock Railroad Tunnel they had heard about while growing up. When they finally found one end of the tunnel, there was a historical marker giving information about the site. This started them on a search for other such markers, and over the past 12 years, the Kreismans have found more than 90 sites and markers. The sites represent historic transportation routes, town sites, military and Native American sites, and cemeteries. To register, see jcls.libcal.com/calendar/jcls_event/WITAug2020 or call 541-774-8679.

Soroptomist of North Valley Garden Tour

The 17th annual garden tour will be held virtually through Aug. 31. See eight diverse gardens, ranging in style from local pollinator and country gardens to the formal Shakespeare Garden at Hanley Farm. A donation of $10 is recommended. Proceeds will go to support Soroptomist of North Valley’s Live Your Dream Award program, which provides education grants for women. To access the tour, see Gardens4Good.online.

Historic Jacksonville Virtual Tour

Two text-based virtual tours of Jacksonville’s historic past, “Walk through Jacksonville History” and “Mrs. Beekman Invites You to Call,” can be viewed at historicjacksonville.org. Learn about multiple escapes from the historic Jackson County Jail, illegal liquor stashes, the discovery of local gold, railroads and more during the “Walk” tour. New “stops” are added weekly. The “Beekman” tour shares tidbits from the family’s life and Jacksonville history. New material is added every Monday and Thursday. For further information call 541-245-3650 or email at info@historicjacksonville.org.

Britt Festival Orchestra streaming videos

The Britt Festival Orchestra goes online in July and August as streaming patrons can revisit some of the orchestra’s favorite performances from past summers with Music Director Teddy Abrams. BFOnline will feature five recordings, preceded by a discussion about the recorded work with Abrams, members of the BFO and select guest artists and composers. Each recording will be accompanied by a visual element: either a score-follow video where you can read the score as the music plays, or a photo slideshow of the performance. BFOnline premieres at 3 p.m. every Friday in July and August on the Britt Festival’s Facebook channel, starting on Friday, July 24. The series opens with Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular “1812 Overture” from the 2016 season. You can catch the 2017 recording of Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” on July 31, featuring Richard Cox and Tamara Mumford as soloists. On Aug. 7, the orchestra will share Mason Bates’ “Passage,” a work for voice and orchestra featuring Sasha Cooke. The Aug. 14 episode will feature Christopher Cerrone’s “Meander Spiral Explode,” a concerto for Third Coast Percussion and orchestra performed in 2019 at Britt. BFOnline closes Aug. 21 by revisiting the Crater Lake Project from 2016 in Michael Gordon’s “Natural History.” For more information, visit the festival’s Facebook page or brittfest.org.

Yuval Ron will perform Saturday, July 25, at the Havurah Synagogue in Ashland. Photo by McKulka