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Southern Oregon livestreams, virtual events: Oct. 9

AIFF Varsity World Film Week

The Ashland Independent Film Festival is holding its annual Varsity World Film Week virtually this year through Thursday, Oct. 15. Among the countries represented through the 15 selected films are Chile, China, France, Israel, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Iran, Hong Kong, Argentina and more. Several well-known films from the festival circuit, in addition to well-known directors, are part of the event. Films will be available on the festival’s Eventive film channel for 48 consecutive hours, and several will be accompanied by filmmaker Q-and-As. Tickets are $10. For further information or to purchase tickets, see ashlandfilm.org.

‘The Carolyn Bryant Project’

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, along with CalArts Center for New Performance, will present a free online screening of the world premiere production of “The Carolyn Bryant Project,” created by OSF Artistic Director Nataki Garrett and Andrea LeBlanc, and directed by Garrett. The production will be available for viewing from Friday, Oct. 9, through Thursday, Oct. 22. Set in August 1955, “The Carolyn Bryant Project” follows the murder of Emmett “Bobo” Till, a 14-year old Chicago youth, who walked into a store in Money, Mississippi, to purchase 5 cents worth of bubble gum from Carolyn Bryant, a 21-year-old, white mother of two. Bryant’s husband, Roy, and his brother, JW Milan, would be acquitted of Till’s murder by an all-white male jury, only to confess to the murder a year later in a Look Magazine article. This case helped catalyze the modern Civil Rights movement and deeply resonates amid today’s ongoing struggle for racial justice. To watch “The Carolyn Bryant Project” free online during its two-week run, and for more information, see centerfornewperformance.org/streaming. OSF will present additional engagement experiences on its digital platform, O! at osfashland.org/digital.

Presentation: How to Plan a Successful Family Reunion

Marilyn Ayres, scholarship chairwoman for the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society, will present “How to Plan a Successful Family Reunion” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, via Zoom. Ayres will discuss both in-person and virtual reunions, timelines, how to gather a team together, budgets, types of reunions, activities and more. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Ballet Folklórico dance

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, the Jackson County Library System will host Luisa Zaragosa, artistic director of Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre, who will present a free, all-ages introduction to Ballet Folklórico. Dance instruction will take place via Zoom at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. Participants will practice traditional folk dances and learn about the diverse cultures from different states of Mexico. To register see jcls.org/nhhm.

Medford library Book Chat

Discuss “Akata Witch” by Nnedi Okorafor with others in this reading group at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, via Zoom. To register see, jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Teen Activism Presentation

Local activist Sam Becker will present “Teen Activism: Being a Change-Maker Before You Turn 18” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, via Zoom. Teens can learn how to be a change-maker even when they’re not old enough to vote, as well as how to contact elected officials. Following the presentation, a government and voting trivia game will be held and prizes will be awarded. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society

The genealogical society will host Kate Eakman, senior researcher and general research team lead for Legacy Tree Genealogists, who will present “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: Using Maps to Understand Our Ancestors’ Journeys” from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, via Zoom. Learn how Google Maps can expand your understanding of your ancestor’s lives, and how these maps can help to determine if you’re tracing the right person in our quest to extend your family tree. Admission is $20. To register or for further information, seervgslibrary.org.

Presentation: End-of-Life choices

Local retired RN and hospice volunteer Jan Row will discuss end-of-life choices at noon Friday, Oct. 16, and again at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, via Zoom. End of Life Choices of Oregon is an organization comprising doctors and regional volunteers who are trained to provide skilled professional guidance with the Death With Dignity Act and other end of life options. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Gold Hill Book Club

The Gold Hill Library Book Club for adults 18 and older will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, via Zoom to discuss the book “The Girl Who Chased the Moon” by Sarah Addison Allen. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-855-1994.

Teen Random Fandom

Teens are invited to meet virtually to discuss “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, via Zoom. Play trivia games and discuss favorite characters and storylines. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8685.

Tween Book Club

Kids can join this reader’s club to discuss the book “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Presentation: Growing Native Plants

Master Gardener Vice President Lynn Kunstman will present “Growing Native Plants” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, via Zoom. Learn why we should add native plants to our yards and how to grow them. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Ashland New Plays Festival — Fall Festival

ANPF will present its annual festival of staged readings of five new plays virtually this year, Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 21-25: Ian August’s “Zero;” Kari Bentley-Quinn’s “Hyannis;” William Cameron’s “Truth Be Told;” David Hilder’s “Those Days Are Over;” and Grace Mcleod’s “The Communist Revolution: A Ninth-Grade European History Project.” The festival kicks off Sunday, Oct. 18, with a virtual playwriting workshop with the playwrights scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. on Zoom. A panel discussion will follow from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Play readings begin on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Discussions with the playwrights and casts will follow each performance. Tickets to individual readings are priced on a sliding scale, starting at $10. For tickets and details about all the events, including performance times, see ashlandnewplays.org.

OSF ‘Dare to Dream Gala’

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will hold its annual “Dare to Dream Gala” virtually this year via the OSF website at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. The free evening features entertainment from OSF actors and artists, talks by the new leadership team Nataki Garrett and David Schmitz, and opportunities to bid on OSF-inspired experiences, gifts and memorabilia in a silent auction. The event will be hosted by actor Christiana Clark and Associate Artistic Director Evren Odcikin. See osfashland.org or call 541-482-2111.

Ashland World Music Festival

Ashland’s annual music festival will be held virtually this year. Originally slated for Sept. 12, the event has been postponed until Friday, Oct. 23, because of wildfires in Southern Oregon. No time has been announced. The event is free to livestream from the Facebook page @RogueWorldMusic and on the Rogue World Music website and Youtube channel. Visit rogueworldmusic.org/awmf or email anabyers@rogueworldmusic.org.

Swami Beyondananda

The Havurah Synagogue in Ashland will host a family-friendly virtual comedy show, “Beyondananda and Beyond — Stand Up With Swami, Sit Down With Steve,” featuring Swami Beyondananda, aka. Steve Bhaerman, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, via Zoom. In this presentation, cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda and his slightly-more-serious alter ego Steve “Yogi” Bhaerman, discuss the Swami’s playful and hilarious take on events of the day, the human condition and of course our human conditioning. Tickets are $8-$18, free for those impacted by the recent fires. Tickets are online at havurahshirhadash.org/product/swami-beyondananda-and-beyond-10-24-2020. Those whose lives have been impacted by the fire may contact the Havurah office manager at office@ashlandhavurah.org for the login info for the show. For more information, call 541-488-7716.

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. New material is added every Monday and Thursday. For further information, call 541-245-3650 or email at info@historicjacksonville.org.

Getting the Most Out of Your Library

Learn about the JCLS website, who to ask for help, where to find information, and more with library staff at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Take and Make Art Project

Kids 12 years and older can decorate a mini-pumpkin for Halloween with a “Take & Make” kit. To reserve your kit, register for this program online at jcls.libcal.com, then pick up your kit during normal library hours, Sunday through Thursday, Oct. 18-22, at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave. Then at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, log into the Zoom meeting for a tips and tricks on how to decorate your little pumpkin. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Teen Trivia

Teens can join in a live game of general knowledge trivia using Zoom and the Kahoot platform at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. Log into the Zoom meeting to see the questions and respond on the Kahoot app or website. You don’t need an account to play, just the app and the game PIN, which we will be provided during the Zoom meeting. This quiz will contain 70 questions on a variety of subjects, and the winner will get to choose a free book. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Rogue Valley Genealogy Society

The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society will host presenter Annette Burke Lyttle, a nationally-known genealogy speaker, who will give an all-day presentation from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, via Zoom. Lyttle will talk about genealogical proof, how to create research plans, how to find your family history in free online newspapers, and more. Admission is $55. For more details and registration, see rvgslibrary.org or call 541-512-2340.

A still from "90 Minutos," which is showing at the virtual Ashland Independent Film Festival Varsity World Film Week. See listing below. Photo courtesy of AIFF