Local livestreams, virtual events, Oct. 16
Killer Valley Horror Film Festival
The 13th annual Killer Valley Horror Film Festival, based in Ashland and billed as Southern Oregon’s Original Horror Film Festival, will be held virtually this year through Sunday, Nov. 1. The festival includes films from all over the world, including one feature-length film, 27 shorts, and 16 micro-shorts, and also the top-10 films of 2019 from the 15-Second Horror Film Challenge. For a full listing of films and further information, see killervalleyhorrorfilmfestival.com.
‘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 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: 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: ‘Clone Wars’
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.
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. The festival kicks off Sunday, Oct. 18, with a virtual playwriting workshop. See story, Page 6.
Local author Sue DeMarinis will discuss her book “The Feathers of Fortunato: The Secrets, Success, and Survival of an Italian Immigrant Family” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.
Take and Make Art Project: Mini-pumpkin
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.
Children are invited to join Miss Janet, Miss Grace and Mister Wally for a half-hour of story and songs at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.
Community Conversation: Housing Discrimination
Understand housing discrimination and learn to address it during interactive sessions with facilitators Mike and Emily Green, at 2 p.m. Thursdays,
Oct. 22, and Nov. 5, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.
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 of entertainment 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 for further information.
Rogue Valley Symphony ‘Concert Detours’
The Rogue Valley Symphony will continue its new series, “Digital Journeys: Concert Detours,” with the second online performance scheduled for Oct. 23 exclusively for patrons, and available free to the general public after Nov. 1 on the symphony’s YouTube channel. Search YouTube for “Rogue Valley Symphony” to see posted concerts.
Ashland World Music Festival
Ashland’s annual music festival is scheduled to 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. Featured artists this year include Americana-style folk band, The Nell & Jim Band, Ghanaian musician Okaidja Afroso from Ghana, West Africa, and Son De Cuba, a modern- and classic-style Cuban quartet, and more. For more information, visit rogueworldmusic.org/awmf or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Women of Broadway’ series
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will present Broadway legend Patti LuPone in an intimate livestreamed concert Oct. 24 This show will feature a mix of Broadway show tunes, pop songs and personal stories from the life of this two-time Tony winner. Tickets are $30, or purchase a package of all three in the “Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway” series with LuPone, Laura Benanti (Nov. 14) and Vanessa Williams (Dec. 5) for $75. All shows start at 5 p.m. Proceeds from ticket sales will directly support OSF. For tickets and info, see osfashland.org/westside.
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 to $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 email@example.com for the login info for the show. For more information, call 541-488-7716.