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OSF 'Dare to Dream Gala,' local livestreams: Oct. 23

Killer Valley Horror Film Festival

The 13th annual Killer Valley 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.

Ashland New Plays Festival — Fall Festival

ANPF will present its annual festival of staged readings of five new plays virtually this year through Sunday, Oct. 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.” 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.

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.

Food Equity Film Weekend

The Ashland Independent Film Festival, in partnership with Rogue Valley Farm to School, will host a virtual “Food Equity Film Weekend,” Friday through Sunday, Oct. 23-25. These films will inspire and educate audiences about our access to food, the farmers who grow it and the laborers who harvest it. Two feature films, “Gather” and “The Biggest Little Farm,” will be shown along with two free short films, “Farm to Families” and “Paintbrush Harvest” by local filmmaker Kathy Roselli. Tickets for the feature films are $5 each, tickets for short films are free. For tickets and schedule, see aiffbestofthefestsfood.eventive.org.

Ashland World Music Festival

Ashland’s annual music festival will be held virtually this year, scheduled from 1 to 4:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. The event is free to livestream from the Facebook page @RogueWorldMusic, 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. Donations will be accepted for the Phoenix- alent Fire Relief Fund. For further information, including performance schedules, visit rogueworldmusic.org/awmf, find @ashlandworldmusicfestival on Facebook, or email anabyers@rogueworldmusic.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 of entertainment features entertainment from OSF actors and artists, talks by the new leadership team Nataki Garrett and David Schmitz, performances by UNIVERSES, Rodney Gardiner, Royer Bockus, Greta Oglesby, Jonathan Luke Stevens, and more, as well as opportunities to bid on OSF-inspired experiences, gifts and memorabilia in a silent auction. The actor/musicians from last season’s play “Cambodian Rock Band” will put on an exclusive reunion performance. 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.

‘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.

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 our human conditioning. Tickets are $8 to $18, free for those impacted by the recent fires. Tickets are available 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.

Genealogy Presentation

The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society will host Kate Eakman, senior researcher and general research team leader for Legacy Tree, who will present, “The Curious Case of Alma Summers” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, via Zoom. Eakmn’s presentation will focus primarily on British research. She will explain how she used traditional and unique document sets to discover the facts of Summers’ early life, his education, military accomplishments and even why he was generally known as a “cranky man.” Admission is $20, and registration is required. Once registration is completed you will receive an email the day before the presentation with a link to the Zoom meeting. To register or for further information, visit rvgslibrary.org or call 541-512-2340.

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.

Anthony Bock Recital

Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University student pianist Anthony Bock will perform during a “Masters in Music” virtual recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, via the Oregon Center for the Arts YouTube channel, youtube.com/oregoncenterforthearts. Bock’s program includes Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in A Major Op. 69,” and George Gershwin’s “Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra.” Admission to the livestream is free. For more information, see oca.sou.edu or call 541-552-6348.

Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU

Southern Oregon University theatre arts students will perform a free virtual play, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” at 8 p.m. Friday and Sunday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. In a lonely café, a young woman irked by an incessantly ringing cell phone discovers that its owner is dead, and answers the call on his behalf. This simple act sends her on a strange odyssey, not only into the dead man’s mysterious life, but also into revelations about love, morality and the meaning of life. Quirky and profound by turns, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” offers a comic meditation on how, in an age of isolation, modern technology both separates and unites us. To register and for further information, see oca.sou.edu/box-office or call 541-552-6348. Once you are registered, a livestream link will be emailed to you on the date of the performance.

Gypsy Soul ‘Halloween party’

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, Oct. 31. In honor of Halloween, the duo will host a virtual Halloween party. They will be dressing up and will share their special Halloween cocktail and mocktail recipes. Dress up and share photos of your outfits. There will be a prize for the best costume. The duo will do two, four- to six-song sets with a 10 minute Q-and-A section at “intermission.” See gypsysoul.com, and click on the link which will take you to the online platform Twitch. Once there, you will 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.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of "Cambodian Rock Band" from 2019, with Joe Ngo, left, Brooke Ishibashi, Jane Lui and Moses Villarama. The band will hold an encore performance at Friday's "Dare to Dream" virtual gala. See listing, below. OSF photo by Jenny Graham