Holiday virtual events, local livestreams: Nov. 27
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, Nov. 28. A pre-show will start at 5:45 p.m. with recordings and slideshow including the premiere of the duo’s “Winter Wonderland” video. In honor of the Swann and Morykit’s 29th anniversary, the duo will play all of their favorite tunes, both originals and covers. The show will be a little longer than usual. A 10 minute Q-and-A time will be given at “intermission.” See gypsysoul.com, and click on the link which will take you to the online platform Twitch. One 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. A portion of the proceeds will be given for COVID-19 and Almeda fire relief.
Teens can join in a live game of general knowledge trivia using Zoom and the Kahoot platform at 4 p.m. the last Wednesday (Nov. 25) of every month. 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.
Josephine County’s largest holiday festival, Rogue Winterfest, will be held virtually this year. The event kicks off with a virtual silent auction, beginning on Dec. 1, and the festival runs through Dec. 6. The Virtual Gala and Grand Auction features decorated holiday trees created by local artists to enjoy and bid on at 7 p.m. Dec. 3. Recorded shows with Santa and his friends, including craft-making, stories, entertainment and more, will be available at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5-6. Rogue Winterfest will be held virtually to help continue support of the Rogue Valley’s mental health organizations: Family Solutions, Kairos, and Options for Southern Oregon. For details and to register, see roguewinterfest.org.
Books at Noon
This readers’ group discusses various books and offer suggestions for new reads at noon the first Tuesday (Dec. 1) of each month, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-535-7090.
Eagle Point Friends Book Club
Discuss suggested books with this reader’s group at 2 p.m. the first Tuesday (Dec. 1) of every month, via Zoom. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-826-3313.
Historic Jacksonville Virtual Tour
Three text-based virtual tours of Jacksonville’s historic past, “Walk through Jacksonville History,” “Beekman Bank Nuggets,” and “Mrs. Beekman Invites You to Call,” can be viewed at historicjacksonville.org. New material is added weekly. For further information, call 541-245-3650 or email at email@example.com.
Windows in Time — Local History Lecture
As part of the “Windows in Time” lecture series, historian Larry Mullaly will present “Persistence: Chinese Labor and the Southern Oregon Railroads” at noon Wednesday, Dec. 2, via Zoom. Mullaly will blend photographs and contemporary accounts into the story of the Chinese workers who helped bring railroads to Southern Oregon in the 1880s. Set against a social background of anti-Chinese sentiment, two major railroad companies pitted thousands of Chinese workers into the effort to join the Pacific Coast’s two major railroads at the Oregon-California border. This epic, five-year struggle was among the last of the great Chinese building projects of the Far West. To register, see jcls.libcal.com/calendar/jcls_event/WIT-Dec-2020 or call 541-774-8679. The program will be recorded for later viewing on JCLS’ YouTube channel.
‘Consider This’ Community Conversation
Oregon Humanities will host a free online conversation with Masha Gessen, a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of “Surviving Autocracy” and many other books, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, via Zoom. Gessen will give a presentation on autocracy, democracy and activism in the United States and Russia. Following the presentation, there will be a breakout conversation session. Recordings of the program will be available for viewing Friday, Dec. 4. To register and for further information, see voregonhumanities.org.
Mighty Medford Improvers
The local comedy improvisational group will host a free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Thursday, Dec. 3, via Zoom. All levels of experience are welcome. Sessions are facilitated by Thomas Hartmann, who trained with Second City Chicago. For more information and to attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queer Coffee House
The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday (Dec. 5) of each month via Zoom. Ashland Librarian Elanna Erhardt will facilitate group introductions, LGBTQ+ current events, a queer book talk and a roundtable discussion. To register, see jcls.libcal.com. For further information, email at EErhardt@jcls.org.
Women of Broadway — Vanessa Williams
Critically acclaimed actor and singer Vanessa Williams will perform a live virtual concert at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. This concert is part of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “Women of Broadway” series. Tickets are $30, and proceeds support OSF. After purchasing your ticket, a link for the concert will be sent by email. You will also receive an additional 72 hours of on-demand viewing after the show airs. For tickets and more information, see osfashland.org.
‘This is Who I Am’
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in conjunction with PlayCo and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co., will host a livestream viewing of the world premier of Amir Nizar Zuabi’s newest play “This is Who I Am,” beginning Dec. 5 and running through Dec. 27. Separated by continents, an estranged father and son reunite over Zoom. From their respective kitchens in Ramallah and New York City, they recreate a cherished family recipe and struggle to bridge the gap between them, one ingredient at a time. Directed by OSF Associate Artistic Director Evren Odcikin. Every showing of this play will be performed and broadcast live. Seating for specific dates is limited. Tickets are $15 per individual, $30 per household, and are available online at woollymammoth.net. For further information, call the OSF Box Office at 800-219-8161.
The Hamazons — Warrior Princesses of Improv
The Hamazons, also known as “The Warrior Princesses of Improv” — Cil Stengel, Eve Smyth and Kyndra Laughery — will premiere a recording of their 2017 show, “A Completely Improvised Holiday Classic (that has yet to be told),” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, via YouTube. Inspired by classic holiday films such as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” and “A Christmas Carol,” the Hamazons deliver a full-length improvised story with winter magic, heart, and above all, humor. Piano accompanist, Darcy Danielson, will underscore each scene with improvised music. The screening will be provided for free, although $5 ticket donations will be accepted. The YouTube link will be provided on the Hamazon’s website, hamazons.com, an hour before the show begins. A live text chat stream will be available to make comments about the show or to “talk” directly with the Hamazons themselves. For tickets, links and further information, see hamazons.com.
Siskiyou Singers Holiday Concert
The local choir, Siskiyou Singers, directed by Mark Reppert, now in its 38th year, will present “Where There Is Love,” a free online concert celebrating the 2020 holiday season, on Friday, Dec. 11. The program will include “O Magnum Mysterium” by Luis Victoria, “Silent Night,” arranged by John Rutter, “Hanerot Halalu,” “Ubi Caritas” by Maurice Duruflé, and more. The concert will be posted to the Siskiyou Singers’ website on Dec. 11, where it will remain up for viewing indefinitely. For further information or to access the concert, see siskiyousingers.org.
Resilient Reads —Business Book Discussion Group
This monthly book discussion group of business owners and entrepreneurs will meet at noon the third Wednesday of every month (Dec. 16), via Zoom to share inspiration and ideas about how to navigate current and lasting economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each session includes a talk from a guest speaker, a Q-and-A session and a roundtable discussion. 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. the third Friday of each month, via Zoom. Books are available for pickup one month before the meeting date. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-855-1994.