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Local livestreams, virtual events: March 26

In Focus: ‘Rhythm of the Dance’

The Craterian Theatre presents a virtual performance, “Rhythm of Dance,” available for streaming through Wednesday, March 31. This livestream event was recorded in front of a live audience before the pandemic began and features The National Dance Company of Ireland. The award-winning dancers and musicians deliver a high-energy production that merges the history of the Irish Celts with the present. Virtual tickets are $20. See craterian.org or call 541-779-3000.

Friends Of The Animal Shelter movie fundraiser

FOTAS will present a virtual premiere of Magnolia Film Production’s “Stray,” a heartwarming story of stray dogs and human compassion, running through Saturday, April 10. Through the eyes of three stray dogs (Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal) wandering the streets of Istanbul, “Stray” explores what it means to live as a being without status or security. Tickets are $12; $5 of each ticket sale will go to support FOTAS programs for Jackson County Animal Shelter animals. To purchase tickets, see fotas.org/stray. Ticket-holders will receive an email reminder with a link to begin watching online via a web browser. Once you click “Watch Now,” you’ll have unlimited access for 72 hours. For questions and further information, call 541-774-6651.

Chamber Music Northwest concert: Goldmund Quartet

The Chamber Music Northwest presents a concert premiere featuring European sensation Goldmund Quartet. The show premiered March 20 via livestream on CMNW.org and will be available to be streamed through Saturday, March 27. This concert was recorded at the library of the historic Polling Abbey in Bavaria, Germany. The quartet performs dramatic chamber works written by Puccini, Strauss and Schubert on their historic set of Stradivari instruments once owned by the great virtuoso Niccolò Paganini. Tickets for the concert are $20. To purchase tickets and for further information, see cmnw.org/concerts-tickets/2020-21-season.

SoHumane Virtual Kitten Shower

Southern Oregon Humane Society will hold its fourth annual kitten shower virtually during “Kitten Week” through Saturday, 27. Learn about SoHumane’s foster program and how you can volunteer. SoHumane staff will share tips and demonstrations on caring for young kittens at 1 p.m. each day during “Kitten Week,” using Facebook Live and YouTube videos. There also will be “favorite kitten name” drawings each day. Additionally, supplies are needed for kittens in foster homes — check out the “Kitten Wish List” at sohumane.org/donate to help donate. This is a free, virtual event. For further information, email at adoptions@sohumane.org, call 541-779-3215 or see sohumane.org. Please note this is not an adoption event. SoHumane’s Adoption Center is currently closed to the public.

Gypsy Soul

Folk, soul and roots duo Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit will perform a special livestream concert in honor of Swann’s birthday, as part of their ongoing “Front Row with Gypsy Soul” series at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 27. A pre-show will start at 5:45 p.m. with the debut of two new music videos, “Ordinary World” and “Firedance,” plus a showing of an older lyric video for “Talk To Me.” The duo will perform a mix of originals and covers during the hour/hour and a half-long show. The concert is available to be livestreamed via Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Instagram and on the Gypsy Soul website (see gypsysoul.com). The show is a “pay-what-you-want” basis. One there, you will find a “virtual tip jar,” where you can use PayPal or a credit card to start the show. A portion of the donations will be used to support those affected by COVID-19 and the West Coast fires. 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. Gypsy Soul is making plans to return to the stage in the fall of 2021, Swann said. The duo will continue livestream concerts until then.

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

The climate action group will host a free general meeting via Zoom at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. Cecilia Estolano, CEO and founder of Estolano Advisors, Asma Mahdi, policy director of Better World Group, and authors of the December 2020 “State of Oregon Climate Equity Blueprint” will discuss climate equity and how to infuse social equity into the fabric of climate policy advocacy. To register for the virtual meeting, or for more information, see socan.eco.

Mighty Medford Improvers

The local comedy improvisational group will host a free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays (April 1), 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 forinfoman44@gmail.com.

Queer Coffee House

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday (April 3) of each month via Zoom. Ashland Librarian Elanna Erhardt will facilitate group introductions. Bring a list of your recent favorite books, movies, and/or podcasts, and share what projects or crafts you’re working on. To register, see jcls.libcal.com. For further information, email at EErhardt@jcls.org.

Books at Noon

This readers’ group discusses various books and offer suggestions for new reads at noon the first Tuesday (April 6) of each month, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-535-7090.

Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University: ‘Never Saw Another Butterfly’

The OCA at SOU Music faculty — Madeline Abel-Kerns, Rhett Bender, and Brian Kerns — will present “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” by Lori Laitman, a collection of poems sung with accompaniment, at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, via livestream. “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” is a collection of poems written by children from the Terezin Concentration Camp. To access the livestream, see the Oregon Center for the Arts YouTube channel at YouTube.com/OregonCenterfortheArts. Admission is free; no registration required. For further details, see oca.sou.edu.

William Shakespeare international panel discussion

The Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship will host a virtual international panel discussion on the true identity of William Shakespeare, “The Shakespeare Attribution: Information, Misinformation and Changing Opinions,” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, via Zoom. Speakers will include Shakespeare scholar Prof. Roger Stritmatter of Coppin State University; Prof. Michael Dudley of the University of Winnipeg; independent scholar Kevin Gilvary from the United Kingdom, author of the recent volume, “Shakespeare’s Fictional Lives”; James A. Warren, biographer of John Thomas Looney, who first proposed the 17th Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere, as the author in 1920; American attorney Dorothea Dickerman; and independent scholar Julia Cleve from the UK who boasts an MA from the University of Oxford. The panel will be hosted by Boston filmmaker and scholar Cheryl Eagan-Donovan, and co-hosted by Ashland resident Dr. Earl Showerman, who has published widely on Shakespeare’s extensive medical knowledge as well as his familiarity with Greek theatre. Admission is free; registration is required. For further details and to register, see ShakespeareOxfordFellowship.org.

Ashland Independent Film Festival

The 20th Ashland Independent Film Festival will present a hybrid “double feature” festival, featuring both virtual and in-person events. The celebration kicks off with approximately 100 new independent feature and short films, accompanied by film conversations, panels and parties, running online for two weeks from April 15-29. The second part of the festival, which will run June 24-28, will include outdoor screenings, live music, art exhibits, performances and more. Along with the festival’s traditional emphases on the subjects of activism and the arts, there will be a special focus on the theme “Rising From the Ashes,” in recognition of Southern Oregon’s emergence following catastrophic wildfires. Tickets for events and films range in price from free to $10. For further information, see ashlandfilm.org or call 541-488-3823.

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. On Friday, April 16, the book to be discussed will be “Disappearing Earth” by Julia Phillips. 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.

Teen Random Fandom

Teens are invited to meet to take a deep dive into a variety of pop culture topics at 12:30 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, via Zoom. On Saturday, April 17, the topic will be Marvel vs. DC. Discuss your favorite comic book superheroes and villains and join in for games, discussion and silliness. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Tween Book Club

This readers club for tweens will meet at 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, via Zoom. On Saturday, April 17, the book to be discussed will be “Sincerely You” by Savannah Maddison. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Nature presentation

KS Wild will host author and birding expert Harry Fuller, who will present “Shadow’s Tribe and How They Live: The Great Grey Owl” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 22, via Zoom. This presentation is part of KS Wild’s “Love Where You Live” series. Admission is free; registration is required. To register and for further information, see kswild.org/upcoming-events.

Brain Books Discussion Group

The adult reading group will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month via Zoom. On Tuesday, April 27, the book to be discussed will be “What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading” by Leah Price. 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. the fourth Wednesday of every month (April 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.

Oregon Fringe Festival

The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University will present the 2021 Oregon Fringe Festival Thursday, April 29, though Saturday, May 1, with over 50 virtual acts from more than 40 local, national and international artists and outdoor art installations located on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Also look for a virtual gallery tour and artist lectures and presentations. Admission to all virtual events on art installations is free. For further details and showtimes, see oregonfringefestival.org/2021-off

Eagle Point Friends Book Club

Discuss suggested books with this reader’s group at 2 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month, via Zoom. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, May 4, will be “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-826-3313.

Teen Random Fandom

Teens are invited to meet to take a deep dive into a variety of pop culture topics at 12:30 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, via Zoom. On Saturday, May 15, share a fandom that you love, then join in for games, discussion and silliness. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Tween Book Club

This readers club for tweens will meet at 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, via Zoom. On Saturday, May 15, the book to be discussed will be “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” by Eleanor Coerr. 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. On Friday, May 21, the book to be discussed will be “The Parisian” by Isabella Hammad. 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.

Brain Books Discussion Group

The adult reading group will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month via Zoom. On Tuesday, May 25, the book to be discussed will be “Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All” by Michael Shellenberger. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Ashland World Music Festival

The annual Ashland World Music Festival is scheduled to take place Friday through Monday, May 28-31. This year, the festival will feature virtual performances and curated “soundwalks,” which combine the experience of sound compositions with a walk in the outdoors. For further details and updates, see rogueworldmusic.org/awmf