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Local livestreams, virtual events: April 2

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In Focus: OCA at SOU Music faculty presentation: “I 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 during World War II. 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.

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.

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 info@historicjacksonville.org.

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.

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, April 6, will be “The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women ” by Kate Moore. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-826-3313.

Mighty Medford Improvers

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

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 and professor Roger Stritmatter of Coppin State University; professor 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.

Once Upon a Song

Children can join local fairy tale character group Once Upon a Song for a virtual storytime at noon Sunday, April 11, via Facebook Live. The “princess” group will sing, tell stories and offer a Q-and-A session. Admission is $3.99. See onceuponasongllc.com, find Once Upon a Song on Facebook or call 415-306-3288.

Medford Teen Advisory Group

Motivated teens in grades 7 to 12 can meet virtually to brainstorm ideas, discuss books and movies, make crafts, and make the decisions on programming and displays and more at 4:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month (April 13), via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Medford Library Book Chat

Discuss selected books with others in this reading group at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month, via Zoom. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-535-7090.

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. To see the entire announced 2021 virtual lineup and for tickets and more information, see ashlandfilm.org or call 541-488-3823.

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.

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