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Int’l Shakespeare online forum, Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual clubs: April 9

A sculpture of famous playwright William Shakespeare situated outside Guildhall Art Gallery in London. 123rf.com image

In Focus: 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.

In Focus: Film Screening: ‘North Loop’

The Oregon Shakepeare Festival will present a free virtual screening of “North Loop,” a short film directed by OSF Artistic Director Nataki Garrett, through Sunday, April 11. As two unapologetically black women strive to live out loud in a world that refuses to hear them, they are accosted in downtown Minneapolis by a white ally. This short film is dedicated to unpoliced blackness and providing a platform for close examination of the trope “The Angry Black Woman.” For further details and to watch the film, see osfashland.uscreen.io/catalog.

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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.

Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University: ‘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.

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.

Mighty Medford Improvers

The local comedy improvisational group will host a free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays (April 15), 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.

Author Talk: Edwin Batistella

The Friends of Hannon Library will host an author talk with local author and Southern Oregon University professor Edwin Batistella, author of “Dangerous, Crooked Scoundrels: Insulting the President,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, via Zoom. Admission is free, registration required. To register and for further details, see bit.ly/AprilEvent2021.

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.

Danish String Quartet

Chamber Music Concerts will present two virtual concerts by the Danish String Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, via livestream from Denmark. The first concert will feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3. Saturday’s concert will include Alfred Schnittke’s String Quartet No. 3. Both concerts will conclude with traditional Scandinavian folk music arranged by the quartet members. Tickets are $20, or $5 for students and Oregon Trail Card holders. To purchase tickets and stream the performance, visit ChamberMusicConcerts.org.

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

Queer Coffee House

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday (May 1) 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 (May 4) 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, 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. Look for musical performances by the Nell & Jim Band, Son Huitzilín, Sakumuna, the Kevin Carr Duo, Las Horas, and many others, as well as a virtual storytelling event centered on stories of home. For further details and updates, see rogueworldmusic.org/awmf