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Virtual Ashland Indie Film Fest 2021, local livestreams: April 16

“Los Hermanos/The Brothers” — Ilmar and Aldo López-Gavilán are virtuoso Afro-Cuban musician brothers, one living in Cuba, the other In the U.S. The film tracks their parallel lives, reunion, and first performances together. (Spanish with subtitles.) This film is part of the 2021 virtual Ashland Independent Film Festival’s “Screening Cuba” track. Courtesy image
In Focus: 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 for the general public on Friday, April 16, with nearly 100 new independent films, including 35 feature films and a dozen shorts programs. Rounding out the schedule will be Q-and-A sessions with filmmakers, virtual parties, mixers, and panels. The virtual portion of the festival runs through April 29.

In this year’s virtual segment, almost all feature films will play for 48 consecutive hours. Some content is offered for free. Once you begin a film, you have 24 hours to finish it. AIFF has constructed thematic tracks to help you navigate through the schedule. There will be a special track on the theme “Rising From the Ashes,” in recognition of Southern Oregon’s emergence following catastrophic wildfires. Programming includes David Oyelowo’s “The Water Man,” filmed in Oregon in 2019 in areas that have since been devastated by fires. There also will be seven short films by regional filmmakers addressing the Almeda fire, premiering in the festival’s locals section. The “Screening Cuba” track, a collaboration with Southern Oregon University’s Schneider Museum of Art spring exhibition, “Collecting Cuba: Selections from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art,” on display through June 30, features films about Cuban music and dance. The “Arts” track features indie films, including three films about iconoclastic women artists — Beth B’s “Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over,” and “Who is Lun*na Menoh?”, and domino artist Lily Hevesh in Jeremy Workman’s “Lily Topples the World.” The “Activism” track, another perennial AIFF theme, returns with a special emphasis on the rise of youth activism through the films, such as the world premiere of “American Gadfly,”as well as Peter Nicks’ “Homeroom,” the Eugene, Oregon-centered, “Youth v Gov.,” and many others, including films focused on senior citizen activists. There are also 13 programs of shorts, eight of which are free to watch, and they will be available to view for the full duration of the online festival.

The second part of the festival, which will run June 24-28, will include outdoor screenings, live music, art exhibits, performances and more, in Ashland and Medford.

The ticket price for most films during the virtual festival is $10, with a few select films free to the public. Tickets are $12 per screening for the June outdoor festival. See ashlandfilm.org for complete festival information or call 541-488-3823. To purchase tickets, watch free programming and find members-only content, go to watch.eventive.org/aiff2021festival.

‘This is Who I Am’

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in conjunction with PlayCo and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co., will offer an encore screening of Amir Nizar Zuabi’s newest play “This is Who I Am,” Tuesday through Sunday through April 25.

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. Tickets are $15.99 per individual, $30.99 per household. To purchase tickets, see woollymammoth.net.

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 call 541-774-8679.

Anima Mundi Productions: ‘Heart of Humanity’ concert series

Anima Mundi Productions, an Ashland-based performing arts nonprofit dedicated to producing and presenting new musical works that address urgent societal challenges, will present a free series of four concert-length videos beginning Sunday, April 18. The series, called “A Time For Life: A Spring Video Festival,” includes renowned performers such as Grammy-winning soprano Estelí Gomez, Portland-based professional choir Cappella Romana and the elite LA-based HEX Vocal Ensemble, performing both new and classical works on environmental themes, as well as the world premiere of a new oratorio about Oregonians’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each video will be released with a special ticketed launch event, and will remain online through August. For further information and tickets, see humanitytickets.com.

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.

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.

Mighty Medford Improvers

The local comedy improvisational group will host a free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays (April 22), 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.

Community Talk

Rob Schläpfer will lead a free online conversation, “Is it Really Racism?” at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 24, via Zoom. Explore ideas about disparity and discrimination, such as how Black males are disproportionately represented in our prison population. See saveamerica.live to join the Zoom conference. Email at rob@saveamerica.live for details.

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.

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 more than 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. From real-time virtual performances to artist lectures and workshops, an extensive virtual gallery, and outdoor art installations, viewers will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of creative work. Admission to all virtual events on art installations is free. For further details and showtimes, see oregonfringefestival.org/2021-off

Pollinator presentation

Vesper Meadow and Pollinator Project Rogue Valley will team up to present “Becoming a Bumble Blitz’er!” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, via Facebook Live and Zoom. Speaker Kristi Mergenthaler of Southern Oregon Land Conservancy will give an introduction on local bumble bees, and Brian Dykstra, scientist and naturalist with Humboldt State University, will follow up with a talk on pollination biology and botany, and introduce different native bees that are encountered in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Admission is free. For further information or to access the meetings, find Pollinator Project Rogue Valley on Facebook, see pollinatorprojectroguevalley.org or call 458-214-0508.

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.

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 (May 11), 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.

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.