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Local livestreams, Rogue Valley virtual events: May 14

Parker Van Ostrand will perform as part of the Tutunov Piano Series on Friday, May 14. Photo courtesy OCA at SOU.
In Focus: Tutunov Piano Series

Pianist Parker Van Ostrand will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 14, via livestream from the stage at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall. The program includes Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in F minor BWV 85,” “Gargoyles Op. 29,” by Lieberman; Liszt’s “Mephisto Waltz No. 1 S.514,” “Melodie” from “Orfeo ed Euridice,” by Gluck, and more. Tickets are $20 per household and are available online at sou.universitytickets.com. A recording of the livestream will be made available to those who have purchased tickets for three days after the event. For further detail or questions, see oca.sou.edu or call 541-552-6348.

Toast for Tails

The Southern Oregon Humane Society will hold its annual Toast for Tails fundraiser virtually this year through Saturday, May 15. Watch SoHumane Facebook Live videos showcasing adoptable animals, and tour the cat rooms and dog kennels. Links to YouTube videos will highlight the Saving Train, Adoption and Foster Programs. Also look for an online auction. The auction opened May 10, and registration is free; donations will be accepted. All proceeds will go toward SoHumane’s programs. To register or preview auction packages, see sohumane.org/a-toast-for-tails. For further details or questions, email marcia@sohumae.org or call 541-779-3215.

Virtual Native Plants Garden Tour

Master Gardener Sherri Morgan will host a virtual tour of 13 Jackson County gardens beginning Saturday, May 15, on the Jackson County Master Gardener’s website, jacksoncountymga.org/native-plants-garden-tour. Morgan will present a diverse look at native plant gardens ranging from permaculture to eco-restoration. You’ll spot Oregon sunshine, red-flowering currant, California lilac and hundreds of other species. Viewing the presentation is free; donations will be accepted. For questions, email at shemor484@gmail.com.

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.

Shakespeare Talk

The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University and ShakespeareAMERICA will present “Shakespeare and Politics: An Interview with Oskar Eustis,” artistic director of The Public Theater in New York and a leading figure in American theater, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, via livestream. David McCandless, director of Shakespeare Studies at Southern Oregon University, will conduct the interview. In addition to continuing the public tradition of offering free “Shakespeare in the Park” every summer, Eustis has created two innovative Shakespeare programs in the past decade: The Mobile Unit, which stages Shakespeare’s plays at prisons, homeless shelters, halfway houses and battered women’s centers; and the Public Works, which presents large-scale participatory productions with casts combining hundreds of New Yorkers with a small cohort of professional actors and musicians. Eustis’ most high-profile Shakespeare production at the Public Works took place in 2017, when his mounting of “Julius Caesar” sparked a national controversy, primarily because the title character bore a strong resemblance to Donald Trump. The protests that ensued sometimes erupted within the theater itself and stopped the action of the play. Admission is free. To watch the discussion, find the ShakespeareAMERICA channel on YouTube. The livestream opens at 12:45 p.m. For questions or further information, call 541-552-8196 or see oca.sou.edu.

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.

Ashland Independent Film Festival — ‘Best of The Fests’

The Ashland Independent Film Festival will present a free showing of “Seven Songs for Malcolm X,” showing Tuesday through Friday, May 18-21, in honor of Malcom X Day (May 19). An homage to the inspirational African-American civil rights leader, the film collects testimonies, eyewitness accounts and dramatic reenactments to tell the life, legacy, loves and losses of Malcolm X. Featuring interviews with Malcolm’s widow Betty Shabazz, Spike Lee, and many others, the film looks for the meaning behind the resurgence of interest in the man whose X always stood for the unknown. The film will screen on AIFF’s Eventive film channel. For further information and to receive your free virtual tickets, see ashlandfilm.org.

Bicycle Trivia

Test you bike trivia knowledge and win prizes during RVTD’s Bike Trivia Happy Hour, from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, via Facebook live. To access the trivia game, see facebook.com/rideRVTD. This event is part of the 2021 RVTD “Go Bike Week,” running though Sunday, May 23. For further details and a listing of events, see rvtd.org/news/2021-go-by-bike-week-may-17-23.

‘Stellar Graduates’

North Medford High School will present “North Medford High Stellar Graduates” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, via Zoom. This webinar will highlight former students who have excelled in astrophysics and rocket science, and is intended to provide current and future high school students with advice on how to navigate STEM college and career paths. For questions, email robert.black@medford.k12.or.us. To access the meeting, see medfordsd.zoom.us/j/97363587874.

Local History Lecture — Jews of Pioneer Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Community Center will host historian Carolyn Kingsnorth, who will present “Southern Oregon History: Its People and Places — The Jews of Pioneer Jacksonville” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 20, via Zoom. In the mid-1800s, the promise of gold and free land lured fortune seekers and settlers to the newly formed Oregon Territory. They were soon followed by merchants who amassed their own wealth selling supplies to the miners and farmers. The majority of these merchants were German-speaking Jews who were first-generation European immigrants. Kingsworth will discuss how these individuals helped turn Jacksonville into the commercial, governmental and social hub of Southern Oregon. Admission is $5 donation; registration is required. For further information and to register, see jacksonvillecommunitycenter.org/eventer. Register by 10 a.m. Sunday, May 16, to receive the Zoom access information. This program is part of the 4-program series, “Southern Oregon History: Its People and Places;” participants do not need to attend all of the programs in the series to participate. For questions, call 541-702-2585.

Panel Discussion: Feminist History

Author Stephanie Raffelock will host a panel discussion “The Creative Surge of Midlife Women: Women’s History is a Her Story — A Panel on Feminist History,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 20, via Zoom. Guest panelist will talk about feminist history, the struggles and triumph of independence, and more. Admission is free; registration is required. To register and for further details, see hanlib.sou.edu/friends/lectureseries2020-21.html.

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, a hula dance performance by Hālau Hula, as well as a virtual storytelling event centered on stories of home. For further details and updates, see rogueworldmusic.org/awmf or find Ashland World Music Festival on Facebook.

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.

Jeff Pevar Trio

Guitarist and singer Jeff Pevar, along with bassist Matt Spencer and percussionist Christo Pellani, perform covers of Jimi Hendrix and other esteemed musical influences during a series of archived streaming concerts, offered online at newbohemialive.com.

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, launching one per month through August. 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 the end of August. For further information and tickets, see humanitytickets.com.

Ashland seniors activities

A variety of virtual activities and services are available to adults 50 and older Mondays through Fridays through the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. See ashlandseniorservices.org or call 541-488-5342 for full listings.

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.

Brain Books Discussion Group

The adult reading group will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. the fwourth 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.

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 (May 26). 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.

SOU Percussion Ensemble & Left Edge Percussion

The Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Bryan Jeffs, and Left Edge Percussion, led by Terry Longshore, will perform “Resilience,” featuring all new music composed during the past year of COVID-19 restrictions, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27, via livestream on SOU’s Center for the Arts YouTube channel. For further details or questions, see oca.sou.eduor by call 541-552-8196.

Books at Noon

This readers’ group discusses various books and offer suggestions for new reads at noon the first Tuesday (June 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 of every month, via Zoom. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, June 1, will be “Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery” by Louise Penny. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-826-3313.

Queer Coffee House

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday (June 5) 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.

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 (June 8), 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.