Local livestreams, Rogue Valley virtual events: May 21
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.edu or call 541-552-8196.
As part of the campus-wide food drive, the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University will present “Feed Body and Soul: A Benefit Concert for the SOU Food Pantry” at 7:30 pm. Sunday, May 23, via livestream from the SOU Music Recital Hall on the Oregon Center for the Arts YouTube Channel. The program features both student and alumni ensembles and solo performances by SOU music students, including Geo Betus, Calder Fettig, Bobby Odle, Jackie Tomato and the Salem Division, and Blue Star Band. Members of the SOU music department will be holding a drive-by donation center for cash and non-perishable food donations from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 21, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at the SOU Music Building, 450 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. To make online donations to the SOU Food Pantry, see giving.sou.edu/food-pantry.
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 through Friday, May 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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
Mighty Medford Improvers
The local comedy improvisational group will host a free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays (May 27), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Halau 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.
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.
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. 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. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.