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Ashland World Music Festival, local virtual events: May 28

The Nell & Jim Band is among the livestream performers at the virtual Ashland World Music Festival, which also includes outdoor “soundwalks.” See listing below.
In Focus: Ashland World Music Festival

The annual Ashland World Music Festival is scheduled to take place Friday through Monday, May 28-31. This year, the free festival will feature virtual performances and curated “soundwalks,” which combine the experience of sound compositions with a walk in the outdoors. The main event, featuring musical artists such as the Nell & Jim Band, Son Huitzilín, Sakumuna, the Kevin Carr Duo, Las Horas and many others, a hula dance performance by Halau Hula, and HeartBeat stories, will take place from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 28, and will be livestreamed from RogueWorldMusic.org/AWMF or on the event Facebook page @ashlandworldmusicfestival. The soundwalks will be available from Saturday through Monday, May 29-31, and will be offered on three different self-guided routes that feature art installations — North Mountain Park, downtown Ashland, and Ashland’s Railroad District. Participants will be able to download or stream audio. Each soundwalk audio stream features one or two Main Stage performers, and one of HeartBeat Storytellers. “By creating soundwalks that connect our beautiful public spaces, installations of fantastic artistry, and incredible music, we intend to create a shared moment of hope and revitalization,” Ana Byers, AWMF program director, stated in a press release. Maps for the soundwalks and more details are available at RogueWorldMusic.org/AWMF. All aspects of the festival are free; donations will be accepted for the Unete Farm Workers and Immigrant Families Fire Relief Fund.

Gypsy Soul

Folk, soul and roots duo Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit will perform a livestream concert as part of their ongoing “Front Row with Gypsy Soul” series at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 29. A pre-show will start at 5:45 p.m. with music videos featuring the new video for the duo’s rendition of “What A Wonderful World.” The duo will perform a mix of originals and covers during the hour/hour-and-a-half-long show. They will also share a significant news update. The concert is available to be livestreamed via Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, and on the Gypsy Soul website (gypsysoul.com). The show is a “pay-what-you-want” basis. Once at the duo’s website, you will find a “virtual tip jar,” where you can use PayPal or a credit card to start the show. A portion of the donations will be used to support those affected by COVID-19 and the West Coast fires. You do not have to sign up for anything unless you would like to be sent a reminder for the concert or you’d like to be part of the chat/comments during the concert. Gypsy Soul is making plans to return to the stage in the fall of 2021, Swann said. The duo will continue livestream concerts until then.

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.

Windows in Time — local history lecture

As part of the “Windows in Time” lecture series, Peter Finkle, founder of WalkAshland.com, will present “Ten Quirky Things to Know About Historic Ashland” at noon Wednesday, June 2, via Zoom. From “you won’t believe what kids sold at the railroad depot” to “a fifth-generation local family business,” you are sure to learn something new that will make you smile. Finkle will recount little-known tales, most from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Nine of the stories are accompanied by historical photos. Admission is free; registration is required. To register, see jcls.libcal.com/calendar/jcls_event/WIT-June-2021 or call 541-774-8679. The program will be recorded for later viewing on JCLS’ YouTube channel.

Mighty Medford Improvers

The local comedy improvisational group will host a free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays (June 3), 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.

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.

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 info@historicjacksonville.org.

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.

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 (June 8), via Zoom. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-535-7090.

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 (June 18), via Zoom. 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.

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 (June 19) 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 (June 19), via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Brain Books Discussion Group

The adult reading group will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month (June 22) via Zoom. 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 (June 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.