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  • Best Bets: Aug. 14-21

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  • Aug. 14: Ashland City Band

    The final concert of the Ashland City Band's 2014 summer series, conducted by Don Bieghler, starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, in the Butler Band Shell in Ashland’s Lithia Park. The show will include composer Morton Gould's "Pavanne" for solo trumpet, along with a suite of Greek folk songs, a medley of George Gershwin songs and "A Disney Spectacular" — the latter performed by a summer band camp from Ashland Middle School. Pre-concert music will be by the Dixieland Band at 6:15 p.m. The concert is free. Call 541-245-9494.

    Aug. 15: Daedalus Film Festival

    The festival examines the global HIV/AIDS crisis through film. All screenings are at the Varsity Theatre, 166 E. Main St., downtown Ashland, and will be followed by a question-and-answer period. “The Normal Heart” is at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. “The Battle of amfAR” is at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17. “Broken Heart Land” is at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17. “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt” is at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, and at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17. “How to Survive a Plague” is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. “A Last Farewell” (short film playing with “The Battle of amfAR”) is at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. Admission to “The Normal Heart” is free. Tickets for all other films cost $10. To view film descriptions and watch trailers, see osfashland.org/daedalusfilmfest. Tickets can be purchased at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival box office, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland, or by calling 800-219-8161.

    Aug. 15-17: Peace Village Festival

    The annual summer music, arts and wellness festival will be held Friday through Sunday, Aug. 15-17, at Jackson WellSprings, 2253 Highway 99 N., Ashland. A lineup of local and national bands will perform on two stages throughout the event, with reggae powerhouse Indubious and tribal rock band BROTHER headlining on Friday. Dogon Lights, Liberation Movement and Alcyon Massive headline Saturday, and Delhi 2 Dublin, Fanna-Fi-Allah, Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda perform on Sunday. Healing arts such as massage, yoga, steam and mineral baths and a full-size swimming pool will be available, as well as many activities for kids. The festival opens at 3 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $30 in advance for Friday, $35 for Saturday and Sunday, and can be purchased at www.peacevillagefestival.org. Tickets will cost $35 at the gate on Friday, $40 on Saturday and Sunday. Camping and all-access passes are available. Late-night dances will be held at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Dance tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

    Aug. 16: West Coast Music Festival

    Folk, bluegrass, Americana and country bands Steep Ravine, the Scott Law Bluegrass Dimension, Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin, along with local favorites Eight Dollar Mountain, Rainy & The Rattlesnakes and the Alice DiMicele Band with Jeff Pevar and Mikey Stevens will gather for the 2014 outdoor music festival held at Greensprings Inn, 11470 Highway 66, Ashland. The music will start at noon and run until dark. Tickets cost $20 in advance and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/366098. Tickets will cost $25 at the gate. Kids 13 and younger get in free.

    Aug 18: The Daedalus Project

    The 27th annual community fundraiser to benefit HIV/AIDS charitable and research organizations features a play reading and a variety show on Monday, Aug. 18, on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. A reading of "The Children's Monologues" will be presented at 2 p.m. in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. The play is a collection stories told by children experiencing AIDS in South Africa that is retold and interpreted by various playwrights. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at www.osfashland.org or by calling 541-482-4331 or 800-219-8045. The Daedalus Variety Show promises a program of imaginative acts ranging from outrageous to poignant performed by actors from the OSF company. The show is at 7:30 p.m. in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre and will feature the not-to-be-missed, fun-filled underwear parade during intermission. Tickets cost $30 or $35 and are available online or at the box office.

    Aug. 20: Garden Tours

    Soak up the sights and smells of summer with a walk through one of North Mountain Park's gardens. Discover how to attract wildlife and conserve water in the park's Butterfly, Amphibian-Reptile or Native Plants gardens, or step into the past in the Heirloom garden. The 60-minute tours are available at 9:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of every month at the park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-6606 for information.

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