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Saturday, April 8
Ashland Independent Film Festival: The 16th annual festival features more than 100 documentary, feature and short films plus live performances, art installations, filmmaker discussion panels, children's programs and more Thursday, April 6, through Monday, April 10, in several Ashland venues. See ashlandfilm.org to purchase tickets and see the event schedule. Film prices are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and $6 for students.
Rabbits: Jackson County 4-H Clubs will have a variety of rabbits to view and hold from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Club members will share their knowledge about caring for rabbits at the free event. Call 541-482-3241.
Festival Noons: Amrita Ramanan, director of literary development and dramaturgy at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, presents "Opinions, Facts and Imagination: How Historical and Personal Narrative Intersect in OSF’s 2017 Season" at noon Saturday, April 8, at Carpenter Hall on the OSF campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Tickets are $12 or $8 for ages 17 and younger. Call the box office at 1-800-219-8161 or see www.osfashland.org.
Band du Pays Swing: The band will be joined by bassist Jeff Addicott and perform a mix of swing music for dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Evergreen Ballroom’s Jacob Jagger will offer East Coast swing dance lessons at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. See www.paschalwinery.com or call 541-535-7957.
Grant Ruiz and Dan Fellman: Classical and flamenco guitarist Grant Ruiz and jazz guitarist Dan Fellman will team up to play at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Sunday, April 9
KSKQ Open House: Independent Media Week kicks off with an open house breakfast at KSKQ Community Radio Station 89.5/94/1 FM from 10 a.m. to noon at 330 East Hersey St., No. 2, Ashland. Meet producers and staff, learn more about KSKQ and enjoy a light breakfast. Free. 541-841-8341.
Joe Cohoon Trio: Acoustic bassist Joe Cohoon — along with a revolving cast of players — will perform classic, instrumental jazz at noon Sunday, April 9, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Brava! Opera Concert: Bass-baritone Brad Walker will perform 2 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Look for selections by Berlioz, Gounod, Handel, Shostakovich, Schubert and more. Pianist Laurie Anne Hunter will provide accompaniment. Walker is winner of Brava! Opera's National Vocal Competition. Tickets are $15, $5 for students, and can be purchased online at bravaopera.com or by calling 800-901-7173, ext. 3.
Jon Galfano: Guitarist and songwriter Jon Galfano will perform original instrumentals at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Blake McGee and Chi-Chen Wu: The clarinet and piano duo will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors, and can be purchased online at oca.sou.edu/box-office or by calling 541-552-6348. Students get in free.
Jane Austen Society: The society will discuss Rudyard Kipling's short story, "The Janeites," and Austen's last letters before her death at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Tea will be served. Call 541-482-3262.
Poetry Reading: Everyone, from local students to published poets, is invited to read a poem or just listen from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.
Monday, April 10
Panel Discussion: "Cultivating a Culture of Peace in an Era of Trump: What's the Media's Role?" is the topic of an Independent Media Week panel discussion with Immense Possibilities host Jeff Golden, Daily Tidings Editor Bert Etling, Rogue Valley Community Press Publisher Jason Houk and The Siskiyou Editor Hannah Jones, plus insights from Ashland Culture of Peace Commission Executive Director David Wick. 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 10, in the Arena room downstairs at the SOU Stevenson Union, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. 541-841-8341.
Artist Competition: Registration is now open for the Southern Oregon Plein Air 2007 outdoor painting competition running from Thursday, June 29, through Saturday, July 1, at various local locations. Registration by May 15 is $65 and includes a pre-event "Cork and Fork" dinner with no host wine bar at Paschal's Winery and Vineyard in Talent on Wednesday, June 28. Registration from May 15 through the deadline of June 3 is $75. Artists will have an opportunity to display their finished paintings. More than $1,500 in cash and prizes will be awarded. See www.soartistsworkshop.com.
Hip-Hop Poetry Open Mic: Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Cedric Lamar ("Off the Rails," opening Aug. 1) will host a Hip-Hop Poetry Open Mic from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 10, in the Black Swan Theatre on the OSF campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Admission is free.
Teen Crafternoon: Teens can create poetry and art using magazine collage, blackout book poetry and fabric poetry from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 10, at the Ashland teen library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Supplies will be provided. Call 541-774-6994 or see www.jcls.org.
Author Talk: Michael Niemann will discuss real world examples of illicit trade that inspired his thriller "Illicit Trade" at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See www.michael-niemann.com.
3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions: Danish fiddler Kristian Bugge, Native American fiddler Jamie Fox and American fiddler Ruthie Dornfield will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Admission is $15. Call 541-482-5700 or see www.grizzlypeakwinery.com. www.3fiddlers3traditions.com.
Tai Chi: The Ashland Senior Center offers beginning/intermediate tai chi from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Mondays at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Sliding scale, $3-4 per session. 541-552-0698.
Tuesday, April 11
Tech Talk: Tech Talks are from 1 to 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The April 11 topic is genealogical research. Call 541-774-6996.
Author/Editor Talk: Author and editor Stephen Gray will discuss the book "Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer's Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally," written with 18 international contributors, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at Jackson Wellsprings, 2253 Highway 99 North, Ashland. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Wednesday, April 12
Hands-All-Around Quilters: Visitors can work on individual projects or sew quilts for charity from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at Wesley Hall in the First United Methodist Church,175 N.Main St., Ashland. Call 541-732-0141.
History Talk: Author and retired journalist Paul Fattig presents "Southern Oregon's Smokejumpers: Their Base of Danger" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Airborne firefighters were based at the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base in the Illinois Valley south of Grants Pass. The base, closed in 1981 and now the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum, was one of four original aerial firefighter bases in the nation in 1943. The free talk is part of the Southern Oregon Historical Society's Windows in Time lecture series. Audience members are welcome to bring a lunch. Call 541-774-8689 or see www.jcls.org.
Comedy Movies: Movies featuring Richard Bernard "Red" Skelton are shown at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays in April at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Admission and refreshments are free. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.
Author Talk: Edgar Award-winning mystery author Naomi Hirahara will speak from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. She is the author of two mystery series set in Los Angeles. Her Mas Arai series features a Hiroshima survivor and gardener, while her Officer Ellie Rush series is about a bicycle cop. The event is free. See www.naomihirahara.com.
Ed Dunsavage: Jazz guitarist Ed Dunsavage will perform an acoustic mix of jazz and standards at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Will Ransom: Singer, actor and Ashland High School student Will Ransom — along with guitarist Paul Turnipseed, bassist Jeff Addicott, drummer Mike Fitch, sax player Gordon Greenley and jazz pianist David Scoggin — will present "An Evening with Gershwin and Other Songs of Love" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. The program will include contemporary arrangements of American standards. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at Paddington Station and Omar's Restaurant. Tickets will be $12 at the door, $8 for students and seniors. Part of the proceeds will benefit Ashland Emergency Food Bank.
Cuba film: A screening of "Curtain of Water," about photographer Joe Guerriero's quest to understand the U.S. commercial and financial blockade of Cuba, is planned at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Guerriero explores the reasons for the blockade and its effects on ordinary people. See http://www.curtainofwater.com. The evening will include information about the 28th Pastors for Peace Cuba Caravan, a two-week trip to central and eastern Cuba in July. For applications email firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is May 1. For more information, call 541-482-8915. Co-sponsors are Pastors for Peace and Peace House.
Thursday, April 13
Climate forum: "Nature’s Trust, Our Children’s Trust: A Climate Forum on Litigation to Save the Future" is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in the Rogue River Room of the Stevenson Union at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The program will feature Mary Christina Wood, author of "Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age," and four young climate activists. The forum is being sponsored by ECOS Sustainability Resource Center at Southern Oregon University and the League of Women Voters Rogue Valley. Admission is free, but donations to Our Children’s Trust legal fund will be accepted.
Spanish English Conversation Group: Practice a new language from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6980 or see www.jcls.org.
Shakespeare Talk: Classic Readings Theatre Company Artistic Director Geoff Ridden presents his free talk "Where There's a Will, There's a Way: Playing with Shakespeare" at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at the Hannon Library on the Southern Oregon University campus, Ashland. He tackles questions of why Shakespeare's plays have been adapted and explores various productions resulting from adaptive works. Free campus parking is available for the event at any campus parking meter by entering code FHL0413. Call 541-552-6816 or email email@example.com.
Poetry Reading: Barry Kraft will read some of his favorite selections from centuries of poems celebrating nature at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The event is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Poetry Reading: The Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association holds its monthly Open-Mic-Without-a-Mic reading Thursday, April 13, at the Down Towne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Signups begin at 6:30 p.m., with readings at 7 p.m. All are invited to read or listen. The suggested April theme is “Celebration of Poetry.” Call 541-512-1007.
Trivia Night: Smithfields Pub & Pies hosts a free trivia night from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursdays at 23 S. Second St., Ashland. Call 541-482-7437.
Jef Ramsey Duo: Guitar and mandolin duo Kathryn Casternovia and Jef Ramsey will play vintage country and traditional music at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Friday, April 14
"Fake News" talk: Micky Huff, director of Project Censored and president of the Media Freedom Foundation, gives a talk on "Critical media Literacy Education: The Antidote to 'Fake' News, Media Filters and Propaganda in a 'Post-Truth' World." Presented by Independent Media Week, an annual celebration of independent media channels and creators. 6 p.m. Friday, April 14, in the Arena room downstairs at the SOU Stevenson Union, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. 541-841-8341.
Preschool Puppet Theatre: Gather around to see what Brenda Bear and friends are up to at 10:30 a.m. the second Friday of every month at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $6. A brief environmental lesson will be followed by the puppet show and playtime. A snack and craft or activity will follow. No late seating will be allowed.
Southern Oregon Swing: Swing dances are held from 8 to 11 p.m. every second and fourth Friday at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Beginners' instruction is at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10, $5 for ages 66 and older, and free for ages 18 and younger and full-time students. Call 541-324-7981.
Paul Turnipseed Trio: Guitarist Paul Turnipseed, bassist Jeff Addicott and drummer Mike Fitch will perform a mix of New Orleans and Latin rhythms, along with jazz and blues standards, at 6 p.m. Friday, April 14, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.