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Out & About: Film and Theatre

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Ashland Independent Film Festival is bringing a weekend of movies and fun to Ashland for the 12th year in a row. It features 2013 Oscar-winning short documentary, “Inocente”.

Plus, Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross-Williams will be showing his latest film “God Loves Uganda. The festival will also feature award ceremonies, Q&A’s and other attractions. The final awards ceremony will be this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ashland Armory.

It’s the hippest, hottest place in town: Central Bark, where every dog has his day and love conquers all. It’s “Dogpark The Musical” at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland. The story is about Daisy, a sassy westie with relationship issues, who reluctantly goes to the dog park to give it one more try. She meets Champ the collie, a charming but self-centered show dog; Itchy, a “humperactive” jack russell terrier; and Bogie, the brooding, mysterious lab loner.

Unforeseen adventures eventually bond the new friends. Opening week tickets can benefit Friends Of The Animal Shelter are available for performances April 5 through 8. Benefit tickets are 45 dollars for tonight, Saturday, Sunday and Monday evening. Twenty dollars of that ticket price is tax-deductible donation to Friends of the Animal Shelter. Contact the Oregon Cabaret Theatre for information on tickets and dinner packages.

This weekend is your last chance to “The Elephant Man” at the Randall Theatre of Medford. The play is based on the true story Joseph Merrick who lived in Victorian-era England. In this adaptation, John Merrick is an intelligent and friendly man afflicted with a rare condition that causes physical deformities; as a result, he is shunned by society. He is rescued and befriended by a doctor who arranges for him to live out his days in a hospital.

He soon becomes the toast of London society and those who dare to look beyond his appearance find they are touched by the beauty of his spirit. The actor is playing the role without the benefit of specialized make-up or appliances. He instead manipulates his own body and facial features to create the illusion of the deformities. The Elephant Man plays at the Randall Theatre of Medford through Sunday. Contact the Randall Theatre Box Office for ticket information.