Sunday, September 20, 2015

Dancing around the Plaza

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Drums and dancers beat a rhythm and a path around the Arcata Plaza on the first day of the festival. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
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  • Drums and dancers beat a rhythm and a path around the Arcata Plaza on the first day of the festival.

The first day of the North Country Fair on the Arcata Plaza kicked off on Saturday, Sept. 19 with more drums, dancers, jugglers and giant puppets than you could shake a belly dancer's jangling belt at. It was all blue skies and bright costumes, as you'll see in Alexander Woodard's photographs here in the slideshow. Like many of the revelers and performers, he's going back for the All Species Parade today — so wave and smile while you're there or check back with us tomorrow for photos of what you missed.
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By Alexander Woodard

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Creamery Rises to the Big Top

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Circus of the Elements performers Loreta Flemingaite (left), of McKinleyville, and Chakeeta Marie Garabedian, of Trinidad, fire-dancing at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle. - MARK LARSON
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  • Circus of the Elements performers Loreta Flemingaite (left), of McKinleyville, and Chakeeta Marie Garabedian, of Trinidad, fire-dancing at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle.
A sold-out crowd headed for a big-top circus tent that sprouted on an open lot on the south edge of the Arcata Creamery district on the evening of Friday, Aug. 21. The "human only" Flynn Creek Circus from Mendocino led off the evening’s Creamery Festival lineup with a strong mix of entertaining, original and skilled athletic performances ranging from juggling to tight wire dancing to a heart-stopping double trapeze act. 

After the circus, the crowd followed enormous dragon and octopus puppets, stilt walkers and a band to a free evening performance at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle in front of the Creamery Building. Belly dancing and fire-twirling commenced, followed by an avalanche of large inflated balloons from the roof top into the excited crowd. Then the live music drew the crowd into the recycled old Arcata recycling center for the Holly Yashi dance party with the Latin Peppers. It felt a little odd — but nice — to be in the transformed Creamery district and the old Arcata recycling center on a Friday night, but it may have been the best dance floor in town.
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By Mark Larson

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Eureka Symphony Announces 2015-2016 Season

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  • Carol Jacobson, Music Director & Conductor of the Eureka Symphony.

The Eureka Symphony recently announced its 2015-2016 season, “Experience the Greats” — a theme offering renowned composers and guest artists. There are five performances scheduled including a season opener, the popular holiday concert and a season finale. Nestled in the mix is a performance "dedicated to the contributions made to film by great composers, with such well-known classical composers as Rossini, Debussy, Strauss, Handel and contemporary composers John Williams and Hans Zimmer," and a concert showcasing the works of 20th-century composers, featuring a harpist/tango dancer.

Season Tickets for the 2015-2016 Season are available now. There are a number of discounted ticket packages available, which can be purchased online at or by calling the ticket line at 845-3655. Single tickets go on sale on August 17.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Center Yourselves ... the 2015-2016 Center Arts Lineup is Here

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All right, kids. The wait is over.

Center Arts just announced its 2015-2016 lineup and the offerings are good and plenty. From the Waifs to Weird Al to the Chieftains to Cooder (Ry), the good folks at Humboldt State University have done it again. There are Martinis of the Pink persuasion and Kids on Milk Cartons to whet your musical whistles. And if you haven't recovered from jazz legend Cassandra Wilson's last minute cancellation last season, pull yourself together because she's back. 

Some of this season's highlights include: Eddie Izzard, StarTalk Live! with Bill Nye the Science Guy, Melissa Etheridge, The Blue Man Group and John Prine. Take a second to let that soak in. Feels good, right? Feels "Everybody Wants to Feel Like You" good, doesn't it? Yeah. It's like that. 

To view the full lineup, check out their snazzy website at, or check your mailboxes for the glossy goodness of the catalog. Prices vary per event and students get a sweet discount. For more info call CenterArts at 707-826-3928.

Nicely done, Center Arts. Nicely done.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You Got Thrilled

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM

The dead hordes came to life all over Arcata this afternoon. Students from Sunny Brae Middle School collapsed in Murphy's Market, the plaza and Adult Day Health Care of Mad River, only to be risen again by the King of Pop's "Thriller." Scroll on for more pics of the gripping yearly dance performance, courtesy of Sunny Brae Principal Lynda Yeoman.


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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Silks and the Cold

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Leslie Castellano had a big weekend with a couple of aerial performances, the beautiful silk art form she teaches at Synapsis. This photo is from a party in the Synapsis studio/workshop on West 3rd, not far from the Eureka Co-op. It's not exactly what you might call a "good" part of town, and we ended up talking about the neighbors in her hood, and about how they deal with the bitter weather this time of year. This morning she sent me a note via Facebook, a report of some sad news of one her neighbors who lived on the street.

In memory of Robert.
Robert slept just down the street outside of Synapsis. I talked with him almost every day. He died last night from the cold. I miss him.
Robert took apart electronics and old windows and recycled the metals from them to make money. He was a gentle person and rather shy. He would often talk loudly to himself if he was upset, which could intimidate some people, but he was always respectful. I heard that he experienced an extreme loss and that is what brought him to the streets.
I would try to check on him during the day and when I was around Synapsis at night...and had been thinking about him a lot lately. He preferred to sleep outside.
I have been thinking a lot about people's perceptions of those who are houseless or living on the streets. It is popular in this area to generalize about people who have meth addictions or who have challenges with "normalcy" and to criticize them. Lately, young men have been driving by and throwing eggs at the people who are camped around Synapsis. There have been public meetings about the homeless "problem."
If you have any friends or conversations with people who are houseless, then you already know that most people are on the streets because there is not a place for them in everyday society. I am not an advocate of meth, but meth addiction does not make someone an evil person. It often means someone is self-medicating. Yes, crimes are sometimes committed by people who have addictions ... but these crimes pale in comparison to those committed by corporations. Why is it so easy in our society to criticize those who have the least? Those who choose not to participate in capitalist lifestyles?
I think we have better options in our society. We cannot wait for institutions to create the world we want to exist. I ask that people take a break from consumerism during this time to give something to someone who has less than you do. To create a space for compassion that is centered around actions in the world. I am willing to offer the use of Synapsis to anyone who wants to do anything there. Every Tuesday I open the space for art and hot soup and tea and conversation. From 1-3:30 p.m. You can come if you like. Perhaps there could be something late at night too? I don't know. I would love to be part of a working group around actively creating a society that we want. Starting with those who are at the bottom of the capitalist pyramid. WIlderness and animals, those who live in poverty. I wonder if I could have done more for Robert. I hope he is in peace.

In memory of Robert. With love. And action.

- leslie

I dug a few warm coats out of the closet - I don't need them as much as someone does. You can reach Leslie at if you can help. Or there's lots of people like Betty Chinn doing things to help these cold nights. Give them a hand.
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Monday, June 10, 2013

Birds Overhead, Birds Underground

Posted By on Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Techniques for Landing was riveting on Friday night, merging spoken word with an eclectic soundtrack, movement above our heads and on the floor, and a lighting design that included shadow play. Leslie Castellano’s aerial dance theater piece is based around a myth written and recited by the cast, about birds that built tunnels under the earth, looking for an underground sky. The narrative itself is loose and its imagery, poetic. There is a man from space, there is a woman in a war-torn city, there is love and working together, there is a desire for things, there are the birds who finally fly out of the earth into the sky. A pregnant woman, dancing solidly, and an exquisite performance by a 9-year-boy added an edge of vulnerability. Techniques for Landing is a searching into the heart of what makes us human, a hopeful prayer for finding what may save us.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

So Long, Furlong: Director Leaves North Coast Dance

Posted By on Fri, May 24, 2013 at 11:02 AM

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Danny Furlong will be leaving North Coast Dance after 11 years as artistic director, the dance company announced today. During his years at the dance company, Furlong worked to make dance classes more accessible to the community, teaching dance with College of the Redwoods and helping get scholarships for dance students.

In addition to staging "The Nutcracker" annually, Furlong created a number of other shows at North Coast Dance, including "Gabriel's Garden," "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "To Pluto and Back."

The North Coast Dance Board of Directors also announced today that the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts will be open for this year's staging of "The Nutcracker" in December and its "March of the Ballet Zombies" and membership gala in October.

The Journal wrote about Furlong's first production of "The Nutcracker" in 2002.

Read the full press release below.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Arkley Center Announces Closure

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2013 at 5:44 PM

The Arkley Center for the Performing Arts, the downtown Eureka fixture of dance and symphony, announced it will close for an indefinite period of time.

Theater manager Carly Robbins confirmed that the news was handed down from Security National — Rob Arkley’s real estate and investment company — last week, but said any further information would have to come the company directly.

Dance performances are scheduled through June. In a press release quoted by the Times-Standard, but not sent to the Journal, Security National indicated the theatre will close in July for repairs and is expected to reopen in 2014.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Paul Taylor’s Dancers Deliver, then Disappoint

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Despite Paul Taylor’s importance as a choreographer and the superhuman talent of his dancers, for some time he hadn’t been my favorite among 20th century modern dance masters. During Musical Offering, the ambitious opening dance at the Van Duzer on Tuesday evening, I became a born-again fan.
This contemporary tribal dance revolves around a clan’s relationship to a revered member. But the intricacies of Taylor’s endless groupings create an emotional energy greater than any narrative. Stiff-legged, straight-armed rows of dancers lean side to side in rhythm, while coveys of curving bodies move in and around the layered Bach score. Beyond the loin-clothed costuming, a tribal-ness is invoked through the attentiveness it takes to create and perform this type of ensemble work.

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