Saturday, August 29, 2020

FRT to Reopen Fall of 2021, Satlof Stepping Down

Posted By on Sat, Aug 29, 2020 at 5:42 PM

In a press release Thursday, Ferndale Repertory Theatre, which has been shut down since shelter in place was declared in March, announced it would focus on repairs and hold off reopening until fall of 2021. It also shared that Artistic Producing Director Leira V. Satlof will be stepping down.

Satlof, who's been involved with FRT for three decades, has helmed the theater's productions since 2015. Board Chair Erin Dunn is quoted in the release saying, "Leira has given us the great gift of time in finding the next Artistic Producing Director, and that time allows us to do a thorough search while we simultaneously work on expanding our cultural awareness."

Ferndale Repertory Theatre Artistic Producing Director Leira V. Satlof, who is leaving her post. - PHOTO BY LEÓN VILLAGÓMEZ
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  • Ferndale Repertory Theatre Artistic Producing Director Leira V. Satlof, who is leaving her post.

Read the full release below:

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Playhouse Arts/equity arcata Present "Art on the Fence"

Posted By on Sun, Aug 16, 2020 at 2:24 PM

Artist Aundrea All'Love Stuckey
  • Artist Aundrea All'Love Stuckey
A press release from equity arcata’s JustArts working group announced that the organization has partnered with Playhouse Arts and the City of Arcata to present "Art on the Fence," a public art exhibition of BIPOC and white community artists in Arcata.

The public can check out artists' works, currently presented on plywood panels at the Arcata Ballpark fence, located at 888 F St.

Art on the Fence Installation
  • Art on the Fence Installation

For more on the exhibition, read the press release below:

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Winners of This Year's Dispersed Sand Sculpture Festival

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 4:19 PM

Friends of the Dunes 25th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival Best of Show winner: “Humboldt High Fortress” by Team Maximum Wattage - FRIENDS OF THE DUNES
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  • Friends of the Dunes 25th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival Best of Show winner: “Humboldt High Fortress” by Team Maximum Wattage
Friends of the Dunes has announced the winners of the 25th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival. Although COVID-19 altered the festival to be more dispersed, the sculptors came through with loads of creativity.

Eighteen teams entered this year's festival hoping to win one of the few titles of Best of Show, Most Imaginative, Most Dedicated Diggers, Most Photogenic, Staff Pick, People’s Choice, and the Golden Shovel Award.

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OK, Zoomer

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 1:43 PM

  • Photo by Patrick Rutherford
Been a while since you’ve had a good laugh? Need to take your mind off the daily horror show of 2020? Can’t get to your favorite entertainment venue because said horror show closed it? There’s a Zoom for that. Get ready to laugh your anxiety off at On the Spot Comedy’s Fundraiser, Match Game: Zoom Edition! on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

You’ve seen these jokers, On the Spot Comedy, at their usual monthly gig in pre-Covid times at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. (No? Well, one day, when this all goes away, “like a miracle,” treat yourself.) It’s good, clean (rated ages 10+) improvisational comedy. As their slogan goes, “You say it, we play it.” And they do a bang-up job of it.

What’s the fundraiser?

The good folks at On the Spot Comedy want to lend a helping hand to their pals at Savage Henry Comedy Club. While the comedians at On the Spot are unaffiliated with Savage Henry, they sympathize with what Humboldt County’s comedy headquarters is going through during the pandemic. The club is doing weekly drive-thru comedy shows where patrons pull around back, tune to a radio station and listen to a live performance from within the club for Venmo donations, but it’s not the same. Times are tight.

“We all want to pitch in to hold the line for the comedy community in Humboldt,” OTS member and event organizer Steve Nystrom said. “We are all friends and fellows of the local comedy scene, and want to help them hold onto the North Coast's only clubhouse for comedy.”

What can Zoom attendees expect?

“The centerpiece of the show is going to be our version of the classic TV game show, The Match Game, bounded by two or three improv games that are tailored to work in a Zoom format,” Nystrom says. “All of the above will include audience participation, including the game show contestants.”

Sounds cool. And that’s not just six months of lockdown talking.

Who’s on the docket? Most of the OTS regulars will be there (plus some veteran faces you haven’t seen in a while). Daniel Amaral, Clint Florka, James Schaeffer, Matt Redbeard, Hadi Adina and Steve Nystrom. The evening’s host is local theater teacher and actor David Hamilton.

How much? A mere $5 (or more if you’re feeling it). Get the Zoom link at

Here are the latest instructions from On The Spot’s Facebook event page:

“The show starts at 7 pm Pacific, sharp! However, because of Zoom security measures, we have to admit everyone manually once you click the link, and this can take some time. Please be patient and don't exit the link prior to being admitted.
We will begin admitting people at 6:15 pm Pacific. Please click the link as soon after this as possible to avoid logjams and lengthy wait times. Once you're in you can just leave it up on your screen and go do something else until showtime.”
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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Hops on Hiatus

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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  • Hops In Humboldt revelers

Sorry, Hops in Humboldt fans. This year you’ll have to sip your suds while you SIP. In a press release sent out Sunday, Hops organizers announced that the 2020 event will not be happening this year.

“As much as the Hops in Humboldt committee would like to continue on our yearly tradition, we have come to the determination that Hops 2020 will be canceled,” the release states.

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