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Friday, April 22, 2022

Catch Chubritza at Synapsis Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2022 at 1:00 PM

CHUBRITZA, SUBMITTED
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Enjoy an evening of European music and dance at Chubritza Statewide Folk Dance Songs Part 1 happening tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Synapsis ($5-$20 sliding scale). The local supergroup plays traditional folk dance songs from a wide variety of European countries, including Bulgaria, Ukraine, Greece, Northern Macedonia, Albania, Turkey and more. Chubritza will perform at the Folkdance Federation of California annual gathering in Petaluma May 20-21 and lucky hometown audiences will get to hear what they’ll be playing first. Catch the band’s statewide set at Synapsis during this Friday’s performance and on Thursday, May 12 at 6 p.m.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Arcata Playhouse’s Family Fun Series is Back

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2022 at 11:38 AM

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  • David Gonzalez
Arcata Playhouse’s Family Fun Series is back! Discover the magic of the Arcata Playhouse’s  feel good annual event happening March 31-April 16 in the Creamery District. Look for the big top circus tent to catch headlining performers David Gonzalez with Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World, clown duo Coventry & Kaluza, singer/songwriter and fiddler Laurie Lewis and the 16th annual Cirque du Schwazee! Families can also anticipate dance workshops, Native Yurok
Storyteller Ernie Albers Jr., an outdoor movie screening of Inside Out, food trucks and the teen-organized Anti-Prom: Y2K. For more info, visit www.arcataplayhouse.org or call 822-1575.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day and the Logger Bar's New Ownership

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2022 at 3:17 PM

What? Somebody bought The Logger Bar? It better not be some out-of-town, big-money developer who’s gonna — what’s that you say, it’s Michael Fields (formerly) of Dell’Arte? Well, OK then! As Fields takes the helm from long-time owner Kate Martin, the beloved watering hole is throwing an Irish Ceilidh (Gaelic for “party”) this St. Patrick's Day weekend to celebrate. Raise a pint of Guinness and enjoy a bit o’ theater, storytelling, music and sing-alongs on Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. (no cover but stuff some green in the donation jar, will ya?). Entertainment includes tenor David Powell (classic songs at 6 p.m.), the Academy of Irish Dancers (6:30 p.m.), Humboldt Pipe Band (7 p.m.), storytelling with Michael Fields and Donald Forrest (7:30 p.m.), Jeff Kelley with some sing along (8 p.m.) and Irish songs with the rousing Vanishing Pints band (8:30-10 p.m.). And no ceilidh would be complete without corned beef and cabbage — along with other free food — served from 5-8 p.m. First come, first served. For more info, visit the Logger Bar Facebook page.
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Friday, March 4, 2022

Zero to Fierce Kicks off Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2022 at 11:03 AM

AIREENE ESPIRITU. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
  • Aireene Espiritu. Courtesy of the artist
For the sixth year in a row, Playhouse Arts presents its womxn’s festival: Zero to Fierce 2022: Listening Out Loud, celebrating creative womxn’s work, from Saturday, March 5 to Sunday, March 13 (free and ticketed events, no one turned away). Some of this year’s highlights include: local Black artists Mona Loki (Mo Harper-Desir) and All'Love (Aundrea Stuckey) presenting an original musical performance that includes hip hop, R&B, original spoken word poetry, emceeing and digital sampling; The Madness, a one-womxn punk rock opera devoted to supporting mental health for the "Doom Generation;” a video showing of Joan
Schirle’s Bird of the Inner Eye, based on the letters of painter Morris Graves; and “An Evening with Aireene Espiritu” sponsored by Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity. Once again, there’ll also be the popular Lunchbox Series and dozens of other creative events and performances. Visit www.zerotofierce.org for a complete list of the festival’s indoor, outdoor and virtual events. Masks are required except when eating. Must show proof of up-to-date vaccination to attend.
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Thursday, March 3, 2022

Butoh Medea at Dell'Arte

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2022 at 10:44 AM

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Don’t miss the avant-garde theatrical dance performance Butoh Medea on Saturday, March 5, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m. at Dell'Arte's Carlo Theatre ($20, $15 student/senior). This special presentation features Yokko, an actor and interdisciplinary artist from Japan who won Best One-Woman Show for Butoh Medea in 2014 and has toured the globe performing it. Inspired by the Medea myth and Euripides’ tragic play,
and using the Japanese Butoh dance, Yokko brings the tortured spirit of Medea to life. Attendees must have proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination (boosters not required) by the date of attendance. Masks must be worn in the facility, theaters and outdoor area. Advance Dell'Arte tickets advised. Get them at www.dellarte.com/product/butoh-medea-v2.
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Friday, December 31, 2021

2021 in Pictures

Posted By on Fri, Dec 31, 2021 at 8:00 AM

It’s been a pandemic year of daily walking for my wife and me, and we never left Humboldt County. From January through April, we continued to explore our local trails and enjoyed the wildlife and emerging spring flowers without attending any events or gatherings.
Shore birds seek out a perch on driftwood during the exceptionally high King Tide at 10:18 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11 at the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Shore birds seek out a perch on driftwood during the exceptionally high King Tide at 10:18 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11 at the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary.
Once we got our Moderna vaccination shots No. 1 and No. 2 as soon as possible last spring, we joined our vaccinated friends and neighbors in experiencing some euphoria, masked up to attend a mix of community outdoor events in May, June and July. Then our local COVID-19 positive-test rate and hospitalizations reach all-time highs from August onward. No county fair attendance for us in August and for the rest of the year, we only attended in-person events that required all attendees to be vaccinated. In this slideshow are some highlights of what we enjoyed throughout it all in our county.

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Photos: Migrations and Shoes

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 5:06 PM

Described by organizer Laura Muñoz of Playhouse Arts as an ensemble-created multi-disciplinary, multicultural performance event, Migrations: Walking Together proved a fun and fascinating walk in the parks and other locations of Arcata on Saturday. It began in the Creamery District with a lovely dance performance and shoes — lots of shoes — and ended with a parade entering Carlson Park from Giuntoli Lane. An unexpected change in route due to construction blocking the way added an authentic touch to the “migration” experience for participants. (See the slideshow below for highlights.)

Dancers from Centro del Pueblo carrying pineapples used in their performance awaited the start of their dance in the garden at the Jardin Santuario. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Dancers from Centro del Pueblo carrying pineapples used in their performance awaited the start of their dance in the garden at the Jardin Santuario.

"The procession provided a way for all participants to walk together, sharing the experience of time, space and the different cultures that find themselves in Goudi’ni,” said Muñoz. “Walking together grows our solidarity. Walking is traveling in human time; it connects us to the ground and to those who came before us. As we walk, we create new paths into the future." (Goudi'ni is the Wiyot word for the region now known as Arcata, meaning "over in the woods.")

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Photos: Baduwa't Festival Gathers the People

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 11:47 AM

Last Wednesday through Sunday, a memorable Baduwa't Festival: A Gathering of the People (formerly known as the Mad River Festival) took place in Dadiqhoughuk (Blue Lake) at Dell’Arte’s outdoor performance spaces. To the chagrin of a few turned away at the door, a well-publicized policy required a vaccination card or proof of a recent negative COVID-19. See highlights of the events in the slideshow below.
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Monday, July 12, 2021

Dell'Arte International Baduwa't Festival July 14-18

Posted By on Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 1:00 AM

PHOTO COURTESY OF CIRCUS NONSENSE
  • Photo courtesy of Circus Nonsense
The Dell'Arte Inaugural Guild presents Dell’Arte International’s five-day-and-night outdoor Baduwa't Festival: A Gathering of the People (formerly the Mad River Festival), July 14-18 at Dell'Arte. The festival, featuring live theater, films, a circus, live music and and the popular Red Light Cabaret, is a collaboration between Dell’Arte, the Wiyot Tribe, Circus Nonsense and local organizations and artists. The festival opens with a celebration that honors and acknowledges the ancestral lands of the Wiyot Tribe. Visit www.dellarte.com for more information, to view COVID-19 safety protocols and to get tickets.
BADUAT FESTIVAL IMAGE BY LISSIE RYDZ
  • Baduat Festival Image by Lissie Rydz
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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Flamenco Performance Friday at Bayside Community Hall

Posted By on Thu, Jul 8, 2021 at 1:00 AM

SAVANNAH FUENTES
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Click your heels and snap your fingers for the return of Seattle-based flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes, who brings her new work Flores de Verano Flamenco en Vivo to the Bayside Community Hall on Friday, July 9 at 8 p.m. ($25, VIP seating in the first 2 rows $38, VIP seating benefactor $55, students $18 child $12). Fuentes’s program features traditional flamenco musical forms as well as contemporary themes. She will be joined by singer/guitarist Diego Amador Jr. Get tickets at www.eventbrite.com.

Savannah in Calistoga
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