Dance

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Holiday Dance Magic

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2023 at 6:05 PM

The season of holiday dance is upon us — a time when tutus twirl, pointe shoes pirouette and the spirit of the season comes alive on stages across the county. The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky's timeless classic, gets some love from two outstanding local dance companies this week, plus a creative take on a holiday favorite. First up, North Coast Dance presents the holiday tradition of The Nutcracker at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts with shows continuing Friday, Dec.15 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, December 17 at 2 p.m. (tickets online). Next up is Sundance Ballet Co., presenting a cast of 90 dancers in its traditional version of The Nutcracker on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 2 and 7 p.m. at Van Duzer Theatre ($25, $20 children, $20, $15 children advance). Also, Trillium Dance Studios brings to life the verses of the 'Twas the Night Before Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. at Van Duzer Theatre ($15-$30).
Sundance Ballet Company. Rat King-Stephanie Carter, Clara-Sophia Acorn, Nutcracker-Stuart Cataldo, Nathaniel-Miles Grant, Drosselmeyer-Sean Powers. - PHOTO BY TINA'S PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Sundance Ballet Company. Rat King-Stephanie Carter, Clara-Sophia Acorn, Nutcracker-Stuart Cataldo, Nathaniel-Miles Grant, Drosselmeyer-Sean Powers.
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Friday, November 10, 2023

Humboldt Folklife Society Barn Dance Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2023 at 6:00 AM

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Join the Humboldt Folklife Society for an evening of foot-stompin' fun at the next Barn Dance, taking place tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. at Arcata Veterans Hall ($15, $10 members/seniors/students/veterans, free for kids 12 and under). This lively event features caller Lindsey Battle and live music by Cider Mill. No experience or partner is necessary. Just bring your dancing shoes and appetite for a good time and camaraderie. Refreshments and snacks available at the bar.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Photos: Dia de los Muertos in Eureka

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2023 at 3:58 PM

With heavy rain in the forecast for Thursday, Nov. 2, most participants in the fifth annual Day of the Dead Festival of Altars/Día de los Muertos Festival de Altares came to Old Town prepared. Some brought pop-up tents to shelter their ofrendas, the offering placed in an altar commemorating their ancestors. A few others created their altars under the shelter of the gazebo roof and others just used their umbrellas to protect themselves and their altars from the rain.

But just before 5 p.m. the rain stopped and a large crowd gathered to watch a dance performance of “Baile de los Machetes” by the Eureka High School Danza Folklórico.

Event co-organizer Xochi Quetzalli greeted attendees as they passed through a temporary gate festooned with marigolds. The gazebo was circled by several Día de los Muertos altars honoring loved ones who have died. Creators of the altars filled them with food, photos of their loved ones, including pets, and items that were linked to their loved ones.

“This is our fifth year of Día de Muertos Festival of Altares or Day of the Dead, Festival of Altars,” said Quetzalli. “We began it in 2019 to help local people celebrate at this event and remember their ancestors, their dead.”

Day of the Dead is widely observed every Nov. 1 and 2 in Mexico, and elsewhere by people of Mexican heritage. The tradition reunites the dead with the living with a celebration, rather than with mourning and sad good-byes.

“I love seeing my son and other children playing around the altars on Dia de los Muertos,” said Maria Ramirez, another organizer of the event. Ramirez had prepared a large candle-lit altar displaying photos of her late grandmother and other persons important to her life and family.

Additional performances included musician Octavio Acosta and, as darkness gathered, more dancing by the Cal Poly Humboldt Danza Mexica club and the CPH Ballet Folklórico de Humboldt club.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Photos: A Flotilla of Witches on the Bay

Posted By on Tue, Oct 24, 2023 at 11:26 AM

A large coven of witches appeared under the Samoa Bridge on Saturday for the fourth annual Witches Paddle organized by Jody Himango and Patty Costanzo. The Dancing Magickal Witches of Humboldt County offered their lively performance first, before more than 40 witches entered the water on their stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes and an inflatable raft.
On Saturday, Oct. 21, Christine Fiorentino and fellow Witches Paddle participants left the Samoa Bridge boat ramp and headed west on Humboldt Bay into a stiff wind. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • On Saturday, Oct. 21, Christine Fiorentino and fellow Witches Paddle participants left the Samoa Bridge boat ramp and headed west on Humboldt Bay into a stiff wind.

The flotilla of paddling witches headed west against a stiff breeze past the Bonnie Gool dock, the Adorni Center and the Woodley Island Marina before their wind-assisted return to the Samoa Bridge boat ramp.

Himango, who lives on the Samoa Peninsula, was pleased with the number of paddlers this year. Four years ago, her local-event poster for the nation-wide Paddle event invited participants to "Take to the streets and the water. Let's demonstrate our strength and solidarity in a fun, beautiful way." Mission accomplished again in 2023, based on the turnout and the smiles on the participants’ faces. See the slideshow below for highlights of the day.

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Friday, October 13, 2023

Dance to the Undercovers for a Great Cause

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2023 at 6:00 PM

Any pooch will tell you balls are for fetching. All the cool cats know it’s hip to snip. So, get with the spay/neuter program and help pet overpopulation by attending Humboldt Spay Neuter Clinic and Companion Animal Foundation’s Spay-Ghetti and No-Balls Dinner happening Saturday, Oct. 14, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Arcata Community Center ($25). You’ll enjoy a spaghetti dinner with all the fixings, a silent auction, vendors, photo booth, puppy smooch booth (!), cocktail bar, animal trivia and live entertainment by The Undercovers. And, paws crossed, weather permitting, kitties and pups will be on-site. All proceeds benefit spay/neuter services in Humboldt County and surrounding areas.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Music Tonight: Tuesday, Oct. 10

Posted By on Tue, Oct 10, 2023 at 4:00 AM

The Miniplex is hosting Latin dance classes with instructor Selma Angelina every Tuesday this month at 8 p.m. for a drop-in price of $20 per class. Then afterward, you can try your moves out during the free dance party hosted by DJ Amaru Shia. I believe they are still doing a pretty mean Taco Tuesday at the bar at Richards’ Goat, so you can fuel up beforehand and make a night of it.
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Saturday, September 23, 2023

Bow & Arrow Circus Presents Pink Floyd-inspired Dark Side of the Circus

Posted By on Sat, Sep 23, 2023 at 6:00 AM

Breathe. From Dark Side of the Circus. - PHOTO BY MANUEL ROBALINO
  • Photo by Manuel Robalino
  • Breathe. From Dark Side of the Circus.
Someone once said that you don’t just listen to Pink Floyd’s classic album The Dark Side of the Moon, you experience it. And if you haven’t experienced it yet, or it’s been a while, or you have yet to experience a psychedelic circus show intricately choreographed to it, then you’re in for a treat this weekend in SoHum. Bow & Arrow Circus from San Francisco performs its show Dark Side of the Circus at Redwood Playhouse on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. ($15-$20). Director Genie Cartier says the performance loosely follows the narrative of the album’s classic companion piece, The Wizard of Oz. In it, Dorothy is transported to a magical circus world of both playful and terrifying experiences. While the show is recommended for ages 12 and up, Cartier says there’s nothing unsuitable for younger children. Tickets are first come, first served at the door, or available in advance online at Eventbrite.
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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Humboldt Latin Dance and Music Festival Kicks off Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2023 at 12:00 PM

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Celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Latin America at the fourth annual Humboldt Latin Dance and Music Festival, happening Sept. 21-24 in the Creamery District (ticket price varies, see website). Brought to you by Humboldt Latin Dance Collective, the festival offers a variety of workshops in salsa, bachata, zouk and Cuban dances taught by world-renowned dance professionals and provides three evenings of late night dance parties where you can show off the hot moves you’ve learned. Highlights include a welcome party at Arcata Playhouse on Thursday, Sept. 21, with Tropiqueño, a salsa dance party at Redwood Raks on Friday, Sept. 22, with DJ Panchanguero and a Mega Latin Party at Redwood Raks on Saturday, Sept. 23, with guest DJs. Get more info and tickets at humboldtlatindance.com.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Scenes from the Humboldt Obon Festival (Slideshow)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2023 at 11:50 AM

The second annual Humboldt Obon Festival got underway under warm sunshine on Sunday outside the Arcata Playhouse. The festival again drew a large crowd to celebrate traditional Japanese foods, Bon Odori dancing and culture. Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors.

In a ceremonial opening after shakuhachi (Japanese flute) music by Rick Kruse, Rinban Gerald Sakamoto, minister for the San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church, blessed the festival and shared the stories and traditions of Obon. The family-friendly event featured two energetic Totoro, a spirit altar to honor ancestors, food vendors with Asian and Pacific Islander cuisine, children’s activities, music, traditional Japanese Bon Odori folk dancing (in a circle, rather than a line) and Humboldt Taiko drumming with Gary Ronne and special guests from San Jose Taiko.

For more information about the tradition of Obon and the organizer (Humboldt Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (HAPI)), see hapihumboldt.org.
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Saturday, August 12, 2023

Second Annual Humboldt Obon Festival Happening Sunday

Posted By on Sat, Aug 12, 2023 at 6:00 AM

PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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The second annual Humboldt Obon Festival takes place this Sunday, Aug. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. outside the Arcata Playhouse (free to attend). The festival, which drew a large crowd last year, is a celebration of traditional Japanese foods and culture. Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. Rinban Gerald Sakamoto, minister for the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin returns this year to bless the festival and to share the stories and traditions of Obon. There will be an altar to honor ancestors, food vendors (Asian and Pacific
Islander cuisine), children’s activities, music, Bon dancing (in a circle, rather than a line) and more. Presented by Humboldt Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (HAPI).
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