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Thursday, March 11, 2021

One Minute Dances, Allison Russell at Zero to Fierce

Posted By on Thu, Mar 11, 2021 at 6:30 AM

While you’ve got a minute, spin through the One Minute Dances presented as part of the Zero to Fierce Festival, featuring live and pre-recorded pieces by dancers, actors, musicians and performance artists on Friday, March 12 at 7 p.m. ($5). And if you dance along, who’s to know? 
Allison Russell - PHOTO BY LAURA E. PARTAIN
  • Photo by Laura E. Partain
  • Allison Russell
Along with the zillion other offerings you can peruse at www.zerotofierce.org, the festival also has a streaming performance by Allison Russell on Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m. ($15). The artist, activist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is on this year’s Rolling Stone Artists to Watch list, so grab this chance to see her.
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Sunday, January 31, 2021

The Humboldt Jewish Music and Culture Festival, Feb. 4-11

Posted By on Sun, Jan 31, 2021 at 8:00 AM

If you’re kicking yourself because you missed Temple Beth El’s Yiddish Music Festival last year, don’t kvetch, it’s back!

The Humboldt Jewish Music and Culture Festival, a celebration of Yiddish and Sephardic culture, music and cuisine, is happening Feb. 4-11 via Zoom. The event was renamed this year in order to include increased diversity of
Jewish music, such as local cellist Kira Weiss' Sephardic musical event on Tuesday, Feb 11.

Due to the pandemic, the festival is being presented as an expanded Zoom event with highlights that include Cabaret Culture in Interwar Poland, a multimedia presentation by Jewish music specialist Dr. Ellie Shapiro, an independent scholar focusing on Polish-Jewish relations. In 2018, Shapiro completed a dissertation on contemporary Jewish culture festivals in Polish small towns. Formerly the director of the Bay Area-based Jewish Music Festival for 18 years, she first visited Poland in 2003 as a guest of the Polish Cultural Institute. From 1982-90, Shapiro was based in Israel where she worked as a teacher and freelance journalist.

About the presentation: Jewish musicians played a significant role in shaping the popular culture of the newly independent Poland after World War I. Familiar with the modern sounds coming out of New York’s Tin Pan Alley and the alleys of Buenos Aires, they created a cabaret scene that brought tango, jazz and so much more to excited audiences. This multimedia presentation offers a window into this unique world that tragically ended in 1939.
Sasha Lurje - PHOTO BY ABHISHIKTA VANGA
  • photo by Abhishikta Vanga
  • Sasha Lurje
The festival also includes Old Time Yiddishkeit: A Heymish (informal) day of Yiddish Folk Culture featuring a concert by Latvian singer Sasha Lurje and American violinist Craig Judelman as well as fun Yiddish workshops with Sasha Lurje and Rabbi Naomi Steinberg.
Craig Judelman - PHOTO BY ABHISHIKTA VANGA
  • photo by Abhishikta Vanga
  • Craig Judelman
And let’s not forget the food! Let’s Invite Bubbe to Dinner is a cooking class with mother-daughter chefs, Lauren and Mariah Sarabia. Lauren is the owner and chef of Comfort of Home Catering, one of the only Jewish owned and influenced by cultural recipes on the Northcoast. On Sunday, Feb. 7, pre-ordered traditional Jewish baked goods and lunch will be offered by the Sarabia chefs. Get the full menu, details and tickets at www.templebetheleureka.org.

The festival culminates with Singing the Diaspora: Sephardic Songs from Turkey to Morocco, with Santa Barbara-based Sephardic music ensemble Flor de Kanela ("Flower of Cinnamon”) including Kira Weiss, Andrea Fishman, Eric Ederer and Fred Nadis.
Flor de Kanela
  • Flor de Kanela
About the presentation: This presentation traces the cultural and musical history of the Sephardic Jews from their expulsion from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) in the 15th century to the two main diasporas: the urban centers of Ottoman lands (present day Turkey, Greece and the Balkans) and Morocco. The ensemble will perform several love songs from Salonica, Istanbul and Izmir — cities that became the centers of Sephardic life and culture in the 19th and 20th centuries — and a Moroccan traditional Sephardic wedding song, explaining the cultural and musical contexts.

Prices for The Humboldt Jewish Music and Culture Festival events are $15-$30, or $60 for the all-event pass. Detailed info and tickets available at www.templebetheleureka.org.
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Friday, January 29, 2021

Fred Korematsu Day Of Civil Liberties and the Constitution

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 8:00 AM

San Jose Taiko - KEILEE PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • San Jose Taiko
Jan. 30 is civil rights leader Fred Korematsu’s birthday and California honors his legacy with the annual Fred Korematsu Day Of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. This year, join Humboldt Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (HAPI, formerly Taiko Swing Humboldt) and Humboldt State University’s Asian Desi Pacific Islander Collective, the HSU Library, and the critical race, gender and sexuality studies department on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 3 p.m. for an online “multi-faceted streamed event and facilitated discussion,” including a condensed version of Swingposium on the Road, featuring San Jose Taiko and the HSU Jazz Orchestra. Register in advance at www.hsu.link/Zio for the free event.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Virtual Veils: Photos of Saturday's Remote Dance Performance

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2020 at 7:07 PM

My original plan for Saturday evening was to stay home and watch the live-streamed Arcata Playhouse Arts presentation Intersections, Where We Meet. The Playhouse's theater venue has been closed for months and I was intrigued by the potential of seeing more than 40 performers and eight pieces featuring dancers, classical musicians, storytellers, a clown, poets and artists from secret locations all over Arcata, a local beach and Southern California — all from home.
Isadora Sharon spun around while rehearsing "Veil/Re-Veil" on Moonstone Beach before sunset Saturday. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Isadora Sharon spun around while rehearsing "Veil/Re-Veil" on Moonstone Beach before sunset Saturday.

And then Mother Nature stepped in, offering a warm, wind-free late afternoon that took my wife and I out of the house with cameras in hand to watch the sunset at Moonstone Beach. There we came across our favorite dancer Shoshanna on the beach and she confirmed, yes, this indeed was the secret location for her improvisational dance performance for the Arcata Playhouse's virtual event. (See the slideshow of the sunset rehearsal and performance below.)

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Show Must Go Online: Dell'Arte's Virtual Season

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 6:46 PM

Despite the Mad River Festival being pushed back to September and a handful of scheduled performances canceled due to shelter-in-place orders, Dell'Arte International is not sitting idle. In a press release, Artistic Director Michael Fields says, "Uncharted times call for innovative creativity and collaboration." Sounds like a job for Dell'Arte. The theater folk in Blue Lake are putting together a schedule of Zoom-based artist talks with key Dell'Arte players, as well as releasing past performances on the organization's Vimeo and YouTube channels.
Donald Forrest in a scene from Radioman. - SUBMITTED
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  • Donald Forrest in a scene from Radioman.
You'll be able to watch Radioman, Mad Love, Punctual Folly and Mary Jane: A Musical Potumentary from the comfort of your home. "In lieu of ticket sales for the online shows," the release states, "Dell’Arte is instead requesting donations to fund scholarships and the ability to keep the people at the heart of the organization." For details and the full schedule, see the press release below.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Cue Blues: Redwood Coast Music Festival is Canceled

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 7:38 PM

With Humboldt County and the rest of the state of California under a shelter-in-place order, the board of the Redwood Coast Music Festival has announced that the 30th annual multi-day, multi-stage event that takes over Eureka every May is canceled.

Ticket holders can get refunds by emailing accounting@redwoodjazz.org but the board, which has already scheduled next year's event for May 6 through 9, is encouraging them to hang onto their passes for 2021. In a press release, the RCMF board says it's hopeful it will be able to bring back the dozen local acts and 40 touring acts already booked. "It’s going to be extra difficult for them, so while we may be upset about this inconvenience, we’re working to bring as many back in 2021 as possible." (Read the full press release at the bottom.)

Until next year, put on some swing to view Mark Larson's slideshow of last year's festivities and daydream of simpler times.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Photos: Mister Cister Wins the Mr. Humboldt Crown

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 4:21 PM

On Saturday, Feb. 29, after a grueling rounds of Q&A, swimsuit, talent and formal wear competition, hosts Johanna Nagan and Andrew Goff crowned a new Mr. Humboldt: Mister Cister. The blue-wigged champion's costume game was strong, with an inflatable Squidward headpiece for the beach, a sparkly white evening gown and a series of layered outfit reveals in the talent portion. See the slideshow below for Mark McKenna's highlights of a night of chainsaws, tattooed lap dances, belly dancing and speedos, all under a near-constant hail of flying undergarments.
It's ... almost safe for work?
Newly crowned Mr. Humboldt winner Mister Cister holds the Big Wood award aloft. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Newly crowned Mr. Humboldt winner Mister Cister holds the Big Wood award aloft.
Ultimately, it was the bearded drag queen's singing and dancing performance of "Sweet Transvestite" with an LED whip and rainbow feather boa that brought the house down and won wild scores from the judges (43 out of 10 from Mr. Humboldt 2019). Accepting the crown, Mister Cister encouraged the audience to follow their dreams: "Fuck it. Just go out and do whatever you want to do."

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Swing Time Travel: Photos and Video from the Taiko Swingposium

Posted By on Sun, Feb 9, 2020 at 11:41 AM

Last weekend, the San Jose Taiko Swingposium Immersive Theater Experience's On the Road show transformed the Bayside Community Hall into a World War II-era dance hall in a Japanese-American incarceration camp. While under armed guard and having lost their homes, possessions and rights as Americans, those in the camps played music and held dances like these within their barbed-wire confines to maintain a sense of hope and community.
Members of San Jose Taiko brought ensemble Japanese drumming to the music/dance/immersive theater/living history event. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Members of San Jose Taiko brought ensemble Japanese drumming to the music/dance/immersive theater/living history event.

The "immersive" part of the show? Audience members and performers mingled and danced throughout the evening within a living-history portrayal of a teenage love story in the camp retold by actors playing prisoners.  Music for the three sold-out weekend performances was provided by the taiko drummers and the Humboldt State University Jazz Orchestra. See the slideshow and video below for highlights of the event.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Trick or Treat: Photos from Arcata's Halloween

Posted By on Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 6:10 PM

Parking was a premium for Trick or Treat on the Plaza in Arcata in late afternoon as easily more than a thousand children and adults showed up for the Halloween fun. The event, sponsored by Arcata Main Street, started off with the HSU Marching Lumberjacks, giant puppets and a bubble machine circling the plaza, followed by attendees lining ulp at storefronts and businesses around the plaza to collect the goodies.
The Bella Vita Fire Dance Company burns it up on the Arcata Plaza. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The Bella Vita Fire Dance Company burns it up on the Arcata Plaza.
Additional entertainment included a zombie flash mob performance of "Thriller," a flaming performance by the Bella Vita Fire Dance Company, hay bale rides around the plaza and photo ops with a Halloween Fairy. See the slideshow below for highlights of the costumed fun.


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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Photos from Sunday at the North Country Fair

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 5:40 PM

Sunday at the 46th annual North Country Fair featured another splash of the popular rhythms and dances of Samba da Alegria's Samba Parade, along with the usual mix of live music on multiple stages, vendors of all types and — atypically for the season — occasional rain. See highlights of the parade in the slideshow below.
The flower blossom-strewn east side of the Arcata Plaza made a good dance platform for the Samba da Alegria dancers. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The flower blossom-strewn east side of the Arcata Plaza made a good dance platform for the Samba da Alegria dancers.
Fortunately for the paint-daubed musicians and samba dancers in a mix of costumes symbolizing Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival, the weather cleared in time for their 1 p.m. performance in front of a packed house around the Arcata Plaza. After the Samba Parade left the plaza, fair attendees took shelter for a half hour or so of heavy rain and then returned once warm sunshine appeared for the rest of the afternoon's fair activities.

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