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Friday, March 26, 2021

RCT's Bloomsday Back for One Night Only

Posted By on Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Jaunt back to the Emerald Isle with Redwood Curtain Theatre to revisit a sweet, heartwarming love story whose telling was cut short by unforseen circumstances. In March of 2020, the pandemic shut down the final performances of RCT’s Bloomsday when there was so much more love (and brilliant perfomances) to give. ’Twas a cryin’ shame.

Back for one night only, the original cast reunites for a live staged reading of Steven Deitz’ Irish time-travel love story on Sunday, March 28 at 6 p.m. via Zoom (free,$5 suggested donation).

From the Redwood Curtain press release:
"Bloomsday tells the story of Robert who returns to Dublin to reunite with Cait, the woman who captured his heart during a tour thirty-five years ago. Dancing backwards through time, the older couple retrace their steps to discover their younger selves. Through young Robbie and Caithleen, they relive the unlikely, inevitable events that brought them – only briefly – together. This Irish time travel love story blends wit, humor and heartache into a buoyant, moving appeal for making the most of the present before it’s past."

Register for this special performance in advance at www.redwoodcurtain.com. Yeats be glad ye did!

Gary Sommers and Susan Abbey as Robert and Cait. - PHOTO BY DAVID WILSON
  • Photo by David Wilson
  • Gary Sommers and Susan Abbey as Robert and Cait.
William English III and Marguerite Rose Hockaday as Robbie and Caithleen. - PHOTO BY DAVID WILSON
  • Photo by David Wilson
  • William English III and Marguerite Rose Hockaday as Robbie and Caithleen.
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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Zero to Fierce Womxn's Festival

Posted By on Sat, Mar 6, 2021 at 11:17 AM

Playhouse Arts presents the 5th annual Zero to Fierce Womxn's Festival 2021, happening Monday, March 8 - Sunday, March 14. The festival is chock full of (mostly) Zoom events showcasing local and out of the area performing and visual artists, scholars, chefs, faith leaders, and social activists.
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As with years past, the festival will break down into five daily series:

Morning Movement
The Lunch Box Series
Family Time
Afternoon Adventure
After Five

The festival kicks off with a sunrise marsh walk, Monday, March 8 at 6:30 a.m. and culminates with an afternoon discussion on Love and Spirituality in Activism, and Get your Phyllo On, a cooking class/dinner with Lauren and Mariah Sarabia — with all sorts of inspiring and empowering events woven throughout the week. Get a full schedule and tickets online at www.zerotofierce.org.
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Artists Dismantling Capitalism Moves Online

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2021 at 6:30 AM

Shambe Jones (Cooperation Jackson), Leslie Castellano (Synapsis), David Cobb (Cooperation Humboldt) explore the intersection of art, political education and electoral politics.
  • Shambe Jones (Cooperation Jackson), Leslie Castellano (Synapsis), David Cobb (Cooperation Humboldt) explore the intersection of art, political education and electoral politics.
Cooperation Humboldt and The Ink People have partnered this year to bring you the fourth Artists Dismantling Capitalism Symposium, taking place online from Feb. 26-28.

The symposium features 17 sessions covering a variety of topics from theater to music cooperatives to solidarity economics, spirituality and more. It also marks the virtual launch of the public art show Just Imagine.

While the event is free, $5-$100 donations are encouraged to help cover costs and pay artists. A food drive will gather non-perishable items for Cooperation Humboldt’s Little Free Pantry network.

Head to www.cooperationhumboldt.com/dismantle-capitalism for more on the symposium’s complete schedule and how to link up.
For the symposium, Mo Desir discusses non-mainstream Black artists and Black liberation, and leads participants in a writing workshop.
  • For the symposium, Mo Desir discusses non-mainstream Black artists and Black liberation, and leads participants in a writing workshop.
Explore identity, colonial capitalism and personal accountability through expressive arts with Samantha Williams-Gray.
  • Explore identity, colonial capitalism and personal accountability through expressive arts with Samantha Williams-Gray.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

'Confession' Hits Amazon Prime with Local Talent and Scenery

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2020 at 7:16 PM

The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission has good news for those of us who've burned through our streaming queues: Humboldt artist and author Daniel Niyiri's thriller Confession is now available to stream on Amazon Prime. The drama centers on a forensic psychiatrist's evaluation of a captured murderer who claims to be a demon. Check out the preview below for a sample of the spooky film.

Gary C. Stillman as Det. Jared Lamb and Gavin Lyall as suspect Dean McCallum. - CONFESSION
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  • Gary C. Stillman as Det. Jared Lamb and Gavin Lyall as suspect Dean McCallum.

Nyiri is joined on the project by cinematographer Matt St. Charles, whose commercial work for Wildberries Market, Sole Savers and the Minor Theater you've likely seen. The movie is edited by Humboldt State University grad Cole Saxton, whose resume includes feature films, documentaries, music videos and television ads.

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Dell'Arte's Holiday Show Comes to Your Living Room

Posted By on Sat, Nov 28, 2020 at 11:55 AM

As you scan the growing list of holiday traditions we'll be skipping this year due to COVID-19 and Humboldt County's move into the purple "widespread" risk tier, cross off the annual Dell'Arte holiday show. The Blue Lake-based theater folks are taking the always innovative performances, which normally tour the county with free shows for the kiddies, virtual. This year, you and the little ones can catch its adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic Hansel and Gretel live streaming and on local PBS TV station KEET.

Oscar "Oz" Nava and Laura Jill Murillo Hart as the babes in the wood. - SUBMITTED
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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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Sunday, October 11, 2020

A Love Story for the Stages

Posted By on Sun, Oct 11, 2020 at 3:42 PM

Evan Needham and Caroline McFarland on the NCRT stage. - PHOTO BY EVAN WISHEROPP
  • Photo by Evan Wisheropp
  • Evan Needham and Caroline McFarland on the NCRT stage.

With stages and shows dark, what are a couple of theater kids to do? For local actors, Evan Needham and Caroline McFarland, creativity burns in them and so doth the fire of love and, COVID be damned, both must be expressed! With their show Hamlet at North Coast Repertory Theatre on hiatus, a shared love of Shakespeare between them, and supportive friends on hand, it seems a marriage proposal of epic proportions was on the bill.

Needham came up with the intricate plan. He would send his unsuspecting love on a scavenger hunt across town to locations meaningful to their relationship, guiding her along with Shakespearean quotes and clues, puzzles, costume changes, a Pirates of Penzance treasure hunt and more that eventually led her to North Coast Repertory Theatre where the idle Hamlet set became the perfect backdrop for his proposal.

On September 22, all of Needham’s hard work and ingeniuty paid off (plus that of a handful of close theater friends who helped). When McFarland arrived at NCRT — the outside marquee read "An Ever-Fixed Mark" — she found Needham waiting for her onstage. He sang to her, got down on one knee, revealed the ring and McFarland said 'yes' under stage lights and a shower of confetti. Photographer to the stars, Evan Wisheropp, was there to capture the magic. Dinner from Larrupin' Cafe and homemade pie from mom waited for them in the lobby.

In lieu of live performance, the two lovebirds made a bit of theater spectacle worthy of the Bard himself.

North Coast Repertory Theatre sent out notice of this lovely happening in its latest newsletter. It made us smile. We wanted to share. Congrats to Evan and Caroline! Until the lights come up...
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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
  • Photo by León Villagómez
  • Ferndale Repertory Theatre Artistic Producing Director Leira V. Satlof, who is leaving her post.

Read the full release below:

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Friday, August 14, 2020

OK, Zoomer

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

PHOTO BY PATRICK RUTHERFORD
  • 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 www.facebook.com/events/1298786027119672.

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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Monday, July 20, 2020

KMUD Accepting Submissions for Virtual Talent Show

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 10:20 AM

DJ Lisa Luv of KMUD Redwood Community Radio. - PHOTO BY ERICA BOTKIN
  • Photo by Erica Botkin
  • DJ Lisa Luv of KMUD Redwood Community Radio.
KMUD Redwood Community Radio is now accepting submissions for its first ever Virtual Talent Show.

Children and adults who reside in Humboldt, Trinity, Del Norte and Mendocino counties who want to share their talent (and perhaps win a prize) are encouraged to enter. Submissions will be accepted between July 20 and Aug. 2.

KMUD will post the Virtual Talent Show for viewing and voting on Aug. 10. Go to www.kmud.org, KMUD’s Instagram @kmudradio, KMUD’s Twitter @kmud or KMUD’s Facebook page to enter.

For more information, email kmudkeenav@gmail.com.
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