Theater

Thursday, June 16, 2022

COVID Cuts Rocky Horror Run Short

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2022 at 12:37 PM

Ferndale Repertory Theatre announced today it is canceling its final weekend of performances of the musical comedy The Rocky Horror Show after members of the production tested positive for COVID-19. Theaters and live music venues have struggled to hold performances amid the pandemic and the current surge in cases makes the closure unfortunate but not entirely surprising. The theater also promised refunds for those with tickets for the shows scheduled for the coming days. It also stated its upcoming season would go forward and the schedule would be announced soon.

Read the full release below:
Dear Friends,

Ferndale Repertory Theatre (FRT) cancels the final weekend of The Rocky Horror Show, June 17 – June 19 due to positive Covid-19 cases within the production. In order to prioritize the safety of cast, crew, patrons and volunteers and reduce the risk of contagion moving forward, we are forced to cancel the remainder of the run.

Ticket holders for the final weekend will receive refunds.

When The Rocky Horror Show, directed by Cleo DeOrio, opened in late May 2022, it was a major victory and a reason to celebrate. The show was canceled both in fall of 2020 and fall of 2021 due to Covid-19 concerns. Although the 2022 run is cut short, FRT would like to thank all who made the three week run possible. It was a strong example of artist and designer adaptability and resilience. In addition, the audience’s generosity and excitement was palpable.

We look forward to continuing to offer quality live theater in our 51st season to be announced in the near future.

To learn more about FRT and discover how you can become involved and support the theater, visit www.ferndalerep.org

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Get Your Fruit On! Papaya Lounge Takes Over Septentrio Winery Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2022 at 10:49 AM

PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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Let’s get ready to ruuuummble! The saucy show you’ve been jonesing for is back. Things get fresh and fruity at the Papaya Lounge Rumble Royale Septentrio Winery Takeover, Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 from 7 to10 p.m. at Septentrio Tasting Room ($30). The “raucous and opulent cabaret set in a seedy lounge run by some seriously sexy people” returns for more debaucherous fun. Get there at 5 p.m. when the doors open for cocktails and food served from the Nosh, then settle in for some serious fun courtesy of host Velvet Q. Jones and her friends Nancy Schwartz, Musty Beaver and Papaya's house band, the Enthusiastic
Consents.
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Sunday, April 3, 2022

"Clown Sweethearts" Perform in Playhouse Family Fun Series

Posted By on Sun, Apr 3, 2022 at 4:00 AM

Coventry & Kaluza, the “clown school sweethearts” hailing from the Clown Conservatory at the San Francisco Circus Center, bring music, comedy, acrobatics and hula hooping fun to the Creamery District’s Big Top Circus Tent on Monday, April 4 at 6 p.m. as part of the Arcata Playhouse Family Fun Series (free). The duo won Best Comedy/Clown Act in the American Circus Festival two years in a row and best duo in the Picklewater Free Circus Festival two years in a row. That’s nothing to shake a juggling stick at! Don’t miss this special free family performance.
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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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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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Friday, March 18, 2022

Hollow Palm Opens at Dell’Arte

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2022 at 11:18 AM

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If you missed the Butoh performance last weekend at Dell’Arte, you’ve got another chance to see that style of theater this weekend as Hollow Palm opens Friday, March 18 at 8 p.m. at the Carlo Theatre with a Saturday, March 19 performance at 8 p.m. as well ($15).

Hollow Palm is a kaleidoscope of new physical theater created by the students of the Professional Training Program. Inspired by the play Good Person of Szechwan by Bertolt Brecht and an intensive study of the contemporary Japanese performance art, Butoh, this performance piece is an
expressive event designed to provoke feeling and thought about the social forces and conventions which constrain us all in modern life.”

Complete COVID-19 vaccination required (boosters not required) by the date of attendance and masks must be worn for access to the facility, theaters and outdoor area. Get tickets at www.dellarte.com/product/hollow-palm.
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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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Friday, July 30, 2021

Hamlet Back on at NCRT

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 8:00 AM

HAMLET PHOTO BY DAVID HAMILTON
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Live theater ... to see, or not to see? If you choose the former, get thee to the North Coast Repertory Theatre for its production of Hamlet, opening Saturday, July 31 at 8 p.m. and playing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 22 ($18, $16). In tragic Shakespearean fashion, the play was shut down due to the pandemic just as it was about to open in 2020. The cast and crew persevered and are back with flourish! Get tickets online in advance at www.ncrt.net or by calling 442-6278, as none will be sold at the theater. Proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test is required at the door. 
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