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
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  • 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, October 15, 2020

Local Luthier's 'Pawn Star'-dom

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 9:30 AM

Wolf Navarro knows everything about guitars. Well, that's what somebody told the producers of Pawn Stars, anyway. Navarro doesn't make that claim himself but when a mutual friend from the NFL/custom car reality show Tackle My Ride shared a photo of the Humboldt guitar craftsman's work, landing him an interview with the Pawn Stars folks, he went for it.

A shot from Season 17, episode 25 of Pawn Stars. - COURTESY OF WOLF NAVARRO
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  • A shot from Season 17, episode 25 of Pawn Stars.

The History Channel show's guitar expert had just departed and its producers were looking for a new face to show up in the Las Vegas shop to geek out over vintage instruments and music history. Navarro is more than qualified to research and estimate the axes up for negotiation on Pawn Stars, having been in the custom guitar business since 2009, spending time at guitar shows and learning his craft from local artisan Gabe Douge of Black Devil Guitars. 

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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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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Mr. Bungle Returns with Virtual Halloween Show

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2020 at 4:39 PM

Depending on how big a fan you are of the Eureka-born band Mr. Bungle, maybe 2020 is balancing out. In an ominous, Eureka-heavy, black and white YouTube promo posted yesterday (see below), the band announced "The Night They Came Home," a live streaming Halloween concert featuring original members Mike Patton, Trevor Dunn and Trey Spruance, as well as "a couple of overpriced rock stars," guitarist Scott Ian of Anthrax and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. You can tune in at noon on Oct. 31 or watch on demand for 72 hours after that at www.mrbungle.live ($15), where you can also score merch like a T-shirts with a vomiting rabbit on it.


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Monday, October 5, 2020

UPDATE: Caltrans: Copyright Contract Grants Rights to Artists

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2020 at 5:39 PM

UPDATE:

The Journal has received clarification from Caltrans spokesperson Myles Cochran on the language and intent of the contract it sent to artists who painted Caltrans utility boxes as part of the Eureka Box Art program in 2018, stating that it in fact grants all control and ownership of the artwork to the artists.

While page 4 of the document reads, with bracketed text by the Journal, “ASSIGNOR [the artist] hereby conveys, transfers and irrevocably assigns to ASSIGNEE [Caltrans] all of ASSIGNOR’s Copyright Ownership rights, title and interests in the Final Artwork,” those rights appear to return to the artist on page 6. There it reads, “ASSIGNEE [Caltrans] grants to ASSIGNOR [the artist], pursuant to this Agreement, a perpetual, exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, sub-licensable, royalty-free license to use and exploit the Final Artwork, including in its Preliminary Works and final Material Object form.”

As to why the contract is necessary, Cochran further explained that aside from the need to repair and maintain the boxes, “the agreement also protects taxpayers from liability costs in cases such as a collision ruining a utility box, or, say Caltrans wants to post a picture regarding upcoming road work and there's some beautiful art in the picture, we can do that.” He also added that concerned artists can contact Caltrans for a detailed explanation of the contract and its purpose.

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A number of artists who painted utility boxes along Broadway, Fourth and Fifth streets in Eureka as part of a the Eureka Box Art program in 2018 have received emails from Caltrans asking them to sign over the copyright to their work. The request includes no further compensation and no clear explanation of why Caltrans wants copyright ownership. For some artists that offers little motivation to sign.
Blake Reagan's utility box painting on Fourth and F streets. - FILE
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  • Blake Reagan's utility box painting on Fourth and F streets.
Blake Reagan, whose floral design sits at the corner of Fourth and F streets, was paid a $500 stipend for labor and materials two years ago when he spent four days painting the box. Not that he was in it for the money. “It was definitely not a profitable job. It was an opportunity to do some live public art,” he says. At that time there was no mention of a copyright agreement. He received the email through the city of Eureka a couple days ago and is still looking it over.

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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Action! (With Some Distance)

Posted By on Sat, Oct 3, 2020 at 6:25 PM

The city of Eureka posted on its Facebook page that sections of Sequoia Park and its trails will be closed on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Tuesday, Oct. 6, when one of two film crews — it's not stated which — will be shooting at the location. The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission had previously announced Humboldt would be hosting a couple of crews and that they would be following COVID-19 safety protocols, including working in pods, isolated from the community. Read more about it here
The crew of "A Wrinkle in Time" filming at Sequoia Park in 2016. - FILE
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  • The crew of "A Wrinkle in Time" filming at Sequoia Park in 2016.
One of the films being shot locally is Afterward, based on the true local story of the Quigley family, whose 9-year-old daughter, Nicole, was killed in an accident caused by street racing in 2008 on State Route 299. It stars Terence Howard, Aaron Eckhart and George Lopez.


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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

HSU Lecturer's Photo on NYT Magazine Cover

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 12:46 PM

If you were clutching the pages of the New York Times Magazine's education issue this week or racking up screen time reading it online to learn about what's going on in schools and homes amid the pandemic across the U.S., you might have seen some local photography. The deceptively soothing cover image of a child at a backyard desk, as well as a few inside photos, is by Humboldt State University art department's lecturer Dave Woody. The department's Instagram shared the image yesterday.


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Monday, September 14, 2020

Live Entertainment Still Canceled

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2020 at 10:03 AM

Despite what you might be seeing around the county and online, live shows are still not allowed under our current phase of shelter in place. On Aug. 4, the Humboldt Reopening Certification Team sent an email around to restaurants reminding them of the regulations for outdoor tent dining (one side closed only), face coverings (still required outdoors) and the continuing ban on live performances. "Concert, performance, or entertainment venues must remain closed until they are allowed to resume modified or full operation through a specific reopening order or guidance," the email reads. "Establishments that serve full meals must discontinue this type of entertainment until these types of activities are allowed to resume modified or full operation." (Read the full announcement below.)

Siren Song Tavern's compliant outdoor dining setup. - SUBMITTED
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  • Siren Song Tavern's compliant outdoor dining setup.

The Joint Information Center has confirmed these rules remain unchanged, despite the shift to the state's new color-coded guidelines and the reopening of indoor dining in Humboldt. A spokesperson told the Journal via email, "In short, live performances are expressly prohibited by state guidelines, whether they take place indoors or outdoors, even in spaces that have been certified for other types of activities."


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Friday, September 4, 2020

Record Your Music at the Morris Graves Museum

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2020 at 4:08 PM

If a small studio seems dodgy for recording with your band right now, the Morris Graves Museum of Art has another option for you: the free use of its beautiful rotunda, where you and your bandmates can spread out and enjoy the acoustics. And you can use your recording to do a little virtual busking with the Journal.
Mr. Moonbeam at the MGMA. - COURTESY OF THE MORRIS GRAVES MUSEUM OF ART
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  • Mr. Moonbeam at the MGMA.

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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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