The Bigfoot Lodge Holiday Radio Hour

Poster_web_logo.jpgThe Arcata Playhouse annual holiday extravaganza returns: The Bigfoot Lodge Holiday Radio Hour. The show is a quirky assortment of music, theater and variety performance for the whole family.  Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Dec. 3, 4, 5) at 8 pm, Friday and Saturday (Dec. 11, 12) at 8 pm, and Sunday (Dec. 13) at 2 pm.

The show’s premise centers on the esteemed radio personality Harrison La Blank who comes to the Big Foot Lodge from New York City for a live radio broadcast of his very popular radio show.  As usual, music, mayhem and mirth will take to the Playhouse stage in this raucous radio drama variety show. The stellar cast of James Peck, Sarah Peters, Kit Mann, Jacqueline Dandeneau, Sarah McKinney, pianist Tim Randles and Foley artist Bayley will bring you a holiday shadow play, elves, puppets, beautiful harmonies and gut aching laughs.

There will be different community guests each night. Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, Bandamonium, Pacific Union Elementary, the Blue Lake Choir, the Brendas among others. Tickets are $12 general, $10 seniors/veterans/members, and $8 for kids 12 and under. Tickets are available in Upcoming Events, at Wildberries Marketplace or by calling 822-1575.

Echoes of War opens Oct. 22

Echoes_of_War_logo.jpgEchoes of War is an original performance that documents veterans, their families and survivors of war and their experiences of coming home. Featuring live music and local participants, this original production will premiere October 22-25 at the Arcata Playhouse.  Echoes of War is a California Humanities Community Stories project

Veterans, their families and survivors of war take the stage to present their experiences of coming home. Echoes of War has three elements: recording stories for a local audio archive and the Library of Congress, a live presentation of stories and a radio broadcast in November. Through a series of workshops over a six-week period, Co-producer and local storyteller, Ali Freedlund has guided participants in the art of storytelling and they have crafted their experiences into pieces to present at the Arcata Playhouse. Concurrently, Co-producer and audio engineer Tammy Rae Scott has been collecting audio interviews and images from the community at large.  Directors Zuzka Sabata and Jacqueline Dandeneau will craft the live storytellers interspersed audio interviews, visual images and live music to create the final production of Echoes of War. The stage production and audio interviews will then be broadcast on KHSU ( on Veteran's Day November 11 at 7 p.m.

Among our participants are Vietnam veterans, a National Guardsman who served in Afghanistan, a Bosnian Muslim who fled Rob__Ali_web.jpgher home in Sarajevo, a Jewish woman who was able to get out of Germany, but at the expense of a long absence from her family, a veteran of Iraq and a Navy veteran who now participates annually in the Run to the Wall every Memorial Day.

“If we never share our struggles then how can we expect society to understand this better?” project participant

San Francisco Chronicle article link.

Echoes of War will  feature banners from A Break in the Battle, a Tattoo Project from Ft. Benning conceived by Ronayne (Ronie) Dalton. Large banners depicting soldiers and their tattoos will grace the Arcata Playhouse. A Break in the Battle is partially a tribute to her son, James Andrew Dalton, who collected tattoos and by extension, to all other soldiers who have been affected by combat. More information here.

Tickets are $10/ $8 for veterans available at Wildberries Marketplace , or by phone at 822-1575.

Creamery Festival returns!

CREAMFST_FRONT_med_r.jpgWith pageantry, music, arts and crafts, comedy and a big top circus tent, Arcata Playhouse and  the Creamery District will present a fresh, fun, family-friendly three-day festival.

The event centers itself around Arcata's historical Creamery Building and the Arcata Playhouse and will feature performances from Flynn Creek Circus, the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, Latin Peppers and our wonderful community outdoor spectacle, Elemental. Full schedule at Creamery Festival

Don't miss the festival's opening night on Friday, August 21, will include an hour- long performance from Mendocino's Flynn Creek Circus that will culminate in an outdoor pageant featuring a community procession, stilt walkers, giant puppets, paper lantern sculptures, and a giant shadow play ending in a dance party with local favorites the Latin Peppers at Holly Yashi Jewelry!

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