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!

Creamery Festival -- August 21-23

Owl_puppet_with_crowd_and_balloons_copy.jpgThe Creamery Festival is back!  The Creamery Festival will be held on August 21 and 22 in the Creamery District.  The Flynn Creek Circus will have their big top in the Tomas field at 1275 8th Street with performances on August 21, 22 and 23.  

Friday, August 21

The Flynn Creek Circus will have a special performance under the big top in Tomas field at 7pm.  

The Elemental outdoor spectacle will begin at 8pm at Tomas field -- right after the 7pm circus performance -- and will wend its way through the Creamery District ending at Holly Yashi’s Back Porch at 1380 9th Street.  Elemental's not-to-be-missed performance includes live music, dancers, acrobats, shadow puppetry, fire dancers and mobs of fairies and lanterns.  For more information on Elemental performances see the Four on the Floor website.

A dance party with the Latin Peppers will be held at the Back Porch starting at 9pm.  The new Wrangletown Cider Company will be open and serving hard apple cider and wine at the dance.  Mexican food from the Taco Faktory and beer from Mad River Brewery will also be served.

Saturday, August 22

A street party with music, food trucks, wandering performers and vendors will be held from 11am to 4pm on a blocked-off 9th Street between L and N Streets.  Music is from FireSign, the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, Bandmonium, the Jim Lahman Band and more.  The Flynn Creek Circus will have performances at 3pm and 7pm.

Sunday, August 23

The Flynn Creek Circus will have performances at 1:30pm and 4pm.  Check the Flynn Creek Circus website for more information on their performances.

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