• Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 09:00 PM through October 15, 2017

    It's a Mad Mad Puppet World!

    Mary_N_-_2016_Lo-100.jpgTickets Playhouse Puppet performance returns for a 5th and final year. Puppet Slams are a nationwide performance form of short puppetry acts for adult audiences. There are over 100 of these type events happening across the country just like this one. The Playhouse event is sponsored by the National Puppet Slam Network and will feature puppet mayhem from Portland and the Bay Area with live music all in a fast-paced caberet format.

    This year’s show use the theme of “It’s a Mad Mad Puppet World” as a take-off point for our performers to play in this wonderful form. You will see everything from hand puppets to shadow puppets to giant puppets to object puppetry along with some mask performance and live actors. Featured performers for this year include Black Cat Shadows, Dupre’s Puppets, AC/DC Puppets, and of course the Indestructible Professor Willikers with special guests Tim Giugni and friends from Portland, award-winning puppeteer Mary Nagler from Vancouver, Washington as well as Sebastopol company Independent Eye and joined by local performers Laura Munoz, Sarah McKinney and Pratik Motowani. Live music will be provided by Gregg Moore and special guests. It will definitely be a raucous night of wild antics with a wide range of puppet styles and moods from comic to dark and beautiful. The show is recommended for adult audiences with sets by Lush Newton and James Hildebrant.

    The performances are sponsored by Playhouse Arts and the Puppet Slam Network which is a national network of short form puppetry performance www.puppetslam.com. The Puppet Slam Network is a great resource with over 100 Slams across the country and internationally. The Playhouse folks are excited to be part of the nationwide fun. Funding made possible in part by the Puppet Slam Network www.puppetslam.com

    Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with the performance at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 general and $8 students, seniors and members and are available at Wildberries Market Place or reserve at (707) 822-1575. For information visit arcataplayhouse.org.

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  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 08:00 PM

    Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards

    Laura_Cortese_WEB_small.jpgTickets Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards have a vision for their band's sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. Their new album California Calling comes out on October 6th. On their CD release tour, Cellist Valerie Thompson (cello/vox), fiddler Jenna Moynihan (fiddle/vox), and Zoe Guigueno (bass/vox) pair their sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to band leader Laura Cortese's poignant and powerful singing. For their forthcoming album, the band is exploring their special and less common instrumentation with the support of Sam Kassirer, album producer of folk-pop favorites like Lake Street Dive and Joy Kills Sorrow. Tickets $18 general & $16 students and Playhouse/Folklife members. Available at Wildberries Marketplace or online.

     The new record has a wide emotional and sonic scope. The four voices are just as much instruments as they are providers for lyric and harmony. At times its rowdy, delicate and cinematic. The result is a sound that can start as a string band, and morph into a string quartet, female acappella group, or indie band; all while staying honest and true to their identity as folk instrumentalists. This is post-folk that seriously rocks.

  • Sunday, November 05, 2017 at 07:00 PM

    Jeremy Kittel

    JKQT-2websize.jpgTickets Jeremy Kittel is an American fiddler, violinist, and composer. Fluent in multiple musical genres, his original music draws from traditional roots, jazz, Celtic, Classical, electronic, and more. The Jeremy Kittel Band features groundbreaking hammered dulcimer player Simon Chrisman of the Bee Eaters and Canadian wunderkind guitarist Quinn Bachand. Tickets are $18 general and $16 members and students. Available at Wildberries Marketplace, online at brownpapertickets.com or reserve at 822-1575 

  • Tuesday, November 07, 2017 at 08:00 PM

    Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault

    KD_JF_HI_RES_COLOR_-_PHOTO_CREDIT_JOSEPH_NAVAS_web_size.jpgTickets Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault share the stage on a special split bill to celebrate the release of THE WILD, Kris Delmhorsts 2017 album featuring Foucault and members of his band. Though married since 2004, these two acclaimed artists have until now maintained independent touring careers, and THE WILD marks their first foray into the studio together, to record Delmhorsts darkly hopeful, fiercely wise new collection of songs. Merging her sophisticated melodies and hauntingly open voice with Foucault's lean aesthetic, the album navigates the poles of home and away, known and unknown, and reunites her with old bandmates including Billy Conway - the former Morphine drummer who produced her first two albums - and bassist Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T). Featuring two distinct sets of music every night, with the two artists fronting the band in succession and joining each other's sets, the tour offers a rare and intimate performance from two of the country's foremost songwriters. Tickets are $20 general and $18 students and members. Available at Wildberries Marketplace, online or phone 707-822-1575 for reservations.

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