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Arts & Entertainment Archive

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Week of: Jun 28, 2009
Animalia Alumna Artisfabricus at First Street Gallery » Humboldt State University First Street Gallery is pleased to present, ANIMALIA ALUMNA ARTISFABRICUS, featuring nine alumni artists who studied in the Art Department at Humboldt State University. The exhibit runs from July 3 through September 12, 2009. The exhibition is billed by First Street Gallery as a clear demonstration of the excellent career preparation that Humboldt State University offers its Art Majors. The exhibition will feature a special memorial section dedicated to the work of the late Nancy Finch-Halliday.
Week of: May 31, 2009
HSU Photo Exhibit at Eureka Books » Eureka Books in Old Town will exhibit documentary Humboldt photographs and photo-books on Saturday, June 6, that were created by the 20 members of Lorraine Miller-Wolf's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) class at Humboldt State University.
Marching to Summer with the North Coast Wind Ensemble » The more than 30 players of the North Coast Wind Ensemble usher in summer with an eclectic concert on Saturday, June 13 in the Fulkerson Recital Hall.
Week of: May 10, 2009
Darius Brotman’s Evening of “Serious Chamber Jazz” » Veteran North Coast jazz pianist Darius Brotman teams up with Berkeley bassist Richard Saunders for an intimate evening of jazz standards and originals, to benefit the HSU Music Department scholarship program.
Week of: May 03, 2009
Sky’s the Limit with the AM Jazz Band » HSU senior, Music Education major and saxophonist Sky Miller directs three of the six selections in the AM Jazz spring concert on Thursday, May 7.
The Humboldt Symphony Spring Concert: Super Schumann, Innovative Weber and a Memorial Mahler » “It’s a super-human showpiece for piano, and a tour de force for the orchestra.”
Jazz Orchestra Celebrates Epoch-Making Music of 1959 » The HSU Jazz Orchestra celebrates the golden anniversary of a golden year in jazz, with both the epoch-making music of 1959 and compositions that carry on its spirit, in its final spring concert on Saturday May 9.
Annual Feast of Choral Singing on May 10 » Lovers of large choral group singing should mark their May calendar for the annual joint concert of the 64-member University Singers and the 75-member Humboldt Chorale on Sunday, May 10 at 8 p.m.
Black Artist Series Celebrates Harlem Nightclub » Arcata - ??Midnight Hour at the Lenox Lounge?? is the culminating performance of a two-semester course, The Black Artist in America (EDUC 680), piloted this year by HSU Professor Patty Yancey for the School of Education Master of Arts Program.
Week of: Apr 26, 2009
Ride the Ghost Train with the HSU Symphonic Band on May 1 » The sounds of trains passing in the night aren’t heard anymore in Arcata, but they will be again in Fulkerson Recital Hall on May 1.
Get Ionized with the HSU Calypso Band and Percussion Ensemble » Recently returned from performances at the Northwest Percussion Festival in Oregon, the HSU Percussion Ensemble, HSU World Percussion Group, and the Humboldt State Calypso Band present their combined spring concert on May 2 in the Van Duzer Theatre.
Vocal Variety at Fulkerson Hall » Three ensembles present a panoply of vocal music in concert at the Fulkerson Recital Hall on Sunday, May 3.
Week of: Apr 19, 2009
The Spanish Combination » Think of music from Spain, and you hear the timbres of guitar and voice. So music from Spain, from fiery Flamenco to introspective melodies, will dominate the collaboration of HSU Music Department colleagues, guitarist Nicholas Lambson and soprano Elisabeth Harrington, in concert at Fulkerson Recital Hall on Saturday, April 25.
Brecher Returns for Beethoven » Cellist and HSU faculty emeritus John Brecher returns to HSU to play two complete works by Beethoven and Shostakovich in a Guest Artist concert at Fulkerson Recital Hall on Friday, April 24.
Ten Minute Play Fest Tonight » In the past decade, the annual Ten Minute Play Festival has gone from a classroom project to one of the more popular presentations on the HSU production calendar. This year—the 11th—there are more plays than ever: 10 instead of the usual eight.
Week of: Apr 12, 2009
Film Festival Marks 42nd Year » The Humboldt Film Festival rolls into its 42nd year with screenings from April 19 through April 25 in HSU’s Van Duzer Theatre.
Week of: Mar 29, 2009
Duo Fuoco: Fiery, Light and Now Half-Humboldt » “Duo Fuoco” means “two fires,” and in its concert on Friday, April 3 at Fulkerson Recital Hall, Duo Fuoco plays some fiery music for guitar and flute.
Composers Concert Includes Deborah Clasquin Memorial » A program of new compositions by HSU Department of Music faculty and students, presents an “eclectic array of styles and compositional techniques for ambient synth music, dancers, piano, voice and various chamber groups,” according to Dr. Brian Post, HSU professor of Music Theory and Composition. It will be performed on Saturday, April 4 in Fulkerson Recital Hall at HSU.
Power House Week for Live Music » What do the Aggrolites, Vetiver, Clem Snide, Fleet Foxes, Blitzen Trapper, and the Heligoats all have in common? Well, besides the fact that they’re all playing Humboldt at some point in the next 10 days, each of these bands sits deserves a spot in the Indie Rock hall of fame.
HSU Dancers Shine in Spring Concert » Fifty dancers performing ten dances, including one that just received top honors at a major regional dance conference, and another that features the 60-voice Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, will fill the Van Duzer Theatre stage for the perennially popular HSU spring dance concert, beginning Thursday, April 9.
Democracy Now! Host Visits HSU » Amy Goodman, host of Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now!, will be speaking about her new book Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times at 8 p.m., April 11, in HSU’s Kate Buchanan Room.
Week of: Mar 22, 2009
The Depravities of War: Monumental Woodcut Prints by Sandow Birk » Humboldt State University’s First Street Gallery presents ??The Depravities of War: Monumental Woodcut Prints?? by Sandow Birk April 4 through May 17. Birk’s work focuses on social and political issues concerning contemporary society, often employing allegorical themes with art historical references. Through the use of the classical technique of woodcut prints, this series focuses on Birk’s perspective on the Iraq war, as filtered through the mass media.
First Street Presents the HSU Printmakers Show » Humboldt State University’s First Street Gallery presents The HSU Printmakers Show from April 4 through May 17. This exhibition consists of a wide variety of mediums such as woodcuts, etching, engravings, lithographs and serigraphy, all covering a broad array of subjects. The contributing artists are students and alumni of Professor Sarah Whorf’s Honors Printmaking classes at Humboldt State University. The exhibition is billed by First Street Gallery as a clear demonstration of the excellent career preparation that Humboldt State University offers its Art Majors.
HSU Dancer Receives Top Honors » Cheri Anchondo, who is a double major in Dance (Interdisciplinary Studies) and Geography, had her dance selected as one of the top 10 dances (out of 66 dances) in the Northwest Region. Anchondo’s dance was featured in a Gala concert that closed the conference activities.
Week of: Mar 15, 2009
Modern Adventures with the new North Coast Wind Ensemble » The North Coast Wind Ensemble continues its inaugural season on Sunday, March 22 at Fulkerson Recital Hall with an ambitious and adventurous program that includes a tribute to Paris, ??Variations on America,?? some Gregorian chant and a little ragtime. And of course, a march.
Week of: Mar 08, 2009
Community Chamber Music Concert Celebrates Mendelssohn, Plays Beethoven’s Early Hit » After four previous successful concerts since 2007, the Community Chamber Music series continues with the Meadowood Quartet, Quartet Arioso and the Hidden Valley Chamber Players performing Mendelssohn, Beethoven and other composers on Saturday, March 14 in the Fulkerson Recital Hall at HSU.
Week of: Mar 01, 2009
Song and Laughs with the Opera Workshop and Humboldt Symphony » Call it comic opera or “opera buffo,” the bottom line is that it’s fun. “Fainting, hiding behind chairs but still singing loud enough for the audience to hear, exaggerated dramatic situations and far-fetched resolutions,” is how HSU Opera Workshop director Elisabeth Harrington describes the comic opera to be performed by Workshop singers with the Humboldt Symphony on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7.
Week of: Feb 22, 2009
Reptiles and Amphibians at Natural History Museum » The HSU Natural History Museum offers the public an opportunity to get up close and personal with live reptiles and amphibians Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features more than 50 different species from the local area and around the world.
Student Gallery Opens Spring Shows » Humboldt State's Student Access Gallery has announced its second round of shows for the spring semester.
Week of: Feb 15, 2009
Historic Sounds in Symphonic Band and Jazz Orchestra Joint Concert » In their joint concert on Saturday, Feb. 21, the HSU Symphonic Band and HSU Jazz Orchestra pay tribute to history.
Throwing Salt in Oppression’s Eyes » Salt Lines Tour brings four of the country’s most accomplished spoken word artists to the Kate Buchanan Room on Wednesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m.
New Play Finds Connections from Africa to America » Connecting Africa to America through ritual and language ??Jagun Fly?? by HSU graduate John Oluwole ADEkoje, opens in Gist Hall Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 26 for two weekends.
Week of: Feb 01, 2009
Animal of My Time: Photographs and Sculpture by Cecilia Paredes » Eureka - Humboldt State University First Street Gallery presents _Animal of My Time: Photographs and Sculpture by Cecilia Paredes_, from Feb. 7 through March 9. Paredes’ work frequently combines overlooked, marginalized subjects and materials from nature, while employing traditional artistic techniques.
Week of: Jan 25, 2009
Landscape Art On Tap at Bullen Gallery » Arcata – Contemporary landscape photography, including works by two Humboldt State University alumni, will be featured Feb. 12 through March 12 at the University’s Reese Bullen Gallery opposite Van Duzer Theater.
Paintings and Mixed Media by Sullivan » EUREKA, _Calif_.—Humboldt State’s First Street Gallery presents _Not What It Seems: Paintings and Mixed Media by Karen Sullivan_, from Feb. 7 through March 9. This exhibition features work created from Sullivan’s curious intermingling of the subconscious with the everyday world.
Week of: Jan 18, 2009
Birth of a Wind Ensemble January 25 » “It’s something that wind players in Humboldt County have been talking about for ten years,” Kenneth Ayoob recalls. But a real wind ensemble demands thirty or more players. It just didn’t seem possible.
Week of: Dec 07, 2008
A Slight Derangement » _A Slight Derangement_ by contemporary trombonist and composer Bret Zvacek highlights the AM Jazz Band performance on Thursday night, Dec. 11, kicking off the last jazz weekend of the calendar year at HSU.
A Long Winter’s Nap: How to Keep Busy over Winter Break » The end of the semester isn't the end of happenings at Humboldt State or the community at large. Humboldt State NOW is taking a look at the next few weeks and it turns out they're brimming with holiday activities sure to keep you warm before classes start back up on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
Week of: Nov 30, 2008
Cross Currents of Rhythm with HSU Percussion Groups » Three HSU percussion groups—the Percussion Ensemble, World Percussion Group and the Calypso Band—bring cross-currents of world rhythms to the Van Duzer Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 6.
Holiday News From Across the Land with Madrigal Singers and Mad River Transit » The Madrigal Singers in Elizabethan costumes celebrate the holidays in traditional fashion, while the Mad River Singers swing and get funky in their annual autumn concert on Sunday, Dec. 7 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
Week of: Nov 23, 2008
CSU Applauds Film Professor’s Work » “Visual storytelling just keeps blossoming,” says Professor Ann Alter, head of the film program at Humboldt State University. It is Alter’s dedication and hard work that have helped HSU’s film program grow and bloom.
Week of: Nov 09, 2008
Variety is the Spice of Jazz » An all-string trio with a twist, a groove sextet and a bop quartet are this year’s HSU Jazz Combos, performing a mix of classics and original tunes on Friday, November 14 in the Fulkerson Recital Hall.
From the Page to the Air: New Composers, New Beginnings » With help from fellow musicians, HSU students pursuing a degree in Composition move their notes from the page to the air, in a concert of new work dubbed _New Beginnings_, on Saturday, November 15 in the Fulkerson Recital Hall.
Guest Artist Bonnie Draina Sings of Love and Loss » With a program that ranges from Mozart and Schubert to Japanese lullabies and poems by Emily Dickinson set to the music of contemporary composers, soprano Bonnie Draina visits HSU from Boulder, Colorado, for a Guest Artist concert on Monday, Nov. 17 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
Week of: Nov 02, 2008
Paul Cummings: Better Late Than Never for the Clarinet » Concertgoers—not to mention jazz fans—are used to the clarinet as a standard musical instrument … but it wasn’t always so.
Lighten Your Heart with the HSU Opera Workshop » For those who think of opera as only “operatic” melodrama involving tragic Europeans of a bygone age, the HSU Opera Workshop has a couple of surprises for its upcoming performances on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7 and 8.
Expanding the Culture » As she left the Latino Community Reception at the "Multicultural Center": last year, Humboldt State student Gabriela Girona felt like something was missing. Girona, who is Puerto Rican and originally from upstate New York, found a broader understanding of the Latino experience in the United States lacking at Humboldt State. That sense of a missing connection prompted Girona to take action.
Week of: Oct 26, 2008
Marching in Arcata with the Humboldt Bay Brass Band » The 28 players of the Humboldt Bay Brass Band performs classics, new compositions and another newly discovered and arranged march by the legendary Humboldt County bandmaster Professor Frank Flowers, on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Fulkerson Recital Hall.
A Little East Coast Flavor » Two of hip-hop’s most successful MC’s visit Arcata this week, bringing their funk-laden beats, lyrical acrobatics and high energy stage show along with them.
Week of: Oct 19, 2008
Ching-Ming Cheng’s Difficult Journey » For her second solo recital as a faculty member of the "HSU Music Department":, pianist Ching-Ming Cheng plans to take the audience on a journey: “chronologically, technically and musically.”
Tin and the Art of Deadly Sin » There’s nothing like a little sin to get the creative juices flowing. Humboldt State’s "Art Department": will host a collaborative exhibit titled “Sin in Tin,” that aims to raise funds for various department programs. The show will feature work from students, faculty and staff, and focuses on the seven deadly sins.
Week of: Oct 12, 2008
Students Play World’s Oldest Jazz Band » While not itself all that old, the HSU Jazz Orchestra will highlight a composition by the man the Guinness Book of Records recognized as the founder of the oldest continuously existing jazz band on the planet—or at least it was until recently. It happens at Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata on Saturday, Oct. 18, when the Jazz Orchestra plays their half of the program, preceded by the HSU Symphonic Band.
Week of: Oct 05, 2008
Passion and Redemption in Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’ » A king, mad with jealousy, and a kingdom thrown into chaos. A beautiful queen, imprisoned and left for dead. A foundling child, left on the wild shore of a distant and now enemy country.
Week of: Sep 21, 2008
Fascinating Rhythms at Fulkerson Hall September 26 » In various combinations and as soloists, soprano Elisabeth Harrington with clarinetist Virginia Ryder and pianists Deborah Clasquin, Ching-Ming Cheng and John Chernoff perform jazz-inspired classics on Friday, September 26 in the Fulkerson Recital Hall, in the HSU Music Department Faculty Artists Series.
Life And Light » For Humboldt State photography Professor Tom Knight (’50, ’54), light was everything. Whether it was illuminating the crescent outline of a subject’s face or highlighting the opalescent luster of a common washbasin, Knight made finding the right light at the right moment his life’s passion.
Week of: Sep 14, 2008
Students Handpick Bullen Display » Arcata - The Reese Bullen Gallery at Humboldt State University will showcase a new rotation of its permanent collection in “Views from the Vault,” an exhibit of works handpicked by HSU students enrolled in the Museum & Gallery Practices class, commencing Thursday, Sept. 25. The public is invited to attend the opening reception that day from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Taj Mahal Brings Eclectic Sound To HSU » You could call Taj Mahal, birth name Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, a blues legend, but the guitar slinger’s sound goes far beyond simple 12-bar odes to failed love or tough times.
Week of: Sep 07, 2008
Baune and Clasquin Reunite Sept. 13 » Renewing a performing partnership that goes back more than a decade, violinist Terrie Baune and pianist Deborah Clasquin headline a program of works by Dmitri Shostakovich and other Eastern European composers of the Soviet era.
Playing with Fire: A Timely New Play Gets A Hearing at HSU » A monstrous forest fire that won’t end is threatening this small lumber town. People are arriving from all over to help fight it, and they are changing the town from within.
Week of: Aug 17, 2008
Return of the Soprano » As students begin fall classes, Soprano Kamala Stroup Rocher, HSU Class of ’91, returns to campus for a voice recital featuring the works of Debussy, Strauss, Mozart and Verdi.
Faculty and Staff Art at First Street » A faculty and staff exhibition showcasing the talent of the artists who teach and work in Humboldt State University’s Art Department will be featured at the First Street Gallery in Old Town, Eureka. The exhibit will run from Aug. 26 through Sept. 21, with an artists reception on Sept. 6.

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