Plan your night out with Arts & Entertainment at Humboldt State.
It’s a bugler’s holiday with the HSU Symphonic Band Friday, Nov. 30 at Fulkerson Hall, but there’s more. It’s also, a tribute to gum-suckers, a dramatic sunset, a visit to Electric Park, a Mexican anthem and a rare demonstration of the art of “the smear.”
It’s a holiday show with a difference: the story is one of the oldest in India. Yet it has all the elements of western fairy tales: it’s Cinderella with a twist. “Though we try to be true to the essence of Sanskrit drama,” said Margaret Thomas Kelso, who adapted it for the 21st century stage, “we present it as a fairy tale story with a rich cultural history.”
The Humboldt State Calypso Band performs a steel band classic and the HSU Percussion Ensemble features dramatic rhythms of a Balinese chant in their joint concert on Saturday, Dec. 1 in the Van Duzer Theatre.
The HSU Madrigal Singers present their annual holiday show of 16th century English hits, followed by the Mad River Transit Singers creating some spontaneous jazz combustion in their joint concert on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Fulkerson Recital Hall.
The HSU Guitar Ensemble explores twentieth century music in its fall concert on Friday, Nov. 9 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
The Humboldt Bay Brass Band salutes veterans and the Olympics in its “Heroes and Warriors” concert on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
There may be no such thing as too much jazz, but this fall there was too much for one Jazz Combos concert—so Fulkerson Recital Hall will host two separate shows with a total of five combos on Sunday, Nov. 11.
Humboldt State University has unveiled the new name of its Native American Arts Gallery.
Fresh from a “vividly dramatic” performance in Manhattan lauded by the New York Times, mezzo-soprano (and Arcata High grad) Hai-Ting Chinn returns home to perform a recital of spooky songs from the classical repertoire on Halloween night, Oct. 31 at the HSU Fulkerson Recital Hall at HSU.
The HSU Opera Workshop puts the comic back in opera with a series of spoofs on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3 in Fulkerson Recital Hall at HSU.
The Humboldt State University Department of Theatre, Film & Dance presents an authorized staged reading of “8,” the celebrated play about Proposition 8 and marriage equality, for one benefit performance Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre.
Humboldt Symphony features three student instrumental and vocal soloists, plus a piece by a student composer in its concert on Saturday October 27 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
Humboldt State University’s Reese Bullen Gallery presents IGNITE! The Art of Sustainability through November 15, 2012 with an opening reception on Thursday, October 18 from 4-6 p.m.
The HSU Symphonic Band celebrates home and family for Homecoming and Family Weekend in a joint concert with the Jazz Orchestra on Saturday, Oct. 20 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
Violinist Cindy Moyer begins her project of playing all 10 Beethoven violin sonatas in an HSU Music Faculty Artist Series concert with pianist Daniela Mineva 8 p.m. Saturday, October 13 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
Humboldt State University’s First Street Gallery will exhibit new paintings by alumna Susanna Bluhm (’98) Oct. 2 to Nov. 4.
Internationally renowned pianist Young-Hyun Cho celebrates keyboard masters in the refurbished Fulkerson Recital Hall at HSU on Friday, September 28.
Down the Hill Home: Art by Rick Bartow is featured at Humboldt State University’s Native American Arts Gallery and on exhibit Sept. 27 through Dec. 1.
Celebrated ocean explorer, environmentalist and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau will speak about “The Great Ocean Adventure” in an exclusive North Coast appearance on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. at Humboldt State University’s Van Duzer Theatre.
School is in and the HSU Music faculty presents its annual Welcome Concert on Saturday September 8 at 5 p.m., inaugurating the newly refurbished Fulkerson Recital Hall.
Humboldt State University First Street Gallery presents Light of Day: Selections from Humboldt State University’s Permanent Collection. The exhibit will run from August 21st through September 16th, 2012.
HSU First Street Gallery presents two, new, short videos featuring the artists Michael Guerriero and Erin Whitman who currently, each have separate, one-person exhibitions at First Street Gallery.
The AM Jazz Band plays a six-pack of jazz classics by the well-known and the under-appreciated on Thursday May 3 in the Fulkerson Recital Hall.
From Appalachia to Mexico, Berlin cabaret to the Beijing Opera, the Humboldt Symphony and guests explore musical hybrids on Friday evening, May 4 and Sunday afternoon, May 6 in the Fulkerson Recital Hall at HSU.
HSU Guitar Ensemble explores music of the Spanish guitar from flamenco and classic sonatas to Gypsy jazz of the modern era, on Saturday May 5 in the Fulkerson Recital Hall.
The University Singers, directed by Harley Muilenburg, perform the “Ave Maria” of famed 16th century composer Tomas L. de Victoria, and the gospel song, “Lord I Know I Been Changed.” They turn to contemporary tunes including “Requiem for the Masses” by popular music composer Terry Kirkman, and “Song of Songs” by contemporary English composer Patrick Hawes.
Instant drama, comedy and fantasy in concentrated form: it’s the 14th edition of the ever-popular HSU 10 Minute Play Festival, opening for five performances on April 25.
With a talked-about group of grade school percussionists from southern California called “We Got the Beat” as well as the HSU World Percussion Group to start things off, the Humboldt State Calypso Band presents high-energy dance music in its annual spring concert in the Van Duzer Theatre on Saturday April 28.
Guest appearances by trumpeter Gilbert Cline and the entire Symphonic Band are part of the HSU Jazz Orchestra’s celebration of jazz legend Gil Evans on Friday April 27 at Fulkerson Recital Hall.
With selections from West Side Story, Avenue Q and other musicals and operas, HSU Opera Workshop highlights the serious and comic treatment of race, gender and other bias in two performances with an early start: 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
Austrian Peter Bruenner’s film “In Our Hands” was named “Best of Fest” at the 45th Humboldt Film Festival, sponsored by Humboldt State University’s Department of Theatre, Film and Dance and billed as the oldest student-run international independent short film festival worldwide.
HSU Madrigal Singers perform songs of love and celebration from Renaissance times, and MRT jazz singers do the same in the modern idiom in their shared concert on Sunday night, April 29.
Faculty and students of the HSU Music Department are combining to honor visiting composer Chen Yi in the best way possible: by playing her music and presenting it to a new North Coast public in two different concerts on April 22 and 23. These concerts are the centerpiece of the 4-day New Horizons Music Festival.
Four bands, three vocalists, with music ranging from gypsy jazz to post-bop and funk, classics to originals, and even an alien tune from a Star Wars bar—all in the HSU version of a relaxed and intimate jazz club, the Depot. Together it’s an evening with Jazz Combos on Saturday April 14.
HSU Percussion Ensemble mines metal and the HSU World Percussion Group plays prize-winning sambas in their shared concert on Sunday, April 15, in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
The flute can sound like a singer, mimic a violin or even imitate a blackbird—and in this concert featuring Laura Snodgrass on flute and Daniela Mineva on piano, it does all three, and more. The flute as chameleon is the theme on Friday, Apr. 6 at the Fulkerson Recital Hall.
The Humboldt Bay Brass Band and its related ensembles—including the first U.S. student group to be invited to a prestigious event in New York City—perform classics and familiar tunes on Saturday, Apr. 7 at Fulkerson Recital Hall, under the direction of Gilbert Cline.
From hip hop to ballet, Broadway to contemporary, HSU student dancers present their annual spring concert for five performances beginning Wednesday, Apr. 11 in the Van Duzer Theatre—including a dance recently honored at the American College Dance Festival.
Humboldt State University’s Unscripted Sutras invite fans of theatre and comedy to An Unscripted Evening to see what happens when the playwright is tossed aside and a full-length play is made up on the spot, complete with improvised musical accompaniment and on-the-fly lighting.
Humboldt State University First Street Gallery presents Projections: Paintings and Mixed Media by Erin Whitman, a lecturer in the Art Department at Humboldt State. The exhibit will run from April 3 through May 13, 2012.
The Redwood Jazz Alliance and the Humboldt Arts Council proudly presens vocalist Kitty Margolis and her trio on Friday, Mar. 30 at 8 p.m. at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, 636 F Street, Eureka, Calif. Margolis’s trio features pianist Murray Low, bassist John Shifflett and drummer Allison Miller.
The Humboldt State University campus bookstore has taken delivery of “Love, InshAllah, the Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women.”
Co-editors Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi will read excerpts on Tuesday, Apr. 3 at 5 p.m. in the HSU Library Fishbowl.
CenterArts presents Cirque Dreams in Pop Goes The Rock on Thursday, Apr. 26 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU.
CenterArts presents Bruce Cockburn on Sunday, Apr. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU.
CenterArts presents Patti Smith on Thursday, May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU.
Humboldt State University First Street Gallery presents Celebrating the Eel River Salmon Run with art by Michael Guerriero. The exhibition of works on paper, canvas and mixed-media commemorate the return of higher population levels of salmon in the Eel River watershed.
Sunday, Apr. 22, 2012 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Tickets are $35 general, $35 Senior/Child and $15 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office and at humboldt.edu/centerarts.
CenterArts presents an evening with Branford Marsalis on Sunday, Mar. 25 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award®-winning saxophonist and Tony Award® nominee is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time.
Comedy Central’s Eliot Chang brings his “Indecent Behavior” Stand-Up Comedy Tour to Humboldt State University’s Van Duzer Theatre on Friday, Mar. 23 at 8 p.m.
Guest pianist Henning Vauth performs a portrait of a mad conductor, plus one of Mozart’s most popular sonatas and other works on Friday, Mar. 9 at HSU.
AS Presents Wanda Jackson and Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside on Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2012 at 9 p.m. in the Depot, HSU.
AS Presents Eskmo and K Theory on Friday, Apr. 27, 2012 at 9 p.m. in the Depot, HSU.
AS Presents Nick Waterhouse and The Missing Link Disc Jockeys on Saturday, Apr. 28, 2012 at 9 p.m. in the Depot, HSU.
Humboldt State University’s Native American Arts Gallery highlights the beauty and art of local tribe’s utilitarian objects in its most recent exhibit, I Am These People: Native Design Over Time. The exhibit features works by local Native American artists selected from many private collections and the collections of United Indian Health Services, the Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development, Clarke Historical Museum and Humboldt State University Library-Humboldt Room. The exhibit runs Mar. 8 through May 5, opening with a reception on Thursday, Mar. 8 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Play/House, a collaboration of works by Claire Joyce and Garth Johnson, is in its final week. The exhibit, featuring a mixture of ceramics, glitter paintings, works on paper and mixed media installations, closes this Sunday, Mar. 4.
Make It All True, featuring an array of paintings and mixed media works by Bay Area artist Kelly Allen will run at Humboldt State University’s First Street Gallery through Sunday, Mar. 4.
On Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 3 and 4, the Humboldt Symphony performs Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Piano and Orchestra, featuring the winner of this year’s student piano concerto competition, Joseph Welnick.
On Friday, Mar. 2 in Fulkerson Recital Hall, internationally renowned violinist and Paganini Competition winner Bin Huang returns to HSU to play Paganini’s best known work, and again combines with pianist and HSU professor Daniela Mineva on other classical favorites.
Can a husband be unfaithful with his first wife’s ghost? Is it “astral bigamy” as his second wife suggests?
These and other odd questions fly around in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit—along with furniture and airborne household objects—in this haunting supernatural couples comedy. It opens Feb. 29 for one weekend at HSU.
Student Access Galleries presents three new student exhibitions in three galleries. All shows will be exhibiting from Feb. 12, 2012 until Mar. 17, 2012 on the HSU campus.
Soprano Elisabeth Harrington and six North Coast friends will sing a love song to ice cream, among other delicious vocal selections on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 26 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
The HSU Symphonic Band previews a suite by a contemporary Chinese composer who will soon visit Humboldt, and the Jazz Orchestra showcases the work of jazz legend Gil Evans in a joint concert on Saturday, Feb. 25 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
CenterArts presents Playing for Change (PFC) on Tuesday, Mar. 13 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU.
CenterArts presents The Original Lineup of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones on Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2012 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU.
HSU First Street Gallery will present a Gallery Talk by the artists Claire Joyce and Garth Johnson on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m.
Humboldt State University’s Reese Bullen Gallery presents artwork by El Salvadorian expatriate artist Victor Cartagena. “Tatuajes de la Memoria” (Tattoos of Memory) is on exhibit Feb. 17 through Mar. 8, 2012 with an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 17 from 4:30-6 p.m. A talk given by the artist will follow from 6-7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Who is Venus?
An African woman displayed as a “wild female jungle creature,” an object of derision and desire, a captive, a survivor, a lover, a puzzle, a challenge, a mirror reflecting prejudices and preconceptions, suppressed fears and hidden yearnings…
AS Presents Yellow Ostrich and special guests on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012 at 9 p.m. in the Depot, HSU.
Ten student solo performers from the six Humboldt State Music Department areas (voice, piano, percussion, strings, woodwinds and brass) will perform in an Honors Recital on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. in the Fulkerson Recital Hall.
AS Presents Big Freedia and special guests on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 at 9 p.m. in the Depot, HSU.
CenterArts presents Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, on Monday and Tuesday, Mar. 5 and 6, 2012 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Tickets are $65 general, $65 Senior/child, $55 HSU students. Tickets are available at University Ticket Office at HSU and at centerarts.humboldt.edu.
AS Presents Kimya Dawson and Lyndsey Battle on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at 9 p.m. in the Depot, HSU.
AS Presents Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr DJs and DJ Knutz on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at 9 p.m. in the Depot, HSU.
CenterArts presents Don’t Fence Me In: Songs, Music and Poetry of the American West on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at 8 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room, HSU.
Humboldt State University’s First Street Gallery presents Play/House, a collaboration of works by Claire Joyce and Garth Johnson featuring a mixture of ceramics, glitter paintings, works on paper and mixed media installations. The exhibition will run from Jan. 31 through Mar. 4.
Humboldt State University’s First Street Gallery presents Make It All True, featuring an array of paintings and mixed media works by Bay Area artist Kelly Allen. The exhibit will run from Jan. 31 through Mar. 4.
Student Access Galleries presents three new student exhibitions in three galleries. All shows will be exhibiting from Jan. 15, 2012 until Feb. 11, 2012 on the HSU campus.
CenterArts Presents The Peking Acrobats on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU.
CenterArts presents The Soul Salvation Tour featuring the Ruthie Foster Band with Paul Thorn on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU.
From Ellington to Radiohead, the HSU Jazz Orchestra swings through the decades on Saturday, Dec. 10 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
The Humboldt Symphony performs popular pieces by Gershwin and Beethoven and other works on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9 and 11.
The holidays represent for many a celebration of faith and family. The holiday program sung by the Humboldt Chorale and the University Singers of Humboldt State on Dec. 11 reflects both aspects of the season.
The HSU Natural History Museum invites community members to visit for Art Night at the Museum just before Arts! Arcata on Friday, Dec. 9, 4-6pm. This is a chance for children, parents, grandparents, HSU students, and accomplished artists alike to flex their creative muscles by drawing/painting rarely seen beautiful and bizarre museum specimens.
CenterArts presents Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout in a tribute to Little Walter on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU.
CenterArts presents David Hidalgo and Louie Perez (of Los Lobos) on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Tickets are $35 general, $35 Senior/Child and $15 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office and at humboldt.edu/centerarts.
How does a crazed family reunite to celebrate Christmas? This play’s title suggests an answer: Some Assembly Required. It’s a holiday human comedy opening Dec. 1 for two weekends at HSU.
Audiences will enjoy a military symphony conducted by the new director of the HSU Marching Lumberjacks, a virtuoso percussion solo, an Italian march and a Chorale and Alleluia by a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer: all in one eclectic concert by the HSU Symphonic Band on Friday, Dec. 2.
It’s an all-percussion concert in the Van Duzer Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 3, with world rhythms and a U.S. steelband premiere.
It’s a holiday tradition: Beginning with “Fanfare For Christmas Day,” the HSU Madrigal Singers present their annual holiday program of Renaissance madrigals and songs on Sunday, Dec. 4 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.