Arts And Entertainment

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Students learn to use film as a tool to champion environmental and social justice through coursework, and by hearing from professionals who’ve made a career out of uplifting voices of underserved communities.

At Humboldt, Film is a Tool for Advocacy

Films are a catalyst for change. They can affect animal and human rights, destigmatize disease, and ignite social movements. Harnessing this power motivates Cal Poly Humboldt Film students to drive social change and amplify voices, including their own.

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Ka'ila Farrell-Smith at the Land Back exhibit.

LAND BACK: Artwork of Ka'ila Farrell-Smith

Cal Poly Humboldt’s Goudi’ni Native American Arts Gallery presents LAND BACK: Artwork of Ka'ila Farrell-Smith, a visual artist, writer and activist located in Modoc Point, Oregon. Featuring paintings and traditional Indigenous art practices, she explores the space between the Indigenous and western paradigms.

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Sophia Escudero (Grace), Harve Criqui (Tom), Ben Wimer (Mr. Roeder), Sun Lanzilli (Mrs. Roeder), Izzy Waring (Madame Curie)

“Radium Girls” Tells a Surreal Tale of Injustice

The Department of Dance, Music & Theatre at Cal Poly Humboldt and Associated Students presents “Radium Girls” written by D.W. Gregory and directed by James Peck. Opening night is March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the John Van Duzer Theatre.

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Baile Folklorico dancers practice.

Fiesta Folklórica Comes to Humboldt

Cal Poly Humboldt presents Fiesta Folklórica on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 at 7 p.m,. and Sunday, March 5 at 2 p.m. in Gist Hall Theatre.

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'She Kills Monsters' Opening at the Van Duzer Theatre

The Department of Dance, Music, & Theatre at Cal Poly Humboldt presents “She Kills Monsters” written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Sarah Peters Gonzales, opening Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the John Van Duzer Theatre.

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Film students in Trinidad

Now Showing: Indie Films

Compelling films from around the world will be featured in the 55th annual Humboldt Int’l Film Festival, billed as the longest student-run film fest in the world.

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The University Singers

Poetry Set to Music: Hope and Healing in the Latinx Community

In a unique fusion of music and poetry, Cal Poly Humboldt is hosting “Sana, Sana: Hope and Healing for Latinx Communities in Times of Precarity.” The free performance on Sunday, April 24 is inspired by a poetry contest on the theme of hope and healing in Latinx communities. 

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Mariachi de Humboldt

Guitar Ensemble Concert Features Mariachi de Humboldt

The Cal Poly Humboldt Guitar Ensemble and friends will play Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall. The concert includes a variety of musical styles and ensembles, including a guitar octet playing an arrangement of Monteverdi's “Orfeo,” a banjo trio performing old-time clawhammer banjo, performance poetry with guitar and marimba, and the much-anticipated return of the school’s newest ensemble, Mariachi de Humboldt.

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(Left to right) Sophia Escudero as Townsperson, Jaese Lecuyer as Shakespeare, Zoe Saylor as Snug.

'Something Rotten!'—Singing, Dancing, and Over-the-top Characters

The School of Dance, Music and Theatre at Cal Poly Humboldt presents the Humboldt County premiere of the musical comedy "Something Rotten!" with book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell and music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winners Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick. The musical opens March 25 at 7:30 p.m.in the Van Duzer Theatre and runs for two weekends.

It’s the Authors of Cal Poly Humboldt!

Now in its eighth year, the Library's Humboldt Authors Celebration, which showcases the published work of diverse University authors, honors the achievements and expertise of students, faculty (current and emeritus), staff, and alumni.

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New Apple TV+ Film: Cameos and Hands-on Experience for Students

Visual and performing arts students often apply what they learn. Their projects include everything from producing a film on campus (pictured) to working on the set of a new feature movie–one of the perks of living in an area that often attracts major film producers.

HSU School of Dance, Music and Theatre presents Ellipsis

The Department of Theatre, Film & Dance at Humboldt State University presents the Humboldt County premiere of Ellipsis, a physical theatre performance exploring the negative space. This is an original production devised by HSU students and directed by faculty member Dionna Ndlovu.

Mariachi de Humboldt and Guitar Ensemble

A new generation of mariachis has arrived in Humboldt. Mariachi de Humboldt and the Humboldt State University Guitar Ensemble will perform Friday, Nov. 12 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Past and Present: 67 Years of the Toyon Literary Journal

Toyon is Humboldt State University’s multilingual literature and art journal. With the release of volume 67 this month, Toyon will celebrate its history and diversity with two new mediums: a retrospective book and podcast.