A Documentary of Place for Humboldt County?

I love the whole concept of theatre of place and its Humboldtian incarnation at Dell’Arte International. Mary Jane the Musical (hereinafter referred to as MJM for the sake of my fingers) is perhaps the finest embodiment of that concept, which appeared in its first iteration at the 2011 Mad River Festival.


Joan Schirle as ‘Mary Jane’. Dell’Arte International, 2012. Photo by Sargon Bacchus

England? Scotland? Humboldt? Who Goes Where?

It’s an interesting time to be English. On Thursday of this week, the 300+ year-old partnership generally known as the UK, but more formally known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, may begin to break apart. Every resident of Scotland over the age of 16 has the opportunity to go to the polls and cast their vote for or against independence from the UK. Currently the pundits put the Nays ahead by a thread; my gut tells me that’s probably where it will end up, but this is not going to go away. You can be sure that, if the Nays do prevail this time, there’ll be another referendum in the not-too-distant future. Meanwhile, we'd all just better have a cup of tea ... (this is how the English do anarchy)

The engines of theatrical artistry are starting up again at Dell'Arte

Along with Local Food Month (see last week's post), the start of a new performance season at Dell'Arte is a big part of my September happiness.

This year, the first production of the new school year is written by Dell'Arte alumna Robin Shaw, who also appears in the production; the piece is directed by Dell'Arte's Producing Artistic Director Michael Fields. Originally created under the auspices of the Merrigong Theatre of Australia, Beneath the Soulskin tells the story of Charlie (played by Shaw), a young woman adrift in an uncharted sea at night. 

Performers Robin Shaw and Bradley Stryker in "Beneath the Soulskin"

It's Time to Celebrate Local Food!

September is Local Food Month, and the hard-working women of Locally Delicious are, unsurprisingly, playing a big part in Humboldt County’s food-focused events. First up: a special free showing of the film Symphony of the Soil at the Arcata Theatre Lounge on Saturday, September 13 at 6:30pm. The unusual image below, taken from the film, captures the magnificence and the amazing depths of our life-sustaining soil:

Zero Waste Volunteers Needed!


Be a Zero Hero



Zero Waste Humboldt is recruiting and training more than 50 volunteers to serve as recycling/composting station monitors and to assist vendors at the North Country Fair, Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21, 2014, on the Arcata Plaza.  Family members, co-workers, church groups, clubs, and friends are encouraged to join the ZWH crew together! 


The North Country Fair board's recent resolution and commitment to zero waste will be transformational! Enjoy the Fair and join this community effort to reduce waste and conserve natural resources.


A 50-minute advance training session is scheduled at 2 different times: Noon, Sunday, September 14 or 5:30p.m. on Wednesday, September 17.  Commitment to a 3-hour shift at the Fair is preferred; 2-hour shifts accepted.  To volunteer, email your name, phone contact, and preferred day and hours to by September 15.