Upcoming Live Events

Ticket outlets include:
Gualala: Four-Eyed Frog Books and The Sea Trader
Point Arena: Arena Market and The Pier Chowder House and Tap Room
Mendocino: Twist

BobFest

Celebrating the Music of Bob Dylan

Mendocino's Premiere Concert is coming to Arena Theater.

Enjoy a very special evening as some of Northern California's finest musicians perform Folk, Blues, Americana and Rock arrangements of the songs of Bob Dylan.

Now in its fifth year, BobFest is a collaboration of regional and national artists performing original arrangements from the vast catalogue of one of America's finest songwriter. From stunning solo performances to full band performances with 12 part harmonies, you will experience the depth and beauty of Dylan's complex compositions. And you can dance to it, the dance floor will be open!

Starring John Allair, Steven Bates, Martha Bouquin, Bob Daley, Phil Dunn, Jon Faurot, Sheila Fetzer, Marcus MacCallen, Jamie Peters, Lee Rider, The Bobettes and special guests. For more about the musicians visit http://bob-fest.com/index.html

Tickets available in Gualala at Four Eyed Frog Books and The Sea Trader, in Point Arena at Arena Market, in Mendocino at Twist.

The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open






BobFest

Showtime:
Saturday, May 7
Start time: 7:30 p.m.
Doors open: 7:00 p.m.

Tickets:
$25 General Admission

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Mendocino Dance Project

Arena Theater proudly presents live and on stage the Mendocino Dance Project, a well-established local dance company blending various dance forms to create a unique style.

Dancer and choreographer Kara Starkweather created the Mendocino Dance Project in 2005 with the goal of inspiring a more vibrant dance community on the Mendocino Coast. Under Starkweather's artistic direction and perseverance, the company continues to grow and expand.

Mendocino Dance Project

At Arena Theater, the company will perform four pieces at a total length of 90 minutes with one intermission.

"Relations"
This piece looks at how we relate to one another in space, both emotionally and physically.

"Tides Edge"
This quintet is choreographed by Ann Woodhead and performed by the Mendocino Dance Project. It is inspired by her many years of living on the edge of the ocean.

Ann Woodhead is an award-winning actor, dancer, choreographer, and director and taught at Sonoma State University from 1975-2001, where she was Professor of Dance. She has performed as a dance soloist in the U.S. and Europe; toured with her own dance company and as a guest artist with other choreographers; acted with many companies in the Bay Area and Sonoma County; and directed operas and musicals for several companies, including Cinnabar Theatre, Livermore Valley Opera, Berkeley Opera, Sonoma State University, Gloriana Musical Theatre, Opera Fresca of Mendocino, and Mendocino Chamber Opera. Since moving to the Mendocino coast in 2003, Ann has been involved with the Mendocino Theatre Company as an actor and director.

"Sit With It"
Created and performed in 2015, this piece explores the plight of the modern mother in her hopes to find balance in motherhood and her own passionate self.

"Bound"
This piece challenges the range of possibilities that exist when we are literally bound to each other.

Performing dancers are Alicia Abuliak, Priya Birchard, Kristi Bohlen,Stuart Hayter, Mackenzie Rain, Chelsy Rathblott, Kara Starkweather

About Mendocino Dance Project:
http://www.mendocinodanceproject.com/about/

Kara Starkweather created the Mendocino Dance Project in 2005 with the goal of inspiring a more vibrant dance community on the Mendocino Coast. Under Starkweather's artistic direction and perseverance, the company continues to grow and expand. It blends various dance forms, creating a unique style that is both dynamic and athletic, on and off the ground.

Mendocino Dance Project has collaborated with groups such as Flynn Creek Circus and Symphony of the Redwoods. It is currently collaborating with filmmaker Pablo Abuliak for the Mendocino Film Festival. In addition to performing, the Mendocino Dance Project teaches technique classes, creative dance and aerial workshops. It offers local dancers and students the opportunity to train as professionals and find their own creative voice.

The Arena Theater snack stand will be open.

Mendocino Dance Project

Showtime:
Saturday, May 14
Start time: 7:30 p.m.
Doors open: 7:00 p.m.

Tickets:
$15 General Admission

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Chris Smither in Concert

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original

Great news: Chris has recovered from heart surgery and is back on the road. We're thrilled to report that his tour schedule will take him to Arena Theater in October, we can't wait!

Chris Smither

Reviewers and fans from around the world agree that Smither is a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist and, as he puts it, a 'one-man band to the bone!' Drawing deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers, Smithers melds the guitar styles of his two major influences, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, into his own signature sound: a beat-driven finger-picking, layered over the ever-present backbeat of his rhythmic, tapping feet which is always mic'd in performance.

"Acoustic Guitar" magazine writes, "Smither sings about "the big things" - life, love, loss - in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way," and Associated Press writes,"Smither is an American original - a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world."

His latest CD, "Still On the Levee," is a career-spanning retrospective double CD highlighting the vast catalog of an American music master. Recorded in New Orleans with studio-mates, The Motivators, "Still On the Levee" plays host to special guests including Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III.

Read more about Smither and his illustrious career

A profound songwriter, Chris Smither is deeply influenced by the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. Born in Miami, during World War II, Chris Smither grew up in New Orleans where he first started playing music as a child. The son of a Tulane University professor, he was taught the rudiments of instrumentation by his uncle on his mother's ukulele.

In his early twenties, Smither turned his back on his anthropology studies and headed to Boston at the urging of legendary folk singer Eric von Schmidt. It was the mid-'60s and acoustic music thrived in the streets and coffeehouses and Smither forged lifelong friendships with many musicians, including Bonnie Raitt who went on to record his songs, "Love You Like A Man" and "I Feel the Same." Their friendship has endured with Bonnie guest-appearing on Smither's record "Train Home." Over the years she has invited Chris to join her as support on concert dates, and most recently, lent her take on Smither's "Love You Like A Man" for LINK OF CHAIN, a Chris Smither tribute CD. What quickly evolved from his New Orleans and Cambridge musical experiences is his enduring, singular guitar sound - a beat-driven finger-picking, strongly influenced by the playing of Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin' Hopkins, layered over the ever-present backbeat of his rhythmic, tapping feet (always mic'd in performance).

By the early '90s, Smither's steady nationwide touring and regular release of consistently acclaimed albums cemented his reputation as one of the finest acoustic musicians in the country. In early 1997, Smither released "Small Revelations." It climbed the Americana and Triple A radio charts and led to concert dates with B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Nanci Griffith, and the hugely successful, original Monsters of Folk tour with Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Dave Alvin and Tom Russell. "Small Revelations" also generated several film projects for Smither. Emmylou Harris recorded his song, "Slow Surprise," for the "The Horse Whisperer" soundtrack on MCA. And his recording of "Hold On" was used in the indie feature film "Love From Ground Zero." Smither also shared insight into his guitar style and technique on two instructional DVDs, available from Homespun Video.

In 2005, jazz great Diana Krall covered "Love Me Like A Man," introducing what is now a blues standard to a whole world of jazz fans. Shortly after, Smither's song "Slow Surprise" was included in the independent film, "Brother's Shadow."

With the release of his 12th recording "Leave The Light On" (2006) on his own imprint, Mighty Albert, Smither began a new label relationship with the renowned acoustic and modern folk label, Signature Sounds. For the recording, Smither reunited with producer David Goodrich and session musicians Mike Piehl, Lou Ulrich and Anita Suhanin. As an added treat, Smither invited good friend and Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Tim O'Brien, along with rising American roots stars, Ollabelle, to add their distinctive talents on several tracks. The song "Seems So Real" from the CD earned a Folk Alliance Award as Song of the Year. Smither followed this with "Time Stands Still" (2009), his most stripped down recording in some time, working with just two accompanists after the same trio had played a rare band performance - a non-solo setup required in order to play a Netherlands festival.

And always wanting to treat his fans well, in 2011 Smither put out two fan projects: a collection of live tracks from newly discovered concert recordings from the 1980s-1990s titled "Lost and Found" and the rollicking EP, "What I Learned in School," on which Smither covered six classic rock and roll songs.

Smither followed these fan-projects with "Hundred Dollar Valentine" (2012), a (MOJO) studio record of all Smither-penned songs. With longtime producer David "Goody" Goodrich at the helm, this collection sported the unmistakable sound Smither has made his trademark: finger-picked acoustic guitar and evocative sonic textures meshed with spare, brilliant songs, delivered in a bone-wise, hard-won voice.

The most recent recording project is "Still On the Levee" (2014), a double-CD retrospective. Recorded in New Orleans at the Music Shed. The career-spanning project features fresh new takes on 24 iconic songs from his vast career - including "Devil Got Your Man," the first song he penned, on up to several of his most recent originals.

Coming out at the same time as "Still On the Levee," the book "Chris Smither Lyrics 1966-2012" features his complete set of lyrics complemented by select images of Smither and performance memorabilia from his decades-long career. To commemorate his career to-date, Signature Sounds is releasing an all-star tribute record including a stellar list of artists offering their takes on some Smither favorites including Josh Ritter, Bonnie Raitt, Loudon Wainwright III, Dave Alvin, Peter Case, Tim O'Brien, Patty Larkin, and many others.

Chris Smither

Chris Smither

Showtime:
Tuesday, October 11
Start time: 7:30 p.m.
Doors open: 7:00 p.m.

Tickets:
$25 General Admission

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