Wednesday, June 23

Arts + Entertainment – Fort Bragg Advocate-News

‘For the birds’ at Partners Gallery

Partners Gallery artists pay homage to birds in this latest online exhibit showing on the gallery website in January and February 2021. No matter what is happening in the world, it is reassuring to look out the window and see birds carrying on business as usual. These fragile flying creatures represent one of evolution’s most incredible transformations from dinosaurs to chickadees. Visitors to the website at can view the work of all 12 gallery artists as well the Partners Blog and News. For more information, email or call 707-962-0233.

Northcoast Artists Gallery Annual New Year Sale

Northcoast Artists Gallery is having their Annual New Year Sale at the gallery during the month of January. Be sure to stop in for reduced prices on beautiful artwork; including ceramics, jewelry,  painting, garden art, textiles, photography, assemblage, and more. Northcoast Artists Gallery is open Friday thru Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located at 362 N. Main St., Fort Bragg. For more information, call 707-964-8266 or visit

Author Event with Paul McHugh

An Author Event with Paul McHugh and his book, “Came a Horseman” will be held on Thursday, Jan. 14, via Zoom, from 6 to 7 p.m., courtesy of Gallery Bookshop. To attend the event, please register on Gallery Bookshop’s website, For more information, call 707-937-2665.

‘The Heart of the Matter: Bringing the Song to Life’

Jenny Matteucci and Daniel Lockert will present two workshops; most useful for singers, but probably interesting to anyone who wants to know more about how music works. Do you struggle with what to do with the words, your face, or your hands when you sing? Do you want to understand how to communicate better to an audience, to convey the meaning and depth or humor of your song? This two-day workshop will give you tools and help you work through your songs with deeper understanding. Bring a memorized musical theater song, aria (in any language), pop or art song to this class in acting styles for singers. Presented by the Mendocino Music Festival, this two-day workshop will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16 and Sunday, Jan. 17, both from 1 to 2:30 p.m. To register as a participant or an auditor, visit

The Mendocino Music Festival Chorale sings two winter songs

The Mendocino Music Festival wishes  you, your family, and your friends a cozy and lovely holiday season. To help you celebrate, please enjoy videos of two beautiful winter songs the Festival Chorale has recorded in recent weeks. The Festival Chorale is the shining light at the top of our education program, but little could any of us have imagined what the Chorale would be learning in recent months. Not able to meet in person, the group rehearsed via Zoom, and eventually decided to create a virtual choir. Each singer had to know their part well enough to sing it alone, and then learn the technical aspects of recording it.

You’ll hear Eric Whitacre’s “Glow,” and Randall Thompson’s “Choose Something Like a Star,” set to a poem by Robert Frost. This has been such a difficult year. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2021, filled with good times and new adventures. These songs can be viewed until Jan. 31, 2021. For more information, visit

Mendocino Music Festival Encore 2020

Mendocino Music Festival is delighted to announce Encore! This new feature makes available to you, free of charge (and freed of Zoom glitches), all 18 of the virtual events they’ve presented since last spring—everything from behind-the-scenes glimpses of the Festival, to the richly varied Lunchtime series produced by Jenny Matteucci and Daniel Lockert, to chats with Lucia Micarelli and Kim Nalley. Music includes Susan Waterfall’s explorations of the Debussy Préludes Book I, the best of Stephen Sondheim, some extraordinary jazz singers, and Spencer Myer playing Chopin. Ticketing for Encore! programs works the same as their other virtual events: “buy” a free ticket; receive a link via email at

WCA January 2021 exhibit

The Willits Center for the Arts presents Fabric Baskets by Rosie Saxe and Paintings by Mariangela La Thanh: Mariangela Le Thanh is a Vietnamese artist now based in Bell Springs, in northern Mendocino County. As a child of diaspora, they were born and grew up in Italy and then migrated to California: Their work often reflects on those intrusive feelings of not quite belonging, not deserving to belong somewhere, and the anxieties of fitting in undetected in white dominated spaces. They cement their presence into paintings as a way to accept, remember and celebrate who they are, where and when they are; hoping to connect to fellow humans who feel similarly. These paintings take inspiration from their surroundings, from personal but relatable drama, and from the scary questions we all ask ourselves: Where are we headed, what’s the meaning of our short, but sometimes fun, lives?!”

Rosie Saxe lives in Briceland, a tiny hamlet in Southern Humboldt with her husband, teenage daughter, a dog and four cats. She and her husband own and operate a small family winery and work to raise their own vegetables and livestock.  She grew up in Upstate New York and earned her BFA from Syracuse University in Fiber Arts. She told us about her relationship with fabric baskets. “I gravitated to coiling basketry because I can do it anywhere and with any material. While I am weaving I like to think about all the people, in all the villages, in so many cultures, that are coiling and weaving and making just like me. We are all connected.”

The show runs through Jan 31. Also, The Willits Photography Club has a spectacular show in the Great Room.

The Willits Center for the Arts is located at 71 E. Commercial St., next door to the Noyo Theater. The galleries are open weekends, Friday through Sundays between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Masks are mandatory and only six people will be permitted in the galleries at one time.

Up Close and Classical

Up Close and Classical is a podcast series which takes a close look at the lives of classical composers and musicians. Each episode focuses on a composer, a theme, or a collection of works that have recently been presented in concert by Symphony of the Redwoods and the Ukiah Symphony Orchestra. Through musical excerpts, historical context, and insightful conversations with musicians, Up Close and Classical invites you to lean in and listen closely to the music you love. From Bizet to Ravel, Episode 3 of Dr. Philip Lenberg’s podcast focuses on some of the most influential French composers of the late 19th century.  For more information, visit

Mendocino Art Center

While the MAC campus is currently closed due to COVID-19, they remain open online for classes, workshops and the gallery store. Please visit the Mendocino Art Center online at

Sequoia Room Video Archive

Presented by North Coast Brewing Co., The Sequoia Room Video Archive includes more than 60 hours of music performances from sold-out shows at The Sequoia Room. You will find many different genres, including; Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass and more at The Sequoia Room’s Facebook page.

From Arts Council of Mendocino County

Did you know that the Arts Council of Mendocino County has a COVID-19 Resources and Response Page? If your inbox is like ours, it’s full of reflections, news, responses, pleas, surveys, CARES ACT information — and the list goes on. We are gathering the links and information that may be of use and organizing everything in one place at the ACMC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Response Center.  The Mendocino County Arts Council can be reached at 707-463-2727 or

California Arts Council updates

The latest California Arts Council updates, plus important links and resources for California artists, cultural workers and creatives on the coronavirus pandemic can be found by visiting their website at

Send Arts and Entertainment listings by noon on Friday to, 690 S. Main St., Fort Bragg, CA 95437. Art openings are listed the week of First Friday in Fort Bragg and Second Saturday in Mendocino. Please contact us about how to publicize paid classes and workshops.

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