Arts on the Coast: Theater—Home Town Artist Makes Good!
Bryna Turner, who grew up in Fort Bragg, is an award-winning playwright, whose highly-acclaimed play Bull in a China Shop, premiered at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater last year. The play was so popular that the original Lincoln Center engagement was extended! Turner is the daughter of longtime Fort Bragg Mayor Dave Turner and Fort Bragg quilt artist Anne Turner. She now lives in Brooklyn where she writes plays about women in the gay community, including How to Separate Your Soul from Your Body (in ten easy steps!), The Apprentice, a coming-of-age noir/comedy, The Stand-In, a contemporary Uncle Vanya adaptation that takes place in a decaying movie-house, and Lights Over Philo, where her heroine returns to a very small community in northern California and experiences a series of bizarre incidents.
Mendocino Theatre Company is proud to present the California Premiere of Bull in a China Shop, directed by Stephanie C. Cunningham. The play is a witty, fast-paced love story that explores the fascinating lives of historical figures Mary Woolley and her partner Jeannette Marks who revolutionize education for women at the turn of the twentieth century. The “unmistakably human, larger-than-life historical figures are made real on the stage—living, loving, and struggling through all that comes with a long-term relationship.” Performances at Mendocino Theatre Company through July 15th; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. on selected Sundays. For tickets and information: Visit the website here.
Arts on the Coast: Eclectic Music from Classical to Jazz and More!
The Mendocino Music Festival July 7-21 is an amazing event that includes all kinds of music: orchestra concerts, Big Band stylings, chamber music, dance, blues, jazz, world, folk, bluegrass, and contemporary music, as well as lectures, multimedia experiences, recitals, and other exciting performances. Enjoy music under the big tent on the spectacular Mendocino Headlands! Here is a brief sampling of just a few of the musical styles at this eclectic event:
Called “a violinist of heart-melting talent,” Lucia Micarelli journeys through many musical influences from classical, to jazz, to traditional fiddle music and Americana, all bound together by her trademark vulnerability and technical wizardry. The Barefoot Movement is “heartfelt, energetic, and down home,” an acoustic bluegrass band that takes listeners back to another place and time with a show that is as much fun to watch as it is to hear. In “A Love Letter to Lena Horne,” Clairdee, whose lustrous voice and soulful delivery seamlessly blends jazz, pop, and R&B, honors an American cultural icon, the groundbreaking singer, actress, and activist Lena Horne. The red-hot Festival Big Band features sultry vocalist Kim Nalley and New Orleans native Kenny Washington. Expect rhythmic dexterity in blues, gospel, classics, scat, and jazz from the band and this talented vocal duo. The Calder Quartet presents a sensitive and eloquent concert, including the Beethoven String Quartet No. 10, Op. 74, The Harp; Webern’s Five Movements for String Quartet, Op. 5; and the Beethoven String Quartet No. 16, Op. 135. Tickets and information at Mendocino Music Festival.org or call 707-937-4041.
Arts on the Coast: Hollywood comes to the Mendocino Coast!
The Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference August 2-4 offers a rare opportunity to take a screenwriting workshop, The Business of Show: Successful Screenwriting. Workshop instructor is the Director of Educational Outreach from the Hollywood nonprofit HUMANITAS, Nina Sadowsky. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to enter the world of writing for television and film, led by one of Hollywood’s own. There are a variety of workshops at the conference, on varying topics from poetry, short fiction, memoir, and novel writing to Deepening and Refining Non-Fiction with Elizabeth Rosner, a workshop that includes a combination of generative exercises, model excerpts, and manuscript discussion. Get details on all the workshops and events at the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference.
Find your cultural niche with all kinds of arts on the coast this summer, and enjoy the spectacular scenery, great cuisine and wine, outdoor activities, and friendly people in Fort Bragg, Mendocino and beyond!