Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 11, 2004 · Page 5
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Ukiah, California
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Thursday, March 11, 2004
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ARTS ft ENTERTAINMENT THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2004 - 5 udjfeatures@pacifld.nst Minivan traveling folk singer stopping to play one night only in Point Arena Sweetland's driven nearly 200,000 miles performing The Daljy Journal Kristin Sweetland, a singer-songwriter with the new folk moment, is scheduled to appear live on stage at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Arena Theatre in Point Arena. Tickets are $12. Being marooned in a well-traveled mini-van on a dark and windy unknown road sounds like a coastal tourist's nightmare. But to Sweetland, it's pure bliss. "I am never happier than when driving alone across some frightening black nothingness with only AM late-night radio and my guitar," she laughs. "I don't know if it is adventure and freedom or just awe and wonderment, but I love it." The lust for the road started upon graduation from high school when her parents loaned her the family van and she took off on a cross-country trip with a friend; in the process discovering that not only did she love music, but she loved touring. This was to become a fortunate trait for a wide-ranging folk musician who has Billboard now performed in every Canadian province and all but four U.S. states in a succession of classic minivans on which she has put almost 200,000 miles. Born twenty-seven years ago in London, Ontario, Sweetland bought her first acoustic guitar at age 13. Drawn to the sounds of Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Ricki Lee Jones and Patty Griffin, she began an intense study of the instrument, and while studying cultural theory and writing at Trent University in Ontario, she played with a Celtic band and began performing solo as a singer/songwriter. The turn of the millennium found her receiving a nomination for the Yamaha Canada Music Award, as well as writing, directing and recording the music for a short film called "The Bloodfruit Tree." Sweetland's music has an abundance of heart; her ballad "Clementine," recently won an award from the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, "Songs From the Heart" contest, and "Hermetica" is to be featured on Borealis Records, new instrumental guitar compilation. As a solo artist promoting her own album, Sweetland is her own marketer, but for a brilliant young musician with a love for the road, Point Arena should feel just like home. Coming to Point Arena directly from gigs in San Diego and headed next for Austin, Texas, she will only be slowing down long enough for a single show. The Arena Theatre is community owned and operated by an all volunteer non-profit organization - the Arena Renaissance Company. In addition to maintaining and improving the theater, ARC's purpose is to bring live performance to the Arena Theatre. On days without a live show, ARC's tenant, Arena Cinema shows first-run movies in the theater. Built next to the burnt remains of Scott's Opera House, the Arena Theatre opened in 1929 as a vaudeville playhouse. In 1930 it was equipped for showing motion pictures. However, after many years of service to the community, in 1995 it was condemned for structural shortcomings. The ARC rallied to the cause of earth-quake retrofitting, rewiring and otherwise restoring all aspects of the building to modern standards. Kristin Sweetland is originally from Canada where she was nominated for a national music award. Continued from Page 3 the Headlands coffee shop in Fort Bragg and in Ukiah at California Shooters at 9 p.m. on March 27. Senior Center to host Corn Beef & Cabbage Dinner A Corn Beef & Cabbage Dinner will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Ukiah Senior Center, 499 Leslie St. in Ukiah. The dinner, which includes dessert and entertainment, costs $7 per person, and wine will also be available at $1 per glass or $5 per carafe. Pizza party set for Friday for deaf, hearing impaired A pizza party and social for the deaf and hearing impaired sponsored by Becoming Self Reliant has been planned for Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wright's Stuff Pizza, 720 N. State St. in Ukiah. For more information, call (TTY #) 4633900. Hansen and Raitt Band to play at Ukiah Brewing Co. With a history of more than 30 years of performing and entertaining Mendocino County with their Mendo Bogie sounds; Mark Hansen and David Raitt are performing together again at 11 p.m. until closing on Saturday at the Ukiah Brewing Company. A singing duo's music is a blend of Mendo funk, rocking blues, folk and reggae. These Blue Rocket and Russian River recording artists have played with and opened for; Bonnie Raitt, Robin Ford and Taj Mahal - to name a few. Also performing on Saturday from 9:30 to 11 p.m. will be David Raitt and friends. For more information, contact the Ukiah Brewing Company, 102 S. State St. or call 468-5898. There is an $8 cover charge. Unauthorized Rolling Stones to appear at Hopland casino Experience a rock 'n' roll evening with the Unauthorized Rolling Stones on Saturday at the Hopland Shokawah Casino, 13101 Nokomis Road. The show time and ticket price has yet to be announced. Check out the tribute "to the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band," says event information, by logging onto the group's Web site at or Shokawah Casino's at For more information, call 744-1395. Local piano students to give recital Sunday in Ukiah The Music Teachers Association of California, Sonoma branch, is sponsoring a piano recital on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Saturday Afternoon Club in Ukiah. Piano students of Rosalie Gjerde of Fort Bragg, Kathleen Byrne of Lakeport, Elizabeth MacDougall and Dorothy Sugawara of Ukiah, will be performing. The public is invited. Contra Dance to be held at Mendocino Ballet There will be a Contra Dance on Saturday night at Mendocino Ballet (the old Emerald Cafe), 205 S. State St. The Contra Dance will begin at 8 p.m. with beginners instruction at 7:30 p.m. when people can come and learn dances including contra dances, square dances, circle dances, waltzes and polkas. Live old-time, foot-stomping music will be provided, and everyone in the community is encouraged to come out and try these easy, traditional mid fun forms of dance. No partners are needed and all ages are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes appropriate for dancing. Newcomers are welcome as all dances will be taught. The suggested donation for the evening is $7 for 12 and up and $3 for children under 12. Bring a snack or non-alcoholic beverage to share. For more information, call Paula at 4632113. String trio to perform Sunday at Mendocino hall Fifty-five strings (Roberta Belson, harp, Marion Crombie, viola and Marcia Sloane, cello) are scheduled to play together at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Mendocino Presbyterian Church in Preston Hall in the town of Mendocino as part of the Opus Chamber Music Series. Call 962-0623 for ticket information. Area guitar students to do Spring Recital on Sunday The Lake and Mendocino county piano and guitar students of Thomas R. Ganoung, instructor at Lake Studio, Ukiah School of Music and Ukiah Junior Academy, will present a Spring Recital on Sunday. This event will begin at 2 p.m. in the New Life Community Church, 750 Yosemite Dr. A variety of musical styles will be in evidence as students perform pieces by composers including: Richard Rodgers, K. P. E. Bach, J. S. Bach, Frederic Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, Dave Brubeck, Howard Shore, Claude Debussy, P. I. Tchaikovsky, Alan Menken, George M. Cohan and Jim Brickman. Several students will also perform their own compositions. Supporters of the Allegro Scholarship Program, parents, friends and the public are invited to attend. For more information or directions, call 462-4094, ext. 3. Independent Film Series continues with 'In America' The Spring 2004 Independent Film Series at the Signature Theatres Ukiah 6 continues on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. with "In America." Academy Award winning Jim Sheridan directs this semi-autobiographical film of a husband and wife with their two young daughters in tow, who emigrate from Ireland to New York City in pursuit of a dream. This film was nominated this year for Best Actress (Samantha Morton), best supporting Actor (Djimon Hounsou) and Best Original Screenplay. "In America" is rated "R" and runs 103 minutes. During the spring film series, one movie is shown twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesday evenings. Tickets are $7 per showing and are available at the theater box office at 612 S. State St. For more information, call 462-6788 or visit Artist Davis is showing art work at local credit union Zach Davis is showing his paintings in the lobby of Mendo Lake Credit Union for the month of March. The Mendo Lake Credit Union address is 526 S. State St., Ukiah. The lobby hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and till 6 p.m. on Fridays. Community concert series holding its membership drive The Ukiah Community Concert Association's (UCGA) annual membership drive for the 2004-2005 concert season is under way. The upcoming 58th concert season here in Ukiah will provide a diversity of dynamic, world-class artists to the local stage for live musical performances at reasonable prices. In order to be able to plan ahead and book artists with busy national and world schedules, it is See BILLBOARD, Page 8 Seminar on the last Yahi Indian to be on Saturday The Dally Journal A unique seminar focusing on the life and death of "Ishi," the last Yahi Indian, will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Ukiah Civic Center, 300 Seminary Ave. in Ukiah. The program will begin with the screening of the award-winning documentary film "Ishi: The Last Yahi," followed by discussion with the filmmaker, Jed Riffe. Duke University anthropology professor and author Orin Starn will then talk about recent efforts to repatriate Ishi's remains. A reception will follow, in which Starn will sign copies of his newly released book, "Ishi's Brain: In Search of the Last 'Wild' Indian." This program is organized by the Grace Hudson Museum and is free to the public. For more information about this event, call 467-2836. 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