Archive for August, 2009

The Pajama Game running through Sept 27
Friday, August 28th, 2009

Justin Pyne from Pajama GameJustin Pyne, one of the leads, is also the music director and plays in the orchestra.
This review and accompanying pictures are from Larry Wagner, photographer and itinerant theatre critic.

Gloriana has a hit!  Pajama Game is that kind of musical that you leave humming the score, something that rarely happens with modern musicals. Ann Woodhead’s directing is nothing short of masterful. I was shooting publicity shots at the dress rehearsal on Tuesday and the show was a mess. I couldn’t imagine how it could be all together in just a few days. Yet on Saturday, the opening night, the show was on and it was wonderful.

The word that best describes this show is “engaging”. Watching the boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl sequence is fun, watching the dancing is fun, seeing the interplay between the characters is fun. The show is just plain fun.

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Mendocino Art Center Calendar (and a Party!)
Friday, August 21st, 2009

The Mendocino Art Center has been the anchor of the local art scene since the 1960s, and this new calendar is a fundraiser for them. The party on Sunday will feature Larry Wagner and the artists who posed for the calendar. You can also meet the new Executive Director of the Art Center, Karen Ely. Check it out — we’ll be there!

Cover of Mendocino Art Center CalendarThe Mendocino Art Center is publishing a new calendar, designed by photographer Larry Wagner.

MAC’s Exotic Calendar Unveiling Party, August 23

Mendocino, CA – Unique, exotic, sexy, funny, riveting, creative, tasteful and, above all, high quality. These are just some of the adjectives that could be used to describe local photographer Larry R. Wagner’s latest artistic project. The photographer and editor of the popular books “Artists of the Mendocino Coast Volumes 1 and 2” recently directed his creative vision to pictorially reveal an exciting selection of the top coastal artists and community members as you’ve never seen them before in a stunningly photographed and designed 20-month calendar, featuring full color and classic black and white images.

Mendocino Art Center’s Exotic Twenty-Month Calendar, which begins in January 2010 and runs through August 2011, is a fundraiser for the Mendocino Art Center’s 50th anniversary.

Calendar Unveiling Party

The Mendocino Art Center will host the “Exotic Calendar Unveiling Party,” the official release of this artistically rendered collector’s item, Sunday, August 23, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This will be the first opportunity to purchase the hot-off-the-press calendar, and the only chance to meet the pictured models in one setting and have them autograph copies. Finger food and wine will be available.

Larry collaborated with each of the models, both men and women, brainstorming ideas for each of the months, resulting in an eclectic array of images spanning from mermaids to wood nymphs to impeccable re-creations of famous works of art, including Dale Moyer’s tribute to Norman Rockwell’s “Art Critic,” Don Paglia and Elyse Wyman’s homage to Jean-Leon Gérôme’s “Pygmalion and Galatea,” and Richard Yaski’s ode to Leonard Da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man.” Many images portray a personal statement from the model, whether to convey a love of travel or reflect a life transition. Larry even got out from behind the camera and posed, as Adam, with his wife Marilyn, as Eve, for “Botanical Garden of Eden.”

“The calendar project has been the most challenging and thrilling adventure of my life,” said Larry. “My collaborators were so generous, open and courageous that it has blown me away. Four of the models are breast cancer survivors. Their spirit and bravery has taken my breath away. Once the artists got into the shoots and saw what we were doing, the enthusiasm was amazing.”

Calendars will be available at the Mendocino Art Center, local retail outlets and online at www.MendocinoArtCenter.org/calendar.html.

The “Exotic Calendar Unveiling Party” is a free event. For more information please call 707-937-5818, ext. 10 or visit www.MendocinoArtCenter.org. The Mendocino Art Center is located at 45200 Little Lake Street (at Kasten Street) in Mendocino.


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Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Celebrating Fort Bragg History at the Guest House Museum
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

The Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society began operating the Guest House Museum in August 1999. To celebrate their first ten years at the museum, they are putting on a number of special events during August.

On August 7, First Friday, 5:30 pm • Open House at the Museum. All are welcome.

The main celebration is Saturday, August 8, from 10 am – 3 pm at the Guest House Museum.

  • 10-11 David Foucheaux will review the history of the Guest House over the years from 1857 to the present.
  • 11-12 Michael Stenberg will tell the story of the California Western Railroad from a line hauling logs to a recreational route, The Skunk.
  • 12 to 1:30 Lunch Break
  • 1:30 pm Presentation of the Alder Thurman Historical Contribution Award. An award to some one who had made a contribution to local history. We expect to make this an annual presentation.
  • 2 pm An entertaining presentation by Katie Tahja and Marty Simpson of the racy side of life early in the last century. They come in the persona of Madame Kate and J. D. Johnson, a businessman in Mendocino, to tell the tale.

They will round out the month with some walks in historic areas of Fort Bragg:

  • August 16, Sunday, 11 am, Cemetery Walk, Meet at Rose Memorial Park. Cemetery Walks led by David Foucheaux.
  • August 22, Saturday, 11 am, Historic Downtown Walk, Meet at the Museum. Walk led by Betty Carr.
  • August 30, Sunday, 11 am, Cemetery Walk. Meet at Rose Memorial Park.

The Guest House Museum is located at 343 North Main Street in Fort Bragg, CA, right next to the Skunk Train Depot.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Meet the New Director of the Art Center
Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

August 8 at 5 pm: Reception for New Executive Director
The Mendocino Art Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Karen Ely as the organization’s new Executive Director. Karen most recently served as the executive director of the Sedona Arts Center, the largest and oldest arts organization in Northern Arizona. The community is invited to meet Karen at the 2nd Saturday Artists Reception at the Mendocino Art Center, 45200 Little Lake Street at Kasten Street, Mendocino. 707-937-5818


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

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