Arts + Entertainment – Mendocino Beacon

Join Historic Walking Tours

Join Kelley House Museum’s local history experts on a lively two-hour walk through Mendocino’s famous Historic District. Find out why movie directors have used its distinctive architecture as a shooting location in dozens of films. Understand the importance of the lumber industry here on the coast. Discover the reason Mendocino has been known as the city of Water Towers. For information on cost of tickets and to book a tour, email Include the number in your party (maximum six), as well as the date and times you prefer. Saturdays and Sundays are regularly available, although scheduling can often accommodate your itinerary. Face coverings required. You may bring along your well-beloved dog, but it will need to remain outside some of the places you’ll visit.

Emmy Lou Packard: Exclusive Sale of Original Works

The Mendocino Art Center presents “Emmy Lou Packard: Exclusive Sale of Original Works,” an online fundraising exhibition featuring 35 of the Mendocino legacy artist’s works. For this limited time, through Jan. 4, all Packard artwork is priced 10 percent off with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Mendocino Art Center. In 2018, Emmy Lou Packard’s estate made a major donation of her work to the Mendocino Art Center, which included more than 400 prints, both originals and reproductions, from her iconic workers series to lesser-known prints. For more information, visit

Susan Waterfall features Debussy Preludes

Mendocino Music Festival presents Susan Waterfall: Debussy Preludes Book One, Part II on Friday, Nov. 20, noon to 1:15 p.m. This is the second part of Susan Waterfall’s opportunity to treat your ears and eyes to an in-depth exploration of Debussy’s colorful and captivating Preludes for Piano, Book One, written in 1909-10. She has assembled memorable historic and current performances, and will guide you through the visual and literary images that inspired Debussy to create sound worlds that had never before been imagined. You can follow along with a score, if you have one, or just allow the music to transport you to the fantasy destinations and to the portraits and vignettes that enthralled Debussy and his Parisian public.  For more information on online/virtual space free ticket, visit

‘The Long Intermission’

Due to the pandemic, performing arts organizations have found themselves in the midst of what seems like an endless break from their usual production cycle. To mark these unusual times, the Mendocino Theatre Company is offering its first virtual event, “The Long Intermission.” A celebration of the company’s past, present, and future, this free event will be broadcast live on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 PM via YouTube, and is accessible through the theatre’s website.

Hosted by actors Dan Kozloff and Lisa Norman, “The Long Intermission” will also offer a look at the company’s “One-Minute Radio Theatre”; a visit with founding member Sandra Hawthorne; a peek at the costume and scenic design storage facility; and a montage of some of MTC’s favorite recent productions.

To find out more, please go to Mendocino Theatre Company’s website,  Don’t miss the fun!

Mendocino Music Festival presents Kim Nalley and Allan Pollack

Mendocino Music Festival presents Kim Nalley and Allan Pollack on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m. Kim Nalley’s interesting view of Black American Music and her relationship to it will be supplemented by her insights into what made some of the singers from the past so great. There will be musical examples and, hopefully, fun will abound! For more information on online/virtual space free ticket, visit

Drive-In-Movie Fundraiser

The Community Center of Mendocino is having a series of fundraising drive-in-movie nights. On Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m., it’s “Back to The Future” and in December they’ll be showing ”Bring The Family.”  Tickets are limited, to get yours; go to Eventbrite Tickets website and be sure to read the rules before you purchase your tickets. The Community Center of Mendocino is located at 998 School St., Mendocino. For more information, call 707-937-4133.

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. Dr. Phillip Lenberg’s latest Podcast is “Tchaikovsky, The Troubled.” For more information, visit

Mendocino Film Festival Virtual Cinema Series extended

There will be no regular Mendocino Film Festival this year, so they are offering a Virtual Cinema Series with a selection of new, independent documentaries and narratives now extended through the end of the year (Dec. 31, 2020). To see the line-up of films and to get your tickets, go to Mendocino Film Festival at The Mendocino Film Festival receives a percentage of every rental sold – by renting a film you can help the festival through this challenging time.

Mendocino Music Festival virtual courses

Mendocino Music Festival offers more silver linings: new virtual courses available from anywhere this Fall. Masterclasses, singing basics, sight-singing, a course in German Lieder and more. For Music Lover virtual classes information, schedule and tickets, call 707-937-2044, email or visit

Willits Community Theatre online lineup

Willits Community Theatre will be presenting a selection of its popular shows from the past through an online streaming platform. ​The streaming lineup is scheduled to run through December, according to Producer Mike A’Dair. Unless otherwise noted, all selections will be available indefinitely for streaming. ​For more information on the schedule of shows and how to subscribe for viewing, 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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