Friday, August 15, 2008

Arkley Center vs. Center Arts - where is your paycheck going?

For those prepared to rock: ’Tis the season to buy tickets

By MELODY STONE, The Eureka Reporter
Published: Aug 14 2008, 5:14 PM · Updated: Aug 14 2008, 5:16 PM
Category: Arts

Throughout the last six months, I’ve outlined musical events worth checking out over a week or a weekend. It’s come to my attention that not everyone plans their show-going adventures by the week.

Recently, both the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts and CenterArts released their 2008-2009 season of events. For both venues there are discounts if you pick more than six shows and purchase tickets at the beginning of the season. There is even an option to pick all the shows.

Now, the acts are certainly different than the ones I usually list in my column. For starters, you’ve probably heard about them before.

This year, the Arkley Center kicks off the season with the Neville Brothers (featuring Aaron Neville). The Neville Brothers formed in the 1976 in New Orleans, not to be confused with the English “footballer” brothers Gary and Phillip Neville (sorry soccer fans). That show is Sept. 18.

Then it presents a one-man play called “Defending the Cavemen” that runs two nights in November.

In December, Wynonna Judd performs a Classic Christmas Concert. Then in February, there’s two days of “Cinderella” from the Russian National Ballet. A timeless story presented by some of the best ballet dancers in the world ... sounds amazing! I guess that’s worth $44. Later in February, the Arkley Center presents the Oak Ridge Boys for some country representation.

In March, it switches gears to a musical, “Bye Bye Birdie.” This is a show I’m not going to miss. It’s only $39 and it’s a great show. It won eight Tonys, including best musical, and even if you aren’t familiar with the story, you’ve heard “Put on a Happy Face,” one of the songs featured in this musical about a teen heartthrob who gets drafted.

Tommy Tune and the Manhattan Rhythm Kings perform in April. He’s a singer and dancer and all-around entertainer. In May, classic rock band America, known for “A Horse with No Name,” will take the stage.

The Temptations are back for a second show. I didn’t catch these guys the last time they were in town, but apparently they were good enough to bring back.

Finally, Blues Traveler wraps up the season May 28. This band always pops up on VH1’s “Best Songs of the ’90s” or “I Love the ’90s” shows for their song “Run-Around.”

On the other end of the release-all-their-shows-for-the-year promotion structure, CenterArts is featuring acts like Kimya Dawson (woman from the Moldy Peaches and primary contributor to the “Juno” soundtrack), Weird Al (brilliant parody and comedy songwriter), Old Crow Medicine Show (transforming the face of old-time music), Broadway musical “Chicago,” classic Irish punk band Flogging Molly and a lot more. Check this e section for a full preview of CenterArts events.

It’s going to be a good year for shows in both Arcata and Eureka, and if you have a fat wad of cash to put toward such events, now’s the time to score amazing seats. Otherwise, you might end up in the nosebleed section.

For those of you who don’t plan your show-going adventures months in advance, tonight at Jambalaya there is a good show featuring Mario Matteoli, Ian Thomas and Snakebeard Jackson. And over in Blue Lake, the roller rink is having Adult Skate Night for $5. It starts at 6:30, and adult means it’s 18-plus only. Phone 707-668-5932 for more information.

Have fun, folks. Thanks for reading.

(Melody Stone can be reached at or 707-269-7437.)

(Opinions expressed in columns are not necessarily those of The Eureka Reporter or its staff.)

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