2021 PROGRAMS AND AIRDATES
RECENT LIVE PERFORMANCES
“Tales of the Winter Solstice” and "Christmas Classics & Mendocino Memories”
with Linda Pack and R. Bobby
Free Live Reading Events of Seasonal Stories at Mendocino County Libraries
for the Whole Family!
“Tales of the Winter Solstice”, presented at the Fort Bragg (Friday Dec 13, 6pm)and Ukiah (Saturday Dec 21, 3pm) Libraries, will share cultural mysteries and stories about this darkest time of the year, including the Jewish holiday of Hannukah, Roman Saturnalia and the ancient Persian festival of Yalda. Lucky audience members will have an opportunity to have their fortune foretold by writings of the esteemed Persian poet, Hafiz. The program concludes with a complete reading of Dylan Thomas’ mid-20th-century masterpiece, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”
"Christmas Classics & Mendocino Memories”, presented at the Wiilits (Saturday Dec 14, 3pm) and the Coast Community Library in Point Arena (Sunday Dec 15, 2pm), will share reminiscences from early Mendocino County Christmases, interwoven with cherished classic holiday stories including the famous newspaper editorial “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus”, O. Henry’s tender and moving tale “The Gift of the Magi”, a complete reading of Dylan Thomas’ mid-20th-century masterpiece, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” and Clement Moore’s beloved “A Visit From Saint Nicholas”.
These free, one-hour programs are presented by Mendocino County Cultural Services.
CHALLENGED and CENSORED Linda Pack reads selections from Banned Books
"Come and hear what many people over many years have not wanted you to hear!"
Linda will read selections from eight banned or challenged books. The audience will be given a list of forty banned titles and try to guess the book.
Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) is an annual event celebrating the First Amendment and the Freedom to Read.
It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools and highlights the value of free and open access to information.
The Soul of the Night: An Astronomical Pilgrimage by Chet Raymo
This Free Event is suitable for all ages, and anyone who loves physics, the magic of cosmology and the music of words from a far-ranging and ingenious mind. Poised between poetry and physics, THE SOUL OF THE NIGHT is a fascinating exploration of the night sky, with lyrical excursions into the science of galaxies, quasars, dark matter, eclipses and more. Astronomer and physicist Chet Raymo shows us that science and passion are intimately and irrepressibly connected.
"Reading Chet Raymo is like taking a deep, cleansing breath and exhaling slowly — one is filled with inspiration and joy.
More than learning about the wonder of the night sky and beyond, you become part of it."
To the Lighthouse
at the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse!
Selections from Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece "To the Lighthouse"
A stream of consciousness, poetic painting of a book, from the perspective of each character. It's beautiful, compassionate, and truly human.
This extraordinary event is sponsored by the Friends of the Fort Bragg Library.
A Flight of YA Fiction
a Sampling of Selections from fabulous Young Adult novels
Angie Thomas - The Hate U Give
Phillip Pullman - The Ruby in the Smoke
John Green - The Fault in Our Stars
Holly Black - The Darkest Part of the Forest
at the Willits Library on Friday Afternoon, May 24, 4pm to 5pm
TILL THE BOYS COME HOME The Popular Music of World War I
with Jack Leung, piano
Opening of “Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I” an exhibit from the National Archives
Free to the Public at the Mendocino County Museum 400 East Commercial St., Willits
America's entry into the First World War marked a turning point in the nation's musical life,with
stirring songs to boost morale:
Over There/K-K-K Katy/How you Gonna Keep ‘em Down on the Farm/Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning/I Didn't Raise My Boy to be a Soldier/ Keep the Home Fires Burning and many more!
KGUA 88.3-FM, in Gualala. is now airing Mendocino County Remembered
on Sundays at 12:55 pm, following “Travels with Rick Steves”.
The same segment will re-air on Mondays at 11:55 am and 5:55pm.
If you are out of their listening area range, KGUA also streams live at KGUA.org.
Just hit “Listen Live” at the top of the page.
KGUA Station Manager Peggy Berryhill says,
"Mendocino County Remembered" is a wonderful five-minute radio series narrated by Linda Pack. Pack is also a Mendocino county gem. She acts, sings, produces, directs and she breathes life into the writings left behind by a breadth and diversity of Mendocino County residents in the 1800's. Each segment presents a distinct voice, a memory that reminds us of the hard scrapple lives of everyday folk. Each story depicts a way of life that is, sometimes, hard to fathom in our hi-tech information society.Some of the stories show the racism against the Pomo and Chinese while others share their voices of strength. Resilience is the key to understanding the people who lived here before us.
Pack’s readings breathe life into the collection of memories from coastal towns and into the inland valleys. The diversity of the collected series shows a breadth of early life in Mendocino from farm and ranching families, the history of the Pomo and Chinese cultures, and features stories from the young and old. We are honored to give this series of 104 episodes a new home!"
Here is a link to an extended interview with Peggy about the series:
More Good News!
KMUD-fm, Redwood Community Radio, is now airing Mendocino County Remembered
on "Women on Wednesday", between 10:50-10:59 every Wednesday morning.
You will find KMUD in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties
on your dial at 91.1 (Garberville), 88.1 (Eureka), 90.3 (Laytonville) and 99.5 (Shelter Cove).
If you are out of their listening area range, here is the link to stream live:
THE MENDOCINO COUNTY MUSEUM ROAD SHOW
toured the County for four triumphant years - 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 playing to packed houses
and brought Mendocino County history to life in stories and song!
7 actors in 50 roles plus Great Live Music! The Museum Road Show played for One Night Only,
travelling to five communities throughout Mendocino County, in late Spring.
Drawing only on transcribed archives of recorded oral histories and other primary source material, audiences vividly experienced the personal remembrances of early settlers and more recent pioneers, and thrilled to true stories including:
Helen's Carpenter's Epic Journey by Wagon from Kansas to Potter Valley
The Notorious Coates-Frost Feud of Willits
The Truth about the "Mendocino Indian War"
Teamster Walter Gschwend’s Epic Haul from Low Gap to Needle Rock
The Peril of The Little Girls Caught on the Greenwood Trestle
The Willits Childrens’ March for Prohibition
and amazing ensemble presentations of sound, image, and virtuoso acting:
THE 1906 EARTHQUAKE, illustrated with Giant Historical Photographs – some Never Before Seen!
THE LEGEND OF BLACK BART, with an original ballad by the musical ensemble All About Sally
THE CRITICAL ELECTION OF 1916, complete with a demonstration of "anvil firing"!
THE CATTLE KING GEORGE WHITE & THE FRAUD QUEEN OF SPIRITUALISM - a thrilling tale in 4 acts
Local businesses were highlighted on the set backdrop and a beautiful travelling proscenium arch, emblazoned with sponsorship ads in early 1900s style featured their services and goods. Extraordinary vintage photographs of county history were projected as scenery to enrich the visual excitement of these great stories.
A talented and versatile troupe of local professional performers included Linda Pack, from the Coast; Kate Magruder of Ukiah; Ricci Dedola of Mendocino Theatre Company; Nicole Paravicini of Mendocino Theatre Company and Mendocino Chamber Opera; Bryan Arnold and Billy Hetherington of Willits Shakespeare Company; Garet Waterhouse from Gloriana Musical Theatre; Tony Rakes, Nichole Phillips and Rick Allen from Ukiah Players, and Lindy Peters of the Coast. "All About Sally" and "Poonkinney Antique" collaborated and provided live music for the productions. The touring technical crew provided skill and expertise from all corners of our county.
Linda talks about Black Bart on public radio KRCB! Listen here: http://radio.krcb.org/post/sorting-out-legend-black-bart
Contact Linda to create YOUR BEST AUTHOR PRESENTATION
click on for Performing Artists for more information
This comprehensive and completely customized program of preparation and performance coaching is divided into three 2-hour sessions, teaching skills which will enable you to optimize your media promotional opportunities in various formats and effectively present your work in interviews, panels, readings & Q&As.
“I want to thank you, Linda, for the invaluable training & suggestions you gave me. The presentation was successful beyond my wildest dreams.”
Aiice Combs, author of “The Lady with Balls”
Listen to Linda read episodes of her immensely popular public radio program Mendocino County Remembered. Linda edits and interprets selections from the oral histories collected and published under the auspices of the Mendocino Historical Society for the American Bicentennial in 1976. The 104 episodes, each approximately 5 minutes long, aired twice weekly from September 2009 through January 2012 on KZYX&Z.
To listen to selected episodes click here.