For the sixth consecutive year, the Arcata Playhouse will present its women’s festival. This year, “Zero to Fierce 2022: Listening Out Loud” will take place from March 5-13. The festival encompasses International Women’s Day on March 8 and celebrates a multiplicity of creative work by women.
This year’s festival brings back morning movement workshops, the speaker and panel lunchbox series, and evening and matinee performances of all kinds and flavors. Local and out-of-town presenters and performers bring fresh perspectives into the mix of this feminine celebration. Festival audiences can anticipate music, theater, activism, dance, fitness, food, fine arts and more.
March 5 will kick off with an outdoor sunrise walk with dance and theater maker and somatic artist Laura Muñoz. Then the festivities begin, with performances by Zuzka Sabata, Jessi Lea Langston and the Sweet Harmony Women’s Chorus kicking off the week. Morning workshops will get students moving with Stephanie Perrett teaching yoga, Mimi Kyoko bringing DanzUrbano, Danielle Cenotti’s empowerment self-defense, and more. Lunchbox events at noon Monday through Friday include lunch with purchase of tickets for presentations on various topics this year, including a talk by Sanctuary writer Hazel Ricard, Dr. Gina Belton on grief and Black Tucker on ID. Humboldt Hot Air, Humboldt County’s newest radio station, will feature women-centric specials throughout the week.
On March 8, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom celebrates International Women’s Day with a live-streamed virtual celebration featuring music from The Raging Grannies, a keynote address on women and sustainability by Caroline Griffith and a song with Jan Bramlett and Leslie Quinn. That evening, female-identifying and genderqueer artists will have their moment in the spotlight during an Open Mic “Open Michelle,” hosted by comedy duo The Devil Herself and their emotional support demon, Belpho.
The festivities continue all week and on March 11, guests can come from Les Arts! Arcata will enjoy two back-to-back original theatrical performances in the Arcata Playhouse at 8 p.m. singer-songwriter based in Aireene Espiritu. The week will end with a community brunch on March 13 at 11 a.m.
For the most up-to-date information on event times, tickets, show descriptions and locations, visit zerotofierce.org.
Festival events this year are virtual, both in-person and outdoors, so guests should check out their preferred event location. Guests will be required to wear masks except when eating and present proof of up-to-date vaccinations. Unmasked performers and presenters must be vaccinated and will undergo a rapid test on the day of the performance.