Wendy Butler

Weekend Edition Host

Wendy Butler has produced and hosted Artwaves for 21 years, and is the local host for NPRs Weekend Edition.

Listen to the Tuesday, Oct. 9 Artwaves for continued coverage of the premier Against the Wind Festival, created by local volunteers to draw attention to the danger of nuclear proliferation as well as raise money for the multiple-year voyage of the Golden Rule "peace boat." The festival will be held this Sunday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 21. Wendy Butler speaks with John Heckel who directs the festival's centerpiece, the 1959 play "Which Way the Wind?" with performances Oct. 19-21 at Arcata Playhouse. Also on the Oct. 9 Artwaves is an interview with Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy, who speaks about the Sing Our Rivers Red traveling earring exhibition at the HSU Goudi’ni Gallery. SORR’s events seek to “bring awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women and colonial gender-based violence” across North America. There are also connected events occurring with this exhibit including a Sewing Circle tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10 a.m. and Thursday at 2 p.m. and a Gallery Talk this Friday, Oct. 12 at noon. Phone the gallery office at (707) 826-3629, email hsugalleries@gmail.com or bs228@humboldt.edu for more information.

Listen to KHSU’s Artwaves program tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 2) at 1:30 p.m. for Wendy Butler’s interview with two Humboldt State University art professors Sarah Whorf and Nicole Jean Hill. Both are oft-exhibited artists as well as teach art in the HSU Art Department. Their artwork is also part of the HSU Faculty and Staff Exhibition currently on display in HSU Reese Bullen Gallery.

Tune in KHSU's Artwaves tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 2) at 1:30 p.m. for an interview exploring songs’ power.  Wendy Butler interviews Joanne Rand and Patrick Cleary. Both are performing for – and Cleary organized – “The Power of Protest: Songs of Resistance” scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at Arcata Playhouse. This is the opening event for the weeklong Against the Wind Festival, which will raise funds for the multiple-year voyage of the Golden Rule “peace boat.” Rand performs her new song “Family Name” live on Artwaves.

Los Angeles artist Anthony Ausgang’s works are part of an exhibit titled “Hollywood to the Redwoods” on display at Black Faun Gallery through September 29. Ausgang is this week’s guest on Artwaves. He speaks with Wendy Butler about the “cartoon universe” he’s created of which cats are a notable part. The various nonhuman scenes are nonetheless statements about very human fears and aspirations.

On the latest Artwaves broadcast Wendy Butler speaks with Arcata-based professional career counselor Susan Abbott about her career development seminars that she's offering through HSU's College of Extended Education and Global Engagement and through her own career services business. Creativity is the centerpiece of these seminars for artists and nonartists. 

Artwaves’ Sept. 4 program showcases talent and diversity with interviews covering HSU’s music faculty’s “Welcome to the Fall Semester” concert slated for tonight (Sept. 8) at 5 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall, and Redwood Curtain’s exploration of the collaborative construct of memories with “Marjorie Prime,” on stage through Sept. 29.

Tune in Artwaves this Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m. for Wendy Butler’s interview with director Kaitlyn Samuel and actors Joan Schirle and Christina Jioras. The topic is Redwood Curtain theater’s latest production. Jordan Harrison’s Marjorie Prime is on stage Sept. 6-29. The play challenges our desire to protect truthful often painful memories versus our desire to revise those     memories in favor of finding resolution and happiness.

The Tuesday, Aug. 28 Artwaves program includes Wendy Butler’s interview with people involved in the Veterans For Peace Golden Rule Project. On Sept. 9, the historic Golden Rule boat will embark on a "Peace in the Pacific" voyage across the globe, and to support said voyage as well as awareness of the dangers of nuclear proliferation the Against the Wind festival will take place in October at Arcata Playhouse and HSU. On the second half of the Aug. 28 Artwaves program, Fortuna author/editor/teacher Cecelia Holland speaks about her years of teaching creative writing classes at Pelican Bay State Prison, and her recently published book "My Brother's Keeper," stories and poetry written by her students at Pelican Bay. Holland will give a reading from the book tonight (Wednesday, Aug. 29) at 6 p.m. at the Del Norte County Library in Crescent City. She will also offer a question-answer session following the reading.

The Eureka Street Art Festival’s Street Party is today from noon to 6 p.m. along Opera Alley, C to H streets, Old Town, Eureka. For this final day of the festival, you are invited to enjoy the murals and live painting along with three stages of music and other entertainment, food, three beer gardens and a Kid Zone. More information is available on the fest's Facebook page.

This week’s Artwaves is an interview about the “Dog Summer: Young Alumni-2018” exhibition at Humboldt State University’s Third Street Gallery in Eureka. But as important it is also a commemoration of two decades of academic and public service. 

This week: Interviews with an organizer and an artist participant in the Eureka Street Art Festival, which includes visual and performing arts events the centerpiece of which is artists painting murals along Opera Alley, Old Town, Eureka, today through Saturday, Aug. 18. Daily events open to the public include mural tours at 5:30 p.m. and live performances. Find information on Facebook. Also on Artwaves, an interview with participants in the Trinidad Bay Art and Music Festival, which continues today and Sunday and next Friday-Sunday, Aug. 17-19 in Trinidad. Find information and tickets at tbamfest.com.

UPDATE: Cal Fire announces a Carr Fire Community Meeting tomorrow (Monday, July 30) at 4 p.m. in Redding Civic Auditorium, 700 Auditorium Drive. Information is available at (530) 225-2510.

Wildfires continue around the state; however, the Carr Fire on both sides of SR-299 and stretching into west Redding is the fiercest. Cal Fire reported Sunday morning that the fire has now grown to 89,194 acres and still is only 5 percent contained.

There are a total of 3,388 fire personnel on the scene battling the massive blaze that has destroyed 517 structures and is threatening 5,012.

The death toll from the fire has now grown to five.

“Erratic winds and hot dry conditions resulted in greater growth and increased fire behavior during night operations,” Cal Fire reports, adding that a Red Flag Warning and heat advisory are in effect throughout Monday. Winds, high temperatures and dry vegetation continue to have the potential to fuel fire growth.

“Crews will continue to assess the number of damaged structures as conditions allow. As more damaged structures are located the numbers will adjust accordingly.”

Evacuation Centers now available:

Shasta College
11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding

Simpson College
2211 College View Drive, Redding

Cross Point Community Church
2960 Hartnell Ave.,Redding

Trinity High School

321 Victory Lane, Weaverville

For additional information, phone the Carr Fire line at (530) 225-2510, and for evacuation information, visit http://www.shascom911.com

Cal Fire Shasta-Trinity Unit

A total of 500 homes and structures are destroyed and 75 are damaged by the Carr Fire in Shasta County. Additionally, 4,978 structures are threatened. The fire has grown to 80,906 acres and is 5 percent contained. More than 38,000 people have evacuated. Cal Fire Shasta-Trinity Unit is set to hold a community meeting conference at 4 p.m. today (Saturday, July 28) at Alta Mesa Elementary School-at 2301 Saturn Sky Way in Redding. 

Pamela F. Service’s “The Legend of Young Merlin” highlights this year’s Plays in the Park at Redwood Park in Arcata. The family play directed by Alex Service explores the themes of identity, tolerance and discovery. It’s a magical adventure appropriate for all ages. The play will have three Sunday performances: July 29, Aug. 5 and 12. All performance times are at 2 p.m. Also scheduled for Plays in the Park this year is Park Fest on Sunday, Aug. 19, and the 24-Hour Play Festival Aug. 18-19. All Plays in the Park events are free to the public. More information is available on their Facebook page.

The Carr Fire in Shasta County continues to grow from west Redding and west through Whiskeytown and French Gulch.  As of now 80,906 acres have burned and it’s 5 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. There are 3,410 fire personnel battling the fire which is active in all directions. Road closures include areas of SR-299 and SR-273 in the fire perimeter areas.

For additional information including about evacuations, you can phone the Carr Fire line at (530) 225-2510, and you can visit http://www.shascom911.com

Carr Fire Update

Jul 28, 2018

The Carr Fire in Shasta County continues to engulf areas between west Redding and French Gulch. At the time of Cal Fire’s update issued Friday night, 48,312 acres have burned. Five-hundred structures have been destroyed and 75 damaged. There are 4,978 structures threatened.

This week on Artwaves: Against the Wind project chairperson Jack Irvine. Against the Wind is a festival of events to promote peace and support the voyage of the Golden Rule, a boat originally captained by Albert Bigelow in 1958 with the stated purpose of sailing into the Marshall Islands nuclear test zone to protest against United States testing and deployment of nuclear weapons. This week-long festival will take place in Arcata and other parts of Humboldt County October 14 through 21.

On Artwaves:  A humorous yet interestingly philosophical take on Henrik Ibsen’s classic play Hedda Gabler. Jeff Whitty’s The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler turns it around for Hedda with fellow fictional characters from all media and time periods musing on what it would be like to actually be “forgotten,” and the play is on stage through July 28 at Redwood Curtain in Eureka. And director Catherine L Brown and actor Tyler Egerer are guests on Artwaves.

Choosing ‘Right’

Jul 5, 2018

On this week’s Artwaves: It comes back to the often contentious exchange between the left and right sides of our brains. Art educator Piper Bean discusses her “Drawing Right” introductory drawing course, which takes place July 9-13, 9:30-11 a.m. each day at the Lincoln Campus, 216 W Harris St., Eureka. Registration and information available at piperEbean@gmail.com and information at hcoe.net  Listen to the July 3 interview in our KHSU Archives. 

Gail McDowell discusses snorkeling through northern California water systems, and how this has inspired her latest installation “The Call of Roots and Water” at Eureka’s Black Faun Gallery through June 30. Also on Artwaves, Jeff DeMark talks about 25 years of his ever-evolving “Writing My Way Out of Adolescence,” which he’ll perform Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m. in the Pierson Big Hammer Tent at Dell’Arte International 28th annual Mad River Festival in Blue Lake.

Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods Executive Director Monica Rose talks about her organization’s ongoing and new programs and events offered this summer. She also discusses the important part the club plays in the support and nurturance of youth in the community.

For more information and to get involved, visit bgcredwoods.org.

Arcata author Sharon Levy discusses her new book The Marsh Builders: The Fight for Clean Water, Wetlands, and Wildlife on the KHSU Magazine. Levy speaks about her interest in the topic as well as her research for it and why activism played an integral role in the creation of the Marsh.

Levy is scheduled to give a presentation Friday night at 7 p.m. at Arcata’s Northtown Books.

This week on Artwaves: Stock Schlueter, Elaine Benjamin and Michelle Murphy-Ferguson. All three are North Coast Open Studios charter artists.

They discuss their current work, influences and the importance of Open Studios to them individually and to the Humboldt County community as a whole. The 20th annual North Coast Open Studios continues this Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit northcoastopenstudios.com for maps to studios. You can listen to the program in the iTunes or Google Play. 

The Tuesday, May 29 Artwaves program is now available in the KHSU Archives, iTunes or Google Play.

Featured: Arcata printmaker/silk painter/watercolorist Patricia Sennott, part of our series of interviews with North Coast Open Studios charter artists. The 20th annual Open Studios will be held this and next Saturday/Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. across Humboldt County. Visit northcoastopenstudios.com for information. Also on Artwaves, NCRT Managing Artistic Director Calder Johnson discusses the timely and powerful rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."


Courtesy Dell'Arte

Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre’s students graduating from the MFA program present original works in “Crossing the Vortex: Thesis Festival,” underway through Sunday.

Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre’s students graduating from the MFA program present original works in “Crossing the Vortex: Thesis Festival,” underway through Sunday. Visit dellarte.com for tickets and information. Artwaves speaks with two of the performers.

Also, we continue our North Coast Open Studios charter artist interviews series with Eureka oil painter Kathy O’Leary.


Arcata watercolorist Alan Sanborn joins Artwaves this week, as the second in a series of Artwaves interviews with North Coast Open Studios artists who’ve participated in the event since it began 20 years ago.

Also, music merges with visual art courtesy of Kathrin Burleson’s “The Creation” painting series featured in Eureka Symphony’s final concert of this season to be held Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts in Eureka.

Karen Barr Mast

Arcata potter Peggy Loudon talks to Artwaves. It's the first in a series of interviews with North Coast Open Studios charter artists whose ongoing participation goes back to the first Open Studios in 1999. Also D*STATE, a group show of surrealist work at Black Faun Gallery in Eureka.

Redwood Curtain/Facebook



This week on Artwaves:  A character study per guests’ extensive research of and commitment to the characters in Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand, which had its world premiere in 2014 at Berkley Rep. It’s the next production of Redwood Curtain, on stage Thursdays-Saturdays through May 26. 

‘Bliss’-ful romp

Apr 27, 2018
Courtesy HSU Dept. of Theatre, Film & Dance

This week on Artwaves: Humboldt State University Department of Theatre, Film & Dance takes on Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever,” a classic filled with bravado. 


This week on Artwaves: Time for the 51st Humboldt International Film Festival Wednesday through Saturday at Arcata’s Minor Theatre, and festival co-directors/HSU students discuss it on Artwaves. 

Also, Dell’Arte 2nd year MFA students talk about their “Citizens of Nowhere,” an original tragedy they created and that’s on stage Thursday through Sunday at the Carlo Theatre, Blue Lake.