Posts tagged ‘Heike Hambley’

June 2, 2013

Arts in the Valley, April 20 (8 pm) & April 21 (2 pm) 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Kim McMillon, the host of Arts in the Valley interviews Heike Hambley, the Artistic Director of Merced Shakespearefest, the only free outdoor Shakespeare festival in Merced County.

How the Merced Shakespeare Festival was born by Heike Hambley.
I love Shakespeare and all his characters, the lovers, the fools, the witches, the witty servants, the warriors and the timeless poetry. I also love Shakespeare festivals and Renaissance fairs and theatre and working with people to put on a finished production everybody can be proud of and have fun with.

Merced’s own Shakespeare festival was born out of these sentiments and helped by a successful production of “Twelfth Night” that I directed for Merced Center for the Performing Arts, now Playhouse Merced, in February 2002. Cast and crew had so much fun that at the cast party some of us decided to explore the possibility of bringing a Shakespeare festival to the whole community. Wonderful Shakespeare enthusiasts like Michael Egan, Julianne Aguilar, Carolyn Hart, and others brainstormed and discussed and worked hard. Three months later we had raised some money from generous friends, relatives and art lovers, got rehearsal space from the Playhouse, a non-profit umbrella from the Merced Arts Council and had rented the rarely used Merced Open Air Theatre in Applegate Park. This stage is a perfect Shakespearian space, wide open with pillars on both sides, a lot of sun and natural light for the performers, but green grass and shade trees for the audience.

This summer, As You Like It, directed by Colton Dennis.

September 14, 15, 21 & 22, and possibly a 3rd weekend in Mariposa.
To listen to Heike’s interview, click onto the link:

John Curl is an American poet, memoirist, translator, author, activist, and historian.

He is author of seven books of poetry, including Scorched Birth (2004), which former San Francisco poet laureate Jack Hirschman called “a book of wonders.” His best known book is probably his history of the cooperative and communalist movements, For All The People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America (PM Press, 2009), which historian Howard Zinn described as “inspiring.” Memories of Drop City (2007) is his memoir of the 1960s communal movement and the first “hippie” commune, in Colorado, where he lived between 1966-69, which Ishmael Reed called “highly crafted and brilliant,” and Al Young described as “compelling.” His play The Trial of Christopher Columbus was produced by the PEN Oakland Writers Theater in Berkeley (2009). His poetry books include Columbus in the Bay of Pigs (1991); Decade (1987); and Tidal News (1982); and has published poems in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Words Upon the Waters, Oakland Out Loud, Blake Times, Left Curve, Central Park, Poetry USA, Anthology of East Bay Poets, Poetry Flash, and Pulse of the People. He was a member of the San Francisco Cloud House circle of poets in the 1980s.

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August 5, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, August 4 (8 PM), and Sunday, August 5 (2 PM), 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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On Saturday, August 4th, and Sunday, August 5th, Arts in the Valley hosts Kim McMillon inteviews Marina Drummer, the director of Community Futures Collective on the Angola 3; Heike Hambley, the founder of Merced Shakepearefest, on the upcoming production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream; and Dennis Phones and Dave Brown, members of Boots and Slippers Square Dancing Club of Merced.


To listen to Marina Drummer’s interview, click onto the link:angola 3-1

Marina Drummer has worked at the LEF Foundation since its inception in 1985.  She runs her own non-profit, Community Futures Collective, that serves as a fiscal sponsor for grassroots organizations as well as providing infrastructure development. In addition, Marina serves as Administrator of the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival.  On Arts in the Valley, Marina will discuss her involvement with the Angola 3.

Through the Community Futures Collective, The National Coalition to Free the Angola 3 has been working together since 1998 specifically to raise consciousness about the case of the Angola 3, prisoners who have been held in solitary confinement in Angola prison for 34 years, as well as general information about prison issues in Louisiana and nationally.

The Coalition raises funds for the legal defense of the Angola 3’s post-conviction and civil cases and to support the important communications efforts of Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace from their cells in Angola.Robert King Wilkerson, the freed member of the Angola 3 travels the world speaking about his comrades in Angola.  For more information about the Community Futures Collective, and the Angola 3, please visit,


Click onto the link to listen to Heike Hambley discuss the upcoming production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream:shakspear-1

Merced Shakespearefest founder and artistic director Heike Hambly discusses her latest production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Arts in the Valley Host Kim McMillon

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play by William Shakespeare. Believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596, it portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta.  These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set.

Merced Shakespearefest celebrates its 11th season with ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on Aug. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at Applegate Park, 26th and N streets in Merced.

Shows on Saturdays are at 10 a.m. and

6 p.m.; Sunday’s show is at 6 p.m.

All performances are free.

Information: (209) 723-3265 or visit,


Click onto the link to listen to Dave Brown and Dennis Phones discuss square dancing:square dancing

Merced’s Boots and Slippers Square Dance Classes start every September and are free to the public the first three square dance classes.  Classes start Monday, September 10th at 7 pm at the Stratford and Evans Community Hall, 1490 B. Street in Merced.

For info Call

Dennis Fones 209-383-5352

or, Dave Brown 209-777-1274

February 13, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, Feb. 11(8 pm), Sunday, Feb 12 (2 pm), 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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On Saturday, and Sunday, February 11th & 12th, Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon will interview Tony Slaton, the director of the Boy & Girls Club of Merced County, and Loretta Spence, the head of BET, Business, Educational and Training; and Fairmead Community and Friends boardmembers Vickie Ortiz, and Barbara Nelson; and Merced ShakespeareFest Artistic Director Heike Hambley, and actor Jim Bennett discussing their upcoming production of “Merchant of Venice.”

To listen to Vicki Ortiz and Barbara Nelson discuss Fairmead’s Centennial, click onto the link:  fairmead

Vicki Ortiz and Barbara Nelson will discuss the upcoming Fairmead Centennial Festival on Saturday, June 2, 2012.  Come on down to Fairmead for the community parade at 10:00 am, BBQ lunch, arts and crafts vendor booths and live entertainment. For more information, visit, or email

To listen to Heike Hambley and Jim Bennett discuss the production of “The Merchant of Venice,” click onto the link:  shakespear

Merced ShakespeareFest will present its third winter play, “The Merchant of Venice,” at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main Street in downtown Merced. It runs for two weekends, starting on Feb. 24 until March 4, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at MCAC; for reservations and questions call (209) 723-3265, for more information go on

To listen to Tony Slaton and Loretta Spence discuss the Boys & Girls Club, click onto the link:boys and girls
Tony Slaton and Loretta Spence  will discuss upcoming programs with the Boys & Girls Club of Merced County.The Boys and Girls Club of Merced County is a nonprofit agency providing outreach services and after school programs to Merced youth. Seeking different approaches to serve the needs of Merced area youth, B&GC utilizes a number of various resources, means and approaches. The Boys and Girls Club is in the process of developing a program designed to assist older youth in preparing to transition from youth into adulthood.
August 8, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, August 6, 2011, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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To listen to interview with Imam of Islamic Center of Modesto, click onto the link: seg1-5
Tune into Arts in the Valley on Saturday, August 6th at 8:05 PM for host Kim McMillon’s interview of the Imam of The Islamic Center of Modesto, one of the oldest Mosques in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. The Mosque was established in 1983.

The Modesto Imam (preacher), Ahmad Kayello, who originated from Lebanon, will discuss Ramadan and the origins of Islam on Arts in the Valley. Ramadan, which began August 1st, is the 9th month in the Islamic (lunar) year calendar. Muslims fast every day in the month of Ramadan from dawn to sunset from food, drink, and other things that break the fast. It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to God, and self-control.

To listen to the interview with Heike Hambley, click onto the link:seg2-7
Our Second guest Producer Heike Hambley will discuss The annual Merced ShakespeareFest upcoming 10th season with Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” Merced ShakespeareFest staged “Much Ado” as its opening production in 2002. The play about the “merry war” between Beatrice and Benedick returns, this time set in Granada, Spain.

Director Heike Hambley and a cast of 20 performers from Fresno to Modesto bring the production to Applegate Park on Aug. 13-14 and Aug. 20-21.

The shows — 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays — are free.
For more, call (209) 723 3265 or go to http://www.merced

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