Sunday, December 16, 2012

Late December/January Newsletter

I hope you and your families are having a wonderful holiday season. In light of the recent tragedies in the news, let's treasure the precious time we have with the ones we love. I'll be out of town visiting my own family for the next two weeks, so not performing my regular shows. Please take a look at the show schedule below to see when I'll be resuming my regular gigs in January. (I'm leading a camp when I return, so some shows don't resume till the 2nd or 3rd week of January.) Also, I'm leading several new afterschool classes in the new year. Find the details below and if you're interested, register your school-aged child!

Show Schedule:
Cafe au Play, Tuesdays, 10:30-11am
Woodlawn Swap'n'Play, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 10-10:45am
The Treehouse Boutique, Thursdays, 10:15-11am
Warehouse Cafe, Fridays, 10-10:45am
Milagros Boutique, Fridays, 3:30-4:15pm

Special Shows:
- Monday, Dec 31 at World Forestry Center
  10-10:45am (Mommy & Me Mondays)
- Monday, Jan 7 at World Forestry Center
  10-10:45am (Mommy & Me Mondays)
- Monday, Jan 14 at Lilikoi Coffee 
  Time and details TBA
- Thursday, Jan 31 at Canby Public Library
  "The Deep Woods," 6:30-7:15pm

Afterschool Classes:
- Mondays at Friendly House. Email me or see the attached form for registration details.

Musical Puppets (K-3rd)
2:30-3:30pm, Mondays, Jan 14-Mar 18  
(No class on Jan 21 or Feb 18)
8 classes for $70/$60 for FH students/$50 free/reduced lunch
Students will adapt an American folktale into a musical puppet show, weaving in folksongs and original music. After choosing a story, participants will build elaborate sock puppets of the characters. They'll adapt dialogue, develop voices and practice puppet manipulation. Andy will teach the group folksongs related to the tale. Finally the group will perform their new show for families and friends at a special showcase!

Friendly House Kids Band (2nd-6th)
4:00-5:00pm, Mondays, Jan 14-Mar 18 
(No class on Jan 21 or Feb 18) 
8 classes for $70/$60 for FH students/$50 free/reduced lunch
In this exciting acoustic music ensemble, students will build skills on instruments, learn to play familiar songs, compose original songs, record and perform. Kids will explore guitar, violin, xylophone, percussion, and piano, then choose an instrument on which to focus. Students may also bring other acoustic instruments from home. Finally the group will perform their new musical creations at a special showcase!

- Thursdays at KCLC/MLC school. Find their club guide and registration form here.

Musical Puppets (K-2nd)
3:15-4:15pm, Thursdays, Jan 10-March 14
8 classes for $70
(Same description as above)

Pop Song Chorus (2nd-6th)
4:15-5:15, Thursdays, Jan 10-March 14 
8 classes for $70 
Are you a fan of Glee, American Idol, or the awesome new music you hear on the radio? If so, join Red Yarn Productions for this one-of-a-kind club! Students will choose their favorite radio pop songs and develop choral arrangements. We'll work out simple instrumentation with guitars, keyboards, percussion and a drum machine. Finally, the group will perform their songs for families and friends at the showcase! 

Fridays at BridlemileFind registration details here.

Musical Puppets (K-2nd)
2:15-3:30pm, Fridays, Jan 25-Mar 22
(No class on Feb 1 or Feb 15)
7 classes for $30
(Same description as above)

As always, keep Red Yarn & the Critters in mind for birthday parties, school residencies and performances. And show your support by"liking" Red Yarn on Facebook!

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Andy Furgeson
Red Yarn Productions

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Late November/December News

Happy Holidays from Red Yarn Productions! I hope you and your families are feeling happy and grounded as we enter this busy season. With Thanksgiving and winter break coming up, Red Yarn's regular shows will be more sporadic. Please take a look at the SHOW SCHEDULE below so you don't go to see Red and the critters on a day they're not performing. Please join me at the first ever Family Jam event at Friendly House on the evening of Friday, Nov. 30. I'm offering several new AFTERSCHOOL CLASSES starting in January. Look at the info below and consider if one of my classes would be a good fit for a child in your life. 

Please forgive me for a quick hop onto my soapbox. With the holidays coming up, I encourage everyone to consume as creatively, locally, and minimally as possible. Milagros Boutique and the TreeHouse Children's Boutique are wonderful options for kids' clothes and toys, or join Woodlawn Swap'n'Play and trade your kids' old stuff. Warehouse Cafe and Market and Tastebud are perfect sources for local food for your holiday meals. For reused or homemade decorations, SCRAP is your place. Give a charitable gift to a local nonprofit in someone's honor. Friendly House, Inc.,Cafe au PlayYoung AudiencesTears of Joy, Open Meadow and Ethos are all awesome; or support Kids Community Learning Center by buying a Chico Bag and entering the code KCLC at check-out.

And if you want to give your children a little piece of Red Yarn for the holidays, I'll be selling Red Yarn Make-Your-Own-Sock-Puppet Kits at shows starting in December. I can also build a limited number of custom puppets on commission. Email for more details.

Red Yarn's Weekly Show Schedule
  • Tuesday mornings at Cafe au Play, 10:30-11am. SPECIAL THANKSGIVING SHOW TOMORROW. No shows on Dec. 18, 25, or Jan. 1.
  • 2nd & 4th Wednesday mornings at Woodlawn Swap'n'Play, 10-10:45am. No show on Dec. 26.
  • Select Thursday mornings at TreeHouse Boutique, 10:15-11am. Shows on Nov 29 & Dec 6, then picking up more regularly in January.
  • Friday mornings at Warehouse Cafe, 10-10:45am. No shows this week (Nov. 23), Dec. 21, 28, or Jan. 4
  • Friday afternoons at Milagros Boutique, 3:30-4:15pm. SPECIAL THANKSGIVING SHOW THIS WEEK. No shows on Dec. 21 or 28.
    Family Jam
    Red Yarn Productions and Friendly House are excited to present the first of its kind FAMILY JAM on Friday, November 30, from 6:30-8:00pm at 1737 NW 26th Ave. Children and parents/caregivers are invited to bring acoustic instruments--guitars, ukeleles, percussion, etc.--to participate in a joyous, raucous, all-ages jam session. Musician and teaching artist Andy Furgeson will lead the group in simple jams, engaging beginners and more experienced players alike. We'll warm up on familiar songs and end the session by writing an original song as a group. So dust off that guitar or tambourine and get ready to rock, family style! Friendly House will have some instruments on hand for all to use. Light dinner will be provided at this free, inclusive event. Thank you Neighbors Meeting Neighbors for funding!

    Afterschool Classes
    We're still finalizing details for most of these classes, so please understand if they change slightly. All classes will be fee-based, with rates determined by the specific programs. Registration is not yet open for any of these classes, but let me know if you're interested and I'll keep you posted. 
    • Monday afternoons at Friendly House, Jan 14-Mar 18
      • Musical Puppets for K-2nd graders, 2:30-3:30pm
      • Friendly House Kids Band acoustic music ensemble for 2nd-6th graders, 4-5pm
    • Thursday afternoons at KCLC, Jan 10-Mar 14
      • Musical Puppets for K-2nd graders, 3:15-4:15pm
      • Possibly a Pop Song Chorus for 3rd-6th
    • Friday afternoons at Bridlemile ASE, Jan 25-Mar 22
      • Musical Puppets for K-2nd graders, 2:15-3:30
    As always, you can show your support by liking Red Yarn on Facebook, recommending me to your child's school for a performance or residency, or coming out to any of our shows.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Andy Furgeson
    Red Yarn Productions

    Monday, October 29, 2012

    Halloween show & November news

    I'm posting my November newsletter a few days early to make sure you know about Red Yarn Puppet Band's Halloween Spectacular at Mississippi Pizza, 5-6pm on Wednesday. See the flyer below; here's the Facebook event to share with your friends. We'll be pulling out all the stops; expect spooky stories, haunted American folksongs, the Big Bad Wolf, a giant skeleton, and more. Please know that this show could be scary for younger kids--I'm recommending it for fearless 4-year-olds and up. Younger ones are welcome with the understanding that some content might be frightening. Hope to see you and your family there!

    Weekly Shows
    -Tuesday Mornings at Cafe au Play
    10:30-11am, $3/person suggested donation
    -2nd & 4th Wednesdays at Woodlawn Swap'n'Play/Village Ballroom
    10-10:45am, $5/family suggested donation
    -Friday Mornings at Warehouse Cafe
    10-10:45am, $5/family suggested donation **no show Friday, Nov. 23
    -Friday Afternoons at Milagros Boutique
    3:30-4:15pm, $3/person suggested donation 

    Other Shows
    From November to April, I'll be performing on the first Monday of each month at the World Forestry Center's Mommy and Me Mondays. Come out at 10am on November 5th for my first show there. I'm debuting my Social Skills Stories for Preschoolers, mixed with good ol' animal folk songs and stories. 

    Elementary School Residencies
    If you have a school-age child, please consider me for an arts residency at his/her elementary school. I offer a program called "Folk Song Puppet Show" through Young Audiences. I'll visit your child's class 3-5 times and help them adapt a classic American folksong into a musical puppet show. Each child builds his/her own elaborate sock puppet. For more information, visit my artist page on the Young Audiences website, or read a description on my website

    And of course, keep me in mind for your child's next Birthday Party! You can always show your support by "Liking" Red Yarn on Facebook and spreading the word to friends. I hope to see you soon!

    Andy "Red Yarn" Furgeson

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    Monday, October 1, 2012

    October Shows & News

    Whew! Things are busy here at Red Yarn Productions! September was an action-packed month, my busiest yet with 23 distinct performances. New performance and teaching opportunities are opening up all the time, and on Saturday I went to Salem to showcase my offerings for librarians from all over the state (see video here). Below you'll find a list of my upcoming shows this month, and info about an afterschool enrichment class I'm offering at MLC.

    Weekly Shows
    -Tuesday Mornings at Cafe au Play
    10:30-11am, $3 suggested donation *no show on Oct. 9
    -2nd & 4th Wednesdays at Woodlawn Swap'n'Play/Village Ballroom
    10-10:45am, $5 suggested donation
    -Friday Mornings at Warehouse Cafe
    10-10:45am, $5 suggested donation **starts Friday, Oct. 12
    -Friday Afternoons at Milagros Boutique
    3:30-4:15pm, $3 suggested donation *Olive & Dingo sub for me this week, Oct. 5
    *Please note, I'm out of town Friday, Oct. 5 through Tuesday, Oct. 9

    Library Shows
    You have two more chance to see my new library program, Bob Rabbit on Mr. Man's Farm
    -Thursday, Oct. 4 at Midland Library, 4:00-4:45pm
    -Saturday, Oct. 20 at Gresham Library, 2:00-2:45pm

    Halloween Show at Mississippi Pizza!
    Mark your calendars: Red Yarn Puppet Band will perform a special Halloween show on Wednesday, October 31 from 5-6pm at Mississippi Pizza! We'll be pulling out all the stops... expect family-friendly ghost stories, haunted American folksongs, a giant skeleton, and critters in costumes! We'll be done in time to squeeze in some trick-or-treating, so bring the family, eat some pizza, and start your Halloween off right! More details to come. 

    Afterschool Enrichment Class
    Red Yarn Productions is offering an afterschool enrichment class called Musical Puppets for K-2nd graders at KCLC (the afterschool program at MLC, NW 20th & Glisan). Thursdays, 3:15-4:15, October 11-December 6. Only $60 for 8 one-hour classes. For more information see KCLC's Club Guide and Registration Form
    Musical Puppets: Join teaching artist Andy Furgeson of Red Yarn Productions for this exciting 8 week enrichment class. Students will adapt an American folk tale into a musical puppet show, weaving in classic folk songs and original music. After choosing a story, participants will build sets and elaborate sock puppets of the characters. Then they'll adapt dialogue, develop silly voices and practice puppet manipulation. Andy will teach the group several folk songs and lead them in a songwriting exercise. Finally the group will perform their new show for families and friends at the Club Showcase!

    I've updated this website with all of my show and class offerings; check out the Musical Puppet Show and Education Programs pages. Keep me in mind for birthday parties and residencies or events at your child's school. And as always, you can show your support by "Liking" Red Yarn on Facebook and spreading the word to friends! Hope to see you soon!

    Andy "Red Yarn" Furgeson

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    Fall shows!

    I'm happy to announce a busy schedule of Red Yarn shows this Fall! I'll be performing several times each week, with regular gigs at Cafe au Play, Milagros and Woodlawn Swap'n'Play, plus a new library program and some special events. Here's a list of upcoming shows:

    Tuesday mornings at Cafe au Play, 10:30-11:00am
    $3 suggested donation, started this morning

    Second & fourth Wednesdays at Woodlawn Swap'n'Play/Village Ballroom, 10-10:45am
    $5 suggested donation, Sept. 12, 26, Oct. 10, 24...

    Friday afternoons at Milagros Boutique, 3:30-4:15pm
    $3 suggested donation, starting September 7

    Red Yarn Puppet Band at the Slabtown Community Festival on Saturday, September 15
    We'll be kicking things off with a set from 12:00-12:45pm, and there's more kid-friendly music and activities throughout the day.

    "Bob Rabbit on Mr. Man's Farm"--Red Yarn's new library program!
    Bob Rabbit must sneak onto Mr. Man’s farm each night to scrounge his vegetable dinner. But he has company--a sly fox, looking for another kind of dinner! Can Bob use his wits to escape the farmer’s traps and protect the friendly fowl from predators? This engaging show features classic folk songs and teaches children about the food chain and life on a farm.
    -September 22 at Woodstock Library, 2:30pm & 4:00pm (two shows)
    -October 4 at Midland Library, 4:00pm
    -October 20 at Gresham Library, 2:00pm

    Hope to see you soon!

    Friday, August 31, 2012

    Deep Woods project

    Hey folks! I thought you might like to see parts of the project grant I submitted to the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) last week. Here's the summary and closing statement (much is cut out in between). I won't hear back about funding until December, but I'm recording an animal folk song album regardless. Till then, keep your fingers crossed! --Andy

    Project Summary:
    Under the name Red Yarn, I collect American folksongs about animals to perform for children. I build puppets and create original interactive shows inspired by the songs’ characters. I envision a place called the Deep Woods where these characters coexist. This imaginary world reflects the history and natural landscape of the USA—diverse, strange and wild. I hope to share my vision of the Deep Woods in three ways. In Fall 2012 I will self-produce an album of animal folksong adaptations, with arrangements and artwork that expand the Deep Woods universe. From January to June 2013, in collaboration with filmmaker Nina Isaacson and local puppeteers, I will produce short puppet films set to the songs. The films, streaming for free online, will entertain young audiences while exploring mature social, ecological and political themes. Finally I will host three public, participatory events at Multnomah County Libraries in August 2013, with live music, puppetry, film screenings, crafts and crowd-sourced art installations.

    Closing Statement:
    I began my journey into the Deep Woods four years ago. Drawn to American folk songs’ strange narratives, twisted humor, and preoccupation with death, I dug into old anthologies, children’s books, vinyl records, and library databases. The animal characters and tales I found took hold of me, clawing their way into my music, puppetry, and teaching career. I discovered in the Deep Woods potent symbols of racial and class tension, weird American fantasies, the wilderness lurking beneath our civilized surface. But the Deep Woods is threatened from many sides—literally, through the destruction of natural habitats, and in the imagination, as the chaos of pop culture devours our memory of a shared folk heritage. I see this project as an opportunity to culminate a long chapter of my creative and professional life, and to help save the Deep Woods. More than just preserving these old songs, I wish to animate them—bring them to life—and engage the community in doing the same. While folksingers have always updated older material, I want to rekindle and share the vibrant creative energy I’ve found in folksongs. Working with Nina and a talented team of puppeteers on our music video “Tails”, we tapped into that energy. I want to go deeper and reach more people, inspiring them to take creative ownership of our collective history. Portland strikes me as the perfect place to undertake this project. Here, at the edge of the real woods, we romance the folk, the frontier lifestyle. And we are looked to as a national model of how to build the future with reverence for the past. With RACC’s help, I hope my Deep Woods project will become a model of modern creative folklore.

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    The Tall Oak Tree!

    Introducing, the Tall Oak Tree! With Shiloh Squirrel, Frank Robin, and Roger Mockingbird. For more photos visit

    Red Yarn Summer Shows!

    Red Yarn and the critters are back from a successful east coast/southern tour, and we're ready for an active Portland summer! We have many shows coming up, including a new library program and some Red Yarn Puppet Band shows in August. Click on the links for more info on these shows, or go to the Red Yarn Facebook page. 

    Wednesday, July 18, 2:30 & 4:00pm 
    "Everybody's Rockin' in the Tall Oak Tree" at Woodstock Library

    Saturday, July 21, 11:00am
    Red Yarn at the Tabor Market at Cafe au Play

    Saturday, July 21, 2:00 & 3:00pm
    Red Yarn at Sand in the City in Pioneer Courthouse Square

    Friday, July 27, 3:00pm
    Red Yarn at Kenton Farmers Market

    Saturday, August 11, 11:50am
    Red Yarn Puppet Band at the Alberta Street Fair

    Thursday, August 23, 5:15pm
    Red Yarn at Buckman Farmers Market

    Wednesday, August 29, 12:00pm
    Red Yarn Puppet Band at PCPA Noontime Showcase

    Also, it's not too late to sign your child up for my Puppet-Making Workshop at Cafe au Play on Sunday, July 22 at 2pm. Email me at if you'd like to register. 

    Oh, and one more thing: did you see Red Yarn Puppet Band's first professional music video? Check it out on YouTube

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

    Puppetry Workshop rescheduled

    Just a quick note to say that the Puppetry Workshop originally scheduled for this Sunday, June 10th at Cafe au Play is rescheduled for Sunday, July 22nd at 2pm. If you are interested in signing your child up for the rescheduled workshop, please fill out and mail/email the registration form below. Thanks! 

    See the post below for more info on Red Yarn's upcoming tour, summer camps, and performances.

    Monday, May 21, 2012

    Red Yarn Summer Camps, Workshops & Performances!

    Things are hopping here at Red Yarn Productions! I'm beginning my fourth week of residency at Vernon Elementary, auditioning a Young Audiences school performance program this Friday, and planning an exciting summer for Red Yarn. Find details on camps, workshops, performances, and a tour below!

    Red Yarn Summer Camps!
    Puppetry Camp at Friendly House, July 9-13 
    Got extra milk containers, tire tubes or cardboard boxes? We have been saving materials all year to create puppets out of recycled materials. Students will build inventive puppets then write eco-themed puppet shows and songs. The week culminates with a child-produced puppet and music performance. For rising 1st-6th graders. For cost and registration info visit the Friendly House website.

    Music, Puppetry & Storytelling at Picassitos, July 16-20 
    Red Yarn is teaming up with a family art studio in Sellwood for this awesome daycamp. During this week-long session students will create papier mache puppets and musical instruments with recycled materials. Then they will develop a musical story complete with original songs. The grand finale will be a Friday performance of the camp’s musical puppet show! For rising kindergarten-3rd graders. For cost and registration info visit the Picassitos website.

    Rock Band at Friendly House, August 13-17 
    Get ready to rock! Students will learn skills on guitar, drums, and piano, start their own rock’n’roll bands, write and record songs, and perform in a Battle of the Bands. For rising 1st-6th graders. For cost and registration info visit the Friendly House website.

    Red Yarn Workshops!
    Puppetry Workshop at Cafe au Play, June 10, July 22, 2:00-3:30pm
    In this 90 minute workshop, participants will learn basic puppet-building and operating skills. Students will build their own elaborate sock puppets, develop characters, and put on an impromptu puppet show at the end of class. For ages 4-10. $10-$20 sliding scale, plus $5 materials fee. (See registration form at bottom of post)

    Folksong Workshop at Cafe au Play, July 22, TBA, 2:00-3:30pm
    Learn the art and joy of folksongs! Red Yarn will teach participants classic American folksongs, examining song structure and lyrical patterns along the way.  Then students will have a chance to write their own folksong lyrics, and will perform their songs at the end of class. For ages 4-10. $10-$20 sliding scale. (See registration form below)

    Red Yarn Performances!
    June 9, 11:00am: Red Yarn at Cafe au Play Farmers Market
    July 15, 3:30pm: Red Yarn at Woodlawn Swap'n'Play
    July 17, 2:30pm: "The Tall Oak Tree" at Capital Hill Library
    July 18, 2:30 & 4:00pm: "The Tall Oak Tree" at Woodstock Library
    July 21, 11:00am: Red Yarn at Cafe au Play Farmers Market
    July 27, 3:00pm: Red Yarn at Kenton Farmers Market
    August 23, 5:15pm: Red Yarn at Buckman Farmers Market

    Red Yarn Tour!
    June 17, 3:00pm: Red Yarn at Barefoot Books in Concord, MA
    June 18: Busking in Boston, MA; time and place TBA
    June 19: Busking in Brooklyn, NY; time and place TBA
    June 21, 4:00pm: Red Yarn at the Magnetic Field in Asheville, NC
    June 29: Busking in New Orleans, LA; time and place TBA
    July 1: Houseshow in Austin, TX; time and address TBA

    Monday, April 30, 2012

    My first school residency!

    I just finished the first two weeks of a four-week elementary school residency--my first teaching artist experience through Young Audiences. My residency is called "Folk Song Puppet Show," so each class is learning an old animal folk song, creating elaborate sock puppets of the song's characters, and performing for other classes on the final day. I'm working with 10 Pre-K through 3rd grade classes at Vernon Elementary, visiting each group three times. The first two weeks were a blast! The students created hilarious, expressive, beautiful puppets and put so much energy into singing and performing the songs. I'm posting a few pictures of the puppets here, but you can find a full photo album on my Facebook page.

     Mrs. Fox from "The Fox"

     Little Fox & Farmer John from "The Fox"

    Tomcat from "Froggie Went A'Courtin'"

    Tuesday, April 3, 2012

    Upcoming shows!

    This Saturday, April 7, at 2:00pm, I'm performing at Picassitos, a wonderful family arts & crafts studio in Sellwood. This is the first of a series of perfomances promoting a summer camp I'm co-leading at Picassitos from July 16-20.
    I'll also be performing at Cafe au Play each Friday in April from 10:30-11:00am. My November and February residencies at Cafe au Play were tons of fun, and this month should be just as awesome.
    Hope to see you soon!

    Saturday, March 24, 2012

    Hillsdale rescheduled, plus more April shows!

    I rescheduled my Hillsdale Library show for this Tuesday, March 27, from 10:15-11:00am. Sorry about the cancellation last week, and I hope to see you on Tuesday! See below for the full schedule for "Hep Cats & Hound Dogs" at the libraries.

    Also, I have a few other shows coming up in April. At 2pm on Saturday, April 7 I'll be performing at Picassitos, an awesome art & craft studio in Sellwood. This is the first of a few shows I'll be doing at Picassitos in promotion of a summer day camp I'm co-leading there from July 16-20 (registration info to come).

    I'll also be performing at Cafe au Play on SE Division from 10:30-11:00am each Friday in April. I'll post a flyer for those shows soon!

    See my full show schedule below. Also, to register your school-age child for Puppetry and Rock Band camps I'm leading at Friendly House in NW this summer, visit the FH website.

    Red Yarn's Upcoming Shows:
    Tuesday, March 27, 10:15-11:00am
    "Hep Cats & Hound Dogs" at Hillsdale Library
    1525 SW Sunset Blvd. Free!

    Monday, April 2, 11:15am-12:00pm
    "Hep Cats & Hound Dogs" at Troutdale Library
    2451 SW Cherry Park Rd., Troutdale, OR. Free!

    Friday, April 6, 10:30-11:00am
    Red Yarn at Cafe au Play
    5633 SE Division Street. $3/person!

    Saturday, April 7, 2:00-2:45pm
    Red Yarn at Picassitos
    8021 SE 17th Ave. $3/person!

    Friday, April 13, 10:30-11:00am
    Red Yarn at Cafe au Play
    5633 SE Division Street. $3/person!

    Saturday, April 14, 2:00-2:45pm
    "Hep Cats & Hound Dogs" at Gresham Library
    385 NW Miller Ave., Gresham, OR. Free!

    Friday, April 20, 10:30-11:00am
    Red Yarn at Cafe au Play
    5633 SE Division Street. $3/person!

    Saturday, April 21, 11:00-11:45am
    "Hep Cats & Hound Dogs" at Fairview-Columbia Library
    1520 NW Village St., Fairview, OR. Free!

    Saturday, April 21, 3:00-3:45pm
    "Hep Cats & Hound Dogs" at Northwest Library
    2300 NW Thurman St. Free!

    Friday, April 27, 10:30-11:00am
    Red Yarn at Cafe au Play
    5633 SE Division Street. $3/person!

    Friday, April 27, 4:00-4:45pm
    "Hep Cats & Hound Dogs" at Midland Library
    805 SE 122nd Ave. Free!

    Saturday, April 28, 10:30-11:15am & 11:45am-12:30pm
    "Hep Cats & Hound Dogs" at Sellwood-Moreland Library
    7860 SE 13th Ave. Free!

    See you soon!
    Andy "Red Yarn" Furgeson

    Monday, March 19, 2012

    Hillsdale Library show tomorrow cancelled :(

    Boohoo! I have to cancel my show tomorrow at Hillsdale Library, as I'm stuck in Texas after thunderstorms delayed my flight back to Portland. Hopefully I can reschedule the show soon! Sorry.

    Monday, March 5, 2012

    Presenting "Hep Cats & Hound Dogs"!

    Red Yarn Productions is excited to announce nine free performances of the new musical puppet show, "Hep Cats & Hound Dogs," at Multnomah County Libraries in March and April 2012:

    Red Yarn Productions & Multnomah County Libraries present:
    "Hep Cats & Hound Dogs"
    Can a cat and a dog be friends? Join Red Yarn, aka Andy Furgeson, and his hilarious animal friends Hep Cat Eddie and Jim the Hound Dog in this lively musical puppet show. Mixing classic rockabilly and country songs with puppetry, storytelling and interactive performance, this show is sure to be fun for the whole family!

    All performances are free. First come first served. Generally, tickets are available 30 minutes before showtime.

    Saturday, March 10, 10:30am-11:15am, Albina Library (3605 NE 15th Ave.)
    Saturday, March 10, 2:00pm-2:45pm, Holgate Library (7905 SE Holgate Blvd.)
    Tuesday, March 20, 10:15-11:00am, Hillsdale Library (1525 SW Sunset Blvd.)
    Monday, April 2, 11:15am-12:00pm, Troutdale Library (2451 SW Cherry Park Rd.)
    Saturday, April 14, 2:00-2:45pm, Gresham Library (385 NW Miller Ave.)
    Saturday, April 21, 11:00-11:45am, Fairview-Columbia Library (1520 NW Village)
    Saturday, April 21, 3:00-3:45pm, Northwest Library (2300 NW Thurman St.)
    Friday, April 27, 4:00-4:45pm, Midland Library (805 SE 122nd Ave.)
    Saturday, April 28, 10:30-11:15am, Sellwood-Moreland Library (7860 SE 13th Ave.)

    Photos copyright Aaron Hewitt Photography, 2012.

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    Photos from Central Library

    On Saturday Red performed his new one-man show, "Hep Cats & Hound Dogs," at Central Library. There was a great crowd and Red, Hep Cat Eddie, and Jim the Hound Dog had a blast. Check out a few photos below or see more on the Facebook album.

    Big Bad Wolf!

    Red Yarn was recently commissioned to make a Big Bad Wolf mask for TriptheDark, a wonderful Portland indie dance company working on a dance production of Red Riding Hood. I'm posting a few pictures below, or you can see more on the Facebook album.