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