The Against the Wind Festival is a week-long, pro-peace festival created by local volunteers and featuring art shows, lectures, workshops, music, film and theater, all centered around raising awareness of the danger of nuclear armaments and nuclear war. Events take place Oct. 14-21 around Humboldt County, with most of the happenings at the Arcata Playhouse.
Funds raised support the mission of the Golden Rule, the first vessel to attempt disruption of a nuclear test in protest against nuclear weapons in 1958. (Quick history: It was raised from Humboldt Bay and restored to sail-worthy condition by members of Veterans for Peace and other volunteers.) The cash will help fuel its voyage to Hawaii, the Marshall Islands and Japan for the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.
The festival begins with Power of Protest: Songs of Resistance on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at Arcata Playhouse ($15, $12). The show features Patrick Cleary, Jeff Kelley, Cat Koshkin, Siena Nelson, Chris Parreira, Leslie Quinn, Joanne Rand, Joel Sonneshein & the Sway Sisters, Naomi Steinberg and Sarah Torres.
Other festival highlights include Mortality, Morality and the Atom Bomb on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Arcata Playhouse ($15, $12), a panel moderated by Julie Fulkerson that discusses the state of nuclear energy, weapons and public health featuring four national experts: Robert Gould, Lawrence S. Wittner, Dale L. Preston and Reweti Wiki. There's Reeling in the Bomb: A Night of Film on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Arcata Playhouse, which includes a showing of Dr. Strangelove at 10 p.m. ($15, $12). Flash back with a revival of the 1960 anti-nuclear, pro-peace play Which Way the Wind? on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Arcata Playhouse ($15, $12).