In contrast to Valentine’s Day, a great day for greeting cards manufacturers and chocolate makers for sure, we have V-Day. Started in 1998 by a group of women including The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler, the now worldwide organization/movement looks to raise awareness and ultimately end sexualized violence against women and girls.
Locally for the last several years the movement has been stewarded by V-Day Humboldt. But more than a day, we are smack dab in the middle of V-Week, manifested with multiple countywide events. We’ll try to catch you up on what’s left:
The Vagina Monologues: since its debut in 1994, Eve Ensler’s play -- based on her interviews with hundreds of women -- has allowed thousands of women a unique venue to celebrate their sexuality and strength.
This year there will be three local performances at the Eureka Veteran’s Memorial Hall. The first takes place on the traditional Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. Then, on Saturday, Feb. 16, there will be a pair of performances, one at 2 p.m. and another at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.
One Billion Rising: On Friday, Feb. 15, starting at 7 p.m., V-Day Humboldt hosts a benefit dance for Humboldt Domestic Violence Services and the North Coast Rape Crisis Team at the Eureka Women’s Club. The night features food and drink, plus short film screenings, but mostly dancing with sounds provided by DJ Goldy Locks. Tickets are $5.
V-Day Flash Mob: Mobs rule. On Thursday, Feb. 14, a crowd will gather on the Arcata Plaza at 2:14 p.m. -- and at sites around the world -- to show solidarity with the V-Day message and the effort to end violence against women.
For more info on V-Day Humboldt, check out vdayhumboldt.org.