Performing Arts

Music, storytelling, juggling, theatre, and similar artistic endeavors.

Sting to Release Album of Lute Music

Rock musician Sting, known for his wide range of interests, will release an album of John Dowland's lute music sometime in the fall of 2006.

Unser Hafen Champions

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Fighters, Fencers, Archers, Artisans, and Bards... ~Come cheer the Champions of Unser Hafen!~ Tournaments will be held in Equestrian, Archery, Heavy Fighting, Rapier, Arts and Sciences, and Bardic for the new Champions! While all are welcome to compete, The Champion in each category belongs to a member of Unser Hafen. However, don't let that deter you from competing as there will be a prize for the best champion from outside our fair Barony! Location:
Barony of Unser Hafen (Fort Collins, Colorado)

A Challenge to the Knowne Worlde in honor of Mistress Siobhán ní hEodhusa

Siobhan Medhbh O'Roarke of the West Kingdom has issued a challenge to a quest of learning, in loving memory of her recently-departed namesake, Mistress Siobhán ní hEodhusa.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 18, 1593

On May 18, 1593, just days before his death, playwright Christopher Marlowe was arrested on charges of atheism.

Thatsa Mare XI

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Thatsa Mare XI: Our Exchequer is Cheap and Won’t Give Us a Pence Event! FREE! Camping Event held in the Shire of Mare Amethystinum

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, at 5800 Mapleward Road.
June 9, 10, 11, 2006.

Activities include but are not limited to; Fighting – Marshals needed, contact Autocrat to volunteer. Saturday Bowl and Bread Breakfast, Pot Luck Dinner Feast, Bellydance Instruction Class of all levels – bring your bellydance scarf – drummers welcomed! Scavenger Hunt, Trading Circle, Cob Oven building class (pending), Bardic Events sponsored by Shire Youth, Raffle and more fun in the sun! Location:
Shire of Mare Amethystinum (Thunder Bay, Ontario)

Jugglers, Tumblers, and Bards III

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Here ye now both song and tale of gallantry once more in the wide vast hills of the Shire of Coppertree at the Champion of AEthelmearc Tourney/Jugglers, Tumblers, and Bards III, June 16-18. In this our third act, again we call the performers back. Singers, tale-spinners, dancers and even mime come once more for a wonderous time, as the kingdom's finest fighters compete to be the Champion of AEthelmearc! Location:
Shire of Coppertree (Utica/Rome, New York)

University of Wisconsin Whitewater to Sponsor Early Music Festival

Lord Wulfric reports that the University of Wisconsin Whitewater will hold its annual early music festival June 2-4, 2006 in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 23, 1564

The most famous writer in the English language, William Shakespeare, was born on April 23, 1564.

Music for Sant'Iago

On Saturday May 6, 2006, the Medieval Women's Choir at St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington will present Music for Sant'Iago (St. James), a concert of music and stories "associated with the famous pilgrimage route to the shrine of Saint James."

Bards' Night & Cooks' Workshop

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We will have a weekend of music and food on the weekend of the First of July in Shurdington in the Shire of Mynydd Gwyn. Our Bards Night celebration will be managed by Lord Acarin St Cyr, and the cooking workshop will run courtesy of Master Kit, once known to the Isles as Lady Mariella ( ormsweird@gmail.com ) ... Please contact them for details of bardic classes and how the cooking workshop will operate. Location:
Shire Of Mynydd Gwyn (Shurdington, England)

Throwing Down the Bardic Gauntlet

Lady Chiara da Montepulciano, Royal Bard to King Brion of the East, has issued a challenge to the royal bards of the Known World to match her talents with a bardic offering at the Pennsic War.

Bardic Madness Photos Online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield Kingdom Seneschal, recently visited South Dakota where she attended Bardic Madness. She shares her memories and photos.

Feast of St. Hildegard of Bingen

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Come join the Canton of Falcon Cree as we venture to Germany between the years 1098 and 1457 to celebrate the accomplishments of two great Germans: St. Hildegard of Bingen and Hans Talhoffer.

The Feast of St. Hildegard will be held at the verdant Camp Wabak, (36 Camp WaBak Rd. Marietta, SC 29661). The site features a lovely, shaded field with plenty of space for period pavilions and merchants. Gentles interested in merchanting should contact Lord Gospodin Pavel Rurik Chyorni Lebedov in advance for details (Ryan Matthews, anoanar@yahoo.com or 864-232-4310 no calls after 9pm please - baby in house). Location:
Canton of Falcon Cree (Marietta, South Carolina)

Northshield Bards Catch the Eye of the Media

Roger Larsen, of the Huron (South Dakota) Plainsman, offers an informative look at SCA life in the Kingdom of Northshield as he covers a recent Bardic event presented by members from throughout the Kingdom.

University of New Mexico to Host Medieval Lecture Series

The University of New Mexico's Institute for Medieval Studies will host Medieval Innovations: How the Middle Ages Changed Western Culture, a series of six lectures and a concert, Monday, April 3-6, 2006 on the university's main campus in Albuquerque.

Singers Sought for Lilies War

H.L. Brice Le Raton from the Barony of Forgotten Sea in Calontir will be directing the Lilies Known World Chorus at this year's War. He is seeking singers to participate.

Spamalot Returns to Chicago

Beginning in April, Monty Python's Spamalot, the hit musical version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, will return to Chicago. The show runs April 19-June 4, 2006.

Storvik Performer's Revel

On Saturday, March 18th, 2006, the long-hallowed Performers' Revel will take place in its traditional location in the vasty halls of Caer Bear. The theme of the event is as it has always been - this is a revel of performers, by performers and for performers, and as such, all who attend must contribute one performance for the delight of your fellows. But Fear Not! "Performance" casts a wide net. There will be singing and dancing and poetry and story-telling and the playing of instruments and jokery and juggling and dramatic presentations and anything else that you can make a case for as a Performance Art! Novice performers are especially welcome!

Sword and Board: a Tavern Event

The Shire of Vilku Urvas is hosting "SWORD AND BOARD - A TAVERN EVENT" on June 23-25, 2006 in Deer River, MN.

Sir Steven MacEanruig, founding member of the SCA, enters halls of Valhalla

Steve Henderson, known in the SCA as Sir Steven MacEanruig, was at the backyard party in 1966 that was the genesis of the Society for Creative Anachronism. On March 8, 2006, Sir Steven left us for the next world.

Mayfaire IX

The Shire of Cúil Choluim (Columbus, IN) invites you to the first annual Mayfaire Artisans Row. Mayfaire IX is May 5th - 7th, 2006, at the Johnson County Park. The site is large with sufficient room for artisans to camp with their booth if desired.

Feast of Fools, Venetian Nights

Let the merriment and splendors of a night in Venice during Carnival lure you to the fair Barony of Dragonsspine and the College of Tygre's Keep.

Green Dragon Tavern Seeks Musicians for Gulf Wars

Marion, Leoncina da Susa, Proprietess and Entertainment Coordinator for Gulf Wars' Green Dragon Tavern, is seeking musicians to play at Gulf Wars 15.

Rencester's Celebration of Spring

A caravan has arrived from the far reaches of the Known World, come and see the treasures that it brings. The College of Rencester, in the Barony of Tir-y-Don, would like to open its doors and invite all such travelers and curiosity seekers to celebrate spring in her fair halls. For your leisure: A tourney of rapier and a tourney of armoured combat. A&S competition in items relating to the Silk Road, on-site poetry contest, and travel-inspired story or song. A light lunch, free with site fee, and a feast of dishes from inspired by the Silk Road. Dancing Arts & Sciences Activities: A&S competition in items relating to the Silk Road, on-site poetry contest, and travel-inspired story or song.

Arizona Renaissance Festival Works Magic on Visitors

Current and former SCA members join forces with Ren Faire actors to entertain the public at the Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace which runs weekends through April 2, 2006 in Tuscon.

Atlanta Pipe Band to Hold Concert

Bagpipe enthusiasts in the Atlanta, Georgia area will want to mark their calendars in anticipation of a concert by the Atlanta Pipe Band "a leading show and competition band in the south," according to their website.

Canterbury Faire to Leave Kent County, Washington

Due to decreased attendance, organizers of the Canterbury Arts Festival in Kent, Washington, better known as Canterbury Faire, have decided to drop the Faire from their schedule.

Foolish Mortals! Medieval Jesters and Mummers

Dame Aoife was feeling foolish this week, and offers this week's Links as a resource for the medieval artistry of jesters and fools.

Blackwater Keep Defender

Are you a pansy, a dandy, or is your liver gilded? Do you need to stay indoors with air-conditioning at 68 degrees? If you answered "Yes," then you should stay home, because men and women who are tougher, stronger and better than you will ever be, are incapable of completing our competition. Remember just stay home and try not to over tax your frail and weak constitution. Last year over 50% of our contestants dropped out due to heat and or exhaustion! If on the other hand, you crave a challenge, long for the struggle of combat and desire to test your fortitude; come vie for Blackwater Keep Defender. P.S. We will feed you till you pop, if you are so inclined.

March Madness

Shed your prim and proper exteriors for a brief time and let your wild sides run with abandon. Now celebrate our safe passage through winter with the sounds of merriment, the clash of swords, rapier blades flashing in the sun and more silliness than anyone can possibly stand as we fight against boredom and mundanity.