21st annual Humboldt Hemp Fest at Mateel Community Center in Redway Nov. 11-13

Celebrating 21 years of hemp on the weekend of Nov. 11-13, the Mateel Community Center in Redway is presenting the 21st annual Humboldt Hemp Fest. The festivities will begin on Friday, Nov. 11 with a kick-off event featuring Dell Arte International's original production of Mary Jane-The Musical, a unique theatrical event that is part concert and part show, reflecting the broad spectrum of our community's attitudes, beliefs, fears, hopes and dreams about the herb. Advance tickets are on sale beginning this week at the usual local outlets and online at www.mateel.org for a price of $30 advance. Tickets at the door (if available) will be $32 and current Mateel members receive a $2 discount off either price.

The main event will then take place on Saturday, Nov. 12 and will feature a full day of music, speakers, dance, comedy, vendors, and more, showcasing performances by Diego's Umbrella, Bayonics, Junior Toots, Sahra Indio, The Brown Edition, To Life!, Ngaio Bealum, Heather Donahue (author of growgirl), The Fabulous Resinaires, Ambush ad others. Doors open at 11 a.m. with a suggested donation of $20 for the full day event.

Then on Sunday, Nov. 13, the weekend's festivities will culminate with a hemp fest forum. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. with forum from 2 to 6 p.m. For details, call the Mateel Community Center at 923-3368, or go to www.mateel.org.

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1. Diegos Umbrella will perform at the upcoming Hemp Fest in Redway.

2. Sahra Indio will appear at the November Hemp Fest performing her brand of reggae.