Last spring, two Northwest Arkansas women, Diana Rivers and Vick Kelley, organized a month long festival to celebrate the divine feminine. The Goddess Festival is back for a second year and opens today at 1 E. Center St. on the Fayetteville Square. There will be art, performance and learning experiences throughout the month.
At 5 p.m. today there will be an artists’ reception, which coincides with the First Thursday artists’ reception at the Fayetteville Underground galleries and studios, which are in the basement of 1 E. Center St.
Pianist Claire Detels will perform music from the Golden Age of Broadway playing selections made popular by women performers like Judy Garland, Ethel Merman, Ethel Waters and Lena Horne.
At 7 p.m. Friday, there will be a “Sisters in the Round” concert with NWA singer/songwriters Darlene, Tiffany Christopher, Candy Lee and Emily Kaitz. $5.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, Fayetteville’s TerraNova Tribal belly dance troupe will perform with Udit, Chamisa Wheeler, Pharanda Cole, Darius & the Lokjaw Crew, Darlene, Eric Ableitner and an ensemble of drummers. There will be belly dance, African, Hip Hop, and Free Style.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, the OMNI Center will host local poets, musicians, and others passionate about peace. Bring a poem, story or song to share. Jori Costello will lead.
Here are some of the highlights.
6:30 p.m. Singing in Sacred Circle. Chants about the Goddess led by Cynthia Huelsmann.
6:30 p.m. East Coast Swing dance class with Elayne. $15.
6:30 p.m. Night Vespers Yoga.
5 p.m. Walk the Labyrinth. An indoor, canvas labyrinth with background music and information on labyrinths, scared spaces that allows for exploration and enlightenment. Led by Linda Flores and Robert Pressman.
6:30 p.m. Introduction to Sound Healing and Sacred Chant. $10. Learn to use sound to free your spirit. Led by Rebekah Clark.
7 p.m. CD Release Party for 2010 Goddess Festival CD: “The Journey Continues” featuring performances by local and national artists.
7 p.m. Do the Hustle! With Elyane. Lesson and dance. $10.
8 p.m. DJ dance bebop, boogies and breakdance. $5.
7 p.m. The Couples Game. Al Lord hosts her version of the Newlyweds game. Sliding Scale $5 to $25
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reiki II Attunement with Karen Hefner
6:30 p.m. Pets Who Have Crossed Over with Norah O’Connor, an intuitive animal healer/communicator. $10.
6:30 p.m. Singing in Sacred Circle. Led by Cynthia Huelsmann
3 p.m. Fire Walk Ceremony with Karen Hefner. Registration required. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Sliding Scale: $25 to $60. A six to eight hour ceremony.
6:30 p.m. Night Vespers Yoga
6 p.m. Croning Ritual. A celebration ritual to honor the sage women of the community. $5.
7 p.m. Music and sing-a-long with Geoff Oelsner and Harmonia
7 p.m. Comedy open mic with Jules Taylor. Performance by Phunbags. Music by Snake Eyes & the Bug Band.
5 p.m. Spring Equinox Ritual. Dance and sing.
7 p.m. Concert by Candy Lee, Kahula Gypsy Band and Darlene. $5
7 p.m. HOWL Drag and Flag Erotic Poetry Slam. Hosted by Mendy Knott. $5.
6:30 p.m. Soap Making workshop with Tracie Kehoe
6:30 p.m. African Flow Healing Dance Workshop with Chamisa Wheeler. $15
6 p.m. at the Fayetteville Public Library. Two Goddesses of the Piano, the music of Clara Schumann and Florence Price performed by Claire Detels.
6:30 p.m. Night Vespers Yoga
5 p.m. Walk the Labyrinth
7 p.m. Short Plays by Arkansas Playwrights Workshop and Betty Anderson
7 p.m. Music by Big Bad Gina and the Divine Femmes $5
7 p.m. Belly Dance performance
7 p.m. African Drums and Dance performance
6:30 p.m. African Drumming Class with Sheila Richards. $10
6 p.m. Full Moon Candlelight Walk and meditation
6:30 p.m. Closing Ritual. Drum, dance, sing and share special moments and say goodbye to the festival for this year.