Category Archives: Film

Screening, From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights & Spoken Word

Pops 11x14.webOn February 24th at 2pm Pops in Dunsmuir will open its doors to celebrate Black History Month with a screening of the 2011 film FROM THE QUARTERS TO LINCOLN HEIGHTS. Also on the bill that afternoon is Tinasha La Raye performing spoken word.

This is a fundraiser for the project VOICES OF THE GOLDEN GHOSTS, a new project on the African American History of our North State during the Gold Rush. Prior to this current project there has been no representation of the African Americans who came to Siskiyou County to mine gold during the 1850’s and 60’s. This new project will describe the political and social elements Free and Enslaved African Americans faced in the Gold Fields, Pops founder Victor Martin and bandmate Kenny Blockman will be presenters in the final presentation. Come watch the film and some spoken word and support this new groundbreaking project.


Directed by Mark Oliver and Produced by James Langford and Oliver. The documentary From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights tells the story of how a large African-American population in the small northern California towns of Weed, Mc Cloud and Mt Shasta came to root themselves in such an unlikely place. Migrating from the southern US in the 1920’s they came to work in some of the world’s largest lumber mills. The film explores how these unique communities of African Americans thrived in these multi-racial rural lumber towns. This film presents this little known history, revealing the early inter-racial relationships that existed in Northern California.

Similar to many stories of migration these African Americans moved from the southern states to find work and new opportunities that were opening up in the rural northern part of California because of the lumber boom. As Black Americans moving from the racially segregated south to the west, they discovered that many things were not that different. They lived in segregated neighborhoods and were not allowed to eat with whites. These are the forgotten aspects of California’s history unless you lived through them.

Comprised of over 60 interviews this new documentary gives a voice to the many African Americans who lived and worked in this remote part of California. Initially funded by the California Council for the Humanities the film went on to show through the United States and won awards in North Carolina and Berlin Germany.

Spoken Word with Tinasha La Raye
Tinasha is an Oklahoma native who identifies as a renaissance artist. This poet, actress, director, filmmaker and former Miss Black Oklahoma is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance and a Master of Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Screen Writing and Directing. Some of her Oklahoma acting credits include Michelle in Dreamgirls and Lil’ Inez in Hairspraywith Lyric Theatre, Nettie in The Color Purple with Poteet Theatre and Mrs. Muller in Doubt, a Parable with Carpenter Square Theatre. In Los Angeles, Tinasha originated the role of PFC Linda Baldwin in the World Premiere of StandOff at Highway #37 and she was also featured in Queenie Pie, a Duke Ellington Opera with Long Beach Opera.

Pops Participates in Dunsmuir’s Jazz in the Canyon, July 2-6, 2014

3rd Annual Jazz in the CanyonDunsmuir is coming together to celebrate jazz, America’s own true art form with its 3rd Annual Jazz in the Canyon. Multiple venues, including Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center, are featuring some of the North State’s favorite jazz musicians during the independence holiday from Wednesday, July 2 to Sunday, July 6.

Jazz in the Canyon honors the broad influences of jazz that mirrors the vast melting pot in American culture. Listeners will be treated to everything from bebop to gypsy jazz, smooth jazz to Latin jazz, and jazz versions of old rock songs to jazz-infused folk and blues music. Read more about it here. 

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Robert Caillier’s Art Show


Robert Caillier with his portrait of Rosa Parks
Robert Caillier stands next to his larger-than-life portrait of Rosa Parks

Robert Caillier’s art on display Friday, Februrary 21 at 6 pm  consists of two and three dimensional works of Visual Art.  They are primarily portraits in remembrance of some of the famous historical and contemporary Afro-American men and women, to demonstrate and illustrate their contributions to the advancement of history, freedom, social, political and economic equality of all Americans.

According Caillier, “I’ve done displays, exhibitions and Art assemblies in various schools, churches, community centers, etc.  My objective in these presentations is to enhance everyone’s understanding and appreciation of Visual Arts and as a means of building self-esteem and character in our youth.  My Artwork involves a variety of media and subject matter.  The style and technique that I use is often based on the media and message being conveyed in the work of Art.”

Bust of Frederick Douglas
Robert Caillier holds a bust of Frederick Douglas

Caillier adds, “This body of Artwork has not been for sale per se. However, most of the Artwork that I’ve sold has been by commission, which includes Murals, Portraits, Sculptures, Paintings and Drawings.”

Robert Caillier’s Biography:
Robert was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1947.   He was drafted into the military during the Vietnam War and served two years in the U.S. Marine Corps.  In 1968 after military service, he moved to Oakland, CA and attended California College of Arts and Crafts.  He graduated in 1974 and received his California Teaching Credential in 1975.  Robert was an Art Teacher for Oakland Unified School District from 1975 to 2005.  He was also an Instructor/Artist-In-Residence/Consultant for East Oakland Youth Development Center’s after school Art program from 1983-1993, sponsored by a California Arts Council Grant.

Robert Caillier retired from Oakland Unified School District in 2005 and relocated to Siskiyou County.  He has continued to create works of Art.  After retiring, he has taught Art part-time at Juvenile Hall/Court School in Yreka, which was sponsored by the Siskiyou Arts Council.  He has taught Art at Weed High School from 2007 to 2013.  Robert presently teaches Art part-time for Golden Eagle Charter School in Yreka.

Friday, February 21 at 7:30pm Film “Gumbo” depicts the the origins of American music and history by showing the tremendous melting pot of cultures encompassing the slave trade, the  creoles, and many other cultures.