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The Confidence Lab is a dedicated space for temporary “pop-up” arts projects, including installations, student works, play readings, live music, and other activities. The space occupies the bottom level of Main Street’s historic Confidence Hall, and is managed and programmed by El Dorado Arts Council in a public-private partnership with the City of Placerville.

The Confidence Lab is merely the newest tenant of Confidence Hall, a building that has housed everything from fire engines to city council members over the last century and a half. Built in 1857, and rebuilt in 1860 following a fire, Confidence Hall, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is one of Placerville’s most recognizable and beloved historic buildings.

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When Installations and/or Performances are Scheduled

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Current and Upcoming Events in the Confidence Lab

Cloront Play Reading – Thursday, January 17, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a public reading of a new play written by students of El Dorado High School’s Collaborative Playwriting class, made possible by El Dorado Arts Council & California Arts Council. Listen to students present their play, “Cloront: A Dream Play” publicly for the first time and stay for a Q&A with the playwrights…

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The Lumberjack’s Dove – Sunday, February 24, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

See The Elephant is thrilled to present visiting artist Gennarose Nethercott on her United States tour. Join us for an enchanting evening of live poetry reading from her recently published “The Lumberjack’s Dove” accompanied by a shadow play. Gennarose’s performance will be followed by a Q&A. And special guest performance from Gavin Sellers. Tickets ($15…

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Classes: Modern Dance/Contemporary Dance & Improvisation – Saturday 9-10:15 am, 10:30-11:45 am (ongoing)

Start 2019 with a movement practice that expands your creativity. Ongoing dance/movement classes for teens & adults with Tiffany Van Camp. Starting January 19th, Confidence Lab will be hosting classes every Saturday. Sign up for Intro to Modern Dance (9-10:15am) or Contemporary Dance & Improvisation (10:30-11:45am). Class sizes are limited to 10 students so pre-register…

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Past Confidence Lab Events

Resilience: A Living Room – November 16, 2018 – January 10, 2019

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 – Thursday, Jan. 10,  2019 Gallery Open: Thursday-Sunday  11 am – 4 pm Public Event, Artist Talk with Kim Abeles,   Thursday, January 10, 2019, from 6- 8 pm Kim Abeles will talk about her experiences as an artist in residence at the Institute of Forest Genetics (IFG) and ideas gained exploring…

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Hangtown, a Ghost Play

Black Ice Theatre Presents Hangtown, A Ghost Play by Rae Mathews and Richard S. Sargent On a stormy night in Placerville, a woman accused of murder squares off with a detective who might just be guilty of a few crimes himself. As the night progresses and the tension between the two builds, strange occurrences begin…

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Save the Graves

Save the Graves Presents Historical Hyperbole of Placerville as told by Immigrant Jane, aka Jane Stuart, aka Jane Johnson, aka Mary Jane Shroyer. With William Cary setting the record straight.   Save the Graves Coalition is a new volunteer organization working to preserve and protect El Dorado County’s 200 plus neglected pioneer cemeteries, graves and…

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Applecore Fringe

Second Annual Applecore Fringe Festival September 7, 8, and 9, 2018 Check Facebook for details! Confidence Lab, Volution Gallery, Studio 81, and the Courtyard   The return of Placerville’s very first Fringe Festival. With shows from all over the world, and from our own backyard. Experience innovative theatre.

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