Well, lunch anyway. As if you needed another reason to show up for the Back on Their Feet benefit to assist with medical bills for Bob Doran and Jessica McGuinty (8 p.m. on Thursday, July 25 at HumBrews!), now this supes n' sandwich lunch is on the auction block. Make your bid and you could have the undivided attention of not one, but two Humboldt County supervisors over a meal in Arcata. Pitch your ideas for Humboldt! Share your black helicopter theories! Or just sit back and watch them! Bohn is buying, so start thinking about where you want to go — unless you think these two can agree on a place.
If you were out for Arts Alive! last October, you probably stood in the orange, propane-powered glow of El Pulpo Mecanico, Duane Flatmo's 25-foot tall, truck-mounted, scrap-metal octopus that shoots flames from its head and moving tentacles. It's hard to miss.
El Pulpo is hitting the road for Burning Man again this year, and Flatmo is once again running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the trip and the sculpture's necessary retooling. This year, it's going to take triple that amount, $12,000, to get the scrappy cephalopod to the desert. Flatmo is optimistic, and with good reason — as of this morning, the coffers were filled to $10,124.
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In a phone conversation earlier today, owner Beverly Wolfe stated that "Avalon is not open, but it's not closed." That is, it's not open with its regular hours, at least for now. Due to issues with the restaurant's liquor license, Wolfe says Avalon cannot be closed to the public and still serve at Main Street Steak in Fortuna during rodeo week. For now, the Eureka restaurant will open for a handful of days over the next two weeks. Wolfe was previously planning to serve food in Fortuna on Wednesday, but now will wait until Thursday or possibly Friday.
Wolfe says she does not want Avalon to be open nightly anymore, but is not sure yet in what capacity it will remain open in the future. She is considering a number of options (from full-time restaurant to bar and hors d'oeuvres) all of which depend on logistics and staffing.Previously:
After 14 years as a culinary fixture in Eureka, Avalon is closing. Sunday night, Bastille Day, will be its last night serving dinner to the public in the high-ceilinged dining room. While Avalon and its French-infused menu enjoyed a loyal following, the restaurant has struggled in recent years. A faltering economy and increased competition from a number of new restaurants opening in the area have not helped. "The pie hasn't gotten any bigger," says owner Beverly Wolfe.
When a great white shark bit Scott Stephens in the waters near the North Jetty last October, he punched the beastie to get away ("Details Emerge about Gruesome Shark Attack," Oct. 30, 2012). Maybe you heard about it? It was like a movie. And now it is a movie. Local Filmmakers Night presents Great White Encounter on Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. (film starts at 7 p.m.) in the Eureka High School Lecture Hall. Five dollars at the door benefits Access Humboldt.
Filmmakers Jennifer Bell, Ted Okell, Michael McClimon and Robert Stoneman put together photos, interviewed witnesses from the beach and hospital and shot some Go Pro footage (those little cameras snowboarders are always using) to piece together this 40-minute documentary on the attack and Stephens' rescue. The film details how Stephens coasted back to shore on his surfboard after a shark took a Cookie Monster-like bite out of it, and how Stephens was whisked by fellow surfers to the hospital, where doctors stitched him back together.
The screening is part of a series put on by Access Humboldt, Film Humboldt and the Eureka High School Media Club. Hang around after the credits roll; the filmmakers will be in the house for a question-and-answer session. After that, wait at least 30 minutes before going in the water.
To paraphrase Tupac, I didn't choose the folk life, the folk life chose me. If you're in the life, this is your week. The Folklife Festival is on, starting with the kickoff show on Saturday, July 13, at Mad River Brewery, featuring Pilot Rock Ramblers and Chris Parriera from 5-9 p.m. On Sunday, Annie and Mary Day takes over Perigot Park in Blue Lake with puppets, a costumed parade and the stringed throw-down that is the Fiddle Fest. Carbo load at the grange breakfast to prepare for Timber Ridge Boys, the Bret Harte Breakers, Patronus, Guilty Apple and local favorite The Trouble.
The Carlo brings the folk night after night during the festival ($10, $8 Folklife Society members) starting with Songwriters' Night on Monday. It's a lineup of lyricists including up-and-coming Nevada native Caitlin Jemma. And you know, it's not all broken hearts and dust bowls — folk can be funny, too. The "Humor Me!" musical comedy night on Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. should clear that up with the colorful ladies of the Brendas, as well as local heroes Jackie Dandeneau, Joel Sonenshein and Jeff DeMark.
The Dell'Arte Amphitheater goes country on Wednesday at 6 p.m. with a down-home roster of bands. Among them are twangy fellas Rooster McClintock and winners of the Journal's Best Band award, Huckleberry Flint. Bluegrass Night is up next on Thursday in the amphitheater at 6 p.m. with banjos, fiddles and jugs. Cory Goldman and Colin Vance will be picking and harmonizing, along with the No Good Redwood Ramblers and the Compost Mountain Boys.
Come Friday, swing your partner over to the Arcata Veteran's Hall for the barn dance at 7:30 p.m. ($7, $6 members). The Striped Pig Stringband will be playing for the crowd. Finally, the All Day Festival tops it off on Saturday, July 20, with nine bands on the amphitheater and another nine on the street stage. Dang. La Patinas and the rowdy Gunsafe will be inside along with Twango Macallan, which was cut short by rain last year. Outside, newcomers Sunshine N' Yellabird, Lolonis and Groomin' Charlie take the stage along with Lindsey Battle, whose new CD All Ways in a Good Way just came out.
It's quite a week, folks. Every day I'm fiddlin'.
For the full schedule, check out the Humboldt Folklife Society homepage at humboldtfolklife.org
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"Have you seen the movie?"
"The book was better."
Book lovers and film buffs: Let's not fight. Lay down your arms, climb out of the trenches and hail one another as equals. On July 9, the Eureka branch of the Humboldt County Library kicks off its free Blu Tuesdays film series with a month of classic movies based on books. Each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., you can watch films on the library's fancy new Blu-ray set-up and stay for a discussion with the week's host. Should be nearly as much fun as all those times you said you were going to the library.
Not every film adaptation is gold (see Dr. Seuss spinning like a dervish in his grave), but this line-up is solid. Plus, you won't need those annoying 3-D glasses for these summer movies.
On July 9, the series starts with John Ford's western drama Stagecoach, hosted by Philip Wright. Sweeping landscapes, Indian attacks, it's a genre icon based on Ernest Haycox's story "The Stage to Lordsburg."
The next Tuesday, July 16, saunter over for Scarlet Street, based on Georges de La Fouchardière's La Chienne. Fritz Lang directed this film noir in which Edward G. Robinson is lured into intrigue and danger by a prostitute. Jan Ostrom will host.
July 23, Black Narcissus, based on the Rumer Godden novel, is in bloom. Brits Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger directed this tale of shenanigans in a Himalayan nunnery.
Finally, wind things up on July 30 with Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, which is based on a Daphne du Maurier book. Michael Logan hosts this thriller set in picturesque Bodega Bay, where star Tippi Hendren is swarmed by the original angry birds.