Unless you are made of stone, the news of late has gotten you down. Now would be a good time to get together with your neighbors and get down the right way.
Increase the Peace is happening on Saturday, Feb. 1 both at the Jambalaya and Humboldt Brews (donations accepted). The anti-violence fundraiser is a showcase of local talent and a chance for some community bonding. Poetry, spoken word and guest speakers get going at 6 p.m., along with a silent auction.
The list of musical acts starting in both locations at 9:30 p.m. is still growing, but so far the bill includes: Liquid Kactus, Wownd Humboldt, Farmhouse Odyssey, the Getdown regulars (Pete Ciotti, Brian Swizlo and Drew Mohr), The Resonators, Berel Alexander, Splinter Cell, Scuber Mountian, Ashanan, Electric Gravy, Space Biscuit, the Hip Hop Lounge, Mo and Morgan Hollis, Samba Parade, Michael Kavanaugh and Ben Allen. Even if this weren't for a great cause, it's a tough lineup to pass up.
Not to mention the Humboldt Area Foundation is sliding all the proceeds over to the Stop the Violence campaign. Who can't get behind that?
"The projects ranged from the Old Crows' plan to put in a bench on the levee trail to an elementary student planning a percussion workshop for kids. Patronus got a grant to make a music video that represents the town, its people and places. All of the projects must be completed by July 2014, so things will be happening quickly."More on Blue Lake Rising.
Ready yourselves Tuesday Jan. 28 at the Van Duzer, when the electrifying Grupo Corpo from Brazil takes the stage at 8 p.m. ($45, $25 kids). Building upon the rhythms of their Afro-Brazilian roots, these dancers are masterful technicians working with dance styles and influences layered one upon another: the expressive hips and staccato ribcages of Samba, the extensions and legs of ballet, and the sinuous torsos and fluid backs of modern dance, all on top of the speedy footwork of jazz dancers.
Founded by the Pederneiras brothers, choreographer Rodrigo, artistic director Paulo and technical director Pedro, Grupo Corpo is known for creating worlds for their dances with original musical and unique lighting, costumes and sets. The music for the first piece, "Sem Mim," is based on lyrics from "The Sea of Vigo" by medieval troubadour Martín Codax. Voluminous panels of fabric transform the stage into the sea, mountains, clouds, boats, fishing nets and dawns — a supple landscape for the push and pull of the dancers as they embody the motion of waves. Striking skin-tone unitards decorated with medieval symbols create the illusion that the stage is awash with naked, tattoed bodies.
Stop talking about the one that got away and get one on record. Saturday Jan. 25 begins the Mad River Steelhead Days, two weeks of fishing-related competition and festivities that run through Feb. 8. Tickets ($35) get you into the whole kettle of fish and register you for the contests, and the proceeds go to the Mad River Alliance (of which you'll be a member). Troll Mad River Tackle in Arcata and Redwood Marine in Eureka to register.
From 1-4 p.m. in the Blue Lake Business Park, the whole family can learn to bait a hook and catch a big one at a fishing workshop taught by a ringer, then do a little face painting and cruise the arts and crafts booths. At 7 p.m., Dell'Arte presents Fish Tales at the Carlo Theatre with Jeff DeMark, Thomas Dunklin and Kit Mann, with Kingfoot providing the music. Donations are accepted, and reservations recommended.
The competition is daily, with a first catch of the day award, prizes for biggest fish and best photo. Every time you drop a line in the river you have a chance to pull out a hatchery steelhead and win a drift boat trip from North Coast Fishing, a fishing trip with Full Throttle Fishing and a boatload of rods, reels and tackle. Awards go out at the big dinner at Blue Lake Casino on Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. with music from The Hip Joint.