Friday, February 28, 2014

DDD in Humboldt: Creole Edition

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Sweet Mama Janisse and Guy Fiery filming Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. - COURTESY OF BLESS MY SOUL CAFE
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  • Sweet Mama Janisse and Guy Fiery filming Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

Sweet Mama Janisse of Bless My Soul is already kind of a big deal (have you had her Voodoo pudding?), but tonight you can see her work some Creole kitchen magic on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives tonight at 10 p.m. on the Food Network. The episode will feature shrimp and crawfish etouffee and jerk chicken leg quarters with caramelized bananas. "It was a blast," she says. "We were like two peas in a pod, man." 

Tune in again on March 7 for Fieri's visit to Cafe Nooner featuring pulled pork po'boys with apple slaw and lamb kebabs. 




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Tonight's Setlist: 'Come out and meet those people your Momma warned you about!'

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Technically, Mardi Gras aka "Fat Tuesday" offers you a chance to get your feast on before the penitential season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Even if you don't observe the Catholic customs, you can indulge in several celebrations this week, beginning with Where's Queer Bill's Mardi Gras Masquerade Dance Party tonight.

The successful monthly queer night needed a new home when Nocturnum closed and organizers have found one in A-town's Humboldt Brews. WQB's launch party will feature DJ Razorburns, the Red Carpet Girls Drag Revue, free beads, Mardi Gras party favors, dancing and a costume contest with cash prizes.

Do you need a reminder that Mardi Gras revolves around energetic colors, glamour and wild design? Dress to impress — beads, feather masks and painted faces, oh my! Things get moving around 9:30 p.m., 21-and-over, $5 cover and please note that while WQB events are targeted toward the LGBTQ, everyone is welcome.

Further Mardi Gras your weekend and beyond via The Setlist.

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Big Time

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Speaking of classics, the Van Duzer Theatre has a pair of big-time, high-cred shows this week.

Did you spend the '90s curled up with your journal in a coffee shop, sweater sleeves well past your fingertips? Wait, are you doing that right now? Good news! Indie elder stateswoman Ani DiFranco brings her guitar-slapping, personal and political, raw and funny, alt-folk-punk-funk self to town on Sunday, March 2 at 8 p.m. ($45, $22 HSU students). Put on some headphones for "Untouchable Face" and the ticket price won't seem so steep.

Ani DiFranco
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Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? How about New York? Because Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra take over the stage on Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m. ($65, $25 HSU students). That's 17 world-renowned soloists under the guiding coolness of Marsalis — if jazz had a situation room, they would be in it. The night promises to be an education, starting from Ellington all the way up to original compositions by Marsalis and the band.

Wynton Marsalis
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Classic

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:44 PM

When the Eureka Theater first opened 75 years ago, seeing one movie cost a quarter. And they've gotten cheaper! To celebrate its diamond anniversary, the art deco beauty (so she needs a little work — not everybody is Helen Mirren) is running an all-day movie marathon on Saturday, March 1 from noon to midnight for 35 cents (a dime for kids), featuring six films from the year she opened, 1939.

WIZARD OF OZ
  • Wizard of Oz

Bring the kids early at 11 a.m. for face painting and meet characters from The Wizard of Oz (Humboldt Light Opera Company performers) before watching Dorothy, and her little dog, too, on the big screen at noon. John Wayne rides in on Stagecoach at 2 p.m., followed by an upbeat Greta Garbo in Ninotchka at 4 p.m. Then line up the martinis (cocktails available in the lobby) for Another Thin Man at 6:15 p.m. and chase it with another mystery when Sherlock Holmes pursues The Hound of the Baskervilles at 8:45 p.m. At 10:15 p.m. Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi lurch toward midnight in Son of Frankenstein.

Catch a little beauty rest and come back gussied up for Oscar Night on Sunday at 5 p.m. with a red carpet, a no-host retro cocktail bar and appetizers ($20). At 5:30 p.m., grab a seat for the awards show broadcast (free for party guests). You could win a chocolate Oscar for guessing the winners, so prepare a speech just in case.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Around Humboldt County

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Motherlode celebrated the release of a new album, All in Good Time, with a dance concert at the Arcata Playhouse on Friday night. - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN.
  • Photo by Bob Doran.
  • Motherlode celebrated the release of a new album, All in Good Time, with a dance concert at the Arcata Playhouse on Friday night.
Author/pundit Michael Edward Dyson talked race at the Van Duzer Theatre as part of Humboldt State's Centennial Speaker Series on Tuesday. - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN.
  • Photo by Bob Doran.
  • Author/pundit Michael Edward Dyson talked race at the Van Duzer Theatre as part of Humboldt State's Centennial Speaker Series on Tuesday.
Artist Julia Bednar, a member of the board of the Humboldt Arts Council, celebrated her 80th birthday at a Eureka Chamber of Commerce mixer hosted by the council at Morris Graves Museum of Art on Thursday. - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN.
  • Photo by Bob Doran.
  • Artist Julia Bednar, a member of the board of the Humboldt Arts Council, celebrated her 80th birthday at a Eureka Chamber of Commerce mixer hosted by the council at Morris Graves Museum of Art on Thursday.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Irish thrills

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 4:20 PM


Irish band Lunasa hits the Arcata Playhouse tonight! This is a serious opportunity to see the festival headliners in an intimate venue. In addition to being fine musicians of the Celtic persuasion, the band members have a sense of humor befitting the theatrical space — when last at the Playhouse in 2012, they took a break only to reappear in costumes they came across backstage. Frontman Kevin Crawford (flute/whistle) is reputed to be especially hilarious. $20, $18 students, with music at 8 p.m.
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Friday, February 21, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: All The Reasons You Should Go Out

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 9:22 AM

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Motherlode

First and foremost, Motherlode is releasing a debut live CD, All in Good Time featuring DJ Logic, Bill Summers and legendary trombonist Fred Wesley. Drummer Pete Ciotti — whose other bands include Nucleus and Full Moon Fever, and who owns both the Jambalaya and Big Pete's Pizzeria — sat down along with his very pregnant wife Belle and, despite being fresh from having his garage robbed in the dead of the night before, took some time to share his thoughts on the band, making music, raising a family and the importance of doing what you love.

NCJ: Tell us about the live performance aspect of the new CD.

PC: We figured we'd bring the studio to the stage and handpick what we liked best. One of the highlights was when we did a show at Hum Brews with Fred Wesley, who played with James Brown. It was awesome to back him up and now we have this live album with this really amazing special guest. We kept going with that idea and brought out a percussionist who played with Herbie Hancock — Bill Summers — and did a show with DJ Logic, so we got to have all three of them on our record, which is amazing.

NCJ: What was the impetus for starting Motherlode?

PC: Greg Camphuis, he plays lead guitar, wanted to get a funk and Afrobeat large ensemble together. I hadn't even played drums for maybe two years — after Nucleus kind of stopped and I was having babies, kids and family, I sort of put drums on hold. Playing in Full Moon Fever was fun, but something was missing, some creative element was lacking, so I said, "Yeah, let's do some things," and it snowballed from there.

Belle: He's always got to have several irons in the fire!

NCJ: No kidding. How do you juggle it all?

PC: We do juggle! It's fun, I don't know, I definitely don't pretend to have it all figured out. ... I play now more than ever and I want to make records because I want to leave something, not a legacy exactly, but something so when these kids grow up they can say, "Look what Daddy did." As much as it's nice to own a pizza shop, that's not really what I want to be known for.

NCJ: As a veteran of the music scene, what lessons have you learned?

PC: I guess I'm a veteran now [laughs]. I bring a small bit of a business approach — I think we should dress up for shows, book the right gigs, be professional. Definitely have fun, but people have paid money and have decided to spend the next three, four hours being part of what you're doing, so give them a show. I've always liked music, but I feel there's a sacredness now.

NCJ: There's been a lot of loss in the local music scene over the past couple years. Has that impacted you?

PC: Absolutely. I remember specifically the day when Bryan Osper passed away and having my own moment with that and — this is going to sound kind of hippie-dippie — I remember sort of speaking out to him and saying I'm definitely going to be there to keep this torch going. He was 26 when he died and was just scratching the surface. If he were alive today, I really feel like that kid would have just blown up in music. There's a lot of people in this music scene that are no longer here, and every time I think about that, I think about how at any time this could all be taken away. And that's part of the sacredness I'm talking about. ... You know how life is — as we get older all these things have happened that have shaped who we are. Music has shaped who I am, so yeah, there were definitely some things that happened along the way.

The show takes place at the Arcata Playhouse, music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available in advance at People's Records and Big Pete's. Beer lovers take note: Redwood Curtain Brewing created a Motherlode beer, label designed by local artist Matt Beard, available only at the CD release party.

Elsewhere
In other Friday night news, DJ Red is celebrating his 30th year behind the turntables by guest spinning at Humboldt Brews' ever-popular Soul Night. The theme is "SWEAT!" so break out your sexiest jogging suits, unitards and headbands. Do not wear pleather. Tickets are only $5 and you need to buy them now. The hot groove action starts about 9 p.m. Grown-ups only.

Over in Blue Lake, a sweet-in-all-meanings-of-the-word duo known as Daniel and the Blonde will plunk your jaded heartstrings with eloquent Americana at the Logger Bar. Be sure to have a drink to cry into. This is another 9 p.m., 21-and-over show.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Around Humboldt County

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Jane Williams-Eichensehr, owner of Bang Bang Vintage in Arcata, and her husband Sven Eichensehr-Williams, dress to the nines for an Arts! Arcata opening. Later they will sit for a formal portrait down the street at Daisy Drygoods. - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN
  • Photo by Bob Doran
  • Jane Williams-Eichensehr, owner of Bang Bang Vintage in Arcata, and her husband Sven Eichensehr-Williams, dress to the nines for an Arts! Arcata opening. Later they will sit for a formal portrait down the street at Daisy Drygoods.
Mandolinist Bird Jowaisas and guitarist Ryan Roberts of Absynth Quintet pick some of what they call "fire breathing indie grass" at Humboldt Brews. - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN
  • Photo by Bob Doran
  • Mandolinist Bird Jowaisas and guitarist Ryan Roberts of Absynth Quintet pick some of what they call "fire breathing indie grass" at Humboldt Brews.
Manila-based multi-instrumentalist Brian Pyle, aka Ensemble Economique, headlines an evening of psychedelic/ambient/drone music at the Siren's Song Tavern in Old Town Eureka. - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN
  • Photo by Bob Doran
  • Manila-based multi-instrumentalist Brian Pyle, aka Ensemble Economique, headlines an evening of psychedelic/ambient/drone music at the Siren's Song Tavern in Old Town Eureka.
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Shake off your love-hangover

Posted By on Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 1:11 PM


Moving on from Valentine's, but keeping the romance and luck going with either the Hot Tuna show (beloved blues rockers at Humboldt Brews, tickets are $40, probably sold out, with a 9 p.m. start time) or the Songwriter Circle of Death with TheBoredAgain, Kyle La Chinga, The Weavetown and Gabe Rose Hell (Humboldt real deal alt-something magic at the Alibi, $5, 11 p.m.).

Looks like love... right?

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentunes!

Posted By on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 7:20 PM

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The Journal staff got a sweet musical surprise from the ArMack Orchestra and Madrigal Choir this afternoon when the student musicians and singers stopped by to do a few numbers. Check out the video here. "Stand By Me" was a fave. They're running all over delivering Valentunes tonight. Feel free to tip if you see them.
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