Ready to come out of your shell? Good. Then tie on a bib and get your crackers and picks ready for the Eureka Crab Crawl Festival. The crackdown begins its sideways trip through downtown on Friday, Feb. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. with the crab crawl. It's like a bar crawl, but classier and with seafood. Participating restaurants and bars (go to www.eurekamainstreet.org for a list) will be serving up "crabby hour" specialties and cocktails for you to graze as you wander.
On Saturday, Feb. 7, skitter over to the C Street Market Place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the main event, the crab festival. Bring the family (but not the dog) for crab racing, demonstrations (how do the pros pick a crab?) and, of course, plenty of vendors selling goodies of the crustacean persuasion and beer and wine to wash it all down. Rest your tummy until 6:30 p.m., when the 1957 Roger Corman cult monster movie Attack of the Crab Monsters takes over the Eureka Theater (free, donations accepted). Attack of anything is always fun, but these are giant crabs and they want to eat your brains. (See young woman trapped in enormous claw above.) Evidently, the creatures also absorb the knowledge and memories of their victims — does that include how tasty crab is with a little melted butter? Deep stuff from the deep, people. See it again at 7:45 p.m. and catch all the cinematic nuances.
— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill