Monday, February 27, 2017

Music Tonight - Monday, Feb. 27

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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The Miniplex hosts “an exciting new duo comprised of Grass Widow drummer Lillian Maring and worldbeat-inspired guitarist Angelo Spencer,” who comprise Angel Food out of Olympia, Washington. Synth-poppers Smilebright from Eureka and Arcata punkers Dosidicus start out this 9 p.m. show. Bring at least $5 to get in.
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Cry it Out with Sara Bareilles at the Oscars

Posted By on Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 2:45 PM


Still hurting from all the stars we lost in 2016? Humboldt County lady Sara Bareilles is here to soothe your pain. Well, not here, but in Los Angeles, where the singer, composer and current Broadway star (she's taking a 10-week turn onstage in Waitress, the pie-centric musical she scored) will perform during the In Memoriam segment of the Academy Awards tonight. According to her Twitter feed, she's already getting cozy with the golden boy (see above). No word yet on what song she'll perform but if sitting in my parked car listening to "When She Was Mine" and crying into a wad of Fresh Freeze napkins is any indication, expect tears.


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Music Tonight - Sunday, Feb. 26

Posted By on Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM

The Baraka-Leone Quartet: Don Baraka (sax/flute), Val Leone (guitar), Steve Phines (bass) and Doug Kamprath (drums) hosts Jazz Jam at Blondie’s, Sunday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. Free.
  • The Baraka-Leone Quartet: Don Baraka (sax/flute), Val Leone (guitar), Steve Phines (bass) and Doug Kamprath (drums) hosts Jazz Jam at Blondie’s, Sunday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. Free.

It’s time again for Song Village hosted by Seabury Gould at the Westhaven Center for the Arts at 1 p.m. this afternoon. Think about it as singing with your neighbors. If you have a copy of the songbook Rise Up Singing, bring it. This one’s free so enjoy. The Jazz Jam is on the menu at Blondie’s in Arcata at 5 p.m. for free. Host band the Baraka-Leone Quartet start the music up and then open the jam up at 6 p.m. It’s free and, as I sometimes mention in regards to karaoke, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Meaning just because you think your brandy-soaked kazoo playing sounded really amazing after your wife left you, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re ready to plow through “Autumn Leaves” with folks who can read music. But hey, do what you will. A star is in town tonight at Humboldt Brews: One-time Bob Dylan confidant — and “Midnight at the Oasis” super singer — Maria Muldaur is in our neck of the woods for an early 8 p.m. show. Grab a $20 ticket before they disappear. Also working with my favorite Syndicate Entertainment Marketing Agency is Chicano Batman out of Los Angeles, who were last up on HSU’s campus, if I remember correctly. They’ll bring their Tropicalia-influenced soul and psychedelia to the Arcata Theatre Lounge. Joining them are the trio SadGirl, who play some “lo-fi surf-wop” and, I’m told, sound like a “twisted marriage between Roy Orbison and The Cramps (ordained by Link Wray),” and “invoke the music of a by-gone era.” Got it? Rounding out the bill are 79.5, who have three part harmonies floating over some funky R&B grooves. An 8 p.m. start time and $20 gets you in the door.
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Music Tonight - Saturday, Feb. 25

Posted By on Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Gypsy jazz is on the bill at Cafe Mokka tonight courtesy of Skyline Swing, who are on around 8 p.m. and for free at this all-ages gig. The Sanctuary in Arcata welcomes back San Francisco-based “old time” singer Meredith Axelrod who was last at the venue in 2015 with suspender-wearing/ Brylcreem-usin’ Frank Fairfield. If you missed Belles of the Levee last night, you’ve got another chance here at 8 p.m. with a $5-20 sliding scale. And for something completely different, Humboldt Brews has a Disco House Edition of Elevate at 9 p.m. with DJ Red, DJ Joe-E, Dub Cowboy, and Derek Watts, featuring visuals by the great Marmalade Sky. Get in for $7. Sequins and goldfish heels are welcome.
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Music Tonight - Friday, Feb. 24

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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As mentioned above, Chicago’s The Youngest are in town tonight and supporting their album See It Through at Six Rivers Brewery. The aforementioned press releases have a 6 p.m. start, but Six Rivers says it 9 p.m., so go with that. I still can’t tell if this is a full-band acoustic show or a solo-acoustic show, but don’t let that stop you. First, they/he are out from Chicago — which is a good call considering the Windy City’s 1,000 percent spike in violent crime this week — and second, they/ he are play for free tonight. Welcome them/him to Humboldt, buy the album, and don’t murder them/him. Over by the enchanted forest and frog ponds of Cafe Mokka, you can hear the vintage jazz tunes of locals Belles of the Levee tonight at 8 p.m. for free. It’s all ages as well, so let the kiddos enjoy some hot cocoa while you rock a flat white or whatever. Locals Peach Purple are bringing their funky tunes to your ears at Humboldt Brews around 9 p.m. along with jazzers Ultra Secret. No word yet on the ticket price for this one but probably something in the $5-10 range. From the Bay Area, funk/ psychedelic/soul seven-piece Con Brio is at the Arcata Theatre Lounge and joined by local funk/groove powerhouse Object Heavy around 8:30 p.m. with a $20 cover. Although they had a long and lame press release, Con Brio sounds like a pretty accomplished band with a killer live show. There’s probably some inverse relationship between how bored I get reading their press release and the good times you’ll have if you check out this show tonight. Be prepared to sweat.
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Red Carpet Treatment

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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It's one of Humboldt's showiest affairs: well-coiffed people dressed to the nines, sipping signature cocktails, sizing up the competition and settling into plush theater seats to watch A-List stars do the same on the big screen.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Going to the Ball

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 3:09 PM

Emcee Mantrikka Ho asks the crowd, "Can I get a gay-men?" - MARK MCKENNA
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  • Emcee Mantrikka Ho asks the crowd, "Can I get a gay-men?"

On Friday, Feb. 17, the Kate Buchanan Room got fierce when contestants and performers worked the runway at the Aqueerius Ball. Emcee Mantrikka Ho got the ball rolling with a history lesson about New York City ball culture and its signature form of expression, voguing. The evening, organized by the Humboldt State University Queer Student Union, sought to celebrate gay and trans people of color in particular as vital leaders in the early days of the LGBTQ rights movement and the community today.

Contestants walked, spun and sha-blammed under the lights, battling for the titles of Queenest Queen, Kingest King and Queerest Queer. When the glitter settled, those sparkly trophies went to April Shower, Aaron Spacemuseum and Sadie, respectively. All the while, the HSU men's crew team stood sentry around the room for security. The evening ended with cabaret performances and an all-star dance with drag king Hugh Johnson. Enjoy Mark McKenna's photos of the sparkle storm below.

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Music Tonight - Thursday, Feb. 23

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Local guitar-slinger/engineer Piet Dalmolen will be at Redwood Curtain Brewing Company at 8 p.m. to hawk his note/noodling/looping for your drinking soundtrack. A big Dead and Floyd fan, last time Piet was at the brewery I heard he played the entire Animals album. Not sure he’ll pull that off solo tonight, but request it anyway at this free show.
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Off the Cuff

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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Ready to deepen the laugh lines on your face? Been a while since you've shot your beverage out of your nose? Get ready to do both. There's a new (ish) group of comedians bringing their brand of improvisational humor to the Arcata Theatre Lounge. Get ready to roll in the ATL's sloping aisles with On The Spot Improv Comedy #4 - For the Love of Laughter on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. ($7). We're told it's good, clean humor that you could bring your mom or a first date to. In fact, the kids are nice enough onstage that the ATL has asked them to come back on a monthly basis. Kudos, kiddos.

It's the group's first season as the group On The Spot, but all together they've been doing improv for a collective 15-plus years, so they know a thing or two about cracking jokes. Cast member Dev Richards describes their show as a short-form improv showcase (like Whose Line is it Anyway?) using audience suggestions and participation. Nothing is pre-planned or scripted. "We try really hard to keep our humor open and non-alienating," Richards says. "That is, we try to stay apolitical and make sure that the content of our shows doesn't limit our demographic ... Things are intense enough in real life and improv is meant to be a relief from that tension. It's a form of comedy that relies heavily on the concept of 'Yes, and ...,' which really translates to positivity, openness and genuine expression." Joining Richards in that positive expression are fellow cast members Matt Redbeard, James Schaeffer, Daniel Amaral, Hadi Ajina and Steve Nystrom, with Nuno Amaral as host, Carly Sharman as a featured player and Mara Schaeffer as the group's producer.

Things are a bit intense in real life. Lighten up with On the Spot.

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Fourth Friday Flix: Blade Runner: The Final Cut

Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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Join the legion of Blade Runner fans at the Eureka Theater for Fourth Friday Flix: Blade Runner: The Final Cut on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. ($5). Don't miss your chance to see Ridley Scott's stunning, science-fiction noir that ponders what makes us human in its original, intended form on the big screen. See it while you can. "All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain."

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