With options like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu (the buffering capital of the internet), it can be hard to convince yourself to leave the house for a movie. They're so incredibly convenient and they don't require pants, but they do come with monthly service fees, not to mention the hassle of finding a decent unsecured Wi-fi line from one of your neighbors. Fear not, film lovers, the Humboldt County Library has you covered.
From April 15 to May 6, the Eureka Main Library will screen a different Ernst Lubitsch film every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for free. Nobody does love stories the way Lubitsch did. In the '30s and '40s he dominated the silver screen with a style of romantic comedy that today's directors are constantly trying to emulate.
The "Lubitsch Touch" series starts with To Be or Not To Be on April 16, hosted by Michael Logan. The 1942 comedy stars Carole Lombard and Jack Benny. If you liked Mel Brooks' 1983 version, the original will definitely win you over. On April 22, The Journal's own Jennifer Fumiko Cahill will host the screening of The Shop Around the Corner. Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan star in the 1940 classic about finding love in unlikely places. Out of respect for the dead, we won't talk about the failings of Nora Ephron's 1998 remake, You've Got Mail. On April 29, Charity Grella hosts the screening of Ninotchka, starring Greta Garbo. Does anything else need to be said besides, "Garbo?" The series wraps up on May 6 with Design for Living, hosted by Bob Doran, the Bobarazzi himself. Gary Cooper stars in this love-triangle themed comedy from 1933.
All screenings are free and all of the films are great. So quit binge-watching The West Wing, put on pants and go enjoy some old-timey love stories. The West Wing will still be there when you get home.
Jugglers make it look so easy, like their hand-eye coordination isn't bafflingly super human. That skill, that perfect rhythm of movement and pizazz, is supposedly something you can learn to do with "practice" and "effort." Before you spend hours alone in your backyard dropping things, you're gonna want to learn the basics. The Humboldt Juggling Society's Festival is a free, three-day crash course in all things juggly.
The festival runs from April 11 through 13 at the Arcata Community Center, and it's a juggle-naut. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, the doors are open to any and all who want to see demonstrations, participate in juggling lessons and workshops, or enjoy games and raffles. You know you want to take the "Beginning Balls" class just so you'll have an excuse to say it to all your friends with a straight face.
If you're more of a watcher than a doer, then you'll want to catch Art of Play on April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Arcata Community Center. It's an exhibition of throwing, catching and fire, three of the main ingredients of awesome. Admission is $15 for adults and the show is free for children 12 and under, but they have to be accompanied by an adult. Again, there will be fire.
There's no need to pick up tickets or register for the open house portion of the Juggling Fest, but you can pick up tickets for Art of Play at Wildberries in Arcata or purchase them at the door.