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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Free Derby Tickets!

Posted By on Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 2:27 AM


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It went dormant in June, but Humboldt Roller Derby is back on the scene with a BANG! And a POW! It's a night of super heroes and mega villians at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, with the Widow Makers versus the North Jetty Betty's; that's right, two Humboldt Roller Derby teams are facing off in a local bout of super proportions!

NCJ has two sets of two tickets to giveaway to two lucky readers. You could be one of those two's! All you have to do to enter is comment on this blog post with the name of your favorite super hero or mega villain. Then, check back in on NCJ's Facebook and Twitter pages at 3 p.m. to see if you won.

It's basically the easiest thing ever: click, click, click, "Batman," click, click and presto! Of course, your choice doesn't have to be Batman; it can be some other, less awesome super hero. The winners are picked at random, so no matter what hero or villain you hold dear to your heart, you still have the same odds of winning. So...your choice might as well be Batman. 


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

There's Retro, and Then There's Retro

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 12:26 PM

click to enlarge Aidan Diaz is epic in his armor. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Aidan Diaz is epic in his armor.

They say if you hold onto an outfit long enough, it'll come back in style. Here's some of the antique chic people were working at the Excalibur Medieval Festival and Market Faire this past weekend. Two Ren fair runways are on for this Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5 with the Excalibur festival at Mad River Community Hospital and the Medieval Festival of Courage at Christie's Pumpkin Patch, so suit up.

click to enlarge A little bit tavern wench, a little bit royal court, these ladies wait for no one. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • A little bit tavern wench, a little bit royal court, these ladies wait for no one.
click to enlarge You might be retro, but you'll never be Pict-warrior-in-fur-pants retro like Michael Ross. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • You might be retro, but you'll never be Pict-warrior-in-fur-pants retro like Michael Ross.

click to enlarge Angela Nelson is having a Jackie O./Anne Boleyn moment. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Angela Nelson is having a Jackie O./Anne Boleyn moment.
click to enlarge King William viewing the joust like a boss. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • King William viewing the joust like a boss.
click to enlarge Queen Elizabeth Woodville, aka the White Queen, and her little dog, Freya. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Queen Elizabeth Woodville, aka the White Queen, and her little dog, Freya.
 
click to enlarge Chanting monks keep it creepy in robes that go from morning  self-flagellation to evening vespers. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Chanting monks keep it creepy in robes that go from morning self-flagellation to evening vespers.
click to enlarge Tossing back a tankard at the Dark Horse Tavern. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Tossing back a tankard at the Dark Horse Tavern.
click to enlarge He might be the Red Knight, but the crowd cheered him on as "Sir Hotpants." - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • He might be the Red Knight, but the crowd cheered him on as "Sir Hotpants."
click to enlarge Atop his wooden cart, John Jaques has the best seat in the house for the joust. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Atop his wooden cart, John Jaques has the best seat in the house for the joust.
click to enlarge Spoiling for battle in chainmail. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Spoiling for battle in chainmail.
click to enlarge Back in black — the Black Knight charges his foe, already knocked from his steed. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Back in black — the Black Knight charges his foe, already knocked from his steed.
click to enlarge In broken-in boots, Colin Smithers puts the hunk in Hunker Hauser, a kind of tug of war on boxes. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • In broken-in boots, Colin Smithers puts the hunk in Hunker Hauser, a kind of tug of war on boxes.
click to enlarge In classic blue and gold, Elsa Von Aurich is her festival name, which is like a drag name with historical cred. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • In classic blue and gold, Elsa Von Aurich is her festival name, which is like a drag name with historical cred.
click to enlarge Tree Light patches it up and Marisa Wallace is pagan fabulous in white  antlers. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Tree Light patches it up and Marisa Wallace is pagan fabulous in white antlers.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GMOs: You're Doing It Wrong

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 1:28 PM

click to enlarge Do not eat of the tree. - HOLLY HARVEY
  • Holly Harvey
  • Do not eat of the tree.
So, this piece of unsanctioned public art was on display yesterday at Eighth and F streets in Eureka. White bread, cantaloupe, bananas, cupcakes and peppers were all nailed to the tree for reasons that elude us. We're just grateful the meat and dairy groups were left out. 

click to enlarge Nailed it. - HOLLY HARVEY
  • Holly Harvey
  • Nailed it.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Rodeo Fabulous

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 1:15 PM

click to enlarge Ronan Rodoni - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Ronan Rodoni
Corral couture was in full swing at the Fortuna Rodeo this weekend. While the broncs and bulls bucked in the arena, it was a rodeo runway on the other side of the fence, with custom boots, blinding buckles, denim and Stetsons. Just take a gander at how folks worked their Western wear.


click to enlarge Haley Gibson - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Haley Gibson
click to enlarge Mickelle Flockhart and Travis Ammer - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Mickelle Flockhart and Travis Ammer
click to enlarge Brylynn Chipps - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Brylynn Chipps
click to enlarge Eddie Torrez and Seth Vasquez - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Eddie Torrez and Seth Vasquez
click to enlarge Cheyenne Wallace - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Cheyenne Wallace



click to enlarge Carina Irish - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Carina Irish
click to enlarge Jack Singleton - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Jack Singleton
click to enlarge Jessica and Van Simmons - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Jessica and Van Simmons
click to enlarge Renee Imperiale-Egan - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Renee Imperiale-Egan
click to enlarge Fidel - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Fidel
click to enlarge Mellissa Sterling and Leah Davis - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Mellissa Sterling and Leah Davis
click to enlarge Lacey Anderson and Shelby Smith - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Lacey Anderson and Shelby Smith
click to enlarge Future cowboys. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Future cowboys.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Update: Trophy Dog

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 1:42 PM

click to enlarge Absolutely Talk of the Town captions herself. - PHOTO BY WARREN COOK, COURTESY OF LOST COAST KENNEL CLUB
  • Photo by Warren Cook, courtesy of Lost Coast Kennel Club
  • Absolutely Talk of the Town captions herself.

UPDATE: This year's Best in Show is Absolutely Talk of the Town, a smooth (damn right) fox terrier, here with her owner James Smith.
click to enlarge MELISSA SANDERSON
  • Melissa Sanderson

No judging here — just love. We're still waiting for the official results of the Lost Coast Kennel Club dog show in Ferndale this past weekend, but really, aren't they all winners?
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Counter Operation

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 1:35 PM

click to enlarge JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

An 8-pack of Coasties cruised in and commandeered the counter at Kristina's today. There were no drownings.
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Friday, February 28, 2014

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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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Humboldt Style

Posted By on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 5:17 PM

click to enlarge JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Musician, model, dancer, artist and fashion inventress Lilith, spotted in Old Town, says she "tries to do something different every day." And she's not afraid to be outrageous — open toe shoes in January! 
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

From the Hum: Out With the Old, Baby!

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Whether you loved it or hated it, see 2013 out in style. Choices are plentiful. Here are three highlights to help you plan your good time.

NYE option #1: Male models promise ‘massive ball drop’

Forgive me the digression, dear readers, but I must confess to you a problem: I have a longstanding crush on The Absynth Quintet. I can’t help it. From my initial baptism into the band’s fire-breathing-traveling-gypsy-circus-indie-grass through their modeling debut as Mr. Kitchenaids into their annual NYE gigs at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, I remain starstruck as ever. You’ve got the mad skillz happy joy of Tofu Schwartz on drums. You’ve got the disarmingly laconic string master Ian Davidson on banjo. You’ve got the delightfully unpredictable genius of John Ludington on bass. You’ve got the stunning virtuosic sweetness of Bird Jowaisas on mandolin. You’ve got the almost-annoyingly gifted, slightly twisted Ryan Roberts on guitar. Add them up and as good as each part is, the sum still manages to elevate the band’s sound to another plane. There is nothing not excellent about The Absynth Quintet. You will dance. You will laugh. You will sing along to “Reverend Sam” and rejoice in life. There’s also Liquid Kactus and a free midnight champagne toast and a ball drop and flying sharks. Ring it in for $12 advance (highly recommended and available at the ATL box office and website, and at Wildberries). Doors at 9 p.m.

NYE option #2: Spiked punch at the Jam

The Jambalaya’s enhancing the live music portion of the night – funk rockers Free Rain and Afrobeat enthusiasts Motherlode – with “The Comedy Cocktail,” which is two parts local comics – Joe Deschaine and John McClurg – one part SF comic – Josh Argyle – and one part some other people who will, at least theoretically, also be funny. Ten bucks’ll get you in.

NYE option #3: A sparkling DJtacular

Humboldt Brews hosts the ever-popular Matt’n’Adam, Jaymoorg and King Maxwell turntable experience. The evening is billed as a “champagne celebration,” but the tunes will intoxicate on their own. Also, you will sweat very much. Do it for $10. Doors at 9 p.m.

NYE option #4: Ever-lovin’ honkytonk

Logger Bar. Rooster McClintock. Free. Champagne. 8 p.m. There ya go. Happy New Year, kids.
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Monday, December 9, 2013

Here's What Saturday's Snowball Drop in Eureka Looked Like

Posted By on Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 2:39 PM

click to enlarge A blizzard of ping-pong balls fired from a "snowball cannon" drops toward the waiting crowd at Saturday's "Snowball Drop" at the Eureka Gazebo. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON, COURTESY MARK LARSON PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Photo by Mark Larson, courtesy Mark Larson Photography
  • A blizzard of ping-pong balls fired from a "snowball cannon" drops toward the waiting crowd at Saturday's "Snowball Drop" at the Eureka Gazebo.
Some folks in Eureka saw flakes of the real deal drift to the ground Saturday, but just try redeeming one of those things for a shopping discount.

Photographer Mark Larson was on hand at the Old Town Gazebo and snapped these fantastic shots of parents and kids catching "snowballs" [They're ping-pong balls -Ed] that had been launched skyward from a makeshift cannon. 

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