Thursday, August 25, 2016

Decision 2016

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 4:00 AM

OK, you can't complain about your choices here. On Saturday, Aug. 27, two drink-spillingly funny people are in Arcata. And actually, you could see them both.

A former Groundling, fierce LGBT ally and the funniest redhead since Lucille Ball, Kathy Griffin is at the Van Duzer Theatre at 8 p.m. ($75). When she's not dropping F-bombs and making Anderson Cooper blush on New Year's Eve, Griffin is mercilessly skewering celebrities and our obsession with them in her raucous, smart, self-deprecating standup. While her reality show My Life on the D-List and her Emmy hosting boosted her up the Hollywood food chain, it's her fast-talking, crude and relatable stories, told with only a stool, a mic and a glass of water, that make her the bold, hilarious broad you want to hang out with.

Are you more into CNN than E! Network? Enter political comedian Will Durst with his Elect to Laugh one-man show at the Mateel Community Center on Friday, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. and the Arcata Theatre Lounge on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8:30 p.m. ($20, $15 advance). And couldn't we use a laugh at this point? Our current political landscape is a target rich environment to be sure, and the Emmy-nominated Durst, a self-described Boomer, is just the elder statesman to take on the candidates and their antics on and off the teleprompter. His sharp, world-weary grumpy-uncle satire is the perfect antidote to a case of the spin-room spins.

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Tap In

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 4:00 AM

On Saturday, Aug. 27, Rohner Park will be awash in micro-brews during the 13th annual Hops in Humboldt from 1 to 5 p.m. ($45, $35 advance, $75 VIP, $10 non-drinkers). A dizzying 35 breweries are slated to pour more than 100 brews into your commemorative cup.

Let's be realistic. This is a deluge of beer against which you have no chance. You are going to get wrecked. Wrecked. Have a plan. Hence the cheap non-drinker pass for your designated driver and the buses to whisk you to and from Eureka and Arcata for a mere $3 each way. Pro tip: Check the schedule before you start sampling. Also be sure to grab your driver's license, leave the kids and pets at home (seriously) and slather yourself with sunscreen. (Nobody wants a Hops burn.)

And now you're ready to soak up the suds and sun. April Moore and the Ranch Party, Angel's Cut and Seventh Street Band play while you sip your way around the field, finally casting your vote for the Taster's Choice award. Along with the steady stream of lambics, porters and IPAs, you can challenge your drinking buddies to a game of Drink-O or beer bottle ring toss. And when it's time for solids, nine food vendors will be there to satisfy your cravings and send you ambling home happy.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Salmon(less) Festival

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 3:24 PM

The Klamath Stick game team represents from a truck in the parade. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • The Klamath Stick game team represents from a truck in the parade.

For the first time in the event’s history, the Yurok Tribe made a difficult decision to not have the traditional salmon lunch, cooked in the traditional way over an open fire, at this year's 54th annual Klamath Salmon Festival on Saturday, Aug. 20. Instead, the large crowd that attended had to make do with food trucks and stands with various cuisines — but no freshly cooked fish.

The salmon shortage was blamed on poor water management practices in the Klamath River, according to Thomas P. O’Rourke, Sr., chairman of the Yurok Tribe.

The morning parade featured a lot of “Un-dam the Klamath” and “Save the Salmon” signs on various floats and a mix of educational tables offered information about river restoration and fish habitat.

The festival included its usual live music, classic car show, cultural demonstrations, and Indian card game and stick game tournaments, along with several gift vendors. 

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Light and Fog

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 5:06 PM

Personalized paper lanterns drift out onto Klopp Lake on Saturday night. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Personalized paper lanterns drift out onto Klopp Lake on Saturday night.

Under sunny skies on Saturday morning, the northwest corner of the Arcata Plaza was filled with people making their personalized remembrance lanterns for that evening’s 34th annual Lantern Floating Ceremony at Klopp Lake in the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

“This has become a way of remembering those who died 70 years ago in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to help console those who have lost loved ones,” said Maggie Shaffer, one of the event organizers. The Lantern Floating Ceremony, based on the Japanese Obon tradition of honoring the departed, was first organized by the city’s Nuclear Free Zone Committee.

Other community groups and the city of Arcata now host the event, and volunteers organize the lantern-making workshop and evening program, move the hundreds of lanterns to Klopp Lake and retrieve the lanterns after the event.

Under foggy skies, Arcata Mayor Paul Pitino introduced the evening program which included three large lanterns floated to symbolize the “past, present and future,” followed by poetry and sing-alongs led by the Raging Grannies group and Fry Wolhandler.

Around 9 p.m., organizers and attendees began launching the flotilla of lanterns with battery-powered lights inside (new this year instead of candles) onto Klopp Lake. Volunteers waded into the shallows to help move the lanterns out into a light breeze that carried them east into the fog and fading light.
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Friday, August 12, 2016

Pickled

Posted on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 8:00 AM

When it comes to small-batch, artisanal foods and goods producers, Humboldt's got it made. We've got cider makers, gluten-free bakers, award-winning brewers, cheese-makers, chocolatiers, picklers, distillers, winemakers and more. And we've got one of the most vibrant arts scenes in the state. How great would it be to sample a little bit of all that in one spot? Humboldt Made and the Arcata Playhouse are putting on an event where you can do just that. Nibble and knock back tasty fermented foods amid art performances and live music at the Humboldt Fervor Fest happening Saturday, Aug. 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Creamery District ($60 premium includes distilled spirits sampling, $40 general, kids free).

It's a great way to see and taste some of Humboldt's entrepreneurial spirit (and spirits) and support local small businesses and arts. The benefit for Humboldt Made and Playhouse Arts features a who's-who of local producers including (and this is just a sample, too) Wrangletown Cider, It's Alive Kombucha, Humboldt Chocolate, Humboldt Kimchi, Cypress Grove Chevre, Alchemy Distillery, Arise Bakery, Mad River Brewing and Pickled Planet. Depending on whether you go premium or not, you can sample distilled spirits as well as hard cider, beer and wine, fermented non-alcoholic drinks and fermented foods. On the artsy side of things, groove to music by the Paula Jones Band, Firesign, Jenni & David and the Sweet Soul Band and Asha Nan, and enjoy performances by No Limits Dance Academy and Partik Motwani. As with any good festival, this one has a healthy line-up of arts and craft vendors, too. Oh, and for those interested in fermenting at home (not the same as sitting on the couch, soused) there will be demos and learning opportunities on the flavoring and preserving process.

— Kali Cozyris

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Well, Hello, Mr. Fancypants

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM

The Arcata Theatre Lounge is showing a couple of movies this week you'll want to clear your schedule for.

First up is Army of Darkness, playing Friday, Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. ($5). The third movie in Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead franchise stars Bruce Campbell as long-suffering, wisecracking protagonist Ash Williams. Trapped in the Middle Ages with his "boomstick" and square jaw, Ash has to find the Necronomicon, a magical book and his ticket home. The film features a lot of slapstick (which you either love or hate in a horror movie), classic one-liners and a nod to stop-motion special effects granddaddy Ray Harryhausen, with fantastic skeleton army battle sequences. Campbell's movie star good looks and goofball portrayal of Ash make him a charming antihero and one of the most quotable characters in the genre. Hail to the king of comedy-horror, baby.

And for the kiddos, blast off on an adventure with Astro Boy, the 2009 animated film loosely based on the original Japanese manga series from the '50s and '60s, playing Sunday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. ($5). As in other stories where grieving fathers create replicas of their sons, Astro shows us that he's more boy than bot. As he's flying around saving the world, he learns he's doing it for the ones he loves. Robots have feelings, too.

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Reggae Colors

Posted By and on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 4:29 PM

Jamaican new wave dub artist Janine “Jah9” Cunningham at Reggae on the River. - ERICA BOTKIN
  • Erica Botkin
  • Jamaican new wave dub artist Janine “Jah9” Cunningham at Reggae on the River.
By now, everybody who was grooving to irie sounds at French's Camp last weekend during Reggae on the River has packed away their tents, shaken off the dust and returned to solid cell service. If you missed it or just miss it already, photographer Erica Botkin was right in the middle of the colorful four-day reggae revelry, preserving a sampling of the good times and the controversy. Relive it in the slideshow below.
 
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

In Like Flynn

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Summer is a grand time when fairs and fishing occupy lazy vacation days, and, if we're lucky, a bit of nostalgia works its way into our repertoire. Something like, say, an old-timey circus? Where ringleaders sport handlebar mustaches, striped pants and suspenders, and tip their top hats to acrobats soaring high. Where cotton candy is a perfectly viable dinner. Where the kid in all of us comes out to play. Yep, that's the ticket. Step right up and get yours when Mendocino's thrilling Flynn Creek Circus comes to Newburg Park Aug. 11-14 ($30 adult, $22 senior, $15 child).

Billed as a human-only circus (which means you can bet your Barnum there are no animal acts), top performers from all over the world gather under a traditional big top tent to juggle, throw knives and perform daring acrobatics and aerial stunts to delight and amaze the entire family. See the sparkle and spectacle before they pack it all up and roll out of town.

Performance are Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m.Friday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 13 at 4 and 7 p.m. and Aug. 14 at and 4 p.m. Advance discount tickets are available online at www.flynncreekcircus.com. Door ticket sales begin one hour prior to each show. And for those of you who like your jaw to totally hit the ground, VIP front row seating is available for $50. 


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Friday, August 5, 2016

The Fairest One of All

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Arkley Center for the Performing Arts is a gorgeous venue restored to its stately 1920s architectural glory. With sweeping rows of red velvet seats, dramatic theater drapes and ornate walls rising to a high ceiling with chandeliers, it is the perfect setting to enjoy ballet, theater, music and, now, movies.

As part of the Arkley Center's classic family films series happening the first Saturday of the month through November, catch Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Saturday, Aug. 6 at  3 p.m. ($5). The colorful adaptation of the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale was Disney's first full-length animated film and features some of the most recognizable and loved characters in popular culture. In a time of cookie-cutter everything, we're lucky to have a few restored theaters that offer a unique and evocative movie experience where hundreds of people can  share the movie magic together. 

Gather your friends and family for these upcoming favorites: Superman (1978) on Sept. 3,  Little Shop of Horrors (1986) on Oct. 1 and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) on Nov. 5. All films are $5 (buy tickets for the whole series and get free popcorn) and play at 3 p.m. with time to enjoy Arts Alive! after. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.


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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Hitched

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Come in from the August heat for some thrills and chills during the Eureka Theater's Summer of Suspense featuring weekly splashes of ice-cold Alfred Hitchcock movies ($5). You can scratch your itch for Hitch every Friday night at 7:30 p.m. this month with plot twists, tracking shots, poised blondes and a game of Where's Alfred as you scan the screen for his requisite cameos.

We've all got that one charming/shady uncle. On Aug. 5 PMP Wine Club presents Shadow of a Doubt (1943), in which Teresa Wright stars as a young woman trying to figure out if her darling Uncle Charlie is whacking widows for their cash. Seen it? No spoilers in the lobby.

The Journal hosts the dizzying Vertigo (1958) on Aug. 12, with James Stewart as a gumshoe sidelined by fear of heights and obsessed with a dead woman and her doppelganger, played by the iconic Kim Novak.

Since we're greedy, we're sponsoring Rear Window (1954), too. On Aug. 20, come back for more James Stewart, this time as a photojournalist-turned-peeping-Tom who may have witnessed a murder through his zoom lens while laid up with a busted leg. Grace Kelly plays his socialite girlfriend and does the Neighborhood Watch legwork.

Wrap it up on the run with Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in the stylish North by Northwest (1959) presented by Carson Park Design on Aug 26. Saint is the ultimate femme fatale, playing playboy Roger Thornhill (Grant), who's mistaken for a spy and swept up in the action.

It's going to be killer.


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