Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tonight's Setlist

Posted by on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 8:35 AM

The Redwood Jazz Alliance welcomes the Michael Moore Quartet on Tuesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. at the Morris Graves Museum of Art. Known for his virtuosity, his expressiveness and his beautiful tone on clarinet, the multi-reedist is also a prolific composer with more than two dozen albums to his name. Tickets are $15 general/$10 students and available online at Brown Paper Tickets or in person at Wildberries, Wildwood Music, People's Records and The Works.

Also Tuesday, the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers play the Van Duzer Theatre. Picture a stage filled with 80 fiddlers backed by piano, drums, cellos, guitars, harps, and even a harmonica, projecting a sound as lively as a dance band and as majestic as a symphony orchestra. Front this merry group of music-makers with Scottish master fiddler Alasdair Fraser, whose humor, passion and charismatic playing set the tone, and you'll have a rough idea what it's like to attend a concert with the Scottish Fiddlers, an evening packed with Celtic tunes, songs and dances. Tickets are $25 adult, $15 children, $5 HSU students. Show starts at 8 p.m.


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Rom-com 101

Movies at the Humboldt County Library

Posted by on Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: The Magnificence that is Saturday, April 12.

Posted by on Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Skate, chili and a Minor Threat cover band

No one will accuse the folks at RampArt of being slackers. Establishing an indoor skate-art park with a focus on providing something cool for kids sounds like the kind of idea some well-intentioned post-college kids brainstorm about one afternoon, only to bail out when the reality of fundraising and permitting sets in. But the RampArt people made it happen — and after a year of success, the next step is raising funds for a new bowl. This is happening through a party that incorporates both beginner and advanced skate contests, a chili cookoff, live painting by Matt Beard and — relevant to this column — live music by Imperial Destructo, (who are is celebrating the releaset of their its new album, Earth Equality,), The Rough Cuts and Adult Crash, who play Minor Threat covers. I love that there's a band doing Minor Threat covers. Imperial Destructo describes the band's sound itself as "a skateboard inspired punk rock band with the motivation to dissolve the empires that control our lives such as corporations and greed." I'd call it old-school skatepunk that leaves a slight, familiar tang of metal in your mouth. Think Bad Brains or Suicidal Tendencies. Music starts at 8 p.m., cover is sliding-scale and, hey, all ages! Go to www.rampartskatepark.org for full details.


Pop goes the Alibi

Did you realize that Tuesday was the 20-year anniversary of Kurt Cobain's suicide? That explains all the Nirvana retrospectives coloring supermarket checkout stands and local bookseller shelves. In his Pitchfork column, Stephen Deusner wondered what could possibly be left to say about Cobain and Nirvana, and whether or not the millennials who "never knew the band in the present tense" feel the influence. One could ask this of The Wild Lungs, a young band whose raw punky sound is rife with pop hooks and who can be experienced live at the Alibi Saturday night, along with Portland's Lubec (insert "dream of the '90s" reference). Reminiscent of The Cure, Lubec's "Local Celebrity" track suggests the band's brand of pop is both more sophisticated and more retro. Should be a great show. Music starts around 11 p.m., cover is $5 and you must be 21-or-over.

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An anniversary moment

World Famous Productions throws a 6-year anniversary soiree with VibeSquaD (bass), Clicks & Whistles (Southern rap, juke, DNB) and B. Bravo (synth groove) at the Arcata Theater Lounge. Doors at 9:30 p.m., tickets are $20, show is 21-and-over.

Funny foreigners

Oh, those wacky clowns! If you relate to rocking, boat pants and/or drunk uncles and share an interest in Scandinavian love, moustaches, pigeons and/or "butt stuff," you'll be thrilled to know about Flock of Foreigners, a band of vagabond artists from all over the world currently living in Blue Lake and studying at the, ahem, Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Logger Bar, 9 p.m., free, 21-and-over.

Dance, junk funk, dangerous love

If you want to get dressed up and dance, PressureAnya's introducing Abruzzi After Dark. This party begins at 10 p.m. and is $10, but guests receive a $5 coupon toward a drink. Note: bar's open, kitchen's closed. Ages 21-and-over.

Back in Eureka, the Siren's Song Tavern hosts Junk Parlor, a gypsy funk rock band from San Francisco, with local support from Kaptain Kirk's Kosmic Koncoction, an eclectic mayhem of the third kind. Show starts at 9 p.m., is free and all ages.


Finally, the sexy and scandalous Cliff Dallas and the Death Valley Troubadors play Six Rivers Brewery. Also free! But requires you to be of legal drinking age. Music starts after 9 p.m.

Some other nights exist, too. Full Setlist for details.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Don't Drop the Ball

Humboldt Juggling Society Festival

Posted by on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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.

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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.

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Around Humboldt County

Posted by on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 4:00 AM

click to enlarge Mia Gianna Casasanta sings something jazzy with The Hip Joint during Saturday's Arts Alive! on April 5 at Siren Song's Tavern. - PHOTOS BY BOB DORAN
  • Photos by Bob Doran
  • Mia Gianna Casasanta sings something jazzy with The Hip Joint during Saturday's Arts Alive! on April 5 at Siren Song's Tavern.
click to enlarge Haley Jo dances with a hoop as Lafa Taylor and his group mix hip hop and bass music, taking KMUD's circus party into the wee, wee hours of Sunday, April 6 at Arcata's Portuguese Hall. - PHOTOS BY BOB DORAN
  • Photos by Bob Doran
  • Haley Jo dances with a hoop as Lafa Taylor and his group mix hip hop and bass music, taking KMUD's circus party into the wee, wee hours of Sunday, April 6 at Arcata's Portuguese Hall.
click to enlarge The Bayou Swamis welcome a new Farmers' Market season with some jumpin' Cajun music Saturday, April 5 in the center of the Arcata Plaza. - PHOTOS BY BOB DORAN
  • Photos by Bob Doran
  • The Bayou Swamis welcome a new Farmers' Market season with some jumpin' Cajun music Saturday, April 5 in the center of the Arcata Plaza.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Southern hip-hop wordplay, South African a capella

Posted by on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Make note, the cleverly named CunninLynguists and their Strange Universe Tour with J-Live, Sadistik and Nemo Achida has been moved from the Arcata Theatre Lounge to the Jambalaya.


CunninLyguists is a hip-hop group from Lexington, Ky. and Atlanta, Ga. The trio's name, the press release explains to the dialectally challenged, "is a portmanteau of the words cunning and linguist, and is also a play on the word cunnilingus." Sampling genres from psych-rock to blues, New Romantic to polka, CunninLynguists' resume includes having shared stages with Kanye West and Aesop Rock and crafting songs with international soul superstar Cee-Lo Green.

Doors at 8 p.m., music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door and for those aged 21-and-over.

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If you're looking for a different kind of rhythm, maybe the joyful South African a capella sounds of Soweto Gospel Choir will do you. The choir performs in HSU's Van Duzer Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 adults, $25 children and $10 HSU students.
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Future Islands, Whatever Forever

Posted by on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 7:57 AM

The big show tonight is North Carolina post-wave dance band Future Islands over at Humboldt Brews. Did you see them kill it on Letterman last weekGet your tickets now. Terse, yet passionate, Future Islands lays synthy melodies overtop a pulsing punk bass and a rather ecstatic sense of rhythm. Joining them is Ed Shrader's Music Beat. Show starts at 9 p.m, is all ages and will run you $10.


Another option: Get your party shoes on and head out to the Palm Lounge for Matt Jackson, Pandemonium Jones and the second installment of Whatever Forever, Humboldt's newest dance fever ward. It's free! The booty-shaking begins at 8 p.m. and you have to be 21, etc.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

It's Official: Cunninlynguists Show Moved to Jambalaya

Posted by on Sun, Apr 6, 2014 at 8:43 AM

When we first wrote about the Tuesday night gig, it was happening at ATL. Since then, the party has been moved around the block to the Jambalaya.

From the Setlist:

Make note, the cleverly named CunninLynguists land their Strange Universe Tour with J-Live, Sadistik and Nemo Achida at Arcata Theatre Lounge the Jambalaya. CunninLyguists is a hip-hop group from Lexington, Ky. and Atlanta, Ga. The trio's name, the press release explains to the dialectally challenged, "is a portmanteau of the words cunning and linguist, and is also a play on the word cunnilingus."

Sampling genres from psych-rock to blues, New Romantic to polka, CunninLynguists' resume includes having shared stages with Kanye West and Aesop Rock and crafting songs with international soul superstar Cee-Lo Green. The magic happens on Tuesday, April 8. Doors at 8 p.m., music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door and for those aged 21-and-over. 

Pretty sure this song'll go over:


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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Real Drag

Posted by on Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 3:49 PM

click to enlarge Qui Qui, newly minted Red Carpet Girl. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Qui Qui, newly minted Red Carpet Girl.

KuiiKuii Flawless, the undisputed champion of Where's Queer Bill's Drag Wars on Friday night at Humboldt Brews, and the newest member of the Red Carpet Girls. And for the record, this is how a pro rocks camo and heels. Emcee Mantrikka Ho tears it up.
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Tonight's Setlist: Hyped on Odesza, Psyched on White Manna

Posted by on Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 7:59 AM

In addition to the good time that is Arts Alive! in Eureka, Arcata has some happenings. At the Jambalaya, Seattle production duo Odesza show off the hit-making skills that sent multiple songs to Hype Machine's "Popular" chart and earned Odesza spots at Sasquatch, Capitol Hill Block Party and the Decibel Fest, among others. Doors at 9:30 p.m., tickets are $10 advance at The Works, People's Records and Wildberries, $12 otherwise, and the show is 21-and-over. D33J and Kodak to Graph round out the bill.

Across the way at the Alibi, Humboldt Free Radio presents the psych rock styling of Humboldt drop-out rockers White Manna along with Cleveland soul punks (and Slovenly Recordings artists) Obnox.

Obnox sounds like this:


That gig happens at 11 p.m. or so, costs $5 and is limited to those 21-and-over.

Lots more coming up! Plan ahead with The Setlist
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