Groom your beard, bust out the patchwork and take a big swig from that jug. The Humboldt Folklife Society is taking you from dustbowl dirges to thigh-slapping jigs all week.
The Humboldt Folklife Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 11 at the Mad River Brewery with the Spindrifters and Clean Livin', followed by a homey potluck at the Logger Bar (free). In fact, if you're not ready to call it a night, after-party good times are to be had at the Logger Bar each night of the banjo bonanza.
Annie and Mary Day takes over Perigot Park on Sunday, July 12 at 11 a.m. with a parade of dancers, masks and enormous puppets, as well as fire trucks, food vendors, a petting zoo and bocce ball (free). The musical lineup starts at noon with the Timber Ridge Boys and winds up with the Delta Nationals.
Head for the Carlo Theater for Songwriters Night on Monday, July 13 at 7 p.m. ($7, $5 members), and Jazz Night on Tuesday, July 14 at 7 p.m. ($7, $5 members). You can sway to Absynth Quartet on Wednesday, July 15 at 5:30 p.m., Dell'Arte's Big Top Tent and see the illusive Huckleberry Flint play the amphitheater on Thursday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m. ($10, $8 members).
That should warm you up for the barn dance next Friday, July 17 ($7, $6) and the fiddle-geddon of the All Day Free Festival on Saturday, July 18. Check out the insert in this week's paper for the full lineup.
Those hot summer nights are about to get a little steamier as Rita Hayworth, Gloria Grahame and Gene Tierney set the screen alight this July at the Humboldt County Library as part of the Film Noir Classic Film Series (free).
Film noir, the black and white film style featuring dark, shadowy cinematography and tough guys outwitted by damsels in distress (who are anything but), is the focus of this month's Classic Film Series. Deceit, murder, grit and grime all framed by evocative lighting and dark shadow play — flickering fan blades silhouetted on the ceiling of a private investigator's office, shafts of moonlight streaming through angled slats in the blinds, dark figures emerging from foggy streets. Deception's the name of the game and trouble is the name of the dame. A beautiful woman enters, common sense exits. Every time, suckers. Watch the coolest of guys (Bogart, Glenn Ford, Don Taylor) come undone by one artfully arched eyebrow, one well-turned heel.
The series kicks off July 7 with Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde in Leave Her to Heaven (1945), followed by Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in In a Lonely Place (1950) on July 14, then Barry Fitzgerald and Howard Duff in The Naked City (1945) on July 21, and finally Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford in Gilda (1946) on July 28. The Tuesday night shows start at 6:30 p.m. with a brief introduction by local film nerds and discussion following.
Fourth of July is as American as, well, America. Barbecues, live music, gathering with friends and family, sitting in the grass under the stars watching the sky light up — the loud boom, crack and sizzle of fireworks. So which celebration are you going to?
There's the Fourth of July Jubilee from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Arcata Plaza (free). Maybe catch a Crabs game at 2:30 at the Arcata Ballpark, too ($9, $6 students, $4 kids). In Eureka, check out the Fourth of July Festival starting at 10 a.m. in Old Town. The fireworks display starts over the bay at 10 p.m. (free). You can also watch fireworks out on the bay on the Madaket's Under the Fireworks Cruise at 9:30 p.m. ($45, reservations required). Or you can grab a seat at Redwood Acres for the Fireworks Spectacular at the Races, featuring a points race at 5 p.m. followed by fireworks ($12, $10, $2 for kids 6 - 12, free to kids 5 and under).
Heading south? Ferndale keeps it small, sweet and hometown with a parade, barbecue, kids games and more at the Ferndale Fourth of July Fun-Tastic at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street. Over at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds, enjoy food and drink booths, live music and fireworks at dark. Gates open at 7 p.m. (free admisission). Fortuna does it a day early — why? Because it's the friendly city and they know you might need two days to celebrate. The Fortuna Fireworks Festival is on Friday, July 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Newburg Park ($10 barbecue, $5 kids' barbecue, $5 kids activities wrist band). Southern Humboldt blows it up with Fireworks in Benbow enjoy at 9:30 p.m. at the Benbow Lake State Recreation Area (free show, $8 to park).
Get out there this weekend and wish America happy birthday. Safely. And take care to secure your pets — the Humane Society says lost pet numbers spike around the holiday.
Redwood Curtain Casting will be holding an open casting call this Sunday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 4p.m. at the Old Stewart School, 1125 16th Street in Arcata. The open call is for several SAG independent feature films filming in the redwood region this summer. Casting needs are males and females (extras) between the ages of 18 and 50; women between the ages of 50 and 75; boys between the ages of 5 to 9; and males between the ages of 22 to 30 with light colored hair (preferably red tones) and height approximately 5’11”. Redwood Curtain Casting asks that interested individuals bring headshots and resumes (if possible). For more information, email Laura at email@example.com.
Following the casting call, there will be a workshop on “Good Practices of being an Extra or Production Assistant for Movies.” The workshop will take place on Sunday, June 28 at 5 p.m. at the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission located at 1385 8th Street in Arcata. The workshop is a free public event held by Redwood Curtain Casting and the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.