The Bee Eaters buzz on stage Jan. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arcata Playhouse ($20, $17 advance, youth 25 and under $10, free for 12 and under). This benefit concert featuring local fiddler/cellist siblings Tashina and Tristan Clarridge, with Simon Chrisman on hammer dulcimer is a benefit to raise money for a local chap in need.
The Wedding & Event Faire on Sunday, Jan. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the River Lodge Conference Center is the place to get ideas, meet caterers, photographers, planners, formal wear, decor and more for your big event ($10). There are more than 30 local vendors offering everything you need to make sure your shindig goes smoothly.
Birds do it, dune silver bees do it. Learn everything you've ever wanted to know about the sex life and nesting behavior of the dune silver bee but were afraid to ask at Life Under the Sand: The Story of the Dune Silver Bee presented by Kim McFarland on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center ($5-$10 suggested donation).
Every Tuesday night in January at 6:30 p.m. the Humboldt County Library presents its Hard Times and Happy Endings film series with comedies that got Americans through some lean years (free).
Kick off the journey on Jan. 3 with Sullivan's Travels (1941), hosted by Bob Doran. Preston Sturges' satirical movie tells the rambling tale of a rich, naïve director (Joel McCrea) who longs to make a culturally important picture. Donning hobo drag, he heads for the open road and rails, running into Veronica Lake as an actress giving up the game along the way.
On Jan. 10, yours truly presents Woman of the Year (1942), starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey. In this rom-com, a pair of newspaper writers duke it out on the front page before marrying up and starting the fight all over again. It's also the film during which those crazy kids fell in love in real life.
On Jan. 17 Charity Grella hosts A Night at the Opera (1935), This Marx Bros. comedy pokes fun at the swells in their finery as Groucho, Harpo and Chico pull all kinds of hijinks in the aid of a pair of star-crossed singers. Cue waggling eyebrows.
Michael Cooley hosts what is maybe the ultimate hard-times-happy-ending movie City Lights (1931) on Jan. 24. In this silent picture, Charlie Chaplin stars as the Little Tramp who's fallen in love with a blind flower girl and must sweat and scheme to help her out.
Bonus week! On Jan. 31, hold onto your thesaurus when Philip Wright presents Ball of Fire (1942), starring a brassy, sassy Barbara Stanwyck.
Parents, celebrate the New Year with abandon. RampArt Skatepark's Overnight Lock-In New Year's Eve will entertain the kids from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. ($15). Skate ramps, games, movies, breakfast and peace of mind all included.
The Arcata Playhouse rings in the New Year with music, theater and dancing at Speakeasy and the Conglomerates on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. ($20, $18 members, $99 table of four-includes four drink tickets).
On Friday, Dec. 30, catch an aesthetically gorgeous tale about the art of the con that takes an unexpected turn in 1930s Japanese-occupied Korea when The Handmaiden plays at The Miniplex at 8 p.m. ($8).
2017 is nearly here and like Niners fans in August, we're cautiously optimistic. But for Dec. 31, 2016? We're gonna party like it's 1999 — like Prince, Bowie and George would want us to.
Absynth Quartet New Year's Eve party is at the Arcata Theatre Lounge ($18, $14 advance) with doors at 8 p.m. Jenny Scheinman, Lyndsey Battle and Andrea Zvaleko join the boys onstage, and openers Scuber Mountain and Kingfoot get the party started. Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. (21 and up.) At the Mattole Grange starting at 6 p.m. — a New Year's Eve Square Dance ($10, $6 teens, under 12 free) with Paul Sheldon and the Mattole Mudstompers swinging until 10 p.m., then open mic and DJ music until midnight.
Blue Lake Casino's got the Zion I Crew for its NYE Party from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. in the Sapphire Palace ($30, $25 advance). Catch them and guests Mr. Lif, Xperience (XP), Pure Powers, DJ "M", Gabe Pressure and D'Vinity. Balloons drop at midnight, plus a Champagne toast, confetti cannon and photo booth.
The bass drops at Big Bass New Year's Eve, 8 p.m. at Tip Top Gentleman's Club with Masta Shredda and Grasshoppa ($15). Red Lion Hotel's party starts at 9 p.m. with DJ Pete Meyer, a Champagne toast and party favors (free entry). The Soul Hum New Year's Eve Party at Stone Junction Bar gets funky with Argonaut and DJ J Riggs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. (TBA) with a bubbly toast at midnight. The Miniplex is having an "R.I.P. 2016" NYE Dance Party from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (free) with DJs Crazy Leggs, Peter Piper and Spaceman Spliff spinning songs by artists who died in 2016. Oy. And Bear River Casino Hotel's Rockabilly New Year's Eve starts at 9 p.m. in the Ballroom and will have complimentary hats, noisemakers and DJ music (free).
You don't have to wait to send 2016 packing. (And why would you?) Dress in full feather and dance the night away with local musicians Michael Dayvid and Dominic Romano at the Pre-New Year's Eve Blues event on Tuesday, Dec. 27 from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Arcata Core Pilates Studio ($5). There'll be cider and treats for snacking. Bring something to share.
Baby, it's cold outside. Cold enough to chatter our teeth but not freeze our lagoons. Don't let that dash your Cutting Edge dreams, skaters. Head to the Humboldt Ice Rink in Fortuna's Newburg Park now through Jan. 8 ($12, $8 kids, rental included). See www.humboldticerink.com for the schedule and start carving out those figure eights.