Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Night Setlist: A Ridiculously Good Time Awaits

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Planning ahead? Your full Setlist is here.

Regarding tonight – here's a show will be stupid fun. Not that The Bottom Dwellers are stupid – far from it! – but you'll be having so much fun immersed in songs ranging from gritty twang to creepy ballad, your mouth will likely spend the evening permagrinned to the gills. Take a break, you hardworking thing, and get yourself to the Sanctuary, 8 p.m., all ages, $10.

Another option is the funky awesomeness of The Nucleus – these guys don't play together much, so here's your chance to get your outgoing self out. Free! Show at 9 p.m. at Jambalaya, 21-and-over. The High Life and Jam Collective also perform.

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Folk My Life

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Fifty Shades of Noir

Posted By on Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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.

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Friday, July 3, 2015


Posted By on Fri, Jul 3, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Omigod is That... ?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 2:13 PM

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If you think you saw a Hollywood actress around town, you probably did. Rowdy Kelly, who is scouting locations for the production company Woodshock LLC, won't confirm or deny whether Kirsten Dunst is in Humboldt for pre-production visit (and neither will Cassandra Hesseltine of the Humboldt Del Norte Film Commission), but the film's IMDB page lists her as cast in the film Woodshock from Coda Films. (We had to check — remember that Jennifer Lawrence/Sean Penn hoax at the Peg House?) Kelly was able to tell the Journal that the film is a psychological drama to be filmed largely in Eureka and around Humboldt with a few scenes in Del Norte. Kelly has worked as a location scout on The Majestic, After Earth (go easy, he was a scout, not a writer) and several car commercials.

If you see Dunst around town, be cool, Humboldt. (She's had it rough, what with being stuck as a child vampire with blonde Tom Cruise and having Gwen Stacy steal Spiderman.) Kelly says selfies with the star are probably fine, "as long as you have her permission — or his." Very smooth. Send a snapshot our way if you get one — we want to Photoshop ourselves in there.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tonight's Setlist: Goth Karaoke

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 10:40 AM

Yes, goth karaoke.

At Siren's Song, with a selection that includes Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sisters of Mercy, Christian Death, Nina Hagen, Bauhaus, Sex Gang Children, the Cure, Virgin Prunes, Xmal Deutschland, Specimen, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, 45 Grave and what more do you need?

Event organizers note that the Siren's Song bar "is now equipped with wine for all you vampires that need a bit of blood before you get up on stage!"

No surprise to also note that "debauchery is encouraged." Resident DJs Wrye and Decoffinated in attendance. All ages, free, 9 p.m.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Tonight's Setlist: When Descriptions Win

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 10:27 AM

An unusual show at Richards' Goat features Shelter Death, best known for an ability to "utilize alien programming, heavy electronics and pained instrumentation that makes for a tragic and austere peal." Do with that what you will. 

Also performing: Pod Blotz and Glochids, plus Humboldt's DL Mathias doing "synthesizers for shut-ins" and DJ interludes provided by Ensemble Economique.

Show starts at 9 p.m., 21 and over, $5.

Look toward tomorrow here.
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tonight's Setlist: Wrap Your Weekend With Some Reggae Chill

Posted By on Sun, Jun 28, 2015 at 1:24 PM

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The Green
's latest album, Hawai'i '13, opens with a chant because, according to guitarist, vocalist and one of the band's five songwriters JP Kennedy, "From the times of ancient Hawaii and even up to present day, chanting has been a part of our culture. It's a way to start something important. When we chant, we ask for blessings, knowledge and guidance so that we can be 'pono' or righteous in whatever we do."

The chant prepares the listener as much as the band. Hawai'i '13 dances through roots reggae, soul and R&B — a logical sound for a band that's supported Rebelution, Iration, SOJA and Damian Marley, and has played at the Vans Warped Tour, Wakarusa, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and California Roots Festival.

The Green plays the Arcata Theatre Lounge along with The Expanders, known for reggae centered in three-part vocal harmonies and strong songwriting, with lyrics that range from socially heavy to playful and upbeat, in the tradition of classic 1970s Jamaican groups like the Ethiopians, the Gladiators and the Mighty Diamonds, Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20 advance at Ticketfly, Wildberries, People's Records and the Works, $25 at the door. The show is 21-and-over.

More musical selections into the week available in your full Setlist
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tonight's Setlist: Demons and Monsters

Posted By on Sat, Jun 27, 2015 at 5:54 PM

Locals night in A-town

The Mother Vines bring the surf-psych punk rock and Super Demon delivers the Macktown math metal at the Alibi. Music at 11 p.m., $3 cover, 21-and-over.

Here's The Mother Vines auditioning for NPR's Tiny Desk concerts:

Eureka delights

Austin's magnificently eerie-folky-rocky Technicolor Hearts play with local favorites The Monster Women and Strix Vega at the Palm Lounge, 9 p.m., 21-and-over, $5 suggested donation.

Check out Technicolor Hearts on Balcony TV:

Full Setlist here!
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Ready for Your Close Up?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 2:48 PM


Have you always dreamed of being on the silver screen, your name splashed in bold letters in a dark theatre next to “Woman No. 3,” “Boy in Ice Cream Shop” or “Man Crossing Street”?

Well, your big break is here. On Sunday, June 28, several independent movies filming on the North Coast this summer are holding casting calls for a variety of extras and roles.

If you think you’ve got what it takes — as in you’re a male or female between the 18 and 50, a 50- to 75-year-old woman, a 5- to 9-year old boy or a five-foot-eleven redheaded fella between 22 and 30 — get to the Old Stewart School, 1125 16th St. in Arcata, at 11 a.m. Bring a headshot and resume if you’ve got 'em (of course you do, you’ve been waiting for this moment).

And while you’re waiting for your callback, cruise down to the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission offices at 1385 Eighth St. in Arcata for a “Good Practices of being an Extra or Production Assistant for Movies” workshop. You want to look like you know what you’re doing when you — wait! Rewind. There! In the gray shirt.

Made it!

From the commission:

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

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

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