Thursday, July 7, 2016

55th Annual Orick Rodeo

Posted on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM

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Is Fortuna too far south? Northerners, head to Orick for the 55th annual Orick Rodeo happening Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Orick Rodeo Grounds. Catch mutton bustin', calf ropin', steer ridin' and other events you can shorten with an apostrophe like eatin', drankin' and perusin' the vendors ($9, $5 for kids ages 6-12, free for kids 5 and under).

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Strings Attached

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 4:00 AM

The 38th annual Humboldt Folklife Festival, July 9-16, is a week-long celebration of local live music against the backdrop of beautiful Blue Lake. Officially part of Dell'Arte's Mad River Festival and presented by the Humboldt Folklife Society, the event strings together an assemblage of the area's finest folk, bluegrass and country musicians for nightly performances, two all-day festivals and a high-stepping barn dance.

The Humboldt Folklife Festival - FILE PHOTO
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  • The Humboldt Folklife Festival

The fun starts Saturday, July 9 at Mad River Brewing Company with the Festival Kick-off party featuring live music by the Bayou Swamis and The Trouble, 6 p.m. (free). On Sunday, gather the family for all-day fun during Annie & Mary Day at Perigot Park from noon to 5 p.m. (free). Monday's Kids' Carnival takes place under the Dell'Arte Big Top Tent starting at 6 p.m. (free for kids 12 and under).

Evening musical performances hosted by Dell'Arte fill out the week starting with Songwriters Night on Tuesday, July 12 at the Carlo Theatre at 7:30 p.m. ($8, $6 members), Country Night on Wednesday, July 13 in the Rooney Amphitheatre at 6 p.m. ($10, free for kids under 12), and Bluegrass Night on Thursday, July 14 at the Rooney Amphitheatre at 6 p.m. ($10, free kids under 12). Things get swingin' at the Barn Dance Friday, July 15 at Arcata Veteran's Hall at 7 p.m. ($7), and wind up with the All Day Free Festival on Saturday, July 16 at Dell'Arte boasts two stages of music, workshops, a kid's activity tent, food and so much fun in the sun. And, if you find you still haven't had your fill, there's more live music every night at 9 p.m. at the Logger Bar (free). Whew. Put a folk it in it.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Posted on Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 4:00 AM

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Looking for a reason to wear your Stormtrooper helmet in public? Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens plays twice at the Arcata Theatre Lounge: Friday July 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday July 10 at 6 p.m. ($5). Both showings include a costume contest with prizes held before the film.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

It Came from Outer Space

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 4:18 PM

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In the 1950s, with the Red Scare and alarming advances in technology, American brains were going nuclear. It was a time of us versus them, fear of the unknown, mind control and invasion. Americans needed escape and a place to sort it all out — like the movies. The Classic Film Series at the Eureka Main Library in July explores science fiction films of the 1950s with introductions and discussion by local film buffs on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. (free).

Starting off the series is the 1954 behemoth Godzilla showing July 5. The towering monster with deadly halitosis was an obvious metaphor for the evils of atomic power. Host Jennifer Fumiko Cahill of the Journal has more on that for you. Next up is 1951's The Thing (From Another World), playing July 12 and hosted by Charity Grella. Keeping the cold in the Cold War, this flick about an enigmatic alien life form discovered at the North Pole ends with the chilling warning, "Keep watching the skies!"

More terrifying plant life from outer space descends with Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), hosted by Bob Doran and showing July 19. With its identity loss, paranoia and nuclear fallout fears, this flower power feature has Kevin McCarthy screaming to tone-deaf masses, "They're after you! They're after all of us! Our wives, our children, everyone!" And finally, the giant radioactive ant monsters that Jan Ostrom introduces in Them! (1954) July 26 (free) illustrate again that nuclear power can really ruin your picnic.


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Two Parties on the Fourth

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 10:52 AM

The Yoyo was in full swing down by the water in Eureka on the Fourth of July. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • The Yoyo was in full swing down by the water in Eureka on the Fourth of July.

A large crowd of all ages enjoyed the warm afternoon sunshine and the family fun at the Fourth of July Festival in Eureka along five city blocks in Old Town. Informational and food booths lined Second Street, along with classic cars and electric vehicles. A children's petting zoo, face painting and a bevy of rides offered fun for children, along with the carnival at the foot of D Street. Live music from two sound stages played all day and a fireworks show sparked over Humboldt Bay after sunset.

Meanwhile in Arcata, "Bubbles Promenade" led off the festivities, as children and adults circled the plaza two times blowing soapy spheres. The parade started — where else? — in front of Bubbles, which donated bubble-making supplies to the first 100 families. Vendors and info booths lined the streets and live music, aerial dancers and other performances entertained the large crowd.

Check out the slideshow below for sun-filled highlights from both parties.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Party for the Parks

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 11:39 AM

Landon Porter, 7, Crescent City, enjoyed the horseback rides offered by Hailey Ford, McKinleyville and the Redwood Creek Buckarettes. The group offers guided tours in Redwood National Park. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Landon Porter, 7, Crescent City, enjoyed the horseback rides offered by Hailey Ford, McKinleyville and the Redwood Creek Buckarettes. The group offers guided tours in Redwood National Park.

The former log deck of the California Redwood Company located just north of Orick, once covered with stacks of huge old-growth redwood logs, was filled on Sunday with the vehicles of visitors arriving for the 2016 National Park Service’s Centennial Celebration in the Redwoods.

Dale Webster, a Redwood National Park employee and Yurok tribal member, displayed several of his handcrafted traditional items. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Dale Webster, a Redwood National Park employee and Yurok tribal member, displayed several of his handcrafted traditional items.

Activities included horseback riding, hiking to the nearby Centennial Tree, storytelling, eating the submissions in the redwood forest cake contest, enjoying live music, participating in Junior Ranger activities and exploring a wide mix of exhibits and food vendors.

Michael Muir, Napa, the great-grandson of conservationist John Muir and one of the guest speakers, described the the National Park Service  Centennial as a "grand event." - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Michael Muir, Napa, the great-grandson of conservationist John Muir and one of the guest speakers, described the the National Park Service Centennial as a "grand event."

John Muir’s great-grandson Michael Muir, of Napa, spoke at the Centennial event along with Sam Hodder of Save the Redwoods League and Congressman Jared Huffman. The Save the Redwoods League recently announced a plan to build a new visitor center on the former site of California Redwood Company.

One of the more popular activities was cutting a round with a two-handled saw from "second-growth redwood, obviously!", according to Megan Boyle, 9, Havre, Montana. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • One of the more popular activities was cutting a round with a two-handled saw from "second-growth redwood, obviously!", according to Megan Boyle, 9, Havre, Montana.

The 100th birthday of the N.P.S. was celebrated even though Yellowstone National Park and others were created decades earlier. Stephen Prokop, superintendent of Redwood National Park, attributed the vision of national park system to Stephen Mather and the Scottish-American conservationist John Muir.

A woven basket used to catch Pacific lamprey, commonly called eels, was one of many items displayed at an exhibit of Yurok traditions. Eels enter the Klamath River to spawn and are part of the Yurok seasonal diet. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • A woven basket used to catch Pacific lamprey, commonly called eels, was one of many items displayed at an exhibit of Yurok traditions. Eels enter the Klamath River to spawn and are part of the Yurok seasonal diet.

Redwood National Park was formed in 1968 and expanded in 1978. Prokop described the cooperative management of the Redwood National and State Parks with local Native American tribes, including the Yurok, Tolowa-Dee-Ni, and Elk Valley Rancheria.

Dave Van de Mark, Trinidad, displayed maps and photographs and shared stories of the efforts made by Lucille Vinyard, himself and many others to lobby for first the creation of Redwood National Park in 1968 and then its eventual expansion in 1978. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Dave Van de Mark, Trinidad, displayed maps and photographs and shared stories of the efforts made by Lucille Vinyard, himself and many others to lobby for first the creation of Redwood National Park in 1968 and then its eventual expansion in 1978.

Many of the visitors at the event stopped by a table to "Send a Postcard to the Future." Displayed during the event, they will be shown at a later date in the R.N.P. visitor center. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Many of the visitors at the event stopped by a table to "Send a Postcard to the Future." Displayed during the event, they will be shown at a later date in the R.N.P. visitor center.


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Friday, June 24, 2016

Fried Chicken for the Soul

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Everything's better over a plate of hot, delicious food, isn't it? Strangers become friends around the table. Barriers melt away like pats of butter on warm, squares of golden cornbread. Breaking bread is a healing act and definitely what the world needs now. Join the Eureka Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at the 46th annual Charles Washington Soul Food Dinner on Saturday, June 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Eureka Women's Club ($20, $10 for kids under 12). Fill your belly and warm your spirit with a plate of traditional soul food: fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, black eyed peas, cornbread and candied yams. They're not fooling around. Thankfully, DJ L Boogie of KHUM will bring the beats so you can shake some of it off before dessert.

The event was named in honor of the late Charles Washington, an early leader in the local NAACP branch, which was founded in 1952. Donations from the dinner help the local branch further the mission of the NAACP, which is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Sounds damn good to us.


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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Step Right Up

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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  • Miles Eggleston

The season of the fair — with fried-food smells, swirling rides and blue-ribbon goods — is here. The Best of Humboldt Fair, the first of the summer, spins its Ferris wheel high in the sky and welcomes families through the gates at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds June 23 through June 26 for four days of arts, entertainment, agriculture and more ($12 adults, $5 seniors and kids 6 to 12, free for active military and kids under 6).

There's something for everyone this year, from the NASCAR Experience to the quilt and flower show to the Exceptional Rodeo to local products and animals large and small in the livestock barn. Family entertainment includes big top circus fun with juggling, stilt walking and clowning around courtesy of the Jest in Time Circus. Nature Joe's back with his furry and feathered Animal Exhibit, and if you dare, take A Walk on the Wild Side for critters with a bigger bite. Steve the Pretty Good Magician has a few scarves up his sleeve and Karen Quest, recently at Mad River Festival, performs whip-crackin' cow girl tricks. Kids wearing the coveted carnival wristband ($30) can ride all the rides their little corn dog and cotton candy-filled stomachs can handle. And, of course, no fair would be complete without food, food, food and lots of live music.


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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Oyster Fest 2016

Posted By on Sun, Jun 19, 2016 at 6:56 PM

Shelling out the good stuff at the 26th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Shelling out the good stuff at the 26th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival.

How is everybody feeling today? If you were at the 26th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival yesterday you might be a little wobbly, a little sunburned, a little tired — maybe all of the above. The sun was out and so was Humboldt (along with a hearty crowd of out-of-towners), reveling in the fruit of our bay, the oyster. The taps were flowing, the bands were playing and patrons were lined up at stalls and slurping down oysters as fast as vendors could shuck them. In a history-making trifecta, Sushi Spot swept all culinary competition categories: Best Raw Oyster, Best Cooked Oyster and Best Non-oyster entry. We'll have to wait for next year to see if the restaurant can defend all three titles, and we may need that time to fully recover anyway. Until then, enjoy photographer Mark McKenna's slideshow of the briny bacchanalia. 
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Keeping up with the Kumamotos

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Consider the virtues of our local celebrities: Cultivating oysters improves our oceans and its flora and fauna. Their ground shells boost your victory garden. They produce the preferred jewelry of Audrey Hepburn. Without a central nervous system, oysters are likely feeling no more pain than you after those festival drink tokens are spent. The little shuckers are also plump with omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and protein. And unlike that righteously austere plate of zoodles, they taste marvelous.

Lucky for us we live in a hotbed of oyster beds. Revel in your good fortune on Saturday, June 18, at the 26th annual Arcata Oyster Festival from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (free entry). An army of vendors will be shelling out bivalve delights from shooters to tacos, as well as land-locked goodies, beer and wine (taps open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., so plan your queue-up and sober ride).

Between the noon oyster calling contest, the Shuck and Swallow race at 2 p.m. and Fred Oystaire's announcement of the Best Raw, Best Cooked and Best Non-oyster winners at 3:45 p.m., there'll be a bevy of musical acts. DJ Stir-fry Willie, The Honky Tonk Detours, Absynth Quartet, Naïve Melodies and Dynasty One are all taking turns on the stage. Kids can hit the FLUPSY, or oyster nursery area, for pint-sized entertainment like puppetry, balloon animals, free ice cream and more. Shells, yeah.


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