When it comes to small-batch, artisanal foods and goods producers, Humboldt's got it made. We've got cider makers, gluten-free bakers, award-winning brewers, cheese-makers, chocolatiers, picklers, distillers, winemakers and more. And we've got one of the most vibrant arts scenes in the state. How great would it be to sample a little bit of all that in one spot? Humboldt Made and the Arcata Playhouse are putting on an event where you can do just that. Nibble and knock back tasty fermented foods amid art performances and live music at the Humboldt Fervor Fest happening Saturday, Aug. 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Creamery District ($60 premium includes distilled spirits sampling, $40 general, kids free).
It's a great way to see and taste some of Humboldt's entrepreneurial spirit (and spirits) and support local small businesses and arts. The benefit for Humboldt Made and Playhouse Arts features a who's-who of local producers including (and this is just a sample, too) Wrangletown Cider, It's Alive Kombucha, Humboldt Chocolate, Humboldt Kimchi, Cypress Grove Chevre, Alchemy Distillery, Arise Bakery, Mad River Brewing and Pickled Planet. Depending on whether you go premium or not, you can sample distilled spirits as well as hard cider, beer and wine, fermented non-alcoholic drinks and fermented foods. On the artsy side of things, groove to music by the Paula Jones Band, Firesign, Jenni & David and the Sweet Soul Band and Asha Nan, and enjoy performances by No Limits Dance Academy and Partik Motwani. As with any good festival, this one has a healthy line-up of arts and craft vendors, too. Oh, and for those interested in fermenting at home (not the same as sitting on the couch, soused) there will be demos and learning opportunities on the flavoring and preserving process.
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The Arcata Theatre Lounge is showing a couple of movies this week you'll want to clear your schedule for.
First up is Army of Darkness, playing Friday, Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. ($5). The third movie in Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead franchise stars Bruce Campbell as long-suffering, wisecracking protagonist Ash Williams. Trapped in the Middle Ages with his "boomstick" and square jaw, Ash has to find the Necronomicon, a magical book and his ticket home. The film features a lot of slapstick (which you either love or hate in a horror movie), classic one-liners and a nod to stop-motion special effects granddaddy Ray Harryhausen, with fantastic skeleton army battle sequences. Campbell's movie star good looks and goofball portrayal of Ash make him a charming antihero and one of the most quotable characters in the genre. Hail to the king of comedy-horror, baby.
And for the kiddos, blast off on an adventure with Astro Boy, the 2009 animated film loosely based on the original Japanese manga series from the '50s and '60s, playing Sunday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. ($5). As in other stories where grieving fathers create replicas of their sons, Astro shows us that he's more boy than bot. As he's flying around saving the world, he learns he's doing it for the ones he loves. Robots have feelings, too.
Summer is a grand time when fairs and fishing occupy lazy vacation days, and, if we're lucky, a bit of nostalgia works its way into our repertoire. Something like, say, an old-timey circus? Where ringleaders sport handlebar mustaches, striped pants and suspenders, and tip their top hats to acrobats soaring high. Where cotton candy is a perfectly viable dinner. Where the kid in all of us comes out to play. Yep, that's the ticket. Step right up and get yours when Mendocino's thrilling Flynn Creek Circus comes to Newburg Park Aug. 11-14 ($30 adult, $22 senior, $15 child).
Billed as a human-only circus (which means you can bet your Barnum there are no animal acts), top performers from all over the world gather under a traditional big top tent to juggle, throw knives and perform daring acrobatics and aerial stunts to delight and amaze the entire family. See the sparkle and spectacle before they pack it all up and roll out of town.
Performance are Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 at 4 and 7 p.m. and Aug. 14 at 1 and 4 p.m. Advance discount tickets are available online at www.flynncreekcircus.com. Door ticket sales begin one hour prior to each show. And for those of you who like your jaw to totally hit the ground, VIP front row seating is available for $50.
The Arkley Center for the Performing Arts is a gorgeous venue restored to its stately 1920s architectural glory. With sweeping rows of red velvet seats, dramatic theater drapes and ornate walls rising to a high ceiling with chandeliers, it is the perfect setting to enjoy ballet, theater, music and, now, movies.
As part of the Arkley Center's classic family films series happening the first Saturday of the month through November, catch Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Saturday, Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. ($5). The colorful adaptation of the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale was Disney's first full-length animated film and features some of the most recognizable and loved characters in popular culture. In a time of cookie-cutter everything, we're lucky to have a few restored theaters that offer a unique and evocative movie experience where hundreds of people can share the movie magic together.
Gather your friends and family for these upcoming favorites: Superman (1978) on Sept. 3, Little Shop of Horrors (1986) on Oct. 1 and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) on Nov. 5. All films are $5 (buy tickets for the whole series and get free popcorn) and play at 3 p.m. with time to enjoy Arts Alive! after. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.
Come in from the August heat for some thrills and chills during the Eureka Theater's Summer of Suspense featuring weekly splashes of ice-cold Alfred Hitchcock movies ($5). You can scratch your itch for Hitch every Friday night at 7:30 p.m. this month with plot twists, tracking shots, poised blondes and a game of Where's Alfred as you scan the screen for his requisite cameos.
We've all got that one charming/shady uncle. On Aug. 5 PMP Wine Club presents Shadow of a Doubt (1943), in which Teresa Wright stars as a young woman trying to figure out if her darling Uncle Charlie is whacking widows for their cash. Seen it? No spoilers in the lobby.
The Journal hosts the dizzying Vertigo (1958) on Aug. 12, with James Stewart as a gumshoe sidelined by fear of heights and obsessed with a dead woman and her doppelganger, played by the iconic Kim Novak.
Since we're greedy, we're sponsoring Rear Window (1954), too. On Aug. 20, come back for more James Stewart, this time as a photojournalist-turned-peeping-Tom who may have witnessed a murder through his zoom lens while laid up with a busted leg. Grace Kelly plays his socialite girlfriend and does the Neighborhood Watch legwork.
Wrap it up on the run with Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in the stylish North by Northwest (1959) presented by Carson Park Design on Aug 26. Saint is the ultimate femme fatale, playing playboy Roger Thornhill (Grant), who's mistaken for a spy and swept up in the action.
It's going to be killer.
Pack your bags. Grab your trunks. Dread your locks. The most irie weekend of the year is right around the bend when French's Camp in Garberville transforms from quiet rural landscape to a reggae Mecca. Thousands of fans converge from Aug. 4 to 7 for the 32nd annual Reggae on the River ($200-$500).
Reggae music's biggest festival usually has an impressive array of superstars but word around the river is this year's roster is "the best ROTR lineup ever." So who's packing the concert bowl in 2016? Sizzla Kalonji & the Fire House Band bring the heat for sure, with Protogé and the Indiggnation Band, Anthony B, Mad Professor w/Soul Syndicate, King Yellowman, Million Stylez, Ziggi Recado, Sister Carol, Fatoumata Diawara, House Of Shem, No Maddz, Locos Por Juana and Bayonics keeping the vibe skankin'. With four days and nights of continuous music, there are too many to rattle off here. Catch the full lineup at www.reggaeontheriver.com.
In addition to the music, the culture at ROTR is a huge draw. There will be more than 60 vending and nonprofit booths, a hopping kids' spot, camping, great food and drink, yoga, massage and health and wellness offerings. And this year, environmental improvements to the gathering include the elimination of single-use plastic beer cups in favor of sleek ROTR steel pint cups. Also in keeping with reggae's global mindset, attendees are encouraged to bring a new or used tool to support the Tools For Change program, which last year sent a 40-foot shipping container of tools to rural communities in West Africa.
Pokémon Go's been great for getting you out and exploring, but why not put your phone down for a few hours and recharge your own battery during Eureka Parks and Rec's third annual Get Out and Play Day on July 30 (free)?
The fun includes free water activities (paddle boarding, kayak demos, etc.) at Play on the Bay from noon to 4 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center. If you'd rather stay in port, lace up your shoes and take the Old Town Historic Walking Tour starting at the Clarke Historical Museum at 2 p.m. or go on an Interpretive Tour of Hikshari' Trail at 11:30 a.m. There's the Kicks and Tricks Skateboard Competition at Eureka Skate Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Redwood Coast Grand Slam softball tournament from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Kennedy and Hartman Fields. Right across the street at Sequoia Park, all ages can take part in Zumba, yoga and body combat at Fitness in the Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., watch or participate in the Family Olympics, and top off the day at the park with Rockin in the Redwoods, featuring music from Taxi and barbecue from 4:45 to 8 p.m.
Elsewhere, for kids 12 and under with a paying adult, other free activities include golf at Eureka Golf Course from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., admission to Sequoia Park Zoo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and rides on the Madaket at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. at the Foot of C Street.
You can download a GOPD passport at www.eurekaparksandrec.wordpress.com and have it stamped at each event for a chance to win prizes. And if you find yourself twitching to tap your devices, you can follow the events on all your social media by using #GOPD2016.
Stop wondering what you're doing this Saturday, drop a few dollars in your pocket and roll out to the Mattole Grange, July 23 for the 27th annual Roll on the Mattole from noon to midnight ($25, $20 students/seniors, free for kids 12 and under with an adult). The Roll is a full day in the sun with friends, food and firefighting bad-assery. In a word, hot.
The fun starts at noon with music by the Bluff Creek Boys, and the beat goes on all day with performances from Mehael Kavanaugh, Lost Coast Marimbas, Black Star Safari, Non-Prophets, Vidagua and Stevie Culture. Boogie and mingle with the good-vibed crowd, check out the local craft vendor booths, enjoy beer and barbecue, and watch the kids romp in the Kid's Zone.
Things heat up from 4 to 6 p.m. with the Wildland Firefighter Challenge, where crews from the Honeydew, Petrolia, Whale Gulch and Telegraph Ridge volunteer fire companies/departments compete in drills (in full firefighting gear) for the sought-after "trophy." This is tough work. And, did we mention, it's hot? After the challenge, there's an auction raffle and more music and dancing.
The HVFC is 100-percent volunteer run and a nonprofit, so the money raised at the Roll allows it to keep doing what it does — protecting and serving the four neighborhoods of Wilder Ridge, Panther Gap, Windy Nip and Honeydew. So come on out, have a great time and support your local firefighters.
Every fourth weekend in July, Fortuna transforms into a city of nostalgia as hundreds of hot rods, classic cars and auto aficionados fill its streets, park and venues. Gear up, gear heads. The 26th annual Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo — three days glass-packed full of cars, cruises and old-fashioned fun — is here July 22 through 24.
Trip the chrome fantastic at Friday night's cruise down Main Street from 6 to 8 p.m. Then, head over to the Sock Hop at 8 p.m. at the River Lodge ($5). Peruse the Antiques Show at Veterans Hall on Friday and Saturday and the Artisans Faire Friday through Sunday at Rohner Park. Or ogle fender skirts and fadeaways at the Judged Car Show at Rohner Park Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at the Show & Shine/Vintage & Exotic (non-judged) show Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fortuna High School parking lot. Trophies for both shows will be awarded at 10 a.m. Sunday in Rohner Park.
The Hit-and-Miss Antique Engine Gas Up and Antique Tractors and Farm Equipment (for fans of the old-oldies) happen at Rohner Park on Saturday and Sunday, and there's Antique Tractor Pull action Saturday and Sunday over at the Rodeo Grounds. Find that hard-to-locate part at the Swap Meet & Car Corral Friday through Sunday at Rohner Park, and try your luck at the Poker Run starting at Fortuna High on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Admission to all events is free (except for the Sock Hop). See redwoodautoxpo.org for a full schedule of events.