The Minor Theatre, Arcata's iconic and beloved movie house, is cleaned up, back under local ownership and ready for its close-up.
A decade ago, under corporate rule, the Minor shifted to playing the same blockbusters and mainstream films as everywhere else, and a piece of many an arthouse-film-loving Humboldtian died. The Minor had always been the alternative to the popular crowd — the quiet, creative kid. When its lightbulb-lined marquee announced titles like Mission Impossible III and You, Me and Dupree, those of us who'd fed our indie appetites there for years blinked in disbelief and shuffled off to the local video store.
Resurrected with blood, sweat and new owners Joshua Neff and Merrick McKinlay's "love of local," the Minor Theatre will once again fill the Arcata air with the salty scent of popcorn — this time with swanky seats, local goodies and adult beverages, plus snappy new sound, screen and projection systems. Put on your best black-tie attire for its Grand Reopening and Short Film Festival, Sept. 16-18 ($10). Opening night starts at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, featuring an evening of locally produced short films, a live film scoring of a classic Buster Keaton chase sequence and a recreation of the original opening night photo taken in 1914 (hence the black tie). Also, Neff and McKinlay promise a special "secret cinema screening" at the end of the evening. Intrigue!
Because smaller is better and everyone who's anyone will be there, seating will be limited. Tickets are online at www.minortheatre.com.
Wrap up the sweetness of summer at an outdoor gathering with good friends, great food, fun beverages and live music. You've got two high-stepping parties in the greenery this week. Pick your pleasure and dress accordingly.
First up is Barntini! Martinis in the Barn, the annual benefit for the Jacoby Creek Land Trust and the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center at Kokte Ranch and Nature Preserve on Friday, Sept. 9 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. ($35, $30 advance). Sip on Dutch and Dewey vodka martinis, enjoy the taco bar with home-made tortillas, Kokte Ranch grassfed beef and all the fixin's, and oysters poppin on the grill around a fire. A silent auction, dancing and music by the Honkey Tonk Detours round out the evening.
Down the highway a stretch on Saturday, Sept. 10 is the sixth annual Garden Gala at Humboldt Botanical Garden from 1 to 5 p.m. ($60, $50 for members, $50, $40 advance, free for children under 12). The fragrant and fancy garden is the perfect setting for an afternoon of barbecue, wine, pizza and root-beer floats, all to the music of Vintage Soul. Bring the kids to remind them that discovering a butterfly or a beetle is just as exciting as catching a Pokémon.
See, saying goodbye to summer isn't that bad.
We're cool here on the coast. And what's cooler than classic cars or motorcycles? It seems like there's a car show, expo, ride, run, show, shine or swap happening more times on our calendar than in most places.
One of the coolest of cool things we do is Cruz'n Eureka. The fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods kicks off its three-day run with the Eureka Napa Poker Run on Thursday, Sept. 8 starting at the Red Lion Hotel at 6 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 9, there's a full day of car ogling and cruising starting with a Show and Shine on Commercial Street between Fourth and Fifth in Eureka from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (free). At 5:30 p.m., catch the cars lining up under Samoa Bridge before the Cruz' through Old Town at 6 p.m. (free). Close out the day with the coolest dude to strap on a duty belt and slap a siren on top of his car when Steve McQueen stars in Bullitt at the Eureka Theater at 7:30 p.m. (price TBA). Saturday, Sept. 10 is the Cruz'n Eureka Car Show in Old Town from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (free). Stick around to see who takes home trophies at the Car Show Awards at the gazebo at 3 p.m. (free).
Fans of two-wheeling action can check out the Moto Envy Show, a bike show and slow race hosted by and at the Black Lightning Motorcycle Café on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. (free). Drool over the sweet rides and vote for the best in categories like café, vintage, sport/racer, vintage racer, custom, rat, daily rider and more. Basically, whichever bike is envied most wins. Cool.
I Block Party 2016
Car enthusiasts, this week is guaranteed to get your motors running. From tricked out muscle cars to elegant vintage autos, Humboldt is gearing up to be a hot rod haven.
On Saturday, Sept. 3, the Clarke Historical Museum holds the grand opening of its Cars, Culture and Humboldt County in the 1950s exhibit during Arts Alive! at 6 p.m. (free). The show peeks under the hood to examine the impact cars had on Humboldt County life in the 1950s. Saturday's opening features rockin' tunes by Lizzy and the Moonbeams and tasty samples from Beer Kissed.
The following day, some very classy cars are rolling into picturesque Ferndale. The Victorian town welcomes the inaugural Ferndale Concours on Main on Sunday, Sept. 4 (free). The storied Concours d'Elegance event is a chance for the public to see exquisite auto craftsmanship — vintage cars in showroom condition — on display. Ferndale has a green light from the Sports Car Club of America to allow judging right on Main Street instead of the usual lawn. Organizers expect 100 vehicles and judging starts at 10 a.m. with trophy presentations at 2 p.m. Jeeves, get the car.
Both events should get you primed for Cruz'n Eureka, the annual fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods. It features a Sept. 9 showing of Bullitt at the Eureka Theater and runs through Sept. 10 with a barbecue, cruise, show and shine and street-legal racing.
Most Pride parades commemorate the Stonewall uprising in June, but September (when students return) is our time to shine. Back in my day (popping teeth in mouth), it was half an afternoon with four or five speakers and one sister with a guitar singing protest songs. We waved tiny rainbow flags and went home. That was our Pride and we liked it.
Today's Humboldt Pride celebration is a full week of events, with a parade, an all-day festival with multiple stages, booths, performers and music, and a sweat-drenching after party that goes way past my bedtime.
Start off Vogue-ing at the Humboldt Pride Kick-off with Caravan of GLAM on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 9 p.m. at Blue Lake Casino ($25, $15 advance; $10 after 11 p.m. dance party only). Replenish at the Pancake Agenda Does Mack Town breakfast/social on Monday, Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. at Grace Good Shepherd Church ($10 adults suggested donation, $5 for children and seniors, free for kids 4 and under). Slept in? Hit the Brown Bag Picnic at noon the same day at Carson Park (free).
Catch foul balls at the OUTfielders Pride Week Softball Game, Sept. 7 at 7:45 p.m. at Hartman Field (free) and follow up the next day at the Pride & Pie Mixer on Sept. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Slice of Humboldt Pie (free entry). Then get down at the Humboldt Pride Warm Up Party on Friday, Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. at the Pearl Lounge (free). Hit the parade through Old Town Eureka on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 11:30 a.m. (free), winding up at the Humboldt Pride Festival from noon to 5 p.m. at Halvorsen Park (free). Not ready to go home? Stay out at the Pride After Party that night starting at 7 p.m. (all ages) at the Jam, with a 21 and up celebration at 9 p.m. (price TBA).
Humboldt County Fair 2016
On Saturday, Aug. 27, Rohner Park will be awash in micro-brews during the 13th annual Hops in Humboldt from 1 to 5 p.m. ($45, $35 advance, $75 VIP, $10 non-drinkers). A dizzying 35 breweries are slated to pour more than 100 brews into your commemorative cup.
Let's be realistic. This is a deluge of beer against which you have no chance. You are going to get wrecked. Wrecked. Have a plan. Hence the cheap non-drinker pass for your designated driver and the buses to whisk you to and from Eureka and Arcata for a mere $3 each way. Pro tip: Check the schedule before you start sampling. Also be sure to grab your driver's license, leave the kids and pets at home (seriously) and slather yourself with sunscreen. (Nobody wants a Hops burn.)
And now you're ready to soak up the suds and sun. April Moore and the Ranch Party, Angel's Cut and Seventh Street Band play while you sip your way around the field, finally casting your vote for the Taster's Choice award. Along with the steady stream of lambics, porters and IPAs, you can challenge your drinking buddies to a game of Drink-O or beer bottle ring toss. And when it's time for solids, nine food vendors will be there to satisfy your cravings and send you ambling home happy.
OK, you can't complain about your choices here. On Saturday, Aug. 27, two drink-spillingly funny people are in Arcata. And actually, you could see them both.
A former Groundling, fierce LGBT ally and the funniest redhead since Lucille Ball, Kathy Griffin is at the Van Duzer Theatre at 8 p.m. ($75). When she's not dropping F-bombs and making Anderson Cooper blush on New Year's Eve, Griffin is mercilessly skewering celebrities and our obsession with them in her raucous, smart, self-deprecating standup. While her reality show My Life on the D-List and her Emmy hosting boosted her up the Hollywood food chain, it's her fast-talking, crude and relatable stories, told with only a stool, a mic and a glass of water, that make her the bold, hilarious broad you want to hang out with.
Are you more into CNN than E! Network? Enter political comedian Will Durst with his Elect to Laugh one-man show at the Mateel Community Center on Friday, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. and the Arcata Theatre Lounge on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8:30 p.m. ($20, $15 advance). And couldn't we use a laugh at this point? Our current political landscape is a target rich environment to be sure, and the Emmy-nominated Durst, a self-described Boomer, is just the elder statesman to take on the candidates and their antics on and off the teleprompter. His sharp, world-weary grumpy-uncle satire is the perfect antidote to a case of the spin-room spins.
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