Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Apples and Apples

Posted on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM

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If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, you may not see yours for some time after the Apple Harvest Festival in downtown Fortuna. The fruity fun starts early on Friday at 6 p.m. when the McLean Foundation hosts Taste of the Harvest, a night of cider sampling with music by Cliff Dallas and the Death Valley Troubadours ($25, $10 sober drivers). Proceeds go to the Wild Souls Ranch and its mission to help at-risk kids by teaching them to work with horses, so cheers to that.

The old-fashioned street fair runs on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street. Just follow the smell of apple pie, apple fritters, apple jelly and Texas barbecue. What, you thought it was just going to be fruit?

Hop a hay wagon over to the volunteer fire department for an engine ride, then to Rohner Park to hear Doug Fir and the 2x4s rock out at noon. Don't forget you've got pressing business at Clendenen's Cider Works and Apple Orchard, where you can see the cider made before you sample. A speeder car will zip you back to Eighth Street.

Come back with your shopping bags for the Apple Harvest Market on Sunday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (free). You'll want to load up on all the apple goodies, crafts and, of course, apples.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

There's Retro, and Then There's Retro

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 12:26 PM

click to enlarge Aidan Diaz is epic in his armor. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Aidan Diaz is epic in his armor.

They say if you hold onto an outfit long enough, it'll come back in style. Here's some of the antique chic people were working at the Excalibur Medieval Festival and Market Faire this past weekend. Two Ren fair runways are on for this Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5 with the Excalibur festival at Mad River Community Hospital and the Medieval Festival of Courage at Christie's Pumpkin Patch, so suit up.

click to enlarge A little bit tavern wench, a little bit royal court, these ladies wait for no one. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • A little bit tavern wench, a little bit royal court, these ladies wait for no one.
click to enlarge You might be retro, but you'll never be Pict-warrior-in-fur-pants retro like Michael Ross. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • You might be retro, but you'll never be Pict-warrior-in-fur-pants retro like Michael Ross.

click to enlarge Angela Nelson is having a Jackie O./Anne Boleyn moment. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Angela Nelson is having a Jackie O./Anne Boleyn moment.
click to enlarge King William viewing the joust like a boss. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • King William viewing the joust like a boss.
click to enlarge Queen Elizabeth Woodville, aka the White Queen, and her little dog, Freya. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Queen Elizabeth Woodville, aka the White Queen, and her little dog, Freya.
 
click to enlarge Chanting monks keep it creepy in robes that go from morning  self-flagellation to evening vespers. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Chanting monks keep it creepy in robes that go from morning self-flagellation to evening vespers.
click to enlarge Tossing back a tankard at the Dark Horse Tavern. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Tossing back a tankard at the Dark Horse Tavern.
click to enlarge He might be the Red Knight, but the crowd cheered him on as "Sir Hotpants." - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • He might be the Red Knight, but the crowd cheered him on as "Sir Hotpants."
click to enlarge Atop his wooden cart, John Jaques has the best seat in the house for the joust. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Atop his wooden cart, John Jaques has the best seat in the house for the joust.
click to enlarge Spoiling for battle in chainmail. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Spoiling for battle in chainmail.
click to enlarge Back in black — the Black Knight charges his foe, already knocked from his steed. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Back in black — the Black Knight charges his foe, already knocked from his steed.
click to enlarge In broken-in boots, Colin Smithers puts the hunk in Hunker Hauser, a kind of tug of war on boxes. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • In broken-in boots, Colin Smithers puts the hunk in Hunker Hauser, a kind of tug of war on boxes.
click to enlarge In classic blue and gold, Elsa Von Aurich is her festival name, which is like a drag name with historical cred. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • In classic blue and gold, Elsa Von Aurich is her festival name, which is like a drag name with historical cred.
click to enlarge Tree Light patches it up and Marisa Wallace is pagan fabulous in white  antlers. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Tree Light patches it up and Marisa Wallace is pagan fabulous in white antlers.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

In Plein Sight

Posted on Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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Are you out on the beach every weekend with your easel, or was the backyard fence the last painting you did? Beginners, pros and looky-loos can all indulge their artistic impulses during the Plein Air at the Lost Coast festival in Shelter Cove from Wednesday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 5 (free to attend, $65 registration).

There are painting workshops and daily kid-friendly walking tours with Bureau of Land Management naturalists to get your creative juices going, as well as music by Tony Nester and Chris Brannan on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Planet Four on Friday at 7:30 p.m. You can peer over the shoulders of artists at work along the shore all weekend (even more soothing to watch than Bob Ross on TV), and starting Friday, everyone can contribute to the community mural at Vern's.

On Saturday, check out the finished pieces at the Community Center at 3 p.m., followed by an awards presentation. Hang around for the reception at 7 p.m. to meet the artists and enjoy music by Ray Bevitori. Yours truly will be among the judges for both the paintings and the quick draw competition at the Benbow Inn on Sunday at 9 a.m. That's quick drawing with pictures, not guns. Right?

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

House Excalibur

Posted on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 11:59 AM

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  • photo by Laura Dodd

If this century is getting you down, throw on some Dark Ages drag and get thee to the Excalibur Medieval Tournament and Market Faire at Mad River Community Hospital at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 and the following weekend, Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 ($8, $5 kids, free to kids under 5).

There are daily horse parades, some 40 vendors, costumed entertainers, 13th-century craft and skill demonstrations, medieval musicians and dudes in armor working out their feelings the old-fashioned way: with giant swords and lances. Get in on the less bruising action and test your aim in the archery competition, battle with foam swords or just stomp some grapes. Grab an ale at the Dark Horse Tavern, maybe eat some sort of meat on a stick and take a break from modern times without worrying that your favorite character is going to get killed off. Just don't forget to take a selfie with the Vikings.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Local Talent

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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Watching a talent competition on TV just isn't the same. At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Eureka Theater, Not Your Momma's Talent Show gives you the live experience ($15, $25 VIP). The whole thing benefits NorCal Oasis and its work helping and educating people with nontraditional gender and sexual identities and their communities.

Sarah Torres, Zeke Herrera, Tribal Oasis Bellydance, Steven Alcantar, April Showers and Kalehua have all thrown their hats and headdresses into the ring for singing, dancing, juggling, burlesque and who knows what else, since this thing is 18 and over. Do you know these people? Cheer them on (or chant for the hook) as they compete before the esteemed panel of judges, Mr. Humboldt (Eric Hall), Rutabaga Queen Glitterina and KSLG's Myles Cochrane, all of whom will offer feedback before crowning a champion. Grab wine or beer (or both — competition is stressful, and there's a cash prize on the line) from the lobby bar and settle in for performances, games and giveaways. Bring your mama.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GMOs: You're Doing It Wrong

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 1:28 PM

click to enlarge Do not eat of the tree. - HOLLY HARVEY
  • Holly Harvey
  • Do not eat of the tree.
So, this piece of unsanctioned public art was on display yesterday at Eighth and F streets in Eureka. White bread, cantaloupe, bananas, cupcakes and peppers were all nailed to the tree for reasons that elude us. We're just grateful the meat and dairy groups were left out. 

click to enlarge Nailed it. - HOLLY HARVEY
  • Holly Harvey
  • Nailed it.

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Fair Enough

Posted on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM

click to enlarge North Country fair.
  • North Country fair.

Did you forget this was coming? Because the North Country Fair is upon us Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (free).

Just like the previous 40 revels, the place will be stacked with vendors — art, crafts and food stalls to get lost (and stuffed) among. On Saturday at 1 p.m., the rhythms of Rio make their way around the plaza courtesy of the always sunny and spangly Samba da Alegria. And on Sunday at 1 p.m., the All Species Parade takes its laps (all species but dogs, that is — leave Fido at home). As for other entertainments — they are legion. Check out the three stages of all-weekend fun.

Saturday

Eighth Street Stage

11:30 a.m.: Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir

2 p.m.: Jim Lahman Band

3:15 p.m. UFO8

4:45 p.m.: Elhadji Baay Faal

Ninth Street Stage

10:30 a.m.: Vanishing Pints

11:45 a.m.: Mon Petit Chou

2 p.m.: Fickle Heart

3:15 p.m.: Fire Sign

4:30 p.m.: Lost Coast Marimbas

North Lawn

Noon: Redwood Soo Bahk Do Karate

2 p.m.: Zumba with Marla Joy

3 p.m.: Ya Habibi Dance Company

4 p.m.: Humboldt Rockers

Sunday

Eighth Street Stage

10:30 a.m.: Wild Otis

Noon: Uptown Kings

2:15 p.m.: Blacksage Runners

3:30 p.m.: Lizzy and the Moonbeams

4:45 p.m.: Asha Nan

Ninth Street Stage:

10:30 a.m.: Tin Can Luminary

11:45 a.m.: MoMosas

2 p.m.: Kingfoot

3:15 p.m.: Jan Bramlett Band

4:30 p.m.: Bayou Swamis

North Lawn

10:30 a.m.: Angel Fargas

Noon: Humboldt Capoeira

2 p.m.: Tribal Oasis Belly Dance

3 p.m.: Samba Na Chuva

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tell Me a Tale

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Once upon a time, the North Coast Storytellers started a festival of fabulists. The Storytelling Festival By The Sea on Friday, Sept. 12, from 7 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Arcata Presbyterian Church is in its 15th year, and hasn't run out of yarn yet ($12, $10 advance, free to kids under 12).

On Friday, featured storyteller Patrick Ball and his Celtic harp will have you rapt, and the creepy Carpathian will give you the willies with ghost stories. At 10 p.m., when the under-13 crowd has gone to bed, the Cabaret variety show featuring the music of Squeeze Bug takes the stage.

Come back Saturday for a storytelling workshop, local legends from the North Coast Storytellers, Mary Lawrence, Dream Quest's youth stage, folktales with Seabury Gould and Native American tales with Frank Lake. Got the bug? Get in on the action during the story swap and, if you're feeling brave, the improvisational challenge. Go ahead — everybody's got a story.

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Rainbow Revolution

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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  • Photo by Rob Frechou.

Listen, celebrating Humboldt's LGBT community and all its supporters is a marathon, people, not a sprint. The rainbow-streaked party that is Pride weekend starts with Abruzzi's Fabulous Friday with DJs Pressure Anya and Joe-E at 9 p.m. ($5) A rhinestone's throw away is Where's Queer Bill's Rainbow Weekend Kick-off Party at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, at Humboldt Brews ($5). Hosted by fan-spinning phenom Nova Six, the evening promises dancing, comedy and dragliciousness from DJ Razorburns, Maniac, Fuscia Rae and In Love with You.

The Humboldt Pride Parade, led by Grand Marshall Todd Larsen on Saturday, Sept. 13, doesn't take off from the Eagle House in Old Town until 11:45 a.m., so you can sleep in and recover (free). The Marching Lumberjacks and Samba da Alegria will be beating their drums, however, so fair warning. The bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, however, can samba with them down to Halvorsen Park, where the family-friendly festival starts at noon (free).

The kiddies can jump into the bouncy house and get their faces painted, and there will be plenty of food trucks, vendors and info booths on hand. Over on the main stage, Emcee Sherae O'Shaughnessy will get the all-day party started. Then it's faux fur, feathers and feats of fabulousness from Portland's Caravan of Glam. Tribal Oasis keeps things shaking with bellydancing, and Pressure Anya will be spinning all day long for your dancing pleasure. If that leaves you parched, fear not: Helpful bartenders will be slinging beer, wine and Pride cocktails.

Are you tired? Believe in yourself. If you're over 21, you can hit the Glamorous Pride After Party with those Caravan of Glam queens at the Palm Lounge at 9 p.m. (free). Or light it up at the all ages Rainbow Glow drag and dance night with the Red Carpet Girls at Siren's Song Tavern at 10 p.m. ($5). On your mark, get set, party!


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With a Paddle

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Get your oars in the water for Paddlefest on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (some classes and tours start at 9:30 a.m.) at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (free entry, classes $5-$10). It's a lovely day on the bay for learning to stand-up paddleboard, honing your kayak skills, maybe touring some Coast Guard rescue craft and enjoying outdoor music and food.

The Eureka Channel Fun Race launches at 12:30 p.m., so be prepared to cheer. More cheering and plenty of wincing is expected during the Kokotat Cardboard Kayak Race at 3:30 p.m. Well, you can actually start worrying at 2 p.m., when teams start building their sketchy schooners with cardboard and tape. Prizes go out for actually winning the race, but finishing with your head above water is impressive enough. The creativity and Titanic prizes are some consolation, too.

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