Friday, September 23, 2016

Call Me Big Oompah

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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So summer is over and you're done with beer fests, right? That's a hard nein. Because on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m., the green expanse of Rohner Park may as well be the Black Forest for all the Teutonic partying that'll be going on during the fourth annual Oktoberfest (free) benefiting the Fortuna Senior Center. Oh, ja.

Feast on a traditional German meal of brats (the sausages, not Hansel and Gretel), German potatoes and cabbage ($20, $15 advance, kids' meals available). As for beer, your stein runneth over with both German and local brews from which to choose. Come to think of it, can you run with your mug in hand? (Talent comes in all forms and we're not asking how you got good at it.) If so, there's a stein race and barrel races in which entrants use their Wagnerian might to roll kegs.

And what better way to celebrate the birthplace of Angela Merkel and leather shorts than with an open-air "oompah" concert from the tuba-tastic Scotia Band and the Humboldt Accordionaires. In case you've somehow hobbled through life without learning to polka, now is your chance. It could be the next swing dancing, you never know.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

All Species, All the Time

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Local puppet master James Hildebrandt, of Arcata, led the All Species Parade with an avian creation. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Local puppet master James Hildebrandt, of Arcata, led the All Species Parade with an avian creation.
The Same Old People's 43rd annual North Country Fair continued on Sunday with a large crowd gathered to watch the All Species Parade. It featured the Arcata Playhouse’s large and small creatures and a wide mix of puppets and other life forms marching twice around the plaza. Attendees also checked out performances by local bands and dancers, along with a large array of food, jewelry and clothing vendors.
Two new additions to the festival this year included a zero-waste kids’ craft zone sponsored by SCRAP Humboldt and a Wellness Row of information tents featuring community health information, tea samples, massage and yoga.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Samba and Sunshine

Posted By on Sun, Sep 18, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Belly dancers performed in the Samba Parade and the Ya Habibi Dance Company danced later on the plaza lawn at the North Country Fair on Saturday. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Belly dancers performed in the Samba Parade and the Ya Habibi Dance Company danced later on the plaza lawn at the North Country Fair on Saturday.

The two-day 43rd annual North Country Fair got off to a bright start on a warm, sunny Saturday on the Arcata Plaza. Organized by the Same Old People since 1974, the zero-waste, family-friendly festival features 170 art and craft vendors, three music and entertainment stages, local food booths and activities for children. Members of Trillium Dance and Samba da Alegria led a lively Samba Parade in the afternoon. Add a little rhythm and shine to your day with the slideshow below.
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Minor Affair

Posted By on Sun, Sep 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The crowd beneath the lit marquee at the Minor's reopening. - MARK MCKENNA
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  • The crowd beneath the lit marquee at the Minor's reopening.

On Friday night, after a furious round of renovations, the Minor Theatre opened again in Arcata with a black-tie celebration and a night of local independent films. After a decade of corporate ownership, the movie house is in the hands of Josh Neff and partner Merrick McKinlay, who promise a steady schedule of independent, foreign and mainstream movies alike. The theater, first completed in 1914, is the oldest surviving multi-reel feature film theater in the U.S. And now you can get a beer there. Photographer Mark McKenna was cruising the lobby and photographing the swells in their finery. Put your tux on and enjoy his slideshow of the festivities.
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Friday, September 16, 2016

The People's Party

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Every third weekend in September, the Arcata Plaza swells as thousands of revelers, families, dancers, artists, musicians, crafters and makers gather for the North Country Fair. This year, the fair falls on Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (free) and promises all the usual fun by The Same Old People, plus a few new treats.  

Arcata's biggest family-friendly party never disappoints, usually taking place under abundant sunshine. This year, there are 170 art and craft vendors, three entertainment stages showcasing 18 local bands, an assortment of local food booths, kids' activities, two parades and a drumline filled with community members. The annual Samba Parade on Saturday at 1 p.m. is led by Samba da Alegria, the hip-shakin', sparkly folks who have brought the tambourine and tight drums for the last 30 years. Sunday's All Species Parade, led by the Arcata Playhouse's large and small creature creations at 1 p.m., is also open to community members. And new this year is the addition of a Wellness Row, offering community health information, tea samples, massage and yoga both days.

The North Country Fair aims to be a zero-waste event. Helping in that endeavor is SCRAP Humboldt and its zero-waste kids' craft zone where kids (of all ages) can create something wild for the All-Species Parade with reused materials. Pitch in and bring your own pint cups for beer and refillable bottles for water.


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

House Lights Up

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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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.


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Monday, September 12, 2016

Over the Rainbow

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Parade marshal Linda Shapeero brought the color with her Pride ensemble and signature rainbow earrings. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Parade marshal Linda Shapeero brought the color with her Pride ensemble and signature rainbow earrings.
More than 100 participants shared high energy and support as they marched in the 24th annual Humboldt Pride Parade in Eureka on Saturday. The parade went smoothly despite some protest and concern that recent violence may be related to controversy surrounding the Humboldt Pride board of directors. The parade started around noon under a foggy marine layer at C and First streets in Old Town, and ended in Halvorsen Park under warm sunny skies for the afternoon’s family-friendly Humboldt Pride Festival. 

The Festival included live music, food and drink vendors, children’s activities and a wide range of informational and social-service organizations.
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Friday, September 9, 2016

Summer Send-off

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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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.


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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Let it Ride

Posted By on Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Dancing in the Streets

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 4:14 PM

A large crowd filled the space between Los Bagels and Wildwood Music to listen to SambAmore at the I Block party on Monday. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • A large crowd filled the space between Los Bagels and Wildwood Music to listen to SambAmore at the I Block party on Monday.
Featuring good barbecue, local microbrews and live music from The Latin Peppers, SambAmore, Lizzy and the Moonbeams, and Timbata, the 31st annual I Block party attracted a large crowd in Arcata on Monday. The family-friendly event had face painting, pastel chalk supplies and a popular water-pump demo from Engineers Without Borders for the children. The goal of the event is to raise money for the Arcata-Camoapa Sister City Project.
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