Friday, March 3, 2017

HumDOG's 30th Dog Expo

Posted on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 11:30 AM

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Every dog has his day! And this is Humboldt's big one. HumDOG's 30th Dog Expo rolls around Sunday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds (free). Dog lovers converge for a day of dog exhibits and demonstrations. Trainers, breeders and rescue groups all have tables so you can learn more about your best friend, but please leave your furchildren at home.

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Sunrise at the Refuge

Posted on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Cacklin' geese get on board. (Come on, Neil's making a comeback.) It's Sunrise at the Refuge on Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5 at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (free). Thousands of geese leaving nighttime roosts, usually within 15 minutes of the 6:45 a.m. sunrise, are a sight and sound to behold. Gates open at 6 a.m. and family activities, coffee, tea and cocoa are inside from 7 to 11 a.m.

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Music Tonight - Friday, Mar. 03

Posted on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM

“Funky jazzy improv” is on the musical menu in Blue Lake at the Mad River Brewery Tap Room at 6 p.m. courtesy of Ultra Secret. As above, this one’s also free. At 8 p.m., the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts hosts the Eureka Symphony for its “March Raptures” concert. Internationally acclaimed — and former local — pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough joins the Symphony to perform Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto. Tickets start at $19. Bring the kids to Cafe Mokka for a hot cocoa and to hear Italian tunes from the Fusilli Brothers for this free show at 8 p.m. At the same time (and for the same price) you can listen to local Americana trio, Kingfoot at the Redwood Curtain Brewery in Arcata. If jazz is more up your alley, head to Speakeasy in Eureka at 9 p.m. for the RLA Trio, comprised of Tim Randles, Mike LaBolle and Ken Lawrence, and joined by Paula Jones and Don Baraka. This local jazz is free tonight but feel free to leave a tip. Also free, despite the name, is Money — we’ll be hawking our Pink Floyd tribute your way also at 9 p.m. in the Wave Lounge of the Blue Lake Casino. It’s one of the few times you’ll find free money at the casino. Back in Arcata are two local heavy-hitters: Object Heavy and the Absynth Quartet join forces at Humboldt Brews at 9 p.m. It’s $15 for this fun show; be prepared to groove.
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Food with Benefits

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Love to eat? Have a philanthropic side? Put your money where your mouth is and help local organizations keep doing what they do. Choose between two benefit dinners this weekend — hey, or do both.

Humboldt CASA is an important organization working on behalf of local kids. Your dollars for dinner and auction items help support its work advocating for children in foster care. The CASA Big Night Dinner & Auction on Saturday, March 4, at 5 p.m. at the Sequoia Conference Center ($75) includes a catered dinner by Uniquely Yours and live and silent auctions. The event begins with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the live auction at 8 p.m.

Digest and head back to the land the next day. One of the organizations keeping watch over the health of Humboldt's land is the McKinleyville Land Trust. Help keep things beautiful and available for generations to come at the McKinleyville Land Trust Dinner & Fundraiser on Sunday, March 5 at 5 p.m. at Azalea Hall ($30 adults, $25 students and seniors). After dinner, Jennifer Wheeler discusses restoration of native coastal grasslands using locally sourced native grasses. A silent auction and raffle of items donated from local businesses, artists and friends of the land trust is another way to show your support and take home something valuable.

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Music Tonight - Thursday, Mar. 02

Posted on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Things get folky with some fiddle tunes by Fingal this evening at the Mad River Brewery Tap room starting around 6 p.m. and, as usual, for free. Farther south you’ll find the John Jorgenson Quintet performing at The Old Steeple in Ferndale at 7:30 p.m. Multi-Grammy-winner Jorgenson mainly plays guitar but is also at home on the mandolin, dobro, pedal steel, piano, bass and assorted brass instruments. This guy’s played with Bob Dylan, Elton John and Bonnie Raitt, among others, so welcome him to town. A huge Django Reinhardt fan, expect healthy doses of Gypsy jazz tonight for $40.
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Revenge of Field Notes

Posted on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Stop by Eureka Books during Arts Alive on Saturday, March 4 from 6 p.m. and you'll see columnist Barry Evans signing copies of his book Revenge of Field Notes (free). Feel free to try and stump him with science questions or fight him on chem trails while you're at it.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Feed the Fire

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 4:00 AM

Women of the Northwest. - COURTESY OF ARCATA PLAYHOUSE
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There's a fire of creativity that burns within each of us. If you want to stoke yours, the Zero to Fierce Festival (02F), a celebration of creative women in the community, offers tools and inspiration. The festival, presented by Playhouse Arts and running in and around the Creamery District March 2-11, is an "opportunity to discover, inspire and create" that fire through panel discussions, workshops, presentations, performances and more.

Participants navigate a chosen route following events that speak to health and self care, home and family, the environment and activism. Things kick off with the 02F Festival Opening Reception on Thursday, March 2 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Redwood Raks World Dance Studio with Champagne, snacks and swag bags. Later that night at the Arcata Playhouse, catch a revival of the original play Women of the Northwest at 8 p.m. ($15, $13 members/students/senior). The production, starring an all-female cast and band, is a montage of women's lives behind the Redwood Curtain and the Northwest region. It continues March 3-4 at 8 p.m. with a matinee on March 5 at 2 p.m.

And hey, on Thursday, March 9 at 1 p.m., catch the local media panel with the Journal's own Linda Stansberry, Kimberly Wear and Jennifer Fumiko Cahill as well as Sierra Jenkins of the Lost Coast Outpost (free).

For a complete schedule of 02F events, go to www.zerotofierce.com.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Humboldt Style: Oscar Night

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 9:51 AM

Peter and Shirley Santino have a red carpet moment with photographer Jose Quezada. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Peter and Shirley Santino have a red carpet moment with photographer Jose Quezada.

Not everybody got everything right at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, between the envelope mix-ups, eye-rolling name fumbles and a couple of awards that were both questionable and did not win us the office Oscar pool. But we did get to see Sara Bareilles perform, so we're calling it a win.

And over at the Eureka Theater, guests at the annual Oscar-viewing party thrown with the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission were looking pretty trophy-worthy. Attendees sashayed through the lobby, cocktails in hand, to schmooze in their finery with Michael Dayvid playing in the background. Some trends from the evening to keep in mind for your next formal affair:


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Monday, February 27, 2017

Music Tonight - Monday, Feb. 27

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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The Miniplex hosts “an exciting new duo comprised of Grass Widow drummer Lillian Maring and worldbeat-inspired guitarist Angelo Spencer,” who comprise Angel Food out of Olympia, Washington. Synth-poppers Smilebright from Eureka and Arcata punkers Dosidicus start out this 9 p.m. show. Bring at least $5 to get in.
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Cry it Out with Sara Bareilles at the Oscars

Posted By on Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 2:45 PM


Still hurting from all the stars we lost in 2016? Humboldt County lady Sara Bareilles is here to soothe your pain. Well, not here, but in Los Angeles, where the singer, composer and current Broadway star (she's taking a 10-week turn onstage in Waitress, the pie-centric musical she scored) will perform during the In Memoriam segment of the Academy Awards tonight. According to her Twitter feed, she's already getting cozy with the golden boy (see above). No word yet on what song she'll perform but if sitting in my parked car listening to "When She Was Mine" and crying into a wad of Fresh Freeze napkins is any indication, expect tears.


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