In the Red

In the Red

The Accountant and Max Steel

(October 20, 2016) Reviews THE ACCOUNTANT. Director Gavin O'Connor has been grinding it out now for almost two decades. He made some waves in the burgeoning '90s indie boom without ever becoming...

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We Who Wander

(October 20, 2016) We've been on the road a long time now, Dolly and I. Dolly has lost all her drive, dark circles under her eyes. My clutch is going. I cannot...

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Put a Bird on It

Ken Burton at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center

(October 13, 2016) Sometimes pictures draw us in for reasons that are hard to explain. The unthinking attraction they induce is sort of like what Liz Lemon on 30 Rock was describing...

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The Whole Story

Historial fiction and fuzzy memories

(October 13, 2016) Reviews THE BIRTH OF A NATION can't be experienced in a vacuum. It was never intended to be. Its marketing has effectively embraced current racial tensions, and the very...

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Fox In The Corn

(October 13, 2016) such a crazy fox see him go into the corn rows see the loveliness of yellow and the silk he tears into pieces shredded into the small into the...

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Yes We Can

(October 6, 2016) Open our hearts To the promise Of tomorrow, Steeped in DREAMers Coloring cooling waters Only clouds can carry......

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Rocky of Ages

The Rocky Horror Show at Ferndale Rep

(October 6, 2016) I have a long relationship with the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which I'll try to keep short. Midnight shows as a teen in the mid-1980s were my first...

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Deep Water

Disaster is in the details

(October 6, 2016) Reviews DEEPWATER HORIZON. It feels like yesterday when director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg collaborated on Lone Survivor (2013). This is due as much to the punishing, visceral immediacy...

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What Lies Beneath

Becky Evans at Piante Gallery

(September 29, 2016) "Turf Spiral" occupies the front room of Humboldt-based land artist Becky Evans' new show Water Lines at Piante Gallery. It makes an impression there — it's not what you...

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Playing Cowboy

A new gang mounts up for The Magnificent Seven

(September 29, 2016) Reviews THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. As my wife sometimes gleefully points out, I spent my early youth enchanted by the trappings of cowboy culture. Given the choice, I would almost...

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For Lavish Reynolds

(September 29, 2016) Pulling over out the car the phone Telling the officer world what's going on happening Smelling the fear blood when the gun appears fires four shots Understanding every time...

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Art Walks & Festivals

Arts! Arcata

Friday, Oct. 14, 6-9 p.m.

(October 13, 2016) Arts! Arcata is Arcata Main Street's monthly celebration of visual and performing arts, held at locations in Arcata. Visit for more information or call 822-4500. ARCATA ARTISANS 883 H...

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Trinidad Art Nights

Friday, Oct 7, 6-9 p.m.

(October 6, 2016) Shuttle Service available from top of the hill down to the bay. This is the final art night for the 2016 season. BERGERON WINERY 359 Main St. Charles Klabunde, etchings....

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Arts Alive!

Saturday, Oct. 1, 6-9 p.m.

(September 29, 2016) Presented by Eureka Main Street. Opening receptions for artists, exhibits and performances are held the first Saturday of each month. For more information, call 442-9054 or go to ADORNI...

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in our blogs...

Lightning Strikes

(October 13, 2016) It's a dark and stormy night ... what better time to work on your 99-word Flash Fiction Issue entry? You never know, you could even end up with a...

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Inside and Outside the Lines

(October 3, 2016) Saturday's annual Pastels on the Plaza event, benefiting North Coast Children's Services, brought out artists, dabblers and kids of all ages to draw and view vibrant sidewalk masterpieces. The...

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Flash Fiction: No, The Title Doesn't Count

(October 3, 2016) Dust off those plot twists … the North Coast Journal Flash Fiction Contest is back! Send your original story of 99 words or fewer to our judges for a chance...

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