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Gathering Talent For Your Convenience 

In our YouTube era, bemoaning the shortening American attention span has... Whoa, speaking of which, did you guys see that crazy in-and-out dunk this week on YouTube? So crazy! Anyway, where was I? Oh, right. It takes a lot to hold our gaze these days. Mixing it up never hurts.

Taking the "variety is the spice of life" idiom to heart, this Thursday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m., the Arcata Playhouse hosts the first monthly Humboldt VarietyVille. Like Humboldt's own Ed Sullivan Show, the evening promises an array of visual delights provided by local performing artists; show promoters promise that no installment will be like the previous. The first VarietyVille outing features performances by local jugglenauts The Poetic Motion Machine, the sensually seductive ladies of Blue Angel Burlesque and the instant-party-to-go drum-a-thon that is SambAmore. That's a lot of spice for $5.

Need more proof that local talent exists? This Saturday, Feb. 5, Blue Lake Casino's Sapphire Palace plays host to the North Coast's Got Talent competition. Guest judges DJ Leonard, cellphone king Corky Cornwell and KIEM's Betsy Lambert hold the fates of Humboldt fame-seekers in their hands. One lucky contestant will receive a guaranteed audition in Tacoma, Wash., with America's Got Talent producers in February. If you want to stop by and watch the auditions for the audition from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., keep in mind that space is limited. Hopefully, local aspiring talent noticed the reminder to sign up for the show in last week's Journal, as that deadline has come and gone. If you missed it, try to stay talented until next year.

Of course, just the phrase "Humboldt's Got Talent" is kind of like saying "Humboldt's Got Weed." In other words, duh. Many of you may have seen the "Be a not-so-struggling artist" feature on our local art community in this month's Sunset magazine. Rep Hum, baby! You can celebrate some of that homegrown creativity this Saturday, Feb. 5, when -- after a month on hiatus because of the first Saturday in January falling on the first of that month -- Arts Alive returns for its first 2011 installment in Old Town, Eureka from 6-9 p.m.

But why should talented folks hog the spotlight? Even less-than-talented Humboldtians have an opportunity to shine this weekend when The Alibi's Eureka location joins Humboldt's karaoke klub. Avast, ye maties! Humboldt Pirate Radio is host for the pirate-themed ’oke fundraiser called Rock The Plank on Saturday, Feb. 5, starting as Arts Alive! ends at 9 p.m. Cash prizes, eye patches and booty galore! No talent required.

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