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Praise Gospel 

Beauty can be found in any creative work — whether the creator is a big bang, a hippie dude in a dashiki and sandals, or someone else entirely. This weekend, beauty is manifest in a gospel choir. The sound of 80 voices becoming one is like a sunrise at Moonstone Beach or a school of dolphins playing in surf. It's magical, and it can make the hairs on your arms stand up or tears spring to your eyes. Blended voices resonate with some primordial piece of DNA, causing you to get outta your seat, stomp your feet or clap your hands. Amen.

In Humboldt County, the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir has kept our ears tuned toward glory for the past 20 years. On Saturday the choir will be performing at the Arkley Center in Eureka with award-winning blues singer Earl Thomas. Thomas will be bringing his down-home Tennessee blues, R&B and gospel sound to accentuate the choir's already massive voice.

The Rejoicing in Song concert will be filmed and recorded to produce a CD and DVD. There will be a reception with munchies at 6 p.m. so your grumbling stomach doesn't interfere with the choir's consecrated crooning. The performance starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $16.

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