Saturday, August 31, 2013

Summerfest Yard Sale

Posted By on Sat, Aug 31, 2013 at 11:28 PM

When Summerfest fizzled at the last minute on Aug. 16, organizers vowed to refund vendors and pay back disappointed music fans with a free show. On Monday from 12-8 p.m., the Summerfest folks make good on the free music at Humboldt Brews featuring the Rezonators and the Fickle Hillbillies. They'll also be selling the concert shirts off their backs with an everything-must-go fundraiser swag sale.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

The Cat Came Back

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Yes, that guy with the hat and glasses is Bobcat Goldthwait, iconic '80s comedian who starred in Police Academy and once lit the Tonight Show set on fire. If you don't recognize him, it's probably because he's been making the funny behind the scenes in recent years, directing The Jimmy Kimmel Show and his black comedy with a heart of gold God Bless America, among other things. Now he's back on the stand-up circuit with his "You Don't Look the Same Either" tour.

Bobcat Goldthwait - PHOTO BY MINDY TUCKER
  • Photo by Mindy Tucker
  • Bobcat Goldthwait

On Sunday at 8 p.m., Goldthwait is bringing his cracking voice and filthy mouth to the Arcata Theatre Lounge (18 and older, $22 at the door, $18 in advance). These days, his act touches on his long-running career and involves almost no screeching.

Hey, wasn't he just here with that Willow Creek horror movie? Indeed, he was, so a Bigfoot sighting is not out of the realm of possibility. If nothing else, we're having a lot of Bobcat sightings up here in Humboldt. Don't worry — he's probably not going to light anything on fire. But maybe check the exits just in case.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Last Call

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Maybe you missed the Rodeo Barbecue. Maybe you missed Hops in Humboldt. Maybe the Mad River Summerfest washout left you one outdoor festival short of a summer. Maybe you've just been trapped indoors, growing like a pale, little mushroom without sunlight.

Fear not — the So Hum Beer Fest and BBQ Smoke Off is coming to your rescue. At 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Mateel Community Center, $15 gets you in for barbecue samples and music. Chow down and use your sticky fingers to vote for the best thing off the grill. For $25, the drafts of breweries and home brewers from near and far are yours to taste and judge. The champion brewer takes home a plaque, and you take home a commemorative glass. Just be sure a sober driver is taking you home.

Catch the last wave of summer with Aloha Radio.
  • Catch the last wave of summer with Aloha Radio.

Surf rockers Aloha Radio will be squeezing out the last drops of that beachy summer vibe you'll be sighing over in November. But keep your beard on, because Rooster McClintock is bringing the honky-tonk that mingles so well with the smell of barbecue and beer. 

See? Even if you spent the last three months in your windowless office/on your couch hypnotized by Netflix, you can still have a summer. Maybe put on a little self-tanner first.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Experience Humboldt Made, Red Carpet-Style, Sept. 7

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Red carpet, local delicacies and libations? All things Humboldt? Sounds like a delicious evening, metaphorically and f'reals. Get your area pride on at the Eureka Theatre, Saturday, Sept. 7 when Humboldt Made presents a new collection of short films featuring Humboldt businesses and entrepreneurs. Audience members will recognize some names and take note of others.

Malcolm DeSoto

One name rapidly becoming a Humboldt household is that of the featured filmmaker, Runaway Kite wunderkind Malcolm DeSoto. In addition to being a Ramone's and Speakeasy regular, Old Town heartthrob DeSoto is also a 2012 Economic Fuel winner and The Wine of Summer editor/associate producer. Expect goodness.
Mike Dronkers

Hosting the event: local radio legend Mike Dronkers!

Tickets are only $5 in advance, but $10 at the door, so get'em beforehand at any of the locations listed below.

Disclaimer: Yours truly has been coerced into participating in the event. (No twerking involved.)

Full press release from Humboldt Made:

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Friday, August 23, 2013


Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 12:33 PM

  • Shane Mizer
  • Shane Mizer
Both seen at the Humboldt County Fair — not sure which is more cruel. Discuss.
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Colors Fly As Creamery District Readies for Fest

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Colorful flags brighten the monolithic Creamery Building, trees have been transformed into something out of a Dr. Seuss book and strange geometric shapes intrigue the imagination. Yes, the Creamery District is readying for celebration! Elemental, The General and Ponche start the party tonight, then the excitement continues all weekend

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

West Side Represent

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM

The clutch of industrial buildings known lately as Arcata's creamery district is in the midst of a revival. It's an artsy enclave — home to the Arcata Playhouse, Redwood Raks dance studios, Holly Yashi Jewelry and the Kinetic Sculpture Lab, among others — and it's throwing itself a three-day coming out party.


Friday's Elemental night starts at 8 p.m. west of K Street by the old creamery building, and it sounds dreamy. All those lanterns you've seen at the farmers market make their debut alongside huge sculptural lanterns on parade through the streets with stilt walkers and giant puppets. There's a shadow play, salsa dancing, even a choir singing before it wraps up with an outdoor showing of Buster Keaton's silent classic The General with a live score from a five-piece band.

On Saturday starting at 11 a.m., a dozen local bands, including 51 Cards, La Patinas, Bandamonium, Lemon Lemon Cherry and Kingfoot, rock the block with a day of free music (full schedule at Stroll around and check out street performers, craft booths, food vendors, kinetic sculptures and SCRAP Humboldt's kids' area. The Randles, LaBolle and Amirkan trio jazz things up from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. before violinist Jenny Scheinman takes the stage at 8 p.m., followed by sax quartet The Tiptons and guest drummer Scott Amendola ($15, $13 for students). The afterparty is over at the Arcata Playhouse, where Los Angeles troupe Wet the Hippo ($10) is funnin' with some improv and sketch comedy.

Sunday morning at 11 a.m., get the good news from the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, followed by the Scotia Band. At 2 p.m., turn the clock back at the Big Top Vaudeville Variety Show — rope tricks, a tap dancing saxophonist (what's with all the sax?) and some Wild West stunts ($10, $7 for kids). Here goes the neighborhood.

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Get Hopping

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 4:00 AM

The tenth annual Hops in Humboldt beer festival on Saturday in Rohner Park is your chance to bask in beer without the lederhosen and oompah ($40). Here's how it's done.

First, leave the kids and pets at home. It's a beer festival.

Raising a glass for that other green bud at Hops.
  • Raising a glass for that other green bud at Hops.

It should also go without saying that you need an exit strategy. Plan A: Take the bus. Buses run from Fortuna to Eureka and Arcata, and the $2.75 fare spares you, other drivers, pedestrians and local law enforcement much grief. Plan B: Snag a designated driver. Non-drinkers get in for $5, and paying for your D.D.'s ticket and a day's worth of festival grub is still cheaper and more fun than the aforementioned grief. Be generous and your D.D. may even be merciful with Facebook footage.

Eat. There will be a tomorrow, so you need to put down a base. Tamales, tri-tip, "beer-kissed" sundaes and frozen cookie dough on a stick are all on the menu. Order before the taps open at 1 p.m., while you still have some judgment.

Drink. So many craft beers, so little time/room in your body. Last count was 40 participating breweries bringing all manner of IPA's, stouts, sours and more. You need a strategy. Of course you want to sip some classics, so put aside about 20 percent of your internal real estate for those. With the rest, drink around. Take advantage of the sheer variety before you and expand your palette — discover what you didn't know you loved. Then, armed with experience, text your favorite for the Taster's Choice Award.

Be Merry. Slather on the sunscreen and revel in outdoor fun (nobody likes a festival burn). Shop the local crafts and get a temporary tattoo — no regrets! Beer-themed games are afoot, too, like beer bottle ring toss. Is beer pong over? Give Drink-O a try. That's the name. What else do you need to know? Keep in mind all the proceeds go to area nonprofits, which means you're not just day-drunk in the park — you're a philanthropist.

So when they shut it down at 6 p.m., hug your D.D. a little too long and roll home happy.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Old School

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Humboldt State University is turning 100 — have a cookie! A whole year of events is planned, but the kick-off party is this Saturday. So pick up your kale at the farmers market and hang around the Arcata Plaza for all kinds of college-level fun at the centennial celebration from 4-7 p.m.

Jacks and a queen at Founders Hall back in the day.
  • Jacks and a queen at Founders Hall back in the day.

Music 101

The Humboldt Folklife Society has five bands lined up to keep you dancing including Huckleberry Flint and The Striped Pig String Band, and the Marching Lumberjacks are cutting in. Oh, too cool for band? Perhaps you haven't seen the suspender-rocking musicians do their thing. You'll want to.

Culinary Arts

Not kidding about the cookies! Birthday cookies (which maybe we should all give a second look as an option) from Ramone's are free to the masses. Also, lawn dancing works up an appetite, so Pasta Luego, Luke's Joint, the Alibi and Cafe Brio are all coming to your rescue with take-out specials for the occasion.

Child Development

Little hands love to roam all over the Discovery Museum and HSU's Natural History Museum, both of which have teamed up on a kids' zone. Sneakily educational activities aren't all, though. Strolling street performers, puppeteers, antique cars and fire truck rides round out the entertainment.

Art Appreciation

The crafty folks of Blue Ox Artisans, Humboldt Hardware and Monument Settings are demonstrating their skills for the curious. Inspired? Commemorate the day with a historically themed portrait in the photo booth.

Best of all, no finals.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Summerfest Meltdown

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 9:28 PM


The Facebook page for this past weekend's cancelled Mad River Summerfest reads like a slow car crash. That queasy feeling began with the announcement of a delay "due to logistical issues" on Friday evening at 7:47 p.m., nearly two hours after The Rezonators were to take the stage. Those issues later turned out to be insurance related.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, with vendors and ticket holders already showing up for the second day of music at Christie's Pumpkins, organizers finally cried "uncle" and posted that the concert was indeed cancelled. Bands scrambled to find alternate venues, and vendors and would-be audience members asked (some rhetorically) how they'd get their money back. While vendors will be paid back, Summerfest organizers announced that they would repay ticket holders with a do-over concert.

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