Thursday, September 26, 2013

Open Container

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Normally when you drink outside in Old Town, a cop or a concerned friend up and takes your paper bag away. Not this weekend — at least not at the F Street Beer Festival ($5, 21 and over, or 14 and under with an adult). The Local, Humboldt Beer Works and the Humboldt Bay Tourism Center are taking over the lot across from the bar and turning it into an outdoor beer garden.

  • F Street Beer Festival

Shall we begin with the beer? The Local has gathered 14 specialties from around the county, plus selected sours, ciders and other drinks too good to pour on the ground for your homies. Humboldt Beer Works is putting on a home brewing demo for those of you who are thinking about taking the plunge, and local meisters will face off in an Iron Brewer challenge, the fruits of which will be tasted at Strange Brew next month.

You can sustain yourself from the ridiculously named Grumpy Goat Wingery and the Wandering Weenie Wagon. Regret skipping Oyster Fest out of spite? Shuck the pain away with Taste Fresh Oysters. You're going to need your energy for the cornhole competition and life-sized Jenga tournament.

Are you not entertained? Ginger Grae, Humboldt Firkin Tappers, Companion Animal, River Valley Mud, Plumb Uglies and Guilty Apple are all slated to rock the stage while you sip suds and watch Dmise, Luke Thornton and Duane Flatmo whip up some live art. Grab a souvenir for yourself and your designated driver on the way out — Eureka Jams will be on hand to screen print the shirt on your back. Way better than drinking out of that paper bag.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

From the Hum: The Bills you're happy to see

Posted By on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM


Hope you’re ready for some midweek action because The Bills play the Arcata Playhouse tonight and tomorrow. This brilliant quintet hails from the West Coast of Canada, where they’ve won multiple music awards and fans devoted to what’s described as “innovative interpretations of traditional tunes.” Think instrumental expertise, opulent vocal arrangements, boisterous live performances and memorable songwriting. Claiming musical inspiration from a range of North American traditions, European stylings, rhythms of Latin America and melodies of the wandering Romany peoples, The Bills transcend easy definition.

Should be a fantastic show. Aspiring musicians take note — The Bills also teach a workshop tomorrow.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with show time at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 general, $10 members and are available at Wildwood Music, Wildberries Market, The Works or online at

For more info, visit or call 822-1575 for reservations.
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Libation Loses Wine License, Temporarily

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

In the Libation window. - JUDY HODGSON
  • Judy Hodgson
  • In the Libation window.
Libation — the Arcata Plaza purveyor of wine and beer — got dinged with a suspension by Alcoholic Beverage Control for an Oyster Fest violation, according to a sign on the shop's door. The suspension, which forced the shop to close, began on Sept. 19 and will continue through Oct. 3.

According to a homemade sign on Libation's door, the business was admonished for allowing customers to drink wine outside of the store's bar area.
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Arcata Student Receives Prestigious Invitation to Princeton Symposium

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Nicolas Krell, a senior at Arcata's Northcoast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy, was recently invited to be one of just 90 outstanding student artists and scholars from across the country to attend Princeton University's Creative Arts and Humanities Symposium.

The goal of the symposium, which runs September 27-29, is to “reinforce interest in the creative arts and humanities amongst the nationʼs best students.”

The all-expenses-paid weekend gives students an opportunity to get a taste of a Princeton education while exploring dance, theater, film, music, writing and visual arts at a university level. Participants will work closely with Princetonʼs accomplished, prizewinning professors (think Grammy and Pulitzer) in cross-disciplinary workshops.

Attendees must be nominated, and not all nominees are invited to the symposium. High school officials, counselors and faculty members are encouraged to recommend an exceptional senior with a strong talent or interest in the arts and humanities. When Northcoast Prep founder and principal Dr. Jean Bazemore received Princetonʼs nominee invitation letter, Krell promptly came to mind.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Local Girl Does Good: 'The Wine of Summer' Victorious in Portugal

Posted By on Sat, Sep 21, 2013 at 12:46 PM


Humboldt native and filmmaker Maria Matteoli was already celebrating the inclusion of The Wine of Summer in Portugal's Douro Film Harvest – she and her crew had flown to Porto to attend the world premiere of the movie they crafted during 2011 in Spain and the streets of Eureka's Old Town – when things got even better.

"What in the..." Matteoli's Facebook post read, along with a photo of her holding some sort of fancy trophy. Another one just said, "Dude..."

The film's page confirmed impressions. "And we won!!"

Congratulations to Humboldt's own international award-winning filmmakers!

Check out The Wine of Summer on IMDB and don't miss the director's cut premiering Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Eureka Theatre.
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From the Hum: Shoes and shows

Posted By on Sat, Sep 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM

If you read The Hum in print or online this week, you know it's all about the shoes. We had to have some way to help you choose your Saturday night...

Post-apocalpytic folk genius

Boots caked with farm dirt? Then it’s John Craigie at the Arcata Playhouse for you. Excellent choice. Craigie has shared various stages over the past decade with folk luminaries including Todd Snider, Paul Thorn, Zach Gill, Brett Dennen, Shook Twins and Trampled by Turtles. According to the press release, he’s best known for his storytelling, but even the most cursory listen reveals how his songs exist as stories on their own. Craigie’s eighth and most recent album, The Apocalypse is Over, combines the music and spirit of New Orleans with a Woody Guthrie sensibility in such a way as to transport listeners from life in the French Quarter with “Preservation Hall” to Van Gogh’s descent into madness in the south of France with “Rachel” to the lonely life of a musician on the road in “We Ain’t Leavin’ this Bar, Patrick (Till We Find You Some Love)."

He also happens to have some rather foxy press photos.

To tout a bit more talent-by-association cred, Craigie’s collaborators on The Apocalypse is Over include Steve Adams, co-founder of Animal Liberation Orchestra, on bass and Randy Schwartz, formerly with Brett Dennen, on drums. Craigie would work his way into your heart on his own, but the Playhouse gig has the added bonus of some of Humboldt’s own stars, including members of River Valley Mud, Motherlode, The Trouble and Moon Pine. 

Listen here.

Playhouse doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., tickets are $12 general, $10 Arcata Playhouse/Humboldt Folklife Society members, $7 students and available at Wildberries Marketplace and through

Soul meets body

Back to the shoes. Are they stylish, shined up and ready for the dance floor? Then we know the place for you. Soul Night! Despite rumors to the contrary, the soul has not left the body and will be shaking it all Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. at Hum Brews for $5. In fact, DJs Matt and Adam plan to squeeze into their respective tights for an evening of Superpowered Soul. Dress as your favorite hero or villain for a night of caped — or uncaped per The Incredibles — craziness.

Alibi show of the year

Docs? Chucks? Then it’s off to the Alibi, where Humboldt Free Radio presents beloved Humboldt Weezer tribute band Wepeel in their one-and-only 2013 show, along with Arcata indie-poppers Dolphin Star Temple Mystery School. DSTMS’s Facebook page lacks shine, but the band’s sound rollicks along with suitable aggressiveness. Music starts around 11:15 p.m., the door guy’ll start hitting you up for $5 around 10:30 p.m. and you’ll have to be 21 or over to be there.

East meets west

Are your shoes expensive? Did you consider the ease of slipping them on and off at the airport when you tried them on? Do they imply that you’re a professional? Someone people would be unsurprised to hear donates regularly to KHSU? You cultured person, you. What a lovely evening awaits when Chinese musician and teacher Zhu De-Hai and HSU pianist Daniela Mineva explore contrasts and common ground in western and traditional Chinese music at the Van Duzer Theatre. De-Hai, a Bejing native, attended the Xi’an Music Conservatory College and has taught and performed regularly in China. He's also director of art and performance for a Chinese regional university's music college. His program at HSU includes Chinese songs as well as familiar western melodies. 

The show begins at 8 p.m., tickets are $10 general, $5 students and seniors, and available from the HSU Box Office at 826-3928, as well as at the door. More info at
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Not Quite From the Hum: Full Moon Fever tonight at the Jam

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 4:22 PM

So sometimes a show slips under my radar despite efforts.

How I could miss a chance to promote one of my favorite bands made up of some of my favorite people paying tribute to one of my all-time favorite artists? Crazy. But please, go out to the Jambalaya, order some drinks, sing along with Full Moon Fever. It's really the best time. Doors at 8:30 p.m., music at 9 p.m. More here

"And I'm free... free fallin'..." Yeah. The rain's gonna make it even better. 
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fieri Bomb

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 4:28 PM

We're gonna need more napkins — Guy is coming to town.
  • We're gonna need more napkins — Guy is coming to town.
A Guy Fieri sighting ranks right up there with a blurry Bigfoot photo up in these parts, and it looks like we're due for another one in November. A Guy Fieri sighting, that is. The Humboldt Beacon reports that the Food Network host is bringing his sunny smile and dark roots up to his hometown of Ferndale to film an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Any guesses as to where? According to the Beacon's Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer, Ferndale and Fortuna booster clubs will be raffling off two chances to get on set. Read the full article here.
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North Country Therapy

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Right now, a small, grumpy and unpleasantly practical cluster of synapses in your brain is thinking about skipping the North Country Fair this year. It's too crowded, parking is crazy and we have errands to do, it whines. Don't listen. Your brain is not in possession of all the facts.

For one thing, Saturday kicks off the 40th annual fair, so the Same Old People are blowing it up. The vendor list tops 200, including arts and crafts, clothing and tasty food. You have to eat, right? Sure, you could pick up groceries like you do every other weekend, or you could get your leafy greens at the farmers market just off the plaza and turn this thing into a party. Exotic festival stalls trump tragic supermarket pizza.

Stay for the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir at 11:30 a.m. and the Samba parade at 1 p.m. with Samba da Alegria — the BeDazzled and feathered drumming and dancing troupe that turns Arcata into sunny Rio. You can run home and do yard work right after that. Or you could stay for the baker's dozen of music and dance acts on three stages — Grateful Dead tunes, soul, rock, marimbas and belly dancing.

  • photo courtesy of NEC.

Oh, you have a thing you can't get out of on Saturday? Fine. Sunday is your second chance. Swap in the All Species Parade at 1 p.m. (all species, but no dogs — go figure) with masked members of our community letting their freak flags fly. Really, couldn't your banner use a little waving? Spread out a blanket and settle in for another three stages of all-day dancers and music. It's good for the brain.

The 40th Annual North Country Fair Schedule of Good Times


1:00 Samba Parade with Samba da Alegria
8am-2pm Farmers Market, I St. across from Co-Op

8th & G Sts Stage

11:30 Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir
2:00 The Miracle Show
3:15 Sierra Rose Band
4:45 Soul Power

9th & H St. Stage

10:30 Mon Petit Chou
11:45 Josephine Johnson
2:00 Fire Sign
3:15 Lizzy & the Moonbeams
4:30 Lost Coast Marimbas

North Lawn

10:30 John Hardin
12:00 Redwood Coast Soo Bahk Do
3:00 Humboldt Rockers
3:45 Ya Habibi Dance Company
4:00 Redwood Rings


1:00 All Species Parade in memory of Tim McKay

8th & G St. Stage

10:30 Black Sage
12:00 Vintage Rock & Roll
2:15 UF08
3:30 Silver Hammer
4:45 Triple Junction

9th & H St. Stage

10:30 Twisted Thistle
11:45 La Musique Diabolique
2:00 Trillium
3:15 Kingfoot
4:30 Bayou Swamis

North Lawn

10:30 John Hardin
12:00 Hoaloha Pumehana
2:00 Tribal Oasis Belly Dance
3:00 Zumba with Marla Joy
4:00 Bogglebang Closing Ceremony

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Come on Down!

Posted By on Wed, Sep 18, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Cleveland will be in the house when game show host and improve impresario Drew Carey stands up at the Van Duzer Friday night at 8 p.m. ($45 or $15 for HSU students).

This guy walks into a theater — Drew Carey at HSU.
  • This guy walks into a theater — Drew Carey at HSU.

In the years since Whose Line is it Anyway? and The Drew Carey Show, he's trimmed down and lost the high-and-tight, but he's still funny as ever on the fly. If you haven't seen his classic improv comedy show, you need to YouTube it now. He's also taken unscripted comedy to the next level with green screens and bravely come out as a soccer fan.

Carey's everyman-Ohio vibe is downright exotic in these parts, and he is master of a kind of upbeat self-deprecation that might only grow in the Midwest. In an example of perfect casting, he's been working the wheel over at The Price is Right ever since Bob Barker retired in 2007, cracking up contestants (and himself) on occasion. Just don't expect him to be quite so wholesome in his stand-up act. (See The Aristocrats.)

And don't forget to have your pets spayed or neutered.

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