Tuesday, September 17, 2013

From the Hum: Seriously, Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Well, look at Tuesday with its not one, not two, but three interesting options.

1. At the Arcata Playhouse, Buenos Aires guitarist Gonzalo Bergara celebrates his new release, Walking Home. Bergara mixes “a cascade of arpeggios” with the sounds of Django Reinhart’s Paris and Bergara’s own native Argentina to forge his own style of progressive gypsy jazz. This sounds amazing and well-worth a Tuesday outing. Tickets are $15 general, $13 students and members and are available at Wildberries Market and Wildwood Music or by calling 822-1575. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with an 8 p.m. showtime. Additional information at arcataplayhouse.org.

2. Down the way and around the corner, Matt the Electrician – perhaps best known locally for KHUM 104.3/104.7 FM favorite “College,” which features the line, "I owe thirty-five dollars to the library/at Humboldt State University" – returns to Arcata by way of Robert Goodman Wines Tasting Room.


gapdream.bandcamp.com/Advance tickets highly encouraged! Matt’s music is just lovely, the sort of perfectly crafted story-songs that will trigger smiles, tug heartstrings and have you fighting back tears. It’s okay, though. You can cry. Everyone else will be, too. He’s got jangly songs about love (“All I Know”), elegant songs about loss (“I Will Do the Breathing”) – Matt’s music is life in a nutshell. An extremely beautiful and well-crafted nutshell. Bar opens at 4 p.m., concert seating begins at 8 p.m., the show starts at 9 p.m.

3. Complicating your Tuesday night show decision making even further, The Works hosts The Burgerama U.S. Tour with SoCal’s Cosmonauts and Gap Dream, plus Humboldt’s own Splinter Cell. The Cosmonauts embody that mid-’80s L.A. British sound that makes you squint for a moment as you listen hard before saying, “Hey, this is pretty cool.” As for Gap Dream, I don’t think I can top this comment by “Dachs” regarding Gap Dream’s self-titled debut: “An album that is odd, tripped out and seems to be about a person who is experiencing a gradual, painless, form of decay. And yet I find this album to be rather accessible.” Yet another reason to see this show: You get to stand in between aisles of actual records. Props to The Works. Show’s all ages and a mere $5.
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Monday, September 16, 2013

From the Hum: Oh, and Then There’s Monday

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 9:21 AM

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If you thought fun ended with the weekend, wrong! Make an afternoon pot of coffee because Monday night invites you to the Siren Song, where local bad boys Drifter Killer play with San Francisco’s appealingly gloomy Owl Paws (owlpaws.bandcamp.com). The gig is free – bring some dollars for the tip jar – and starts around 9 p.m. 

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

From the Hum: Your Weekly Sweat-inducing Punk Gig

Posted By on Sat, Sep 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM


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San Diego’s Dead on the Wire hits the Alibi tonight, bringing shades of the Ramones, The Lazy Cowgirls and Rancid. If you appreciate 1970s punk rock – and judging from the fact that Iggy Pop & the Stooges are currently touring America, lots of people do – you will enjoy the hell out of this band. Click over to reverbnation.com/deadonthewire, pogo around your living room and then head over to the ’bi. Music’s at 11 p.m., cover’s $5, you have to be 21 or over to get in the door.

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From the Hum: Helping out Doug Green

Posted By on Sat, Sep 14, 2013 at 9:14 AM

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Another benefit takes place tonight, this one for Doug Green, who is currently suffering from cancer and the avalanche of medical bills associated with treatment of the disease.

Green originally conceived of and spearheaded the construction of a concert venue at French's Camp, producing the Garberville Music Festival in 1980 and 1982, was a founding boardmember of the Mateel Community Center and was key in bringing Reggae on the River into the world.

The benefit takes place tonight at the Mateel, starting at 6 p.m. with Humboldt Time performing during dinner. The main event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and features Peter Rowan (“The Free Mexican Airforce” and “Panama Red”), Joules Graves (right), Tina Malia, Alice DiMicele, Joanne Rand, Al Torre and Greg Anton. On a bittersweet note, the sharp-tongued Graves, whose own career was hampered by multiple sclerosis, is making a rare appearance from Bellingham, Wash., to honor Green, who once produced a tribute CD for Joules for her medical expenses. No cover at the door – a jar to collect funds will be passed. Volunteers are needed. Email dc@asis.com or contact the Mateel at 923-3368.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

From the Hum: Due for some Good Luck

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 10:06 AM

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The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit

Just in time to cheer a person up with some sweet, sweet Americana comes The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit. Give a listen to the “The Very Best” off the band’s No Excuses album and be transported to a sunny back porch, homemade wine and good friends singing a sad song that’ll nonetheless chase the melancholy out of your soul. I may be in love. Other tracks affect equally, some haunting (“One Yard”), some pure country (“Little Bit of Livin’”). Find them on reverbnation.com/tgltso and then seem them tonight at Humboldt Brews with The Preservation

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From the Hum: 'Not so gospel' Friday the 13th

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM


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Jenni & David

On the theme of faith, community and hope, we have the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, a veritable Humboldt County institution not necessarily all about gospel. Like most musical organizations, the choir has to pay for practice space, event space and many other obligations, so the group is holding a “Not So Gospel Friday the 13th Party” fundraiser at the Arcata Playhouse playing mostly not gospel music. The event features six bands: country rockers Fickle Heart, textured vocal rockers Fire Sign, conscious world funkers Asha Nan, funk and bluesters Groove Quest, gospel spreaders True Gospel Singers and dance banders Jenni and David & the Sweet Soul Band. Doors open at 6 p.m., admission is $10 at the door. 

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Pie in the Sky

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Sure, Walk the Line was nominated for five Oscars, but wouldn't it be even better with pie? Ever hear Johnny Cash's "Pie in the Sky?" A nice, big piece of pie (with black coffee) is the perfect accompaniment to the music of the Man in Black.

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Get it one piece at a time at the Music, Movies and Pie night on Tuesday at the Ferndale Repertory Theatre ($15). Doors open at 7 p.m. with Paul Beattie of Ferndale Music Company covering some Cash songs for the crowd. You get a slice of heaven from the Ferndale Pie Company and a hot cup of joe from Gold Rush, too.

At 8 p.m., settle in for a screening of the Walk the Line, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. Just think how much more beautiful their love story will be with pie.

They should do this all the time. And hey, they're going to! Music, Movies and Pie is a monthly series that the theater, pie and music folks have put together. The upcoming films haven't been announced yet, but how can you lose? Plus, some of the proceeds go to the Ferndale Museum.

Pick up tickets at Ferndale Rep, Ferndale Pie, Ferndale Music or at the door. Easy as, well, you know.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Old School Art

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 2:24 PM

"Founders Hall Bookend" by Roy Horace Jenkins, who taught at HSU in 1916. - COURTESY OF HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY.
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  • "Founders Hall Bookend" by Roy Horace Jenkins, who taught at HSU in 1916.

If you're looking for some art but can't wait for Arts! Arcata tomorrow night, you could head over to Humboldt State University for the opening of "HSU Art Department: Then." The exhibit, over in the Reese Bullen Gallery, features work from faculty who go back all the way to 1914 and taught up to 1966.

There's a reception tonight from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the show will be up through Oct. 5.

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Hunting Season

Posted on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 4:00 AM

The Kinetic Paranormal Society could get a Kickstarter fund going for their entry in the 2014 Kinetic Grand Championship, or they could do the far more Kinetic-esque thing and raise cash with a big, crazy scavenger hunt all over the county. Yeah, they're doing the second thing.

Prepare yourself for BOGGLEBANG. From Sept. 14-22, teams of four to seven players will try to crack riddles and clues, meet "ridiculous challenges" and generally run amok for nine days, all the while posting photos of their escapades on Twitter and Facebook. (Rubberneckers, check Twitter hashtag #bogglebang for footage of the crazy.) Winners (first to finish, most creative, best photo and more) will reap prizes from sponsoring businesses, plus a certain level of goofy fame.

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Ready to form a team? Of course you are. Go to www.inkbot.tv for the forms and drop them off at the Angels of Hope Thrift Store in Arcata with a fee of $3 per person. You can’t afford not to do this — because eventually you are bound to do something that ends with embarrassing photos on the Internet, but it might not be this fun, creative or community-spirited. Assemble your team, then release the hounds.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Feel the Rainbow!

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Ditch your gloomy black threads, people, and throw on some color for the glitter-bomb that is the 21st Humboldt Pride Parade & Festival. It's been a big year, what with Prop 8 and DoMA taking a dirt nap, and organizers are giving a shout-out to family, friends and supporters with this year's theme: "The Year of the Ally."

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The parade starts at 11:45 a.m. Saturday in Old Town, with Grand Marshal Mark Lovelace presiding. Then it's all kinds of party with people coming out and getting down at Halvorsen Park from noon to 5 p.m. There's a bounce house for the kids and Pride cocktails in the Rainbow Garden for grown-ups and music from Asha Nan, Lost Luvs and DJs Pressure Anya for everybody. Ya Habibi Dance Company is set to do some hip shaking, too.

The after-party is at Nocturnum at 9 p.m., with GLAAD award-winning San Francisco comedienne Marga Gomez and dancing until 2 a.m. with DJ Razorburns ($8, 21 and over).

Can't wait to start the celebration? Don't! Arcata PFLAG (hey, allies!) is showing the feel-good PG film Kinky Boots over at the United Church of Christ social hall on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (suggested donation $5). Mingle at the ice cream social and step up for the kinky boot contest afterward. Everyone's welcome.

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