Saturday, November 30, 2013

From the Hum: For Your Saturday Pleasure

Posted By on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Back to the beat

Whether leftover turkey or tension needs working off, tonight offers a fine selection starting with Butch Clancy at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. The Motown native is best known for street dancer Marquese Scott's performance to his interpretation of Foster The People's "Pumped Up Kicks" — 78 million YouTube views and counting. But the hip-hop, house, dubstep remix genius has a ton of other credits to his name, including headlining over 20 dates across the U.S., winning Beatport Play's remix contest with a rendition of Zeds Dead's "Cowboy," Ellie Goulding commissioning an official rework of her single "Anything Could Happen" and Steve Aoki hand-picking Clancy's "Where I Can't Follow" to feature on a forthcoming Dim Mak compilation.

Doors open at 9:30 p.m. and $15 limited advanced tickets are available at People's Records, DTA, Wildberries, The Works and via This show is 21-and-over.

Lahontan Cutthroat

PDX swagger
Over at the Alibi, as usually happens on Saturday nights, some rock 'n' roll for the modern age. You've got your Big Days of Tundra, Macktown mathcore heroes, plus Portland's Lahontan Cutthroat, which is not only the band's name, but also that of a threatened fish native to the Eastern Sierras and Nevada's state fish. The two-piece band has a track called "Lucid and Rambling," which, in addition to being a finely restrained chunk of musical grunge, sums up the general vibe of Lahontan Cutthroat's Tumblr as well. For example, from the band's last stop in Arcata: "... Sam and I decided to grab a drink at a cafe called Blondie's. Turns out they were hosting an open mic later that night. So we showed up, played last, blew some eardrums and it was all gravy on a biscuit. Soon as we packed up, the illustrious and formidable Justin Tuttle took us to his good friend Ray's casa where we proceeded to drink and be merry. To all our surprise, an hour later, we were unexpectedly dosed with acid (it was in the vodka; a joke Ray's friend had played on him earlier in the week without his knowing ... go figure). Naturally, that left us all a bit confused, but no worries as it turned into quite a beautiful evening."

You can have your own beautiful evening with the shaggy-haired travelers for a mere $5. Things get going around 11 p.m. and, yes, as always, it's 21-and-over, kids.

Dance, dance your cares away
Continuing our theme of Saturday-brings-it-back-with-a-vengeance, three different dance options lie in wait for those the legal drinking age and above. First, Missing Links Records' venerable Soul Night at Humboldt Brews. This month's theme is, appropriately, Tryptophan Pajama Jam. Tickets are $5 and, as always, going fast. Music starts around 9 p.m.

Around the corner, the Jambalaya hosts "a hard core German Sparkle Party" in honor of Tamtam's and Qaiel's birthday. Electric Gravy starts things off with some hip-hop improv at 10 p.m., followed by the heavy, synth-laden, hip-hopera trio Space Biscuit, who promises songs about all sorts of "twisted fantasies." DJ Chris Que closes with a sure-to-be-juicy dance set. Cover's $5.

Finally, you got your free electro-soul dance party with WurlyBird at The Logger Bar in beautiful downtown Blue Lake at 9 p.m. With all this, you'll need a seriously legit excuse to stay home Saturday night. After all, your body needs to move, and our local clubs and promoters have made sure you've got choices. Thanks, guys!
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Small is the New Black

Black Friday alternatives

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM

As lovely as it sounds to wake up earlier than a special ops squad and be pressed to the glass doors of a big retailer, only to be hip-checked by some aggressive shopper, there are alternatives to Black Friday madness.

You could stay home and relax with a hot cup of coffee and a cold slice of leftover pumpkin pie. But if you really need to get that holiday shopping going, maybe try someplace a little mellower than a parking lot full of bargain hunters pawing the ground before the stampede. How about going handmade? The Folks Craft Fair is on at the Ferndale Veterans Memorial building on Friday at 10 a.m. (free), and Saturday brings the Holiday Indie Craft Show benefiting the Trinidad Library at Trinidad Hall at 10:30 a.m. ($2) and the Mad River Grange hosts the Christmas Art and Craft Fair from 11 a.m. (free).

Or you can take Small Business Saturday to the next level. Get your Arcata Plaza Passport stamped (pick one up in a shop on the plaza) and you'll have a chance to win an iPad Mini or one of six prize baskets with all kinds of local swag. Shop at one of Fortuna's 75 participating businesses for free passes to The Smurfs and Arthur's Christmas, showing on Dec. 7 and Dec. 21 at the Fortuna Theater. Oh, and the movies are chaperoned, so you can drop the kids off and get them later. See? Shopping doesn't have to hurt.

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Santa Stalking

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Are you done with your turkey? Good, because Saaaannntaaaaa!

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A big guy in a red suit isn't that hard to find, but you do need to know where to look. Santa starts making the rounds in Humboldt this week, so charge your camera, knock back a mug of hot chocolate and go see a man about a rocking horse.

Early birds can visit St. Nick with fellow suspender enthusiasts when he kicks off the toy drive at the Bayshore Mall with an entourage of firefighters on Friday Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. Bring a donation for a needy child and keep yourself in the Nice column. Can't face the mall on the busiest day of the year? Santa feels you. Catch him later at the gazebo in Old Town from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the same day.

And don't worry if you can't make it this week, because Santa is all over the place this season (check the Holiday Heads Up for his other scheduled stops). Seriously — you'd better not pout.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013


Posted By on Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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You know, there are other ways to celebrate Thanksgiving besides watching football and shotgunning gravy.

If you're vegetarian, vegan or vegetari-ish, whip up your best animal-product-free side dish and trot it over to the Humboldt Vegetarian Society's Thanksgiving potluck at the Humboldt Area Foundation on Sunday Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. (free). It's sure to give you some new ideas for your holiday table (you're better than that old nut loaf recipe — branch out). Take along your own service, too and spare the landfill the extra paper plates.

On Thanksgiving morning, get out of the house and breathe some fresh sea air at Trinidad Head during the blessing of the fleet (10 a.m., free). The local fishing boat crews will be in attendance to give thanks to the ocean and get some good seafood mojo going. It's tradition, and it beats fighting with Aunt Carol over mashing or slicing the canned cranberry sauce.

Thanksgiving is like the Olympics of eating, except it's every year, and it's not about competition so much as family and indulgence, and most Olympiads probably don't collapse on the couch holding their stuffing baby when it's all over. If you're planning some epic power eating, you might want to do something a little more physical to make room. How about a lap around the Arcata Marsh? Meet at the Wildlife Interpretive Center at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving with your walking shoes on and get moving (free). Or be at the Old Town gazebo for the 5K Turkey Trot at 9 a.m. ($10 or $20 with a shirt, registration from 7:30 a.m.).

No feast to go to? Not true! You are a welcome guest at the Logger Bar's potluck at noon and at Arcata Community Center, where local chef Luke Patterson is dishing it out for free from noon until 3 p.m. And you can always call and arrange to give a hand at St. Vincent De Paul (445-9588) and the Rescue Mission (445-3787), where the staff and volunteers serve those in need year round.

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Friday, November 22, 2013


Posted By on Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 8:00 AM

The Humboldt Bay Mycological Society puts the fun in fungi. Its annual mushroom fair is on Sunday Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, where hundreds of species from the truffle-y to the trippy will be on display ($2, $1 children 10-16, free for kids under 10).

click image Checking out the 'shrooms at the Mushroom Fair. - DON BRYANT/HUMBOLDT BAY MYCOLOGICAL SOCIETY
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  • Checking out the 'shrooms at the Mushroom Fair.

Foraging for wild produce is all the rage, but if everything you know about mushrooms is what you learned from Alice in Wonderland, a little expert guidance might be in order. Local spore czars will be on hand to teach you and the kids about toxicity, hunting, cooking and even growing your own mushrooms. In fact, before you sauté that little spotted thing you found in the yard, bring it in to be ID'd by one of the society's shroom Sherpas.

Yes, you Googled it, but do you want to put your life in the hands of the same Internet that keeps asking you to send money to Nigerian ex-generals?

Besides, a visit to the emergency room won't get you a cool mushroom T-shirt.

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From the Hum: Friday Night's Funtimes

Posted By on Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Punk's not dead!

As someone who grew up in a cultural wasteland, surviving only via radio brought in from the outside world during a time when punk and new wave were still considered dangerously subversive by middle school principals and parents, the descriptions of NOBUNNY's show at the Ink Annex brought glee to my heart.

From Jesse Pearson, show promoter: "NOBUNNY has a pretty big underground following, this should be a big show, last time they played the Shanty, people from the Bay Area made the trip up to see them, it was crazy, the singer takes all his clothes off and wears a freaky rabbit mask!"

From the Journal's calendar section: "Songs that sound like they were written by a punk-rock mutant from the future." From Goner Records, NOBUNNY's label: "Sometime, you may find yourself broke, unable to get laid and, despite it all, constantly surrendering to the urge to sit around all day, get high, jerk off and eat candy. Times like these it feels like no can help, no one understands ... nobody except NOBUNNY, that is."

The show is, appropriately, all ages and $5. Local lovelies The Lost Luvs bring the '60s-style garage rock and Dirty Pillows suggest you might enjoy some "sick fucking garage rock!" Beer is available to those 21-and-over with ID. Doors at 7 p.m.

Friday options for grown-ups
If all that rabbity nonsense doesn't appeal to you, never fear! Four other options await to fulfill your live music needs. Technicolor Hearts, Rider Rosie and Blood Gnome bring dreamy synthscapes, one-woman French folk and all-girl synthpop, respectively, to the Palm Lounge — for free! Show's 21-and-over and gets started around 10 p.m.

Over at The Siren's Song, rowdy country boys Cliff Dallas & The Death Valley Troubadours rock with Electro Saloon, an acid country spinoff starring members of Strix Vega and Patronus. Music time is said to be 8:30 p.m. This free show is the musical equivalent of oysters and chocolate. In addition to the verrry romantic croonings of Dallas et al, last time Electro Saloon played at The Works, folks ended up making out in their cars for hours. So best leave the kids at home.

In yet another lust-inducing option, the ever-sexy Rooster McClintock, Humboldt County's number one honky-tonk band, tears it up at the Logger Bar starting around 9 p.m. Another free 21-and-over show.

Finally, for something a bit more heady, the lovely, at times ethereal, Shook Twins return to Humboldt Brews. Tickets are only $10 in advance, and that's how you should get them. Doors at 9 p.m., 21-and-over.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Listen Up

Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

The last time I saw the A Reason To Listen Poetry Collective, poet Therese FitzMaurice was cooing about the dying of the sun, her hand on her big pregnant belly. The same voice mesmerizes during a rehearsal of "Wind," a piece in the collective's new show, Spoken Synergy: A Collaboration of Spoken Word, Music and Movement, on Saturday Nov. 23 at 7p.m. at Jambalaya ($10 sliding scale at the door). In "Wind," the words spoken by FitzMaurice and poet Laurie Birdsall mingle with Mary Thorton's flute and Ginny Ryde's English horn. Dancer Lacey Pipher enters like a visitor, both lulled and sent skittering. "The wind/ Rustled and turned/ Kissed the nape of my neck and replied," FitzMaurice whispers into the mic, "Here my darling."


The series of performance pieces combining spoken word, live instrumental music, singing and movement are all collaborative. The different elements actually make the poetry strikingly accessible to more than just the poetry savvy. Co-host Niko Sol, who contributed a 10-minute, three-act comedy play in which Jane sings a cappella to Tarzan, explains why there are no solos in the show. "We wanted to incorporate breaking boundaries as a group," he says, "... to pull in more of a community feeling." In the choral piece, "Structure of Learning," lines of poetry are spoken in harmony while on either side of the stage, dancers Melanie Quillen and Hanakekua Joao stand sentry, using their magenta hoops to create currents of shape and movement, creating a tableau of sound and emotion. Spoken word artists David Holper and Jerimiah Anderson, musicians Tommy FitzMaurice, Tim Lane and Lee Ryder and hoop dancer Joelle Jorissen complete the cast. The evening's music runs the gamut from English Horn to beat-boxed melodies. Join the cast on the dance floor with local band Likwefi and continue the party into the night with live art by Matt Beard. This isn't your junior year falling asleep in the back of English lit class while your teacher drones on about dead poets. If you already love poetry, you will be captivated. If you're not sure yet, take a chance — you'll be captivated, too.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

From the Hum: Seriously Good Andrew Bird

Posted By on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 12:27 PM

The simply wonderful Andrew Bird performs in the Van Duzer Theatre tonight. Since his early days of success, Bird has continued his quirky musical odyssey tripping down his own jazz-indie-folk path without being really exactly any one of those things. He's also a hell of a whistler. Please enjoy the above video, "Give it Away." Tickets are $45, show starts at 8 p.m.

Bonus! Bird joins KHUM's Mike Dronkers for an Upstage Live around 4:30 p.m.
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

From the Hum: The Logger Celebrates, Sold-Out Mr. Humboldt to Live Stream, The Meat Puppets at Hum Brews, Jay Arner to Prettify the Alibi

Posted By on Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Long live the Logger!
Saturday offers a chance to celebrate one of the most exciting resurrections in Blue Lake's history — the return of the Logger Bar. One year ago, winsome Kate Martin and her crew recreated and reopened the bar and the community leapt for joy in response. Go help them celebrate with LaPatinas starting at 8:30 p.m.

Although I'm personally rooting for my buddy Mr. Red Wood, this photo of Mr. H. Ipster Pibr VII made me laugh the hardest

Probably your ideal date night option – if you have tickets already – or a computer!
In not-exactly-live-music news – although one may reasonably expect some demonstration of musical talent – Mr. Humboldt at the ATL. Judging from the press photos of the contestants, this looks to be the sexiest, funniest place to be Saturday night. Please see elsewhere in the Journal for more on this inaugural debut of Humboldt's newest beauty pageant. Oh, you didn't get tickets? Well, pop some popcorn, cuddle up with your honey on the couch and watch the spectacle unfold here.

"Down," the first single off The Meat Puppets new album, Rat Farm (yes, it's not much in the way of video action, but great song!)

More on the can't-miss meat theme
Not too many bands could compete with a veritable chorus line of our county's most manly men, but The Meat Puppets offer a tempting alternative at Humboldt Brews. Working from an influential country-punk catalog now spanning decades and supporting the band's newest album, Rat Farm, which is a sort of sunburnt folk evidencing years of honed craft, The Meat Puppets have only gotten better. The World Takes opens. Cover is $15, advance tickets are recommended, music starts around 9:30 p.m. and the show is 21-and-over.

Jay Arner – see, it's pretty, isn't it?
Something new and interesting
Over at the Alibi on Saturday, Vancouver multi-instrumentalist Jay Arner offers delightfully understated mood pop that ranges from lush post-punk synthscapes to pulsing bass tracks. Think the sparseness of folk music with the mechanics of the most appealing resurgence of Joy Division-esque '80s bands. As usual, 11 p.m. and $5.

Also of interest Saturday night: Striped Pig Stringband with dynamic caller Charmaine Slaven at 7 p.m. in the Arcata Veteran's Hall. Cover is $7 or $6 for Humboldt Folklife Society members, students and seniors, and free for kids 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the Mad River Alliance. Additionally, Bay Area hip-hop icon Too Short appears at in an all-ages show at the Arcata Community Center. Tickets are $30 and the show starts around 8 p.m.
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Friday, November 15, 2013

Here Comes the Judge

Posted By on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 5:18 PM


Miss seeing Marty L'Herault drive the horse and carriage around Old Town? Catch him on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m on the Investigation Discovery Channel. (Wait, do you have that at home? Make arrangements.) L'Herault, who left us to pursue a career in acting last year, will appear in the "Judge, Jury, and Executioner" episode of the series, A Crime to Remember. He plays Judge Chillingworth, and — spoiler alert! — he's the stiff. 

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