Monday, June 30, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Get Bent at Lil' Red

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 1:16 PM

The Lil' Red Lion is owning this week with a Monday night gig by Boston's Bent Knee, an atmospheric, avant-garde experience. One could invoke both Radiohead and Ravel in attempting to explain the impressionist nature of Bent Knee – or just check out the video below, complete with American flag for a 4th of July warm-up.


Local good timers The Tweeners and The Fairy Rings open. Lil' Red is a bar, so do not attempt to attend this show if you are not yet of legal drinking age. Everyone else, the show starts around 9 p.m. and as far as the Internet is concerned, there's no cover.

As always, the full Setlist exists in hopes of guiding you toward goodness.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Saturday's Setlist: Your Favorite New Local Band, Your Beloved Scene Veterans

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 1:59 PM

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High Crimes by Brianna Jo Thompson

Sometimes a music lover gets jaded, wonders what happened to the youth. When did they stop playing guitar? Why are all the rockers in A-town over 40? But then comes along the melodic and crunchy High Crimes, which will infuse a much-needed dose of talented 20-somethings into the scene at Hum Brews on Saturday night.

Kimmy Kennedy's singing ranges from ethereal to striking, inspiring infatuation from her first note in "Punks of Jazz" from the band's eponymous debut. Bandmates Harrison Laver (guitar, vocals), Ben James (bass/vox) and Alyssa Jung (drums) provide a perfectly balanced blend of restraint and attack. Get to know them, along with Neighbors and Wrecks Goliath starting around 10 p.m. Cover's $5, show is 21-and-over.


Meanwhile, over at the Alibi, The Songwriter Circle Of Death V will spin you right round, baby, with four mics, four guitars and four individual performers in the form of The HiLL's Burly Dent, the Yosemite Weavetone's Christopher Weaver, Courtney Jaxon of The Lost Luvs/The Monster Women and one-man prince of disinterest, TheBoredAgain. Things begin to roll around 10:30 p.m. with a $5 cover charge and, yes, be 21-or-over.

Plan ahead via this week's full Setlist here.
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Roll 'Em!

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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It doesn't matter if you prefer comedies, dramas, westerns or horror, if you're a HumCo film fan, you have a lot to look forward to this summer. In addition to the new releases hitting theaters over the next few months, you also have three film series to choose from, plus the normal (normal?) selection of cult favorites at the Arcata Theatre Lounge.

The Eureka Theater presents Fourth Friday Flix ($5), screening classic or cult films dirt cheap. The summer season kicks off with George Cukor's 1939 comedy, The Women, on June 27 at 7:30 p.m. Joan Crawford leads the all-female cast in a film about gossip, glamour, manicures and man trouble.

Los Bagels in Arcata invites you to bring a comfy chair and a blanket for its Movies Under the Mural series on the last Saturday of every month. The series starts with a showing of Disney's Frozen on Saturday, June 28 at 9 p.m. There doesn't seem to be a kid alive who doesn't love this movie and its addictive soundtrack, so grab the little ones and head down for a movie and some free popcorn.

The Arcata Theatre Lounge continues to be a go-to for film buffs and movie nerds alike. How strong is your kung fu? Enter the Dragon, starring the sinewy Bruce Lee plays Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m. ($5). If you were a child of the '80s and '90s, you'll want to head to there on Sunday, June 29 at 6 p.m. for the screening of Goonies ($5). If corny sci-fi is more your thing, then be there Wednesday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m., when Sci Fi Pint & Pizza Night features the 1979 space thriller The Alpha Incident (free with $5 purchase). Netflix be damned, you've got other plans.

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Tourist Trap

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 10:56 AM

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Hipsters, pack your bags. Eureka might be too mainstream for you now. The July-August issue of the American Automobile Association's Via magazine features seven highlights from the "vibrant Northern California seaport, famed for teeming fisheries and towering redwood forests." Carson Mansion, the Hikshari' Trail, Samoa Cookhouse, Sequoia Park Zoo, Living the Dream Ice Cream, Humboldt Bay Tourism Center and Eureka Books all get shout-outs in "Weekender: Eureka, Calif." Read the full article here and swell with local pride.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Festival for All

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 3:35 PM

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It's hard to describe Dell'Arte to people who aren't from around these parts. There are clowns and theater and giant, costumed people on stilts, but none of those encapsulate the essence of Dell'Arte. It's the sort of thing you just have to see to understand. The Mad River Festival is the perfect way to introduce new people to the talent and oddity of Dell'Arte. The festival runs from June 19 to August 3 with an eclectic mix of performances.

Start with some classic circus skills at Taken Away ($12, $10 students, $8 kids) at the Carlo Theatre. The showcase of acrobatic talents plays Wednesday, June 25 at 8 p.m., Thursday, June 26 at 10:30 p.m. and Friday, June 27 at 10:30 p.m.

If you're looking for something more interactive, head to Dell'Arte's Big Top Tent on Sunday, June 29. The Center of the Universe Party (free) starts at 3:30 p.m. Patronus will provide live music while you interact with clowns, acrobats and more. This is definitely somewhere you need to take your non-coulrophobic (clown-fearing) kids. They might also enjoy Clowns Without Borders at 2p.m. in the Big Top ($10, $5 kids).

There's more festival clownery and tomfoolery coming in July, so check back in at northcoastjournal.com for more information.

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Around Humboldt County

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Ryan Musil, James Peck, Anthony Arnista, Joan Schirle, Michael Fields, Zuzka Sabata, Yan Christian Collazo, Emily Newton and Andrew Eldredge take a bow Friday, June 20, as the tragic comedy Korbel V: The Secret kicks off Dell'Arte's summer-long Mad River Festival in Blue Lake. - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN
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  • Ryan Musil, James Peck, Anthony Arnista, Joan Schirle, Michael Fields, Zuzka Sabata, Yan Christian Collazo, Emily Newton and Andrew Eldredge take a bow Friday, June 20, as the tragic comedy Korbel V: The Secret kicks off Dell'Arte's summer-long Mad River Festival in Blue Lake.
The fanciful "Crab Apple" by the Monsando team earned Best of Show with an unlikely cross-species mutation and a commentary on GMOs at Friends of the Dunes' 19th annual Sand Sculpture Festival at the Manila Dunes Recreation Area on Saturday, June 21. - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN
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  • The fanciful "Crab Apple" by the Monsando team earned Best of Show with an unlikely cross-species mutation and a commentary on GMOs at Friends of the Dunes' 19th annual Sand Sculpture Festival at the Manila Dunes Recreation Area on Saturday, June 21.
Riley Kennedy-Keys shines in the front line of the rhythmic pan band Steel Standing, providing a soundtrack for the Arcata Farmers Market Saturday, June 21. - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN
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  • Riley Kennedy-Keys shines in the front line of the rhythmic pan band Steel Standing, providing a soundtrack for the Arcata Farmers Market Saturday, June 21.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: In Which Tuesday Gets Its Ass Kicked

Posted By on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM

SoCal psychobilly veterans Henchmen vow to "kick Tuesday night's ass" tonight at the Palm Lounge right after The Bored Again opens at 9 p.m.

Unsure about the butt-whooping capabilities of these Henchmen? The clip below amply demonstrates why Tuesday night will likely lose the fight. Free, 21-and-over.


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Friday, June 20, 2014

Castles Made of Sand

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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They say there are more grains of sand on Earth than there are stars in the sky. Besides, stars are great to gaze at, but you can't really do much with them. Sand, on the other hand, can be made into art! The 19th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival takes to the beach on Saturday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Manila Dunes Recreation Area (free to watch, $10-15 to register).

Sand castles are great, but why limit yourself to something so traditional? This is a sand sculpture after all; it's time to get creative. Put together your own team (at least two participants), grab a few supplies (pastry knife, paint brush, some sort of digging implement, etc.) and ignite that creative spark! You can build pretty much anything you want, but keep it clean — there will be kids roaming around. The categories for prizes include Best of Show, Most Imaginative, Best Youth Sculpture, the Golden Shovel Award and many more.

This event is pretty damn popular, so parking can be an issue. Never fear, Friends of the Dunes is providing a free shuttle service from Manila Park to the Manila Community Center from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. You'll have to walk in the sand for about half a mile to get to the festival proper, so be prepared to carry any weary toddlers. Friends of the Dunes recommends that spectators show up between noon and 2 p.m. for the best view of the sculptures. Here's sand in yer eye!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Three Ways to Have a Good Time

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Do you like free things? Good news — Eureka's Summer Concert Series kicks off Thursday with Rockin' Down the Highway from 6 to 8 p.m. and continues each week, same day, same time, different band, through Aug. 14. The dancing-in-the-street opportunity takes place at the C Street Market Square, conveniently located at the foot of C Street in Eureka.

The free continues at 8 p.m. in the Redwood Curtain Brewing Company over in A-Town with bluegrassers Raising Grain. (Music is free, beer will cost you.) Be 21-or-over. Check out "Love Gone Cold," below.


Finish the day with the Jambalaya's Thumpin' Third Thursdays with local superstar DJ Red. Expect the rap classics and classic party jams from the '80s, says Red, plus those from the early '90s "you forgot you love." Love old school? Be there to indulge starting at 10 p.m. Cover is only $3 and only those 21-or-over can thump.
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Dancin' in the Streets

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM

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Thursday nights are coming alive in Old Town, Eureka. From June 19 through Aug. 21, the boardwalk at the foot of C Street will be taken over by musicians for Eureka Main Street's Summer Concert Series (free). An eclectic mix of musicians and bands are scheduled to play every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The series kicks off on June 19 with some classic rock and roll from Rockin' Down the Hiway. The month of June is closed out with some country from McKenna Faith on June 26. The summer-long series includes country, rock, funk, jazz, blues and more, so check out the Journal's weekly calendar or see full line-up at www.eurekamainstreet.org.

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