Friday, October 31, 2014

Still Spooky

Posted on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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The skeletons continue tumbling out of the closet on Saturday, Nov. 1. You worked way too hard on that costume for one night of showing off. Take to Bear River Casino's ballroom for the Halloween Hangover with DJs Pressure Anya and a bunch of other people in wild get-ups (free). Three cash prizes are on the block for best costume and first place is $500, so come correct.

If you're ready to let somebody else do the scaring, Murder by Dessert is back at it with a Day of the Dead Séance at the Hotel Arcata at 8 p.m. ($20, $15 advance, $10 students). The murder mystery night features ghost hunters who turn into suspects when somebody passes on to the other side.

A more traditional Dia de los Muertos celebration will be going on in Eureka's Old Town from 6 to 9 p.m. (free). Follow Danza Azteca and stilt walkers as they make their way down Second Street, stopping at the Brenda Tuxford Gallery, where the Ink People have set up a community altar to honor the dead. Keep the celebration going with mariachi music and a performance by Ballet Folklorico in the Romano Gabriel Courtyard.

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Little Monsters

Posted on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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If the wet weather spooked you out of trick-or-treating last weekend — or if your candy got a little damp — you have a do-over coming on Friday, Oct. 31. Wring out your cape and wear it to the Arcata Plaza, where kiddies can collect candy from 4 to 6 p.m. (free). On the same night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Faith Center puts on the Halloween Kids' Carnival at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds with games and goodies for the under 5th grade set (free). You can also take your candy bucket and children under 10 to the Arcata Community Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. ($2 donation, free to kids 2 and under).

Over 10 but not over Halloween? Kids 10 to 17 can don costumes and party at the Boys and Girls Club Eureka Teen Center from 9 p.m. to midnight ($7, $5 with costume). Throw your pointy hat in the ring for the dance-off, do some competitive pie eating and enter the costume contest.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You Got Thrilled

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM

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The dead hordes came to life all over Arcata this afternoon. Students from Sunny Brae Middle School collapsed in Murphy's Market, the plaza and Adult Day Health Care of Mad River, only to be risen again by the King of Pop's "Thriller." Scroll on for more pics of the gripping yearly dance performance, courtesy of Sunny Brae Principal Lynda Yeoman.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Orange and the Black

Posted on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

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There are two kinds of people: those who haven't gotten their costumes sorted and can't believe it's nearly Halloween, and those who have been ready for weeks and are chomping at their plastic fangs to get this party started.

For the latter, suit up. Halloween festivities start early for the kiddies on Saturday, Oct. 25. Boo at the Zoo brings the fairies, superheroes and monsters out to Sequoia Park Zoo from noon to 4 p.m. ($5.75 for adults, $3.75 for kids 3 to 12 and free to kids 3 and under). Flap into the bat cave, ID some skulls, join the costume parade and contest, navigate a maze and get to know some very creepy crawlies, like tarantulas and Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Because regular cockroaches aren't horrible enough. Now they have to hiss.

Also on Saturday, Oct. 25 the 30th annual Halloween costume parade kicks off from the McKinleyville Shopping Center at 11 a.m. (free). Bring a bucket for all the candy local shops are handing out and enjoy the SCOP volunteer escorts. Still chasing that sugar high? Eureka's Trick-or-Treat in Old Town is on from 2 to 4 p.m., with zombies, witches and ghosties roaming the closed streets for goodies (free).

Remember, we've still got Halloween proper next weekend, so pace yourselves, you little monsters.

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Harvest Gold

Posted on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM

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If your idea of celebrating fall is a drive-thru pumpkin spice latte, you need to step up your game. Enter the seasonal spectacle of Blue Lake Harvest Days.

On Friday, Oct. 24 at 6:45 p.m. in the Blue Lake Business Park, join Four on the Floor Theatre's Elemental pageant with its gorgeous paper lanterns, stilt walkers and giant puppets traveling along the Mad River (free). If you're chilly, the Redwood Ramblers will be burning it up at the Mad River Tap Room from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (free). Afterward, laugh long and loud at the silent short films of Charlie Chaplin under Dell'Arte's Big Top tent at 8:30 p.m. (free). Wind down at the Logger Bar with Jenny and David & the Sweet Soul Band at 9 p.m. (free).

On Saturday, Oct. 25, get in on fun and games at the Mad River Grange from 3 to 6 p.m. (free). That means face painting, pumpkin carving and a pumpkin pie. At the same time, back at the Blue Lake Business Park, you can stroll artist booths and saddle up for pony rides. At 7 p.m., grown-ups can kick up their heels at the barn dance back in the tent, spinning and stomping to the tunes of the Striped Pig Stringband. Don't spill your latte.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Think Kink

Posted on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 12:02 PM

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So it turns out the latex-clad founders of the Impropriety Society have packed up their playthings and joined the exodus to Portland. Is our county to be left adrift in a sea of vanilla? Not while a few dedicated kinksters yet remain. What Would Nawdy Do Productions is bringing its bag of tricks to the Siren's Song Tavern for Fetish Night on Friday, Oct. 24 from 8 p.m. to midnight (free).

The informational/educational night is a peek into BDSM for everyone over 18 — LGBT, heterosexual, pansexual — and a chance to meet and mingle. Just keep in mind this is a public place and mind your manners. Nobody likes a creeper.

Nawdy herself is bringing in all sorts of nasty and possibly confusing equipment and toys along with a dozen or so little helpers in corsets and kilts to show you the, ahem, ropes. You can ask questions, inspect the tools of the trade and check out spanking demonstrations. Spanking, like Zumba, turns out to be more complicated than one might think. According to Nawdy, there are a number of techniques to master, such as Florentine style, flogging, paddling, and riding crops, and warming up and cooling down are necessary to avoid injury. Pay attention. Who knows what happens if you're caught texting?

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Free Derby Tickets!

Posted By on Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 2:27 AM


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It went dormant in June, but Humboldt Roller Derby is back on the scene with a BANG! And a POW! It's a night of super heroes and mega villians at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, with the Widow Makers versus the North Jetty Betty's; that's right, two Humboldt Roller Derby teams are facing off in a local bout of super proportions!

NCJ has two sets of two tickets to giveaway to two lucky readers. You could be one of those two's! All you have to do to enter is comment on this blog post with the name of your favorite super hero or mega villain. Then, check back in on NCJ's Facebook and Twitter pages at 3 p.m. to see if you won.

It's basically the easiest thing ever: click, click, click, "Batman," click, click and presto! Of course, your choice doesn't have to be Batman; it can be some other, less awesome super hero. The winners are picked at random, so no matter what hero or villain you hold dear to your heart, you still have the same odds of winning. So...your choice might as well be Batman. 


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Glue Guns Blazing

Posted on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM

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Four teams enter, one team leaves ... with the title of Extreme Ultimate Supreme Craft Master. Who will emerge victorious, battle scarred and war weary from SCRAP Humboldt's Rebel Craft Rumble this year? The creative reuse center is back at the Arcata Playhouse with another high-speed competition and fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. ($15).

The yarn and glitter cage match is broken into 10-minute rounds, each with a mission and a surprise selection of materials. Last year's competitors the Sparkle Ninjas and the Arcata Playhouse Arts Annex All Stars are back in the ring against the Serious Scavengers and Wrapper's Delight. Their creations will be judged on technique, utility and artistic prowess by the current Extreme Ultimate Supreme Craft Masters, The Inkstravagant Ladies, Mike Sargent and Rutabaga Queen Taylor Depew, with color commentary by host Mike Dronkers. There'll be music by Merrick and plenty of food and drink to fuel the fight.

Enough talk. Let's craft.

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

So Bad It's Good

Posted on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 12:58 PM

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Anybody can like Citizen Kane. If you're truly passionate about film, a disciple of celluloid, then you appreciate the cringe-inducing cheapness of Bad Cinema.

There's charm in the wild abandon with which clueless filmmakers throw themselves into the craft. The best bad movies are watchable for the sheer delusion (necessary for their existence) that bleeds onto the screen.

Eureka Theater celebrates the schlock over two nights of Z-grade drive-in double features on Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18 ($5). Also, cocktails! Friday's double bill features trash-auteur Ed Wood's minorpiece Plan 9 From Outer Space at 7 p.m., a mind-numbing sci-fi flick with performances as wooden and flimsy as its sets. Follow that with the neo-sleazy Birdemic: Shock and Terror at 9 p.m., which Flavorpill called "so wildly incompetent ... that it really must be seen to be believed."

Maybe read a book, then catch Robot Monsters on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. — the poster features an iguana, a rocket ship and a babe in the grips of a skull-faced "astral assassin." Don't worry, Bad Cinema has a happy ending: Riff masters Mystery Science Theater 3000 take on caveman epic Eegah at 8:45 p.m., delivering all the witty barbs you wish you could hurl at the screen.

Grant Scott-Goforth

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Another Round

Posted on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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Over beer festivals? Yeah, no. Humboldt Beer Week is still going strong, with Blue Lake's Hoptoberfest taking over Perigot Park on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 1 to 6 p.m. ($30, $25 advance).

The Trouble, Squeezebug, Guns and Barrels and Cadillac Ranch are all set to keep you dancing and toe-tapping through the outdoor open-container revelry. Go to www.hoptoberfest.net and scan the schedule for the free shuttle running between Blue Lake, McKinleyville and Arcata before you start sampling the 15 brews on tap. (Lining up sober transportation is part of that "drink responsibly" phrase on all the posters — that and deleting your ex's number before you go.) Also, leave the dog at home. (You think he's not judging when you're tipsy, but he is.)

Six Rivers, Humboldt Regeneration, Mad River, Redwood Curtain, Lost Coast, Eel River, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, Anderson Valley, New Belgium, Mendocino, Alaskan and Bear Republic breweries are all representing. The whole thing goes to raise money for the Blue Lake Education Foundation, so enjoy a cold one while you invest in our future.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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