Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Screwballs

Posted on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 11:23 AM

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In old Hollywood rom-coms, the men wore suits, the women wore the pants and everybody talked fast. And how! It was better living through chemistry — nothing like comic timing, hatpin-sharp wit and a good fight to fan the flames. Try and keep up when the Humboldt County Library kicks off its Screwball Comedy Film Series on Tuesday nights in January at 6:30 p.m. (free).

It all starts with the romantic quadrangle of George Cukor's The Philadelphia Story (1940) hosted by Charity Grella on Jan. 6. As a headstrong socialite, Katherine Hepburn banters with a reporter (James Stewart) and her ex (Cary Grant) on the cusp of her wedding to some perfectly suitable fellow who just isn't Cary Grant.

Need more evidence that Grant is the most charming ex-husband a girl could hope for? Learn about The Awful Truth (1937) with host Michael Cooley on Jan. 13. In this one, directed by Leo McCarey, Grant and the hilarious Irene Dunne are headed for divorce court and scrapping over custody of their bouncy terrier.

Grant is after his ex again in the Howard Hawks classic His Girl Friday (1940) hosted by yours truly, Jennifer Fumiko Cahill, on Jan. 20. This time it's his ex-reporter and ex-wife Hildy, played by motor-mouthed Rosalind Russell. She's on her way to the altar with a new fella when a story breaks and she's back in the cutthroat, cigar-chomping boys club. Like a boss.

Closing out the series is the mother of them all, Frank Capra's It Happened One Night (1934) hosted by Bob Doran on Jan. 27. Claudette Colbert, as an heiress on the run, teaches a freshly canned reporter played by Clark Gable (whose eyebrows are the window to his soul) a thing or two about hitchhiking and back-sassing in this flirtatious road movie.

See 'em all and up your game.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Spaceballs

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

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When Mel Brooks directed his epic 1987 parody of Star Wars, he had no idea Jar Jar Binks was on the way. We can only dream of what might have been. And on Friday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m., we can thrill to the Borscht-belt sci-fi schtick-flick Spaceballs at the Arcata Theatre Lounge ($5).

John Candy in a dog suit, Rick Moranis in a trash can of a helmet, droid Joan Rivers and Brooks himself in a pair of rubber Yoda ears — there's your five bucks right there. The space Winnebago, Daphne Zuniga as a runaway Druish princess, Dark Helmet's action figures and Bill Pullman learning to harness the power of the Schwartz are all gravy.

May the Schwartz be with you.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Interview in Fortuna

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 6:54 PM

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While corporations may cower before North Korean hackers, Fortuna will not yield. A revised movie schedule that reached the Journal after press time for the Dec. 25 edition includes showings of The Interview at the Fortuna theater starting on Dec. 25. Sony, reeling from a cyber attack, originally pulled the film from theaters after receiving threats of violence should it go ahead with the release.

That's right — this movie, in which sleepy-eyed hipster James Franco and affable stoner Seth Rogen try to kill North Korea's Kim Jong Un, is where we will make our collective stand for freedom. A day may come when terrorist saber/mouse rattling from isolationist nations keeps Humboldt from the stony hijinks of an assassination/buddy comedy, but it is not this day. All this should give the movie a Salman Rushdie-level bump (see this week's Media Maven article, "Horror Movies"). Here's hoping we won't have to rename kimchi "freedom chi." 

Peruse the updated movie listings, which also include new releases Into the Woods, Big Eyes and The Gambler 
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Ring in the Old

Posted on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 9:57 AM

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How about a retro New Year's? On Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m., return to the days of bobby socks, pompadours and friendly relations with Cuba. At the River Lodge Conference Center, The Delta Nationals play classic American dance tunes to keep you going like Run-around Sue until the complimentary Champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight ($50). Tray after tray of hors d'oeuvres from Dorris & Daughter should fortify you for a round of ping pong or pool (the '50s were a simpler time, and this is what people did before Call of Duty). The evening's festivities, put on by the Fortuna Sunrise Rotary Club, benefit the Rotary Polio Plus Program and the Loleta Boys & Girls Club.

Not far enough back? How about the days of economic depression, the end of Prohibition and — no, not now, the 1930s. RampArt Skatepark brings you the vintage-inspired Cirque du New Year's Eve starting at 9 p.m. ($15). Got an outfit that says "big top?" Wear it for the costume contest and blend right in with the stilt walkers, fire breathers, hula hoopers, palm readers and sideshow folk. Hoot and holler along with the bluegrass of Coyotes & Jackalopes, which calls to mind a more fun version of the Dust Bowl. The burlesque divas Va Va Voom Vixens will be tossing their tassels with special guest Lefty Lucy, Miss Coney Island 2011 (insert wolf whistle). Just make sure you have a sober ride home — or did the novels of the Jazz Age teach us nothing?

Happy New Year!

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Assorted Nuts

Posted on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 8:56 AM

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You can't just have one. The next wave of holiday dance performances is upon us with a trio of Nutcracker ballets to choose from — or chain-watch, depending on your stamina. On Saturday, Dec. 20, armies of chignons march toward you on tiptoe from three directions.

You know the story: girl meets boy/decorative kitchen gadget, boy battles rat king, fairy dancing ensues. Really, what's not to love about a man with a strong jaw who'll kill rats for you? The Van Duzer Theatre hosts the Bayside Ballet and Upper Studio presentation at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($18, $12 kids). Prepare yourself for adorable kids, pointe dancing and leaping swordplay.

At 3 p.m. over at North Coast Repertory Theatre's stage, Trinity Ballet Academy widens its scope for Nutcracker and More with pieces from Dances of Noel. Greta Leverett directs a sold-out show celebrating the studio's 15th anniversary. Gloat if you already have tickets. If you don't, catch it next year — nobody wants to see shady types trying to scalp tickets outside a holiday performance.

The last show in the trifecta of tights is at the Eureka High School auditorium, where the Sundance Ballet Company, the Dance Scene and the Ink People join forces at 7 p.m. to bring you Carrie Badeaux's The Nutcracker ($10). Homegrown ballerina Michelle Joy returns from the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York to dance the part of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Expect over-the-top costumes — a 9-foot-wide Mother Ginger dress for starters.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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After the Flood

Posted on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 8:54 AM

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A trio of commemorative events mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 flood that devastated Humboldt County. Whether you were there or you've only heard tell, don't miss hearing from historians and locals that are sharing the depth of their knowledge and memories over the next week. (See the Dec. 4 cover story "When the Waters Rose" at www.northcoastjournal.com.)

On Saturday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m., join local historian Arlene Hartin at the Clarke Historical Museum for a presentation complete with flood artifacts and an exhibit about the disaster and its aftermath, as well as a screening of The Christmas Flood of 1964 video from CalTrans (free).

Hear from scientists and those who lived through the disaster at the 1964 Flood 50th Anniversary Gathering at the Arcata Theatre Lounge on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. ($10). You'll get the full picture of the making of the perfect storm and tales from its survivors. The evening benefits Humboldt County Red Cross.

Finally, on Monday, Dec. 22, stop by the Ferndale Museum and catch a 30-minute showing of The Flood of '64, with interviews and footage of both the disaster and recovery (free). When it's all over, step outside and marvel at the ghost of the high water mark, what the storm took and how much we got back.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

UPDATE: CNN Gets Our Goat, or Not

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 4:36 PM

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UPDATE: Aaand we're back. Cypress Grove has announced that the episode of Mike Rowe's Somebody's Gotta Do It will indeed air on CNN on Monday, Dec. 22 at 9 p.m. barring any outbreak of more pressing international news. 

UPDATE: President Obama's televised address regarding U.S. relations with Cuba is not only drawing controversy among Cuban-Americans, it may push Cypress Grove's CNN debut back a day. According Janne Rasmussen, Cypress Grove's marketing manager, the broadcast of the "Goat Cheese Queen" episode of Somebody's Gotta Do It had been moved to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, but staff at Pilgrim Studios (somebody's gotta produce it) have told her that the show may indeed air tonight at its originally scheduled time. Worst case scenario, you tune in and accidentally learn about US-Cuban relations.  

PREVIOUSLY: Humboldt County on CNN without aerial shots of outdoor grows? Who knew?

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, you can tune in at 9 p.m. for the "Goat Cheese Queen" episode of Somebody's Gotta Do It and watch Mike Rowe whip up chévre with Mary Keehn, founder of Cypress Grove. Expect adorable baby goat footage, farming philosophy and sturdy rubber boots as Rowe tours the facility and tries to "speak goat." If the trailer is any indication, the episode makes queen and the company and the county look pretty good, especially compared to the woman in the second half who airbrushes dogs. Yeah. That's a thing.

And in case you missed it, you can always check out the archived "Road Strip" episode of Lisa Ling's This is Life featuring Humboldt native, author and sex worker Antonia Crane. Crane is one of the women Ling interviews about traveling to strip in clubs, exploitation, empowerment, money and life after stripping. Crane was in town earlier this year promoting her memoir about her life in and out of the industry, Spent

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Is Nothing Sacred?

Posted on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

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Are boy-band holiday albums and mall muzak draining your spirit? Are you secretly stricken that Mariah can't hit the high notes in "All I Want for Christmas is You" anymore? It's OK. Plenty of local songbirds and musicians are coming to your rescue.

At 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 14, Humboldt Symphony and University Singers and Chorale bring you all kinds of sacred songs, Schubert's Magnificat and Corelli's Christmas Concerto ($8, $5, free to HSU students).

Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir is doubling down on the sounds of the season with a concert featuring the AIGC Youth Choir and the McKinleyville Community Choir on Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Calvary Lutheran Church and on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Arcata Presbyterian Church ($15, $12, free to kids under 5). Also on Saturday, brass bands roam the streets of Ferndale serenading holiday shoppers with classic Christmas tunes from 2 to 4 p.m. (free).

If that doesn't purge the memory of Justin Bieber's Under the Mistletoe album, bring out the big guns. The Christmas Music Festival goes down from noon to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14 at the River Lodge Conference Center with the All Seasons Orchestra, Humboldt Harmonaires, the Scotia Band, College of the Redwoods Concert Band, Tuba Christmas and others. There's even a sing-along if the spirit moves you. Belt it out.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Flip the Switch

Posted on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 12:01 PM

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You survived cynical Black Friday and now it's time for the fun part of the Christmas season: hot cocoa, carolers, Santa and tree lightings.

Tour the tinsel around the county starting at the McKinleyville Shopping Center on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. with crafts, treats, a tree lighting and a visit from someone whose name starts with Santa (free).

On Friday, Dec. 5, head to the Arcata Plaza at 6 p.m., when the streets close and the Clauses roll up on an antique fire truck with their elven entourage (free). Have a cookie, sip some cider and tell Santa what you want.

After songs from children's choruses starting at 4:30 p.m., the big tree at the Eureka Inn lights up on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m., so wear something nice for a photo by the enormous fireplace (free).

On Sunday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m., the Community Commons in Willow Creek hosts a lighting with holiday songs from rosy-cheeked kids and more cocoa and cookies with the man in red. Meanwhile, folks in Ferndale will be gathering at the end of Main Street at 5:30 p.m. to electrify the living tree to the sound of the Booster Band (free) and feast on bowls of beans and linguica from the Portuguese Hall (TBA). Check out the Holiday Heads Up for more events this season.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Good Talk

Posted on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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You don't need a lecture. Wait, maybe you do. The independently organized TEDxHumbodtBay talks aren't the chalk-dry prattling that's trained you to wince when you see a PowerPoint slide. You'll see why at noon on Sunday, Dec. 7 in the College of the Redwoods Performing Arts Theatre, when two dozen local speakers take on the theme of outlaws ($25).

It's five hours, but with breaks and snacks. You sat through those Lord of the Rings movies — you can do this. What kind of talks? Well, Dean Schubert delves into the outsider history of now-ubiquitous tattoos, Linda Stansberry (hello there, Journal contributor!) looks at the prospect of an extraordinary life as a single woman, Spencer Ruelos talks about community among LGBT gamers, Jennifer Savage (she of the Journal's "Setlist" column) taps into her work in marine activism, and tracker and transgender woman Diana Totten shares her adventures finding herself.

But that ain't all. Ali Freedlund, Betty Chinn, Dante De Genova, Kintay Johnson, Lisa Rossbacher, Mike Dronkers, Rebecca Kimbel, Ron Samuels, Tamarah Gehlen, Ryann Citro-Hough, Amy Bohner, Brian Smith, Jasmine Allard, Mary Gelinas, Paul Gallegos, Sherae O'Shaughnessy, Stephen Cunha, Elayna Kuster and Travis Woo are all on the bill covering topics from homelessness to music, to motherhood, to feminism to social dancing. Listen up and you might learn something good.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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