Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tonight's Setlist: Goth Karaoke

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 10:40 AM

Yes, goth karaoke.

At Siren's Song, with a selection that includes Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sisters of Mercy, Christian Death, Nina Hagen, Bauhaus, Sex Gang Children, the Cure, Virgin Prunes, Xmal Deutschland, Specimen, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, 45 Grave and what more do you need?

Event organizers note that the Siren's Song bar "is now equipped with wine for all you vampires that need a bit of blood before you get up on stage!"

No surprise to also note that "debauchery is encouraged." Resident DJs Wrye and Decoffinated in attendance. All ages, free, 9 p.m.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Tonight's Setlist: When Descriptions Win

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 10:27 AM

An unusual show at Richards' Goat features Shelter Death, best known for an ability to "utilize alien programming, heavy electronics and pained instrumentation that makes for a tragic and austere peal." Do with that what you will. 

Also performing: Pod Blotz and Glochids, plus Humboldt's DL Mathias doing "synthesizers for shut-ins" and DJ interludes provided by Ensemble Economique.

Show starts at 9 p.m., 21 and over, $5.

Look toward tomorrow here.
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tonight's Setlist: Wrap Your Weekend With Some Reggae Chill

Posted By on Sun, Jun 28, 2015 at 1:24 PM

click image The Green - COURTESY THE ARTIST
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  • The Green

The Green
's latest album, Hawai'i '13, opens with a chant because, according to guitarist, vocalist and one of the band's five songwriters JP Kennedy, "From the times of ancient Hawaii and even up to present day, chanting has been a part of our culture. It's a way to start something important. When we chant, we ask for blessings, knowledge and guidance so that we can be 'pono' or righteous in whatever we do."

The chant prepares the listener as much as the band. Hawai'i '13 dances through roots reggae, soul and R&B — a logical sound for a band that's supported Rebelution, Iration, SOJA and Damian Marley, and has played at the Vans Warped Tour, Wakarusa, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and California Roots Festival.

The Green plays the Arcata Theatre Lounge along with The Expanders, known for reggae centered in three-part vocal harmonies and strong songwriting, with lyrics that range from socially heavy to playful and upbeat, in the tradition of classic 1970s Jamaican groups like the Ethiopians, the Gladiators and the Mighty Diamonds, Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20 advance at Ticketfly, Wildberries, People's Records and the Works, $25 at the door. The show is 21-and-over.

More musical selections into the week available in your full Setlist
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tonight's Setlist: Demons and Monsters

Posted By on Sat, Jun 27, 2015 at 5:54 PM

Locals night in A-town

The Mother Vines bring the surf-psych punk rock and Super Demon delivers the Macktown math metal at the Alibi. Music at 11 p.m., $3 cover, 21-and-over.

Here's The Mother Vines auditioning for NPR's Tiny Desk concerts:

Eureka delights

Austin's magnificently eerie-folky-rocky Technicolor Hearts play with local favorites The Monster Women and Strix Vega at the Palm Lounge, 9 p.m., 21-and-over, $5 suggested donation.

Check out Technicolor Hearts on Balcony TV:

Full Setlist here!
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Ready for Your Close Up?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 2:48 PM


Have you always dreamed of being on the silver screen, your name splashed in bold letters in a dark theatre next to “Woman No. 3,” “Boy in Ice Cream Shop” or “Man Crossing Street”?

Well, your big break is here. On Sunday, June 28, several independent movies filming on the North Coast this summer are holding casting calls for a variety of extras and roles.

If you think you’ve got what it takes — as in you’re a male or female between the 18 and 50, a 50- to 75-year-old woman, a 5- to 9-year old boy or a five-foot-eleven redheaded fella between 22 and 30 — get to the Old Stewart School, 1125 16th St. in Arcata, at 11 a.m. Bring a headshot and resume if you’ve got 'em (of course you do, you’ve been waiting for this moment).

And while you’re waiting for your callback, cruise down to the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission offices at 1385 Eighth St. in Arcata for a “Good Practices of being an Extra or Production Assistant for Movies” workshop. You want to look like you know what you’re doing when you — wait! Rewind. There! In the gray shirt.

Made it!

From the commission:

Redwood Curtain Casting will be holding an open casting call this Sunday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 4p.m. at the Old Stewart School, 1125 16th Street in Arcata. The open call is for several SAG independent feature films filming in the redwood region this summer. Casting needs are males and females (extras) between the ages of 18 and 50; women between the ages of 50 and 75; boys between the ages of 5 to 9; and males between the ages of 22 to 30 with light colored hair (preferably red tones) and height approximately 5’11”. Redwood Curtain Casting asks that interested individuals bring headshots and resumes (if possible). For more information, email Laura at redwoodcurtaincasting@gmail.com.

Following the casting call, there will be a workshop on “Good Practices of being an Extra or Production Assistant for Movies.” The workshop will take place on Sunday, June 28 at 5 p.m. at the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission located at 1385 8th Street in Arcata. The workshop is a free public event held by Redwood Curtain Casting and the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission. For more information, email commissioner@filmhumboldtdelnorte.org.

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Tonight's Setlist: Altered States, '80s Greaties

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Mild High at Blondie's

The weekend proper starts off with a full evening of psychedelic alt rock as L.A.'s Mild High Club and Hemingway play Blondie's, along with Humboldt's Something Simple.

First, let's take a moment to appreciate the fine play on words: "Mild High" Club — ha! Okay. The Club is the musical output of one Alexander Brettin, and sounds like you're on drugs in hazy, dreamy, lazy-brained way. If you dig 13th Floor Elevators, Brian Jonestown Massacre, e.g., you may want to haul yourself over to check it out. DJ Positive Idiaz spins at 7 p.m., and the night goes on from there. Doors open 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $7 and are available at the Works, People's Records and Wildberries — get $2 off admission at the door if you bring a can of food to donate to Food for People.

Some Kind of Wonderful

Humboldt's own-personal-Jesus-with-a-turntable DJ Red will stand and deliver you back to 1980s dance hall days at Richard's Goat.

He'll spin you right round (like a record), taking you one step beyond, until you'll find yourself gazing into the mirror in the bathroom, face flushed, but don't worry — you're pretty in pink.

This party out of bounds begins at 9 p.m., no cover. 

Full Setlist here.
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Raise the Ruff

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM

The Humboldt County Fairgrounds bounces to furry, fluffy, wet-nosed life as pure-bred pooches and their owners strut their stuff at the Lost Coast Kennel Club Dog Show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 (free entry, $5 parking). From Affenpinschers to Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, there's plenty of prancing on this year's doggit.

  • Photo by Warren Cook, Courtesy of Lost Coast Kennel Club

The annual show features three days of canine conformation, obedience and rally competitions. The kennel club's Tina Moulton estimates about 500 dogs from all over the country will be on the fairgrounds each day, and some will go on to compete at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. (That's plenty, so please leave your own dogs at home.)

While it's a great place to learn about dog breeds, Moulton says it's best to ask questions after people have shown their dogs. Excitement and focus run high beforehand (think Best in Show and the busy bee toy).

Individual breed judging starts in the morning, with group judging and Best in Show in the afternoon. The obedience and rally events feature all-American breeds, as well as the pure-breds. There is also the K9 Good Citizen event (good dog!), fun runs on a track with a lure, and Therapy Dog rating — a new event this year.

There'll be vendors on hand and a raffle benefiting local dog organizations. Money from last year's raffle went toward a Kevlar vest for an Arcata police dog and this year it'll help a child in need get a therapy dog.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fair Play

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Small-town, summertime fairs are the birthplaces of many potent childhood memories -- from first kisses to first-place ribbons, to winning that coveted stuffed animal to the thrill of sitting high above the crowd on a Ferris wheel. The lights, sights, smells and sounds are magical. And folks, the first fair of the year is here.


The Best of Humboldt Fair, running June 25 to June 28 at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, offers four days of family fun guaranteed to unleash the kid in everyone. In addition to cotton candy and the carnival, this year's fair features several special attractions. There's the Kidz Science Safari, the Aussie Kingdom with its too cute, touchable kangaroos, wallabies and walleroos, and free concerts by up-and-coming country music star McKenna Faith. Nature Joe's on hand with his Animal Exhibit, the Birdman Bird Show soars with free-flying condors and other avians, and for the adrenaline junkies, there's flat track motorcycle racing and BMX freestyle stunt performances.

Take advantage on Thursday, June 25 when admission to the fair is free until 3 p.m. Admission for most days is $10 adults, $5 seniors and kids. Active military personnel and veterans get in free. Carnival wristbands, ride tickets and events at the grandstand are purchased separately. See www.redwoodacres.com for more details and special admission prices.

Let your inner kid run free, but be careful when combining chili dogs, funnel cakes, root beer floats and rides with names like "Hammer Time" and "The Typhoon." That's one memory you don't want to take with you.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Eureka Symphony Announces 2015-2016 Season

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Carol Jacobson, Music Director & Conductor of the Eureka Symphony. - SUBMITTED
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  • Carol Jacobson, Music Director & Conductor of the Eureka Symphony.

The Eureka Symphony recently announced its 2015-2016 season, “Experience the Greats” — a theme offering renowned composers and guest artists. There are five performances scheduled including a season opener, the popular holiday concert and a season finale. Nestled in the mix is a performance "dedicated to the contributions made to film by great composers, with such well-known classical composers as Rossini, Debussy, Strauss, Handel and contemporary composers John Williams and Hans Zimmer," and a concert showcasing the works of 20th-century composers, featuring a harpist/tango dancer.

Season Tickets for the 2015-2016 Season are available now. There are a number of discounted ticket packages available, which can be purchased online at eurekasymphony.org or by calling the ticket line at 845-3655. Single tickets go on sale on August 17.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Shell of a Good Time

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 1:25 PM

Adam Dietrich takes down an Oyster from the Humboldt Made booth at the 25th Annual Oyster Festival. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Adam Dietrich takes down an Oyster from the Humboldt Made booth at the 25th Annual Oyster Festival.
The 25th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival filled the plaza and plenty of bellies this past Saturday. The sun was out, the bands were swinging and the lines at the more than 50 booths snaked in all directions. When the judging was through, Sushi Spot took home Best Raw Oyster again, Folie Douce won Best Cooked Oyster and a tiny key lime pie from Emerald and Sage Catering snagged Best Non-oyster. By now we hope that, like us, you're finally able to look at a bivalve again because photographer Mark McKenna was there, darting between the grills, tents and revelers to capture the goings on.  

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