Monday, August 31, 2015

Bagel Attraction

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Angst in the Murphy's parking lot. - YOUTUBE
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  • Angst in the Murphy's parking lot.
Who needs dark clubs and city streets when you can shoot your music video here in Humboldt? Not KSHMR and Bassjackers ft. Sirah. That's right, it's ft. someone, so you know it's legit. Spinnin' Records describes the song "Memories" thusly: "As the chords sway you away, the electro drop and fetching vocals by SIRAH do their part to blow the dancefloor to bits. Making this track work on multiple levels, body and mind taken on a trip into the world of a couple of mastermind producers. BIG!" Fair enough.

As for the video, like many tales of forbidden young love, it begins at Los Bagels, hikes through redwoods, gazes down upon the shores of Trinidad, stops for some PG13 lesbian love scenes, crashes after a run-in with a disapproving father, swings into Murphy's for produce/awkward moments with the ex and rounds out with (spoiler alert!) a dizzyingly cut murder back at Los Bagels and a flannel-clad suicidal fall from the seaside cliffs. If we had a nickel ... 

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Friday, August 28, 2015

What a Day That Was

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 6:46 AM

A camera follows a pair of white sneakers as they walk across a black floor. The sounds of whistles and cheers off camera grow louder. The sneakers stop at a microphone. A man's voice cuts through the din. "Hi. I've got a tape I wanna play." A boombox is lowered to the floor. A finger presses a button. And so begins one of the greatest concert films ever made.

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I saw Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense in 1984 at the Arcata Theater back when you could sneak a smoke or drink in the farthest rows (I remember the distinctive sound of an empty beer bottle clanking to the floor and rolling all the way down to the front). People didn't sit still for this movie. There wasn't any armchair rocking — they stood on the seat cushions and danced. And the ushers didn't tell any of 'em to knock it off. They were mesmerized, too, standing at the back doors, staring at the spectacle on the screen, bobbing their heads and grinning at the genius of David Byrne, Tina Weymouth and the rest of the Talking Heads. From the opening guitar riff of "Psycho Killer" to the haunting "Heaven" and rousing "Life During Wartime" to perhaps its most popular song "Burning Down the House," this film took us places no turntable or Walkman had. Demme doesn't rely on flashing lights, pyrotechnics, fast camera cutaways or crowd shots — he just opens his lens and candidly captures a wiry, frenetic man in a huge suit (that gets increasingly larger throughout the concert), his fellow bandmates, and the superb back-up vocalists and masters of funk who join them onstage. It's 100 minutes of some of the best music of the time, and now, 30 years later, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28 at the Eureka Theater, ($5), you can bet it will be — same as it ever was — electrifying, cutting edge and damn near impossible to sit still through.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Wild Wild Life

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Don't wanna be owl by yourself Friday night? No worries, mate. There's a big ol' barn party in Bayside and you're invited. Barntini – martinis in the barn – the annual fundraiser for the Jacoby Creek Land Trust and the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center is set to raise the roof this Friday, Aug. 28 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Kokte Ranch and Nature Preserve.

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Sip martinis or cosmos made with Farm Horse Vodka from Blue Lake's Dutch & Dewey Distillery. Or (and?) partake of mojitos, home-brewed beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Rub elbows with birds of a feather while you crunch on tacos from the deluxe taco bar (featuring all fresh and local ingredients including meat grown right on the ranch and handmade tortillas), indulge in barbecued oysters, then shake a tail feather or two to the sweet tunes of Beatles tribute band Silver Hammer. You can also try your hand at bocce, chat with friends around the fire pit or a take a walk down by the creek.

Food, fun, games, music, dancing and drinks, all benefitting a great cause? Hay, hay, hay! Not a bad way to spend a late summer evening in Humboldt. Purchase advance tickets ($30) at Wildberries or online at www.jclandtrust.org and www.birdallyx.net, or get them at the door ($35).

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Up River, Down River

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Dakotarose Scott, 5, of Klamath, adjusts her crown. - MARK LARSON
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  • Dakotarose Scott, 5, of Klamath, adjusts her crown.
As the morning fog burned off, revealing light smoke drifting overhead from inland fires, a diverse crowd gathered at the Yurok Tribe’s 53rd annual Klamath Salmon Festival on Saturday, Aug. 22. The morning started with a veterans' breakfast and parade, followed by the announcement of the winners of the Noo-rey-o-won-ee (beautiful girl inside and out) and Keet-ko (strong/able boy) contests, who were honored for their contributions to the community.

Around noon, the smoke and smell of barbecued salmon over cooking fires created a long line for the traditional feast. The stick game tournament started with the 7-, 8- and 9-year-old bracket, with players attempting to throw the “tossel” toward their “up river” or “down river” end line on the field. Live music, food and vendor booths, and a car show kept the attendees busy throughout the afternoon.



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Monday, August 24, 2015

Creamery Rises to the Big Top

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 10:41 AM

Circus of the Elements performers Loreta Flemingaite (left), of McKinleyville, and Chakeeta Marie Garabedian, of Trinidad, fire-dancing at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle. - MARK LARSON
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  • Circus of the Elements performers Loreta Flemingaite (left), of McKinleyville, and Chakeeta Marie Garabedian, of Trinidad, fire-dancing at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle.
A sold-out crowd headed for a big-top circus tent that sprouted on an open lot on the south edge of the Arcata Creamery district on the evening of Friday, Aug. 21. The "human only" Flynn Creek Circus from Mendocino led off the evening’s Creamery Festival lineup with a strong mix of entertaining, original and skilled athletic performances ranging from juggling to tight wire dancing to a heart-stopping double trapeze act. 

After the circus, the crowd followed enormous dragon and octopus puppets, stilt walkers and a band to a free evening performance at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle in front of the Creamery Building. Belly dancing and fire-twirling commenced, followed by an avalanche of large inflated balloons from the roof top into the excited crowd. Then the live music drew the crowd into the recycled old Arcata recycling center for the Holly Yashi dance party with the Latin Peppers. It felt a little odd — but nice — to be in the transformed Creamery district and the old Arcata recycling center on a Friday night, but it may have been the best dance floor in town.
 


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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sea Fairing

Posted on Sun, Aug 23, 2015 at 4:00 AM

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The Humboldt County Fair has been thrilling kids, feeding folks and awarding Best in Show ribbons for 119 years. 119 years, people. That's a lot of cotton candy. The fair flings open its gates Aug. 20 through Aug. 30 and welcomes you to enjoy 10 jam-packed days of all the fair food fun you can stomach ($8, $6 seniors, $4 kids 6-12, free to kids under 6).

This year's theme is "All Aboard — A Salute to our Coastal Heritage," and includes special days like Everything Humboldt on Monday, Aug. 24 and Tuesday, Aug. 25, when you can browse arts, crafts, foods and products, pick over the produce at the farmers market and enjoy live music by the Lyndsey Battle Trio and Humboldt Harmonaires. On Wednesday, Aug. 26 the fair goes Everything Coastal with Mayor of Flavortown Guy Fieri heading up the Surf and Turf Barbecue Contest in the grandstand from noon to 5 p.m. Later that night, he's emceeing the Battle of the Bands on the midway stage at 7 p.m. Cowboy action takes over the Grandstand with the Bull-O-Rama on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. ($10, free for kids under 6) and kids Games like mutton bustin', animal scramble, sack races and more at 5:30 p.m. (free).

In addition to horse racing at the track ($3), you can catch Cavallo Equestrian Arts, Popovich Pet Theater, Live Stingray Encounter, Lucha Libre Wrestlers, sheepdog trials, pony rides, camel rides and the World Record Balloon Stunt Show. Then head inside to tour the exhibits and vendors showing everything from livestock to flowers, baked goods to fine arts. And let's not forget the carnival, open each day from noon to 10 p.m. Local bands Don's Neighbors, Eureka Brass Band, Uptown Kings, Buckshot Possum and others take the stage, too. And then there's the food — not just corndogs and funnel cake, but fancier fare like apple crisp with warm whiskey cream from Sweet Basil Bistro.

Admission for events varies and package ticket deals are available online at www.humboldtcountyfair.org.

— Kali Cozyris

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Humboldt Arts Council Gets a Little Walkin' Around Money

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 1:52 PM

One of six untitled V.S. Gaitonde drawings sold by the Humboldt Arts Council. - BONHAM'S.COM
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  • One of six untitled V.S. Gaitonde drawings sold by the Humboldt Arts Council.

The Humboldt Arts Council is working with a little less red these days. On June 11 the council, which operates the Morris Graves Museum of Art and maintains Morris Graves' collection, sold six ink on paper drawings by V.S. Gaitonde to an anonymous bidder through Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers in London. The drawings, purchased by Graves on a 1963 trip to the artist's studio in India, brought the HAC a cool $1 million after Bonhams took its cut.

Bonhams had contacted Robert and Desiree Yarber of the Morris Graves Foundation in regard to Gaitonde oil paintings for which the auction house was gathering documentation. Turns out Morris Graves had an eye for investment as well as aesthetics, as the late Gaitonde, who died in 2001, is now regarded as one of India's most important modern artists. The Yarbers had gifted the ink drawings to the HAC in the mid 1990s and they approached the HAC with the idea of selling them to establish an endowment fund that would continue with the maintenance and expansion of its permanent collection.

And yet this windfall won't solve all the HAC's financial worries. As previously reported by the Journal, the HAC operated at a deficit of $25,000 in the 2012-2015 fiscal year, and running the Morris Graves Museum (just one of its programs) costs $1,000 per day. It was this financial pressure that led the museum to begin charging $5 admission for adults and $2 for seniors and students (entry for children and on Arts Alive! nights remain free). According Jemima Harr, the HAC's executive director and curator, the move yielded 160 new members and hasn't significantly changed overall attendance.

Harr said the nonprofit's goal is an endowment of $4 million in order to become self-sufficient. Beyond establishing the money from the sale as the Humboldt Arts Council Endowment Fund, the organization does not yet have an investment plan and is looking over proposals from financial professionals. "We're art people," said Harr, "not math people." She also stated that the council is not planning on selling any more art from the collection. So if you're looking for something for over the couch, you can forget any more Gaitondes, but you can still pick up a nice Floyd Bettiga watercolor or oil at the HAC benefit sale today through Sunday, Aug. 23. 
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Cream of the Crop

Posted on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 1:17 PM

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Oh, Arcata. With your love of re-purposing and art, of course you took an old defunct creamery and refashioned it into a thriving collection of buildings that house artists, tinkerers, dancers, welders, merrymakers, actors and musicians. And of course, since you are a college town, you love to party! This weekend, The Creamery Arts Festival puts on a show to make any Arcatan proud from Friday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 23.

Friday night welcomes Mendocino's Flynn Creek Circus (billed as a "human-only circus") with a special one-hour show at 7 p.m. ($12-$50) followed by Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle at 8 p.m. (free). Not kidding about the spectacle: fire twirling, lanterns, giant puppets and more. Later, get hot and salsa-y with the Latin Peppers at the Holly Yashi Dance party at 9 p.m. (free). Saturday's festivities begin at 11 a.m. with live music from the Humboldt Music Academy Fiddlers, the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, Firesign, Bandemonium and the Jim Lahman Band. You can stroll among stilt walkers and giant puppets as you check out the food vendors and arts and crafts booths (free). There's a Kid's Area by SCRAP Humboldt and more performances by the Flynn Creek Circus at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($12-$50). In the evening, catch the adult physical comedy performance of Camel Camel at the Arcata Playhouse at 9 p.m. ($10, $8). Wrap up the fun with more performances by the Flynn Creek Circus on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. ($12-$50).

— Kali Cozyris

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Oh, Beer

Posted on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 4:00 AM

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It's late August, your tan is starting to fade, students are arriving by the busload, Starbucks is already boasting the arrival of Every. Thing. Pumpkin. Dear God — not the end of summer! If this is you, fear not, fair weather friends, there's a festival to cure what ales you.

This Saturday, Aug. 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Fortuna's Rohner Park, 35 breweries featuring more than 125 beers will do their best to make sure you get happier by the hour. Grab your shades, your lawn-chair and your designated driver. It's time for Hops in Humboldt ($45, $35 advance, $10 non-drinker).

In addition to the stouts, lagers and porters that are yours for the downing (pace yourself), the event features Beer Games, like beer bottle ring toss and Drink-O (think Plinko) for prizes. For the serious minded, there are the esteemed Hops Awards in categories "Best of Hops," "Mayor's Choice" and "Best in Humboldt." Peruse local crafts and provide a nice foundation for all that beer at any of the eight food vendors selling pizza, pretzels, Indian tacos, Mexican food, kebobs and more. While you're drinking and dining, Jimi Jeff and the Gypsy Band, Doug Fir and the 2X4's, Beau Gardner, and April Moore and Ranch Party provide the soundtrack. Organizers suggest you bring a chair or blanket, cash for food, and, oh yeah, don't forget your ID! But, please leave kids and dogs at home. If you can't round up a designated driver, transportation from Fortuna to McKinleyville is available via Redwood Transit for $3 and free shuttles run throughout Fortuna. Summer's not over yet.

— Kali Cozyris

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Evanesco! Daniel Radcliffe Vanishes

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 10:24 AM

Evidently the horns were just for the movie Horns.
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If you were stalking around Humboldt on the hunt for selfie with the Harry Potter star, you can return to your home now. The actor and the rest of the out-of-town crew filming Swiss Army Man hopped on the old Nimbus 2000 and blew town yesterday after wrapping six days of filming, according to Cassandra Hesseltine of the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission. 

But don't despair, you can see Radcliffe against the background of Trinidad Head and other Humboldt scenery in the independent feature once it hits theaters. According to IMDB, Swiss Army Man is the tale of "a man in the wilderness [who] befriends an unlikely counterpart." Cross your fingers it's Bigfoot ...
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