Thursday, January 28, 2016


Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM


It's been a tough season for California crabs, crab fishermen and those who love the tasty crustacean. But just because crabs from our own waters are off the table for a while, it doesn't mean we've stopped loving them or valuing their importance in our local culture and economy. Fortunately we can raise our claws and toast the scampering scoundrels at the Eureka Crab Celebration, back again on Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30 with lots of fun, tasty and educational events on board. And thanks to Southern Oregon and Washington fishermen, the celebration will include our edible guests of honor.

Friday night from 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown and Old Town Eureka bars and restaurants serve up seafood specials and crab-themed drinks during the Crab Crawl (pay-as-you-go). Cracked, boiled, steamed, in a dip, in a salad, as cakes, in a martini (?) — we'll take 'em. Come back for seconds on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Saturday is a day of family fun at the Crab Festival at the Adorni Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring food, vendor booths, beer and wine, live music, crab education, kids activities, crab harvesting demonstrations, speeder car rides and more (free admission). Did we mention the mascot dance-off between Crusty the Crab, Sally the Salmon and Sasquatch at noon? Also on Saturday, take part in the 5K Crab Run starting at 10 a.m. at the Adorni Center ($10, $20 with shirt or hat). Then clickity-clack on over to the Eureka Theater for Roger Corman's Attack of the Crab Monsters at 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. (free). Watch giant, intelligent, brain-eating crabs terrorize people trapped on a shrinking island. We're going to need more butter.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Eat, Sleep, Fish

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Wishin you were fishin? Wish no more. Humboldt Steelhead Days makes it run Jan. 23 through Feb. 6. Two weeks of regional events filled to the gills with fishing, food and fun. From the Trinity to the Eel, here are some highlights to hook you:

In the Willow Creek area (Trinity River), things get jumpin' at the Humboldt Steelhead Days Kick-off Party on Jan. 22 at Coho Cottages from 5:30 p.m. (free). On Jan. 23 and Jan. 30, take the kids to Willow Creek Library for Humboldt Steelhead Days Story and Craft hour at 2 p.m. (free). Sample scrumptious local meats, fish, vegetables and wines at the Farm-to-Table Dinner later that evening at China Creek Cottages (time TBA, $100). When it's time to drop the bass, head over to the Willow Creek VFW Hall for the Humboldt Steelhead Days Community Dance starting at 4 p.m. with tunes by a DJ and three local bands ($15).

In the Mad River region, make your first stop the Mad River Brewing Co. for the Humboldt Steelhead Days Kick-off Party Jan. 22 at 5 p.m., and then take in the Humboldt Steelhead Expo at Blue Lake Business Park Jan. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. with fishing workshops, classes, Redwood Edventures activities, music and exhibitors (free). Don't miss festival favorite, Dell'Arte's Fish Tales III, at the Carlo Theatre, Jan. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. ($10, $5, free w/Steelhead Days registration).

In the Eel River area, the fun flows at the Eel River Kick-off Party & Mixer at the River Lodge Conference Center on Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. (free). In Scotia, there's the Timber Town Tour on Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. (free), followed by dinner and mixer at Scotia Inn at 5 p.m. ($35, $10). Round it out with the International Fly Fishing Film Festival at the Winema Theater at 6:15 p.m. ($15).

On Jan. 29 at the Eureka Theater, catch at the International Fly Fishing Film Festival again at 7 p.m. ($20, $15, $10). Doors open at 6 p.m. for pre film social hour. At the Adorni Center on Jan. 30, learn to tie flies and try out your skills on the five-hole casting course from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Steelhead Days Expo (free).

The culmination of the festival takes place Feb. 6 at the Sequoia Conference Center with the Humboldt Steelhead Days Awards Dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ($35 or free with HSD registration) with a tri-tip dinner and slide show of highlights from the competition.

Get a line on the complete list of events, visit

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Jan. 8 would have been Elvis Presley's 81st birthday, and every year around this time, fans gather at parties, tributes and theme nights to celebrate the King of Rock and Roll. This weekend sees the Big E in action on screen and onstage (in spirit) at two hip-shakin' events.

It's Elvis, Elvis, Elvis in Girls! Girls! Girls! at the Eureka Theater on Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. ($5). Elvis plays a Hawaiian fishing guide who loves the simple life and, you know, two women at the same time. Like one does when trying to keep things simple. There's fisticuffs, singing, girls in bikinis, singing and more singing. Toss on your coolest coconut-button shirt and enjoy a tropical cocktail in the lounge before the show. This one's sponsored by the folks at The Banana Hut Hawaiian BBQ (where they know a thing or two about rocking a lei and keeping things Aloha).

Next up, Bear River Casino hosts one of the best Elvis impersonators to slip on the sequins and hop into a jumpsuit when Travis Powell and his sideburns roll into town Jan. 23 for the Ultimate Elvis Extravaganza at 8 p.m. ($25, $150 VIP). The audience will be thanking the full-lipped, loose-hipped crooner very much for the experience.

Since they're on different nights, you don't have to choose between the two (take note, Elvis on a boat). Just make it an all-Elvis weekend. If the King taught us anything, it's that more is more.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Valhalla, Y'all

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 11:27 AM


It takes someone with a sterling set of spurs to tackle the swirling mythology and convoluted story line of Richard Wagner's 19-hour opera Der Ring des Nibelungen and turn it into a two-hour comedy set in modern-day Texas featuring Valkyries, Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and a dancing avocado. Well, someone did it — or at least (cow)poked a lot of fun at the challenge. With book and lyrics by Jim Luigs and music by Scott Warrender, the farcical adaptation of The Ring, Das Barbecü, plays Jan. 21 through Feb. 20 at North Coast Repertory Theater ($18 general, special performance prices vary).

Wagner meets Wrangler in this hilarious story of mismatched lovers who meet on the day of their shotgun double wedding amid three generations of feuding families, a magic ring of power, wild west lariat tricks and loads more. All the shenanigans of 30 characters are acted out by five actors. That's right, five actors have the challenging job of changing characters, costumes and dialects at a breakneck speed. Bless their hearts. The campy campfire musical is chock full of physical theater, sight gags, dancing, duets and more. You ain't seen nothing like this. So git.

Performances run Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. Jan. 22 to Feb. 20, with Thursday performances on Jan. 21 and Feb. 18 at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. Call the theater at 442-6278 or visit

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Another Hero

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller's gorgeous, long-awaited (20 years in the making) fourth film in the Mad Max franchise, rips across the big screen at the Arcata Theater Lounge on Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. ($5). Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star as two rebels on the run from a madman in a vast, stark landscape.

At a base level, the film is one long car chase to end all car chases. Its breathtaking action scenes that build upon each other aren't the creation of CGI, but rather the result of brilliant editing and cinematography by pros in the game. And it carries with it some heavy themes, but you'll have to sort those out for yourself when the dust settles.

In case you missed it in the theaters, or you're ready for another lap around the post-apocalyptic track, this is your chance to see it in all its big-screen glory for just a five spot. If all the critical acclaim, grease-smeared Hardy's stubbled jaw or Theron's burning stare aren't enough to get you to the theater, there's always the fact it made John J. Bennett's top 10 films of the year. Drive on.

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Friday, January 8, 2016


Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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January can be a bit of a desert for entertainment. But this week the Arcata Playhouse saves parched theater fans, hosting the international, award-winning play, A Day in the Desert, showing Jan. 8 at 4 and 8 p.m. and Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. ($20, Playhouse members $15, youth $10). The musical, mime/clown theatrical collaboration of South Africans Jenine Collocott and Nick Warren, and German actress and harpist Barbara Draeger tackles serious issues such as global warming and the loss of the natural world, but does so with inventive playfulness that appeals to kids and adults alike. Arcata native and artist Casey James Mulderig, who has spent the last five years studying, producing and performing in Europe, has teamed with the trio to bring this production to the playhouse.

A Day in the Desert revolves around two friends: Fiona (Collocott), an upright, unadventurous citizen who is afraid to set foot beyond her front door, and her extroverted friend Andromeda (Draeger), who persuades Fiona to join her on an adventure. The two hop an airplane headed for the Kalahari Desert. The production, directed by Vika Dahlberg-Hansen, won an Encore Ovation Award for theater excellence at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in South Africa when it premiered there in 2013. The show promises "magical realism that takes you from the confines of the inner city to the freedom of outer space and back." And you only need to get to Arcata.

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