Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Festival de Cine

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 11:56 AM

The 18th annual International Latino Film Festival lights up Mill Creek Cinema March 1 through 3 at 6 p.m. ($5 per film, free to students enrolled in specific classes at HSU/CR). This collaboration of Humboldt State University's Department of World Languages and Cultures and College of the Redwoods' Arts and Humanities Department lets viewers enjoy and discuss films relating to Hispanic culture and experience. This year's selections couldn't be more timely.

Keynote speaker Karim Hauser Askalani, a former BBC journalist in the Middle East and currently head of Governance at Casa Árabe in Madrid, introduces three films followed by discussion with HSU and CR faculty. The festival delves into the theme of "Arab Cultural Heritage in Spain" with: Adiós Carmen, the story of a 10-year-old Moroccan boy who is introduced to the world through cinema by his new friend Carmen, a Spanish exile; Wilaya, a drama about a Sahrawi refugee family suddenly confronted with the death of the mother and the return of the younger sister who has lived most of her life in Spain; and Retorno a Hansala, in which a woman loses her brother in an illegal immigration attempt and must return his body to their homeland. All films will be shown in Spanish, Arabic and Berber with English subtitles, so bring your glasses.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Humboldt Style: Boots and Brands

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 1:08 PM

Brandy Mincks and Sorrel Divis button up and buckle up. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Brandy Mincks and Sorrel Divis button up and buckle up.

Next year, when you're standing in front of your open closet wondering what to wear to the Humboldt Del Norte Cattlemen's Association's annual spring dinner and dance, you'll want to scroll through this slideshow. The guys and gals who kicked up their heels in the Humboldt County Fairgrounds' Belotti Hall came correct. (Incidentally, turquoise is having a serious moment.) While volunteers dished out barbecued tri-tip, attendees cruised the auction items — everything from a Guy Fieri-themed basket to a log cabin dollhouse to a throne of horseshoes and antlers — and brought the ranch-style swag. 

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Friday, February 19, 2016

King Clown

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 8:00 AM

  • Photo Courtesy of the artist

Gale McNeeley, Dell'Arte graduate and veteran of television, movies, Broadway and more, returns to his beloved Humboldt County for two performances this month. Known for his original political satires and musical cabarets, the expressive actor, singer, dancer and clown brings his one-man show featuring Archy and Mehitabel (the "poetic cockroach" and "morally careless alley cat") and an assortment of original characters to HLOC's the SPACE on Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m., and to The Crib on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. ($10-$20 suggested donation).

McNeeley lived in Humboldt from 1976 to 1982, where he was a founding member of the Kit-n-Kaboodle Clown Circus and the Sweet Georgia Brown Clowns. After graduating from Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, McNeeley taught musical comedy and clown at College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University. He's on a national tour with his Archy and Mehitabel show, "but my heart still lives in Humboldt County," says Gale. "It's where I want to celebrate my 70 years of life, playing the characters I love for old and new friends alike."

Don't miss this witty and innovative performer, and wish him happy birthday on Feb. 21.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Young and Fabulous

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM

  • Photo Courtesy of Fuscia Rae

After weeks of learning costume, makeup, stage and performance tips from local drag experts, Humboldt youth ages 10 through 21 take the stage at Synapsis Studio and work it at the Color Me Queer Drag Show and Dance Party Feb. 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. (donation, free for 21 and under)

The all-ages event features an after-party dance with DJ Anya and is brought to you by The Raven Project, a youth outreach program that provides services for at-risk youth, including many in the LGBTQA+ community who are discovering who they are by bending and blending the lines of gender identity and expression. This show is the first of its kind in Humboldt and it is kind of a big deal. In drag, performers can present any way they choose, regardless of gender identity, biological sex or sexual orientation. It is a way to find yourself by transforming yourself — all in front of a cheering audience. Not a bad way to come out.

As the workshops by local drag stars Fuscia Rae and Justin Cider taught, drag is about more than hair and makeup — it's craft. Whether a drag act is about music, comedy, dance or simply embodying larger-than-life confidence, a well-groomed mustache or well-turned ankle can turn heteronormativity on its head. And we can always use a little of that.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Out There on the Edge of the Prairie

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM


Some 40 plus years ago, Garrison Keillor created a live radio variety show called A Prairie Home Companion, featuring folk music, humor and tales of life in a fictional Midwestern town. Its first audience was a mere 12 people and today it is heard by millions across the wires, on stages and over the Internet. "When the show started," Keillor recalls, "it was something funny to do with my friends, and then it became an achievement that I hoped would be successful and now it's a good way of life." Fans of the boyish storyteller, noted for his thick-rimmed glasses and signature smirk, can enjoy some of that good way of life when Keillor and his distinctive voice grace the Van Duzer Theater on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ($66, $10 HSU students).

In APHC, Keillor brought audiences the quaint, lovable land of Lake Wobegon, his fictional hometown, as well as Dusty and Lefty (the Odd Couple of cowboys), and Guy Noir, Radio Private Eye. His voice is as soothing as a lullaby, but the humor it delivers keeps you from nodding off. Keillor is the antithesis of the mouthy, drunk uncle from whom you try to run at family gatherings; he is that familiar fellow you'd love to sit with on the porch as he regales you with story after story. See what tales he brings to Arcata — from one quirky small town to another.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Cupid, Draw Back Your Bow

Posted By on Sat, Feb 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM


Valentine's Day (or, as I like to call it, Half-off Chocolates Eve) is a day when couples thank their lucky stars and swoon, and singles twiddle their thumbs and scowl — and vice versa. Whatever your take on it, there are plenty of things to do on Sunday, Feb. 14. The ones below are (mostly) for pairs, so bring a plus one, platonic or otherwise. As conversation hearts have been politely asking for decades, "why not"? (Seriously. Cancel your date with Adele's latest tearjerker and show yourself a little love this Valentine's Day.)

Learn how to rumba then twirl your partner amid works of art at the Valentine's Dance with USA Dance at Morris Graves Museum of Art from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($5, $2, free to MGMA members/children).

Maybe you just like to listen? How about the Valentine Chamber Matinee, the Eureka Symphony's annual benefit concert featuring trios (lower your eyebrow) by Mozart and Dvořák? It's at the Eureka Woman's Club from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ($30).

There's a Valentine's Sunset Paddle (again with the eyebrow) at Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center at 2:30 p.m. ($45, $35 HSU) where you can make waves around Woodley Island in a tandem kayak. (P.S.: This one includes complimentary chocolate. Sweet!) Or you could make something memorable at Valentine's Night Out at SCRAP Humboldt, from 6:30 p.m. ($80/couple). The two of you can enjoy an evening of food, music and (a)more.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Pins and Needles: Inked Hearts 2016

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 5:23 PM

"Gucci" commits to some icons by Juan Gonzalez of Exclusive Ink also from Salinas, California. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • "Gucci" commits to some icons by Juan Gonzalez of Exclusive Ink also from Salinas, California.
Lots of creative body art was on display at the seventh annual Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo at the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel on Feb. 4 through Feb. 7. Over 20 invited tattoo artists from all over the U.S. were booked up during most of the long weekend. Check out the slideshow below for photos from the day.

Attendees signed up for and sat through their tattoos or checked out the “flash” artwork and the vendors' wares. The days ended with performances by Marquese Scott and Sam Greenspan, as well as tattoo contests with categories such as Best Black and White, Best Traditional, Best Leg, Best Back, Best Portrait, Best Color, Best Tribal, Best of Day and Best of Show.

Stacey McGruder of Eureka won this year's Miss Inked Hearts Contest on Friday evening, and David Couch, also of Eureka, picked up awards for Best of Day and the Expo’s Best of Show on Sunday.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016


Posted By on Sat, Feb 6, 2016 at 8:15 AM

The largest fundraiser of the year for the Redwood Discovery Museum is also one of Humboldt’s wildest and silliest events — which is saying something. Teams with themes and solitary dignitaries all dive into the frigid waters of the bay to raise money for the interactive educational children's museum at the Perilous Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. on Eureka’s waterfront (free to watch). Previous plungers have included a Dr. Seuss, a red fish and a Thing 1 and Thing 2. Now in its 15th year, spectators can cheer on this year’s teams including The Wet Pussycats, Dunkin’ Don is Nuts, Recreation Rockstarz and others.

Before they get wet and wild, participants proudly parade from Old Town to the boardwalk, and you don’t want to miss that. The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. The festivities include awards for best team jump, best costume and the coveted King and Queen titles. This year, there’s no after party but the night before the plunge, plungers and their friends can enjoy an all-ages Open House Beach Party with food and drink at the Discovery Museum on Friday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. ($15 for non-plungers).

Go on, take the plunge or shell out for someone else’s leap. Either way, you’re helping support one of the community’s best youth resources. Monies from the splashy event enable the museum to develop new exhibits, programs and camps, provide scholarships and free programs to the community, as well as maintain low admission and membership rates. That’s worth getting your feet wet.
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Friday, February 5, 2016

Far Above the World

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 9:30 AM

David Bowie was a man who did it all — music, acting, fashion, art — influencing every industry he touched. He showed us it was OK to be odd, colorful and different with his unabashed self and ever-changing personas. His self-awareness was the compass from which his inventions and reinventions sprang forth and returned.

A few spots are paying tribute to the charismatic and enigmatic icon. Catch his acting debut in The Man Who Fell to Earth, playing at the Arcata Theatre Lounge on Friday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. ($5) and at Richards’ Goat Tavern & Tea Room on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. ($6.50). Also at the Goat that night, see him epitomize cool in The Hunger, a film I watched at least half a dozen times as a teen, crammed into the tiny rooms you could rent at Old Town Billiards and Video with my art house friends back in the ’80s. It’s on at 9 p.m. and also runs a well-worth-it $6.50.

On the lighter side, the Eureka Theater is showing Jim Henson’s fantasy classic Labyrinth on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ($5). You can take the kids to this one. Just keep them close — the Goblin King gets a little grabby.

Bowie was a star posing as a man posing as a starman. He transcended labels, genres and the ordinary, leaving a legacy as eternal and expansive as the cosmos to which he devoted much of his art.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Art of Ink

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 8:00 AM


If you're itchin' for some ink let the pros have a stab at you at the Inked Hearts Expo at Blue Lake Casino from Thursday, Feb. 4 through Sunday, Feb. 7 ($10 day pass, $30 all access for all four days). Tattoo artists, representing a diverse array of styles and backgrounds, come with guns blazin' from all over the country to participate. So roll up your sleeves (or touch up your sleeves) and get a little color this weekend. With vendors, art, clothing, Glamourpuss Pin-up Studio photo shoots, piercing, contests and entertainment, there's plenty to see and do.

Thursday is a day to get acquainted with the scene and sign up for tattoos (if spots are still available). On Friday, check out the Tatau demonstrations by A-Town Tattoo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Don't miss the talented and tatted women taking to the stage for the Miss Inked Hearts Contest on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by a performance by the No.1 ranked street dancer in the world Marquese Scott (this dude is smoooth ) at 8 p.m. You can watch him pop, lock and roll again Saturday at 1:30 and 7 p.m. What would an ink expo be without a little friendly competition? See the best of the best compete in tattoo contests for best traditional, best portrait, best tribal, best black and white, best color and more. The throwdowns go down Friday at 9 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Expo hours are from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about the expo or to buy tickets online, visit

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