Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Keepin' it Kinetic: Last Legs

Posted By and on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 8:51 PM

Team 420 Shark!!! lights up the night sky. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Team 420 Shark!!! lights up the night sky.

In the end, Team Tempus Fugitorium crossed the Ferndale finish line first for a thrilling third consecutive win. Time flies and so do they. We tip our oversize steampunk hats to all who made it through the sand, sea, rough road and hellish hills. Today the sore and the sunburned rest — their battered contraptions stowed away until the wheels and axles can be cannibalized into new human-powered amphibious machines next year. Relive Sunday and Monday's adventures on water and land in Mark McKenna's photos of the action below. And may it inspire your greed for glory.
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Mack in the Saddle

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 8:00 AM

  • Photo By Mark Boyd

It's the first weekend in June. And 'round these parts, that means the town yonder north off 101 has itself a little celebration. Pony Express Days in McKinleyville makes its run June 1 to 5 with a cook-off, parade, gymkhana and all-day festival. The town "where horses have the right of way" ain't horsing around. Here's a round-up of all the fun:

On Wednesday, June 1, grab your tastin' spoons, slip a pack of Tums into the pocket of your Wranglers and head out to the Activity Center at Pierson Park for the Chili Cook-Off at 5:30 p.m. ($8). On Friday, June 3 there's a Farm Fest happening at A & L Feed and Garden Supply from noon to 4 p.m. with demos on homesteadin', kids' games and lots of lil' critters (free).

Fortify your troops Saturday, June 4 at the pancake breakfast at Azalea Hall from 8 to 10:30 a.m ($7, $4 kids) before watching the parade going down Central Avenue at 11 a.m. (free). After the cars, horses, kiddos and clowns strut their stuff, make your way to the festival at Pierson Park from noon to 4 p.m. (free). There you'll find music, barbecue, the Pony Express Saloon, a horseshoe tournament and bushels of family fun. For more horsey excitement, check out the gymkhana (competitive games on horseback) all day Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 at the Kjer Road Arena (free).

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Keepin' it Kinetic: Ahoy, Day 2!

Posted By and on Sun, May 29, 2016 at 9:39 PM

Planet Nine's cat people doggie paddle out on Humboldt Bay for the Kinetic Grand Championship on Sunday. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Planet Nine's cat people doggie paddle out on Humboldt Bay for the Kinetic Grand Championship on Sunday.
The Kinetic Grand Championship is the art race that floats. (Fingers crossed.) After the pageantry of the Arcata Plaza kick-off and the sandy adrenaline rush of Dead Man's Drop yesterday, racers hit Humboldt Bay with amphibious ambition today. Mark McKenna's slideshow below captures the wild and watery action. Stay tuned for news from the Ferndale finish line tomorrow, the third and final day of the annual mobile madness. 

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Keepin' it Kinetic: Day 1

Posted By and on Sat, May 28, 2016 at 8:51 PM

Ken Beidleman's Shark awaits its crew just prior to the noon kick off of the 2016 Kinetic Grand Championship.
  • Ken Beidleman's Shark awaits its crew just prior to the noon kick off of the 2016 Kinetic Grand Championship.

The great rolling circus that is the Kinetic Grand Championship took off from the Arcata Plaza today for the first leg of a three-day marathon of creativity, humor, stamina and daredevilry on wheels. Now in its 47th year, the Hobartian hullabaloo shows no signs of slowing down (maybe we need another brake check) or running out of wild ideas. Photographer Mark McKenna caught the action on the plaza and the infamous Dead Man's Drop in Manila. Check out this slideshow below and bask in the glory.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

All Guts, All Glory

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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The creativity, ingenuity and stamina involved in pulling off the world-famous "Triathlon of the Art World," the Kinetic Grand Championship, May 28 to 30 (free), is a thing to behold. The event started 47 years ago with a playful challenge from one artist to another and featured founder Hobart Brown's Pentacycle and a mere three blocks of madness. It has grown into the Memorial Day Weekend juggernaut of today, covering 42 miles of land, water, mud and sand, and sparking a handful of local, dedicated kinetic-related organizations. Someone you know is connected to the race somehow. Call it One Degree of Kinetic Nation.

If you have family in town for the holiday weekend, make sure to work the spectacle into your plans. Start at the Arcata Plaza on Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon to watch the racers take a few laps around McKinley under the scrutiny of the newly crowned Rutabaga Queen Poisin Candie and a sizable crowd of enthusiasts. They'll then head off on Samoa Boulevard to Manila for the first leg, where at 1 p.m., you can watch them tumble, slide and flop down Deadman's Drop before making their way through Eureka, ending at Halvorsen Park. Sunday, they head south through Loleta and Fernbridge to the finish line on Main Street in Ferndale on Monday. Along the way, there are parties and organized shenanigans. For a complete schedule of the insanity, go to www.kineticgrandchampionship.com.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Her Rutabaga Highness

Posted By and on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 12:36 PM

PoiSin Candie, left, celebrates being crowned the 2016 Rutabaga Queen with 2015 Queen Glorya Kiddnetica. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • PoiSin Candie, left, celebrates being crowned the 2016 Rutabaga Queen with 2015 Queen Glorya Kiddnetica.
On Saturday, May 21, the Kinetic cognoscenti gathered for the annual Rutabaga Ball at the Arcata Community Center. There, royal hopefuls competed in lavish costumes, singing, dancing, skating and bribing judges for a chance to join the ranks of the Rutabaga Queens and preside over the impending Kinetic Grand Championship this weekend. The queens — fulfilling their lifetime appointments, because this isn't the easy retirement papacy, people — sat in judgement, swimming in swag, finally bestowing the crown upon Princess PoiSin Candie, she of the roller skates and pink hair. Kneel before your new queen, Humboldt, and tremble at her glory. 

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Stand and Deliver

Posted By on Sat, May 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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When TED talks, people listen.

The fourth annual TEDxHumboldtBay takes the stage Sunday, May 22 at 1 p.m. at the Arcata Theatre Lounge ($20). A dozen local presenters — including poets, artists, a yoga instructor, a theater maker, a data lover and a teacher — will share personal experiences on this year's theme: "Incite > Insight."

For the uninitiated, TED talks are short, well-crafted presentations, often with videos and props, in which people share their concepts and world views, often with the intent to inspire change for the greater good. According to www.ted.com, "TED (technology, entertainment and design) is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas." The entity created an offshoot called TEDx, with the "x" standing for "independently organized events," for a TED-like experience in places like Humboldt. And Humboldt is chock-full of people with ideas.

2016 TedxHumboldtBay presenter Matt Cendejas says, "An objective of my talk is to share the legacy of inspiration, because inspiration doesn't end when a conversation is over. Inspiration is a legacy that continues to motivate people for years." This Sunday, see what Cendejas and others see. You may walk away with your own TEDx presentation percolating. And that's the idea.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Crowning Around

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 10:58 AM

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The Ball is in Arcata's court — the one named for a turnip-like vegetable, that is. This Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m., the Arcata Community Center hosts one of Humboldt's grandest (and ka-ray-ziest) parties benefiting its grandest annual event. The 2016 Rutabaga Ball ($10, $7 if you bring your own cup), the royal counterpart to the Grand Kinetic Championship, gets the glory going a week before the three-day race and gives us our Rutabaga Queen.

Contestants vying for the crown compete in three rounds: Ball Gown, Water Crossing and "Talent." Talent is loosely defined as indicated by the use of quotations. Playful irreverence is the order of things. Creativity counts, as does entourage enthusiasm. The louder the audience screams for contestants, the more it impresses the judges (past and forever Queens), since the ability to whip up participation is deemed a very Queenly quality. That, and knowing how and with what to bribe (so we've heard).

This year's contestants are: Lady Lasagna, Baron von Snooz, Princess Candie, Sparkle Lumina, April Shower, Mr. Mustachio and Venus Verde. There is no age or gender requirement to run for Rutabaga Queen; this is the Kinetic Universe, after all. The only rule to rule is that the fun is the law of the land. Join emcees Amy and Cliff Berkowitz, and Queen Lotta Paintbuckets, who organized the sparkling spectacle, in the revelry. Libations by Mad River Brewery, specialty cocktails by the Queens and live music by Lizzy and the Moonbeams keep the fun alive. By order of the court.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

The One That We Want

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM

  • Grease

"Summer lovin' had me a blast ... "

If you're gearing up right now to belt out the next line to "Summer Nights," the infectious he-said-she-said account of high school romance from Grease, you're not alone and you're in for a treat. The 1978 movie adaptation of the musical about a group of high schoolers in the 1950s is playing Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. the Arcata Theatre Lounge ($5).

Those of us who know every word to every song are making plans to pack the ATL on Friday and bust out some Hopelessly Devoted To You. Imagine it: a giant-screen, electrifying night of movie Karaoke. We got chills. (You know what they're doin'.)

The love story featuring wholesome exchange student Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) and good-hearted greaser Dannny Zuko (John Travolta) was a smash. It broke box-office records, charted four Billboard No. 1 hits and remains one of the top-selling soundtracks of all time. Thanks in large part to Travolta and Newton-John's on-screen chemistry and iconic performances by Stockard Channing, Didi Conn, Jeff Conway and seasoned actors Sid Caesar, Joan Blondell and Eve Arden.

Girls, grab your Pink Ladies jackets, and bros, shine your T-Birds. It's gonna be a night you won't forget.

Tell us about it, stud.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Get on Your Bikes and Ride

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM

  • Courtesy of St. Joseph Health

May is National Bike Month and our bike-friendly area has plenty of activities planned to encourage people to tool around on two instead of four wheels.

This week, Siren's Song Tavern is showing short films at the all-ages Humboldt Bike Shorts Film Night on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. (free). Fortuna's Sport & Cycle is having a family bike clinic on Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (free). Kids can have their helmets and bikes safety-checked and tuned-up at the Kids' Bike Rodeos at Blue Lake Family Resource Center on May 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Loleta Elementary School on May 14 from 10 a .m. to 1 p.m.

SCRAP Humboldt is having a "trick-out your" Bike Party on May 14 at 3 p.m.($5). The Humboldt Hardcourt Bike Polo Demo happens Sunday, May 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Manila Bay Community Park (TBA), and the Eureka Co-op's energizer station is open from 7 to 9 a.m. on Bike to Work Day Eureka happening Wednesday, May 18. Cyclists can meet their bike brethren at the rally the same day at noon at the Old Town Gazebo (free).

There's plenty more two-wheeling fun happening this month. For a complete list of Bike Month events, visit www.humbike.org.

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