Monday, October 31, 2016

Little Monsters

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Committed dad David McBroom goes all out with daughter Aubrey. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Committed dad David McBroom goes all out with daughter Aubrey.

Halloween isn't over yet — aggressive candy-handlers will be fanning out across our county tonight to fill their plastic pumpkins, come whatever weather. For many, it's round two, after chasing that high-fructose high from shop to shop along Main Streets and plazas on Saturday. Eureka's Old Town was packed with ghouls and game characters galore, some adorable, some disturbing. Enjoy this slideshow of the costumed fun and let it inspire you for tonight — even if it rains.


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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Fun-Size

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It's here! The most magical time of the year for little ghouls and goblins. With free trick-or-treating, costume contests, parades and old-fashioned carnival fun, there's plenty to do this Halloween. We've got the scoop on the (not so) scary spots for your little monsters.

McKinleyville's Halloween Costume Parade is Saturday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. at McKinleyville Safeway Shopping Plaza (free). Get your Draculas in a row at the small kiosk in the parking lot before 11 a.m. to join. Old Town's Trick or Treat fun also happens Saturday, Oct. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. (free) and is open to costumed children 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult.

Halloween day trick-or-treating happens in Arcata, Fortuna and Garberville. Arcata's Trick or Treat on the Plaza is Monday, Oct. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. (free). Fortuna's Trick or Treat takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Main Street (free) — also for costumed children 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult. And Southern Humboldt is having a Halloween Fest on Monday, Oct. 31 at the Garberville Town Square with a costume and scream contest starting at 3:30 p.m. with small-town trick-or-treat to follow (free).

Halloween evening, corral the kids in a safe place for candy and games at the Kids Karnival 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds (free) or the Halloween Carnival at Dow's Prairie Grange Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. (please bring canned food or non-perishables).

And boasting plenty of tricks, RampArt Skatepark is having its Halloween Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. ($5) featuring two bands, a costume contest and a skate contest.


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Thursday, October 27, 2016

King-Size

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If you're skipping the family-friendly portion of Halloween this year and are looking instead for grown-up thrills and chills, here's a sampling of events sure to scare the wits out of you.

The granddaddy of local scream-throughs, the Haunted Kinetic Lab of Horrors is back Oct. 28 through 31, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Kinetic Sculpture Lab ($12). This shriek-fest is recommended for ages 13 and over and features live music outside — to drown out the screams.

Head down to the foggy docks at Waterfront and Commercial street for The Haunted 1091 Ghost Ship on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. ($10). Wear flat shoes for this one. You'll be creeping through three levels of steely terror (and you may need to run). Ages 12 and up only.

Ghouls, zombies and other crazies run amok at The Haunted Mill Tour at Blue Ox Millworks from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, Saturday and Monday, ($12). No children under 13 admitted. Bring an extra pair of big boy/girl pants for this one.

Tucked away in the rural reaches of Willow Creek is Dream Quest's Haunted House, happening Oct. 29-31 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Mayfair Drive, one block off of State Route 299 ($5). Apparently a film company of dubious reputation has set up a studio in Willow Creek ... Not recommended for children.

And for an evening of macabre entertainment, don't miss Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka's spookfest, Cirque de Soulless: The Illusion, Saturday, Oct. 29 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Sequoia Conference Center ($65, $60 advance). This one has it all: music, dancing, appetizers and ... terror!


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Friday, October 21, 2016

The Ghouls Next Door

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Halloween is a time for dressing up or taking it off — depending on the party. And sometimes it's about dressing up and taking it off. Get ready for the latter. Va Va Voom Revue is bringing the boo (m) to the Eureka Theater Saturday, Oct. 22 with its scintillating Halloween show, Ghouls Night Out ($25 premiere seats, $15 general). Doors open at 8 p.m. for cocktails and mingling. Get your howl on at 9 p.m. when the house lights go down and the stage lights come up.

The show features not only the bewitching ladies of Va Va Voom, but special guests, costume contests (go on, toss on a tassel or two), games, a 50/50 raffle and other vampy fun. Joining the show are the baddest asses in the biz, Grrrlz 2 Men, the dashing Justin Cider and the sultry hip shakers of Tribal Oasis Bellydance. Keeping things smooth all night long is emcee, Mr. Drag King Humboldt himself, Hugh Johnson. And perhaps the best part of the evening? A special calendar sneak peek of Pinups and Pooches, which benefits the Companion Animal Foundation. Mrrow.

Advance tickets will save you a few bones ($20 premiere, $12 general). Get them at Good Relations, Annex 39 and Old Growth Tattoo. The event is 21 and over.


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Shake, Señora

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Love to dance? Love Halloween and/or Dead of the Dead, but can't wait any longer to twirl your skirts or tailcoats? Then don't miss USA Dance's October dance event, a Día de los Muertos-themed evening Saturday, Oct. 22 at Redwood Raks ($10, $5 USA Dance members/seniors/students w/ID). Doors open at 6 p.m. with a merengue dance lesson at 6:30 p.m. followed by Latin dancing until 10 p.m.

Swing your sugar and shake your skulls at this Day of the Dead dance party, put on by the Humboldt chapter of USA Dance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and the quantity of ballroom dancing in the country. We've got a pretty active chapter here that offers frequent events that feature a lesson followed by dancing. Everyone is welcome whether they have dance experience or not, to dance or just spectate. Sometimes it's a pleasure just to watch the smooth moves of couples on the floor, and October's evening's exhibition of lively merengue should be especially fun. Halloween/Day of the Dead dress is encouraged (but not required) and sugar skull face-painting is offered and included with entry fee (although tips are appreciated). So shake, rattle and roll in your best bone suits.


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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Salud!

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How you feeling? LatinoNet's 10th annual Spanish language health fair, Festejando Nuestra Salud/Celebrating Our Health, takes place Sunday, Oct. 16 at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds from noon to 4 p.m. (free).

Presented by The Latino Community Providers' Network, an organization working to improve the quality of life for Spanish-speaking families of the North Coast, the fair offers free health screenings and information as well as free lunch, cultural music and dance, kids' activities and more.

Families can connect with Humboldt County resource providers offering information about health care and senior and children's health services, as well as take advantage of free cholesterol and blood glucose testing, flu vaccinations, children's eye exams and dental screenings. Representatives from CalFresh will also be on hand to sign up eligible families.

In addition to the free health resources, there's plenty of fun on hand. Face painting, arts and crafts, pony rides and bounce houses for the kids, and musical entertainment provided by La Nueva Ilusión Grupo Musical and DJ Kaide. Visitors can also try their luck in a raffle with great prizes.

The event is part of several activities planned for Binational Health Week, from Oct. 3 to Oct. 18. For more information, go to www.binationalhealthweek.org. For more information on LatinoNet, visit www.latinonet.org or call 532-4256.


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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lightning Strikes

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 4:48 PM

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It's a dark and stormy night ... what better time to work on your 99-word Flash Fiction Issue entry? You never know, you could even end up with a book, like frequent flash contributor Neil Tarpey, whose collection of extremely short stories, Flashes of Lightning, comes out in just a few weeks. He writes that banging out quickies for the Journal's contest “sparked my passion for writing fiction limited to 101 words or fewer.” In fact, eight of the stories in the collection were first published in the Journal's pages (sample a few here and here). 

You can catch Tarpey, a retired Times-Standard sports scribe, reading from the collection at Booklegger on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. during Arts Alive! and at Northtown Books on Nov. 11 during Arts! Arcata. Mind you, that's after this year's Oct. 24 flash fiction deadline, but you can still pick up a signed copy for luck.  
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Dark Comedy

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Creepy clowns are getting a lot of press these days. Some scarier than others — or more orange. It seems there's a lot more scare with these jesters and not enough laughter. But what if there's just the right balance of fright and delight? Lucky for us, the trained and talented clowns of the Dell'Arte Company have some bloody good fun up their sleeves and they're ready to scare audiences silly at The 2016 Macabre Cabaret, playing Oct. 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. in the Carlo Theatre ($15, $12 seniors/students).

The popular annual fall show returns this year with a series of spooky tales in the Grand Guignol theater style — short, sensationalized dramas meant to horrify and shock audiences. But fear n

ot (or not as much), the Dell'Arte company brings plenty of commedia to soften the edges. Prepare for an evening of blood, guts and belly laughs as company and guest performers — including Michael Fields, James Peck and David Powell, and Dell'Arte alum Debbie McMahon, director of Los Angeles' The Grand Guignolers — deliver an evening of over-the-top thrills, kills and chills. The show is recommended for ages 16 and up.


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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

ArMack Silent Film Festival

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OK. Enough of all that scary stuff. The ArMack Silent Film Festival promises an evening of old-fashioned film fun with showings of Buster Keaton's The Haunted House (1921) and Charlie Chaplin's The Adventurer (1917), featuring live sound effects and orchestral soundtrack ($5). Performances run Oct. 13-14 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 15 at 2 and 7 p.m. at McKinleyville High School, and Oct. 27-28 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Arcata High School Fine Arts Center.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Corpse Bride Ballet

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Want to get into the Halloween spirit this weekend, but Sweeney Todd is a bit too gruesome? How about Tim Burton Lite? The Dance Scene Studio and SunDance Ballet Company present highlights from The Corpse Bride Ballet (based on Burton's film), Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Morris Graves Museum of Art ($5, $2, free for members/kids).

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