Friday, December 30, 2016

NYE at RampArt Skatepark

Posted on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Parents, celebrate the New Year with abandon. RampArt Skatepark's Overnight Lock-In New Year's Eve will entertain the kids from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. ($15). Skate ramps, games, movies, breakfast and peace of mind all included.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

NYE Speakeasy at the Arcata Playhouse

Posted on Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 11:00 AM

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The Arcata Playhouse rings in the New Year with music, theater and dancing at Speakeasy and the Conglomerates on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. ($20, $18 members, $99 table of four-includes four drink tickets).

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The Handmaiden at The Miniplex

Posted on Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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On Friday, Dec. 30, catch an aesthetically gorgeous tale about the art of the con that takes an unexpected turn in 1930s Japanese-occupied Korea when The Handmaiden plays at The Miniplex at 8 p.m. ($8).

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Peace out, 2016

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM

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2017 is nearly here and like Niners fans in August, we're cautiously optimistic. But for Dec. 31, 2016? We're gonna party like it's 1999 — like Prince, Bowie and George would want us to.

Absynth Quartet New Year's Eve party is at the Arcata Theatre Lounge ($18, $14 advance) with doors at 8 p.m. Jenny Scheinman, Lyndsey Battle and Andrea Zvaleko join the boys onstage, and openers Scuber Mountain and Kingfoot get the party started. Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. (21 and up.) At the Mattole Grange starting at 6 p.m. — a New Year's Eve Square Dance ($10, $6 teens, under 12 free) with Paul Sheldon and the Mattole Mudstompers swinging until 10 p.m., then open mic and DJ music until midnight.

Blue Lake Casino's got the Zion I Crew for its NYE Party from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. in the Sapphire Palace ($30, $25 advance). Catch them and guests Mr. Lif, Xperience (XP), Pure Powers, DJ "M", Gabe Pressure and D'Vinity. Balloons drop at midnight, plus a Champagne toast, confetti cannon and photo booth.

The bass drops at Big Bass New Year's Eve, 8 p.m. at Tip Top Gentleman's Club with Masta Shredda and Grasshoppa ($15). Red Lion Hotel's party starts at 9 p.m. with DJ Pete Meyer, a Champagne toast and party favors (free entry). The Soul Hum New Year's Eve Party at Stone Junction Bar gets funky with Argonaut and DJ J Riggs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. (TBA) with a bubbly toast at midnight. The Miniplex is having an "R.I.P. 2016" NYE Dance Party from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (free) with DJs Crazy Leggs, Peter Piper and Spaceman Spliff spinning songs by artists who died in 2016. Oy. And Bear River Casino Hotel's Rockabilly New Year's Eve starts at 9 p.m. in the Ballroom and will have complimentary hats, noisemakers and DJ music (free).

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Pre-New Year's Eve Blues

Posted on Sun, Dec 25, 2016 at 4:00 AM

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You don't have to wait to send 2016 packing. (And why would you?) Dress in full feather and dance the night away with local musicians Michael Dayvid and Dominic Romano at the Pre-New Year's Eve Blues event on Tuesday, Dec. 27 from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Arcata Core Pilates Studio ($5). There'll be cider and treats for snacking. Bring something to share.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Humboldt Ice Rink Returns

Posted on Sat, Dec 24, 2016 at 4:00 AM

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Baby, it's cold outside. Cold enough to chatter our teeth but not freeze our lagoons. Don't let that dash your Cutting Edge dreams, skaters. Head to the Humboldt Ice Rink in Fortuna's Newburg Park now through Jan. 8 ($12, $8 kids, rental included). See www.humboldticerink.com for the schedule and start carving out those figure eights.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Little Holiday Help?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Not sure if you made the Nice List this year? Fear not. The Season of Giving offers plenty of opportunity to get in good graces. That sweater Aunt Tilda knitted you three Christmases ago that's still keeping the hanger warm? Chuck it into a Goodwill box. Winter coats, new socks and canned goods are all cherished by local organizations that help those in need. Here are a few places to start.

Food For People, which provides food assistance in Humboldt County, has holiday donation bags and drop sites across the county. Visit www.foodforpeople.org for a full list of donation drop sites. They are also in need of holiday hams and turkeys. Donations can be dropped off daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the food bank, 307 W. 14th St. in Eureka, next to the DMV.

The Eureka Rescue Mission is always looking for volunteers to help serve Christmas meals.

If you are interested in ladling out some kindness, give a call at 445-3787. The staff is also looking for gently used items for its thrift store, as well as food for its shelters. If you'd like to donate, call 443-2523.

Light up a kid's face this Christmas morning by making sure he or she is included in Santa's delivery. Drop off new toys for kids in need at Toys for Tots collection boxes placed throughout the community. Find locations or info about toy drives at www.eureka-ca.toysfortots.org.

There are also a number of animal rescue and shelter organizations that need pet food, cat litter, used newspapers, hay, grain, dog-walking volunteers and more. Check out Miranda's Rescue's website at www.mirandasrescue.org/links for a list of local animal rescue groups.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Celebrate the Magic of Reading

Posted on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM

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Winter break is long, parents. Take the kids to celebrate the magic of reading with Magician Dale Lorzo on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. in the Fortuna Library (free). The Master of Mirth and Magic mixes stories, illusions and games with audience participation. Little ones receive a free book to keep them entertained at home.

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Best Laid Plans

Posted By on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 4:57 PM

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Need a break before the holidays hit this weekend? Spend some time with a couple of couples at the Eureka Theater and the Arcata Theatre Lounge. Sure, other theaters have the explosion-riddled blockbusters but the aim here is to reduce stress, not add to it. The lines will be shorter, the crowds less frenetic and the scenes playing out on the screen more nostalgic. That's how to take in a movie during the holidays, right? Plus, booze.

On Thursday, Dec. 22, order a martini (or six to catch up) in the lobby of the elegant Eureka Theater and watch William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, an ex-detective and his socialite wife (and their little dog Asta, too) spend the holidays solving a murder mystery with wit and style in The Thin Man showing at 7:30 p.m. ($5). They're a tad drunk and so might you be. It's like spending time with family so don't feel guilty about stepping out.

Next stop, Arcata. Travel halfway across the country with Steve Martin and John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles playing at the Arcata Theatre Lounge on Friday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. ($5). The comedic giants star as Neal and Del, two guys who couldn't be more different, yet are stuck with each other trying to get home for the holidays amid a series of madcap mishaps that play out with hilarity and heart. If you think it's bad when 299 is closed ...

At five bucks a pop, these flicks buy you a nice reprieve from the holiday madness. Go on, give yourself the gift of sanity. Your family will thank you for it.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Holiday Dance

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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We are merrily making our way through December — up to our elbows in festivities, crafts fairs, concerts and parades. Humboldt's bountiful arts scene provides oodles of entertainment this time of year and plenty more nuts to crack.

One of the larger productions of the holiday dance classic is Sundance Ballet Company's The Nutcracker Ballet, playing Saturday, Dec. 17, with shows at 2 and 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre ($18, $15 kids, $15, $12 kids advance). This full-length production features new choreography by Artistic Director Carrie Badeaux, guest artists from the Bay Area and nearly 100 Dance Scene Studio students.

Trinity Ballet Academy presents Clara's Dream, Saturday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. at North Coast Repertory Theatre featuring traditional dances of The Nutcracker as well as dances of the First Noel. Trinity Ballet Academy's Youth Ballet Theater dancers, a group of students ages 11 to young adult, perform. Also performing are dancers of the academy's resident company, the Ballet Emmaus Project. For tickets and information call 839-1816.

And ... No Limits Dance Academy presents Candy Cane Lane, a holiday show featuring "colorful costumes, exciting music and spectacular dancing," on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts ($12.50, $8.50 kids 3-12 in advance, $19 adults, $15 for kids 12 and under at the door).

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