Monday, January 30, 2017

Splash and Dash

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 12:05 PM

Splashing across Little River toward the finish line. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Splashing across Little River toward the finish line.

Even at low tide, runners in the 52nd Trinidad to Clam Beach Run Honoring Ford Hess found crossing the Little River at Moonstone Beach a little more challenging in this non-drought year on Saturday, Jan. 28. The mild, sunny weather brought out a crowd to Clam Beach to watch the soaking-wet runners approach the finish line. The Marching Lumberjacks provided a little musical inspiration at the finish line before heading into the water themselves.

Runners participated in a newly added half marathon or 3-, 5 3/4- or 8 3/4 mile run/walks. The Trinidad to Clam Beach Run is sponsored by the Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce. Profits from the Run support the chamber's scholarship fund. Bundle up and view the slide show below for highlights.

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Serious Fun

Posted on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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See through the lens of community media maker Eileen McGee at Local Filmmakers Night, featuring This Work Is Serious Fun – a collection of McGee's films showing on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Eureka High School Lecture Hall ($5). Following the screening, take part in a Q&A session, play movie trivia and win prizes.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

UPDATE: Shameless Paparazza Hounds Actors

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 6:08 PM

Robinson and Clement bending a bit to make the writer appear taller because that is what true gentlemen do. - KIM BERGEL
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  • Robinson and Clement bending a bit to make the writer appear taller because that is what true gentlemen do.
UPDATE: Official confirmation has finally come from the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission regarding the famous folk we've been seeing around Eureka. In a press release this morning, Cassandra Hesseltine, who's kept contractually mum up until now, stated that Jemaine Clement, Craig Robinson, Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch, Matt Berry and Director Jim Hosking were all in town to film An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn. (This is not the title we previously reported after getting it from a source who shall remain nameless and whom we are not judging because Humboldt weed is strong, people, and out-of-towners need a little slack.) No word yet on when this comes out but we'll keep you posted.

Shameless and a little lazy, honestly. Actors Craig Robinson (The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, What We Do in the Shadows) were right downstairs from the Journal offices at Because Coffee today, after all. The two are in town, along with Aubrey Plaza, filming an indie film directed by Jim Hosking (The Greasy Strangler) called Lena Left Lynn.

Rae Robison and Megan Johnson snap a selfie with Jemaine Clement at the Eureka Women's March on Saturday, Jan. 21. - RAE ROBISON
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  • Rae Robison and Megan Johnson snap a selfie with Jemaine Clement at the Eureka Women's March on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Both Robinson and Clement are enjoying our fair county — Robinson even snapped a sweet photo of an elk up at Prairie Creek — and say they're impressed by its arts scene. Clement, who hails from New Zealand finds our verdant coastal landscape familiar and other than the odd journalist (ahem), everybody's been pretty cool. Eureka City Councilmember Kim Bergel stopped by the coffee shop with her son, with whom Robinson posed for a photo. She also took the one above — which they insisted I had to be in.
Clement also joined the Women's March in Eureka this past weekend (Robinson had to work) and was impressed by the turnout.

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No Day But Today

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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In the opening number of Jonathan Larson's rock opera Rent, one of the main characters asks, "How do you document real life when real life's getting more like fiction each day?" Well, you keep it real. You do like the character eventually does — make art in the face of it. You go see art in action. And if you haven't seen Rent, now is your chance.

Groundbreaking. Defiant. Political. These words describe the Broadway phenomenon Rent, coming to the Van Duzer Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 31 and Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. ($66, $25 HSU).

Larson's re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, follows a year in the lives of seven artists in New York City's East Village in 1989. The play addresses poverty, the disparity between the haves and the have-nots, the struggle to express one's art, authenticity, emotion and life.

To rent is to borrow. All of what we experience is temporary, transitory. One of Rent's themes is living and loving fully while facing the spectre of death. In La Bohème, the plague is tuberculosis. In Rent, it is AIDS in the 1980s. The disease decimated Larson's circle of friends and no one was talking about it. Rent became a platform to shout what needed to be heard. To make it relatable to a young audience, Larson couched his message in rock music. And it worked. Rent took the theatrical world by storm, winning four Tony Awards and a Pulitzer in 1996. Its message of treating with compassion the disenfranchised, the marginalized — people of color, LGBTQIA, artists, those without healthcare or houses — is now more timely than ever. Don't miss your chance to see this art in action. Viva La vie Bohème.

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Planned Parenthood Choices Breakfast

Posted on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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There's no better time to support Planned Parenthood than right now. Join others in solidarity and learn how to take action to protect preventive and reproductive health care at the Planned Parenthood Choices Breakfast, Friday, Jan. 27 at 7:45 a.m. at the Elk's Lodge ($40, $30 advance). Featured keynote speaker is J.J. Straight.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Laughing Matters

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Chris Riggins
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If your resolutions for 2017 are to reduce stress and be healthy, few things can get you there faster than a good laugh with good friends. There are two events this weekend sure to do the trick, so grab your pals and make a night of it. Come on, get happy.

After taking a hiatus last year, The Redwood Comedy Festival is back Friday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. at The River Lodge Conference Center ($20, $150 VIP table for four people). Enjoy a night of stand-up comedy, entertainment, food and drinks with top comedians from all over the Pacific Northwest at your service. Headliner Chris Riggins delivers the ha!s along with host "Just" Dave Bressoud and jokesters Benjie Wright, Jesus U. BettaWork, Sarah Lowe, Sharon Birzer and more. Bring cash for the full bar and snack shop to make it a party.

And now for something completely different ... ZOUNDS X! A Decade of Decadence, Redwood Curtain Theatre's annual live radio event, brings the in-zany-ty Saturday, Jan. 28 at Blue Lake Hotel and Casino's Sapphire Palace ($55, $400/table of eight). The actors will have you falling off your seat (the wine and no-host bar also help) with musical parodies, improv, sketch comedy and more. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for hors d'oeuvres and a live auction and raffle, with a catered dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. Audience members will have a chance to buy a line within the script and join the cast onstage as a part of the live fun. Steal the show!

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Roller Derby Season Opener

Posted on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 4:51 PM

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The tracks at Redwood Acres are getting loud again. Make some noise at the Humboldt Roller Derby Season Opener on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 5-9 p.m. at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds ($15, $12 advance, free for kids under 10). The first action of the 10-year anniversary season starts with a shortened expo game at 5 p.m., followed by a full-length bout featuring the North Jetty Bettys vs. the Widow Makers.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Black Violin

Posted on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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If you like hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass mixed in with your classical violin, don't miss a night genre-busting music courtesy of Black Violin on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Van Duzer Theatre ($36, $10 HSU students). The stereotype-defying duo is accompanied by a band that features a drummer and turntable whiz DJ SPS.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

The Best Medicine

Posted on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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Meryl Streep quoted her late friend Carrie Fisher: "Take your broken heart, make it into art." Circumstances may be what they are but we are not powerless to bring about the world we want to see, become the tribe we wish to be.

Local comedian Sam Wingspan and Calder Johnson, artistic director of North Coast Repertory Theatre, are two such souls doing what they can. They have collaborated to bring Humboldt a monthly series of stand-up shows called "Comedy Comes Home," from which all proceeds are donated to the local charities and nonprofits that may be threatened by the Trump administration. The first show, Sunday, Jan. 22 at 9:30 p.m. at North Coast Repertory Theatre ($5-$10 donation), brings local comedians Sam Wingspan, Dutch Savage, James Stephen, John McClurg and Jessica Grant to the stage and benefits the Natural Resources Defense Council.

"Comedy and shows are what I know I can do to raise money to help our amazing county," Wingspan says. "I hope through these shows to primarily entertain but also to inspire others to use whatever many varied talents they have at their disposal to enrich our world as well. If we all work toward our strengths and apply it to our surroundings, I know that we can all thrive together as one community."

If the world is going to hell in a gilded, billion-dollar basket, we might as well laugh on our way down. Or put our talent and dollars to good use and rise up.

— Kali Cozyris

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fish Tales 4

Posted on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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Dell'Arte International and the Mad River Alliance are gettin' fishy with it again. The popular Fish Tales production returns to the stage with Fish Tales 4 on Friday, Jan. 20 at 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Dell'Arte's Carlo Theatre ($10, $5, free for kids 12 and under). The family-friendly variety show featuring storytelling, music and comedy is part of Humboldt Steelhead Days.

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