Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Humboldt Style: Oscar Night

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 9:51 AM

Peter and Shirley Santino have a red carpet moment with photographer Jose Quezada. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Peter and Shirley Santino have a red carpet moment with photographer Jose Quezada.

Not everybody got everything right at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, between the envelope mix-ups, eye-rolling name fumbles and a couple of awards that were both questionable and did not win us the office Oscar pool. But we did get to see Sara Bareilles perform, so we're calling it a win.

And over at the Eureka Theater, guests at the annual Oscar-viewing party thrown with the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission were looking pretty trophy-worthy. Attendees sashayed through the lobby, cocktails in hand, to schmooze in their finery with Michael Dayvid playing in the background. Some trends from the evening to keep in mind for your next formal affair:


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Monday, February 27, 2017

Music Tonight - Monday, Feb. 27

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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The Miniplex hosts “an exciting new duo comprised of Grass Widow drummer Lillian Maring and worldbeat-inspired guitarist Angelo Spencer,” who comprise Angel Food out of Olympia, Washington. Synth-poppers Smilebright from Eureka and Arcata punkers Dosidicus start out this 9 p.m. show. Bring at least $5 to get in.
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Cry it Out with Sara Bareilles at the Oscars

Posted By on Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 2:45 PM


Still hurting from all the stars we lost in 2016? Humboldt County lady Sara Bareilles is here to soothe your pain. Well, not here, but in Los Angeles, where the singer, composer and current Broadway star (she's taking a 10-week turn onstage in Waitress, the pie-centric musical she scored) will perform during the In Memoriam segment of the Academy Awards tonight. According to her Twitter feed, she's already getting cozy with the golden boy (see above). No word yet on what song she'll perform but if sitting in my parked car listening to "When She Was Mine" and crying into a wad of Fresh Freeze napkins is any indication, expect tears.


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Music Tonight - Sunday, Feb. 26

Posted By on Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM

The Baraka-Leone Quartet: Don Baraka (sax/flute), Val Leone (guitar), Steve Phines (bass) and Doug Kamprath (drums) hosts Jazz Jam at Blondie’s, Sunday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. Free.
  • The Baraka-Leone Quartet: Don Baraka (sax/flute), Val Leone (guitar), Steve Phines (bass) and Doug Kamprath (drums) hosts Jazz Jam at Blondie’s, Sunday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. Free.

It’s time again for Song Village hosted by Seabury Gould at the Westhaven Center for the Arts at 1 p.m. this afternoon. Think about it as singing with your neighbors. If you have a copy of the songbook Rise Up Singing, bring it. This one’s free so enjoy. The Jazz Jam is on the menu at Blondie’s in Arcata at 5 p.m. for free. Host band the Baraka-Leone Quartet start the music up and then open the jam up at 6 p.m. It’s free and, as I sometimes mention in regards to karaoke, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Meaning just because you think your brandy-soaked kazoo playing sounded really amazing after your wife left you, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re ready to plow through “Autumn Leaves” with folks who can read music. But hey, do what you will. A star is in town tonight at Humboldt Brews: One-time Bob Dylan confidant — and “Midnight at the Oasis” super singer — Maria Muldaur is in our neck of the woods for an early 8 p.m. show. Grab a $20 ticket before they disappear. Also working with my favorite Syndicate Entertainment Marketing Agency is Chicano Batman out of Los Angeles, who were last up on HSU’s campus, if I remember correctly. They’ll bring their Tropicalia-influenced soul and psychedelia to the Arcata Theatre Lounge. Joining them are the trio SadGirl, who play some “lo-fi surf-wop” and, I’m told, sound like a “twisted marriage between Roy Orbison and The Cramps (ordained by Link Wray),” and “invoke the music of a by-gone era.” Got it? Rounding out the bill are 79.5, who have three part harmonies floating over some funky R&B grooves. An 8 p.m. start time and $20 gets you in the door.
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Music Tonight - Saturday, Feb. 25

Posted By on Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Gypsy jazz is on the bill at Cafe Mokka tonight courtesy of Skyline Swing, who are on around 8 p.m. and for free at this all-ages gig. The Sanctuary in Arcata welcomes back San Francisco-based “old time” singer Meredith Axelrod who was last at the venue in 2015 with suspender-wearing/ Brylcreem-usin’ Frank Fairfield. If you missed Belles of the Levee last night, you’ve got another chance here at 8 p.m. with a $5-20 sliding scale. And for something completely different, Humboldt Brews has a Disco House Edition of Elevate at 9 p.m. with DJ Red, DJ Joe-E, Dub Cowboy, and Derek Watts, featuring visuals by the great Marmalade Sky. Get in for $7. Sequins and goldfish heels are welcome.
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Music Tonight - Friday, Feb. 24

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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As mentioned above, Chicago’s The Youngest are in town tonight and supporting their album See It Through at Six Rivers Brewery. The aforementioned press releases have a 6 p.m. start, but Six Rivers says it 9 p.m., so go with that. I still can’t tell if this is a full-band acoustic show or a solo-acoustic show, but don’t let that stop you. First, they/he are out from Chicago — which is a good call considering the Windy City’s 1,000 percent spike in violent crime this week — and second, they/ he are play for free tonight. Welcome them/him to Humboldt, buy the album, and don’t murder them/him. Over by the enchanted forest and frog ponds of Cafe Mokka, you can hear the vintage jazz tunes of locals Belles of the Levee tonight at 8 p.m. for free. It’s all ages as well, so let the kiddos enjoy some hot cocoa while you rock a flat white or whatever. Locals Peach Purple are bringing their funky tunes to your ears at Humboldt Brews around 9 p.m. along with jazzers Ultra Secret. No word yet on the ticket price for this one but probably something in the $5-10 range. From the Bay Area, funk/ psychedelic/soul seven-piece Con Brio is at the Arcata Theatre Lounge and joined by local funk/groove powerhouse Object Heavy around 8:30 p.m. with a $20 cover. Although they had a long and lame press release, Con Brio sounds like a pretty accomplished band with a killer live show. There’s probably some inverse relationship between how bored I get reading their press release and the good times you’ll have if you check out this show tonight. Be prepared to sweat.
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Red Carpet Treatment

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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It's one of Humboldt's showiest affairs: well-coiffed people dressed to the nines, sipping signature cocktails, sizing up the competition and settling into plush theater seats to watch A-List stars do the same on the big screen.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Going to the Ball

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 3:09 PM

Emcee Mantrikka Ho asks the crowd, "Can I get a gay-men?" - MARK MCKENNA
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  • Emcee Mantrikka Ho asks the crowd, "Can I get a gay-men?"

On Friday, Feb. 17, the Kate Buchanan Room got fierce when contestants and performers worked the runway at the Aqueerius Ball. Emcee Mantrikka Ho got the ball rolling with a history lesson about New York City ball culture and its signature form of expression, voguing. The evening, organized by the Humboldt State University Queer Student Union, sought to celebrate gay and trans people of color in particular as vital leaders in the early days of the LGBTQ rights movement and the community today.


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Music Tonight - Thursday, Feb. 23

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Local guitar-slinger/engineer Piet Dalmolen will be at Redwood Curtain Brewing Company at 8 p.m. to hawk his note/noodling/looping for your drinking soundtrack. A big Dead and Floyd fan, last time Piet was at the brewery I heard he played the entire Animals album. Not sure he’ll pull that off solo tonight, but request it anyway at this free show.
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Fourth Friday Flix: Blade Runner: The Final Cut

Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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Join the legion of Blade Runner fans at the Eureka Theater for Fourth Friday Flix: Blade Runner: The Final Cut on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. ($5). Don't miss your chance to see Ridley Scott's stunning, science-fiction noir that ponders what makes us human in its original, intended form on the big screen. See it while you can. "All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain."

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