Monday, July 31, 2017

Angels of Hope Gets a Makeover

Posted By on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 1:44 PM

Playful Magic members Veneta Nikolova (right), Joe Hessenius and Liz Ferrie painting at Angels of Hope. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Playful Magic members Veneta Nikolova (right), Joe Hessenius and Liz Ferrie painting at Angels of Hope.
Community Paint Day turned lots of would-be shoppers into artists helping paint a mural at the Angels of Hope Thrift Store on Saturday, July 29 in Arcata.

“I just came by to shop at the thrift store, and they gave me a paint brush,” said Jessica Young, of Arcata.

“We were at the store to look at furniture so this was a surprise,” said Colleen Clifford, of Manila. “The ugly, bland building gave the artists a good place to work.”

“We’ve been walking by every day this week watching them work,” said Amy Rebstock, of Arcata, “and today they just invited us to join in.”

Playful Magic members Veneta Nikolova, Joe Hessenius and Liz Ferrie, all of Arcata, spent the afternoon inviting community members to add their own personal touches to the mural. Check out the slideshow below to see how it turned out. The trio donated their skills to the week-long collaborative project through Playful Magic, their local organization with the goal of building community connections through fun and artistic experiences.


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Music Tonight: Monday, July 31

Posted By on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 8:00 AM

KEVIN MICHAEL MAYFIELD AND LANA REBEL
  • Kevin Michael Mayfield and Lana Rebel

I remember when Miss Lana Rebel was a part of The Juanita Family and Friends back in the early 'aughts when they'd cruise down from Portland and play house shows and The Alibi. Them were some hazy days for me in my early twenties but I always remember having a great time. I think. Miss Rebel does occasionally return to our fair neck of the woods and I'm glad tonight's one of those nights. She'll be at The Logger Bar in Blue Lake with compatriot Kevin Michael Mayfield playing their brand of Americana; fellow former Portlandista Gabe Rozzell starts off the show. As with most Logger Bar shows, it's a soft 9 p.m. start and a free show. Throw some money in the tip jar as these folks are on the road.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Reggae on the River

Roots, Rock, Reggae

Posted on Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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Lively up yourself, reggae fans. It's that time again (August already? Seriously, summer, slow your roll). Gather up the tribe, slather on the sunscreen and trek out to French's Camp for the 33rd Annual Reggae on the River happening Aug. 3-6 ($90-$500).

The Mateel Community Center's iconic festival along the banks of and spilling into the Eel River has been raising vibes higher than the redwoods since 1984. And this year's four-day, one love fest keeps the tradition grooving along with headliners Kabaka Pyramid & Walshy Fire, Ibibio Sound Machine, Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Slightly Stoopid, Sly & Robbie and Dezarie from the U.S. Virgin Islands who's making a rare appearance at the festival. Other favorites like Yogoman Burning Band, Tatanka, Mystic Roots Band, Irie Rockers, Altar Tones, Rocker T & the 7th Street Band and Woven Roots will also bring the fire. In addition to the more than 30 international reggae and world music artists, the event features some 60 arts and crafts vendors, nonprofit booths, a variety of food vendors, DJs and LED digital stage displays and a special spot for the youngsters called Kidlandia.

Go down for the day or lay down some roots for the entire run by staking out your camping spot, including the new for 2017 Premier Camping, located in a grassy and mixed-shade camping area. Single day tickets are available at the gate Friday through Sunday. For more info about this year's lineup, camping pricing and tickets, visit www.reggaeontheriver.com.

— Kali Cozyris

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Music Tonight: Sunday, July 30

Posted By on Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM

CHASTITY BELT
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The always-all-ages Outer Space in Arcata brings feminist-punk rockers Chastity Belt down from Seattle tonight, touring with their new album, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, so go help 'em out with that. They're joined by Oakland pop rocker Stephen Steinbrink and local heroes The Monster Women. Show starts at 7 p.m. and is $8.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Music Tonight: Saturday, July 29

Posted By on Sat, Jul 29, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Jonathan Richman - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • Jonathan Richman

I'm embarrassed to say that I've never made it out to a Roll on the Mattole (or the Mattole Valley for that matter) in the 17 years I've lived up here but I've heard legends about the festival from many of my musician friends — nothing but glowing tales about the splendors of this event. It'll be kicking off at noon at the Mattole Grange and for $25 you'll be able to hear from Poor Man's Whiskey, Wild Otis, Stevie Culture, Vanishing Pints, Bluff Creek Boys, The John David Young Trio and more artists as well. Have a blast and enjoy the scenery. Six hours later, you'll find the Mojo Rockers playing some blues-influenced rock and funk at the Mad River Brewery Tap Room in sunny Blue Lake. The show's free but never feel bad about tipping the bad. At 6:30 p.m. at the Outer Space in Arcata (11th and M streets) there's an all-ages show featuring Nana Grizol (pop punk) from the Big Easy, Your Heart Breaks (queer pop) from Seattle and locals Roman Candles (folk punk) all doing their thing. Music ends around 10 p.m. and you'll only need $6 to get in. Willow Creek's Gallery 299 hosts locals Inscrutable Rabbit, comprised of Jeff DeMark and Mark Jeffares to celebrate the opening of their new kitchen with a dinner and party on the lawn starting around 7:30 p.m. Music's free, I believe, but you'll feel like you spent a million bucks. Also at 7:30 p.m. is a show celebrating Billie Holiday featuring Copenhagen-born singer deSTINA — hope I got the capitalization right — with local RLA Trio up at the Westhaven Center for the Arts. It's a $5-20 sliding scale tonight. Quirky pre-proto new wave/punk legend Jonathan Richman returns to Humboldt at the Arcata Playhouse at 8 p.m. Of Richman, The Village Voice declares, "There's a simplicity and ease to Jonathan Richman — Modern Lovers founder and frontman and overall pop-rock purveyor — that borders on enigmatic. This applies not only to his quirky, whimsical musical worldview, but also to the man himself. Even at 64, Richman exudes an air of boyish wonderment that cannot be fatigued." I thank the Voice for that and for helping me hit my word count. With that said, Mr. Richman is a cult-legend that deserves at least one of your ears tonight. He's joined by long-time collaborator and drummer Tommy Larkins and you can hear both for only $20.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Get Out and Play Day

Play's the thing

Posted on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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Ah, the sounds of summer. The low din of a lawnmower, the zip of a tent flap, the sizzle of steaks on a grill and the No. 1 summertime mom-ism: "Go play outside! It's a beautiful day!" followed by the corresponding kid lament: "But mom, there's nothing to do!" Not so fast, junior. Eureka Parks and Recreation's got this covered with loads of Get Out and Play Day events happening Saturday, July 29 at various spots throughout the city. And best of all, they're all free.

Kids 12 and under get in free to the Sequoia Park Zoo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to explore all the cool animal exhibits and enclosures. Just drag along a paying adult with you. Next door at Sequoia Park, kids and adults alike can brush up on their Shakespeare with a live performance of Love's Labour's Lost–Abridged — a short and sweet version of Shakespeare's classic comedy about love and manners at 1 p.m. Stick around (or head downtown and come back) for the Community Barbecue, Concert and Movie in the park starting at 4:30 p.m.

Across town at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center and Halvorsen Park, get out on the bay with water rentals or take part in archery and disc golf demos all happening between noon and 2 p.m. There's fitness and dancing on the boardwalk from noon to 4 p.m. with merengue dance lessons, Zumba, belly dancing and body combat demos. Each session is 20 minutes long and takes place at the foot of F Street. Climb aboard for Speeder Rides in Old Town starting at the Adorni Center, or stow away on the Madaket for a 75-minute tour around Humboldt Bay (kids 12 and under free with a paying adult) down at Madaket Square. You can also take a historic tour of Old Town or an interpretive hike on the Hikshari' Trail. Or check out the Kicks and Tricks Skateboard Competition from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eureka Skate Park.

See? There's a whole day of a whole lot to do. Now get out and play!

— Kali Cozyris

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Music Tonight: Friday, July 28

Posted By on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 4:00 AM

Post Animal - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • Post Animal

Cafe Mokka hosts some "Gypsy jazz" tonight, courtesy of Skyline Swing, who'll be doing their thing around 8 p.m. and for free. Bring the kiddos along for this one. It's a jam-packed bill at The Miniplex down the street as there's a four-band lineup for you starting around 9 p.m., when local high-altitude peyote-rockers Opossum Sun Trail start the show. Joining them from the City of Angels are pysch rockers Levitation Room who had their recent album described in Spin Magazine as "the LSD-laced cream of this year's crop, a delirious six-track mélange of paisley and malaise." Sounds like an EP and sounds like a cool delivery of trippy pop. Portland's Abronia mixes spaghetti-western tunes (ala Ennio Morricone) with "Syd-Barret-era Pink Floyd psychedelia," which sounds like a pretty awesome combo to me. I'm trying to imagine the part in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly when Tuco is hauling the man with no name around the desert with either "Flaming" or "Chapter 24" as the internal soundtrack to Clint Eastwood's character's sun-ravaged mind. Anyway, Post Animal rounds out this bill, coming all the way out from Chicago with some mellow and dynamic sounds that hint of psychedelia as well. For those of you for whom this means something, this band has Steve from the show Stranger Things. Bring $10 to get into this psych-fest. At the top of the hill in McKinleyville you'll find local funksters Claire Bent & Citizen Funk laying it down at Six Rivers Brewery at 9 p.m. and for free. At the same time, local classic rockers Triple Junction will be cranking it out in the Wave Lounge in the Blue Lake Casino also for free. They'll be playing until 1 a.m., so you've got plenty of time to catch them, but please, don't ever underestimate a local band who can entertain for a four-hour show.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Roll on the Mattole

Posted on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Honeydew Volunteer Fire Company - PHOTO BY JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Photo by Jennifer Savage
  • Honeydew Volunteer Fire Company

It's getting hot in here. Time to Roll on the Mattole. On Saturday, July 29 from noon to midnight at the Mattole Grange, spend time with some real hosers listening to live music, eating barbecue and watching the wildland firefighter challenge ($25, $20 students/seniors, free for kids 12 and under with adult). All to benefit the Honeydew Volunteer Fire Company.

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Westhaven Wild Blackberry Festival

Posted on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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Have a sweet time at the Westhaven Wild Blackberry Festival on Sunday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westhaven Fire Hall (free entry). Take home a fresh blackberry pie and some homemade jam after a fun day of barbecue, drinks, music, vendors and tours of the fire station and trucks.

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Music Tonight: Thursday, July 27

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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The weekend starts early with a funky good time of a jam tonight at The Jam in Arcata around 9:30 p.m. Get ready to groove with the Humboldt Jam Collective, which has a bedrock of local talent, while others jam along. No word on a ticket price for this one. Could be free, or maybe something in the $5 ballpark. Check it out.

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