Thursday, November 30, 2017

Dress to Impress

Black and White Ocean Night and the Red Dress Red Ball

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 4:30 PM

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The question of the weekend is: What are you wearing? There are two fundraisers this week where the color of your attire plays a role. Whether you don a dapper black and white ensemble or put it all on red, there are two fabulous events to show off your threads and show your support.

Join Surfrider Humboldt for its holiday party and year in review at Black & White Ocean Night on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Arcata Theatre Lounge ($10 suggested donation). Pianist Katie McGourty tickles the ivories and artist Matt Beard does his live painting deal during this evening of dancing, black and white ocean flicks and slideshow and a holiday raffle. Don't forget to wear your best black and white.

Has it been a while since you've partied with the sisters? Put on your red dress or dress red, 'cause the Eureka Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are hosting the Red Dress Red Ball on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the The Inn at 2nd & C ($25-$15). The night raises funds for Redwood Giants, a local AIDS Lifecycle bike team that will be riding from San Francisco to Los Angeles to bring awareness about HIV/AIDS. This is an 18-and-over evening of food, drink, silent auction, music and performances, where wearing the color red is a show of compassion and solidarity for those affected by HIV/AIDS. For tickets and more information, visit www.reddresshumboldt.org.

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Eureka Symphony Winter Dream Holiday Concert

Posted on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 3:30 PM

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The Eureka Symphony Winter Dreams holiday concert brightens the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. ($19-$49) with various seasonal pieces, excerpts from Handel's Messiah, tenor David Powell and soprano Fiona Gadd-Ryder, the Eureka Symphony Chorus and a Christmas carol sing-along.

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Music Tonight: Thursday, Nov. 30

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 3:00 PM

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This is a great night for punk rock and all the musical satellite genres which orbit punk rock's eternal flame like weirdly mutated moths in an endless mosh pit circle. At 8 p.m. at Siren's Song, Oakland hardcore group Cronander headlines the night, with local openers Dead Drift, Arcata's queer punk group SLOP and Clam Hammer ($5). Meanwhile, at the Miniplex, the melodic and loud punk rock bards of Olympia, Washington, Naomi Punk, hold court at 8:45 p.m., supported by a cast of motley players unique to Humboldt County stages: the magical minstrel Mister Moonbeam and the elect knights errant of heavy tunes, those staid and true bailiffs of buzz and bass, Blackplate ($10/$8 advance). Come one, come all, huzzah and hosanna.

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Flockin' Around the Christmas Tree in Ferndale

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 2:30 PM

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Ferndale at Christmas is a thing to behold. The Victorian Village gets even more charming during the holidays, dressing up with decorations while brass bands and carolers stroll its quaint streets and window displays beckon shoppers. And it all gets underway this weekend with Hospitality Night Open House on Friday, Dec. 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. (free). It's a special evening when Ferndale merchants keep their doors open late and offer warm beverages and treats for your browsing pleasure.

Come back for the annual Portuguese Hall Linguiça & Beans Dinner on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Portuguese Hall in Ferndale ($12 adults, $6 children ages 6-12). The tasty traditional meal is a fundraiser for the hall's repairs and upkeep and a great way to socialize and warm up before stepping out onto Main Street to watch the Lighting of America's Tallest Living Christmas Tree at 5:30 p.m. (free). The Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department-decked spruce at the end of Main Street lights up the night and music by the Booster Band, Chameleon Singers plus free hot cocoa and homemade cookies add to the holiday cheer. This Ferndale tradition (since 1934) is the perfect small-town holiday opening weekend.

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Humboldt Artisans Crafts & Music Festival

Posted on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 1:45 PM

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Looking for a special, one-of-a-kind, taste-of-Humboldt, not cookie-cutter — unless it's a hand-carved cookie cutter — gift? Head to Redwood Acres Fairgrounds this weekend for the Humboldt Artisans Crafts & Music Festival from Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3 ($3, free for kids and seniors, free with a new, unwrapped toy). You'll find all manner of unique arts and crafts, delicious food, music and fun.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Music Tonight: Wednesday, Nov. 29

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Bela Fleck (right) and Abigail Washburn play the Van Duzer Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. - COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS
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  • Bela Fleck (right) and Abigail Washburn play the Van Duzer Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.

It just so happens that arguably two of the greatest living banjoists, Bela Fleck and the Mandarin-fluent polymath Abigail Washburn, are also husband and wife. And they must really love each other, as they tour and play together quite frequently, a lifestyle that would certainly put a fatal strain on a less harmonious union. Tonight at 7 p.m. we are lucky enough to have their near-decade musical honeymoon make a pit-stop at the Van Duzer theater for a night of picking and intimate musical interplay courtesy of the two masters themselves ($56).

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Peat Moss Variety Soirée

Posted on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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Check out the revamped Inn at Second and C (formerly the historic Eagle House) and be entertained in myriad ways at The Peat Moss Variety Soirée on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 7 to 11 p.m. ($24.) Yuk it up with local comedians, marvel at Marciano The Magnificent, sit back and be amazed at burlesque talent and groove to live music. Limited VIP seating, as well as private tables available.

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Music Tonight: Tuesday, Nov. 28

Posted By on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM

The Del McCoury Band plays Humboldt Brews on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ($40). - COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS
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  • The Del McCoury Band plays Humboldt Brews on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ($40).

Possibly the greatest bluegrass group on the planet will be visiting Humbrews tonight at 8 p.m. when Del McCoury brings his band to our wet, green grasslands ($40). In a half century of playing, McCoury has worked his magic with everyone from the legendary Bill Monroe to contemporary noodlers Phish, all the while maintaining his reputation as the heart, soul and technical master of the genre. As our stars and geniuses grow older and blink out, we must remember to witness them, if only for an evening, so we can carry their music with us to enrich the rest of our lives. This is one such evening.

Two blocks over at the Arcata Theater Lounge, a different set of legends takes the stage at 9 p.m. as Israel Vibration returns to Humboldt County to sing soulful reggae harmonies for a fresh generation's ears while backed by the ever-faithful backing band Roots Radic. Rude Lion opens. ($25).

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Music Tonight: Monday, Nov. 27

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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The Humboldt State University music department hosts a trumpet and horn recital at Fulkerson Hall at 8 p.m. (price TBA). Expect solo pieces and concertos played with bright impeccability and executed with the eager embouchure of the dedicated young novice musician.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Music Tonight: Sunday, Nov. 26

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

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Iris Dement has been writing songs for more than 30 years but her very first song, "Our Town," which she wrote at the age of 25, might still be her most enduring. Its plain and plaintive liturgy about home and the people who live there crosses the geography of the earth and sets up street signs in the heart and the soul without obviously demarcating the train tracks dividing those zones. Her words describe the simple beauty of an old lover's face, which reminds you of youth or a broken-down car, which reminds you of real freedom. She was one of my late mother's favorite songwriters and my mother was nothing if not a real fan of simple and profound sentiment in songwriting. If you have tickets to Dement's sold-out show at the Old Steeple at 7:30 p.m. tonight, don't be surprised if you see a guy who looks like me in the back of the room smiling through damp eyes ($50, $45 advance).

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