Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Eureka Theater's Oscar Night Party: It's Full of Stars

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How will The Shape of Water shape up? Will the wrong envelope land in the hands of the Best Picture presenter again? Will the acceptance speeches be resoundingly more political than personal? With Hollywood stars burning out faster than you can say #Timesup, you can bet there will be drama at the 90th annual Academy Awards. See what unfolds after the red carpet unrolls at the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission and Eureka Theater's Oscar-night party, the Red Carpet Gala, rolling out Sunday, March 4 at 5 p.m. at the Eureka Theater ($30, $25 advance).

This party is all about glamor and fun — it's a lil' bit like Hollywood, but with all of Humboldt's charm. A great time for fun-loving film fans and local dignitaries — showing up dressed to impress, sipping craft cocktails and eyeballing who's with whom and who's wearing what. (Look good because the Journal will be snapping photos.) The event celebrates the year of filmmaking in Humboldt and Del Norte counties with local Film Friendly awards, musical entertainment by the RLA Jazz Trio and solo artist Michael Dayvid, and all the excitement of watching the Academy Awards live on the the big screen. There's an appetizer bar, prizes, champagne and cocktails from the no-host bar, and a best dressed contest with two pairs of tickets to an exclusive screening of Disney's A Wrinkle in Time on the line. See how we shine.

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Music Tonight: Wednesday, Jan. 31

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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The last two decades saw a bit of a renaissance for loud and heavy Japanese psyche bands. From the melodic ecstatic glory of Boredoms to the mind-melting shatter of DMBQ, the island nation has a knack for creating bands which recycle tired rock clichés into a new sound that might be unlistenably pretentious and obtuse with Western hands deep in the mix. One such band is Green Milk From the Planet Orange, a Tokyo band whose sound is defined by the vocal and instrumental interplay of founding members A on drums and occasional synth, and dead k on guitar. The Miniplex hosts them tonight at 9 p.m. with support provided for by local metallic knockouts War Möth ($10).

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Bracing Racing at Clam Beach

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 7:28 PM

Crystal Mendez (left) and  Chris Schinke raised a splash at the Little River crossing in the 8 3/4-mile race. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Crystal Mendez (left) and Chris Schinke raised a splash at the Little River crossing in the 8 3/4-mile race.

Some 700 runners and walkers braved the light mist, cool temperatures and even colder Little River on Saturday in the 53rd annual Trinidad to Clam Beach Run Honoring Ford Hess. Hess was the Humboldt State University coach who started the race as a training experience for his track and field runners.

The race's 8.75-mile and 5.75-mile races start north of Trinidad and end at a welcoming fire and music by the HSU Marching Lumberjacks band, while the 3-mile run/walk starts north of the finishing line in Trinidad. Enjoy the highlights (warm and dry) in the slideshow below.


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Music Tonight: Tuesday, Jan. 30

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Saxophonist Arrington de Dionyso and drummer Ben Bennett have been touring under the moniker This Saxophone Kills Fascists and are noted for their ability to merge the vitriolic protest of punk music with the supreme love sonic cavalcade of free jazz in a fascinating way. They will be supported tonight at The Outer Space by local raga raging music collective Medicine Baul and Eureka's queer-folk artist Julio Lopezhiler at 7 p.m. ($6). Come and feel the clouds lift a little and the smoke make way for the dawn of a better day.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Music Tonight: Monday, Jan. 29

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Redwood Curtain is hosting a free and open bluegrass jam from 7 to 9 p.m. so grab your dobro, banjo, guitar, fiddle, washboard, upright bass, tub bass, jaw harp, mandolin, banjolin, mandola or harmonica and come join in!

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Music This Morning: Sunday, Jan. 28

Posted By on Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Maybe you are one of those staid and collared types who is in bed by nine and has a nice morning every morning because you understand the importance of rest and self-care. Or perhaps you are more like me and the odds are even that you spent Saturday night chasing the kind of fun that comes with a bottle redemption value and a headache. Either way, you need to eat so perhaps come and to the Bayside Community Center from 8 a.m. (ugh) to noon for Breakfast in Bayside and enjoy the music of the Humboldt Music Academy Fiddlers ($8, $5 kids and seniors). If you are feeling tender-headed, folks will be selling mimosas along with breakfast so there is that taken care of.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Music Tonight: Saturday, Jan. 27

Posted By on Sat, Jan 27, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Flying Hair plays the Alibi at 11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS
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  • Flying Hair plays the Alibi at 11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Imagine the up-tempo, chugging drone of a Krautrock-inspired rhythm section with a wild and jagged lead guitar in a mix lanced through the center by vocals that sound like an improbable blend of Gary Numan and the Go-Go's. That's a bit of what Los Angeles' Flying Hair sounds like and if you don't believe me you can find out for yourself at 11 p.m. at the Alibi. ($5). Local high and lonesome cactus crooners Oppossum Sun Trail open.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Lounging Around

Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 2:00 PM

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Arcata nightlife is about to get a whole heap more fun. The Arcata Playhouse hosts a new comedy and music show, evoking the setting of a seedy cabaret nightclub with music, comedy and theater from local performers and out-of-town guests showing a whole lotta bawdy. The Papaya Lounge opens its doors for business Saturday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m., setting the stage for a (hopefully) semi-regular event that promoters are calling "comedy and music with a fruity attitude." Right up our nighttime alley.

Velvet Q. Jones (Sarah Mckinney) hosts with live music by the Fruit Flies (Tim Randles, Ken Lawrence, Mike LaBolle and Gregg Moore) and special guests like Jackie Dandeneau, David Ferney, Alyssa Hughlett, Becca Finney, Carl McGahan Sayda Trujillo, Maggie Lally, Siena Nelson, Meridith Baldwin and others.

Saturday's performance centers around owner Velvet Q. Jones' struggle to keep her nightclub open while fighting off the creditors. Grab your good-time pals and settle in for cabaret table seating with cocktails and snacks and an evening of raucous performance and high-energy music by some of Humboldt's best local talent. We know you love a cabaret. Come, your table's waiting.

Doors at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at Wildberries Marketplace, online at www.arcataplayhouse.org or reserve at 822-1575.

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LGBTQ Benefit Pancake Breakfast

Posted on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 8:00 AM

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Join your LGBTQ+ friends and family for a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Eel River Valley Multigenerational Center ($6, $3 kids). Serving looks and all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, eggs and tofu scramble, along with veggie, vegan and gluten-free options. The feast benefits future LGBTQ+ events. Gay. As. Brunch, y'all.

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Music Tonight: Friday, Jan. 26

Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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The Palm Lounge in the Eureka Inn has a shapeshifting ambience. On an early or an off night, it has an eerie Bardo-esque waiting room of the dead feel; a comforting dreamland where neither the void nor human existence can touch you — low ceilings and a snazzy bar! On a busy night or with a live music act, it transforms into a gallery of oddness, like a lost generation party at the Overlook Hotel if it had a progressive view toward LSD micro-dosing back then. How will the room feel during a punk show? Come find out tonight at 8 p.m. when a local trio of loud bands, Dead Drift, Clam Hammer and Imperial Destructo rock the Casbah (price TBA).

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