Monday, March 5, 2018

Music Tonight: Monday, March 5

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It's my birthday and if I don't spend it wallowing in the existential slump that I have traditionally indulged in for about 60 percent of my bee-days since I hit 18, I will very likely want to go out and do something. And I could certainly do a lot worse than heading up to the Van Duzer Theatre at 8 p.m. and catching David Rawlings as he emerges from his famous position as Gillian Welch's secret weapon and all around best sideman ever to front his own string band. Featuring former members of Old Crow Medicine show and The Punch Brothers, as well as Welch herself, this group is hot, hot, hot ($36).

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Music Tonight: Friday, March 2

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Barn Fire plays the Logger Bar on Friday at 9 p.m. - COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS
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There are many good shows tonight from just north of Elephant Rock to downtown Eureka so let's get into it. At 7 p.m. local string jazz trio Belles of the Levee ply their early 20th century wares at the Westhaven Center for the Arts. With cost of admission being a sliding scale from $5 to $20, you have no reason not to go.

The Eureka Symphony begins its two-night program of music at the Arkley Center appropriately called In Like A Lion tonight, with pieces by Vivaldi, Dvoák and The Flute Concerto in E-Minor with guest flautist and Eureka native Paula Thomascheck out my interview with her here. The music starts at 8 p.m. but at 7 p.m. there is a musical notes lecture that is very likely worth your time ($19-$49).

And finally, tonight at 9 p.m. at The Logger Bar there is a free show put on by local electric country act Barn Fire who plays a high octane set of outlaw tunes with an occasional sweet one thrown in for flavor.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Eureka, Paris, Eureka: An Interview with Flautist Paula Thomas

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 11:38 AM

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Eureka native Paula Thomas is based out of Paris but in any given year, the flautist can be found all over Europe performing music from the classical, baroque and contemporary musical repertoire. She is in town for two performances with the Eureka Symphony at 8 p.m. on March 2 and 3 at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts. I recently sat down with her for a coffee and a brief interview in her hometown.

NCJ: You’re a native Eurekan

Paula Thomas: I am. Born and raised in Eureka.

NCJ: Eureka High Alumnus?

Paula Thomas: Eureka High Alumnus. I moved to France in 1991 right after I graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

NCJ: Did you have a position lined up when you moved there?

Paula Thomas: No I didn’t actually. I just went there thinking that because it’s the center of the flute world, or was, mostly at that time; things have sort of changed. I went there to study, sort of like a master’s degree. And then I enrolled in some conservatories and we have a prize system there, it’s called first prize, second prize and so on and I had a first prize in flute and in chamber music.

NCJ: Where are you working now?

Paula Thomas: I am freelance so I’ve done a lot of orchestral playing and now I’m doing a lot of chamber music playing. I play with a lot of different groups: I have a flute and organ duo, I play with flute and harp, I play with flute, piano and voice.

NCJ: How often do you come back to Eureka?

Paula Thomas: Not very often. The last time I was here was in 2014 and the last time before that was like five years. It’s far away.

NCJ: What brought you out here this time? You’re working with the Eureka Symphony?

Paula Thomas: That’s the only reason why I came out.

NCJ: And what will you be performing? Did you and Carol (Jacobson, Music Director and conductor of the Eureka Symphony) pick out the pieces together? Was it something you had in mind?

Paula Thomas: I proposed it. I’m performing a flute concerto by Franz Benda, a Prussian-Czech composer. The piece is from the end of the baroque, early classical period. His dates are 1709-1786. He was a court musician for Frederick the Great, he was a violinist. It’s the Flute Concerto in E-minor.

NCJ: Have you worked with Carol before?

Paula Thomas: Yes … what happened was we saw each other a couple times and hit it off and, not last summer but the summer before, I was going to give a recital a few hours out of Paris and I needed a cello and she had told me that if I ever needed a cello to call her, and so I did and she came out and we gave two flute and cello concerts in a really beautiful 12th century hall. We did pieces by Haydn, by Bach, by Graham Lynch — he’s a contemporary British composer. Living composer. A tango piece for flute and cello by him. Really cool.

NCJ: How do find Eureka now that you are back?

Paula Thomas: You know, it still really touches my heart, I am really proud to be from here. Yesterday we were at a restaurant and we were looking out at the bay and the sun going down, and the sky reminded me of my childhood. There’s a specific feeling to that which I enjoy hooking up with again.

NCJ: Do you consider France your home now?

Paula Thomas: Yeah. You know that happens when you live somewhere that long. It was right after undergrad — I just went there and never came back so it’s been a while.
But, you know, I am French now. I am a French citizen — I consider myself a French person now.

NCJ: Any last thoughts you want to share with the people of Humboldt?

Paula Thomas:
I just want everyone to have a really good time at the concert, enjoying this piece which is not played in America. It’s a really beautiful piece. Very light and very musical.

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Music Tonight: Wednesday, Feb. 28

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 4:00 AM


I was going to suggest going to the Old Steeple to check out the folk stylings of Greg Brown but it looks like that act is sold out. So let me hit you with two free shows and a curve ball. Local jazz trio RLA plays the Mad River Brewery Tasting Room with a little help from singer Paula Jones and Don Baraka on the sax at 6 p.m. And a half an hour later over at the Palm Lounge, singer and trombonist (tromboner is a much more psychically satisfying term to me but whatevs) James Zeller jams with his jazz trio.

Finally, beginning around 6 p.m. and for a mere $5 beverage or food minimum, the Arcata Theatre Lounge is playing the movie Blade. Not a music event you say? Fair enough but the soundtrack to this first film starring a black superhero from the Marvel Universe is an absolutely precious artifact of the late '90s hip hop/techno landscape featuring heavy cuts by Mobb Deep, Bounty Killer, Gang Starr and DJ Krush, among others. Maybe pre-game a viewing of Black Panther with this gem from 20 years ago and marvel at how far we have come.

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Fang Club: Blade Comes to ATL

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Before Black Panther pounced from the comic page to the big screen, another black superhero from the Marvel universe blessed us with a trilogy of movies, starting with the eponymous Blade (1998). Three things you should know about this film: 1) It's showing at the Arcata Theatre Lounge on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. (free with $5 food or beverage purchase). 2) It's genius. 3) I will fight anyone on that last thing.

Let me explain: It's Wesley Snipes as a samurai sword-wielding half vampire who's immune to sunlight and hunts the undead, assisted by a wiry, whiskey-swilling Kris Kristofferson. How are you not going to show up for that? Snipes — with a flat-top fade, tribal tattoos, leather duster and wraparound sunglasses — deploys his signature staccato martial arts moves, sword and boomerang thing to mow down the vamps at blood-drenched undead raves and elaborate lairs. It's the anti-Twilight and nobody sparkles, least of all Stephen Dorff's evil vampire tech-bro, with his cheesy five o'clock shadow and nefarious plans to overthrow humans and the stuffy vampire establishment by resurrecting an uber-bloodsucker. And, of course, a human hematologist (N'Bushe Wright) gets caught up in the blood feud.

We've been blessed with sequels, of course — you don't make just one African-American samurai vampire movie. But this is your chance to see the original on the big screen, full of deadpan quips, pre-Matrix bullet dodging and Snipes practicing the lost art of stock-still badassery. Who does a girl have to exsanguinate for Blade 4?

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018


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Clear your schedule for the 20th annual International Latino Film Festival, lighting up Mill Creek Cinema with three nights of Spanish language movies starting Tuesday, Feb. 27 ($5 per night, free to students enrolled in Spanish 396 and Spanish 99A). If your Espagnol is rusty, just make sure to bring your glasses — there'll be subtitles in English. Your host and keynote speaker for the fest is Isabel Lipthay, Chilean journalist, teacher, musician and central figure in Kerry Candaele's film Following the Ninth.

On Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m., see Sebastián Silva's The Maid (2009), a drama about domestic power struggles in the Valdes family. Stay for the panel discussion with Lipthay, Barbara Curiel and Gabrielle Gopinath (she of the Journal's Art Beat column).

On Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m., Gloria (2013), directed by Sebastián Lelio, tells the story of a 58-year old woman dating a man who won't settle down. Panelists for this one include Lipthay, Suzanne Pazstor and David Holper.

The final film on Thursday, March 1 at 6 p.m., is Neruda (2016), Pablo Larraín's chronicling of poet Pablo Neruda's life on the run from Chilean authorities. Lipthay joins panelists Lilianet Brintrup and Nocole Bryant Lescher for discussion.

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Music Tonight: Tuesday, Feb. 27

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 4:00 AM


It's a singer-songwriter night of sorts at the Outer Space as Portland's Sunbathe is supported by local tune-smiths. Blood Honey is the stage name of Ariel Fishkin, whose tunes have a bluesy and sad cadence, while Skyler McCormick and her unstoppable synth-flavored ukulele is Mother Munchie. Sleeper.Wav rounds out the team with acoustic experimentation. And $7 at 7 p.m. is the deal.

Chris Wood, bassist extraordinaire and one third of modern jazz powerhouse Medeski, Martin and Wood, is also one third — with guitarist brother Oliver and multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix — of roots rock and country act The Wood Brothers, who play the Kate Buchanan Room at 8 p.m. Expect a lively display of godlike musicianship ($36/$15 students).

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Music Tonight: Monday, Feb. 26

Posted By on Mon, Feb 26, 2018 at 4:00 AM


It's the free bluegrass jam at Redwood Curtain Brewing Co. again this evening. Come on down to the marsh around 6 p.m. for some pickin' and grinnin'.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Music Tonight: Sunday, Feb. 25

Posted By on Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Arcata Pirate Radio presents an all-ages benefit show at The Jam today for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Coast. (2 p.m.) Join the all-local cast of rockers Lord Ellis, stoners Ultramafic and one-man punk band The BoredAgain for a daytime blitzkreig bop bounce-house for the kiddies young and not so young ($5-$20 sliding scale).

The Siren's Song hosts Grocery Outlit and The Monster Women as both bands support Los Angeles' Burger Records-signed psyche rock group Feels tonight at 9 p.m. (price TBA).

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Music Tonight: Saturday, Feb. 24

Posted By on Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Local rhythm generating sextet Timbata has an 8 p.m. show at the Arcata Playhouse ($15). Featuring Humboldt State music program alums and professors, Timbata is a favorite on the scene, noted for its finely crafted Latin and Afro-Cuban beats inspired by the musical panoply that is the legacy of the Caribbean/African diaspora.

Motherlode, the best funk band in the county, is celebrating the release of a new EP tonight at Humbrews. The show kicks off around 9 p.m., although who knows when the 10-piece will assemble on the stage. I will bet they play until closing time, though. Seattle's Klozd Sirkut joins the fun as well ($10).

And rounding out this Saturday is Boise's dark duo The Sun and The Mirror, playing an ambient metallic set at The Alibi. (11 p.m.). Whitethorn's only black metal band worth seeing Zelosis pads out the bill nicely and for $5 this show is a steal.

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