Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Hunters Gathering

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Marbles, those gorgeous, colorfully swirled little glass balls of art, have their days in the sun (or fog) when Humboldt Marble Weekend rolls around Feb. 8-11, with a meet-and-greet night, marble show and mega marble hunt. It's a real glassy affair.

The fun kicks off with the all-ages, family friendly Marble Makers Ball at The Siren's Song Tavern on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. (your $20 donation to the Humboldt County Search and Rescue Posse gets you a drink and a free hider marble). Meet marble artists and fellow hunters/collectors, and enjoy music by Doug Fir and the 2x4s. Then on Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10, head to the big Marble Show at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds from noon to 6 p.m. (free admission) to meet marble makers and see the work of more than 40 glass artists from around the country who'll be creating, showing, selling and hiding the little glass worlds. You'll also see live glass blowing demonstrations. For such small things, marbles are kind of big deal. Especially here in Humboldt, where we have our share of glass artists.

Then it's the big day. Sunday, Feb. 11, when Humboldt loses its marbles. And it's up to you to find them. The Massive Marble Hunt starts at noon with the tiny orbs spread around the county in spots of varying degrees of difficulty. Like fingerprints, no two marbles are alike. And traipsing around Humboldt's gorgeous scenery hunting for these beauts makes for a double dose of awe. Join a marble hunting group on Facebook, watch for clues, then participate in the fun by finding the marbles. Go to www.humboldtmarbleweekend.com for list of groups and how to get in on the hunt.

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Music Tonight: Friday, Feb. 9

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Dent May plays the Miniplex at 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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Dent May is the stage name of James Dent May Jr., a native-Mississippian with the delicate features of a young Truman Capote and a sound that gives a smooth synth sheen to decades of cool pop influences from new wave to French lounge music. He is signed to Animal Collective's Paw Tracks record label, where he is something of a poster boy for the next generation of that group's pleasantly outré aesthetics. He is joined at the Miniplex at 9 p.m. by Canada's dreamy act Moon King and local Gene Autry/Dave Gilmour hybrid Mr. Moonbeam ($8 advance).

Speaking of Dave Gilmour, local Pink Floyd tribute act Money plays two sets tonight at Humbrews beginning at 9:30 p.m. ($10/ $7 advance). Featuring visuals by local artist and tie-dye maven Marmalade Sky and my Setlist predecessor and last year's No. 7 dick move-maker (according to my editor, anyway: "Top 10 Dick Moves," Dec. 28, 2017) Andy Powell on bass/vocals/Roger Waters duty, this quartet is as good as it gets when it comes to faithfully translating the pink gospel for the North Coast crowds.

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Tossed! at Synapsis Nova

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No need for a sitter. Have a fun-filled night out with the kids Feb. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. at Synapsis Nova, when local circus professionals and Humboldt State University students present Tossed! This Dr. Seuss-inspired circus journey through Whoville showcases "outstanding displays of skill, creativity and darn good entertainment" ($15, $5 for ages 6-10, free for 5 and under). Who knew?

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Where's the Beef(cake)?

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How do you approach an event that bills itself as "very dumb?" Well, you gather your friends who are so inclined (you know the ones) for a silly, fun and "very dumb" night and act accordingly. We're clearly talking about one event: The Mr. Humboldt Pageant. Back for its fifth year, the hilarity takes place Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Arcata Theatre Lounge with doors opening at 7 p.m. ($29).

"We started the pageant as a spoof and made it male for so many reasons," Mr Humboldt Pageant co-founder Johanna Nagan says. Turning the tables on traditional female beauty pageants that emphasize a cookie-cutter Barbie aesthetic, this one puts the mens on the menu and up on stage for good-natured revelry. And all for a great cause. The event raises money for local causes such as last year's recipient, Pacific Union School.

This year there are nine contestants of varying ages and backgrounds vying to be top dog, putting brains and brawn into four segments: Question and Answer, Beachwear, Talent and Formal Wear. "Each contestant has an alter ego they use throughout the night to tie in their theme. Mr. Rabbit and Mr. Science are a couple that will be at this year's pageant." Nagan says. The contestants are judged (not too harshly) on creativity, humor and their "Humboldtness" and those who don't make the cut are ceremoniously eliminated at the end of each segment.

Get your tickets now because, like a dude competing for a crown and a sash, they sell out quickly. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets, The Works, Blondies Food & Drink and Arcata Liquors. The event is 18 and up because, at least ostensibly, we're all adults here.

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Music Tonight: Wednesday, Feb. 7

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Crescent City's Tom Boylan, aka Holus Bolus, has been spending the last decade bringing his one-man band to as many places as he can to play a wild and loopy mix of jammy acoustic groove rock. Armed with a small drum kit, a guitar and a few pedals, Holus Bolus builds songs out of loops and grooves like a sewing machine and LP record lathe hybrid. That simile might not make any sense — I'm on the last fumes of my evening presently — but what does make sense is heading over to the Clam Beach Tavern tonight at 6 p.m. for a free show of dedicated psychedelic grooves played by a neighbor from the North.

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Black History Month Documentary Film Series

Posted on Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 2:30 AM

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The Eureka branch of the NAACP kicks off its three-part Black History Month Documentary series starting Thursday, Feb 8 with Ava DuVernay's award-winning documentary 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the D Street Neighborhood Center (free). Come back for Unsolved Hate on Feb. 22 and Whose Streets? showing Feb. 28. And stick around for the Q&A and panel discussion after each.

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