Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Music Tonight: Tuesday, July 31

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Wandering away from music for a moment, I'd like to tongue-in-cheek suggest for your Tuesday evening what I can only say will certainly be a unique experience for anyone who, in the words of Hunter S. Thompson, "buys the ticket and takes the ride." Humboldt Republican Women presents an advance screening of the film Death of a Nation by Trump-pardoned felon and professional disingenuous shithead Dinesh D'Souza at the Broadway Theater at 7 p.m. With a title evoking D.W. Griffith's racist masterpiece The Birth of a Nation, D'Souza's film takes you on a hallucinatory journey imagining that the party of Lincoln has anything in common with the modern Republican party of Donald Trump. In other news, did you know the lefty Democratic Socialists of America must be evil because the Nazi party called themselves "National Socialists?" Also, kneeling NFL players are the actual racists and water is bad because it contains hydrogen, which we all know is dangerous. Tickets are $13 and pre-order only, while borrowing and reading real history books and documentaries from the library is both free and priceless.

Dancehall Tuesdays continue at The Jam for the pure and good people planning on pre-gaming Reggae on the River. 10 p.m. (price TBA).

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Grainy Photos from the Sand Sculpture Festival

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 6:26 PM

The Best of Show sand sculpture "Tale of the Plastic Whale," neared completion with the help of Northcoast Environmental Center volunteers Taylor Zenobia (left), Casey Cruikshank (right) and NEC Coastal Program Coordinator Madison Peters. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • The Best of Show sand sculpture "Tale of the Plastic Whale," neared completion with the help of Northcoast Environmental Center volunteers Taylor Zenobia (left), Casey Cruikshank (right) and NEC Coastal Program Coordinator Madison Peters.

The 23rd annual Sand Sculpture Festival sponsored by Friends of the Dunes took place on Saturday under cool overcast skies at a new location on the beach at the Samoa Drag Strip (easy access and lots of parking). Fifteen artist teams and a few other freelancers showed up to have fun creating amazing sand sculptures in a very temporary medium — think high tide. They could use only sand, water and items found on the beach. Check out photos of the entries in the slideshow below.

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Music Tonight: Monday, July 30

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Punkish Los Angeles band Hip Priest finds itself on the base of the Hollywood Hills of Arcata tonight, specifically Blondies at the foot of California Avenue, specifically at the hour of 8 p.m. Joining these transplants will be local punk rock burners Dead Drift and pop-garage trio The Tweeners (price TBA).

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Westhaven Wild Blackberry Festival

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Sweet on pie? Make hay to the Westhaven Wild Blackberry Festival on Sunday, July 29 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Westhaven Fire Hall (free entry). This day of music and merriment benefits the Westhaven VFD and features live bands, arts and crafts booths, barbecue, beer/wine, kids' activities, fire department tours and more. Get there early. The homemade blackberry pies sell out fast.

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Music Tonight: Sunday, July 29

Posted By on Sun, Jul 29, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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didi is a loud pop trio from Columbus, Ohio, doing the ancient summer ritual of touring DIY spaces cross-country. Tonight at the Outer Space, you will find didi along with Bay Area punk act Try the Pie and local darlings Blood Honey performing their parts in the unbroken continuum of live music of which we, the living, are the lucky and eternal heirs. At 7 p.m. ($5).

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Sand Sculpture Festival

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Friends of the Dunes' annual Sand Sculpture Festival packs 'em in Saturday, July 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at — a new location this year — Samoa Drag Strip (spectators free). Watch teams in gritty competition for cash prizes (awarded at 1 p.m.) with best viewing time from noon to 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Dunes education and conservation programs.

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For the Kids

Posted By on Sat, Jul 28, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Looking for fun for the whole family this weekend? Clear your Saturday because the whole dang city of Eureka's got you covered and there's a rocking all-day music/food fundraiser going down in Blue Lake's Perigot Park.

Saturday, July 28 is Get Out and Play Day and Eureka Community Services has lined up free events all over town for kids to exercise, play and explore. Events take place at Cooper Gulch, Old Town, Sequoia Park and Sequoia Park Zoo, Eureka Municipal Golf Course, the Waterfront Trail and Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center. You can find the full schedule of events at www.eurekaparksandrec.wordpress.com/gopd or on Facebook. With so much going on, and we mean that, there's not enough room to list it all here. Highlights include activities inside the Clarke Museum from noon to 4 p.m., plus the Clarke Museum's Street Fair out front with live music, food/drinks, free ice cream, arts and crafts and more. And over at Sequoia Park, don't miss out on the free Community BBQ, Concert and Movie from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Enjoy food, music by Blue Rhythm Revue, beer garden (over 21) and a screening of Ferdinand at 8:30 p.m.

Also on Saturday, there's a special fundraising event that outgrew its original digs in a private home when it started up several years back and now takes over Perigot Park with an impressive lineup of local bands, vendors, raffles and barbecue. Lawnstock 2018, a benefit this year for Marcelo Baker, a 7-year-old Rio Dell boy who was severely injured in a collision in 2014, gets underway from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ($15, free for kids 12 and under). Dance/listen to music by The Irie Rockers, Claire Bent & Citizen Funk, Timbata, Belles of the Levee, The Paula Jones Band, Secret Club, That Buckin' String Band and Ghost Train, and have a great time knowing you're helping out an awesome kid.

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Music Tonight: Saturday, July 28

Posted By on Sat, Jul 28, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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The Sanctuary's artist in residence is Oakland's Eva Restad, the central performer and creative force behind The Church of Color and Light. Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Sanc', Church of C and L presents a performance of the ritual piece "IRRA" ($5-$20 sliding scale). Accompanying music will be provided by local sound-scaper Oryan Peterson-Jones, aka Die Geister Beschwören.

The '70s certainly had a lot of sun-bleached hits, though perhaps none of them made as much of a dent in my personal archeological musical palimpsest as the tune "Summer Breeze" by Seals and Croft. It's just a perfect song that captures a feeling that doesn't really exist on paper. So suffice it to say I am giddy that the curators behind Soul Party — DJ Red, Jaymorg and Funky T-Rex —have named this installment of the all-vinyl sock hop at Humbrews Summer Breezin'. Bring $5 to the door at 9 p.m. to see how seasonally appropriate this little party is.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Roll on the Mattole

Posted on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Another volunteer fire department benefit gets underway at Roll on the Mattole, Saturday, July 28, from noon to midnight at Mattole Grange ($25, $20 seniors, kids 12 and under free w/adult). Enjoy fireman's games, live music, food, beverages, arts and crafts vendors and a KidZone at this benefit for Honeydew Volunteer Fire Co.

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Bobby Socks and Blue Jeans

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Hot damn, Fortuna. We've barely cooled our bootheels from last week's rodeo action and, for the second weekend in a row, you've got serious horsepower coming to town. Trade churros and chaps for Chevys and capris and meet up on Main Street for a weekend of nostalgia at the Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo, July 27-29 (free admission to all events except the dance). Lovingly restored cars, a sock hop, tractor pull, artisans fair and engines purring up and down the strip are just part of the weekend's full tank of fun.

Start your engines Friday at 6 p.m. for the participant-only cruise down Main Street. At 5 p.m. you can swing by the Artisans Faire at Rohner Park. (It'll be up and running through Sunday.) Then take the party over to the River Lodge at 8 p.m. for dancing and rock 'n' roll from Merv George Band at the Friday Night Dance ($5).

Saturday, check out the bold and the beautiful at the Judged Car Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rohner Park. Go back to your glory days at Fortuna High for the Show & Shine/Vintage & Exotic show also from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the school's parking lot. Trophies for both shows will be awarded Sunday at 10 a.m. at Rohner Park. There's a Swap Meet & Car Corral, Hit-and-Miss Antique Engine Gas Up, Antique Tractor and Farm Equipment, Antique Tractor Pull and Poker Run rounding out the weekend's events. And Fortuna's famous deep-pit barbecue is what's for dinner Saturday at 6:30 p.m. But get there early — it will sell out. Check out the full schedule (plus photos and history of the 28-year-old event) at www.redwoodautoxpo.com.

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