Monday, September 24, 2018

Music Tonight: Monday, Sept. 24

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Seattle's iji has a sound that can best be described as bubbly chamber pop. The hushed vocals crash against cheery multi-instrumentation in a bright little world of feeling and joy. Iji plays The Outer Space tonight at 7 p.m. ($5). Opening the evening will be the dusky rainbow tunes of mister moonbeam and the gentle folk of Blood Hunny.

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Music Tonight: Sunday, Sept. 23

Posted By on Sun, Sep 23, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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The Sanctuary offers a brunch-time, swing-jazz-era café experience for free when The J Street Regulars plays a set of vintage jazz and dance tunes for the coffee-drinking and pastry-eating set at 10 a.m. Dance a bit or just sit and sip — there is really no pressure here, just a fun time for all.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Murder Mountain Docuseries is Upon Us

Posted By on Sat, Sep 22, 2018 at 1:52 PM

MURDER MOUNTAIN PREVIEW
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Remember that documentary crew that was running around Humboldt on and off through the spring and summer? Well, the finished project airs Sunday night at 7 p.m. on the Fusion Network, which is a real network that I looked up (channel 342 if you've got DIRECTV). The crew and its producer talked to Journal staff during their filming and, after casting around for a central narrative among the threads of weed, missing persons and homelessness, the team evidently settled on the story of Garret Rodriguez, a San Diego man who went missing and was later found dead in Southern Humboldt. The preview for Murder Mountain: Welcome to Humboldt County on Fusion TV's Facebook page is a dizzying series of cuts between foggy roads, grainy reenactments, masked men with rifles on ATVs, pot farms and police, all set against an ominous soundtrack. The post offers the tagline, "Welcome to Murder Mountain, a secretive and surreal corner of America with a deadly history." Not sensational at all. See the video below.

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Music Tonight: Saturday, Sept. 22

Posted By on Sat, Sep 22, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Julian Lage is a world-class jazz guitarist from Santa Rosa who, as a single-digit aged wunderkind, was the subject of a documentary called Jules at Eight. The subsequent decades have been kind to Julian. He has built up an impressive resume touring the world with heavyweights like Gary Burton and Nels Cline. He brings his phenomenal trio to Fulkerson Hall tonight at 8 p.m. for an evening of virtuosic jazz ($39).

Two hours later at The Jam, you can find a full set of rock-informed psychedelic dance music when Redding's Gringo comes to town to jam with local blasters The Apollo Era and Paradise Inc. ($5).

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Good Relations' Sexytime Quiz Night for Fire Relief

Posted on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 8:00 AM

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Think you know a thing or two about a certain something-something or a little something-something about a certain thing or two? Take your knowledge to The Historic Eagle House and impress everyone at Good Relations' Sexytime Quiz Night for Fire Relief on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. ($5). Bring a team of friends or arrive solo and be matched with new friends. Cash prizes, adults only.

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Music Tonight: Friday, Sept. 21

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Indie music has been a genre for so long that the term has functionally lost all use as a descriptor. It now includes acts who are certainly not independent in any meaningful sense of the term and therefore has joined the ranks of blues, jazz, rock and rap in the pantheon of genres that have been watered down into homeopathic neutrality. One act often included under the indie folk heading is the massively popular band The Head and the Heart, who sound to my ears like easy listening music for tech workers who enjoy crocheting, artisanal cider and haircuts with bangs. But don't listen to a balding asshole who still unironically enjoys early Cure and Van Halen and late Bad Brains and Judas Priest records, and who has crashed prematurely onto the gray beaches of a mid-life crisis. Listen to your heart and consider seeing these heads at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts tonight at 8 p.m. ($76). J.S. Ondara opens.

White Deer is a local country and blues quartet featuring members of local acts Kindred Spirits, the Spin Drifters and the Scratchdog String Band, who could genuinely be considered an indie folk act and play pretty and original acoustic tunes designed for warm wooden rooms. The band will be playing a free one tonight at 9 p.m. at the Logger Bar, which happens to be one of the very best of those rooms our county has to offer.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Movie Magic

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 at 8:00 AM

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What is happening at the Arcata Theater Lounge this week? Are they reading my mind? Scraping my Facebook page for intel? It's like they have ESPN or something. The cornucopia of cinematic delights on the menu this week is definitely enough to part me with that emergency $20 I keep stuffed in the junk drawer. Well played, ATL.

The trilogy of awesomeness starts Friday, Sept. 21 with Mean Girls (2004) at 8 p.m. ($5). The camp is high in this whip-smart assessment of high school clique culture written by former SNL head writer Tina Fey. Should be fetch.

Next up is Ghostbusters (1984) on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. ($5). The original star-studded comedy megahit about Manhattan-based paranormal investigators introduced us to ectoplasmic slime and the towering Stay Puft Marshmallow Man — "He's a sailor, he's in New York ... if we get this guy laid, we won't have any trouble!"

But the pièce de résistance is the Charlie's Angels-esque trip through the final frontier when the ATL's Sci-Fi Night presents Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. (free w/$5 min. food or beverage purchase). The film launched the TV show that had this '70s kid pew-pewing through the subdivision (complete with rainbow armband and utility belt). The Buck stops here. And I'll be there.

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Vintage Carnival and Picnic in the Park

Posted on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 at 7:30 AM

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An old-fashioned Vintage Carnival and Picnic in the Park is coming to the Southern Humboldt Community Park on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 3 to 10 p.m. ($15, free for kids 12 and under). There are games for kids and adults, 13-piece marching band LoveBomb Go-Go from Portland, local DJ Marjo Lak, Humboldt Aerial Collective and more. Plus a barbecue, food trucks, cocktails and beer.

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Music Tonight: Thursday, Sept. 20

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Aussie Sub Pop Records band Deaf Wish plays an end of summer — in the Northern Hemisphere — show tonight at 7 p.m. at the Outer Space. I usually get annoyed at the lazy comparisons music writers make to Sonic Youth and P.J. Harvey when faced with a female-fronted arty rock band, but in this case it's hard to dispute that Deaf Wish frontwoman Sarah Hardiman sounds like P.J. with a Sister-era Kim Gordon cadence. There, now I am officially a hack but at least I am an honest one. The always fabuloso local Venn diagram-staffed groups CV and The Tweeners open the evening's events. $8.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Diamond Girl

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 4:00 PM

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A little fall fire is swirling our way and not just in the form of leaves. Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes brings her rhythmic heel, heel, planta, planta magic back to Humboldt in Diamantes de Color (colored diamonds), An Evening of Flamenco on Friday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. at the Bayside Community Hall ($34 VIP reserved, $20, $15 students, $7 child).

The passionate dance is characterized precision, poise, graceful arm movements and the opening of the heart by the outward expression of the torso. It is considered one of the most (if not the most) powerful female dances. Flamenco refers not only to the dance but the integral components of music and singing that accompany it. Fuentes will be joined by two outstanding Spanish flamenco artists: acclaimed Spanish-Romani guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer/percussionist/dancer Jose Moreno. Cortes, a third-generation flamenco guitarist from a family of "Spanish Gypsy" guitarists, has toured extensively since he was 17 and was commissioned by the Cohen Brothers to compose music for the film Paris Je T'Aime. Moreno hails from a family of famous flamenco artists — mother Estrella Morena (dancer) and father Pepe de Málaga (singer), and has worked with distinguished artists such as Isabel Pantoja as a cajón percussionist and alongside flamenco guitarist Jose de Luna.

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