Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Photos from Ohana Comic Con

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 8:43 PM

A large crowd of attendees wandered through a mix of vendors and featured artists at Ohana Comic Con. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • A large crowd of attendees wandered through a mix of vendors and featured artists at Ohana Comic Con.
A surprisingly large crowd of costumed cartoon, movie and anime fans (estimated between 800 and 1,000) filled the Sapphire Palace at the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel on Saturday for its first ever Ohana Comic Con. Organizers of the event used the Hawaiian word “ohana,” meaning “family,” to attract families. The cheap tickets (in contrast with big comic con events) also helped bring in a crowd.

The two-day event hosted two costume contests, a wide mix of vendor tables, special guest artists and a few local artists. Event organizers were surprised and pleased at the attendance and hinted at a return event next year. Check out the scene in the slideshow below.


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Music Tonight: Wednesday, Oct. 31

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

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It's the big spooky night so here's some midweek fun for all of you ghouls. RampArt skatepark has an all-ages punk rock covers show going down at 8 p.m. Members of The Buffy Swayze and The Tweeners team up to play songs of The Cramps while Side Iron magically transforms into The Misfits. The Flying Hellfish — a delightful reference from the golden age of The Simpsons — opens the evenings with various covers. Just $5 gets you in the door, there is a bar for those with a valid ID and yes, of course, there is a costume contest.

Speaking of costume contests, Absynth Quartet is presiding over one during its Halloween Bash at Humbrews. Lovebush is in on the fun and the kick-off time is 9 p.m. ($15).

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Photos from Old Town Trick-or-Treat

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 7:34 PM

This young girl rocked maximum plumage with her beautiful peacock costume. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • This young girl rocked maximum plumage with her beautiful peacock costume.

Eureka's Old Town attracted a large costumed crowd of all ages at Saturday afternoon's annual Halloween event sponsored by Eureka Main Street. Children age 12 or younger accompanied by adults wandered among more than 80 participating stores, collecting bags of sugary goodies — or, in one case, a polished rock that also proved popular. Enjoy highlights from the fun in the slideshow below.

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Music Tonight: Tuesday, Oct. 30

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

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California Kind is a jam band comprised of various side players from the noodle-rock world and fronted by singer/songwriter Katie Skene. If you are a fan of Dark Star Orchestra and other Dead-adjacent groups then roll over to Humbrews tonight at 8 p.m. for a bit of note-saturated fun ($20).

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Music Tonight: Monday, Oct. 29

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 12:25 PM

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Blondies presents a mellow show as New York City's van-living indie-folk act Fort Vine visits the club at 7:30 p.m. Touring on the back of its second album, Stay Magical, this duo is certain to keep things chill (price TBA).

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This Thing On? Savage Henry Opens its Own Club

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 11:45 AM

The spotlight ready to hit stage at the Savage Henry Comedy Club. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • The spotlight ready to hit stage at the Savage Henry Comedy Club.

Depending on how long you've been in Humboldt, you might remember when the space at 415 Fifth St. in Eureka was Live in Humboldt, the Empire Lounge or the Red Fox Tavern. And now it's reborn as the Savage Henry Comedy Club. While a couple of shows have already broken in the stage, a hodgepodge collection of chairs are lined up for a grand opening Friday night.

Savage Henry's Chris Durant, who co-founded Savage Henry Magazine in 2010 and started the sprawling annual comedy festival in 2011, says the club idea has "been on the back burner for about three years." Around May, it moved on to a serious to-do list that included a beer license application that's now only weeks and one form away from completion. Until that comes through, his hope is to have nonprofits pouring drinks at shows.


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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Zombies Shake/Drag a Leg

Posted By on Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 12:29 PM

Jared Robinson and Anthony Quinn pose after the zombie flash mob invaded the Arcata Plaza on Oct. 25. - PHOTO BY MEGAN MARTIN
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  • Jared Robinson and Anthony Quinn pose after the zombie flash mob invaded the Arcata Plaza on Oct. 25.

A gray-faced, dead-eyed army of zombies from Sunny Brae Middle School sprang to after-life for some vintage choreography to Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" on Friday, Oct. 26 at Murphy’s Market in Sunny Brae. Then, while Vincent Price's cackle still echoed in the aisles, the undead dancers made their groaning way to the Arcata Plaza for an encore before slinking back to the cursed ground from which they rose. Enjoy Megan Martin's slideshow of their creepy moves below. Happy Halloween, everybody.


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Grown Up Halloween

Posted By on Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 8:01 AM

Hey sexy/sinister cats and Cthulhus, if you're looking for the lowdown on where to get down this Halloween, here are a few terror-ific roof and hair-raising events to consider. Ghoulio, get the stretch!

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On Saturday, Oct. 27, go bump in the night at the Mateel Community Center's annual Halloween Boogie from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. ($30, $25 advance). Groove to the reggae stylings of Anthony B, Warrior King and Lacy Redhead. Come dressed to kill for the costume contest.

When is a haunted house more than a haunted house? When it's a multi-level haunted house, boo. The Ultimate Fright Fest! is on Oct. 26-28 and Oct. 31 from 4 p.m. to midnight at Forever Found, when the historic Loheide building is transformed into a spine-tingling scare house ($6 for all ages until 7 p.m., $10 for 13 and up from 7 p.m. until midnight).

Climb up and hunker down for a trip through dark wooded areas with creepy crawlies and find out if Blue Lake Casino's Haunted Hayride is a ride or die situation. Wheels and heads roll Oct. 26-28 and Oct. 31 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Blue Lake Casino ($10). Ages 13 and up.

And the granddaddy of all local scare fests, the Haunted Kinetic Lab of Horrors begins its reign of terror Oct. 26 and runs nightly through Oct. 28 and again on Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Kinetic Sculpture Lab ($12). Live music by The Dead Drops drowns out the screams. That delicious sopes from La Bonita food truck might serve you best after you come out. Ages 13 and up.

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Halloween Events

For kids and kritters

Posted By on Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Where can you take your children of the night for free trick-or-treating, costume contests, parades and old-fashioned carnival fun? We dug up a fun-sized sampling of local Halloween haps.

The McKinleyville Shopping Center is having its annual Halloween Costume Parade on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. (free). This one's for all ages and features lots of free candy.

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Costumed children 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult can swing their pumpkin buckets and pillow cases as they race around Old Town for its Trick-or-Treat fun on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. (free). Participating stores will have signs in their windows.

Sequoia Park is all dressed up for the Enchanted Forest Halloween Carnival, Saturday, Oct. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. with classic carnival games, face painting, candy, prizes and more for kids accompanied by an adult (free for kids 12 and under).

They did the mash. The pumpkin mash! Watch the animals stomp and chomp their treats at Boo at the Zoo, Sunday, Oct. 28 from noon to 4 p.m. at Sequoia Park Zoo (regular zoo admission). There are also fun crafts and games, creepy snacks and apple cider, a costume parade and contest.

On Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31, families can head to the Arcata Plaza for Trick-or-Treat festivities from 4 to 6 p.m. (free). Downtown streets will be closed to traffic for trick-or-treating and a parade at 4 p.m., plus pictures with the Halloween Fairy, hay bale rides, carnival games and other spooky fun.

Later, Faith Center's annual Kids' Karnival from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds is a safe and fun option for children in fifth grade and under and their families. Load up on carnival games, candy, prizes, food and more.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Ohana Comic Con

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

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TextMulti-fandom insanity is on at the Ohana Comic Con happening Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Blue Lake Casino ($6-$10, free for kids 12 and under). This family friendly event is your chance to check out vendors, dress for cosplay contests, meet celebrities and more.

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