Sunday, November 25, 2018

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

Posted on Sun, Nov 25, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox - COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS
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Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox brings down the house with magnificent re-imaginings of contemporary pop and rock hits done in the style of jazz ragtime and swing classics. Catch these clever and talented musicians Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts ($66-$169).

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Music Tonight: Sunday, Nov. 25

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

A Christmas Story, The Musical
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The Bob Clark film A Christmas Story has in its 35 years entered into the yuletide pantheon of movies that everyone knows, whether by viewing it or just sheer cultural osmosis. It serves as a nice holiday companion piece to another Bob Clark work, the proto-slasher film Black Christmas. I like to watch them back to back for peak emotional whiplash. Anyway, the more wholesome A Christmas Story, based on the delightful Jean Shepherd novel In God We Trust: All Other Pay Cash has been turned into a musical that's being put on by the good people at the Ferndale Repertory Theatre. Catch the matinee today at 2 p.m. and see firsthand what evil comes from coveting a Red Ryder Air Rifle, among other delights ($10-$18 based on age and academic status).

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Music Tonight: Saturday, Nov. 24

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

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Tonight still falls within the magisterium of the late-November holiday so there's a good chance that not everyone in our college-rich towns have returned from abroad. However, for those of you who are in the area, here are a couple of dance parties to either work off a meal or work up an appetite to. At 9 p.m. at Humbrews, the ever-solid Soul Party convenes for a late-year session of shake, shake, shake. Come join the usual suspects as well as special guest DJ K NUTZ for a sticky icky vinyl groove-on ($5).

At 10:30 p.m. at The Alibi, it's another session of that popular post-punk, new wave, dark and cool aesthetic rebel dance off called Radio Clash ($2). Regular solid rock anchor DJ Blancatron is joined by DastBunny and Green Beans in an effort to answer the unanswerable New Order question: How does it feel?

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Snowball Drop on the Gazebo

Posted on Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 8:00 AM

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Good things come in small packages. Try your luck catching flying ping-pong balls worth fabulous prizes and store discounts at the Snowball Drop, Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11:30 a.m. at the Old Town Gazebo (free). New this year is the Gumball Drop for kids only. The "gumballs" are colored ping-pong balls that kids can redeem for a toy or trinket.

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Music Tonight: Friday, Nov. 23

Posted By on Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Claire Bent & Citizen Funk play at the Palm Lounge at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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Let's ease back into the nightlife after the holiday with some simple and fun shows for those of us with potentially stretched waistbands and exhausted social niceties through familial gorging. The popular Lionel Bart musical Oliver! Begins its three-date run at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts tonight at 7 p.m. Come enjoy the story of Oliver Twist as it undergoes a cheeky and musical reimagining suitable for the entire family ($14-$25 depending on one's age and student status).

If you are looking for something a little more intimate, you can listen to the Celtic tunes of Whoops! for free at Cafe Mokka at 8 p.m. Perhaps a warm drink or a stint in the sauna or tubs will pair nicely with the dulcet tones of this interestingly named group.

And finally, tonight at the Palm Lounge at 9 p.m. you can dance, shuffle, or drink your way through a skillful set by Claire Bent & Citizen Funk, a local multi-generational crowd pleaser whose music I always enjoy in spite of my curmudgeonly temper toward typical public square fare. The band is uncomplicated and tight with a broad book of chops and Claire has the voice to raise the roof and tie the rafters into little bows (price TBA).

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

That's the Spirit

Holiday kickoff events

Posted By on Thu, Nov 22, 2018 at 8:00 AM

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We've barely shoved Halloween back into the closet and the sugary-sweet shock of Christmas music wafting from radios and in stores hits us. It's not quite time to put the Elf on the Shelf or the Menorah on the mantle, but things are about to get lit. Eureka and Arcata Main Street organizations help get us in the mood.

In Eureka, Santa Visits Old Town, Friday, Nov. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Old Town Gazebo (free). The jolly old elf and his helpers arrive by fire truck with bags of treats for the youngsters. Santa will also be at the gazebo and roaming the area on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (it's also Small Business Saturday if you're into shopping local) and Sunday, Nov. 25 from noon to 3 pm. The big guy will be around Old Town Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m each week until Dec. 23.

Across the bay in Arcata on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 3 to 9 p.m. the Festival of Lights transforms downtown Arcata into a twinkling winter wonderland with the arrival of the Snowflake Queen and her magical friends on the Arcata Plaza (free). Frozen's Elsa and Olaf will also be there, along with Scrooge, live music, local arts and craft vendors, free popcorn and hot chocolate, and photo ops for the kids. Shops will be open late on this aforementioned Small Business Saturday. And in December, more seasonal surprises are in store as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive Dec. 7 at Arcata Main Street's Holiday Open House. Keep checking the Journal for more info on that.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Day Events

Yes we cran

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Joggn'N Shoppe Turkey Trot - PHOTO COURTESY OF SIX RIVERS RUNNING CLUB
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Football, Butterball, Hardball. Your family has its Thanksgiving traditions. Before you get all about that baste this turkey day, spend some time with your community.

Feeling plucky? Start the day off with the Jogg'N Shoppe Turkey Trot, Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. starting at Old Town Gazebo ($20 with shirt, $10 without). Registration on race day will be at Old Town Coffee & Chocolates.

Walk, don't run, at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary Interpretive Center on Thursday, Nov. 22 during the annual Thanksgiving Day Walk (free). Meet leader Jane Wilson on the porch of the interpretive center at 10 a.m. for the 90-minute walk on the wild side.

The annual Trinidad Blessing of the Fleet takes place Thursday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Harbor Overlook at Trinity and Edwards streets (free). At this special event, the local fishing fleet and kayakers give thanks and receive a blessing for the upcoming season.

And while not on Thanksgiving Day, there's something new and exciting for the kids this year at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. Nature Joe's Thanksgiving Maze Adventure is open for fun Friday, Nov. 23, from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ($10, $5 kids 5 - 12, free for 4 and under). Kids can explore the maze, and enjoy animal programs and activities. Plus s'mores and hot apple cider. Sweet!

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Olvier! The Musical

Posted on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 12:45 PM

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"Food! Glorious food!" We've all sung it. And not always on stage. Main Stage Musicals presents Oliver! The Musical, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts ($14-$25). Romp with Oliver, the Artful Dodger and all the lovable pickpockets in Charles Dickens' Victorian London in this hopeful story of love, home and happiness.

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Music Tonight: Wednesday, Nov. 21

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Holus Bolus, the one-man band from our neighbor to the north Crescent City, is a fine small-room act. A little bit country, twang, folk and space jams, this mysterious stringer has perfected the art of filling a space with the musical equivalent of a fog machine playing aural bursts of curling ambience. Come find out what I am going on about at The Mad River Brewery tasting room tonight at 6 p.m. There is no cost but you will likely quaff or nosh, personal tastes depending.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Music Tonight: Tuesday, Nov. 20

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 4:12 PM

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More than once I have found myself, whether because I am picking up a drunk friend or am in fact inebriated myself, a stranger in the strange land of Eureka, at the Blues Tuesdays night at the Vista Del Mar. Beginning at 7 p.m., you can find a rotating cast of bluesters walking through the 12 bars of that most classic format of American music for free. More often than not members of Legends of the Mind are present, which is always a treat.

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