Thursday, January 31, 2019

Acorn to Oak

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 9:00 AM

We love trees and allegories here in the land of tall redwoods and idealists. We're dreamers, poets, environmental stewards and veterans. And we are fortunate that a sweet tale that speaks to all these identities makes its way to the Arcata Playhouse for our enjoyment and enrichment.

The Arcata Playhouse Family Fun Series opens its 13th season this Saturday with Scotland's Puppet State Theater's multi-award-winning adaptation of Jean Giono's The Man Who Planted Trees. It's a puppet theater production that has been performed from the Sydney Opera House to Lincoln Center in New York and now graces the North Coast with its uplifting, humorous and profound story of renewal and redemption, of forests and men. Through comedy and puppetry, The Man Who Planted Trees tells the tale of a French shepherd who sees a need and, instead of ignoring it, single-handedly (with his dog), over the course of decades, plants a forest, tree by tree, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland into a beautiful, thriving landscape.

Appealing to all ages, audiences will "hear the wind, feel the rain, smell the lavender and laugh with Dog in this multi-sensory theatrical delight." The first in the Arcata Playhouse Family Series (Maine physical performer and magician, Leland Faulkner, in his show World of Wonder, comes to the Playhouse in April), The Man Who Planted Trees plays Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($15, $10 kids 12 and under). Tickets are available at Wildberries Marketplace, online at www.arcataplayhouse.org or may be reserved by calling 822-1575.

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Trinidad to Clam Beach Run

Posted on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Trinidad to Clam Beach Run - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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It's just cold enough outside for one of Humboldt County's favorite traditions: running through the redwoods, splashing through Little River and greeting the wet, wild waters of the Pacific Ocean. The exhilarating Trinidad to Clam Beach Run honoring Ford Hess gets underway Saturday, Feb. 2 at 12:30 p.m. in Trinidad ($45-$35). The Marching Lumberjacks, a bowl of hot chili and a bonfire await participants at the Clam Beach finish line.

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Music Tonight: Thursday, Jan. 31

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 4:00 AM

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There's a free jazz show tonight in The Basement, a venue beneath the Jacoby Storehouse that may or may not also have been a certain long-standing and well-regarded Italian restaurant. Come down at 8 p.m. and have a drink and a nosh and check out the smooth sounds of RLA Trio.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Entertainment Tonight: Wednesday, Jan. 30

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 4:00 AM

As many quotes as there are about music nourishing the soul and giving meaning to our lives, there are just as many less flowery and more matter-of-fact sentiments about the importance of eating well and its effect on good health. As boring as it may be, eating well is a vitally important idea and there is simply not enough good art made about it. That may have changed somewhat. The Humboldt Food Policy Council presents a Food Films Pop-Up Festival featuring a series of short films on that very subject at the Miniplex today. There will be showings at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., so if you have children you want to bring you should favor the earlier one to not run afoul of the 21+ bar age curfew ($12, $10 advance).

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Music Tonight: Wednesday, Feb. 6

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 4:00 AM

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It's hump day ladies and gents, so once again please come one and all over to the Logger Bar for another free installment of the Everything Goes Open Mic curated by Mo Hollis. The title says it all, so if you want to play Bach on a nose flute or grab a buddy to re-enact Homer Simpson and Barney Gumble's fictional two-man/one pair of giant overalls performance on the Gong Show, tonight's the night. The fun starts at 8 p.m.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Music Tonight: Tuesday, Jan. 29

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 4:00 AM

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Violinist Kev Marcus and violist Wil B. form an instrumental hip-hop duo from Florida called Black Violin. Both men are classically trained musicians who favor a portmanteau of beats, elegant bars and musical passages. The resulting sound has a good amount of spectacle to it but never gets lost in kitsch or mired in novelty, and the group is very popular both in the studio and on stage. Rounding out its touring band are drummer Nat Stokes and DJ SPS. Hear them all at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. ($39, $15 students).

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Music Tonight: Monday, Jan. 28

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 4:00 AM

This Saxophone Kills Fascists returns to The Outer Space on Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. - PHOTO BY LISKEN ROSSI, COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • This Saxophone Kills Fascists returns to The Outer Space on Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.

Arrington de Dionyso is the brains as well as embouchure behind the free and world jazz protest act This Saxophone Kills Fascists. He returns to The Outer Space tonight at 7 p.m. to blow down the walls of the proverbial modern American Jericho with his godly horn. Joining him will be local sound collective Medicine Baul as well as Arcata's up and coming abstract surf band Sue and the Namies ($6).

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Black Violin

Posted on Sun, Jan 27, 2019 at 8:00 AM

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Classically trained stringed instrumentalists Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste are Black Violin, a violin and viola-playing duo, bringing their genre-busting blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass to the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. ($39).

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Music Tonight: Sunday, Jan. 27

Posted By on Sun, Jan 27, 2019 at 4:00 AM

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I'm not usually a fan of movie musicals and with very few exceptions I avoid the genre like anything else that floats in the confluence of the waters of maudlin sentiment and big production budgets. However, I am not made of stone and even though I am not made of felt and fabric either, I still love The Muppet Movie. Having no emotional reaction to The Rainbow Connection, especially the couplet "What's so amazing/that keeps us stargazing?" should be added to the Dark Triad test for psychopathy and if the antics of these Muppets don't make you laugh out loud then I have no idea what will. Check out Kermit and company at The Arcata Theatre Lounge this evening at 6 p.m. for a revisit of their big screen debut ($5).

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Music Tonight: Saturday, Jan. 26

Posted By on Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 4:00 AM

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The Alibi hosts a dirty punk and folk affair late this evening at 11 p.m. Newish group The Bow-Legged Buzzards feature the fiddlin' and gravel-voiced talented bravado of front-fellow Phill Irvine, while The Bored Again is the greatest one-man bass playing punk band ever to be fronted by a guy named Dave. Just $3 gets you in the door and that's less than a gallon of gas for a higher-octane grade of fun.

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