Thursday, November 28, 2019

A Harry Potter Party at Redwood Raks World Dance Studio

Posted on Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Are you Sirius? Make sure to show off your house pride (calm down, Gryffindor) on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. as Redwood Raks World Dance Studio hosts an all-house, all-schools kids' party with music, themed activities, treats and a splendor of Hogsmeade. Kids ages 5 and up are welcome but must be signed in and out by an adult. $8 per child. Bring on the butterbeer.

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Electric Vehicle Parade and Expo and Tree Lighting at Blue Lake Casino

Posted on Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Didn't hear that coming? It's probably an electric vehicle heading over to the Electric Vehicle Parade and Expo and Tree Lighting at Blue Lake Casino on Saturday Nov. 30 from 1 to 8 p.m. (TBA). The expo includes demos, incentives, rides, drives and more. All full electric and people-powered vehicles (sorry, no gas or hybrids) roll at 5:30 p.m., with awards and tree lighting at 7 p.m.

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Christmas Yet to Come

Posted By on Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Forget the eager retail beavers of early October, the holiday season is now officially here. You've got Thanksgiving leftovers to fuel you as you strongarm shopping crowds or bake up batches of snowflake-shaped cookies to take to the office. Not feeling it? Could be impeachment hearing glut or that second round of the Humboldt crud. Or maybe it's a bout of "How in Santa's sack are we in December already?" Whatever the reason, here's a sampler of seasonal events to help get you in the spirit.

Santa rolls into Eureka in a Humboldt Bay Fire truck on Friday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Old Town Gazebo. Bring the kids and snap pics with the jolly old elf while they tell him what they'd like to see under the tree this year. Speaking of, Santa would like you to make local businesses your target when looking for that perfect gift. Shop downtown and old town businesses for all your goodies during Eureka's Small Business Saturday, happening Nov. 30. The Snowball Drop at the Old Town Gazebo can help you with that by raining little gifties down on you in the form of ping pong balls good for discounts, gifts and/or giveaways at local shops. Don't be late. Despite what it says in our Gift Guide calendar (one in the naughty column), the blizzard starts promptly at 11:30 a.m.

How about some Rockefeller Center Christmas magic right here in Humboldt? For five glorious weeks, the Humboldt Ice Rink is open at Belotti Hall at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale (Nov. 27 - Jan. 5). The Grand Opening Celebration and ribbon cutting is Friday, Nov. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. with live music, holiday treats, drinks and, of course, ice skating. Grownups, the Zamboni Lounge at the rink will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. selling beer, wine and hot buttered rum.

Arcata Main Street kicks off the holidays on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30 from 3 to 9 p.m. in and around Arcata Plaza (free) with music, shopping, popcorn, cocoa and carriage rides (from 5 to 8 p.m.). The event is part of Arcata's Season of Wonder and Light, which also includes a Holiday Open House, Arts! Arcata and a Winter Solstice Celebration all later in the month. Keep an eye on the Journal's calendar for those dates.

And back in the picturesque town of Ferndale, it's America's Tallest Living Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. (free). Join the community for cookies, cocoa, carols and the illuminating of the bright beautiful tree — a tradition since 1934. While in town, stop by the Ferndale Portuguese Hall for the annual Beans & Linguica Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. ($12, $6 children 6-12). That feeling in your chest? It's your heart growing three sizes. And that's just this week's calendar.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Annie the Musical at the Arkley Center

Posted on Tue, Nov 26, 2019 at 3:45 PM

Madisyn Wood as Annie. - SUBMITTED
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Leaping lizards! What could be more fun than taking the kids to see Main Stage Musical's production of Annie the Musical? See it Friday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts ($15-$35). Sing along to all the Tony Award-winning songs with Annie, Daddy Warbucks and the wicked Mrs. Hannigan.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Local Native Basketry at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 12:17 PM

If you were scrolling Instagram this morning (as one of our readers was), you might have seen a familiar basket form on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s account. The shot from the museum’s ongoing show Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection features a gorgeous piece by Elizabeth Hickox, a Wiyot and Karuk woman from Humboldt.

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#DYK: In the late 19th and early 20th century, a revival of traditional basketry occurred in many Indigenous American communities. The demand for these works among non-Natives created a new market with accompanying economic opportunities for countless artists, especially women.⁣ ⁣ #ElizabethHickox (Wiyot-Karuk) specialized in lidded baskets, like the one above, and created many through a formal business arrangement with art dealer Grace Nicholson. With a guaranteed income of $500, Hickox was able to negotiate the market for her sophisticated, painstakingly designed works, develop her talent, and advance her career.⁣ ⁣ Drawing on traditional methods and designs, Hickox is known for her inventive patterns—like the lightning motif covering the body and lid of this container. ⚡ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ See her work and others on view in "Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection" in the @metamericanwing. #ArtofNativeAmerica #NativeAmericanHistoryMonth #NAHM ⁣⁣#5WomenArtists ⁣⁣ 🎨 Elizabeth Hickox (Wiyot-Karuk, 1875–1947). Gift basket, ca. 1910. Conifer root, hazel shoots, maidenhair stems, bear grass, and dyed porcupine quills. On view in Gallery 746.

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According to Brittany Britton of the Clarke Historical Museum, Hickox was based out of Orleans for most of her life and died in 1947. “She was one of the more well-known weavers from our area,” says Britton. Unlike many Native basket weavers, Hickox had a dealer/patron, Grace Nicholson, who kept artists’ names attached to pieces as she sold them and promoted Hickox’s work. On top of that, Hickox had a recognizable style. “Her baskets are very distinctive: lidded with the raised knob and the use of [black] maiden hair ferns,” says Britton.

The photo the Met posted is indicative of that style, though Britton notes the basket is oddly photographed from the back, showing the seam at the edge of the lid. It’s a shame, too, she says, that the lid is on since many of Hickox’s baskets open to reveal designs on the bottom. As for the pattern on the body of the basket, the “lightning” to which the post refers “looks more like obsidian blade with worm trail,” according to Britton, who adds translation of the names of design elements can be tricky.
If you can’t zip over to New York for the show, you can just wait until February, when the Clarke’s remodeling of the Hover Collection’s design case is finished and a couple of Hickox’s pieces, like the one shown in the video here, will be on display. Check out @clarkemuseum on Instagram for the full #basketoftheday video story.
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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Donate to Toys for Tots and see 'Red Tails' for Free on Veterans Day

Posted By on Sat, Nov 9, 2019 at 5:39 PM

Wondering what to do with your Veterans Day? How about a night at the movies honoring those who've served while helping kids in need? At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, the Eureka Theater is joining up with Toys for Tots to show Red Tails (2012), the World War II action drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-African American fighter pilot squadron that fought in the European theater. And you can get in for free. Just bring a new toy to donate to help local children in need and you're good. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the bar will be serving beer, wine and the usual candy and popcorn, all benefitting the Eureka Theater's restoration. (Look at you supporting another good cause.)
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Directed by Anthony Hemingway, it stars Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo, Leslie Odom Jr., Andre Royo and Michael B. Jordan. Check out the preview below and decide if you need to bring tissues. (Spoiler: You will.)

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Trick or Treat: Photos from Arcata's Halloween

Posted By on Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 6:10 PM

Parking was a premium for Trick or Treat on the Plaza in Arcata in late afternoon as easily more than a thousand children and adults showed up for the Halloween fun. The event, sponsored by Arcata Main Street, started off with the HSU Marching Lumberjacks, giant puppets and a bubble machine circling the plaza, followed by attendees lining ulp at storefronts and businesses around the plaza to collect the goodies.
The Bella Vita Fire Dance Company burns it up on the Arcata Plaza. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • The Bella Vita Fire Dance Company burns it up on the Arcata Plaza.
Additional entertainment included a zombie flash mob performance of "Thriller," a flaming performance by the Bella Vita Fire Dance Company, hay bale rides around the plaza and photo ops with a Halloween Fairy. See the slideshow below for highlights of the costumed fun.

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