Saturday, November 28, 2020

Dell'Arte's Holiday Show Comes to Your Living Room

Posted By on Sat, Nov 28, 2020 at 11:55 AM

As you scan the growing list of holiday traditions we'll be skipping this year due to COVID-19 and Humboldt County's move into the purple "widespread" risk tier, cross off the annual Dell'Arte holiday show. The Blue Lake-based theater folks are taking the always innovative performances, which normally tour the county with free shows for the kiddies, virtual. This year, you and the little ones can catch its adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic Hansel and Gretel live streaming and on local PBS TV station KEET.

Oscar "Oz" Nava and Laura Jill Murillo Hart as the babes in the wood. - SUBMITTED
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Friday, November 27, 2020

After the Feast, Congee

Posted By on Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 10:50 AM

  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Editor's note: If you you went full turkey yesterday and find yourself still recovering from a run with the tryptophan dragon, longing for a piece of that same feeling but wary of where it will take you, fret not. There's a balance to be found. In this piece originally published in 2017, Journal arts and features editor Jennifer Fumiko Cahill explains that there is a middle ground and that congee might be exactly what's needed to get back on your feet.

Maybe you're a more disciplined person than I am. Maybe after the preparations, the cooking, the gorging, the food coma and the dish washing that follow a holiday meal, you can spring up from the bed/couch/floor and begin chopping ingredients for turkey soup. Maybe, like my Sicilian mother-in-law, you're already melting butter for a Tetrazzini while I'm still taking shallow breaths and pawing at leftover pie. Hell, maybe you ate in moderation and aren't nursing a food hangover that will likely last until the next celebration.

But if you're like me and all you can muster after a holiday dinner is bagging the bones and tossing them in the freezer, there's still something wonderful — and stupidly easy — you can do with the remains of a roasted chicken, duck or even a turkey. (Yes, reader with a stack of rotisserie chicken containers forming a tower in your recycling bin, even the $6.99 bird you pick up on Friday nights.) It's cheap, uses up the very last of the carcass after a holiday meal and is gentle on your overtaxed stomach — which is important when you're shakily staring down a month of festivities.

In China rice porridge is called congee or jook. In parts of India it's kanji. In Laos it's khao piak. In Japan it's okayu. But all over Asia, people cook rice into a restorative porridge — with or without fish, meat or bones — adding a few toppings for a simple, comforting meal, morning or night. The Chinese version might be served with fried dough, ginger, soy sauce and green onions. It can be soup-like or similar to a soft risotto. Because this humble dish is so comforting and easily digested, it's also what we feed the sick.

When I was a child, hamming it up with my symptoms, my grandmother made me plain, thick rice-and-water okayu to eat in bed, dropping a soft, pickled Japanese plum on top. If you grew up in an Asian family, you likely ate a version — with Jasmine rice? an egg? crispy shallots? coconut? — that remains the ur-porridge you'll always crave and always return to, no matter how many versions you learn to love. I've made our family's iteration for my children when they were ill, for friends who were hungover and for myself and the cat when I was broke. And after Thanksgiving, some form of rice porridge bubbles on the stove in many an Asian-American kitchen.

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Monday, November 9, 2020

Crack Your Knuckles: Flash Fiction 2020 is On

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 6:49 PM

Reality, amirite? How about a little fiction — a real little? The annual North Coast Journal Flash Fiction Contest might be just the bite-sized escapism we need. Make your story 99 words or fewer, not including the title, for a chance at small-scale literary fame and seeing your story in the Journal. Email up to three entries as attachments to our judges at with your full name and contact information (the latter won’t be printed) by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30. The top picks will publish in December. How long is a 99-word story? Just about this long.
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Monday, November 2, 2020

Review: Mr. Bungle's Halloween Streaming Concert

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 3:10 PM

Midnight on Halloween, Pacific Standard Time, online audiences around the world were treated to a sort of homecoming. Eureka’s reigning champions of outré tunes and wild musical theatrics for three and a half decades, Mr. Bungle streamed a live concert in celebration of its newest record, The Raging Wrath of
the Easter Bunny,
which was released on singer Mike Patton’s Ipecac Records
the day before. And if you didn't catch it on Halloween, the show is streaming until midnight Tuesday at ($15).
A nostalgic shot from the preview for Mr. Bungle's The Night They Came Home. - YOUTUBE
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