Sunday, January 31, 2021

The Humboldt Jewish Music and Culture Festival, Feb. 4-11

Posted By on Sun, Jan 31, 2021 at 8:00 AM

If you’re kicking yourself because you missed Temple Beth El’s Yiddish Music Festival last year, don’t kvetch, it’s back!

The Humboldt Jewish Music and Culture Festival, a celebration of Yiddish and Sephardic culture, music and cuisine, is happening Feb. 4-11 via Zoom. The event was renamed this year in order to include increased diversity of
Jewish music, such as local cellist Kira Weiss' Sephardic musical event on Tuesday, Feb 11.

Due to the pandemic, the festival is being presented as an expanded Zoom event with highlights that include Cabaret Culture in Interwar Poland, a multimedia presentation by Jewish music specialist Dr. Ellie Shapiro, an independent scholar focusing on Polish-Jewish relations. In 2018, Shapiro completed a dissertation on contemporary Jewish culture festivals in Polish small towns. Formerly the director of the Bay Area-based Jewish Music Festival for 18 years, she first visited Poland in 2003 as a guest of the Polish Cultural Institute. From 1982-90, Shapiro was based in Israel where she worked as a teacher and freelance journalist.

About the presentation: Jewish musicians played a significant role in shaping the popular culture of the newly independent Poland after World War I. Familiar with the modern sounds coming out of New York’s Tin Pan Alley and the alleys of Buenos Aires, they created a cabaret scene that brought tango, jazz and so much more to excited audiences. This multimedia presentation offers a window into this unique world that tragically ended in 1939.
  • photo by Abhishikta Vanga
  • Sasha Lurje
The festival also includes Old Time Yiddishkeit: A Heymish (informal) day of Yiddish Folk Culture featuring a concert by Latvian singer Sasha Lurje and American violinist Craig Judelman as well as fun Yiddish workshops with Sasha Lurje and Rabbi Naomi Steinberg.
  • photo by Abhishikta Vanga
  • Craig Judelman
And let’s not forget the food! Let’s Invite Bubbe to Dinner is a cooking class with mother-daughter chefs, Lauren and Mariah Sarabia. Lauren is the owner and chef of Comfort of Home Catering, one of the only Jewish owned and influenced by cultural recipes on the Northcoast. On Sunday, Feb. 7, pre-ordered traditional Jewish baked goods and lunch will be offered by the Sarabia chefs. Get the full menu, details and tickets at

The festival culminates with Singing the Diaspora: Sephardic Songs from Turkey to Morocco, with Santa Barbara-based Sephardic music ensemble Flor de Kanela ("Flower of Cinnamon”) including Kira Weiss, Andrea Fishman, Eric Ederer and Fred Nadis.
Flor de Kanela
  • Flor de Kanela
About the presentation: This presentation traces the cultural and musical history of the Sephardic Jews from their expulsion from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) in the 15th century to the two main diasporas: the urban centers of Ottoman lands (present day Turkey, Greece and the Balkans) and Morocco. The ensemble will perform several love songs from Salonica, Istanbul and Izmir — cities that became the centers of Sephardic life and culture in the 19th and 20th centuries — and a Moroccan traditional Sephardic wedding song, explaining the cultural and musical contexts.

Prices for The Humboldt Jewish Music and Culture Festival events are $15-$30, or $60 for the all-event pass. Detailed info and tickets available at
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Friday, January 29, 2021

Another Kinetic Cancelation

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 3:41 PM

In an open letter, the folks behind the annual Kinetic Grand Championship, the three-day wild and wooly wheeled adventure across the land and sea of our county, have announced the canceling of this year's in-person Memorial Day weekend event. "The threat of harm from COVID-19 is all too clear," the statement reads, and organizers are heeding the advice of the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services' warning that not enough of the community will have been vaccinated by then.
Pilot Peter Wagner Bouncing for Glory in 2019. - FILE
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  • Pilot Peter Wagner Bouncing for Glory in 2019.

But before you put your wrenches and costumes away, the organizers are looking at going for virtual Glory again, as they did last year with online events and solo journeys.

Read the full release below:

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Fred Korematsu Day Of Civil Liberties and the Constitution

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 8:00 AM

  • KeiLee Photography
  • San Jose Taiko
Jan. 30 is civil rights leader Fred Korematsu’s birthday and California honors his legacy with the annual Fred Korematsu Day Of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. This year, join Humboldt Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (HAPI, formerly Taiko Swing Humboldt) and Humboldt State University’s Asian Desi Pacific Islander Collective, the HSU Library, and the critical race, gender and sexuality studies department on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 3 p.m. for an online “multi-faceted streamed event and facilitated discussion,” including a condensed version of Swingposium on the Road, featuring San Jose Taiko and the HSU Jazz Orchestra. Register in advance at for the free event.
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Thursday, January 28, 2021

NCJ Sit, Stay, Home: Quarantine Pet Photo Contest

Posted on Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 4:00 AM


Entries to the contest have closed. Pick up a copy or see the pet photos online in the Feb. 25th edition of the Journal.



click image Sponsored by Fin-N-Feather Pet Shop
  • Sponsored by Fin-N-Feather Pet Shop

Although you may find staying at home during quarantine very boring or frustrating, your pets love it! You’re finally home with them all day to keep them entertained and to snuggle, and they have never been happier to spend all these days with you.

If you’re trying to think of something to do, grab your pet and take some photos! We want to see how you and your pets are passing the days in quarantine.

Now for the contest: Send the NCJ your photo with your pet! Submissions will be accepted from Monday, Feb. 1, through Sunday, Feb. 14, on our website, or email

click image Sponsored by McCrea Nissan/Subaru
  • Sponsored by McCrea Nissan/Subaru
One entry per household, per category. Categories are:
           • Dogs
           • Cats
           • Farm Friends
           • Small Critters

The top 25 entries in each category winner will be published in the North Coast Journal’s February 25th issue and all entries will be on our website. The top pet in each category, selected by a panel of judges, will receive prizes in the mail from NCJ and our sponsors!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Brunch (To Go) in Bayside

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Chefs Casandra Kelly and Rachael Patton. - PHOTO CREDIT CAROLYN JONES
  • Photo credit Carolyn Jones
  • Chefs Casandra Kelly and Rachael Patton.
Snap up a savory and tasty vegetarian meal courtesy of local chefs Casandra Kelly and Rachael Patton at Brunch (To Go) in Bayside happening Sunday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bayside Community Hall. They’ve prepared a healthy and hearty meal of white beans, greens and sweet things with all proceeds supporting the restoration of the Hall's 80-year-old wood frame windows. Check out the full menu and preorder by visiting ($12 advance/$15 at door plus tax). Remember to wear your mask to pick up your meal.
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Friday, January 22, 2021

The Big Humboldt Jam - Virtual Concert

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 8:00 AM

Object Heavy
  • Object Heavy
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Coast and Fatbol Farms host The Big Humboldt Jam, a virtual concert event rocking screens on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. ($15-$100). The concert features local and national talent like Pato Banton, The Duet with Bobby Vega, George Porter Jr., Object Heavy, Lyndsey Battle, David Starfire and more. All of it filmed at the historic Eagle House. Get tickets on Eventbrite or at
Pato Banton
  • Pato Banton
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Rush Hour at Humboldt Bay Social Club

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 6:00 AM

Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan in Rush Hour (1998)
  • Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan in Rush Hour (1998)
Pull over and park for Rush Hour, the 1998 buddy-cop flick starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Watch it from the socially distant comfort of your car when Community Drive-in Cinemas present the fun Saturday, Jan. 23 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Humboldt Bay Social Club, where there’ll be an outdoor bar and lounge with drinks and food available. Only 50 spots are available so don’t wait to get your ticket at $25.
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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Humboldt Grange Drive-Thru Beef Stew Dinner

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM

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This is how we stew it. Grangers are cooking up some comfort food, y’all. Get some at the Drive-Thru Beef Stew Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Humboldt Grange Hall ($10). Dinner includes a hearty bowl of beef stew with a dollop of sour cream, bread, a side salad and a sweet treat. A heads up helps the grange prepare so do the right thing and call ahead or pre-order at, then drive up, pick it up and take it home.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Lecture

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 6:00 AM

  • Courtesy Ben Goldfarb
Ecosystems need saving? Leave it to beaver. Learn how these buck-toothed rodents of slightly larger than usual size can help fight drought, flooding, wildfire and climate change (dam!) when environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb presents Partnering with Beavers to Heal the Planet, a Sequoia Park Zoo conservation lecture, on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. on Zoom (free).
As a security feature, lecture attendees are required to have a free registered Zoom account available online at Prepare ahead of the lecture by logging in and creating your personal Zoom account. On the date of the lecture, simply log in to your Zoom account and then click the provided Zoom link below.
Log in early for zoo updates and information at 6:45 p.m. Join the Zoom meeting at
Meeting ID: 862 2562 1519. Passcode: 582545.
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Friday, January 15, 2021

Ink People's Annual Color Show: Metallic

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Robot Adams, Cry Me a River. Wood, acrylic, aerosol, hardware. 18 x 25, 2021.
  • Robot Adams, Cry Me a River. Wood, acrylic, aerosol, hardware. 18 x 25, 2021.

Blingity bling. Don’t miss the newest online exhibit at The Ink People's Annual Color Show: Metallic, now through Jan. 30, online. And by metallic, they mean, "Copper and pewter. Steel and chrome. Traps and grills. Silver and gold. The bling and the mirage. The platinum level. The shiny crayons. It’s industry and androids. It’s the future and the past. It’s the color of your skin." View all the creative designs at the virtual iteration of the Brenda Tuxford Gallery
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