Friday, April 30, 2021

HSU Department of Music Presents Faculty Artist Series Livestream Concert

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 6:30 AM

The Vipisa Trio, featuring Cindy Moyer, Virginia - Ryder and John Chernoff - COURTESY HSU MUSIC DEPARTMENT
  • Courtesy HSU Music Department
  • The Vipisa Trio, featuring Cindy Moyer, VirginiaRyder and John Chernoff

Humboldt is blessed to have a multitude of talented musicians in its midst and many of them teach in the Humboldt State University Music Department. A treasure of musical offerings awaits listeners at the first ever HSU Faculty Artist Series Livestream Concert on Saturday, May 1 from 7 to 8 p.m. (free, donations to fund student scholarships appreciated if you can drop some money at www.alumni.humboldt.edu/giving/music). The faculty will be live onstage at the
Fulkerson Recital Hall while you tune in from wherever you have a device and internet access. Find the concert at www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfNfq4yjiXo.
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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Eureka's Public Art the Topic of Next Humboldt County Historical Society Lecture

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2021 at 5:02 PM

PHOTO BY GABRIELLE GOPINATH
  • Photo by Gabrielle Gopinath
Explore local color at the next online Humboldt County Historical Society Program with Journal Art Beat columnist and art history professor Gabrielle Gopinath. Gopinath’s presentation “Public Art for Eureka: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” on Saturday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. examines the history of public art in Eureka from its 1970s beginnings through the 1990s mural boom to revitalization during the 2010s. Gopinpath will also discuss the role public art can play
in Eureka's future. Presented via Zoom. Sign up by April 30 at www.humlib.org
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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Friends of the Dunes Presents Naturalist Notes Webinar Series

Posted By on Sun, Apr 25, 2021 at 6:30 AM

PHOTO BY JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Photo by Jennifer Savage
Get to know the diverse flora and fauna of the North Coast. A new web series presented by Friends of the Dunes is a great way to learn about the many plants and animals you encounter while out adventuring. Tune in Wednesdays, April 21 through May 26 from 5 to 7 p.m., for the Naturalist Notes Webinar Series where experts share stories, histories and fascinating facts about the creatures and vegetation of California’s coastal dunes ($10 donation per webinar or $45 for the whole six-week series). Find the series online at www.friendsofthedunes.org/naturalistnotes.

Naturalist Notes Webinar Topics:

April 21 - Orange-Red, Yellow-Red: The Oldest Western Snowy Plover on Record
with Mark Colwell, Ph.D. (Ornithologist & HSU Wildlife Professor)

April 29 - Ethnobotany of Humboldt’s Coastal Environments
with Adam Canter (Biologist & Tribal Botanist with the Wiyot Tribe)

May 5 - Introduction to Lichens of the Dunes
with Loriel Caverly (Botanist, Certified California Naturalist, & Lichen Enthusiast)

May 12 - Pinnipeds of the California Coast
with Claire Nasr (Biologist & California Sea Grant Fellow)

May 19 - Introduction to Native Bees of the Dunes
with Brian Dykstra (OLLI Instructor, Founder of the Native Bee Society, and farmer at a Bee-Friendly Farm)

May 26 - Coastal Vulnerabilities & Resilience of Humboldt’s Dune-Beach Systems
with Ian Walker, Ph.D. (Geomorphologist & Geography Professor at UC Santa Barbara)
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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Humboldt Botanical Garden Presents Online Plant Sale

Posted By on Sat, Apr 24, 2021 at 6:30 AM

“I have too many plants,” said no gardener ever. There’s always room for more. And now the prettiest garden of all is having an online plant sale where you can pick up plenty. The Humboldt Botanical Garden Plant Sale gets underway online April 25-May 8, offering an array of blooming flowers and native plants. Take note, Members Week starts Sunday, April 25 and then the sale opens to the public on Friday, April 30, at midnight. Make your selection online and arrange to pick up at the Garden. Head to www.hbgf.org.
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Friday, April 23, 2021

The Clarke Historical Museum Presents a Virtual Tea-Tasting

Posted By on Fri, Apr 23, 2021 at 6:30 AM

PHOTO BY HOLLY HARVEY
  • Photo by Holly Harvey
Curious about cha-no-yu? Get the tea on this traditional Japanese cultural practice at Gateway to Zen: An Introduction to the Japanese Tea Ceremony, on Sunday, April 25 at 4 p.m., online ($30). Harvey II and Holly Harvey, founders of the Horai Center, lead a virtual tea-tasting and Zoom presentation on cha-no-yu (tea ceremony). Participants will receive a custom mug, matcha and sweets. Plus a captivating performance by Humboldt Taiko. Get tickets online at
www.clarkemuseum.org/gateway-to-zen.html.
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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Eureka Street Art Festival Goes Large(r)

Posted By on Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 6:17 AM

PHOTO BY ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Photo by Alexander Woodard
The Eureka Street Art Festival is back Aug. 7-14 for round four of beautifying the city with large, colorful murals and other vibrant art.

The annual event, whose mission is "to create intentional, accessible art that enlivens public spaces" as well as revitalize parts of the city, focuses on a different areas each year. Its inaugural year drew artists to Old Town, particularly to Opera Alley, where artist Blake Regan created a stunning mural depicting Billie Holiday that fittingly graces the outside of the SpeakEasy bar.

Last year during the pandemic, the festival invited a masked, socially distant public to Henderson Center to watch the artists work. For 2021, the festival is focusing on the U.S. Highway 101 corridor through town, setting its sights on some pretty impressive slabs of real estate — most notably the Humboldt County Courthouse, with its massive blank canvas on the south-facing wall. Other 2021 projects include a giant map of Eureka painted on the corner of Fifth and E streets and a piece coordinated by HAPI (Humboldt Asian and Pacific Islanders) in honor of Eureka's historic China Town.

For more on this year's event, including how to contribute to the GoFundMe helping cover costs, read the press release below.

And check out scenes from past Eureka Street Art Festivals here and here.

Eureka, CA – The fourth annual Eureka Street Art Festival will be spreading color throughout Downtown Eureka from August 7 - 14th, 2021. This year, we are focusing on the 101 corridor, and will be painting a number of wayfinding and welcoming murals. We currently have 8 murals in the works being painted by 9 artists, almost all of them locals.

This year we are working on bringing fewer, larger murals to Eureka: over 8,500 square feet of public art! This includes the massive mural being painted on the County Courthouse on I Street by Blake Reagan and Lucas Thornton; a big map of Eureka being painted on the corner of E and 5th Streets by Jenna Catsos (of Pen+Pine); a mural featuring a local endangered specie sponsored by the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC); a piece being coordinated by HAPI (Humboldt Asian and Pacific Islanders) in honor of Eureka's historic China Town; and a repainting of a current piece of public art, by Kati Texas.

Big murals mean big money, and if you want to support this year’s pieces of public art, you can contribute to the Go Fund Me: gf.me/u/zqcq9f

Businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring the Festival can contact the organizers at eurekastreetartfestival@gmail.com.

Due to the unknown nature of the virus, we are not currently planning a Block Party, and are instead focusing our energy on bringing some HUGE murals to town.

The Eureka Street Art Festival’s mission is to create intentional, accessible art that enlivens public spaces, stimulates community revitalization, and attracts visitors to Eureka. Our long term aim is to recreate this event annually and continuously introduce new public art in Eureka. Excess funds raised by the Festival will go towards the maintenance of existing public art throughout the city. ESAF is a DreamMaker project of the Ink People Center for the Arts.
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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

HumCo's First Cannabis Consumption Lounge to Open Next Month

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2021 at 4:36 PM

A sign beckons to the consumption lounge. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • A sign beckons to the consumption lounge.

The south end of Eureka is now home to a Humboldt County first: a legal cannabis consumption lounge where you can smoke, eat, and socialize to your heart’s content.

When local cannabis company Papa & Barkley converted the former K-Mart building into a manufacturing site, there was a concrete pad to the right which was destined for transformation. When arriving to the site, the outside looks as it should — an enormous industrial warehouse fit for the manufacturing of cannabis products. But just to the right, Papa & Barkley Social welcomes the public into a hidden oasis, lush and verdant. The other half of the partnership and namesake — evident by their signature aesthetic — is local hospitality brand Humboldt Social.
Guests 21 and over can enjoy a range of wellness experiences at Papa & Barkley Social. Upon entry, the reception area retail shop is stocked with locally made items, from books to clothing and swag from partnered brands.
Loren Maclaren serves up non-alcoholic cocktails. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • Loren Maclaren serves up non-alcoholic cocktails.
Outside is a seated patio area next to a new food truck and a mocktail bar. The 4/20 soft-opening event featured a fresh minted lemonade with lavender syrup, and an optional Papa & Barkley Lemongrass Ginger CBD tincture for patrons to drop in themselves. Humboldt Social’s growing partnership with chef Pawel Gago, of local Pizza Gago, inspired the creation of Pig & Leaf, with a menu of small bites, roasted meats, salads and sweets. While Pig & Leaf won’t be serving cannabis-infused eats, guests are welcome to consume cannabis edibles in the consumption lounge beyond the food truck.

A canna-booth in the cannabis consumption area. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • A canna-booth in the cannabis consumption area.

The consumption lounge — it’s what cannabis users have been waiting for. Patrons can relax and smoke, eat or drink cannabis products in one of three “canna-booths,” as named by Anea Bogue, the creative director behind the project. Plush seating surrounds fireplaces, with large umbrellas overhead to offer shade from the spring and summer sun. While the details haven’t been solidified, Bogue says a nominal fee will be charged to enter the consumption area, with possible membership plans to come, as well. Patrons are welcome to bring their own cannabis products to consume in the lounge, or they can purchase directly from the new dispensary inside.

The dispensary features five brands — Papa & Barkley, Social Nature, DewPoint, Emerald Queen Farms and Sunrise Mountain — the latter three being women-owned cannabis companies. If there’s a consistent theme throughout Papa & Barkley Social, it’s certainly that they are women-forward. As Jon O’Connor, one half of the husband and wife team behind Humboldt Social, said at the ribbon cutting, their core demographics are women age 30 through 60. Appealing to this demographic comes naturally with such a robust team of women at the helm; co-owner Amy Cirincione O’Connor, the creative team, the farmers, the retail and spa teams are mostly female.

Papa & Barkley Social's lobby. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • Papa & Barkley Social's lobby.
And, oh, yes, there is a day spa. Beyond the dispensary is a little slice of sanctuary offering massage and hot stone treatments. Guests can book online or over the phone, and can purchase Papa & Barkley or Social Nature infused topicals to be used during treatments. Lastly, no trip to this place would be complete without taking a swing in “The Nest,” a collaborative, locally made botanical art installation perfect for selfies.
"The Nest," a collaborative, locally made botanical art installation that's perfect for selfies. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • "The Nest," a collaborative, locally made botanical art installation that's perfect for selfies.
All of these indulgences are open to the public beginning May 6. So if this is your thing, go forth to smoke, sip, snack, spa and selfie out of the shadows of prohibition. This has been a long time coming.

A ribbon cutting opening the new space. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • A ribbon cutting opening the new space.
Papa & Barkley Social's front counter. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • Papa & Barkley Social's front counter.
A line of clones grown under Papa & Barkley Social's front counter. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • A line of clones grown under Papa & Barkley Social's front counter.
A signs explains the effects of different means of cannabis consumption. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • A signs explains the effects of different means of cannabis consumption.
On April 20, revelers filled the consumption lounge during a soft opening. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • On April 20, revelers filled the consumption lounge during a soft opening.
Jessica Ashley Silva is a foodie and cannabis propagation specialist, and works as a processing manager in Arcata’s Cannabis Innovation Zone.
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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Humboldt International Film Festival, April 19-25

Posted By on Sun, Apr 18, 2021 at 6:30 AM

Lion on the Mat
  • Lion on the Mat
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of pandemic stays Humboldt State University’s film students from promoting the art of film. Year after year, the oldest student-run film festival in the world keeps rolling.

This year, the Humboldt International Film Festival celebrates its 54th year with an impressive line-up of independent films showing April 19-25.  In addition to  narration, animation, experimental and documentary categories, this year’s festival features two spotlight programs:
solidarity with Black Lives Matter and social justice issues, and self care and wellness amid COVID-19. Get an all-access virtual film pass for $50 ($25 students) or drop $10 per movie ($5 students). See www.hsufilmfestival.com for ticket and schedule details.
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Friday, April 16, 2021

Weekend Events Honor David Josiah Lawson

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 6:30 AM

David Josiah Lawson
  • David Josiah Lawson
Two events are happening this Saturday, April 17, honoring the life of David Josiah Lawson. The 4Years-4Miles J4J Walk and second annual Coat Drive starts with a
run/walk/skateboard/stroll at noon at Arcata City Hall that then heads to the Humboldt Bay Trail and Arcata Marsh and ends up at the Arcata Plaza around 2:30 p.m. for a vigil with speakers, music and outreach services. Then, at 6 p.m., join the Eureka NAACP online for the David Josiah Lawson Oration Festival featuring voices of BIPOC youth and artists. Find out more at www.eurekanaacp.org.
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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Godwit Days Are Here Again

Posted By on Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 10:37 AM

Godwits at the Arcata Marsh. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Godwits at the Arcata Marsh.
Get your godwits about you, birders — the 2021 Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival is here! The annual event is presented virtually this year via Zoom and runs April 16 through 18 with live-streamed sessions, pre-recorded lectures and more. Sessions include the Big Hour at the Arcata Marsh with Rob Fowler of Fowlerope Birding Tours and Gary Bloomfield, Curiosities and Oddities in the Humboldt State Wildlife Museum: A Tour with curator Tamar Danufsky, and “The Language of Birds” keynote lecture by Nathan Pieplow. The winner of Humboldt County’s Bird of the Year for 2020 and winners in the 18th annual student bird art contest will also be announced. Although free, festival goers are asked to drop a few clams to keep the festival alive and flapping for years to come. Get the full schedule and sign up at www.godwitdays.org.
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