Monday, May 29, 2023

Photos: Kinetic Day Two (by Sea)

Posted By on Mon, May 29, 2023 at 4:58 PM

After the sand has settled at Dead Man's Drop on the first day of the Kinetic Grand Championship, racers prepared for the amphibious leg of the journey. Creatures great and weird hit the water of Humboldt Bay, making big waves and struggling not to capsize their way into a Golden Flipper award. Photographer Mark McKenna got in the splash zone to capture the craziness — enjoy it in the slideshow below. 
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Friday, May 26, 2023

Glory Days Are Here Again

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2023 at 6:00 PM

  • Photo by Mark McKenna
It’s art! It’s engineering! It’s glorious! The Kinetic Grand Championship, the three-day, 50-mile-plus+ race that covers sea, sand, mud and land, is happening this long, wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29 (free). The event starts in Arcata at the Plaza on Saturday at noon and ends in Ferndale on Monday, with an overnight stop in Eureka in between. Find your spot along the route and cheer the teams as they go by, or tag along like a Deadhead, following the racers for the whole tour all the way to the finish. Get the full schedule of events at
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Crowned Royal

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2023 at 12:11 PM

2018 Rutabaga Ball judges - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • 2018 Rutabaga Ball judges
Who you rutin’ for? It’s time to crown the next Kinetic Rutabaga Queen, the royalty that reigns over the Kinetic Grand Championship Race, and you decide who’ll wear the crown at the Rutabaga Ball, happening Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m. at Synapsis ($15). It’s an evening of outrageous fun with food, music and a three-round pageant (representing the three days of the race) that determines who will be the new Rutabaga Queen. Competition is fierce and bribery is blatant (and encouraged). Show up and support your queens!
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Monday, May 22, 2023

Goth Day Revisited in Ferndale

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2023 at 4:03 PM

In the foggy Ferndale Cemetery, a darkly dressed group walked through between headstones and crypts. Veils, hats, trench coats and platform Doc Martens — you’d be forgiven for assuming there was a funeral. This grim procession was not grieving but rather celebrating Goth Day Revisited. For the second year, a gaggle of goths haunted the Old Steeple in Ferndale on May 20. (See highlights in the slideshow below.) 

Inside the old church-turned-music venue, vendors showcased their creepy crafts: insects preserved in jars, stained glass, monster dolls, confections and macabre jewelry. Organizer Gini Noggle beamed at the turnout of local creators and friends, especially the furry guests from the Companion Animals Foundation.

“Hi, welcome to Goth Day. Here’s a kitten,” Noggle said, welcoming goths from all walks of life.

Kelly Sprague is a fantasy and "alternative reborn" artist who crafts eerily realistic baby dolls. Not all of them are quite human. Her table hosted baby clowns, werewolf pups, witches and mermaids. Goth Day was the first time she’s brought them out.

“The kids walk in and see them and turn around like, ‘Nope,’” Sprague said. “To me, when people tell me that they look creepy, it's a compliment. It means that I did a good job making them look real.”

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Sunday, May 7, 2023

Miss Indian World Tori McConnell's Song of Gratitude

Posted By on Sun, May 7, 2023 at 6:58 PM

On April 29, 23-year-old Tori McConnell of the Yurok Tribe and Karuk heritage, won the beaded crown of Miss Indian World 2023 at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born and raised in Eureka, McConnell studied neurobiology at University of California at Davis before switching to a Native American studies major and going to work for the Yurok Tribe. Not since Brooke Grant from Hoopa Valley Tribe took the crown in 2009 has someone from our neck of the redwoods held the title, and McConnell is the first ever winner from the Yurok Tribe.
Tori McConnel in her Miss Indian World crown. - COURTESY OF THE MISS INDIAN WORLD PAGEANT
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  • Tori McConnel in her Miss Indian World crown.

“First and foremost,” McConnell says she wants to thank “my parents, my tribe and my amazing community.”

As Miss Indian World, McConnell, who has previously worked in the tribe’s food sovereignty division and now works with artist Julian Lang in its master apprentice language acquisition program run by the Advocates for Indigenous Californian Language Survival, may travel around the country and overseas to connect with other Indigenous communities. “I will serve as a cultural goodwill ambassador for all of Indian Country and Indigenous community worldwide,” she says. Her goodwill and spirit of cooperation already won her the additional title of Miss Congeniality. “That the majority of my fellow sisters voted for me that really touched my heart.”

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Thursday, May 4, 2023

Photos: Dragging Through Time at CR

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2023 at 4:48 PM

After concerns over safety canceled Lost Coast Pride's family-friendly drag fundraiser, the nonprofit switched up plans to put on an adults-only show at the Ferndale Repertory Theatre. The original family-friendly show finally took place at College of the Redwoods Saturday, April 29, before a packed audience of children of all ages. (See the slideshow by Journal staff writer Ollie Hancock below for highlights.)
The all-ages crowd at the Dragging Through Time show. - PHOTO BY OLLIE HANCOCK
  • Photo by Ollie Hancock
  • The all-ages crowd at the Dragging Through Time show.

Out front, where CR President Keith Flamer was awaiting the show and the arrival of his grandchildren, there were food trucks, vendors and information tables, with a campus security vehicle and staff at the entrance to the lot.

"We're in a bubble," promised performer and emcee Tucker Noir, dressed as an elf princess with a purple gown and pointed ears. In fairy godmother tones punctuated by giggles, she assured the audience the anti-drag noise was outside the bubble of the auditorium. Noir thanked CR for offering the space and for helping make the event educational. "Some of you right here in this room might not feel good about drag," she said. "And I want to say I'm glad you're here and I love you. ... We just want kids to be safe and happy."

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Thursday, April 6, 2023

CA Indian Big Time & Social Gathering at Cal Poly Humboldt

Posted By on Thu, Apr 6, 2023 at 6:00 AM

The CA Indian Big Time & Social Gathering, happening Saturday, April 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the West Gym at Cal Poly Humboldt is a free event where the public has a rare opportunity to see aspects of the diverse and rich cultures of California's first peoples. At the event, Indigenous people gather to share and perform songs, games, arts and crafts. Find out more information at
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Thursday, December 15, 2022

Craft Fairs and Pop Up Markets Continue this Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Still have Christmas shopping left to do? I see you. Haven’t started? I feel
you! Thankfully, there’s an abundance of smaller craft fairs popping up all
over this weekend, where you’re (we’re) bound to find just the right gift for
everyone on your list. Here's a smattering: The Craft Fair and Gnome Adventure happens Friday, Dec. 16, from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Coastal Grove Charter School with crafts, gifts, kids activities, baked goods and warm beverages ($2 suggested entry). In
McKinleyville, head to the Wing Wonderland Holiday Market at Pierson
on Friday, Dec. 16, from 3 to 8 p.m. presented by Raxx on Raxx
Wings (free entry). This one’s got gift giveaways, live music, food, fire pits,
hot drinks, vendors and more. Also on tap is the Holiday Artisan Fair at
the Bigfoot Taproom, Sunday, Dec. 18, from 1 to 6 p.m., featuring local
crafters, artisans and vendors (free entry). This is a 21-and-over event.
Also in McKinleyville on Sunday, Dec. 18, is the Krampus Christmas
at Six Rivers Brewery from 1 to 6 p.m. (free admission). Browse
creepy craft vendors, see the adoptable cats from Companion Animal
Foundation and get something to eat from the food trucks outside. In
Arcata, there’s the Shop Sacred Curated Holiday Artisan Market on
Sunday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Old Jacoby Creek School
(free entry) with dozens of niche vendors. In Eureka, visit the
Vendor Fair and Gift-Wrapping Event at Humboldt Grange Hall on
Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a variety of vendors, a bake
sale and raffle fundraiser. And let’s not forget a not-so-small craft fair, the
45th annual Winter Arts Faire at the Mateel Community Center,
happening Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6
(free entry), where you’ll find handmade artisan booths, local live
music, festive food and drink, and children’s activities, including a visit from
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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Music Tonight: Wednesday, Dec. 14

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2022 at 6:00 AM

Richards’ Goat, home of the Miniplex, has been putting on something this month that has caught my eye. Every Wednesday evening, starting at 5 p.m., you will find a mini-expo by a local artisan whose goodies will be on display where the bands usually set up their merch on show nights. Tonight’s featured creator is Rustyfern Embroidery, which I am informed makes unique designs and images on everything from lingerie to patches. Perhaps consider doing some local shopping here tonight for your holiday gifts.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Photos: Tubas, Chocolate and a Flaming Octopus

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2022 at 10:24 AM

For many, it's not officially the holiday season in Humboldt County until you've attended one of the all-brass TubaChristmas performances, which have been led locally by Fred Tempas since 1988. So we headed out early Saturday afternoon to near the gazebo in Old Town in Eureka for the 33rd annual concert and Christmas carols sing-along accompanied by tubas. The group also played a second performance in McKinleyville later in the afternoon.
Duane Flatmo's El Pulpo Magnifico lights up Arts Alive on Saturday night. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Duane Flatmo's El Pulpo Magnifico lights up Arts Alive on Saturday night.
The first weekend in December includes the usual arts and crafts show indoors at Redwood Acres and and we came back to Old Town for Arts Alive! on a rainy Saturday evening. We found the latter was considerably enlivened by Duane Flatmo's flame-shooting El Pulpo Magnifico and its pulsating sound track.  At least one person on Woodley Island, unaware of Flatmo's spectacular pyrotechnics across the Bay, called 9-1-1 to report a fire.

Our last stop was at the soft opening of the huge, newly remodeled Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate retail and production space in the old North Coast Co-op building at the corner of E and First streets in Eureka’s Old Town. The welcoming space was a popular refuge out of this rainy night as we joined throngs of people enjoying the hospitality of co-founders Adam Dick and Dustin Taylor.
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