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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Eureka's Clarke Historical Museum to Reopen July 8

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 2:20 PM

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Humboldt County's distinguished history will be back on display at the Clarke Museum starting July 8. Tucked into the Bank of Eureka within the city's Old Town, the museum features exhibits on Native American art ans cultures, the Gold Rush and the county's lumber, agricultural and fishing industries.

The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, with a few procedural changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Masks must be worn by visitors and staff while inside the museum. Visitors must stay on a marked route and at least 6 feet away from others who are not part of their group. "High traffic" surfaces will be cleaned regularly and hand sanitizer will be ubiquitous.
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Morris Graves Museum of Art to Reopen July 22

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 12:30 PM

"At this extraordinary moment in time, we believe that the need for art has never been greater," a press release from Humboldt Arts Council, owner and operator of the Morris Graves Museum of Art, states. "We believe in its ability to lift people up, and to give them hope, comfort and strength."

The Morris Graves Museum of Art. - PHOTO BY TERRENCE MCNALLY
  • Photo by Terrence McNally
  • The Morris Graves Museum of Art.
In that spirit, the art museum will reopen to the public on July 22.

According to the release, precautions have been taken "to create a clean, comfortable and enjoyable visit," including hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the museum and a rigorous cleaning schedule. Both staff and visitors are required to wear face masks while inside the art museum.

For more information and a schedule of exhibitions, see the press releases below:

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Mateel Presents Summer Arts Video Tribute on YouTube

Posted By on Sun, Jun 7, 2020 at 5:09 PM

Missing the Summer Arts and Music Festival this year? You're not alone. The beloved two-day event, typically presented the first weekend in June for the last 44 years, was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for June 6 and 7, 2020, the event sees the Benbow State Recreation Area moving and grooving with throngs of art and music lovers and ushers in summer in the redwoods. It is a Southern Humboldt institution and one of the largest fundraisers for the Mateel Community Center with big musical acts, dozens of food, art and craft vendors, dance performances, health and wellness areas, kids' activities and more. Its cancellation is a big loss for the center and the community.

Even though this year's event has been cancelled, the Mateel Community Center has made it so SAMF revelers can reminisce about the good times and hopefully still get their fix. The Mateel is presenting a video tribute of Summer Arts and Music Festivals from years past on its YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/mateelcc or at mateel.org.  The tribute includes over two dozen artists including The Real Sarahs, Durand Jones & the Indications, Garbervillle Town Band, Jah9, Delhi 2 Dublin, Lost Coast Marimbas, Afrolicious, Candelaria, John Popper & Object Heavy, Carolyn Wonderland, Brothers Comatose, Motherlode featuring Fred Wesley and Nakho & Medicine for the People.


In a press release about the tribute, Mateel Community Center Board of Directors and staff had this message: "We look forward to the time when we can celebrate together again and hug and love one another. If you’re not already a member please support us and become one, or if you would like to give a donation, we would be very honored to receive it, please visit our website at mateel.org. ... The Mateel will be open as soon as we can. Enjoy, be happy, be well, be love
and be the change we wish to see in the world."
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Sunday, May 31, 2020

See What's New at the Clarke Museum ... Virtually

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2020 at 5:14 PM

The Clarke Museum is closed due to COVID-19, but lovers of local stories, artifacts and history can still step inside the museum virtually. Visitors to the museum's website can explore the museum's permanent collections and current exhibits  such as — “Immigration Expulsion Homecoming: The Legacy of the Chinese Expulsion in Humboldt County” in the Main Hall and “Women's Ceremonial Dresses: From Long Ago to Today” and “When Designs Escaped Baskets” in Nealis Hall — through photos and descriptions. The website also has new digital content such as live Q+As with curators, virtual tours, Ask the Curator and Behind the Scenes looks with museum staff and volunteers.

Since the museum is closed to the public, its stewards are asking those who enjoy the museum’s online content to send a few dollars museum’s way or, better yet, become a member. There are links to both options on the website. Visit www.clarkemuseum.org for more information.
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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Dell'Arte-Wiyot Rural Residency in Place

Posted By on Sun, May 17, 2020 at 5:34 PM

Dell'Arte International's rural residency program has adapted itself for the times. The 10-day program normally sees Dell’Arte students living and camping in a rural community, engaging in a cultural and artistic exchange with residents. However, in light of COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing, this year's program will take to social media to carry out its mission.
From the 2019 Rural Residency. - WINGSPAN MEDIA, SUBMITTED
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  • From the 2019 Rural Residency.
According to a press release from Dell'Arte International, this year, instead of camping on the Wiyot Tribe’s Table Bluff reservation as participants have the last two years, Dell’Arte’s Professional Training Program students will engage with members of the tribe remotely, with a focus on learning Soulatluk, the Wiyot language. Additionally, some of the program's online offerings will include digital workshops for kids on clowning, juggling and physical comedy, as well as a food recipe exchange via video.

Read the full press release below:

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Front Window: Janessa Johnsrude's Sheltering in Places portraits

Posted By on Sat, Apr 18, 2020 at 7:06 PM

In one of Janessa Johnsrude's photos, a mother and daughter sit perched in an open window, smiling at one another, a big, milky-eyed dog between them. Their tableau, framed by the window of the house, is overlaid with the branches of an apple tree bright with pink blossoms and a set of copper wind chimes shine at their right. It's an idyllic scene full of affection. So much so that you could forget they are sheltering in place during a pandemic.
LinZi, Bender, Laurel. - PHOTO BY JANESSA JOHNSRUDE
  • Photo by Janessa Johnsrude
  • LinZi, Bender, Laurel.
The portrait of LinZi, her mother Laurel and their dog Bender is one of a Sheltering in Places series Johnsrude is working on, capturing images of her friends, neighbors and friendly strangers in her Blue Lake neighborhood — all from a distance as they hunker down in their homes. (See a handful of the photos with Johnsrude's comments in the slideshow below.)

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Kinetic Grand Championship Goes the Social Distance

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 4:21 PM

Hang your heads, for the Kinetic Grand Championship Race as we know it will not take place this year with an Arcata Plaza kickoff and all its attending fanfare. Instead, as Queen Professor President Kati Texas stated in a press release, a three-day Kinetic Sculpture in Place event will take place online, with teams completing challenges on video with their human-powered art mobiles from May 23-25.
"Artists, engineers, athletes, and Glory hogs of all ages will compete in the traditional categories of Art, Speed, Engineering, and Pageantry plus some online exclusive awards just for this year (we all hope.)," the release reads. Whether shelter-in-place orders would mean teams would have to be restricted to household members is yet to be seen. The Memorial Day weekend will also include a Kinetic Kids Challenge, a Remote-abaga Ball Live and viewing documentary and other footage from the Kinetic Museum Eureka. Enjoy Mark McKenna's slideshow of kinetic madness from last year and let it buoy you like a giant floating dragon/horse/crab thing full of exhausted, sunburned people pedaling and paddling as fast as they can.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Tip the Band at Bandcamp and Do Some Virtual Busking

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 6:05 PM

Humboldt music fans can still support some of the local bands and musicians they love, even as the bars and venues that host them stand closed. Take for example the grinding sounds of Ultramafic, local talent our Setlist columnist Collin Yeo once referred to as "space-bong lords." You can find a slice of the band's oeuvre on Bandcamp here, which is today forgoing its usual share of the revenue to help out musicians who've lost gigs and tours under COVID-19 lockdown.
Ultramafic's downloadable 2015 Demo album. - BANDCAMP
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  • Ultramafic's downloadable 2015 Demo album.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Culture Cancel: COVID-19 Nixes Local Events

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 5:42 PM

The old theater adage is that the show must go on. But this time it may have to go on a bit later. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and California Department of Public Health recommendations on social distancing to slow and reduce the spread of the virus, events are canceling left and right.
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North Coast Repertory Theatre has postponed this weekend's Hamlet opening along with the rest of its season and Redwood Curtain Theatre has canceled the final three shows of Bloomsday Thursday through Saturday. The Eureka Theater, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Humboldt State University Center Activities, Humboldt Brews and Arts! Arcata have all canceled events through the end of March.

The Journal will be updating its online event calendar as information comes in. If you're an event organizer, email calendar@northcoastjournal.com to let us know about any changes in plans.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Skin Deep: Photos from Inked Hearts

Posted By on Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 4:45 PM

The 11th annual Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo wrapped up four days of tattooing last Thursday-Sunday in the Sapphire Palace and Kinetik Lounge at Blue Lake Casino and Hotel. Organizers Ted and Amy Marks, owners of the local Nor Cal Tattoo shop, brought in more than 30 local and visiting artists for on-the-spot "ink" opportunities for tattoo lovers. See the slideshow below for highlights.
Los Angeles-area tattoo artist Isela Vasquez wrapped up a black and gray portrait for "Slowpoke," another tattoo artist from Southern California. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Los Angeles-area tattoo artist Isela Vasquez wrapped up a black and gray portrait for "Slowpoke," another tattoo artist from Southern California.
Attendees found more than just tattooing and the usual vendors at this very social event, with Friday's King and Queen of Hearts Beauty contest, Saturday's sushi-eating contest and Sunday's Little Paws Pageant, as well as late evening live music performances next door. Tattoo contests for a mix of tattoo styles and Best of Day were also held Friday through Sunday.

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