Friday, August 18, 2017

The Painting on the Wall

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Muralist Duncan Jago and Joe Murdter work on the De Paul Building. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Muralist Duncan Jago and Joe Murdter work on the De Paul Building.

The lift parked in the alley behind the DePaul Building is down low enough for Duncan Jago to chat. The Bristol artist's black pants are spattered with the same pink, lavender and aqua paints he and assistant Joe Murdter have been putting up on the building's south wall, just across the street from the mural Dan Kitchener, another U.K. artist, put up a few weeks ago.

"Monet in space" is the simplest way he can describe the impressionistic mural that will feature "abstracted figures moving through space." He's not ready to share its title yet and is mostly focused on meeting his fast approaching deadline of Saturday, especially since he's got a flight home to catch this weekend. The piece, which covers the building's entire side, is set for completion in only five days — half the time of Kitchener's "Electric City." But he's not terribly worried, despite the "Worriers" T-shirt he's sporting. On Tuesday Jago and Murdter prepped the surface, sealed off the windows and laid down the base. "Today is just knitting it together," says Jago.

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Swimming Upstream

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM

MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
The Yurok Tribe’s 55th annual Klamath Salmon Festival, happening Saturday, Aug. 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Klamath (free, $15 salmon feast), typically celebrates the wealth of the river and the bounty it provides. This year, with record-low salmon runs forcing the tribe to purchase fish from outside of the Klamath River, the celebration’s focus is on the health of the river and raising awareness about the struggle of its salmon — an essential part of the tribe’s culture, tradition and existence.

Among the more than 100 vendors, including food, arts, crafts and jewelry, are information booths to help the rally for the salmon. Stop by a few of them while you’re enjoying the day’s events, which begin with a Veterans Breakfast at the Klamath Community Center at 7:30 a.m. (free for military veterans and active service personnel) and include the annual parade down Klamath Boulevard at 10 a.m. and a wild salmon lunch starting at 11 a.m. ($15, includes homemade sides and drink). The annual Stick Game Tournament, a highly-competitive, full-contact sport that resembles lacrosse, begins at noon.

There will also be a softball tournament, classic car show, cultural demonstrations, an Indian card game and a hopping kid’s corner with four bounce houses, zip line, bumper cars, a bubble park, face painting, snow cone and popcorn snack booth, photo booth and a fishing booth. Whew! And how about squid at a salmon festival? You bet. Spend the day enjoying the rocking tunes of headlining band Dr. Squid, who take the stage at noon.
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BridgeFest

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … out of this world fun at the 21st annual BridgeFest and Flying Saucer Contest on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Bridgeville (free admission). Enjoy human and alien games like Intergalactic Flying Saucer Trials, the alien costume contest and Martian Dirt Bag Muster, plus live music, the Kidz Zone, homemade pies, barbecue, vendor booths and more.
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Music Tonight: Friday, Aug. 18

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 4:00 AM

Absynth Quartet
  • Absynth Quartet
Swinging jazz tunes are on the bill up in Blue Lake when Lizzy and the Moonbeams stop by the Mad River Brewery at 6 p.m. Get your dance partner out there and feel free to tip the band during this free show. Former Eureka-based rock band Blood Orphans — now based out of Olympia, Washington — return to Humboldt with fellow Olympia-ites First Boyfriend, who are stopping by Outer Space in Arcata at 7 p.m. for an all-ages show for only $5. They’re joined by local Philip Dekat, who falls somewhere in the emo vein. An hour later, high priestesses of harmony Belles of the Levee appear at Cafe Mokka at 8 p.m. for a free, all-ages performance. At the same time, a Sacramento band that’s been playing for as long as I’ve been gigging up here is at The Miniplex in Arcata. Quirky creative pop-rockers Be Brave Bold Robot, unrelated to the random red graffiti that would pop up all over Arcata about 10 years ago, will be joining locals the Absynth Quartet for $5 tonight. Come prepared as this will all be electric music for the pre-frontal cortex tonight. Also at 8 p.m. will be local funksters Object Heavy, laying it down at Redwood Curtain Brewery and for free. Buy ’em a beer or leave ’em some cash for their service. The Jam is hosting “Oakland-based neo-soul fusion act” The Seshen in its first Arcata performance tonight at 9 p.m. with local band The Velvet Touch.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

We’ll Toast to That

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM

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It’s not everyday that something or someone hits the centennial mark and is still around for the party. Well done, Creamery Building. The Creamery Arts Festival, held in the Creamery District, celebrates the building’s 100th anniversary August 17-20 with tours of its tower, a special outdoor art exhibit by Lush Newton and performances by the (all-human) Flynn Creek Circus in the vintage big top tent. There’s also the Playhouse’s signature outdoor performance spectacle, Elemental, featuring giant puppets, dancers, stilt walkers and lanterns, plus live music, a fermented food festival and more. That’s four days of family fun celebrating the building and the art community that’s thrived there for more than 40 years.

So, about that fermented food festival … Get pickled at the Humboldt Fervor Festival (the festival within the festival) on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. Try unlimited samples of cider, beer, kombucha, wine and distilled spirits, as well as cheese, kimchi, sauerkraut, bread and chocolate for a well-worth-it $40 at the door. While you’re there, check out demonstrations on making cider, sourdough bread, pickles and more. And there’ll be bands, dancing, food and high-flying, tight-rope walking fun with Flynn Creek Circus performing at 3 and 7 p.m. This fine showcase of the area’s fermented producers is a benefit for Playhouse Arts and Humboldt Made, so your dollars help keep quality art and culture programming and local makers/services alive and well in the community. It’s a gin-gin situation. What?

All events for the Creamery Arts Festival are free except the Flynn Creek Circus performances and Humboldt Fervor Festival. Tickets available at Wildberries and online at www.creameryfestival.com, along with a full schedule of festival events.
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Music Tonight: Thursday, Aug. 17

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 9:42 AM

The Compost Mountain Boys
  • The Compost Mountain Boys
It’s the last weekend before school starts for many of our youngsters here on the North Coast, so parents, this might be the final weekend of summer where you’re not doing homework for your kiddos. The Compost Mountain Boys return to the Mad River Brewery Tap Room this evening at 6 p.m. doing their string thing for you for free. Dance around and celebrate the summer. “Nostalgic pop/rock” band Decades will be down on the Madaket Plaza playing hits from many decades for you around the same time. From a radio spot about the band, I heard some great hits from the early pre-psychedelic ’60s ranging all the way up to what I thought were some hits from the ’90s and early aughts. It’s something for everyone, outdoors and free.
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Music Tonight: Saturday, Aug. 12

Posted By on Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 8:00 AM

ZEN MOTHER
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As of press time, I think the Yes We Cann Parade and Hullabaloo is still on in Arcata, which parades through town and ends up at the Arcata Ballpark with music starting around 3:20 p.m. with local artists Dynasty One, Winstrong, Silver Hammer, The New Traditions and B Swizlo's Hip Hop Lounge. If you took part in the parade, I think you get in for free, otherwise it's $20 for the festivities. Honky tonk/soul band The Detours return to the Mad River Brewing Co. Tap Room at 6 p.m. It's a free show, so buy 'em a beer or leave 'em a tip. Avant-psych rock is on the bill again at The Miniplex tonight with Seattle duo Zen Mother and local dune-trippers White Manna who are gearing up to tour Europe before too long. This show's at 9 p.m. and $7 gets you in the door. If you had a good time at the Yes We Cann Hullabaloo, there's an afterparty at Humboldt Brews in Arcata at 9:30 p.m. with Cold Blue Water, Rosewater and DJ Livingearth. The ticket price is unclear at the moment but I know you'll save $5 when you show your wristband from said Hullabaloo.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Irie Stylings at Reggae on the River

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The sun glints off a woman’s necklace in the concert bowl, Sunday afternoon. - PHOTO BY ERICA BOTKIN
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  • The sun glints off a woman’s necklace in the concert bowl, Sunday afternoon.

Instagram-ready festival wear has become its own species of personal expression. The styles at Reggae on the River are certainly qualify, whether on performers, fans or the vendors, workers and volunteers who make the show possible, including volunteer security personnel, medics, food truck operators, cooks, camera people, sound technicians and journalists.

A camera operator at work during Marla Brown's set on Sunday afternoon. - PHOTO BY ERICA BOTKIN
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  • A camera operator at work during Marla Brown's set on Sunday afternoon.

Oven-like August temperatures presented a daily challenge. There are basically two schools of thought on how to beat the heat — let’s call the debate Shirts v. Skins. Layer flowing fabrics? Or do away with layers altogether by wearing as little as possible? Both were in effect. (See the slideshow of the gamut of looks below.)

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Humboldt Bay Marathon Gets Running

Posted on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM

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On your mark ... The Humboldt Bay Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and Mile Fun Run hits the road on Sunday, Aug. 13 from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at Madaket Plaza at the foot of C Street in Eureka (see www.humboldtbaymarathon for prices). Lace up for a day in the sun or to earn a Boston qualifying time. Go on ahead — we'll catch up.

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Woof! There It Is

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Woofstock - PHOTO BY KALI COZYRIS
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Leash up, dog lovers, it's time for the coolest canine festival in Humboldt County. Sequoia Humane Society's 22nd annual Mutt Strut Parade and Woofstock Festival trots into the Halvorsen Park on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ($5, $10 family max. four). Dig it. Fur is gonna fly.

The fundraising event for the no-kill shelter starts with pooches on parade taking a pack walk through Old Town and ending up at Halvorsen Park, where attendees and their four, three and two-legged companions can enjoy a full day of contests, games, live music, prizes and more.

Stop by and sniff hello to the variety of vendors offering services and swag for you and your furbabies, swing by the Tailwaggers Flea Market to see what's scratching, check out the doggie fur tattoos, pet portraits and photo booth on site, and see who wins wagging rights in the dog Costume Contest. The Doggie Fun Zone and the Dash & Splash Dock Diving are back. The fun also includes live music from The Movers and the Shakers, Nate Zwerdling & Megan Hensley, Mystical Lion, The Jim Lahman Band, Band O' Loko and Septacy. You've been a good human. Give yourself a treat at the SHS Barbecue Pit, which will be serving up grilled corn on the cob, grilled oysters and Barkin' Dogs Hot Dogs with all the fixin's, and cold beer from Six Rivers Brewery in the beer garden to wash it all down.

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