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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Humboldt County Library’s Author Visit with Tamar Burris

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 6:30 AM

TAMAR BURRIS
  • Tamar Burris
Hey, parents and kids! Meet local author Tamar Burris and listen to a reading of her new children’s picture book A New Special Friend at the Humboldt County Library’s Author Visit with Tamar Burris on Thursday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to noon via Zoom (free). In this book, Little Fox has adjusted to his parents’ divorce but now his dad has a new special friend. Burris’ book helps young children and their caregivers understand and accept the variety of feelings that accompany family transitions. The reading is followed by a brief presentation and a conversation about co-parenting. Register at www.humboldtgov.org.
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Saturday, February 20, 2021

KEET-TV Presents Zoom Series: Conversations on Hemingway

Posted By on Sat, Feb 20, 2021 at 8:00 AM

Ernest Hemingway at his home Cuba, late 1940s. - COURTESY OF ERNEST HEMINGWAY PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION. JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM, BOSTON
  • Courtesy of Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
  • Ernest Hemingway at his home Cuba, late 1940s.

Get to know the man, the myth, the legend when filmmakers and special guests explore Ernest Hemingway’s art and legacy in Conversations on Hemingway, a Zoom event series, happening Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Feb. 23 and continuing through March 18. The author is the subject of an upcoming three-part, six-hour documentary series directed by award- winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The virtual events will cover themes in Hemingway’s work and life, and include discussions with the filmmakers and leading writers and scholars, as well as clips from series. Register to attend at www.PBS.org/hemingwayevents.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

HSU Black History Month Featured Speakers: Leah Penniman, Ja'NetAdams

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2021 at 11:12 AM

Leah Penniman
  • Leah Penniman
Black Liberation Month continues this week with more distinguished speakers presented by Humboldt State University’s African American Center for Academic Excellence. On Thursday, Feb. 11, Leah Penniman shares about her 20 years as a food sovereignty activist and her book Farming While Black during her talk Liberation on the Land from noon to 2 p.m. on Zoom (free). Register at www.link.humboldt.edu/Land_and_Liberation. Later in the week, Ja'Net
Adams
discusses the racial wealth gap and empowering students to take control of their finances in Going Deeper Than Google: How the history of Black wealth can help close the racial wealth gap of today on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom (free). Register for this talk at www.link.humboldt.edu/Black_Wealth.
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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Help for Bookworms

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 3:10 PM

Four weeks into sheltering in place, some of you have burned through all the books within reach and are starting to eye the junk mail for entertainment. Before you dive into that sweepstakes letter, review a few more interesting options, including your local library and bookstores.

The nooks and crannies of Booklegger. - FILE
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  • The nooks and crannies of Booklegger.
Let's start with the Humboldt County Library. Even if you've never set foot inside one of our county's branches, you can get access to all kinds of materials, no library card required. Create an e-account at www.humlib.org using just your name, zip code and an email address and you'll be able to get your virtual mits on e-books, audio books, magazines and databases, even while the library is closed for shelter in place. Click "Connect with a Librarian or Get an e-Account" or call 269-1915 Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and someone will help you set it up.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Geeking Out: Photos from Ohana Comic Con

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 5:02 PM

The second annual Ohana Comic Con in the Sapphire Palace at the Blue Lake Casino Hotel welcomed hundreds of attendees on Saturday, despite the power outages elsewhere. Lights were on thanks to the micro-grid electricity generating system in place. The family-friendly, two-day event surged with the superpowers of costumed adults and children as they shopped at vendors, played board and video games, and participated in a costume contest. The event also featured make-up demonstrations (think scary clowns and evil nuns) and panel conversations with two celebrities from the movie world. Check out the highlights in the slideshow below.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Eureka's Poet Laureate David Holper

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 4:26 PM

Congratulations, Eureka, you have your first poet laureate. David Holper, a 61-year-old professor of English at College of the Redwoods and brave judge of the NCJ annual Flash Fiction Contest, got word of his selection this week and a press release from the city is expected soon. Holper is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's MFA English program and his second book of poems The Bridge (available in local bookstores) was published this year. You may have seen a poem or two of his in the Journal (catch up here, here and here for starters).

David Holper - SUBMITTED
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  • David Holper

The position, created this spring, is the brainchild of  Eureka City Councilmember Leslie Castellano and Kristi Patterson of Trajectory, an Ink People project. Castellano felt a poet laureate would be "a strong component of what Eureka is trying to do in terms of arts and culture." The pair brought a proposal before the Eureka Arts and Culture Commission for approval and to hammer out the program.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Photos from Ohana Comic Con

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 8:43 PM

A large crowd of attendees wandered through a mix of vendors and featured artists at Ohana Comic Con. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • A large crowd of attendees wandered through a mix of vendors and featured artists at Ohana Comic Con.
A surprisingly large crowd of costumed cartoon, movie and anime fans (estimated between 800 and 1,000) filled the Sapphire Palace at the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel on Saturday for its first ever Ohana Comic Con. Organizers of the event used the Hawaiian word “ohana,” meaning “family,” to attract families. The cheap tickets (in contrast with big comic con events) also helped bring in a crowd.

The two-day event hosted two costume contests, a wide mix of vendor tables, special guest artists and a few local artists. Event organizers were surprised and pleased at the attendance and hinted at a return event next year. Check out the scene in the slideshow below.


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Friday, February 3, 2017

Outside Angle

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 2:21 PM

FROM THE TBW WEBSITE
  • From the TBW website

If you've been wondering how that book of photographs of Humboldt County by Curran Hatleberg turned out, it's now available from TBW Books. You might remember Hatleberg, who has an MFA from Yale University, first came to our county to do some trimming (hey, Yale costs) and later taught photography at College of the Redwoods, during which time he shot the local scenery and the locals. According to Juxtapoz Magazine, "The culmination of Hateberg’s findings has recently been compiled into a beautifully edited publication," with 47 color plates for $45 (signed copies available for $300).

Mind you, these are not exactly beauty shots of Eureka and an argument can be made against their potentially exploitive nature, since the subjects of the photos are largely poor and/or rural. A very Vice-y article by Vice didn't assuage those fears. Some of the images (a sampling of which can be seen in this slideshow) are stunning but still leave lingering questions about the photographer's scrutinizing gaze, especially bound in the rich red cloth and gold foil stamp that promo copy says invites wear and recalls the Gold Rush. From another angle, these high-end touches smack of the packaging and consumption of one class for another.
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lightning Strikes

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 4:48 PM

Flashes of Lightning
  • Flashes of Lightning

It's a dark and stormy night ... what better time to work on your 99-word Flash Fiction Issue entry? You never know, you could even end up with a book, like frequent flash contributor Neil Tarpey, whose collection of extremely short stories, Flashes of Lightning, comes out in just a few weeks. He writes that banging out quickies for the Journal's contest “sparked my passion for writing fiction limited to 101 words or fewer.” In fact, eight of the stories in the collection were first published in the Journal's pages (sample a few here and here). 

You can catch Tarpey, a retired Times-Standard sports scribe, reading from the collection at Booklegger on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. during Arts Alive! and at Northtown Books on Nov. 11 during Arts! Arcata. Mind you, that's after this year's Oct. 24 flash fiction deadline, but you can still pick up a signed copy for luck.  
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Tourist Trap

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 10:56 AM

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Hipsters, pack your bags. Eureka might be too mainstream for you now. The July-August issue of the American Automobile Association's Via magazine features seven highlights from the "vibrant Northern California seaport, famed for teeming fisheries and towering redwood forests." Carson Mansion, the Hikshari' Trail, Samoa Cookhouse, Sequoia Park Zoo, Living the Dream Ice Cream, Humboldt Bay Tourism Center and Eureka Books all get shout-outs in "Weekender: Eureka, Calif." Read the full article here and swell with local pride.
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