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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Photos: Oyster Fest 2022

Posted By on Sun, Jun 26, 2022 at 6:37 PM

It wasn't quite hot enough to cook an oyster, but the sun shone bright over the rebooted and relocated Arcata Bay Oyster Festival in the Creamery District on Saturday, June 25. The all-day event with vendors, food stalls and live music performances followed a kick-off event the night before and required a $15 ticket for entry.

The crowds showed up in festival finery and braved long, long lines for food and beer, some retreating to the big tent or whatever shade they could find along the edges of the field. The grassy dancing area by the music stage was popular, as were the giant bubbles drifting around the kids' zone. Photographer Mark Larson's slideshow below captures some of the color and flavor of the day.
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Thursday, June 16, 2022

COVID Cuts Rocky Horror Run Short

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2022 at 12:37 PM

Ferndale Repertory Theatre announced today it is canceling its final weekend of performances of the musical comedy The Rocky Horror Show after members of the production tested positive for COVID-19. Theaters and live music venues have struggled to hold performances amid the pandemic and the current surge in cases makes the closure unfortunate but not entirely surprising. The theater also promised refunds for those with tickets for the shows scheduled for the coming days. It also stated its upcoming season would go forward and the schedule would be announced soon.

Read the full release below:
Dear Friends,

Ferndale Repertory Theatre (FRT) cancels the final weekend of The Rocky Horror Show, June 17 – June 19 due to positive Covid-19 cases within the production. In order to prioritize the safety of cast, crew, patrons and volunteers and reduce the risk of contagion moving forward, we are forced to cancel the remainder of the run.

Ticket holders for the final weekend will receive refunds.

When The Rocky Horror Show, directed by Cleo DeOrio, opened in late May 2022, it was a major victory and a reason to celebrate. The show was canceled both in fall of 2020 and fall of 2021 due to Covid-19 concerns. Although the 2022 run is cut short, FRT would like to thank all who made the three week run possible. It was a strong example of artist and designer adaptability and resilience. In addition, the audience’s generosity and excitement was palpable.

We look forward to continuing to offer quality live theater in our 51st season to be announced in the near future.

To learn more about FRT and discover how you can become involved and support the theater, visit www.ferndalerep.org

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Photos: Flying High at the Redwood Coast Kite Festival

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2022 at 4:10 PM

For an event that members of Humboldt Kiters didn’t start planning until three months ago, the Redwood Coast Kite Festival in Eureka on Saturday, May 21 turned out to be an artistic display of kiting and kite creation. It was also a whole lot of fun for those who attended on the first day of the two-day festival. Event planners also had a bit of weather luck on Saturday, given that the high winds of Thursday and Friday had subsided to almost perfect kite-flying conditions under sunny skies.

This large inflatable dragon kite was flown east of the Samoa Bridge  by Darril Dela Torre, of Berkeley, a kite-flying enthusiast and member of the American Kiteflyers Association. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • This large inflatable dragon kite was flown east of the Samoa Bridge by Darril Dela Torre, of Berkeley, a kite-flying enthusiast and member of the American Kiteflyers Association.

Local members of Humboldt Kiters revived the Kite Festival in Halvorsen Park along Humboldt Bay this year decades after it had been moved to Oregon in the 1990s. Group members who regularly fly kites at Halvorsen Park and elsewhere locally had quickly organized a team effort among local sponsors, the Ink People Center for the Arts and local artisans who sold kites and other offerings in vendor tents at the event.

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Friday, April 15, 2022

The Plunge is On!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2022 at 3:00 PM

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This year, the 21st annual Perilous Plunge, held Saturday, April 16 at noon at the foot of F St. in Eureka, might be more aptly named the Perilous Polar Bear Plunge, considering how motherlovin’ cold it’s gonna be. But the daredevils who leap for Redwood Discovery Museum's annual fundraiser are fortified against the chill by their superpowered determination to help local kids. The high-spirited Marching Lumberjacks band also keeps the adrenaline pumping. And then there’s the hot tub, Bloody Marys and warm lunch that awaits them after the plunge. They’ll be all right. Don’t miss the frigid fun. Head on down and cheer them on!
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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day and the Logger Bar's New Ownership

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2022 at 3:17 PM

What? Somebody bought The Logger Bar? It better not be some out-of-town, big-money developer who’s gonna — what’s that you say, it’s Michael Fields (formerly) of Dell’Arte? Well, OK then! As Fields takes the helm from long-time owner Kate Martin, the beloved watering hole is throwing an Irish Ceilidh (Gaelic for “party”) this St. Patrick's Day weekend to celebrate. Raise a pint of Guinness and enjoy a bit o’ theater, storytelling, music and sing-alongs on Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. (no cover but stuff some green in the donation jar, will ya?). Entertainment includes tenor David Powell (classic songs at 6 p.m.), the Academy of Irish Dancers (6:30 p.m.), Humboldt Pipe Band (7 p.m.), storytelling with Michael Fields and Donald Forrest (7:30 p.m.), Jeff Kelley with some sing along (8 p.m.) and Irish songs with the rousing Vanishing Pints band (8:30-10 p.m.). And no ceilidh would be complete without corned beef and cabbage — along with other free food — served from 5-8 p.m. First come, first served. For more info, visit the Logger Bar Facebook page.
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Friday, March 4, 2022

Red Carpet Premiere for Discovery+'s The Craftsman

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2022 at 2:16 PM

A shot of Eric Hollenbeck in The Craftsman. - - COURTESY OF MAGNOLIA NETWORK
  • - COURTESY OF MAGNOLIA NETWORK
  • A shot of Eric Hollenbeck in The Craftsman.

The city of Eureka is rolling out the red carpet for the premiere of The Craftsman, the new Magnolia Network and Discovery+ television series that features local woodworker, writer and veteran Eric Hollenbeck and his Blue Ox Millworks.

The first two episodes of the show will be shown back-to-back at the event, held March 18 at the historic Eureka Theater, followed by an on-stage Q&A interview with Hollenbeck, a master woodworker and the owner/operator of the Blue Ox Historic Village.  That evening, there will also be an event for families at Eureka’s Redwood Discovery Museum, which is hosting a simultaneous Kid’s Night at the Museum. For $25 per child, parents with young children can drop their 3.5 to 12-year-olds off at 5:30 p.m. through 8 p.m. to enjoy crafts and science experiments while parents head over to The Craftsman Community Premiere.

"This event is a great opportunity to dress up with friends, visit the fabulous, historic Eureka Theater and celebrate our own Eric Hollenbeck, a great representative of Eureka,” Mayor Susan Seaman said in a press release. “He's creative, resilient, a great storyteller and a proud Eurekan."

Tickets are free but space is limited. Community members can reserve their seats at www.bit.ly/3pzYHdG.

The release adds that walk-up attendees will be admitted as space allows. Doors and concessions open at 5 p.m. and the show will start promptly at 6 p.m.

For more on The Craftsman and the premiere event, read the press release below.
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Zero to Fierce Kicks off Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2022 at 11:03 AM

AIREENE ESPIRITU. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
  • Aireene Espiritu. Courtesy of the artist
For the sixth year in a row, Playhouse Arts presents its womxn’s festival: Zero to Fierce 2022: Listening Out Loud, celebrating creative womxn’s work, from Saturday, March 5 to Sunday, March 13 (free and ticketed events, no one turned away). Some of this year’s highlights include: local Black artists Mona Loki (Mo Harper-Desir) and All'Love (Aundrea Stuckey) presenting an original musical performance that includes hip hop, R&B, original spoken word poetry, emceeing and digital sampling; The Madness, a one-womxn punk rock opera devoted to supporting mental health for the "Doom Generation;” a video showing of Joan
Schirle’s Bird of the Inner Eye, based on the letters of painter Morris Graves; and “An Evening with Aireene Espiritu” sponsored by Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity. Once again, there’ll also be the popular Lunchbox Series and dozens of other creative events and performances. Visit www.zerotofierce.org for a complete list of the festival’s indoor, outdoor and virtual events. Masks are required except when eating. Must show proof of up-to-date vaccination to attend.
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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Locally Filmed The Sky Is Everywhere Premieres Friday

Posted By on Tue, Feb 8, 2022 at 4:08 PM

The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission announced the premiere of the entirely-filmed-in-Humboldt movie The Sky Is Everywhere on Apple TV+ this Friday, Feb. 11, along with a coinciding red-carpet event at 5 p.m. at the gazebo in Old Town, Eureka.

The event at the gazebo will feature a red carpet, lights and a ribbon cutting by Eureka Mayor Susan Seaman for the The Sky Is Everywhere marker, across from the filming location of a major dance scene in the movie. On hold is the commission's usual red carpet premiere soiree with full dress and full film screening, but an outdoor showing of  The Sky Is Everywhere is tentatively planned for spring.

For more on the Apple TV+ release and the red carpet event at the gazebo, read the press release below.


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Monday, January 24, 2022

February Arts Alive Canceled

Posted By on Mon, Jan 24, 2022 at 4:33 PM

A press release from Economic Development Coordinator Amanda Krushke announced that due to the Omicron-driven surge in local COVID-19 cases and increased hospitalizations, the upcoming Arts Alive night scheduled for Feb. 5 has been canceled. "In support of the health of small businesses, health care workers and the community at large," the art will still be up on the walls of many Old Town businesses, but the official night out, with its accompanying events and crowds, is off. The city will determine if it will resume in March by the middle of February, based on COVID-10 confirmed case numbers. Read the full release below. 
Stephen Nachtigall's "Languisher," shown at Morris Graves Museum of Art in November of 2021. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • Stephen Nachtigall's "Languisher," shown at Morris Graves Museum of Art in November of 2021.


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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Locally Filmed 'The Sky is Everywhere' Trailer Drops

Posted By on Thu, Jan 20, 2022 at 3:20 PM

The trailer for A24's film adaptation of Jandy Nelson's YA novel about a high school girl navigating grief over her sister's death and budding romance has just been released and is bursting with Humboldt scenery. Redwoods, Old Town shops and coastal views abound with dream-like high school-theater effects, young lovers floating into the sky and supersaturated shots of roses in bloom. The Sky is Everywhere, which stars Grace Kaufman, Jason Segel and Cherry Jones, is looking as wholesome as a PG13 musical drama can be, and it streams on Apple+ starting Feb. 11. 
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