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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Photos: Baduwa't Festival Gathers the People

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 11:47 AM

Last Wednesday through Sunday, a memorable Baduwa't Festival: A Gathering of the People (formerly known as the Mad River Festival) took place in Dadiqhoughuk (Blue Lake) at Dell’Arte’s outdoor performance spaces. To the chagrin of a few turned away at the door, a well-publicized policy required a vaccination card or proof of a recent negative COVID-19. See highlights of the events in the slideshow below.
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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Oyster Festival Express this Saturday!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2021 at 9:54 AM

THE LATIN PEPPERS
  • The Latin Peppers
Oh, the sweet sounds of live music returning to our clubs, bars, street festivals and farmers markets. And now, outside the Creamery Building for the Oyster Festival Express. Come down to the Creamery District on Saturday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to hear the Latin Peppers at 10:15 a.m., Amber Soul at 11:45 a.m., Grateful Getdown at 1:15 p.m. and the Paula Jones Band at 2:45 p.m. as part of this year’s virtual/in-person Oyster Festival mix.

Pick up your pre-sale oyster package (two dozen oysters and a 2021 Arcata Bay Oyster Festival T-shirt for $50, online), grab a map showing all the oyster specials in Humboldt County and check out the lively art market. The event will be live streamed at www.ArcataMainStreet.com, too, with music, oyster calling contest, best oyster contest, special guests and more.
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Friday, May 28, 2021

Kinetic Sculpture in Place Gears up this Saturday

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2021 at 6:00 AM

PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
We’re getting closer to the day we can all cram onto the plaza for Memorial Day weekend glory. But this year, we celebrate the spirit of Kinetics while staying safe at home. Grab your favorite beverage and tune in for Kinetic Sculpture in Place, happening Saturday, May 29 at noon on the Kinetic Universe YouTube channel. Teams are there in all their glory, sharing videos of Kinetic challenges. Find them at YouTube.com, channel Kinetic GC.
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Friday, May 21, 2021

Remote-A-Baga Returns

Posted By on Fri, May 21, 2021 at 6:00 AM

KINETIC UNIVERSE YOUTUBE CHANNEL
  • Kinetic Universe YouTube Channel
Screen Queens are at it again. Catch all the inzanity of the Remote-A-Baga Ball 2021 on Saturday, May 22, when queen contenders show us what they’ve got as they vy for the title of Rutabaga Queen 2021. The event will be streamed live on the Kinetic Universe YouTube channel and features recorded silliness in the usual Ruta categories: formalwear, water crossing and talent. Get into the Kinetic spirit now and come back to the Kinetic Universe channel next weekend for the Kinetic Sculpture in Place 2021. 
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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

HumCo's First Cannabis Consumption Lounge to Open Next Month

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2021 at 4:36 PM

A sign beckons to the consumption lounge. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • A sign beckons to the consumption lounge.

The south end of Eureka is now home to a Humboldt County first: a legal cannabis consumption lounge where you can smoke, eat, and socialize to your heart’s content.

When local cannabis company Papa & Barkley converted the former K-Mart building into a manufacturing site, there was a concrete pad to the right which was destined for transformation. When arriving to the site, the outside looks as it should — an enormous industrial warehouse fit for the manufacturing of cannabis products. But just to the right, Papa & Barkley Social welcomes the public into a hidden oasis, lush and verdant. The other half of the partnership and namesake — evident by their signature aesthetic — is local hospitality brand Humboldt Social.
Guests 21 and over can enjoy a range of wellness experiences at Papa & Barkley Social. Upon entry, the reception area retail shop is stocked with locally made items, from books to clothing and swag from partnered brands.
Loren Maclaren serves up non-alcoholic cocktails. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • Loren Maclaren serves up non-alcoholic cocktails.
Outside is a seated patio area next to a new food truck and a mocktail bar. The 4/20 soft-opening event featured a fresh minted lemonade with lavender syrup, and an optional Papa & Barkley Lemongrass Ginger CBD tincture for patrons to drop in themselves. Humboldt Social’s growing partnership with chef Pawel Gago, of local Pizza Gago, inspired the creation of Pig & Leaf, with a menu of small bites, roasted meats, salads and sweets. While Pig & Leaf won’t be serving cannabis-infused eats, guests are welcome to consume cannabis edibles in the consumption lounge beyond the food truck.

A canna-booth in the cannabis consumption area. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • A canna-booth in the cannabis consumption area.

The consumption lounge — it’s what cannabis users have been waiting for. Patrons can relax and smoke, eat or drink cannabis products in one of three “canna-booths,” as named by Anea Bogue, the creative director behind the project. Plush seating surrounds fireplaces, with large umbrellas overhead to offer shade from the spring and summer sun. While the details haven’t been solidified, Bogue says a nominal fee will be charged to enter the consumption area, with possible membership plans to come, as well. Patrons are welcome to bring their own cannabis products to consume in the lounge, or they can purchase directly from the new dispensary inside.

The dispensary features five brands — Papa & Barkley, Social Nature, DewPoint, Emerald Queen Farms and Sunrise Mountain — the latter three being women-owned cannabis companies. If there’s a consistent theme throughout Papa & Barkley Social, it’s certainly that they are women-forward. As Jon O’Connor, one half of the husband and wife team behind Humboldt Social, said at the ribbon cutting, their core demographics are women age 30 through 60. Appealing to this demographic comes naturally with such a robust team of women at the helm; co-owner Amy Cirincione O’Connor, the creative team, the farmers, the retail and spa teams are mostly female.

Papa & Barkley Social's lobby. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • Papa & Barkley Social's lobby.
And, oh, yes, there is a day spa. Beyond the dispensary is a little slice of sanctuary offering massage and hot stone treatments. Guests can book online or over the phone, and can purchase Papa & Barkley or Social Nature infused topicals to be used during treatments. Lastly, no trip to this place would be complete without taking a swing in “The Nest,” a collaborative, locally made botanical art installation perfect for selfies.
"The Nest," a collaborative, locally made botanical art installation that's perfect for selfies. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • "The Nest," a collaborative, locally made botanical art installation that's perfect for selfies.
All of these indulgences are open to the public beginning May 6. So if this is your thing, go forth to smoke, sip, snack, spa and selfie out of the shadows of prohibition. This has been a long time coming.

A ribbon cutting opening the new space. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • A ribbon cutting opening the new space.
Papa & Barkley Social's front counter. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • Papa & Barkley Social's front counter.
A line of clones grown under Papa & Barkley Social's front counter. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • A line of clones grown under Papa & Barkley Social's front counter.
A signs explains the effects of different means of cannabis consumption. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • A signs explains the effects of different means of cannabis consumption.
On April 20, revelers filled the consumption lounge during a soft opening. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
  • Jessica Ashley Silva
  • On April 20, revelers filled the consumption lounge during a soft opening.
Jessica Ashley Silva is a foodie and cannabis propagation specialist, and works as a processing manager in Arcata’s Cannabis Innovation Zone.
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Friday, January 29, 2021

Another Kinetic Cancelation

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 3:41 PM

In an open letter, the folks behind the annual Kinetic Grand Championship, the three-day wild and wooly wheeled adventure across the land and sea of our county, have announced the canceling of this year's in-person Memorial Day weekend event. "The threat of harm from COVID-19 is all too clear," the statement reads, and organizers are heeding the advice of the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services' warning that not enough of the community will have been vaccinated by then.
Pilot Peter Wagner Bouncing for Glory in 2019. - FILE
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  • Pilot Peter Wagner Bouncing for Glory in 2019.

But before you put your wrenches and costumes away, the organizers are looking at going for virtual Glory again, as they did last year with online events and solo journeys.

Read the full release below:

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Oberon Grill's Cameo on Most Terrifying

Posted By on Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 8:48 AM

If you haven't heard, Oberon Grill, or at least the storied building and former brothel in which it's housed, is said to be all kinds of haunted. Its tales of turning chandeliers and a woman in Victorian dress appearing are solid goosebump material and highlights of the Old Town Haunted History Ghost Tour. And if you tune in on Jan. 16, you can spot it on the "Blackbeard's Vengeance" episode of Most Terrifying with Jason Hawes on the Travel Channel.
Roy Kohl with the Oberon Grill's piano which isn't necessarily haunted but come on. - FILE
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  • Roy Kohl with the Oberon Grill's piano which isn't necessarily haunted but come on.
The episode is a repeat, shot in the course of a day in 2018 that was "great fun," according to owner Nicholas Kohl. The restaurant is remaining closed for now, with Kohl saying he'll open when the situation is "sustainable" for full service. Until then, you can see the spooky shots of the Ruby Room on TV.
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Monday, October 26, 2020

Witches Float: Photos from the Witches Paddle

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 1:39 PM

A coven of witches gathered on Saturday afternoon at the Eureka Boat Basin public boat launch for the inaugural Witches Paddle in kayaks and canoes, and on stand-up paddle boards on Humboldt Bay. The local version of a nationwide event on the last weekend before Halloween headed east on the incoming tide to the the Samoa Bridge Boat Launch near Halvorsen Park before returning to the put-in location. (See the slideshow below.)
These well-dressed witches on stand-up paddle boards headed back to the put-in location after turning around at the Samoa Bridge Boat Launch near Halvorsen Park. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • These well-dressed witches on stand-up paddle boards headed back to the put-in location after turning around at the Samoa Bridge Boat Launch near Halvorsen Park.

"I was motivated to start this local version of the Witches Paddle on the day Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died," said event organizer Jody Himango, who lives on the Samoa Peninsula. "Next year I'd like to do it as a fundraiser." The event poster invited participants to "Take to the streets and the water. Let's demonstrate our strength and solidarity in a fun, beautiful way."

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

A Love Story for the Stages

Posted By on Sun, Oct 11, 2020 at 3:42 PM

Evan Needham and Caroline McFarland on the NCRT stage. - PHOTO BY EVAN WISHEROPP
  • Photo by Evan Wisheropp
  • Evan Needham and Caroline McFarland on the NCRT stage.

With stages and shows dark, what are a couple of theater kids to do? For local actors, Evan Needham and Caroline McFarland, creativity burns in them and so doth the fire of love and, COVID be damned, both must be expressed! With their show Hamlet at North Coast Repertory Theatre on hiatus, a shared love of Shakespeare between them, and supportive friends on hand, it seems a marriage proposal of epic proportions was on the bill.

Needham came up with the intricate plan. He would send his unsuspecting love on a scavenger hunt across town to locations meaningful to their relationship, guiding her along with Shakespearean quotes and clues, puzzles, costume changes, a Pirates of Penzance treasure hunt and more that eventually led her to North Coast Repertory Theatre where the idle Hamlet set became the perfect backdrop for his proposal.

On September 22, all of Needham’s hard work and ingeniuty paid off (plus that of a handful of close theater friends who helped). When McFarland arrived at NCRT — the outside marquee read "An Ever-Fixed Mark" — she found Needham waiting for her onstage. He sang to her, got down on one knee, revealed the ring and McFarland said 'yes' under stage lights and a shower of confetti. Photographer to the stars, Evan Wisheropp, was there to capture the magic. Dinner from Larrupin' Cafe and homemade pie from mom waited for them in the lobby.

In lieu of live performance, the two lovebirds made a bit of theater spectacle worthy of the Bard himself.

North Coast Repertory Theatre sent out notice of this lovely happening in its latest newsletter. It made us smile. We wanted to share. Congrats to Evan and Caroline! Until the lights come up...
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Friday, August 14, 2020

OK, Zoomer

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 1:43 PM

PHOTO BY PATRICK RUTHERFORD
  • Photo by Patrick Rutherford
Been a while since you’ve had a good laugh? Need to take your mind off the daily horror show of 2020? Can’t get to your favorite entertainment venue because said horror show closed it? There’s a Zoom for that. Get ready to laugh your anxiety off at On the Spot Comedy’s Fundraiser, Match Game: Zoom Edition! on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

You’ve seen these jokers, On the Spot Comedy, at their usual monthly gig in pre-Covid times at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. (No? Well, one day, when this all goes away, “like a miracle,” treat yourself.) It’s good, clean (rated ages 10+) improvisational comedy. As their slogan goes, “You say it, we play it.” And they do a bang-up job of it.

What’s the fundraiser?

The good folks at On the Spot Comedy want to lend a helping hand to their pals at Savage Henry Comedy Club. While the comedians at On the Spot are unaffiliated with Savage Henry, they sympathize with what Humboldt County’s comedy headquarters is going through during the pandemic. The club is doing weekly drive-thru comedy shows where patrons pull around back, tune to a radio station and listen to a live performance from within the club for Venmo donations, but it’s not the same. Times are tight.

“We all want to pitch in to hold the line for the comedy community in Humboldt,” OTS member and event organizer Steve Nystrom said. “We are all friends and fellows of the local comedy scene, and want to help them hold onto the North Coast's only clubhouse for comedy.”

What can Zoom attendees expect?

“The centerpiece of the show is going to be our version of the classic TV game show, The Match Game, bounded by two or three improv games that are tailored to work in a Zoom format,” Nystrom says. “All of the above will include audience participation, including the game show contestants.”

Sounds cool. And that’s not just six months of lockdown talking.

Who’s on the docket? Most of the OTS regulars will be there (plus some veteran faces you haven’t seen in a while). Daniel Amaral, Clint Florka, James Schaeffer, Matt Redbeard, Hadi Adina and Steve Nystrom. The evening’s host is local theater teacher and actor David Hamilton.

How much? A mere $5 (or more if you’re feeling it). Get the Zoom link at www.facebook.com/events/1298786027119672.

Here are the latest instructions from On The Spot’s Facebook event page:

“The show starts at 7 pm Pacific, sharp! However, because of Zoom security measures, we have to admit everyone manually once you click the link, and this can take some time. Please be patient and don't exit the link prior to being admitted.
We will begin admitting people at 6:15 pm Pacific. Please click the link as soon after this as possible to avoid logjams and lengthy wait times. Once you're in you can just leave it up on your screen and go do something else until showtime.”
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