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Friday, May 5, 2017

Spam-tastic

Posted By on Fri, May 5, 2017 at 5:46 PM

Spam hot wings because, sure, why not? - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Spam hot wings because, sure, why not?
Wondering what to make for dinner? Kind of over clean eating? Draw some inspiration from the chefs who competed in last Sunday's Spamley Cup at Redwood Fields in Cutten. On April 30, the annual canned pork product cook-off drew crowds eager to try the pink stuff in every imaginable form. The event raised $500 for Redwood Empire Little League and $8,025 for CASA of Humboldt. Enjoy highlights of the salty goodness in the slideshow below from photographer and processed meat enthusiast Mark McKenna.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Bigfootin'

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 4:00 PM

The crowds lined up to meet the Bigfoot hunters at the fest. - CHRISTIAN PENNINGTON
  • Christian Pennington
  • The crowds lined up to meet the Bigfoot hunters at the fest.

Did you see something up in Willow Creek on Saturday? Bigfoot's stomping grounds were the site of a tribute to our hirsute local hero in Veteran's Park. The cast of Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot, including homegrown hunter James "Bobo" Fay, showed up to sign autographs, swap stories and film the festivities.
Elvis of the Bigfoot world Bob Gimlin, who shot the famous 1967 Patterson-Gimlin footage of an unidentified and very furry subject in our neck of the woods, was also on hand.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Coming Up Rhodies

Posted By on Mon, May 1, 2017 at 4:05 PM

A flower festooned Ford rolls through town. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • A flower festooned Ford rolls through town.

The sun was shining and the rhododendrons were blowing in the breeze on Saturday for the annual Rhododendron Parade through Eureka. Pageant queens waved serenely from cars crammed with blossoms, marching bands strutted down the streets and the Shriners zipped around in their tiny cars while judges handed out trophies and crowds lined the sidewalks to view the proceedings. Once it all wound down, Carson Park welcomed folks for hot dogs, bouncy houses and relaxing in the grass. Photographer Mark McKenna was there snapping photos of the flowers and the faces. Enjoy his slideshow of the day below.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Humboldt Style: Oscar Night

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 9:51 AM

Peter and Shirley Santino have a red carpet moment with photographer Jose Quezada. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Peter and Shirley Santino have a red carpet moment with photographer Jose Quezada.

Not everybody got everything right at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, between the envelope mix-ups, eye-rolling name fumbles and a couple of awards that were both questionable and did not win us the office Oscar pool. But we did get to see Sara Bareilles perform, so we're calling it a win.

And over at the Eureka Theater, guests at the annual Oscar-viewing party thrown with the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission were looking pretty trophy-worthy. Attendees sashayed through the lobby, cocktails in hand, to schmooze in their finery with Michael Dayvid playing in the background. Some trends from the evening to keep in mind for your next formal affair:


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Going to the Ball

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 3:09 PM

Emcee Mantrikka Ho asks the crowd, "Can I get a gay-men?" - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Emcee Mantrikka Ho asks the crowd, "Can I get a gay-men?"

On Friday, Feb. 17, the Kate Buchanan Room got fierce when contestants and performers worked the runway at the Aqueerius Ball. Emcee Mantrikka Ho got the ball rolling with a history lesson about New York City ball culture and its signature form of expression, voguing. The evening, organized by the Humboldt State University Queer Student Union, sought to celebrate gay and trans people of color in particular as vital leaders in the early days of the LGBTQ rights movement and the community today.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentuned In

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 6:23 PM

The wandering Valentunes minstrels serenade our own Jonathan Webster. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • The wandering Valentunes minstrels serenade our own Jonathan Webster.
Contrary to popular belief, not all of us here at the Journal are hardened, loveless cynics. Some of us work in production and graphic design, like Jonathan Webster. Witness his Valentunes serenading by fresh-faced members of the ArMack Orchestra/Arcata High Madrigal Choir at the behest (and paid order) of his girlfriend, Kira Weiss. The singers and musicians, on their annual fundraising mission, harmonized on "You Can Count on Me," which Webster actually arranged a couple of years ago while he was working at Arcata High School. Watch the video and give yourself a cavity from the genuine sweetness.


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Thursday, January 26, 2017

UPDATE: Shameless Paparazza Hounds Actors

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 6:08 PM

Robinson and Clement bending a bit to make the writer appear taller because that is what true gentlemen do. - KIM BERGEL
  • Kim Bergel
  • Robinson and Clement bending a bit to make the writer appear taller because that is what true gentlemen do.
UPDATE: Official confirmation has finally come from the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission regarding the famous folk we've been seeing around Eureka. In a press release this morning, Cassandra Hesseltine, who's kept contractually mum up until now, stated that Jemaine Clement, Craig Robinson, Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch, Matt Berry and Director Jim Hosking were all in town to film An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn. (This is not the title we previously reported after getting it from a source who shall remain nameless and whom we are not judging because Humboldt weed is strong, people, and out-of-towners need a little slack.) No word yet on when this comes out but we'll keep you posted.

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Shameless and a little lazy, honestly. Actors Craig Robinson (The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, What We Do in the Shadows) were right downstairs from the Journal offices at Because Coffee today, after all. The two are in town, along with Aubrey Plaza, filming an indie film directed by Jim Hosking (The Greasy Strangler) called Lena Left Lynn.

Rae Robison and Megan Johnson snap a selfie with Jemaine Clement at the Eureka Women's March on Saturday, Jan. 21. - RAE ROBISON
  • Rae Robison
  • Rae Robison and Megan Johnson snap a selfie with Jemaine Clement at the Eureka Women's March on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Both Robinson and Clement are enjoying our fair county — Robinson even snapped a sweet photo of an elk up at Prairie Creek — and say they're impressed by its arts scene. Clement, who hails from New Zealand finds our verdant coastal landscape familiar and other than the odd journalist (ahem), everybody's been pretty cool. Eureka City Councilmember Kim Bergel stopped by the coffee shop with her son, with whom Robinson posed for a photo. She also took the one above — which they insisted I had to be in.
Clement also joined the Women's March in Eureka this past weekend (Robinson had to work) and was impressed by the turnout.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dreaming of a Brass Christmas

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Jude Carter, 6, of Eureka, played in his fourth TubaChristmas performance, along with his father and grandmother, in front of a crowd of 100 or more at the Gazebo in Old Town Eureka on Saturday, Dec. 3 - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Jude Carter, 6, of Eureka, played in his fourth TubaChristmas performance, along with his father and grandmother, in front of a crowd of 100 or more at the Gazebo in Old Town Eureka on Saturday, Dec. 3

For many, it's not officially Christmas in Humboldt County until you've attended one of the all-brass Tuba Christmas performances, which have been led locally by Fred Tempas since 1988. Santa also showed up for Saturday's 1 p.m. performance at the Gazebo in Old Town Eureka, along with board members of the Redwood Coast Music Festival, who unveiled this year’s poster. The local all-tuba performances are part of an international Tuba Christmas movement started in 1974.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Arcata Welcomes Santa

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Julian Gillespie meets the Man in Red. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Julian Gillespie meets the Man in Red.

Under clear skies, the Wonder and Light event on Friday, Dec. 2 attracted a crowd of adults and children to the Arcata Plaza with entertainment, social-awareness messages and a chance to decorate the Christmas tree and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Little Monsters

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 3:55 PM

Committed dad David McBroom goes all out with daughter Aubrey. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Committed dad David McBroom goes all out with daughter Aubrey.

Halloween isn't over yet — aggressive candy-handlers will be fanning out across our county tonight to fill their plastic pumpkins, come whatever weather. For many, it's round two, after chasing that high-fructose high from shop to shop along Main Streets and plazas on Saturday. Eureka's Old Town was packed with ghouls and game characters galore, some adorable, some disturbing. Enjoy this slideshow of the costumed fun and let it inspire you for tonight — even if it rains.


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