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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 22, 2022

Get Your Fruit On! Papaya Lounge Takes Over Septentrio Winery Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2022 at 10:49 AM

PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
Let’s get ready to ruuuummble! The saucy show you’ve been jonesing for is back. Things get fresh and fruity at the Papaya Lounge Rumble Royale Septentrio Winery Takeover, Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 from 7 to10 p.m. at Septentrio Tasting Room ($30). The “raucous and opulent cabaret set in a seedy lounge run by some seriously sexy people” returns for more debaucherous fun. Get there at 5 p.m. when the doors open for cocktails and food served from the Nosh, then settle in for some serious fun courtesy of host Velvet Q. Jones and her friends Nancy Schwartz, Musty Beaver and Papaya's house band, the Enthusiastic
Consents.
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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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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Photos: Witches on the Water

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 1:46 PM

Participants in the second annual Witches Paddle on Saturday afternoon were invited by organizer Jody Himango to "wear your best witchy water outfit to artistically express the power of women while celebrating Halloween."  But those who showed up in the blustery weather under cloudy skies faced the power of Mother Nature and possible cancelation of the event.
The witches pause on the water at the foot of F Street before turning back to their put-in. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The witches pause on the water at the foot of F Street before turning back to their put-in.
"This year, the weather made the planning a bit more challenging," said Himango.  "I'm a very dedicated weather watcher so that is part of the fun for me. The timing of the rain finally stopping gave us the perfect break in the weather to go ahead with the event." See the slideshow below for highlights.

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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
  • File
  • 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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