Frivolity

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Cruising Down Memory Lane

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2018 at 3:48 PM

Josua DeGraw's 1966 Class 2B blue Mustang glistens in the sun on Main Street on July 28 at the Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo. - PHOTO BY MEGAN BENDER
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  • Josua DeGraw's 1966 Class 2B blue Mustang glistens in the sun on Main Street on July 28 at the Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo.

For three days at to the end of the July, car enthusiasts load up and cruise down to Fortuna, driving classics rich with heritage. Driver’s come from as close as Blue Lake and as far as Santa Rosa, Oregon and beyond to show off their wheels at the 29th Annual Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo. Check out the slide show below for a few beauties.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Grainy Photos from the Sand Sculpture Festival

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 6:26 PM

The Best of Show sand sculpture "Tale of the Plastic Whale," neared completion with the help of Northcoast Environmental Center volunteers Taylor Zenobia (left), Casey Cruikshank (right) and NEC Coastal Program Coordinator Madison Peters. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • The Best of Show sand sculpture "Tale of the Plastic Whale," neared completion with the help of Northcoast Environmental Center volunteers Taylor Zenobia (left), Casey Cruikshank (right) and NEC Coastal Program Coordinator Madison Peters.

The 23rd annual Sand Sculpture Festival sponsored by Friends of the Dunes took place on Saturday under cool overcast skies at a new location on the beach at the Samoa Drag Strip (easy access and lots of parking). Fifteen artist teams and a few other freelancers showed up to have fun creating amazing sand sculptures in a very temporary medium — think high tide. They could use only sand, water and items found on the beach. Check out photos of the entries in the slideshow below.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Photos from Northern Nights

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 7:03 PM

Worthy b2b Option4 perform at the main stage of Northern Nights Music Festival on Friday evening. - PHOTO BY ALEXANDER WOODARD
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  • Worthy b2b Option4 perform at the main stage of Northern Nights Music Festival on Friday evening.

With temps in the 90s and stage lights ablaze, the Northern Nights Music Festival was a hot ticket this past weekend. If you couldn't make it up to Cooks Valley Campground — or if you crashed out hard on the Grove Stage beds — here's Alexander Woodard's slideshow of some of the DJ and live band shows, dancing, river frolicking, trippy black-light art, outdoor yoga and impromptu didgeridoo you might have missed Friday and Saturday.


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Monday, July 16, 2018

A Folksy Affair (Slideshow)

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Joe King of Kingfoot was brought to his knees while watching bass player Kevin Johnson perform some acrobatics on his bass. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Joe King of Kingfoot was brought to his knees while watching bass player Kevin Johnson perform some acrobatics on his bass.
More than 200 performers participated during eight days of music in the 40th annual Humboldt Folklife Festival across a variety of venues. A week of live music ending in a barn dance on Friday was followed by an all-Saturday free festival in Blue Lake that featured live music on two stages and Folk School workshops, ranging from playing ukulele and other string instrument to singing harmony.

Check out the slideshow below for photographs from Wednesday and Saturday.


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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Independence Day, Plaza Style

Posted By on Thu, Jul 5, 2018 at 4:38 PM

This Bubbles Parade watcher wore event-themed apparel of all types. - MARK LARSON
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  • This Bubbles Parade watcher wore event-themed apparel of all types.
As is the annual tradition, scores of revelers descended on the Arcata Plaza yesterday to celebrate the July Fourth holiday. True to Arcata form, there were aerial dancers, wax hands, face painting and even a bubble parade.

If you missed the fun  — or enjoyed every last bubble and want to reminisce — local photographer Mark Larson has you covered. He spent the day having fun in the sun with his camera and shares the following slideshow.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hollywood Star for Mayor of Flavortown

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 5:08 PM

Does this make Guy Fieri look like he has a halo? Yes, it does. - SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • Does this make Guy Fieri look like he has a halo? Yes, it does.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced its "Class of 2019" inductees and among the stars of film, TV, stage and music to receive a star on the Walk of Fame is — holy moly, stromboli — one Guy Fieri of Ferndale.

No dedication ceremony dates have been announced yet but expect the host of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (it filmed in Humboldt once, you might have heard about it), Guy's Grocery Games and Rachel vs. Guy: Kids' Cook-off  (shama-lama ding-dong, when does he sleep?) to unveil his polished pink star sometime next year. Righteous.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Photos from the Oyster Festivities

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 6:16 PM

McKinley's festival look. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • McKinley's festival look.

Thousands of attendees consumed tens of thousands of oysters at the 28th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival on Saturday. The traditional event featured the usual long lines at the favorite award-winning oyster vendors and added a number of new entertainment features, including the Mermaid Lounge and silent disco, to the usual line up of oyster calling, live music and art. Check out the slideshow below for highlights.


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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Oyster Fest Winners

Posted By on Sat, Jun 16, 2018 at 2:44 PM

Best in Show shooters from Sushi Spot. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Best in Show shooters from Sushi Spot.

By 10:15 a.m., parking was scarce, revelers were flowing onto the plaza and the first entries for Best Raw Oyster at the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival were teetering toward the judges on an ice-packed tray. By noon, the staff was tallying ballots, and by 1:40 p.m., the winners were on the books and volunteer coordinator Sydney Marrone was sprinting across the plaza to make the announcement.

Out of a mere five entries this year, there was still stiff competition, and Hog Island Oyster Co. took the title for Best Raw with a sweet corn mignonette, micro cilantro and a drizzle of urfa chili oil.
Hog Island’s corn mignonette won Best Raw. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Hog Island’s corn mignonette won Best Raw.
Best Cooked went to Blue Lake Casino for its grilled oyster with miso dill butter sauce and rice cracker caviar, which beat out six other contestants. It’s not yet on the menu at Alice’s but the staff on the plaza said it may be soon, depending on how it sells today. The win might add motivation there.
Blue Lake’s Best Cooked oyster with rice cracker crispies. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Blue Lake’s Best Cooked oyster with rice cracker crispies.

Best in Show shocked no one with frequent winner Sushi Spot claiming the prize for its Goose Point oyster shooter with spicy yuzu citrus pepper sauce, jalapeño, lime and a teeny cherry tomato that some poor soul had to peel. (We see you, hardworking tomato peeler.)

And Pizza Gago snagged Best Non-oyster with a wagyu beef and chimichurri pizza, though it’s worth noting the mobile pizza joint very nearly took Best Cooked Oyster with its garlicky pizza topped with lemon and coconut cream sauce, bacon, spinach and oysters.
Steak pizza won Pizza Gago Best Non-oyster. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Steak pizza won Pizza Gago Best Non-oyster.

The sun’s still shining, the music is still playing and you can still line up for the winners if you hurry. 
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Sunday, June 10, 2018

A Councilwoman Proposes at the Derby Bout

Posted By on Sun, Jun 10, 2018 at 2:59 PM

Natalie Arroyo proposes to Jason Lopiccolos at the final derby bout of the season. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Natalie Arroyo proposes to Jason Lopiccolos at the final derby bout of the season.

Rough as this world is, romance isn't dead. Maybe because it's wearing a helmet. In the final Humboldt Roller Derby bout of the season last night, just before the Saplings skated on, the ladies in pads and helmets burst into Erasure's "Always," complete with synchronized dance moves. Team member Brawn Luc Picard (aka Eureka City Councilperson Natalie Arroyo) held a sign aloft proposing to her beau Jason Lopiccolos.
Team Humboldt Roller Derby is Team Romance. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Team Humboldt Roller Derby is Team Romance.

Arroyo presented her fella with a pendant with her thumbprint on one side and "corazón," Spanish for "heart," on the other. Lopiccolos, a teaching associate in phycology and invertebrate zoology at Humboldt State University, said yes, saving everyone from one of those awkward Jumbotron moments and giving us all the feels. Dab your eyes and enjoy photographer Mark McKenna's shots of this extremely Humboldt proposal (man-bun and everything).

We're not crying, you are. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • We're not crying, you are.
Proposal cheering section. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Proposal cheering section.
PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
Just engaged. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Just engaged.
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Best of Humboldt Voting to Begin June 4

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2018 at 4:41 PM

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Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye: The nominating period for Best of Humboldt voting closed at midnight. We're busy tabulating the finalists in each category and will open up the voting period June 4, at which point you can weigh in on the businesses that treat you like royalty, as well as your favorite people, places and things in Humboldt until voting closes June 30. So sit tight until next week, and then vote early and often (well, once a day anyway). May the best people, places, services and things win!
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