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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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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Kinetic Grand Championship Goes the Social Distance

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 4:21 PM

Hang your heads, for the Kinetic Grand Championship Race as we know it will not take place this year with an Arcata Plaza kickoff and all its attending fanfare. Instead, as Queen Professor President Kati Texas stated in a press release, a three-day Kinetic Sculpture in Place event will take place online, with teams completing challenges on video with their human-powered art mobiles from May 23-25.
"Artists, engineers, athletes, and Glory hogs of all ages will compete in the traditional categories of Art, Speed, Engineering, and Pageantry plus some online exclusive awards just for this year (we all hope.)," the release reads. Whether shelter-in-place orders would mean teams would have to be restricted to household members is yet to be seen. The Memorial Day weekend will also include a Kinetic Kids Challenge, a Remote-abaga Ball Live and viewing documentary and other footage from the Kinetic Museum Eureka. Enjoy Mark McKenna's slideshow of kinetic madness from last year and let it buoy you like a giant floating dragon/horse/crab thing full of exhausted, sunburned people pedaling and paddling as fast as they can.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Photos: Mister Cister Wins the Mr. Humboldt Crown

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 4:21 PM

On Saturday, Feb. 29, after a grueling rounds of Q&A, swimsuit, talent and formal wear competition, hosts Johanna Nagan and Andrew Goff crowned a new Mr. Humboldt: Mister Cister. The blue-wigged champion's costume game was strong, with an inflatable Squidward headpiece for the beach, a sparkly white evening gown and a series of layered outfit reveals in the talent portion. See the slideshow below for Mark McKenna's highlights of a night of chainsaws, tattooed lap dances, belly dancing and speedos, all under a near-constant hail of flying undergarments.
It's ... almost safe for work?
Newly crowned Mr. Humboldt winner Mister Cister holds the Big Wood award aloft. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Newly crowned Mr. Humboldt winner Mister Cister holds the Big Wood award aloft.
Ultimately, it was the bearded drag queen's singing and dancing performance of "Sweet Transvestite" with an LED whip and rainbow feather boa that brought the house down and won wild scores from the judges (43 out of 10 from Mr. Humboldt 2019). Accepting the crown, Mister Cister encouraged the audience to follow their dreams: "Fuck it. Just go out and do whatever you want to do."

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Looks in the Lobby: Photos from Oscar Night in Eureka

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 4:49 PM

How did you do on your Oscar pool? At the Eureka Theater and Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission's red carpet night, smart predictions (and luck with the raffle) won folks chocolate Oscars. But the real competition was in the lobby, where volunteers served drinks, Michael Dayvid served tunes and attendees served looks. 
Jessica King, Carly Robbins and Klark Swan dressed for an action movie we would absolutely watch. - PHOTO BY ZACH LATHOURIS
  • Photo by Zach Lathouris
  • Jessica King, Carly Robbins and Klark Swan dressed for an action movie we would absolutely watch.
NCJ photographer Zach Lathouris caught some of their shine in the slideshow below. Gawk along with us at the evening's fashion moments.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Trick or Treat: Photos from Arcata's Halloween

Posted By on Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 6:10 PM

Parking was a premium for Trick or Treat on the Plaza in Arcata in late afternoon as easily more than a thousand children and adults showed up for the Halloween fun. The event, sponsored by Arcata Main Street, started off with the HSU Marching Lumberjacks, giant puppets and a bubble machine circling the plaza, followed by attendees lining ulp at storefronts and businesses around the plaza to collect the goodies.
The Bella Vita Fire Dance Company burns it up on the Arcata Plaza. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The Bella Vita Fire Dance Company burns it up on the Arcata Plaza.
Additional entertainment included a zombie flash mob performance of "Thriller," a flaming performance by the Bella Vita Fire Dance Company, hay bale rides around the plaza and photo ops with a Halloween Fairy. See the slideshow below for highlights of the costumed fun.


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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Geeking Out: Photos from Ohana Comic Con

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 5:02 PM

The second annual Ohana Comic Con in the Sapphire Palace at the Blue Lake Casino Hotel welcomed hundreds of attendees on Saturday, despite the power outages elsewhere. Lights were on thanks to the micro-grid electricity generating system in place. The family-friendly, two-day event surged with the superpowers of costumed adults and children as they shopped at vendors, played board and video games, and participated in a costume contest. The event also featured make-up demonstrations (think scary clowns and evil nuns) and panel conversations with two celebrities from the movie world. Check out the highlights in the slideshow below.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Photos from Saturday's Zombie Apocalypse

Posted By on Tue, Oct 8, 2019 at 9:33 PM

On Saturday ahead of Arts Alive, the annual Zombie Walk from Eureka's courthouse through the streets of Old Town brought out the undead. The loose  scrum of leg-dragging cannibals stopped to terrorize people in cars, wait for street lights to change and take selfies with the living. A few brave machete-wielding souls waded into the gory scrum but seem to have been overwhelmed.
The dead rose and walked the streets of Old Town on Saturday. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • The dead rose and walked the streets of Old Town on Saturday.
Photographer Mark McKenna was on the scene documenting the brain-eating horde for the slideshow below. If you see any friends in there, remember: They're not your friend anymore. 
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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Photos from Sunday at the North Country Fair

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 5:40 PM

Sunday at the 46th annual North Country Fair featured another splash of the popular rhythms and dances of Samba da Alegria's Samba Parade, along with the usual mix of live music on multiple stages, vendors of all types and — atypically for the season — occasional rain. See highlights of the parade in the slideshow below.
The flower blossom-strewn east side of the Arcata Plaza made a good dance platform for the Samba da Alegria dancers. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The flower blossom-strewn east side of the Arcata Plaza made a good dance platform for the Samba da Alegria dancers.
Fortunately for the paint-daubed musicians and samba dancers in a mix of costumes symbolizing Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival, the weather cleared in time for their 1 p.m. performance in front of a packed house around the Arcata Plaza. After the Samba Parade left the plaza, fair attendees took shelter for a half hour or so of heavy rain and then returned once warm sunshine appeared for the rest of the afternoon's fair activities.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Photos from Ladies Hat Day at the Races

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 5:26 PM

A large crowd of fans of horse-racing and ladies in hats showed up for Saturday's free admission to the eighth annual Ladies Hat Day at the Races at the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale.
Laura Ayllon, of Loleta, put her sun hat to good use on the sunny afternoon. She placed second in the Most Glamorous category. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Laura Ayllon, of Loleta, put her sun hat to good use on the sunny afternoon. She placed second in the Most Glamorous category.
The hat wearers moved onto the racetrack for the Parade of Hats competition in "Hatagories" that included Most Glamorous, Best Racing Theme, Funniest or Most Outrageous, Most Original, Youth and Best Couple or Group. Generous prizes were offered after the sixth race for the Grand Prize winner, the Runner-Up winner and the best hats in the four categories. See the slideshow below for shots of the top toppers.

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