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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.

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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
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  • 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
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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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