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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Photos from the Rhody Parade and Salt & Fog Fish Fest

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 10:22 AM

A flying saucer festooned with rhododendrons for the parade. - PHOTO BY SAM LEISHMAN
  • Photo by Sam Leishman
  • A flying saucer festooned with rhododendrons for the parade.

It was a busy weekend in Eureka. Folks were out early Saturday, staking out curbside seating to watch as the annual Rhododendron Parade wound its way through town. Once the bands, VW bugs and flower-powered kinetic sculptures finished the route, it was time to hustle down to Old Town for the inaugural Salt & Fog Fish Fest. The tall ships were docked in the bay, speeder cars zipped up and down the street and Madaket Plaza was packed with food stalls, vendors and bands. Photographers Sam Leishman and Zach Lathouris were on hand snapping shots of the festivities. See the slideshow below for highlights of the day.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

This Crab is Metal

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 12:46 PM

Dan McCauley’s shining metal crab awakens from its post-Burning Man slumber and raises its pincers in the lot of Spaulding Construction off U.S. Highway 101 in Eureka. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Dan McCauley’s shining metal crab awakens from its post-Burning Man slumber and raises its pincers in the lot of Spaulding Construction off U.S. Highway 101 in Eureka.

In case the giant silver crab raising its pincers above the chain link fence around Spaulding Construction’s parking lot off U.S. Highway 101 by Kristina’s in Eureka has you wondering, you aren’t hallucinating and you didn’t miss the Kinetic Grand Championship. The shining crustacean on wheels is the work of metal artist Dan McCauley of Dan’s Custom Metals — you may have glimpsed his scrap metal sentinel standing in the same lot or the massive, rusty T-rex gnashing its metal teeth outside his Eureka business on Redmond Road, which is soon to become an outdoor sculpture garden and gallery. For that matter, you may have seen the crab at a 4/20 celebration at Forever Found — yeah, that wasn't the edibles.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

This is Going to Hurt a Little: Photos from the Inked Hearts Expo

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 8:31 PM

Tattoo artist David Chavera, of Local Boy Tattoo in San Antonio, Texas, preps a "Much Love" design in Spanish on the neck of Roxanne Reche, of Willow Creek. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Tattoo artist David Chavera, of Local Boy Tattoo in San Antonio, Texas, preps a "Much Love" design in Spanish on the neck of Roxanne Reche, of Willow Creek.

The 10th annual Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo at Blue Lake Casino hosted 35 tattoo artists and other vendors last Thursday through Sunday. Organizers Ted and Amy Marks brought in a familiar line up of tattoo artists, including Liz Cook, Lisa Hower, Tye Harris and Liz Venom, among others, as well as a good mix of new faces. See the slideshow below for highlights of the festivities.)

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

American Pickers Wants to See Your Junk

Posted By on Sun, Jan 13, 2019 at 3:41 PM

The cast of American Pickers coming to a garage near you. Maybe. - SUBMITTED
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  • The cast of American Pickers coming to a garage near you. Maybe.
How's that KonMari purge going? While you're folding your clothes into little squares, you may be wondering what to do with the road signs, vintage car parts and random advertising ephemera you've got stacked to the rafters in your garage.

If you've got the right kind of stash, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz from the History Channel show American Pickers might swing by for a look and a haggle in March. The show came to Blue Lake in 2016 but surely Humboldt has a few more collectors/aficionados/straight-up hoarders worth checking out?


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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Photos from the Beaver Sisters

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 6:26 PM

The hard-drinking, fun-loving Beaver Sisters host their hot mess of a telethon. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The hard-drinking, fun-loving Beaver Sisters host their hot mess of a telethon.

The Beaver sisters (played by local artists Sarah McKinney, Maggie Lally and Janessa Johnsrude) transformed Eureka’s Synapsis Nova on Friday into a setting for an angst-ridden fundraiser telethon with a major problem: No one calls in to donate money. The plot’s backstory for The Beaver Sisters Present: The Beaverettes is that the toxin-laden river is threatening to destroy their lodge unless they raise enough money to prevent it. See the slideshow below for the boozy highlights.

Due to the lack of callers throughout the telethon, Marge, Musty and Betty Beaver are frantic and at interpersonal odds with each other at times in coming up with individual fundraising ideas (allowing each of these talented performers a full range of funny moments). And a bonus throughout the comedy show: It turns out the Beaver sisters have fantastic singing voices.

The Beaver Sisters Present: The Beaverettes was created in residence at Dell'Arte International, where the artists are graduates in physical theater. The show next heads out a December tour to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Do not miss the next chance to catch them locally.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

'Tis the Ugly Sweater Season: Photos from Sunday's Run

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 4:30 PM

And they're off! The third annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Run. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • And they're off! The third annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Run.


The third annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Run on Sunday had runners and walkers in the1-mile and 5-km races wearing examples of taste-deficient knitted nightmares. The races began and ended on the Arcata Plaza. The family-friendly event is a fundraiser for Humboldt Educare, organized by Arcata Main Street.

Prizes were given out for age-bracket winners by gender in the races and for winners who stood out in the "ugly holiday sweater" theme across a mix of categories. Brace yourself for the garish slideshow below.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Photos from Ohana Comic Con

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 8:43 PM

A large crowd of attendees wandered through a mix of vendors and featured artists at Ohana Comic Con. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • A large crowd of attendees wandered through a mix of vendors and featured artists at Ohana Comic Con.
A surprisingly large crowd of costumed cartoon, movie and anime fans (estimated between 800 and 1,000) filled the Sapphire Palace at the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel on Saturday for its first ever Ohana Comic Con. Organizers of the event used the Hawaiian word “ohana,” meaning “family,” to attract families. The cheap tickets (in contrast with big comic con events) also helped bring in a crowd.

The two-day event hosted two costume contests, a wide mix of vendor tables, special guest artists and a few local artists. Event organizers were surprised and pleased at the attendance and hinted at a return event next year. Check out the scene in the slideshow below.


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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Photos from Old Town Trick-or-Treat

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 7:34 PM

This young girl rocked maximum plumage with her beautiful peacock costume. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • This young girl rocked maximum plumage with her beautiful peacock costume.

Eureka's Old Town attracted a large costumed crowd of all ages at Saturday afternoon's annual Halloween event sponsored by Eureka Main Street. Children age 12 or younger accompanied by adults wandered among more than 80 participating stores, collecting bags of sugary goodies — or, in one case, a polished rock that also proved popular. Enjoy highlights from the fun in the slideshow below.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Zombies Shake/Drag a Leg

Posted By on Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 12:29 PM

Jared Robinson and Anthony Quinn pose after the zombie flash mob invaded the Arcata Plaza on Oct. 25. - PHOTO BY MEGAN MARTIN
  • Photo by Megan Martin
  • Jared Robinson and Anthony Quinn pose after the zombie flash mob invaded the Arcata Plaza on Oct. 25.

A gray-faced, dead-eyed army of zombies from Sunny Brae Middle School sprang to after-life for some vintage choreography to Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" on Friday, Oct. 26 at Murphy’s Market in Sunny Brae. Then, while Vincent Price's cackle still echoed in the aisles, the undead dancers made their groaning way to the Arcata Plaza for an encore before slinking back to the cursed ground from which they rose. Enjoy Megan Martin's slideshow of their creepy moves below. Happy Halloween, everybody.


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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hayrides and Apple Harvest at Clendenen's

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 4:07 PM

A tractor-pulled hayride through Clendenen's apple orchard. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • A tractor-pulled hayride through Clendenen's apple orchard.

Bushels of fun were had this past weekend at Fortuna's annual Apple Harvest Festival. Locals and visitors alike enjoyed pies and cider, a street fair, arts and craft vendors and live music throughout the weekend. And down at Clendenen's Cider Works, apple-cheeked kids and adults alike sampled pressed cider and climbed aboard hayrides through the orchard. Photographer Mark McKenna captured some highlights from Sunday's festivities in the slideshow below. Savor the sweetness at your leisure.

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