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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Out in the Woods with Primal Rage's Bigfoot

Posted By on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 8:05 PM

Co-producer Edward Olson hanging out in the Humboldt woods with Bigfoot. - COURTESY OF EDWARD OLSON
  • Courtesy of Edward Olson
  • Co-producer Edward Olson hanging out in the Humboldt woods with Bigfoot.
If you brave tomorrow night's North Coast premier of Primal Rage at the Eureka Theater, you might see a familiar face. No, not the shadowy figure from the Patterson-Gimlin film — Edward Olson, a Eureka High School alum and co-producer of the new Bigfoot feature, which is set for release nationwide on some 500 screens via Fathom Events, including the Minor Theater in Arcata.

Olson, a theater kid back in his Logger days, has been making a living in and around seemingly every part of the film industry in Los Angeles: writing and producing his own short films, working as an assistant cameraman and an extra, and making featurettes for movies. Everything except sound, he says. "Actually," he adds with a laugh, "thats not true, I was a boom operator once!" It's a broad resume that came in handy on the Primal Rage shoot, with a crew of fewer than a dozen doubling and tripling up on duties. Olson wound up taking on far more production responsibilities on site, "which is why, eventually, I was promoted up to co-producer," he says.


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Monday, February 12, 2018

All the Marbles

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 5:49 PM

Artist Geoffrey Beetem's marbles were among the scores of glass creations on display at the Humboldt Marble Weekend. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Artist Geoffrey Beetem's marbles were among the scores of glass creations on display at the Humboldt Marble Weekend.

The Humboldt Marble Weekend attracted a large crowd of marble fans of all ages to Redwood Acres in Eureka over the weekend to watch 46 glass artists display their creative work (not just marbles) and also conduct glass-making demonstrations. See the photo slideshow below for highlights.

"We started the fun Thursday night, raising $1,540 for the Humboldt County Search and Rescue Posse at the Marble Makers Ball fundraiser," said event organizer Topher Reynolds, of Copius Glass in Eureka. "A donation at the ball got you a free drink and a handmade 'hider marble' to to place somewhere for Sunday's Massive Marble Hunt."

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Cool Ink, Hot Wings and Hot Dogs

Posted By on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 7:49 PM

Tattoo artist Megan Franklin, of Springfield, Missouri, had Tye Harris, of Kyle, Texas, add a realistic tattoo of her grandparents on their wedding day to her arm at the Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo at Blue Lake Casino and Hotel this past weekend. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Tattoo artist Megan Franklin, of Springfield, Missouri, had Tye Harris, of Kyle, Texas, add a realistic tattoo of her grandparents on their wedding day to her arm at the Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo at Blue Lake Casino and Hotel this past weekend.

The ninth annual Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo at the Blue Lake Casino & Hotel in Blue Lake last weekend wrapped the usual work of more than 30 talented tattoo artists around a few new features. Event organizers Ted and Amy Marks added the Hot Wings of Death Challenge and the all-bulldog Super Bully Bowl Pageant to the usual line up of the Hot Guy/Hot Girl Contests, daily tattoo contests and live music.

The bulldogs were not judged on their tattoos. See a slideshow of the contests and some prize-worthy body art below.


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Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Papaya Lounge is Ripe for Comedy

Posted By on Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Sarah McKinney as Velvet Q. Jones and Alyssa Hughlett as her dowdy, clumsy assistant Nancy. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Sarah McKinney as Velvet Q. Jones and Alyssa Hughlett as her dowdy, clumsy assistant Nancy.

The funny, bawdy and sometimes naughty comedy and music show The Papaya Lounge met its goal of turning the Arcata Playhouse into a seedy cabaret nightclub on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Velvet Q. Jones (Sarah McKinney) hosted the cabaret, billed as a music, comedy and variety show “with a fruity attitude.” The show was supported with excellent live music by the Fruit Flies (Tim Randles, Ken Lawrence, Mike LaBolle and Greg Moore). The very loose plot line involved the somewhat frantic Velvet Q. Jones’ efforts to fend off her creditors while being a catalyst in the transformation of her dowdy, clumsy assistant Nancy (Alyssa Hughlett).

The evening performance in front of a packed house was billed as a test run and afterward Playhouse promoter David Ferney said, “We are pleased with the reception of the show and plan to bring back The Papaya Lounge as a showcase of local talent on a regular basis.” See the slideshow below for highlights.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Gifts for the Nice and Naughty Part 1: Native Dolls

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 1:32 PM

The sale of these Flower Dance girl dolls benefits Native Women's Collective. - PHOTO BY CUTCHA RISLING BALDY
  • Photo by Cutcha Risling Baldy
  • The sale of these Flower Dance girl dolls benefits Native Women's Collective.

Let’s remember in this season of giving, gifts are a way of showing people we love and appreciate them. Of course, presents can also be passive-aggressive weapons, tools of shade that help us work through/embrace our petty grudges and judgments. Both kinds of giving are even better when you’re helping a good cause.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll showcase some great gift ideas for the nice and naughty on your list. First up …

Gift: Native Flower Dance girl dolls
Humboldt State University professor Cutcha Risling Baldy (a contributor to this paper) handmade the dolls' maple bark skirts, pine nut necklaces and dentalium halos. Each doll holds hazel sticks and is dressed for a Flower Dance, the women's coming of age ceremony. "Maple bark skirts were the 'everyday' wear of Native women in Northwest California," Risling Baldy says. "Now, young women wear them during the Flower Dance." She made the dolls to sell at a fundraiser but also because she knows how much they could mean to a child. "I was gifted a doll like this after I was part of a Flower Dance. I've also seen other community members who will take dolls and make traditional regalia pieces for the dolls. It's been an important way of providing a doll to our young people that represents their culture. When I was growing up, I had my own doll which had a traditional buckskin dress and I carried it in a doll-size baby basket. It was really meaningful to me that I had a doll like this because it represented a part of me that I didn't really see in stores."


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Duane Flatmo's Dragon Heads for the Smithsonian

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 3:45 PM

Artist Duane Flatmo's "Tin Pan Dragon" will soon be heading to D.C. - PHOTO BY GRETJEN HELENE COURTESY OF DUANE FLATMO
  • Photo by Gretjen Helene courtesy of Duane Flatmo
  • Artist Duane Flatmo's "Tin Pan Dragon" will soon be heading to D.C.
How do you pack a giant, flaming scrap-metal monster on wheels? Artist and Burning Man regular Duane Flatmo has done it plenty of times with his iconic fire-spouting octopus "El Pulpo Mecanico." But now he's shipping the fiery dragon he built in 2009 to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

The museum will display the gleaming beastie along with work by other artists in its March 2018 exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. The sculpture leaves Eureka in pieces in December, though Flatmo won't be assembling it for its six-month residency at the Renwick Gallery until February of 2018. Unlike the massive "El Pulpo" or the more recent pile of toothy creatures on wheels "Rabid Transit," Flatmo's first pyrotechnic kinetic sculpture "Tin Pan Dragon" will fit in the gallery space. Video of those other pieces in action will play during the exhibition but evidently you can't fire up a monstrous cephalopod that close to the White House. Go figure.

For now, Flatmo is polishing the roughly 15-foot-long dragon with a wire brush and chopping the wings and head off to fit into a custom crate that will be stacked onto an 18-wheeler with some five or six other machines.

"They cover all your expenses, but you need to pay it out," says Flatmo with a low chuckle, adding that the government paperwork alone is a daunting task. And at least he's not alone, as he notes, "I'll have my friends down here helping me put it in a crate." Other installations will be created on site at the Smithsonian by artists like Michael Garlington and Natalia Bertotti, whose structures are burned at the annual festival held in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.

Flatmo says his years participating in the Kinetic Grand Championship "really prepared me to go do this bigger stuff." He adds that he's excited the Smithsonian wants to show "this thing that was born in Humboldt County out of pie tins and scraps."
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

All Aboard: Vintage Train Video

Posted By on Sat, Oct 14, 2017 at 2:48 PM

A speeder car on the tracks by the Samoa roundhouse. - TIMBER HERITAGE ASSOCIATION VIDEO
  • Timber Heritage Association video
  • A speeder car on the tracks by the Samoa roundhouse.

Everybody loves trains. OK, maybe not packed commuter trains. But if you aren't charmed by the cow catchers on black locomotives or Orient Express-style dining cars from the turn of the century, we can't hang out. The volunteers of the Timber Heritage Association are out at the Roundhouse in Samoa most weekends restoring regal and rusty beauties for posterity. And occasionally, like this weekend, the overalled rail enthusiasts offer rides on the bright orange and yellow speeder cars that once moved loggers in and out of the woods.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Arts Undead!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Eat your hearts out, Shining twins. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Eat your hearts out, Shining twins.

Once again, on Saturday evening during the October edition of Arts Alive! Eureka was overrun with gory zombies in search of human flesh and/or brains. Thankfully, they were classic slow zombies and photographer Mark McKenna was able to document their groaning progress through Old Town, where they gnashed their teeth at diners and took selfies with the living. See the slideshow below. It's full of inspiration for those of you who haven't gotten your Halloween costumes together yet.


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pretty in Pastels

Posted By on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Lighthouse Grill's colorful square and artist. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Lighthouse Grill's colorful square and artist.

Sidewalk art is necessarily fleeting and, like Tibetan sand mandalas and bright fall foliage, its ephemeral nature is part of its beauty. If you still find yourself clinging to the temporary pleasures of the world, as we do, you'll be glad Mark McKenna was out on the Arcata Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 7, photo-documenting the color-saturated beauties artists were laying down on the concrete squares. Enjoy this slideshow of the annual pastel pageantry benefitting North Coast Children's Services.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Got Any Ghost Stories?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 2:39 PM

PHOTO BY ERIC MUELLER
  • Photo by Eric Mueller
It's October and we just saw a leaf blow across the street, so we are officially ready to scare the pumpkin spice out of ourselves with some spooky stories. If you've got a chilling local anecdote to share — like that time your uncle saw a ghost at Jacoby's Storehouse or when your selfie at the Morris Graves Museum was photobombed by a blurry spectral presence — we'd love to hear it. Write it up in a 300-word email with your name and phone number, and send it to jennifer@northcoastjournal.com by 9 a.m. on Oct. 23. If the spirit moves us, we'll share it on Halloween. Come on, Humboldt, give us some goosebumps.
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