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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Photos: Dell'Arte's 'Return to Oz'

Posted By on Sat, Dec 7, 2019 at 3:00 PM

The 39th annual Dell'Arte 2019 Holiday Show: Return to Oz is now at one of the many traveling and free venues coming up before its return to Blue Lake in two weeks. The storyline of Dorothy as an angst-ridden, friendless, guitar-playing teenager (you likely know one or used to be one) begins with her unhappiness at being back in Kansas, missing her Oz friends. The creative twists on the original plot are in good hands with director Michael Fields and an international cast. Cleo DeOrio, James Hildebrandt and others created an amazing production and set that now has to go on the road for multiple shows. Enjoy a slideshow of the highlights below.
Princess Langwidere (Marguerite Boissonnault), Billina the Chicken (H. Veenadari Lakshika Jayakody), the Tin Man (Hannah Shaka) and Scarecrow (Andrew Lupkes) in Return to Oz. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Princess Langwidere (Marguerite Boissonnault), Billina the Chicken (H. Veenadari Lakshika Jayakody), the Tin Man (Hannah Shaka) and Scarecrow (Andrew Lupkes) in Return to Oz.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Donate to Toys for Tots and see 'Red Tails' for Free on Veterans Day

Posted By on Sat, Nov 9, 2019 at 5:39 PM

Wondering what to do with your Veterans Day? How about a night at the movies honoring those who've served while helping kids in need? At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, the Eureka Theater is joining up with Toys for Tots to show Red Tails (2012), the World War II action drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-African American fighter pilot squadron that fought in the European theater. And you can get in for free. Just bring a new toy to donate to help local children in need and you're good. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the bar will be serving beer, wine and the usual candy and popcorn, all benefitting the Eureka Theater's restoration. (Look at you supporting another good cause.)
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  • Red Tails
Directed by Anthony Hemingway, it stars Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo, Leslie Odom Jr., Andre Royo and Michael B. Jordan. Check out the preview below and decide if you need to bring tissues. (Spoiler: You will.)

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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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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

A Southern Humboldt Feast

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 8:59 PM

This past weekend was a celebration of Southern Humboldt bounty in Garberville, with the Feast of Fields hosted by Southern Humboldt Business and Visitors Bureau. After Friday's Meet the Farmers Dinner at the Historic Benbow Inn, participants strolled Southern Humboldt Community Park on Saturday, sampling local produce, foods and beverages. The fruits of the region were represented via barbecue, locally made wine and beer, fruits and vegetables, oysters, sushi and more. The Garberville Rotary was on hand for drink sales.

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Cannabis farmers, too, showed off their crops, with some earning trophies at the inaugural Feast of Flowers Cup sponsored by Country Club Cannabis. Winners included Canyon Farms' Orangeade for Best Sativa, Humboldt's Finest's Sour Diesel x Lemon Kush for Best Hybrid and Greenlight Farms' Ice Cream Cake for Best Indica.

Those wanting to learn a little something about how local growing conditions affect cannabis got a lesson at the International Cannabis Farmers-sponsored Taste of Terroir event.  See the slideshow below of Journal See the slideshow below for highlights from Saturday.

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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, September 23, 2019

Photos from Saturday at the North Country Fair

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 2:30 PM

The 46th annual North Country Fair on Saturday lived up to its reputation on Saturday for lovely fall weather, lots of food, art, clothing and craft vendors, and — in memory of the Northcoast Environmental Center's Tim McKay — a fun, all-ages All Species Parade frolic around the Arcata Plaza. See highlights of the day in the slideshow below.

Live music spanning multiple genres played on multiple stages at the event, including the first performance of the year by the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir and its new director Valetta Molofsky.
An owl sculpture/puppet flying above the All Species Parade. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • An owl sculpture/puppet flying above the All Species Parade.

And in keeping with the event's ethos, Zero Waste Humboldt volunteers were at all corners of the plaza helping educate attendees on how to keep the event environmentally friendly. Come back for more photos from Sunday's festivities, including the Samba Parade. 
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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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Thursday, August 22, 2019

You Need a Little 'Wonderful Fantastic'

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 11:15 AM

Enjoy a mood lifting three minutes of the happiest music you'll hear all day in the some of the prettiest places in our neck of the woods. Raashan Ahmad's video for  "Wonderful Fantastic" is a joy-driven tour of Humboldt beaches and forest featuring local talents Jonny Woods and Brian Swizlo of Object Heavy. We defy you not to tap your toes and challenge you to spot all the locations in the video below.

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