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Friday, May 5, 2017

Spam-tastic

Posted By on Fri, May 5, 2017 at 5:46 PM

Spam hot wings because, sure, why not? - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Spam hot wings because, sure, why not?
Wondering what to make for dinner? Kind of over clean eating? Draw some inspiration from the chefs who competed in last Sunday's Spamley Cup at Redwood Fields in Cutten. On April 30, the annual canned pork product cook-off drew crowds eager to try the pink stuff in every imaginable form. The event raised $500 for Redwood Empire Little League and $8,025 for CASA of Humboldt. Enjoy highlights of the salty goodness in the slideshow below from photographer and processed meat enthusiast Mark McKenna.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Bigfootin'

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 4:00 PM

The crowds lined up to meet the Bigfoot hunters at the fest. - CHRISTIAN PENNINGTON
  • Christian Pennington
  • The crowds lined up to meet the Bigfoot hunters at the fest.

Did you see something up in Willow Creek on Saturday? Bigfoot's stomping grounds were the site of a tribute to our hirsute local hero in Veteran's Park. The cast of Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot, including homegrown hunter James "Bobo" Fay, showed up to sign autographs, swap stories and film the festivities.
Elvis of the Bigfoot world Bob Gimlin, who shot the famous 1967 Patterson-Gimlin footage of an unidentified and very furry subject in our neck of the woods, was also on hand.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Coming Up Rhodies

Posted By on Mon, May 1, 2017 at 4:05 PM

A flower festooned Ford rolls through town. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • A flower festooned Ford rolls through town.

The sun was shining and the rhododendrons were blowing in the breeze on Saturday for the annual Rhododendron Parade through Eureka. Pageant queens waved serenely from cars crammed with blossoms, marching bands strutted down the streets and the Shriners zipped around in their tiny cars while judges handed out trophies and crowds lined the sidewalks to view the proceedings. Once it all wound down, Carson Park welcomed folks for hot dogs, bouncy houses and relaxing in the grass. Photographer Mark McKenna was there snapping photos of the flowers and the faces. Enjoy his slideshow of the day below.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Cannifest Destiny

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 10:26 AM

Angus Funkhouser competing in the Humboldt Grow Games at Cannifest. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Angus Funkhouser competing in the Humboldt Grow Games at Cannifest.

Attending Cannifest at Redwood Acres was clearly a high point of the weekend for a large crowd in attendance on Saturday. The "sustainable agriculture" event, billed as "Humboldt's manifest cannabis festival and trade gathering," was quite a contrast from the recent Logging Conference also held at Redwood Acres. It was a look into the rapidly changing cannabis culture and industry on the North Coast.

Cannifest hosted a wide range of consumption options, from edible to combustibles in Area 215 for those with prescription cards. If you didn't have a 215 card, you could stop at the 215 doctors' tables under the grandstands, where you could apply for one. Seven music stages with live music and a family-friendly play zone offered more entertainment options. Many vendors offered growing-related products, clothing and munchies. On Sunday, the festival included a cannabis job fair, a series of Cannifest talks, more live music and the results of the cannabis flower competition.

Attendees could also participate in cannabis-infused holistic yoga or the Humboldt Grow Games. The latter included the Re-Plant Hustle, the Dirt-Bag Drag and the Emerald Triangle Irrigation Puzzle.

Cannifest is also the kickoff event for the 11th annual Humboldt Green Week, celebrating all things green during the week of Earth day and the cannabis holiday, 4/20.
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Serious Stuff with Comedian W. Kamau Bell

Posted By on Sun, Apr 9, 2017 at 6:50 PM

W. Kamau Bell - PHOTO BY JOHN NOWAK/CNN
  • Photo by John Nowak/CNN
  • W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell has a big laugh. It’s full and deep over the phone, inviting you to laugh with him — maybe at a joke he just made, maybe at him, maybe at an awkward moment, like hanging out at a white nationalist convention as an African American man. The laugh is part of what keeps even those he disagrees with engaged, taking out the sting of his observations without losing their sharpness. In fact, with his keen insights into race and culture, Bell might be just the friend America needs, listening intently and calling us on our shit. With a smile.

Bell is tackling heavy stuff in the show he brings to the Van Duzer Theatre on Monday night, The Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour. An hour. Why not? That he’s planning to do it via PowerPoint is another thing but we’ll get to that.

This trip to Humboldt comes at a pretty busy time in Bell’s career. His critically acclaimed CNN docu-series United Shades of America, in which he crisscrosses the country talking to people from all walks of life about everything from neighborhood gentrification to the Klan, begins its second season at the end of this month. He’s got a book, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian, coming out in May and he’s got two podcasts going (Politically Re-Active, with co-host Hari Kondabolu, and Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period, with co-host Kevin Avery).


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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Rockabilly, Blues and Dancing Shoes

Posted By on Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 3:42 PM

Line dancers filled the floor at the Grand Finale at the Muni on Sunday afternoon. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Line dancers filled the floor at the Grand Finale at the Muni on Sunday afternoon.

The music and dancing started early and went late on Saturday and Sunday this past weekend at the Redwood Coast Music Festival. The musicians and audience members again circled Eureka venues throughout both days. (You can see photos of Thursday and Friday's festivities here.)

My Saturday goals were to watch the dance contests, catch Gino & the Lone Gunman for some rockabilly in a cramped Red Lion meeting room, eat an early dinner and stay out late with a big crowd at the Municipal Auditorium for the Blues Special.

The Blues Special did not disappoint. Prior to the show, organizers were stressed out because Michael Doucet's flight from SFO to ACV was cancelled — who would ever expect that? But the organizers announced he was driving up and he eventually arrived in time to make the show. Kenny Neal moved up to Doucet's 6 p.m. time slot and put on a fantastic show with his singing and guitar and harmonica playing.

The audience likely wouldn't have let Neal leave the stage if Doucet hadn't finally arrived and joined Tom Rigney & Flambeau in some virtuoso fiddle and violin playing in another great performance. Rick Estrin & the Nightcats closed out the show.

Sunday's Grand Finale at the Muni featured seven groups who demonstrated great musicianship, as well as the ability to make smooth transitions from group to group. The dance floor was packed for a two-hour display of amazing dance skills. Doucet and Rigney closed the festival with another round of fiddle and Cajun violin.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Swingtime

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 2:21 PM

Gator Nation led off the Friday evening music at the Adorni Center with an outstanding performance. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Gator Nation led off the Friday evening music at the Adorni Center with an outstanding performance.

Last weekend the streets of Eureka filled with musicians and audience members who love good music and who love to dance. A packed, repeating schedule of performances of New Orleans jazz, blues, rockabilly and Cajun music by award-winning performers kept them and audience members rotating around venues at the Adorni Center, Morris Graves, the Eureka Theater, the Municipal Auditorium (with its poor acoustics), the Sequoia Center and a cramped room at the Red Lion Inn.

The musical talent all weekend was outstanding, with guest artist Brian Casserly seeming to appear with his trombone and trumpet with every group and at every venue on the schedule. Many young and old fans of dancing showed up for the festival, given its growing reputation as a dance venue, and worked up a sweat.

Thursday and Friday events included a series of free children's concerts, thanks to the leadership of retired teacher Lynn McKenna of Eureka. Thursday evening's kick-off dance featured talented local youth in the 24th straight music festival performance by the Zane Middle School Jazz Band, under the direction of Bruce McCay. Fifth graders from Grant and Lafayette grade schools performed their version of the Charleston and the traditional New Orleans Parasol Walk at the Friday Opening Ceremony, under the direction of McKenna and retired teachers Fred Johansen and Linda Hall. After that, the music performances rolled on for the rest of the weekend.

Enjoy the slideshow of Thursday and Friday events here and stay tuned for scenes from Saturday's dance contests, the blues special concert and Sunday's grand finale.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Logging On

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 2:31 PM

HSU Soils and Range Management major Sierra Berry, of Sacramento, handled her end of a two-person crosscut saw in the Lumberjack & Jill Show on Friday. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • HSU Soils and Range Management major Sierra Berry, of Sacramento, handled her end of a two-person crosscut saw in the Lumberjack & Jill Show on Friday.

Redwood Acres Fairgrounds transformed into the 79th annual Redwood Region Logging Conference in Eureka this weekend. The sounds of saw mills and chainsaw carvers at work and the whistle of a vintage steam railroad engine keep a large crowd moving among the massive equipment and logging displays. Also available were historic displays, a wildlife show, a college-student Lumberjack & Jill competition, and a line-up of massive logging trucks in the new Show 'N Shine competition. This year's theme was "Growing Forests, Families and our Future." See the slideshow below for highlights.

HSU Soils and Range Management major Sierra Berry, of Sacramento, handled her end of a two-person crosscut saw in the Lumberjack & Jill Show on Friday. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • HSU Soils and Range Management major Sierra Berry, of Sacramento, handled her end of a two-person crosscut saw in the Lumberjack & Jill Show on Friday.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Humboldt Style: Oscar Night

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 9:51 AM

Peter and Shirley Santino have a red carpet moment with photographer Jose Quezada. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Peter and Shirley Santino have a red carpet moment with photographer Jose Quezada.

Not everybody got everything right at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, between the envelope mix-ups, eye-rolling name fumbles and a couple of awards that were both questionable and did not win us the office Oscar pool. But we did get to see Sara Bareilles perform, so we're calling it a win.

And over at the Eureka Theater, guests at the annual Oscar-viewing party thrown with the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission were looking pretty trophy-worthy. Attendees sashayed through the lobby, cocktails in hand, to schmooze in their finery with Michael Dayvid playing in the background. Some trends from the evening to keep in mind for your next formal affair:


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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Cry it Out with Sara Bareilles at the Oscars

Posted By on Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 2:45 PM


Still hurting from all the stars we lost in 2016? Humboldt County lady Sara Bareilles is here to soothe your pain. Well, not here, but in Los Angeles, where the singer, composer and current Broadway star (she's taking a 10-week turn onstage in Waitress, the pie-centric musical she scored) will perform during the In Memoriam segment of the Academy Awards tonight. According to her Twitter feed, she's already getting cozy with the golden boy (see above). No word yet on what song she'll perform but if sitting in my parked car listening to "When She Was Mine" and crying into a wad of Fresh Freeze napkins is any indication, expect tears.


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