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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Spammed: Photos from the Spamley Cup Cook-off

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2018 at 6:02 PM

Team Dick Spam Dyke holds the majestic trophy aloft. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Team Dick Spam Dyke holds the majestic trophy aloft.
On Sunday, April 29, some 15 chefs and amateurs battled for the Spamley Cup at Redwood Fields in Cutten, whipping up schmancy SPAM dishes for some 750 attendees. The event also raised $9,000 for Humboldt CASA.

Over the phone, organizer Mike Vitiello retells the salty competition's origin story:
Nine years ago, a handful of chefs hanging out at the Shanty after work trash talked each other into a backyard challenge to see who could make the best meal out of the oft derided canned meat. After a few years, they decided to open it up to the public as a fundraiser and now it's an annual tradition. See Mark McKenna's photos of the nitrate-heavy action below.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

SpongeBob and Sara Bareilles at the Tonys

Posted By on Tue, May 1, 2018 at 12:58 PM

Still from the promo for SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical. - YOUTUBE
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  • Still from the promo for SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical.
Is it us or is this year's Tony Awards lineup more Humboldt than anticipated? For one thing, locally grown songstress/composer/Broadway star Sara Bareilles is slated to co-host Broadway's biggest night on June 10 with Josh Groban (a man with a beard who is evidently also musically inclined but not from here so let's stay focused). And among the nominees announced today is Ms. Bareilles herself as a member of the team credited for composing the score for SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical. And yes, that is a thing. The video below should give you an idea.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Don't Start Your Engines

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 1:18 PM

Doing laps at Redwood Acres Raceway. - FILE
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  • Doing laps at Redwood Acres Raceway.

If you're revving your engines for the start of racing at Redwood Acres Racetrack, you'll have to wait. The predicted heavy rains are delaying tomorrow's kick-off but not for long. April 28 ticket holders can use them on Saturday, May 5, when the track will be roaring with roadrunners, legends, bombers, mini stocks and bandoleros — "small cars driven by youngsters," according to the Redwood Acres Racing press release. If my kids are reading this, that's a hard "no." And if you live by the track, enjoy the blissful silence this weekend.

Read about local speed demons and life on the track in "Race Day" by John Bennett.
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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Catch Sara Bareilles in Jesus Christ Superstar Live Tonight

Posted By on Sun, Apr 1, 2018 at 7:09 PM

John Legend and Sara Bareilles in tonight's live TV musical. - FROM NBC.COM
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  • John Legend and Sara Bareilles in tonight's live TV musical.
Maybe a flight to New York to see hometown girl Sara Bareilles' Broadway run in the musical Waitress wasn't practical. That's no reason to put "When She Was Mine" on repeat and cry into a lemon meringue. (Oh, like I'm the only one.) Tonight at 8 p.m., you can catch her live performance as Mary Magdalene to John Legend's Jesus in the West Coast replay of Jesus Christ Superstar Live.

What better way to digest your Sunday/Easter dinner/Passover leftovers than to hunker down on the couch and listen to Bareilles belt out the vintage (1971), Tony Award-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber tunes? Spoiler: East Coast Twitter says she's killing it. Get the pie ready just in case.
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Equinox Dinner Canceled Due to Five Eleven Fire

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 10:07 AM

Chef Lizette Acuna of Ramone's prepared a duo of oysters for last year's Equinox event. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • Chef Lizette Acuna of Ramone's prepared a duo of oysters for last year's Equinox event.

Untie your bibs, folks. The Equinox in Old Town benefit dinner for Humboldt County Office of Education's Nutrition Programs and Services set for Monday, March 19 is called off, at least for now. The seven-course feast prepared by a team of local chefs — from Five Eleven, Mazzotti's, Ramone's, Vista Del Mar, Kyoto and Le Monde — was set to take place at Five Eleven again this year but a fire in the its kitchen on March 9 has temporarily closed the restaurant and put the kibosh on the event.

So far, organizers haven't announced an alternative date or venue, but if you already purchased tickets, refunds are available. In the meantime, go ahead and torture yourself with this slideshow of last year's spread.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Oscar-worthy

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 7:41 PM

Danielle Tellez and her father Tom Tellez, president of the Eureka Theater board went full Hollywood glamour. - PHOTO BY SAM ARMANINO
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  • Danielle Tellez and her father Tom Tellez, president of the Eureka Theater board went full Hollywood glamour.

Way north of the Academy Awards ceremonies in Hollywood, Humboldt hosted its own glittery evening as the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission and the Eureka Theater rolled out the red carpet for an Oscar viewing party and celebration of local filming.

The swells showed up in tuxes and tulle, furs and fedoras, to sip cocktails in the lobby, serenaded by musician Michael Dayvid. Then everyone filed inside to watch the awards on the big screen, applauding, commenting and cringing together in the darkened 1939 theater. Pour yourself a little bubbly and bask in the the glamour of the slideshow below.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Early Oyster Fest Lineup

Posted By on Mon, Mar 5, 2018 at 3:44 PM

Competitive shucking on the Arcata Plaza during last year's Oyster Fest. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Competitive shucking on the Arcata Plaza during last year's Oyster Fest.
Maybe you can still revel in the moment when it's this chilly and rainy out, but we're dreaming of sunshine and looking at the early lineup for the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival on June 16, when we'll be ambling around in the sunshine with stainless steel beer cups and slurping the fruits of Humboldt's waters from their shells. Organizers at Arcata Main Street are taking vendor applications and planning the kid-friendly Flupsy Stage, street performers and the newly added Mermaid Lounge Stage. Take a gander below at the acts booked for the other three stages so far.

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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
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  • 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
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  • 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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