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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Going to the Ball

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 3:09 PM

Emcee Mantrikka Ho asks the crowd, "Can I get a gay-men?" - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Emcee Mantrikka Ho asks the crowd, "Can I get a gay-men?"

On Friday, Feb. 17, the Kate Buchanan Room got fierce when contestants and performers worked the runway at the Aqueerius Ball. Emcee Mantrikka Ho got the ball rolling with a history lesson about New York City ball culture and its signature form of expression, voguing. The evening, organized by the Humboldt State University Queer Student Union, sought to celebrate gay and trans people of color in particular as vital leaders in the early days of the LGBTQ rights movement and the community today.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentuned In

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 6:23 PM

The wandering Valentunes minstrels serenade our own Jonathan Webster. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • The wandering Valentunes minstrels serenade our own Jonathan Webster.
Contrary to popular belief, not all of us here at the Journal are hardened, loveless cynics. Some of us work in production and graphic design, like Jonathan Webster. Witness his Valentunes serenading by fresh-faced members of the ArMack Orchestra/Arcata High Madrigal Choir at the behest (and paid order) of his girlfriend, Kira Weiss. The singers and musicians, on their annual fundraising mission, harmonized on "You Can Count on Me," which Webster actually arranged a couple of years ago while he was working at Arcata High School. Watch the video and give yourself a cavity from the genuine sweetness.


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Erica Botkin’s Mail Art Valentines

Posted By on Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 12:07 PM

A card from Erica Botkin's series of satirical Valentine cards. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
  • Courtesy of the artist
  • A card from Erica Botkin's series of satirical Valentine cards.

Erica Botkin’s long-running mail art valentine project involves the artist posing for pin-up photographs to be sent through the mail as valentines. The photos feature Botkin posing seductively in attitudes ranging from corny to kittenish to risqué. The dose of zany running through it all testifies subtly to Eureka native Botkin’s affinity for deep Humboldt funk and pop esoterica. Botkin, who received her MFA in photography at the University of Texas at Austin, currently teaches photography at College of the Redwoods. (Full disclosure: We are pals and colleagues.) Her Valentines have become an awaited annual rite for quite a few, both in Humboldt and in parts abroad. But they have remained underground until now.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Almost Famous

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 12:20 PM

That's director Jim Hosking in the brimmed hat and down jacket. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • That's director Jim Hosking in the brimmed hat and down jacket.

No word yet on when that movie filming in Eureka will be in theaters but An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, — directed by Jim Hosking and starring Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, Craig Robinson and Emile Hirsch — is hitting quite a few Humboldt locations with vintage vibes. When we do finally get to see it, keep your eyes peeled for scenes at Gas 4 Less in Arcata, the Eureka Inn lobby, its exterior and one of the hotel's rooms, Roy's Club Italian Restaurant — where filming took place yesterday afternoon — and right outside the Journal's F Street office. The film crew was on the sidewalk around 5 p.m. Thursday shooting a brief scene in a white van, with prop flyers taped to our newspaper box. (It's like we were basically in a movie but we're not signing autographs, so please be cool about it.) Last night, the Cherry Blossom Bakery in Henderson Center was lit up for a shoot, too, during which an unidentified actress reportedly buys a cinnamon roll. (We're also getting a cinnamon roll later, which is basically like brunch with Aubrey Plaza.)


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Ink(ed) Well

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 11:36 AM

Christian Madrigal, of Modesto, was in for hours of artwork on his chest on Saturday by Izzy of Foundation Tattoo of Modesto. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Christian Madrigal, of Modesto, was in for hours of artwork on his chest on Saturday by Izzy of Foundation Tattoo of Modesto.

Updating an old expression, there's no explaining taste in food or love — or in choice of tattoo design. Evidence of the wide range of tattoo design choices was on ample display at the eighth annual Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo at the Blue Lake Casino's Sapphire Palace this past weekend, Feb. 2-5.

Some 30 booths filled with tattoo artists did a steady business with appointments and walk-ins. It appeared that there were more local artists than in past years, along with a some new faces, including Liz Venom from Australia.

The expo included live music, a mix of vendors and a variety of contests. Stevie Di'Luxe, of Eureka, was chosen as Miss Inked Hearts of 2017 on Friday evening. In other award news, Megan Franklin of Springfield, Missouri chose an image of Meeko, her miniature Australian cattle dog, to be added to her thigh by Liz Cook of Rebel Muse Tattoo in Dallas and it won Best of Show on Sunday.

Full disclosure: My daughter Hillary is a gifted tattoo artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. Attending the Inked Hearts Expo year after year and getting to know so many of the artists and repeat attendees has helped me better understand and appreciate her career choice. And no, I don't have any tattoos – my mom won't let me get one.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Splash and Dash

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 12:05 PM

Splashing across Little River toward the finish line. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Splashing across Little River toward the finish line.

Even at low tide, runners in the 52nd Trinidad to Clam Beach Run Honoring Ford Hess found crossing the Little River at Moonstone Beach a little more challenging in this non-drought year on Saturday, Jan. 28. The mild, sunny weather brought out a crowd to Clam Beach to watch the soaking-wet runners approach the finish line. The Marching Lumberjacks provided a little musical inspiration at the finish line before heading into the water themselves.

Runners participated in a newly added half marathon or 3-, 5 3/4- or 8 3/4 mile run/walks. The Trinidad to Clam Beach Run is sponsored by the Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce. Profits from the Run support the chamber's scholarship fund. Bundle up and view the slide show below for highlights.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Nice Sweater

Posted By and on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 11:02 AM

The crowd of racers putting the "sweat" in "sweater" during Sunday's Ugly Sweater Run. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • The crowd of racers putting the "sweat" in "sweater" during Sunday's Ugly Sweater Run.
Some things are so ugly they're cute. On Sunday, Dec. 4, nearly 300 people leaned into the ugly, donning bright, lumpy, spangly and snowman-festooned pullovers and cardigans for the Ugly Holiday Sweater Fun Run. Starting at the Arcata Plaza, the wild and wooly 1-mile or 5-kilometer race organized by Arcata Main Street benefitted Humboldt Educare. Photographer Mark Larson was right in the fraying fray, snagging shots of the knitted nuttiness. Behold its tacky majesty in his slideshow.



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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dreaming of a Brass Christmas

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Jude Carter, 6, of Eureka, played in his fourth TubaChristmas performance, along with his father and grandmother, in front of a crowd of 100 or more at the Gazebo in Old Town Eureka on Saturday, Dec. 3 - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Jude Carter, 6, of Eureka, played in his fourth TubaChristmas performance, along with his father and grandmother, in front of a crowd of 100 or more at the Gazebo in Old Town Eureka on Saturday, Dec. 3

For many, it's not officially Christmas in Humboldt County until you've attended one of the all-brass Tuba Christmas performances, which have been led locally by Fred Tempas since 1988. Santa also showed up for Saturday's 1 p.m. performance at the Gazebo in Old Town Eureka, along with board members of the Redwood Coast Music Festival, who unveiled this year’s poster. The local all-tuba performances are part of an international Tuba Christmas movement started in 1974.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Arcata Welcomes Santa

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Julian Gillespie meets the Man in Red. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Julian Gillespie meets the Man in Red.

Under clear skies, the Wonder and Light event on Friday, Dec. 2 attracted a crowd of adults and children to the Arcata Plaza with entertainment, social-awareness messages and a chance to decorate the Christmas tree and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Wrinkle in the Park

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 5:20 PM

The crew at work in Sequoia Park. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • The crew at work in Sequoia Park.

Past the convoy of trucks and catering tents, A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th, Queen Sugar) and her crew were set up in Sequoia Park running through an action scene today. People stopped to warm up by a glowing heater and chat quietly while the cameras and actors worked farther down the slope into the forest. "They're still running," one crewmember remarked.

The film, an adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic young adult sci-fi/fantasy novel (deep breaths, fellow nerds), boasts among its cast members Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kahling, Chris Pine and Zach Galifianakis. In the book, a trio of kids (Storm Reid, Levi Miller and Deric McCabe) zip around between worlds. You'll have to read up if you want to know where our county comes in.

Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commissioner Cassandra Hesseltine says the filming in our county, which also included Patrick's Point, is scheduled to wrap up tomorrow.

Nope, not a wedding. Craft services at the park. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Nope, not a wedding. Craft services at the park.

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