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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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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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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
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  • 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
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  • 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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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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Monday, August 12, 2019

Photos from the Lantern Floating Ceremony

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 6:24 PM

A large crowd attended the 37th annual Lantern Floating Ceremony at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday evening under clear skies. A gentle breeze helped push a few hundred lanterns that had been created earlier that morning on the Arcata Plaza out across Klopp Lake.
Messages of no-nukes, personal remembrances of loved ones, song lyrics, poetry and art work adorned the floating lanterns. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Messages of no-nukes, personal remembrances of loved ones, song lyrics, poetry and art work adorned the floating lanterns.

The original Japanese ceremony uses floating lanterns to honor the memory of departed loved ones and it has been adopted by present-day advocates to commemorate the World War II bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as to advocate for peace, nuclear disarmament and environmental sustainability. The local event was started 37 years ago by the City of Arcata's Nuclear Free Zone Committee. Arcata Mayor Brett Watson introduced the program and acknowledged local businesses who contributed supplies and time to help the Floating Lantern Ceremony Committee put on the event.

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Bubbling Over: Photos from the Fourth in Arcata

Posted By on Sat, Jul 6, 2019 at 5:50 PM

Violet Ray-Kaneko, supported by Brian Kaneko (left) carrying the supply bucket, became the Pied Piper of huge bubbles in the Bubble Promenade around the plaza. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Violet Ray-Kaneko, supported by Brian Kaneko (left) carrying the supply bucket, became the Pied Piper of huge bubbles in the Bubble Promenade around the plaza.

The only things exploding on the Arcata plaza for the 4th of July Jubilee were thousands of soap bubbles, as the Bubbles Promenade kicked off the event with a crowd of children and adults blowing bubbles. The soapy parade that also included a few rhutabaga Queens for Life and a mix of Kinetic Race vehicles, looped around the plaza a couple of times,followed a pause for the national anthem.

The family-friendly event then offered a long afternoon of live music, fun activities for the children, lunch options from food and drink vendors and an autograph session with Humboldt Crabs players. See the slideshow below for highlights of the bubbly festivities.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Photos of the Fairy Frolic

Posted By on Thu, Jul 4, 2019 at 3:15 PM

A slow shutter speed allowed the colorful costumes of the belly dancing group Ya Habibi in front the Enchantment Stage to blur in the photo. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • A slow shutter speed allowed the colorful costumes of the belly dancing group Ya Habibi in front the Enchantment Stage to blur in the photo.

It was another "Frolick of Fairies" at the magical second annual Fairy Festival on the Arcata Plaza on Saturday. The large turnout of mystical fairies and other life forms for the costume contests, live music, belly dancing, a parade with a dragon, and other activities probably exceeded even the most optimistic expectations of everyone except Shoshanna Rose. She helped organize the fundraiser event, along with help from the Bureau of Fantastical Spectacles, the city of Arcata and Arcata Main Street, as a benefit for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

Attendees at the long afternoon and evening of entertainment had their choice of food and drink vendors, as well as face painting, airbrush or henna tattoos, book sellers and various clothing and jewelry vendor tables. See the slideshow below for fae highlights.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

From the Mouths of Bands: Spin's Faith No More Flashback

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 4:18 PM

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Who's feeling nostalgic for '90s Humboldt County — you know, the way it used to be 30 years ago — and/or alt-rock/metal played by yell-y, long-haired dudes in high-tops who hail from said Eden? If that's you, please enjoy this throwback Spin interview with local boy Mike Patton of Faith No More from 1990, re-upped by the magazine in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band's album The Real Thing. It's worth it just for the hyperbolic descriptions of his hometown back in the day.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Photos from Dell'Arte's Tim Gray Tribute

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 1:02 PM

Emilia Sumelius (left), Sayda Trujillo and Laura Muñoz ended "Loser" from La Bottega da Caffe (2001), with lyrics about how losing a man could make one feel better. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Emilia Sumelius (left), Sayda Trujillo and Laura Muñoz ended "Loser" from La Bottega da Caffe (2001), with lyrics about how losing a man could make one feel better.

“Turning Gray Skies Blue: The Music of Timmy Gray” is a moving tribute to the talented man who composed music and wrote lyrics for 20-plus years of Dell’Arte Company performances in Blue Lake and around the world. See the slideshow below for highlights of the rehearsal and performance.

The cast of 12 past and current Dell’Arte performers was directed by Michael Fields and supported by outstanding music by The Band (Marla Joy, Mike LaBolle, Jeff Kelley and Tim Randles). The show takes the audience through 16 songs chosen by Fields and Gray over cigars and strong drink.

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