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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Cue Blues: Redwood Coast Music Festival is Canceled

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 7:38 PM

With Humboldt County and the rest of the state of California under a shelter-in-place order, the board of the Redwood Coast Music Festival has announced that the 30th annual multi-day, multi-stage event that takes over Eureka every May is canceled.

Ticket holders can get refunds by emailing accounting@redwoodjazz.org but the board, which has already scheduled next year's event for May 6 through 9, is encouraging them to hang onto their passes for 2021. In a press release, the RCMF board says it's hopeful it will be able to bring back the dozen local acts and 40 touring acts already booked. "It’s going to be extra difficult for them, so while we may be upset about this inconvenience, we’re working to bring as many back in 2021 as possible." (Read the full press release at the bottom.)

Until next year, put on some swing to view Mark Larson's slideshow of last year's festivities and daydream of simpler times.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Tip the Band at Bandcamp and Do Some Virtual Busking

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 6:05 PM

Humboldt music fans can still support some of the local bands and musicians they love, even as the bars and venues that host them stand closed. Take for example the grinding sounds of Ultramafic, local talent our Setlist columnist Collin Yeo once referred to as "space-bong lords." You can find a slice of the band's oeuvre on Bandcamp here, which is today forgoing its usual share of the revenue to help out musicians who've lost gigs and tours under COVID-19 lockdown.
Ultramafic's downloadable 2015 Demo album. - BANDCAMP
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  • Ultramafic's downloadable 2015 Demo album.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Culture Cancel: COVID-19 Nixes Local Events

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 5:42 PM

The old theater adage is that the show must go on. But this time it may have to go on a bit later. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and California Department of Public Health recommendations on social distancing to slow and reduce the spread of the virus, events are canceling left and right.
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North Coast Repertory Theatre has postponed this weekend's Hamlet opening along with the rest of its season and Redwood Curtain Theatre has canceled the final three shows of Bloomsday Thursday through Saturday. The Eureka Theater, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Humboldt State University Center Activities, Humboldt Brews and Arts! Arcata have all canceled events through the end of March.

The Journal will be updating its online event calendar as information comes in. If you're an event organizer, email calendar@northcoastjournal.com to let us know about any changes in plans.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Photos: Mister Cister Wins the Mr. Humboldt Crown

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 4:21 PM

On Saturday, Feb. 29, after a grueling rounds of Q&A, swimsuit, talent and formal wear competition, hosts Johanna Nagan and Andrew Goff crowned a new Mr. Humboldt: Mister Cister. The blue-wigged champion's costume game was strong, with an inflatable Squidward headpiece for the beach, a sparkly white evening gown and a series of layered outfit reveals in the talent portion. See the slideshow below for Mark McKenna's highlights of a night of chainsaws, tattooed lap dances, belly dancing and speedos, all under a near-constant hail of flying undergarments.
It's ... almost safe for work?
Newly crowned Mr. Humboldt winner Mister Cister holds the Big Wood award aloft. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • Newly crowned Mr. Humboldt winner Mister Cister holds the Big Wood award aloft.
Ultimately, it was the bearded drag queen's singing and dancing performance of "Sweet Transvestite" with an LED whip and rainbow feather boa that brought the house down and won wild scores from the judges (43 out of 10 from Mr. Humboldt 2019). Accepting the crown, Mister Cister encouraged the audience to follow their dreams: "Fuck it. Just go out and do whatever you want to do."

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Looks in the Lobby: Photos from Oscar Night in Eureka

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 4:49 PM

How did you do on your Oscar pool? At the Eureka Theater and Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission's red carpet night, smart predictions (and luck with the raffle) won folks chocolate Oscars. But the real competition was in the lobby, where volunteers served drinks, Michael Dayvid served tunes and attendees served looks. 
Jessica King, Carly Robbins and Klark Swan dressed for an action movie we would absolutely watch. - PHOTO BY ZACH LATHOURIS
  • Photo by Zach Lathouris
  • Jessica King, Carly Robbins and Klark Swan dressed for an action movie we would absolutely watch.
NCJ photographer Zach Lathouris caught some of their shine in the slideshow below. Gawk along with us at the evening's fashion moments.

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Swing Time Travel: Photos and Video from the Taiko Swingposium

Posted By on Sun, Feb 9, 2020 at 11:41 AM

Last weekend, the San Jose Taiko Swingposium Immersive Theater Experience's On the Road show transformed the Bayside Community Hall into a World War II-era dance hall in a Japanese-American incarceration camp. While under armed guard and having lost their homes, possessions and rights as Americans, those in the camps played music and held dances like these within their barbed-wire confines to maintain a sense of hope and community.
Members of San Jose Taiko brought ensemble Japanese drumming to the music/dance/immersive theater/living history event. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Members of San Jose Taiko brought ensemble Japanese drumming to the music/dance/immersive theater/living history event.

The "immersive" part of the show? Audience members and performers mingled and danced throughout the evening within a living-history portrayal of a teenage love story in the camp retold by actors playing prisoners.  Music for the three sold-out weekend performances was provided by the taiko drummers and the Humboldt State University Jazz Orchestra. See the slideshow and video below for highlights of the event.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.: Photos

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 6:14 PM

A large crowd of all ages gathered in the Adorni Center for a "Celebration of Service in our Community" at the Eureka NAACP's Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event was co-sponsored by the City of Eureka.
Dejanai Dunn, a soloist from the Healing and Compassion Spiritual Singers and Black Empowerment Dance Troupe. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Dejanai Dunn, a soloist from the Healing and Compassion Spiritual Singers and Black Empowerment Dance Troupe.
Sharrone Blanck and Lorna Bryant emceed the event, with Paula Jones, Tina Okoye and Donna Landry leading off the music. Long-time local NAACP members Leslie Price, John Lee Lyons and Donna McQueen were honored with special presentations. See the slideshow below for highlights of the event.

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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
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  • 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
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  • 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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