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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
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • 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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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Photos from the Beaver Sisters

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 6:26 PM

The hard-drinking, fun-loving Beaver Sisters host their hot mess of a telethon. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • The hard-drinking, fun-loving Beaver Sisters host their hot mess of a telethon.

The Beaver sisters (played by local artists Sarah McKinney, Maggie Lally and Janessa Johnsrude) transformed Eureka’s Synapsis Nova on Friday into a setting for an angst-ridden fundraiser telethon with a major problem: No one calls in to donate money. The plot’s backstory for The Beaver Sisters Present: The Beaverettes is that the toxin-laden river is threatening to destroy their lodge unless they raise enough money to prevent it. See the slideshow below for the boozy highlights.

Due to the lack of callers throughout the telethon, Marge, Musty and Betty Beaver are frantic and at interpersonal odds with each other at times in coming up with individual fundraising ideas (allowing each of these talented performers a full range of funny moments). And a bonus throughout the comedy show: It turns out the Beaver sisters have fantastic singing voices.

The Beaver Sisters Present: The Beaverettes was created in residence at Dell'Arte International, where the artists are graduates in physical theater. The show next heads out a December tour to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Do not miss the next chance to catch them locally.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Photos from Northern Nights

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 7:03 PM

Worthy b2b Option4 perform at the main stage of Northern Nights Music Festival on Friday evening. - PHOTO BY ALEXANDER WOODARD
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  • Worthy b2b Option4 perform at the main stage of Northern Nights Music Festival on Friday evening.

With temps in the 90s and stage lights ablaze, the Northern Nights Music Festival was a hot ticket this past weekend. If you couldn't make it up to Cooks Valley Campground — or if you crashed out hard on the Grove Stage beds — here's Alexander Woodard's slideshow of some of the DJ and live band shows, dancing, river frolicking, trippy black-light art, outdoor yoga and impromptu didgeridoo you might have missed Friday and Saturday.


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Monday, July 16, 2018

A Folksy Affair (Slideshow)

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Joe King of Kingfoot was brought to his knees while watching bass player Kevin Johnson perform some acrobatics on his bass. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Joe King of Kingfoot was brought to his knees while watching bass player Kevin Johnson perform some acrobatics on his bass.
More than 200 performers participated during eight days of music in the 40th annual Humboldt Folklife Festival across a variety of venues. A week of live music ending in a barn dance on Friday was followed by an all-Saturday free festival in Blue Lake that featured live music on two stages and Folk School workshops, ranging from playing ukulele and other string instrument to singing harmony.

Check out the slideshow below for photographs from Wednesday and Saturday.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Photos from the Oyster Festivities

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 6:16 PM

McKinley's festival look. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • McKinley's festival look.

Thousands of attendees consumed tens of thousands of oysters at the 28th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival on Saturday. The traditional event featured the usual long lines at the favorite award-winning oyster vendors and added a number of new entertainment features, including the Mermaid Lounge and silent disco, to the usual line up of oyster calling, live music and art. Check out the slideshow below for highlights.


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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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