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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
  • Photo by Alexander Woodard
  • 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
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • 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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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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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

All Guts and Glory: An Interview with Sylvestris Quartet

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Sylvestris Quartet will play their program “Metamorphosis” on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westhaven Center for the Arts. - COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS
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  • Sylvestris Quartet will play their program “Metamorphosis” on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westhaven Center for the Arts.

The Sylvestris Quartet are an all gut-string Bay Area group whose repertoire spans from the Baroque era to the 20th century. I interviewed violinist Anna Washburn and violist Aaron Westman via email to discuss their upcoming performance in Westhaven and what eschewing modern strings can entail for modern players.


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Friday, March 16, 2018

Sorry Fans! No David Lindley This Weekend!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 4:12 PM

If this week's Setlist got you stoked about upcoming super-strummer David Lindley being in town, we are sorry. Humboldt State University's Center Arts informs us the singer will not be performing this Saturday due to medical problems. Here's the number to call if you need a ticket refund: 826-3928. And here's a video of Lindley performing a tribute to Linda Ronstadt to tide you over.

  
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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
  • Photo by Sam Armanino
  • 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
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • 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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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Eureka, Paris, Eureka: An Interview with Flautist Paula Thomas

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 11:38 AM

Paula Thomas - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • Paula Thomas

Eureka native Paula Thomas is based out of Paris but in any given year, the flautist can be found all over Europe performing music from the classical, baroque and contemporary musical repertoire. She is in town for two performances with the Eureka Symphony at 8 p.m. on March 2 and 3 at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts. I recently sat down with her for a coffee and a brief interview in her hometown.

NCJ: You’re a native Eurekan

Paula Thomas: I am. Born and raised in Eureka.

NCJ: Eureka High Alumnus?

Paula Thomas: Eureka High Alumnus. I moved to France in 1991 right after I graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

NCJ: Did you have a position lined up when you moved there?

Paula Thomas: No I didn’t actually. I just went there thinking that because it’s the center of the flute world, or was, mostly at that time; things have sort of changed. I went there to study, sort of like a master’s degree. And then I enrolled in some conservatories and we have a prize system there, it’s called first prize, second prize and so on and I had a first prize in flute and in chamber music.

NCJ: Where are you working now?

Paula Thomas: I am freelance so I’ve done a lot of orchestral playing and now I’m doing a lot of chamber music playing. I play with a lot of different groups: I have a flute and organ duo, I play with flute and harp, I play with flute, piano and voice.

NCJ: How often do you come back to Eureka?

Paula Thomas: Not very often. The last time I was here was in 2014 and the last time before that was like five years. It’s far away.

NCJ: What brought you out here this time? You’re working with the Eureka Symphony?

Paula Thomas: That’s the only reason why I came out.

NCJ: And what will you be performing? Did you and Carol (Jacobson, Music Director and conductor of the Eureka Symphony) pick out the pieces together? Was it something you had in mind?

Paula Thomas: I proposed it. I’m performing a flute concerto by Franz Benda, a Prussian-Czech composer. The piece is from the end of the baroque, early classical period. His dates are 1709-1786. He was a court musician for Frederick the Great, he was a violinist. It’s the Flute Concerto in E-minor.

NCJ: Have you worked with Carol before?

Paula Thomas: Yes … what happened was we saw each other a couple times and hit it off and, not last summer but the summer before, I was going to give a recital a few hours out of Paris and I needed a cello and she had told me that if I ever needed a cello to call her, and so I did and she came out and we gave two flute and cello concerts in a really beautiful 12th century hall. We did pieces by Haydn, by Bach, by Graham Lynch — he’s a contemporary British composer. Living composer. A tango piece for flute and cello by him. Really cool.

NCJ: How do find Eureka now that you are back?

Paula Thomas: You know, it still really touches my heart, I am really proud to be from here. Yesterday we were at a restaurant and we were looking out at the bay and the sun going down, and the sky reminded me of my childhood. There’s a specific feeling to that which I enjoy hooking up with again.

NCJ: Do you consider France your home now?

Paula Thomas: Yeah. You know that happens when you live somewhere that long. It was right after undergrad — I just went there and never came back so it’s been a while.
But, you know, I am French now. I am a French citizen — I consider myself a French person now.

NCJ: Any last thoughts you want to share with the people of Humboldt?

Paula Thomas:
I just want everyone to have a really good time at the concert, enjoying this piece which is not played in America. It’s a really beautiful piece. Very light and very musical.






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