Friday, September 13, 2019

The Real Thing: Poets in Orleans (Video)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 6:59 PM

As we listened to the three poets spin their webs last weekend in Orleans, it was easy to fall into a trance. I glanced around at the 50 people who filled the room at the Mid Klamath Watershed Council, arranged in its community events incarnation. The poets had all of us hypnotized.

The three of them — Jerry Martien from Lost River, Shaunna McCovey from downriver along the Klamath and Brian Tripp from Orleans — were all veterans at the craft of spellbind.
Poet Jerry Martien reads. - PHOTO BY ZACH LATHOURIS
  • Photo by Zach Lathouris
  • Poet Jerry Martien reads.
Some part of me strayed back to the teachers who tried to teach us poetry when I was in high school. This was a long time ago, before the invention of computers, even before the advent of ballpoint pens. Those classes made poetry, even the good stuff, hard to swallow.


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Monday, August 26, 2019

Photos from Ladies Hat Day at the Races

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 5:26 PM

A large crowd of fans of horse-racing and ladies in hats showed up for Saturday's free admission to the eighth annual Ladies Hat Day at the Races at the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale.
Laura Ayllon, of Loleta, put her sun hat to good use on the sunny afternoon. She placed second in the Most Glamorous category. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Laura Ayllon, of Loleta, put her sun hat to good use on the sunny afternoon. She placed second in the Most Glamorous category.
The hat wearers moved onto the racetrack for the Parade of Hats competition in "Hatagories" that included Most Glamorous, Best Racing Theme, Funniest or Most Outrageous, Most Original, Youth and Best Couple or Group. Generous prizes were offered after the sixth race for the Grand Prize winner, the Runner-Up winner and the best hats in the four categories. See the slideshow below for shots of the top toppers.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Eureka's Poet Laureate David Holper

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 4:26 PM

Congratulations, Eureka, you have your first poet laureate. David Holper, a 61-year-old professor of English at College of the Redwoods and brave judge of the NCJ annual Flash Fiction Contest, got word of his selection this week and a press release from the city is expected soon. Holper is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's MFA English program and his second book of poems The Bridge (available in local bookstores) was published this year. You may have seen a poem or two of his in the Journal (catch up here, here and here for starters).

David Holper - SUBMITTED
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  • David Holper

The position, created this spring, is the brainchild of  Eureka City Councilmember Leslie Castellano and Kristi Patterson of Trajectory, an Ink People project. Castellano felt a poet laureate would be "a strong component of what Eureka is trying to do in terms of arts and culture." The pair brought a proposal before the Eureka Arts and Culture Commission for approval and to hammer out the program.

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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 19, 2019

Photos from the 57th Klamath Salmon Festival

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 4:35 PM

Given the last few years of wildfire smoke-filled skies, it was a relief for a large crowd of attendees to only smell smoke from the traditional salmon fire pit at the 57th annual Klamath Salmon Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17. This year's theme was "Skue’n ‘Owook, Can’t Wait for Tomorrow," which linked Yurok Tribe plans for the removal of the Klamath River dams and the reintroduction of the California condor in Northwestern California. (See the slideshow below for highlights of the event.)
The traditional fire pit featured salmon steaks skewered on redwood sticks for the festival lunch menu. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The traditional fire pit featured salmon steaks skewered on redwood sticks for the festival lunch menu.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Piping Up: Photos from the Highland Games

Posted By on Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 11:33 AM

Blue Lake's Perigot Park was awash in tartan and the music of bagpipes on Sunday during the Highland Games. Competitors brought the hammer down — or rather up — throwing 12-pound hammers and cabers (basically logs, folks) for distance. Attendees got down to Celtic rock from Tempest and got sentimental to pipes and drums from the Humboldt Highlanders Pipe Band and the Jefferson Pipe Band.

Andrew Endsley enjoys some haggis at the Highland Games on Sunday. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Andrew Endsley enjoys some haggis at the Highland Games on Sunday.
A good time was had by all at the annual celebration of Scottish culture, as evident in the slideshow below by photographer Mark McKenna. And no surprise, the haggis sold out.
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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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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Big Pictures: Photos from the Eureka Street Art Festival

Posted By on Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 5:48 PM

Don't forget to look up while you're roaming the streets of Old Town this week. The Eureka Street Art Festival is in full swing, with artists working at lofty heights on their large-to-massive outdoor images. Some 20 artists, 11 of them county locals and another 9 from around the world, are working on some 19 murals around town, as well as the installation of six sculptures.
 
Artist Nick Sweetman makes the climb up his scaffold. - PHOTO BY ZACH LATHOURIS
  • Photo by Zach Lathouris
  • Artist Nick Sweetman makes the climb up his scaffold.

There are tours and events throughout the week, and a cityscape that's gradually getting more colorful every day. Take a tour, take a stroll and take in some art. As a preview, enjoy Zach Lathouris' shots of some of the works in progress below.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Hot Wheels: Photos from Fortuna's AutoXpo

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 6:58 PM

A sweet classic ride rolls down Fortuna's Main Street on Saturday, July 27. - PHOTO BY ZACH LATHOURIS
  • Photo by Zach Lathouris
  • A sweet classic ride rolls down Fortuna's Main Street on Saturday, July 27.
Vintage gear heads descended once again on the Friendly City this past weekend for the annual AutoXpo. The chrome gleamed, the engines roared and a parade of classic beauties cruised down the main drag to give everyone lined up on the sidewalks an eyeful. The Journal's Zach Lathouris was there shooting the highlights as the fishtails and muscle cars rolled past. See the slideshow below for highlights.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Wookiee Here

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 4:33 PM

STAR WARS
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Magic Mirror, on the wall, what’s the best Star Wars of all? Answer: Episode IV or V. (That’s Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back to us first-run ticket holders) That’s it. The only two contenders in this debate. Sabers down. Discuss amongst yourselves. And if you need a refresher, both sequel-spawning space fantasies are playing this weekend at the Eureka Theater. So, slip into your hooded Jedi-robe, clear your throat (or don’t) for your best Wookiee howl and get ready to mouth trumpet John Williams’ iconic score along with the rest of the crowd during the opening crawl.

“The film that started it all in a galaxy far, far away.” Follow the Force to Fourth Friday Flix: Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope screening Friday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Eureka Theater ($8). The good folks at the theater tell us the Cantina will be open at 6:30 p.m. for galactic cocktails. And, I wasn’t kidding about that Jedi-robe, cosplayers and costumes welcome.

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