Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Hops on Hiatus

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Sorry, Hops in Humboldt fans. This year you’ll have to sip your suds while you SIP. In a press release sent out Sunday, Hops organizers announced that the 2020 event will not be happening this year.

“As much as the Hops in Humboldt committee would like to continue on our yearly tradition, we have come to the determination that Hops 2020 will be canceled,” the release states.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

KMUD Accepting Submissions for Virtual Talent Show

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 10:20 AM

DJ Lisa Luv of KMUD Redwood Community Radio. - PHOTO BY ERICA BOTKIN
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  • DJ Lisa Luv of KMUD Redwood Community Radio.
KMUD Redwood Community Radio is now accepting submissions for its first ever Virtual Talent Show.

Children and adults who reside in Humboldt, Trinity, Del Norte and Mendocino counties who want to share their talent (and perhaps win a prize) are encouraged to enter. Submissions will be accepted between July 20 and Aug. 2.

KMUD will post the Virtual Talent Show for viewing and voting on Aug. 10. Go to www.kmud.org, KMUD’s Instagram @kmudradio, KMUD’s Twitter @kmud or KMUD’s Facebook page to enter.

For more information, email kmudkeenav@gmail.com.
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Friday, July 10, 2020

Mill Creek Theater Closes, Arcata Theater Lounge Opens

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2020 at 9:24 AM

Last week, in accordance with county reopening steps, Coming Attractions Theaters announced it was opening its doors at its Broadway and Mill Creek locations, while Arcata Theater Lounge's website declared it would remain closed. A week later, Mill Creek has shuttered and the ATL is showing vintage sci-fi and animated features.

According to James Sandberg of Coming Attractions, the Mill Creek theater will not be showing films due to low attendance. Its opening over July 4 weekend simply didn't draw enough of an audience for, among other options, Bloodshot, The Hunt and Goonies.
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Despite a confusing notice on the website that's since been updated, the Arcata Theatre Lounge had reopened for movie nights that first weekend. Co-owner Joe Ostini says he and partner Timmothy Overturf could have started serving food and drink when restaurants reopened, but decided, "It wasn't monetarily smart to reopen at the beginning because of everything we needed to have done." Instead, they waited until movie theaters were approved to open and opened their doors to an audience of around 40 for a sci-fi night on July 1.

The ATL website lists safety measures, including masking, temperature checks, limited and assigned seating for a maximum of 100 people. It also states the theater has the right to refuse anyone not following the rules. Ostini says so far that hasn't been necessary. 
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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Sequoia Park Zoo Reopens with Online Reservations

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 7:06 PM

The red pandas will not be the only ones in masks at the Sequoia Park Zoo starting July 7. Visitors will need to make reservations online, which is meant to limit crowds, and wear masks on the premises. (Do not make a fuss over this — even the howler monkeys find it overdramatic.) One-way paths will be marked and guests are asked to observe 6-foot social distance from other households. Just like Super Salmon is doing.

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Read the full press release below.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Eureka's Clarke Historical Museum to Reopen July 8

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 2:20 PM

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Humboldt County's distinguished history will be back on display at the Clarke Museum starting July 8. Tucked into the Bank of Eureka within the city's Old Town, the museum features exhibits on Native American art ans cultures, the Gold Rush and the county's lumber, agricultural and fishing industries.

The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, with a few procedural changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Masks must be worn by visitors and staff while inside the museum. Visitors must stay on a marked route and at least 6 feet away from others who are not part of their group. "High traffic" surfaces will be cleaned regularly and hand sanitizer will be ubiquitous.
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Morris Graves Museum of Art to Reopen July 22

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 12:30 PM

"At this extraordinary moment in time, we believe that the need for art has never been greater," a press release from Humboldt Arts Council, owner and operator of the Morris Graves Museum of Art, states. "We believe in its ability to lift people up, and to give them hope, comfort and strength."

The Morris Graves Museum of Art. - PHOTO BY TERRENCE MCNALLY
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  • The Morris Graves Museum of Art.
In that spirit, the art museum will reopen to the public on July 22.

According to the release, precautions have been taken "to create a clean, comfortable and enjoyable visit," including hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the museum and a rigorous cleaning schedule. Both staff and visitors are required to wear face masks while inside the art museum.

For more information and a schedule of exhibitions, see the press releases below:

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Humboldt Geographic Facebook Group Offers Risk-Free Adventures, Beauty

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 11:12 AM


Aspiring photographers, outdoor enthusiasts and science nerds: Please allow us to introduce Humboldt Geographic. No, not the new HSU geography department magazine. This Humboldt Geographic is a new-ish Facebook group where you can post your jaw-dropping photos and videos, learn interesting things about the county’s geography, connect with people who have similar interests and get ideas for outdoor adventures that are unlikely to result in a COVID-19 infection.

Steelhead fry in the Eel River. - ROWDY KELLEY/HUMBOLDT GEOGRAPHIC
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  • Steelhead fry in the Eel River.


Group founder Rowdy Kelley is based in Fortuna but frequently ventures out and about, scouting locations for Humboldt-based feature films, IMAX movies, music videos, promo videos and commercials. He’s worked on the sets of more than a dozen films, including Woodshock, The Majestic and A Wrinkle in Time, along with six TV and movie projects involving Bigfoot. He mostly serves as a location manager but occasionally he’s taken on roles as an actor and even a stuntman.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Dell’Arte to Operate at Reduced Capacity Over the Summer

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 4:04 PM

Dell’Arte International announced Wednesday that due to the impact of COVID-19 and the cancelations of the school's Mad River Festival, Summer Intensive and other events, it will be operating at a reduced capacity over the summer in an effort to remain financially viable.

In a press release from the school, Managing Director Alyssa Hughlett says, “We hope that by dimming our lights these next few months we’ll be in a stronger position to welcome our students and community back to our studios, stages and all the spaces that have come to signify Dell’Arte.” The release states the school is not ceasing operations entirely and will be offering summer workshops over digital platforms.
Performers at the Turning Gray Skies Blue show last June. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Performers at the Turning Gray Skies Blue show last June.


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Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Mateel Presents Summer Arts Video Tribute on YouTube

Posted By on Sun, Jun 7, 2020 at 5:09 PM

Missing the Summer Arts and Music Festival this year? You're not alone. The beloved two-day event, typically presented the first weekend in June for the last 44 years, was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for June 6 and 7, 2020, the event sees the Benbow State Recreation Area moving and grooving with throngs of art and music lovers and ushers in summer in the redwoods. It is a Southern Humboldt institution and one of the largest fundraisers for the Mateel Community Center with big musical acts, dozens of food, art and craft vendors, dance performances, health and wellness areas, kids' activities and more. Its cancellation is a big loss for the center and the community.

Even though this year's event has been cancelled, the Mateel Community Center has made it so SAMF revelers can reminisce about the good times and hopefully still get their fix. The Mateel is presenting a video tribute of Summer Arts and Music Festivals from years past on its YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/mateelcc or at mateel.org.  The tribute includes over two dozen artists including The Real Sarahs, Durand Jones & the Indications, Garbervillle Town Band, Jah9, Delhi 2 Dublin, Lost Coast Marimbas, Afrolicious, Candelaria, John Popper & Object Heavy, Carolyn Wonderland, Brothers Comatose, Motherlode featuring Fred Wesley and Nakho & Medicine for the People.


In a press release about the tribute, Mateel Community Center Board of Directors and staff had this message: "We look forward to the time when we can celebrate together again and hug and love one another. If you’re not already a member please support us and become one, or if you would like to give a donation, we would be very honored to receive it, please visit our website at mateel.org. ... The Mateel will be open as soon as we can. Enjoy, be happy, be well, be love
and be the change we wish to see in the world."
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Friday, June 5, 2020

The Logger Bar is Up for Sale

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2020 at 11:53 AM

More bad news, folks: Blue Lake’s Logger Bar is up for sale.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Pacific Partners owner/broker Scott Pesch confirmed that the bar’s owner Kate Martin is selling the 1899 historic watering hole at 510 Railroad Ave., though he wasn’t happy to deliver the news.

“When I was putting the signs up, I just felt, I dunno,” Pesch trailed off. “I went to Logger Bar a couple times, it’s just a great old place. A lot of history.” 

The historic Logger Bar with "for sale" signs. - ASHLEY HARRELL
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  • The historic Logger Bar with "for sale" signs.

In its earliest incarnation, the Logger was a smoky haunt for locals working in the timber industry and it accumulated an impressive collection of logging memorabilia, including old photographs, saws, hardhats and other gear donated by patrons over the decades.

When Martin purchased the bar in 2012, she kept all that. And with the help of some 100 volunteers, Martin fixed up just about everything else, cleaning, painting, refurbishing and utterly transforming the former dive into a bright, welcoming community tavern.

“It was the kind of place where you always felt comfortable and ran into a friend,” said local farmer Dave Feral, who liked to stop by and check out the live music or play pool. “My fingers are crossed the next owner puts as much heart and soul into it as she did.”

Though the bar is now shuttered due to the pandemic, Martin plans to file an application with the county to reopen when that becomes possible, according to Pesch (the broker).

In the meantime, if anybody has $250,000 handy, that’ll buy you the Logger’s name, liquor license, fixtures, equipment and goodwill.

Martin declined to comment for this story, but Pesch did offer these words about the decision to sell: "Kate's wanting to sell it and kind of move on with herself, her next chapter in her life."

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