Friday, September 22, 2017

Flamingo Fandango! The Sequoia Park Zoo is turning 110!

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The Sequoia Park Zoo is turning 110! That's a bit long in the fang, we think, and certainly something to celebrate. Swing by the zoo on Sunday, Sept. 24 from noon to 6 p.m. for a free day of games, interactive exhibits, animal encounters, great food and loads of family fun at the Zoo's 110th Birthday Bash, sponsored by Shafer's Ace Hardware.

From 1907 to 2017, the zoo has been delighting families with its animal inhabitants and interactive educational displays all among the backdrop of its surrounding acres of redwood forest. It is the oldest zoo in California (beating the San Diego Zoo by seven years, thank you), and has come a long way from the barren, barred-cage exhibits of its first few decades. See the renovations and improvements while helping the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation celebrate a century and a decade. The birthday festivities include a dunk tank, beer and wine garden, hotdogs, kettle corn, zoo café treats, face painting for the kids, a Bake a Beast cake decorating contest (where the entries are eaten as part of the birthday celebration), Glam Your Flam flamingo decorating contest (with entries auctioned off to support the zoo) and a cakewalk where you could take home an animal-themed cake.

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Redwood Pride Parade and Festival

Posted on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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The revamped Redwood Pride Parade and Festival takes place Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Arcata Plaza (free). Meet at Creamery Building at 11:30 a.m. if you'd like to participate in the parade, and march down to the plaza for the festival, which starts at noon. There'll be speakers, performances, activities and more. Rainbow attire encouraged.

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Music Tonight: Friday, Sept. 22

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Holus Bolus plays Mad River Brewing Co. Friday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. (free) - COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS
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The Mad River Brewery welcomes back "one-man-psychedelic-acoustiloop" musician Holus Bolus tonight at 6 p.m. Think of him as a one-man band, playing a multitude of instruments and layering them one at a time through a looping machine. He may record the drums first and then a bass line and then some chords and then sing and solo over what has already been recorded. It's far easier than touring with a full band and cheaper too. It's also a bit more interesting to figure out. His music has rock grooves with some reggae and funk touches here and there. It's a free show, so welcome him back to Humboldt. High priests of high-altitude-mesa-peyote rock Opposum Sun Trail make an appearance at the Logger Bar in Blue Lake tonight. And, if the rumors are true, you won't have to worry about anybody trying to shut the party down à la Footloose. Joining the 'possum tonight are fellow locals and country rockers Mojave Green. The show starts around 9 p.m. and is free. At the same time, and just a few blocks away, you'll find some "beach/reggae" rock in the Wave Lounge in the Blue Lake Casino from Safety Orange. They'll be playing until about 1 a.m. and also for free. Top of the hill in McKinleyville, you'll be able to hear the Jim Lahman Band playing at Six Rivers Brewery at 9 p.m. as well and also for free.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Locally Grown Screening at the Minor Theatre

Posted on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM

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For as much as it's teased about being behind the times, Humboldt has led the charge in a few important revolutions and is embarking on another now: sustainable food production and building better communities. Join the filmmakers and producers behind the documentary Locally Grown: America's New Food Revolution for the Wine and Cheese Gala Opening, Film Screening and Dialogue on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Minor Theatre ($20 to benefit Locally Delicious, Inc.).

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Music Tonight: Thursday, Sept. 21

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Bluegrass returns to the menu at the Mad River Brewery Tap Room this evening around 6 p.m. courtesy of the Compost Mountain Boys. As usual, this is a free show, but that doesn't mean you can't throw a few shekels toward the band. The Old Steeple in Ferndale is starting off its season with a blues heavyweight. John Hammond is known for many things, one of them is being a seriously talented acoustic blues musician. A few other notables are his induction into the Blues Hall of Fame and the Grammy under his belt, but what's more impressive is the lineup he has played with over the years. Stop me if any of these names sounds familiar: Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, JJ Cale, Tom Waits, The Band, John Lee Hooker and Dr. John, among others. Quite a list, eh? You've got a chance to see him tonight when the show starts off around 7:30 p.m. and only $40 for this musical legend.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Back in a Flash

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 5:12 PM

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Well, look what's back again: the North Coast Journal Flash Fiction Contest. It's time to send your original 99-word story (or fewer, title not included) to our judges for a shot at getting your work in the paper or winning a prize.

Email as many entries as you like to fiction@northcoastjournal.com between now and 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 16. Include your name, address and phone number on your entry (contact info won’t be printed). Read last year's selection here to get your creative juices flowing. Come on, it's not a novel. It's only 99 words, just like this.

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Stand (up) and Deliver

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM

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Is it just us or are things a little funny around here? There's a whole lotta stand-up comedy in town these days, including three side-busting shows this week that should help you forget those upcoming midterms. If only for a little while.

On Friday, Sept. 22, at the newly renovated E & O Lanes in Glendale, catch the Kingpin Comedy series from 8:30 to 10:45 p.m. ($15, $12 advance). This month's headliner is Allison Mick up from Oakland, "drawing from her upbringing and personal experiences to address topics like race, gender and serial killers." She's joined by Kristee Ono, with locals Kim Hodges and James Stephen rounding out the show. There's a full bar there and the lanes are open before and after the show if you want to knock back a few pints or pins. And in Eureka on Friday, The Siren's Song Tavern's got The Peat Moss Variety Show from 8 p.m. to midnight ($7). It's a night of stand-up comedy, burlesque, live music and Illusions in a super cozy spot. Laugh with Savage Henry veterans Josh Barnes, Evan Vest, Trevor Lockwood and Jeff Ward, as well as funny ladies Melissa Gordon, Annaca Leafdahl and Megan D'Arcy. The burlesque talent features the full troupe from Rag Doll Revue and dancers from Va Va Voom Burlesque Vixens. Illusionist Marciano the Magnificent brings the magic.

And Thursday, Sept. 28, don't miss a special evening at the Minor Theatre with comedian Tom Rhodes starting at 8:30 p.m. with local support by James Stephen and Kim Hodges ($25). It's the first ever live stand-up comedy show in the renovated theater's space, and with full bar, tasty food and extra comfy seats and table service, we should see more of these events in the future.

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Fieldbrook Art & Wine Festival

Posted on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM

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The 20th annual Art & Wine Festival at the Fieldbrook Winery starts sipping Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. and goes to 4 p.m. (free entry). Enjoy wine tasting, raffles and homemade dessert along with fine art, clothing and jewelry vendors, a barbecue, beer and live music by the Spindrifters and Jon Lewis in a beautiful setting. All of this autumn loveliness benefits educational programs at Fieldbrook School.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Music Tonight: Tuesday, Sept. 19

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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More legends from the reggae world are in town this week. Black Uhuru returns to the North Coast and this time at Humboldt Brews. You'll want to grab a $25 ticket before they sell out. Local band Irie Rockers start out this 10 p.m. show.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Samba Sunday

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 3:11 PM

Samba da Alegria drew a crowd for the parade on the second day of the North Country Fair. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Samba da Alegria drew a crowd for the parade on the second day of the North Country Fair.

Sunny warm weather continued for another day for Sunday's 44th annual North Country Fair on the Arcata Plaza. A large crowd soaked up the sunshine and the high energy created by the Samba da Alegria dancers with their 31st annual Samba Parade.

Sunday's Fair featured another round of live music and dance performances. Attendees checked out the food, drink, clothing, arts and crafts, and tie-dyed clothing offered by over 200 vendors. See the slideshow below for highlights from the parade and more.


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