Sunday, November 19, 2017

Gathering Round

Posted By on Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 12:06 PM

Sage Andrew Romero, of Pine Valley performs the Hoop Dance. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • Sage Andrew Romero, of Pine Valley performs the Hoop Dance.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, The 36th annual Northwest Inter-Tribal Gathering & Elders Dinner, sponsored by the Northern California Indian Development Council, filled Redwood Acres Fairgrounds with tribal and non-tribal community members from all over the state.

Attendees perused vendor booths stocked with everything from jams to jewelry made by Native craftspeople, and sat rapt during displays of traditional dancing in elaborate regalia, including the perennial favorite Aztec Dancers.

Photographer Mark McKenna brought his camera and captured some of the community spirit and pageantry in the slideshow below.

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Music Tonight: Sunday, Nov. 19

Posted By on Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 4:00 AM

If the Dimond Saints' show last night didn't fill your low-gravity-bass dance desires, worry not: The Deep Groove Society has your back with its ongoing Sundaze residency at The Jam at 9:30 p.m. Five dollars will get you 20hz or lower subwoofer drops to make you shake and dance with loose subliminal passions not seen since the height of the European plague years and the St. Vitus Dance.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Music Tonight: Saturday, Nov. 18

Posted By on Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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  • Mr. Moonbeam

Mr. Moonbeam continues his ongoing one-man band whistle-stop tour of the twilit heavens of yesteryear when playing The Siren's Song tonight at 9 p.m. (price TBA). Expect mini-flute melodies, pitch-pipe cowboy vocals and well-plucked space oddities tuned to the vibe of Santo & Johnny's "Sleep Walk." The soundtrack-rock trio The Mojave Green brings its Old West panorama partitas to the party, too. Oakland EDM duo Dimond Saints parks its Sun and Moon tour at the Arcata Theater Lounge at 9 p.m. with the express desire to max out your low-end EQ tolerance and exalt your melodic highs enough to raise that old curved Art-Deco roof for good ($15). Dance, you mama jammas, dance!

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Mushroom Fair

Posted on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM

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Whoa, don't just eat stuff you found in the woods. Join the fungus curious at the Mushroom Fair on Sunday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds (free). You'll learn all you ever wanted to know about mushrooms and have your haul identified by an expert mycologist.

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D.U.F.F. Enough

Druid Underground Film Festival

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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Given how eye-poppingly weird our reality has become, it's hard to freak people out with a short film these days. Still, the good folks who've assembled the Druid Underground Film Festival are giving it a shot again with their 10th annual collection on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 and 10 p.m. at the Miniplex ($10). It's an evening of low-tech, high-risk, unconventional and subversive short films, and it's bound to get strange. Your ticket also gets you a raffle ticket, the prize for which hopefully won't be anything featured in the films.

So what kind of freaky cinema have the curators culled from a decade of underground art? The promo montage gave us a lot to think about: bug eating, rat cuddling, stilt walking, creepy dolls, a cartoon man pulling his face off, Satan hauling trash, a naked guy hopping over an open flame, rubber troll puppets and some disturbing stop motion. Of course, after checking my Twitter feed, it's starting to look like escapism. Go ahead, D.U.F.F., give 2017 a run for its money.

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Music Tonight: Friday, Nov. 17

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 4:00 AM

Teach Me Equals plays the Miniplex at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. - PHOTO BY GABRIEL HERNANDEZ, COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS
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  • Teach Me Equals plays the Miniplex at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17.

The Outer Space has a fun early Friday show for you at 7 p.m. with the heart-tugging rock chug of Philly's Radiator Hospital, local folk act Julio Perdido and the synth-pop sounds of Eureka City Councilmember and multitalented polymath Natalie Arroyo's act, Smilebright ($7).

Five years seems like a long time until you open your wallet and realize your driver's license is about to expire and, though you might be the same height (if you are under 60), you are probably not the same weight (if you are over 26). Five years exists in a quantum uncertainty of both long and short timeframes, and nothing could prove this more than the Kindred Spirits show at the Logger Bar, celebrating the five-year anniversary of that bar's majestic re-opening. How can something that has become a local institution carved in the granite (or burl) of Humboldt history have only opened its remodeled doors five years ago? Find out tonight at 9 p.m. (free).

At the Miniplex is a 9 p.m. psyche rock showdown with Arizona's The Myrrors shimmering their desert-style haze against the chaotic melodies of Olympia, Washington's poppy duo Teach Me Equals ($10, $8 advance). Local writer and wry canny wit Julia Long debuts her act Schizoid Bus Stop.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Creamery District Night Market

Posted on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM

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Revel in the early darkness at the Creamery District Night Market on Friday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. (free). The Creamery District's shops and studios will open their doors for a night of browsing, music from Bandamonium and the Sand Fleas, and Bollywood dance at Redwood Raks. Along with beer and wine, toddies and mulled cider will be available to take off the chill.

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Henderson Center Holiday Open House

Posted on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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Get in the spirit of the season at the annual Henderson Center Holiday Open House on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. (free). Enjoy photos with Santa, free trolley rides, Christmas carols and a visit with familiar faces from Beauty and the Beast and Narnia. And if it doesn't rain, it just might snow.

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Sticky Situation

Golden Tarp Awards and the Humboldt County Cup this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Humboldt's cannabis enthusiasts may find themselves torn this weekend, as a pair of events attempt to Bogart their attention.

Down in SoHum at the Mateel Community Center, the Golden Tarp Awards are going out to the cream of the light deprivation crop from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ($20). Speakers include Mowgli Holmes, whose work includes genetic mapping, Kevin Jodrey of Wonderland Nursery, former MMA fighter and cannabis advocate Pete Williams and Fiona Ma of the California State Board of Equalization. The whole event is live streaming, so smile for the cameras.

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  • Zepparella

Meanwhile, up in Eureka, the Humboldt County Cup also runs from 11 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds ($25, $20 students, seniors, veterans). There'll be bud-to-bud competition here, too, as well as a medical cannabis area, food, vendor booths, glass blowing and music by The Abyssinians, DJ RunDat, Zepparella, Reggae Angels and the No Good Redwood Ramblers.

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Music Tonight: Thursday, Nov. 16

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 4:00 AM

  • Compost Mountain Boys

I sometimes talk about my personal "three decade" bands, meaning bands I saw live as a surly teenager in the '90s, an unmoored and rudderless 20-something jellyfish in the '00s, and a sane and professional adult "hanging on in quiet desperation" in this decade. That list is fairly brief, with heavy metal luminaries like The Melvins and Neurosis looming large. Local bluegrass maestros and one-time farmers market champs the Compost Mountain Boys are on that list though, and for a good reason: I grew up here and they are bright, tight and fun. Plus, I worked with a few of them at Wildwood Music when I was in high school. They play at the Mad River Brewery Tasting Room at 6 p.m. for free.

The Van Duzer Theatre hosts Los Angeles' Chicano Batman and Houston's Kruangbin at 8 p.m., two excellent groups that do what I call a "filtered-filter" with their sound, meaning they take a type of popular music that has been absorbed and filtered by another culture and filter it again for modern ears ($25). Case in point: Chicano Batman has absorbed the sounds of Brazilian tropicalia rock bands like Os Mutantes, mixed it with the psychedelic soul output of R&B groups like the '70s iteration of The Temptations, and filtered it through a contemporary lens for modern audiences. Openers Khruangbin do the same thing with '60s Thai funk and Persian rock'n'roll. Good stuff.

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