Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Kinetic Grand Championship Goes the Social Distance

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 4:21 PM

Hang your heads, for the Kinetic Grand Championship Race as we know it will not take place this year with an Arcata Plaza kickoff and all its attending fanfare. Instead, as Queen Professor President Kati Texas stated in a press release, a three-day Kinetic Sculpture in Place event will take place online, with teams completing challenges on video with their human-powered art mobiles from May 23-25.
"Artists, engineers, athletes, and Glory hogs of all ages will compete in the traditional categories of Art, Speed, Engineering, and Pageantry plus some online exclusive awards just for this year (we all hope.)," the release reads. Whether shelter-in-place orders would mean teams would have to be restricted to household members is yet to be seen. The Memorial Day weekend will also include a Kinetic Kids Challenge, a Remote-abaga Ball Live and viewing documentary and other footage from the Kinetic Museum Eureka. Enjoy Mark McKenna's slideshow of kinetic madness from last year and let it buoy you like a giant floating dragon/horse/crab thing full of exhausted, sunburned people pedaling and paddling as fast as they can.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Cue Blues: Redwood Coast Music Festival is Canceled

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 7:38 PM

With Humboldt County and the rest of the state of California under a shelter-in-place order, the board of the Redwood Coast Music Festival has announced that the 30th annual multi-day, multi-stage event that takes over Eureka every May is canceled.

Ticket holders can get refunds by emailing accounting@redwoodjazz.org but the board, which has already scheduled next year's event for May 6 through 9, is encouraging them to hang onto their passes for 2021. In a press release, the RCMF board says it's hopeful it will be able to bring back the dozen local acts and 40 touring acts already booked. "It’s going to be extra difficult for them, so while we may be upset about this inconvenience, we’re working to bring as many back in 2021 as possible." (Read the full press release at the bottom.)

Until next year, put on some swing to view Mark Larson's slideshow of last year's festivities and daydream of simpler times.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Tip the Band at Bandcamp and Do Some Virtual Busking

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 6:05 PM

Humboldt music fans can still support some of the local bands and musicians they love, even as the bars and venues that host them stand closed. Take for example the grinding sounds of Ultramafic, local talent our Setlist columnist Collin Yeo once referred to as "space-bong lords." You can find a slice of the band's oeuvre on Bandcamp here, which is today forgoing its usual share of the revenue to help out musicians who've lost gigs and tours under COVID-19 lockdown.
Ultramafic's downloadable 2015 Demo album. - BANDCAMP
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  • Ultramafic's downloadable 2015 Demo album.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Culture Cancel: COVID-19 Nixes Local Events

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 5:42 PM

The old theater adage is that the show must go on. But this time it may have to go on a bit later. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and California Department of Public Health recommendations on social distancing to slow and reduce the spread of the virus, events are canceling left and right.
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North Coast Repertory Theatre has postponed this weekend's Hamlet opening along with the rest of its season and Redwood Curtain Theatre has canceled the final three shows of Bloomsday Thursday through Saturday. The Eureka Theater, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Humboldt State University Center Activities, Humboldt Brews and Arts! Arcata have all canceled events through the end of March.

The Journal will be updating its online event calendar as information comes in. If you're an event organizer, email calendar@northcoastjournal.com to let us know about any changes in plans.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Photos: Mister Cister Wins the Mr. Humboldt Crown

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 4:21 PM

On Saturday, Feb. 29, after a grueling rounds of Q&A, swimsuit, talent and formal wear competition, hosts Johanna Nagan and Andrew Goff crowned a new Mr. Humboldt: Mister Cister. The blue-wigged champion's costume game was strong, with an inflatable Squidward headpiece for the beach, a sparkly white evening gown and a series of layered outfit reveals in the talent portion. See the slideshow below for Mark McKenna's highlights of a night of chainsaws, tattooed lap dances, belly dancing and speedos, all under a near-constant hail of flying undergarments.
It's ... almost safe for work?
Newly crowned Mr. Humboldt winner Mister Cister holds the Big Wood award aloft. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • Newly crowned Mr. Humboldt winner Mister Cister holds the Big Wood award aloft.
Ultimately, it was the bearded drag queen's singing and dancing performance of "Sweet Transvestite" with an LED whip and rainbow feather boa that brought the house down and won wild scores from the judges (43 out of 10 from Mr. Humboldt 2019). Accepting the crown, Mister Cister encouraged the audience to follow their dreams: "Fuck it. Just go out and do whatever you want to do."

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Looks in the Lobby: Photos from Oscar Night in Eureka

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 4:49 PM

How did you do on your Oscar pool? At the Eureka Theater and Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission's red carpet night, smart predictions (and luck with the raffle) won folks chocolate Oscars. But the real competition was in the lobby, where volunteers served drinks, Michael Dayvid served tunes and attendees served looks. 
Jessica King, Carly Robbins and Klark Swan dressed for an action movie we would absolutely watch. - PHOTO BY ZACH LATHOURIS
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  • Jessica King, Carly Robbins and Klark Swan dressed for an action movie we would absolutely watch.
NCJ photographer Zach Lathouris caught some of their shine in the slideshow below. Gawk along with us at the evening's fashion moments.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Skin Deep: Photos from Inked Hearts

Posted By on Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 4:45 PM

The 11th annual Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo wrapped up four days of tattooing last Thursday-Sunday in the Sapphire Palace and Kinetik Lounge at Blue Lake Casino and Hotel. Organizers Ted and Amy Marks, owners of the local Nor Cal Tattoo shop, brought in more than 30 local and visiting artists for on-the-spot "ink" opportunities for tattoo lovers. See the slideshow below for highlights.
Los Angeles-area tattoo artist Isela Vasquez wrapped up a black and gray portrait for "Slowpoke," another tattoo artist from Southern California. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Los Angeles-area tattoo artist Isela Vasquez wrapped up a black and gray portrait for "Slowpoke," another tattoo artist from Southern California.
Attendees found more than just tattooing and the usual vendors at this very social event, with Friday's King and Queen of Hearts Beauty contest, Saturday's sushi-eating contest and Sunday's Little Paws Pageant, as well as late evening live music performances next door. Tattoo contests for a mix of tattoo styles and Best of Day were also held Friday through Sunday.

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Swing Time Travel: Photos and Video from the Taiko Swingposium

Posted By on Sun, Feb 9, 2020 at 11:41 AM

Last weekend, the San Jose Taiko Swingposium Immersive Theater Experience's On the Road show transformed the Bayside Community Hall into a World War II-era dance hall in a Japanese-American incarceration camp. While under armed guard and having lost their homes, possessions and rights as Americans, those in the camps played music and held dances like these within their barbed-wire confines to maintain a sense of hope and community.
Members of San Jose Taiko brought ensemble Japanese drumming to the music/dance/immersive theater/living history event. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Members of San Jose Taiko brought ensemble Japanese drumming to the music/dance/immersive theater/living history event.

The "immersive" part of the show? Audience members and performers mingled and danced throughout the evening within a living-history portrayal of a teenage love story in the camp retold by actors playing prisoners.  Music for the three sold-out weekend performances was provided by the taiko drummers and the Humboldt State University Jazz Orchestra. See the slideshow and video below for highlights of the event.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Running Wild: Photos from the Clam Beach Run

Posted By on Mon, Feb 3, 2020 at 11:39 AM

The weather gods delivered a calm, dry Saturday morning for around 700 participants in the 55th annual Trinidad to Clam Beach Run Honoring Ford Hess. The race and fun run featured 5 3/4-mile and 8 3/4-mile options starting north of Trinidad — the "fun" for the longer races includes a wet crossing of Little River along the scenic route. A 3-mile race/walk option ended in Trinidad. Check out the slideshow below for highlights of the day.
Andrea Carby, of McKinleyville, and a crowd of runners splashed their way across Little River. - MARK LARSON
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  • Andrea Carby, of McKinleyville, and a crowd of runners splashed their way across Little River.

The finish line on Clam Beach featured music by the Humboldt State University Marching Lumberjacks and a tent with hot chili for runners along with the usual snacks. The race raises money for Chamber of Commerce scholarships and other Trinidad community events. See the race results here.


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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.: Photos

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 6:14 PM

A large crowd of all ages gathered in the Adorni Center for a "Celebration of Service in our Community" at the Eureka NAACP's Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event was co-sponsored by the City of Eureka.
Dejanai Dunn, a soloist from the Healing and Compassion Spiritual Singers and Black Empowerment Dance Troupe. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Dejanai Dunn, a soloist from the Healing and Compassion Spiritual Singers and Black Empowerment Dance Troupe.
Sharrone Blanck and Lorna Bryant emceed the event, with Paula Jones, Tina Okoye and Donna Landry leading off the music. Long-time local NAACP members Leslie Price, John Lee Lyons and Donna McQueen were honored with special presentations. See the slideshow below for highlights of the event.

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