Friday, July 21, 2017

Music Tonight: Friday, July 21

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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The country-rock sounds of Cadillac Ranch are yours for the hearing at Mad River Brewery at 6 p.m. and for free. Good Company returns to Cafe Mokka at 8 p.m. bringing their Celtic tunes to your ears while you sip hot chocolate or a cappuccino while digging the enchanted frog ponds. This one's free and all ages as well. Dancing and hits are on the menu at the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel's Wave Lounge at 9 p.m. tonight courtesy of local rockers Dr. Squid and, also, for free. The Alibi in Arcata welcomes Visalia hard rockers Slow Season to town around 11 p.m. They're joined by local heavy dudes Lord Ellis, who I haven't seen play in a while, so tonight's a great opportunity for this rare sighting of the beast. Show's only $5.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lost Coast Kennel Club Dog Agility Trials and Barn Hunt

Run, Fido, Run!

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 12:00 PM

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We've all seen the YouTube clips of dogs doing agility runs. Energetic pooches running, jumping, weaving through obstacle courses and looking like they're having the doggone time of their lives. It's high-energy fun and it's happening right here at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds at the 13th annual Lost Coast Kennel Club Dog Agility Trials and fourth annual Barn Hunt, July 21-24 from 8:30 a.m-5:30 p.m. (free admission). It's four days showcasing stamina, obedience, speed and the special bond between dog and handler.

Also, can your dog smell a rat? Bring him/her to the Barn Hunt Clinic on Friday from noon-4 p.m. at the fairgrounds' soccer field to learn what goes on in a Barn Hunt and see if he/she's got the nose for it ($10/dog - open to anyone). In Barn Hunts, dogs explore bales of hay using their instincts to search out rats that are hidden and safely contained in aerated tubes. The dogs can't actually get to the rats, they just find 'em, usually with tails wagging. For dogs that are entered into the Barn Hunt itself (please leave un-entered dogs at home) and for spectators curious about this fun event, it takes place July 22 and July 23 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on the soccer field (free to watch).

There will be vendors on the grounds as well, offering goodies for dogs and their owners. So take home a doggy bag and please remember to leave your own pooches at home unless they are entered in the events. For more information, go to www.lostcoastkc.org or call 445-3316.

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Eureka Gem Faire

Posted on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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Check out all that glitters at the Eureka Gem Faire, Friday, July 21 from noon-6 p.m., Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, July 23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds ($5 weekend pass). Massive amounts of gemstones, beads, crystals and more at manufacturer's prices await you. Find your treasure.

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Music Tonight: Thursday, July 20

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Although the Folklife Festival is now behind us, that doesn't mean you won't have plenty of opportunities to hear from bands that you caught during said festival. If you heard The Compost Mountain Boys during the Bluegrass and Beyond night of the festival and were looking forward to hearing them again, tonight's your night. Head to the Mad River Brewery Tap Room at 6 p.m. this evening to hear them for free. They'll be playing until about 8:30 p.m. or so, and dancing in the sunshine is permitted. Fellow Folklife-alum, Safari Boots will be in Arcata at the Redwood Curtain Brewing Co. at 8 p.m., also for free. These Boots are a local, yet international, group with John Howarth from Buckinghamshire on guitar joining locals Glen Nagy on bass and Charly Eitel doing the percussion thing. Their email states that they play "Soukous, mbaqanga, rhumba, plus a touch of blues and a hint of eastern scales." At first I thought those were the names of exotic instruments, but after some quiet reflection, I'm guessing they're descriptive of the types of music the band plays. Give it a listen, it's free and there will be great beer around.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Annie at the Arkley

Posted on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM

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She promised us there'd be sun and, boy, have we had some! Hear little orphan Annie belt out the "eternal anthem of optimism," Tomorrow, in the musical Annie, presented by Main Stage Musicals, Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 23 at 2 p.m. at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts ($14-$22).

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Music Tonight: Monday, July 17

Posted By on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Today's the actual anniversary of Trane heading down the eternal tracks so it'll be the final night of the celebration of his spirit at the Eureka Inn's Palm Lounge at 7 p.m. The lineup tonight is Brian Post & Friends with Tom Lopes on bass, Val Leone on guitar and Don Baraka on woodwinds. This one's free as well.

Full show listings in the Journal's Music and More grid, the Calendar and online. Bands and promoters, send your gig info, preferably with a high-res photo or two, to music@northcoastjournal.com.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

HumBug: Ancient Fliers

Posted By on Sun, Jul 16, 2017 at 4:44 PM

A scene from the past today, a Common White Tail on a Scouring Rush Horsetail. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
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  • A scene from the past today, a Common White Tail on a Scouring Rush Horsetail.
Three hundred million years ago, when the world was a hot swamp and the air carried twice as much oxygen as it does today, it is very likely a Griffinfly landed on a horsetail (the plant that was around back then, not the equine anatomy which was not). At the time they were the dominant aerial predators. Some Meganeurids, the largest flying insects of all time, had wingspans up to 28 inches.

These extinct giants weren't truly the dragonflies of today, but are considered to be either ancestors or relatives of them.

A Pacific Clubtail. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
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  • A Pacific Clubtail.
The other day a common whitetail (Plathemis lydia) with a wingspan of about 4 inches, landed on a Scouring Rush (Equisetum) in front of me, recreating in a small way that scene from the Permian era, a time before bats, birds or even pterodactyls were around to contend with them for supremacy.

A Red Veined Meadowhawk. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
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  • A Red Veined Meadowhawk.
Venturing a bit farther up the Van Duzen River than usual, a small red dragonfly flew up and perched on a stick close to me. At first glance, it looked like a cross between a Cardinal Meadowhawk and a Variegated Meadowhawk, two species that are very common hereabouts. It was a cooperative subject so I took several photos. When I downloaded them and looked it up, I found it was a Red Veined Meadowhawk (Sympetrum madidum), a species new to me. An online friend verified my identification, and I made a little mark in my book adding another species to my "life list."

A Red Veined Meadowhawk. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
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  • A Red Veined Meadowhawk.
Finally, a Pacific Clubtail (Gomphus kurilis) perched on a rock and allowed me to get a couple of shots. I guess they had sticks and stones back in the Permian Era too.

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Music Tonight: Sunday, July 16

Posted By on Sun, Jul 16, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Blondies in Arcata is hosting the Coltrane tribute at 6 p.m. tonight and for free. Look above for the band line up.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Heart of the Redwoods Quilt Show

Posted on Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 9:30 AM

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See what's stitchin' at the Heart of the Redwoods Quilt Show, Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, July 16 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds (two-day admission $8, $6 seniors, free to kids under 12). See more than 300 quilts and quilted items on display, as well as vendor booths, a nine-patch party, food, music and an Opportunity Quilt raffle.

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Music Tonight: Saturday, July 15

Posted By on Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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It's the All Day Free Fest, which wraps up the Folklife Festival. Music starts at 10:45 a.m. and happens simultaneously between the big stage in the Amphitheatre and the street stage. You'll hear music from Absynth Quartet, The Trouble, Safari Boots, La Patina Band, Melanie Barnett, Vanishing Pints and many others. Bring some sunscreen. At 12:30 p.m. today, a three-day musical series commemorates and celebrates the "50th Anniversary of the Ascension of Saint John Coltrane." It's hard to believe we lost a giant of a musical force, and a man who would forever shape the future sound of jazz and the saxophone, 50 years ago. These aren't exactly tribute concerts per se, nor will you only be hearing songs from Coltrane's catalogue, but rather you'll hear local musicians paying tribute to the spirit and the sound of the man. Today you'll hear from Val Leone on guitar, Ricardo Cueva on bass, Lucas Condeni on drums, John Labno on harmonica and Don Baraka on the saxophones and flute. Find them today for free at Cafe Phoenix in Arcata. Feel free to get ready for these three days of tribute by listening to Trane himself. Blue Trane, A Love Supreme, Stardust — you can't go wrong. Some original surf rock is on the bill at the Mad River Brewery Tap Room at 6 p.m. this evening courtesy of Band O' Loko, who'll be doing the free thing for you and the family. Tip to help 'em out. Down the way in Blue Lake are The Undercovers, who are stopping by the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel's Wave Lounge at 9 p.m. You'll hear covers from the past few decades, and I bet you'll recognize almost all of them. It's a free show, so head on over. If you missed Steel Rose last night, it looks like they'll be making another appearance at the Bear River Casino and Hotel. Same time, same place, same price. 9 p.m. and free.

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