Friday, July 12, 2019

Spur of the Moment

Posted By on Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 7:00 AM

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The month of July, the heartiest part of the summer sandwich, belongs to Fortuna. The Friendly City just celebrated a spectacular Fourth of July (on the third) and now heads into its biggest annual event, a week-long convergence of cowboy culture and competition, the Fortuna Rodeo, which gets bucking July 14-21. Rolling in right on the kicked-up heels of the rodeo is the Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo. But, for this week, all eyes are on the buckle. Saddle up, it's rodeo time.

It's not Fortuna's first rodeo, either. It's the town's 98th. Boy howdy. The fun kicks off with the Fortuna Rodeo Run/Walk, Sunday, July 14 at 9 a.m. at Redwood Café parking lot and heats up Monday, July 15 at the Chili Cook-off at 5 p.m. on Main Street (free admission) with tastings and live music. Tuesday, July 16 is all about the youngsters with Children's Games at Redwood Village Shopping Center from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (free) and the carnival opening in Rohner Park at 5 p.m. — and staying open from noon to 11 p.m./midnight through Sunday, July 21 ($35 all-day wristband).

The next go round of fun includes the Junior Rodeo on Wednesday, July 17 at 10 a.m. at the Rodeo Grounds (free) and Street Games on Main Street from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (free). Junior Rodeo action continues on Thursday, July 18 at 9 a.m. (free), with Barrel Racing after the rodeo and Fireman's Games at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street.

Friday, July 19 is Bullfighters Only Night at 5 p.m. with bands, Quadiators and the Bullfighters Only Show at the Rodeo Grounds ($35-$10).

Carb up for the parade and more rodeo action at the Fortuna Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, July 20 at 7 a.m. at Rohner Park Cook Shack. The parade on Main Street starts at noon followed by rodeo at 2 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds, and Bull, Broncs, Bands & Brews with music at 7 p.m. and bull and bronc riding at 8 p.m.

Don't miss the famous deep-pit Barbecue on Sunday, July 21 at 11 a.m. (sharp) at Rohner Park. Followed by more rodeo at 1:30 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds. Tickets for most events are available at www.fortunarodeo.com. Cash only at the gates. Fortuna Rodeo is a pet-free event.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Banjo Unchained: The Humboldt Folklife Festival

Posted By on Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 1:00 AM

The Detours. - MARK LARSON
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  • The Detours.

Humboldt is home to an enormous pool of talented and active musicians with a large portion of that demographic expressing its passion with pluck. Imagine the look arts and features editor Jennifer Fumiko Cahill and I exchanged after one reader complained there wasn't enough bluegrass in our paper. You can't throw a fundraiser without hitting at least one bluegrass, folk, Americana or roots band around these parts. There's an abundance and for good reason. Folk and its subgenres are the music of the people and the land, and if Humboldt is anything it is "of the people and the land." The Humboldt Folklife Festival, happening July 13-20 in beautiful Blue Lake, gives us eight days of the good stuff, celebrating the harmonies and high-lonesome sounds of all things Appalchia, folk, bluegrass, newgrass, indiegrass, Gypsygrass and genres of grass I've not heard of yet. Here's the festival hoe-down:

The fun starts Saturday, July 13 at Mad River Brewing Co. with the Festival Kick-off party featuring live music by The Vanishing Pints, The March & Months and The Detours starting at 2 p.m. (free, donations appreciated). On Sunday, July 14, gather the family for all-day fun during Annie & Mary Day at Perigot Park from noon to 5 p.m. The annual celebration begins with a breakfast at the Mad River Grange at 8 a.m. and parade in town at 11 a.m. At noon, find a full day of music at Perigot Park with music from The Tidepool High Divers, Tyger Byle, That Buckin' String Band, Bayou Swamis and Dead On!, plus barbecue and kids' activities (free).

Monday, July 15 is Movie Night in the Dell'Arte Carlo Theater with an advanced screening of Country Music a film by Ken Burns at 7:30 pm. (free).

Evening musical performances hosted by Dell'Arte fill out the week starting with Songwriter Night on Tuesday, July 16 at the Carlo Theatre at 7:30 p.m. hosted by Patrick Cleary with songwriters Tracy Symons Smith, Michael Dayvid, Georgia Ruth and Andrew Wakefield ($10 non-members, $8 members, $5 kids), Under the Stars Night on Wednesday, July 17 in the Rooney Amphitheatre at 6 p.m. with The Handshakers, Cadillac Ranch and Huckleberry Flint (this popular event is sold out - but it happens every year, so get your tickets early for 2020) and Bluegrass and Beyond on Thursday, July 14 at the Rooney Amphitheatre at 6 p.m. with The Kentucky Warblers, Old Dog and Compost Mountain Boys ($12 non-members, $10 members, $5 kids).

On Friday, July 19, head to Prash Hall in Blue Lake at 7 p.m. for the Barn Dance with Striped Pig Stringband and Lyndsey Battle calling ($10, $5 members, free for children under 12) and wind up with the All Day Free Festival on Saturday, July 20 at Dell'Arte with two stages of music, food trucks, children's crafts and workshops and more (free, donations encouraged).

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Bubbling Over: Photos from the Fourth in Arcata

Posted By on Sat, Jul 6, 2019 at 5:50 PM

Violet Ray-Kaneko, supported by Brian Kaneko (left) carrying the supply bucket, became the Pied Piper of huge bubbles in the Bubble Promenade around the plaza. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Violet Ray-Kaneko, supported by Brian Kaneko (left) carrying the supply bucket, became the Pied Piper of huge bubbles in the Bubble Promenade around the plaza.

The only things exploding on the Arcata plaza for the 4th of July Jubilee were thousands of soap bubbles, as the Bubbles Promenade kicked off the event with a crowd of children and adults blowing bubbles. The soapy parade that also included a few rhutabaga Queens for Life and a mix of Kinetic Race vehicles, looped around the plaza a couple of times,followed a pause for the national anthem.

The family-friendly event then offered a long afternoon of live music, fun activities for the children, lunch options from food and drink vendors and an autograph session with Humboldt Crabs players. See the slideshow below for highlights of the bubbly festivities.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Photos of the Fairy Frolic

Posted By on Thu, Jul 4, 2019 at 3:15 PM

A slow shutter speed allowed the colorful costumes of the belly dancing group Ya Habibi in front the Enchantment Stage to blur in the photo. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • A slow shutter speed allowed the colorful costumes of the belly dancing group Ya Habibi in front the Enchantment Stage to blur in the photo.

It was another "Frolick of Fairies" at the magical second annual Fairy Festival on the Arcata Plaza on Saturday. The large turnout of mystical fairies and other life forms for the costume contests, live music, belly dancing, a parade with a dragon, and other activities probably exceeded even the most optimistic expectations of everyone except Shoshanna Rose. She helped organize the fundraiser event, along with help from the Bureau of Fantastical Spectacles, the city of Arcata and Arcata Main Street, as a benefit for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

Attendees at the long afternoon and evening of entertainment had their choice of food and drink vendors, as well as face painting, airbrush or henna tattoos, book sellers and various clothing and jewelry vendor tables. See the slideshow below for fae highlights.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Boom, Crack, Sizzle

A round-up of 4th of July happenings

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2019 at 4:37 PM

Photo by Mark Larson
  • Photo by Mark Larson

Oh, summer, you sunny season of hot dogs, baseball, swimming at the lake. Sure, Memorial Day kicks it off, but the Fourth of July kicks it in. So, where are things crack-a-lackin'? There are celebrations across the county where you can wave the red, white and blue and wish America a happy birthday. From hometown parades to fireworks over the bay, here's what's hot this Independence Day.

The Arcata Chamber of Commerce puts on a heck of a party at the Arcata Plaza each year during its Fourth of July Jubilee & Bubbles Promenade (free). The fun starts with a bubbles parade starting at (one guess) the Bubbles store at 10 a.m. (the first 100 families receive free bubbles), then parading to the plaza. The fun flows all day (until 5 p.m.) with music from The Undercovers, Lyndsey Battle, Stevie Culture & the Irie Rockers, Conman Bolo and Community African Dance & Drum Arcata. Kids' activities include a premiere skateboarding experience for all ages, kids zone, face painting, bean bag toss, wax hands, performances by the Humboldt Aerial Collective, breakdancing with the Humboldt Rockers, craft booths and Humboldt Crabs Baseball players signing autographs. Save room for all the food and beer/wine booths.

Across the bay in Eureka's historic Old Town, Eureka Main Street's Fourth of July Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. offers family fun with blocks and blocks of activities, including four stages of live music, food stalls, arts and crafts vendors, kids' activities, boat rides on the Madaket, Old Town carriage rides and Timber Heritage Association speeder crew car rides. Keep an eye out for a photo op with Uncle Sam, who'll be strolling about from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Over at the Historic Eagle House from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., enjoy more live music, barbecue, a cake walk, an evening DJ dance party and more.

It's small-town Americana at its finest in Ferndale, when the Fourth of July Parade meanders down Main Street on July 4, starting at 10 a.m. and Ferndale volunteer firefighters celebrate Independence Day with engine rides for kids from 10 a.m. to noon.

Shelter Cove offers up a slew of fun for folks heading over the hill and to the shore. Gyppo Ale Mill is having a Fourth of July Extravaganza from noon to 10 p.m. with live music, contests, vendors and other patriotic events. Over at the Shelter Cove Community Clubhouse, it's the Shelter Cove July Fourth Art and Craft Show from noon to 6 p.m., where local artisans will be selling their wares. Declare your independence from hunger at the Firefighters BBQ and Pioneer Bake Sale, and enjoy a hometown parade in this exquisite beach town.

When you're ready for things that go boom in the night, head to Eureka or Southern Humboldt for the area's two professional fireworks displays (Fortuna does the deal in Newburg Park on July 3).

In Eureka, fireworks start over the bay at 10 p.m. Line up along the boardwalk or along First Street from the Adorni Center to Madaket Plaza for the best views (free). In SoHum, watch the skies light up in Benbow at the Fourth of July Fireworks Show at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area (free to view from Benbow Lake, $8 per car day-use fee).

Finally, Arcata pet owners, don't put away those ThunderShirts just yet. On Saturday, July 6 there will be a fireworks show after the Humboldt Crabs game (usually beginning around 9:30 or 10 p.m.). The booms should only last about 5 to 10 minutes, but don't let the fur fly. Keep 'em inside, safe and secure.

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Photos from the Sand Sculpture Fest

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2019 at 3:33 PM

The Northcoast Environmental Center team members took to the air when they finished their "Lend a Hand, or Eight" sand sculpture. It later won the People's Choice award. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • The Northcoast Environmental Center team members took to the air when they finished their "Lend a Hand, or Eight" sand sculpture. It later won the People's Choice award.

The 24th annual Sand Sculpture Festival turned the Samoa Drag Strip into a packed parking lot on Saturday, as the Friends of the Dunes fundraiser attracted a large crowd to the nearby ocean beach. Nineteen teams of artists working in the medium of ocean beach sand competed for fun, cash prizes and various awards, while attendees who made donations got flags to post in the sand and “vote” for their favorites. (Dig the photos of the sculptures and sculptors below.)

“We created this event as a way to share the dunes with our community in a fun, creative way,” said Mike Cipra, executive director of Friends of the Dunes. “It’s another way to get local artists and others out here to enjoy the ocean shoreline.”

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

From the Mouths of Bands: Spin's Faith No More Flashback

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 4:18 PM

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Who's feeling nostalgic for '90s Humboldt County — you know, the way it used to be 30 years ago — and/or alt-rock/metal played by yell-y, long-haired dudes in high-tops who hail from said Eden? If that's you, please enjoy this throwback Spin interview with local boy Mike Patton of Faith No More from 1990, re-upped by the magazine in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band's album The Real Thing. It's worth it just for the hyperbolic descriptions of his hometown back in the day.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Photos from Dell'Arte's Tim Gray Tribute

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 1:02 PM

Emilia Sumelius (left), Sayda Trujillo and Laura Muñoz ended "Loser" from La Bottega da Caffe (2001), with lyrics about how losing a man could make one feel better. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Emilia Sumelius (left), Sayda Trujillo and Laura Muñoz ended "Loser" from La Bottega da Caffe (2001), with lyrics about how losing a man could make one feel better.

“Turning Gray Skies Blue: The Music of Timmy Gray” is a moving tribute to the talented man who composed music and wrote lyrics for 20-plus years of Dell’Arte Company performances in Blue Lake and around the world. See the slideshow below for highlights of the rehearsal and performance.

The cast of 12 past and current Dell’Arte performers was directed by Michael Fields and supported by outstanding music by The Band (Marla Joy, Mike LaBolle, Jeff Kelley and Tim Randles). The show takes the audience through 16 songs chosen by Fields and Gray over cigars and strong drink.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Photos from Shuck Yeah

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 3:03 PM

Local beer was on tap at the Oyster Fest alternative Shuck Yeah. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Local beer was on tap at the Oyster Fest alternative Shuck Yeah.
Did the out-of-town beer at Oyster Fest leave you with a bitter taste? If it did (or if you just didn't want to drive up to Arcata) there was Shuck Yeah, an alternative celebration with local suds and oysters at the Eel River Brewing Co. this past weekend. The multi-brewery collaboration featured music by The Undercovers and drew a solid crowd. Check out photos of the fun in Mark McKenna's slideshow below.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Photos from Trinidad Fish Fest

Posted By on Tue, Jun 18, 2019 at 7:49 PM

Pitmaster John McClurg (Left) and volunteers Ryan (middle) and Gilbert helped wrangle the grilled salmon. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Pitmaster John McClurg (Left) and volunteers Ryan (middle) and Gilbert helped wrangle the grilled salmon.

A large Father's Day crowd found their way to the 62nd annual Trinidad Fish Festival on Sunday, which featured the usual salmon barbecue lunch (with fish imported from Oregon). The Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce lined up live music offerings, art and craft vendors, educational booths, community organizations and post-lunch desserts for sale by the Trinidad Civic Club.

The event also included the usual indoor flea market in the Town Hall, a few children's activities, the popular Lion's Club book sale and a lively parade with the Samba da Alegria drummers and dancers. Festival organizers apparently faced a shortage of local volunteers this year and that clearly negatively affected a few event-related issues (no shuttle service for tours of the Trinidad Head Lighthouse, for example). Parking and traffic was well-managed as usual. Enjoy photos of the festivities below.

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