Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Photos from the First Leg of the Redwood Coast Music Fest

Posted By on Tue, May 14, 2019 at 6:49 PM

Elana James and Dave Stuckey share a moment during the Western Swing All Stars' performance on Friday night at the Adorni Center. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Elana James and Dave Stuckey share a moment during the Western Swing All Stars' performance on Friday night at the Adorni Center.

The first 36 hours of the four-day 29th annual Redwood Coast Music Festival in Eureka started off under sunny skies this year, thanks to the change in dates from March to May. Another tradition ended when the Zane Middle School Jazz Band kicked off Thursday's early opening, as director Bruce McKay has retired with this performance. His replacement, Carrie O'Neill, of Eureka, had McKay as her mentor teacher a year ago at Zane Middle School.

This year's festival was dedicated to long-time volunteer and board member Lynn McKenna, of Eureka, and the children's concerts she developed. On Friday morning, fifth-grade students at Grant and Lafayette schools performed at schools and the opening ceremonies on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Nominate Your Favorites for the Best of Humboldt 2019

Posted on Fri, May 10, 2019 at 4:02 PM

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Cast your ballot, have you heard?
It’s Best of Humboldt – spread the word!

So, like, everyone is talking about it. Yeah, Best of Humboldt — only the biggest event of the whole year. It’s not just a popularity contest, you know. The Best of Humboldt award recognizes the people, places and things that totally go above and beyond to make Humboldt County, like, a super amazing place.

Now, the prom committee at the North Coast Journal is tallying the votes – and your voice matters (duh). Who will you crown Humboldt County royalty? #ncjboh19

• Round 1, Nominate: May 1 - May 28, 2019. Nominations accepted for best person, place or business in each category. Once nominations close, we proceed to Round 2.

• Round 2, Vote: June 1 - June 30, 2019 We do the math and find the top three nominees. Then you vote for your favorite out of those three.

Winners will be announced in the North Coast Journal's Aug. 9 edition and celebrated with a party in August!

Um, so how do I vote? Make an account and confirm your email -- it’s super quick and easy, pinky promise! Once your account is up and running, you can vote once a day. And FYI, we take Best of Humboldt, like, super seriously. NCJ has installed bots to monitor voting. We will totally remove wrongful nominations and votes.

All the hashtags, all the likes.

If you're a business looking to promote yourself, we have some free and ready-to-use posters and web tiles HERE. Remember to use the northcoastjournal.com/BOH19 URL and #ncjboh19 hashtag in your promotion.

And the winner is …

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Photos from the Rhody Parade and Salt & Fog Fish Fest

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 10:22 AM

A flying saucer festooned with rhododendrons for the parade. - PHOTO BY SAM LEISHMAN
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  • A flying saucer festooned with rhododendrons for the parade.

It was a busy weekend in Eureka. Folks were out early Saturday, staking out curbside seating to watch as the annual Rhododendron Parade wound its way through town. Once the bands, VW bugs and flower-powered kinetic sculptures finished the route, it was time to hustle down to Old Town for the inaugural Salt & Fog Fish Fest. The tall ships were docked in the bay, speeder cars zipped up and down the street and Madaket Plaza was packed with food stalls, vendors and bands. Photographers Sam Leishman and Zach Lathouris were on hand snapping shots of the festivities. See the slideshow below for highlights of the day.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Music Tonight: Friday, April 26

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2019 at 4:00 AM

No Pardon plays Friday, April 26 at 4:45 p.m. at the Works; on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westhaven Center for the Arts; and on Sunday, April 28 at Siren's Song Tavern at 7:30 p.m. - PHOTO BY WINGSPAN MEDIA, COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS
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  • No Pardon plays Friday, April 26 at 4:45 p.m. at the Works; on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westhaven Center for the Arts; and on Sunday, April 28 at Siren's Song Tavern at 7:30 p.m.

No Pardon plays the first of a long weekend of shows in celebration of today's release of its new record Whisper. In addition to a Saturday show at the Westhaven Center for the Arts and a gig on Sunday with Lyndsey Battle and Cory Goldman, the trio is playing a brief in-store set at The Works today at 4:45 p.m. The gig-let will be followed up by a listening party of the new album (free).

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Music Tonight: Thursday, April 25

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Tribal Seeds play the Mateel Community Center, Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ($29, $24 advance). - SUBMITTED
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  • Tribal Seeds play the Mateel Community Center, Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ($29, $24 advance).

Chicano Batman, the super fun Tropicália-infused soul and pop quartet from Los Angeles, is back for what is sure to be a great show at the Kate Buchanan Room. I would expect this one to reach capacity, which is good, as this group thrives off of a lot of dancing bodies in the room. Brainstory opens at 8 p.m. ($25, $20 students).

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

This Crab is Metal

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 12:46 PM

Dan McCauley’s shining metal crab awakens from its post-Burning Man slumber and raises its pincers in the lot of Spaulding Construction off U.S. Highway 101 in Eureka. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Dan McCauley’s shining metal crab awakens from its post-Burning Man slumber and raises its pincers in the lot of Spaulding Construction off U.S. Highway 101 in Eureka.

In case the giant silver crab raising its pincers above the chain link fence around Spaulding Construction’s parking lot off U.S. Highway 101 by Kristina’s in Eureka has you wondering, you aren’t hallucinating and you didn’t miss the Kinetic Grand Championship. The shining crustacean on wheels is the work of metal artist Dan McCauley of Dan’s Custom Metals — you may have glimpsed his scrap metal sentinel standing in the same lot or the massive, rusty T-rex gnashing its metal teeth outside his Eureka business on Redmond Road, which is soon to become an outdoor sculpture garden and gallery. For that matter, you may have seen the crab at a 4/20 celebration at Forever Found — yeah, that wasn't the edibles.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Music Tonight: Wednesday, April 10

Posted By on Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 4:00 AM

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Portland electronic funk dance trio Yak Attack is playing Humbrews this near-first moon night at 9 p.m. Known for fun and danceable shows full of solid musicianship and improvisation, this is the sort of show that attracts the happy-go-lucky college crowd and beyond. As of press time, I haven't located a price for the event but this reporter figures it won't be much over $20 and likely under. It's pure speculation but I'd take those odds.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Music Tonight: Tuesday, April 9

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 4:00 AM

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It's a quiet Tuesday so why not go and give The Logger Bar some love? At 8 p.m. the regular old time music session will be crackin' off. How's about you bring your favorite wireless — unless that wire is of the piano variety — instrument to the sawblade embedded floors of Blue Lake's other social hub and have some free fun.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Music Tonight: Monday, April 8

Posted By on Mon, Apr 8, 2019 at 4:00 AM

Anvil plays the Jam at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8. - COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS
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  • Anvil plays the Jam at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8.

Anvil is a Canadian metal band that almost made it big but never quite did. The Canadian trio — whose sound nests somewhere between hard rock, power metal and early thrash — was the subject of an acclaimed documentary a decade ago about the barnacle-like resilience of the group and its multi-decade career. Though it might not be a household name, Anvil is a world-class group. Which makes it extra special that the band will be playing the Jam tonight. ($15). Along for the ride are VH1 metal comedian Don Jamieson, Santa Cruz metal act Archer Nation, and local bangers Dullahan. The whole thing kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and to paraphrase Deaner from the Canadian metalhead mockumentary FUBAR, this night is the soundtrack to givin' er.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

So. Much. Drama.

Posted on Sun, Apr 7, 2019 at 8:00 AM

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The Classic Film Series at the Humboldt County Library presents the films of Elia Kazan in a swaggering set of flicks that feature crude, brooding dudes. Kazan, a Turkish-born Greek immigrant, directed films that depicted important social and political issues. Antithetically, in a decision that cost him his reputation and respect, Kazan "named names" before the House Un-American Activities Committee, much like a character from one of his biggest hits, On the Waterfront, a film many believed Kazan later used to justify his testimony.

Regardless of Kazan's controversiality, one thing is certain: The films at the library on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. (free) this month are all powerhouses that launched their lead actors into stardom. See why Kazan was known as the "actor's director" as he pulls powerful portrayals from his leading men in these four classic films.

"Stelllllaaaaa!" Who bellowed it better? Benes or Brando? Well, the Academy sure liked Brando, nominating him for Best Actor for his portrayal of brutish, virile Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). The Journal's Jennifer Fumiko Cahill takes you through all the drama on April 9.

Next up, Field Notes columnist Barry Evans hosts On the Waterfront (1954) on April 16. Also starring Brando, this one took it all Oscar night, garnering eight Academy Awards, including Best Director for Kazan and Best Actor for Brando.

Andy Griffith is Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd (1957) showing April 23. Watch Rhodes' unprecedented rise from a mediocre man to a position of great power and influence who gets there through folksy populist appeals and falsities ... oh, dear god, too real. Hosted by Bob Doran.

Finally, the film that introduced the world to James Dean, East of Eden (1955) plays April 30. Loosely based on the John Steinbeck novel, the film sees young Dean in a Cain and Abel-esque war with his "favored" brother, vying for dad's (and brother's girlfriend's) attention. With Julie Harris. Hosted by Art Beat columnist Gabrielle Gopinath.

— Kali Cozyris

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