Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Music Tonight: Wednesday, Sept. 19

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Trevor Hall plays the Mateel Community Center Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. ($20/$25) - SUBMITTED
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  • Trevor Hall plays the Mateel Community Center Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. ($20/$25)

Austin-based decade-and-a-half-old anti-folk players Origami Ghosts will be haunting Eureka tonight with deconstructed — or perhaps decomposing — acoustic melodies for those lucky and wise enough to creep into the Siren's Song tonight at 8 p.m. (price TBA). Along for the ride are neo-folksters Boo Hoboo and local oddity merchant mister moonbeam.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Photos from the Samba Parade

Posted By on Sun, Sep 16, 2018 at 8:57 PM


Samba dancers shook a tail feather near the end of the parade. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • Samba dancers shook a tail feather near the end of the parade.

The second day of the North Country Fair wrapped up a summer of festivals on the Arcata Plaza with the drumbeats of the colorful, feather-topped Samba Parade. Spectators lined up beside vendors and put the kids high on shoulder to see dancers and drummers make their way through the street with sparkle and style. Photographer Mark McKenna was there shooting highlights of the day. Enjoy them in the slideshow below and bask in the sunshine all over again.

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Tastin' Trinidad

Posted on Sun, Sep 16, 2018 at 8:00 AM

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Is there anything more sublime than Trinidad in September? Pair the beauty of the coastal hamlet with delicious food and drink at Tastin' Trinidad. Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Saunders Park ($20, $5 kids). Sample the best of area food and drink producers, watch artists painting en plein air, enjoy bocce ball and live music by Dominic Romano.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

All Species Great and Small

Posted By on Sat, Sep 15, 2018 at 9:55 PM

Three-month-old Dragon Karevoll wasn't able to stay awake  for their first All Species Parade, but mother Jenny made up for it. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • Three-month-old Dragon Karevoll wasn't able to stay awake for their first All Species Parade, but mother Jenny made up for it.

As the North Country Fair kicked of its weekend of music and revelry on the Arcata Plaza, the All Species Parade drew costumed marchers and crowds of onlookers. Once again, the Same Old People organized the zero-waste, two-day party with arts and crafts, vendors, dancers, jugglers and lots of animal ears. Photographer Mark McKenna was there capturing the color and craziness, hopefully with some sunblock as the skies were clear and blue above. See the slideshow for highlights of the day. If you're going to the Samba Parade, be sure to smile because he'll be shooting tomorrow, too.


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Friday, September 14, 2018

North Country Time

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 8:00 AM

PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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It's time for Arcata's most colorful and well-attended community event — the North Country Fair, happening Sept. 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Arcata Plaza (free). The theme for the event, now in its 45th year, is Resilience — "a nod to the current political environment and our unified strength to carry on." Forty-five years meets the 45th president. Carry on, indeed. Love is coming to us all.

Regardless of your political inclinations, a celebration is a celebration and none is better than the one the Same Old People have put on for more than four decades. The North Country Fair celebrates the fall equinox and diversity of the community. With its plentiful arts, crafts, food and information booths, kids activities, plush lawn performance area, three music and entertainment stages and two parades, the bounty is everywhere. And who doesn't love a parade? Don your feathers, scales, horns or fur (or all of the above) for the All Species Parade, striding around the plaza Saturday at 1 p.m. On Sunday, Samba da Alegria leads the always exciting, attendee-favorite Samba Parade at 1 p.m.

The festival is a zero-waste event. Organizers ask that you bring a reusable cup/bottle for your drinks (free raffle tickets are offered as incentives) and keep in mind that no water bottles are sold by any of the vendors. And while the event celebrates all species, our four-legged friends fare better away from the excitement. Please leave your pets at home.

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Music Tonight: Friday, Sept. 14

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Vocalist, violinist, and Beirut native Georges Lammam brings his group — appropriately called the Georges Lammam Ensemble — to Fulkerson Hall tonight at 7 p.m. to present an evening of Arabic music and dance. Musicians in the ensemble will play traditional instruments like the delightfully expressive chordophonic oud — have I ever told you that I have an oud? Well I do, although if I am being honest, I can't really play it well — while local belly dancers Shoshanna and Laura Ayllon will provide the hypnotic midsection jigglin'. Advance tickets are $15, $10 students, while tickets at the door will be $5 more, so yalla yalla!

Later on in the evening over at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, you will find Los Angeles' own premiere good-time funk band Orgone busting out a groove for all of the local rug-cutters who know disco from Crisco and care about dancing to live jams. Will any of the featured instruments be the FDA-confiscated equipment that Wilhelm Reich pioneered to the ire of the evil and stuffy G-Men of mid-century America? Probably not but there's an easy way to find out at 9:30 p.m. ($23).

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

California Indian Days

Posted on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 8:00 AM

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Join Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria for California Indian Days, Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Tish Non Community Center (free admission). They'll have dance demos, art and craft vendors, an elders honoring, traditional salmon dinner, Indian tacos and a youth and adult three-on-three basketball tournament.

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The Mod Squad

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 7:30 AM

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Blue Lake no longer has the market cornered on tattoo expos. Bear River Casino Resort's Native Ink Expo is here and bringing the big guns Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 16 from noon to 11 p.m. at Bear River Recreation Center ($50 weekend pass, $25 Friday, $25 Saturday, $20 Sunday). There's a lot for the body modification set at this event with tattoo experts inking on site, live entertainment and music.

Native Ink features the nation's top tattoo artists, including artists from the TV shows Ink Master and Tattoo Nightmares who want to tat you up. Bring your design, design ideas or choose from ones on display and get inked by A Town Tattoo, David Lang, Ink Master Roly T-Rex, Ink Master James Vaughn, Ink Master Mike Diaz, Peter Lamos, Ryan Kaufman, Jon Roberts, Lee Collins, Ricky Perez and others. The expo also boasts a solid lineup of music and entertainment throughout the weekend. Friday's live performances include alt rockers Puddle of Mudd at 10 p.m. plus Saliva, Tantric, The Veer Union and Shallow Side. Saturday night catch reggae singer, rapper and beatboxer Matisyahu at 9:30 p.m. On Sunday, Dan Sperry the Anti-Conjuror shocks and awes with his magic illusions. The expo also has a circus-type performances by The Captain's Sideshow and, since it's always good to get out of your comfort zone, a live body suspension show. And you thought getting a tattoo hurt.

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Music Tonight: Thursday, Sept. 13

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band play the Van Duzer Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • Lyle Lovett and His Large Band play the Van Duzer Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.

Lyle Lovett brings his Large Band to the Van Duzer tonight at 8 p.m. for an evening of Texas-flavored cowboy swing delivered by the best in the business. Having pursued his craft for longer than I have been alive, Lyle will likely put on a great show. As for the $89 ticket price? Well like I said, he does come with a large band.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Steam Punk Ball, Ya'll

Posted on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 4:00 PM

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Anachronistic technology meets swing dance at Redwood Raks World Dance Studio when Monday Night Swing Presents the Steam Punk Ball, Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8 to 11 p.m. ($10). Steampunk the night away in your goggles and corsets starting with an introductory Charleston lesson followed by electro, vintage, modern and pop swing tunes by DJ Joules.

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