Saturday, October 14, 2017

All Aboard: Vintage Train Video

Posted By on Sat, Oct 14, 2017 at 2:48 PM

A speeder car on the tracks by the Samoa roundhouse. - TIMBER HERITAGE ASSOCIATION VIDEO
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Everybody loves trains. OK, maybe not packed commuter trains. But if you aren't charmed by the cow catchers on black locomotives or Orient Express-style dining cars from the turn of the century, we can't hang out. The volunteers of the Timber Heritage Association are out at the Roundhouse in Samoa most weekends restoring regal and rusty beauties for posterity. And occasionally, like this weekend, the overalled rail enthusiasts offer rides on the bright orange and yellow speeder cars that once moved loggers in and out of the woods.

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Music Tonight: Saturday, Oct. 14

Posted By on Sat, Oct 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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During Arts Alive last weekend I had the privilege of a sneak peek into the Clarke Historical Museum as it underwent its renovation and pairing with Humboldt Made to house the new Eureka Visitor Center, which has its grand opening this afternoon at 1 p.m. It's a hell of a party for the new center for tourists coming to our majestic neck o' the woods to sample/buy some of our local craft products and immerse themselves in our history. There will be local food and drink along with plenty of music and former-local legend Earl Thomas playing a free — and rare — show. It will perhaps guiltlessly remind Earl of all that he left behind when his career took him beyond Humboldt County. Count the times I just mentioned "local" in this paragraph and you'll get the gist of what this Visitor Center is all about. I'll be on the road for a gig today, so if you make it, please find my wife and executive director of Humboldt Made, and tell her you're there because I told you about the event. She's pissed I'm missing it. Mad River Brewery hosts The Detours at 6 p.m. for some free honky tonk and then at 7:30 p.m. in Fortuna, you can find Acoustic Eidolon at the Fortuna Monday Club. The band blends Celtic, world, flamenco and Americana music with Joe Scott on the double neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello. Welcome them from Colorado with your $10 ticket. Beats and grooves are on the bill at the Arcata Theatre Lounge when doors open at 8:30 p.m. for co-headliners Phutureprimitive and Papadosio, along with support from MiHKAL (I hope I got the upper and lower-case type correct on that one). It's $25 tickets for this sweat fest. More grooves happening just a few blocks away at Humboldt Brews around 9 p.m. courtesy of Chali2na, Raashan Ahman, Object Heavy and Klozed Sirkut for $15.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Humboldt Hoptoberfest

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Summer is gone, Oktoberfest is done and there's no more beer. Kidding! There is so much beer. So much. And you can continue to frolic in its froth at Humboldt Hoptoberfest, the annual fundraiser for the Blue Lake Education Foundation, at Perigot Park on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 5 p.m. ($35, $30 advance).

How much beer, you ask? Well, the taps will be flowing with beverages from (deep breath) Mad River Brewing, Six Rivers Brewery, Redwood Curtain Brewing Co., Lost Coast Brewery, Eel River Brewing, Humboldt Cider Co., The Booth Brewing Co., Humboldt Regeneration, Humboldt Homebrewers Association, North Coast Brewing Co., Mendocino Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Third Street Aleworks, Alaskan Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Bear Republic, Ninkasi Brewing Co. and Anderson Valley Brewing Co.

Still with us? Then sip in the Blue Lake sunshine with the soft, tropical sounds of the Blue Dragon Steel Band, "Cali rock" from Headshine, Americana from La Patinas and what had better be some mind-blowing jazz from Orjazzmic.

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Music Tonight: Friday, Oct. 13

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Home Cookin' has been gigging up and down Humboldt County now for more years than need to be mentioned. Comprised of a local supergroup of talent, this band always delights the diners and drinkers at Mad River Brewery, and they'll be doing just that this evening at 6 p.m. As usual, it's a free show at MRB and all ages — just keep the kiddos out on the dance floor and away from the booze. I keep waiting for an all-ages Silver Hammer show that I can make it to so I can get our son out hearing songs from his favorite band, The Beatles. Alas, tonight's not that night, but that shouldn't stop you from hearing Humboldt's favorite fab four tribute who'll be in the Wave Lounge at the Blue Lake Casino at 9 p.m. and playing for free. Even better, they're playing until 1 a.m. So that's like 150 Beatles songs. Love 'em all.

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It's a big night for local something-grass band Absynth Quartet as it's releasing its newest album, What Do All These Knobs and Switches do? tonight at Humboldt Brews in Arcata. These fellas have been grass-groovin' out the dance floors for as long as I can remember and have been doing it as a quartet these past few years. They're joined at this celebration tonight by fellow locals, Diggin' Dirt with the music starting at 10 p.m. and a $10 ticket price. Pick up an album when at the show, you'll like it and you'll be supporting hard-working local musicians.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Arts Undead!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Eat your hearts out, Shining twins. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • Eat your hearts out, Shining twins.

Once again, on Saturday evening during the October edition of Arts Alive! Eureka was overrun with gory zombies in search of human flesh and/or brains. Thankfully, they were classic slow zombies and photographer Mark McKenna was able to document their groaning progress through Old Town, where they gnashed their teeth at diners and took selfies with the living. See the slideshow below. It's full of inspiration for those of you who haven't gotten your Halloween costumes together yet.


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Campbell Kids

Well, hello Mr. Fancy Pants

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 4:00 PM

ARMY OF DARKNESS
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If the losses of Prince, Carrie Fisher and David Bowie last year, and George Romero and Tom Petty this year have taught us nothing else, it's that we should appreciate our icons — and our loved ones — while we can.

So raise your glasses and your chainsaw arms to Bruce Campbell. Celebrate the man and his jawline while he walks among us alive, and not as the epic scene-chewing zombie he'll likely return as. After all, Campbell, with more than 100 film credits to his name, was lopping the heads off zombies when Daryl from The Walking Dead was still, you know, clean. Join fellow undead heads on Friday, Oct. 13 (of course) at 7:30 p.m. for the Frightful Friday Flix Bruce Campbell double feature of Army of Darkness (1992) and Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) at the Eureka Theater ($5).

Following Sam Raimi's Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness finds our hero Ash transported to medieval times, where casts spells and wields his "boom stick" against a necromancing witch and hordes of Deadites.

Refill your popcorn and hop right back in your seat for Bubba, in which we find out what really happened to Elvis: He's living in a rest home and throwing down against an Egyptian monster with another senior who thinks he's JFK (Ossie Davis). Kind of a gimme when you think about it.

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Gruesome Playground Injuries

Posted on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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Instead of rolling your eyes at another cookie-cutter rom-com, hit Humboldt State University's Studio Theatre on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. for Gruesome Playground Injuries (donation). It promises a cliché-free, non-linear story about real love from age 8 to 38.

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Music Tonight: Thursday, Oct. 12

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Local Americana band Rogues' Gallery is at The Mad River Brewery Tap Room this evening at 6 p.m. You may have seen this band around as they've been staying busy as of late, and catching them for a free show — like tonight's — is a treat, so stop on by for a pint and some tunes up in sunny Blue Lake. For more bass-heavy dance music, swing over to Hum Brews for Elevate with DJs Basstard, Joe-e, Derek Watts and Mr. EW, who will be hitting the stage at 9 p.m. And $7 will get you in the big room.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Goes Together like Whiskey and Chocolate

Posted on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 4:00 PM

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These are trying times, friends. And the folks at Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate are swooping in to the rescue with their Whiskey and Chocolate Pairing on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. ($35, 21 and over). Steve and Amy Bohner of Alchemy Distillery are bringing the hooch. Not all heroes wear capes.

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Eureka Visitor Center Grand Opening

Posted on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 3:31 PM

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Welcome to Eureka. The Eureka Visitor Center hosts its grand opening at its new location, the Clarke Historical Museum, on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 1 to 6 p.m. (free). Pop in to see the new digs and hang around on the block at Clarke Plaza for blues from Earl Thomas and others, a ribbon cutting and vendors.

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