Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pretty in Pastels

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Lighthouse Grill's colorful square and artist. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • Lighthouse Grill's colorful square and artist.

Sidewalk art is necessarily fleeting and, like Tibetan sand mandalas and bright fall foliage, its ephemeral nature is part of its beauty. If you still find yourself clinging to the temporary pleasures of the world, as we do, you'll be glad Mark McKenna was out on the Arcata Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 7, photo-documenting the color-saturated beauties artists were laying down on the concrete squares. Enjoy this slideshow of the annual pastel pageantry benefitting North Coast Children's Services.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Music Tonight: Sunday, Oct. 8

Posted By on Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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The Redwood Jazz Alliance's fall season marches on and tonight it's got the Dayna Stephens Quartet joined by pianist and composer Billy Childs. Stephens recently released an album entitled Gratitude after a successful and long-awaited kidney transplant. So it sounds like he has much to be grateful for. Show starts at 8 p.m. and is $15 and only $10 for Humboldt State University students.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fukiko Oguchi Marshall and Orr Marshall's Shock of Color

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Oguchi Marshall's "Red Triptych." - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Oguchi Marshall's "Red Triptych."

The Black Faun Gallery was awash in color on Friday evening when it hosted a private opening for paintings by Orr Marshall and Fukiko Oguchi Marshall. Old friends of the couple and friends of the gallery, which was celebrating its one-year anniversary in the spot, milled past bright canvases with plastic champagne coupes. They clustered in front of the paintings and around the platters of sushi, murmuring, “I had no idea.”


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Music Tonight: Saturday, Oct. 7

Posted By on Sat, Oct 7, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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It's Arts Alive! In Old Town Eureka tonight so you'll be treated to plenty of live music and local art. Cruise your way around First, Second and Third streets and soak it up. If you'd rather stay in Blue Lake, you can catch locals The Yokels doing their rockabilly soul thing at the Mad River Brewery at 6 p.m. and for free. Master of the Harp, Chas Lewis reminds me that ShinBone à Deux (comprised of Chas and "The Swamp Thing" Robert Franklin on guitar) are playing Blues and R&B at Vista Del Mar starting at 7 p.m. and for free. I've also been hearing that Errol Previde might make an appearance, which would be a treat. It's night two of The Eureka Symphony's opening concerts at The Arkley Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. See above. Originally out of Denton, Texas, Señor Fin — now based in Seattle — is gearing up to release its second album, Jazzy, later next month. They're on the road with their friends — and sharing Jesse Botello — Sundae Crush and all are stopping by Outer Space in Arcata for an all-ages show. This 7 p.m. and $6 show also features Dollop Diapause along with Just Busted. Coming off of a two-year hiatus, rootsy Americana trio Red Molly is at The Arcata Playhouse at 8 p.m. tonight for the One for All & All for One tour. The name is fitting as the band members are all supporting each other's solo work in this Red Molly lineup. Get your $27 tickets before they're gone. It's not odd that Dead Heads will flock to Humboldt Brews yet again tonight as former Further member John Kadlecik is doing a rare solo acoustic/electric show tonight at 9:30 p.m. It's $15 tickets for this one. You'd never guess it from the name but Deathcrown plays "old school death metal" and they're on the road out of Richmond, Virginia, and making a stop at The Alibi in Arcata tonight. It's joined by local stoner metal group Ultramafic. The out-of-towners start off around 11 p.m. and this show's only $5.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Bushels of Fall Fun at Fortuna's Apple Harvest Festival

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How do you like them apples? Spicy, fermented, in a pie, on a stick with caramel? Head to Fortuna this weekend and chances are you'll find the fall fruit available any way you like it at Fortuna's Apple Harvest Festival, Oct 7-8 (free admission). While searching for that perfect, crisp orb of deliciousness, you can hitch a free hayride from Clendenen's Cider Works, where there will be tours of the orchard and cider tasting, to the city's core, with stops here and there at activities throughout town. It's an old-fashioned harvest festival with something for the whole family. There's an orchard barbecue, live music, a vendor and merchant street fair, an apple pie contest, bocce ball tournament, activities for the kids and a hard cider tasting event for the grown ups. Check out www.fortunaappleharvest.org for a schedule of events.

New to hard cider? The Taste of the Harvest Hard Cider Festival kicks off the weekend fun on Friday, Oct. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. in Rohner Park ($35, $10 non-drinkers). It's the perfect opportunity to see what the fermented fuss is all about. Try an unlimited sampling of the sweet and tart stuff from locally grown ciders to some of the nation's top hard cider brands. Too much sloshing and not enough noshing? Don't worry, food vendors are on hand to help keep you steady. And you can sip and nibble happily knowing that all proceeds from the event go toward Wild Souls Ranch, Humboldt County's equine assisted growth and learning center for at-risk youth.

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Music Tonight: Friday, Oct. 6

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 10:18 AM

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Local funky/jazz/groove band LD51 is at The Mad River Brewery at 6 p.m. this evening for free. The Eureka Symphony opens up its season with two performances this weekend, starting tonight. At 8 p.m. the musicians will be on the stage at The Arkley Center for the Performing Arts. The performances tonight include Peter Maxwell Davies' Orkney Wedding and Sunrise, Khachaturian's Masquerade Suite and one of my favorites, Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with local John Chernoff on the piano. Plan on something in the $19-$49 range depending on your seats. A glorious return is afoot tonight at The Miniplex with one of Eureka's favorite bands — one that served as part of the foundation of the local rock scene when I was new to it more than a decade ago. "Legendary no-wave rockers" The Buffy Swayze make a welcome stand tonight around 9 p.m. with Arcata's Five Minutes Alone and Canadian "avant-pop outfit" Walter TV, which I'm told features two members of Mac Demarco. I can't pretend to be too familiar with the Mac, but I recall hearing my college-age nephew is a fan. The band recently put out their album Carpe Diem so it's on the road spreading its tunes. With all that said, this show is $10 and one of those where the local band outshines the headliner. Dead Heads who have perhaps recovered from the Melvin Seals show last week can get their jammy fill tonight with L.A. Dead tribute Cubensis, who are on around 9:30 p.m. with a $15 cover charge at Humboldt Brews.

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Full Metal Joust: Medieval Festival of Courage

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM

PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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This weekend, take a break from the Twitter taunts and the ratcheting fear of nuclear war and harken back to a simpler time when all we had to worry about was the plague. Music, morsels and merriment await you in the fields of Blue Lake at the Medieval Festival of Courage Oct. 7-8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Christie's Ranch and Pumpkin Patch ($6, $3 for kids 12 and under).

The frolicking family fundraiser is a benefit for Coastal Grove Charter School Parent Organization and other local schools, and is not your typical day in the fields. Here, there be dragons. And knights. And ladies. And faeries, elves, ogres and minstrels. Attendees can try their hands at any number of feats of strength to test their medieval mettle. Or stand back and watch those already skilled demonstrate how things were done back in the day.

On Saturday, meet the characters of the village court at the Enchanted Village Tour from 10 a.m. to noon (the first 200 children will receive a special gift from each of the characters). Then catch the Blue Lake Mounted Archers — horseback riding archers — as they take aim and shoot at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (watch them again at the same times on Sunday). The Knights of Mayhem Full Contact Tournament Jousting kicks up a fair amount of dust at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m both days. Bring some coins, as there's a plethora of vendor booths, tents, food, drink and more at the harvest market. And feel free to come in costume (for those of you for whom Halloween is still too far away) but please leave dogs (and other dragon snacks) at home.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Savage Henry Comedy Festival

Posted on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 4:00 PM

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If you're wondering why there are a million comedy listings in this week's calendar, it's because the wild and crazy guys (and gals) at Savage Henry Magazine have assembled stand-up comedians from near and far for the sixth annual Savage Henry Comedy Festival taking place at locations throughout the county, Oct. 6-8 (prices vary — see www.savagehenrymagazine.com).

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Kinetic Kouture

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Kinetic Kouture: Fashion With a Re-purpose is back at the Morris Graves Museum of Art Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. ($10). The Kinetic Universe's trashy yet classy fashion show features creations made from recycled materials. Sit back with your cocktail and watch the glory unfold as fabulous models work the runway at this fundraiser for Kinetic Universe and the Morris Graves Museum of Art.

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Pastels on the Plaza

Posted on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Pastels on the Plaza - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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We know what you're thinking: The Arcata Plaza needs a bit more color, right? Pastels on the Plaza answers that call Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (free to watch), when artists decorate dozens of squares around the plaza as a fundraiser for North Coast Children's Services. Watch them transform the sidewalks into a walking gallery of beautiful chalk scenes.

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