Sunday, October 1, 2017

Music Tonight: Sunday, Oct. 1

Posted By on Sun, Oct 1, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Outer Space in Arcata features Ice Balloons, with Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, tonight at 7 p.m. for a great all ages show. Sun Foot, billed as a "Portland Los Angeles 3 piece contemporary art rock band," will bend your mind. I have no idea where they are from but maybe that's part of the point. Rounding out the bill tonight is Blackplate who play "flood plain dirge punk from Shively." Don't miss this $8 show.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Music Tonight: Saturday, Sept. 30

Posted By on Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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It's the 13th annual Humboldt Hills Hoedown at the Mateel Community Center in Redway starting at noon. I was recently chatting with a friend about how money's getting tighter here in Humboldt as our largest industry transitions into the legitimate marketplace. With prices of Humboldt's world famous crop dropping weekly, the amount of money in our local economy is going to shrink and I think we're all going to start feeling this more and more. While many of us have judged our cash-earning neighbors out in the hills, we've never had a problem taking their money at our local stores and dealerships. And although there's a long overdue and natural price realignment occuring, it means that with less money coming into Humboldt, there will be less to go around. I digress, but with that in mind and after some rough financials from the Reggae on the River Festival, the Mateel could use your support today at the hoedown. There will be barbecue, kid-friendly activities and, of course, music courtesy of Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, T Sisters, Miss Lonely Hearts, Wicklow Atwater, April Moore & Ranch Party, Lone Star Junction, Way Out West and Back To The Hill, along with others. If you can cough up the $25 for a ticket, it'll be worth it.

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Back up in NoHum, you'll find classic and alternative rock on the bill at the Mad River Brewery Tap Room at 6 p.m. from Firesign, doing its thing for free. If metal's more your taste, head to Siren's Song Tavern in Eureka around 7:30 p.m. to catch Drouth, which is in the death metal vein out of Portland. The band has local support from Muppet Hunter and Death Mode Trippers for this $5 bill. Outer Space in Arcata is hosting a benefit show for Pacific Union Elementary School's Music Department with metal from Arcata's Frequency Shift and hardcore from fellow Arcatans Cross Oceans. I give them credit for being in the metal/hardcore genres and not having band names that immediately tip you off to their sound. The show is all ages and starts at 8 p.m. for only $6. In case you missed Melvin Seals and JGB last night — or if you just had such a damn good time you want to go again — you have another shot tonight at 9:30 p.m. at Hum Brews with a $25 cover charge. Ian of the Alibi tells me Radio Clash is happening tonight at 11 p.m. I believe this to mean that local DJs are spinning tunes from The Clash. Anyway, I hope that's the case. I've never been a big punk fan personally, but I can't deny the power and glory of The Clash. I'd say that they were more than just a punk band but it doesn't actually matter; they were a band and a damn good one (please recall the 19 amazing songs off of the double album London Calling as just one example). With all that said, you'll have Blancatron, Gabe Pressure and Zero One Clashin' it up and for only $2.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Spooky Movies at the Humboldt County Library

Posted By on Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 4:00 PM

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Some of us have been counting down to Halloween since November. Well, October is upon us, so grab a bag of miniature candy and start the film fest. Not quite up to killer clowns or chainsaws? The Humboldt County Library is lighting up the dark with classic supernatural-themed films that will get you in the spirit without haunting your dreams every Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. (free).

Are you a good witch or a bad witch? Decide when Charity Grella hosts broom-powered classic The Wizard of Oz (1939) on Oct. 3. Judy Garland may be all apple-cheeked charm but there's no shame in covering your eyes for the flying monkeys.

Does Kim Novak need the dark arts to win over Jimmy Stewart? Witch, please. But it's a great excuse for a comedy with Jack Lemon and a wicked cute Siamese cat. Yours truly hosts Bell, Book and Candle (1958) on Oct. 10.

Hell hath no fury like a woman burned for witchcraft. On Oct. 17, Bob Doran presents Veronica Lake as a witch exacting revenge on her accusers' descendant (Frederic March) via love potion in I Married a Witch (1942).

Finally, on Oct. 24, Frederic March is back, this time as the Grim Reaper taking a break from the soul-snatching grind in Death Takes a Holiday (1934), hosted by Michael Cooley.

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Green Parties — Benefits for Sanctuary Forest and Friends of the Dunes

Posted By on Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Your weekend could be a little wilder. For example, you could party hop between a couple of events benefiting wildlife habitat conservation, you conscientious party animal.

First up, Sanctuary Forest, a land and water trust that works to conserve and promote the well-being of the Mattole River watershed, celebrates 30 years of conservation at its 30 on the 30th party happening Saturday, Sept. 30 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Beginnings Octagon ($30). Expect to enjoy a fabulous Asian dinner by chef Nancy Miyamoto and dancing and live music by Candelaria and Jammies by 9. There's beer and wine on hand, too.

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There's more wine pouring at Wine by the Sea on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center ($60, $50 members, $50 advance, $40 advance members). This annual seaside fundraiser is your chance to support Friends of the Dunes' efforts to protect area coastal dune habitats and help them continue to provide free outdoor education to local schools. Sip local wines, dine on delicious cheeses, snacks and desserts, and bid on schmancy auction packages. Belles of the Levee provide jazzy/blusey tunes and artist Matt Beard will paint of one of his colorful landscapes. There's also a wine pull and beverages from Lagunitas Brewing Co., Lost Coast Brewery and It's Alive Kombucha Humboldt County.

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Perigot Park Carnival

Posted on Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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Take the kids to Blue Lake on Saturday, Sept. 30 from noon to 6 p.m. for Blue Lake Roller Rink's Perigot Park Carnival — a fundraiser for new skates for the rink — with a bouncy house, petting zoo, live music, food, face painting and games ($5, free for kids 3 and under). After, the youngsters can lace up their skates and hug the wall during the free skate night at the rink from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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Music Tonight: Friday, Sept. 29

Posted By on Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Local keyboard jammer Tomek has been helping to organize the Friday Night Live concert series in Old Town Eureka on the last Friday of each month. There are three more concerts coming up before they take a break during the cold winter months. Tonight you'll find Lyndsey Battle, from what Tomek tells me, though it's unclear which group she's playing with — maybe Daily Driver. Either way, she's very talented and always surrounds herself with great local musicians as well. The music will start around 5:30 p.m. at the gazebo in Old Town and there will be some beer and cider around from what I hear. It's free so soak it up. The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West — quite a title — Travis Brass is stopping by Fulkerson Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. for a free concert on HSU's campus. There is limited seating so give the ticket office a call to reserve your ticket at 826-3928. Empresses of harmony Belles of the Levee return to Cafe Mokka in Arcata tonight for a free show at 8 p.m. Back in Eureka, the Friday Night Live After Party starts at 9 p.m. at Siren's Song Tavern with proggers LD51 and local rockers Blacksage Runners. This one's free. Around the same time, Americana trio Kingfoot returns to the Logger Bar in Blue Lake for a free show. Dead Heads and JGB lovers can rejoice because Melvin Seals and JGB make another two-night residency at Humboldt Brews in Arcata starting tonight at 9:30 p.m. You'll get big helpings of jam rock and an earful of Melvin's Hammond B-3 as they blow it away on the stage. It's $25 to get into this show.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Taste of Orthodoxy Ethnic Food and Dance Festival

Posted on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 4:00 PM

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Pace yourself — there's more scrumptious traditional food and fun this weekend with A Taste of Orthodoxy Ethnic Food and Dance Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30 from noon to 4 p.m. at St. Innocent Orthodox Church (free admission). Enjoy the flavors of Greek and Central European food: gyros, tiramisu, wiener schnitzel and more. Plus live music by Eastern-Euro band Chubritza, hourly Byzantine choir chants and tours of the historic Eureka church.

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Oktoberfest!

Posted on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM

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Accordion to the calendar and crispness of the air, it's fall. That means the folks at Fortuna Senior Services are rolling out beer barrels of fun for their annual Oktoberfest celebration Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rohner Park (free admission, $20 dinner, $5 beer). Learn to polka to oompah music by The Scotia Band and Humboldt Accordionaires, snack on sausages and strudel and slosh around steins of good German beer.

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Music Tonight: Thursday, Sept. 28

Posted By on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 12:35 PM

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Local musical man of mystery Chris Parreira tipped me off to an interesting show this evening in a rare venue — at M. Walker Guitars at 550 South G St., Unit #9 — with Anna Tivel. She's a touring singer/songwriter and has recently been a winner at the Telluride Troubadour Contest and the Kerrville New Folk Festival, so that's something. She'll perform songs from last year's release of Heroes Waking Up in this intimate show tonight that starts at 8 p.m. and has a $15 ticket price.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Music Tonight: Wednesday, Sept. 27

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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The RLA Jazz Trio is joined again by Paula & Don this evening at the Mad River Brewery Tap Room at 6 p.m. for free. You'll get some good jazz to sway to but you'll be comfortable tapping your feet and sipping your John Barleycorn as well if you just want to ride it out. As always, it's a free show but tips are always welcome for the bands. Starting off in Mammoth Lakes in the Sierras, Sweetwater String Band now has members living in Santa Cruz, Wyoming and Colorado, yet it keeps playing on. With a cello, mandolin, guitar and bass, this soulgrass band has its third album At Night coming out in just a couple of days, so the members are assembled and on the road drumming up support. The album deals with topics such as "nature's rest, love's plight and the curiosities of the human experience," according to the press release. Get a preview of songs you'll find on this soon-to-be-released album and, if you're lucky maybe they'll have some advanced copies for you to pick up. They'll be at Humboldt Brews around 9 p.m. for only $10 tonight.

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