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Ex-Mendocino Mountain Man and Proto-Smart Punk Larry Livermore Has a New Book

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The late '80s and early '90s were a formative period for your Lost Coast Outpost Lowdown (or at least that portion of it that wasn't 11 years old at the time). You had Redwood Summer, you had the beginnings of the East Bay/Gilman Street music scene, you had Mendocino County radical print culture -- the AVA, the Mendocino Memo, the Lookout. You had marijuana cultivation. Blend those things together, bake in the 100-degree Willits sun for a few summers. It makes an impression.

The common thread that connected it all was my soon-to-be-friend Larry Livermore, whose book on the period -- Spy Rock Memories -- was just published. Spy Rock Memories is a lot of different stories blended into one. It's a tale of a city person falling in love with and learning to make his way in the harsh North Coast backwoods, but it also touches on the genesis of a social movement that still shapes Humboldt County politics today and on the early days of his Lookout record label, which took the East Bay/NorCal punk ethos nationwide.

Will you meet the young members of Green Day in the book? Yes, you will. Can you name three members of Brent's TV? Were you at the Garberville Vets' Hall Screeching Weasel-Lookouts-Mr. T Experience show? This book is for you.

It was a great read. I'm not just saying that.

Livermore will be at Northtown Books tonight at 7 p.m. to read from Spy Rock Memories, sign some books (and/or old T-shirts) and probably -- knowing him -- to chat some ears off. Earlier in the day he'll hit Larry Trask's "Awkward Pause" radio show on KHUM to talk about the book and spin some records. That's at around 3 p.m. on KHUM -- 104.3 FM, streaming at khum.com.

Or maybe you think the ocean is more punk than reading books? Ocean Night returns Friday with a screening of the film Deep Water (2006). Watch the trailer below. --Hank Sims

EVENTS

Reggae on the River

French's Camp / 9 a.m.

Making a highly anticipated return to the festival’s original French’s Camp venue, located approximately 10 miles south of Garberville. Music by Julian Marley and The Uprising Band, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley and Blak Soil, Anthony B and many more.

Trinidad Arts Night

Trinidad / 6-9 p.m.

Kinda like Garberville Arts Alive, but in Trinidad.

Ocean Night Film Screening

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 6:30 p.m.

From majestic documentaries to epic surf flicks, explore the great blue sea with Ocean Conservancy, Humboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper. This months film Deep Water (2006) is a documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race.

822-1220 / Web site

Larry Livermore Spy Rock Memories Reading

Northtown Books / 7-9 p.m.

In 1982, Livermore, ex-greaser, post-hippie, burnt out and disillusioned by the Bay Area punk scene, journeyed north into an off the map, off the grid mountain wilderness that lay at the heart of California's Emerald Triangle in search of something “real.”

822-2834 / info@northtownbooks.com / Web site

As You Like It

Redwood Park / 7 p.m.

Plays in the park! After being banished to the Forest of Arden by her power-hungry uncle, Rosalind is forced to hide her identity from her new-found love, Orlando. She must find a way to woo him dressed as a man, hiding her true feelings and feminine ways, while flaunting her lightning wit.

The Tale of the Allergist's Wife

North Coast Repertory Theatre / 8 p.m. / $15 / $12 students/seniors

Follows the story of Marjorie Taub, the wife of a philanthropic allergist, who is engulfed in a life crisis of Medea-like proportions.

442-6278 / Web site

Garberville Farmers' Market

Garberville Town Square / 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sustainable farms sell local produce direct to the consumer.

Wildwood Days

Rio Dell / 5 p.m.

Rio Dell's annual nearly week long community celebration. Check their website for the complete list of events.

info@wildwooddays.org / Web site

Anna Hamilton

Angelina Inn / 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Local singer/songwriter/storyteller gets to know you.

725-5200 / Web site

Live Art Alan Chilton

Eel River Brewery / 6-9 p.m. / Free

725-2739 / media@eelriverbrewing.com / Web site

Blue Lotus Jazz

Larrupin Cafe / 6-9 p.m. / Free

Jazz on the patio! Wheeeeeee...

677-0230 / davewilsonguitarist@yahoo.com / Web site

The Pat Jordan Band

Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 6-8:30 p.m. / Free

Rock band from Santa Rosa.

668-4151 / julie@madriverbrewing.com / Web site

Fortuna's First Friday

Fortuna / 6-9 p.m.

Art, music, fun and great deals from local merchants in the friendly city.

Parent Voices Humboldt Meeting

The Jefferson Project / 6-7:30 p.m. / Free

Parents advocate group.

444-8293 / parentvoiceshumboldt@changingtidesfs.org / Web site

LaPatina Trio

Cafe Brio / 6:30-8:30 p.m. / Free

The DeMark brothers and Neil McLaughlin play a selection of originals and covers on the outside patio.

822-5922 / jeffdemark@gmail.com / Web site

Claire Bent and Aber Miller

Libation / 7:30 p.m. / 21+

Local jazz duo.

825-7596 / Web site

Shrek

Van Duzer Theater / 7:30 p.m. / $19 / $13 balcony

Humboldt Light Opera Company (HLOC) presents flying dragons, catchy tunes, flashy dance numbers, irreverent romance, and dozens of your favorite fairytale creatures together on stage

445-4310 / Web site

Victor/Victoria

Ferndale Repertory Theatre / 8 p.m. / $18 / $16 students/seniors

Ferndale Rep presents the story of a penniless soprano, named Victoria, colludes with a struggling gay impresario to disguise herself as a man named Victor, who entertains as a female impersonator known as "Victoria" - and as a result becomes the toast of Paris.

786-5483 / info@ferndalerep.org / Web site

Shugafoot

SpeakEasy / 8 p.m.

Local jazz/blues band gets it done.

444-2244 / Web site

Dr. Squid

Bear River Casino Resort / 9 p.m. / 21+

Humboldt party band would prefer you dance more.

733-9644 / Web site

Cat McLeon

Cher-Ae Heights Casino / 9 p.m. / 21+

Classic rock.

800-684-2464 / Web site

Accurate Productions

The Ritz / 9 p.m.

City Lights dance night.

Peace of Mind Orchestra

Logger Bar / 9 p.m.

668-5000 / Web site

DJs Pressure/Anya

Six Rivers Brewery / 9 p.m.-midnight / Free / 21+

Your butt. Move it.

839-7580 / Web site

Ba-Dum-CHH Comedy Presents

Nocturnum / 9 p.m.

Featuring Matt Gubser, Juan Medina, Nick Palm, Tony Persico, Joe Whiskey-Whiskers Deschaine and John Mcclurg. Hosted by Sherae O'Shaughnessy.

499-0163 /

Tripwire

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 9 p.m. / 21+

Local classic rock.

668-9770 / Web site

KingFoot

The Siren's Song Tavern / 9 p.m. / 21+

Acoustic string trio.

442-8778 / thesirenssongtavern@gmail.com / Web site

Rude Lion Sound

Toby and Jacks / 9:30 p.m.

Dance, sweat, get down.

MOVIES

Broadway Cinema
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre