Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013's Lowdown

Over the next ten days, a higher-than-average number of Humboldtians will venture across Fernbridge to, among other things, ride The Zipper, test their ability to pick a winning horse and eat copious amounts of foods most doctors would agree they shouldn't. 

That's right, kids. The 117th Humboldt County Fair kicks off today and runs through Sunday, Aug. 25 featuring more stuff than we can list here. Well, in addition to the to-be-expected rides, races and grub alluded to above, we'll try to list a few: 

  • The Abuhadba Family will bring their dancing, brightly colored Cartoon Poodles to perform for the gathered masses. (Aug. 14-18)
  • The Incredible Acrobats of China will perform eye-popping tumbling, balancing contorting feats. (Aug. 19-25)
  • Members of the Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show will perform death-defying motorcycle stunts in a spherical cage and on tighterope. (Aug. 20-25).
  • Mexican grappling arts will be on display when the warriors of Lucha Libre Mexicana perform. (Aug. 25)
  • Yes, WowBalls.
  • Local bands will grace the main stage for evening concerts every night of the fair.

Oh, and there's zip lines, and petting zoos and NASCAR stuff to look at. You get it. Family fin will be had by all. Poke around the fair's website for a complete list and descriptions of goings-ons. Or check out your other options in Wednesday's Lowdown below.

-Andrew Goff

The Lowdown Fun Committee

Larry Likes

Rumpleminze and couch today.

Events

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Humboldt County Fair
Humboldt County Fairgrounds / 9 a.m.
This year is the 117th annual event. Features live and satellite horse racing, mule racing, carnival rides and games, death defying stunts, live entertainment, competitive exhibits, livestock events, great fair-time foods and special programs.
Web site / View Comments

Battle of the Worlds (1961)
Arcata Theatre Lounge / 6 p.m. / $5
Science Fiction Pint and Pizza Night. Italian science-fiction film directed by Antonio Margheriti and stars Claude Raines, Bill Carter and Maya Brent.
822-1220 / Web site / View Comments

Junior Toots
Humboldt Brews / 9:30 p.m. / $12 / 21+
"My father's contribution to reggae music has been a great inspiration. I want to be an inspiration for the next generation of Hibberts." - Junior Toots
826-2739 / Web site / View Comments

Ableton Workshop
MARZ Project / 3-4 p.m. / Free
Bring your questions and your laptop.
442-8413 / marzers@gmail.com / Web site / View Comments

Advance Directive Workshop
Area 1 Agency on Aging / 4-7 p.m. / Free / 18+
442-3763 / lwatson@a1aa.org / Web site / View Comments

Eureka Fair Wage Act Meeting
Labor Temple / 6:15 p.m.
Supporters of the Eureka initiative to require employers with more than 25 employees to provide a $12 minimum wage gather.
443-3731 / View Comments

Open Mic
Old Town Coffee And Chocolates / 6:30 p.m.
Music and spoken word. Hosted by Mike Anderson.
445-8600 / Web site / View Comments

No Covers
SpeakEasy / 8 p.m.
Jazz improvisational duo.
444-2244 / Web site / View Comments

Liquid Kactus
Six Rivers Brewery / 8-11 p.m.
Jam band with elements of blues and funk.
839-7580 / 6rbmusicbooking@gmail.com / Web site / View Comments

BA-DUM-CHH Comedy
Logger Bar / 9 p.m.
With host Joe Whiskey-Whiskers Deschaine.
668-5000 / Web site / View Comments

Whomp Whomp Wednesday
Nocturnum / 9 p.m.
HumCo craves beats.
499-0163 / View Comments

Movie Showtimes

Broadway Cinema
  • 2 GUNS: 1:25, 4:05, 6:45, 9:25
  • CONJURING: 9:10
  • DESPICABLE ME 2 2D: 1:40, 4:10, 6:40
  • ELYSIUM: 12:40, 3:25, 6:15, 7:35, 9:00
  • GROWN UPS 2: 1:50, 7:05
  • PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS 2D: 12:50, 6:10
  • PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS 3D: 3:30, 8:50
  • PLANES 2D: 12:00, 4:40, 7:00
  • PLANES 3D: 2:20, 9:10
  • RED 2: 12:10, 2:55, 5:40, 8:30
  • SMURFS 2 2D: 11:50, 12:30, 2:25, 3:10, 5:00, 5:50, 8:25
  • THE HEAT: 4:20, 9:30
  • TURBO 2D: 12:20, 2:45, 5:10
  • WE RE THE MILLERS: 1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 7:45, 9:15
  • WOLVERINE 2D: 11:55, 6:05, 9:10
  • WOLVERINE 3D: 3:00
Fortuna Theatre
  • 2 GUNS: 1:00, 3:50, 6:55, 9:35
  • ELYSIUM: 12:10, 2:35, 5:00, 7:25, 9:50
  • PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS: 1:20, 4:10, 6:45
  • PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS IN 3D: 9:20
  • PLANES: 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:00, 9:15
  • THE SMURFS 2: 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:00
  • WE'RE THE MILLERS: 1:30, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45
Mill Creek Cinema
  • 2 GUNS: 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30
  • DESPICABLE ME 2 2D: 2:55, 7:50
  • ELYSIUM: 1:10, 3:50, 6:35, 9:20
  • PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS 2D: 12:45, 6:05
  • PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS 3D: 3:30, 8:40
  • PLANES 2D: 12:55, 3:20, 5:50
  • PLANES 3D: 8:15
  • SMURFS 2 2D: 12:20, 3:00, 5:40, 8:10
  • TURBO 2D: 12:30, 5:25
  • WE RE THE MILLERS: 1:00, 3:40, 6:20, 9:00
  • WOLVERINE 2D: 12:05, 3:05, 6:10, 9:10
Minor Theatre
  • 2 GUNS: 3:45, 6:20, 9:00
  • ELYSIUM: 3:35, 6:10, 8:45
  • WE RE THE MILLERS: 3:55, 6:35, 9:15