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100 Years!

In recognition of HSU's centennial celebration, today's Lowdown writeup comes to us courtesy of KHUM DJ and HSU alumni Mike Dronkers. -AG:

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You know what Arcata would be without Humboldt State?


For a century now, HSU has kept us from becoming full-on backwater burg. The school is our intellectual lifeblood, regularly drawing young minds and fresh ideas into the redwood curtain.

Today, HSU is the only reason performers like Emmylou Harris, Macklemore, Bill Maher, Wilco, and Reggie Watts know where Arcata, California is. 

And the money. HSU is Arcata's main economic engine, employing thousands of people at state-level wages, often with precious benefits.

So happy 100th, Humboldt State. And thank you to the students, professors, and scientists who bring a little extra sunshine to Humboldt county. Think about them next time you're driving through Willits.

Humboldt State's centennial party is on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Plaza. 


Take a walk back in time at HSU's big Centennial kick-off party. Come on down to the Arcata Plaza, bring the family and be a part of the start of a yearlong celebrationThe Humboldt State 100th Birthday Festival features a range of entertainment for the whole family. 

Enjoy free birthday cookies from Ramone’s bakery, explore old time artisan demos, snap a photo in the kid’s zone photo booth, revel at the antics of Leapin’ Louie and Shae Freelove, and dance to all-day music with the Humboldt Folklife Society, while the Arcata Fire Department gives fire truck rides to kids.This event is free and open to the community!


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.

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Creamery Festival

Arcata Playhouse / 11 a.m.

Arcata's historic Creamery district comes to life with pageantry, performance and people. Three day event eatures violinist Jenny Schienman and sax quartet The Tiptons, salsa band Ponche', outdoor showing of Buster Keaton's "The General" with a live score by Gregg Moore and Vaudeville variety show.

822-1575 / david@arcataplayhouse.com / Web site

Hops In Humboldt

Rohner Park / noon-6 p.m. / $40 / $5 non-drinkers.

Tenth annual Hops in Humboldt features micro and craft brews from more than 40 different breweries, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, beer games, brewing awards and good music. No kids, no pets, no drunk driving.

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Humboldt State University’s Centennial Celebration

Arcata Plaza / 4-7 p.m.

Marching Lumberjacks, puppet shows and strolling performers, artisan demos, free birthday cookies, Kids Zone with hands-on activities, antique car display, five bands, fire truck rides.

Humboldt Roller Derby

Redwood Acres Fairgrounds / 6 p.m. / $15 / $12 adv.

Your hometown heroes take on the Emerald City Roller Girls. Benefit for Six Rivers Planned Parenthood.

445-3037 / cmbeding@charter.net / Web site

Grease Sing-A-Long

Eureka Theater / 6:30 p.m. / $15

Dust off your leather jackets for an ultimate summer night with the T-Birds and Pink Ladies as you sing-a-long with your favorite hits from the original 1978 film. Proceeds benefit the continuing restoration of the Eureka Theater.

442-2970 / 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.


Humboldt Brews / 9:30 p.m. / $18 / 21+

All female Led Zeppelin cover band blows your mind.

826-2739 / steve@passionpresents.com / Web site

Arcata Farmers' Market

Arcata Plaza / 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Local produce, meats flowers and more. Music at 10 a.m. (Click for music schedule.)

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KHSU Music Sale

Arcata Plaza / 9 a.m.-7 p.m. / $1

Tons of vinyl, CDs and a little public radio memorabilia all for sale.

826-4807 / david@khsu.org /

Baroni Jewelry End of Summer Sale

Baroni Studio / 10 a.m.-4 p.m. / Free

Baroni opens its offices to deal hunters.

822-8067 / sales@baronidesigns.com / Web site

Ferndale Farmers' Market

Main Street, Ferndale / 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

On the corner of Shaw and Main streets. Sustainable farms sell local produce direct to the consumer.

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Walk with a Doc

Sequoia Park / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. / Free

The Humboldt-Del Norte County Medical Society hosts monthly walks for physical fitness.

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Salmon, Oysters, Ales and Rails

Samoa Roundhouse and Shops / 11:30-4:30 a.m. / $20

Fundraiser barbecue in conjunction with the Clarke Museum.

443-1947 / dzsipo@gmail.com / Web site

S.H.I.T.s and Giggles Comedy Festival

The Jam / 4 p.m. / $3

"Just Two Minutes."

822-4766 / Web site

Random Acts of Comedy

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 6 p.m. / $6

Local interactive improv comedy troupe wings it for your enjoyment.

822-1220 / Web site

Movies in the Park

Sequoia Park / 7 p.m.

S.H.I.T.s and Giggles Comedy Festival

The Jam / 8 p.m. / $5

With Keith Lowell Jensen, Adam Jacobs, Alison Stevenson, Sean Green, Justin Alan, Steven Wilber. Host: John McClurg.

822-4766 / Web site

S.H.I.T.s and Giggles Comedy Festival

Six Rivers Brewery / 8 p.m. / $5

With Paul Danke, Nick Rutherford, Clare O'Kane, Isaac Kozell, Jade Catta-Preta, Matt Gubser, Red Scott, Kim Hodges, Host: Sherae O'Shaughnessy.

839-7580 / Web site

S.H.I.T.s and Giggles Comedy Festival

Blondies Food and Drink / 8 p.m. / $3

With Sean Keane, Jeff Anaya, Ivy Vasquez, Jules Posner, Keith D, Andrew Holmgren, Ratty Maty, Richie the C, Host: Tony Persico.

822-3453 / Web site

DJ Restless Rebel

Mario's Marina Bar / 8 p.m.

Get down in the Cove.

986-7600 /

Kenny Ray and the Mighty Rovers

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

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

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay

RJ Grin's Lounge / 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. / Free / 21+

445-0844 / cleo.nice@redlion.com /

Amanda Grey and Whiskey Savage

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

"Raw, kick your teeth in country music."

668-9770 / Web site

Dr. Squid

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

Humboldt party band would prefer you dance more.

800-684-2464 / Web site

Blue Rhythm Revue

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

Local R&B/soul group.

733-9644 / Web site

Grampa's Chili

Six Rivers Brewery / 9 p.m.


839-7580 / Web site

S.H.I.T.s and Giggles Comedy Festival

Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 9 p.m. / $5

With Andrew Dewitt, Kate Willett, Trevor Hill, Tammy Connors, Dutch Savage, Nando Molina, Kollin Holtz Host: Josh Duke.

826-9463 / Web site

Pressure/Anya DJs

The Ritz / 9:30 p.m. / 21+

Dance ... dance ... get on down in ya undapants ...


Toby and Jacks / 10 p.m. / 21+

More Plaza ass shaking.

S.H.I.T.s and Giggles Comedy Festival

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 10 p.m. / $15

With Cornell Reid, Emmett Montgomery, Johnny Pemberton, Andre Hyland, Josh Androsky, Matt Lieb, Tony Persico, John McClurg, Host: Joe Deschaine.

822-1220 / Web site

DJ Itchie Fingaz

Pearl Lounge / 10 p.m. / 21+

People be dancin'.

444-2017 / Web site


Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /

Wild Eyes, Nipplepotamus

Alibi / 11 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Rock at the 'bi.

822-3731 / Web site


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