Thursday, July 4, 2013's Lowdown

Fourth of July, peeps! Yes, you could hole up in your fenced off backyard with illegal fireworks and explode the fruits of freedom that way. But if any part of your preferred American experience has to do with being a part of community perhaps you should do one of the following things:

  • Arcata: Get all patriotic on the Plaza with tons of street food, live tunes and artisan booths. There is no more difficult day of the year to try and see the Crabs play, so get to the Arcata Ballpark early if that's your plan.
  • Eureka: Old Town and the surrounding areas will be decked out in similar booth style as Arcata. Eureka has staked its claim as the fireworks king of Humboldt County, we hear local classic rock radio station KWPT The Point is in charge of providing the soundtrack to tonight's explosions. For those about to rock we … KABOOM!
  • Ferndale: The Victorian Village still goes all out for 'Mericas birthday -- i.e. parade down Main Street at noon, patriotic music at Ferndale Rep at 3 p.m., carnival at the Fairgrounds, smaller scale fireworks at night.
  • Benbow: Lower key event around the RV Park and Campground with fireworks in the evening at the State Recreation Area.
  • NoHum: The Elk Country RV Resort -- you know, by that red schoolhouse -- is hosting a day of horseshoes, balloon toss and little stuff like that. They promise a noon parade. Are the elk putting this on? 
  • Fortuna: Do you know how patriotic Fortuna is? They couldn't even wait 'til the actual fourth and blew all their stuff up yesterday. The founding fathers would be proud.

As for your Lost Coast Outpost, we're gonna start they day off at the river. But we'll be hungry when we return. Invite us to your barbecue! We'll bring an acoustic guitar and sing "You're a Grand Ol' Flag!" That's a fair trade, right?

-Andrew Goff

The Lowdown Fun Committee

Larry Likes

Come on by Disgraceland today! We're watching Wimbledon!

Events

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Fourth of July Extravaganza
Elk Country RV Resort and Campground / 9 a.m.
Horseshoes, washer toss, duck derby, balloon toss. Parade starts at noon, as does the barbecue which runs until 9 p.m.
488-2181 / Web site / View Comments

Fourth of July in Ferndale
Ferndale / 10 a.m.
Parade down Main Street at noon. Patriotic music at Ferndale Rep at 3 p.m. Fireworks at the fairgrounds at night.
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Fourth of July Jubilee Festival
Arcata Plaza / 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Live music, local food and craft vendors, and free kids activities. Hosted by the Arcata Chamber of Commerce.
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Fourth of July Street Fair/Fireworks
Old Town/Downtown Eureka / 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
America! Live music, vendor booths, food, crafts, art, classic cars, fire trucks. Fireworks at 10 p.m. with rockin' soundtrack by KWPT The Point!!!
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Humboldt Crabs vs. Solano Mudcats
Arcata Ball Park / 12:30 p.m. / $8
Hometown baseball, baby.
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Henderson Center Farmers' Market
Henderson Center / 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Locally grown food. Live music. Runs from June to October.
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Happy Growler Day
Redwood Curtain Brewing Company / noon-5:30 p.m. / Free
826-7222 / david.franklin@redwoodcurtainbrewing.com / Web site / View Comments

McKinleyville Farmers' Market
McKinleyville Shopping Center / 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Locally grown food. Runs from June to October.
268-1800 / Web site / View Comments

Eureka Summer Concert Series
C Street Market Square / 6 p.m.
Featuring oldies group The Hot Rods.
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Blue Lotus Jazz
Angelina Inn / 6-9 p.m.
Romantic jazz with your dinner?
725-5200 / davewilsonguitarist@yahoo.com / Web site / View Comments

Open Mic
Blondies Food and Drink / 7 p.m.
Perform yer stuff.
822-3453 / Web site / View Comments

Francis Vanek and Steve Smith
Persimmons Garden Gallery / 7 p.m.
Jazz with tenor saxophone player Francis Vanek, keyboard player Steve Smith and drummer Michael Curran.
923-2748 / Web site / View Comments

Karaoke w/KJ Leonard
Blue Lake Casino / 8 p.m.
When selecting your song, please keep in mind your audience would like to dance.
668-9770 / Web site / View Comments

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay
Bear River Casino / 8 p.m.
Please don't do "Bohemian Rhapsody." That never works.
733-9644 / Web site / View Comments

Open Jam
The Forks / 8:30 p.m. / 21+
With Jimi Jeff.
530-629-2679 / View Comments

Accurate Productions
Cher-Ae Heights Casino / 9 p.m. / 21+
S.I.N. and Service Night DJ night.
800-684-2464 / Web site / View Comments

Pressure/Anya DJs
Nocturnum / 9 p.m. / 21+
Dirty Thursdays bump 'n' grind boogie down.
499-0163 / View Comments

Rude Lion Sound
Sidelines / 9:30 p.m. / 21+
Hip hop krunkage for your butt.
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Datablend
#MongolianNightz / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. / 21+
Weekly exposition of local innovators in EDM hip hop, and bass music.
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Movie Showtimes

Broadway Cinema
  • DESPICABLE ME 2 2D: 11:55, 12:35, 3:15, 5:05, 5:50, 8:25
  • DESPICABLE ME 2 3D: 2:30, 7:40
  • LONE RANGER: 12:45, 2:00, 4:15, 5:30, 7:50, 9:00
  • MAN OF STEEL 2D: 1:30, 8:10
  • MAN OF STEEL 3D: 4:50
  • MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 2D: 11:50, 1:10, 2:55, 5:20, 6:45
  • MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 3D: 8:35
  • NOW YOU SEE ME: 6:30, 6:40
  • THE HEAT: 12:20, 1:15, 3:10, 4:05, 6:00, 6:55, 8:50, 9:40
  • THIS IS THE END: 9:20
  • WHITE HOUSE DOWN: 12:00, 12:50, 3:00, 3:45, 6:10, 9:15
  • WORLD WAR Z 2D: 2:35, 3:55, 5:40, 8:05, 9:30
  • WORLD WAR Z 3D: 12:05
Garberville Theater
  • EPIC: 7:30
Mill Creek Cinema
  • DESPICABLE ME 2 2D: 12:20, 2:15, 2:55, 5:35, 7:25, 8:10, 9:40
  • DESPICABLE ME 2 3D: 11:45, 4:55
  • LONE RANGER: 2:00, 5:25, 8:50
  • MAN OF STEEL 2D: 1:40, 5:00, 8:20
  • MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 2D: 11:40, 1:00, 3:05, 6:35
  • MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 3D: 8:30
  • THE HEAT: 12:30, 3:20, 6:10, 9:00
  • THIS IS THE END: 9:30
  • WHITE HOUSE DOWN: 12:50, 3:50, 6:50
  • WORLD WAR Z 2D: 12:10, 3:45, 9:20
  • WORLD WAR Z 3D: 5:45
Minor Theatre
  • DESPICABLE ME 2 2D: 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30
  • LONE RANGER: 1:35, 4:55, 8:15
  • WORLD WAR Z 2D: 1:15, 3:55, 6:35, 9:15