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See Live Hick Mario Kart in Fortuna Tonight

Look, we can understand if you're not big on rodeo. It's not for everyone. But if you have complaints about how rodeo animals are treated -- a topic totally legit and up for discussion -- we will submit to you that, at least at the Fortuna Rodeo, the humans allow themselves to be punished for entertainment purposes too.

That's right, kids. Friday night in Fortuna is Motorsports Night in the rodeo grounds which means one thing: QUADIATORS. Do you like Mario Kart? Pain? This is for you.

If you're new to town let us explain. Tonight at the Fortuna Rodeo Grounds, teams of two will mount ATVs. One teammate will be the designated driver (not in the traditional sense, but we assume they will be sober) while the other stands on the back equipped with a whiffle ball bat and with a balloon taped securely to their helmet. You with us so far? Multiple teams will then proceed to drive in a circle simultaneously and attempt to pull close enough to their competitors to allow for bat-induced balloon popping, i.e. their swinging bats at each other's (helmeted) heads. Last balloon standing wins. There are multiple heats. Eventually, a champion is crowned.

This is known as fun. 

Does all the swinging bats at your fellow human ever lead to actual, heated altercations? Oh, hell yeah. Best of all, we know that the Fortuna Rodeo folks won't even get mad at us for mentioning it -- they feature a video of a Quadiator-related brawl right on their website. (This could happen again, folks! Come on down!)

Anywho, that's goin' down tonight. Also Friday, the toe-tappin' joy at the Folklife Festival Barn Dance in Arcata, Grandmothers of Invention deftly handling Zappa pieces at HumBrews and the first night of the Northern Nights Music Festival. Get Lowdown below.

-Andrew Goff


Northern Nights Music Festival

Cook’s Valley Campground / noon / $140

Three-day celebration of music, art, food and local culture.

Web site

Fortuna Rodeo Week

Fortuna / noon

Motorsports Night features motocross jumper Julian Dusseau, ATV and Rhino racing and, of course, the wow,-someone-thought-of-that spectacle that is Quadiators.

Web site

Humboldt Folklife Festival Barn Dance

Arcata Veterans Memorial Building / 7:30 p.m. / $7 / $6 HFS members

Annual hoedown featuring toetap-worthy tunes from Striped Pig Band.

GrandMothers of Invention

Humboldt Brews / 9 p.m. / $20 / 21+

Celebration of the music of Frank Zappa featuring former members of the Mothers of Invention.

826-2739 / Web site

Garberville Farmers' Market

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

Sustainable farms sell local produce direct to the consumer.

Anna Hamilton

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

Local singer/songwriter/storyteller gets to know you.

725-5200 / Web site

McKinleyville Arts Night

McKinleyville Business Dist. / 6-8 p.m.

Celebration of arts, food and fun in McKinleyville held the third Friday of each month.

Lemon Lemon Cherry

Cafe Brio / 6:30 p.m.

Experimental folk-jazz.

822-5922 /


SpeakEasy / 8 p.m.

Local jazz/blues band gets it done.

444-2244 / Web site

The Heir Apparent

Redwood Curtain Theatre / 8 p.m. / $15

Modern comic genius David Ives adapts Jean-Francois Regnard’s 1708 masterpiece, wherein Eraste desperately wants to marry Isabelle, but first he needs to secure an inheritance from his miserable old uncle, Geronte.

Dr. Squid

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

Humboldt party band would prefer you dance more.

800-684-2464 / Web site

Eyes Anonymous

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

Pop, new wave, and R&B hits from the 1980s.

668-9770 / Web site

Juke Box Karaoke

Bar Fly Pub and Grub / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / 21+

443-3770 / Web site


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

Classic rock.

733-9644 / Web site

Liquid Kactus

The Jam / 9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

To be recorded for an album.

822-4766 / Web site

Rude Lion Sound

Toby and Jacks / 9:30 p.m.

Dance, sweat, get down.


Broadway Cinema
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre