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O-Day

Well, this is it, kids. O-Day is here.

It's been nearly six weeks since it was revealed that this year's Arcata Main Street produced Oyster Festival would break with tradition, fence up the Arcata Plaza and charge ten bucks a head for the chance to fill your face with slimy invertebrates. Now we see who played their cards most strategically.

Will Arcata Main Street score with its promise of a less drunken, more orderly festival? Will attempts by Luke's Joint owner Luke Patterson encouraging people and businesses to boycott the event scare off the bivalve-adoring crowds? Will supervisor Rex Bohn projectile vomit raw oysters all over his constituents during the Shuck and Swallow contest? Did all the drama make you forget that Lyrics Born is performing, which is awesome? Needless to say, there's plenty of intrigue packed into Saturday.

We will all have answers Sunday.

-Andrew Goff

(P.S. If you missed the Lowdown's rundown of Oyster Fest after parties earlier this week, the Internet has saved it for you.)

EVENTS

56th Annual Garberville Rodeo

Greycliff Rodeo Grounds / 7 a.m.

"Rodeo In the Redwoods." See event description for the weekend's full schedule.

223-1046 / Web site

Humboldt County Safety Fair

Old Jefferson School / 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The women of Humboldt Roller Derby along with Making Headway host a free safety-themed event featuring helmet decorating, safety demonstrations, bike rodeo, car seat checks and giveaways.

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Arcata Main Street Oyster Festival

Arcata Plaza / 9:30 a.m. / $10

Shell-shenanigans: great music, food, fun featured at this weekend's 23rd annual Oyster Festival. Music by Lyrics Born, Yogoman Burning Band and Motherlode.

Humboldt Crabs vs. Menlo Park Legends

Arcata Ball Park / 12:30 p.m. / $8

Hometown baseball, baby.

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Vagabond Opera Post-Oyster Fest Celebration

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 7 p.m. / 21+

Note that early start time! European Cabaret! Vintage Americana! Balkan Belly Dance! Neo-Classical Opera! Old World Yiddish Theater! The Hip Joint open.

822-1220 / Web site

Brett McFarland

Arcata Playhouse / 8 p.m.

Intimate evening of music and storytelling with Arcata's very own singer/songwriter. Berel Alexander and Bangarang open. Benefits CASA of Humboldt. Sliding scale $5/$15.

822-1575 / Web site

Miracle Show

Humboldt Brews / 9 p.m. / 21+

Oyster Fest after party.

826-2739 / Web site

Tigerbomb!, Lord Ellis

Alibi / 10:30 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Humboldt's Guided by Voices tribute band plays their first show in eight years. UPDATE: Local rock gods Lord Ellis have stepped in for The Ian Fays who had to drop out for personal reasons.

822-3731 / Web site

Shay Park eBird survey

Redwood Region Audubon Society / 8 a.m.

Join Rob Fowler for a 1-3 hour survey of birds at the park.

616-9841 /

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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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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Dr. Cheryl and Mr Jay

Gallagher's Irish Pub and Restaurant / 6-9:30 p.m. / Free

Acoustic duo.

822-5622 / Web site

Traces of Old 36

Winema Theater / 7-9 p.m. / $20

Local singer/songwriters night featuring Spanky McFalane, Lyndsey Battle and Boomsuaii.

616-4970 / thebackwoods@suddenlink.net /

Next to Normal

North Coast Repertory Theatre / 8 p.m. / $18

Musical about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other.

442-6278 / Web site

NightHawk

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

Classic rock and contemporary dance music.

668-9770 / Web site

Yogoman Burning Band and Motherlode

The Jam / 9 p.m. / 21+

Oyster Fest after party.

822-4766 / Web site

The McBride Brothers Band

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

Rock 'n' roll.

733-9644 / 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

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay

RJ Grin's Lounge / 9 p.m. / Free / 21+

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

Disco Dance Party!

Logger Bar / 9 p.m.-2 a.m. / Free / 21+

Disco ball, fog machine, beer.

668-5000 / Web site

Silver Hammer

Six Rivers Brewery / 9 p.m.

Beatles cover band

839-7580 / Web site

Pressure/Anya DJs

Pearl Lounge / 9:30 p.m. / 21+

There will be ass shaking.

444-2017 / Web site

MOVIES

Broadway Cinema
Garberville Theater
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre