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Lowdown: LoCO's Favorite Past Sand Sculpture Festival Entries

Here's an easy call: Go to the beach this weekend, Humboldt. Duh. 

That would be a good idea any summer day, right? But this Saturday you have extra incentive since the landscape will be artistically manipulated by humans (in a non-permanent way) for the 18th Annual Friends of the Dunes Sand Sculpture Festival held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Manila Dunes Recreation Area. Get some sand down your pants (for a good cause)!

If you just want to look at the brilliance, the best time to go is after noon. But if you've been jonesin' to sculpt some earth, sign up at the FOD website where you'll also find countless of well organized (who does that? Yay!) photos from past years goin' all the way back to 2001. Do yourself a favor and get some inspiration, sculptors.

Now, your Lost Coast Outpost isn't claiming to be sand sculpture experts or anything, but these are our favorite past entries:

2012: "Some Faces" by Blake.

2011: "Educate One Self" by Scott Martin.

2010: "Castle" by Grumpy Stout.

2009: "Friend of Foe" by Team Catfish.

2008: "Hooey" by Carole Morgal.

No, seriously. Go look too many photos of these things. Again, the sand sculpting takes place on Saturday but if you can't wait that long for fun, check out Friday's Lowdown below.

-Andrew Goff

EVENTS

Author Emily Brady

Northtown Books / 7 p.m.

Author signs and reads from her new book Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier. Brady spent a year in Humboldt investigating the semi-underground pot industry, and the characters that make it happen.

Humboldt Crabs vs. Redding Colt .45s

Arcata Ball Park / 7 p.m. / $8

Hometown baseball, baby.

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Blue Lake's Blues Blowout

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 8-11 p.m. / $20 / 21+

Little Walter tribute with Corky Siegel, Mark Hummel, James Harman, Little Charlie, plus special guest Buddy Reed and the Rip it Ups.

668-9770 / Web site

The Comedy of Errors

Dell'Arte / 8 p.m. / $18

Set in a place much like the Arcata Plaza, at an event much like the Farmers Market, Dell’Arte puts an original twist on Shakespeare’s outrageous farce.

Silver Hammer

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

Local Beatles tribute.

668-5000 / silverhammer101@gmail.com / Web site

Hot Buttered Rum

Humboldt Brews / 9:30 p.m. / $15 / 21+

Spinning tales of the good times, the bad times, the roads in between and belting them from the heart in three-part harmony.

826-2739 / Web site

Lost Coast Kennel Club Dog Show

Humboldt County Fairgrounds / 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. / Free

All breed dog conformation show plus rally and obedience trials. No unentered dogs allowed please.

407-5253 / lckcchair@gmail.com / Web site

Garberville Farmers' Market

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

Sustainable farms sell local produce direct to the consumer.

Pressure/Anya DJs

Six Rivers Brewery / 2 p.m.

Ass shaking at the top of the hill, McKinleyville.

839-7580 / Web site

DJ Itchie Fingaz

Six Rivers Brewery / 2 p.m.

Soundcloud.com/itchiefingaz

839-7580 / Web site

Blue Lotus Jazz

Larrupin Cafe / 5:30-9 p.m. / Free

Jazz on the patio. Wheeee!

677-0230 / davewilsonguitarist@yahoo.com / Web site

Anna Hamilton

Angelina Inn / 6 p.m.

Local singer/songwriter/storyteller gets to know you.

725-5200 / Web site

Mac Dre Day

Mateel Community Center / 7 p.m. / $30 / $25 adv. / 21+

Celebrate the life of Bay Area rap legend Mac Dre with his friends and label mates Husalah, Mac Mall, Mistah FAB, Rydah J Clyde, and Coolio Da Unda Dog.

923-3368 / Web site

Bully (2011)

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 7:30 p.m.

822-1220 / Web site

Shugafoot

SpeakEasy / 8 p.m.

Local jazz/blues band gets it done.

444-2244 / Web site

Tripwire

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

Local classic rock.

800-684-2464 / Web site

Jimi Jeff and the Gypsy Band

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

Blues, rock and more.

733-9644 / Web site

Hunter and the Dirty Jacks

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

Rootsy rock and blues band from Los Angeles.

668-9770 / Web site

Rude Lion Sound

Toby and Jacks / 9:30 p.m.

Dance, sweat, get down.

MOVIES

Broadway Cinema
Garberville Theater
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre