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Friday, May 17, 2013's Lowdown

Huh. So we're still doing traveling animal misery-infused circus thingys? I thought we'd come to a consensus on this one.

Well, it's the Lowdown's duty to inform you that, yes, there is a circus in town. The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus will be performing multiple shows throughout Humboldt in the coming days -- Friday in Benbow, Saturday in Rio Dell and Sunday in Eureka. Yes, there are clowns, acrobats and trapeze artists, which is fine. There are also animals -- big cats, camels, ponies, dogs -- and that's the problem. C&M has a well documented history of animal handling regulation violations and complaints levied against it. (Without going too deep into it in this limited space, the Department of Agriculture has weighed in. There are maddening YouTube vids showing cramped tiger travel cages.) 

We're not telling you not to go. (Wait. Maybe we are.) Just Google around a 'lil maybe before you drag your kid to the "show." Actually, we're just gonna let Patton Oswalt handle this (see video below). Then check the Lowdown for less bummer things to do Friday and into the weekend.

-Andrew Goff

Comedy Central

EVENTS

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.

AntiProm Masquerade Ball

Arcata Playhouse / 8 p.m. / $5

Apprentice Entertainment presents the Anti-Prom Masquerade Ball featuring live music from local bands The Echidnas and UFO8, and DJs Z-Money and C-Loco.

822-1575 / Web site

Tommy: The Musical

Mateel Community Center / 8 p.m.

South Fork High School performing arts department's spring play is The Who's rock opera.

923-3368 / Web site

Garberville Farmers' Market

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

Sustainable farms sell local produce direct to the consumer.

Culpepper and Meriweather Circus

Benbow / 5 p.m. / $10 / $6 Child/senior

Oh, circuses.

866-244-8676 / Web site

Silver Hammer

Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 6 p.m.

Local Beatles cover band channels the fab four while you beer.

668-4151 / Web site

Fabulous: A Ladies Night Out

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 6:30-9:30 p.m. / $25

Glamorous fundraiser for Soroptimist International of Eureka.

498-9711 / Web site

Author Rudy Martin

Northtown Books / 7 p.m.

Lisa Baney

Persimmons Garden Gallery / 7 p.m.

Local jazz vocalist.

923-2748 / Web site

Donnie Darko (2001)

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 7:30 p.m. / $5

Life is one long insane trip. Some people just have better directions.

822-1220 / Web site

Culpepper and Meriweather Circus

Benbow / 7:30 p.m. / $10 / $6 Child/senior

Oh, circuses.

866-244-8676 / Web site

Shugafoot

SpeakEasy / 8 p.m.

Local jazz/blues band gets it done.

444-2244 / Web site

Eureka Symphony

Arkley Center For The Performing Arts / 8 p.m. / $34 / $9 students

Season finale concert.

Mon Petit Chou

Cafe Mokka / 8 p.m.

Local French-Canadian music.

822-2228 / Web site

Folk Dance

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church / 8-10 p.m.

Teaching and request dancing. Sponsored by Humboldt Folk Dancers.

822-4102 /

The Mothership: Thesis Festival

Carlo Theatre (Dell'Arte) / 8 p.m.

Thesis projects of the 2013 MFA graduating class. Pay what you can. Reservations recommended.

Skin Deep

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

A large, lovable, lonely-heart gives romance one last shot on a blind-date.

443-7688 /

Dr. Squid

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

Humboldt party band would prefer you dance more.

800-684-2464 / Web site

Mark Sexton Band

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

Jazz/soul guitarist and band.

668-9770 / Web site

Pressure/Anya DJs

Six Rivers Brewery / 9 p.m.

Ass shaking at the top of the hill, McKinleyville.

839-7580 / Web site

Kindred Spirits

Logger Bar / 9 p.m. / 21+

Local folk quartet.

668-5000 / Web site

Rewind

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

Classic rock.

733-9644 / Web site

Taxi

Central Station / 9 p.m. / 21+

Local rock 'n' roll.

839-2013 /

DJ Gobi

Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 9 p.m. / 21+

826-9463 / Web site

Accurate Productions

The Ritz / 9 p.m.

City Lights dance night.

Accurate Productions

Angelina Inn / 9:30 p.m.

725-5200 / Web site

DJ Jsun

Pearl Lounge / 10 p.m. / 21+

Get down in Old Town.

444-2017 / Web site

River Valley Mud, The Jaunting Martyrs

The Jam / 10 p.m. / 21+

Funk/soul.

822-4766 / Web site

MOVIES

Broadway Cinema
Garberville Theater
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre