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'Public Enemy' Bill Ayers Speaks in (Where Else!?) Arcata Tonight

Despite his many years devoted to teaching and social justice, it seems inevitable that Bill Ayers will live out his days known mostly as the "terrorist" candidate Barack Obama supposedly "palled around with" in his youth.

So why not own it? Instead of writing another tome about educational theory, Ayers' latest output, Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident, chronicles what life's been like since he became the unlikely focus of the 2008 United States Presidential campaign. Y'all can hear him wax about his death threats Tuesday night at Northtown Books

If you're unaware, Humboldt is not just another stop on a book tour for Ayers. The University of Illinois professor and his wife Bernadine Dohrn have kept a summer home here for over three decades. Previous speaking engagements in Arcata have featured Tea Party protests and photo ops with local politicos that pop up now and again. Do us a favor: Try to contain your passion Tuesday, HumCo. Or, attend a less politically polarizing gathering found in your Tuesday Lowdown below.

-Andrew Goff



Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 6-8:30 p.m. / Free

Feral jazz. Woof.

668-4151 / julie@madriverbrewing.com / Web site

Bill Ayers

Northtown Books / 7 p.m.

Pal around with the noted author and educator as he reads and signs his new book, Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident.

Greensky Bluegrass

Humboldt Brews / 9:30 p.m. / $18

A bluegrass party, ya'll. Fruition opens.

826-2739 / Web site

Volunteer Driver for Seniors

Area 1 Agency on Aging / 8 a.m. / Free / 21+

442-3763 / mmcgarry@a1aa.org / Web site

MediCal Managed Care Workshop

First Presbyterian Church of Eureka / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. / Free

445-8404 / cynthia@tilinet.org /

Miranda Farmers' Market

Avenue Cafe / 2-5 p.m.

Located in front of the cafe. Sustainable farms sell local produce direct to the consumer. Runs from May through October.

943-3025 /

Game Night

Crush / 5 p.m.

Don't be bored. Play board games.

Beginning Microsoft Excel 2010

College of the Redwoods Community Education / 5:30-9:30 p.m. / $65 / 18+

269-4000 / mandy-mcnay@redwoods.edu / Web site

Dale Winget

Cutten Inn / 6 p.m.

Local guitarist/vocalist.

Humboldt Cribbage Club

Moose Lodge / 6:15-9:30 p.m. / $7

Muggins! Get your weekly crib on.

444-3161 /

Buddy Reed

Libation / 7-9 p.m.

Local bluesman gets low down. Accompanied by Andy Fihn.

825-7596 / Web site


SpeakEasy / 7 p.m.

Local jazz/blues band gets it done.

444-2244 / Web site

Good and Evil Karaoke

Silver Lining / 8 p.m.

Karaoke. In an airport.

839-0304 / Web site

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay

Cher-Ae Heights Casino / 8 p.m.

Your Lowdown will go on the record as saying that Chris Clay is Humboldt's most pro karaoke jockey. We know this stuff.

800-684-2464 / Web site

Teach Me Equals

The Siren's Song Tavern / 8 p.m.

"Catchy, crafty, and cathartic."

442-8778 / thesirenssongtavern@gmail.com / Web site

Electric Gravy

Eureka Inn / 8-11 p.m.

Electronica, jazz improvisational trio.

497-6093 / Web site

Show Devils

Nocturnum / 9 p.m. / $10 / 21+

Globally renowned, gold medalists of stunt shows, unrolls the 1920’s glory of vaudeville with an intense mix of traditional routines, modern performances, and strange music.

845-5842 / Web site


Broadway Cinema
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre