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Can We Interest You in a Play About Alexander von Humboldt?

"This is a guy who was a rock star in his day," says Humboldt Unbound director Michael Fields of the famous subject of his play which debuts Thursday night. You like rock stars, right?

The namesake of the county you're almost assuredly reading this in, Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was a best-selling author, explorer and ground-breaking ecologist who went on to have his name forever associated with top shelf ganja. While that last aspect of his life is not addressed in the production, Humboldt's journey to South America plays a large part, as do his relationships with his family and his travel buddy botanist Aime Bonpland.

The project is very much a collaboration of HSU alum Fields, HSU world languages and culture professor Francisco de la Cabada and local musician Tim Gray (there are songs). It stars both HSU student Mark Teeter (pictured, guy on the right) and HSU geography professor Stephen Cunha who play the younger and older versions of the title role, respectively. 

Do you want this history lesson? For the next two weeks, Humboldt (county residents) can consume the life of Humboldt (the man) in theatrical form at the Van Duzer Theatre -- Thursdays through Saturday with one matinee on Sunday, Nov. 17. Less historically motivated gatherings in your Thursday Lowdown below.

-Andrew Goff


Buddy Reed

Old Town Coffee And Chocolates (Old Town) / 7 p.m.

Lowdown blues.

445-8600 / Web site

Humboldt Unbound

Van Duzer Theater / 7:30-9 p.m. / $10 / Free limited free seating for HSU students / $8 students & seniors / 18+

Who in the world was Alexander von Humboldt—explorer, visionary and godfather of ecology? Explore the wonder of his voyages to the outer and inner unknown in this HSU original production featuring music, dance and spectacle.

826-3928 / Web site

Far East

Redwood Curtain Theatre / 8 p.m. / $15 / $10 Thursdays

"Deliciously wry and poignant play centers on three US Navy personnel, and one Navy wife, stationed at a base in Japan in the mid 1950’s – a little bit Kabuki, a little bit From Here to Eternity."

Pimps of Joytime

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

"Road tested, audience approved groove machine." Diego's Umbrella open.

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

Senior Advisory Medicare Enrollment

Area 1 Agency on Aging / 8:30 a.m. / 21+

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

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


Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 6 p.m.

Local rock while you beer.

668-4151 / Web site

The Whale (2011)

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 6:30 p.m. / $3

Every month: Ocean Night! From majestic documentaries to epic surf flicks, explore the great blue sea with Ocean Conservancy, Humboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper.

822-1220 / Web site

Open Mic

Blondies Food and Drink / 7 p.m.

Perform yer stuff. Make some chums.

822-3453 / Web site

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Eureka High School Auditorium / 7:30-10 p.m. / $8 / $5 students

Shakespeare's most popular comedy, portrays the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors, their interactions with woodland fairies and a duke and duchess.

441-1735 / vossn@eurekacityschools.org / Web site

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay

Bear River Casino Resort / 8 p.m.

Please don't do "Bohemian Rhapsody." That never works.

733-9644 / Web site

Karaoke w/ KJ Leonard

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 8 p.m.

When selecting your song, please keep in mind your audience would like to dance.

668-9770 / Web site

Open Jam

The Forks / 8:30 p.m. / 21+

With Jimi Jeff.

530-629-2679 /

Kev and Dee

Six Rivers Brewery / 9 p.m.-midnight / Free

Jazz duo.

839-7580 / 6rbmusicbooking@gmail.com / Web site

Pressure/Anya DJs

Nocturnum / 9 p.m. / 21+

Dirty Thursdays bump 'n' grind boogie down.

499-0163 /

Accurate Productions

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

S.I.N. and Service Night DJ night.

800-684-2464 / Web site

Piet Dalmolen

Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 9-11 p.m. / Free

826-9463 / Web site

Rude Lion Sound

Sidelines / 9:30 p.m. / 21+

Hip hop krunkage for your butt.

822-0919 /

Kindred Spirits

Clam Beach Inn / 10 p.m.

839-0545 /


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