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Thursday's Lowdown: ATL's Mediterranean Dance Party and Humboldt Loses a Musical Force to Cancer

Your Lost Coast Outpost is going to assume you haven't been out to any Mediterranean electronic Gypsy punk shows yet this week. That being the case, we're going to go ahead and steer you toward Balkan Beat Box, who will sweatily dance with you at the Arcata Theatre Lounge Thursday night. (In the event, you have been to such a show recently, well geez, please tell us where in the county these things are going on already.)

BBB are nearing a decade of moving feet/butts with their particular brand of high-energy world music. The group's core members, all Isreali-born, are founders Ori Kaplan (one-time member of Gogol Bordello) Tamir Muskat (he was in Firewater) and frontman Tomer Yosef. The group is currently touring on their most politically charged album to date, 2012's harder-edged Give. Go ahead and sample the video for a track from that collection, "Suki Muki," below.

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In local music scene news, word is going around Facebook today that Riverwood Inn music booker and party chick Loreen Eliason succumbed to her battle with lung cancer. She made Phillipsville rock, no small task.

RIP.

-Andrew Goff

EVENTS

Buddy Reed

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

Lowdown blues.

445-8600 / 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."

Balkan Beat Box

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 9 p.m. / $22.50 / 21+

Mediterranean-inflected, globalized electronica. Founded by Israeli-born ex-pats Ori Kaplan (ex-Gogol Bordello) and Tamir Muskat (ex-Firewater).

822-1220 / Web site

Golden Rule Fundraiser

Northcoast Horticulture Supply / 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. / $5

839-9998 / juliet@northcoasths.com / Web site

Taste Of The Holidays

Arcata Community Center / 5-8 p.m. / $25

Food, wine and brew.

greggferndale@gmail.com / Web site

Henderson Center Holiday Open House

Henderson Center / 5-8 p.m.

Compost Mountain Boys

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

Bluegrass. Beer.

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

Bluegrass Jam

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company / 6:30 p.m.

Every third Thursday.

826-7222 / Web site

RRAS Board Meeting

Redwood Region Audubon Society / 6:30 p.m.

Open Mic

Blondies Food and Drink / 7 p.m.

Perform yer stuff. Make some chums.

822-3453 / 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

Kingfoot

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company / 8-11 p.m. / Free / 21+

Americana trio.

839-5090 / kingfootband@gmail.com / Web site

The Good Time Music Tour

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company / 8:30 p.m. / 21+

Washington-based old-timey bands The Gloria Darlings and The Gin Jars drink beer with you.

826-7222 / Web site

Open Jam

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

With Jimi Jeff.

530-629-2679 /

Accurate Productions

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

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

800-684-2464 / Web site

Play Dead

Humboldt Brews / 9 p.m. / $8 / 21+

Grateful Dead tribute band.

826-2739 / Web site

Pressure/Anya DJs

Nocturnum / 9 p.m. / 21+

Dirty Thursdays bump 'n' grind boogie down.

499-0163 /

Rude Lion Sound

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

Hip hop krunkage for your butt.

822-0919 /

Sound Culture 010

The Jam / 10 p.m. / $5 / 21+

"The only good system is a sound system."

822-4766 / Web site

Kindred Spirits

Clam Beach Inn / 10 p.m.

839-0545 /

MOVIES

Broadway Cinema
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre