It's Gonna Be Tough to Drive Around Arcata Friday

You know how Arcata got really crowded about a month ago when all the students came back? Well, now HSU is extending an invitation to students' entire families. Be warned.

Homecoming and Family Weekend kicks off Friday with a slew of events including a concert on the quad at noon, a Centennial-themed parade around the Arcata Plaza at 4:15 p.m. and a homecoming dance in the Goodwin Forum at 9 p.m., to name a few. Full sked here.

In addition to all that pep, Arcata also plays host tonight to the Fifth Annual String Thing, an evening of strummed and picked delights at the ATL featuring The Absynth Quintet, Dirt Floor Band, Lyndsey Battle, Chris Parreira, Caitlin Jemma and more.

Add to this Arcatacentric night the allure that Ethiopian-born, Yale-educated, Bay Area jazz singer Meklit Hadero provides and you got some tough choices to make, Humboldt. Even more confounding variables in your Lowdown below.

-Andrew Goff


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Dustbowl Revival
The Quad at HSU / noon
Free "Arts in the Quad" show featuring Southern California old school bluegrass/gospel/jug-band/swamp blues band
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Fifth Annual String Thing
Arcata Theatre Lounge / 7 p.m.-1:30 a.m. / $15 / 21+
Featuring The Absynth Quintet, the Dirt Floor Band, Lyndsey Battle, Cory Goldman and Brian Hennesy, Caitlin Jemma and Our Weight in Gold and Chris Parreira and Friends.
822-1220 / / Web site / View Comments

Meklit Hadero
Arcata Playhouse / 8 p.m. / $15 / $13 students & members
Ethiopian-born Bay Area jazz/folk singer brings her dynamic trio of drums, bass and trumpet back to Humboldt.
822-1575 / / Web site / View Comments

Humboldt Bay Boat Tours
Humboldt Baykeeper / 9 a.m.
Humboldt Baykeeper offers free natural history boat tours of the north Humboldt Bay at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Call for details.
268-8897 / View Comments

Garberville Farmers' Market
Garberville Town Square / 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sustainable farms sell local produce direct to the consumer.
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Transforming Rape Culture
College of the Redwoods / 3-4:30 p.m. / Free
CR sociology department presents a series of discussions. Participants are encouraged to talk more deeply about changing our society’s culture in regard to sexualized violence.
476-4539 / / Web site / View Comments

Anna Hamilton
Angelina Inn / 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Local singer/songwriter/storyteller gets to know you.
725-5200 / Web site / View Comments

SpeakEasy / 8 p.m.
Local jazz/blues band gets it done.
444-2244 / Web site / View Comments

You Can't Take It With You
North Coast Repertory Theatre / 8 p.m. / $15 / $12 student/senior
NCRT production of the comedy awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1937. Directed by Mack Owen.
442-6278 / Web site / View Comments

Electric Gravy
Redwood Curtain Brewing Company / 8 p.m.-midnight / Free
Electronic jazz improvisational trio.
826-7222 / Web site / View Comments

Becky's New Car
Redwood Curtain Theatre / 8 p.m.
Becky Foster, is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-stricken millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works.
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Kaye Bohler Band
Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 9 p.m. / 21+
""Big and brassy, bold and sassy."
668-9770 / Web site / View Comments

Central Station / 9 p.m.
Again, you know what karaoke is.
839-2013 / View Comments

Three Times Bad
Six Rivers Brewery / 9 p.m.-midnight / Free
Four piece bluegrass/roots band.
839-7580 / / Web site / View Comments

Accurate Productions
The Ritz / 9 p.m.
City Lights dance night.
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Bar-Fly Karaoke
Bar Fly Pub and Grub / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+
443-3770 / Web site / View Comments

Rude Lion Sound
Toby and Jacks / 9:30 p.m.
Dance, sweat, get down.
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Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+
Plaza ass shaking.
822-0919 / View Comments