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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

EVENTS

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

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 / sidenoterecords@gmail.com / Web site

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 / david@arcataplayhouse.org / Web site

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 /

Garberville Farmers' Market

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

Sustainable farms sell local produce direct to the consumer.

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 / dana-maher@redwoods.edu / Web site

Anna Hamilton

Angelina Inn / 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Local singer/songwriter/storyteller gets to know you.

725-5200 / Web site

Shugafoot

SpeakEasy / 8 p.m.

Local jazz/blues band gets it done.

444-2244 / Web site

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

The Georgia Handshakers

Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 8-11 p.m. / Free

826-9463 / Web site

Electric Gravy

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company / 8 p.m.-midnight / Free

Electronic jazz improvisational trio.

826-7222 / Web site

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.

Kaye Bohler Band

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

""Big and brassy, bold and sassy."

668-9770 / Web site

Karaoke

Central Station / 9 p.m.

Again, you know what karaoke is.

839-2013 /

Three Times Bad

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

Four piece bluegrass/roots band.

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

Accurate Productions

The Ritz / 9 p.m.

City Lights dance night.

Bar-Fly Karaoke

Bar Fly Pub and Grub / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+

443-3770 / Web site

Rude Lion Sound

Toby and Jacks / 9:30 p.m.

Dance, sweat, get down.

DJs

Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /

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