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Lowdown: Best 'Ocean Night' Ever?

[The following is a guest Lowdown by LoCO friend Jennifer Savage. She likes the ocean.]

Several years ago, after having a blast at a number of boardshop-sponsored surf movie events, some friends and I wondered if a monthly Surf Night would be something folks would come to. That concept evolved into Ocean Night, which features not only surf flicks, but environmental documentaries, and is now going on its fifth year at the Arcata Theatre Lounge.

I've learned a few things over the years: Don't show documentaries over an hour long unless they are The Cove-level good; end with the surf movie so the surfers will stick around; transitioning between the two can be a challenge; "So, as you can see, climate change and overfishing will kill us all. Now for some sick moves by Rob Machado."

Also: Our community kicks ass when it comes to caring about ocean issues. I love that.

Finding movies that we haven't shown, that will entertain and inspire along with inform, that are visually compelling with an engaging narrative – it's not always easy. Even once I have a film in mind, getting the rights to show it can take a lot of back-and-forth (and often a screening fee).

For whatever reason, however, tonight's Ocean Night came together almost magically.

When I first saw the trailer for Angel Azul (above), I was hooked – I would have shown it for the cinematography alone. The fact that it chronicled an art project turned environmental commentary? Sold. I reached out through the film's website. Within a few minutes, director/producer Marcy Cravat responded. A few minutes later, we'd confirmed a screening. Marcy offered to come up. Perfect. 

Three weeks later, artist/surfer/friend Matt Beard messaged me about these folks who'd made a movie that he was featured in coming through town – could they add What the Sea Gives Me (trailer below) onto our August Ocean Night? Of course. Now we had a second film, also stunning-looking, also with the filmmakers Petra and Pierce Michael Kavanagh to be in attendance.

I don't want to jinx anything, but this might be the best Ocean Night ever.

--Jennifer Savage

EVENTS

Ocean Night: Angel Azul and What The Sea Gives Me

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 6:30 p.m.

Join the NEC, Humboldt Baykeeper and Surfrider Humboldt for Ocean Night. This month, two amazing movies, one featuring Humboldt's own Matt Beard.

822-1220 / Web site

Best in Show (2000)

Eureka Theater / 7 p.m. / $5

The North Coast Journal celebrates the best things in Humboldt with a screening of this classic dog movie. Description from the internet: "A colorful array of characters competes at a national dog show." Woof. Doors a 6 p.m.

442-2970 / Web site

Falling Rocks

Shamus T Bones / 7 p.m.

Local country/swing music. And meat. Lots of meat.

407-3550 / Web site

Hundred Heads

The Siren's Song Tavern / 9 p.m.

Indie ambiant joy rock.

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

Kaptain Kirk's Kosmic Koncoction

Logger Bar / midnight

668-5000 / Web site

French Professional Youth Soccer Camp

Arcata Sports Complex / 9 a.m.-noon / $195

845-6546 / info.acsamoa@gmail.com / Web site

Henderson Center Farmers' Market

Henderson Center / 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Locally grown food. Live music. Runs from June to October.

McKinleyville Farmers' Market

McKinleyville Shopping Center / 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Locally grown food. Runs from June to October.

268-1800 / Web site

Tom Rigney

C Street Market Square / 6 p.m.

Cajun rock and blues artist plays the Eureka Summer Concert Series.

Truck Driving Training Informational Meeting

College of the Redwoods Downtown Site / 6-8 p.m. / 18+

"If you are ready to work now, and have the physical ability to drive a truck (big ones, for long periods of time) come on down."

476-4500 / Web site

Open Mic

Gallagher's Irish Pub and Restaurant / 6:30 p.m.

Irish/Celtic music.

442-1177 / Web site

Claire Bent

Libation / 7 p.m.

Local jazz vocalist.

825-7596 / Web site

Open Mic

Blondies Food and Drink / 7 p.m.

Perform yer stuff. Make some chums.

822-3453 / Web site

Lisa Baney

Persimmons Garden Gallery / 7 p.m.

Local jazz vocalist.

923-2748 / 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

Electric Gravy

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company / 8 p.m.

Night for emcees to free flow over improvised analogue electronica with funk/hip hop beats.

826-7222 / Web site

Buddy Reed & th' Rip it Ups

Plaza Grill / 8-10 p.m.

Lowdown Thursday blues.

826-0860 /

Blues Night

Redwood Raks World Dance Studio / 8 p.m. / $5

With Brian Smith and Kimberli Hudson. Open dancing at 9 p.m. No partner necessary.

616-6876 / Web site

Electric Gravy

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company / 8 p.m.

Synth-laden, funky and ambient grooves.

826-7222 / Web site

DJ Itchie Fingaz

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

"Spinning his favorite Ghetto Funk tunes."

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

Dirty Thursdays

Pearl Lounge / 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. / Free / 21+

444-2017 / booking@pressureanya.com / Web site

Roots 'N' Culture Night

Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 9 p.m. / Free / 21+

Selectahs T Aura, Noble Tobal and Pozitive iDiaz team up with Special Guests for a night of excellent vibes.

826-9463 / goodmanbooking@gmail.com / Web site

Dirty Thursdays

Pearl Lounge / 9 p.m. / 21+

Humboldt's finest DJ duo Pressure/Anya makes Old Town asses wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle.

444-2017 / Web site

Jimi Jeff's Open Mic

Central Station / 9 p.m. / Free / 21+

Jammin' with Jimi.

839-2013 / centralstationtavern@gmail.com /

Accurate Productions

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

DJ night.

800-684-2464 / Web site

Rude Lion Sound

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

Hip hop krunkage for your butt.

822-0919 /

War Möth, Dead Man's Tale

The Jam / 9:45 p.m.-1 a.m. / 21+

They say: "Two of the areas most exciting heavy rock bands are bringing the doom to the Jam."

822-4766 / Web site

MOVIES

Broadway Cinema
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre