Plaza people teem imminent. While Blue Lake and Fortuna gear up for their respective weeklong human-traffic increases (due to the Humboldt Folklife Festival and Fortuna Rodeo Week, respectively), Humboldt’s most reliable cultural hub dominates Friday’s scene thanks to the monthly Arts!Arcata. Evidence follows:
/ 5-7:30 p.m.
Free workshops in the Big Hammer Tent culminating in a visual and musical spectacle, “Mash-Up Bash Pageant” on Sunday. Using disposable materials, participants construct “Maskostumes” which are original pageant masks and costumes inspired by traditions from around the world.
/ 6-9 p.m.
Monthly arts walk. Businesses on and around the Plaza stay open late featuring local art and music.
Carlo Theatre (Dell'Arte)
/ 8 p.m.
/ $8 Child
/ $10 Student/Senior
Gloria Rivard, alleged denizen of prestigious artistic lineage, fashions a spectacular extravaganza in which her talents take center-stage in a multifaceted solo performance.
See puppetry, magic, dancing, dramatic theatre and slapstick. Featuring Mooky Cornish.
/ 9 p.m.
"A night of heavy two-piece bands" ... and Clean Girl and the Dirty Dishes
/ 9:30 p.m.-1:45 a.m.
Benefit for Queer Humboldt and AIDS TF Emergency Fund. The Red Carpet Girls+ will be holding amateur open drag auditions, sign-up to take the stage and a chance to be selected as a future Red Carpet Girl+. Music by DJ Razorburns.
/ 5:30-9 p.m.
Jazz on the patio.
/ 6 p.m.
A sculpture will be built utilizing trash gathered from beach cleanups and will take the form of a local creature affected by the harms of plastics and other pollution in our oceans.
Dirty Business Soil
/ 6 p.m.-midnight
Celebrating one year of existence with burlesque, drag, aerial silk, and circus she·nan·i·gans. Music by DJ Knutz.
The Ink Annex
/ 7-10 p.m.
/ $5 members
The Placebo presents a night of punk.
/ 7-9 p.m.
Local eclectic duo comprised of Chris Parreira and Anwyn Halliday.
Dow's Prairie Grange
/ 7 p.m.
Historian Jerry Rhode gives a lecture with historical photographs about the 1964 Flood in our area.
Arcata Theatre Lounge
/ 7:30 p.m.
Concert movie featuring Talking Heads live on stage. Directed by Jonathan Demme, it was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983, as the group was touring to promote their new album Speaking in Tongues.
Redwood Region Audubon Society
/ 7:30 p.m.
Pablo Elizondo will speak on "Conservation & Science of Costa Rican Birds." Elizondo is an accomplished photographer and executive director of the Costa Rica Bird Observatories.
Redwood Curtain Theatre
/ 8 p.m.
Christopher Durang takes characters and themes from Chekhov, pours them into a blender and mixes them up.
/ 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
With Pressure Anya.
/ 10 p.m.
Plaza ass shaking.