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Lowdown: Humboldt's Friday Night Takes Place in Arcata

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:

--Andrew Goff


Trash Mash-up

Dell'Arte / 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.

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Arcata / 6-9 p.m.

Monthly arts walk. Businesses on and around the Plaza stay open late featuring local art and music.

822-4500 / Web site

Humboldt Crabs vs. Menlo Park Legends

Arcata Ball Park / 7 p.m. / $8

Root on your hometown baseball team as they whoop up on some hapless bums.

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The Glories of Gloria Revue

Carlo Theatre (Dell'Arte) / 8 p.m. / $12 / $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.

668-5663 / Web site

Lozen, Qui, Clean Girl and the Dirty Dishes

The Jam / 9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

"A night of heavy two-piece bands" ... and Clean Girl and the Dirty Dishes

822-4766 / Web site

Drag Me to the Beach Drag Show

Humboldt Brews / 9:30 p.m.-1:45 a.m. / $5 / 21+

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.

826-2739 / Web site

Indigo Hillbillies

Garberville Farmers Market / 11 a.m.-3 p.m. / Free

Homespun folk from the hills of Humboldt.

498-4089 / cherylkelley@live.com / Web site

Clarke Museum Tour

Clarke Historical Museum / 11 a.m. / Free

Learn about Humboldt County history with a free docent led tour.

443-1947 / clarkehistorical@att.net / Web site

Blue Lotus Jazz

Larrupin Cafe / 5:30-9 p.m. / Free

Jazz on the patio.

677-0230 / davewilsonguitarist@yahoo.com / Web site

(Re)Debris: A Marine Debris Educational Sculpture

SCRAP Humboldt / 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.

633-8349 / director@scraphumboldt.org / Web site

Wild Otis

Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 6 p.m.

Local rawkers return to where the beer be.

668-4151 / Web site

DBS Anniversary Blowout

Dirty Business Soil / 6 p.m.-midnight / Free

Celebrating one year of existence with burlesque, drag, aerial silk, and circus she·nan·i·gans. Music by DJ Knutz.

633-8885 / info@dirtybusinessdivas.com / Web site

Friday Fun Skating

Eureka Municipal Auditorium / 6-8:30 p.m. / $4.75 Adults / $4 Youth

441-9181 / Web site

Public Skate

Blue Lake Roller Rink / 6:30-9:30 p.m. / $5

New summer hours.

668-5932 / parks-rec@bluelake.ca.gov / Web site

Papa Paul

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

Local folk/rock.

442-1177 / Web site

Dust From 1000 Years, Bad History Month, Blood Orphans

The Ink Annex / 7-10 p.m. / $7 / $5 members

The Placebo presents a night of punk.

Three Legged Dog

Persimmons Garden Gallery / 7 p.m.

Indie classic rock.

923-2748 / Web site

Lemon Lemon Cherry

Fieldbrook Market / 7-9 p.m.

Local eclectic duo comprised of Chris Parreira and Anwyn Halliday.

'The 1964 Flood' Lecture

Dow's Prairie Grange / 7 p.m. / Free

Historian Jerry Rhode gives a lecture with historical photographs about the 1964 Flood in our area.

840-0100 / dowsgrange@gmail.com / Web site

Stop Making Sense (1984)

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.

822-1220 / Web site

Monthly Program

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.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Redwood Curtain Theatre / 8 p.m.

Christopher Durang takes characters and themes from Chekhov, pours them into a blender and mixes them up.

443-7688 / boxoffice@redwoodcurtain.com / Web site

Lozen + QUI + Clean Girl and the Dirty Dishes

The Jam / 9 p.m.

822-4766 / Web site

Nautical Nation

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

Austin rock band.

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


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

Local dance/rock cover band.

668-9770 / Web site

Barfly Karaoke

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

You know what karaoke is.

443-3770 / Web site

Abruzzi After Dark

Abruzzi / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / $5 / 21+

With Pressure Anya.

826-2345 /


Central Station / 9 p.m.

Again, you know what karaoke is.

839-2013 /

Hunter and The Dirty Jacks

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

Rock 'n' roll.

800-684-2464 / Web site


Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /

Ultra Secret Good Guy Organization

Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Jazz/funk improvisation quintet.

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


Broadway Cinema
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre