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You Used to Be More Fun

Before we plan our Wednesday, let’s talk about Saturday and how you — carefree, whimsical you — used to love to play in the sand.  

Remember sand? You love it! It's great. And you can immerse every part of your being in it this weekend if your inner child is courageous enough to sign up for Friends of the Dunes’ annual Sand Sculpture Festival occurring this weekend at the Manila Dunes Recreation Area. It’s ridiculously cheap to enter and proceeds help keep them dunes sparkly. More info here. Dig, you.

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OK, about tonight. We don’t feel like we’d be risking too much by suggesting that more total musical notes will be played/sang/inferred within the confines of the Arcata Playhouse this evening than in any other building in Humboldt. (Maybe some Dead cover band in their garage, but they’ll be playing for 11 straight hours or more.)  Anyway, long story short, Italian folk/jazz sextet OU (pronounced "oo") will dizzy your ears tonight if you so allow them. Get an aural glimpse of what they bring to the table in the clip below.

--Andrew Goff

EVENTS

The Giants of Thessaly (1960)

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 6 p.m. / $5

In order to placate the angry gods who’ve allowed Thessaly to be overrun with barbarian invaders and beset with natural disasters, King Jason takes his Argonauts on a search for the fabled Golden Fleece.

822-1220 / Web site

Pints for Nonprofits

Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 6-9 p.m. / Free

Here's to aging gracefully! Trifecta will play rock and blues at a benefit for the Humboldt Senior Resource Center. The Mad River Brewing Company will donate $1 for every beer you purchase.

443-9747 / jruprecht@humsenior.org / Web site

Humboldt Crabs vs. Marysville Gold Sox

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

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

Web site

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Arcata Playhouse / 8-11 p.m. / $18 / $15 Playhouse and RJA members, students and seniors

"The Italian sextet's original sound is created by the sublime collision of rock and jazz, improvisation and street music."

822-1575 / david@arcataplayhouse.org / Web site

Matt Vrba

Six Rivers Brewery / 8-11 p.m. / Free

Country singer/songwriter and Nashville based touring artist.

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

Volunteer Training

SCRAP Humboldt / 6:30-7:30 a.m. / Free / 18+

"As a nonprofit creative reuse center, volunteers are essential to the services that SCRAP Humboldt offers."

822-2452 / volunteer@scraphumboldt.org / Web site

Community Outreach Dinner

United Methodist Church / 5:30-6:30 p.m. / $5

Sponsored by the River Life Foundation.

725-4914 /

Humboldt Hard Court Bike Polo

Highland Park / 6 p.m. / Free

Like horse polo minus the stable fees.

541-531-6671 / daryl_witmore@yahoo.com / Web site

Buddy Reed

Blondies Food and Drink / 6 p.m.

Low down blues.

822-3453 / Web site

Aber Miller

Larrupin Cafe / 6 p.m.

Local jazz pianist tickles ivories/you.

677-0230 / Web site

Eureka Fair Wage Act Meeting

Labor Temple / 6:15 p.m.

Supporters of the Eureka initiative to require employers with more than 25 employees to provide a $12 minimum wage gather.

443-3731 /

Open Mic with Mike Anderson

Old Town Coffee And Chocolates (Old Town) / 6:30-9 p.m. / Free

Usually some singer/guitarists, a couple spoken word guys and then that one wildcard oddity that makes you go "hmm."

445-8600 / OldTownCoffeeEureka@yahoo.com / Web site

Ultra Secret Good Guy Organization

SpeakEasy / 7-10:40 p.m.

Upbeat jazz funk improv.

444-2244 / Web site

Long Valley Dance Annual Showcase and Fundraiser

Willits High School / 7 p.m.

Placebo Presents

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

With bands Crutches, Frustration, Volatile Substance, The Rebel Set and Dandruff.

Open Mic w/ Lauren Smith

Logger Bar / 8 p.m.

First Wednesday of every month.

668-5000 / Web site

Blues Jam

Clam Beach Inn / 8:30 p.m. / 21+

Duh-nuh, duh-nuh...

839-0545 /

Salsa Night

Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 9 p.m. / $5

Get a salsa lesson then apply that knowledge.

826-9463 / Web site

Comedy Open Mikey

Palm Lounge at The Eureka Inn / 9 p.m. / 21+

Hosted by Nando Molina. Beats by Gabe Pressure.

Karaoke

Little Red Lion / 9 p.m. / 21+

How could this be a bad idea?

Bar-Fly Karaoke

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

443-3770 / Web site

Whomp

The Jam / 9:30 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Every Wednesday Jambalaya makes with the whompity whomp.

822-4766 / Web site

Rude Lion Sound

Toby and Jacks / 10 p.m. / 21+

Were you just thinking, "Is there anyplace that has Dancehall Wednesdays?" Here it is!

MOVIES

Broadway Cinema
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre