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Willy Porter (Guy at the Playhouse Tonight) is Really Good at Guitar (VIDEO)

Geez. Even if virtuosic guitar playing ain't your bag, baby, you've kinda gotta respect the fact that six-string magician Willy Porter is on another plane. As evidenced in the clip above, Porter successfully marries dizzying dexterity with an ear for tranquilizing melody -- dude is flashy, but not in that annoying way.

Humboldt audiences have two opportunities to experience Mr. Porter Wednesday. The most obvious way would be his performance with opener singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph at the Arcata Playhouse. Also note that he will dazzle KHUM's Larry Trask live on 104.3/104.7 'round 'bouts 3 p.m. Rotate your dials.

Elsewhere Wednesday, indie bluegrass quintet Greensky Bluegrass pick away at the Arcata Theatre Lounge (sample their brand below), the world-renowned eye/ear candy that is Blue Man Group will be on display for their second of two nights within the Van Duzer Theatre -- word is they are rockin' six (6) semi trucks worth of equipment, people! -- and it's the second day of the Annual International Latino Film Festival at The Minor.

Even more midweek mirth in your Lowdown listings below.

-Andrew Goff

EVENTS

Pints for Nonprofits

Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 1-9 p.m. / Free / 21+

Music by the Lyndsey Battle Trio. Benefits the Mattole Restoration Council.

629-3514 / mrc@mattole.org / Web site

16th Annual International Latino Film Festival

Minor Theatre / 6-10:20 p.m. / $10 / $6 students & seniors

Long-standing community event is a collaboration of College of the Redwoods Humanities Department and Humboldt State University’s World Languages and Cultures Department. Students and the general public are invited to view outstanding films from Chile.

826-3226 / jesse-wiedel@redwoods.edu / Web site

Willy Porter

Arcata Playhouse / 8 p.m. / $18 / $15 members & students

"Wisconsin native Willy Porter is a guitar virtuoso with an insinuating voice that sneaks past your defenses and gets under your skin." Singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph.

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

Blue Man Group

Van Duzer Theater / 8 p.m. / $65 / $45 HSU students

Blue Man Group is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a totally unique form of entertainment.

826-3928 / Web site

Greensky Bluegrass

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 8:30 p.m. / $20 / 21+

"What makes Greensky different than Bluegrass? Poignant rural ballads about real people? Dobro tone that Jerry (Douglas or Garcia) would love? Distortion Pedals? Grit and attitude from a whiskey soaked card game?"

822-1220 / Web site

GMO Free Humboldt Volunteer Meetings

Arcata Co-op Community Kitchen / 6-7 p.m. / Free

822-5947 / humboldtgmofree@gmail.com / Web site

Buddy Reed

Blondies Food and Drink / 6 p.m.

Low down blues.

822-3453 / Web site

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

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

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

Music and spoken word. Hosted by Mike Anderson.

445-8600 / Web site

Open Mic w/ Lauren Smith

Logger Bar / 8 p.m.

First Wednesday of every month.

668-5000 / Web site

No Covers

SpeakEasy / 8 p.m.

Jazz improvisational duo.

444-2244 / Web site

Jimi Jeff Jam

Central Station / 8 p.m.

Jam with Jimi.

839-2013 /

Blues Jam

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

Duh-nuh, duh-nuh...

839-0545 /

Comedy Open Mikey

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

Hosted by Nando Molina. Beats by Gabe Pressure.

Salsa Night

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

Get a salsa lesson then apply that knowledge.

826-9463 / Web site

Karaoke

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

How could this be a bad idea?

Midday Veil, Mystics in Bali, DL Mathias

The Siren's Song Tavern / 9-11:59 p.m. / $5

Soundscapes galore.

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

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