Wednesday, May 14's Lowdown

(Above: Wednesday's stars.) 

As they do from time to time, Arcata has hijacked all the fun for themselves. Your Humboldt Wednesday centers there: 

  • The half of Tenacious D who has starred in fewer major motion pictures rerolls through A-Town tonight. While Kyle Gass Band shows feature humorous between-song banter, the overriding theme here is just straight-up, kickass rock ’n’ roll. It wasn’t too many months ago the KGB was last at HumBrews. My friend Will says its the best show he’s seen there. Big talk.
  • Are you swayed by one of the best banjo players in the world entering our fair county? How ‘bout two of ‘em? Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have no qualms against claiming to being that damn good. Discerning Humboldt banjo enthusiasts can judge for themselves tonight at the Van Duzer Theatre
  • And finally, your Lowdown loves us some Sci-Fi Pint and Pizza Night, the Arcata Theatre Lounge’s mostly weekly crap cinema slot. They’ve really outdone themselves this week: the ATL is trotting out the Turkish Sci-Fi film Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saved the World) (1982) which is commonly referred to as “Turkish Star Wars” since the film makers thought they’d just sneak in some of George Lucas’s more-polished footage to make their low-budget “ugh”-fest shinier. Brilliant. See an unauthorized trailer for the unauthorized film below. 

--Andrew Goff

The Lowdown Fun Committee

Godlin Gets Behind

How could Turkish Star Wars not be your plan for tonight?! That sentence is a perfect example of why the interrobang (the exclamation point question mark)  should be reintroduced.

Events

(Submit yours!)

'Turkish Star Wars' (1982)
Arcata Theatre Lounge / 6 p.m. / $5
Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saved the World) (1982) is a Turkish adventure film commonly known as Turkish Star Wars because of its notorious use of unauthorized footage from Star Wars (1977) worked into the film.
822-1220 / Web site / View Comments

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Van Duzer Theater / 8 p.m. / $55 / $25 HSU students
"Several years ago, contemporary progressive banjo pioneer, Béla Fleck and the singing, songwriting, Chinese speaking, clawhammer-style virtuoso, Abigail Washburn got married—an event that celebrated the union of two of the world’s best banjo players."
826-3928 / Web site / View Comments

Kyle Gass Band
Humboldt Brews / 9 p.m. / $15 / 21+
"What does KG do when he's not playing with the Greatest Band in the World? He assembles an otherworldly super-team of badass dudes to back him up in his own project."
826-2739 / Web site / View Comments

Arcata Elementary School Kindergarten Visitation
Arcata Elementary School / 8:45-10 a.m.
Introduce your child to the next 13 years of his/her life.
822-4858 / juliebair@humboldt.k12.ca.us / Web site / View Comments

Bike to Work Day Eureka
North Coast Co-Op in Eureka / noon-1 p.m. / Free
Cyclists wearing helmets will get free hot drinks, snacks and bike tune-ups from 7 to 9 a.m.
445-1097 / Web site / View Comments

Making Photographs II
College of the Redwoods Downtown Site / 1-3 p.m. / $85 / 18+
Gary Todoroff teaches the next stage in his hands on photography class.
269-4000 / sarah-connelly@redwoods.edu / Web site / View Comments

How to Buy and Sell Property
MikkiMoves Real Estate, Inc / 5-6:30 p.m. / Free / 18+
Free workshop.
515-6683 / workshops@MikkiMoves.com / Web site / View Comments

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 / View Comments

Buddy Reed
Blondies Food and Drink / 6 p.m.
Low down blues.
822-3453 / Web site / View Comments

Just Turns
Redwood Raks World Dance Studio / 6-8 p.m. / $35 / $50 both
"Ikolo Griffin brings his world renown 'Just Turns' workshop to Humboldt county, with an emphasis on turns used in social dancing."
464-3638 / debbie@dancewithdebbie.biz / Web site / View Comments

Aber Miller
Larrupin Cafe / 6 p.m.
Local jazz pianist tickles ivories/you.
677-0230 / Web site / View Comments

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 / View Comments

Open Mic
Old Town Coffee And Chocolates / 6:30 p.m.
Music and spoken word. Hosted by Mike Anderson.
445-8600 / Web site / View Comments

LaPatina Band
Redwood Curtain Brewing Company / 7-9 p.m. / Free
Pints for Non-Profits benefitting Pacific Union School PTO.
826-7222 / brianpowell66@gmail.com / Web site / View Comments

Ultra Secret Good Guy Organization
SpeakEasy / 7-10:45 p.m.
Jazz funk fusion improv.
444-2244 / Web site / View Comments

College of the Redwoods Concert Band
Old Town Gazebo / 7-7:45 p.m. / Free
Playing marches, symphonic suites, music from the movies, ballet music, and more.
Brian-newkirk@redwoods.edu / View Comments

Blues Jam
Clam Beach Inn / 8:30 p.m. / 21+
Duh-nuh, duh-nuh...
839-0545 / Web site / View Comments

Karaoke
Lil Red Lion / 9 p.m. / 21+
How could this be a bad idea?
View Comments

Karaoke
Bar Fly Pub and Grub / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+
443-3770 / Web site / View Comments

Salsa Night
Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 9 p.m. / $5
Get a salsa lesson then apply that knowledge.
826-9463 / Web site / View Comments

Whomp Whomp Wednesday
Jambalaya / 9:30 p.m. / $5 / 21+
822-4766 / Web site / View Comments

Rude Lion Sound
Toby and Jacks / 10 p.m. / 21+
Were you just thinking, "Is there anyplace that has Dancehall Wednesdays?" Here it is!
View Comments

Wild Wednesdays
Blue Lake Casino / 10 p.m.
With Pressure/Anya DJ Duo
668-9770 / Web site / View Comments

Movie Showtimes

Broadway Cinema
  • AMAZING SPIDER MAN 2 2D: 11:55, 2:25, 5:45, 9:05
  • AMAZING SPIDER MAN 2 3D: 1:35, 4:55, 8:15
  • BEARS: 1:10, 3:20
  • BRICK MANSIONS: 4:50, 9:40
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER 2D: 2:05, 5:15, 8:25
  • DIVERGENT: 12:45, 6:35
  • GOD S NOT DEAD: 2:15, 7:05
  • GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL: 5:30, 7:55
  • HEAVEN IS FOR REAL: 12:00, 3:45, 6:15, 8:45
  • LEGENDS OF OZ: DORTHY S RETURN 2D: 12:05, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00
  • LEGENDS OF OZ: DORTHY S RETURN 3D: 1:25
  • NEIGHBORS: 1:00, 2:00, 3:30, 4:30, 6:00, 7:00, 8:30, 9:30
  • OTHER WOMAN: 12:55, 3:40, 6:30, 9:15
  • QUIET ONES: 3:55, 9:45
  • RIO 2 2D: 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 7:50
Mill Creek Cinema
  • AMAZING SPIDER MAN 2 2D: 2:45, 6:00, 9:15
  • AMAZING SPIDER MAN 2 3D: 5:30, 8:45
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER 2D: 6:05, 9:05
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER 3D: 2:55
  • HEAVEN IS FOR REAL: 3:20, 5:50, 8:20
  • LEGENDS OF OZ: DORTHY S RETURN 2D: 3:50, 6:15, 8:30
  • LEGENDS OF OZ: DORTHY S RETURN 3D: 3:15
  • NEIGHBORS: 4:30, 7:00, 9:30
  • OTHER WOMAN: 4:05, 6:45, 9:25
  • RIO 2 2D: 3:05, 5:40, 8:15
Minor Theatre
  • AMAZING SPIDER MAN 2 2D: 5:20, 8:40
  • FADING GIGOLO: 4:05, 6:30, 8:55
  • GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL: 4:15, 6:45, 9:10