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Saturday's Lowdown

You probably should have already clued into the fact that Humboldt's most fabulous annual weekend was imminent. We are in the midst of Humboldt Pride Week which has already included a flash mob, softball games, benefit dinners and a boat party. Woot.

But today is the main event. The Humboldt Pride Revolution Parade and Festival will dominate Eureka all day. The sure-to-be colorful parade starts at 11:30 at First and C streets and will be led by Grand Marshall'd by Queer Humboldt's Todd Larsen. The procession will make its way to Halvorsen Park for the festival portion of the day which features your standard booths, food and beverage as well as sights and sounds by Caravan of Glam and Pressure/Anya.

Two Saturday after parties of note:

Take pride, Humboldt.

--Andrew Goff


Color Humboldt Run

Rohner Park / 9-11 a.m.

Fundraiser for the MGC featuring, well, colorful running.

Humboldt Bay Paddlefest

Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center / 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. / Free

Paddlefest celebrates the beauty of Humboldt Bay bringing aquatic sports, local community members and organizations, and the HSU campus together for a day of fun and play on the bay.

443-4222 / cntract@humboldt.edu / Web site

Humboldt Pride Parade and Festival

Halvorsen Park / 11:45 a.m.-6 p.m. / Free

11:45 a.m. parade begins at 1st and C in old town Eureka with Grand Marshall Todd Larsen from Queer Humboldt. Festival at noon at Halvorsen Park featuring food booths, wine, beer and beverages. Music and dancing with DJs Pressure/Anya.

info@humboldtpride.org / Web site

Golden Tarp Light Deprivation Cannabis Competition

Mateel Community Center / noon-10 p.m. / $30 / $50 VIP

Sample and vote on the top 15 entrants (cannabis recommendation required), all of which will have been tested by Pure Analytics. The bud with the most voters will win this year’s Golden Tarp Award.

923-2175 / Web site

Third Annual Redwood Coast Dahlia Festival

Humboldt County Fairgrounds / noon-7 p.m. / $5 / Free Children under 12

Gardening booths, nature-inspired arts and crafts and music by Kenny Ray and the Mighty Rovers, La Musique Diabolique and the Soulful Sidekicks.

786-4130 / almandahliagardens@gmail.com / Web site

Professor Willikers Puppet Slam

Arcata Playhouse / 8 p.m. / $10 / $8 students/members

Short form adult puppetry performance featuring live music by Tim Gray and Marla Joy and puppeteers David Ferney, Sean Powers, Mark Dupre, James Hildebrandt and special guests Mookie Cornish and Xstine Cook from the Calgary International Festival of Animated Objects!

822-1575 / Web site

Bobby McFerrin

Van Duzer Theater / 8 p.m. / $55 / $10 HSU student

Able to leap octaves in a single bound, Bobby McFerrin uses his superhuman vocal powers to transform himself into a one-person, five-piece band! One of the natural wonders of the musical world, he is a vocal explorer whose voice can replicate the sound of almost any instrument.

826-3928 / Web site

Wrangletown Barn Dance

Freshwater Grange / 8 p.m.-midnight / $7 / Free kids 12 and under

Live music from Sam McNeill and Blake Ritter; Sue Moon calls the dance in the town formerly known as Wrangletown. Benefits Garfield Elementary school. $5 for cowboy beans and cornbread.

442-5471 /

Humboldt Pride Rainbow Glow

The Siren's Song Tavern / 9 p.m.

After a day at the Pride Festival enjoy performances by The Red Carpet Girls+, Pop-Up Drag plus dancing with DJ Razorburns.

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

Rock Collection

Humboldt Brews / 9:30 p.m. / $20

Featuring Melvin Seals (JGB), Stu Allen (JGB/Phil and Friends), Dan "Lebo" Lebowitz (ALO) Greg Anton (Zero) and Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green).

826-2739 / Web site

eBird Survey

Redwood Region Audubon Society / 8 a.m.

Women's Empowerment Event

Wharfinger Building / 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Submitted: "World-renowned teachers and empowering women for a day of beauty, learning and fulfillment. You will leave this event, knowing yourself as who you really are, what your purpose is and how to express it."

268-1973 / Web site

Color Humboldt Run

Rohner Park / 9 a.m.-noon

Filled with music, contests, and tons of color! 100% of all money raised supports the work of The MGC.

725-3300 / admin@ervmgc.com / Web site

Run in the Redwoods Half Marathon and 5K

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park / 9 a.m. / Free / $50 Half Marathon Runners / $25 5K Runners

A portion of the funds will be used to improve the Revelation Trail for the blind, located adjacent to the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Visitor Center.

464-9150 / Web site

USFWS Restoration

Ma-le'l Dunes North (Off Young Lane) / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. / Free

Help restore the USFWS Ma-le'l Dunes by removing invasive plants.

444-1397 / info@friendsofthedunes.org / Web site

Ranger-Guided Hike

Patrick’s Point State Park / 10 a.m. / Free / Free 0

Park for free as we investigate our Native Plant Garden, visit Sumeg Village, explore the Rim Trail, wander out to Wedding Rock, and much more. This approximately 3 mile hike takes us through gently rolling forests and meadows, and along panoramic vistas of our dramatic, rocky coast.

677-3110 / nancy.martin@parks.ca.gov / Web site

Craft Fair/Plant Sale

Maplewood Farm / 10-5 a.m. / Free

Free pink lady bulbs to all visitors (while they last).

943-1754 /

Dad and Me Playgroup

Discovery Museum / 10-11:30 a.m. / Free

443-9694 / info@discovery-museum.org / Web site

Babies at the Library

Trinidad Library / 11 a.m.-noon / Free

Bring your baby, aged 3 months to 2 years, to the library for songs, rhymes and playtime. It's a baby and parent meet-up in a book-filled environment.

677-0227 / Web site

Storytelling Festival by the Sea

Arcata Presbyterian Church / 11 a.m.-10 p.m. / $30 / Free 12 and under / $10 Sat. Workshop - 13 and up / $25 All Sat. Pass - 13 and up / $10 Sat. Night - 13 and up / $10 Sat. - 13 and up / $30 All Fest. Pass - 13 and up / $10 Friday Night - 13 and up

The North Coast Storytellers' present acclaimed storyteller Elizabeth Ellis, the warm and welcoming Mary Lawrence and the celebrated American Indian storyteller Frank Lake. Two day event.

441-9424 / plw3@humboldt.edu / Web site

Artist Dana Ballard

Morris Graves Museum of Art / noon-5 a.m. / $5 / Free MGMA members/ Children 17 and Under / $2 Seniors/Students

442-0278 / janine@humboldtarts.org / Web site

Nettie Ruben Presentation

Clarke Historical Museum / 1-3 p.m. / Free

”Nettie Ruben’s work is amazing in spanning the whole range of basket types. Moreover she was undoubtedly the most innovative of Karuk basket weavers... This exhibit is both a tribute to the great basket weaver and the culture she represents” -Ron Johnson, Special Curator.

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

Family Arts Day

Morris Graves Museum of Art / 2 p.m.-4 a.m. / $5 / Free MGMA members/ Children 17 and Under / $2 Seniors/Students

Explore the current art exhibitions, get inspired and create your own unique art projects.

442-0278 / janine@humboldtarts.org / Web site

Nature Story Time

Humboldt Coastal Nature Center / 2-3 p.m. / Free

Geared for ages 3-6, story time will focus on local wildlife and will be followed by a simple craft project.

444-1397 / info@friendsofthedunes.org / Web site

The Soulful Sidekicks

Humboldt County Fairgrounds / 2:30-4:30 p.m. / Free

jhlh1@suddenlink.net / Web site

Distinguished Speaker Series

5845 Humboldt Hill Rd / 6-8 p.m.

Dr. Ignacio Chapela on “GMOs: Who Wins, Who Loses?”

Symphony of the Soil

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 6:30 p.m.

This must-see film inspires our understanding that treating the soil right can help solve pressing environmental problems including climate change, dead zones, water scarcity and world hunger. Showing sponsored by Locally Delicious.

822-1220 / Web site

Jeff DeMark and Friends

Studio 299 Center for the Arts / 7-9 p.m. / Free

Writer/musician Jeff DeMark and friends return to perform stories and music on the lawn.

530-629-3488 / studio299@hughes.net /

The Latin Peppers

Fortuna Monday Club / 7:30 p.m. / $10

Led by trombonist and arranger Jimmy Durslag, the group plays classic and contemporary Latin jazz and dance music.

725-7572 / DReynolds@ci.fortuna.ca.us / Web site

Johnny Houx, Nyx, Ave Grave

Mind's Eye Manufactory / 7:30 p.m. / Free

A night of alternative music.

834-3893 / johnhoux@gmail.com / Web site


Redwood Curtain Theatre / 8 p.m. / $15 / $10 Thursdays

England, 1605: Shagspere is commissioned by the prime minister to write the “true historie” of the Gunpowder Plot. And it must have witches! A witty and high-stakes political thriller with contemporary resonances, this intriguing play gallops from the great Globe to the Tower of London.

Sink and Swim

Logger Bar / 8:30 p.m. / Free / 21+

Portland's high energy folk, country, and bluegrass string band music provided by former Arcatans, Jessica Renee Malone, Kimbo Slice Kumada, James Rossi, Max Tanti, and Andrew DeRossett. Kicking off the night will be Griddle Cakes.

831-420-7289 / sinkandswim.music@gmail.com / Web site

Dr. Squid

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 9 p.m.

668-9770 / Web site

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay

RJ Grin's Lounge / 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. / Free / 21+

445-0844 / cleo.nice@redlion.com /

Selector Rotten's Rocksteady Night

Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 9 p.m.-midnight / Free / 21+

All vinyl set of ska, rocksteady and early reggae.

826-9463 / Web site

Rocksteady Night w/ Selector Rotten

Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

826-9463 / Web site


Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /


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

More Plaza ass shaking.

The Mother Vines, Prophets of Addiction

Alibi / 11 p.m.

Plaza punk.

822-3731 / Web site


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