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SATURDAY LOWDOWN: Really? Fifty Years of Glory? Oh Dear!

50 damn years. That's how long we've been doing this. Oof. 

Like it or not, for the next three days Humboldt roadways will be klogged with kurious krafts for the 50th Kinetic Grand Championship, our beloved local art nerd olympics. Hobart lives!

If you are somehow uninitiated as to how this thing works, sorry, we’re not going to decipher all the weird lore for you again, here — we’ll instead direct you to the KGC website with the hopes that the Kinetic Universe has done their job and you’ll be able to absorb some sense of what the hell this is, there. 

Real quick, as far as Saturday goes there are two things worth knowing more than all the other things:

OK. Shut up. Go be glorious. —Andrew Goff



50th Annual Kinetic Grand Championship Day One

Arcata Plaza / 10 a.m.

Day 1 of the Kinetic Grand Championship starts on the Plaza in Arcata, California at the noon whistle every Memorial Day weekend. The racers take off to the Manila dunes, where they race through miles of sand to the great and inevitable "Deadman's Drop". Then on to Eureka's downtown gazebo.

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Ferndale Repertory Theatre / 8 p.m. / $18 / $10 5/3 preview / $16 students/seniors

"Winner of both the Tony Award for Best Revival and Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Chicago is the bold, sexy musical about notoriety, celebrity, and human passion."

786-5483 / info@ferndalerep.org / Web site

Crossing the Vortex: Thesis Festival

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

Featuring five groundbreaking new works of theatre created by this year’s graduating MFA class. The festival marks the culmination of three years of graduate study by an international ensemble of theatre artists.

668-5663 / info@dellarte.com / Web site

Hedwig and The Angry Inch

North Coast Repertory Theatre / 8-10 p.m. / $18 / $16 Students/Seniors / 18+

Called “The best rock musical ever,” by Rolling Stone, Hedwig tells the tale of genderqueer East German rock-and-roll singer Hedwig Robinson.

442-6278 / northcoastrepertory@gmail.com / Web site

The House that Will Not Stand

Redwood Curtain Theatre / 8 p.m. / $17 / $22 5/5 Gala Opening / $10 Thursdays

New Orleans, 1836. Following an era of French colonial rule and relative racial acceptance, Louisiana’s “free people of color” are prospering. Beatrice, a free woman of color, has become one of the city’s wealthiest women through her relationship with a rich white man.

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Soul Party #12

Humboldt Brews / 9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Local DJ's spinning the best soul records at the Monthly Soul Party.

826-2739 / Web site

Farm Shares

Bayside Park Farm & Garden / 9 a.m.-5 p.m. / $450

It’s time to think about securing your summer Farm Share, and the City of Arcata Parks and Recreation Division offers Farm Shares grown at Bayside Park Farm!

822-7091 / rec@cityofarcata.org / Web site

Yard and Plant Sale

See Event Description / 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

A fundraiser for Humboldt Mediation Services.

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BioBlitz at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center

Humboldt Coastal Nature Center / 9:30-11:30 a.m. / Free

Join Friends of the Dunes in a smartphone-powered BioBlitz, an intensive one-day study of biodiversity in a specific location, In this case, participants will collect citizen science data using the iNaturalist app.

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

Vegan Potluck Brunch and Auction Benefit For Humboldt Wildlife Care Center

Humboldt Area Foundation / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. / $7

Bring either a vegan potato dish, vegan meat, bread or pastry, fruit, or juices that will serve 8 to 10 people. We will prepare a delicious tofu scramble for this event and provide coffee. Attendees should bring their own place setting.

616-7855 / vegsocietyhumboldt@gmail.com / Web site

Acrobatic Skills and Performance Workshop

Synapsis Nova / noon-2:30 p.m. / $60 / $25 single-class price / $50 Synapsis Members / DAI Students

This workshop series is open to complete beginners as well as those with an existing basic practice looking to advance.

206-719-2341 / jordan@jordanrosin.com / Web site

Kids Cooking Class

The MGC / 1-2:30 p.m. / $5 / $7 at the door

This month, come learn how to make Fried Rice.

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

Port Mooncall

Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 6-8:30 p.m. / Free

Celtic and originals.

668-4151 / music@madriverbrewing.com / Web site

Frisky Brisket

Calico's Cafe / 7 p.m.

Violin guitar duo.

923-2253 /

Jimmy D Jazz Quartet

Cecils New Orleans Bistro / 7:30-10 p.m. / Free

Featuring some of the county's top musicians, the Jimmy D jazz quartet includes Jimmy Durchslag on trombone, Michael LaBolle on drums, Tim Randles on piano and Lee Phillips on bass.

923-3449 / jimmydur@asis.com / Web site

Blase and The Stellar Jays

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company, Arcata / 8-11 p.m. / Free All Ages

Rock 'n' roll.

826-7222 / Web site

Sexy MF Saturday

The Griffin / 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. / Free / 21+

With L Boogie.

825-1755 / 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 /


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

How could this be a bad idea?

Jimi Jeff & the Gypsy Band

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+


877-252-2946 / info@bluelakecasino.com / Web site


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

'70s funk to '80s rock. Two great decades, if I do say so.

800-684-2464 / Web site

The Mojo Rockers

Bear River Casino Resort / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+

Classic rock.

733-9644 / kylehudson@bearrivercasino.com / Web site

Sexy MF'ing Saturdays

The Griffin / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+

With L Boogie.

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Rocker Saturday's: Reggae Night

The Jam / 9:29 p.m.

822-4766 / Web site


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

More Plaza ass shaking.


Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /


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