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FRIDAY LOWDOWN: Arts Arcata and All That Comes With It

It's the second Friday of the month. That's Arts Arcata time. Scroll your Lowdown below for details on numerous events in and around (but not limited to) downtown Arcata. For example: Catch local bluegrass favs No Good Redwood Ramblers (sample above) at HumBrews.



Arcata / 6-9 p.m.

Monthly arts walk. Businesses on and around the Plaza stay open late featuring local art and music.

822-4500 / Web site

Fire and Rain: Kirk Lumpkin, Jerry Martien and Vinnie Peloso

Northtown Books / 7-9 p.m.

This year Northtown Books celebrates National Poetry Month with a reading featuring poets Kirk Lumpkin, Jerry Martien and Vinnie Peloso. They're all included in the new anthology, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California. We'll have copies of the book for sale as well.

822-2834 / info@northtownbooks.com / Web site

Friday Night Noir: Gilda (1946)

Eureka Theater / 7:30 p.m. / $5

"Doffing one black satin glove at a time, Rita Hayworth officially became a Hollywood icon as eye-meltingly beautiful showgirl and caged wife Gilda, “putting the blame on Mame,” singing and wiggling at the Buenos Aires casino owned by her shady crime boss husband, Ballin Mundson."

442-2970 / Web site

Evening of Community Singing

HLOC's The Space / 7:30-9 p.m. / Free

Come sing with us! We (Humboldt SINGS, project of Ink People) host community singing events with the goal of getting us all to connect more with each other through song.

404-229-1812 / tjsapunar@gmail.com / Web site

Shimshai, Sasha Rose, Al Torre

Arcata Veterans Memorial Building / 7:30-11 p.m. / $25 / $20 advance

Surrounded by music from birth and formally trained on piano in his native state of Washington, today Shimshai performs effortlessly on guitar, sitar, flute, and a variety of woodwinds. He plays many of the instruments on his self-composed and self-produced albums.

407-6808 / oneloveinaction@gmail.com / Web site

Surrenderings: A Dance Concert

Gist Theater at HSU / 7:30 p.m. / $10 / $8 students/seniors

The Theatre, Film and Dance Department at Humboldt State University presents Surrenderings, an original dance concert created by students and faculty, in Gist Hall Theatre on campus for two weekends in April.

826-3928 / Web site

Rob and Christine Bonner

The Old Steeple / 7:30-10 p.m. / $25 / $30 At the door

As founder and bass player with Northern California’s former all-star bluegrass band, South Loomis Quickstep, Rob has shared the stage with legends including Buck Owens, Hoyt Axton, Emmy Lou Harris and Doc Watson.

786-7030 / ferndalemusic@yahoo.com / Web site

The Paula Jones Band

Phatsy Kline's Parlor Lounge / 8-10:30 p.m. / 21+

Local R&B.

444-3344 / specialevents.eaglehouse@gmail.com / Web site

The Winter's Tale

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

Part tragedy, part fairy tale – Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is a story of jealousy, loss, love and redemption. With touches of magic, mystery, and one of Shakespeare’s most famous stage directions (exit pursued by bear), The Winter’s Tale will touch your heart!

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

HSU Guest Artist Series: Trombonist Craig Hull

Fulkerson Recital Hall / 8-10 p.m. / $5 HSU Students with ID / $5 Child / $15 General

Please join the Humboldt State University Department of Music for another great Guest Artist Series concert featuring trombonist Craig Hull.

826-3928 / mus@humboldt.edu / Web site

Vagsicle, The Big Forgive, Clean Girl and the Dirty Dishes, Sue & the Namies

Little Red Lion / 8-11:59 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Vag-centric femme-hop from Blue Lake, an Oakland female-fronted punky rock trio, a grimy garage husband and wife duo, and "No Wave" surf rock from Arcata.

vagsiclevagsicle@gmail.com / Web site

Comedian Parker Newman

Savage Henry Comedy Club / 9-11 p.m. / $10 / 18+

Parker Newman is a Sacramento native and has a style and observational material that is wickedly disturbing and hilarious.

845-8864 / editor@savagehenrymagazine.com / Web site

Walk Talk ft. members of Pimps of Joytime

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

Walk Talk identifies as a culmination of time, genre, travel, rhythm, and dance; manifesting love variations and soul vibrations through original songcraft and electrifying live performance.

668-9770 / info@bluelakecasino.com / Web site

The No Good Redwood Ramblers with Lyndsey Battle & Cory Goldman

Humboldt Brews / 9:30 p.m. / $10 / 21+

Local bluegrass legends The No Good Redwood Ramblers return to the stage at Humbrews!

826-2739 / Web site

Farm Shares

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

It’s time to secure your Summer Farm Share. The City of Arcata Parks and Recreation offers Farm Shares grown at Bayside Park Farm.

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

Humboldt Bay Symposium: Rising to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change

Wharfinger Building / 9 a.m.-4 p.m. / $20 / $10 students / $35 both days

This year’s symposium, “Rising to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change,” will feature sessions on sea-level rise, ecological restoration, ocean science, and proposed and ongoing economic development in and around Humboldt Bay.

443-8369 / jtyburczy@ucsd.edu / Web site

Power for the People: Therapeutic Energy Work for the Community

Arcata Healing Arts Center / 10 a.m.-6 p.m. / $30

Do you want to expand your wellbeing, experience deep relaxation and accelerate your healing on all levels? Book a therapeutic energy work session at a deep discount!

630-5047 / katie@vibrant-way.com / Web site

Backpacking the Lost Coast

Center Activities, HSU Campus / 4:30 p.m. / $185 / $160 HSU Students

826-3357 / cntract@humboldt.edu / Web site

Blue Lotus Jazz

Larrupin Cafe / 6 p.m. / Free

Jazz on the patio.

677-0230 / davewilsonguitarist@yahoo.com / Web site

Arts Alive Wine Pour Fundraiser

The Garden Gate / 6-9 p.m. / Free

The Humboldt Chapters of Health Care for All & Physicians for a National Health Program will host a wine pour and goodie sampling during Arts Alive.

805-844-6655 / healthcareforallhumboldt@gmail.com / Web site

Arts Alive Wine Pour Fundraiser

The Garden Gate / 6-9 p.m. / Free

Pick up the PNHP publication, “What If” that delineates the cost and life-saving benefits of single-payer health care.

805-844-6655 / rockhousemouse@gmail.com / Web site

Arts Arcata! at the NHM

HSU Natural History Museum / 6-9 p.m. / Free

Listen to the Redwoods Children's Chorus or a professional harpist as you make decorations or paint rocks.

826-4479 / natmus@humboldt.edu / Web site

Salsa Dance Lessons-All Levels

Redwood Raks World Dance Studio / 6-7:30 p.m. / $7 / 18+

Come by yourself or with a ton of friends! Humboldt county's most talented and professional salsa dance instructors will get your booty moving!

816-2809 / salsaatsix@gmail.com / Web site

Laughy Hour

Savage Henry Comedy Club / 6-8 p.m. / Free / 18+

Evening comedy open mic.

845-8864 / editor@savagehenrymagazine.com / Web site

Guys and Dolls

Arcata High School / 7 p.m. / $15 / $15 General / $12 Students and seniors / $8 General Admission, opening night / $5 Students and seniors, opening night

Arcata Arts Institute presents the Broadway classic “Guys and Dolls”, winner of the Tony award for best musical and best musical revival.

825-2401 / Web site

Glorified Dinosaurs: The Origin and Early Evolution of Birds

Six Rivers Masonic Lodge / 7 p.m. / Free

This presentation will reveal some global findings of the last 20 years that promise to enrich what you know about birds: fossil finds that show feathers, fossils that connect birds to dinosaurs, and bird behavior and physiology that can now be explained through deep time.

826-7031 / daseeger@gmail.com / Web site

DJ Riggs

The Madrone / 7 p.m. / Free

DJ Riggs is spinning soul/funk/R&B.

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Humboldt Community Singing Event

HLOC's The Space / 7:30-9 p.m. / Free

Humboldt SINGS invites you to join us for an evening of community singing in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere.

404-229-1812 / tjsapunar@gmail.com / Web site

Ecstatic Dance

Om Shala Yoga / 7:30-9:30 p.m. / $5 / $15 sliding

Ecstatic Dance is a free form movement space

825-9642 / info@omshalayoga.com / Web site

Dead Drift, Imperial Destructo

Palm Lounge at The Eureka Inn / 8-11 p.m. / Free / 21+

Local punk rockers Dead Drift and thrashing skate rockers Imperial Destructo bringing the heat to the funky little corner stage of the Palm Lounge.

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Live Music Dance Party

Redwood Raks World Dance Studio / 8-11 p.m. / $5

The event features easy dances and an evening of world music with international bands. All ages and dance levels are welcome.

496-6784 / kurumada@humboldt.edu / Web site

Ghost Program

SpeakEasy / 8:30 p.m. / 21+

Gettin' down in Opera Alley.

444-2244 / Web site

Rockstar Karaoke

Central Station / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+

You may sing now.

839-2013 /

Backstreet Band

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

Performing outstanding Rock n’ Roll in the Humboldt county area since 1979, The Backstreet Band plays everything from Tom Petty to the Beatles, and Bob Dylan to Bad Company, as well a variety of other classics.

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


Central Station / 9 p.m.

Again, you know what karaoke is.

839-2013 /


Toby and Jacks / 10 p.m.


DConstructive Round 1-Heavy Bass Showcase

The Jam / 10 p.m. / 21+

822-4766 / Web site


Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /


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