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FRIDAY LOWDOWN: Who Killed That Hippo?

The Mad River Festival breaks out of Blue Lake for handful of productions of Forgive Us, Gustavito! at the Arcata Playhouse this weekend. The play is "set in the backdrop of a horrific crime, inspired by bizarre true events" and concerns "Gustavito, the solitary hippo of the National Zoo" who's been "found dead from fifteen stab wounds to the snout." Bummer!

Details on that and other Friday goodies in your Lowdown listings below.


Eureka Friday Night Market

Old Town Eureka / 5-8 p.m.

On Friday evenings in summer the City of Eureka closes the streets to traffic and transforms several city blocks of Old Town into THE place to meet up with friends and neighbors- in a friendly, festive atmosphere. Friday Night Market has it all.

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Trinidad Art Nights 2019

Trinidad Town Center / 6-9 p.m. / Free

With many participating venues and a large variety of artists, musicians, and activities, there is sure to be something for all!

502-5737 / trinidadart95570@gmail.com / Web site

Die Geister Beschwören, Medicine Baul

The Siren's Song Tavern / 7-10 p.m. / 21+

Organic mossfolk who are not as German as you might first think

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

Humboldt Crabs vs. Pacific Union Financial Capitalists

Arcata Ball Park / 7 p.m. / $9 / $4 under 12 / $6 students/seniors

Your hometown heroes whoop up on some other lesser team. Peanuts, crackerjacks, etc.

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Forgive Us, Gustavito!

Arcata Playhouse / 8-9:15 p.m. / $15 / $12 Student

Best of Fringe at the Charm City Fringe Festival 2018, “Forgive Us, Gustavito!” is set in the backdrop of a horrific crime, inspired by bizarre true events. Gustavito, the solitary hippo of the National Zoo, was found dead from fifteen stab wounds to the snout.

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

FC Sierra

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

Not having learned to speak until the age of 12, FC Sierra relishes the opportunity to entertain audiences with the sounds that come out of his face holes. He is no longer a boy, but not yet a man.

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

Pinniped Talk & Tour

Trinidad Coastal Land Trust / 9-11 a.m. / Free

Join Trinidad Coastal Land Trust and BLM Biologist Clair Nasr for a brief talk on pinnipeds (seals and sealions) followed by a field trip to view these marine mammals off the coast.

677-2501 / info@trinidadcoastallandtrust.org / Web site

Sailing Rig to Rent

Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center / 10 a.m. / $40

This assessment will offer you the chance to demonstrate your ability to rig one of our Lasers or Coronado 15’s.

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

Sailing Rig to Rent

Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center / 10 a.m. / $40

This assessment will offer you the chance to demonstrate your ability to rig one of our Lasers or Coronado 15’s.

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

Arcata Community Wellness Garden Drop-In Volunteer Time

See Event Description / 11 a.m.-2 p.m. / Free

269-7073 / garden@opendoorhealth.com / Web site

4th of July Extravaganza

See Event Description / noon-10 p.m. / Free

Are you looking for a safe family friendly place to celebrate Independence Day? The Gyppo Ale has got you covered with a full week of events scheduled.

986-7700 / Web site

Sailing on the Water Skills Test

Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center / 1-4 p.m. / $60

Are you ready to start sailing on the bay? This assessment will allow you to demonstrate your skills so that you will be able to rent a sailboat off our dock on one of our new Sail the Bay days!

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

Phish - Live Webcast from Fenway Park, Boston

Humboldt Brews / 4 p.m.

826-2739 / Web site

PHISH - Live Webcast from Fenway Park

See Event Description / 4 p.m. / Free

826-2739 / humbrewsap@gmail.com / Web site

Band O Loko

See Event Description / 5-8 p.m. / Free

444-8946 / donsneighbor@yahoo.com / Web site

Blue Lotus Jazz

Larrupin Cafe / 6 p.m. / Free

Jazz on the patio.

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

Westhaven Center for the Arts goes to Trinidad for Art Night July 5th 6:00-9:00 p.m.

See Event Description / 6-9 p.m. / $1 / $5 sliding scale

Patricia Sundgren Smith and Elaine Y Shore ~ Artist Reception

Trinidad Art Gallery / 6-9 p.m. / Free

677-3770 / trinidadgallery@gmail.com / Web site


Beachcomber Cafe in Trinidad / 6-9 p.m. / Free

lindafayecarson@gmail.com / Web site

Friday Night at the Refuge

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge / 7-9 p.m. / Free

733-5406 / denise_seeger@fws.gov / 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 /

Dr. Squid

See Event Description / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+

Dr. Squid performs the greatest dance music from the last 50 years of rock and roll as well as jazz standards and a bit of country music.

572-6495 / karlaramirez@bearrivercasino.com / Web site


Central Station / 9 p.m.

Again, you know what karaoke is.

839-2013 /

The Music Of The Eagles featuring BOS-Blue Lake Casino

See Event Description / 9 p.m.

The Undercovers

Logger Bar / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / 21+

668-5000 / Web site

Front Ear

The Basement / 9-11 p.m.


Toby and Jacks / 10 p.m.


Red Light in Blue Lake

Carlo Theatre (Dell'Arte) / 10-11:30 p.m. / $20 / 18+

Get your feathers ruffled with the Mad River Festival’s tantalizing late-night-adults-only cabaret. Vampy vignettes and sizzling hot acts are sure to tickle your fancy and your funny bone.

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


Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /


Broadway Cinema
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre