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SATURDAY LOWDOWN: The 2nd 50th Kinetic Grand Championship

Last year was the 50th annual. This year, to keep you invested we guess, they're promoting it as the 50th anniversary of the Kinetic Grand Championship. Why, you clever rascals. Whatever.

Anyway, 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. The 50th! Again! Here we go! —Andrew Goff


200-Mile Klamath Salmon Relay Run

See Event Description / 6 a.m.

Community members run the 200 miles between the mouth of the Klamath and Iron Gate Dam, with festivities along the way.

Arcata Farmers' Market

Arcata Plaza / 9 a.m.-2 p.m. / Free

Open during Kinetics! This market features the finest locally grown seasonal produce, plants, artisan food products and so much more.

441-9999 / info@northcoastgrowersassociation.org / Web site

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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Mamma Mia!

Ferndale Repertory Theatre / 8 p.m. / $18 / $16 students/seniors

Sophie and Sky’s Greek island wedding sounds like absolute perfection, but there’s only one thing missing: a father to give away the bride. Mom had three suitors back in the day, so what’s a daughter to do but invite all three exes to the wedding and do a little light sleuthing?

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North Coast Repertory Theatre / 8-11 p.m. / $18 / $16 Students/Seniors / 18+

The Musical That Redefined Broadway! American author Cliff Bradshaw discovers the seedy underbelly of 1931 Berlin when he finds himself in a relationship with British dancer Sally Bowles, performer at the Kit Kat Klub. Suggested for ages 18+

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

Thesis Festival 2019

Carlo Theatre (Dell'Arte) / 8-9 p.m. / $5 / $15 Suggested Donation / $10 Suggested Donation

The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre presents Thesis Festival 2019, featuring four groundbreaking new works of theatre created by this year’s graduating MFA class.

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

Brews 'n' Bass

Humboldt Brews / 10 p.m.

Brews 'n Bass is taking June and July off, so make sure you get your dose of good beats, great company and weird dance moves in until we start up again in August. Join us May 25th on the dance floor!

826-2739 / Web site

Signals Presents ^v^GOTH NIGHT^v^

The Siren's Song Tavern / midnight-1 a.m. / Free

559-760-7554 / dastbunnyenlacasa@gmail.com / Web site

Bare Elegance Burlesque Gives you Hell and Heaven

See Event Description / 1-3:30 a.m. / $40 / 21+

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Arcata Marsh Bird Walk

Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary / 8:30-11 a.m. / Free

daseeger@gmail.com / Web site

Yard and Plant Sale: Humboldt Mediation Services' annual fundraiser

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

Home goods, furniture, cookware, crafting, books, art, movies, jewelry, crystals, and plants of all kinds!

445-2505 / humboldtmediation@reninet.com / Web site

Gentle Yoga

Om Shala Yoga / 9:15-10:15 a.m. / $10

A slower paced class that makes space for tuning in and cultivating a softening of the breath, body, mind, and heart.

362-1001 / info@omshalayoga.com / Web site

The Goat Down

The Miniplex at Richards' Goat Tavern / 9:30-1:30 a.m. / Free / 21+

For over 20 years DJM has practiced the art of DJing. You will be Rocking with the best!

616-4596 / richardsgoat@gmail.com / Web site

Spring Plants in the King Range

Sanctuary Forest / 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. / Free

This easy to moderate hike is an opportunity for participants to learn more about our native plants and how to identify them!

986-1087 / anna@sanctuaryforest.org / Web site

Bourbon release at Alchemy Distillery

Alchemy Distillery / 1-7 p.m. / Free

822-8913 / Alchemydistillery@gmail.com / Web site

Live Music at The Cider Garden

Humboldt Cider Company / 3-6 p.m. / Free

798-6023 / maricela@humboldtcidercompany.com / Web site

Kid's Comedy Open Mic

Savage Henry Comedy Club / 3 p.m. / Free

Kids under 12 are welcome to our stage to practice, write, and rehearse their 5 minute set.

834-0690 / peter@savagehenrymagazine.com / Web site


Arts and Drafts / 5 p.m.

Every non-Arts Alive Saturday!

May Night by the Bay

Trinidad Town Hall / 6-11 p.m. / $10 / $10 At the door tickets / $5 Pre-sale tickets

677-3631 / Web site

Hail Satan?

The Miniplex at Richards' Goat Tavern / 6-7:30 p.m. / $8

"Laugh-out-loud funny, but also the one cinematic civics lesson you need to see this year." - Movie Nation.

630-5000 / info@miniplexevents.com / Web site

Frisky Brisket

Calico's Cafe / 7 p.m.

Violin guitar duo.

923-2253 /

Kinetics Afterparty... An Evening with Lady Grace

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

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


Arcata Theatre Lounge / 8-9:30 p.m. / $30 / $20 students

822-1220 / Web site

Pete Nelson's 30

Savage Henry Comedy Club / 9-11 p.m. / $5 / 18+

Savage Henry Comedy Club staple Peter Nelson headlines his first 30 minute set. Evan Vest, Ki Man Harder and Gavin Smiley open. Amaber Heidinger hosts.

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

Eyes Anonymous

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

'80s dance.

668-9770 / Web site

Stellar Jays

The Basement / 9-11 p.m.

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay

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

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

Clint Warner Band

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

Rocking all shades of the blues. When Clint relocated to Sacramento, most of the members went on to play in some of Humboldt Counties elite bands like Dr Squid, the Uptown Kings and others.

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

Sexy MF'ing Saturdays

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

Bring your sexy MF'ing self and groove to R&B, Hip Hop, Soul, Latin and more!

lboogie@khsu.org / 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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