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SATURDAY LOWDOWN: Kinetics is Back

One indication that Humboldt is getting back to normal is that things are getting weird again. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the Kinetic Grand Championship is back for three days of racing on pavement, sand and water between Arcata and Ferndale. Rain be damned. Something, something glory.

 

In case you've forgotten how Day One of this thing works, the first and arguably best place to see the kinetic sculptures is the Arcata Plaza where racers will convene for brake checks in advance of the noon whistle that releases them onto the kinetic kourse. From there, they will make their way to Manila and into the dunes where they will risk life and limb barreling down Dead Man's Drop. Should they survive that peril, they will cross the Samoa Bridges and end their day at Eureka's Halvorsen Park. (Normally Day One ends with a rowdy beer garden there, but we are told that has been nixed this year -- we're still in a pandemic, after all.)

 

Anywho, that's how it goes. You are encouraged to go support your local art weirdos as this is essentially their Academy Awards. Or, if you just can't stomach it, you can find more Saturday stuff in your Lowdown below. 

-Andrew Goff

EVENTS (SUBMIT YOURS!)

Friends of the Arcata Marsh Duck Teapot Online Auction

See Event Description / 1 a.m.

31 handcrafted ceramic wild duck teapots, made by Michael Harris in remembrance of his father, long-time HSU wildlife professor Stanley Harris, are up for bid.

info@arcatamarshfriends.org / Web site

Wigi Wetland Volunteer Workday

Bayshore Mall / 9-11 a.m. / Free

Please join the Redwood Region Audubon Society for a restoration workday on the bay trail. We meet directly behind Walmart at the Bayshore Mall where we'll be removing invasive plant species and trash.

214-605-7368 / jeremy.cashen@yahoo.com / Web site

Arcata Plaza Farmers' Market

See Event Description / 9 a.m.-2 p.m. / Free

The Arcata Plaza Farmers' Market is open every Saturday, year round, offering the freshest produce, meat, fish, cheese, eggs, bread, flowers, and more! Enjoy music and hot food vendors at this fun, family friendly event.

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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Samoa Speeder/Train Rides

Timber Heritage Samoa Shops / 10 a.m.-4 p.m. / $8 / $7 Senior (62+) / $8 Adults (18-62) / $4 Children (2-17) / Free Children (0-2)

Take a ride on Humboldt’s historic rails with a scenic trip along the bay on Timber Heritage Association’s historic crew car rail speeder! Fun for the whole family! Near the Samoa Cookhouse.

443-2657 / Web site

Trailhead Hosts at Black Sands Beach

See Event Description / 10 a.m.-4 p.m. / Free

info@lostcoast.org / Web site

Westside Live Market

Whitethorn Construction / 11 a.m.-5 p.m. / Free

599-6670 / natalynne@hcga.co / Web site

Dancehall in The Park w/Mo HD

Arcata Redwood Park / 1-2:30 p.m. / Free

Learn traditional Dancehall styles with Hip Hop & R&B adaptions to all the best tunes, led by West Indi queen Mo Harper-Desir.

822-5951 / Admin@Mohdcreates.com / Web site

Buddy Reed and th' Rip It Ups

Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 2-4 p.m.

Buddy Reed and the Rip it Ups will bring gutbucket blues to the Mad River Brewing Company in Blue Lake on a holiday Saturday afternoon. Buddy is authentic and the real thing, having spent his life playin and livin blues.

668-4151 / lostmindranch@gmail.com / Web site

Only Skin Deep: The Child Edition

Synapsis / 5:30 p.m. / $5 / $20 sliding scale

An evening of art, poetry and dance by Humboldt creators of Indigenous, Pan-African, Latinx, Asian and mixed heritage.

616-3104 / muppet33@gmail.com / Web site

Comedy Night with Savage Henry

Papa and Barkley Social / 6-7:30 p.m. / $7 / 21+

382-2944 / Web site

Trinidad Art Gallery ~ May Featured Artists ~ Loryn White and Maureen McGarry

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

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

Brother Ali, City Hippie, DJ Last Word, Rowdy

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 7 p.m.-midnight / $20

Brother Ali is a highly respected hip hop artist, speaker, and community leader from Minneapolis, MN. His two-decade resume includes eight critically-acclaimed albums, mentorships with iconic hip hop legends Chuck D and Rakim, and performances on late night shows.

616-3030 / info@arcatatheatre.com / Web site

Apprentice Entertainment Presents: Trash Fashion Show

Arcata Playhouse / 7-10 p.m. / $5

822-1575 / Web site

Slutzville, incel cis male, boat cop

The Siren's Song Tavern / 8 p.m. / $5

599-8986 / sirensongbar@gmail.com / Web site

(CANCELED) The Rocky Horror Show

Ferndale Repertory Theatre / 8-10 p.m. / $18

(NOTE: 6/17-6/19 performances are canceled due to castmember illnesses.) for the wCome experience the cult classic rock musical! On a dark and stormy night, Brad and Janet find themselves seeking shelter at a mysterious old castle.

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

DJ Statik

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

DJ Statik is back in our Thirsty Bear Lounge! Don't miss the hottest dance party in Humboldt county while DJ Statik plays the biggest hits.

733-9644 / Web site

Seth Milstein

Savage Henry Comedy Club / 9-11 p.m. / $15 / 21+

Seth Milstein is a comedian and writer based in Eugene, OR. He has performed with Kyle Kinane, Maria Bamford, and Ron Funches to name a few.

845-8864 / info@savahehenrycomedy.com / Web site

Comedy Showcase: Farm to Table

Savage Henry Comedy Club / 11:15 p.m.-1 a.m. / $5 / Free those who attended 9 pm show / 18+

Local comedian Baseball Robby currates a line up of local and touring acts for a night cap of comedy after the headlining show.

845-8864 / info@savagehenrycomedy.com / Web site

MOVIES

Broadway Cinema
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre