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FRIDAY LOWDOWN: The Crustaceans of Summer are Back

Oh boy! A quick perusal of your Friday Lowdown hints that Humboldt summer is officially here. Play ball, y'all

Yes, the Humboldt Crabs will take the field at the Arcata Ball Park Friday night for the first game of their 2018 season when they take on the pitiful Corvallis Knights. One team will emerge victorious The other team will take a long, sad trip back up the I-5. 

Details on how you can root for your hometown heroes -- as well as oodles of other Friday options -- in your Lowdown listings below. If you need a reminder of how great the Crabs experience is, take a trip down memory lane to a time when even Tom Green was mesmerized by the whimsy of it all in the clip below. 


Eureka Friday Night Market

Old Town Eureka / 5-9 p.m.

Friday Nights are about to get real fun in Old Town, Eureka! Join us for a farmers market, craft booths, live music, food trucks, Humboldt Made member booths, and a beer and wine garden every Friday.

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Trinidad Art Nights

Trinidad, California / 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!

trinidadart95570@gmail.com / Web site

North Coast Open Studios 2018 Art Night

North Coast Open Studios / 6-9 p.m.

Kick-off to the 20th annual North Coast Open Studios!

Spare Change Final Community Show

Outer Space / 6-8 p.m. / Free

Planned Parenthood Northern California’s Spare Change Peer Education and Teen Theatre Troupe will perform their 2017-18 skits for the public; including the popular “Condom Cringe, ” “S.T.Trees,” and “It’s Just a Bathroom”.

502-3007 / kjamison-alward@ppnorcal.org / Web site

Humboldt Crabs vs. Corvallis Knights

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

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

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Pony Express Days

McKinleyville / 8 p.m.

Pony Express Days is a town celebration that was established in 1968. Click for schedule of events.

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


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

The Sam Chase and The Untraditional

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

"Blends rock n roll and folk music while maintaining the sensibilities and attitudes from growing up on a healthy diet of punk rock."

826-2739 / Web site

13th Annual Mendocino Film Festival

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

937-0171 / info@mendocinofilmfestival.org / Web site

Garberville Farmers' Market

See Event Description / 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

559-246-2246 / sohumfm@yahoo.com / Web site

Owl in the Steeple Summer Music Camp

See Event Description / noon-5 p.m. / $125

Looking for some Summer Fun? This is a great opportunity to learn beginning Guitar or Ukulele!

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

Drop-in Volunteering at SCRAP Humboldt

SCRAP Humboldt / 1-6 p.m. / Free

Do you love fun tasks, organizing or helping the environment? Stop by SCRAP and lend your hand!

822-2452 / volunteer@scraphumboldt.org / Web site

Dell’Arte International Returns to Bridgeville and Table Bluff

See Event Description / 5 p.m. / Free

668-5663 / Web site

St. Joan

Arcata Playhouse / 5:30-7:30 p.m. / $10

Coastal Grove Charter School’s 7th grade will be presenting the play, St. Joan by Bernard Shaw.

822-1575 / Web site

Blue Lotus Jazz

Larrupin Cafe / 6 p.m. / Free

Jazz on the patio.

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

Paul Rickard Art Show

See Event Description / 6-9 p.m. / Free / Free everybody

New coastal watercolors by artist Paul Pickard will be featured at the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust’s Simmons Gallery in Trinidad through June, starting with an opening reception.

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

Open Studio

SCRAP Humboldt / 6-9 p.m. / Free

Stop by the SCRAP studio for reuse crafts galore! Every day will feature new and exciting crafts including, but not limited to origami boxes, bottle cap magnets, and bead making.

822-2452 / education@scraphumboldt.org / Web site

Artist Amy Ellis Taylor

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

Amy makes brilliant and beautiful stained glass window hangings, and JD will grace visitors with his music for the reception.

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

Val & the Fake News

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

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

Pizza Gago & Live Music at Wrangletown Cider Co. & North Story WInes

Wrangletown Cider Company / 6-8 p.m. / Free

508-5175 / wrangletowncidercompany@gmail.com / Web site

Emily Murphy: Grow What You Love

Northtown Books / 7-9 p.m.

Grow What You Love is designed to be a simple guide to growing vegetables, herbs and more that will add to the flavor and variety of fresh produce choices throughout the year.

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

Friday Night Magic Draft

Nugames Eureka / 7-10 p.m. / $15

Come and show off your deckbuilding abilities in our FNM draft event!

497-6358 / nugamesonline@gmail.com / Web site

Ghost Program

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

Gettin' down in Opera Alley.

444-2244 / Web site

Silver Hammer

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

Beatles tribute band.

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

Belles of the Levee

See Event Description / 9 p.m. / Free / 21+

Dive into the deep currents of early jazz & Americana with these close- harmony jazz sirens.

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A Higher Love Dance Party

The Jam / 9 p.m. / 21+

822-4766 / Web site

Dr. Squid

Bear River Casino Resort / 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.

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

A Higher Love Dance Party

The Jam / 9 p.m. / 21+

822-4766 / Web site

a Higher Love Dance Party

The Jam / 9 p.m.

822-4766 / Web site

Friday Night Function with Gabe Pressure

Club Expression at The Tip Top / 9 p.m.-2 a.m. / Free / 21+


Central Station / 9 p.m.

Again, you know what karaoke is.

839-2013 /


Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /


Toby and Jacks / 10 p.m.



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