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FRIDAY LOWDOWN: The 2018 Mad River Festival is Underway!

For the next month Dell'Arte International in Blue Lake will play host to its annual Mad River Festival, featuring original theater, cabarets, the Humboldt Folklife Festival and more. The madness kicks off this weekend with several performances of the Dell'Arte-imagined Ruzzante Comes Home From the War, a play about soldiers returning to their rural home containing numerous references that only Humboldt crowds will appreciate.

More details on that and more in your Lowdown listings below. 


The Paula Jones Band: Lost Coast Sessions

Arcata Playhouse / noon / Free

You're invited to join the studio audience for a series of live performances at the Arcata Playhouse. This KHSU/PBS Northcoast collaboration, called Lost Coast Sessions, will spotlight local talent ranging from chamber music to heavy metal.

826-5565 / mikedronkers@khsu.org / Web site

Eureka Friday Night Market

Old Town Eureka / 5-8 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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Arcata Community Forest Show

Arcata Community Forest / 5:30-8 p.m. / $1 / $10 sliding scale donation

Join Breakfast All Day Collective with a musical walk through trail 1 in the Arcata Community Forest.

798-0812 / breakfastalldaycollective@gmail.com / Web site

Surfrider Summer Party & Paddle

Humboldt Bay Social Club / 6-10 p.m. / Free

Kickoff the summer season and celebrate International Surfing Day with Humboldt Surfrider and your ocean-loving friends and neighbors.

Humboldt@surfrider.org / Web site

Sharon Levy: The Marsh Builders

Northtown Books / 7-9 p.m.

Northtown Books welcomes Sharon Levy to talk about her new book from Oxford University Press, The Marsh Builders: The Fight for Clean Water, Wetlands and Wildlife.

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

Ben Rosenblum Trio

The Sanctuary / 7-9:30 p.m. / $10

"A graduate of Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music’s exchange program, as well a recipient of ASCAP’s Young Jazz Composers Award, Rosenblum will be accompanied by bassist Kanoa Mendenhall and drummer Ben Zweig."

Garberville's Rodeo in the Redwoods

Garberville Community Park / 7-10 p.m. / $10 / Free Under 6 / $5 Kids / $8 Seniors

Our 61st Annual Rodeo will be held under the old oak trees at the Garberville Community Park. We are very excited to announce our 1st annual Country Arts and Crafts Fair during the Rodeo!

223-1046 / garbervillerodeo@yahoo.com / Web site

Humboldt Crabs vs. Seattle Studs

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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Ruzzante Comes Home From The War

Dell'Arte / 8 p.m. / $18 / $12 kids 12 and under / $15 students/seniors

The War is over. Three soldiers return home after years of fighting to find that their home has completely changed; no one really knows them anymore and they don’t know themselves outside of being soldiers.

Hedwig and The Angry Inch

North Coast Repertory Theatre / 8 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


Humboldt Brews / 9:30 p.m.

Tap into a “feel-good” musical vibration of up and coming Reggae artist Keznamdi who has recently released his six-song EP Bridging The Gap.

826-2739 / Web site

DJ Rickshaw

The Griffin / 10-1:30 a.m. / Free

"it’s real funky like the set of a seventies movie."

darrenrick@djrickshaw.com / Web site

Garberville Farmers' Market

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

559-246-2246 / sohumfm@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

Father's Day Birdhouses

See Event Description / 5-6:30 p.m. / $10

725-3300 / ecooper@ervmgc.com / Web site

McKinleyville Arts Night

McKinleyville Business Dist. / 6-8 p.m.

Celebration of arts, food and fun in McKinleyville held the third Friday of each month.

Blue Lotus Jazz

Larrupin Cafe / 6 p.m. / Free

Jazz on the patio.

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

Magic the Gathering: Dominaria Standard Showdown

Nugames Eureka / 6-9 p.m. / $5

It's Standard Showdown on Mondays and Thursdays.

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

Michael Stephenson Jazz Ensemble

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

Join us for another fun night on the patio with Pizza Gago and a top notch ensemble of musicians! The Stephenson Jazz Ensemble Feat. Talvola, Aber, Gaon, and Thatcher.

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

Slow Flow Vinyasa

See Event Description / 6-7 p.m.

Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga is a slower pace class, mindfully moving and breathing while holding poses longer.

601-5659 / Web site

Cadillac Ranch

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

668-4151 / music@madriverbrewing.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

Blues Through the Years

Westhaven Center for the Arts / 7-9 p.m. / $5 / $20 Sliding Scale

677-9493 / Web site

The Dell’Arte Company Presents: Ruzzante Comes Home From The War

Rooney Amphitheatre (Dell'Arte) / 8 p.m. / $18 / $12 Kids / $15 Senior/Student

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

Ghost Program

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

Gettin' down in Opera Alley.

444-2244 / Web site


Central Station / 9 p.m.

Again, you know what karaoke is.

839-2013 /

Joey Leone's Chop Shop

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

Joey Leone’s Chop Shop wil be here for some classic blues and rock!!

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

Money (Pink Floyd Tribute)

Cherae Heights Firewater Lounge / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+

andybobpowell@hotmail.com /

Jessie Leigh

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

668-9770 / Web site

Jessie Leigh

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

Jessie Leigh is a Northwest-based country/rock artist who’s popularity has been exploding with release of her self titled debut album.

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

Lounge Act: a Tribute to Nirvana

The Jam / 9:30 p.m. / 21+

822-4766 / Web site


Toby and Jacks / 10 p.m.



Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /


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