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FRIDAY LOWDOWN: Eureka is Better This Summer

Over the last few decades or so numerous cities have developed a tradition commonly known as "going out." Maybe you have visited a place where this occurs. Maybe you had fun! But for some reason this practice hasn't ever really appealed to the people of Eureka (save for the first Saturday of each month when they do their best to pretend to care about art).

Perhaps that all changes now? Let's watch!

Starting on Friday, May 18, various city movers and/or shakers are launching the Eureka Night Market, a weekly place for "the folks" to gather -- centered around the Clarke Plaza on Opera Alley -- for music, libations, local wares-offering artisans, a farmers' market (you'll agree that's a major selling point, here), as well as what is known as a sense of community. 

You can do this, Eureka! And if you can't make the first Eureka Night Market, fret not. You have Friday's all summer and fall -- through Oct. 19 -- to try this thing out. Assemble! 

Or... other Friday options in your Lowdown listings, below.


Plant Sale Fundraiser

Coastal Grove Charter School / 3-5 p.m.

Come and find some good deals and support the Third Grade Class at Coastal Grove!

825-8804 / Web site

Bounty by the Bay

Old Town Eureka / 5 p.m.

Bounty by the Bay is a replacement event for the Eureka Crab Celebration. Due to the unstable crab harvest and unpredictable weather in January the decision was made to move the festivities to May and open up the focus to include all the natural and cultural resources that Humboldt has to offer.

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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The Shining Heads of Homer

Gist Theater at HSU / 5:30 p.m. / $5 / $20 Sliding scale / $5 Sliding scale

The Shining Heads of Homer is a musical telling of Homer’s The Illiad, the story of the Trojan War, performed by Coastal Grove's 5th Grade Class. This sixteen song production is in the vein of such classics as The Who's Tommy and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The Bowlicks, Imri Vasale

The Sanctuary / 7 p.m. / $5 / $20 sliding scale

"Each of the three members have made uncountable appearances here with other groups. Rosalind, Jesse, and Nate will be presenting a collection of eclectic tunes that showcase their unsurpassed musicianship on violin, cello, and upright bass."

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The Real Mars

HSU Natural History Museum / 7-8:15 p.m. / Free

Would YOU really want to be a Martian Colonist? What future explorations are planned? Is colonization on Mars even possible? Join Mark Bailey to learn about these topics as well as where to find Mars in the night sky as it approaches its closest point to Earth.

826-4479 / natmus@humboldt.edu / Web site

The Bowlicks

The Sanctuary / 7-10 p.m. / $5

Rosalind Parducci, Jesse Alm, and Nate Zwerdling will be presenting a collection of eclectic tunes that showcase their unsurpassed musicianship on violin, cello, and upright bass.

822-0898 / music@sanctuaryarcata.org / Web site

The House that Will Not Stand

Redwood Curtain Theatre / 8 p.m. / $17 / $22 5/5 Gala Opening / $10 Thursdays

New Orleans, 1836. Following an era of French colonial rule and relative racial acceptance, Louisiana’s “free people of color” are prospering. Beatrice, a free woman of color, has become one of the city’s wealthiest women through her relationship with a rich white man.

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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

Crossing the Vortex: Thesis Festival

Carlo Theatre (Dell'Arte) / 8 p.m. / Free

Featuring five groundbreaking new works of theatre created by this year’s graduating MFA class. The festival marks the culmination of three years of graduate study by an international ensemble of theatre artists.

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

Rockin' Johnny Burgin

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

"Rockin Johnny Burgin is one of the hardest touring and well recognized traditional Chicago blues guitarists and singers today."

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


Humboldt Brews / 9:30 p.m. / $15 / $12 adv. / 21+

Moonalice is a band of seasoned musicians who feel that live music should be a communal experience where the listener and musicians feed and derive inspiration from each other.

826-2739 / Web site

Farm Shares

Bayside Park Farm & Garden / 9 a.m.-5 p.m. / $450

It’s time to think about securing your summer Farm Share, and the City of Arcata Parks and Recreation Division offers Farm Shares grown at Bayside Park Farm!

822-7091 / rec@cityofarcata.org / Web site

Garberville Farmers' Market

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

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

Education and Tools to Sustain Your Farm

Northcoast Horticulture Supply / noon-5 p.m.

Northcoast Horticulture Supply, Dirty Business Soil & Analysis, 1 Degree Consulting and the Canndor Herbarium Project will be presenting a lecture and discussion at NHS - Fortuna Feed providing education about genetics and integrated pest management.

725-5550 / info@northcoasths.com / Web site

River Rafting & Meditation Retreat

See Event Description / noon

Join Pacific Mindfulness & OARS for this beautiful 5-day retreat on the spectacular Yampa River in Colorado and Utah combining unbeatable wilderness adventure and contemplative practice.

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

After Work Sessions

Six Rivers Brewery / 4-7 p.m. / Free

Come unwind at the end of your work week with DJ D’Vinity in the mix with old school throwbacks and dance hits!

839-7580 / Web site

Redwood Empire BMX Open Practice

Redwood Empire BMX / 5-6 p.m. / Free / $11 Trophy Race Days / $8 Medal Race Days / $5 Ribbon Race Days / $2 Practice ONLY

Redwood Empire BMX is a local non-profit organization with a mission to promote and deliver quality BMX (bicycle moto-cross) programs that stimulate a fun, healthy environment, emphasizing on good sportsmanship and safety for kids of all ages.

845-0094 / redwoodempirebmx1992@gmail.com / Web site

Pampered Pooch

SCRAP Humboldt / 5:30-7:30 p.m. / $5

Select from our scrap fabric stash or bring your own shirts (Did you know your scent comforts your pal while you’re away?) and turn them into a cozy bed and tantalizing toys for your canine pal; no sewing skills necessary!

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

Redwood Prep Black and White Ball Gala

Fortuna River Lodge / 5:30-10 p.m. / $45 / $50 After May 1 / 18+

There will be a silent and live auction, dinner, dancing, balloon pops and more. Dinner will be catered by Lisa Broadstock and Friends. Guests are encouraged to dress up for this ball.

682-6149 / 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

All Level Salsa Lesson and Social Dancing

Redwood Raks World Dance Studio / 6-7:30 p.m. / $7 / 18+

Salsa at six welcomes you to learn some sexy and fun salsa dance moves with Humboldt's best instructors.

816-2809 / SalsaAtSix@gmail.com / Web site

Chuck Mayville

Gallagher's Irish Pub and Restaurant / 6-9 p.m. / Free

Eat, drink and be merry while Chuck plays and sings some classic tunes.

442-1177 / Web site

Chuck Mayville

Gallagher's Irish Pub and Restaurant / 6-9 p.m. / Free

Come on down to Gallagher's to eat, drink and be merry while Chuck plays and sings some classic tunes.

442-1177 / Web site

Cadillac Ranch

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

Country rock.

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

Eric Duff: Apostles' House

Northtown Books / 7-9 p.m.

In his own words: "In 1984, homelessness was still a new word in the American lexicon. As a recent graduate student, I began a position in Newark, New Jersey to help create a shelter for homeless families. This book recounts my experience in helping to build a program.

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

Friday Night Magic the Gathering Draft

Nugames Eureka / 7 p.m. / $15

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

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

Friday Night Magic Draft

See Event Description / 7-11 p.m. / $15

Every Friday night, the newly opened table top game shop Lost Coast Wizards, hosts an FNM draft of the latest magic the gathering set.

617-2523 / lostcoastwizardsgames@gmail.com / Web site

Friday Night Magic the Gathering Draft

Nugames Eureka / 7 p.m. / $15

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

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

Druid, Super Moon

Little Red Lion / 8 p.m. / 21+

Stoner doom.

Ghost Program

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

Gettin' down in Opera Alley.

444-2244 / Web site

Blue Rhythm Revue

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

Blue Rhythm Revue's R&B-based funk ensemble has a distinctive and sensual sound that any age group can enjoy.

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

US Blues

The Jam / 9 p.m.

822-4766 / Web site

Cher-Ae Heights Casino with Jimi Jeff

Cher-Ae Heights Casino / 9 p.m.


800-684-2464 / Web site


Central Station / 9 p.m.

Again, you know what karaoke is.

839-2013 /

Rickshaw and the Bustop

The Griffin / 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. / Free / 21+

Funk for your sole.


Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /


Toby and Jacks / 10 p.m.



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