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SATURDAY LOWDOWN: Another Rutabaga's Banquet

Some glory before The Glory.

Humboldt enters the Kinetic Kalendar's high season Saturday with the return of the Rutabaga Ball, taking place this year at the Arcata Kommunity Center. What the hell is a Rutabaga Ball? Look, if you are not versed in a half-century's worth of Kinetic Grand Championship lore, then there's little hope a krash kourse at this point will do you any good. In short, the winner of the ball's kurious kompetion will be krowned the 2018 Rutabaga Queen who is charged with overseeing next weekend’s Kinetic Grand Championship festivities. 

Less nerdy Saturday events can be yours should you scroll your Lowdown listings below.


Bounty by the Bay

Old Town Eureka / 10 a.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.

Plant Sale Fundraiser

Coastal Grove Charter School / 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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

825-8804 / Web site

National Safe Boating Day

Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. / Free

Join us for a fun family-friendly day with boating activities, safety tips and more at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center as we promote the wearing life jackets and being safe on the water, and more!

443-4222 / hbac@humboldt.edu / Web site

Timbale Live at the Arcata Farmers' Market

Arcata Plaza / 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. / Free

This Saturday at the Arcata Plaza Farmers' Market enjoy the Afro-Cuban, African, and Caribbean styles of Timbata combined with funk, rock, and jazz.

441-9999 / info@humfarm.org /

ATA Lasagna Dinner and Silent Auction

Bayside Grange / 5:30-9 p.m. / $15 / $10 kids

Join us for a family friendly evening of good food and great entertainment. The ATA Allstars are putting on a fundraising dinner to help send them to Southern California to take workshops and perform at Disneyland.

822-9998 / info@allstartheatre.org / Web site

Lyndsey Battle Music Video Premiere

The Sanctuary / 6-8 p.m. / $5

We are excited to host another music video premiere by the incomparable clay-mator and Comix Stripster Violet Crabtree. This latest video is for a Bigfoot themed song song by Lyndsey Battle, from her children's album Growing Up Humboldt.

822-0898 / Web site

On The Spot Improv Season Finale

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 7-9 p.m. / $7

Our second season finale is upon us!

822-1220 / Web site

Rutabaga Ball 2018

Arcata Community Center / 7 p.m. / $12 / $10 adv.

Witness the creative antics and jaw-dropping zaniness as contestants try to prove that they’ve got what it takes to be crowned the 2018 Rutabaga Queen.

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Lord Ellis, Imperial Destructo

Outer Space / 7-10 p.m. / $5

Come out and help Lord Ellis celebrate their badass new release, Mouth of the Mad and support Outer Space.

breakfastalldaycollective@gmail.com / Web site

4th Annual Rock the Redwoods

Arcata Playhouse / 7-10 p.m. / $15

Help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of Redwood National Park. We'll have two great local bands: Ghost Train and The Gatehouse Well, a silent auction with a selection of local items, and beer and wine donated by Mad River Brewing and Barefoot Wines.

465-7329 / rpc@humboldt.edu / 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

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

Brews 'n' Bass

Humboldt Brews / 9:30 p.m. / $7 / 21+

This May join Who Is She Productions for the return of W.B.O.D ! Joined by Dosage and Oblio with πr8, Get ready for an eclectic night of bass music!

826-2739 / Web site

Canndor Herbarium Pressing Party

See Event Description / 5:30-7:30 a.m. / 21+

You're invited to the 1 Degree Consulting office in McKinleyville to learn about the Humboldt Herbarium Project.

890-6600 / contact@gohumboldtgreen.com / Web site

Birds of the Lost Coast Hike

Sanctuary Forest / 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. / Free

Long-time birders Allan Ridley and Helen McKenna will introduce you to meadow, shore, and forest birds, and talk about their nesting and parenting habits.

986-1087 / anna@sanctuaryforest.org / 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

Redwood Writing Project Events

See Event Description / 9 a.m.-noon / $200 / $200 for all 6 sessions / $45 per session / 18+

826-5109 / rwp@humboldt.edu / Web site

Humboldt Pet Supply's Monthly Marsh Cleanup

Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary / 9:30-11 a.m. / Free

Coffee? Donuts? Helping the environment? Count us in! Join Humboldt Pet Suppy for coffee and donuts before a fun walk throughout the Arcata Marsh cleaning dog waste!

633-6216 / humboldtpet@gmail.com / Web site

Dune Ecosystem Restoration

Humboldt Coastal Nature Center / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. / Free

Help restore the dune ecosystem on the Friends of the Dunes property.

444-1397 / info@friendsofthedunes.org / Web site

Ryan Creek Restoration Day at the McKay Community Forest

See Event Description / 10 a.m.-2 p.m. / Free

559-631-0928 / victoria.varela-yates@wildlife.ca.gov / Web site

Astronomy Discovery Day!

HSU Natural History Museum / 11 a.m.-3 p.m. / $3 / $2 children and seniors

Explore gravity, moons, rockets, telescopes and more through a host of fun and exploratory hands-on activities designed by the National Institute For Science Education (NISE).

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

Education & 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.

839-9998 / info@northcoasths.com / Web site

Acrobatic Skills and Performance Workshop

Synapsis Nova / noon-2:30 p.m. / $60 / $25 single-class price / $50 Synapsis Members / DAI Students

This workshop series is open to complete beginners as well as those with an existing basic practice looking to advance.

206-719-2341 / jordan@jordanrosin.com / Web site

Oh, the Places You'll Go! Story and Craft Hour

Northtown Books / 1-2 p.m. / Free

We will be reading 'Oh, the Places You'll Go! and doing a related activity. Treats, prizes and books!

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

ERWIG 20th Anniversary Celebration

Fortuna River Lodge / 5-8 p.m. / $50 / $270 Table of 6 / $90 Couple / $40 Students & WSP Alumni

Join the Eel River Watershed Improvement Group as we celebrate 20 years of restoring the Eel River watershed! We will have a grilled wild salmon and vegetarian lasagna dinner with beer, wine, and Clendenen's cider.

682-6262 / isaac@erwig.org / Web site

Humboldt Brew Tours

Red Lion Hotel / 5-9:30 p.m. / $59.99 / 21+

Breweries may include Lost Coast Brewery, Redwood Curtain Brewing, Six Rivers Brewery and Mad River Brewing company while transported aboard our open air, glass top van.

677-8464 / redwoodsightseeingtours@gmail.com / Web site

Crested Hens

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

Celtic music.

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

Frisky Brisket

Calico's Cafe / 7 p.m.

Violin guitar duo.

923-2253 /

Jim Lahman Band

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company, Arcata / 8-11 p.m. / Free All Ages

Local blues.

826-7222 / Web site

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay

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

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

Jimi Jeff and The Gypsy Band

Central Station / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+

He’s back and better than ever here at Central Station this Saturday Night Come see Humboldt’s rockin blues maestro Jimmy Jeff and his band of gypsies.

839-2013 /

TOGA Party!

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

Bring all of your friends and party like Gods and Goddesses.

298-0632 / kylehudson@bearrivercasino.com / Web site


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

Country rock.

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


Little Red Lion / 9 p.m. / 21+

How could this be a bad idea?

Full Moon Fever

Cher-Ae Heights Casino / 9 p.m. / 21+

Petty songs!

800-684-2464 / Web site

Uptown Kings

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

So blues.

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

Pressure/Anya DJs

Pearl Lounge / 9:30 p.m. / 21+

There will be ass shaking.

444-2017 / Web site


Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /


Toby and Jacks / 10 p.m. / 21+

More Plaza ass shaking.


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