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WEDNESDAY LOWDOWN: Where in Humboldt Can You Watch the Dem Debates?

Above: Wednesday night's debate crew

Let the games begin! In many ways the 2020 election season kicks off tonight with the first of two debates between a seemingly endless number of Democratic Party presidential candidates. (OK, they’ve whittled the field down to 20 to start out but, honestly, can you name them all?)

Eyeballs in deep blue Humboldt County will undoubtedly be glued to some screen or another come Wednesday's 6 p.m. debate time. Not into navigating democracy all by your lonesome? Scroll your Lowdown below for details on several local venues hosting public debate screenings. Should you venture out be civil, please. Maybe the candidates will be, too.


Dem Debates: Fun, Games and Lies

Savage Henry Comedy Club / 5:30-8:15 p.m. / Free

Laugh, snicker, scoff and learn at “Fun, Games & Lies,” two back-to-back debate watching parties presented by the North Coast People’s Alliance (NCPA).

hello@northcoastpeoplesalliance.org / Web site

Family Movie Night: Moana

Humboldt County Library / 5:45-7:30 p.m. / Free

Hosted by the Eureka Chapter of the NAACP, as part of a film series highlighting the accomplishments of people of color. Sponsored by the Friends of the Redwood Libraries.

269-1910 / Web site

Democratic Debate Watch Party

Humboldt Democratic Party HQ / 6 p.m.

Join us for both nights of NBC's 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate, coming live from Miami. Snacks and libations will be provided. Donations are encouraged. Doors open at 5:30. Debate begins at 6.

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Live Democratic Debates

The Miniplex at Richards' Goat Tavern / 6-8 p.m. / Free / 21+

Whether you're feeling the Bern, warming up to Warren, hanging with the Yang Gang, telling your friends about Tulsi, hitting the street for Mayor Pete, kickin' it with Kamala, uh... you get the picture.

630-5000 / info@miniplexevents.com / Web site

Democratic Debates Watch Party

Humboldt Brews / 6 p.m.

Join us for the first round of democratic primary debates. We will be showing them on the big screen in the venue. Learn more about where each candidate stands regarding individual political issues.

826-2739 / Web site

Humboldt Crabs vs. Humboldt B-52s

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

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

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Carlo Theatre (Dell'Arte) / 8-9:30 p.m. / $20 / $18 Student/Senior / $16 Veteran

Back by popular demand, Radioman blends the stories which represent soldiers from the Vietnam War thought to current military conflicts – across race, gender, rank and file.

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

BLAOW, Metapod, ChopsJunkie b2b Yug Lee, Zenchant

The Jam / 9:30 p.m. / $10 / 21+

It's Whomp Whomp Wednesday!

822-4766 / Web site

Summer in Space Camp SCRAP

SCRAP Humboldt / 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. / $175 / $150 sibling

School's out, so Camp SCRAP is in!

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

Used Books Needed

See Event Description / 9 a.m.-8 p.m. / Free

History, science, nature, culture, field guides, and novels in good condition.

822-5711 / wilpf@humboldt1.com / Web site

Youth Laser Sailing

Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center / 9 a.m.-4 p.m. / $325

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

Home/Business Solar and Net Energy Metering Workshop

Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center / 5:30-7 p.m. / Free

269-1700 / nstephenson@redwoodenergy.org / Web site

SPIN: A Weekly Recreational Ping Pong Tournament

Gyppo Ale Mill / 6-8 p.m. / $25 / 21+

Win a week of Half Off Beers* when your team wins our new weekly Ping Pong Tournament! Join the Gyppo Ale Mill for this single elimination ping pong tournament.

986-7700 / family@gyppo.com / Web site

Jazz Night with Bill Allison & Friends

Phatsy Kline's Parlor Lounge / 6 p.m. / Free / 21+

Bill Allison brings back the tantalizing smooth sounds of history of American jazz.

444-3344 / specialevents.eaglehouse@gmail.com / Web site

Do The Hustle!

North Coast Dance / 6:30-8:30 p.m. / $10

464-3638 / debbie@dancewithdebbie.biz / Web site

Open Mic

The Basement / 7-10 p.m.

RIY (Read It Yourself) Book Club

Fortuna Library / 7-8 p.m. / Free / 18+

Join the book discussion for adults at Fortuna Library, the last Weds. of every month. Share any books or audios you've enjoyed or come to get new ideas from your neighbors! Refreshments provided.

725-3460 /

Savage Henry Stand Up Comedy Class

Savage Henry Comedy Club / 7 p.m. / Free

Hone your 5 minute set. Learn from experienced stand ups. Conquer stage fright. Construct punch lines. Meet like minded funny folk. Practice your set.

834-0690 / peter@savagehenrymagazine.com / Web site

Cuban Salsa (Rueda de Casino)

Redwood Raks World Dance Studio / 7:15-8:15 p.m. / $7 / $40 6 week series

Salsa rueda is a circle of couples dancing changing partners to patterns called out in Spanish or shown with hand signals. Sponsored by Humboldt Folk Dancers.

496-6189 / jacaronda@suddenlink.net / Web site

McKenna Faith

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 8 p.m.-midnight / Free / 21+

Boot scootin' country!

668-9770 / mshackelford@bluelakecasino.com / Web site


Vista Del Mar / 9 p.m. / Free / 21+

Provided by Lightning Boom productions.

443-3770 / vistadelmarbar@gmail.com /

Rude Lion Sound

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

Were you just thinking, "Is there anyplace that has Dancehall Wednesdays?" Here it is!

Whomp Wednesday

The Jam / 10 p.m. / 21+

whomp whomp whomp whomp whomp whomp whomp.

822-4766 / Web site


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