It’s Here! A Taste of the Holidays

Thursday, November 16, 2023 It’s Here! A Taste of the Holidays Posted By Kali Cozyris on Thu, Nov 16, 2023 at 12:00 PM Indulge in local flavors at Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise’s annual Taste of The Holidays, happening Thursday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Arcata Community Center ($40). Savor the holiday season by sampling local food, wine, brews and spirits and meet the talented people behind your favorite products. Foggy Bottoms Boys, Mother’s Cooking Experience, Humboldt Soup Co., North Story Wines, Kenny’s Chocolates and Pupuseria San Miguel are just a few of the exceptional local producers sharing their goods at this fundraiser for the club. This night of culinary delights is for ages 16 and older. Bring something for Toys for Tots (an unwrapped toy) and receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing. Tags: Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise, Taste of The Holidays, Arcata Community Center, Foggy Bottoms Boys, Mother’s Cooking Experience, Humboldt Soup Co., North Story Wines, Kenny’s Chocolates and Pupuseria San Miguel, Image

Eureka Holiday Open Houses Usher in the Season

Thursday, November 16, 2023 Eureka Holiday Open Houses Usher in the Season Posted By Kali Cozyris on Thu, Nov 16, 2023 at 6:00 AM click to enlarge Photo by Kali Cozyris Santa at Discovery Shop at a past Henderson Center Holiday Open House. Unwrap the magic of the season as Eureka’s downtown, Old Town and Henderson Center areas transform into festive wonderlands, encouraging small business shopping at their respective holiday open houses. First up, it’s the Henderson Center Holiday Open House, taking place Thursday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Henderson Center (free). Bring the kids for photos with Santa at the Discovery Shop, or to meet the Grinch at Redwood Capital Bank. Businesses will be open late with goodies and more. On Friday, Nov. 17, stroll the streets of Historic Old Town and lively Downtown Eureka from 5 to 8 p.m. for the Eureka Main Street Holiday Open House (free). This jolly event offers music, treats, in-store specials, a prize drawing and more. Tags: Henderson Center Holiday Open House, Henderson Center, Historic Old Town, Downtown Eureka, Eureka Main Street Holiday Open House

Music Tonight: Thursday, Nov. 16

Thursday, November 16, 2023 Music Tonight: Thursday, Nov. 16 Posted By Collin Yeo on Thu, Nov 16, 2023 at 4:00 AM Some things, like university names, come and go, while others seem resistant to the forces of change. One of those things in the latter category is the university circus community, formerly HSU, now Cal Poly Humboldt. The Humboldt Circus Gist Hall performance Circus? You Hardly Know Us!   is an addition to a long tradition, so if you’d like to be a part of that continuum, roll through at 7:27 p.m. sharp and drop $10 ($8 for students) into the bucket. If memory serves, it’s a fun time. Tags: Gist Hall, Humboldt Circus, Circus? You Hardly Know Us!, Image

Syrian Boy

In the midst of tragedy and suffering there is the earth’s insistent beauty. A Syrian boy sits Alone on a plastic chair Covered in soot His child hand wiping his brow His eyes recognize It is his blood He solemnly transfers Across his shirt. Having been pulled For an hour from the rubble Too traumatized to cry As he surely did When he was pulled from his mother Brought into this world In a war torn region. When will we listen When will we hear The cries of the earth As well as our own We her children? How do we juxtapose the earth’s insistent beauty and the horrors that were done to this Syrian boy. Lori Cole

Barnacle Envy

Hello. I’m the mayor of Schlong Beach. Despite my town’s name, you won’t find any “phallic symbols” here. We are fully phallic. For example, the monuments to our heroes aren’t ambiguous columns. They are massive marble boners. However, our town’s women rejected this sensibility, calling it “puerile” (whatever that means). So, they built a wall around a section of downtown and called it Vagican City. We have been unable to penetrate it. At a city council meeting, the local marine biologist compared our mating situation to that of the West Coast’s giant acorn barnacle (Balanus nubilus). He told us that barnacles live within hard calcium shells stuck to various solid substrates. And they are one of the few sessile animals that copulate. Evolution solved the barnacle’s obvious problem by selecting for longer penises. Relative to body size, the barnacle penis is up to eight times the length of its body. (That would be 50 feet for me.) With this maneuverable appendage, the hermaphroditic barnacles probe among their neighbors seeking receptive individuals. The biologist guessed that if we somehow mimicked the barnacles, we could sling our

Beasts of Burden

Much ink has been spilled on the colonial mythology of the upcoming holiday and the horrors in Palestine. When confronted with the unrolling and competing narratives of a real-time conflict, I turn to relevant historians and critics of the past, and I can think of no one more qualified to speak on colonial narrative than late Palestinian intellectual Edward Said, whose landmark work Orientalism is foundational in the study of postcolonialism. Born into an affluent family of Arab Christians in Jerusalem in British Mandate Palestine in 1935, Said was a stateless man by his teenage years and, after many temporary homes, spent his career at Columbia University as a vanguard scholar of cross-discipline cultural studies until his death in 2003. His life as a privileged outsider in the high academic society of America allowed him to study the way colonial powers define the culture of their subjects with wildly inaccurate and damaging results. Every colonizing nation thrives on two central powers for legitimacy: violent force and the creation of narratives to justify and often erase the severity of that force. The “White Man’s Burden” of

Et Tu, Huffman?

Editor: Jared Huffman wrote a views piece Nov. 2 in the NCJ describing how much he despises the new majority leader of the House of Representatives, Rep. Mike Johnson. He starts with he knows Speaker Johnson to be “smart and affable” and better than Speaker McCarthy. Then he launches into true Huffman hatred. He repeatedly accuses Mr. Johnson of being a Christian nationalist and rejecting outright the separation of church and state. His “disdain” for the establishment clause First Amendment and the right to actual freedom of religion reveals he wishes to bend public policy to reflect his personal views is exactly the same thing Huffman is attempting to do. It’s called free speech! Huffman has railed against Christian nationalists and white Christian nationalists and MAGA republicans over and over on his public Facebook page and during interview with the Econews report. The title of the column is “‘A Slippery Slope to Theocracy,'” a ridiculous notion in America that our foundation is the Constitution. Huffman just hates religion, Christianity in particular the most. We deserve a better representative in Congress. Dennis Scales, Fortuna

Six Stories Everywhere?

Editor: Six-story apartment buildings allowed in every single neighborhood in Arcata. No limit on how dense these apartments might be. Existing houses permitted for coffee shops, convenience stores and restaurants. Zero parking required for apartments of any size. For offices, stores and restaurants — one or two spaces is the most parking they’d be allowed to have. These would be the policies for all of Arcata. This is not just an ugly “what-if” fantasy. This is exactly what Arcata Community Development Director David Loya is presenting to the city council at its Nov. 15 meeting. Mr. Loya and several supporters are proposing to treat the entire city of Arcata with the same policies that are being developed for the Gateway Area Plan (Mailbox, Sept. 21). The Gateway area is now a diverse mix of homes, apartments, stores, light manufacturing, some heavy industry, offices, empty lots and underutilized spaces. The Creamery Building and Arcata’s arts district are there, and it will be home to the new L Street linear park. It’s a great location for dense housing to support a walkable, bikeable neighborhood. To imagine that the policies developed for


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Music Tonight: Wednesday, Nov. 15

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 Music Tonight: Wednesday, Nov. 15 Posted By Collin Yeo on Wed, Nov 15, 2023 at 4:00 AM click to enlarge Shutterstock Singer and songwriter Dave Alvin specializes in a hybrid-genre style of distinctly California music with noirish lyrical qualities. The results are songs that create scenes, steeped in speedway country, boogie blues, surf rock and lo-fi trip tunes. He’s also a road dog with his band The Guilty Ones, who have counted Tom Waits, Bobby Rush and Los Lobos among their admiring peers. Tonight at 8 p.m. the group headlines the stage at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, with support coming from Los Angeles’ dark Americana group Dead Rock West ($45). Tags: The Guilty Ones, Dave Alvin, Arcata Theatre Lounge, Dead Rock West, Image

Proponents, Opponents Talk Measure A

click to enlarge Mark Larson About 75 people attended a Humboldt Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association lunch meeting to hear opponents and proponents discuss the Humboldt Cannabis Reform Initiative. Measure A, known as the Humboldt Cannabis Reform Initiative, is shaping up to be one of the most controversial things on the March ballot and this afternoon a group of about 75 people got a close-up look at some of those arguing most vociferously for and against it. Held at the Baywood Country Club in Arcata, the Humboldt Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association luncheon meeting saw presentations by proponents Mark Thurmond and Betsy Watson, herself a Cal Poly Humboldt professor emerita, both of whom played central parts in conceiving, drafting, funding and circulating the initiative to overhaul Humboldt County’s cannabis regulations. On the other side of the issue, the group also heard from Humboldt County Growers Alliance Executive Director Natalynne DeLapp, who described the initiative as “bad policy,” and Humboldt County Planning Commissioner Noah Levy, who said he worries the initiative, if passed, would prevent some farms from making environmental improvements. The

Music Tonight: Tuesday, Nov. 14

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 Music Tonight: Tuesday, Nov. 14 Posted By Collin Yeo on Tue, Nov 14, 2023 at 4:00 AM click to enlarge Shutterstock I saw one of its members the other day, which reminded me to remind you about the Opera Alley Cats, a jazz group that plays to fill its surroundings, two places in particular being just about perfect for heightening the ambience: the Basement and the Speakeasy. Tonight at 7 p.m. the group will be at the latter place. Bring some coins for a cocktail and some scratch for the band. Tags: Opera Alley Cats, the Basement Arcata, the Speakeasy, Image