Summer Camp Splendor

OK campers, pick a perch and cop a squat. I’ve got the 411 for you but this is not a recording and I will not be repeating myself. This week’s checklist of activities will include: the reunion of a local honky-tonk institution, visitors from Canada and England, booty shaking (no laughing, Johnson, or dammit, I will kick you out of here so fast your parents will call to complain from last week!), West African dance and many, many events adjacent to the ongoing festivities at Camp Humboldt Folklife. I will not tolerate any panty raids or hazing: This is the 21st century and we don’t live like assholes anymore. Underwear up the flagpole is still an occasional necessary evil. I want to see your checklists crossed and your merit badges stitched. I want you all to have a good time but not so good a time you end up with a DUI. I want love, valour and compassion to fill the air as it once did when I snuck into the wrong R-rated movie of the same name and left a confused and ultimately unfulfilled teenager those many years ago. My God, Jason Alexander was never meant for a nude scene. But most importantly, I want you to bring home a genuine appreciation of the many fun things this camp has to offer in the dog days of summer. I want you making memories, dammit, because from memories come dreams and through dreams we see ourselves at once as singular humans and as a collective humanity, both bare and costumed in our infinite potential. OK, have a good week. Dismissed! Thursday Local raconteuse and tavern-scene staple Anna Hamilton plays the Humboldt Cider Co. this evening at 6 p.m. Come join the humorist and songwriter for a rousing set of covers and others (free). Friday Planet Booty is an electro funk trio from Oakland that draws its influences from the snappy ’80s acts that themselves influenced the emerging Chicago house scene of that same decade. Tonight the group plays the Miniplex for what is certain to be a total sweat-fest. Local bass-pumper DJ Anya officiates at 9 p.m. ($10/$5 early bird tickets). Half an hour later at the Logger Bar, a very different show is going down and it should be one for the ledgers. It’s the triumphant return of local country heroes Rooster McClintock after a half-decade’s absence from theā€¦

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