Pablo Midence of Lord Ellis/
Photo by Mark McKenna
Tonight is one of those times where you might just want to drop your head in your hands and despair over the sheer number of choices you face on the amusement front.
Over in Eureka, art comes alive
with artists making awkward conversation with wine-drunk fans, buskers enticing you to throw your dollars into guitar cases, shopping opportunities galore and the opportunity to catch up with people you know on every corner. Simultaneously, Humboldt Made celebrates with a big film night at the Eureka Theatre
and later in the night, the appropriately named “Late Night with Sherae”
marks the second time comedian, emcee, radio host and columnist Sherae O’Shaughnessy does the live talk show thing in the Eureka Inn’s Palm Lounge with musical guests SambAmore. Note: yours truly will also be her guest and I have a miniscule role in the Humboldt Made shindig, so there’s that.
Meanwhile, over in Arcata, PechaKucha Night, Vol. 1 debuts at the Arcata Theatre Lounge
. Curated by Jeffrey Steinkamp, the event features 10 presenters each with 20 images and 20 seconds of talk to go with each image. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., admission is free if you spend $5 or more on food or drink. Note: my long-suffering husband, Bobby Wright, is one of the cool participants in this gig.
On the music side of things, you’ve got Rhiannon at the Arcata Playhouse
and Lord Ellis at the Alibi
. Talk about your yin and yang.
Fans of underground jazz know Rhiannon from her decade with Alive! and her tenure with Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra. Originally from the Midwest, she was, according to her bio, “lured to California by burgeoning lesbian passions.” Her years of singing, touring and living manifested in her one-woman show, “Toward Home.” More than a vocalist, Rhiannon is a storyteller. Tickets to share her experience are $15 advance, $20 at the door. Show starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
The members of Lord Ellis will return to that fabled Alibi corner and bring rawk so big you’ll marvel it fits in that small a space. Founded in 2011, Lord Ellis brings together 20 years of Humboldt County kickass rock tradition. The latest in a line of local legends that include The Hitch, Dragged by Horses, Wasabi and Grimace, Lord Ellis promises to, and I quote, “Knock you off your feet, step on your head, then maybe give you a hand up – if you're not a total dick.” Rounding out the bill, Seventh Rule Recordings artists Diesto, a sludge metal outfit out of Portland. A quick listen to High as the Sun, Diesto’s sophomore effort, confirms the sludginess. Loud and assaultive, natch. Alibi usual – music starts around 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, show is $5, the guy at the door wants you to have an ID confirming you are at least 21 years old.