Assuming the skies are clear -- a pretty big freakin' "if" in Humboldt, for sure -- this Saturday at 4:45 a.m. a red shadow will begin to slowly creep across the face of the moon before reaching full pepperoni status at 6:05 a.m. Is this latest lunar eclipse -- visible in much of the western North America -- worth setting the alarm for? What's weirdness worth to you?
What we can tell you is that if the Humboldt fog ruins it for you, by some odd coincidence (or is it?) this Saturday, Dec. 10, come several left-of-center events to satiate your weird bone.
First, it's the return of Humboldt Grassroots' Anarchist Bookfair, which stakes out a "The Man"-free zone at the Manila Community Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to titles from radical publishers, free food and puppet shows for little future anarchists, there will be a presentation by Janet Harding, co-author of The Ethical Slut, which has been referred to as "the bible of polyamory." Bring a friend. Or two!
"The Man" won't be welcome down south either. For, 'tis the return of the marijuana competition and exposition known as the Emerald Cup. The event, which starts at noon at Area 101 (about 10 miles north of Laytonville), has been featured on the Discovery Channel and in the pages of Rolling Stone and National Geographic and boasts being "America's longest running medical cannabis contest."
Growers and weed-thusiasts will compete in "Joint Rolling," "Guess the Roaches in the Jar," and "Highest CBD Content" contests, to name a few, whilst getting lost in the reggae sounds of The Mighty Diamonds, the funk/rock of Katdelic and the pounding dancehall of Guerrilla Takeover. Oh, there also will be educational, uh, speakers and stuff.
If, however, all you're looking for is a little irreverence this weekend, well, we hope you look good in red.
That's because Saturday night sees the return of SantaCon, the Eureka phenom that has expanded to include Arcata. What is SantaCon? Last year, we constructed some elaborate mythology to explain its existence. This year we have less space. So, here's the deal: A bunch of people dress like Santa Claus, gather in one place then proceed to flashmob local watering holes while getting drunk and jolly. That's it.
If you'd like to hit Arcata bars, meet on the Plaza at 6 p.m. If Eureka's where you drink, meet at Pacific Outfitters as Rail Jam ends at 4 p.m.
Yes, Humboldt maintains some alt cred. But if you ever find yourself thinking that things are just a little too normal around here, just wait for the next lunar eclipse. Ahooooooo!