Many of you have heard that Bob Doran, the Journal's arts and culture editor, suffered a stroke over the weekend and is being treated in Santa Rosa. His family is by his side there. We at the Journal, along with Bob's many, many friends and fans, are all sending him our best wishes for a fast recovery.

While he is recuperating, here's how to reach us with your arts and culture news:

For our print "Eight Days a Week" calendar or our online only calendar: Please submit these via our website. Go to the calendar page and click on "submit an event" in the upper right. You'll need to register as a user the first time. Then you can just pretty much fill in the blanks. Feel free to phone me at 442-1400 x321 if you have any questions or any trouble using the interface.

For our print "Music and More" grid: Please submit music listings via our website, using the same "submit an event" function. Our new website makes it especially easy for club owners and managers to submit several days' worth —or even a month's worth — of upcoming events. After we edit them, your music listings will appear in our online events calendar and in our grid.

For advertisements in the grid, please email or contact Kim Hodges at 442-1400 x308.

For classes and workshops: As before, to place a paid listing in our "Classes and Workshops" section, please contact Carmen England at 442-1400 x304 or

For film news, contact Ryan Burns at 442-1400 x317, or

For other music news that goes beyond calendar and grid listings, please email This week, The Hum is on hiatus. After that, while Bob recovers, we are going to be using guest writers for a column that previews some of the interesting music coming up each week. If you'd like to write a music column, please send a brief email outlining what you do now in the Humboldt music scene, along with two writing samples, to me at

For theater, dance, visual arts, food and books: Please send press releases, photos, story suggestions and freelance inquiries to me, And please do keep our regular freelancers on your email lists, too, including William Kowinski for Stage Matters and Ken Weiderman for Art Beat. That can go on unchanged. We are always looking for more people to review books and write about food and dance. If you're interested, please send me a brief email describing your background in any of those areas and including two writing samples. During this crunch time, though, please note that we won't routinely be entering information from your press releases into our events calendar. So if you'd like a calendar listing for a play, a dance performance or a book signing, please submit your information on our website, as outlined at the start of this column. You can search our online calendar first to see if it's already there — lots of recurring events already have a place in there.

Thanks so much in advance for your patience and your understanding.

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