What better way to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. than by sharing the original comfort food — bowl of rice and beans — with your friends and neighbors at the annual Bowl of Beans event Monday, Jan. 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Arcata Community Center ($6).
We could use a little cross-cultural, inter-faith harmony right now, yes? Yes. The Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir will take the stage and lift you up with joyful songs and chill-inducing solos to make you say "hallelujah." Looking for more of an island vibe? There'll be downright inspirational reggae from Asha Nan, too.
Storyteller Baba Jamal Koram, with a drum between his knees and a world of stories in his head, spins folk tales from Africa and African-American history. Having some déjà Baba? Maybe that's because he's also at the Arcata Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. ($10, $5). When he waves his hand and says, "Y'all don't wanna hear this part," clap and yell, because you really do.
— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill