Those dudes on the plaza with the hacky sack are going to have to step it up. All kinds of weirdly nimble people are coming out of the woodwork for the Humboldt Juggling Festival. It's a topsy-turvy weekend of free workshops, fun and games in the West Gym from 10 a.m. to midnight from Thursday, March 19 through Sunday, March 22. Workshops with titles like "Scissors, Legos and Traps," "Hoop Isolation with Poki" and "Adventures in Unicycling" should keep you on your toes. The Humboldt Juggling Society has brought in a crew of ringers, so you won't be able to throw a rubber nose without hitting a circus pro who's ready to teach you throw your balls in the air like you just don't care.
Things get spinning at the Van Duzer Theater on Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. with Juggle-icious ($15, free for kids 12 and under). Acrobatic duo Something Ridiculous, the glowing Nate Hughes, Doctor Bonkers & Circus Luminescence, contortionist Jennifer Deacon, poi spinner Chris Kelly, Jpeace Love Circus, the Juggling Johnstons, rope wrangler Bri Crabtree, aerialist Sarah Lee, "hat trickster" Justin Credible, German juggler Anni Kupper and MC Steven Weven are all on the bill. Heads up, butter fingers.