Far Above the World


David Bowie was a man who did it all — music, acting, fashion, art — influencing every industry he touched. He showed us it was OK to be odd, colorful and different with his unabashed self and ever-changing personas. His self-awareness was the compass from which his inventions and reinventions sprang forth and returned.

A few spots are paying tribute to the charismatic and enigmatic icon. Catch his acting debut in The Man Who Fell to Earth, playing at the Arcata Theatre Lounge on Friday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. ($5) and at Richards’ Goat Tavern & Tea Room on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. ($6.50). Also at the Goat that night, see him epitomize cool in The Hunger, a film I watched at least half a dozen times as a teen, crammed into the tiny rooms you could rent at Old Town Billiards and Video with my art house friends back in the ’80s. It’s on at 9 p.m. and also runs a well-worth-it $6.50.

On the lighter side, the Eureka Theater is showing Jim Henson’s fantasy classic Labyrinth on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ($5). You can take the kids to this one. Just keep them close — the Goblin King gets a little grabby.

Bowie was a star posing as a man posing as a starman. He transcended labels, genres and the ordinary, leaving a legacy as eternal and expansive as the cosmos to which he devoted much of his art.

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