by Kali Cozyris
Get ready for an out-of-this-world evening of music, fine dining and mind and glass-blowing entertainment. It's time for Spectacular! Spectacular!, KMUD's annual fundraiser at the Arcata Community Center, Saturday, April 9 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. ($100 dinner and show, $40 show only). This year's theme sets its sights high with an Intergalactic Garden Party, complete with costume ball, silent auction and the Cosmic Garden Gallery.
Slip into your snazziest space-themed outfit — something borrowed from Elton John's closet circa 1976 should fit the bill — and climb aboard the starship at 7 p.m. for specialty cocktails, local beer, wine and appetizers with ambient music by DJ Marjo Lak. A four-course dinner of local and artisan nibbles (this ain't no space food) prepared by Outlaw Kitchen follows at 8 p.m. While you dine, San Francisco's Metamorphosis Ballet, Cirque du Soleil aerialist Sita Acevedo, Maya Dessa from Portland's LoveBomb GoGo, and stilt walkers from San Francisco's Luminosity troupe provide otherworldly entertainment. SoHum's Bada Bling! Burlesque keeps the vibe stellar, along with old-time, "Gypsy orchestra" band from Portland, The Japonize Elephants. Afterward, step outside for an open air LED and fire show by Circus of the Elements, check out the art in the Cosmic Garden Gallery and get ready to spin with DJs Phutureprimitive and Orphic at 9 p.m. ($30, $15 for students with ID).
Humboldt, you are go for launch.