Best of Arts & Entertainment

Best Karaoke: Richards' Goat Tavern & Tea Room

Is this thing on? When Mr. Bennett of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice said, "For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?" the sentiment uncannily foretold the joys of karaoke. Add to that laughter the unconditional applause and woo-hoo-ing, the singing along to the most tenacious earworm. Oh, how I've missed scrolling the songbook to belt out power ballads with my neighbors.

To the miraculous bonding of friends and strangers add the wonder of Richards' Goat Tavern and Tea Room wresting the Best Karaoke title from the powerhouse casinos. How did this comparatively small venue woo the karaoke faithful — theater kids, secret singers and that one friend who pretends to be reluctant but is actually dying to bust out Missy Elliott, which they absolutely will about a half a cocktail in — onto its stage?

If you're fully vaxxed, you can find out on Sunday nights — though the venue is aiming to add a Saturday for two nights, thus shrinking crowd size and upping the number of Stevie Nicks tunes I get to. There's also a Plexiglas barrier, germicidal wipes for the mic and an industrial fan for air circulation. Be warned: That barrier will protect you from my aerosols but not my stirring rendition of "Landslide." Bring a hankie.

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Best Local Sports Program: Humboldt Crabs Baseball

Ah, the crack of the bat, a baseball soaring to the outfield and ... (is it? will it? can it?) oh yeah, it's over the fence and freeway bound, baby. Burgers and beer, Crabs hats and hoodies, kids running the bases on Sunday, you running into every single person you know in Humboldt. Yep, it's a Crabs game. From the rowdy hecklers on the first base line and the World Famous Crab Grass Band honking out "Immigrant Song" and "Sweet Caroline" to the errant foul balls flying out onto F Street and the poor souls who don't know (yet) to NEVER PARK THERE — not to mention posing for pics with Crusty, those Slice of Humboldt Pie 7th inning treats, and some of the best and coolest college athletes gracing us with their talent from June to August. There's no finer time to be had than a Crabs game at the Arcata Ball Park. It's no wonder you voted your Humboldt Crabs as Best Local Sports Program. Play ball!

Kali Cozyris

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

Art Exhibit

Morris Graves Museum of Art

636 F St., Eureka,


Art Gallery

Morris Graves Museum of Art

636 F St., Eureka,


Artwork Mural

Blake Reagan's "Diva's Grace"

The Speakeasy

411 Opera Alley, Eureka,



Ghost Train

Beer Festival

Hops in Humboldt

Bowling Alley

Harbor Lanes

2136 Broadway, Eureka,



Bear River Casino Resort

11 Bear Paws Way, Loleta,


Club DJ

DJ D-Funk, Treat Yourself Entertainment

Craft Artist

Cate Be

Instagram: cbeceramics

Cultural Event

Kinetic Grand Championship

Dance Crew

Va Va Voom Burlesque

Drag Artist

Vivienne Vidette


Violet Crabtree


Fundraising Event

Bowl for Kids' Sake

Golf Course

Beau Pre Golf Club

1777 Norton Road, McKinleyville,


Holiday Light Display

Eureka Truckers Parade

Humboldt Clothing Line

Humboldt Republic

535 Fourth St., Eureka,



Richards' Goat Tavern & Tea Room

401 I St., Arcata,


Live Music Venue

Humboldt Brews

856 10th St., Arcata,


Local Actor

Caroline McFarland

Instagram: carolinemcfarland

Local Artist

Duane Flatmo

  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Crusty the Crab
Local Sports Program

Humboldt Crabs

Local Tour

Kayak Trinidad

1 Bay St., Trinidad,


Movie Theater

Minor Theatre

1001 H St., Arcata,



Clarke Museum

240 E St., Eureka,


Music Festival

Summer Arts Festival


Jimmy Foot

Place to Shake Your Booty

The Jam

915 H St., Arcata,


Place to Shoot Pool

The Logger Bar

510 Railroad Ave., Blue Lake,


Places to Play Games

Bear River Family Entertainment Center

263 Keisner Road, Loleta,


Pumpkin Patch/Farm

Organic Matters Ranch

6821 Myrtle Ave., Eureka,

Instagram: organicmattersranch

Stand-Up Comedian

Dutch Savage

Tattoo Artist

Dan Dozier

Instagram: danieldoziertattooer

Theater Company

North Coast Repertory Theatre

300 Fifth St., Eureka,



Christina D'Alessandro


Weekend Getaway within 150 miles

Benbow Historic Inn

445 Lake Benbow Drive, Garberville,


Wine Festival

Fieldbrook Art and Wine Festival

4241 Fieldbrook Road, McKinleyville,