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From Tragedy to Farce



There are a lot of things I didn't like about last week, from comical nonsense like The New York Times endorsing Elizabeth Warren AND Amy Klobucar as the Democratic Party candidate because apparently we plan on being ruled by an executive diarchy harvested straight out of the professional managerial strata and with absurdly low support from racial minorities and the lower economic classes, to more troubling developments. Like the erosion of our democracy into one-party corporate minority rule over all three branches of government as played out by the clear partisan outline of the impeachment spectacle. This combined with a middle class shrunk past a level common in developed countries makes me genuinely scared of a fascist future. However, there are small graces. Despite constant abuse or neglect from the corporate media, Bernie Sanders is surging in the polls just ahead of the Iowa Caucus. And while I don't believe that his election would fix our problems, I am glad to see a desire to return to the FDR-era policies that allowed my grandparent's generation to escape poverty. Also, I can't help but think that Hillary Clinton bashing him in the current news cycle won't hurt him, especially while she is simultaneously defending her past association with Harvey Weinstein. If nothing else, she is clearly not a very good judge of character. I think that there are enough reasonable people in the country who can see that.

Locally things seem to be slowly improving as far as the nightlife goes. The students are back and the evenings are booked up.

Let's have a look, shall we?


The Outer Space collective is throwing a queer dance party at Synapsis tonight. Come join Rhode Island's La Neve, as well as local DJs Rosé and Kandelaria at 8 p.m. for a disco-punk fandango. The fun starts at 8 p.m. and there is a suggested sliding scale cover charge of $5-$20 for the touring artist.


Humboldt County's premier Pink Floyd impressionists Money are playing a free show at the Firewater Lounge in Cher-Ae Heights Casino tonight at 8 p.m. No word on the setlist and era being presented as of press time.

Meanwhile, an hour later over at Humbrews, it's the decade's first edition of Soul Party. DJ Red, JayMorg and Funky T-Rex. The all-vinyl soul revue will hopefully be the same dance, dance, revolution as it ever was, with a very affordable $5 door price.


I mentioned the unfortunate passing of Natty Dog proprietor and local metalhead Eric Riccio back in December. Today the heavy music community gathers at the Manila Community Center to celebrate his life, as well as the birthday of local headbanger Boz Flores. This all-ages event has what is shaping up to be a stellar lineup of six string samurais from here and far, including Chains of Belmont, Sever All, Cross Oceans, Grey Bush (formerly downcypher) and Scythe at 5 p.m. (price TBA).

The locally re-rooted Bay Area rapper Nac-One is throwing down a big one with his friends over at the Miniplex at 9:30 p.m. For a mere $5 you can enjoy the lyrical stylings of (my brother) Rufian, Cam Wallace, Hiraam and Flo J Simpson, all curated by the masterful mixings of DJ Goldylocks. Get it.


Local hootin' hollerin' folk and bluegrass trio Three Legged Dog is playing a knee slapping, jug stomper at Sidelines tonight at 9 p.m. (free). I've seen these boys play at Toby and Jack's before and they really stretch out and fill the contours of the room. Some bands are just made for the places they play and this group has just such a relationship with this bookend of bar row.


Los Angeles by way of Joshua Tree sonic artist Matt Adams has carved a musical niche over the last decade by inventing a series of blissed out tracks and records under the name The Blank Tapes. Imagine slippery songs evoking sun bleached memories of Sunset Strip and Los Angeles County, this is the music that a restless city hears in dreams from a sleep that is always just out of memory's reach. It's good, folks. Along for the ride tonight are our very own local gravel pit, backwoods quarry masters and saw-fiddlers the Bow-Legged Buzzards at 9 p.m. ($10). This should be a musically diverse show and nowhere else but the Miniplex could house such a spectacle.


Cirque Flip FabriQue is a troupe of gravity defyers and contortionists from Quebec comprised of players from the world famous groups Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize. Tonight at 7 p.m. the Van Duzer will house its big winter production, appropriately titled Blizzard: Taking the Stage by Storm ($25-$39). Not sure what to expect? Probably for the best — these highly choreographed and live soundtracked events are best seen without prejudice or conditions beyond a set of fresh, naked eyeballs.


Humboldt's travelin' outlaw country act Lone Star Junction has a free gig tonight at the Wave Lounge at Blue Lake Casino at 8 p.m. If you like dancing to a mix of originals as well as tunes from the Heartworn Highways-era of good '70s country acts like Waylon and Willie and the boys, this is the place for you.

Full show listings in the Journal's Music and More grid, the Calendar and online. Bands and promoters, send your gig info, preferably with a high-res photo or two, to

— Collin Yeo isn't scared of immigrants but he is pretty concerned about centrism and autocracy being the only political poles. He prefers he/him pronouns and lives in Arcata, where he hopes to resist both of those evils.

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