Friday, May 2, 2008

For Those Prepared to Arts Alive

By MELODY STONE, The Eureka Reporter
Published: May 2 2008, 12:20 AM · Updated: May 2 2008, 12:20 AM
Category: Arts
Topic: For those prepared to rock...

It’s May! It’s May! The lusty month of May, the month when everything goes blissfully astray! (A little “Camelot” shout-out for all you musical theater fans.)

Speaking of musical theater, raise your hand if you are excited about the North Coast Repertory Theatre’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” May 15, Audrey II will take the stage — and probably a dentist while she’s at it — in the classic tale of love and man-eating alien plants. Don’t bring your children. I saw the Rick Moranis/Steve Martin movie when I was far too young and had nightmares for weeks.

Arts! Alive

Anyway, so this weekend is all about Eureka’s Arts! Alive, which is always the first Saturday of the month (May 3 this month) from about 6 to 9 p.m.

My favorite Arts Alive! feature is Rick Fugate playing accordion on the corner of F and Second streets in front of Natural Selection. He’ll play anything you ask him to, or he’ll say, “I don’t know that song, but here’s one like it,” and he’ll play something completely different.

Some other things I like about Arts Alive!:

+ Free crackers, cheese, fruit and wine.

+ Seeing so many people I know that by the time the evening is over, I’ve only been to two galleries because I spent the whole time chatting with friends.

+ The Accident Gallery. They have something different and usually good music.

+ Old Town Coffee & Chocolates. The line is always long, but it’s a good place to chat while you wait for your coffee.

+ Shipwreck. Arts Alive! is my excuse to go look at shiny, artsy, fun, vintage bobbles and thingamabobs. It’s one of the few Arts Alive! shops where I can walk in and find a piece of original art that I can afford. I love that.

Those are just a few of the things I love about Arts Alive!, but there are so many more, the list could go on and on and you would be left at Arts Alive! around 9 p.m. wondering, “Geez, that was fun, but what am I going to do now?”

Well, here are a few things.

Saturday, May 3

Shows for 21+

At The Pearl, right in the heart of Arts Alive!, the Broken Hearts will be playing their last Humboldt County show before going on tour and then breaking up. That show starts at 9 p.m.(ish) and is for those 21 and over only. Thelittlestillnotbigenough is also playing, and the cover charge is $5. It’s well worth it to see a piece of the scene before they disappear. The Broken Hearts will be featuring their new music video on The Pearl’s big-screen projector.

If you are in Arcata at the Jambalaya, there will be touring band Apple Nasty (indie pop, with 548 MySpace friends) and locals The Invasions and newly revamped Tanuki (434 MySpace friends) starting around 10 p.m. That show is also 21 and up only.

All-ages shows

If you are stuck in Arcata and in the mood for an early show, have children or are under 21, you can head over to Westwood and check out The Beat Nun (electronic folk, 571 MySpace friends) at Mosgo’s. She does a cover of a Sufjan Stevens song that’s delightful.

That show starts around 8 p.m., and be sure to tip your baristas.

There is always something to do, and if you are really interested in what I have to say, e-mail me at and I’ll give you outing advice for the other days of the week. Otherwise, read the calendar, listen to the radio, look people up on MySpace and go to shows … that is, if you want.

(Opinions expressed in columns do not necessarily reflect those of The Eureka Reporter or its staff.)

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