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Quick! Bill Tapia at Arcata Playhouse! Tonight!

Ukulele virtuoso legend Bill Tapia plays TONIGHT at the Arcata Playhouse. This 101-year-old performer has been credited as the first to play jazz on the ukulele. Ukesperience opens. Tickets are $15 HFS members,$18 general.

Doors opened at 7 p.m. Ukesperience starts at 7:30 p.m. Drinks and snacks are available for sale.

At 101 years young, there’s no doubt that Bill Tapia is in a class by himself. Not only is he still playing, touring and recording, his chops, wit and showmanship remain top notch. Having purchased his first instrument at age seven from one of Hawai’i’s original ukulele makers, Tapia represents the last living link to the earliest days of Hawaiian music as we know it today.

Now, get off the computer and go!


KHUM in-studios: The Bee Eaters, ALO

KHUM 104.3 FM midday guy Mike Dronkers hosts The Bee Eaters Friday at 11 a.m.

Former Rubbernecker, current Svelte Velvet drummer and solo artist Greg Lojko is bringing Tashina and Tristan Clarridge’s band The Bee Eaters to the Arcata Playhouse that night. Tickets are $10 HFS members, $12 general and are available at Wildwood Music and at the door.

KHUM weekend man Michael Moore welcomes ALO on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. They play the Van Duzer that night. Tickets are $20 general, $15 HSU students, 18-and-over only.

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From the print edition, Dec. 16, 2008

Josh Duke on the Absynth Quintet.

Ross Rowley on playing the Freshwater Market.

Jennifer Savage on ‘A Very Playhouse Christmas’

Get your group bloodletting fix

From the days of ritual sacrifice to the dominance of Stephen King on the New York Times bestseller list to Faces of Death to Saw V, a tradition of, as producer Tyler Olsen puts it, “group bloodletting,” carries on.

But why shell out your last dollar for a corporate gorefest when you can support your local horror franchise this weekend? Yes, after a successful run at Dell’Arte last year, The Horror Experiment returns this weekend. This time, it’s Olsen’s Rosemary’s baby – under his Red Raw Meat Productions company – and running at the Arcata Playhouse. Read the rest of this entry »

‘A Very Playhouse Christmas’ (recommended)

Much like the Grinch’s heart, mine grew two sizes Friday night during the Arcata Playhouse’s A Very Playhouse Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »

To go or not to go?

Wrong play, I know, but Shake the Bard‘s continuing Othello at the Arcata Playhouse, and I’d like to go. I’d like to take the whole family, in fact – but I blew my weekend cash at The Sushi Spot Thursday afternoon during the snowboarding extravaganza. Highly yummy, but the price of the meal for four (albeit quite hungry) exceeded the price of the play for five. Nourishment for the body or the soul? What to do?

OTHELLO Treachery comes to the Arcata Playhouse this fall as Shake the Bard Theatre Company produces Othello; Moor of Venice. The play runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 25 at 8 p.m., with matinee performances on Sundays, Nov. 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. There is no performance on Thanksgiving. Tickets are $10 general and $8 for students and seniors. Group rates are available for 10 or more. (707) 496-4056,

What you can read about this week

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Terrence writes about A-town’s Flickr genuises.

Josh Duke enjoys the Vista.

Jennifer reviews My Name is Rachel Corrie, begs you to see The Blakes, dances in anticipation of Urinetown and does a rundown of further bands On Tour. Read the rest of this entry »