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A-town art, music, theatre. Mostly music. Updated Wednesdays.

Meridian Fine Art Gallery moving to Upstairs Art Gallery

Stock Schlueter, Rams Horn Creek A.M., oil on linen, 24 x 35

Stock Schlueter, Rams Horn Creek A.M., oil on linen, 24 x 35

ARCATA – Meridian Fine Art Gallery, a fixture in the Arcata arts scene for two years, held its last show in March. Curator Joseph Wilhelm is now devoting his attention to the Upstairs Art Gallery, a second venue, located across the street from the recently renovated Arcata Theater Lounge.  The gallery, formerly known as the Umpqua Art Gallery, is located at and sponsored by the Arcata branch of Umpqua Bank.

“This is not your average art show in a bank lobby,” Wilhelm said. “This space functions as a true gallery and we’re blessed to have the company of well-known talent and exceptional emerging artists.”  The gallery is located in the bank’s mezzanine, a quiet spacious avenue dedicated to its purpose.  An anniversary show is being held this month featuring many favorites from Meridian including Humboldt artists Derek Bond, Michael Harris, Ken Jarvela, Jim McVicker, Theresa Oats, Kathy O’Leary, Leslie Kenneth Price, Stock Schlueter and Peter Zambas.

The gallery is located at 1063 G St. A public reception will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 10 during Arts! Arcata.

Live music will be performed by Cadillac Ranch.  “We will continue as we had at Ninth Street with many of the same artists our visitors have come to expect along with some special guests,” Wilhelm said. “The mission for the gallery stems from a belief that a lively community fosters artistic expression which reflects and adds to its culture.”

For more information about the exhibit, call 826-7184 or visit


Chateau la Roach!

Note: This didn’t make it in the physical paper – so sorry, Dell’Arte! Our love for you is well-documented – but is sure to be a fun-filled time.

The Dell’Arte Teen Ensemble presents an award winning comedy, Chateau La Roach!

This off-the-wall production will be a foot-stomping, laugh-out-loud good time, full of the trademark Dell’Arte Youth Academy physical comedy.  Written by award winning Dell’Arte Alumni Lauren Wilson, and directed by Tyler Olsen, Chateau La Roach is guaranteed fun for the whole family!

Slapstick humor, mistaken identities, and hilarious dialogue await audiences of all ages in the Dell’Arte Youth Academy’s uproarious spring farce.  Come to the delightful Chateau la Roche for a weekend you’re not likely to forget- a weekend of fine dining, professional staff, four-star service, and invading cockroaches.

Hotel proprietors Francois and Mimi LaRoche desperately try to keep their roach infestation under control as they host and entertain a full house of guests- honeymooners, british cyclists, fortune tellers, nuns, famous travel writers – one of whom is the Health Inspector in disguise!

Teens involved in the Dell’Arte Teen Ensemble work together to create, write and produce a play to be performed for a paying audience. The Dell’Arte Teen Ensemble gives our community’s next generation the chance to learn theatre skills in an active, artistic and challenging atmosphere.

Chateau La Roach will run Thursday, April 2 through Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 5 at  2 p.m. in the Carlo Theatre in Blue Lake. Tickets are $8 general and $5 for students/seniors. The Thursday, April 2 performance is Pay What You Can. For reservations or to purchase tickets, call 707-668-5663 Ext. 5. or visit

Jennifer Savage: Savage Eye – Arcata rock, R.I.P.

APRIL 1, 2009

An unpredicted consequence of Arcata failing to provide a place for teens to safely and legally gather for loud, “rock”-style music shows revealed itself recently: the utter and complete demise of rock music within City limits. Read the rest of this entry »

Ross Rowley: 1970s icons inspire

APRIL 1, 2009

Everything old is new again. Pop culture in America is cyclical. Nowhere is that seen more than in music. We’ve seen fashions cycle back again 20 or 30 years later to be enjoyed by a whole new audience. Here in Arcata, with the cycle of college students bringing the latest craze from Southern California, never rule out the unexpected.
I never would have guessed the music of The Captain & Tennille would click with today’s twenty-somethings. Supposedly, in Long Beach and surrounding communities, Captain & Tennille nights at nightclubs are all the rage. I guess Abba has had a huge resurgence within the last few years. Enough to inspire the film, Mamma Mia to be produced with great success. That opened up the music of the 1970s Swedish pop sensations for a new generation. Read the rest of this entry »

Strix Vega: Western U.S. Tour 2009

March 11th – Eugene, OR We start our tour off in good spirits coming off of our CD release show at The Alibi. Seeing so many friends and fans who have been supporting us over the years come out and celebrate another milestone in our tenure as a band makes us feel ready to bring our music to many cities we’ve never been before. We begin our travels listening to Lila Nelson’s latest CD. Read the rest of this entry »

From 3 Food Café

Not too long ago, 3 Foods Café of Arcata California began a campaign titled: If we are in a recession, we may as well enjoy it. The intention of this campaign was to try to make the best of a seemingly overwhelming economic crisis.

Fast forward six months later and café proprietor, Naomi Beck, realizes that the state of affairs is not getting any better. “It has come to my attention that this economic pinch is real, and has the potential of dampening the morale of all those affected. Over the course of my existence, I have found that when the burden of reality seems to reach the threshold of unbearable, it is of utmost importance to remember the beauty and magic of life”

This has prompted the beginning of a new campaign… Read the rest of this entry »

Strix Vega and Rural Rock and Roll get imaginary shout out!

The boys play Seattle tomorrow night, earning a mention on Seattle’s premier indie music blog. We’re so proud – they’ve grown up right, haven’t they? If only we could cut the blog post out and post it on our fridge. We worry about such sweet, talented musicians out there in the cold, cruel big cities, so knowing folks appreciate them means we can sleep at night.

And a RRandR mention? How cool is that? Turns out Imaginary Mimi paid her high school dues in Humboldt County and still appreciates the local rock. Thanks!