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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.

Listen live via the stream.

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’


First sentences from the forthcoming Jan. 15 issue:

Leave the glow sticks and fire sticks at home – the real spin action in Arcata persists in the form of contra dances.

Forget about those washboard abs you resolved to work toward for the new year.


EDITED: Well, somehow the remaining sentences disappeared when I hit “Publish.” Consider my mellow harshed.

Anyway, it’s a cool issue. Check it out Tuesday.

‘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 »