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The Hum ~ 3/8 ~ What’s New?

What’s new? I woke up this morning thinking about that word: new, and the news. This column isn’t generally “news” oriented, focusing instead on things that are supposed to happen in the future. “We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our

Home Cookin’, AIGC to benefit Betty Chinn

Janine Volkmar Mad River Union EUREKA – The Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, the rocking band Home Cookin’ and Rita’s Mexican Grill are teaming up to help raise funds for the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center and Betty Chinn Homeless Outreach. Chinn, whose work with homeless folks in Humboldt County has won many awards, received the

Can you solve the mystery of the missing Trump paintings?

Janine Volkmar Mad River Union TRINIDAD – “Camel Rock According to …” was one of the “most creative shows ever” according to Connie Butler, curator emerita of the Westhaven Center for the Arts. Marvin Trump, painter and retired architect who died last year, painted 20 views of Camel Rock, each in the style of a

Movie Review: ‘Asquatchalypse Now’ a tart, trippy trail tale

Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA PLAYHOUSE– A confession: all things Bigfoot induce in me a coma-grade boredom. I know, Sasquatch is our very own corny local monster, lighten up. But it’s also just a somewhat overachieving version of the many fleabitten regional legends nurtured by the rural chambers of commerce and gift shops

The Hum ~ 2/22 ~ Together

The odometer on our dear old Volvo wagon was still going, well past 200,000 miles. It was time for retirement. We settled on a newish Volkswagen SUV called a Tiguan. Curious about the word, which I never heard before, I googled it and learned that it’s made up, a merging of tiger and iguana thought

Theatre Review: A tour de ‘force vive’

Lauraine Leblanc Mad River Union EUREKA – Before Lene Hau stopped light, before Chien-Shiung Wu separated uranium, before Lise Meitner discovered nuclear fission and before Marie Curie identified radium, Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise Du Châtelet dissected fire in a quest to understand the basic energy that moves the universe. Born to privilege,

The Hum ~ 2/8 ~ Facing absurdity

It seems like someone has hijacked every conversation in America, on all social networks, on TV, in talk among friends. On his latest platform, Facebook, newsman Dan Rather uses theatre as a metaphor for current events. “If all the world’s a stage, and Donald Trump is in the role as President, he is playing the

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