Friday, January 12, 2007

Local Events Falling Apart

First, what was it; North Country Fair(?) that seems to have went down the tubes with their new ownership. Then it was The Mateel, and Reggae On The River. Now the world famous Kinetic Sculpture Race seems to be in jeopardy.

Is this just another symptom of the deterioration of Humboldt County?

Maybe not. We do have Kenny Rogers coming to town next month. Doesn't get any better than that.

31 Comments:

At 11:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Humboldt's been in a slow decline for decades, if not for the past 100 years or so. Did you know they once considered Eureka for the states capitol? Oh how the mighty have fallen.

This latest string of news is sad indeed, but not unexpected as baby boomers get old and these generation x kids insulate themselves from the community around them - if theyre still here.

 
At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the common thread of all these events??? They are counterculture and put on by people who think the profit motive is evil. There is a reason capitalism works.

 
At 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree. I feel like the Mateel and ROTR situation will work itself out. This situation with the Kinetic Sculptural Race is repeating itself, only with a different entity dealing with Hobart. Don't get me wrong. I like Hobart. He is a very talented and creative artist. As Flatmo said, the race will go on. The race is an art piece and changes from year to year. Hobart told me once that he did not want to be a non-profit because he believes in profit.

Humboldt County is not deteriorating. It's changing and growing, but it is not deteriorating.

Kenny Rogers? Yawn.

 
At 1:20 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

Hey! Reggae on the River may be on the ropes, but it's not down!

 
At 1:23 PM, Blogger *Mermaid* said...

Is that Kenny Rogers ad the cheesiest ever? Leave it to the Arkleys... I guess that's the fun of owning your own town.

Capitalism at work, you got it.

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger Fred said...

I knew someone would have a problem with Kenny Rogers, if only because he's performing at the Arkley Center for the Arts.

 
At 1:54 PM, Blogger Derchoadus said...

How 'bout:

Jim Brickman presents the Disney Songbook $40!!!

Urban Cowboy: The Musical $40!

It's not that it has anything to do with Arkley. It's the crap they think is 'Performing Arts', Gack!

 
At 1:56 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Hey, now don't you go putting down Kenny Rogers. You don't want to get on my bad side.

 
At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kenny Rogers and Fred have alot in common. ALthough I see Kenny being able to hold a few more Martini's than Fred.

 
At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kenny can hold his liquor and still be a gentlemen.

 
At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a problem with Kenny Rogers. He's just a cheesy choice for a grand opening, and it's a grand opening meant for a select few (as indicated by the ticket price). Plus, I don't know what's been done to his face, but if you showed me a standalone photo, I'd never have guessed he was Kenny Rogers.

 
At 5:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a bit disappointed there were ballerinas and Kenny but not the classical offerings I expected.

 
At 7:41 PM, Blogger samoasoftball said...

I am waiting for Iron Maiden at the Arkley Center. I seem to have missed it on the schedule. Anyone heard about that?

 
At 8:26 PM, Anonymous RMostranski said...

Great, things are going to change...

I will not get bored, kenny or others will dicide to visit---wow, lets have some fun and enjoy the arts for a while--for, we have been in a most unusual pattern for a while...

So, time for fun, a new thought, and release thy energy---for tomorrow will come very soon--and then there will be another decision to do...

 
At 12:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you see his performance with Dolly Parton of "Islands in the Stream?"

A thing of beauty, I can assure you.

NO, Not ARKLEY!

Kenny Rogers!

 
At 6:15 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I was surprised to find out Islands in the Stream was written by Barry Gibb. I always assumed Kenny Rogers wrote it. I guess Kenny asked Barry to write the song, though.

 
At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iron Maiden, Richard? Jethro Tull is awesome in concert and very theatrical. I guess that dates us.

How about Willie Nelson, country lovers? One of his latest albums was a Reggae album. that was cool. Another album we have he sings with Emmy Lou Harris.

Neil Young: Living with War

I love the Dixie Chicks, too! I guess that shows my political leanings

 
At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was a kid the State Theater was the BIG theater. The Eureka was smaller, but still huge inside.

 
At 11:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kenny Rogers? Yeah, that'll do loads to improve the sagging rep of Humbud County. Anyone reminded of "Weekend at Bernie's"???? They can't use too much lighting because Kenny's plastic face will melt. 27 backup singers to help cover his complete lack of voice. Until now, I've been giving the Arkley's the benefit of the doubt for at least trying, in their own way, to improve this dump. Now I must despise them for bringing this washed-up crooner here.

 
At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Might as well ad the idea of a container port and railroad to that Falling Apart list.

"The Port of Humboldt Bay, and the railroad many deem vital to its success as a harbor, received not even a passing mention in a major Schwarzenegger administration plan to distribute $3.1 billion in bond money for improving the state's ability to move freight."

Of course the brain of the Harbor District Dave Hull responds:

”I don't think it's anything to be concerned about."

 
At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if David Karisney, Rob Arkleys just fired Controller and loyal employee of 10 years, will attend the Kenny Rogers show?

 
At 2:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would say Willie Nelson would be the perfect choice. No other artist has such a loyal following across such a broad spectrum of people. And do we really want someone who can drink Fred under the table coming to town?

 
At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Peter Lemonjello? He must be available.

 
At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be a great venue for the Miss Humboldt pageant! Let's bring that oldie-but-goodie back! Ah, for the good ol' days.

 
At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're dating yourself ...........

when was the last Miss Humboldt pageant ?

 
At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be gone Miss Humboldt forever-we have Humboldt Hunnies and they don't look the same in swimsuits (especially if they have to wave at people).

Country music?? What is this--- Fortuna? No, No, No. We need some mystery theatre-a few dead bodies on the audience. Should I mention a few possibilities?

And RMostranski-do not drink and post. It should be at least a felony!

 
At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

when was the last Miss Humboldt pageant ?

1970 something

 
At 6:04 PM, Anonymous Mous Anony said...

You can laugh and poke fun all you want. The Kenny Rogers show will most definitely be sold out. People's music choices are as varied as the cars they drive. While some of us would like to see Iron Maiden and Jethro Tull at the Arkley, some would like Ziggy Marley or Bob Dylan. Those who favor classical styles look down upon those with bluegrass tastes. Why do you think Bill Graham was always trying to educate his audiences by bringing together Otis Redding and Jefferson Airplane or Albert King and Quicksilver Messenger Service onto the same billing.

Let the Arkley Center play out it's first couple of seasons until it finds it's feet. You will then possibly find the classics intermingled with Joan Baez and Siegfried and Roy and Pato Banton and Quiet Riot and Al Green and a Cindy Sheehan book signing. Ok, well, you get the idea.

If you are connected at all with the Arkley Center you'll know that the big shows are only a few times per year and the main emphasis will be local productions by dance companies, theatre groups, schools and the like.
This theatre isn't all about making big money on has-been acts. You can go to the casinos or Konocti for that. In time, I believe, it will be more on par with the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Or or The Luther Burbank in Santa Rosa.

Remember, their biggest competition isn't the Mateel or Center Arts or the casinos.....it's the video stores and giant ass televisions. People just don't go out anymore. And it's a shame.

 
At 6:13 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Well said, mous. I'll be the first to admit Kenny Rogers is all of my all time favorites. After blogging for a while, it doesn't seem surprising to me that some would have a problem with him, or the Arkley Center.

Whatever.

 
At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i loved miss humboldt,well actually several of them. its amazing how hot that sash will make a girl. you go-go girl

 
At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, mous, best of luck to the Arkley Center of Performing Arts! It looks like they are doing a great job restoring the old State Theater.

 

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