Andrew Goff / Monday, Nov. 18 @ 7:27 a.m. / Our Culture
(Above: Mr. Humboldt 2013. Photo by Emily Thomas.)
In front of a raucous, sold out crowd at the Arcata Theatre Lounge Saturday night, Sunny Brae middle school teacher’s aide Eric Hall AKA Captain Awesome outshone 14 other competitors to be named the first evah Mr. Humboldt.
Your Lost Coast Outpost served alongside Blondie’s blondie Johanna Nagan as cohosts for the evening which featured no shortage of gratuitous skin and male twerking. While it’s be hard to funnel the electricity in the room through your browser, local videographer Benjamin Bettenhausen gave it his damnedest with the clip below. Don’t worry, the SFW video chronicles one of the tamer points in the evening: the final formal wear competition, some dead space you may want to skip, and finally the crowning of your 2013 Mr. Humboldt.
Also, the NCJ‘s Bob Doran, as he tends to do, posted a ton of great shots from the night on Mark Zuckerberg’s baby. Check ‘em here, and again, thanks to everyone that came out to take in the speedos/raise funds for local nonprofits Women’s Crisis Shelter in Southern Humboldt (WISH), Humboldt Literacy Project and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Coast.
Oh, and get those tickets early next year.
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Andrew Goff / Monday, Nov. 11 @ 1:12 p.m. / Our Culture
It being Veteran’s Day and all, LoCO asks you to take a moment and watch this beautifully shot profile of Blue Ox Millworks founder Eric Hollenbeck. The 10-minute piece titled The Ox was produced by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Ben Proudfoot and premiered Sunday night at the Eagle House in Eureka.
In the film, Hollenbeck discusses the desire to occupy his own personal “island” after returning from Vietnam. He notes being contacted by the VA about the possibility of opening a school for returning vets, a development he sees as something of a culmination for the mill. Watch.
And have an inspired Veteran’s Day from all of us at the Lost Coast Outpost.
Andrew Goff / Tuesday, Nov. 5 @ 3:33 p.m. / Our Culture
UPDATE, 11/8: Ferndale Unified School District superintendent Jack Lakin wrote a “My Word” in today’s T-S in which he addresses the “Super Freak” dustup. In the piece, Lakin puts forth his belief that the performance “reflected poor judgment.” Lakin goes on:
“Whether or not we are aware of it, lack of understanding and appreciation for the life experiences and perspectives of others is the root of racism. That is why it is critical we learn the power of symbolism — what objects and actions may represent, historically and currently, to others.”
You can read the entire piece on the T-S site here.
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Earlier today, the Ferndale Enterprise linked to video of a lip sync performance given at last Saturday night’s Ferndale High Booster Club fundraiser. The clip seems to show locals Donny Mobley, Luke McCanless, Matt Pidgeon, Tom Losa and George Toste boogying down to Rick James’ “Super Freak.” While four of the performers are dressed in drag — they were dubbed the “Super Freaky Girls” according to the YouTube description — Mobley played the role of Rick James and was decked out in blackface and dreadlocks.
As LoCO readers will recall, Ferndale High’s football team spent the entire 2012 season on probation after racial slurs were repeatedly used by fans toward players on opposing teams. The performance documented above comes about a week after two San Diego-area high school football coaches were suspended without pay after posting pictures of themselves in blackface dressed as the Jamaican bobsled team.
You can see the costume more clearly in photos emailed to the Lost Coast Outpost below.
Andrew Goff / Monday, Nov. 4 @ 8:33 a.m. / Our Culture
CBS sees you, Jeffersonistas.
Rural secessionism and the proposed State of Jefferson in particular got an acknowledgement of existence from ol’ CBS News over the weekend (video above). So there’s that.
(Click here if your phone/browser hates CBS’ video.)