Lowdown for Wednesday, March 5

Willy Porter (Guy at the Playhouse Tonight) is Really Good at Guitar (VIDEO)

Geez. Even if virtuosic guitar playing ain’t your bag, baby, you’ve kinda gotta respect the fact that six-string magician Willy Porter is on another plane. As evidenced in the clip above, Porter successfully marries dizzying dexterity with an ear for tranquilizing melody — dude is flashy, but not in that annoying way.

Humboldt audiences have two opportunities to experience Mr. Porter Wednesday. The most obvious way would be his performance with opener singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph at the Arcata Playhouse. Also note that he will dazzle KHUM’s Larry Trask live on 104.3/104.7 ‘round ‘bouts 3 p.m. Rotate your dials.

Elsewhere Wednesday, indie bluegrass quintet Greensky Bluegrass pick away at the Arcata Theatre Lounge (sample their brand below), the world-renowned eye/ear candy that is Blue Man Group will be on display for their second of two nights within the Van Duzer Theatre — word is they are rockin’ six (6) semi trucks worth of equipment, people! — and it’s the second day of the Annual International Latino Film Festival at The Minor.

Even more midweek mirth in your Lowdown listings below.

-Andrew Goff


Top Events!
(Look ahead!)

Pints for Nonprofits
Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 1-9 p.m. / Free / 21+
Music by the Lyndsey Battle Trio. Benefits the Mattole Restoration Council.
629-3514 / mrc@mattole.org / Web site /

16th Annual International Latino Film Festival
Minor Theatre / 6-10:20 p.m. / $10 / $6 students & seniors
Long-standing community event is a collaboration of College of the Redwoods Humanities Department and Humboldt State University’s World Languages and Cultures Department. Students and the general public are invited to view outstanding films from Chile.
826-3226 / jesse-wiedel@redwoods.edu / Web site /

Willy Porter
Arcata Playhouse / 8 p.m. / $18 / $15 members & students
“Wisconsin native Willy Porter is a guitar virtuoso with an insinuating voice that sneaks past your defenses and gets under your skin.” Singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph.
822-1575 / david@arcataplayhouse.org / Web site /

Blue Man Group
Van Duzer Theater / 8 p.m. / $65 / $45 HSU students
Blue Man Group is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a totally unique form of entertainment.
826-3928 / Web site /

Greensky Bluegrass
Arcata Theatre Lounge / 8:30 p.m. / $20 / 21+
“What makes Greensky different than Bluegrass? Poignant rural ballads about real people? Dobro tone that Jerry (Douglas or Garcia) would love? Distortion Pedals? Grit and attitude from a whiskey soaked card game?”
822-1220 / Web site /

Midday Veil, Mystics in Bali, DL Mathias
The Siren’s Song Tavern / 9-11:59 p.m. / $5
Soundscapes galore.
442-8778 / thesirenssongtavern@gmail.com / Web site /

All Events!
(Submit yours!)

Humboldt Hard Court Bike Polo
Highland Park / 6 p.m. / Free
Like horse polo minus the stable fees.
541-531-6671 / daryl_witmore@yahoo.com / Web site /

Aber Miller
Larrupin Cafe / 6 p.m.
Local jazz pianist tickles ivories/you.
677-0230 / Web site /

GMO Free Humboldt Volunteer Meetings
Arcata Co-op Community Kitchen / 6-7 p.m. / Free
822-5947 / humboldtgmofree@gmail.com / Web site /

Buddy Reed
Blondies Food and Drink / 6 p.m.
Low down blues.
822-3453 / Web site /

Eureka Fair Wage Act Meeting
Labor Temple / 6:15 p.m.
Supporters of the Eureka initiative to require employers with more than 25 employees to provide a $12 minimum wage gather.
443-3731 /

Open Mic
Old Town Coffee And Chocolates (Old Town) / 6:30 p.m.
Music and spoken word. Hosted by Mike Anderson.
445-8600 / Web site /

Jimi Jeff Jam
Central Station / 8 p.m.
Jam with Jimi.
839-2013 /

No Covers
SpeakEasy / 8 p.m.
Jazz improvisational duo.
444-2244 / Web site /

Open Mic w/ Lauren Smith
Logger Bar / 8 p.m.
First Wednesday of every month.
668-5000 / Web site /

Blues Jam
Clam Beach Inn / 8:30 p.m. / 21+
Duh-nuh, duh-nuh…
839-0545 /

Salsa Night
Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 9 p.m. / $5
Get a salsa lesson then apply that knowledge.
826-9463 / Web site /

Karaoke
Bar Fly Pub and Grub / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+
443-3770 / Web site /

Karaoke
Little Red Lion / 9 p.m. / 21+
How could this be a bad idea?

Comedy Open Mikey
Palm Lounge at The Eureka Inn / 9 p.m. / 21+
Hosted by Nando Molina. Beats by Gabe Pressure.

Whomp
The Jam / 9:30 p.m. / $5 / 21+
Every Wednesday Jambalaya makes with the whompity whomp.
822-4766 / Web site /

Rude Lion Sound
Toby and Jacks / 10 p.m. / 21+
Were you just thinking, “Is there anyplace that has Dancehall Wednesdays?” Here it is!

Movie Showtimes

Broadway Cinema
  • 3 DAYS TO KILL: 12:45, 3:30, 6:15, 9:00
  • ABOUT LAST NIGHT: 4:15, 9:30
  • ANCHORMAN 2 SUPER SIZED R RATED VERSION: 2:00, 5:15, 8:35
  • FROZEN 2D: 12:10, 5:20
  • LEGO MOVIE 2D: 11:55, 12:40, 2:30, 5:05
  • LEGO MOVIE 3D: 3:10, 7:40
  • LONE SURVIVOR: 5:40, 8:30
  • MONUMENTS MEN: 12:05, 3:00, 5:55, 8:50
  • NON-STOP: 1:15, 3:55, 6:35, 9:15
  • PHILOMENA: 2:45, 8:00
  • POMPEII 2D: 4:05, 9:20
  • POMPEII 3D: 1:30, 6:40
  • RIDE ALONG: 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:35
  • ROBOCOP: 12:10, 2:55, 5:50, 8:40
  • SON OF GOD: 11:50, 2:55, 6:00, 9:05
  • WINTER S TALE: 1:25, 6:45
Mill Creek Cinema
  • 3 DAYS TO KILL: 3:05, 5:50, 8:40
  • ANCHORMAN 2 SUPER SIZED R RATED VERSION: 5:25, 8:45
  • LEGO MOVIE 2D: 3:00, 5:30, 8:00
  • MONUMENTS MEN: 3:20, 6:10, 9:00
  • NON-STOP: 3:45, 6:30, 9:15
  • POMPEII 2D: 4:10, 9:20
  • POMPEII 3D: 6:45
  • ROBOCOP: 3:55, 6:40, 9:30
  • SON OF GOD: 2:55, 6:00, 9:05
Minor Theatre
  • 3 DAYS TO KILL: 3:50, 6:30, 9:10
  • AMERICAN HUSTLE: 8:40
  • HER: 3:25
  • PHILOMENA: 6:15

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