Wednesday, Jan. 11’s Lowdown

2016 was a drag! Boo! (Are we still doing that?) Well, the beginning of your 2017 can also be a drag … but we’re talking a totally different kind of drag this time LOL. Yay! (Words.)

Specifically, drag king and illusionist Spikey Van Dykey — who was featured on The Huffington Post’s historical list of “28 Drag Kings You Should Know” — is in town this week, treating Humboldt to a drag residency of sorts. Here’s a quick rundown of events he’ll be making more glamorous: 

  • WEDNESDAY: Spikey Van Dykey headlines the Gentleman’s Glitter show out at Blue Lake Casino featuring performances by local drag kings Tucker Noir, Hugh Johnson and others. Former Mr. Humboldt winner John McClurg hosts (which reminds us: Do you know anyone who you think should run in this year’s pageant? Get on that).
  • FRIDAY: Perhaps you’ve always wanted to gender bend yourself? Over at Synapsis Friday evening, Spikey will lead a drag workshop — mostly geared toward kings, but fabulousness translates across the spectrum. RSVP! 
  • SATURDAY: Club Triangle will stage two events featuring Spikey at The Jam: First, at 7 p.m., it’s an all ages, “PG-13” show. Then, starting at 9 p.m., all hell breaks loose during CT’s annual MasQUEERade Ball, hosted by Fuscia Rae and featuring a slew of local performers. (Tip: You can score cheaper tickets for Saturday night’s gathering if you attend Wednesday night’s festivities.)

Now, in case you are still unclear on what in the blue blazes a drag king is, take few to get up close and personal with Spikey Van Dykey in the mini-documentary about him, below. —Andrew Goff

 

Events

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Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation Employer Workshop
Sequoia Conference Center / 1-4 p.m. / Free
Employers, having trouble finding workforce? The Humboldt 2nd Chance Program (H2CP) may provide the answer. The Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation is coming to Humboldt County on January 11 to share the secrets of their success- which includes hiring ex-offenders.
845-0467 / lynette.mullen@gmail.com / Web site / View Comments

Sci-Fi Pint & Pizza Night: The Monster Walks (1932)
Arcata Theatre Lounge / 6-9 p.m. / $5
On a dark and stormy night, Hero and heroine Rex Lease and Vera Reynolds head to Reynolds’s ancestral mansion to claim her inheritance. Everyone in the house takes great delight in informing the girl that her scientist father died suddenly.
822-1220 / Web site / View Comments

Gentlemen’s Glitter
Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 9 p.m.-midnight / 21+
Featuring world famous drag king and male illusionist Spikey Van Dykey. Hosted by Mr. Humboldt John McClurg. Performances by Va Va Voom, Rag Doll Revue and Club Triangle.
668-9770 / Web site / View Comments

Eureka City Schools Registration and Open Enrollment
See Event Description / 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
To register your child, please visit your preferred school site or the Eureka City Schools District Office at 2100 J Street, Eureka.
441-3383 / taylorn@eurekacityschools.org / Web site / View Comments

Video Game Days
Humboldt County McKinleyville Branch Library / 4-7:30 p.m. / Free
We’ll be playing games like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart, and more for the Wii, as well as Minecraft, Guitar Hero and more for the Xbox 360.
839-4459 / KEhrnman@co.humboldt.ca.us / View Comments

Tanna (2016)
The Miniplex at Richards’ Goat Tavern / 5 p.m. / $8 / $6.50 Matinee
On 2017’s Oscars shortlist for Best Foreign Language film, this stunning Australian feature is the first film ever shot in Vanuatu, and it is acted by people who had never seen a film before the project began.
630-5000 / Web site / View Comments

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

Celebrate Recovery: The Journey Continues
Faith Center Foursquare Church / 6-8 p.m. / Free / 18+
442-1784 / fcrecovery_sj@yahoo.com / Web site / View Comments

Paint Night Out: Pretty Cow Painting
Chapala Authentic Mexican Restaurant / 6-8 p.m. / $35 / 21+
A local artist will guide you through a 2-hour painting step-by-step. All supplies are provided and you will take away a masterpiece for your home enjoyment and to show off to your friends and family.
362-9933 / info@modernskillz.com / Web site / View Comments

Storytelling with Baba Jamal Koram
Eureka Main Library / 6:30 p.m. / Free
Master storyteller Baba Jamal Koram will tell stories from the African tradition and from his own life that speak to the truth in all of our hearts.
269-1910 / Web site / View Comments

January Free Conservation Lecture
Sequoia Park Zoo / 6:30 p.m. / Free
The Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Lecture Series kicks off 2017 with a presentation that is close to home … Extreme drought in the Trinity Alps: loss of snowpack and glacier ice threatens biodiversity.
499-3668 / gziegler@ci.eureka.ca.gov / Web site / View Comments

Cuban Salsa (Rueda de Casino)
Redwood Raks World Dance Studio / 7 p.m. / $5 / $40 6 week series
Salsa rueda is a circle of couples dancing changing partners to patterns called out in Spanish or shown with hand signals. Sponsored by Humboldt Folk Dancers.
822-2652 / jacaronda@suddenlink.net / Web site / View Comments

Seasons (Les Saisons)
The Miniplex at Richards’ Goat Tavern / 7 p.m. / $8 / $6.50 Matinee
From the directors of “WINGED MIGRATION,” this awe-inspiring nature doc tells a millennia-spanning history of Europe through the eyes of animals, beginning with the last ice age.
630-5000 / Web site / View Comments

Ultra Secret Good Guy Organization
SpeakEasy / 7 p.m. / 21+
Jazz/funk improv for your Wednesdays.
444-2244 / Web site / View Comments

Rockstar Karaoke
Brass Rail / 9 p.m.
This is the most hardcore karaoke in Humboldt.
923-3188 / View Comments

Karaoke
Vista Del Mar / 9 p.m. / Free / 21+
Provided by Lightning Boom productions.
443-3770 / vistadelmarbar@gmail.com / View Comments

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

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

Broadway Cinema
  • A MONSTER CALLS: 11:45, 2:25, 5:15, 8:00
  • ASSASSIN’S CREED 2D: 1:50, 1:50, 7:50
  • BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S: 2:00, 7:00
  • COLLATERAL BEAUTY: 8:50
  • FENCES: 4:55, 8:05
  • HIDDEN FIGURES: 11:45, 2:40, 2:40, 5:35, 8:35
  • LA LA LAND: 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 6:00, 9:00
  • LION: 12:55, 3:40, 6:25, 9:15
  • MOANA 2D: 12:40, 3:25, 6:10
  • PASSENGERS 2D: 12:50, 12:50, 3:35, 6:20, 9:05
  • ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY 2D: 11:50, 2:55, 6:05, 9:10
  • ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY 3D: 4:40
  • SING 2D: 12:10, 3:10, 5:50, 8:30
  • UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS 2D: 12:20, 2:35, 2:35, 7:10, 7:10, 9:30
  • UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS 3D: 4:50
  • WHY HIM?: 1:25, 4:05, 9:25
Mill Creek Cinema
  • A MONSTER CALLS: 3:15, 5:55, 8:30
  • ASSASSIN’S CREED 2D: 9:05
  • FENCES: 3:00, 4:20, 6:00, 7:30
  • HIDDEN FIGURES: 2:45, 5:40, 8:40
  • PASSENGERS 2D: 3:30, 3:30, 6:15, 9:00, 9:00
  • ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY 2D: 2:55, 2:55, 6:05, 9:10
  • SING 2D: 3:05, 3:05, 5:45, 5:45, 8:20
  • UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS 2D: 7:10, 7:10, 9:30
  • UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS 3D: 4:50
  • WHY HIM?: 4:00, 6:40, 9:20, 9:20
Minor Theatre
  • ARRIVAL: 1:30, 8:30
  • MANCHESTER BY THE SEA: 2:00, 5:00, 8:00
  • ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY: 3:00, 6:00, 9:00
  • THE EAGLE HUNTRESS: 4:15, 6:30