Kinetic Grand Championship Starts Saturday May 27

A local tradition since 1969, the Kinetic Race is no parade!  In the Kinetic Grand Championship bodies of art and artist's bodies are put to the test.  There's 50 miles to go, over land, sand, water, and mud.  These intrepid Kinetinauts are a unique breed of human.  With a heart full of joy and a bucket full of tools, they face innumerable obstacles for just one reason ... For the GLORY!

Check out the 2017 Spectators Guide for all the Glory details.

Rutabaga Ball Saturday May 20th

This year's Rutabaga Ball is shaping up to be a Glorious competition.

Join us Saturday, May 20th at the Bayside Grange for a 3-round pageant to determine who shall be the new Rutabaga Queen. Who will reign in glory over the 2017 Kinetic Grand Championship Race?! 

Doors and bar at 7; show at 8.

Get down to live music provided by Christina and the Northcoasters
Beer from the award-winning Mad River Brewing Company
Cider from the outstanding Humboldt Cider Company
Plus special Rutabaga Royal cocktails

Tickets are $12 at the door / $10 if you bring your own (non-disposable) cup

Want to make sure you get in? Space at the Grange is limited, so pre-purchase your ticket now to assure entry to the event!

***Tickets purchased online will be available for pickup by "will call" at the door during the Rutabaga Ball.


Man Eating Clam Unshelled April 1 at Kinetic Museum Eureka

Of all the hazards of the the kinetic sculpture race, none are as feared as the unforgiving man eating clams of Humboldt Bay. Tridacna gigas, many flustered kinetic pilots claim to have lost their tools, sculptures, and ambitions to the mouths of these dastardly mollusks. Come see the living, 6 foot, 200 + lb man eating clam on display during April Arts Alive at the Kinetic Museum Eureka.

Also new in April, several acquisitions will be added to our collection of kinetic history including art from veteran racers.

Photo by Tina Kerrigan

Photo by Tina Kerrigan

The Atomic Funguy sculpture now on display at the Kinetic Museum Eureka.

Kinetic Professor Brian Slayton, better known as “FUNGUYYY!”, has been entertaining the crowds through 23 years of Sculpture Racing.  Known for going BIG, Slayton returned to his original 1998 Funguy sculpture in 2016, reworking the art, and fitting it atop his newly redesigned “Funguy Too” machine. The Atomic Funguys made a scene sporting glow in the dark alien mushroom clouds.

One of the biggest personalities in Kinetics, Slayton and his intrepid crew earned their first hard-fought ACE at last year’s Kinetic Grand Championship while securing first place in pageantry.

Arts Alive reception begins at 6:00 p.m. with a Kinetic Fools scavenger hunt. Solve the puzzle, find the clues, and win a bribe! First 20 winners get a special prize. Jazzy grooves by  DJ Chainstain. Brews available from Mad River. Free for all ages. Donations directly support the Kinetic Universe. 518 A street Eureka.

"Inspiring Girls" March 4th at Kinetic Museum Eureka

What do YOU do to inspire girls? To celebrate International Women’s Day, the community has come together for the third annual Inspiring Girls exhibition. This open show includes artwork by campers and staff of North Star Quest Camp, focusing on women and girls who have inspired us throughout the world. Inspiring Girls is pleased to be hosted for the month of March by the Greasy Gears Gallery at Kinetic Museum Eureka in downtown Eureka. The opening reception during Arts Alive!, Saturday March 4th includes an open mic and zine release party.

North Star Quest Camp, or NSQ, is an Ink People DreamMaker project. It is a summer camp facilitated by women on the beautiful Mattole River just outside of Petrolia, for girls going into the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

“Red” by  Lilyán Navarro

“Red” by  Lilyán Navarro

North Star Quest Camp volunteer Laura Keenados explains “A powerful coming of age experience, the program is designed to give girls the tools to navigate the modern world and live up to their potential. Growth opportunities are created by a daily theme: Who am I? Who am I in my Community? Who am I in the world? “

“For many, summer camp is a memorable experience, often full of “firsts”: first time sleeping away from home; first time jumping off of The Rock into the river; and sometimes, the first time we feel safe among others outside of our family and friends. One of the main rules is that we are safe at camp. To NSQ campers, this can mean that they are safe to take healthy risks and try new things.”

A typical day at NSQ starts early with a healthy breakfast before Tiosaype (tee-O-sha-pah, a Lakota Sioux word for a gathering of mind and family), where campers and staff stretch, get active, and reflect on their experiences. Then the campers head off to mini-workshops which reflect upon the daily theme, culminating on the last day with a large workshop on mass media messages. After lunch, the campers pick two workshops each day, such as songwriting, healthy relationships, belly dancing, Zumba, clowning, and crafting. Free time is a great time to head to the river! After dinner each night, each cabin gets some time to talk about the day and play games before campfire. Each morning brings new adventures, friendships, and experiences that help our campers maneuver through adolescence and the world as a smarter, safer, more confident, better prepared human.

NSQ never turns away a camper unable to pay, offering camperships to any who qualify, with staff and campers throughout the year fundraising to raise funds for the camperships.

For more information about North Star Quest Camp for Adolescent Girls, please visit us at    

“Jade, the Most Beautiful Mermaid” by Kara Snow

“Jade, the Most Beautiful Mermaid” by Kara Snow

Come out and tell us how women in your life have inspired you. Looking for comedians, musicians, and performance artists for our Open Mic during the Arts Alive!. Women and girls are encouraged to participate, and all are welcome to share your empowering interpretations of International Women’s Day.

Inspiring Girls will open during Arts Alive! and continue through March. Opening reception and zine party from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.. Open Mic signups start at 6:00 p.m., show from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.. DJ Spaceman Spliff will keep the party rolling. Beer available from Mad River Brewery to support the Kinetic Grand Championship.  For your viewing pleasure, the Kinetic Museum Eureka is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2:13 p.m. to 6:32 p.m and is located at 518 A St. Art sales go to support NSQ Camp. Free entry all ages

Laura Keenados Bad Cat Pomegranate at the Greasy Gears Gallery February 4th 2017

Join Kinetic Museum Eureka in their Greasy Gears Gallery with exhibition featuring artwork by Laura Keenados, Bad Cat Pomegranate. Opening Arts Alive Saturday February 4th, 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., and continuing weekends until Sunday the 26th. Located at 518 A Street in Eureka, the Kinetic Museum's regular hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2:13 p.m. to 6:32 p.m..

Laura Keenados, aka Bad Cat Pomegranate, or Rutabaga Princess Royal Blue Laroo’s recent works combine escapism and emotional reactions to society’s heavily weighted events. Currently focusing on pen and ink, she creates a world where everything sucks a little less, where we are free to play and be the cats we want to be. In addition to wall art, Bad Cat Pomegranate bandannas and linens will be available for sale.

Keenados is well known for her cat art, as well as creative repurposing. During the summer, she facilitates arts and crafts at North Star Quest Camp in Petrolia. She vends artwork locally and in LA. After attending Cat Art Show Los Angeles, she went on to create a Humboldt County version with fellow CASLA artist Rachel Schlueter, called HumCats. Laura also volunteers with the Kinetic Grand Championship as an art judge, and was the winner of the first Kinetic Kouture, being the first to be crowned “Trashionista Gloriosa”.

The Kinetic Museum also houses five decades of Kinetic Sculpture race history, and an exclusive selection of Kinetic merchandise.

The Museum stays open late after Arts Alive, bumping with the grooves of DJ Commander Chainstain, while kinetic fans enjoy the Queens' Bar.

You can find out more about Laura and her work on her Facebook Page.

Rutabaga Queen Lotta Paintbuckets at The Greasy Gears Gallery January 7, 2017

Dream Cow by Kati Texas aka Queen Lotta Paintbuckets

Dream Cow by Kati Texas aka Queen Lotta Paintbuckets

Kinetic Museum Eureka is kicking off 2017 in their Greasy Gears Gallery with an art show featuring the eclectic landscapes of Rutabaga Queen Lotta Paintbuckets. Opening Arts Alive Saturday January 7th, 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., and continuing weekends until Sunday the 28th. Located at 518 A Street in Eureka, the Kinetic Museum's regular hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2:13 p.m. to 6:32 p.m..

Humboldt Hill by Kati Texas aka Queen Lotta Paintbuckets

Humboldt Hill by Kati Texas aka Queen Lotta Paintbuckets

The Kinetic Museum also houses five decades of Kinetic Sculpture race history, and an exclusive selection of Kinetic merchandise. 

The Queen Lotta Paintbuckets's works combine her love of the natural backdrops of Humboldt with interestingly repurposed materials, and a unique sense of humor. The Humboldt Bay, Arcata bottoms, and other recognizable locations are whimsically represented using everything from plastic wrap and aluminium foil to fabric samples, glitter, and packing materials. 

The Museum stays open late after Arts Alive, bumping with the grooves of DJ Commander Chainstain, while kinetic fans enjoy the Queens' Bar, featuring brews by Mad River Brewery.

Ink People's Artists' Challenge at the Kinetic Museum Eureka December 3, 2016

The Artists' Challenge Off the Wall Art Show opened along with the Glorious Grand Opening of the Kinetic Museum Eureka on December 3rd, and will continue until Sunday the 11th during the Museum's regular hours.  Pick up affordable one of a kind art gifts from talented local artists.  All art sales benefit the Ink People's community art projects and free programs for at risk youth.

Kinetic Museum Eureka Gloriously Grand Opening December 3rd at 518 A Street, Eureka CA

The Kinetic Museum Eureka has moved into a bigger better space just a few blocks away.  We will be temporarily closed until our Gloriously Grand Opening during and after December Arts Alive!  December 3rd. 

Music, Kinetic Merch for sale, and the Queens' Bar!

More details to come as we add entertainments to this exciting evening.

Zee Bee is all a-buzz in her new home!

Zee Bee is all a-buzz in her new home!

Kinetic Kouture Fashion with a Re-Purpose October 1, 2016 at the Morris Graves Museum of Art

The Kinetic Universe presents ‘Kinetic Kouture: Fashion with a Re-Purpose’ at the Morris Graves Museum of Art on October 1 at 9:30 p.m. post Arts Alive! Admission is $10 at the door and all proceeds from the event support Kinetic Universe and the Morris Graves.

The show begins promptly at 9:30 p.m. with original creations modeled on the runway, music and specialty cocktails. The grand prize winner's creation will be displayed at the Morris Graves Museum of Art "Junque Arte" exhibition opening October 8.

‘Kinetic Kouture: Fashion with a Re-Purpose' is a fashion show combining creative reuse of materials and haute couture into an evening of runway fashion and fun. The "trashion" attire is created with as many upcycled materials as possible, saving waste from the landfill and challenging some of our community's finest artists and tailors to put their creativity and resourcefulness to the test.

Would you like to enter? Entering the contest is easy - just bring your fashionable creation and your model (if it isn't yourself) to the Museum by 8:00 pm to get oriented, conduct a run-through and fill out your entry form. All contestants can enter more than once but will need to provide one model per creation because there is limited time and space for changing. The contest is FREE to enter. For spectators, the cost is $10 per person at the door and proceeds support Kinetic Universe. All ages are welcome. Come see how one person's trash can be transformed into high-fashion treasure!