Chris Durant

Chris Durant has worked at not working for decades. He has held roughly 100 jobs through his employment career, from a driving range ball picker upper to a door to door film salesman. He started his first magazine, Mean Spirited Willie, in Sacramento around 1997. Since then he has been the publisher of Slow Kids Playing, First Draft, Notes From an American Nobody, Fat Llama Spit and Short Bus Magazine. Durant and co-founder Sarah Godlin created Savage Henry after he was shoved aside as the editor of his local daily newspaper’s entertainment magazine. In the early meetings Durant's wife, Monica, and another writer for Northern Lights, Josh Duke, laid down the groundwork for what the magazine has evolved into. Durant writes, edits, sells ads, manages ad clients and delivers the magazine as well as books stand-up comedians for Savage Henry's monthly comedy shows and its annual Savage Henry Magazine Comedy Festival (formerly SHITS and Giggles Comedy Festival). He also co-produces and co-hosts the magazine's weekly podcast, the Savage Henry Magazine Radio Program. He lives in McKinleyville, California with his wife, three of his children, two dogs, two cats and his Playstation 3.

Restaurant Review: Woodrose Cafe

I have been to the Woodrose Cafe before. It was on the way home from three days of debauchery at Reggae Rising a couple years back. I had been surviving on V-8s and Indian tacos for three days and was ready for a real breakfast. It was packed, but me and two cohorts were sat at the counter pretty quickly. …

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If Eazy Did It

 With Special Contributor Marshall Boyett It was a sad day in March of 1995 — one of West Coast gangster rap’s pioneers died. eazy-e started with nWA and then split to go solo, but died too young and never got a chance to move on to that next level, like his former homeboy ice Cube. But what if he hadn’t …

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Are you reading this? Uhh Yeah Dude: Seth and Jonathan’s moms can’t be wrong

“They’re so Raven, his daughters,” Seth Romatelli said of Kobe Bryant’s daughters’ sparkly dresses as he watched the post- game award ceremonies June 17 when the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics to win the 2010 NBA champion- ship. Romatelli is one of two hosts of the pod- cast “Uhh Yeah Dude” In a phone interview with Savage Henry …

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Restaurant Review: Bob’s Footlong

I went to Bob’s Footlongs in Fortuna for lunch one day while doing a little business. In all my years in Humboldt County I’d never eaten there and thought it was time. The extensive menu overwhelmed me, so I asked the clerk and the second clerk and the third clerk — a 3-1 clerk to customer ratio — what they …

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Bands of the Month: Charles Hargis and the Northern Hunger

There was a very vibrant music scene in Humboldt County in the early 2000s. One house in particular, The Janes Road House, is an old farm house near Greenview Market in Arcata that spawned quite a few bands. Zombie Core Allegiance and Relapse just to name two, but there were others. Chuck McCammon was one of those musicians from the …

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Restaurant Review: Kebab Cafe

Just started going to this place, frankly because I avoid Valley West as much as possible since my kids asked me why the skinny lady with all the pock marks on her face who had just demanded change from us was ripping off her top and crying for Donald Rumsfeld to stop the war in Bananastan. But now I wait …

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Shows you shoulda went to: Chicken of the sea

I don’t know how the baritone founder of Jurassic 5 and Ozamatli got his name, but no matter what Chali 2 Na goes by hip-hop legend should precede it. It was a little nerve wracking at first, with about six people in the crowd until just before opening act Medusa went on. It’s like there was a sign outside that …

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Leave the Poor Man Alive

Out of left field. It hit me like when Hunter Thompson turned a gun on himself. Out of left field. JD Salinger was dead. What? No, the JD Salinger? It’s not like the man had been on my radar for years, I forgot that he was even still held up in his Cornish, New Hampshire home — grumpy and mysterious. …

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