Things to do in Santa Cruz: May 25-31



COMIC ARTS AND OPPRESSION EXHIBITION Promoting freedom of expression, fighting censorship and strengthening diversity, equity and inclusion through the arts, the exhibit features artwork by art professor Dee’s student comic book winners Hibbert-Jones and Sees Sneak Peeks of the Latest Slug Comic Limited Edition Featuring Thought drinker by Amy Gerstler and Electro by Ivan Brandon. Each work celebrates graphic works as a support of resistance. Free. Wednesday, May 25, 4-5:30 p.m. McHenry Library, Special Collections and Archives (third floor), UC Santa Cruz. Face covering required inside the gallery and be prepared to show proof of vaccination.

INTIMATE LOOKS WITH KING TIDE With Seaside multi-instrumentalist James Findlay at the helm, Intimate Stares deliver engaging noise rock in the vein of Dinosaur Jr., Hum and Fu Manchu. Meanwhile, Steve “Acidhorse” Zero and Kage “Space-Hobo” O’Malley, genre-defying Oedipus & The Motherfuckers, “have no influence” and have “never heard their own music, so write them and tell them what you think.” $10. Friday, May 27, 8 p.m. La Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz.

CAPOLOW AND DB.BOUTABAG WITH FREDOBAGZ Straight out of East Oakland, Capolow’s Bay Area hip-hop reached the masses in the 2010s with “Outta Sight” and “Drip.” But Capo really made a name for himself in 2018, racking up millions of views with “Highway Robbery” and “Vomit.” His 2019 mixtape, Sand seller, is considered a concise collection of the rapper’s “bragging-centric Bay Area trap.” More recently, Capo has teamed up with Kamaiyah for the collaborative tape, Oakland Nights. $20-25 plus fees. Friday, May 27, 8 p.m. The Catalyst Atrium, 1101 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz.

JERRY’S MIDDLE FINGER Since 2015, the Los Angeles-based band “provide the world’s finest Jerry Garcia Band tribute experience – performing and celebrating the music of JGB with unparalleled sound and energy.” The quintet’s enchanted dance parties have no end in sight, so “whether you’ve seen Jerry 500 times or were born after his time on earth, this is true: JMF will make you feel like he’s always the.” $25 plus shipping. Friday, May 27, 8 p.m. Felton Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9, Felton.

HARRY AND THE HITMEN WITH MAMMATUS Stemming from a tradition of improvisational rock and years of experimentation behind tight arrangements, Harry and the Hitmen unleashes the best of Stax and Motown and original blue-eyed soul. Don’t be fooled by the costumes; the long-running sextet is made up of ever-evolving musical risk-takers who throw “one-of-a-kind dance parties wherever needed!” » For Mammatus, hearing protection is recommended. The psych-stoner-desert rockers — think Hawkwind meets Blue Cheer as liquefied peyote rains down on them — play hard, in a way that hurts so much. Since 2005, the Santa Cruz outfit have taken a few breaks here and there, but they’re excited to be back in the public consciousness. $15/$20 plus fees. Friday, May 27, 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz.

‘THE FAIRY QUEEN’ by Henry Purcell The Fairy Queen celebrates the return of fully staged live opera at UCSC. Considered a “semi-opera”, the work was first written as “incidental” music for Shakespeare. Dream of a summer night. In this version, the beautiful vocal and instrumental movements mingle with the dialogues of the piece. Members of Visalia’s Sequoia Symphony join singers and actors from UC Santa Cruz. Bruce Kiesling directs and Sheila Willey directs. (Read this week’s cover story). $15-32/Free for students. Friday May 27 and Saturday May 28, 7:30 p.m. Career Amphitheater, UC Santa Cruz.

WOMEN MARIACHI WARRIORS Cindy Shea’s all-female Mariachi Divas has recorded 17 albums and scored two Grammys and 11 Grammy nominations. Since 2003, the collective has been Disneyland’s official mariachi band. Formed by talented trumpeter Cindy Shea, the group is one of the most accomplished all-female mariachi bands in the world. Also on the bill, the all-female trio Ellas have developed a unique fusion of mariachi and modern music using guitar, guitarron (bass), violin and their captivating harmonies, their early Ellas #primerafila reached No. 7 on the iTunes Latin charts. Each member has won Grammys in their individual music careers – inevitably, they will soon win the award as Ellas. Presented by the Mariachi Women’s Foundation. $27-57. Saturday May 28, 7 p.m. Henry J. Mello Center, 250 E. Beach St., Watsonville.

JAMS AND VISIONARY ART SHOW BENEFIT WYLDER LEE Tatiana & Treetop Band, special guest Matt Hartle, deliver original tunes inspired by a plethora of genres and “chance experiences”. The band from Santa Cruz jams hard from American grooves to Afro-Latinos while conducting an improvised odyssey into the unknown. As word spread, the six-piece became more and more noticed – recently they opened for California Honeydrops. There will be live paintings by Hana Stanke, Tess Elation, the Letter Mermaid and others, and a silent auction. $15. Saturday May 28, 7:30 p.m. Michael’s on Main, 2591 S. Main St., Soquel.

JASON KAHN WITH THE MINISTRY OF APATHY Every Jason Kahn performance is different because the music is improvised. Yet the source material is directly tied to every venue it plays in. This twisted conglomeration from Kraftwerk and Brian Eno also features chaotic feedback and a deliberately overloaded synthesizer, resulting in a momentary meltdown. In addition, a variety of contact microphones, electromagnetic inductors, and the synthesizer output via a mixer are used to modulate the synthesizer parameters. The result is difficult to master but allows Kahn to achieve a grandiose expressiveness. $8/$16. Saturday May 28, 8 p.m. Indexical, 1050 River St. #119, Santa Cruz. Proof of vaccination is required.

JOSHUA RAY WALKER WITH BEN CHAPMAN Texas singer-songwriter Joshua Ray Walker’s new album – his third album in three years –See you next time is an accurate depiction of a honky-tonk dive and the loners who inhabit it: “barflies and budding cowboys, cloudy-eyed dreamers and hopelessly lost souls.” It’s the final installment in a trilogy launched with Walker’s 2019 debut. wish you were Here and rented tracking Glad you didwho made #5 on rolling stoneList of “Best Country and American Albums of 2020”. $20/$35 plus fees. Sunday May 29, 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz.

ARTEMIS Celebrate the belated 45th anniversary of Kuumbwa Jazz with Artemis, an all-star band comprised of six of the world’s finest jazz performers: pianist and musical director Renee Rosnes, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, clarinetist Anat Cohen, saxophonist Nicole Glover, bassist Noriko Ueda and drummer Allison Miller. Named after the Greek goddess of the hunt, forests and the moon, Artemis is art co-op at its finest, unleashing unforgettable performances fueled by stunning musical interaction. $68.25/$73.50; $36.75 students. Tuesday, May 31, 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 6275 Highway 9, Felton. Proof of vaccination or negative Covid test required.


ANNUAL SURF CONTEST SANTA CRUZ LONGBOARD UNION MEMORIAL DAY It’s an annual tradition: Nearly 200 contestants compete each Memorial Day weekend in the longest-running longboard surfing contest on the West Coast. The mission of the Santa Cruz Longboard Union is “to preserve, promote and perpetuate the values, beliefs and essence of surfing”. No better place than Santa Cruz to meet. Free for spectators. Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Steamer Lane at West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. (competitor registrations).

VETERAN SURF ALLIANCE PADDLE OUT MEMORIAL DAY The Santa Cruz nonprofit creates brotherhood and community among veterans by surfing as an activity to ease the transition from military service to civilian life. The VSA’s Memorial Day Rally and Paddle in Capitola honors fallen service members. The memorial paddle follows the presentation of the color guard. All veterans, community members and visitors are welcome. Free. Monday, May 30, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Capitola Beach and Esplanade, Capitola.


WOMENCARE ARM IN ARM This cancer support group is for women with advanced, recurrent or metastatic cancer. See you every Monday on Zoom. Free. Registration required. Monday, May 30, 12:30 p.m. 831-457-2273.

LAUGHTER YOGA Have fun, feel good and relax. This is Laughter Yoga. Laughing is a form of stress relief. The group laughs as a form of exercise, and through eye contact and childlike playfulness, the fake laughter becomes genuine and contagious. The body cannot tell the difference between a fake laugh and a real laugh, so chemicals (dopamine, serotonin) are released, relieving our minds and bodies. Free. Tuesday, May 31, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Inner Light Ministries (Fireside Room), 5630 Soquel Drive, Soquel.


COASTAL WALK FOR BIRDS Nothing like a gentle 2.5 mile hike to soothe the soul. There will be many stops to see birds, plants and landscapes. Bring binoculars if you have them and good walking shoes. Go to the main Wilder Ranch parking lot next to the park map. The rain cancels. Mandatory masks. $10 (daily parking fee). Friday, May 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz.

SEASONAL WALK OF WILD PLANTS WITH JESSICA TUNIS The “Learning Journey” delves into the teeming world of wild plants. Local naturalist Jessica Tunis leads the mile-and-a-half excursion, identifying wild plants and their unique properties. Learn about the healing and nutritional properties of local plants and the symbiotic relationships with the ecosystems that support them. Plus, learn what makes a plant invasive. The walk ends with tea, tastings, picnic snacks made from some of the identified wild edibles and a question and answer session. $60; $10/child (7-12 years with paying adult). Saturday May 28, 11am-1pm. Quail Hollow Ranch, 800 Quail Hollow Road, Felton. [email protected]


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