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Wednesday | December 11
Aoife O’Donovan will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. Tickets are $20/adv, $23/door. For more information, call 427-2227. Photo:Shawn Brackbill >> See: Feature Article >
Fans of ’60s-era pop and surf rock, who also have a dark side, will dig Mrs. Magician’s 2012 debut album, Strange Heaven, and the band’s just-released B-sides record, also called B Sides. The San Diego-based trio is all about dark imagery and fearful undertones, distorted guitars and eerie vocals, but they also have a penchant for upbeat melodies and toe-tapping rhythms. The result? A creepy, yet danceable, amalgam that’s truly one of a kind. | BP
INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $8. 429-6994.
Thursday | December 12
Thursday | December 12
INFO: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $15/adv, $18/door. For more info, call 454-6344.
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The Wooden Suns
It has been an exciting year for The Wooden Suns. Since forming in February, the local band has played a number of shows in Santa Cruz, Big Sur and San Francisco, in addition to appearing on KPIG’s “Please Stand By” segment last month. The Suns’ brand of folk rock has an earthy feel to it that is reminiscent of The Avett Brothers’ early releases. And, when combined with singer Denys Kozakis’ laidback vocals, these guys can’t lose. For a preview of the band’s Crepe Place set, check out “Where the Days Find Me.” | BRIAN PALMER
INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $8. 429-6994.
Flow For Food Justice
In an effort to raise money for Food, What?!—a youth empowerment and food justice program that uses food, through sustainable agriculture and health, as the vehicle for growing strong, healthy and inspired teens—DiviniTree Yoga and Art Studio will host a “Flow For Food Justice” event on Thursday. Participants can attend a donation-based Gypsy Flow yoga class, followed by an after party with musical guests DJ Android, Noe Tik (featuring RA.BE and Gina Rene), and Feed Me Jack. All proceeds benefit Food, What?! | JB
INFO: 6:30-8 p.m. DiviniTree Yoga and Art Studio, 1043 Water St., Santa Cruz. Yoga class is donation-based. Participation in the class admits free entry to after party. $10/after party only. For tickets, visit DiviniTree. Photo Keana Parker
Friday | December 13
After nearly six months of silence, local spooky hard rock band Stellar Corpses is ready to get loud. The band will bring the noise along with Rotten Belle and the Calamity, SnakeSkin Heart, and Heroes at Gunpoint, to The Catalyst on the most appropriate day possible: Friday the 13th. If you’re still mourning the passing of Halloween, this mosh pit-inducing lineup will put a ghoulish spin on your holiday season. | JENNA BROGAN
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $8/adv, $12/door. 423-1338.
A five-year hiatus did wonders for Two Gallants, as the duo returned with a fresh outlook and a killer album, 2012’s The Bloom and the Blight. For that album, the band branched out a bit from the folk/blues sound which characterized its previous releases. Its deeply introspective lyrics—which partly stemmed from guitarist/singer Adam Stephens’ experience recovering from a serious car accident—make for a cathartic listening experience. An exploration of what it means to grow up, to suffer and to try and regain control in a world that is out of control, Bloom represents a major leap in the duo’s musical and lyrical maturity. | BP
INFO: 9 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy 9, Felton. $15/adv, $17/door. 603-2294.
Saturday | December 14
Dave Mason Band
Even if you don’t recognize his name, you have almost certainly experienced Dave Mason’s guitar prowess at some point. In addition to being a founding member of the seminal rock group Traffic, the English-born 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has performed with the likes of Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton. Despite not releasing any new material since his 2008 solo record, 26 Letters ~ 12 Notes, Mason continues to perform sold-out shows across the country—including playing on NPR’s Mountain Stage this past month—and was recently interviewed for the PBS Jimi Hendrix documentary, Hear My Train A Comin’. | BP INFO: 8 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $32-47.50. 423-8209. Photo: Chris Jensen
Long before TVs and the radio, live music-making was the definition of home entertainment. At that time, Telemann’s grandiose works were in high demand. Some of his greatest compositions will be performed on Saturday, as part of an evening performance by Driftwood Consort, called “Telemann not Television.” The ensemble—featuring Lars Johannesson, Alissa Roedig, Roy Wheldon and Jonathan Salzedo—will perform a variety of works on baroque flutes with harpsichord and viola da gamba. | JB
INFO: 7 p.m. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 9850 Monroe Ave., Aptos. $20/adv, $22/door, $5/youth at door. Visit brownpapertickets.com/event/524245. For info, call 706-8408.
Book Hub Incorporated—an independent book and eBook publishing company based in Santa Cruz—is hosting a free ePublishing event for local authors, writers and publishers this weekend. Participants will learn about the status of the book publishing industry, the processes of eBook production, the differences between publishing and distribution, and insider secrets of niche eMarketing. | JB
Sunday | December 15
The Silent Comedy will perform at 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at The Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. Tickets are $10/adv, $12/door. For more information, call 423-1338. >> See: Feature Article >
Chris Webster & Nina Gerber Be Our Guest
Chris Webster began her music career as the lead singer for Mumbo Gumbo, and has since released four solo albums and one traditional bluegrass/Americana recording with her sister Cassie and guitarist Scott Nygaard. Her striking lyrics and mesmerizing melodies have made her a staple in the California music scene. Likewise, guitarist Nina Gerber has earned a loyal following for her acoustic music, which spans a variety of genres—from folk, to country, to bluegrass, to rock, to blues. Together, the two musicians play stirring originals and fresh covers. | JB
INFO: 7 p.m.. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy 9, Felton. $17/adv, $20/door. 335-2800.
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The LoOk Collective, a group of local artists who have been showing work together for years, will present a unique art show on Sunday at Art du Jour in Downtown Santa Cruz. The exhibition features something for everyone, including vintage-inspired coats, paper cut-outs, driftwood sculpture, paintings, prints, sculptural jewelry and more. In addition to admiring the artwork, guests will enjoy music by Wireless Lovebird and have the opportunity to mingle with the artists: Nora Dougherty, Janet Fine, Dave Gardner, Felicia Gilman, Juel Hartman, Bridget Henry, Christina MacColl, Melody J. Overstreet, Jared Roth, and Beth Sherman—some of whom only showcase their work once a year. | JB INFO: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Art du Jour, #7 Squid Row, Santa Cruz. Photo: Bridget Henry
Birding for Beginners
Those interested in learning some basic birding knowledge are invited to join a park naturalist on a walk through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park on Dec. 15. While exploring the park’s forest habitats, participants will be able to use bird identification guides and find out how to spot various species. The walk is approximately a mile long, and will take about two hours at a leisurely pace, with a slight elevation gain. Participants are encouraged to dress in layers and bring water and snacks. An optional “chalk-talk” following the walk will cover binocular selection, birding books and apps, birding hot-spots, and more. | JENNA BROGAN
INFO: 8 a.m. Meet in front of the amphitheater at the entry of the campground at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Enter the park from Graham Hill Road. 335-7077.
Heavy rain cancels.
Monday | December 16
Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
Longtime collaborators guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola—who once made up two-thirds of the Charlie Hunter Trio, a jam band-style jazz group—effortlessly combine jazz, blues, folk and rock into their performances, often improvising up a storm. Hunter is famous for his skill on the seven-string guitar, while Amendola provides an exciting plethora of rhythms and moods to anchor their material. | BP
INFO: 7 & 9 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $23/adv, $26/door. 427-2227. Photo Lenny Gonzalez
Tuesday | December 17
Cabrillo Chorus & Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra
Cabrillo Chorus and Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra present a community sing-a-long on Tuesday in the spirit of the holiday season. All are invited to sing the Christmas portion of Handel’s legendary “Messiah” with the chamber orchestra and guest conductors. Participants may bring their own score or pick one up at the door of the performance. A champagne reception will follow. | JB
INFO: 7 p.m. Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St., Santa Cruz. $23. For tickets, visit cabrillo.edu/academics/music/symphonicchorus/season.html
Wednesday | December 18
Long before he wowed audiences in the late ’90s with his acoustic hip-hop single “What It’s Like,” Everlast was a founding member of the hip-hop group House of Pain—yes, the same guys who told us to “Jump Around.” Everlast has done some jumping around of his own; in addition to his own solo work, he has made guest appearances on songs by everyone from Madonna to Run DMC to Limp Bizkit to Carlos Santana. He briefly reunited with House of Pain in 2010-2011, but is touring on his own again in support of his seventh solo record, The Life Acoustic, which released in August. | BP
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $15/adv, $20/door. 479-1854.
Three local businesses—Ideal Hair, Westside Beauty Supply and Cali Style—have partnered to host a book drive to benefit local underprivileged children. For every customer that visits Ideal Hair before Dec. 20 and purchases any two products, the salon will donate a book to an underprivileged child. At Westside Beauty Supply, for any purchase made by Dec. 20, a book will be donated in the customer’s name to a child in need. And at Cali Style, a book will be donated with any purchase of $50 or more. | JB
INFO: For details, call Ideal Hair at 438-0111, Westside Beauty Supply at 438-6254, or Cali Style at 440-1088.
Train to Christmas Town
The Train to Christmas Town brings Peggy Bullard Ellis’ modern holiday story to life aboard vintage rail cars. This month, local families can experience the saga firsthand, thanks to the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Railway. The story features a slew of magical characters, illustrations and a heartfelt message that sheds light on the true meaning of the holiday season. The one-hour round-trip excursion begins at the Train to Christmas Town Depot, located off Ohlone Parkway in Watsonville, and includes singing elves, hot chocolate, cookies, a live reading of the book, a surprise gift for each child, and fun for all. | JB
INFO: For train schedules and tickets, visit traintochristmastown.com, or call (888) 978-5562. Parking is available at the train depot for $5/car. The Train to Christmas Town Depot gift shop is open two hours before each day’s departure.
Roaring Camp Holiday Trains and Tree Walk
Roaring Camp Railroads is getting in the spirit of the holiday season with the return of the Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train, the Holiday Tree Walk and the Chanukah Train. The Holiday Lights Train, which runs Nov. 29-Dec. 23, features vintage excursion cars adorned with thousands of colorful lights. Passengers partake in a holiday sing-a-long, sip hot cider, listen to music, and enjoy a visit from Santa. The Holiday Tree Walk, open Nov. 29-Dec. 15, is located at the summit of Bear Mountain, where guests can sip hot cider and view a beautifully decorated holiday tree display. Jewish community members can play dreidel, enjoy kosher refreshments, and experience the lighting of the menorah aboard old-fashioned excursion cars complete with Chanukah decorations on Dec. 1. | JB
INFO: For details and tickets for all three events, visit roaringcamp.com, or call 335-4484.
Exhibit runs through Dec. 28.
Masters Series II
The Masters Series continues at R. Blitzer Gallery, with artwork by two of the area’s most revered artists and educators, Howard Ikemoto and Ron Milhoan. Both artists, now retired, have inspired thousands of students as art instructors at Cabrillo College. Throughout his career, Ikemoto’s work has been exhibited across California, and, at 74, his creations continue to invite viewers to think outside the box. Often abstract and sometimes non-objective, his most recent works examine landscapes through the process of painting. Milhoan’s current oil paintings, “The Dusty Trail Series,” were inspired by the landscape and are a tribute to his home of 20 years in Corralitos. | JB
INFO: A First Friday reception will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Dec. 6. R. Blitzer Gallery, 2801 Mission St., Santa Cruz. 458-1217.
Exhibit on display Nov. 1-Dec. 31
Santa Cruz Recycles! Poster Art Show
In order to spread the word about recycling, the City Public Works Department once again hosted its annual Santa Cruz Recycles! Poster Contest. Open to all students in grades K-12 in City public and private schools, the contest offers young people an opportunity to creatively express their ideas about recycling. The four winning posters of the 2013 contest—which will be enlarged and mounted on the sides of local recycling trucks—as well as all other entries, are now on display at the Downtown Public Library for the community to view. | JENNA BROGAN
INFO: . Downtown Public Library (upstairs), 224 Church St., Santa Cruz. 420-5449.
Seymour Marine Discovery Center Seeks Volunteers
The Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz is currently seeking volunteers for its 2014 docent training class. Seymour Center docents lead tours to the marine mammal overlook, interpret the exhibits and aquaria, and help vistitors handle the seawater animals safely—including the sharks in the shark touching pool. Participants will gain experience in public speaking and interpreting marine science research and conservation. | JENNA BROGAN
INFO: Application deadline is Dec. 25, 2013. Training begins on Jan. 8, 2014 and concludes March 29, 2014, with classes held each Wednesday evening and on Saturdays. Must be 18 or older to apply. To apply, visit seymourcenter.ucsc.edu/get-involved/volunteer. 459-3854.
Down on the Farm’
Santa Cruz County Bank’s newest exhibition, “Down on the Farm,” features artwork depicting the beauty and bounty of the bucolic life, as interpreted by seven local artists. Participating artists, including Marnie Dufau, Bonnie Minardi, and Marvin Plummer, reflect on simple life on the farm and the rustic feel of living off the land in their pieces, which portray everything from chickens to barns. Between the five bank locations, there are 90 works of art on display, all of which are for sale, with 100 percent of sales going directly to the artists. | JB
INFO: Exhibit open now-Jan. 3, 2014. All Santa Cruz County Bank locations. For details and location info, visit santacruzcountybank.com/art_current.cfm.
The Skidanenko/Green Duet, Two accomplished bluegrass artists play toe-tapping originals-Thursday at The Ugly Mug
Brian Travis, The former Santa Cruzan returns to perform his band’s new CD and some solo acoustic material-Thursday at Bocci’s Cellar
Death Valley Girls, Hard-hitting rock and roll from the City of Angels-Saturday at The Crepe Place
Be Natural Music Concert, Four kid rock bands perform to benefit the Be Natural Music Scholarship Program-Sunday at Coaster’s Bar & Grill
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