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Wednesday | March 5
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco is the definition of an independent artist. During her nearly 25-year career, she has released almost two dozen studio albums and EPs on her own Righteous Babe Records—including her latest, 2012’s ¿Which Side Are You On?—in addition to scores of compilations, live albums and bootlegs. Her catalog has a delightfully maverick-like sensibility, with elements of folk rock, alternative rock, jazz, punk, hip-hop and funk all appearing. DiFranco’s willingness to touch on a variety of hot-button issues, like politics, religion and sexuality, has made her one of this generation’s most thought-provoking artists. | BP
INFO: 8 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $40. 423-8209.
Thursday | March 6
The Harmony Honeys
INFO: 9 p.m. Thursday, March 6. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $10. 429-6994.
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Since moving from Philadelphia to San Diego, Calif. in the mid-2000s, Mike Pinto has quickly become a staple in the Southern California music scene. It’s no wonder, considering his distinctive fusion of roots, reggae, and ska is a fitting soundtrack to a day of surf and sun. Down-to-earth and wildly charismatic, Pinto has won over listeners worldwide with his boy-next-door personality, dance-ready rhythms, and smooth-as-silk vocals. His fifth and latest album, Truthful Lies, released in May 2013, is brimming with feel-good tracks that put listeners in a summer state of mind. JENNA BROGAN
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $12/adv, $15/door. 479-1854.
Anton Schwartz Quintet
Tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz likes to keep listeners on their toes. Improvisation is fundamental to his approach to jazz, which incorporates everything from Afro-Cuban sensibilities to New Orleans second-line rhythms. Fans can expect to hear music off his recently released fifth album, Flash Mob, during Thursday’s performance at Kuumbwa, where he’ll be accompanied by trumpeter Tatum Greenblatt, pianist Taylor Eigsti, bassist John Shifflett and drummer Lorca Hart. | BRIAN PALMER
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 427-2227.
Athens Guitar Duo & David Winters
The Santa Cruz County Art of Guitar Exhibit and Festival continues this week with a performance by the Athens Guitar Duo, plus local favorite David Winters. The concert will feature guitars made by Kenny Hill of Hill Guitar Company, Fred Carlson and other local luthiers. Known for putting a fresh spin on the works of both modern and traditional composers, the Athens Guitar Duo regularly plays Hill Guitars, including a signature double-top and a rare 11-string, which extends the ensemble’s range. With this combination, Dusty Woodruff and Matthew Anderson explore the expressive capabilities of their instruments through diverse repertoire selections and arrangements—some of which can be found on their debut CD, Magellan’s Playlist: On Tour in China, Vol. 1, released in October 2013. | JB
INFO: 8 p.m. R. Blitzer Gallery, 2801 Mission St. Ext., Santa Cruz. $20. Visit brownpapertickets.com/event/580498.
Friday | March 7
Since debuting at the 2003 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Dumpstaphunk has grown into one of the most respected and critically-acclaimed funk bands on the planet. Having performed at that festival numerous times since then, as well as notable festivals like Bonnaroo and Voodoo Fest, the quintet has broadened its appeal over the last decade. The group’s third and most recent studio album, Dirty Word, was praised by USA Today, and is a dance party waiting to happen. | BP
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $21/adv, $25/door. 479-1854.
Saturday | March 8
Dan P. and the Bricks Be Our Guest
Formed in 2009, with the primary goal of playing in the Santa Cruz area and raising money for charities in the process, Dan P. and the Bricks is the kind of local band everyone roots for. The 10-piece ska outfit, led by Dan Potthast, features members of MU330 and Slow Gherkin, and prides itself on its big, high-energy sound—the result of a five-piece horn section, two guitars, an organ, bass, and drums. For a preview of the band’s Crepe Place set, check out the 2011 album, Watch Where You Walk—a lively collection of songs that will get concertgoers on the dance floor, and keep them there all night long. | JB
INFO: 9 p.m. Saturday, March 8. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $10. 429-6994.
WANT TO GO?: Visit the Good Times Facebook page before 11 a.m. Friday, March 7 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8. The Reef Restaurant and Bar, 120 Union St., Santa Cruz. $5. 459-9876.
Photo: Nicole Nelson >> See: Love Your Local Band >
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony dominated the hip-hop and rap charts in the mid-to-late ’90s with megahits like “1st of tha Month” and “Tha Crossroads.” The group may have aged a little since then, but its delightful mash-up of harmonies and rapid-fire rhymes remain as relevant and hypnotic as ever. The Grammy Award-winning quintet has sold more than 50 million copies of its albums over the years, and its latest release, 2013’s The Art of War: World War III, is a welcome addition to its ever-growing repertoire. | BP
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 423-1338.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis appears to have made it his mission in life to keep jazz vibrant and to honor the forefathers of the genre—and he does both successfully with each performance. Twenty-five years ago, the acclaimed trumpeter founded Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which originally featured members of Marsalis’ own septet, as well as members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Today, the lineup includes 15 of the best jazz musicians in the scene celebrating the life and work of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Chick Corea. | BP Photo: Frank Stewart
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz. $41.25-73.75. 420-5260.
TEDxSantaCruz 2014: Activate
A wide variety of speakers and performers will share all kinds of “ideas worth spreading” at TEDxSantaCruz this weekend at Hotel Paradox. The all-day event was created to “activate” the audience, by sparking new ideas and projects, igniting new connections, energizing communities, and ultimately setting in motion a new reality. Participants will hear and watch presentations by Evan Thomas (Close the Loop), Cat Willis (The Dance Narrative Within) Virginia Wright (Basing Drug Policy on Laws and Science, Not Fear), Rob Dunn (The Future of Discovery), Joshua Freedman (Meaning and Connection from the Brink of Chaos), Mark Lakeman (Urban Counterstrike at the Crossroads), Andrew Purchin (live painting), Katherine L. Reid (Your Ecosystem on MSG), Jasmine Schlafke (poetry), Micha Scott (dance), and many more. | JB
INFO: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Hotel Paradox, 611 Ocean St., Santa Cruz. $75/general, $50/students with valid ID. Admission includes the conference, lunch, breaks, and a no-host reception at Solaire after the event. For tickets,
visit http://bit.ly/tedxsc2014. For more info, visit tedxsantacruz.org.
In Celebration of the Muse
Santa Cruz County’s longest-running literary event, In Celebration of the Muse, returns to Cabrillo College on Saturday. In honor of the 32nd annual event, 21 local women writers, including Laura Davis, Wilma Marcus Chandler, Magdalena Montagne, Patricia Zylius, and more, will present original poetry and short fiction. In Celebration of the Muse is dedicated to Maude Meehan, a beloved local poet who died in 2007. Proceeds from the event benefit Poetry Santa Cruz. | JB Photo: Ann Altstatt, Nora Dougherty, Janet Fine, Bridget Henry, Victoria May, and Caroline Nicola
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Cabrillo College, Erica Schilling Forum 450, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Advance tickets are available until
3 p.m. on March 8 at Bookshop Santa Cruz for the suggested donation of $10. The remaining seats will be available when the doors open at 7 p.m. with the suggested donation of $10, or $5 for Cabrillo students.
Sunday | March 9
Peter Case sure has gotten around. Between his work with the new wave band The Nerves, the pop-rock band The Plimsouls, and his own solo work, his career has lasted nearly 40 years and resulted in dozens of albums and contributions to compilations. The singer-songwriter and guitarist has made a name for himself by telling stories about the lives of the overlooked and forgotten, the people who live on the margins of society. He has also attracted a following because of his finger-picked acoustic guitar stylings and his mastery of the harmonica. His most recent release, 2011’s The Case Files, is a collection of outtakes and unreleased material. | BP
INFO: 7 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Highway 9, Felton. $15. 603-2294.
Monday | March 10
Michael McDonald emerged from the California pop/rock scene of the late ’70s, and has rightfully remained in the spotlight ever since. The multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter got his start singing backup on several Steely
Dan albums. Then, in 1977, he joined forces with The Doobie Brothers, and recorded such hits as “What a Fool Believes” and “Taking It to the Streets.” McDonald made his solo debut, If That’s What It Takes, in 1982, and has been focused on recording his own music ever since. Though he hasn’t released any new albums since 2003, McDonald continues to be a household name with legions of fans that flock to hear his trademark gravelly, yet emotive baritone. | JB
INFO: 8 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $51/adv, $54/door. 423-1338.
Book Talk and Signing: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Bestselling author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, the New Zealand native and ex-psychoanalyst best known as the author of the wildly popular title “When Elephants Weep,” will stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz on Monday to read from and sign copies of his latest book, “BEASTS: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil.” In previous titles, Masson has explored animal emotions, but in “BEASTS,” his focus has shifted to humans. In it, he examines the difference between the unchecked aggression and predatory behavior that separates humans from animals, and sheds light on who the real beasts are. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask Masson questions following the reading. | JB
INFO: 7 p.m. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. 423-0900.
Tuesday | March 11
Shpongle, a psychedelic music project from English electronic musician Simon Posford, has unleashed Version 3.0 of the Museum of Consciousness tour, in support of its most recent album of the same name. A hypnotic collision of the ambient, world and psychedelic genres, this melodic electronic music project also includes work from Raja Ram, who focuses on flute arrangements and the more world music side of things. Heavy proponents of the trance experience, Shpongle seeks to bring people to an altered state of consciousness, even alluding to the hallucinogenic drug DNT in multiple songs. | BP >> See: Feature Article >
INFO: 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $18/adv, $23/door. 423-1338.
Cob Building Campaign
Claudine Désirée has quickly made a name for herself locally for her expertise in building cob structures. For those unfamiliar, cob is an ancient building material consisting of soil, sand and straw. Désirée sees these structures as an important step toward an eco-friendly world, but she needs the community’s help. That’s why she created an Indiegogo campaign to fund the legalization of her cob structure in Santa Cruz. Pictures of her cob structure and more information about her building process can be found on the fundraising website, as well as information about how to help. | JENNA BROGAN Photo: Keana Parker
INFO: To help fund the project, visit indiegogo.com/projects/first-legal-cob-structure-in-santa-cruz. Deadline to contribute is March 20. For more info about Désirée and her cob structures, visit cruzincob.com, or call 419-8017.
Wednesday | March 12
Meet the Author Series: Donna Mekis and Kathryn Mekis Miller
Local authors Donna Mekis and Kathryn Mekis Miller will present their book, “Blossoms into Gold: The Croatians in the Pajaro Valley,” as part of the Meet the Author Series at Porter Memorial Library. The book tells the little-known history of the Croatians of the Dalmation Coast, who immigrated to California—from their fabled past to their economic innovations in the Pajaro Valley. Filled with more than 180 rare photos and illustrations, the book traces the community’s diverse background of international traders, sailors and political thinkers, and the way in which they transported their customs and beliefs to their new life in California. Set around the fireplace, the event will feature a discussion of the book and an opportunity for audience members to ask questions. | JB
INFO: 10:30 a.m. Porter Memorial Library, 3050 Porter St., Soquel. 475-3326. Visit porterml.org. Refreshments and coffee will be served; the book will be available for purchase. Limited parking is available behind the library.
In The Queue
Miss Lonely Hearts, Pure country with a splash of shufflin’ 1950s rock and roll-Thursday at The Crepe Place
The D’oh Bros, A mix of originals and classic rock songs from Steve Miller, Greg Kihn, The Doobie Brothers and more-Thursday at Don Quixote’s
Requiem for the Dead, The local punk/metal band unveils its new lineup and a sneak peek at its debut full-length-Friday at The Blue Lagoon
Bob Reid, The singer shares what he learned from his time with Pete Seeger and growing up with his music-Sunday at Kuumbwa Jazz
Hamilton Loomis, Blues great performs two sets with his full live band-Sunday at Moe’s Alley
Call To Artists
The Capitola Begonia Festival Committee invites all local artists to submit a piece of art to serve as the official poster for the 62nd annual Capitola Begonia Festival, which takes place Aug. 29-Sept. 1. This year’s theme is “Begonias on Broadway.” The artwork does not necessarily have to include the theme, though selection does traditionally favor it. A list of all past themes and posters can be found at The Begonia Festival website. The finished poster will measure 18” by 24”; both vertical and horizontal images will be considered. All mediums will be accepted. Graphics for the poster will be completed by the committee. | JB
March 5-April 19. Printmaking: On and Off the Wall
The Pajaro Valley Arts Council’s newest exhibition, “Printmaking On and Off the Wall,” features two- and three-dimensional artwork by 50 members of The MPC Printmakers. Working in a variety of mediums, including print installations, scrolls, handmade books, sculptures, framed art, and more, the participating artists’ images range from the abstract to the familiar. All artworks feature elements created using fine art printmaking techniques, such as etching, woodcut, screenprint and monotype. | JB
INFO: Exhibit runs March 5-April 19. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Pajaro Valley Arts Council, 37 Sudden St., Watsonville. Free admission.
Through March 28
Covered California Outreach
In an effort to inform the community about new healthcare coverage options available under the Affordable Care Act, The Santa Cruz County Human Services Department will host monthly informational tables at local libraries through the end of March, when the first Covered California open enrollment period ends. At the tables, Certified Covered California Educators will provide information on coverage options available through Covered California, Medi-Cal, and statewide and local resources to help with enrollment. Bilingual advice and written materials will also be available. | JB
INFO: For a full schedule of information table times and locations, visit santacruzpl.org.Wednesday | February 26
Santa Cruz Challenge
It’s not too late to join the Santa Cruz Challenge! The 12-week program, which kicked off on Feb. 22, gives participants the opportunity to explore and discover health and fitness locally—and, best of all, rewards them for their efforts. All participants may take a fitness strength and endurance test and have their body composition evaluated using a Bioimpedence Analysis (BIA). At the end of the 12 weeks, the same evaluation will be given and the person with the greatest percentage of improvement will be awarded the grand prize. The challenge benefits all participants, regardless of fitness and health levels. Throughout the challenge, participants will gain tools including relaxation, reducing household toxins, shopping locally and organically, stress management, nutritional detoxification, increased flexibility and more. | JB
INFO: To join, call the Santa Cruz Challenge Headquarters at 229-0189 to go over program details and fill out the registration form online at santacruzchallenge.com. Note, late entries do not qualify for the grand prize.
A Treasury of Indian Folk Textiles’
In its latest exhibition, the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery presents a private collection of Indian folk textiles from master printmaker Carol Summers. A selection of 18 pieces are on display, with examples from India’s rich tradition of folk art textiles, including the Kanduri, Kantha, Kalamkari, and Chamba rumals. Created with colorful designs and fine craftsmanship, the featured textiles are adorned with appliqué, quilting, embroidery, woodblock printing, tie-dye paint and highly detailed stitching. | JB
INFO: On display now through March 16. Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Cowell College, UCSC, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. Visit cowell.ucsc.edu/smith-gallery.
Off the Wall’
Six local artists, including Cynthia Siegel and Johnathon Schmuck, explore the beauty and space of the three-dimensional world in Santa Cruz County Bank’s latest art exhibition, “Off the Wall.” The artistic mediums used include sculpture, ceramics, glass, wood, and other three-dimensional works specifically designed to hang on the wall. Wall installations created with multiple hand-blown glass sculptures complement sculptural works with simple classic forms. | JB
INFO: Exhibit runs Through-May 2. All five Santa Cruz County Bank locations. For location information, visit sccountybank.com. An free opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 at 720 Front St., Santa Cruz. Photo: Cynthia Siegel
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