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Thursday | 24

cal coupThe Coup and Lyrics Born
It’s a night of Bay Area lyrical legends, including Oakland’s The Coup, which brings electronic and hip-hop flavors to funk without sacrificing any of the raw energy that makes funk fresh. The music is fun, the lyrics are often socially conscious and beats are innovative. Sharing the bill with that group is Lyrics Born out of Berkeley. The product of Tom Shimura’s mind, Lyrics Born is expanding its sound and getting more into synthesizers with its latest release As U Were. | JP
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $15/adv, $20/door. 479-1854.

This prolific California punk band has a bevy of albums under its belt, the most recent being 2012’s All or Nothing. Known for strong doses of power punk with potent messages (who can forget “Fuck Authority” from 2001?) and high-energy performances, the group has made its mark on the punk scene and beyond since forming in 1988.
INFO: 7 p.m., Thursday, April 24. The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $24/door. 423-1338.

 Friday | 25

cal claudiaClaudia Villela & Heloisa Fernandes
Claudia Villela and Heloísa Fernandes are an impressive one-two combination of Brazilian musical skill and style. Villela possesses a five-octave vocal range and a voice that’s been described as “startlingly beautiful,” and Fernandes is celebrated for a piano technique that balances the delicate and the fiery; the ancient and the modern. Together, they pay tribute to, and further, the rich and varied traditions of Brazilian jazz, pop and culture. | CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $22/adv, $27/door. 427-2227.

The Flamin’ Groovies
The Flamin’ Groovies have always marched to the beat of their own drum. From their inception in 1965, they tended to be ahead of the curve, being forerunners of now-familiar genres like power pop and punk music before those scenes were cool. Now, after reuniting with founding member and guitarist Cyril Jordan for the first time in decades, and officially being back full-time for the first time since 1992, they are ready to unleash more of their driving, British-Invasion-style rock. A new EP is set to release this year, and the first track to be released, “End of the World,” is reminiscent of the tone and feel of “Don’t Fear the Reaper.” BRIAN PALMER
INFO: 9 p.m. The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $26/adv, $30/door. 429-6994.

Saturday | 26

cal zoeZoe Muth
However Zoe Muth taught herself to write authentic-feeling country-folk songs, it wasn’t from her experience growing up a city slicker as a child in Seattle. She learned volumes from studying Alan Lomax and Harry Smith’s anthology of American folk music and field recordings, and developed a love of good stories about hard times, thanks to the tunes of Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie and the Carter Family. Steady snare gently guides her music forward on love songs happy and sad as a pedal steel sings along—dancing around Muth’s smooth vocals. | Jacob Pierce
INFO: 8 p.m., Don Quixote's, 6275 Highway 9, Felton. $12/adv, $15/door. 335-2526.

Atomic Aces
Bringing a punk flair to country music, Western swing and rockabilly, the Atomic Aces bridge the divide between old-school rock and rollers and a new generation of country-rock appreciators. Hailing from Santa Cruz this high-energy outfit plays fun, upbeat, danceable music inspired by Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and the like, with a pinch of the Cramps thrown in. Also on the bill: Avenue Saints and Bastard Makers. | CJ
INFO: 9 p.m. The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $8. 429-6994.

Veterans of the reggae music scene, it appears Gondwana first formed 550 million years ago … wait, no, that was the Triassic-era supercontinent Gondwana, best known for later slamming into a big blob called Pangea, and then, even later, inspiring the name of this reggae group. Geography aside, this 27-year-old Chilean band is a nine-piece supergroup. With Spanish lyrics, it sounds a little different than some of the reggae bands that pass through—thanks largely to some of its unique rhythms and creative instrumentation: vibraslaps, impressive sax-playing and ethereal synthesizers. | JP
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe's Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, $20/adv, $25/door. 479-1854.

Citrus Workshop
The UCSC Farm and Garden is hosting an informative workshop on growing citrus trees, titled “Get Zesty! Citrus for the Home Gardener and Small-Scale Grower." The workshop will be led by Orin Martin, the manager of UCSC’s Alan Chadwick Garden. He will instruct participants on selecting appropriate planting sites, preparing planting holes, creating healthy soil conditions, minimizing water use, and much more. Daniel Paduano of Scotts Valley’s Abounding Harvest Mountain Farm will also be on hand to discuss how to choose citrus varieties appropriate to the Monterey Bay region’s many microclimates.
INFO: 1-5 p.m. The UCSC Farm on the UCSC campus, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. Admission: $60 general public; $55 friends of the farm; $35 UCSC students. More information at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 459-3240.

Pottery Open House
Jane Rekedal’s semi-annual pottery open house will feature slab plates with textures, rectangular serving dishes, bowls of many shapes and sizes, and pieces decorated with leaves and forms from nature.  Garden pieces such as bird baths and planters will also be featured. Rekedal’s open house is also in conjunction with the  45th anniversary of the founding of the Aromas pottery studio. Her rural studio is open to the public for people interested in purchasing pottery, those interested in learning about pottery, or those who just like to look at pottery. Basically all things pottery. Cheers.
INFO: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 1560 Cannon Road, Aromas. 566-4576.

Cabrillo Social Justice Conference          
Cabrillo’s eighth annual social justice conference, “Justice through Education,” will feature speakers and continued education for all participants. Keynote speaker Marcia Rincon-Gallardo is a juvenile justice advocate who will speak on how to implement culturally relevant programs for diverting youth away from the justice system. Expert panelists from around the Bay Area will join her to shed light on these topics. Anyone with interest is invited to attend.
INFO: 10 a.m. Cabrillo College Sesnon House, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Free admission. For more information contact Dru Glover, 325-4721,

New Cadence Poetry Series
Head’s up! The word is getting out on the little-known reading series held at the delightfully oddball Felix Kulpa Gallery, folks. It has been going on for six years and now the great Robert Sward has joined the event’s organizing force and this iteration of the event promises to be the first of many under his guidance. This book launch and reading event will feature local Bay Area poets Alan Soldofsky, Stephen Kessler, and Richard Silbert. From the organizers: “It is guaranteed to be a hoot and a half.” You heard it here. One point five hoots.
INFO: 6:30 p.m. Felix Kulpa Gallery, 107 Elm St., Santa Cruz. 408.373.2854. Free admission. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Carole Wang Trunk Show
Browse new spring/summer looks in bamboo rayon and other natural fibers! Score some deals! Make new friends with other fashion-forward women! It’s a trunk show, everybody! And ain’t it a hoot. A hoot and a half! Wait, what? No but seriously folks, this exclusive trunk show by local clothing designer Carole Wang promises to offer exciting new options for how to dress your body with clothes this season.
INFO: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cruz’n: The Casual Chic Boutique, 127 Monterey Ave., Capitola Village. 476-2533.

Sunday | 27

cal parkerParker Millsap
Last time Parker Millsap was in town, he opened for John Fullbright at Don Quixote’s. I walked away from that show shaking my head at, number one, the impressive multi-instrumental abilities of Fullbright, and, number two, the magnetism of this youngster who warmed up the audience. The product of a Pentecostal family from Oklahoma, Millsap has a squeaky-clean look about him, but when he starts singing, the 20-year-old sounds like a world-weary traveler who’s seen it all. With a weathered voice that reaches easily to the back of the house, he sings of leaving, trucking, good and evil, and God-fearing religion, transporting listeners to a dimension where the dust bowl was something to be endured and hard times come with the territory. | CJ
INFO: 7 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $10. 603-2294.

Pottery Open House
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 1560 Cannon Road, Aromas. 566-4576.
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AVID Fundraiser
AVID is a nationwide program, active in schools across the county, that facilitates elective classes, field trips and guest speakers for students who might otherwise not be on the college track. It stands for, “Advancement through Individual Determination.” It is a very successful program, as a high percentage of its students (92 percent) wind up applying to college. Many of AVID’s students are currently attending UCSC. However, the program needs money. This year they are trying to raise funds to take students on college visit trips. This event is a fundraiser for the program, and it includes food. Good karma awaits those who attend!
INFO: 3-4:30 p.m. Oswald Restaurant, 121 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. Tickets $35. 427-8212.

Tuesday | 29

cal blackThe Black Lillies
Over the course of five years, the Black Lillies have released three albums, played hundreds of shows—including more than 200 in 2012 alone—played at the Grand Ole Opry, and had several songs make an impact on CMT’s 12 most-requested videos. This is a hard-charging group that knows a thing or two about life on the road, and the ups and downs that come with it. Infusing their style of country and Americana with the sort of palpable emotion, introspective hindsight and brutal honesty of the most seasoned writer, this quintet lays everything out on the table. Their most recent album is 2013’s Runaway Freeway Blues. | BP
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $7/adv, $10/door. 479-1854.

Wednesday | 30

cal diivDIIV
For a band that started off as a side solo project for Zachary Cole Smith in 2011, DIIV sure has made a splash in their short existence. Not only have they opened for notable bands like Japandroids and The Vaccines, but their debut album, Oshin—which came out in the summer of 2012—ended up on the Top 50 Albums of 2012 lists for both Pitchfork and Stereogum. A beguiling mix of indie rock and shoegaze sensibilities, Oshin is loaded with pleasing rock and roll melodies that will have you bobbing your head and tapping your toes in no time. | BP
INFO: 8:30 p.m. The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $12/adv, $15/door. 423-1338.

Thursday | 1

cal sarSarah Jarosz
Singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz kind of tiptoes back and forth between progressive-bluegrass and folk music, wielding either a mandolin, a guitar or a banjo, depending on what the occasion calls for. Over the last several years, she has quietly moved into the roots music bright lights with her warm and open style and prodigious playing, earning the praise of such tastemakers as Rolling Stone magazine, NPR and the New York Times which called her “one of acoustic music's most promising young talents” along the way. | CJ
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $22/gen, $30/gold. 423-8209.

Dan Robbins
Great jazz musicians are measured not just by their own talent, but by the talent of those they surround themselves with. And Bay Area bassist Dan Robbins has a history of bringing together the finest jazz innovators and improvisers. Playing both upright and electric basses with up to seven strings, Robbins sets the tone for driving, creative harmoniously and melodically rich songs. | JP
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, $15/adv, $20/door. 427-2227.

Be our Guest

cal bogEdge of Eden
With so many other schools hosting big music festivals, maybe it was only a matter of time before UC Santa Cruz, with its vast meadows and sweeping views of the Pacific, got into the game, too. And what better place than its expansive East Field? This first year’s lineup promises an eclectic mix of artists. Performers include DJ Dillon Francis, one of the biggest names in electronic music today; Bay Area hip hop group Zion I, which makes beat-heavy music and is currently touring on its 2012 album Shadowboxing; Two Gallants, a folk rock duo from San Francisco that took its name from a James Joyce story; Canada’s Ill-esha, who sings while DJing; and Irene Diaz, a powerful singer from Los Angeles who writes piano- and acoustic guitar-driven pop songs. | Jacob Pierce
INFO: 2 p.m., Saturday, May 10, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz, $45, 459-2501.
WANT TO GO? Visit the Good Times’ Facebook page before 11 a.m. on Friday, April 25, to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.


Rocky Mountain-grown bassist turned electronic music producer
Saturday at Catalyst

Hard-rocking, blues-inspired, classic rock guitarist that’s still going strong.
Sunday at Moe’s Alley

Saxophone-wielding, eldest brother of the immensely talented Marsalis family.
Monday at Kuumbwa

Hit-making producer, singer, multi-instrumentalist out of Los Angeles.
Wednesday at Catalyst

Ongoing Events...

Bookshop Santa Cruz will be teeming with activity through April as more than a dozen renowned authors are scheduled to stop by in promotion of their latest books. From poetry, to short stories, to nail-biting novels, to informative nonfiction, there’s an author event for every reader to enjoy. Take a look.

April 25-27

Soquel High School will present the classic Rogers & Hammerstein story set on a farm in Oklahoma. The story is this: A headstrong farm girl tries everything she can to resist falling in love with Curly, a handsome cowboy. There are songs. One of them goes, “Ooooooooklahoma when the wind comes sweeping down the plain, and the waving wheat can sure smell sweet when the wind comes right behind the rain.” The students at Soquel High worked on this for months, so the supportive thing to do would be to go see them. Also, it will be enjoyable. Great!
INFO: Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m. General admission $12, senior citizens $10. Soquel High School, 401 Old San Jose Road, Soquel. 429-3909.

April 4-July 20
Planet Ord
The newest exhibition at the MAH, “Planet Ord,” explores the contemporary experience and historical echoes of the now-abandoned Fort Ord—once the largest military base in the American West—relating it to the many lost places in contemporary America. This multimedia exhibition is guest-curated by Enid Baxter Ryce, who reveals the artwork and stories within this ever-changing icon of Monterey County. With the help of the students and alumni of California State University Monterey Bay, Enid documents Fort Ord through film, photo, and painted maps of the military base, where more than one million people once lived and worked. | JB
INFO: Exhibit runs through July 20. Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz. 429-1964.

April 19-May 4

What would happen if a restless city boy moved to a small town where dancing was outlawed? We all know the answer to this: He would give a moving speech at city council that cites passages from the Bible that talk about dancing, then throw a raucous (but completely clean and sober) prom, restoring to the town its love of joy. Come see students from the San Lorenzo Valley High Drama Department in conjunction with Mountain Community Theatre take on this classic 1980’s wonder. “Slaughterhouse-Five, it’s a classic!”
INFO: Saturday, April 19 – Sunday, May 4. Thu, Fri & Sat shows at 7 p.m. Sun shows at 2 p.m. Park Hall, 9400 Mill St., Ben Lomond. Tickets $15 general; $10 students/seniors.

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 Note, late entries do not qualify for the grand prize.

event offWallOff 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 Photo: Cynthia Siegel

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Something Essential Disappears

Lunar and solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, and solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon—a total lunar eclipse (the next one is Oct. 8). On Monday night, April 28 (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, a solar eclipse (Sun obscured) occurs. Eclipses signify something irrevocably is changed in our world. The Sun is our essential life force. Monday’s new moon, 9 degrees Taurus, is also an annular solar eclipse when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, yet does not cover the Sun completely. The Sun's outer edges, still visible, form a “ring of fire” around the Moon.


Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.


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Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

Following Holy Week (passion, death and burial of the Pisces World Teacher) and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Festival), from April 19 to the 23, the long-awaited and discussed Cardinal Cross of Change appears in the sky, composed of Cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, with planets (13-14 degrees) Uranus (in Aries), Jupiter (in Cancer), Mars (in Libra) and Pluto (in Capricorn), an actual geometrical square or cross configuration. Cardinal signs mark the seasons of change, initiating new realities.
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