As of Friday morning at 4 a.m, the forecasted likelihood of rain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday fluctuated only between 80 and 100 percent.
Snuggling up with a good book sounds like a luxurious weekend plan, but you may not want to miss one of the following events—which, with the exception of the hike details optimistically thrown in, will all be happening whether or not it's pouring out there.
*FRIDAY, NOV 16*
It's Third Friday at the Museum, which is almost as good as First Friday, and sometimes better. This month, "Radical Craft Night" makes a comeback. Did anyone go to the first one?
WHERE: The Muesum of Art and History on Front Street in Santa Cruz.
WHAT TO EXPECT: A hands on night of workshops, demonstrations, performances and music by West Coast performance and music ensemble, Corpus Callosum. (Yes, they named themselves after the largest white matter structure in the brain.)
Also expect a participatory performance of a Kecak Monkey Chant (Kecak: a form of vocal percussion and dance originating in Bali), plus origami lantern making, yo-yos, sock monsters and much, much more.
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 15 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
COST: $5 general, $3 members.
The 14th annual co-production by Shakespeare Santa Cruz and the UCSC Theater Arts Depratment. Honk! is a "rollicking musical commedy" that retells the story "The Ugly Duckling" by Hans Christian Andersen. When is the last time you thought about that story?
WHERE: Mainstage Theater at the UCSC's Performing Arts Center.
WHEN: Opens Friday, Nov. 16 - Dec. 9. Show times vary between 1 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. View Show Times and Buy Tickets.
BONUS: Here's a link to a ticket giveaway. Good luck!
*SATURDAY, NOV. 17*
The Great 88's Ultimate Music Sale a attracts of vendors from all over the Bay Area. A tradition for over a decade. You can RSVP and chat with those attending about what albums you'd elbow them in the eye for on the Facebook Invitation.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Rare collectibles, bargain-priced vinyl and CDS, and the legendary tables of no item over 25 cents
WHERE: KZSC Radio Sation at UCSC. (Park at Merrill College for free!
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 17. Doors open at 10 a.m.
COST: Free to park and browse!
A community celebration of the public ownership of the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line, the 32-mile rail corridor that stretches from Watonville to the Westside of Santa Cruz.
(Read the full story of railroad purchase plus an interesting piece of Aptos-in-the-60's history, involving a woman who tied herself to the railroad tracks.
"Whistle Stops" are Rain or Shine:
9 a.m. - 10 a.m., at the old depot at Beach and Walker Streets in Watsonville.
10 a.m. - 11 a.m., at the "Aptos Station" near the Bayview Hotel in Aptos.
11 a.m. - Noon., next to the old train depot at Monterey and Park Avenues in Capitola.
Noon - 1 p.m., behind Simpkins Family Swim Center in Live Oak, and
1 p.m. to 6 p.m., off Ignalls street, between Swift Street and Fair Avenue on Santa Cruz's Westside.
COST: Free to watch.
Hey, does anyone know if this train will be making regular runs?
HOLIDAY PORTRAIT SESSIONS
Self, family and pet potraits by a student of Art Photography at Cabrillo College! Cabrillo College Shutterbugs present this fundraiser for the Art Photography Department. The holidays are coming up.
WHERE: Visual Applied and Performing Arts Complex (VAPA on lower campus) Room 2022.
WHEN: Sat, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m - 4 p.m.
COST: $35 for a portrait sitting.
BOOK: email Cabrilloholidayphoto@gmail.com or call 831-607-9046 to book your session before they are booked up.
TAKE A HIKE
If it's not raining on Saturday: there are several different history and nature-loving events being presented by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, including: Cooking in the Mission Santa Cruz, Pigeon Point Light Station Historic Park's 140th Anniversary Celebration, Wildflower and Redwood Loop Walks at Big Basin State Park, Tour of the Grey Whale Ranch Area and Living History Demonstration Tours at Wilder Ranch State Park, and tours of the Monarch Grove at Natural Bridges State Park. (Yes, they go through January!)
COST: All hikes are FREE!
Santa Cruz's long-lost comedy troupe, Planet Cruz Comedy, led by comedian Richard Stockton is reappearing in Santa Cruz.
WHERE: Their opening show after a two-year hiatus is at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz.
WHEN: Saturday, Nov 17 at 8 p.m.
COST: $15/adv, @20/door.
READ: an interview with Richard Stockton on Patch.
*SUNDAY, NOV. 18*
African singer and song writer (and one of The Guardian's 2011 Top 100 Most Inspiring women in the World) touches down at the Rio Theater this Sunday to warm Santa Cruz with her music.
"World music," according to the Benin-born singer/songwriter, is not a good description of what she does. "We all live in the same world," she explains. ..."We are all African," Kidjo says with certainty. "There is something in everyone that can relate to Africa."
WHERE: Rio Theater in Santa Cruz
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 18. Show time 7:30 p.m. (Rio's show times are sharp!) Doors at 6:30 p.m.
COST: $45 for "Gold Circle" $30 General Admissions. Buy tickets at Logos Books and Records or at kuumbwajazz.inticketing.com.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR (This is Saturday AND Sunday)
3rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair in Marina. ArtsyFartsy Neckflair will be there! Read more about the artist Roberta Lee Woods and her wax barn.
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 & 18 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Did we miss your event? Tell us about it in the comments!