Third Friday: Music at the MAH
Music fans will be hard-pressed to beat the value here. Five bucks for, oh, 20 or so great artists, including Jayme Kelly Curtis, the Dulcimer Girls, the Dusty Porch Project, the Found Object Electric Guitar Band, the Hau Nui Polynesian Dance Company, to name a few.
Be careful not to trip over any ukulele players. And, in keeping with the musuem's theme of participatory art, you can redesign record covers with Streetlights Records artists and mess around with instruments, sheet music, Cds and cassette tapes to turn them into art. Is there a better museum in the country to hang out in on a Friday night? I don't think so.
Tickets $16.50/$18 at the door
This is a look at one of the great inventors of our time by a Santa Cruz actor portraying him. It's gotten fantastic reviews. Here's a good story by the Sentinel's Wallace Baine about it.
UFOs and their Spiritual Mission
301 Center St.
"Unprecedented numbers of UFO sightings all over the world. Brilliant liminary objects shining in the sky - crop circles appearing overnight. The growing people's voice calling for economic justice and sharing. Is there a relation between these events and the emergence of the World Teacher into our everyday world?"
That's on the poster announcing the speech and film by McNair Ezzard, who appears at the community center Saturday. It should be at least unusual.
1525 Commercial Way
$20 advance/$25 door
There is almost no quenching the fire for Grateful Dead-associated bands in Santa Cruz. Those who were there have the nostalgia, those who weren't hope to catch a glimmer of what made four decades of the world's greatest touring band so great.
Melvin Seals gave Jerry Garcia a funky side, letting Jerry's guitar soar over a big valley of Hammond B3. If you are jonesing for your fix of the spirit of Casey Jones, this is the ticket.
Fred Eaglesmith lives off the grid--literally. This Canadian singer/songwriter has built his own solar and wind powered ranch and has his Northern Fortress of Solitude, where he can escape between tours.
He's got whimsical and serious songs, placing him somewhere between Jonathan Richman and Bruce Springsteen. And he's got devoted fans, who call themselves Fredheads and go to every show. If you haven't seen him, you will thank me for telling you to do so.