Ozomatli and Gina Rene
Friday, Nov. 18
Henry Mello Center
250 Beach St., Watsonville
Tickets: $21/$25 at www.livefromthemello.com.
Normally, we don't recommend things out of town, but there is a local connection. The opening act is Gina Rene, sister of X Factor contestant Chris Rene, who is in the Top 9 and on his way to being the next James Durbin. Gina also appeared on the nationally-televised Simon Cowell-owned TV show. Ozomatli, meanwhile, is one of the great Latin fusion bands today. And it's great to have another venue in the county. Shows at the Mello have been few and far between lately, probably because it serves no alcohol.
Christian Life Center
1009 Mission St.
Friday, Nov 18th – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov 19th – 3:00pm, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12 students; $15 at the door. Online here.
The Chronicles of Narnia, a book, a movie and now a musical, is filled with creatures and spirits of myth and fable, both good and evil, demonic and transcendent. This is a family-friendly presentation packed with kid performers.
Radical Craft Night
705 Front Street
Friday, Nov. 18
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Challenge your traditional notions of craft with a night of workshops, demonstrations, performances, music and creating unusual projects at the MAH. Local crafters will be showcasing woodcut 3D canvases, large-scale collaborative collage storybooks and unsual electronics.
Stephen Stills with Pegi Young and the Survivors
1011 Pacific Ave
Saturday Nov. 19
Tickets: 8 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave.
Tickets: $33/adv, $38/door. Online here.
Lucky for Santa Cruz, Stephen Stills has a sister who lives here. So every year around this time he stops by for a blistering show at the Catalyst.
The Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills and Nash member has played surprisingly well the last three times through. Maybe it shouldn't be a surprise after more than 40 years of great songwriting and performing, but as one of his friends sings, rust never sleeps, so we worry.
Speaking of which, many in the audience will be hoping that friend makes an appearance, especially since his wife is the opening act. They play tonight at the Regency in San Francisco and we will have a report on Patch by morning about whether there was a Stills/Neil Young reunion there.
UPDATE: Neil Young showed up and played with Pegi and then Pegi played with Stills. They sang "Long May You Run" together. Stills and Young didn't play together.
2nd Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading
Sunday, Nov. 20, 1-3 p.m.
McHenry Library Marcus Exhibit at McHenry Library.
3 p.m. Poetry Reading, UCSC Music Recital Hall 1156 High St., Free. Info: www.mortonmarcus.com.
In some places poetry may have gone the way of, oh, trains or TV that uses an antenna. Not Santa Cruz, where thanks to two great colleges, the classics live on and new ones develop.
Poets who will read Sunday include: Kay Ryan with Gary Young, Jeff Tagami and Shirley Ancheta.