GET OUT: A Man at Work, First Friday, Next Generation Dead

Also hear world-renowned classical pianist Yevgeny Sudbin and take a First Saturday Arboretum Tour at UCSC

                                   Friday, April 5th

What:  Colin Hay

When:  8 p.m.;  Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Where:  Rio Theatre

Cost:  $23/advance tickets through Ticketweb

Why Go:  Former front man and lead vocalist Colin Hay of 'Men at Work,' whose hits include Who Can it Be Now? and Down Under will perform live and may even deliver a comedy performance.  "Hay is funnier than most stand-up comedians....," says The Houston Chronicle.


What: Grahame Lesh & Friends, Scary Little Friends, Johanna Lefever

When: 9 p.m.

Where: The Crepe Place

Why Go: The first of the second generation Dead bands, Phil Lesh's son plays jam band material based on country, soul, folk, rock. Besides playing with his Dad, his own band has been a regular at Marin's Deadhead club, Terrapin Crossroads.

Cost:  $10/door


What: Be part of a video art project about Santa Cruz. See story here.

When: 2-9 p.m.

Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Cost: Your soul. Free.


What:  A Figurative Affair

When:  5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where:  R. Blitzer Gallery, 2801 Mission St.

Cost:  Charity Donation

Why Go:  The human figure is the theme at this annual event.  Twenty well known local artists will present their sculptures and paintings in a striking display of figurative pieces.   Painters include Santa Cruz County 2013 Artist of the year  Susana Arias along with sculptors Carol Bowie, Robert Bitzer, Lisa Silas, and Lila Klapman.


What:  Distinguished Artists Concert Series with world-renowned classical Russian Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin

When:  8 p.m.

Where:  900 High St.

Cost:  $16 - $35

Why Go:  "This concert is the highlight of our schedule and an unprecedented opportunity for our community," says DACS Director Dr. John Orlando.  "Yevgeny is a rare pianist, perhaps among the top two or three in the world."


                                 Saturday, April 6th

What:  First Saturday Arboretum Tours at the University of California Santa Cruz

When:  11 a.m.

Where:  1156 High Street; western entrance off of Empire Grade

Cost:  $5 adults/$2 kids

Why Go:  A local ecosytem for Native Flora from around the world.  Check out what's blooming now and see a Butterfly attraction in the new Butterfly Gardens.


What:  Last Chance Trail

When:  12 p.m.

Where:  Big Basin State Park Headquarters

Cost:  Free;  Parking $10

Why Go:  This discreet trail is well covered in lush ferns, a stream, and scenic cliff formations. Docent Doreen Devorah leads this three-hour, four-mile hike and all ages are welcome.  Pack your own lunch and bring water.  Rain cancels.


What:  Stormin' Norman & the Cyclones

When:  9:30 p.m.

Where:  Crow's Nest

Cost:  $7/door

Why Go:  This country/rock band is a local favorite.


                                Sunday, April 6th

What:  Watercolor Show - Best of the Central Coast

When:  Reception;  2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where:  Santa Cruz Art League;  526 Broadway

Cost:  Free Gallery Exhibit

Why Go:  Talented Central Coast's S.C. Watercolor Society, display their 'collection of outstanding watercolors,' per their invitation.


What:  Horse Tails

When:  11:30 a.m.

Where:  Big Basin State Park Headquarters

Cost:  Free;  Parking $10

Why Go:  Don't miss an opportunity to meet Bellarose the horse.  Learn how early settlers, lumber and tanning industries, and Spanish explorers used horses and how they were an important part of early Big Basin history.  Docents Peggy O'Shea and Maura McNamara lead the fun.



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