FRIDAY MAY 3
What: We are Santa Cruz
When: 8 p.m.
How Much: Donation, buy a comemorative shirt or poster.
Why: This is the big one: the day the art project that was made by thousands of Santa Cruzers comes to life. The windows of the Rittenhouse Building downtown will become giant movie screens with Santa Cruzans walking by and showing why they love the city. This is the kind of project that puts art on the map. The exhibit, done by IMPACT Productions, will run every night for months afterwards.
What: Valerie McNeal Art
Where: India Joze Restaurant
When: 7 p.m.
Why: An opening of bright, modern art by a cool artist.
What: Kickoff for Bicycle Week
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
When: 5-9 p.m.
Why: Celebrate all things bicycle with art, music, bike blended margaritas, and make your own art.
With music by Sherry Austin and Henhouse, this kickoff also features:
· Complimentary valet bike parking
· A pop-up parklet on Front Street for relaxing after riding
· Free 15 minute massages for cyclists
· Free Face Painting
· Chalk Art Drawing
· Student Art Displays from Bay View Elementary and Spring Hill students
· Custom-Built Bike Gazing (featuring Calfee Designs, Frances Cycles, and Rock Lobster)
· Spin-Art Spoke Card Making
· Bike Decoration Stations – Flowers, Streamers, Glitter, and more
· Kinetic Bike Sculptures
· Bike Part Jewelry
· Bike Inspired Clothing
· Bike-Blended Margaritas
SATURDAY MAY 4
What: Free Comic Book Day
Where: Atlantis Fantasyworld, Comicopolis
Cost: FREE, thus the name.
Why: This is an annual promotion to get people to go shopping at comic book stores (like they need a promotion?) The stores give away specially-released issues for one day, including Superman, Archie, and more. See the list here.
And lest we forget, the best promotion of all comes out the day before: Iron Man 3.
What: Bohemian Rhapsodies, with the Santa Cruz Symphony
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
When: 8 p.m.
Why: Rebecca Miller is the last of five guest conductors seeking to be the new symphony leader. The current leader of London's New Professionals Orchestra, she will conduct Dvorak’s “Sixth Symphony” and Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto.” The symphony will also perform Sunday afternoon at Watsonville's Mello Center.
What: Cowboy Junkies
Where: Rio Theatre
When: 8 p.m.
Why: Whatever they are calling it now, these Canadians started back when it was called alt.country and they have the tasteful touch of countrified rock with an experimental edge. Check this video of them doing Neil Young on this tour. Here's another. You can't go wrong with this show in a clean-sounding theater.
SUNDAY MAY 5
What: Santa Cruz Derby Girls Doubleheader
When: 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $10/$12 Buy here.
Why: See the Derby Girls two teams play. At 12:30 the Derby Girls Groms Saltwater Sassies vs Humboldt Roller Derby Redwood Saplings. At 2:30 its the Derby Girls Seabright Sirens vs. West Coast Derby Knockouts.