20 Jun 19
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Food Truck Summer Series: A new monthly food truck experience in Downtown Santa Cruz starting Friday. From 5-9 p.m. stop by Pacific Avenue between Water and Locust streets for family fun, local food vendors, local bands and kids’ activities. Visit http://www.downtownsantacruz.com/event/food-truck-summer-series/2019-06-21.
“School of Rock”: Enjoy watching a favorite movie right on the beach with the world-famous Giant Dipper roller coaster lights twinkling overhead and the smell of Kettlecorn, corn dogs and salt water taffy filling the air, 9 p.m. Main Beach, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Bring family, a blanket or low back chair to enjoy the free screening. Visit beachboardwalk.com.
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition Qualifier: Come early for the free movie on the beach and watch competitors eat as many hot dogs as possible in 10 minutes to qualify for the Nathan’s Famous competition in July, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Top male and top female finishers will be invited to compete at the ESPN-televised finals July 4 at the original Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island. Visit beachboardwalk.com.
Watercolor Florals: Paint a pretty watercolor floral bouquet with artist Jessica Pidcock. Enjoy some creative R&R while being guided step-by-step to paint a decorative floral arrangement with watercolors, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, All Hands Workshops, 514A Front St., Santa Cruz. This workshop is for all skill levels. Participants will learn the basic strokes and shapes needed to paint various kinds of flowers and leaves, move from painting individual flowers to composing a painted bouquet or wreath, experiment with wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry watercolor techniques, go over how to mix custom colors. No experience required. Cost: $50. Register in advance at http://www.allhandsworkshops.com.
Pride Comedy Night: A LGBT comedy fest featuring a very funny, diverse, eclectic array of Bay Area, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz-based comedians who span a few generations of comedy. This multicultural (Latina, African American, Asian American, Jewish) line up consists of Marga Gomez, Sampson McCormick, Kim Luke (Santa Cruz only), and Lisa Geduldig, 8 p.m. Saturday, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. Tickets: $25-$30. Visit http://www.kuumbwajazz.org.
Bird Language Brunch: Jeff Caplan, a naturalist and a teacher of communication skills, will teach the Bird Language. Caplan has led bilingual classes and walks for the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, the UCSC Bird School Project and Watsonville Wetlands Watch. Internationally, he has given workshops and keynotes in Malaysia and in the Amazon jungles of Ecuador. Caplan combines storytelling, citizen science, and strengthening observation skills to inspire connection and stewardship among his audiences. India Joze is cooking vegan, gluten free, meaty and other brunch options as guests connect and share stories with other birders, 418 Front St., Santa Cruz. Tickets: $12-$80. Visit http://www.downtownsantacruz.com.
Smash Mouth: Formed in San Jose in 1994, Smash Mouth has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Along with their No. 1 hits “Walkin’ on the Sun” and “All Star,” they have consistently impacted radio with other hits like “Then the Morning Comes,” “Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby,” and a cover of The Monkees’ classic “I’m a Believer,” which was prominently featured on the Shrek soundtrack. Having established itself as the ultimate California party band, the vibe surrounding Smash Mouth is all about having fun. Two free shows at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.Visit beachboardwalk.com.
Eric Alexander Quartet with Special Guest Eric Reed: Boasting a warm, finely burnished tone and a robust melodic and harmonic imagination, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander has been exploring new musical worlds from the outset. He started out on piano as a 6-year-old, took up clarinet at 9, switched to alto sax when he was 12, and converted to tenor when jazz became his obsession during his one year at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, 7 p.m. Monday, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. Tickets: $26.50-$31.50. Visit http://www.kuumbwajazz.org.
Cécile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner: Cécile McLorin Salvant won the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. In just under the span of a decade she has evolved from a darling of jazz critics and fans, to a multi-Grammy Award winner, to a prescient and fearless voice in music today. Her newest release, “The Window,” a Grammy-winning album of duets with pianist Sullivan Fortner – explores and extends the tradition of the piano-vocal duo and its expressive possibilities. With Fortner’s deft accompaniment to support McLorin Salvant, the two are free to improvise and rhapsodize, to play freely with time, harmony, melody, and phrasing. Two shows 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. Tickets: $31.50-$36.75. Visit http://www.kuumbwajazz.org.
ARTS & GALLERIES
Woodies on the Wharf: Celebrate the 25th Annual Woodies on the Wharf with a special kick-off event from 5:30-8 p.m. in downtown Santa Cruz, 101 Cooper St. Drop-in to make a one-of-a-kind Shoebox Ukelele. Explore 25 years of Woodie memorabilia with a special one-day pop-up exhibition. Get up close to 20 Woodies parked along Cooper Street and up in Abbott Square. Visit santacruzmah.org/events/woodies/2019/06/21.
Author Event: Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes back Cara Black to celebrate “Murder in Bel Air,” the latest book in her bestselling Aimée Leduc series, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, 1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. Black’s riveting 19th installment in her Parisian detective series entangles private investigator Aimée Leduc in a dangerous web of international spycraft, post-colonial Franco-African politics, and neighborhood secrets in Paris’s 12th arrondissement. Black is the author of 19 books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into several languages. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently. Visit http://www.downtownsantacruz.com.
‘Mermaid Madonna: Tales of a Crisis’: ‘Mermaid Madonna,’ written and directed by local playwright Stephanie Golino, is a dynamic and poetic portrayal of the effects of an actual global event: the arrival of tremendous numbers of refugees, most fleeing the war in Syria, to a small fishing village on the island of Lesvos, Greece in 2015. The extraordinary response of the people of the village inspired the nomination of a grandmother and a fisherman for the Nobel Peace Prize. Performances are June 14-23 at Center Stage Theater, 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz. Tickets: $15-$30. Visit http://www.mermaidmadonna.com.
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