I keep finding myself with the best kind of problem – there are just too many events that sound interesting and not enough time in one weekend to check them all out. If I did, however, here’s a list of all the stuff I’d try to get to. Enjoy the weekend lovely readers!
Antiques Faire: The downtown Antiques Faire returns this Sunday, promising plenty of vendors along Lincoln Avenue until 4 p.m. Looking for the perfect vintage teapot? You just might find it here.
Crepe Place Anniversary: Seabright’s own Crepe Place celebrates its 40th anniversary Saturday with a full-on party featuring Harry & the Hit Men and Dan P and the Bricks. The fun begins at 6 p.m. and there’s no cover.
Slime Girls: OK, tonight’s performance at the Crepe Place just sounds too weird not to include. Slime Girls are described as “the secret shoujo chiptune life of Pedro Invader. From the wastelands of central California comes a distorted pulsewave assault of Nintendo gameboys, guitars and energetic drums. Sometimes fast, lush and loud punk rock, other times melancholy surf jams, sometimes ever danceable ska, yet always tied together with an electronic wash of melodic chip music. Alternatively: just some sorta’ loud chiptune punk anime junk.” I have no idea what this all means, but you can check it out tonight at 9 p.m.
Waiters Race: Soif’s annual waiters’ race will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. he Soif Waiter’s Race. Waiters will show off their best moves in a fun, silly race at 1 p.m. at Pacific and Walnut in downtown Santa Cruz.
Rio Shows: It’s a weekend of oldies but goodies at the Rio. Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn performs Friday night at 8 p.m. Former Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna musician Jorma Kaukonen performs Saturday at the Rio at 8 p.m. He’ll be joined by our own local performer, Keith Greeninger.
Hack the Museum: Eighty museum professionals from around the country have been collaborating for the past couple of days at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz to create entirely new exhibitions themed around works in the MAH’s collection. From 5 – 9 p.m. Friday, there will be a soft opening of their efforts. Come check it out!
La Cage aux Folles: Cabrillo Stage’s summer series kicks off tonight with a performance of Harvey Fierstein’s “La Cage Aux Folles,”a musical comedy about a story of a flamboyant gay couple—Georges, the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and Albin, his romantic partner and star attraction—and the farcical adventures that ensue when Georges’ son brings home his fiancee’s ultra-conservative parents to meet them. The show runs from July 12 through Aug. 11. Tickets available here.
Blitzen Trapper: (((folkYEAH!)) brings Portland’s Blitzen Trapper to Don Quixote’s in Felton tonight at 9 p.m. The band has earned accolades from critics all over for their unique blend of experimental country and folk music. Seattle’s indie pop band The Quiet Ones open. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Eat some tacos, sip some tequila and enjoy some tunes!
Roller Derby: The Santa Cruz Derby Girls return home to the Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz Saturday with our hometown ladies, the Boardwalk Bombshells, taking on the Redwood Rollers from the Humboldt Roller Derby league. Doors at 6:30 p.m., intros at 7:15 p.m. and bout at 7:30 p.m. Tickets here.
Art Market: Every Saturday during the month of July, the Museum of Art and History will host an outdoor summer art market in Abbott Square in downtown Santa Cruz. You can come check out what local artists are creating and bringing home an incredible piece for yourself. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bellydancing Brunch: Enjoy some delicious breakfast crepes and a Bloody Mary in the garden of the Crepe Place Saturday while watching the exotic bellydancing skills of Jordan and Hassan Deeb. The performance starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, reservations are suggested.
Blue Oyster Cult: Don’t fear the reaper…and don’t forget your cowbell because tonight’s bands at the Boardwalk series features Blue Oyster Cult. Free shows at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.