Once again I’m finding myself with the same #firstworldproblem — there’s just too much I want to do this weekend and not enough time to do it all. But if I could, here’s a sampling of all the things I would want to go to this weekend.
Theater: Cabrillo Stage’s “La Cage Aux Folles” continues this weekend with a show Saturday at 2 p.m. This musical comedy tells the 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 2 through Aug. 11.
Art That Moves: The fine folks at the Museum of Art and History have a very cool show planned for tonight called “Art that Moves” from 4 to 8 p.m. This family-friendly event will celebrate the art of motion. You’ll be able to watch a steamroller drive over woodblocks to make custom prints, make giant bubbles, check out spin bike art and kinetic sculptures, learn some dance moves, take a yoga workshop and more. Admission is $5 general, $3 for students and kids.
Boardwalk bands: Tonight’s bands at the Boardwalk concerts features Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven. The free shows are at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. I’m hoping they play “Big Dipper”!
Battle of the Bands: The first-ever Santa Cruz Music Festival kicks off this weekend and Saturday afternoon features a teen battle of the bands from 1 to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the downtown Santa Cruz public library. Oh, and it’s free.
Muddy Mountain Music Fest: The Santa Cruz Mountain Arts Center is holding a music fest Sunday to raise money for its ceramics department, featuring local groups including Amee Chapman and the Coffis Brothers. It’s at the Mountain Art Center from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. It’s being held at the art center, 9341 Mill St in Ben Lomond.
Hack the Museum: Eighty museum professionals from around the country spent part of last week collaborating on new exhibitions themed around works in the collection of the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz. Their finished creations have been cleaned up a bit, shined and perfected and will be revealed tonight at a special opening at the museum from 5 to 9 p.m. It should be awesome!
Santa Cruz Musical Festival: The first Santa Cruz Musical Festival takes place Saturday with some 100 bands playing at numerous venues throughout downtown Santa Cruz. I cannot even begin to plan which shows I want to hit up, but fortunately, my colleagues at the Santa Cruz Weekly have taken a major one for the team and plotted it all out for ya.
Stand-up Comedy: Every Sunday, the Crow’s Nest presents three live comedians.
Fringe Fest: There’s still two more days to catch some of the amazing talent featured in this year’s Santa Cruz Fringe Festival. Don’t miss out on Friday and Saturday’s shows!
Movies at the Mission: The second installment of the Movies at the Mission Adobe series takes place Saturday and features that 80s classic, “The Karate Kid.” Movie starts at 7 p.m. Bring blankets and snacks; hot dogs, popcorn and other goodies will be available for purchase.
IMP: IMP returns to Rebecca’s at the Tannery Saturday for a night of improv inspired by poetry and poetry inspired by improv. Starting at 7 p.m., the performance features live improv sets inspired by poems from the Santa Cruz national slam poetry team. Rebecca’s is located in the Tannery at 1060 River St. in Santa Cruz. Admission is by donation with a suggestion of $5-$10.
Beer and movies: New Belgium Brewing brings the Clips Beer and Film to the Wrigley building parking lot at 7:30 p.m. Friday. There will be beer tastings and short films created by fans. Admission is free, 3-ounce samples are $1.25 each.
Day at the Beach: Shared Adventures Santa Cruz is a chapter of the U.S. Paralympic organization, which promotes opportunities for those with physical disabilities to participate in activities like kayaking, outrigger canoeing and diving. More than 250 people will take part in Saturday’s event at Cowell’s Beach from noon to 5 p.m.
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 Isadorah amd Shahina. The performance starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, reservations are suggested.