If you can’t find something fun to do locally this weekend, you might want to get your eyes checked. There’s a plethora of events taking place, from live music to theater to art sales and much more. Here’s a sampling of the events I’d be hitting up if I could manage to be in multiple places at one time.
Food, Farms and Family: Friday from 7 to 9:30 p.m., the Springfield Grange will host a night of documentary films produced in the social documentation master’s program at UC Santa Cruz. Co-hosted by the Watsonville Film Festival, the night will feature free screenings of four short films under the name of “Food, Farms and Family” that focus on the themes of food justice, migration and families, communities and empowerment, and working toward a sustainable future. The Springfield Grange is at the corner of Werner and Hall roads in Pajaro.
Del the Funky Homo Sapien: Oakland’s underground hip hop innovator comes to the Catalyst Friday, with guests Breakadawn Juan, Toast and Bukue One. Tickets are $19 at the door. The show begins at 9 p.m., doors at 8 p.m.
Cabaret: Rebecca’s at the Tannery holds its monthly chat noir-style cabaret Friday from 8 to 10 p.m., with signups beginning at 7. Any performance style is welcome.
Little Peoples Repertory Theater: This Ben Lomond-based children’s theater group opened its summer season this week with a play called “Alice’s Avengers in Underland,” which manages to combine “Alice in Wonderland” with a touch of 1960s Batman action. Shows will be held this weekend on Friday and Saturday and again next weekend at Park Hall in Ben Lomond.
We Seek, They Seek: Artist Eve Warnock will share pieces from her series of films titled “Seekago” Friday at the Museum of Art and History on Front Street. She’ll begin her performance at 7 p.m. in the museum’s atrium with animated sculptures and then hit the street at 7:30 p.m. for a parade down Pacific Avenue and then back to the atrium. More information about the free performance available on the MAH’s website.
Bands at the Boardwalk: Tonight’s bands at the boardwalk series features Berlin at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. The free shows are guaranteed to take your breath away. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
Bonny Doon Studio Tour: The annual Bonny Doon Studio Tour returns Saturday and Sunday with 27 artists at 18 locations. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., their studios will be open to visitors, and many artists will be doing demonstrations. All tours are free.
Old-Fashioned Picnic: On Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., the Museum of Art and History will host a family picnic at Evergreen Cemetery. The event will feature old-fashioned games, ice cream, music and storytelling. It’s being done potluck-style so all attendees should bring a main dish, side dish, salad or dessert relevant to summertime.
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. It runs from 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 Siwa and Damascus. The performance starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, reservations are suggested.
Dance Party: On Saturday, Rebecca’s at the Tannery hosts a dance party featuring the Latin stylings of Flor de Cana and Sofrito from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is by donation, with a suggestion of $5-$10.
The Corporation: The 2013 Summer Food for Thought Film Series continues Saturday with a screening of the documentary “The Corporation” at 3 p.m. at the Aptos Branch of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, 7965 Soquel Dr. in Aptos.
Wharf to Wharf: Registration for the annual race from Santa Cruz to Capitola is now closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a spectator. More than50 bands, singers, dancers, drummers and other performers will be entertaining the crowd along the six-mile race route. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
Cabrillo Stage: Cabrillo Stage’s summer performances continue this weekend with showings of “La Cage Aux Folles” (the inspiration for the movie “The Birdcage,”) the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “Oklahoma,” and “Escaping Queens.” “Oklahoma” opens Friday at 7:30 p.m., “Escaping Queens” opened Thursday night and “La Cage Aux Folles” continues through Aug. 11.
Shakespeare Santa Cruz: It’s the first weekend of Shakespeare Santa Cruz’ 2013 season, beginning with “The Taming of the Shrew.” Performances will be held Friday at 8 p.m., at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online here.
Big Basin: There’s a weekend full of family-friendly events being held in Big Basin State Park, including storytelling around the campfire Saturday night and logging stories shared by a docent. Santa Cruz Patch has the full list here.