Things to do in Santa Cruz: June 8-14
ART AND MUSIC
AGENTS OF CHANGE: A COLLABORATIVE POETRY PROJECT Santa Cruz Poet Laureate David Allen Sullivan and friends will present “Agents of Change: A Collaborative Poetry Project” at the Downtown Santa Cruz Public Library June 10-September 2. The project features local poets writing about local arts images that relate to the idea of change. “Change can be anything,” the organizers write. “Climate change, personal change, linguistic change, change of mind, political change, spiritual change, weather change, spare change, menopause, the Yi Jing, etc.” On Saturday, June 18, there will be an “Agents of Change” poetry workshop from 11 a.m. to noon, and an art exhibit and poetry reading from noon to 1 p.m. at the Downtown Library. santacruzagentsofchange.wordpress.com.
STEEL HOUSE WITH EDWARD SIMON, SCOTT COLLEY, BRIAN BLADE Pianist Edward Simon, acoustic bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade form jazz powerhouse Steel House. Since meeting in New York, the trio have shared stages and studios, playing many different types of music together. Steel House was formed as a “place dedicated to their shared musical explorations – fiery and earnest, caring and carefree”. $36.75/$42; $21/student. Thursday, June 9, 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. kuumbwajazz.org.
WITCH WITH LIGHTNING WITCH (We Intend To Cause Havoc), led by energetic talent Jagari, is considered the dominant force behind Zamrock, a little-known musical genre born in the early 70s in Zambia, Africa. Zamrock fuses the traditional rhythmic backbone of African tribal music with psych, garage rock, blues and funk resulting in something familiar and completely different from everything else. (Learn more about WITCH). $22/$27 plus fees. Friday, June 10, 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. folkyeah.com.
CHRISTIAN MC BRIDE The six-time Grammy Award-winning bassist/songwriter and host of NPR’s “Jazz Night in America” has recorded as a sideman on over 300 dates. Things changed in 1995 when McBride recorded his bandleader debut. In addition to large-scale gigs with everyone from Chick Corea to George Duke, McBride has served as artist-in-residence and artistic director with organizations including Jazz House Kids, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Jazz Museum of Harlem, and Jazz Aspen. Meanwhile, the Christian McBride Big Band continues to deliver waves of creative flow and accolades. $47.25/$52.50; $26.25/students (7 p.m.) and $36.75/$42; $21/students (9 p.m.). Friday, June 10. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. kuumbwajazz.org.
ALLAH-LAS WITH KOLUMBO Allah-Las singer/guitarist Miles Michaud has fond memories of dropping out of classes with his bandmates in high school. Michaud, drummer Matthew Correia, bassist Spencer Dunham and lead guitarist Pedrum Siadatian were going to hit LA record megastore Amoeba Music. They would scour thousands of records, experiencing moments of clarity, epiphanies, and rock and roll revelations, leading to their authentic cover of The Frantics’ 1966 instrumental “No Werewolf.” $31.50 plus shipping. Friday, June 10, 8 p.m. Rio Theater, 205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. folkyeah.com.
‘PILATES FOR YOUR BETTER SEX LIFE’ Dax Mills’ show premiere is part stand-up, part Pilates and sex tutorial. The introduction explains the basic concepts of Pilates, along with a discussion of the pelvic floor and orgasm. Mills and other residents take photos of the exercises. All participants receive an excerpt from the book for private viewing. $25. Saturday June 11, 8 p.m. Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway Ave, Santa Cruz. [email protected]
LONG BEACH DUB ALLSTARS WITH BURNT PLUS HIJINX Sublime fans unite! Everyone in the “Reunion” iteration of LBDAS is part of the extended Sublime family: Marshall Goodman “Ras MG” on drums, Michael “Miguel” Happoldt on guitar/vocals, Opie Ortiz on vocals, Jack Maness on vocals /guitar/keyboards, Tim Wu on sax/flute/vocals and Edwin Kampwith on bass. If any of these names sound familiar, they are. Sublime’s late great frontman Bradley Nowell often included them in his operatic repertoire. $25/$30 plus fees. Saturday June 11, 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. moesalley.com.
JERRY MILLER BAND The Moby Grape frontman was part of the original San Francisco psych-rock sound spawned by Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s. They played Monterey Pop—Otis Redding followed their set. More than 50 years after Grape’s debut album, Miller is the only original member to have regularly toured and made music since the band’s breakup. However, original Grape Don Stevenson arrives from Canada to join Miller, guitarist Terry Hiatt and Fuzzy drummer John Oxendine on tracks like “Indifference” and “Omaha”. $20. Saturday June 11, 8 p.m. Michael’s on Main, 2591 Main St., Soquel. michaelsonmainmusic.com.
MERCADO FARMERS MARKET The weekly farmer’s market aims to reduce food insecurity and improve access to health resources for families in the Pajaro Valley. The goal is to make shopping as easy as possible and offer healthy choices to everyone. Free. Tuesday, June 14, 2-6 p.m. Pinto Lake Municipal Park, 451 Green Valley Road, Watsonville. pvhealthtrust.org/el-mercado.
WOMENCARE ARM IN ARM This cancer support group is for women with advanced, recurrent or metastatic cancer. See you every Monday on Zoom. Free. Registration required. Monday, June 12, 12:30 p.m. 831-457-2273. womencaresantacruz.org.
CALIFORNIA OPEN HOUSE AT CASTRO ADOBE The first-ever Doors Open California weekend will feature special tours of the interior halls of the two-story adobe, including the famous fandango hall, one of the last remaining interior halls. cocines in California and the lush gardens. Learn about the ongoing adobe restoration and the meticulous creation of 2,400 adobe bricks. Tours also include the history of the Castro family, the vaqueros who worked at the rancho, and lots of information about the Rancho period. (Learn more about the Castro Adobe). $20. Saturday June 11, 10am-4pm. 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville. californiapreservation.org/doca.