.Things to do in Santa Cruz for the Week of July 12 – 17, 2023


Adrea Castiano Presents: Singin’ For Santa Cruz – A Thursday benefit concert for the Santa Cruz County Disaster Fund, supporting those impacted by recent floods and other disasters. The concert features an all-star group of local artists, including Tammi Brown, Taylor Rae, Adrea Castiano, Mak Nova, Trianna Feruza, Alexandra The Author and August Lee Stevens. Show is at Moe’s Alley, Doors: 7pm / Show: 8pm; $20 advance / $25 day of the show (ticket sales donated to the fund)

1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

CHRIS WEBSTER & NINA GERBER house concert with the Bezhenar sisters from Ukraine Here’s a really special treat. Great local and world musicians in a quiet studio setting. It’s Friday at 8:00pm at Wind River Studios in the Happy Valley area. Chris Webster is a soul singer, whose voice conveys a passion that connects with the longings of her audience. Maria Muldour described Nina Gerber as “the epitome of a perfect musician! It is so Zen the way she perfectly under-girds and complements whatever music is at hand.”Here’s the rub: You have to buy tickets to get the secret address. Link to tickets is on Eventbrite.

It’s Friday at 8pm and $30

ACID KING w/ MAMMATUS If it looks like stoner rock and sounds like stoner rock…wow what a night this will be. (why why why the same night as the last Dead & Co shows? Well, this is cheaper…a bargain for this flight.) Bathed in distortion and baptized in a plume of smoke, Acid King has received widespread critical acclaim.

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Mammatus has been conjuring up a heavy blend of riff laden, space trippin, proggy, hazy far out rock and roll for 10 years. They formed in the shadows of the Santa Cruz Mountains in 2005. Their wizard and dragon themed self titled debut LP became a cult classic among the stoner rock crowd. Saturday, Moe’s Alley, Doors: 8:00 pm /Show: 9:00 pm.

1535 Commercial Way. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door

HUNCHBACK CHAT Cabrillo Theater’s Hunchback of Notre Dame has gotten rave reviews (see our review in this issue!) But on Sunday there’s a real treat for insiders and curious fans. The cast and directors are giving a 45-minute talk after the Sunday matinee from 4:15-5pm. Come ask questions and get the inside scoop. It’s priceless and worth a fortune…but it’s free.

Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos


HOP N’ BARLEY Santa Cruz’s only beer festival takes place at Scotts Valley’s Skypark Saturday and Sunday and has something for everyone. 

You want beer? 

In its 13th year, Hop n’ Barley will feature more than 50 craft breweries, 10 cideries, delicious local eats, live music, lawn games, and more. Hop N’ Barley is kid-friendly and dog-friendly, so the whole family is invited.

 There will be classic VWs and two stages of live music. Sunday is called Farmer and Flea and will feature a rogue market where anyone can bring any crafts to sell.  Tickets are $51.79 for Saturday drinkers and $12 for designated drivers. Sunday admission is $10. The event is 11am to 5pm both days. Tickets & info at www.hopnbarley.org.  

361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley

TALES to TAILS gives kids a fun audience to read to. Yup, dogs. Therapy dogs. Whose brilliant idea was this? Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Capitola Library to be attentive, neutral reading partners for children reading aloud. The dogs are available on an appointment first basis. Each slot is approximately 20 minutes with a 10 minute transition period to the next participant. If you have questions, e-mail ra*****@sa*********.org . Call 831-427-7713 to make an appointment. It’s every other Sunday, including this one, from 12:30pm to 2pm. Free.

2005 Wharf Road

BOAT TOUR OF LOCH LOMOND RESERVOIR gives you a ranger-led tour Sunday from 11am to noon of our most important water resource. Tours are free of charge and available on a first come, first served basis. Sign up for tours in the Park Store.

Loch Lomond Recreation Area,100 Loch Lomond Way, Ben Lomond.

Info:(831) 335-7424


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