Event highlights for the week of May 31, 2017
Poetry Reading at Alan Chadwick Garden
Celebrate the garden that helped launch the organic farming and gardening movement in the U.S. with Alan Chadwick Garden’s 50th anniversary. This year’s festival will feature an afternoon of poetry and music from noon to 2:30 p.m. Folk harp player Shelley Phillips, the 2017 Santa Cruz Artist of the Year, will play, and nine regional poets—including Angel Dominguez, Michael Hannon, and Persis Karim—will read their work.
Info: Noon – 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Alan Chadwick Garden, 245 McLaughlin Drive, Santa Cruz. casfs.ucsc.edu. Free.
Join forces with Santa Cruzans to cheer on the local LGBTQ community for the biggest pride parade on the Central Coast. In this queer visibility action, local organizations, allies, supportive groups, churches, candidates, ensembles, parents, performers and children show pride, enthusiasm and love. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m., followed by a festival from noon until 4 p.m. featuring dance, vendors, spoken word artists, musicians, food trucks and a kids’ space. All ages are welcome for this family-friendly Pride event.
Info: 11 a.m. Sunday, June 4. Pacific Ave. & Church St., Santa Cruz. santacruzpride.org. Free.
The Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery presents their 31st annual Irwin Scholarship Award exhibition. UCSC’s most promising emerging artists from the art department will showcase paintings and photos that transcend the boundaries of 2D representation while video and audio works will create a more intimate experience between spectator and artist. The exhibition explores the contemporary consciousness through an unconventional lens, with a rich collection of works that delve into the personal as political, expanding individualized themes into a larger social, political, environmental framework.
Info: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Sesnon Gallery at Porter College, UCSC, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. art.ucsc.edu/sesnon. Free.
Ever find yourself on your lunchbreak, the weather gorgeous, the birds singing, looking for a place to sit outside and bask in the glory of downtown? Finally, the time has come. Four years in the making, the new community plaza and marketplace will soon be open to the public and this Friday, June 2, community members will be able to get a sneak peek. Festivities will kick off with Camille Utterback (above) discussing her work, followed by live music, art activities, yoga classes, and free exhibitions. The evening will conclude with the beginning of the Ebb and Flow Festival.
Info: 5-9 p.m. 705 Front St., Santa Cruz. santacruzmah.org. Free.
Saturday 6/3 – Sunday 6/4
Two stages, 22 bands: the favorite mountain faire for all family members is back for its eighth year on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4. With expansive grassy meadow, shady oak trees and a cooling creekside, the Redwood Mountain Faire offers a faire experience that none else can. With every genre of music represented the faire blends styles and rhythms to provide funds to over 20 Santa Cruz County nonprofits, schools and service organizations. This year’s lineup includes Americana legends and Grammy winners Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin (above) with the Guilty Ones, plus Carolyn Wonderland, Cracker, Katdelic, Poor Man’s Whiskey, and more.
Info: time. Roaring Camp, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton. redwoodmountainfaire.com. $20-$45.