‘Santa Cruz Mission: Saving Our Oldest Building’ Lecture
In celebration of the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park’s 25th anniversary, the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks are co-hosting lectures about the Mission’s history. This Thursday, Nov. 17, Cynthia Mathews, Gil Sanchez, and Daryl Allen will tell the many stories of the people of the Mission. The event will include a reception on the patio. Bring warm clothes and lawn chairs.
Info: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St., Santa Cruz. thatsmypark.org. Free.
Robert Lowery Memorial Concert
Celebrate the legacy of local music legend and well-known Delta blues guitarist Robert Lowery, who passed away on the 25th of October. Lowery was a staple in the local blues scene but he made his first major concert appearance in 1974 at the San Francisco Blues Festival. Since then he traveled all of the world to play festivals and concerts, including fellow Arkansas native Bill Clinton’s 1993 inauguration. Locally he backed up Big Mama Thornton and played with Virgil Thrasher. Services will be held at Progressive Baptist Church on Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. followed by a musical celebration on Nov. 20 featuring Lloyd Whitney and friends.
Info: 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. VFW Post 7623, 2259 7th Ave., Santa Cruz. $5 donation appreciated.
Jewel Theatre ‘Next to Normal’
Julie James directs and Lee Ann Payne choreographs this jewel—couldn’t help it—of a three-time Tony Award-winning musical, which takes on the complexities and vulnerabilities of living with bipolar disorder. Originally written by Brian Yorkey in 2008 with music by Tom Kitt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning story follows one mother’s’ struggle to keep her life afloat and not let her bipolar disorder affect her family. Show runs from Nov. 16 to Dec 11.
Info: 7:30 p.m. Colligan Theater at the Tannery Arts Center, 1010 River St., Santa Cruz. $26.
Warren Miller’s ‘Here, There and Everywhere’
When you’ve made 750 sports films, it’s probably safe to say you know what you’re doing. This Thursday, Nov. 17 the ski and snowboarding filmmaker legend Warren Miller returns to Santa Cruz with his book Freedom Found and his film Here, There and Everywhere. See a freeform, freeski adventure in Warren Miller’s 67th snowsports film. Tour Greenland by way of sled dog with Rob Kingwill and Seth Wescott, watch Ingrid Backstrom and Wendy Fisher in Crested Butte, and trail Jess McMillan and Grete Eliassen on a Swiss holiday abroad the Glacier Express.
Info: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. riotheatre.com. $15.
Radical Craft Night
Show off your craftiness with the most interesting and unique crafts in all the land—tri-loom weaving meets taxidermy, beer-brewing plus wood-working, and fruit sculpture with blacksmithing? That’s right, you can get crafty with some wonderfully weird combinations. Demonstrations and workshops at the MAH’s Radical Craft Night include things like making your own puppet with Dr. Mercurio’s Mythical Marvels and Traveling Menagerie. Learn how to use hand-crank or treadle sewing machines, all about The Radical Notion of Getting Along, how to make an origami box, Guatemalan-inspired friendship bracelets or a community cloth on a table loom.
Info: 5-8 p.m., Museum of Art & History, 715 Front St., Santa Cruz. santacruzmah.org. $3-$5.
MCT ‘Other Desert Cities’ Opening Reception
When Brooke returns to her family home in Palm Springs for the first Christmas in six years, she brings with her the memoir she’s about to publish which tells the story of her older brother’s never-discussed suicide. The resulting tumult leads to profound questions about obligations to family in the face of the truth and what happens when they conflict. Jon Robin’s Other Desert Cities won the 2011 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off-Broadway Play, was nominated for five Tony Awards in 2012 and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for drama. This Friday, Nov. 18, Mountain Community Theater celebrates the opening of their rendition, headed by Peter Gelblum, with a champagne reception after the show.
Info: 8 p.m. Ben Lomond’s Park Hall, 9400 Mill St., Ben Lomond. brownpapertickets.com. $17-20.
Friday 11/18 – Sunday 11/20
Santa Cruz Startup Weekend
Got some good ideas? Pitch them this weekend at the annual Startup Weekend Santa Cruz. The three-day event encourages a fun and engaging environment for changemakers from all over, of all different histories. There’ll be rapid-fire startup pitches, prototype building, mentor feedback, customer development, and Shark Tank-style judging sessions. This year’s event is focused on sustainable solutions and social impact to encourage cross-pollination of communities in Santa Cruz County.
Info: Various Times. Nextspace, 101 Cooper St., Santa Cruz. startupweekendsantacruz.com. Free-$49.