BOLO Best Bets: No Supply Chain Problems With The Gift Of Local Music

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Need a last minute gift idea? Forget stuff. Think about experiences. Buy a ticket for a loved one for one of the beautiful holiday-themed presentations that await us this weekend – “Nutcracker”At Cabrillo Crocker Theater, “Celtic Christmas” to Rio, Antoine Arya‘s “Home for the Holidays”, and, if you yearn for a touch of the sacred, the Choir of Santa Cruz at the Church of the Holy Cross. No gift wrapping involved, and no assembly required.

– Wallace Baine

See our full BOLO calendar listings for events in Santa Cruz here. And as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got you covered for all the MAJOR events coming up in the next year with Down the line, a list put together by Wallace Baine that is your key to getting tickets before they run out.

Now here’s what the BOLO team thinks you should know for the weekend and beyond:

(Click on the category headers for the full listings of BOLO in this category.)

LIVE MUSIC

FRIDAY
“A Celtic Christmas”: This traveling show at the Rio Theater on Friday has been on tour for 25 years, presenting a fiery and warm mix of Irish songs, dances and traditions. Chaired by charismatic Irish storyteller Tomaseen Foley, the show features a live band, conducted by Santa Cruz guitarist and Gourd recording artist William Coulter, and also some excellent Irish dancers. It’s about weaving a distinct image of Christmas with Celtic music at its center. The opportunity to live an immersive vacation experience in Rio on Friday. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY
Born lyrics: East Bay rapper and producer Tom Shimura has performed under the stage name Lyrics Born for almost 30 years, emerging in the early 2000s as a solo recording artist after a decade of collaborating with some of the Bay Area’s most adventurous artists. He is known for his catchy and deliciously funky sound, best exemplified in his iconic song “Callin ‘Out”. Most recently, the Japanese-born rapper teamed up with South Bay’s Cutso to record a song targeting racist attacks on Asian Americans called “Anti.” Lyrics Born plays a big show Friday at Moe’s Alley, with local rapper Alwa Gordon opening. Show time is 9 p.m.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Santa Cruz Choir: After not performing in 2020, the singers of the Santa Cruz Chorale return to Holy Cross Church for two concerts, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. The concert’s repertoire includes everything from Gregorian chant, one of the oldest known forms of Christmas music, to contemporary standards, and the chorale will join the Monterey Bay Sinfonietta to perform Christmas carols from around the world. To be responsible in the era of COVID-19, the church will only be sold partially full, and there will be no tickets available at the door. Saturday’s show is at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m..

SATURDAY
“Love is what we need”: Watsonville-born singer Andy Vargas, known worldwide for his time as lead singer with Santana, is the driving force behind this Rio vacation show starring Vargas and Los Angeles big band Ozomatli. The evening will also feature dancing, comedy and special guests (including Vargas’ father, Javier), all benefiting the Andy Vargas Foundation to serve and mentor the historically underserved youth of the Pajaro Valley. . All proceeds from tickets, merchandise and beverages go to the Andy Vargas Foundation scholarship fund. The fun starts early at the Rio at 6 p.m. Saturday.

SATURDAY
Anthony Arya’s “Vacation Home”: Santa Cruz singer-songwriter Anthony Arya and his band rekindle the holiday spirit on Saturday at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center with a big show titled “Home for the Holidays,” a return engagement from his popular 2019 performance. directory includes many beloved goodies from the season of “Christmas Time is Here”, “Silver Bells”, “Blue Christmas”, “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” and many more. No curmudgeon allowed. It all starts on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY
Conspiracy: Anyone familiar with 1990s electronica, from acid jazz to chillwave, will know Thievery Corporation, the acclaimed Washington, DC duo of inventive producers Eric Hilton and Rob Garza. For over two decades now, TC has been known for its wild eclecticism, mixing everything from Indian jazz and Latin jazz to bossa nova and full-fledged psychedelia. The duo’s most recent recordings embraced symphonic orchestration, and Garza and Hilton have also explored their own muses as solo artists. This legendary duo comes to the Catalyst on Sunday. The opening is rapper and singer Dessa.

– Wallace Baine

DANCE

A scene from "Nutcracker"

(Via Santa Cruz City Ballet)

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Santa Cruz City Ballet “The Nutcracker” Show: A holiday favorite returns to the Crocker Theater at Cabrillo College. With two shows each on Saturday and Sunday – at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – you’ll have ample opportunity to get a healthy dose of holiday tradition with this famous show.

– Max Chun

FOOD DRINK

A promotional flyer for the Santa Cruz Food Lounge Holiday Market

(Via Santa Cruz Food Lounge)

SATURDAY
Artisanal Food and Holiday Gift Market: Shop for local produce for the holidays with art, clothing, jewelry, and food at the Santa Cruz Food Lounge Gift & Craft Food Market. The Food Lounge bar and the 11th Hour cafe will be open during the market for hot drinks and cocktails.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Iveta Holiday Market and Wine Tasting: Sip, stroll, and shop for locally made items at Iveta Gourmet’s Westside event on Saturdays and Sundays. The ticket price of $ 30 per person includes a tasting of eight wines, finger foods and chocolate.

– Haneen Zain

RECREATION

A promotional flyer for the Downtown Manufacturers Market on December 19, 2021

SUNDAY
Downtown Santa Cruz Manufacturers Market: This is your last chance to put the finishing touches on this year’s gift shopping by heading to the Downtown Makers Market. Find items such as jewelry, art, food, and various other crafts produced by artisans in the area. Have a hot drink and stroll through the festivities of Pacific Avenue.

– Max Chun

VISUAL ARTS

A painting from the R. Blitzer gallery "Indicators" exposure

IN PROGRESS
“Indicators”: Surf and art come together for an exhibition at the R. Blitzer Gallery in West Santa Cruz, showcasing the artistic creations of well-known figures in the surfing world of Santa Cruz, including Stan Welsh, Margitta Dietrick-Welsh , Vince Broglio, Nancy Broglio, Ed Dickie, Tessa Hope Hasty, Dave Anderson, Boogie Bill, Gary Hughes and more. Everything is being played at the Blitzer until January 28, at 2801 Mission St. in the old Wrigley Building.

IN PROGRESS
“Gifted”: The downtown Curated By the Sea gallery fills its Front Street space with a wide variety of artwork from over 30 of the biggest names in Santa Cruz’s art scene, regularly alternating content throughout of the season of gifts. Curated is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., or by appointment, at 703 Front St., Santa Cruz.

IN PROGRESS
PATT group show: The Tannery Printmakers (PATT) are hosting their latest group exhibition, showcasing the work of 13 local art printers at the Tannery Arts Center’s PATT studio. Among the artists presenting their beautiful prints and cards are Andrée Lebourveau, Frank Trueba, George Newell, AV Pike, Jane Gregorius, Lynne Simpson, Janis O’Driscoll, Cindy Haug, Bob Rocco, Mary Neater, Lu Lee and Ann Miya. The show runs until December 26 at studio 107 of the PATT tannery.

IN PROGRESS
“Small works 2021”: Over a dozen visual artists from the Santa Cruz area showcase their finest wares in the Radius Gallery’s invitation-only exhibition “Small Works 2021”, featuring jewelry, photographs, pottery and more. ., all at a price adapted to the season of gifts. Artists include Shelby Graham, Margaret Niven, Elisabeth Foster, Maha Taitano, Todd LeJeune, Gazelle Walker, Jenny James and many more. Open Wednesday to Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., until December 23.

– Wallace Baine

THE COMEDY

A promotional flyer for a humorous event in Abbott Square

THURSDAY
Stand-up comedy in Abbott Square: In an event produced by Dope Show, comedians from across the Bay Area featured on Late Night TV, Comedy Central, SF Sketchfest and more will perform in Abbott Square – for free, though you can donate that will go directly to the comedians.

FRIDAY
Humorous night on brewing a bigger goal: DNA’s Comedy Lab brings comedians from the Bay Area and beyond to Greater Purpose Brewing every Friday for a weekly showcase. This week’s headliner, live from Los Angeles, is Aviva Siegel, a contributing writer for sites like The Hard Times and Reductress that the East Bay Express named among the best comics in the San area. Francisco.

WEDNESDAY
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Comedy Night: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing welcomes comedians from the Bay Area and beyond for performances every week. Regulars at The Punch Line San Francisco, Cobb’s Comedy Club, Rooster T. Feathers make the Westside laugh.

– Haneen Zain

CHILDREN & FAMILY

Parents and children meet at the Museum of Art and History for crafts

SUNDAY
MAH Family Winter Day 2021: Head to the Santa Cruz Art and History Museum for a free day of admission for the whole family. Explore all the exhibits as well as specially curated exhibits such as the popular annual toy train show, button making, and other arts and crafts stations.

– Max Chun

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