Weekend: Outside Lands announced; great summer solstice for local music fans; Hunter Thompson at MAH

In case you’re late to the party, Weekender is my way of keeping you up to date on what’s happening in Santa Cruz County in the coming days…or weeks, or months.

Our “best bets” style picks of the week are now reimagined as Baine’s Nine, my curated list of the most promising or intriguing events or shows in the near future. Instead of bogging you down with big piles of verbiage on every pick, I’ve created a quick, scannable list of teasers that will have you following your nose through links to our BOLO timeline on whatever tickles your fancy. I hope it works for you.

Now, on to the show:

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Each week, we’ll keep you up to date with the latest booked dates and events in and around Santa Cruz County:

The Dance In the Streets event to kick off Santa Cruz Dance Week has been postponed. The event was supposed to take place on Thursday, but it was raining, so it was pushed back to April 28. Details about it and everything happening for Dance Week here.

The massive Outside Lands music festival, Northern California’s answer to Coachella, will take place August 5-7 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Sitting atop a lineup of musical acts that number over 90 are the punk-pop titans green daystar rapper Post Malone and R&B lighting SZA. Who else? How about everyone’s favorite dork-rock band Weezerthe excellent singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgeryoung rapper Jack Harlowindie queen Mitsky, and too much fun to contemplate. The brilliantly eccentric Santa Cruz olive tree is also on the sked. Tickets now on sale.

Closer to home, June 21, the first day of summer, is a day of tough decisions for KPIG style fans of the Americana sound. Two new shows announced for this date include some legends, one from California (David Alvin) and one from Texas (Jimmie Dale Gilmore), reunited for a big show in Moe’s Alley. Just a little down the highway at Michael’s at Main in Soquel, the son of the late John Prine Tommy Prine occurs live. They will both compete with the stylish performer and songwriter Marie Gauthier at Felton Music Hall. And that’s if you haven’t already emptied your gig budget for the week with the Robert Earl Keen show at Felton the day before.

Also, the great Beatles tribute plays the Set of white albums announced two new shows at the Rio, June 17 and 18 (Father’s Day weekend, where applicable). Living, breathing legend of folk music, the one and only Ramblin’ Jack Elliott plays at Moe’s on May 22. And a superstar in the world of swimming, Lynne Coxcomes to the Santa Cruz bookstore on June 6 to talk about his new book.

Finally, the Museum of Art & History announces a new exhibition on the great Hunter S. Thompson and his political activism. It’s called “Abnormal power” and it opens at the MAH on May 27. We will definitely be on the story.

Plan your summer and beyond with our all along the line list of upcoming events.

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Here they are, nine pieces of information needed for the week ahead. Welcome to B9:

  1. He carries on the fighting spirit of Woody Guthrie and was born Zimmerman, but his name is not Bob Dylan (although he has a best sense of humor).
  2. Playwright Kate Hawley’s delightful wit and sense of irony are on display at the Jewel Theater for one more weekend.
  3. Climate science meets the mellow vibe of the farmers market in Climate Action Market at Seymour, and yes, there is food.
  4. You won’t find it in the dictionary, but the word “Oganookie” carried a bit of magic in Santa Cruz in the 1970s. For one night, this magic is back.
  5. Imagine a world without record stores. Fortunately, this is not our world. It’s time to pay a little homage to Record Store Day.
  6. A bright and booming voice for Nashville songwriting comes to Felton. Are you ready for Hailey Whitter?
  7. Step out of the strange weather outside and into the “Strange Time” at MAH.
  8. No one needs an excuse to enjoy Pleasure Point in the spring, but the next Pleasure Point Sip and stroll is a pretty good one.
  9. “Fire & Grace & Ash” would be a good title for a 2020 survival memoir in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s done a trio of extremely talented performers gathered at the Kuumbwa.

Want more B9 choices? Find recommendations from the BOLO team – Wallace, Max Chun and Lucille Tepperman – here

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The three-point gazette

The Quarry Amphitheater on the UC Santa Cruz campus was magnificent for the big “Universe in Verse” event last Saturday night. It promises to be a memorable venue for many upcoming shows and concerts. The “Universe” event, hosted by the New York writer Maria Popova, has brought together a collection of top writers and eminent scientists to ponder the wonders and majesty of the universe through spoken word poetry. And it was inspiring – for a while. The problem here was just too much of a good thing. The show lasted nearly three hours, with no intermission. Asking an audience well over 50 to endure chilly nighttime temperatures sitting in (mostly) backless, bleacher-style seats for so long is simply too much. Instead of marveling at the grandeur of Creation, many people left mumbling about the cold and their back pain. That’s not what the presenters had in mind, I’m sure…

There have been a few deaths reported in the Santa Cruz creative community over the past week. Billy Harris, an absolute rock star in the local radio community, has died at the age of 90. Billie was best known for her show “Saturday’s Child,” in which she had been reading children’s literature aloud on the airwaves for three decades or more. She was also a talented actress and headed UCSC’s History of Consciousness office for many years. She was such a warm and lovely presence around KUSP and KSQD.

We also mourn the passing of the great luthier and guitarist Rick Turnera pioneer in the engineering of electric guitar technology in the 1960s. Locally, he was best known for his jaw-dropping guitars and ukuleles under his trademark Rick Turner Guitars. A cornerstone of Santa Cruz’s thriving and historic guitar-making community, a beloved figure in the ukulele and Grateful Dead communities, Rick died April 17 of heart failure. He was a wonderful man, and he leaves a big hole in our hearts…

Here’s the most baby boomer thing you’ll read today: The Immortal Cheech & Chong visited Santa Cruz last week, making an appearance for the KindPeoples Cannabis Dispensary. In the realm of post-60s stoner comedy, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are like Bob Dylan, Mozart and Bob Marley rolled into one weed-infused comedy act. Former Santa Cruz Mayor and County Supervisor Neal Coonerty visited the duo when they were in town, reuniting with his old school friend Cheech (“known as Rich Marin in high school,” Neal said in a Facebook post). We don’t know if Snoop Dogg dropped by to say hello (or “high”)…

The Pride Parade is on. Santa Cruz Pride is planning a parade for June 5 at 11 a.m. on Pacific Avenue. The parade will take place just before the Pride festival later today, in Abbott Square, from noon to 4 p.m. The parade is open to anyone who wants to participate, and volunteers are needed as well as organizers and monitors. Registration and details here

For anyone keeping an eye out for such things, Pizza My Heart has released their summer designer t-shirts, now available at their many area locations (Downtown Santa Cruz, 41st Avenue and Capitola Village). I will be continuing my ongoing “Santa Cruz Icons” series, this time focusing on these PMH t-shirts, both the classic designs and the limited edition designs. Find out on Sunday at Look for.

Earworm of the week

If you’re anything like me, you get dizzy and your hands get sweaty every time the fuel gauge gets close to E these days. Buying gas is the ultimate drag these days, but as the Kinks remind us, it’s always been that way. In the late 1970s, it wasn’t so much high prices as availability that were the problem. Yet the great track “A Gallon of Gas,” from 1979’s “Low Budget” album, captures the anxieties of living in a world still ruled by oil companies.

Anecdote: State of our statues

The United States Capitol features two statues representing each state in the Union in its National Statuary Hall collection. Statues of former President Ronald Reagan and famous Spanish missionary Junipero Serra represent California. Serra’s statue was due for replacement in 2015 until Pope Francis announced that Serra would be canonized by the church, and the effort to replace the statue failed. Who has been proposed as a replacement statue for Serra?

If you know this one, shoot me one text with your answer. Then send me the word TRIVIA to see if you’re right. We’ll choose a random reader with the correct answer to receive a free T-shirt.

That’s all I got, my friends. Come to me with comments, ideas, complaints or amazing ideas. Thank you to all Lookout members for your faith and support, and please, make known on what we do.