First Friday Santa Cruz: Oct. 5:

“Cruz” downtown, midtown or over to the Westside for the ride of your monthly life to join the city in celebrating Santa Cruz’s myriad of local talent. First Friday showcases local artisans and performers. Featured will be burlesque dancers at The Mill and live music at The Tannery, an array of collectors which include some UCSC anthropologists and archaeologists will be at The Museum of Art and History, and straight from the farm to the food truck will be all the sumptuous gourmet on-the-go food that you can sink your teeth into. Most events run 6–9 p.m.







GET DEAD: Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Jury Room  (21+):

Throw all caution to the wind and revel in the garage punk stylization and coppery aftertaste of GET DEAD’s deliberate, no-frills rock repertoire. True to form for punk enthusiasts looking for a full-blast noise quest but versatile enough for the kids to come too. Show: 8 p.m.


Kurt Elling: Oct. 8 at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center:

Nine-time Grammy nominee with a classically trained jazz ensemble showcases his current tour, 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project, a tribute to the Brill Building songwriters, the 60′s equivalent of Tin Pan Alley where pop enthusiasts awash in a delicate nostalgia.

$25/Adv $28/Door. Doors and dinner: 6 p.m., show: 7 p.m.


Sleepy Sun: Oct. 11 at the Crepe Place:

Vibrant twanging melodies coupled with the mellow pastoral elegance of psych-rock grooves and a languid Black Angels-esque delivery, minus the reverb-drenched fuzz.

$12/Adv $15/Door. Show: 9 p.m.



10th Annual Women’s Leadership Forum: 10/11 at the Cocoanut Grove:

Whether it’s the diminutive three percent of Fortune 500 CEO’s being women, feminist foreign policy entering contemporary political discourse, Michelle Obama’s fabulous wardrobe, or just that triumphant first season of HBO’s Girls, the leading ladies of today are once again reminding us where the buck stops. This year’s forum is all about “Making Shift Happen”, with a full day of education, networking, and tools for a successful business and personal life. From 7:30am – 5:00pm. See for more details/admission costs.