Illustration by Christine Hipp.


The Rocky Horror Show: Come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab at the Mountain Community Theater for its 30th anniversary season, with none other than the sexy cult classic The Rocky Horror Show live on-stage. Fishnets are not required, but encouraged. $18 for students, $22 general admission.

Oct. 19, 20, & 25, show at 8 p.m,

The Mountain Community Theater, 18+.



Tiger Army: Psychobilly trio hailing from SoCal tames the hissing Sex Pistols distortion of early punk acts with wistful post-rock melodies reminiscent of Morrissey. An explosive romp spiked with the dynamic, raw energy that continues to invigorate all social distortion and Misfit mayhem set to a 4/4 time signature. $20 in advance, $22 at door.

Oct. 21, Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., the Catalyst.


Brother Ali: Touring his fifth studio album Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, Brother Ali comes to the Catalyst next week as a mainstay of the politically agitated underground. A student of the hip-hop Golden Age, Brother Ali has become one of the most recognizable voices in the conscious rap movement today, both on- and off-stage. His latest release targets war, injustice and power in a refined and vehemently purposeful critique of America and the poetic self. $14 in advance, $19 at door.

Oct. 26, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., the Catalyst



Bill Maher: Talk show personality, filmmaker, comedian, author and 21-time Emmy nominee Bill Maher comes to Santa Cruz touting his uproarious signature scorched-earth tactics onstage — no politician or corporate mogul will be left unscathed. $49.50/$69.50 in advance.

Oct. 21, show at 7:30 p.m., Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.


Philosophy in a Multicultural Context: Join local researchers and thinkers from Stanford, USF, UC Santa Cruz and Google for a powerfully holistic discourse on modern philosophy within various cultural contexts. Free and open to the public.

Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., UCSC Humanities I Room 210.


UC Santa Cruz Culture Humorists: Join some of UCSC’s finest improv comics and social commentators as they spontaneously summon the absurd, surreal and fantastic on multiple upcoming evenings this month. Free admission, all located at the Barn Theatre.

Oct. 19: Staged Reading of Thom Pain by Will Eno, 8 p.m. 

                Someone Always Dies: improv comedy show, 10 p.m.

Oct. 20: The Michael Becker Experience, 8 p.m.

                 Humor Force Five: improv comedy show, 10 p.m.