Best of Santa Cruz County 2019: Arts & Culture

 

BEST FESTIVAL (MUSIC)

MOUNTAIN SOL

  1. This is a family-friendly festival; just don’t forget a blanket and lawn chairs for everyone to relax on. Get there early for the best spots.
  2. Held every summer at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, which is home to century-old steam engines still in operation.
  3. To mitigate parking impacts, the festival now includes a “Sol train” to take attendees to and from Roaring Camp, starting at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
  4. Past headliners include Michael Franti (above), the Wailers, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. They also feature tons of local bands across the three-day lineup.
  5. A variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free food options are available from local vendors.

    BEST THEATER COMPANY

    JEWEL THEATRE COMPANY

    1. Founded in 2005, Jewel Theatre Company (JTC) operates under a contract with Actors’ Equity Association (the union for professional actors and stage managers in the U.S.) and is dedicated to creating extraordinary productions that explore and advance the art of theatre by entertaining, enlightening and engaging the community. best of santa cruz county 2019 arts jewel theatre
    2. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Julie James, the company is now celebrating its 14th season entertaining the Santa Cruz community with well-known and new eclectic work that includes dramas, musicals and comedies.
    3. JTC is the only year-round professional theatre company in Santa Cruz County.
    4. JTC opened at their current location in the Colligan Theater on the Tannery Arts Campus in 2015. Jones’ choice for the first production in the space was Guys and Dolls because of its fun, upbeat energy.
    5. Their first production of 2019 was Red Velvet (above). Breaking the Code opened on March 20.

     

    BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

    DEVI PRIDE

    1. Pride has been taking photographs for as long as she can remember. Having won her first camera in a raffle as a child, she began her career extra early on taking photos of her family. best of santa cruz county 2019 arts culture devi pride
    2. She has been voted Best Photographer in the Best of Santa Cruz balloting every year since 2013.
    3. A former dancer, Pride is passionate about photographing local dancers, including the Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center.
    4. She studied history at the University of Toronto and has always had an appreciation for genealogy and passing memories down through her family portraits.
    5. She does all kinds of photography, from headshots to houses, boudoir to babies, maternity to matrimony. She says she keeps a fresh perspective by doing a wide variety of work.

     


     

    ART EVENT

    CAPITOLA ART & WINE FESTIVAL

    RUNNERS-UP FIRST FRIDAY, OPEN STUDIOS ART TOUR

     

    ART GALLERY (RETAIL)

    ARTISANS GALLERY

    1368 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-8183, artisanssantacruz.com

    RUNNERS-UP R. BLITZER GALLERY, MANY HANDS GALLERY

     

    ARTIST (LOCAL)

    BRAYTON FURLONG

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    RUNNERS-UP MARIE GABRIELLE, ED PENNIMAN

     

    AUTHOR (LOCAL)

    K.M. RICE

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    RUNNERS-UP  LAURIE R. KING, JONATHAN FRANZEN

     

    DANCE STUDIO

    MOTION PACIFIC

    131 Front St. E, Santa Cruz, 457-1616, motionpacific.com

    RUNNERS-UP PALOMAR BALLROOM, TANNERY WORLD DANCE

     

    FESTIVAL (ART/FILM)

    CAPITOLA ART & WINE FESTIVAL

    RUNNERS-UP SANTA CRUZ FILM FESTIVAL, WATSONVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

     

    FESTIVAL (MUSIC)

    MOUNTAIN SOL

    RUNNERS-UP CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, REDWOOD MOUNTAIN FAIRE

     

    FESTIVAL (STREET)

    GREEK FESTIVAL

    RUNNERS-UP CAPITOLA ART & WINE FESTIVAL, PLEASURE POINT STREET FAIR

     

    KIDS’ ART PROGRAM

    STUDIO SPROUT  

    studiosproutsantacruz.com

    RUNNERS-UP BLUE APPLE ART, KAIWA ART AND PLAY SPACE

     

    MOVIE THEATER

    NICKELODEON

    210 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, 359-4523, landmarktheatres.com/santa-cruz

    RUNNERS-UP CAPITOLA CINELUX, DEL MAR THEATRE

     

    MURAL/PUBLIC ART

    DAY’S MARKET

    RUNNERS-UP CAPITOLA TRESTLE, SHOPPER’S CORNER

     

    MUSEUM

    MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY

    705 Front St., Santa Cruz, 429-1964, santacruzmah.org

    RUNNERS-UP SEYMOUR MARINE DISCOVERY CENTER, SANTA CRUZ MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

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