Open studios: South County Oct. 6–7, North County Oct. 13–14, Encore Weekend Oct. 20–21.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Live
Remember your first Rocky Horror Picture Show? How you threw your toast and your rice and yelled “Virgin!” at Brad and “Bitch!” at Janet? And then later you yelled “Bitch!” at your cousin because she ripped the fishnets you let her borrow? (No? OK, maybe that one was just us.) Either way, Mountain Community Theater is taking the classic live this October in sweet, spooky little Park Hall with showings at 8pm and 11pm. Hope you don’t get a flat tire on the way up and have to take shelter from the rain… Oct. 19–Nov. 3 at Park Hall in Ben Lomond. Ticket price TBA.
For over a decade, Bill Maher has been the liberal cousin to Bill O’Reilly and the louder, angrier big brother to Jon Stewart. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 20 years since the stand-up comedian launched his first TV show, Politically Incorrect, which might as well be the controversial nighttime host’s middle name. Oct. 21 at the Civic Auditorium. $58-$79.
MAH: Digital Arts and New Media
DANM! Rather than a dyslexic, agro-outburst, this acronym refers to the one-night-only event that invites attendees to explore interactive digital art by UCSC students. See artwork from MAH’s collection reinterpreted with a drawing machine, balance on a surfboard that projects you into a swirl of colors, and share the song in your heart with a new form of social networking. Oct. 21. $5
Macklemore at the Catalyst
This Seattle-based rapper uses his sharp wit and sensitive heart to promote the good in the world—his newest single “Same Love” offers steadfast support for gay marriage and calls out the hip hop community for its homophobia. He has also rapped about overcoming drug addiction, beloved Mariners radio announcer Dave Niehaus, and has a satirical party anthem which promises a “really really really good time.” Oct. 24. $23
Legend of Sleepy Hallow Ghost Train
USA Today named a Santa Cruz County event one of the top ten Halloween events in the nation (and no, it isn’t stumbling drunkenly up Pacific Avenue at 1:30am). Costumed characters and epic narration take center stage in a reenactment of this beloved ghost story. Oct 26-27 at Roaring Camp Railroad. $20-$26.