Good Times does the heavy lifting so you don’t have to. Here are your top Santa Cruz County events for the week.


Artist Meet-Up

Being an artist can be a lonely road—all that brooding, all those emotions—so it’s good that there are events where artists can get out of their shell and socialize, like at this Friday’s Artist Meet-Up for the Repertory of Santa Cruz. The Repertory strives to build a team of talent for artistic individuals and provide a space to nurture skills, collaborate on ideas and create a platform for production. Theater, film, stories, old, new—Rep Santa Cruz wants to bring all varieties of artistic minds together to create dynamic, multicultural material. This Friday they’re hosting drinks at the cantina and sirloin cheeseburgers to entice the starving artist, learn about Repertory of Santa Cruz, and mingle with other artists.
Info: 6:30 p.m, Repertory Santa Cruz Film and Theatre Makers, 2259 7th Ave., Santa Cruz.

Capitola Movies on the Beach

That moment when you finally get home from work and collapse on the couch, reaching for the remote, and, catching a glimpse of the gorgeous fall weather outside, you get a small twinge of regret. Yes, you should be outside enjoying nature—while you watch a movie at the same time. The City of Capitola and the Art & Cultural Commission present the ninth annual Movies at the Beach event. Held at Esplanade Park with the sponsorship of Pizza My Heart, this Friday’s film will be The Endless Summer 2, so bring a low-back chair, kick off your shoes and enjoy complimentary popcorn from Aptos Cinemas.
Info: 7:30 p.m., Esplanade Park, Capitola.


Fall Cleanse Ayurveda Workshop

Ayurveda is considered one of the oldest medicine systems in the world, so you can bank on the fact that Santa Cruz Ayurveda’s Fall Cleanse Workshop will be full of holistic, humanly wisdom. Learn the benefits of seasonal cleansing to balance and rejuvenate your system and your health this Saturday, Sept. 12, with a freshly prepared organic Ayurvedic lunch. Owner Manish Chandra will lead the workshop and teach the essentials of the practice, which encompasses all of the body’s system—it’s about how the physical, mental, emotional, and sensorial integrate to preserve health, prevent disease and promote longevity by improving mind, body and spirit.
Info: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. New Leaf Community Market Westside, 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz. $35.

Geeks in Albumland

A geek rock opera by Tyler Martin and Brett Hydeman chronicles fictional band, the Rockers, which was practicing in a garage when a producer knocked on their door and asked them if they wanted to make a record. Mayhem ensues when he sends them to the mythical Albumland. Martin and Hydeman, both of the band James Rabbit, will perform their work, Geeks in Albumland, with an accompanying finger-puppet show. Local band the Root Beer Floats, Diners, on tour from Phoenix, Arizona, and Pitschouse from Seattle, Washington, will also perform.
Info: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12. Subrosa Community Space, 703 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $5.


Music on the Mountain

It all began with a trashcan, Murphy the Spaniel, a chance conversation with a friend, a doctor’s appointment, and a world-renowned conductor. Throw in the talented musicians who are willing to travel to Felton from far and wide, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for Music on the Mountain with Espressivo, a “small, intense” orchestra led by Michel Singher. Singher has conducted 70 operas in hundreds of performances in Europe and the U.S., including Berlin Radio Symphony and Oberlin Orchestra. Espressivo’s performance will benefit valley schools with the assistance of their partnership of the SLV Foundation for Education and local sponsors.
Info: 4 p.m., San Lorenzo Valley Performing Arts Center, Felton. 234-0236.


Comerica Economic Outlook with Robert A. Dye

No matter how much you hated or loved (nerd alert) your high school economics class, the core of the subject is in everything: it’s behind why you chose to buy Dawn instead of the CVS-brand dish soap, why you debated biking instead of driving to work today, even why you’re thinking it’s better to stay in and watch Netflix instead of going out for drinks tonight. To understand people, you have to understand Economics, which is why this Wednesday Sept. 16., Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Comerica Bank, Robert A. Dye, will present research and analysis on the current state of our nation’s economy. From why China’s market crash affects the grocer at Whole Foods to how global trends might influence your retirement plan, Dye’s talk is meant to help people understand their financial reality.
Info: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Seascape Golf Club, 610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos. $40.

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