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Bellydance Nov. 8th

Helene presents a special show of live music by the legendary Light Rain band, playing for performances by leading dance mentors Sese Geddes and Ma Shuqa Mira Murjan, plus the winners of The Rising Stars of Belllydance 2012 who will receive their awards at the beginning of the show. Light Rain have been playing for bellydancers since the 1960′s and have inspired performances by both the San Francisco and Joffrey Ballet who used their music in the Robert Altman movie “The Company”. Helene is director of Bellydance International and has been teaching, performing and promoting bellydance and Middle Eastern music for over 25 years. She was a recipient of The Gail Rich Award. The evening of bellydance takes place at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton Thursday, November 8th. Music, awards and performances begin at 7:30 pm.

 

 

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Roller Derby Oct 27th

On Saturday, October 27th the Santa Cruz Derby Girls’ Boardwalk Bombshells will close out the league’s home season with a bout against SoCal Roller Derby at the Civic Auditorium.  This is the last chance to catch some action-packed roller derby this year. In proper Halloween tradition, the Girls expect attendees to come in costume. In addition to the Halloween festivities and roller derby action, a portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. Doors open at 5:45pm and the bout begins at 6:30pm.

For more info is available on their website,  SantaCruzDerbyGirls.org.

 

 

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Nuala Kennedy, Wed Oct 24th

Nuala Kennedy, talented flute player and singer from Dundalk on the east coast of Ireland, will be in concert for the first time in the Santa Cruz area on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA at 7:30pm. Nuala started playing traditional Irish music at the tender age of 7, going on to study the music more fully at the Edinburgh College of Art and with Cathal McConnell, flute player in the seminal Irish group Boys of the Lough. Having fronted her own band for the past four years or so, and adding her own compositions, Nuala has recently released her third CD “Noble Stranger” to great acclaim. Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.

 

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Early Halloween @ The Rio Oct. 26th

Phil Collins and the New Music Works Ensemble return to the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz to supply live, riotous (and beautiful) music for a double-feature dose of silent horror cinema. A diabolic masterpiece from 1920, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” resonates to Richard Marriott’s widely acclaimed score. For 1928′s “Ghosts Before Breakfast”, Paul Hindemith’s original music for the film (destroyed by Nazis) will be resurrected as “Revenge Before Breakfast”. Be prepared to be spooked by a glockenspiel. There’s also a “Dr. Caligari” period costume contest. The performance begins at 8 pm Friday, October 26th.

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Kabile, Sat Oct 20th

The Kabile Bulgarian band takes its name from a small village just north of the city of Yambol in Thrace. One of the premier traditional Bulgarian bands, they are on tour in the U.S. and will be playing for a dance at the Cabrillo College Dance Studio in Aptos, CA on Saturday, 10/20/12 at 8pm. They sing and play native instruments including accordion, kaval (end blown flute), gajda (Bulgarian bagpipe), gadulka (fiddle-like), dumbek and tupan (drums).

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The Hellbillys October 7th

The genre is called “Psychobilly”, a heady mix of punk, rockabilly and the psych spirit. JJ Jenkins, Rockin Rick, Dan Watson and Scary, collectively known as the Hellbillys, have been on the Bay Area forefront of this scene since the late 1980′s. They’ve toured the world and have several popular CDs out but are best experience sweaty and in-person. Your chance comes Sunday, October 7th at the Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz. Doors open at 8:30 pm. Hayride to Hell and the Thirsty 3 open. Think of it as the first Halloween party of the season.