Category Archives: Events

Spirits of the Red City at SubRosa, Sun, July 25 at 7pm

Spirits of the Red City, a symphonic folk-influenced band from Minneapolis, is coming back to town on July 25 at 7pm. They’ll be joined by the tight harmonic vocals of local band Madrona and the looped bass creations of Hermit Convention. Come for a mellow evening of stunning music.

Spirits of the Red City, Madrona and Hermit Convention
Sunday, July 25 at 7pm
SubRosa
$5 suggested donation

Hail Seizures and friends! Sun, July 18th at SubRosa

One of our favorite bands ever, the Hail Seizures from Olympia, WA, will be playing SubRosa on July 18th. YAY! They played the SubRosa Grand Opening and we are always excited to have them back. Their music is dance-y punk-folk with awesome lyrics. Hail Seizures will be playing with the Black Hankies from Oakland, Santa Cruz locals Matador, and a very special solo set by Mars from BlackBird Raum.  If you can only go to one show at SubRosa this whole summer, this is the one to be at!

Hail Seizures with Matador, Black Hankies and Mars
Sunday, July 18th, at 7pm
SubRosa
$5 suggested donation

Anti-Olympic Reportback, Wed, March 3rd, 7pm

From February 10-15, anarchists, native warriors, radicals, and pissed off locals converged in Vancouver to disrupt the capitalist spectacle known as the Olympics.  Thousands marched through the streets in opposition to the Games, with some participants blocking roads, attacking the buildings of corporate Olympic sponsors, and fighting with the police.  This was the culmination of years of community and international organizing against the Games.  Come hear some firsthand experience from a local independent journalist who travelled to British Columbia to cover the action. Join us at SubRosa from 7pm to 9pm on Wed, March 3rd for a night of photos, videos, and stories. This event is free.

Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In and SubRosa Present

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Down by Law

Friday November 20th 8pm
at SubRosa (inside if cold and outside if warm)
703 Pacific Ave. (downtown)

Down by Law is a 1986 black-and-white independent film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch with Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni.The film centers on the arrest, incarceration, and escape from jail of three men. It discards jailbreak film conventions by focusing on the interaction between the convicts rather than on the mechanics of the escape. A key element in the film is Robby Müller’s slow-moving camerawork, which captures the architecture of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou to which the cellmates escape.

Plus fabulous subversive shorts!

SANTA CRUZ GUERILLA DRIVE-IN is an outdoor movie theatre under the stars and inside that springs up unexpectedly in the fields and industrial wastelands. Beyond showing great movies and bringing a broad community together, part of our mission is to help reclaim public space and break down alienation in this urban environment. www.guerilladrivein.org

Open Mic Every Thursday

One of the last remaining Open Mics in this allegedly pro-art town, the SubRosa Open Mic is often standing room only.  A weekly open mic at Santa Cruz newest community space and anarchist infoshop. An opportunity to connect with friends and showcase the incredible creative talent in our community. Music, poetry, and performance. From the mundane to the jaw-droppingly inspirational.

Donations directly benefit this community-supported space.  Signups for performance at 7:30 fill up quickly. Bring your creativity and artistic genius.

Art Opening: The Dark Night of DIY Ragdolls and Monsters

October 2009:  The Santa Cruz Anarchist Doll-Making Collective
The Dark Night of DIY Ragdolls and Monsters

The Gaping Maw

The Gaping Maw

On Friday, October 2nd, at 5pm, SubRosa is excited to introduce the recent work of the Santa Cruz Anarchist Doll-Making Collective.  The show entitled The Dark Night of DIY Ragdolls and Monsters features the work of a dozen artists working individually and collaboratively to create homemade and recombined dolls and monsters.

Gray Man by Wes Modes

Gray Man

The original Dark Night arose out of a series of Free Skool Santa Cruz workshops on doll- and monster-making. Artists built dolls and monsters by hand out of scraps from their workshops, items gathered at the city dump, and materials scavenged from Bargain Barn.  During a series of Dark Nights, artists drank tea, made dolls, and stayed up all night sewing and watching dark doll movies from filmmakers the Brothers Quay, Jan Svankmajer,and Henry Selick.

Peering into the mad workshop of mad doll creators I saw feverish hands working away, some delightfully creepy movie playing on an old tv set, doll parts and needles strewn about the cutting floor, Frankenstein doll creations coming alive!

Historically, dolls are some of the oldest discovered toys, the earliest found in Egyptian tombs dating back to 3000 B.C.E.  Dolls depicted humans, animals, and imaginary creatures and have been made of every conceivable material: bisque, celluloid, china, clay, cloth, corn husks, paper, plastic, polymer clay, porcelain, resin, rubber, vinyl, wax, wood, bone, ivory, papier-mâché, and leather.

Join us for an opening show and reception on this Dark Night.

Art Opening: The Dark Night of DIY Ragdolls and Monsters
Friday, October 2nd, at 5pm
SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

S. McSprocket

S. McSprocket

First Friday Art Opening: Michael Orick and Tom Calderone

Septemeber 2009:  Michael Orick and Tom Calderone
Recent Collages

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On Friday, September 4th, at 5pm, SubRosa is excited to welcome collage artists Michael Orick and Tom Calderon.  Calderon and Orick have been hosting a weekly gathering of artists for more than three years, creating a wide variety of collage art.  Each, in distinct stylistic approaches to life and art, will be presenting pieces created at Collage Night,  and viewable on the walls of SubRosa and at CollageNight.com.

Orick applies values and guides meanderings with his jaunty approach to dismantling social interaction.  His claims of art for art’s sake, is couched in a literary tradition of blanched intellectualism mixed with pale understandings of things: things such as color and time, silly similies and woman’s underwear.  His past is yesterday’s now.  Orick is gliding gracefully, with limbs akimbo.

Calderon, with his understanding of politics and religion, attempts to create visions of the reality behind the accepted spectacle.  His imagery is savage and calm, shockingly beautiful and sadly real, steeped in water like a fine tea, flavored something excellent.

Collage, considered by some the premier postmodern art form, has remained as fresh as local produce, and a clear link to the time before Nike and Coca-Cola.  Weilding their exacto-knives and glue sticks, collagenight provacateurs Calderon and Orick, hope to push the agenda of dreamers everywhere.

Art Opening: Michael Orick and Tom Calderone
Friday, September 4th, at 5pm
SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

Orick applies values and guides meanderings with his jaunty approach to dismantling social interaction.  His claims of art for art’s sake, is couched in a literary tradition of blanched intellectualism mixed with pale understandings of things: things such as color and time, silly similies and woman’s underwear.  His past is yesterday’s now.  Orick is gliding gracefully, with limbs akimbo. Calderon, with his understanding of politics and religion, attempts to create visions of the reality behind the accepted spectacle.  His imagery is savage and calm, shockingly beautiful and sadly real, steeped in water like a fine tea, flavored something excellent.