Fringe Festival, Opera and Roller Derby – Downtown

There's so much going on Downtown this week, it's a good thing our schedules are set on "summer." Bookmark our web site and check our calendar regularly!The second annual Santa Cruz Fringe Festival (July 11th - 20th) starts with a bang at the Fringe Foreplay Kick-Off Party on July 10th at 7 Squid Row. It will be like performance dim sum! The Where's Waldo scavenger hunt, sponsored by Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz, is a huge hit, and that guy is popping up in the most unexpected places. Join in the fun! The Downtown Antique Fair is on Sunday, and you may not find Waldo, but you will find hard-to-find treasures of every variety. What will you add to your collection? Our weekly fun continues - Downtown Tuesday Specials, Wednesday's Downtown Farmers Market ,the Downtown-Beach Trolley, now running daily. Visit the Downtown Info Kiosk for more! Follow us on Facebook for news and updates. See you Downtown,
(Header photo: Waldo high-fiving with the Santa Cruz Derby Girls)

Fringe Foreplay Kick-Off
...Wednesday, July 10th at 7 Squid RowClownSnotBombs Want a sample of what's in store during this year's Fringe Festival? Performances, interviews and mingling with the artists! More info HERE.

Armida, Live in HD from the Met ...Wednesday, July 10th at Regal Santa Cruz 9
Rossini's opera delivers a sorceress and more tenors than you can shake a stick at. All in hi-def from the Metropolitan Opera. More info HERE.

Aikido Retreat
...Wednesday, July 10th - Sunday, July 14th at the Civic Auditorium
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this Aikido Retreat, with your fellow Akidoists. The theme this year is Community. More info HERE.

Free Brown Bag Workshop - Selling to the World Part 1 - eBay Basics
...Thursday, July 11th at the Santa Cruz Public Library
Are you considering being an eBay seller? This is the place to get started, with a free workshop by expert Nancy Nelson. More info HERE.

Shakespeare and more Shakespeare! ...Friday, July 12th at the Nickelodeon Theatre
Fridays in July, brush up on your Shakespeare Santa Cruz acumen. This week discuss Taming of the Shrew. More info HERE. ...Monday, July 15th at the Santa Cruz Public Library Michael Warren, of Shakspeare Santa Cruz, leads a discussion on the company's season opener - Taming of the Shrew. More info HERE.

Badi Assad
...Friday, July 12th at Kuumbwa Jazz
Badi Assad She was named by Rolling Stone as one of the top guitar players in Brazil. She just released a collection of original songs, sung in English and Portuguese. See her Friday! More info HERE.

Saturday Art Market
...Saturday, July 13th in Abbott Square
works by Santa Cruz Artist Bridget Henry
Visit the Art Market every Saturday in July and see for yourself what local artists are creating. Bring a piece home! More info HERE.

Santa Cruz Derby Girls ...Saturday, July 13th at Kaiser Permanente Arena
The Boardwalk Bombshells take on Humboldt Roller Derby. The theme is Beach Blanket Derby. More info HERE.

2nd Annual Waiter Races ...Sunday, July 14th on Walnut Avenue
Celebrate Bastille Day with Soif Wine Merchants with their annual Waiter Races! Pick a winner and cheer him/her on. (Be sure to tip!) More info HERE.

Win roller derby tickets!
Can you name the three skating positions on a roller derby team? The first correct response will win two tickets to this Saturday's Santa Cruz Derby Girls bout at Kaiser Permanente Arena!