Here it is Friday, and I’m already exhausted. Downtown Santa Cruz is going to be insane this weekend, and not just because the weather is going to be sweet.
Look at what’s happening. The Santa Cruz Film Festival closes today with a screening of Harrod Blank’s “Automorphosis” — Blank, you may know, is the former Santa Cruzan who has made himself into the chronicler of art cars and his latest film is a kind of sequel to his “Wild Wheels” documentary from the 1990s. As part of the evening, there will be several art cars on display downtown to gawk at.
Then comes the massive River Arts Festival, taking place two days Saturday and Sunday, in San Lorenzo Park downtown. That culminates in a parade of “kinetic sculptures” — artistically designed and decorated people-powered vehicles — in the Kinetic Art Cruz, which takes place Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. along Pacific Avenue.
How’s that for a Santa Cruz weekend? Two unrelated events, both featuring outlandish vehicles — cars on Friday, bicycles and their cousins on Sunday. Is that a great metaphor for Santa Cruz, or what? Eccentric, colorful and always in motion.
And, keep in mind, you still have to get down to Aptos next weekend for the Santa Cruz Blues Festival. Tons of fun in the sun, indeed.