Entertainment

Live Music in Santa Cruz

Catalyst

Over the years, this stage for local bands has seen big-time national acts perform, from Queens of the Stone Age to Snoop Dogg. Expect loads of punk attitude and look forward to gigs ranging from classic reggae acts…
Cinema in San Luis Obispo

Sunset Drive-In

Recline your seat, put your feet up on the dash and munch on bottomless bags of popcorn at this classic Americana drive-in. Sticking around for the second feature (usually a B-list Hollywood blockbuster) doesn’t cos…
Cinema in San Luis Obispo

Palm Theatre

This small-scale movie house showing foreign and indie flicks just happens to be the USA’s first solar-powered cinema. Seats are a bargain $5 on Mondays. Look for the SLO International Film Festival in March.
Performing Arts in Big Sur

Henry Miller Memorial Library

Just south of Nepenthe, this nonprofit alternative space hosts a bohemian carnival of live-music concerts, author readings, open-mike nights and indie-film screenings outdoors, especially during summer.
Cinema in Monterey

Osio Cinema

Downtown Monterey cinema screens indie dramas, cutting-edge documentaries and offbeat Hollywood films. Drop by its Cafe Lumiere for locally roasted coffee, loose-leaf tea, decadent cheesecake and wi-fi.
Bowling in Pismo Beach

Pismo Bowl

Epitomizing Pismo Beach’s retro vibe, this old-fashioned bowling alley is just a short walk uphill from the pier. Blacklight ‘cosmic' and karaoke bowling rule Friday and Saturday nights.
Live Music in Santa Cruz

Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Hosting jazz luminaries since 1975, this nonprofit theater is for serious jazz cats snapping their fingers for famous-name performers in an electrically intimate room.
Live Music in Santa Cruz

Moe's Alley

In a way-out industrial wasteland, this joint puts on live sounds almost every night: jazz, blues, reggae, roots, salsa and acoustic world-music jams.
Performing Arts in San Luis Obispo

Performing Arts Center

On the CalPoly campus, SLO’s biggest cultural venue presents an internationally spiced variety of concerts, theater, dance recitals, stand-up comedy and other shows, including by big-name performers.
Theater in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Forest Theater

At this 1910 venue, community-theater musicals, dramas and comedies as well as film screenings take place under the stars by flickering fire pits.