The Dani Paige Band

Hot on the heels of its new release, 'Love That Fire,' the Dani Paige Band lights into Moe's with its vibrant rock and soul. Frontwoman Paige has garnered rave reviews from local media for the richness and strength of her powerful voice. Tonight the up-and-coming group splits the bill with Santa Cruz's own Nightsweat, which plays a blazing fusion of soul, blues, funk and psychedelic covers and originals.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Aug. 26.

WHERE: Moe's Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz.

COST: $5 advance/$8 door.

DETAILS: Call 479-1854 or visit www.moesalley.com

Community Book Group

The third meeting of the monthly book group that centers around works by local authors features a discussion at 7:30 p.m. facilitated by Julie Minnis followed by a dialogue with Jonathan Franzen, author of 'The Corrections,' at 8:15 p.m. 'The Corrections' will be discounted to the whole community at 10-percent off its cover price until Aug. 26.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26.

WHERE: Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz.

COST: Free.

DETAILS: Call 423-0900 or visit www.bookshopsantacruz.com.

'Trip to the Islands'

Michael's on Main presents an exotic culinary journey to Jamaica with Jamaican Jerk, plantains, cubano paninis and coconut cream cake. Traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar player Tim Fuller adds to the tropical ambience and wines from Bonny Doon will be poured.

WHEN: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 26.

WHERE: Michael's on Main, 2591 Main St., Soquel.

COST: $25 per person.

DETAILS: Call 479-9777 or visit www.michaelsonmain.net.