This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 2nd – 4th, 2018

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Hot on the heels of supermoon excitement comes Super Bowl weekend and we’ve rounded up a variety of things to do as we roll into a new month.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:



When: 2/2 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free

There’s just something special about the first Friday of the month. It’s practically a holiday in Santa Cruz, where we celebrate art and artists, live music, and free admission to some pretty cool places. Enjoy free admission to the following venues:

Take a First Friday Art Tour and connect with local artists. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

First Friday Reception: Black Lives in Santa Cruz: What Matters- A Photography and Interview exhibit by Allison Garcia

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When: 2/2 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Resource Center for Nonviolence
Cost: Free

Freelance photographer Allison Garcia’s new exhibit, on display at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, strives to answer the question: What’s it like to be Black in Santa Cruz? Garcia’s exhibit, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, combines photography and interviews which share participants’ views on being Black in Santa Cruz. Special hours for this First Friday Reception.

Get more info here.

Silent Sky

Jewel Theatre Presents: SILENT SKY

When: Runs through 2/18
Where: The Colligan Theater
Cost: $26 / $48

According to Julie James, Artistic Director for Jewel Theatre Company, Silent Sky is a celebration of women in science and women in astronomy. This play is based on the true story of an early 20th century woman who worked as a gifted astronomy “computer” at Harvard Observatory and the struggles she faced while dealing with societal biases towards a female in the field.

Get more info here.

Community Deer Dance Ceremony

When: 2/2 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave.
Cost: $15 advance, $20 at the door. Students/seniors: $5 advance, $10 at the door

Shaman and ceremonial leader Brant Secunda leads an evening of ceremonial dance and prayer. Learn about the Huichol Tribe of Mexico, enjoy visionary art, ancient indigenous chanting and sacred dance.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Winter SCruBall

Winter ScruBall

When: 2/3 – 2/4
Where: Santa Cruz Moose Lodge, 2470 El Rancho Drive
Cost: $25

Dress up to represent the theme of Fire & Ice and have a ball! You can’t beat a celebration with six DJs, Live Art paintings, a ramen bar, water bar and even a costume contest for prizes at this benefit event. Festive attire is required to attend. Ages 21 and over. This event benefits the Arts Council of Santa Cruz Children’s Program and the Milo Foundation Animal Sanctuary.

Get more info here.

NewMusicWorks Night of the Living Composers

Night of the Living Composers

When: 2/3 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Samper Recital Hall, Cabrillo College VAPA, 6500 Soquel Drive Aptos CA 95003
Cost: $10 – $28, Cabrillo Students with Sac Card: $8 advance; $12.50 at the door

This popular annual anthology features seven composers’ music with sounds from Santa Cruz past and present. The lineup includes four premiers and a list of special guests. Come early for the free public panel discussion including all of the featured composers.

Get more info here.

Eoin Callery + Anna Friz

When: 2/3 at 8:00 pm
Where: Radius Gallery (1050 River St. #127)
Cost: $10-15

Join Irish musical artists Eoin Callery and Anna Friz for an evening of radiophonics. Hear the music created by radio signals and resonating strings that are set up in various configurations to bring you a unique and unforgettable musical performance.

Get more info here.

Boomer Humor – Make America Irate Again!

When: 2/3 at 7:30 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Cost: $25/Advance $30/Door

A special performance features Will Durst, Dan St.Paul and Richard Stockton lighting up the stage with their stand up comedy that will keep you laughing as they talk about their views on current political issues. Doors open at 7 pm.

Get more info here.

Latino Role Models

Latino Role Models

When: 2/3 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Cabrillo College Crocker Theater
Cost: Free Admission

Latino college students and a line-up of successful professionals take the stage to tell you their inspiring stories to help students achieve their own career goals and dreams. The lecture is presented in Spanish with an English translation and is geared toward students in grades 6 through college and their families.

Get more info here.

Watsonville World Wetlands Day – Slough Native Tree Planting

When: 2/3 from 10:00 am to Noon
Where: Nature Center at Ramsay Park
Cost: Free

Join in on the celebration of World Wetlands Day and be part of the first native and drought tolerant tree planting event at the slough. Participants will help plant 45 trees around the perimeter of Watsonville Slough in Ramsay Park. There will also be educational booths, bird walks, music and free food. Fun for the entire family.

Get more info here.

Save our Shores’ Protect Our Coast Protest March and Rally

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When: 2/3 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Lighthouse Point Park
Cost: Free

With new government regulations on the horizon to open up the California coast for oil drilling, you can make your voice heard at this protest. Join others in the community along with Save Our Shores to send a strong message about protecting our coastline from offshore drilling.

Get more info here.

Jewel Theatre Presents: SILENT SKY

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Super Bowl Party

When: 2/4 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
Cost: $25

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing will close to the public for this private event. Watch the game on the outdoor big screen or inside on the smaller screen while enjoying craft brew, playing games and enjoying some munchies. Ticket price includes two beer tokens and appetizers.

Get more info here.

Super Bowl Fun Run

When: 2/4 from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Swanton and Delaware Avenue
Cost: 10K & 3K: $45. 1K Kids Run: $5

Begin Super Bowl Sunday with a healthy start before the game and festivities. Run along beautiful West Cliff Drive and soak in the ocean views. Kids run does not include shirt, but can be purchased for $10.

Get more info here.

Jewel Theatre Presents: SILENT SKY

See Description Under Friday Section

Winter SCruBall

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

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What: California State Parks Backpacking Adventures
Where: Castle Rock, Portola Redwoods, Big Basin & Butano State Parks
When: June – August

Guided backpacking adventures are being offered again this year through California State Parks. Reservations open Thursday, February 1 at 8am. It won’t take long before they sell out so secure your spot soon!

Get more info here.

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About Valerie Lemke

Valerie Lemke is a transplant from the Bay Area to Santa Cruz County over 25 years ago, and hasn't looked back since. She is a local freelance writer and photographer who loves writing about and photographing one of the most beautiful regions in the world, the Central Coast.