Santa Cruz Weekend Event Roundup for March 21st – 23rd

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There’ll be many fun and interesting ways to usher in spring this weekend, from learning about cyber currency while enjoying a fireside dinner, to cheering on the Santa Cruz Derby Girls at a double header, to bringing home a bonsai.

Read on for our picks for this weekend.

“What is Bitcoin?” Talk and Dinner

When: Fri, 3/21

Join Danny Thorpe, illustrious computer programmer known for his role as Chief Architect of the Delphi language, for dinner and a discussion about all things Bitcoin at The Quail & Thistle Tea Room.

Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $40. The event starts at 6 pm. You can get more details on the event, and purchase tickets here.

ZOFO Four Hands Piano Duet Concert

When: Fri, 3/21

ZOFO, shorthand for 20-finger orchestra is Eva Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi Zofo. They bring their innovative 4-hand piano duets to Cabrillo College’s Samper Recital Hall. Show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $30 (less for seniors, students and music students); you can buy them here.

Third Friday at MAH: Poetry and Book Arts Extravaganza

When: Fri, 3/21

The Museum of Art & History and Book Arts Santa Cruz collaborate to create an evening of activities celebrating and spreading the book arts. In hands-on workshops, you’ll be able to learn about papermaking, bookbinding, the art of lettering, paper marbling and more.

Entry is $5 / $3 for seniors & students / free to MAH members & kids under 4, and the event runs from 5 to 8 pm. There’s a Kids’ Happy Hour from 4 to 5 pm. Get more info here.

Grand Reopening of Homeless Garden Project store on Pacific

When: Fri, 3/21

The Homeless Garden Project is celebrating the reopening of their retail store on Pacific Ave. with a free party open to all from 5:30 to 8 pm, including live music from Nick Gallant, drinks and hors d’oeuvres made with produce from their own organic garden.

“Quartet” Art Show Opening

When: Fri, 3/21

Opening of a new show titled “Quartet” at R. Blitzer Gallery, featuring works by Stefani Esta, Sam Farr, Kenneth Parker, and Tracy Valleau, from 5 to 7 pm.

Sheep to Shawl Fair

When: Sat, 3/22

Live Earth Farm in Watsonville holds a day of sharing how wool gets made into clothing and art, from shearing, to  dyeing, spinning, and knitting/crocheting/weaving. There will be demonstrations with hands-on participation, and fiber artists will be selling their wares. There will be food vendors as well. The Fair runs from 10 am to 2 pm, and costs $20 per car ($15 per car in advance). You can buy advance tickets here.

Santa Cruz Derby Girls

When: Sat, 3/22

The Santa Cruz Derby Girls’ home opener is a double header: get 2 bouts for the price of 1! At 5 pm, it’s the Harbor Hellcats vs Folsom Prison Bruisers and at 7 pm, the Boardwalk Bombshells take on the Treasure Valley Rollergirls, at the Kaiser Permanente Arena. Get tickets here.

If you’ve never watched roller derby, here’s a quick rundown.

Bonsai Kai 26th Annual Show

When: Sat, 3/22 and Sun 3/23

The Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai is a club committed to promoting and teaching the bonsai arts. From 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday  at the Museum of Art and History, they’ll be showing different specimens, raffling off and selling bonsai and equipment, and holding a bonsai creation demonstration.

$5 entry includes admission to the MAH. Click here for more information.

The Queer Queens of Qomedy @ Kuumbwa

When: Sun, 3/23

A sidesplitting evening of comedy with lesbian comics Poppy Champlin, Karen Ripley and Jenny McNulty. Admission prices range from $23.50 to $35. Find more details and buy tickets here.

Persian Now Rooz dinner at India Joze

When: Sun, 3/23

India Joze is holding a fancy dinner to ring in the Persian New Year, with dancers, poetry, art, and music, starting at 5 pm. $40 per person, by reservation only. For more info and reservations, email or call 831-332-0255.

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About Delphine Foo-Matkin

Delphine Foo-Matkin recently finished a 2-year adventure surfing around the world with her husband and blogging along the way at Surfing Round The World. Her passions include writing, learning new skills, exploring Santa Cruz, and crafting with fibers and fabrics, but her first love will always be surfing.