This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 17th – 19th, 2020

Santa Cruz is bountiful, full of artists and performers, activists and experts. The land produces food and wine. The ocean provides waves for surfing and sealife abounds.

Enjoy this bounty– with great theater performances, live music, wine tasting, and scintillating conversations about equality, conservation, health and justice.

If you have the ability to pay it forward, several local environmental and community organizations have projects for volunteers on Martin Luther King Day. See below for more details.

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

Friday

An Evening with Pablo Helguera

When: 1/17 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH)

It’s hard to imagine life without a book store, but for many Spanish speakers in the US, this has been the case, until Pablo Helguera’s traveling bookstore/art exhibit came to town. A New York based artist, Helguera has been exploring issues of inclusion, equity and access, and will give a talk about his traveling book store, which has been the only Spanish-language bookstore in the cities it has exhibited, including Phoenix, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and New York to name a few.

Get more info here.

8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival

When: 1/17 – 1/19Where: Center Stage Theater

This play festival has a reputation to uphold and for 25 years now, it has not disappointed. With 16 plays divided into two nights, the festival is a rich celebration of drama, comedy and local talent. Each 10 minute play was selected from an international playwriting contest and is a stand-alone work directed and performed by Santa Cruzans.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Saturday

LEO’s Haven Chanticleer County Park Grand Opening


When: Saturday, January 18, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Where: Chanticleer County Park

Santa Cruz County has never had an inclusive playground where people of all levels of ability can play together. Until now. On January 18, Leo’s Haven, an accessible playground will open for (monkey) business. Come be a part of this joyous occasion– a community-inspired park for all of us!

Get more info here.

MLK Youth Day 2020

When: 1/18 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Resource Center for Nonviolence

This family-friendly event hopes to encourage more young people to get involved in their community. With free food, music, art, activities, expression and education, kids and young adults can learn more about creating the change they want to see in the world.

Get more info here.

Scoville Units

When: 1/18 at 7:30 pm and 1/19 at 2:00 pm
Where: Cabrillo Crocker

A Scoville Unit is the measurement of the hotness of a chili pepper. This celebration of the music of Jon Scoville, founding musical director of Tandy Beal and Company will feature so many performers and interpretations that you’ll have to see it to believe it. From Balinese dancing to Hip Hop on the accordion, this show will overflow with a smorgasbord of talent and creativity from cool to hot, all highlighting the length and breadth of Scoville’s work.

Get more info here.

Strategies to Boost Your Immune Health

When: 1/18 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Dominican Health and Rehabilitation Services

Are you sick of being sick? Surrounded by coughing, sniffling people and worried about catching every germ and virus? This class will explore holistic, practical ways you can keep yourself healthy during the cold and flu season.

Get more info here.

Santiago the Magician

When: 1/18 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Boulder Creek branch library

In anticipation of the transformation/renovation of the Boulder Creek Library (slated to begin in March), Santiago the Magician will transform matter before your very eyes. With magic tricks in abundance, as well as stories and memories of Boulder Creek’s enchanting forest library, enjoy this performance before it disappears!

Get more info here.

PASSPORT CELEBRATION DAYS

When: 1/18 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Various Wineries Santa Cruz County

Four times a year, over 40 local vineyards offer a special tasting event for holders of the Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Passport. Meet the vintners, growers and families that make the delicious wines of this region. Passports come with a booklet, map and webpage to help navigate the experience. Passports are good for one year and those who complete their passports are invited to a special event held each November.

Get more info here.

SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS VS. OKLAHOMA CITY BLUE

When: 1/18 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena

Thrill to see these superhuman athletes as they dunk, sprint and battle it out against the Oklahoma Blue. The G-League is a super fun way to enjoy a professional-level basketball game played by up-and-coming stars at a small fraction of the price of a regular NBA ticket. The first 1500 fans will receive a Warriors scarf.

Get more info here.

HOT Jazz & Swing Night

When: 1/18 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Food Lounge

For swing dancers and jazz devotees, this is the gig to get your fix. Attracting many luminaries on the local music scene to play and sing jazz standards, you won’t be able to keep your feet still.

Get more info here.

8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

MUSIC/DANCE

THEATER/ARTS

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Sunday

Science Sunday – Fishing For Conservation Solutions: Protecting Manta Rays from Our Seafood System

When: 1/19 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: Seymour Marine Discovery Center

If you have a passion for marine life, or just want to learn how you can help protect ocean animals like the fascinating but threatened manta rays and devil rays, this Science Series lecture will inform and enlighten. 

Get more info here.

THE DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ MAKERS MARKET

When: 1/19 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Pacific Ave. between Water & Locust Streets!

For the ultimate shop-local experience, stroll the booths of over 30 Santa Cruz area artists and crafters right downtown. Pacific Avenue is closed to cars so you can enjoy the Pacific Garden Mall as it once was– a pedestrian zone. Enjoy live music and all the shops and restaurants that surround this quaint fair.

Get more info here.

8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

Scoville Units

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

MUSIC/DANCE

MAKE/CRAFT

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Monday

MLK 2020 March For The Dream

When: 1/20 at 10:00 am
Where: Pacific Ave. & Cathcart St. to Louden Nelson Community Center

The NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch and the Santa Cruz Police Department invite everyone to join in their third annual partnered march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Come out and walk to share and celebrate Dr. King’s message. After the march there will be guest speakers and family activities starting at 11:00 am.

Get more info here.

MLK Day of Service – Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz

When: 1/20 Various times
Where: Various locations/opportunities

Make this coming Monday a day on, not a day off. Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by registering for a community volunteer project with the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County. Many opportunities are available to make a difference including Evergreen Cemetery restoration and a family-volunteer activity to make Valentines Day cards for seniors in the Meals on Wheels program.

Get more info here.

Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Free Family Opera – Massenet’s “Cinderella”

What: Free Family Opera
Where: UCSC – Recital Hall, Music Center
When: Saturday, February 15 at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

Do children like opera? Only if they go to one! The Music Department at UCSC in partnership with El Sistema Music Education, brings this family-friendly adaptation of Massenet’s Cinderella to life in a 45 minute English language version. With a talented cast that includes a chorus of mice from Watsonville’s Radcliffe Elementary, this free show ($5 suggested donation for adults) is sure to earn some new opera fans.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Derby Girls Winter Bootcamp

What: Derby Girl Winter Bootcamp
Where: TBA after registration
When: Starts Sunday, February 2, at 1:00 pm

Whether you are a hard core Derby demon or just Derby-curious, this bootcamp series will give you the chance you’ve been waiting for to test your mettle. The series starts on February 2 and takes place Sundays and Thursdays for six weeks, up until tryouts in March. Learn the basics and hone your badass skills!

Get more info here.

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About Meridith Cook

Meridith Cook came to Santa Cruz 18 years ago from Minnesota. She is a freelance writer and mother of 3 who enjoys exploring the beauty and culture of this unique community. Visit her website at www.melbacomms.com.

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