January 10 @ 6:00 pm - February 7 @ 9:00 pm

Hotel Paradox: Artist Exhibition~Jim Phillips Lounge

Hotel Paradox

831.425.7100 | www.hotelparadox.com

This Artist exhibition features Santa Cruz Skateboards as well as Jim Phillips’ ink illustrations! This private collection beyond his creation of “The Screaming Hand” show his investment to the local community and to the Santa Cruz Culture. We are going to have a permanent skateboard art wall that will rotate local skateboard artists and have skateboards that our hotel guests can borrow for the day to explore Santa Cruz. The wall will feature Jim Phillips art and official Screaming hand cocktail (his creation). For the first quarter, the interactive art / skateboard wall, will focus on Jim Phillips art designs. The “Screaming Hand”, designed by Jim Phillips Sr. in 1973, is the main logo of the Santa Cruz brand. A detached hand drenched in blood, blue in color with a mouth that said everything gnarly about skateboard culture and its endearing roots. Pulling inspiration from the surf and drag racing culture in Santa Cruz, Jim Phillips has created some of the most iconic skate graphics of all time. It was Phillips skateboard art that put skateboarding firmly on the map across the world in the early 1980’s. If you think about how huge skateboarding became back then, and then look at who was at the controls of designing its very lifestyle, it was down to Phillips. One man, working for one company, and that company was Santa Cruz Skateboards. Jim Phillips is a graphic artist who is best known for his surf and skateboard art. Born in San Jose, Ca, he has lived most all of his life in Santa Cruz. Jim’s first published work was in the spring 1962 issue of Surfer Quarterly, his “Woody” a pen and illustration was a winner of a 1961 surf car cartoon contest held by the magazine. Soon Jim’s surf art began to appear in the major surf magazines during the 60’s and beyond. His earliest jobs were in local surf shops that were manufacturing surfboards, where much of his work was applying art and designs to surfboards. In 1965 and 66 Jim studied fine art under a scholarship at California of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Phillips became sole artist and art director for NHS Inc, during their early hears in the 1970’s and 80’s where he created thousands of decks, t-shirts, stickers, product illustration and skateboard magazine ads. In 1988 he founded Phillips Studios where he trained young skateboarding artists to create designs for NHS. Jim’s art has grown ever more popular in his later days and NHS currently markets his work in 80 countries. In 2016 – 2017, The Streaming Hand, an NHS art exhibit tribute to Jim Phillips’ art, traveled to 25 art venues worldwide, invited 50 world class artists to join, and broke all attendance and membership records at the eight month exhibit at the  Santa Cruz Art and History Museum. In 2020 NHS will be presenting a similar traveling art show based on Jim’s art and advertising for Santa Cruz wheels, and will culminate a world wide exhibit at the MAH in the Spring of 2021. Lee Charron, Creative Art Dir at NHS, will curate the wall and will keep it fresh & exciting as the seasons change! Lee was an instrumental player to focus on the illustrations and art that attracted people to the brand. Nearly 20 years with NHS and it’s proven to be the move that the skateboard community & Santa Cruz needed! Being it’s first public showing, this gallery is a must-see! At the Paradox, we’re exactly like nothing else!

January 11 @ 12:00 pm - April 26 @ 4:00 pm
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Retrospect: An Exhibition of Art

San Lorenzo Valley Museum

831.338.8382 | www.slvmuseum.com

Our mission is to preserve and share the history of the San Lorenzo Valley. This we do by collecting and exhibiting artifacts, gathering historical information, and providing education through the San Lorenzo Valley Museum and our educational outreach programs. See ‘Retrospect’ new in 2020 as it highlights San Lorenzo Valley artists of the past. Free admission, donations welcomed. 

Free
January 21 @ 8:00 am - 2:45 pm
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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Año Nuevo State Park

650.879.2025 | www.parks.ca.gov

Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. The trail to see the elephant seals includes a 3-4 mile hike and is considered moderate with varied terrain including sand dunes. Guided walks run 2.5 hours from start to finish and operate daily from early morning to mid-afternoon. These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. During the guided walk season, walks are offered daily for families, individuals, or groups. Children age 17 and under require one adult chaperone for each 10 children. Each walk has a capacity of 20 people, including chaperones. Guided walks begin mid December and continue every day until March 31st with exceptions on December 25th (Christmas) and the last weekend in January. Online reservations are recommended, especially weekends and holidays. People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk. Equal access tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and information, please call Reserve California at 800.444.4445 or visit their website. International Reservations call 518.218.5078. Walks begin 8:45 am to 2:45 pm. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Recorded information 650.879.0227. Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee. There are no ticket refunds or exchanges for cancellations, no shows, weather, or late arrivals. Refunds are issued only when the park staff must cancel a walk. As much notice as possible will be given in the event of a cancellation.

January 21 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Museum of Art and History: Santa Cruz Tattoo’d

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

831.429.1964 | santacruzmah.org

Uncover personal tattoo stories from across Santa Cruz County inside our new exhibition at the MAH. Dive into tattoo history and artistry found throughout the County, featuring the works of nine local tattoo shops and artists. Plus, give your friends and family a temporary tattoo in the pop-up tattoo shop located inside the gallery. We all have powerful stories that shape who we are, some of us choose to make those stories visible through tattoos. Explore the stories behind how and why we get tattooed through personal accounts from inked individuals across Santa Cruz County. People choose to get tattooed for all sorts of reasons. To mark important life events, show a commitment to a loved one or express an affiliation with a specific community or social group. For some, the decision to get a new tattoo isn’t as monumental. Whatever the reason, momentous or spur of the moment, each tattoo tells a unique story. In looking at these unique stories visitors will also explore the development of modern tattooing in Santa Cruz County, from illegal tattoo pop-ups at art shows to the movement toward legalizing tattooing in the 90’s. This exhibition will also highlight the work of local tattoo artists through a community tattoo portfolio and Santa Cruz inspired flash art wall. Plus, give your friends and family a temporary tattoo in the pop-up tattoo shop located inside the gallery. Featuring Artwork from Tattoo Shops: Black Pearl, Eight’s & Aces, Freedom Tattoo, F U Tattoo, Good Luck Tattoo, Good Omen Tattoo, Mission Street Tattoo, Samuel O’Reilly’s Tattoo Parlor, Staircase Tattoo and True Art Tattoo. MAH hours may vary during holidays.

January 22 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Pajaro Valley Arts Presents: Take Aways-Art to Go!

Pajaro Valley Arts

831.722.3062 | pvarts.org

We invite you to join us for our first exhibit of 2020, Take Aways: Art to Go! This annual invitational exhibit features many of the county’s most notable artists. These artists are presenting works that fit into many budgets. Gallery open Wednesday through Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. (Closed between exhibitions)

January 22 @ 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival

Center Stage Theater

831.425.7506 | www.sccat.org

The annual 10-minute play festival celebrates its 25th anniversary as the longest running and most respected short play festival in the US. Sixteen awarded-winning short plays, from our annual international playwriting contest, are performed and directed by some of the best the Santa Cruz theatre community has to offer. The Festival presents 8 short plays on “A” Night, and 8 different plays on “B” Night, running in repertoire.             Wednesdays 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Thursdays 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Fridays 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Saturdays 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm & 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Schedule and Tickets $29 to $32 available online.

 

 

 

January 23 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Seymour Marine Discovery Center: Community Free Day

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

831.459.3800 | seymourcenter.ucsc.edu

Come touch a friendly shark, see how marine scientists work, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay. The Seymour Center’s exhibit hall offers a deeper dive into the adventure of ocean research here in Santa Cruz and around the world. Visit us and explore the fascinating world of marine science and conservation. We look forward to meeting you!

Free
January 23 @ 12:00 pm - March 14 @ 5:00 pm
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Mary Porter Senson Gallery at UCSC Presents: Carlos Motta: We The Enemy

Mary Porter Senson Gallery

831.459.3606 | art.ucsc.edu

UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS) and Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery are pleased to present Carlos Motta: We The Enemy, the first West Coast solo exhibition of artworks by the internationally acclaimed artist. Carlos Motta (b.1978, Columbia; lives in New York) works across media in installation, film, photography, and sculpture to trace connections between current political crises and repressive notions of gender and sexuality.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Motta and Rachel Nelson, IAS curator and interim director, have organized a 2-day symposium “Bodies at the Borders.” Taking place January 24, 2020 at UC Santa Cruz and January 25, 2020 at SFMOMA, where Motta also has work also on display,* “Bodies at the Borders” brings together scholars, activists, artists, filmmakers, and poets to engage the politics of borders as they intersect with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, and race.

 

Hours:

 

Tuesday-Saturday Noon-5pm

Wednesdays Noon-8pm

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents: Biréli Lagrène Gipsy Project Trio

Kuumbwa Jazz Center

831-427-2227 | www.kuumbwajazz.org

Music has always been the language of guitarist Bireli Lagrene. Following in the footsteps of legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, Lagrene hails from Alsace and plays with incredible precision, strength and virtuosity – he is considered to be one of the world’s premiere practitioners of gypsy jazz. Lagrene’s acclaimed Gipsy Project ensemble features a trio format on this concert date, with saxophonist Franck Wolf and bassist William Branard.

Advanced Ticket Price: $36.75; Door Ticket Price: $42.00

January 23 @ 7:30 pm - February 16 @ 10:30 pm
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Jewel Theatre Company: The Other Place

Colligan Theater

831.425.7506 | www.jeweltheatre.net

Brilliant research scientist Juliana Smithton has been on the cutting edge in her field and is now promoting her groundbreaking drug for the treatment of neurological disorders. When she experiences a disturbing medical episode of her own, she begins to unravel a deep personal mystery. The past blurs with the present and fragmented memories collide in this riveting drama where nothing is as it seems.

 

Showtimes:

January 23rd & 30th, February 6th & 13th: Start at 7:30p.m.

January 24th-25th, January 31st-February 1st, February 7th-8th, & February 15th: Start at 8:00pm.

January 26th, February 2nd, February 9th, February 15th & February 16th: Start at 2:00pm.

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Capitola’s Free Family Movie Night: Moana

Capitola Community Center

831.475.5935 | www.cityofcapitola.org

Bring the whole family out for the evening to enjoy a free screening of Moana as well as free popcorn and candy! The movie will be screened inside the Jade Street Park Community Center. Space is limited to 200 people, so arrive early! This is a bring your own seating event … blankets, pillows and low back chairs only! For anyone with limited mobility, they will be able to set up a higher chair anywhere that doesn’t restrict the viewing of others, such as to the side or in the back. There will be assorted non-alcoholic beverages for sale (cash only). You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages, however NO alcohol is allowed and you will be asked to leave. You are encouraged to bring reusable containers and utensils to reduce waste. Only service animals allowed. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

Free
January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Wisconsin Herd

Kaiser Permanente Arena

831.713.4400 | santacruz.gleague.nba.com

Cheer on your Santa Cruz Warriors, the most advanced players in the world outside of the NBA as they compete against the Wisconsin Herd in a 3,200 seat facility near the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

January 25 @ 8:30 am - January 26 @ 5:00 pm

Año Nuevo State Park: Seal Adventure Weekend

Año Nuevo State Park

650.879.2025 | www.parks.ca.gov

Tickets available now! Experience a memory-making adventure by participating in a special event at Año Nuevo State Park. For one weekend only, visitors will have access to linger for an entire morning or afternoon to view the elephant seals at the peak of the breeding season. Only 100 visitors are allowed for each half-day session to enhance your experience. This rare opportunity is one that can be enjoyed by everyone; from families to avid wildlife photographers. Only 2 half-day sessions per day: 8:30 am-noon & 1:30-5:00 pm. Tickets are available online: $75. Event made possible by California State Parks.

January 25 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Open House at the Castro Adobe: Beginnings at the Adobe

Castro Adobe State Historic Park

831.226.9669 | www.thatsmypark.org

As your family begins a new year, please join us as we imagine the Castros’ experience as one of the first Spanish families to make their home in California. Warm up with some traditional hot chocolate from our cocina and keep out of the cold in the comfort of our adobe, where we will share the stories of this pioneering family and our pioneering park. When we finally open for regular days and hours, you can say you were there before our official beginning as the Pájaro Valley’s own state historic park! Active construction site, open only during scheduled events. Free event. Limited parking; carpooling encouraged. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

January 25 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Big Basin State Park: Snakes Alive!

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

831.338.8861 | www.parks.ca.gov

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, and hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Sempervirens Room at park headquarters and meet docent Diane Shaw and her snake, and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Free event. Vehicle day-use is $10 . Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

January 25 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Roaring Camp Railroads: Rain Forest Weekends

Roaring Camp Railroads

831.335.4484 | www.roaringcamp.com

Rain Forest Weekends are here! The steam from the Dixie is extra steamy this time of year. Learn about California’s own Coastal Redwood Forest, aboard a 100 year old steam train. The steam from the Dixie is extra steamy this time of year. Along the journey, hear fascinating information about the coastal redwoods and their ecosystems from docent specialists. See the redwoods come alive aboard the Redwood Forest Steam Train to Bear Mountain. If you look close enough, you may even see a banana slug or two.  Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains just a few miles from the ocean. The forest flourishes in moderate temperatures and a year-round water supply provided by the Pacific weather systems and dense fog. This train departs from Roaring Camp in Felton. Details and advance tickets are available online.

January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park: Drop-in Family Craft-Ohlone Games

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

831.425.5849 | www.parks.ca.gov

What kind of games do the Ohlone play? Learn about their games and make one to take home! Free event. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

New Art Market

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

831.429.1964 | santacruzmah.org

Support creativity and shop from local artists out in Abbott Square.

The theme this month: NEW. Check out new works from artists and crafters of all mediums – graphics, printmaking, jewelry, pottery, and more.

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Women’s Adventure Film Tour

Rio Theatre

831.423.8209 | www.riotheatre.com

The Women’s Adventure Film Tour is back in North America for its 2nd season! This short film festival is a celebration of the inspiring women around us who are doing extraordinary things in the name of adventure. This year’s lineup features an all-star cast of global athletes, business women, mothers and storytellers, including cliff diver Rhiannan Iffland, climber/yoga instructor Kira Brazinski, long distance hiker Jennifer Pharr-Davis, and many more including women in snow sports, mountaineering and mountain biking. This tour will be an official part of International Women’s Day 2020. Each screening features 5-7 short films tallying 100- 110 minutes. Selected screenings will include emcee introductions, prize draws and Q&A. The films are exempt from official ratings classification, but the films are suitable for the entire family and would qualify for G/PG ratings. Tickets $20.

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

DNA’s Comedy Lab: Phil Johnson’s Live Comedy Special Filming

DNA’s Comedy Lab

530.592.5250 | dnascomedylab.com

Phil Johnson has an action packed show filled with his two loves, comedy and music. Like his previous specials, “Burning Sensation” is filled with sharp unexpected turns, sneak attack jokes, and hilarious songs… But this time he takes the material into more controversial territory, not shying away from race, sex, religion, and doughnuts – so many doughnuts – all delivered from the viewpoint of a guy who happily grew up in the deeply multi-everything community of the San Francisco Bay Area. Phil has been seen and heard at the Sundance Film Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, on Sirius/XM and Bob and Tom radio, and on Amazon Prime. Hes also released multiple DVDs and CDs filled with his colorful, tightly-written comedy. Join Phil Johnson for this special live comedy special recording right here at DNA’s Comedy Lab!

 

Showtimes:

Early Show: 7pm-8:30pm

Late Show: 9:30-11:oopm

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Santa Cruz MAH Music: The Moodstrikes

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

831.429.1964 | santacruzmah.org

Enjoy a solo music set from The Moodstrikes out in Abbott Square! Grab a tasty meal or delicious beverage in Abbott Square Market. Explore the interactive art and history exhibitions just a few steps away inside the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. Run into old friends and make new ones in the plaza.

More About the Musicians:

The Moodstrikes are just a couple of musical fiends, who bring all 4 guitar hands to the local band Max Borax. Both archival and practicing lovers of tunes, they write and perform mostly original songs. The sound is electric guitar, songs about cowboys and friends, and our best attempt to harmonize. Behold, Sunday Humphrey & Lord Jeff, aka The Moodstrikes.

Free
January 25 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Tempest

Michael’s on Main

www.michaelsonmainmusic.com

High-energy Celtic Rock with folk, Scottish, Norwegian, Scottish, and more World Flavors! Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 30 plus years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release seventeen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,500 gigs. It’s also enjoyed an evolving line-up that’s enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member. Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist, Lief Sorbye, is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. He started Tempest after years of touring and recording on the folk circuit. San Francisco fiddler Kathy Buys brings her international award winning playing to the Tempest stage. Her experience performing world-fusion music with high energy dance bands combined with many years of playing Irish traditional music in America and Ireland makes her a perfect fit for Tempest. And straight from Bologna, Italy, we welcome the big, rich bass playing talent of Mirco Melone. Mirco has a diverse background in rock, jazz and ethnic music, and holds an advanced degree from Italy’s Classical Music Conservatory. And recently relocated to the Bay Area from Chicago, we are delighted to introduce Kevin Florian’s progressive rock guitar and lush stage antics to our fans! Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, thickens the band’s sound with inventive rhythms, and rock-steady drumming. Tempest is regularly featured at prestigious festivals such as The Philadelphia Folk Festival, and has also appeared at Denmark’s Skagen Festival, Britain’s Cropredy Festival and The Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada. The band is a mainstay at countless American Celtic festivals, as well. Tickets available online, $15 advance/$15 door, ages 21+.

January 26 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Big Basin: The Road Less Traveled: A Dog-Friendly Walk

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

831.338.8861 | www.thatsmypark.org

On this dog-friendly walk, we travel North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We’ll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun and easy, 3-mile, 2-hour walk with docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Photo Credit: Bill Rhoades

Free
January 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park: Salamander Safari

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

831.335.7077 | www.thatsmypark.org

Discover some of the secretive salamanders that live in the redwoods forest on this 2-mile excursion to Eagle Creek! Learn all about the salamander life cycles, behaviors, adaptions, and the current threats facing these astounding amphibians. Make sure to bring water, proper hiking shoes and sense of adventure! Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Free
January 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Quail Hollow Ranch: Intro to Sourdough Bread-Making

Quail Hollow Ranch County Park

831.335.9348 | http://www.scparks.com/Home/RecreationPrograms/QuailHollowRanch%E2%80%93InterpretivePrograms.aspx

In this introductory Sourdough class you will learn artisanal bread-making techniques such as care and feeding of your sourdough starter, bread proofing baskets, and bread cooking cloches. You will learn about the vital stages of the bread making process. We will discuss the types of flour and the chemistry of wheat, water and salt in dough formation. The bread made in this course will be easy to recreate. We will demonstrate a no-knead sourdough bread and discuss the science behind successful bread-making. You will taste a variety of breads and leave this course with all recipes and a sourdough starter. Sourdough Starter provided in class. Cost: $75.00. Please register online.

January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center: Sunday Seaside Crafts

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

831.459.3800 | seymourcenter.ucsc.edu

Make it and take it! Come create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share. For example, find out what gray whales eat by creating a bright sun catcher for your window, or create a fancy fish with paper, paint, and color. Build a seal or sea lion puppet decorated with your own special seal nose, complete with whiskers! Join the hands-on fun at the crafts table! Free with admission to the Seymour Center. Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu.

January 26 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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City of Watsonville Nature Walks

City of Watsonville Nature Center

831.768.1622 | www.cityofwatsonville.org

Every week, the Watsonville Nature Center offers a bilingual guided tour of the Wetlands.  This Nature Center displays a diversity of wildlife habitats, including the Pajaro River, the Watsonville Sloughs and Pinto Lake. Over 200 species of waterfowl, raptors and songbirds live in and migrate through the wetlands, making it and ideal place to watch for feathered creatures, or enjoy one of the many trails winding through the area.  Join us in exploring our award winning trails through this rich wetland habitat. Meet at the Nature Center. No reservations required! Binoculars provided! Families with children welcome! Great for all ages! Bring water, sunscreen, comfortable shoes and dress for weather.

Free
January 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Centennial Film Showing: The Testing Block

Capitola Community Center

831.475.5935 | https://www.cityofcapitola.org/capitola-museum

Enjoy a special centennial showing of the movie, The Testing Block, shot in Capitola in 1920. It is a silent western, staring William S. Hart and Eva Novak. The movie crew spent much of March 1920, in Santa Cruz County, shooting scenes near Felton and Ben Lomond and in Capitola. A fake frontier town was built near the wharf, mostly consisting of false-fronts. Some of the adjacent Italian Fishing Village also appears in the movie. According to newspaper accounts, large crowds came to watch the filming. The movie takes place during the California Gold Rush and is typical western fare with a fight scene, chases, a robbery, guns, a jailbreak, etc. Hart’s character starts out as an outlaw but he gets married to a musician, Nelly Gray and goes straight. An evil member of his former outlaw gang, however, conspires to drive the couple apart through deceit so he can have a chance to marry the beautiful Nelly. Does Sierra Bill get her back? Well, you’ll just have come and watch the movie! There will also be refreshments, a display of theater memorabilia, and a short introductory talk by Curator Frank Perry. This event is presented by the Capitola Museum and sponsored by the Cabrillo College History Success Club. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Free
January 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Espressivo: Masterful Fun

Peace United Church of Christ

831.426.2010 | espressorch.org

Espressivo, a small, intense orchestra presents an afternoon of witty music titled “Masterful Fun”. The program consists of Beethoven’s youthful “Octet for Wind Instruments”; Bohuslav Martinu’s smiling farewell to life, the “Second Nonet”; Judith Weir’s “Airs from Another Planet”, a space-age take on traditional Highland tunes; and Jean Francaix’s “Hommage à l’Ami Papageno”, a medley of tunes from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, recombined and decked out in jazzy harmonies. Espressivo is an ensemble of professional musicians culled from the Bay Area and the Central Coast. Now in its fifth season, it presents itself in a varying array from a dozen to two dozen players. Artistic Director/Conductor: Michel Singher. Tickets: $15 – $37 will be available at the door, but may be ordered online.

 

January 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. South Bay Lakers

Kaiser Permanente Arena

831.713.4400 | santacruz.gleague.nba.com

Cheer on your Santa Cruz Warriors, the most advanced players in the world outside of the NBA as they compete against the South Bay Lakers in a 3,200 seat facility near the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DNA’s Comedy Lab: Magicology: A Monthly Magic and Comedy Show

DNA’s Comedy Lab

530.592.5250 | dnascomedylab.com

Featuring an all ages evening of comedy & magic–free for children! Hosted by Joshua Logan, founder and president of Boardwalk Magic Shop (inside Neptune’s Kingdom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk). Join the Magicology fun and bring the family on the last Sunday of every month at DNA’s Comedy Lab.

January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents: Jason Moran Duo with Marvin Sewell

Kuumbwa Jazz Center

831-427-2227 | www.kuumbwajazz.org

Pianist and composer Jason Moran has established himself as a risk-taker and trendsetter for new directions in jazz. Rolling Stone calls him “the most provocative thinker in current jazz.” It’s that incomparable talent and unyielding drive towards innovation that earned Moran a prestigious MacArther Genius Grant Fellowship and the title of Kennedy Center Artistic Director for jazz. A prolific composer, Moran released two albums in 2018: Looks of a Lot, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Center, and Music for Joan Jonas, a collaboration with performance artist Joan Jonas. The Los Angeles Times hails Moran as “a startlingly gifted pianist with a relentless thirst for experimentation. Moran will be joined on this concert date by guitarist Marvin Sewell.

Advanced Ticket Price: $36.75; Door Ticket Price: $42.00