.5 Things to Do in Santa Cruz County Jan. 17-23

Event highlights for the week of January 17, 2018.

Green Fix

Seaweed Foraging

popouts1803-green-fixWhy go to the grocery store when the Monterey Bay is in our backyard—especially when seaweed is apparently twice the superfood that kale is? Seaweed connoisseur Ian O’Hollaren will help you distinguish between sea vegetables—which ones are best to eat, and how you can use them in recipes. This demonstration is sure to fill up, so pre-registration is recommended.

INFO: 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. New Leaf Community Market. 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz. 426-1306. newleaf.com. $25.


Art Seen

Lucia Luque and Mauro Bertoli performance

popouts1803-art-seenSouth American violinist Lucia Luque and Italian-Canadian pianist Mauro Bertoli are both young, internationally recognized musicians. At 29, Luque has won numerous awards, including the “National Prize of Arts” in Torino, and Bertoli, at only 27, has won the “Giuseppe Sinopoli Award,” a prestigious Italian prize awarded personally by the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano. Both soloists represent the bright future of classical music.  

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INFO: 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. Peace United Church, 900 High St., Santa Cruz. distinguishedartists.org. General admission $35. Senior $30, student $12.50.


Wednesday 1/17

Figure Drawing at UCSC

popouts1803-figure-drawingWhen it comes to figure drawing, proportion is everything. Drawing people without freakishly large hands or weirdly tiny heads is a coveted skill that takes time and patience to learn. This winter, UCSC is hosting free drop-in figure drawing opportunities to those interested in accurate portrayals of the human body. Practice is everything, and there will be a model and plenty of space to sketch. We aren’t saying there’s something wrong with drawing your wife as a bobblehead, but she might not appreciate it. Can’t make this one? No problem, they’re offered most Wednesdays through March.

INFO: 7 p.m. UCSC Art Department, Room L-101. 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. arts.ucsc.edu. Free.


Saturday 1/20

SC Mountain Winegrowers Quarterly Passport

Santa Cruz is home to some of the best wineries on the central coast. The quarterly passport is back this month, just in time to start the year off with multiple tastings of Santa Cruz’s best wines and celebrate more than 20 years of passport celebration days. The purchase of a Wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains Passport gets you a tasting of more than 45 participating wineries year-round, and passport celebration days get you into some exclusive wineries that are not normally open to the public.

INFO: Noon-5 p.m. Select participating wineries. scmwa.com. $65, passports available at participating wineries.


Saturday 1/20

The Comic Strippers

Santa Cruz doesn’t subscribe to the objectification of strippers. Oh wait, male strippers? That’s #empowering. Wait, it just got better: they are Canadian. Santa Cruz supports foreign, funny, partially nude men, right? But don’t get too excited, there’s no extreme male nudity in this comedy improv show. The strippers will take off their shirts and take on your suggestions for the ultimate night of hilarity. The show is 21+.

INFO: 8 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 800-838-3006. riotheatre.com. $32.



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