.5 Things To Do in Santa Cruz: Feb. 12-18

Wednesday 2/12 

‘A Celebration of Ray Manzarek’

Ray Manzarek, co-founder of The Doors and keyboard legend, would have been 81 this year. In his memory, the Del Mar is hosting “Break on Thru,” a hybrid live concert and documentary capturing a 2016 tribute performance in Los Angeles by surviving Doors members John Densmore and Robby Krieger on what would have been his birthday.

INFO: 7 pm. Del Mar Theatre, 1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $15. 


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Wednesday 2/12 

‘Succulent Poaching and Dudleya Conservation’ 

In this talk Emeritus Director of Research of UCSC Arboretum, Stephen McCabe, will focus on recent poaching of the native succulent Dudleya plants from the California coast, as well as other succulent poaching that is a side effect of the current succulent plant craze. In one bust alone, officials seized around $600,000 worth of poached plants. The talk will cover some of the steps people are taking to protect the succulent commons and the many rare and endangered species of succulent plants.

INFO: 7pm. UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. Free. 


Saturday 2/15 

KSQD First Birthday Bash

In celebration of KSQD’s first year around the sun, join the station hosts, donors and listeners who love community radio. There will be food, cake and of course lots of music including the Paris Quartet Classical Music, Andy Fuhrman and Friends, Heather and the Hepcats Jazz Quartet and more. Plus, the name-that-DJ game for the KSQD frequenters. 

INFO: 2-6pm. Holy Cross Parish Hall, 170 High St., Santa Cruz. Free, donations accepted. 


Saturday 2/15 

Celebration in Memory of Ram Dass 

Ram Dass, who left his body in December 2019, defined a generation of inner explorers and seekers of truth, love and wisdom. He left an indelible imprint on the fabric of spirituality in the West. The film Becoming Nobody is a portal to his life and teachings. The benefit screening of the film is a fundraiser for the completion and continuation of his dream, the Sri Neem Karoli Baba Ashram Hanuman Temple in Taos, New Mexico. 

INFO: Doors at 6pm, show at 7pm. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. nkbashram.org. $25. 


Sunday 2/16 

Green Fix 

Katie and Tommy Zaferes Q&A 

World Champion Triathlete and Olympian Katie Zaferes and professional sports photographer Tommy Zaferes are coming to Santa Cruz. Join them in a Q&A session as they share stories and answer questions about training, racing, nutrition, mental tactics, travel, and more.

INFO: 5pm. Sunday, Feb. 16. Family Cycling Center, 914 41st Ave., Santa Cruz. 475-3883. Free. 


Sunday 2/16 

Art Seen 

Santa Cruz Makers Market

The second Market of the year is this Valentine’s Day weekend. The stretch of Pacific Avenue between Water and Locust Streets becomes a pedestrian mall for the Makers Market—one of the best regular exhibitions of local makers around this time of year. There will be more than 40 local Santa Cruz County artists and crafters, plus live music by Lauren Wahl & Simply Put. Can’t make it this time? Don’t worry, the event happens every third Sunday monthly.

INFO: 10am-5pm. Sunday, Feb. 16. Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. scmmakersmarket.com/markets. Free. 



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