.5 Things To Do In Santa Cruz: Nov.13-19

A weekly guide to what’s happening

Green Fix 

‘Responsible Recreation’

Being in nature is proven to de-stress and refresh our lives, but humans don’t have the best impact on nature. For future generations to enjoy the vibrant wild landscapes of the Santa Cruz Mountains, we need to start looking after nature as much as it looks after us. Castle Rock is hosting activities with a variety of outdoor adventure organizations to teach the community about how we can do our part. Meet at new Kirkwood entrance.

INFO: 9am-1pm. Saturday, Nov. 16. Castle Rock State Park, 15451 Skyline Blvd. 291-8273. sempervirens.org. Free/parking $10. 


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Art Seen 

Youth Symphony Fall Concert 

The Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony is kicking off its fall season with performances by Malcolm Arnold, Aaron Copland and Arturo Márquez, plus “Poem for Flute and Orchestra,” by Charles T. Griffes. Also featuring this year’s Concerto Competition winner, 16-year-old Hunter Bauman, and the world premiere of “Reflections of a 16-Year-Old Girl,” by Bay Area teen composer Miranda Yu. An event ideal for the whole family, kids will be inspired to see performers their own age and parents will be amazed at the depth and beauty of the performance. Homemade cookies and cakes for sale at intermission. 

INFO: 3pm. Sunday, Nov. 17. UCSC Music Center Recital Hall, 402 McHenry Rd., Santa Cruz. sccys.org. $5-15. 


Friday 11/15

Reel Rock 14 Film Tour

This may be the year of the pig, but for athletes around the world, it’s been the year of the climber. The Oscar-winning film Free Solo, coupled with new climbing records set seemingly every day, has brought climbers everywhere out of the cracks and into the spotlight. This year’s ever-popular Reel Rock Film Tour features climbing legends Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold, plus what happens when conservative Mormon coal miners collide with an influx of out-of-town climbers. 

INFO: 7pm. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 423-8209. riotheatre.com. $22. 


Friday 11/15-Sunday 11/24 

Frankenstein and FrankenCon at UCSC

A Frankenstein conference: yes, it is everything every Halloweener ever dreamt of. During FrankenCon, participants will celebrate and explore the enduring legacy of the world’s first ever science-fiction horror story with a lively three-day conference of scientists, theorists, authors, and artists. Coupled with performances of The Frankenstein Project—a modern retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic tale set against the backdrop of late-breaking developments in science and medicine—join other franken-freaks like us in various roundtable discussions about all things Frankenstien. The conference centers around themes like, “What is ‘mad science’ and how do we guard ourselves against it?” and a discussion of the impact of Frankenstein on the last two centuries of literature, theater, film, and games. Come for the Franken-cupcakes, stay for everything else. 

INFO: Check online for full listings and locations. UCSC, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. frankencon.com, ti*****@uc**.edu. Free conference/film screenings and play priced separately. 


Saturday 11/16 

Santa Cruz Zine Fest 

A zine is an independently or self-published booklet created by people with an idea, topic or story that they believe is important to share with the world. Zines have a political history, as they have often contained strong political ideas. It’s also the perfect avenue for all Santa Cruzans who didn’t get their letter to the editor published. This year’s zine fest will be a gathering of local zinesters (yes that’s a word) sharing their work and reflecting on the role of zines in the world today. In particular, this year’s event will highlight work from from marginalized voices, including but not limited to BIPOC, Queer/Trans/Genderqueer/LGBT+, and disabled artists. 

INFO: 11am-5 pm. Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz. Free. 


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