.Things To Do in Santa Cruz: Feb 23-March 1

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CIRCLE JERKS WITH ADOLESCENTS AND NEGATIVE APPROACH The iconic punk outfit recently re-released their classic 1982 record Wild in the Streets. Before forming Circle Jerks, frontman Keith Morris’ storied career began with Black Flag. In 2009, he formed OFF!, a hardcore punk supergroup; however, it’s Circle Jerks’ music, including tunes like “Live Fast Die Young,” “World Up My Ass” and a slew of others that continue to inspire a new generation of punk bands and fans. See Feb. 16 story. $29.50/$35. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test required. Wednesday, Feb. 23, 8pm. The Catalyst, 1101 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. catalystclub.com.

ALBERT CUMMINGS The longtime Massachusetts bluesman has shared stages with everyone from Buddy Guy to Johnny Winter. “Cummings effortlessly shifts from chimney subdued stylings to raucous roadhouse raunch to soaring yet stinging lead lines, driving his audience to frenzy in all the right places,” Guitar Edge Magazine wrote of the musician. $20/$24. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test required. Wednesday, Feb. 23, 8pm. Felton Music Hall, 6275 CA-9, Felton. feltonmusichall.com.

MAKAYA MCCRAVEN The drummer, producer and “sonic collagist” is a self-proclaimed “beat scientist.” McCraven’s 2016 In the Moment was dubbed “one of the most important recordings to date in the modern jazz world” by Turntable Lab. The France native’s Highly Rare is a “lo-fi free-jazz-meets-hip-hop mixtape.” The New York Times praised the record as one of the “Best Albums of 2017.” $25/$30.Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test required. Thursday, Feb. 24, 8pm. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. moesalley.com.

MOONALICE Bill Gates values Roger McNamee’s opinion. So do the core members of the Grateful Dead and U2’s Bono. As a Bay Area tech investment advisor, McNamee has a reputation for his knack to foresee technological changes before anyone else. And he’s earned a fortune. But most of the year, he’s nowhere near his office. He’s touring with his psych-rock jam band, Moonalice. $20/$24.Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test required. Friday, Feb. 25, 8pm. Felton Music Hall, 6275 CA-9, Felton. feltonmusichall.com.

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DAVY KNOWLES ALBUM RELEASE SHOW The singer-songwriter’s forthcoming record What Happens Next is a tapestry of soul, folk, rock and the blues, influenced by the likes of Fantastic Negrito, Muddy Waters, Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside. The musician calls it a “cohesive body of work rather than a collection of disparate songs.” Santa Cruz native, opener Anthony Arya, appeared on “The Voice.” $18. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test required. Friday, Feb. 25, 8pm. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. moesalley.com.

BANFF CENTRE MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR SANTA CRUZ The three-night collection of film screenings feature views from the highest peaks, skiing the steepest slopes and adventuring through vast landscapes. Proceeds go towards student scholarships for Adventure Rec student-led trips and Wilderness Orientation programs. $10-26. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test required. Friday, Feb. 25-Sunday, Feb. 27, 7pm. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave Santa Cruz. riotheatre.com.

‘THE ARTIFICIAL WOMAN’ The world premiere of this untraditional musical is based on the true story of Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka’s passionate love affair with composer Alma Mahler. After they split up, the artist had a life-size doll made in his ex’s likeness. $8/$18. Friday, Feb. 25, 7:30pm-Sunday, March 6, 3pm. eXperimental Theater, UCSC, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. theater.ucsc.edu.

‘‘DA KINK IN MY HAIR’ Women tell their moving and sometimes amusing stories in a West Indian hair salon in Toronto. Told through words, music and dance, the stories explore the adversity and joy of their lives. $8/$18. Friday, Feb. 25, 7:30pm-Sunday, Feb. 27, 3pm. Mainstage at the UCSC Theater Arts Center, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. theater.ucsc.edu.

SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE FESTIVAL: FROM HOTTETERRE TO HOTTER JAZZ Jacques-Martin Hotteterre (1674-1763), the foremost member of the great French dynasty of renowned Baroque woodwind instrument makers, players and composers, told the world his secrets of the wooden flute (France’s most popular instrument of the time). Three centuries later, Hotter Jazz applies Hotteterre’s same improvisational approach to the jazz genre. $11-28. Sunday, Feb. 27, 5pm. Peace United Church of Christ, High St., Santa Cruz. scbaroque.org.

RICHARD THOMPSON SOLO/ACOUSTIC In 2017, the former Fairport Convention member began composing 13 Rivers at his California home. The music possesses a distinct cohesion. “I wrote the songs as a group to hang together,” Thompson explained. “They belong together in some way and seem to possess a commonality since they were written in the same time and space.” $33.50. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test required. Saturday, Feb. 26, 8pm. Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. ci.ovationtix.com.

Y&T Since 1974, the Oakland hard rockers haven’t slowed down—18 records released and over four million albums sold. The band’s most recent single, “I’m Coming Home,” has garnered nearly two million views on YouTube. $26. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test required. Saturday, Feb. 26, 8pm. The Catalyst, 1101 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. catalystclub.com.


HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS It’s been almost a century since the Globetrotters’ debut, but they continue to dazzle both basketball fans and non-basketball fans. The Trotters also hold the best winning percentage in basketball, with a record of 27,000 wins and only 345 games lost. $22-154. 7pm, Wednesday, Feb. 23. Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front St., Santa Cruz. ticketmaster.com.

SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS VS. BIRMINGHAM SQUADRON Cheer on the most advanced players in the world outside of the NBA. $27-155. 7pm, Saturday, Feb. 26. Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front St., Santa Cruz. santacruz.gleague.nba.com

CITY OF SANTA CRUZ RECYCLING BOOT CAMP Confused about recycling? You’re not alone! There have been many changes to the recycling industry since China stopped taking most material from the West a few years ago. Learn to “recycle right” —on a global scale all the way down to our local region. Virtual event. Tuesday, March 1, 6-8pm. bit.ly/32Wr1yL.

PAJARO VALLEY QUILT SHOW More than 300 quilts on display, live auctions, a “Bargain Garden,” wearable arts, featured artist Rachel Clark, special exhibits, bed turning and a whole lot more. The Quilt Show “Good Vibrations” will be live, and the “Opportunity Quilt” has been named “At the Beach.” $10. 10am-5pm, Saturday, Feb. 27 and Sunday, Feb. 27. Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave., Watsonville. pvqa.org.


ENTRE NOSOTRAS GRUPO DE APOYO Spanish-speaking women diagnosed with cancer meet twice monthly. Free. Registration required. Friday, Feb. 25, 6pm. WomenCARE, 2901 Park Ave., Ste. A1, Soquel. 831-457-2273. womencaresantacruz.org.

WOMENCARE ARM-IN-ARM WomenCARE Arm-in-Arm Cancer support group for women with advanced, recurrent or metastatic cancer meets every Monday on Zoom. Free. Registration required. Monday, Feb. 28, 12:30pm. 831-457-2273. womencaresantacruz.org.

WOMENCARE TUESDAY SUPPORT GROUP The WomenCARE Tuesday Cancer support group currently meets on Zoom for women newly diagnosed and those undergoing treatment. Free Registration required. Tuesday March 1, 12:30-2pm. 831-457-2273. Womencaresantacruz.org.


APTOS WINE WANDER Discover local Santa Cruz Mountains wineries while strolling through Aptos Village businesses. Participating wineries will be selling bottles at the Bottle Booth. $40. Saturday, Feb. 26, 1-4pm. Aptos Village, 8032 Soquel Drive, Aptos (Registration: Mulberry Gallery at 8050 Soquel Drive). winesofthesantacruzmountains.com.

EVERGREEN VOLUNTEER DAYS All ages welcome, including high school students seeking community service hours. Tools and work gloves will be provided. Please bring a mask and bottled water. Friday, Feb. 25, 9:30am. Evergreen Cemetery, 261 Evergreen St., Santa Cruz.

SURFER’S PATH 10K/5K Enjoy beachfront views of Monterey Bay along the pristine Santa Cruz County coastline. Travel the Surfer’s Path, which features some of the world’s most famous breaks. Finish in the heart of Capitola Village, where there will be a bevy of surf music and celebrating. $65/registration fee. Sunday, Feb. 27, 8am. Capitola Village, 201 Esplanade, Capitola. cityofcapitola.org

FREE TUESDAY AT UCSC ARBORETUM Explore the biodiversity of the arboretum gardens, birdwatch or relax on a bench in the shade. Tuesday, March 1, 9am. UCSC Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. arboretum.ucsc.edu.

SUNSET BEACH BOWLS & BONFIRE Watch the sunset and experience the multi-sensory vibrations of crystal bowls and the ocean waves, creating a blissful symphony of sound. Tuesday, March 1, 5-6pm. Moran Lake Park and Beach, E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. 831-333-6736.


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