.Things To Do in Santa Cruz: May 31-June 6



Half of the duo Peter & Gordon, Peter Asher was part of the first wave of British rock imported to U.S. shores in the early 1960s, along with the Beatles, Stones and Kings. He returns—now a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire—in “Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond,” which brings a multimedia experience to the stage, hosted by the two-time Grammy winner for Producer of the Year.

Icons such as Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Marianne Faithful, Yoko Ono, Carole King, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt are among the cast of characters in this narrative—along with the greatly missed Gordon Waller. The evening is filled with the music of Peter & Gordon, including “I Go to Pieces,” “True Love Ways” and “Lady Godiva.” The songs given to Peter & Gordon by Paul McCartney are also front and center: “Woman,” “I Don’t Want to See You Again,” “Nobody I Know” and “World Without Love,” all of which were US Top 40 hits.

Wednesday May 31, 7:30 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St. $50-$150.

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An opera for the whole family, UCSC opera students perform Rachel Portman’s enchanting opera, The Little Prince, along with members of the University Orchestra and members of the Sequoia Symphony. This production includes a special collaboration with El Sistema Pajaro Valley and elementary students from Gilroy and Watsonville joining the cast as birds.

Based on the mysterious fable by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the opera centers around the story of a pilot, who having crashed in the desert, makes the acquaintance of a prince from a far-off planet and addresses themes of love, identity and loss. 

Thursday, June 1, 7:30-9:30pm, Friday, June 2, 7:30-9pm, Saturday June 3, 7:30-9pm and Sunday June 4, 3-5pm. At the University’s Santa Cruz Music Recital Hall, 1156 High St.

Tickets are free but seats are reserved in advance at UCSCtickets.com up to one hour before the start time.

Tickets are available online only and there will be no sales window or will-call tickets for pickup at the event.


El Camino A Mi Corazón,” is a beautiful display of everlasting love and the bittersweetness that comes from life. Showcasing six regions this year, the event will demonstrate the resilience and love between family through the lens of Ana, Abuela’s granddaughter, and Tia Estela, Abuela’s sister, as they reminisce and bond over Abuela Graciela’s life experiences through performances.

Everyone is encouraged to arrive early to check out the food and photo opportunities at the Placita in the outdoor lobby area of the theater. Aguas frescas and pan dulce will be available before the show and during intermission. Guests are encouraged to come in their traditional vestuario to join us in this joyous occasion. At the Theater Arts Mainstage 453 Kerr Road Friday and Saturday June 2 and 3, 7:30pm. Tickets can be picked up noon-2pm weekdays at Quarry Plaza on campus.


The Georgia politician who has achieved national prominence for getting out the vote will talk about her new book, a thriller titled Rogue Justice, a follow-up to her New York Times best seller, While Justice Sleeps.

Abrams served as Minority Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, and she was the first black woman to become gubernatorial nominee for a major party in United States history.  She has launched multiple nonprofit organizations devoted to democracy protection, voting rights and effective public policy. She has also co-founded successful companies, including a financial services firm, an energy and infrastructure consulting firm and the media company Sage Works Productions, Inc.

Tickets are $35 for the 7pm, Sunday, June 4 event at the Rio Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1205 Soquel Ave. Purchase at www.eventbrite.com and www.bookshopsantacruz.com 



School’s out and you’ve got the toddlers … how about Toddler Time at the Sanctuary Exploration Center, just across the street from the Municipal Wharf? 

It’s held every Wednesday from 10-11am for kids 5 and under and features a story, crafts and cool things to see from the sea. 

The weekly hangout is free and, of course, you can take a hike down the wharf and catch some sea lion action afterwards.  Wednesday May 31, and every Wednesday 10-11am at 35 Pacific Ave. Free.


This is an art and garden project made in collaboration with artist jackie sumell and over two dozen mothers who are incarcerated—many of whom are serving life-sentences. In this installation, flowers are grown as part of the movement for abolition, and the gardens, as sumell puts it, help people “imagine a landscape without prisons.” Flowers For Incarcerated Mothers aims to bring visibility and support to the nearly 150,000 incarcerated mothers in the United States.

Located at the Davenport Jail, 70 Center St, Davenport. Visits are Friday, June 2, Saturday, June 3, Sunday, June 4 and the following Friday and Saturday, all dates 12-3pm.


  1. How DARE you use the word “Mothers”!
    The term is “Birthing people.”

    Surely you know this — what the hell is wrong with you?

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