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Poppy Jasper International Film Festival

Gilroy, CA and Morgan Hill, CA

If you enjoy movies, you’ll love the Poppy Jasper International Film Festival! You can choose from a variety of ticket packages to enjoy short and feature-length movies that have been selected by a premier jury of industry professionals. PJIFF includes five days of film screenings, speaker panels, mixers, and community events in the historic downtown districts of Morgan Hill and Gilroy, California. Our two cities are known for their vibrant arts scene, award-winning wineries and restaurants, and welcoming small-town vibe. The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival is an annual event produced by volunteers as part of Poppy Jasper, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tickets: https://pjiff.org/box-office/.

When We Paint Our Masterpiece: The Art of the Grateful Dead Community

McHenry Library, Brittingham Dead Central Gallery, Main Level

This newest exhibit featuring unique materials from the Grateful Dead Archive explores how the members of the band and the global Dead Head community took inspiration from one another in creating an image-rich, worldwide art practice that, like the band’s music, scrambled perceived standards and norms. The creative works presented in When We Paint Our Masterpiece reveal a world full of variety when it comes to design practices, international traditions, visual icons, and art forms. There has been space for all of these patterns and visions in the community of fans and fellow artists that blossomed around the band, and that community of creators continues to thrive today. This exhibit explores the mutual appreciation among fans as well as between fans and the band. On view through 2020. This free exhibit is open to the public during McHenry Library hours. (artwork by Miki Saito)

CANCELLED We Are Not Aliens: Arthur Jafa, Martine Syms, and Afro-Futurism 2.0

Sesnon Gallery, Porter College

** This event has been cancelled. ** This exhibition assembles select artistic projects that investigate emancipatory futures of justice opposed to historical and contemporary racism, socioeconomic inequality, and state violence. It centers around Arthur Jafa's startling and moving video "Love is the Message, the Message is Death," which offers a short account of anti-black police brutality as well as speculative visions of African-American emancipation, collective resistance, and poetic love. The piece includes a short passage of artist Martine Syms delivering her "Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto" in which she states "We are not aliens”—critically distancing herself from earlier formulations of Afro-futurism and making a powerful case for its contemporary reinvention. The exhibition will reproduce her text as an artistic wall painting and also include an hour-long KCET video that explores the inspirational ideas behind the Manifesto, which lays out visions of African-American creativity dedicated to the radical imagination of a coming world of liberation. The exhibition is part of Beyond the End of the World, which comprises a year-long research and exhibition project and public lecture series, directed by professor T. J. Demos of UCSC's Center for Creative Ecologies. The project brings leading international thinkers and cultural practitioners to UC Santa Cruz to discuss what lies beyond dystopian catastrophism, and how we can cultivate radical futures of social justice and ecological flourishing. The project is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture, and administered by UCSC's Humanities Institute. For more information visit BEYOND.UCSC.EDU * * * * * ... Read More

POSTPONED: Alumni Weekend 2020

UC Santa Cruz

After a thorough review of the impacts of the coronavirus, we’ve decided to reschedule Alumni Weekend 2020. Please watch this space for new dates! Information regarding registration refunds will be emailed to ticket holders. All of your friends here at UC Santa Cruz will miss seeing you in April. Our priority is the health and safety of our alumni, guests, students, and staff. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we respond to these developments. Fiat Slug! Details & registration: alumniweekend.ucsc.edu

When We Paint Our Masterpiece: The Art of the Grateful Dead Community

McHenry Library, Brittingham Dead Central Gallery, Main Level

This newest exhibit featuring unique materials from the Grateful Dead Archive explores how the members of the band and the global Dead Head community took inspiration from one another in creating an image-rich, worldwide art practice that, like the band’s music, scrambled perceived standards and norms. The creative works presented in When We Paint Our Masterpiece reveal a world full of variety when it comes to design practices, international traditions, visual icons, and art forms. There has been space for all of these patterns and visions in the community of fans and fellow artists that blossomed around the band, and that community of creators continues to thrive today. This exhibit explores the mutual appreciation among fans as well as between fans and the band. On view through 2020. This free exhibit is open to the public during McHenry Library hours. (artwork by Miki Saito)

Ongoing

Gift Certificates / Ticket Vouchers for DNA’s Comedy Lab

Think of this gift as a light at the end of a tunnel--your investment in a future filled with laughter and Friday night happy hours again! One way to support our small business in the face of COVID-19 is to purchase a gift certificate now for services you will use once restrictions on public gatherings are lifted.Thank you and take care out there!

“Keep Calm and Laugh On” Fundraising Campaign for DNA’s Comedy Lab

To continue building community through laughter, we invite contributions that will enable creative programming in the face of COVID-19. How do we come together as a community when we’re being told to avoid public gatherings? Is it possible to stay connected even while practicing social distancing? Are laughter and entertainment even important right now? (Cue DNA’s bubbie and zadie in the Catskills in the 1950s: “If we didn’t laugh, we’d cry!”)At DNA’s Comedy Lab, we are re-evaluating our mission, “Building community through laughter,” and we invite you to explore with us. The elements of our mission, when held under a microscope, might appear as follows:“BUILDING” After building the local scene for over a decade, bringing stand-up comedy to Santa Cruz County bars, restaurants, coffee shops—even a barber shop on one occasion—plus outdoor stages, festivals, and numerous private parties, DNA and partners found a home in downtown Santa Cruz in the former Riverfront Twin Cinema in March of 2019. With three stages, including the lobby, DNA’s Comedy Lab produced 288 shows in the first year, before closing our doors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, just one week before our first anniversary. Eddie Pepitone loved his audiences at the Lab. He promised, “I’ll come back any time,” and we intend for him to keep that promise. From the sold-out Rob Schneider show, to up-and-comer Emily Catalano (nurtured by DNA over the past decade and recently “killed it” on Conan), DNA’s Comedy Lab has become a hub of activity with a range of comedic presentations. In addition, the ... Read More

MAGIC GIANT with Mobley (POSTPONED)

The Catalyst Atrium 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

Live in the Atrium: MAGIC GIANT with Mobley Tickets: $14 in advance / $16 at the door

Future Garden Art & Science Exhibition

Arboretum

A major art and science project by Newton Harrison and his late wife and lifelong collaborator Helen Mayer Harrison, Future Garden, is now on view at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Internationally renowned eco-artists and UC Santa Cruz emeritus faculty, the Harrisons created a site-specific environmental art installation in the three geodesic domes and the surrounding garden at the Arboretum. Called Future Garden for the Central Coast of California, the installation, which Newton Harrison continues to evolve, transforms the newly refurbished domes at the Arboretum from relics of the past, steeped in 1970s era charm, into carriers of the future in response to the crisis of climate change. The Harrisons worked with scientists at UC Santa Cruz and botanists at the Arboretum, along with other artists, scientists, and visionaries, to create trial gardens within the domes in which native plant species are subjected to the temperatures and water conditions that scientists see for the region in the near future. The aim is to determine which plants are best able to thrive as the region warms and to propagate these species to create the scaffolding for more rapid regeneration of the local ecosystem as climates shift. As the Harrisons explained, the future for the rapidly warming planet lies in finding durable plant species that together create ecosystems that can continue to live and flourish as temperature increases. The geodesic domes of the Arboretum provide the perfect setting for imagining a future in the face of climate change. With their new gleaming white coverings, the ... Read More

“Archival Research as Penance”: The Papers and Library of Hayden V. White

McHenry Library, Special Collections & Archives Reading Room

Drawing on Hayden White’s newly available archive, this exhibit traces various sites of his intellectual work, teaching, and activism. Materials document his foundational role in building UC Santa Cruz’s pathbreaking History of Consciousness program, his powerful challenges to prevailing ideas of historical interpretation, and his part in a landmark legal ruling in favor of the civil rights of students in the United States which he regarded as one of his proudest accomplishments. In mapping the times and spaces where White elaborated his ideas, Archival Research as Penance invites others to think with him. Curated by Christian Alvarado and Patrick King, 2019-2020 Fellows in the Elisabeth Remak-Honnef Center for Archival Research and Training. Special Collections & Archives is grateful to Margaret Brose, whose generous donation of Hayden White’s archive to the University Library has made this exhibit possible. Thanks also go to The Humanities Institute for its support of fellowships in the Elisabeth Remak-Honnef Center for Archival Research and Training. On view through May 22, 2020. Open to the public during Special Collections & Archives Reading Room hours (generally Mon-Fri, 10:00am-Noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm).

Anatomy of a Successful Pitch: Startup Workshop Webinar with Chris Yeh

How do you structure an irresistible pitch? An audience with an investor is a measure of success, but it's just the beginning: now you've got just a few minutes to put the spotlight your product—and yourself—as a worthy risk in a competitive marketplace. How do you structure an irresistible pitch? What are the key highlights you need to ensure you'll get potential partners on the hook? How do you distill a complete view of your company into a few intense minutes? What's the ultimate secret about pitching every startup should know?Join us on April 2nd for "Anatomy of a Successful Pitch," a free webinar with Chris Yeh, co-founder of the Global Scaling Academy, author, entrepreneur, investor, and longtime startup adviser and mentor. Sign up now! The workshop session will be followed by a Q&A.

Survival 101: Life as a Marine Invertebrate

201 State Park Drive Aptos

Dive on into our aquarium at Seacliff State Beach and discover what adaptations different marine invertebrates use to survive in their habitat. This program is aimed at 3rd-5th graders and their families, but everyone can enjoy. Like our Facebook page to receive a notification when we go live!: www.facebook.com/SeacliffStateBeach. If you are unable to join us live, all programs are recorded for later viewing. Free event. 

Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California’s rare coastal lagoons. A tour is offered on selected Thursdays and Sundays of each month beginning at 10:30 AM. Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are free and open to the public. Space is limited to 14 participants. Advance reservations highly recommended; call 831-459-3800. Tours are best suited for children 10 years of age and older. Participants must be physically able to walk up and down steep inclines. Water and weather protection is strongly suggested.

Virtual Tour of Castle Rock

15000 Skyline Blvd. Los Gatos

Come learn about the ever-changing landscape of Castle Rock State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains, from geology and plate tectonics to current conservation practices within the park. This program is aimed at 5th-8th graders and their families, but everyone can enjoy. Like our Facebook page to receive a notification when we go live!:www.facebook.com/CastleRockStatePark. If you are unable to join us live, all programs are recorded for later viewing. Heavy rain cancels.

The Only Constant at Castle Rock is Change

15000 Skyline Blvd. Los Gatos

Tele-join us at Castle Rock to see how the park’s holding up, and while you’re here learn a bit about the ever-changing landscape of the Santa Cruz Mountains. This program is for an all-ages audience. Like our Facebook page to receive a notification when we go live!: www.facebook.com/CastleRockStatePark. If you are unable to join us live, all programs are recorded for later viewing. Heavy rain cancels. Free event.

OPEN: Solitary Garden Public Sculpture and Garden Project

Baskin Art Studios

The Institute of the Arts is Sciences is proud to present the participatory public sculpture and garden project Solitary Garden, by jackie sumell, November 5, 2019- December 6, 2020, located at the Baskin Art Studios. Solitary Garden features a sculpture made following the blueprint of a standard U.S. solitary confinement cell. Around the 6’ x 9’ cell grows a garden of flowers and vegetables, designed by Tim Young, currently incarcerated in San Quentin, and communicated via letters and drawings to the students and volunteers who are planting and tending the garden as his proxies. The intent of the project, as the artist and Tim Young explain, is to "imagine a landscape without prisons." Solitary Garden is part of Barring Freedom, a multi-faceted, 18-month project which includes exhibitions of art, events and workshops, and a multi-day symposium at UC Santa Cruz, “Visualizing Prison Abolition,” October 15-17, 2020. Barring Freedom brings together artists, activists, and scholars to imagine alternatives to our fundamentally flawed criminal justice system and to galvanize a broader public to address the broken promise of freedom and justice for all in the United States.

Keep Our Seas Plastic Free!

201 State Park Drive Aptos

Learn about the threat plastic pollution poses on our beautiful Monterey Bay and what you can do to help! This program is for an all-ages audience. Like our Facebook page to receive a notification when we go live!: www.facebook.com/SeacliffStateBeach. If you are unable to join us live, all programs are recorded for later viewing. Free event.

CANCELLED We Are Not Aliens: Arthur Jafa, Martine Syms, and Afro-Futurism 2.0

Sesnon Gallery, Porter College

** This event has been cancelled. ** This exhibition assembles select artistic projects that investigate emancipatory futures of justice opposed to historical and contemporary racism, socioeconomic inequality, and state violence. It centers around Arthur Jafa's startling and moving video "Love is the Message, the Message is Death," which offers a short account of anti-black police brutality as well as speculative visions of African-American emancipation, collective resistance, and poetic love. The piece includes a short passage of artist Martine Syms delivering her "Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto" in which she states "We are not aliens”—critically distancing herself from earlier formulations of Afro-futurism and making a powerful case for its contemporary reinvention. The exhibition will reproduce her text as an artistic wall painting and also include an hour-long KCET video that explores the inspirational ideas behind the Manifesto, which lays out visions of African-American creativity dedicated to the radical imagination of a coming world of liberation. The exhibition is part of Beyond the End of the World, which comprises a year-long research and exhibition project and public lecture series, directed by professor T. J. Demos of UCSC's Center for Creative Ecologies. The project brings leading international thinkers and cultural practitioners to UC Santa Cruz to discuss what lies beyond dystopian catastrophism, and how we can cultivate radical futures of social justice and ecological flourishing. The project is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture, and administered by UCSC's Humanities Institute. For more information visit BEYOND.UCSC.EDU * * * * * ... Read More

Asian Americans: San Jose Film Preview (Cancelled)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library 150 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

What are the contributions of Asian American immigrants to San Jose and Silicon Valley? Join KQED, Martin Luther King Library and The office of Mayor of San Jose to celebrate the contributions of Asian Americans immigrants to the fabric of the Bay Area. Watch film clips of the PBS Documentary series titled: Asian Americans, hear from local historians, and enjoy a performance from Cambodian Dance Group.Event Details: Doors Open at 5:30PM Light snacks and refreshments served. Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that will chronicle the contributions, and challenges of Asian Americans, the fastest-growing ethnic group in America. Personal histories and new academic research will cast a fresh lens on U.S. history and the role Asian Americans have played in it.Premieres May 11 & 12, 2020 on KQEDMajor funding for ASIAN AMERICANS is provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB); Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); Ford Foundation/Just Films; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Freeman Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Kay Family Foundation; Long Family Foundation; Spring Wang and California Humanities.

Check, Please! Bay Area Season 15 Premiere Virtual Watch Party

Watch the Season Premiere of Check, Please! Bay Area with host Leslie Sbrocco! Though right now we're unable to gather in public for delicious Bay Area cuisine, we're still hungry to connect.Join us to celebrate our local dining culture and the eateries that give it flavor with a virtual watch party of the Season 15 premiere of Check, Please! Bay Area with host Leslie Sbrocco.This season kicks off with the stars of the hit musical Hamilton sharing their favorite restaurant discoveries while performing in San Francisco. See what dishes they loved at Mourad, Niku Steakhouse, and Causwells, and tell us what you think looks yummy. Then share your questions for Leslie Sbrocco, who will join the party after the screening for Q&A.During this time when restaurants and their staffs face the uncertainties of shelter-in-place, consider supporting these local establishments and others in the Check, Please! family by ordering takeout or gift certificates, and help keep the Bay Area tasty.Register here and receive a link to the screening on the OVEE platform, powered by ITVS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.Season 15 of Check, Please! Bay Area is made possible with the support of Oakland International Airport, Sutter Health CPMC, Integrated Resources Group, Redwood Credit Union, Oceania Cruises, Total Wine & More. More information about our sponsors available here.

Satsang

Felton Music Hall 6275 CA 9, Felton

Doors 7pm // Show 8pm // Ages 21+ // $15 Adv & $19 Day of Show ***This is a standing room general admissions show. There will be a limited number of chairs located in the back of the concert hall. Seating will be first come first served. The restaurant will be open for dinner starting at 4pm.Felton Music Hall & Cali Roots Present: SATSANGA Sanskrit word meaning “in the company of truth.”It’s a beautiful moment when music from the heart and poetry from the soul truly connects with its intended audience. For Satsang lead singer and songwriter Drew McManus, that moment occurred on a 2018 tour through the Midwest, Northeast and Pacific Coast in which two-thirds of the band’s dates sold out. That’s when the truth hits home for McManus that his soulful, reggae-infused blend of folk-rock and melodic hip hop and its message of strength, growth and resilience is his testimony to the world – and the world is finally listening.Satsang, in its few short years, has headlined or shared the stage with the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, Wookiefoot and many more. The Montana-based quartet is currently enjoying the success of its 2019 release, Kulture, a collection of songs representing the culmination of all the band’s influences.“In Kulture, you can hear influences from Motown to 90’s hip hop to Tom Petty, but none of it was really intentional,” McManus says. “It was just me finally finding my sound. It’s authentic. It’s the first thing we’ve ... Read More

AJ Lee & Blue Summit

Moe's Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

Moe's Alley presents AJ LEE BLUE SUMMIT, WILLY TEA TAYLOR & GETAWAY DOGS for a very special DIO Festival Hype Night. Moe's Alley presents AJ LEE BLUE SUMMIT, WILLY TEA TAYLOR & GETAWAY DOGS for a very special DIO Festival Hype Night. PERFORMANCE ORDER WILL BE 8:30pm Willy Tea Taylor (Solo) AJ Lee & Blue Summit (Middle Slot) Getaway Dogs (Closing The Show) “AJ Lee & Blue Summit are pure, beautiful American music. Soaring harmonies, top notch picking and strumming as well as a healthy respect and reverence for the classic country, bluegrass and folk music of the past all add up to a band who are masters of the genre. That’s not to say that AJ Lee & Blue Summit are antiquated in anyway. While the band tips a hat to the American masters of the past, their sound is modern and thoroughly of today. The band are great torch bearers of the music that helped build America. ”-Eric Oblander – Musician, Producer of Rise Up on BCAN (Buckeye Community Arts network)- Winners of the 2019 FreshGrass Band competition- IBMA Momentum Vocalist Award - AJ Lee!- 2nd Place Winfield National Flatpicking Contest Winner - Sullivan ‘Sully’ Tuttle (Molly Tuttle’s Brother