Each year the Vagina Monologues dedicates itself to raising awareness and empowering women. The Vagina Monologues will be performed this weekend at UCSC March 9-11th at 8pm inside the Stevenson Event Center. Proceeds from the show benefit women survivors in Haiti, The Survivors Healing Center in Santa Cruz as well as the Santa Cruz chapter of Friends on the Outside. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you ready for people-powered poetry on a pedal-powered sound system? The Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV), located at 612 Ocean St. in Santa Cruz, is hosting an open mic and art show this Friday, March 9 at 7 PM. This open mic series is part of a larger effort by the RCNV’s Project ReGeneration to encourage the arts as a vehicle of nonviolent social activism! Project ReGeneration is committed to building a community space for students and Santa Cruz youth where nonviolent social activism can be expgored through the vehicles of the arts and music.
So pick up your pen, or pick up the mic, and come power some poetry that’s powered by a bike!
During the open mic, be sure to check out the featured ”New World Border” art show, a collaborative show about the US/Mexico Border. A reception will be held before the open mic at 5 PM.
Hapa comes back to Santa Cruz for their annual spring show. This is a chance to see and hear Hapa founder Barry Flanagan with his distinctive chiming guitar sounds and newest band member Ron Kuala’au. A Honolulu native, Ron Kuala’au was one of Barry’s first teachers of Hawaiian music and an inspiration for the Hapa sound beginning back in the 1980s. Now a resident of Maui, Ron Kaula’au brings his vocals and original Hawaiian compositions to the magical musical mix that is Hapa. Join Hapa as they celebrate a 30 year friendship based on their love for Hawaiian music at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in downtown Santa Cruz on Wednesday, March 7th. Showtime is 7 pm.
The duo of Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas return to the Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz, CA for an evening of Scottish fiddle and cello music on Sunday, March 4th starting at 7pm. Alasdair is well known for his energetic fiddling as one of Scotland’s great ambassadors of traditional music over the past 30 years. Natalie participated in one of Alasdair’s California fiddle camps, and the two of them discovered the joy of pairing fiddle with the rhythm and textures of the cello and they have since performed together in Scotland, France and throughout the United States. Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.
The African American Theater Arts Troupe in conjunction with UCSC’s Theater Arts Department presents “Ruined.” Directed by Don Williams and written by Lynn Nottage, the play is based on interviews she conducted in Africa with Congo refugees. Set in a rain forest bar and brothel in the brutally war-torn Congo, it’s an uncommonly human story with humor and song, served alongside post-colonial and feminist politics. “Ruined” will be presented at the UCSC Theater Arts Second Stage February 24th-26th at 3 pm and 7 pm. It moves to the Stevenson Events Center March 2nd and 3rd for evening performances at 7. For more information call 459-1861.
The First Annual Seabright Stringfest will be held at the Seabright Brewery and Java Junction in the Seabright neighborhood of Santa Cruz on Saturday, February 11th from 11:30am-11:30pm. Yep, that’s right – 12 continuous hours of music (plus a square dance) starting with a kids show by Bob Reid and followed by a cavalcade of bluegrass, old-time string band, Celtic, and other associated traditional string genres. See fiddlersjam.com for details about this free event. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear some hand-crafted local music with the possibility of having perhaps a hand-crafted beverage to go with it.