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Honk the Musical
Heartwarming and family-friendly!
Every day (Jan 18-Jan 26)
Location: Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz Map

(0 A January 2019) Honk2019.jpgAll About Theatre presents their musical performance of Stiles and Drewe's Honk!, about Ugly, who looks and acts quite different than his other duck siblings. A heartwarming story about being different and self-discovery. This show is family-friendly and will delight people of all ages.



January 18 - 26, 2019

  • Fri, 1/18 at 7pm
  • Sat, 1/19 at 2pm
  • Sat, 1/19 at 7pm
  • Fri, 1/25 at 7pm
  • Sat, 1/26 at 2pm
  • Sat, 1/26 at 7pm


$13 - Students & Seniors (over 62)

$16 - General Admission

$20 - Reserved Seating


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Cinco de Mayo history, Mission tours, crafts, Mexican food Outdoor Concert
Date: 04/07/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

(0 April 2018) SenderosGirls.jpgMÚSICA CLÁSICA EN LA MISIÓN
Saturday, May 5, 2-5:30pm - FREE


Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, School Street, Santa Cruz

Cinco de Mayo history, Mission tours, crafts, Mexican food
Outdoor Concert / Concierto al aire libre - 3:30pm


Banda del Centro de Integración Social (CIS #8), Zoogocho, Oaxaca, México



Location: Mission State Park, 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Women by Women Film Series
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Watsonville Film Series
Join us for a series of powerful films by and about women!
Date: The 2nd Th of every month (Mar 8-Jun 14) at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Tickets $8 at the door, unless otherwise noted. Youth under 18 free

Join us for a series of powerful films by and about women!

Each screening will feature community discussions with special guests. All films presented at Appleton Event Lounge, 410 Rodriguez St., Watsonville, at 7PM on the second Thursday of each month, March through June.

Tickets $8 at the door, unless otherwise noted. Youth under 18 free.

Thursday March 8, International Women's Day
Community conversation on local women's history & current issues led by special guests. Free screening, donations accepted.
This must-see documentary film resurrects the buried history of the courageous & outrageous women who founded the modern Feminist Movement from 1966 to 1971. The documentary takes us from the founding of NOW, to the emergence of more radical factions of women's liberation. Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.

Thursday, April 12

Special Guest: Director Sadia Halima
"A girl's life is cruel... A woman's life is very cruel," notes Sampat Pal, the protagonist of PINK SARIS. Sampat was married as a young girl into a family that made her work hard and beat her. But she fought back, leaving her in-laws and eventually becoming a champion for young women in Uttar Pradesh. These young women, frightened and desperate, reach out for their only hope: Sampat Pal and her Gulabi Gang, India's vigilantes in pink. A film by Sundance award-winning director Kim Longinotto.

Accompanying Short Film: LAAL PARI (The Red Fairy)
Laal Pari is a self-motivated, self-taught, elected village council leader in Bihar, India, who is fighting to change the playing field for women's participation in politics.

Thursday, May 10
NO MÁS BEBÉS (No More Babies)

Special guest: Director Renee Tajima-Peña
In NO MAS BEBES, Oscar® nominated Director Renee Tajima-Peña reveals the story of Mexican immigrant mothers who were pushed into sterilizations while giving birth at Los Angeles County Hospital during the 1960s and '70s. Alongside an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and a young, whistle-blowing doctor, the mothers mounted a landmark civil rights lawsuit that is seminal to the movement for reproductive justice.

Thursday, June 14, Monterey Bay Premiere:

Special Guest: Director Laurie Coyle
The discovery of forgotten photographs prompts a search for an unsung heroine: Maria Moreno, a migrant mother with twelve children who led a movement for farmworker rights years before Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huerta launched the UFW. ADIOS AMOR tells a personal story with national resonance about the migrant workers who put food on our tables, and explores enduring questions about whose lives we remember, record and recognize.

Location: Appleton Event Lounge, 410 Rodriguez St, Watsonville Map
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World® Cultural Festival
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Rotary Club of Monterey
Enjoy dozens of exciting international performances and unique cultural activities
Date: 04/21/2018 from 10:30pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival in Monterey, CA


Save the date!  Enjoy dozens of exciting international performances and unique cultural activities at the free Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival 


(0 April 2018) LanaguageFestival2018.jpgIt's a fantastic feast for the senses - sights, sounds, flavors, colors and more! Bring your family and friends to enjoy dozens of exciting international performances and unique cultural activities at the free 4th Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Convenient (paid) parking is available in the City of Monterey Waterfront, East Garage and West Garage parking lots.


Held in the heart of historic Old Monterey, adjacent to Downtown Monterey and Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf in the Custom House Plaza, the 4th Annual "Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival" highlights Monterey's rich language, culture, and international affairs capabilities, as well as its Sister City relationships.  


Fun for all ages, the free Festival features hundreds of performers of dances and authentic music from a variety of international cultures that represent many different languages. The Festival offers an array of ethnic crafts, interactive exhibits from the flagship foreign language and culture institutions of higher learning, as well as many language and culture mini-lessons. There will be delicious international food offered by many vendors from around the world.


Attendees will be treated to an array of fabulous international dances, music and colorful costumes. Festival performances this year will include:

Russian Folk Group Kalinka (Russian)

Om Shanti Om Indian Bollywood Dane Group (Indian)

Dragon Dance (Chinese)

Korean Monsori Samulnori Band (Korean),

Fil-Am Community Cultural Dancers (Philippine)

Viet Entertainment Group (Vietnamese)

MBCA Chinese Falk Dance Group (Chinese)

Afghan Bacha Khani (Afghane)

Azahar Flamenco de Monterey (Spain)

Chinese Day Camp at (Chinese)

Korean Fan Dance Group (Korean)

Monterey Bay Healing Tao Taiji Qigong (Chinese).


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Location: Custom House Plaza, 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 649-6544 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Children's Planetarium Show
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Hartnell Planetarium
Star programs for children
Date: Every Fri at 5:30pm
Admission Fees: $4

Hartnell College Planetarium's Children's Show is geared towards local families looking for an educational and fun evening out.


Show Times Fridays at 5:30 PM, doors open at 5:15 PM, runs 30-40 min


Tickets Buy Tickets Here $4 Person Tickets also available at the door Do not be late!   You can also purchase tickets at the door. We accept cash, card, and NFC (android/applepay).


(0 A January 2019) Hartnell_EarthMoonSun.jpgSeason Schedule

Jan 11 & 18 - Larry Cat


Jan 25 & Feb 21 - Earth, Moon and the Sun


Feb 8 & 15 - Legends of the Night Sky: Orion


Feb 22 & Mar 1 - The Little Star That Could


Mar 8 & 15 - Astronaut

Location: S-101 S Building, 411 CENTRAL AVE, Salinas Map
Phone: (831) 755-6979 •website Salinas create a direct event link
Jazz!!! on the Wharf
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City of Santa Cruz
You are invited to listen to Jazz on the Wharf
Date: 04/28/2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm

(0 April 2018) Jazzonwharf.jpgINTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY at SANTA CRUZ WHARF

An extension of International Jazz Day (worldwide), the City of Santa Cruz joins the global celebrations of Jazz concerts at the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. The daylong festivities are in part by supported by Santa Cruz Mayor, David J. Terrazas and Martine Watkins, Vice Mayor and the Arts Council of Santa Cruz. Promoting jazz music's strong positive values, which include peace, intercultural dialogue and cooperation between nations,

Saturday's concerts will headline:
World renowned Jazz Steel Drummer, ANDY NARELL - 3pm to 5pm

Andy's band will consist of:
Murry Low on Piano, David Flores on Drums, Gary Brown on Bass and Jesus Diaz on Percussion.

Santa Cruz Jazz Allstars - 12:00 to 2PM
The band will consist of:
Sundra Manning on Organ, Calvin Keys on Guitar, Geechi Taylor on Trumpet, Dawan Muhammad on Tenor Sax and Prince Lawsha on Drums.
Special Intermission Guest: Tara Firezi - Tap Dancer and Duo

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13 Days of Halloween on the Wharf
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City of Santa Cruz
Date: 04/28/2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm

(0 A September 2018) 13DaysHalloweenWharf.jpg13 Days of Halloween on the Wharf

Oct. 19- Oct. 31., 2018

Santa Cruz Wharf, 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, California 95060


"Join us for 13 days of frightful fun on the Santa Cruz Wharf October 19 - 31! Take part in the Great Pumpkin BINGO Hunt, snap a photo at our scenic photo booth, dance to Thriller at Zombie Night and enjoy festive Wharf specials ALL 13 days! It all kicks off October 19!


"Kick Off - October 19, 5:00- 7:00 pm at the Wharf stage

FREE hot apple cider and games
Wharf Specials for the Haunting Hours 5:00 - 7:00 pm!
Photo booth unveiling

"Zombie Night on the Wharf - October 27, 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Thriller Zombie Dance - Time TBA
Apocalypse Wharf Specials 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Ghostly fun at the Wharf stage

"The Great Pumpkin BINGO Hunt - All 13 Days: Find hidden pumpkins on the Wharf match their ghoulish image on your bingo card and get a stamp from the business. Submit your completed bingo card to one of the participating businesses below and win a prize! Participating businesses to be announced.

"Trick-or-Treating - October 31, 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Meet and take photos with your favorite characters. Treats from Wharf businesses


"Photo Booth on the Wharf Stage - All 13 Days: Snap a festive photo with your family with the scenic Monterey Bay and Lighthouse as your backdrop.


"Wharf Specials - All 13 Days: Enjoy fabulous, unique specials from restaurants and gift shops perfectly catered to the Halloween theme."

Location: Wharf, 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz Map
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Concert Four: Trading Gifts – Iberia & the Arab World
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Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
Spanish and Moorish music, from Martinetes to Sevillanas and Fandangos
Date: 04/29/2018 at 7:30pm
Ages: all ages welcome

(0 February 2018) BaroqueApril29_2018.jpgConcert Four: Trading Gifts – Iberia & the Arab World

Spanish and Moorish music, from Martinetes to Sevillanas and Fandangos. Featuring classical preludes by the Tunisian master Jassar Haj Youssef (viola d'amore) and Algerian master Mustafa Skandrani (fortepiano) and a Rococo sonata by Domenico Scarlatti played on viola d'amore with harpsichord.


Leslie Hirsch, 7-string viola d'amore
Linda Burman-Hall, harpsichord and fortepiano
Carlitos de Santa Cruz, cante flamenco
El Duquete, guitar



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West Side Story
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San Lorenzo Valley High School
Classic with elaborate dance numbers and emotionally-charged songs
Date: Every day (Apr 26-May 6)
Ages: 13-14 Admission Fees: $9 - $15

(0 April 2018) WestSideStory_SLV.jpg"San Lorenzo Valley High School is proud to present West Side Story.The high school's upcoming production of West Side Story is filled with elaborate dance numbers and emotionally-charged songs that have more rawness to them than any musical theater lover could imagine.


The cast members of West Side Story have put tremendous effort into realizing the characters in the story, from the toughness of Riff, the boldness of Anita, the fervor of Tony, and the dreamlike modesty of Maria. The show's tension between the two major gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, keeps an audience riveted throughout the performance.


The show is action-packed, heart-wrenching, crude, and tragically romantic all at once. West Side Story juggles themes of race and class, and awakens the spirit with classic Broadway songs that are forever etched in the American musical theater repertoire.


Performances run from the 26th of April to the 6th of May at the SLVHS Performing Arts Center, where tickets will be sold at the box office or online at The production has mature themes, but all ages may attend. Ticket prices range from $9-$15. There will also be an available donation center to help support hurricane relief in Puerto Rico." Kayla Penny, Press Banner


Location: 7105 Highway 9, Felton Map
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