Event highlights for the week of February 14, 2018.
Grapevine Growing and Pruning
Growing grapes is a big commitment—grapevines need continual maintenance and pruning—but the UC Master Gardeners are here to help you out. Join UC Master Gardener and viticulturist Art Nathan for a free talk about how to grow, train and prune grapevines. So sharpen your shears and face the grapes of wrath. (If you don’t know how to sharpen your shears, please don’t just wing it—you can learn how to do it at this talk, too.)
INFO: 10 a.m.-Noon. Saturday, Feb. 17. 1430 Freedom Blvd, Suite E, Watsonville. 763-8007. mbmg.org. Free.
UCSC Spoken/Unspoken Forms of Resistance
UCSC’s installment of the county-wide Spoken/Unspoken series is now open, with the UCSC Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery opting to take a more literal approach to the theme by highlighting forms of resistance. The show includes work by more than 20 artists and activists engaged with forms of resistance from land rights to human rights, and aims to continue a larger conversation around activism as self-expression.
INFO: Feb. 8-March 17. Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery. 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. art.ucsc.edu/sesnon. Free.
Tuesday 2/13-Tuesday 5/1
15th Annual Songwriters Showcase
Whether you’re a new or seasoned songwriter, there is always room for improvement in songwriting. The 11-week annual Songwriters Showcase has begun, and is the perfect intimate setting to workshop new songs and ideas. The showcase is a friendly songwriting contest to debut new songs and songwriters to the community while getting feedback from professional musicians. The event runs every Tuesday night and all ages are welcome. Enter the raffle for a chance to win a Boulder Creek Acoustic Guitar, proceeds go to Guitars Not Guns.
INFO: All shows begin at 6 p.m. Britannia Arms of Capitola, 110 Monterey Ave., Capitola. mars-studios.com. Free.
The battle of these two titans has shaken the rock ’n’ roll community for decades. Tattoo You or Abbey Road? Is Ringo more unfortunate looking than Keith? Is Paul even alive? Well, now we will finally know, because the ultimate showdown will be decided right here in Santa Cruz, obviously. All ages welcome.
INFO: 8:00 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. riotheatre.com. $40/$60.