A weekly guide to what’s happening.
Bikes of Wrath
This year’s “People’s Choice” winner of Banff Mountain Film Festival is coming to Santa Cruz. Five Australian friends attempt to cycle 1,600 miles from Oklahoma to California in honor of the westward migration undertaken by The Grapes of Wrath’s Joad family. Through chance encounters with everyday Americans, the cyclists explore the novel’s core themes—migration, inequality and the perceived land of opportunity—and how the nation has progressed some 78 years after Steinbeck’s Dust Bowl depiction was first published.
INFO: 7 p.m. March 15. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 423-8209, riotheatre.com. $14.
‘Four Old Broads’
Four Old Broads is a new comedic play featuring four sassy, smart and savvy older women who are living at the Magnolia Place Assisted Living home. Written by Leslie Kimbell and directed by Kathie Kratochvil, the first show of MCT’s 2019 season promises plenty of laughs when a retired burlesque queen wants to go on vacation. She dreams of a trip through the Caribbean on a Sassy Seniors Cruise, but encounters obstacles along the way, including the evil Nurse Pat Jones. Mature themes, not recommended for children 12 and under.
INFO: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. shows. Friday, March 15-Sunday, April 7. Park Hall, 9400 Mill St., Ben Lomond. 800-838-3006, brownpapertickets.com. $17 senior or student/$20 general admission. Photo: Alie Mac.
Cabrillo ‘Out of the Dark’ Exhibit
The latest exhibit at the Cabrillo gallery pushes photographic boundaries. The show, Out of the Dark: Alternative Process Photography, delves into experimental innovation of analog photography and features an eclectic display of unusual photographic works that are visually intriguing and surprisingly abstract. Artists include Cabrillo photography lab technician Janet Fine and many others.
INFO: Show runs through Friday, April 12. Cabrillo Gallery, 6500 Soquel Drive, Room 1002, Aptos. 479-6308. Free.
Behind The Cup
The average coffee drinker has three or four cups per day, and the majority of them don’t know about any of the processes, labor or techniques behind those cups. Join 11th Hour Coffee co-founder Brayden Estby in discussing the health impacts and brewing methods behind a morning cup of joe. Estby will going over what makes a really good cup of coffee, the health benefits and the roasting process of coffee.
INFO: noon-1 p.m. New Leaf Community Market, 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz. Free.
‘Pulsions’ Pop Up Exhibit
Coming from San Francisco’s 836 M gallery, Pulsion is a carefully curated exhibit of work from top contemporary French artists. It invites the audience to feel the impulse of the French art scene through a selection of established and up-and-coming artists, each engaged with science, social issues and politics. The first time an exhibit like this has visited the West Coast, Pulsions is coming to Santa Cruz for one week only.
INFO: Runs Monday, March 11-Monday, March 18. Museum Of Art and History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz. 429-1964, santacruzmah.org. $10.