Event highlights for the week of December 27, 2017.
Moving Parts Press Anniversary
Though Santa Cruz has changed quite a bit in the last 40 years, Moving Parts Press shop has not. Felicia Rice opened the small letterpress printing shop in Santa Cruz in 1977 with a vision that the press would help uplift the voices and creativity of others, whether it was through books, poetry or cards. She still works with various mediums of printmaking, and has more recently begun incorporating digital technology into her work. Her latest letterpress collaboration “DOC/UNDOC” is a mixed-media project unpacking the concept of identity, on display at Felix Kulpa for only a few more days. Celebrate 40 years of Moving Parts Press, letterpress printmaking and empowerment at this unique show.
INFO: Noon–5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Show runs through Jan. 1. Felix Kulpa Gallery II, 209 Laurel St., Santa Cruz. felixkulpa.com. Free.
UCSC Arboretum and Botanic Garden Community Day
Pack a picnic lunch and bring your family and friends to the annual free community day in the arboretum. See flora and fauna from around the world, including many endangered and rare species. Plus, there have been two ultra-rare white hummingbird sightings this year alone. Carpooling is encouraged due to very limited parking.
INFO: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 2. UCSC Arboretum. Arboretum Road, Santa Cruz. arboretum.ucsc.edu. Free.
Ales For Tales
There’s no better way to spend this holiday season than by giving back to your best friends. One dollar of every pint of on-site local brew goes to help the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. So you can buy your human best friends brews to help your furry best friends—talk about two birds with one stone. Plus, the brewery will be raffling off a jug club membership and all proceeds will go to the shelter. Drink, donate and maybe even bring home a new best friend in the process.
INFO: 5:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, 402 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz. scmbrew.com. 425-4900. Free.
Chaminade’s Speakeasy Soiree
Gatsby? What Gatsby? Dust off your oxfords and bowlers for a swinging party of the century. A ticket includes a complete five-hour beverage package of beer, wine and Champagne, and a three-course dinner so you don’t have to worry about a darn thing, except maybe who is driving home. Don’t even want to worry about that? Of course you don’t. Chaminade is also offering overnight ticket packages for those wishing to stay the night, but you’ll have to call. Ticket options are limited and do sell out.
INFO: 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Chaminade Resort and Spa. 1 Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz. chaminade.com. 800-283-6569. $160 dinner/drink ticket only.
Don Quixote’s Dinner & Grateful Dead Tribute
Calling all deadheads, please raise your hands. Okay everyone in Santa Cruz, you can all put your hands down now. It wouldn’t be a New Year’s here without some kind of Grateful Dead something, so relive that Dead show you went to that one time where that one thing happened—right, you know the one—with live music by The China Cats. Don Quixote’s is serving dinner, with both meat and veggie options, too. The show is 21-plus and you must buy tickets online, there will be no walk-ins.
INFO: 9 p.m. Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. donquixotesmusic.com. 335-2800. Show ticket $35/Dinner and show ticket $89-$99.