CSA Day 2017
In 2015 Small Farm Central published its CSA Farming Annual Report with data from more than 250 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers and 53,000 memberships, and found that the most popular day to sign up was Feb. 28. That day was henceforth known as national CSA day, when CSA farmers offer discounts and promotions for their produce subscription services. This year, CSA Day falls on Feb. 24, and to support local agriculture Santa Cruzans can check out High Ground Organics and Live Earth Farm in Watsonville. Contact information can be found on the national CSA website.
Info: Friday, Feb. 24. All day. Various locations. csaday.info.
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Celebrate the most majestic in adventure cinema shorts with the Banff Mountain Film Festival’s return to Santa Cruz for four heart-pounding days at the Rio Theatre, Feb. 23-26. Get on your hiking boots and prep the kayaks to paddle the world’s wildest waters, climb the tallest peaks, and journey to the most exotic locations. This year’s Friday and Saturday showings are sold out, but the same film program will be shown Thursday and Sunday to benefit the UCSC Wilderness Orientation Scholarship Fund.
Info: 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23-Sunday, Feb. 26. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. riotheatre.com. $18-$20.
‘Dark Deleuze in the Dark’ with Andrew Culp
How can darkness help us see beyond our own reality? That’s the question that Andrew Culp asks in Dark Deleuze, a reinterpretation of theorist Gilles Deleuze’s challenge to today’s world of compulsory happiness, overexposure and decentralized control. Culp’s politics urge us to get rid of our idols and cultivate “hatred for this world.” Culp will lead a discussion in the dark and on the dark Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Info: 5-7 p.m. DARC’s Dark Lab Room 108, UCSC 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. Free.
‘$7.99 and a Wish’ The Musical
Dac is a rebellious, channel-surfing teen and Jiggy is her best friend, a sassy feline with “a good head on her shoulders.” When an infomercial sells them a product gone wrong, Dac and Jiggy are sucked into their television set. They have to find their way out before the 10 o’clock news or else they’ll be stuck in TV land forever! Santa Cruz artists Tera Torchio, Jace Hardwick, Ariana Rice, and Erin Loofbourrow bring the zany tale of rollerblading bumble bees, a nerdy octopus, and a valuable lesson to life beginning Feb. 17 through Feb. 26.
Info: 7-9 p.m. Center Street Theater, 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz. dreambeeproductions.com. $12.
Winter Dance Fest 2017
The Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center brings the best and brightest of the contemporary dance world of Santa Cruz, the Bay Area and beyond, with the Winter Dance Fest 2017. After a highly acclaimed sold-out show last February, the Colligan Theater welcomes back the remarkable dawsondancesf—a “uniquely daring group” of seasoned professionals now in its 10th season—with their Santa Cruz premiere of les verites. According to founder Gregory P. Dawson, les verites revisits the theme of disrupting traditional forms of choreographic process through a rich, energized style of movement, and a focus on creative experimentation that allows the audience to feel part of the performance. Music by composer and arranger Ron Kurti, saxophonist Richard Howell, and the Classical Revolution Quartet. Opening performance will be by Santa Cruz’s own dancer and choreographer Molly Katzman and Co. The Festival also offers a master class with Dawson from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. (Call to reserve your space.)
Info:: 8-9:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, Colligan Theater, 1010 River St., Santa Cruz. tanneryworlddance.com, 425-1440. $18-27.