Event highlights for the week of March 14, 2018.
Roots of Your Divine, With Wine
What goes better with yoga than wine? Or maybe what goes better with wine than yoga? Whichever way you see it, enjoy wine tasting, some snacks and a little savasana to start off your week. The event is a fundraiser for Parkinson’s disease, and 30 percent of all wine sales benefit the Parkinson’s Institute. Don’t forget to bring a yoga mat.
INFO: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. Bargetto Winery, 3535 N Main St., Santa Cruz. 917-274-1625. bargetto.com. $50.
‘Reflections’ at Motion Pacific
Motion Pacific’s latest Incubator Project show “Reflections” is all dressed up and ready for showtime. “Reflections” is an autobiographical exploration of the relationships between the self, others and the world. The dance ensemble OVA is accompanied by Eric James DeAratanha, a local musician whose acoustic and nature-inspired work is largely improvisational.
INFO: 8 p.m. Friday, March 16 and Saturday March 17. Motion Pacific. 131 Front St., Santa Cruz. 457-1616. motionpacific.com. $14-$20.
20th Anniversary Celebration Te Hau Nui School of Hula and Tahitian Dance
Taj Mahal doesn’t fly out to Santa Cruz for nothing. Te Hau Nui is celebrating 20 years as the largest Polynesian Dance Troupe and only hula school around. You may have seen them at the Cabrillo Music Festival, the Tannery World Arts Ethnic Dance Festival, or the Jack O’Neill Memorial Paddle Out. They have served and represented Santa Cruz across the Bay, and have been nominated several times for the Gail Rich Award. Blues legend Taj Mahal will play a set with the group, and there are many other musicians coming to share the aloha of Hawai’i with Santa Cruz.
INFO: 7 p.m. Rio Theatre. 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 423-8209. tehaunuidance.com. $25 general admission, $55 gold circle.
The Painted Cork Grand Opening
Santa Cruz’s newest arts locale, the Painted Cork, is a “paint and sip” studio where guests 21 and over can bring their own beer or wine and enjoy a painting class. You know what they say, nothing gets those creative juices flowing better than a drink. Plus no one will judge you if your art goes all Picasso. There will be complimentary drinks and a taco bar onsite, too. Get there early, as tacos might not last long and free drinks certainly won’t.
INFO: Noon-4 p.m. The Painted Cork. 1129 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 471.8939. paintedcork.com. Free.
Thursday 3/15-Sunday 4/8
Mountain Community Theater Presents ‘Julius Caesar’
Julius Caesar is one of only a few historical-fact-based tragedies Shakespeare wrote, and some say he opened the Globe Theatre with it. The play tells the story of Roman politician and general Brutus, who is arguably one of the main people responsible for the fall of the Roman Empire. The story centers around honor and patriotism and how the fragile male ego leads to the demise of one of history’s most famous empires. Who knows, you might see some modern day parallels to today’s political figures.
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. matinee Sundays. Park Hall. 9400 Mill St., Ben Lomond. mctshows.org. General tickets $20, senior/student $17. Community night Thursday, March 15, two tickets for $20. Photo: Ali Mac.