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5 Things To Do in Santa Cruz: March 27-April 2

The Central Coast’s lost Chinatowns, a SUP film fest and more

The Rio hosts the world's first Stand Up Paddle Film Festival on Saturday, March 30.

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Green Fix

Fire Response and Prevention Forum

In the current wet weather conditions, it’s hard to do anything but long for sunshine. But with the first days of spring upon us, it’s time to start thinking ahead as the soil dries up. Join Assemblymember Mark Stone, County Supervisor Bruce McPherson and the City of Scotts Valley in a fire prevention forum where local fire safety personnel will be discussing fire prevention and response. Bring questions for a Q&A session.

INFO: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Rd., Scotts Valley. Free.

Art Seen

Night of the Living Composers

There are so many shows and events focusing on dead composers—Bach, Mozart etc.— that Cabrillo’s devoted an evening to celebrating the living, tax-paying ones. This year’s lineup features the world premieres of Michael McGushin’s Yeats Songs and Jon Myers’ Plenitas I. Both premiers were commissioned by New Music Works, and are the newest of over 50 commissions that the group has made in more than 40 years. The evening also features a special line-up of guest artists including Steed Cowart and Phil Collins.

INFO: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Samper Recital Hall, Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos. 479-6154, cabrillovapa.com. $12-$37.

Saturday 3/30

SUP Film Festival

The world’s first Stand Up Paddle Film Festival is, fittingly, premiering in Santa Cruz. A festival for those inspired by natural beauty and conservation, it’s similar to Banff Mountain Film Festival, but is all about stand-up paddling. The Santa Cruz premiere will include 15 of the finalists, ranging from a short film about stand up paddling along ancient Inuit dog sled route on the West Coast of Greenland to a film about an 80-mile annual paddle from the Bahamas to Florida to support those with Cystic Fibrosis. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit Paddle4Good to empower more children with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through stand-up paddling.

INFO: 7 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 423-8209, supfilmfest.com. $20 general/$12 child.

Wednesday 3/27-6/23

‘Guided By Ghosts’

In her journey to understand her own identity, exhibiting artist Tessa Hulls unpacks decades of family history connected to Santa Cruz County’s lost Chinatowns. Dive into years of research as Tessa weaves together Santa Cruz County’s Chinese history with her own. A mixture of paintings, graphic novel clips, illustrations, and items from archives take you on a journey from generations past into the present day with a full gallery timeline.

INFO: Show runs through June 23. Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz. 429-1964, santacruzmah.org. General admission $10, free on First Fridays.

Tuesday 4/2

Laurie Halse Anderson ‘Shout’

New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson is coming to Santa Cruz for a discussion and signing of her new book, Shout, a poetic memoir for the #MeToo era. Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about and advocates for survivors of sexual assault. In 1999, her award-winning novel Speak sparked national dialogue about rape culture and consent. Now, 20 years later, she discusses her personal history as a rape survivor while denouncing society’s failures to address sexual violence.

INFO: 7 p.m. Cowell Ranch Hay Barn at UCSC, Ranch View Road, Santa Cruz. 423-0900,  bookshopsantacruz.com. Free.

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