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Laura Hecox Day
Honor the Museum of Natural History’s founder with a day of activities, including geological exploration and a beach cleanup. Hecox was the first Santa Cruz lightkeeper and a naturalist who shared her profound love of the environment and marine life with the world through her curated exhibits. Before passing away in 1916, Hecox donated her collections to the city; they became part of Santa Cruz’s first public museum. Celebrate Hecox’s legacy while enjoying the beauty of our own rocky coast.
INFO: Saturday, Jan. 26. Lighthouse Field beach cleanup 9-11 a.m., Rockin’ Geology Pop-Up 10 a.m.-noon, Mobile Museum 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Lighthouse Point. 700 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. santacruzmuseum.org. $10 general/$5 members/children free.
Cabrillo’s ‘Continuum & Flux’
Natalya Burd and Kirk Maxson use images of nature to comment on the shifting conditions of humans moving through time and space. Burd paints scenes of human activity in natural landscapes on tinted Plexiglass panels, her images amplified by mirrored backgrounds. Maxson creates hundreds of small, hand-cut and formed metal leaves clustered in large-scale installations. His work has been featured in Victoria’s Secret fashion shows. Each artist creates technically striking, otherworldly artworks that are both sublimely beautiful and provoking.
INFO: Show runs Monday, Jan. 28-Friday, March 1. Reception and artists talk Saturday, Feb. 9, 4-6 p.m. Cabrillo Gallery, 6500 Soquel Drive Room 1002, Aptos. 479-6308. Free.
‘Questions That Matter: Data and Democracy’
Technology increasingly shapes our habits and defines our access to information. As our society navigates shifting sources of news, targeted advertising and polarizing online rhetoric, it is essential that we work to understand the complex and often-obscured relationship between data and democracy. A conversation between UCSC Associate Professor of Linguistics Pranav Anand and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Lise Getoor, the event is part of the “Questions That Matter” humanities series.
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz Center. 320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. thi.ucsc.edu. $15.
The Santa Cruz Public Library System has partnered with the Santa Cruz County Bar Association to offer a free monthly series of discussions on various legal and financial life event topics. The series answers questions about the most frequently experienced legal issues faced by people in our community. These discussions will take place at various locations throughout the county. This evening in particular focuses on immigration law, led by local immigration attorney Jeraline Singh Edwards. The presentation will encompass “Know your Rights,” immigration law fundamental principles—such as ways to get a green card and the process of naturalization—and the truths and myths about current immigration law and policies.
INFO: 6-7 p.m. Santa Cruz Downtown Library, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz. 427-7707, santacruzpl.org. Free.
Women’s Adventure Film Tour
This is the first time that the Women’s Adventure Film Tour is touching down in the U.S. This tour is a celebration of the fantastic women around us who are doing extraordinary things in the otherwise male-dominated adventure industry. Join Patagonia in an evening of short films highlighting the world’s greatest female athletes. Subjects vary from extreme skiing and snowboarding to surfing and rock climbing. The show benefits the Changing Tides Foundation, whose mission includes educating others on how to adventure and live in a conscious way, protecting our oceans and earth, and empowering women through the outdoors.
INFO: 7-10 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. riotheatre.com. $18.