Event highlights for the week of November 1, 2017.
12 inches by 12 inches isn’t a large size for a canvas, but you’ll be surprised what artists can do within this simple square. Cabrillo’s 12×12 exhibit and fundraiser is back again, featuring work that is no larger or smaller than 12×12. The show is open to any and all California artists, so there is sure to be a wide variety of work from across the state. Make sure to cast your vote for your favorite pieces—three will win the popular vote awards.
INFO: Opening reception 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. Show runs Monday, Nov. 6-Friday, Dec. 8. Cabrillo Art Gallery, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. cabrillo.edu. Free.
‘The Cat That Changed America’
Last year more than 100 mountain lions were hit by cars, and as urban sprawl increases, so does the need for safer passages connecting wildlife habitats. The new documentary The Cat That Changed America follows mountain lion P22’s journey across Los Angeles’s busiest freeways in search of a habitat. He now lives in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, unable to safely roam, secluded from the rest of his species, and with little hope of finding a mate. The film focuses on the detrimental impacts of urbanization on mountain lions and other native species, and how the spread of rodenticides harms the environment and wildlife.
INFO: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. nativeanimalrescue.org. $15. Proceeds benefit Native Animal Rescue. Photo by Miguel Ordenana.
Voices of Muslim Identity
It’s no secret that the nation and world are in dire need of more open communication, education and understanding of Islamic culture and identity. Join the Resource Center for Nonviolence and Santa Cruz’s Muslim Solidarity group for a night showcasing Arabic art, music and food, in an effort to build more understanding and compassion for the Muslim culture and experiences. Local band Caravan El Noor (pictured) will be performing and there will be a Muslim American community member panel and Q&A to follow.
INFO: 6:45-9 p.m. Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz. rcnv.org. Free, donations kindly requested.
Thursday 11/2 and Sunday 11/5
Celebrating Women Composers of the Past
What do Bach, Mozart and Beethoven all have in common? Yes, they are famous composers, and they are also all men. Female composers are often overlooked, underrepresented and go uncelebrated. Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, and Germaine Tailleferre are some of the more prominent female names in classical music, but chances are you haven’t heard much about them. Now is your chance to—it’s never too late to celebrate and support women composers and performers, past or present.
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2. Peace United Church, 900 High St., Santa Cruz. 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Tickets available at the door. Adults $25, children and students $10.
‘Día de los Muertos’ Community Festival
Join the Museum of Art and History in celebrating the Day of the Dead, Día de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday remembering and respecting those who have died. Closely followed by All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day, Día de Los Muertos is traditionally celebrated by dedicating altars or ofrendas to loved ones, and decorating them with marigolds and calaveras (sugar skulls). The celebration features live music, face painting, dance performances and an altar contest. The event begins on Cooper Street and in Abbott Square and will continue through downtown Santa Cruz to the Evergreen Cemetery. Feel free to join in and follow the procession at the start, or meet them along the way.
INFO: 12:30-6 p.m. Begins at 118 Cooper St., Santa Cruz. santacruzmah.org. Free.