5 Things To Do in Santa Cruz: May 22-28

From the circus to a celebration for 39 years of Food Not Bombs.

The Venardos Circus comes to Santa Cruz from Friday, May 24-Sunday, June 9.

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Green Fix

A Rockin’ Pop Up

Join the geology gents, Gavin and Graham, for an informal science chat about rocks. This pop up will focus on ocean circulation in particular.  The Pacific Ocean is circulating, or flowing in a circular path, all the time. At the surface, winds push water around, creating currents that run hundreds of feet deep and make for some one-of-a-kind geology. Bring any questions you have or rocks you want identified.

INFO: 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, May 25. Santa Cruz Museum Of Natural History, 1305 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. 420-6115, Free.

Art Seen

The Venardos Circus

The Venardos Circus started at the Los Angeles County Fair in 2014. Created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos, the show featured a cast of six artists in a kind of Broadway-circus-musical. In the years since, Venardos Circus has reinvented the American Circus tradition for a new generation without the use of animals—good news for lions and elephants everywhere.

INFO: 1, 4 and 7 p.m. shows, Friday, May 24-Sunday, June 9. San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz. $25.

Saturday 5/25

Imagining and Making A University Campus

It’s no secret that the relationship between the city and UCSC have been strained at times. The ongoing tug of war over housing and resources has etched its way into Santa Cruz history, and as the university looks to expand, tensions over the already thin resources have again swelled. They say history repeats itself, but you have to know history to know where it all came from, right? Join Frank Zwart in a behind-the-scenes tour of the early days of UCSC to illuminate the creative and political forces behind the campus. Zwart is a UCSC alumnus and was UCSC’s campus architect from 1988 until his retirement in 2010.

INFO: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Downtown Santa Cruz Public Library, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz. Free.

Friday 5/24

20th Annual Soupstock

Food Not Bombs will be celebrating 39 years of feeding social movements and the hungry at the Soupstock Festival. This year’s festival includes local comedian DNA and musician Gina Rene, plus appearances by Danny Paul Nelson, Robert Perala, the Raging Grannies, Lyrical I, and more. With Fugazi and Sleater-Kinney headlining, Soupstock in 2000 drew 20,000 people to Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco. Food Not Bombs is a volunteer-based movement that recovers and shares free vegan or vegetarian food with the public in over 1,000 cities in 65 countries around the world.

INFO: 6 p.m. Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz. 800-884-1136, $5-$20 suggested donation at the door; no one turned away for lack of funds.

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