Illustration by Christine Hipp


Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival: Catch a drift from Monterey Bay with one-time trash turned handcrafted treasure. Featuring 40 local artisans, the 2nd annual festival provides jewelry enthusiasts and collectors of exotic baubles a chance to get a jump on their holiday shopping with unique maritime discoveries. Whether you’re looking for a show-stopping piece of natural ornament or are just “beachy keen” on oceanic treasures, the sea has something for you.

Nov. 3–4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Cocoanut Grove


The Pa||se at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery: Under the banner of Lewis Watts’ photography from New Orleans and Cuba, the Sesnon Art Gallery is hosting a free weekly event with film, music and poetry related to the ongoing exhibit. Next week’s event will be screening “Buena Vista Social Club,” boasting a soundtrack similar to Cuba’s veteran Descarga players.

Every Wednesday, 5–8 p.m., the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery 


Parkour Deux by Scott Wells & Dancers: A choreographed concourse of Parkour, acrobatics and contemporary dance from the postmodern movers at Scott Wells & Dancers. The company of eight includes a free-runner from Russia, a circus acrobat from Israel, a performance artist from Finland and Santa Cruz native Sebastian Grubb. Wells’ production juxtaposes the sensory-reeling leaps and bounds of the urban gymnastics with the delicate craft of rhythmic physicality.

Nov. 2–3, 8 p.m., Motion at the Mill


Sea Wolf: Alex Church’s solo venture takes a turn for the idyllic in an expansive foray into Old World Romance, his third full-length album. Soaring, familiar melodies in the vein of contemporaries Local Natives or Blind Pilot give way to lush choruses touting pastoral indie sensibilities. An earnest salute to the floating persistence of the acoustic pop wavelength.

Nov. 7, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., the Rio Theatre


Save the Waves Film Festival: This year’s festival comes to Santa Cruz in a three-city coastal tour, premiering new films by legendary surf-filmmaker Chris Malloy, underground Santa Cruz lensman Patrick Trefz, southern California’s clown surf survivor Cyrus Sutton and environmental documentary filmmaker Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee. Arann Harris and the Farm Band make waves with live music, marking the one-night event as a fully immersive anthology of stories from the sea.

Nov. 9, doors and music at 6 p.m., the Rio Theatre


Rainbow Theater Fall 2012 Season: Come wish Rainbow Theater a happy nineteenth-birthday at one of its three autumnal programs. Program A features the African-American production “The Colored Museum,” and the Asian-American production “Down and Out.” Program B showcases the Chicano-Latino production “Real Women Have Curves,” a candid glimpse into the everyday trials and tribulations of Chicana-Latina life, Rainbow Theater mainstay Poet’s Corner and the debut performance of the Rainbow Theater Dance Troupe. Rainbow Theater’s “The Fifth Element” show features a multicultural annually, with this year’s show titled “Breath Boom.” Admission for students is free with a valid UCSC ID.

Program A: Nov. 1, 3, 9

Program B: Nov. 2, 4, 10

5th Element: Nov. 16, 17, 18

All doors at 6:30 p.m., shows at 7 p.m., UCSC Stevenson College