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The Harrison Studio: On Mixing, Mapping and Territory — The Sesnon Gallery presents a new exhibit and series of lectures celebrating the work of renowned professors Newton Harrison and Helen Mayer Harrison. The team is credited with pioneering the environmental art movement, using maps as chronicles to monitor climate change.

Feb. 6 – March 15 at the Sesnon Art Gallery. 4:30 – 6 p.m. Free.


The Crêpe Place Movie Nite — Showing of “The Artist,” the Academy Award Winning silent film, reminds audiences of the magic of film without even speaking a word. Be sure to dress warm and get cozy. The screening will be held in the Crêpe Place’s quaint backyard garden.

Feb. 11 at the Crêpe Place. 8 p.m. Free.

Jake Shimabukuro — Soothe your souls, lovers. Ukulele by the ocean on Valentine’s Day is totally romantic. $32 plus fees.

Feb. 14 at the Cocoanut Grove. 8 p.m. 21+


PechaKucha Night — “PechaKucha” comes from the Japanese term for chit-chat. This style of fast-paced and informal lecture makes for a creative and personal interaction with presenters from various walks of life, including architecture, sports and ethnomusicology, among others. Plus live music, wine and beer.

Feb. 8 at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. 6 p.m. Free.

Natural Bridges Migration Festival — Forget about your midterms for a bit and just go play outside. Seriously, do it. Head to Natural Bridges for a full day of celebrating the wildlife that migrates through Santa Cruz, as well as arts, crafts and picnics. If you feel really guilty about procrastinating, justify it by telling yourself this is an educational event. You’re still learning something about nature.

Feb. 9 at Natural Bridges. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.