Hieroglyphics / CunninLynguists — Oakland’s longest surviving hip-hop supergroup doesn’t trip up on ‘90s nostalgia or fading old-school rivalries. Transcending all that clouds the third eye and blacks out the crackling electricity of the west coast underground, Del tha Funkee Homosapien marches onward. Jazzy beats that would make the coolest cats purr, his hooks deliver a prophetic punch to the pre-millennium emcees who still lament the bustin’ caps of hip-hop’s past. Hiero secures the mic to the throne that stands tall in the deep underground of Bay Area 51. $18 in advance, $23 at door.
April 20, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., The Catalyst
Spring Plant Sale — Whether you’re zoning out amid trees and “higher” worlds in UCSC’s backwoods or tucked away safely at home for a little leafy liturgy of your own. For some killer buds and sweet-smelling seeds that you can plant with a clear conscience, save your benjamins for a rainy day and come scope the springtime array of the Arboretum’s homegrown variety. Santa Cruz’s Mediterranean climate welcomes all drought-tolerant plants, which are available in both California native species and those native to Australia, New Zealand or South Africa, as well as cacti and succulents.
April 20, starts at noon and ends at 4 p.m. for the general public, UCSC Arboretum
Earth Day 2013 — Get off the beaten meadow and away from the predictably cloudy conditions for some green love at a local joint that’s totally family-friendly. Head out to San Lorenzo Park for an eco-holiday that pulls out all the stops, from hybrid cars and climbing walls to recycled fashion. Dank in a good way, its everything you want to know about compost. For more organic information and a full list of scheduled non-GMO events, visit ecocruz.org.
April 20, event begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., San Lorenzo Park