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Flicks at the Nick: Begin Again and Venus in Fur

  The movie title Begin Again suggests multiple resonances. First of all, there’s the idea that in learning to play music one must “begin again” many times before mastering the song. Music is a liberating force but it’s also a discipline and it takes time to earn your chops. The title also evokes the phrase […]

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Flicks at the Nickelodean and Del Mar: Obvious Child and Snowpiercer

The Nickelodean and the Del Mar are two important cultural institutions in the city of Santa Cruz as they connect us to the thoughts and dreams of distant groups. The difference between Hollywood blockbusters and independent films is a difference that defines us. This last week, I had the pleasure of seeing two films with […]

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Teach the Kids to Save the Sharks. By Jake Thomas

  I attended the Beneath the Waves Film Festival in Santa Cruz last Saturday at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and three things were deeply imprinted in my mind: public education is missing the boat, the boat is badass, and badass boats should study the ocean, not massacre sharks. Before I delve […]

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‘CROSSROADS’ – Marya Stark is an amazing Santa Cruz based artist

  Drawing from a broad and bold palette of influences–ranging from Baroque and Broadway to pop and folk–singer/songwriter/mulit-instrumentalist Marya Stark creates a unique and enchanting sound that is difficult to categorize but impossible to ignore. She is proud to introduce the mesmerizing new clip for her latest single, “Crossroads.”        Born in Arizona […]

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3rd Friday at the MAH: Fashion and Body Art

Fashion went forward with colorful fashion and body art displays plus activities at The Museum of Art and History‘s 3rd Friday Fashion and Body Art Festival. Fashion Art Santa Cruz brought you “FashionART: Paint to Wear,” a fashion art paint-a-thon with local artists and fashion designers Rose Sellery, Tina Brown, and Angelo Grova: 6 artists. […]

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Point Break LIVE!

Point Break Live! is a spoof of the 1991 blockbuster classic starring Patrick Swayze as Bodhi, the Zen-surfing leader of a gang of bank robbing adrenaline junkies called the Ex-Presidents, and Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah, an ex-college football star turned undercover FBI Agent. But the best part? YOU CAN BE KEANU!!! That’s right — […]

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Kathleen Crocetti and the FashionTEEN Fashion Show

Kathleen Crocetti is an artist who’s projects have inspired her to learn welding, wood work, fiber optics, glass, sewing and many more mediums. Her work is continually evolving. She has been an art teacher at Mission Hill for 10 years. She was awarded the 2011 California Art Educator of the Year. So it was natural […]

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The Hightones

It was yet another beautiful Saturday in Santa Cruz. The air was filled with sunshine and smiling faces in the streets of downtown. I positioned myself on the outdoor patio of New Leaf to enjoy the weather and a coffee. To my delight, a familiar sound filled the air on the patio not long after […]

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