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People in the arts in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties

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  • Fanfare for the common American

    December 31st, 2013
    Fanfare for the common American

    In a celebrity-addled culture, we too often forget about what makes the country go — you

  • Candlestick Park’s final night was an exercise in sweet nostalgia and glories gone by

  • History’s most reprinted editorial gets a reboot

  • A boy called ‘Tree’

    December 19th, 2013
    A boy called ‘Tree’

    Santa Cruz’s Oliver ‘Tree’ Nickell is turning heads in the music industry, all from the comfort of his own bedroom

  • Folksinger in hell

    December 17th, 2013
    Folksinger in hell

    The Coen brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ delves into the divide between the artist’s great work and his miserable life

  • As part of National Novel Writing Month, we present many of the works in progress from writers around the Monterey Bay: Today’s excerpt features a mother in a remote town witnesses an inexplicable phenomenon that heralds the arrival of a wounded stranger

  • ‘Wonderful’ experience

    November 20th, 2013
    ‘Wonderful’ experience

    Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s final official production creates nostalgia for Frank Capra’s classic movie, 1940s radio and SSC’s long history of excellence in local theater

  • As part of National Novel Writing Month, we present many of the works in progress from writers around the Monterey Bay: Today’s excerpt finds a group of students out in the woods making a discovery they hadn’t planned on

  • These old friends

    November 17th, 2013
    These old friends

    Country star Lyle Lovett reflects on his 35-year friendship with fellow Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen

  • As part of National Novel Writing Month, we present many of the works in progress from writers around the Monterey Bay: Today’s excerpt is a piece of Americana set a century go in the beautiful southern Appalachians

  • As part of National Novel Writing Month, we present many of the works in progress from writers around the Monterey Bay: Today’s excerpt is a tense moment in a dodgy hotel room with some odd characters and a couple of dangerous creatures

  • Man of few words

    November 6th, 2013
    Man of few words

    Poet Billy Collins is rubbing shoulders on the bestseller lists with the likes of Grisham and King — has poetry finally found a bankable star?

  • As part of National Novel Writing Month, we present many of the works in progress from writers around the Monterey Bay: Today’s excerpt is a dysfunctional family story that steps over into the realm of horror

  • The Oaken show

    October 29th, 2013
    The Oaken show

    The great DJ and record producer Paul Oakenfold is a pioneering figure in electronic dance music, but as his new tour and album attest, his work is clearly not done yet

  • Sure, it’s a scary movie, but 40 years ago, ‘The Exorcist’ was something more than that; it was the primal-scream expression of the Great American Freakout of 1973

  • The oldest ‘Frankenstein’ movie in history, costumed country line dances to Stravinsky — what’s not to love at New Music Works’ All Hallow’s Eve extravaganza

  • The man from Manresa

    October 25th, 2013
    The man from Manresa

    Internationally celebrated chef David Kinch shares his recipes and his outlook on food in his sumptuous new cookbook ‘Manresa: An Edible Reflection’

  • Is that cheesecake really ‘a religious experience’? Are we all succumbing to superlatives inflation?

  • The heart of Santa Cruz

    October 10th, 2013
    The heart of Santa Cruz

    Geoffrey Dunn’s odyssey through the cultural history of the hometown he cannot escape

  • In his new book, the great non-fiction narrative master Bill Bryson turns his capacious curiosity to the dizzying events of the summer of 1927

  • Moroccan rhythms

    October 7th, 2013
    Moroccan rhythms

    Mohamed and Misty Aoualou are artistic ambassadors for the music and culture of Morocco

  • What if the shooting of John F. Kennedy wasn’t a conspiracy, but just a tragic accident?

  • W-O-M-A-N

    October 2nd, 2013
    W-O-M-A-N

    Forget ‘Midnight at the Oasis’; Maria Muldaur has built a durable and versatile career following her muse through blues, folk and New Orleans jazz

  • Farr sighted

    September 30th, 2013
    Farr sighted

    The Sesnon Gallery at UC Santa Cruz throws a light on the underappreciated art of the late Charles Griffin Farr

  • Nobody’s mascot

    September 30th, 2013
    Nobody’s mascot

    For Native Americans, controversial sports logos are only one way that the horrors of the 19th century echo in America’s ritualized games

  • Viva Fashionista!

    September 26th, 2013
    Viva Fashionista!

    The blend of wild wearable art and stylish art-influenced commercial designs at FashionART Santa Cruz is an idea whose time has come

  • Words and gestures

    September 26th, 2013
    Words and gestures

    In her choreography, Hope Mohr explores that what happens when children first discover the ability to use language

  • The Blasphemer

    September 25th, 2013
    The Blasphemer

    Sherman Alexie’s new book of stories, ‘Blasphemy,’ reminds the world that he’s nobody’s stoic Indian

  • A Monterey moment

    September 23rd, 2013
    A Monterey moment

    Top-flight musicianship and engaged crowds made the 56th Monterey Jazz Festival an experience to remember

  • The new ‘Cruz’

    September 23rd, 2013
    The new ‘Cruz’

    The past decade has laid a foundation for an upcoming renaissance of arts and culture in Santa Cruz

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