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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Kirby Scudder: Abra Allan keeps Santa Cruz moving at Motion Pacific

Back Flap, Chug, Dig Ball, Flea Hop, Pickup Change, Railroad, Shim Sham, Vamp. These are just some of the many terms used in teaching the art of tap dancing. Count Basie once said “If you play a tune and a person don’t tap their feet, don’t play the tune.” Tap is also just one of

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Art project places playable pianos throughout Monterey County

By DENNIS TAYLOR Herald Staff Writer Eleven ornately decorated pianos have been set up for the public — from plinkers to prodigies — to play at 11 locations in Monterey County as part of an interactive art exhibit...

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Kirby Scudder: Robert Blitzer has turned a West Side industrial warehouse into one of Santa Cruz’s most intriguing art spaces

By KIRBY SCUDDER In 1954, the Wrigley Company began construction on a 385,000-square-foot property on the West Side of Santa Cruz. This would become the only West Coast production facility for the Chicago-based chewing gum company. Until...

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Kirby Scudder: The comedian they call ‘DNA’

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a molecule that encodes the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms. DNA is also one hell of a funny guy. Comedian DNA like many aspiring talents...

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Kirby Scudder: Vince Broglio turns surfboard scraps into ‘resin’-ating art

It’s 2 PM on a September afternoon, the waters are getting choppy 500 yards off Pillar Point, North of Half Moon Bay. A Rescue Yamaha Jet Ski heads to the beach to move back paddlers trying to...

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Kirby Scudder: How the San Francisco Film Commission attracts Hollywood

It’s 7:45 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Woody Allen, Cate Blanchett, and Alec Baldwin walk out of Shreve and Co. jewelers on the corner of Post Street and Grant Avenue in San Francisco. They discuss a...

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Kirby Scudder: The crows that follow artist Scott Rasmann

John Steinbeck  once said, “A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a...

Monday, January 21st, 2013


It’s been 40 years since the great jazz drummer Billy Cobham released his now classic album ‘Spectrum.’ Cobham marks the anniversary by bringing his band featuring Jerry Goodman, Dean Brown, Gary Husband and Ric Fierabracci to the...

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Santa Cruz Chamber Players: ‘Transcriptions and Transgressions’ turns chamber music on its head

By Bonnie Horgos While rewriting a piece of music for different instruments than originally intended might not seem earth-shattering, to certain people this practice — transcription — can seem downright blasphemous. “I was introduced to transcription when...

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Setting sail from San Francisco, ‘Anything Goes’ a rollicking journey

By J.M. Brown Only three weeks remain before the raucous Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s nearly 80-year-old musical “Anything Goes” sets sail from San Francisco, taking with it the masterful lyricist’s magical melodies and a revamped, Tony...

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