Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

The force of nature known as Antsy McClain is the subject of a small but devout cult following — with an upcoming PBS special, that might change

{APRIL 6, 7:30 p.m. Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts, 250 E. Beach St., Watsonville. $49 concert. $99 VIP seating and April 7 after-party at Corralitos Grange Hall. Details: } By WALLACE BAINE In modern American parlance, “trailer park” has become a term of derision. In today’s vicious culture of contempt, the

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Improv classes at the Fun Institute aren’t just for people who want to be better actors; they’re for people who want to be better people

By WALLACE BAINE It’s called “Last Letter, First Letter” and it works like this: You and your partner play out a scene – without a script, of course – and your job is to respond with something...

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Richard Stockton announces that ‘Planet Cruz’ season finale will be postponed to honor fallen Santa Cruz police officers

The popular monthly comedy show ‘Planet Cruz’ will not go on as scheduled on March 23. Host and director Richard Stockton announced Tuesday that the show will be postponed in light of the Feb. 26 shooting deaths...

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 27th, 2013

Hello, Academy? Looking for an Oscars host again? May we suggest Paula Poundstone?

By WALLACE BAINE In the wake of yet another one-and-done Oscar host, may we humbly submit to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences a new candidate for the job: Paula Poundstone. The candidate herself laughed...

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...

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

GAIL RICH – Skip Epperson

As a visual artists go, Skip Epperson must be the envy of many. After all, people typically encounter his work by sitting in a comfortable seat and gazing at it for an hour or two. Skip’s art...

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013


  NEXT WEEK GAIL RICH AWARDS Call it Santa Cruz’s version of the Lincoln Center Awards. From the among the vast numbers of artists, performers and writers making their home in Santa Cruz, six individuals are chosen...

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Past Gail Rich Award Winner

1997 Rick Walker, musician Peter, Diana, Marina and Lyle Troxell, family of artists Holt Murray, sculptor Bob Lowery, blues musician Laura Ellen Hopper, radio pioneer Sara Wilbourne, dancer Eric Schoeck, talk-show host Joe Ferrara, comic-book merchant Philip...

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

2013 Gail Rich Award Winners

Santa Cruz County is that place where the guy behind the café counter is a singer/songwriter, the woman showing you a house for sale is a landscape painter and your next-door neighbor is writing her third novel....

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