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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

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

GAIL RICH – Linda Burman-Hall

This year marks the end of the fourth decade for the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, the brainchild of founder, artistic director and harpsichordist Linda Burman-Hall. The festival, a series of five concerts annually, is not only focused...

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

coolpicks: GAIL RICH AWARDS

  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....

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Christa Martin: Jewelers and designers come together in Younglove Collective

I’m a sucker for female-empowerment stories, especially when it comes to the arts. So, when my hair stylist in town told me about a quartet of women making good on their creative talents — a clothing designer,...

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Kirby Scudder: Writer Noria Jablonski explores ‘Human Oddities’

Joan Baez once said “It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I had nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words just crawled down my sleeve and appeared on...

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Christa Martin: Tannery Lecture Series to explore the ins and outs of storytelling

Perhaps no other place has provided me with more stories about artists than the Tannery. It also features a compelling lectures series helmed by on-site artistMargaret Niven, who serves as the lead programmer and organizer of the...

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Christa Martin: Coleman’s neon lights up Felix Kulpa

The first time I saw a glimpse of his work, I was wowed. A neon artist — what was his story? How did he execute such vibrant, spectacular pieces of art by working with and shaping neon...

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The new Santa Cruz Institute for Contemporary Art is looking to shake up the local art scene by bringing in a bit of worldly sophistication

The Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts is a new thing. But it’s also a not-so-new thing. Technically, the SCICA has existed for nine years — though, it was more a concept than an actual place. “People...

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