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Body vs. Time

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 18, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

‘Your Body is Not a Shark’ is an exciting new dance/poetry collaboration which grapples with the inevitable decline of the body {THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY. Jan. 17-20. 8 p.m. Motion at the Mill, 131 Front St., Santa Cruz. Tickets are $16 and $20 in advance; $18/$22 at the door. Only 75 seats per night available. Details: … Continue reading »

coolpicks: GAIL RICH AWARDS

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 15, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

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 for their contributions to the local cultural scene, and the whole community comes out to appreciate their artistic … Continue reading »

2013 Gail Rich Award Winners

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 5, 2013 ⋅ 2 COMMENTS

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. Creativity isn’t some indulgence for the idle elite; it’s a common language among neighbors. It’s why many of … Continue reading »

Author Jaimal Yogis explores the neuro-scientific roots of fear by facing his own

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 4, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

Though he doesn’t look like it at first glance, journalist Jamail Yogis possesses a reptile brain. In that respect, he’s no different than the rest of us seven billion or so homo sapiens currently living on earth – not to mention the billions of other mammals and, of course, reptiles sharing the planet. And in … Continue reading »

Past Gail Rich Award Winner

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 2, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

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 Collins, composer Guillermo Aranda, muralist Tracye Lea Lawson, music programmer Bud Kretschmer, benefactor 1998 Bruce Lee, performance artist … Continue reading »

‘Altared Christmas’ a musical alternative to the traditional holiday

POSTED BY  ⋅ DECEMBER 5, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

For much of the last decade, Santa Cruz musician Rhan Wilson has worked to reboot Christmas with his annual presentation of “An Altared Christmas,” in which blue-and-black costumed performers sing familiar carols in minor keys and otherwise tease out themes of love and meaning often lost in the madness of the … Continue reading »

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

POSTED BY  ⋅ NOVEMBER 7, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

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 ask about the history,” said Ann Hazels, one of two directors of the “new” ICA, in reference to … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder, Art Studio: Flying through the air with Monet Sexauer

POSTED BY  ⋅ OCTOBER 24, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher and cultural critic, once said, “Those who would learn to fly, one day must first learn to stand, walk, run, climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” Today the best modern dancers seem to defy gravity, creating the impression of flying. Modern aerial dancers as seen in performances such … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Nada Miljkovic’s exploration of the melancholy of broken love in song

POSTED BY  ⋅ OCTOBER 2, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

“Sevdah” or “Sevdalinka” is a traditional folk music from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Historically, Sevdalinkas are women’s songs, exploring the issues of love and longing, mostly unfulfilled and unfortunate loves. The act of singing or bearing witness to these songs has, through the years been considered a healing practice, revealing and exorcising the darkness that lives … Continue reading»

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