The MUSE

Kirby Scudder: PVAC shows ‘Sleight of Hand’ in new exhibit

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 16, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

It’s 1:30 on Monday and members of the Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery Committee grab coffee at Peet’s in downtown Santa Cruz. I meet them at Java Junction where I grab a coffee to go. Traffic on Highway 1 southbound is moving briskly. It’s now 1:48 and we exit on Main Street in Watsonville. This … 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 »

Some jewels to be found in ‘8 Tens’

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 8, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

By Joanne Engelhardt It’s always smart to offer up a smorgasbord of 10-minute plays because if one or two of them aren’t interesting, well, they’ll be over in 10 minutes. Of course that also means if there are some really good ones, they, too, will be gone in the twinkling of an eye. That’s the …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 »

Christa Martin: Metal, jewelry and prints

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 3, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

At age 13, Denny Beck entered his first art competition. It was sponsored by his junior high school library in the redwood mecca of Humboldt County. His entry? A hand-carved wooden sculpture of a bear in the wilderness, mounted on a redwood burl slab. His piece earned a second-place award and validated in him a sense … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Santa Cruz a leader in the art of the luthier

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 3, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

The oldest known iconographic representation of an instrument displaying the essential features of a guitar is 3,300 years old. Since then, different cultures have taken the design and sound of the stringed instrument in a multitude of acoustical directions, however it isn’t until the 12th century that the term guitar emerges; gitarre (German), guitare (French) … 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 »

Linda Burman-Hall

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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 on performing music from the Baroque period – think J.S. Bach and Handel’s “Messiah” – but in recreating … Continue reading »

The Joe Sharino tradition in Santa Cruz jumps into the next generation with the Alison Sharino band

POSTED BY  ⋅ DECEMBER 29, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

By Wallace baine When Joe Sharino first began his annual “New Year’s Eve Eve” show in Santa Cruz, he was the dad of a baby girl just past her first birthday, far too young to dance to “Heard It Through the Grapevine.” In 2013, that baby girl will turn 30 — in fact, she now … Continue reading »

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

POSTED BY  ⋅ DECEMBER 19, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

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 Tannery Arts Lecture Series.”We focus on topics being addressed by contemporary artists,” says Niven. “Each panel includes at … Continue reading »

‘Chasing Mavericks’ puts Santa Cruz on Hollywood’s radar

POSTED BY  ⋅ DECEMBER 15, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

EDITOR’S NOTE: During the final two weeks of 2012, the Sentinel is taking a look back at the most newsworthy stories and newsmakers of the year. The series will be published in ascending order, ending on Dec. 31 with the story selected by the Sentinel staff as the year’s biggest. SANTA CRUZ — Richard “Frosty” … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Art, food and life the Casa Nostra way

POSTED BY  ⋅ DECEMBER 5, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

The aroma of freshly pressed olive oil and garlic mist over the table. A plate of Costolette Di Vitello alla Capricciosa is served while two friends discuss their trip to Salerno. They are seated outside Ristorante Caffe’ Tarsia two blocks away from the San Lorenzo Maggiore, a Franciscan church just outside of Naples, Italy, in … 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 »

Wallace Baine, Baine Street: America needs you, California

POSTED BY  ⋅ OCTOBER 29, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

Joe Sharino Band Looking for a pre-celebration to ringing in the New Year? Join the Joe Sharino Band for their New Year’s Eve’s Eve concert. The show will include party favors, a balloon drop, festive decorations and a countdown at midnight to ring in the actual New Year’s Eve. When: 8 p.m. Where: Cocoanut Grove … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Shmuel Thaler brings an artistic eye to photojournalism

POSTED BY  ⋅ OCTOBER 11, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

On a February morning, sharpshooters from the Sheriff’s Office and first responders were called to a house in Watsonville where a heavily armed man suspected of a local burglary refused to surrender. Negotiators were brought in. Moments later, Sentinel staff photographer Shmuel Thaler arrived on scene. Shmuel secured a safe position behind police perimeters, attached … 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»

Afterburner: James Durbin releases debut album: ‘Memories of a Beautiful Disaster’

POSTED BY  ⋅ NOVEMBER 19, 2011 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

Anyone who has watched with fascination the first act of the epic movie that is James Durbin’s astonishing life might want to consider taking their seats right about now. Act II is about to begin. The Santa Cruz “American Idol” star is poised to release his first album, which he is hoping will serve as … Continue reading »

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