Arts & Entertainment

Garrison Keillor coming to the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

March 2, 2015
Garrison Keillor coming to the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

One of public radio’s most famous voices is coming to Santa Cruz next month. Garrison Keillor, father of Prairie Home Companion, will make a stop at the Civic Auditorium on April 15. Tickets range from $58 to $99.        

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Music makes the world go ’round: Upcoming shows for Spring 2015

February 16, 2015

Despite the fact that Santa Cruz County isn’t a metropolis by any means and is fairly close to both San Jose and San Francisco, number two and three of the state’s biggest cities, our area gets some pretty good shows. Here’s a quick peak at some of the upcoming notable performances: February Los Lobos at…

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MakesFactory hosts wine and 3D printing nights

November 15, 2014

If you haven’t heard, 3D printing technology is all the rage. It’s being used in a myriad number of ways throughout the central coast, according to KION reporter Jake Reiner.  The MakersFactory in downtown Santa Cruz works to make that technology accessible. One of their latest undertakings is their series of Wine and Design classes.…

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Glow Festival returns to the Museum of Art and History

October 15, 2014

The annual even Glow: Festival of Fire and Light is hands-down my favorite event in Santa Cruz. Last year I had a blast shaking my booty to the sights and sounds of the Dancetronauts, among other fun performances. Check out this piece from KQED: “Suffering from Post-Burn Blues? The GLOW Light and Fire Festival might…

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Sean Rowe at the Crepe Place Thursday

October 15, 2014

It’s not often that a little slice of 518 comes to the 831. Singer-songwriter (and forager) Sean Rowe hails from my hometown area in upstate New York, the Capital Region, aka Albany/Troy/Schenectady. He’s on tour for his new album, which is getting some major accolades. Check out this piece from NPR. He will be making…

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Living Writers Series lineup announced

September 29, 2014

UC Santa Cruz has released the schedule for this year’s fall edition of the Living Writers Series. This year’s writers include Tobias Woolf (of “This Boy’s Life” fame,) local writer Karen Joy Fowler (best-known for “the Jane Austen Book Club,” and Ariel Gore, founder of Hip Mama magazine. The full lineup is here.

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Casey Partytime, local air guitar champ

July 30, 2014
Casey Partytime, local air guitar champ

Meet Casey Partytime, our own local air guitar champion. Yes, air guitar champion. Last month, Casey won second place in the U.S. Air Guitar Championship’s regional qualifier in Santa Cruz, held at the Catalyst. He and two others –The Silver Hammer (Maxwell Priest-Radowski) and Jon Face (Jon Crisara) — got to go on to the…

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Cheap(er) fun: “Retro Nights” at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

July 29, 2014
Cheap(er) fun: “Retro Nights” at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Looking for an affordable night out for the kids or just looking for a way to feel like a kid again yourself? That’s what the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s so-called “retro nights” are made for. On Monday and Tuesday nights through the end of summer, all rides at the Boardwalk are just a buck a…

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Cinema al fresco in Santa Cruz

July 17, 2014

I went to high school in a small, one traffic light kind of cowtown in upstate New York where the entertainment options for teenagers were sorely lacking. The one thing that we did have, however, was an old-school drive-in movie theater that opened each summer. Many a summer weekend night was spent gathering a couple…

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“A Hard Day’s Night” screening at the Nick

July 3, 2014
“A Hard Day’s Night” screening at the Nick

I’m an admitted sucker for the Beatles’ movies….along with other music themed films like “Quadrophenia,” “Tommy,” etc. One of my favorites is “A Hard Day’s Night.” And apparently it’s celebrating its 50th birthday. A remastered version will be screening at the Nick on Sunday and Thursday, July 10. I saw it in theaters more than…

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