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Santa Cruz Film Festival begins tonight

November 7, 2013
Santa Cruz Film Festival begins tonight

The 12th annual Santa Cruz Film Festival officially begins tonight! Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens will be at the Del Mar Theater tonight for a screening of their new film, “Goodbye Gauley Mountain.” An after-party will follow at the Museum of Art and History. Friday night features a roller disco party in addition to a full…

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Scenes from Glow: A Festival of Fire

October 21, 2013
Scenes from Glow: A Festival of Fire

This past weekend, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History hosted its second annual Glow Fest. Friday night’s festivities – the Festival of Fire – were a sight to behold. Cooper Street was closed off between Front Street and Pacific. A giant metal spaceship-type structure sat to one side, and a fire-breathing pipe organ…

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Santa Cruz Film Festival schedule released

October 17, 2013

Last night was the launch party for this year’s Santa Cruz Film Festival, which included a release of the festival schedule. The rundown looks promising. The festival’s 12th year opens Thursday, Nov. 7 with a screening of Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens‘ “Goodbye Gauley Mountain” at the Del Mar Theater. More than three dozen films will be shown…

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Santa Cruz Film Festival launch party set for Wednesday

October 15, 2013

The lineup for this year’s Santa Cruz Film Festival will be announced tomorrow – Oct. 16 – at a special launch party at Hotel Paradox/Solaire Restaurant from 7 to 9 p.m. The party is free and open to the public, and will feature sneak peaks of some of this year’s short films as well as…

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GLOW returns to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

October 9, 2013
GLOW returns to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

GLOW: A Festival of Fire and Light is returning to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History this month for a third year, this time complete with a performance of aerial arts. The festival was first launched in 2011 and brought hundreds of people to the MAH and adjoining Abbott Square for two nights of…

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The Art Bar and Cafe: Crowdsourcing arts funding in Santa Cruz

September 27, 2013
The Art Bar and Cafe: Crowdsourcing arts funding in Santa Cruz

Imagine if just having a beer or a glass of wine at a cool bar and café was also a way to support arts education. That’s exactly what a group of people are proposing and they believe Santa Cruz could be the perfect spot for just such a thing. Local poet Kevin Devaney – you’ve…

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Body image and burlesque: boot camp uses burlesque to build confidence

September 23, 2013
Body image and burlesque: boot camp uses burlesque to build confidence

Can burlesque improve your body image? It worked for Laina Copley and now she’s hoping to help other women discover their own body love through burlesque. Copley got into burlesque – the old-school vaudeville style performance combining sexiness with sass and humor that’s had a comeback in the pasy couple of decades – a few…

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Retail therapy: California typography print

September 16, 2013
Retail therapy: California typography print

The very talented CAPow has recently added California to her collection of state typography prints available through her Etsy shop. The prints are available in several different colors and lists all of the state’s counties to form the outline of the Golden State. I’m personally a fan of the rainbow one. (Disclosure: The artist is…

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PechaKucha Night at the Museum of Art and History

September 11, 2013
PechaKucha Night at the Museum of Art and History

Friday is the fifth PechaKucha night at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Pecha what? PechaKucha — or sometimes Pecha Kucha — is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. It’s a format that keeps presentations concise and fast, and has inspired nights and events around the…

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Kickstarter campaign for Santa Cruz literary magazine

September 10, 2013
Kickstarter campaign for Santa Cruz literary magazine

Catherine Segurson launched her Santa Cruz-based literary journal, Catamaran, in June. She recently launched a kickstarter campaign to raise money to keep publishing the  literature review, which is comprised of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and visual art. The campaign, which ends in nine days, is seeking $25,000 — as of today, they’ve raised just shy…

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