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The Redlight District

The Redlight District

“In less than six months we more than doubled our catalogue,” says Stephen Sams, in between sips from his ambiguous drink in a nondescript Mason jar. He’s currently explaining the next evolution of his raucous psychedelic quartet, the Redlight District. “Plus we’re halfway done with a new E.P.”

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Joy of Jazz

Joy of Jazz

Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O turns beloved holiday songs into improvisational joy rides

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Be Our Guest: The Expendables

Be Our Guest: The Expendables

Win tickets to see The Expendables at The Catalyst on SantaCruz.com

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BEGGAR KINGS

BEGGAR KINGS

Don’t call local ensemble the Beggar Kings a Rolling Stones tribute band; they do something completely different. Rather than recreate the Rolling Stones on stage, they bring to life two of the group’s best albums: Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street, both from the early ’70s—a fertile time for the band.

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Gramped Out

Gramped Out

Baby Gramps gives new meaning to ‘old, weird America’

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Be Ou Guest: Gesaffelstein

Be Ou Guest: Gesaffelstein

Win tickets to see Gesaffelstein at The Catalyst on SantaCruz.com

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Love Your Local Band

GETAWAY DOGS

GETAWAY DOGS

When Kai Killion recorded his solo album Mermaid Legs & Getaway Dogs, he played all the instruments on it himself. Last year, he wanted to perform the tunes in a live setting properly, with a band, and had to come up with a group name.

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Expert Picks

Expert Picks

In its fourth year, the California Banjo Extravaganza brings a spectrum of masters to the Rio

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Hot Topics

Hot Topics

The Banana Slug String Band celebrates 30 years with shows and a video for ‘Too Hot’

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Be Our Guest: The Misfits

Be Our Guest: The Misfits

Win tickets to The Misfits at The Catalyst on SantaCruz.com

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Arrows

Arrows

“I haven’t heard a Santa Cruz band that has the sound we’re putting out,” says Isaac Romero, front man for the postpunk, dance rock band Arrows. “But it doesn’t matter. We’ve played a few shows with all metal bands and had a great reception.”

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Computer Made

Computer Made

Made of Oak’s emotive sound pushes the evolution of electronic music

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Heart Me Up

In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

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Pub Watch

Mega gastro pub-in-progress at the Old Sash Mill, plus the best pasta dish downtown

 

How do you know love is real?

When you feel the groove in your heart and you’re inspired to dance. Becca Bing, Boulder Creek, Teacher

 

Temple of Umami

Watsonville’s Miyuki is homestyle cooking, Japanese-style

 

How would you stop people from littering?

Teach them from the time that they’re small that it’s not an appropriate behavior. Juliet Jones, Santa Cruz, Claims Adjuster