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Guitars Not Guns

Guitars Not Guns

Songwriting contest makes music for at-risk youth possible

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Be Our Guest: Planet Booty

Be Our Guest: Planet Booty

Win tickets to see Planet Booty at the Blue Lagoon on SantaCruz.com

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Love Your Local Band

Stereo, Stereo

Stereo, Stereo

The awesome thing about technology is that one guy can start a dance party at a club with just his laptop. The downside is—it’s just one guy and his laptop! That’s not much of a party, is it?

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Society’s Child Returns

Society’s Child Returns

Janis Ian on Godzilla haikus and touring with Tom Paxton

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Love Your Local Band

HOT STONE STARS

HOT STONE STARS

Hot Stone Stars prides themselves on getting out there and playing music that they wrote from the heart, the old-fashioned way: jamming together until the songs take shape. The real trick is getting people there to hear it.

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Be Our Guest: Bad Religion

Be Our Guest: Bad Religion

Win tickets to see Bad Religion at the Catalyst Club on SantaCruz.com

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Accidental Tourists

Accidental Tourists

How laid-back indie-folk collective Phox stumbled into a career

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Be Our Guest: Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

Be Our Guest: Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

Win tickets to see Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton at the Rio Theatre on SantaCruz.com

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Love Your Local Band

TRAVELLING ILLS

TRAVELLING ILLS

Few bands have a theme song. Local heavy alt-rockers Travelling Ills do, but they kind of did it backward, since the song came before the name.  

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Cape Ear

Cape Ear

Chicano Batman collects their favorite sounds—including some eclectic retro movements—into soulful musical stew

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Be Our Guest: The Dawn Drapes

Be Our Guest: The Dawn Drapes

Win tickets to see The Dawn Drapes at the Blue Lagoon on SantaCruz.com

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Painted Horses

Painted Horses

Ponderosa Pines, the debut release by local band Painted Horses, is a gorgeous record. They’ve taken an old-timey folk aesthetic and given it a mellow vibe, with subtle texturing of soft backing instruments. According to band leader Denys Kozakis, the songs are also quite personal.

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Health Screening

Santa Cruz wellness expert releases app to improve workplace well-being

 

Leo Sun; Full Moon, Venus Retro in Leo; Saturn Direct

It’s a complex week of planetary movements, challenges, demands and callings. We’re in the time of the Leo Sun. Leo—fixed fire, gold, the heart, generous, strong, noble, the king/queen—needs appreciation and praise from everyone in order to move forward. During Leo we gain a greater sense of self-identification by recognizing our creativity. It’s therefore a perfect time for Venus retrograding in Leo. In Venus retrograde we review and re-assess values. Venus retro in Leo concerns our self as valuable, acknowledging talents, gifts, abilities and offerings. Friday, Venus re-enters Leo (29 degrees, a critical degree) continuing the retrograde to 14 degrees Leo on Sept. 6. Friday (Full Moon) is also the (8 degrees) Leo solar festival, Festival of the Future. Leo is the heart of the sun, the heart of all that matters. When attuned to this heart, we have understanding and inclusivity. The heart of the Lion is Mitra (think “Maitreya,” the coming World Teacher). Leo prepares humanity to receive divine love from subtle sources and later to radiate that love to the kingdoms. Sirius, Ray 2, where love originates, streams through Regulus (heart of Leo), into the heart of the sun (Ray 2) and into all hearts. The heart of Leo is Regulus. Joining Venus, the love underlying all of creation appears. Saturday is Sun/Neptune (confusion or devotion) with late night Saturn turning stationary direct. Ideas, plans and structures held long in abeyance (since March 14) slowly move forward. (Read more on Leo and the week at nightlightnews.org and Risa D’Angeles’ Facebook page, accessed through my website.)

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Jailbreak with Reality

‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’ revisits one of the most notorious studies of all time
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Holy Cannoli

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Bargetto Winery

A much-anticipated annual event at Bargetto Winery is the release of their very special La Vita red wine. June 7 was the day to be heralded this year, and I happily squeezed my car into their overloaded car park in eager anticipation of tasting the new La Vita nectar.

 

Margaritaville

Popular Capitola spot gets new owner and complete makeover