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BE OUR GUEST: YELLOW EARTH

BE OUR GUEST: YELLOW EARTH

Win tickets to The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music's, 'Yellow Earth,' at SantaCruz.com

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Be Our Guest: Sticky Fingers

Be Our Guest: Sticky Fingers

Win a pair of tickets to Sticky Fingers at The Catalyst Club on SantaCruz.com

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Love Your Local Band

Big Stone Soup

Big Stone Soup

Big Stone Soup is a brand new band, but its members go way back together.

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Musical Tag

Musical Tag

U.S. troops brought rock music to Cambodia; Dengue Fever is bringing it back

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Love Your Local Band

Edge of the West

Edge of the West

Jim Lewin’s latest band, Edge of the West, is an eclectic group. Their influences include Americana, bluegrass, jazz, reggae, and the psychedelic folk-rock sound from ’60s Haight-Ashbury. At the center of it all is country music, but not the kind of country music most people think of.

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Day in the Sun

Day in the Sun

For Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, it’s been a strange, viral-video road to the Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival

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Be Our Guest: Built to Spill

Be Our Guest: Built to Spill

Win tickets to see Built to Spill at The Catalyst on SantaCruz.com 

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Love Your Local Band

Lenny’s Basement

Lenny’s Basement

Lenny Ruckel, lead guitarist for Lenny’s Basement, really does have a basement—at least he did in 2010 when the band formed. But the band never actually rehearsed there. They were going to, but the space wasn’t available.

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Political Voice

Political Voice

Bryan McPherson’s latest album packed with the emotional, personal and political

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Love Your Local Band

Hall Pass

Hall Pass

“Hall Pass” might sound like an ’80s screwball comedy, but really it’s a local cover band—and not even an ’80s cover band. The name Hall Pass refers to the fact that two of the members are teachers. The other two are parents of kids at their school.

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Slack of Faith

Slack of Faith

Ska cult band the Slackers remain true to a much earlier ska sound

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Be Our Guest: Hop 'n' Barley Festival

Be Our Guest: Hop 'n' Barley Festival

Win a pair of tickets to the Hop 'N Barley Festival on SantaCruz.com

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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

 

Making Dreams

Coen brothers salute vintage Hollywood in sly comedy ‘Hail, Caesar!’
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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