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Be Our Guest: BANFF Mountain Film Festival

Be Our Guest: BANFF Mountain Film Festival

Now in its 39th year, the Banff Mountain Film Festival has a rich history of taking audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on earth.

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Literature

Sherlock in Love

Sherlock in Love

Laurie King on writing romances for one of the most famous literary characters of all time

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Best of Pluck

Best of Pluck

Capitola’s Jennifer Cass on the good vibrations of the harp

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Sexual Feeling

Sexual Feeling

The 418 Project’s saucy dance show asks ‘What Is Erotic?’

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Literature

Leave Like a Lady

Leave Like a Lady

Armistead Maupin delivers his final book in the beloved ‘Tales of the City’ series.

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Stomp Making Sense

Stomp Making Sense

Las Cafeteras’ physical, exuberant sound and storytelling brings a traditional style into the 21st century

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Cross Country

Cross Country

Why the best guitarist in American country music is a Brit

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Chic Lit

Chic Lit

Catamaran literary arts magazine celebrates its third year

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Literature

July Rhapsody

July Rhapsody

Why we care about Miranda July’s quirks

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Literature

High Times

High Times

Lee Quarnstrom’s memoir recalls the golden age of pyschedelics

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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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of February 12

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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