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Literature

State of Surveillance

State of Surveillance

Author Chris Hedges on the NDAA, domestic spying and civil resistance

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Theater

Trust the Farce

Trust the Farce

Jewel Theatre delivers witty backstage comedy ‘Enter the Guardsman’

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A&E

Adult Themes

Adult Themes

More than two decades in, Rainbow Theater isn’t backing down from their brutally honest approach

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Theater

On ‘Guardsman’

On ‘Guardsman’

How Jewel Theatre’s new production ‘Enter the Guardsman’ pulls back the curtain

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A&E

Body of Work

Body of Work

Sam Hernandez has literally thrown himself into the art that makes up his retrospective exhibit at Cabrillo Gallery

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Literature

Shock of the Real

Shock of the Real

Pulitzer-winning novelist Jane Smiley’s ordinary settings reveal extraordinary truths

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A&E

Composing Himself

Composing Himself

Chris Pratorius on the art, community and addictive quality of writing music

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A&E

Thriller Nights

Thriller Nights

Family fun or fright-worthy, GT has got your Halloween covered

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Literature

Wedge of Allegiance

Wedge of Allegiance

Azar Nafisi on American identity and misguided individualism

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A&E

Distinguished Gentleman

Distinguished Gentleman

Founder John Orlando has guided the Distinguished Artists series through 30 years of performances

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In Black and White

Women in Santa Cruz use underground zine as a medium for a raw look at gendered violence

 

Wesak (Water) Taurus Solar Festival, Buddha Blesses the Earth

A most important celebration occurs Sunday, May 3—the Wesak Taurus Buddha Solar Festival/full moon. At the moment of the full moon the Buddha’s presence enters the Earth plane for eight minutes. He brings the Will-to-Good from the Father, which, when reaching humanity becomes goodwill (Mother Principle). Held yearly in a valley hidden deep within the Himalayas, the Wesak festival is prepared for for months in advance (beginning at Winter Solstice). On festival day, amidst pilgrims, disciples and Holy Ones gathered in the valley, the Buddha is invoked through movement, symbols and mantrams. At the moment of the full moon, hearing the words, “We are ready, Buddha, come,” the Lord of Illumination (brother of the Christ) appears in the clouds above the altar to emanate forth the will and purpose of God to earth. The blessing of the father is then held in safekeeping for distribution at the June full moon Goodwill Festival. The day of Wesak (May 3, 8:42 p.m. West Coast) all disciples (east and west) place crystal vessels filled with pure water outside (in gardens, on rooftops, porches and steps) under the heavens. As the Buddha blesses the world, all waters, including waters within our bodies, are blessed. The Buddha is accompanied by the Forces of Enlightenment to illuminate humanity’s minds. Humanity then begins to express new constructive, productive and beneficial ways of the Art of Livingness. Wesak covers five days—two days (before) of dedicated preparation, the actual festival “Day of Safeguarding,” and two days (after) distributing goodwill (the NGWS to humanity). Join us in the Valley by reciting the Great Invocation, mantra of direction for humanity.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of May 1

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Ate3One

Foodies in the 831 will want to follow this food truck

 

How do you connect with the natural world?

My connection to the natural world is through my art. I totally feel it there very physically in nature and even right here on the street. Jonathan Rosen, Felton, Pastor

 

Hess Collection Winery

My friend Emma from London came to visit for a few days in early March, so I took her wine tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains—a rare treat for her, as there aren’t too many vineyards in the middle of London. Her visit reminded me how fortunate we are to live in this paradise of ultra-fresh produce, with grapes growing in wild profusion.

 

Hole in the Wall

Popular Aptos spot opens for dinner