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Arts, Entertainment, Dining, Calendar

A&E

Comedy Underdog

Comedy Underdog

Mike Birbiglia takes stand-up beyond jokes

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A&E

Sudden Movement

Sudden Movement

Shannon Cullem-Chipman’s wild life helps her bring ‘Nutcracker’ to life

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A&E

Left Coasting

Left Coasting

Planet Cruz returns with impressive comic line-up

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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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Gate Openers

Up-and-coming artists like Ryan Bingham are a great reason to show up early to the Santa Cruz American Music Festival

 

Gemini Sun, Pentecost, Shavuot—Enlightenment and Gladness

As the sun enters Gemini on Sunday, sign of speaking, communication, thinking, inter-relations, writing and understanding languages, the feast days of Pentecost & Shavuot (Catholic and Jewish festivals) occur. During Pentecost’s 50 days after Easter, tongues of fire appear above the heads of the disciples, providing them with the ability to understand all languages and all feelings hidden in the minds and hearts of humanity. It’s recorded that Pentecost began with a loud noise, which happened in an upper room (signifying the mind). The Christ (World Teacher) told his disciples (after his ascension) when encountering a man at a well carrying a water pot (signs for Age of Aquarius) to follow him to an upper room. There, the Holy Spirit (Ray 3 of Divine Intelligence) would overshadow them, expand their minds, give them courage and enable them to teach throughout the world, speaking all languages and thus able to minister to the true needs of a “seeking” humanity. Pentecost (50 days, pentagram, Ray 5, Venus, concrete and scientific knowledge, the Ray of Aquarius) sounds dramatic, impressive and scary: The loud noise, a thunderous rush of wind and then “tongues of fire” above the heads of each disciple (men and women). Fire has purpose. It purifies, disintegrates, purges, transforms and liberates (frees) us from the past. This was the Holy Spirit (Ray 3, love and wisdom) being received by the disciples, so they would teach in the world and inform humanity of the Messiah (Christ), who initiated the new age (Pisces) and gave humanity the new law (adding to the 10 Commandments of the Aries Age) to Love (Ray 2) one another. Note: Gemini is also Ray 2. Shavuot is the Jewish Festival of Gladness, the First Fruits Festival celebrating the giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses as the Aries Age was initiated. Thus, we have two developmental stages here, Jewish festival of the Old Testament. Pentecost of the New Testament. We have gladness, integrating both.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Off Her Meds

Kristin Wiig runs wild—and transcends her sketch comedy roots—as a truly strange character ‘Welcome to Me’
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Soquel Vineyards

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Enlightened Flavors

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