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Literature

Beach Reads

Beach Reads

A guide to summer books and literary events

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A&E

Place Painting

Place Painting

Ed Penniman’s ‘Santa Cruz Sweet Spots’ exhibit highlights his love of his native city

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Literature

Fight or Flight

Fight or Flight

Santa Cruz author Sara Solovitch on overcoming stage fright in ‘Playing Scared’

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Theater

Where is My Mind?

Where is My Mind?

Jewel Theatre Company closes season with bittersweet comedy ‘Woman in Mind’

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Literature

A Gathering of Scribes

A Gathering of Scribes

Catamaran Literary Reader hosts writers conference in Pebble Beach

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Theater

Nuclear Theater

Nuclear Theater

‘Copenhagen’ comes to the new performance space at the Tannery’s Radius Gallery

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A&E

Bridging Troubled Water

Bridging Troubled Water

The Ebb & Flow River Arts Project brings attention to the San Lorenzo River with two days of art celebrations

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A&E

Be Our Guest: Bonny Doon Art & Wine Festival

Be Our Guest: Bonny Doon Art & Wine Festival

Win tickets to the Bonny Doon Art & Wine Festival on SantaCruz.com

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A&E

Boy Toy

Boy Toy

Don Fritz makes his paintings and ceramic sculpture look like child’s play

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Literature

Oak Family Trees

Oak Family Trees

Ann Packer branches out in her new novel, while once again rooting her characters in startling realism

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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