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More Than Movies

More Than Movies

The Watsonville Film Festival expands into four days

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Quilt Trip

Quilt Trip

Ann Baldwin May’s quilts are like abstract paintings

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Be Our Guest: George Lopez

Be Our Guest: George Lopez

Comedian George Lopez is best known for his starring role in the sitcom George Lopez, which ran from 2002-2007, but his resume also includes author, stand-up comedian, producer, and talk show host.

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Elbow Grease

Elbow Grease

Dancers literally build the new show ‘Economies of Effort’

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Nature Reclaimed

Nature Reclaimed

‘Broken Halos’ explores a post-apocalyptic future, with an eye to the past

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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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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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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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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

Squash & Blossom’s artisanal alternative-flour delights, beet kvass from Cafe Ivéta, and the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival