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Creative Architecture Thrives in Los Angeles


With its hilly terrain, parts of Los Angeles aren’t always the easiest to build in. But that didn’t stop an architect from building a unique structure in Silver Lake.

El Teatro Campesino Stage Manager Milt Commons Dies at 96


The longtime stage manager and associate of San Juan Bautista’s El Teatro Campesino was respected for his work in Teatro founder Luis Valdez’s landmark play “Zoot Suit,” as well as “La Pastorela” and “La Virgen de Tepeyac.”

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Gilroyan prepares for San Francisco exhibit

Gilroy artist Steven Pattie is featured in a new solo exhibition at the San Francisco Zen Center. Titled “Perambulations in Words, Art, and Spirituality: The Art of Steven Pattie,” the exhibit features Pattie’s recent photographs, paintings, words and constructions. Pattie …

Image caption: New legislation will impose penalties on local school boards that ban books for covering issues of diversity.
New California Bill Slaps Back at School Book Bans

California will penalize school boards that ban books based on inclusion of certain groups under a bill the governor is expected to sign into law. But some fear unintended consequences.

Image caption: Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to wait for more information before signing a bill that would remove TikTok from most state smartphones.
Newsom Halts TikTok Ban, App to Stay on State Phones

A bipartisan bill to prohibit TikTok on state phones is shelved until 2024. It had breezed through the state Legislature, but the authors want to tweak the measure. It's the latest social media regulation to get stalled in California.

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Applications now open for Arts Express Grant Program

The San Benito County Arts Council is seeking applications for its 2023 Arts Express Grant Program. The goal of the Arts Express Grant Program is to promote artistic and cultural engagement, accessibility, equity and diversity in San Benito County. Local …

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Local Scene: San Benito Oriana Chorale searches for singers

Chorale searching for singers The San Benito Oriana Chorale is searching for singers for its fall season. All voices are welcome, and no auditions are required. Rehearsals begin Aug. 28, and are held at Christ Fellowship Church, 2066 San Benito …

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New murals celebrated in downtown Gilroy alley

Two massive murals were unveiled Aug. 18 on Railroad Alley, part of an effort to revitalize downtown with vibrant colors in a highly visible corridor for train passengers. The works, located on the alleyway between Martin and Lewis streets, were …

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Local Scene: Downtown Gilroy murals to be unveiled

Downtown murals to be unveiled 6th Street Studios and Art Center, MANOS and the Gilroy Foundation will unveil two murals on Aug. 18 that were completed during a Youth Mentorship program early this summer. The murals, located on Railroad Alley …

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Pintello Comedy Theater’s encore season continues with ‘Pumpboys and Dinettes’

For its 20th anniversary season, Pintello Comedy Theater is digging deep into its archives of more than 80 shows to bring back its audience favorites from over the years. “Pumpboys and Dinettes,” which got all ages laughing and rocking to …

Image caption: Rip Off Press, once located in San Francisco's Sunset District and now headquartered in Auburn, was part of a movement that blossomed in California.
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Comics may have been born in New York, but they came of age in California. And there’s more to the story than San Francisco comix.

Image caption: Dramatic coastal views, barren deserts, a lush Central Valley, and multiple mountain ranges allow California to emulate many spots around the globe.
California Plays Itself

The Golden State has masqueraded as everything from the Sahara Desert to the Swiss Alps. But which films best capture the real California?

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