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Aromas Hills Artisans was founded in 2000 to bring together artists at the crossroads of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.

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Local Filmmakers Show Work at 2022 Poppy Jasper Festival

XeroCuadro Studio, a new film production company of veteran artists from San Juan Bautista’s famed El Teatro Campesino, have created “Kumite,” a film directed by Cristal Avila and written by Ray Rios, who plays both Johnny and Frank in the two-character film.

(Feb. 20, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
New Community Art Space Opening Soon

The Art Depot will be replacing San Benito's Art Space Annex in January, with the new space offering learning opportunities, events and more.

(Nov. 5, 2021) → Read the full Benito Link report

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Youth Alliance visits Indian Canyon

As part of a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, Youth Alliance recently had the opportunity to participate in a visit to Indian Canyon, a ceremonial site for local indigenous people south of Hollister.  Young people were …

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Free to read

Bill’s Bullpen Baseball Cards & Comics in downtown Hollister gave away more than 2,300 comic books for Free Comic Book Day on May 7. Bill Mifsud, owner of the shop located at 207 Fourth St., has been participating in the …

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Limelight’s ‘accidentally timely’ show opens May 6

Limelight by South Valley Civic Theatre’s upcoming comedy is about a family who is stuck in a rut and rarely gets out of their house. It’s a timely show that resonates with much of the country, following two years of …

Image caption: From Past to Present: The range of California art in the museums listed below is represented by the Crocker Art Museum’s exterior: one half completed in 1872, the other added in 2010.
Golden State Treasures

Gold Rush-era landscapes, funk art sculptures, pop art statements, Chicano art movement masterworks—here are 10 places to explore the work of California artists.

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Poppy Jasper festival celebrates filmmakers at gala

The stars not only gathered in the clear night sky above Gilroy on April 8, but also under one roof downtown. The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival, back for the first time in-person since its 2019 iteration, celebrated its filmmakers, …

Image caption: State Sen. Steve Glazer speaks at a hearing of the Governmental Organization Committee on March 29.
Calling Emergency to Save Journalism

California has lost 25 percent of its newspapers and seen a circulation plummet over the past 15 years. A bill in the State Legislature, SB 911, could help.

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It’s showtime for Poppy Jasper festival

Juliet Landau’s feature directorial debut, “A Place Among the Dead,” has been “striking an artery, not just a nerve,” she noted. Perhaps it’s the film’s focus on narcissism that’s been resonating with viewers. Described as a “genre-bending art film,” “‘A …

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Hollister dancers to perform in San Jose

More than 60 dance organizations from across the Greater Bay Area will gather April 23-24 at Eastridge Center Mall, 2200 Eastridge Loop in San Jose, for the Spring Dance Festival. Flying Colors Dance & Fitness of Hollister will be presenting …

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Street fest comeback

The San Juan Bautista Art & Craft Festival returned to the streets of the San Benito County town last weekend for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic started, bringing crowds of all ages and enthusiastic vendors. The festival, which …

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Golden State Podcasts

Travel, food, true crime politics—there’s a show for everyone. Here are some top-rated podcasts that focus on some aspect of California culture.

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