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Why Don Caruth is the Hardest-Working Man on the Music Scene

Longtime leader of the Joint Chiefs brings his band to Fourth of July celebration this weekend


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Pajaro Valley Arts Porter Building Deal Inches Closer

Nonprofit plans to transform the historic Watsonville building into a refuge for local artists


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Mountain Music in the Key Of Life

When Sydney Gorham was five years old, she started her first business, “Sydney’s Outdoor Chore Service.” The tiny entrepreneur waddled throughout her San Jose neighborhood with a bucket of cleaning supplies and a stack of handmade business cards in hand; …


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Santa Cruz Poet Laureate David Sullivan’s ‘Agents of Change’

The all-inclusive amalgamation of the arts showcases a diverse pool of artists working in a vast array of mediums at the Downtown Santa Cruz Library


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Santa Cruz Symphony Celebrates Frans Lanting’s ‘Life’

With music by Philip Glass, epic project returns to Santa Cruz


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Local Musician and Artist Bluzar Blue Releases Retrospective

By Julie Horner Longtime Santa Cruz Mountains local Bluzar Blue has released a compilation of songs, illustrations, quips, and observations in a book entitled "Bluzar Blue, In Black and White and In Color." The book showcases 75 colored plates of …


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PV Arts honors the late Diane Porter Cooley in new exhibit

When local conservation pioneer and philanthropist Diane Porter Cooley died last March, members of Pajaro Valley Arts (PVA) knew they wanted to pay tribute to her in some way. Cooley was a founding board member of PVA and instrumental in …


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Noise Pop Collaborates with UCSC’s Quarry Amphitheater

The new partnership aims to bring top-billing acts to Santa Cruz’s largest outdoor venue


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PV Pride welcomes new leaders

June is Pride Month, a time dedicated to honoring and achieving equal justice and opportunity for LGBTQ+ Americans. It is an observance of the Stonewall riots in 1969, but also a celebration, with cities across the country hosting marches, parades …


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Nonprofit kicks off First Friday in Seascape Village

A series of First Friday art shows will kick off in Seascape Village this summer thanks to Stable Life Services (SLS), a nonprofit aiming to support individuals with special needs and their caregivers. First Friday is a monthly art tour …


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A Santa Cruz Costume Designer Finds Inspiration Everywhere

Over 30 years after her first stint with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, B. Modern returns in July to work for the newly formed iteration of the company


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Annual sculpture exhibit returns for 16th year

For the past 16 years, Pajaro Valley Arts (PVA) has partnered with Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens for an annual art exhibit. Artists install sculptures throughout Sierra Azul’s two-acre demonstration garden, creating an open-air gallery surrounded by native trees and …


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Watsonville Brillante to host community celebration

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville Brillante, an ongoing mosaic mural project in downtown Watsonville, has officially reached its halfway point. Organizer and artist Kathleen Crocetti says that volunteers recently finished the six thousandth of 12,000 square feet of mosaic. In celebration, Crocetti’s organization, Community …


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The Redwood Mountain Faire, Deep Roots in the Valley

By Michele Murphy The “Redwood Mountains Fine Arts & Crafts Faire and Music Festival” delighted valley residents for nearly 20 years at its original home at Highlands County Park in Ben Lomond. Between 1980 and 1996 it was hosted by …


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Redwood Mountain Faire returns to Roaring Camp

Hallie Greene knows what it takes to bring a community together. From her work as the district manager of the Boulder Creek Recreation and Park District to helping create the Santa Cruz Long Term Recovery Group, Greene is looked upon …


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Cali Roots is Back and Bigger Than Ever

One of the largest reggae-rock festivals in the world has deep Santa Cruz roots.


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Art in the Mountains: San Lorenzo Valley Art Tour

Announcing the inaugural launch of the San Lorenzo Valley Art Tour. The brainchild of four local artists – Raf Strudley, Eileen Murray, Janet Silverglate, and Mickey Singer. The group was inspired by the success of Open Studios and the hyperlocal …


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Inaugural San Lorenzo Valley Art Tour Showcases Hidden Talent

The work of 32 SLV artists will be on display at the two-day event


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Hear See Play Concert Series Debuts June 5

New nonprofit hosts inclusive live music at the VFW