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Incorporated in 1997 as a 501(c)(3), the Santa Cruz Mountain Arts Center supports and encourages the arts through education, exhibition, and cultural activities, reflecting the diversity of the local mountain communities.

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Film About CZU Lightning Complex Fire, Salmon Airs Friday


A documentary by a UC Santa Cruz alum about endangered coho salmon and their struggle to survive the CZU Lightning Complex fire will air on PBS this Friday.

36 North Playwrights Let Audience in on the Process


The collective of local playwrights under the 36 North banner kicks off a series of staged readings of new plays—a chance to interact with a live audience and get a sense of what works and what doesn’t.

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Cabrillo Music Festival Names New Exec D. Riley Nicholson

A new executive director who’s been alive as long as his predecessor’s tenure will bring fresh energy to one of Santa Cruz County’s signature music festivals. Composer, performing pianist and arts executive D. Riley Nicholson is returning to California to …

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On the Copper Trail with Elisabeth Carlisle

Felton Singer-Songwriter Elisabeth Carlisle Launches US Tour By Julie Horner How many times have we said throughout the course of our lives, why am I doing this? For Felton-born singer-songwriter and music education advocate Elisabeth Carlisle, it was never a …

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Young Watsonville filmmakers hit the big screen

Dozens of Pajaro Valley Unified School District students walked the red carpet at the Edward James Olmos’ Latino Film Institute's Youth Cinema Project’s Oscar Awards ceremony.

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Stephen Kessler Named Santa Cruz County’s 2023 Artist of the Year

The Santa Cruz journalist, poet, editor, translator and rabble-rouser has been at it for over 50 years—and is far from finished.

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UCSC’s 2023 Deep Read Features Elizabeth Kolbert’s ‘Under a White Sky’

The Pulitzer Prize-winner talks Anthropocene, how science reporting usually includes a socioeconomic component and New Journalism

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New interim manager: the Santa Cruz County Fair is a go

The interim manager of the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds has a message for the community as the summer draws near: with a team of people ready to help and a community ready for the much-loved event, the fair is on …

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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Rob Brezsny Muses on New Book and Santa Cruz Beginnings

The world-renowned 'Free Will Astrology' writer found his calling in a ‘Good Times’ classified ad 45 years ago

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Santa Cruz Waves Magazine Announces Last Issue

The iconic surfing magazine will stop publishing issues indefinitely.

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Art and Cultural Commission Meeting
Tuesday June 13 2023   6:30 PM

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