.Mat Weir

May 15, 2024

Serving the Servants

For a majority of its 92-year-history, the Downtown Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building has provided a gathering place for veterans and the community. From Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to weekly yoga
May 8, 2024

Character Advancement

Sometimes life’s biggest chances come down to just a roll of the dice. Especially when that chance is on GAME Santa Cruz, the city’s first gaming cafe.
Man holding up three titles in front of a rack full of comic books
May 1, 2024

Excelsior! Local Retailers Stock Up for Free Comic Book Day

This year, Free Comic Book Day falls on May the 4th—recognized as International Star Wars Day—as well as on Kids’ Day in Santa Cruz.
Distorted, green-tinged faces against a brown background
April 24, 2024

Up From Underground: The IUMA Story

Founded in Santa Cruz, the Internet Underground Music Archive was the first source not only for indie bands but for online music anywhere.
Two men holding up comics at toys in a collectibles shop
April 17, 2024

Talk Nerdy to Me: Surf City Comic Con Debuts April 20

Santa Cruz County natives Tegenkamp and Aaron Alden think California’s Central Coast should have its own comic con—so they started the Surf City Comic Con.
March 20, 2024

Get The Skinny

Last year Skinny Lister released their sixth studio album, Shanty Punk. It’s 11 tracks range from beautiful–like the lamentful yet inspiring “Broken, Bruised & Battered”--to the blistering like “Unto The Breach.”
February 28, 2024

Everything Under The Gun

What makes Militarie Gun interesting is their willingness to push the musical boundaries. While some of their songs lie within the realm of hardcore, many...
February 21, 2024

Guitar Heroes

Nonprofit puts guitars in future musicians' hands