May 15, 2024

Giant Dipper celebrates a century of thrills

Riding the Giant Dipper is a rite of passage for virtually every young kid who grows up in or around Santa Cruz. You need to be 50 inches tall to get on the ride—a little over four feet

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May 8, 2024

Turning Pages

Anyone in the word game, from writers to editors to publishers to professors of literature, knows that collectively we have one hell of a...
May 1, 2024

Rocking in Be Natural

The wild energy of youth is pouring from the practice rooms of Be Natural Music on rehearsal day. Evening approaches in the hours after...
April 24, 2024

Santa Cruz Symphony Tackles the Epic B Minor Mass

Conductor Daniel Stewart, choral director Cheryl Anderson and soloist Christian Pursell talk Bach.
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.
April 17, 2024

Skunk Strain

The pungent Skunk strain of cannabis is the legendary genetic building block of thousands of strains produced today. What most folks—even locals—don’t know is...
April 10, 2024

Take a Hike with Richard Stockton

The French supercentenarian Jeanne Louise Calment was not just alive at 122, she thrived.  “I’ve only got one wrinkle and I’m sitting on it,” she...
April 3, 2024

A New Recipe For Housing

We’re number one. The California per capita homeless population is the largest in the country and last June a grand jury report found that...
March 27, 2024

Kaleidoscopic Music

the inaugural Kaleidoscope Music Festival aims to shine a light on Santa Cruz and its homegrown music scene. The festival happens Saturday, March 30
March 20, 2024

Don’t Get Stuck In The Muck

"Love says I am everything. Wisdom says I am nothing. Somewhere in between the two, my life flows." - Nisargadatta Maharaj
March 13, 2024

Meat or Meatless? That is the question

My grandmother always said not to diet, what good could come of a word where the first three letters are d i e? The “die”...
March 6, 2024

Low and Slow Show

Bold representation of an underrepresented culture and lowriders are among the themes of this year’s 12th Annual Watsonville Film Festival.
February 28, 2024

Soulful Kendra Morris

With vulnerability in her writing, humor and creative vocal textures, Kendra Morris deserves a listen.
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