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03 Aug 2020
Arts & Culture

Tremors in the Literary Scene 

Like literary moths drawn to the warmth of a bookstore, members of Santa Cruz’s writing community gathered at Bookshop Santa Cruz to share the experience of the town’s inaugural “Litquake” on Oct. 15.  “Litquake” is a California-based writing festival, connecting authors of all backgrounds to…

Forging Communities Through Art 

As the Santa Cruz Open Studios director, Ann Ostermann has amassed an impressive collection of work from Open Studios artists. “Open Studios” is an annual event that spans the first three weekends of October. An independent panel accepts applications from hundreds of local artists. Then,…

Often Imitated, Never Duplicated 

What does it take to get Andy Warhol, Ai Weiwei and Louis Bourgeois in the same room? A Spanish exportation license, stacks of paperwork and adequate funding are just the beginning. After almost four years of planning, Porter’s Sesnon Gallery opened its doors for the…

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Outstretched Arms 

Art. It’s cloistered away in personal collections, confined to frames and kept in stuffy institutions. Or is it? Las Vegas artist Justin Favela’s latest installation, “Regeneración,” celebrates murals and their capacity to challenge conventional art. Inspired by the work of former UC Santa Cruz professor…

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Idolos (Icons) 

It’s not often that you see a luchadore with long, luscious lashes, sparkling blue eyeliner and popping pink lips. But that’s exactly the sight awaiting visitors in the current stairwell installation at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH).   UC Santa Cruz…

40 Years of Chautauqua New Works Festival 

Loving yourself means being scared, screaming and being true to your emotions. The Chautauqua New Works Festival’s acts encapsulate the human experience through emotionally moving  performances. UC Santa Cruz’s Barnstorm Theater presented its first weekend of Chautauqua New Works Festival, now in its 40th year,…

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Todavía se Puede 

César Chávez’s spirit continues in today’s activism. With inspiration from their ancestors and elders, a new generation of Latinx activists are fighting for liberation. The Chicanx and Latinx Resource Center (El Centro) invited panel speakers Judy de los Santos and Elias Gonzalez for the 16th…

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40 Years of Multicultural Festival 

Every year, students from ethnic identity organizations at UC Santa Cruz stage the largest collaborative event on campus. For half a day, the Multicultural Festival (MCF) will turn the Porter Dining Hall into a space of cultural discovery and exchange through food, music and performance. This…

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Return of the Bling 

You won’t find condom crowns, two stripteases and a pack of undead beasts in the pages of J.R.R. Tolkien. But at the Queer Fashion Show (QFS) — themed “fantasy” this year — limbs and lyrics collided in a celebration of all things provocative and bizarre. …