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Strawberry U-Pick Days

Strawberry U-Pick Days

Sometimes coming up with innovative family-outing ideas can be a hassle; watching re-runs of your favorite show is, after all, so much easier. But this Sunday, you and your family can get out of the house and enjoy the fruits of your labor—literally—as you pick…

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Bat Boy: The Musical

Bat Boy: The Musical

It’s a story about an ugly duckling, an outcast, a freak—a story we all know that never ceases to warm the heart—and in this case, tickle the funny bone. The outcast in question is half-bat, half-boy, aptly named Bat Boy. In this kickstarter-funded rendition, Santa…

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Cabrillo Stage Musical Season Continues with Oliver!

Cabrillo Stage Musical Season Continues with Oliver!

The Cabrillo Stage has been hard at work with their third production of the summer, Oliver—Lionel Bart’s musical refashioning of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale. Revisit Victorian London with Oliver Twist who just wants some more (please, sir!), Fagin, Nancy and Bill Sykes. Putting song and…

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Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’

Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’

You could almost hear the collective gasp when Shakespeare Santa Cruz called it quits last year. But local appreciators of the bard were not to be denied. Santa Cruz Shakespeare stepped in to bridge the gap, and is currently in its first run, kicking things…

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Preview: Santa Cruz Fringe Festival

Preview: Santa Cruz Fringe Festival

Don’t miss the performing arts festival of the summer. The Third Annual Santa Cruz Fringe Festival runs July 11-20. Nearly 200 performances by approximately 30 different acts will take to the stage at seven venues across Santa Cruz. For the price of a ticket (individual…

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Tanniversary 2014

Tanniversary 2014

The Tannery Arts Center is holding a special daylong event of exhibitions, performances, curator’s talk, dance workshops and art demonstrations on June 21. The all ages event is free and celebrates the ongoing transformation of the former leather factory into a mixed-use housing and art…

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Preview: Peppino D’Agostino at Rio

Preview: Peppino D’Agostino at Rio

Though it’s rarely talked about, there are opposing forces at work in the art of the guitar. There’s the unstoppable force of technical skill, and the immovable object of poetic soul, and one often threatens to drown out the other. A lot of guitar wizards…

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Preview: Leo Kottke at the Rio

Preview: Leo Kottke at the Rio

Leo Kottke sits down with an acoustic guitar—likely one of his trademark Taylors—as the uproarious applause of the full theater before him quiets. He launches into “William Powell,” plucking and hammering away furiously at an open E chord for about four bars. Then he takes…

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Santa Cruz Author Events for Spring

Santa Cruz Author Events for Spring

A number of author appearances and book-related events are taking place this spring at Bookshop Santa Cruz. One of the more noteworthy is a stop by Mary Roach, who is skilled at making science both accessible and humorous. She’s dug into cadavers (in Stiff), the…

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Spring Lit: Reviews

Spring Lit: Reviews

Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage By Susan Shillinglaw University of Nevada Press, cloth, $34.95 Seventy-five years on, John Steinbeck’s masterwork, The Grapes of Wrath, remains potent reading. The opening prose poem about the drought that drives the Joad family to the promised…

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