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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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More Than Words at TEDxSantaCruz

More Than Words at TEDxSantaCruz

TED talks have a reputation for being thought-provoking, but Irene Tsouprake’s ambitions for the TEDxSantaCruz conference aim a lot higher than that. “People can expect to have their minds and hearts blown,” says Tsouprake, the co-organizer/speaker curator for the conference, which comes to Hotel Paradox…

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Nick Gallant’s Free Music for Santa Cruz

Nick Gallant’s Free Music for Santa Cruz

By giving his record away for free, Gallant hopes to jumpstart some serious discussion about how much we value music as a culture—or more to the point, why we don’t anymore.

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Preview: The 2014 Oscars

Preview: The 2014 Oscars

Almost nothing is as commercial as an Oscar-nominated film—except in the case of the nominees that frankly aren’t. This year’s nominees are as eclectic a marginal mix as anyone can remember: a grumpy alcoholic mumbling his way through a high plains road trip, an elderly…

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Preview: ‘Three Days of Rain’ at Center Stage

Preview: ‘Three Days of Rain’ at Center Stage

In all families, there is at least some gap between how much kids want to know about their parents’ early adult life, and how much the parents would rather not divulge—which is ultimately probably a good thing. How many people really want the gory details…

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Preview: Negativland at Crepe Place, Part 2

Preview: Negativland at Crepe Place, Part 2

[Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part story.] Over the course of three decades, Negativland have earned the badge of honor bestowed by the title of the 1995 documentary that examined their work—Sonic Outlaws. Using a mix of artfully edited sound samples…

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Local Hip-Hop Crew Slop Opera Returns

Local Hip-Hop Crew Slop Opera Returns

The crew in hip-hop used to be the standard, unlike today where most rappers are solo artists. Locals Slop Opera, who formed in 2004, have those old school hip-hop values—they’re overachievers, in fact, as most crews back in the day had three, four, maybe five guys. Slop Opera has eleven, which is even more than the ridiculously big Wu Tang Clan.

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