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July 26, 2021

Arte del Corazón returns Friday with hip-hop theme

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WATSONVILLE—Throughout the pandemic, Watsonville-based organization Arte del Corazón has been staging open-air art shows to showcase local artists.  The idea for the shows came from Monica Galvan, who has teamed up with other artists and performers to plan events at Romo Park on Main Street,...

Photos: PV Arts holds reception for ‘Pencas Del Corazón’

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Pajaro Valley Arts had an opening reception for its “Pencas del Corazón” exhibit on Sunday at its gallery in Watsonville. “Pencas del Corazón” (Heart of the Cactus) was curated by two of PVA’s Artists-in-Residence, Yesenia Molina and Irene Juarez O’Connell. The work centers around...

Community in focus: Art frames pop up throughout Watsonville, county

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Six decorated wooden frames were installed around Watsonville Saturday in the city’s grand opening of “Outside the Frame,” an effort from the county’s four mayors, County Parks Friends and Santa Cruz County Parks. Watsonville Mayor Jimmy Dutra led a group of three dozen people...

Castro Adobe to reopen after two-year closure

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WATSONVILLE—After nearly two years of being closed to the public, Castro Adobe State Historic Park will once again invite people to come learn about an important part of California history. Located on a hill off of Larkin Valley Road and overlooking the Pajaro Valley, Castro...

Cabrillo Stage returns with outdoor performance series

Cabrillo Stage’s Summer Musical Festival is back. The theater company is returning after a year of shutdowns due to Covid-19 with a series of live performances in July. Everything from a Big Band concert to a production of “Pirates of Penzance” will be held at...

New PV Arts exhibit features local artists

WATSONVILLE—For the past year, a group of five local artists has held a series of virtual pop-up art sessions, where participants learned about the artists’ process and were given guidance on how to create their own work. Now, Pajaro Valley Arts (PVA) is displaying the...

Local author pens novel inspired by late friend

WATSONVILLE—Two months before the pandemic, a friend of author Linda Gunther died. She had known the man, Bill Mowatt, through the classes she taught on self-publishing at Cabrillo College. He was a fan of her work and expressed interest in writing his own mystery...

Photo: RedBall rolls through Watsonville

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The RedBall Project, a global public art installation that has been to more than 30 cities since 2001, visits the Cabrillo College Watsonville Center Friday. The display is in celebration of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History’s 25th anniversary. The 15-foot blow-up...

Spicing up his life: Former tech engineer launches new food venture

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APTOS—As a young man, Bapcha Murty moved from his native Chennai, India to attend UC Los Angeles and become an engineer. He went on to a career in the Silicon Valley tech industry that spanned more than two decades in several companies. But when Murty...

Arts organizations join forces for Juneteenth multimedia project

In celebration of Juneteenth, local arts organizations will come together for Murals / Art / Activism, a multimedia project highlighting the importance of public art in activism. Juneteenth is the oldest national celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. The holiday has seen...
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Two arrested in Santa Cruz Black Lives Matter mural vandalism

SANTA CRUZ—Santa Cruz police arrested two men suspected of vandalizing a large Black Lives Matter mural in Santa Cruz on Saturday by making a...