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July 23, 2024

History and literature merge with young poets

Five students from Aptos and Watsonville high schools toured the historic Tor House and Hawk Tower in Carmel Saturday, a field trip designed to sharpen their interest and skills as young poets. The iconic stone home and tower, built above the rugged rocky coastline at...

Spanish language bookstore installed in Santa Cruz museum

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) is home to a new exhibit unlike anything it’s hosted before.

First Fridays offer free live music | Try This

"Try This" is a weekly column that celebrates local businesses — especially eateries, watering holes, coffee shops and the like. • Tarmo Hannula FUN: First Friday I’ve trumpeted my excitement about the monthly First Friday event in downtown Santa Cruz in this column before, but I feel a...

New book chronicles history of the local lumber industry

It was a moment of sheer luck that historian and author Derek R. Whaley, while doing research for his own book, discovered the work of the late Ronald G. Powell.  Whaley owns local publishing company Zayante Publishing and is the author of the Santa Cruz...

Cabrillo Gallery opens virtual Student Exhibition 2021

APTOS—On Monday Cabrillo Gallery celebrated the opening of its annual Student Exhibition, showcasing over 75 works from students of Cabrillo College’s Art Studio and Art Photography departments. The online show represents all disciplines taught at the school, which includes painting, drawing, printing, ceramic, sculpture, small-scale...

Capitola Plein Air paints its fifth year

CAPITOLA—Forty artists from across the county fanned out around Capitola last week with canvas, easels, chalk and tubes of color in tow, in hopes of distilling a handful of the coastal city’s choice land and seascapes on canvas and paper.  The efforts were part of...

Try This | July 12, 2019

A weekly column that celebrates local businesses — especially eateries, watering holes, coffee shops and the like.

Stephen Kessler named 2023 Artist of the Year

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Writer Stephen Kessler has been named the 2023 Artist of the Year by the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission.  Kessler has written a dozen volumes of original poetry, 16 books of literary translation, three collections of essays and a novel, “The Mental Traveler.”...