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July 6, 2020

Santa Cruz Symphony looks ahead to 2020 with concerts, outreach

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Last weekend the Santa Cruz Symphony (SCS) brought two powerful performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 to the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and the Henry J. Mello Center in Watsonville. The concerts marked the Symphony’s mid-season point....

Birds in color | Photo gallery

Do you have a recent photo you’d like to share? Send it to us for consideration by emailing it to [email protected] or mailing it to 21 Brennan St., Suite 14, Watsonville, CA 95076. Please include a brief description of the photo as...

Santa Cruz Symphony captivates with Mahler’s Fifth

Review by Fleur C. Williams Music is a powerful means for transformation – a fact beautifully conveyed in the Santa Cruz Symphony’s (SCS) most recent production, “Catharsis,” which was presented at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and...

Huaraches with everything | Try This

"Try This" is a weekly column that celebrates local businesses — especially eateries, watering holes, coffee shops and the like. • Tony Nuñez FOOD: Mi Mexico Restaurante: Huarache 

Greek butternut squash and sweet potato moussaka | The Mixing Bowl

This is one hearty, heavy and flavorful casserole with the wonderful, natural, sweet flavors of butternut squash and yams that is buttressed with savory sage, red onions and salty feta cheese. It is a twist on the typical Greek meat and...

Works by Scotts Valley artist now showing at county building

Twenty-four oil paintings by Scotts Valley artist Shirley Lehner-Rhodes are currently showing at the Santa Cruz County Building, 701 Ocean St.  A professional artist and art instructor, Lehner-Rhodes primarily works in watercolors and oils. Her ongoing series of paintings...

‘Night of the Living Composers’ returns to Aptos

Santa Cruz’s NewMusicWorks (NMW) on Saturday will host its annual showcase of chamber music featuring songs by living composers from across the U.S. “Night of the Living Composers” will be held at the Samper Recital Hall in Aptos and...

The voice of voting | Art

The importance of voting in America, and what gets in the public’s way from doing so, is the central topic of a newly installed exhibit at the Santa Cruz County Building, “Vote! Your Vote is Your Voice/¡Vote! Su Voto es Su Voz." 

‘Weathering With You’ a beautiful film with an unclear message

Japanese director Makoto Shinkai made a name for himself when he released “Your Name” in 2016. The fantasy-drama about two teenagers who swap bodies achieved global critical acclaim and became the highest-grossing Japanese animated film of all time.

The great escape | Try This

"Try This" is a weekly column that celebrates local businesses — especially eateries, watering holes, coffee shops and the like. • Tarmo Hannula —photo by Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian
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Memo from Pastor Rene Schlaepfer

No greater love

Memo from Pastor Rene This summer our nation is reeling at the horrific police brutality on display in...
Rev. Robin Mathews-Johnson

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