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30 Sep 2023


A pair of attendees exchanged looks of discovery as they balanced on a teeter-totter. Jairo Banuelos’ interactive sculpture at the Irwin Scholars reception on May 25 demonstrated the balancing of self within a Chicanx identity. Like Banuelos, the other 11 recipients of the annual Irwin…


Rainbow Theater Created 

An unsuspecting, diverse set of eyes peer out beneath baseball caps as nails tap loudly on desks in Oakes Classroom 105. “Who are you, what’s your purpose, what’s your drive, what’s your goal? How do you make things change?” Don Williams asks the room. Apart…


The Sound of Sorrow 

You can fall in love with a person, a place or a food, but sometimes it’s an album that captures you. Sometimes, you play the album over and over, framing your life’s moments. For local band Boostive, these moments rush through beats in their latest…


The Art The Blood The Cast 

Bloodshed, stripping, narco culture — and Shakespeare? “Marqués” unveils a one-of-a-kind experience by re-imagining “Macbeth,” an influential play that focuses on power, the supernatural, fate and time through the lens of narco culture — the phenomenon of a highly-organized identity within drug trafficking. The production,…


Gertrude’s Blues 

The “mother of the blues” stands on stage in what looks like a music studio. A trombone, bass, trumpet and piano reverberate throughout the theater as anguish flows from Ma Rainey’s voice in the form of a blues song. Love and lust, white managers’ exploitation…


Swimming the Swamp 

The usual crowd of animated Santa Cruzans, students and locals, dripped with sweat as they counted down the 30 minutes until Dr. Dog claimed the stage at The Catalyst on Jan. 31. Blue hues from LED lights decorated drummer Eric Slick’s drum kit, Zach Miller’s…


Radio’s Not Dead 

Long gone are the days when an aspiring artist can freak out over hearing their song played on the radio. The once intimate and sentimental relationship between the listener and the radio has been betrayed. Commercial radio is inundated with top 40 hits, where the…

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