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02 Jun 2023

The Power to Heal Ourselves 

A successful doctor struggles with repressed memories, a preteen boy copes with an abusive father and a teenage girl waits out her final week in a juvenile detention center. These three separate plays, each defined by their own distinct tones and protagonists, shared a single…



Illustrator Russell Crotty came to UC Santa Cruz last Tuesday to host a stargazing event at the Great Meadow. Before the event, he stopped at the Sesnon Gallery to view “Black is a Color,” a solo exhibition featuring the work of Bay Area artist Raymond…


A Layered Beat 

Childhood friends Dylan Webber, Seiji Komo and Nathan Kocivar grew up in Ocean Beach, San Diego, about 35 miles south of Assi’s hometown in North County. Though they bonded over different musical genres than the members of Tony Tricks did — focusing instead on reggae,…


The Delta Meets the Bay 

As The California Honeydrops took to The Catalyst’s main stage, the house was already packed to the rafters. The acoustic folk trio Steep Ravine opened the show, and 20 minutes after their set ended, the San Francisco quintet along with an accompanying percussionist came to…


The Tallest Man on Stage 

Taped above the low-hanging back door of the Catalyst’s main stage is a sign that reads “HIT HEAD HERE.” Last Friday night, after a rousing opening set by the Pittsboro, North Carolina folk rockers Hiss Golden Messenger and a restless 30-minute intermission, singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson…

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