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Jody Ryker

Jody Ryker : Featured Artist

Jody Ryker’s passion for circus arts has established her as one of this area’s most active educators of acrobatic pole dance. As a performer, Ryker conveys feeling and technical precision in her mesmerizing and challenging craft. As an instructor, she passes on her knowledge about flexibility, conditioning, and creativity to students of all levels. Ryker has been training […]

Rose Calucchia Smooth

Rose Calucchia : Featured Artist

Santa Cruz is filled with inspiring people changing the way we think about form, focus, and artistry. In the spotlight is Rose Calucchia, a professional trainer, teacher, and performer bringing innovation, collaboration, and fun to the local fitness and circus arts community. Calucchia’s approach to movement combines two worlds – training and acrobatics. Originally from […]

Nickel mint popcorn and peanut wagon, at the San Lorenzo Valley Museum.

Playing with History: Vintage Toys and Games at the SLV Museum

Every mid-December, the San Lorenzo Valley Museum presents a holiday exhibition that reflects the festive cultural spirit of the community. This year, the tradition continues with the fun-filled Playing with History, a collection of locally owned vintage toys and games on display through early January, 2017. Playing with History introduces visitors to locals and lifestyles from […]

Artisans Gallery

Give Art: 5 Galleries Selling Local Creativity

This holiday season, celebrate and support our creative Santa Cruz community by giving the gift of local art. Visit one of these 5 galleries where you can browse and buy from troves of artwork handmade by our many resident artists: THOMAS GALLERY AT THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAIN ARTS CENTER The Thomas Gallery in Ben Lomond […]

Santa Cruz Collects, 2016.

Santa Cruz Collects: Featured Exhibit

The Museum of Art and History has proven that personal collections represent more than just a fun hobby – they are tangible impressions of identity, experience, and creativity. On view in the MAH’s 2nd floor Solari Gallery, the exhibition Santa Cruz Collects presents fascinating collections belonging to 22 local people and institutions. Visitors can learn […]

Judy Foreman's Memorial Retrospective - R. Blitzer Gallery.

Judy’s Cabinet of Dada Curiosities and More – R. Blitzer Gallery

In 1916, a group of pacifist and anti-hierarchical Europeans gathered in Zurich, and as a reaction to World War I, generated Dada – an artistic and literary movement that questioned society and challenged the concept of art. To celebrate the centennial of Dadaism, three local galleries have brought together whimsical works from a collection of modern […]

Ian Harris

Comedian Ian Harris Puts Anti-Scientific Thinking on Blast in His New Show, ExtraOrdinary

Standup comic Ian Harris doesn’t have any particular agenda other than to make people laugh—it just so happens that the things he finds laugh-worthy are logical fallacies, unfounded beliefs and anti-scientific thinking. By default, his act is largely an exercise in myth-busting and sacred cow tipping. Also a mixed martial arts fighter, Ian takes a […]