Archive for September, 2010

Finish Line Festival – This Sunday, October 3

September 28, 2010

Here is the line up for the 2010 Finish Line Festival which follows the Surf City Aids Ride. This is a fundraiser for the Santa Cruz Aids Project with food, fun, booths, community and some of our favorite local live music.

Sunday, October 3 rd from 11 AM – 5 PM
San Lorenzo Park – FREE

Quinn Deveaux 11:00am-11:25am

Mystery Lights 11:35am-12:05pm

James Rabbit 12:15pm-12:45pm

Tether Horse 12:55pm-1:25pm

Luxury Sweets 1:35pm-2:05pm

Moon Cadillac 2:15pm-2:45pm

 Hod 2:55pm-3:20pm

Dan P. & the Bricks 3:30pm-4:10pm

Harry & the Hitmen 4:20pm!!-5:00pm

Just Print It – Local Santa Cruz Printers

September 23, 2010


Posters, flyers, business cards, oh my.

Recently I found myself doing some extensive research on local printers. In case you are in a similar situation, here is what I found. Let me know if I am missing any key players. Who do you love to work with?

The Boutiques:

Sentinel Printers –  (831) 423-2198 – 912 Cedar Street

We used Sentinel to print our Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios business cards and flyers. They turned out beautiful and I really have nothing but good things to say about Sentinel. Their inks are vegetable based and “completely free of volatile organic compounds”. From what I can tell they are not the cheapest game in town (but also not the most expensive) and sometimes you do get what you pay for.

AlphaGraphics  – (831) 425-9800 – 525 Laurel Street  – Suite 125

They do design and printing. On their website they have some awesome post cards and flyers they did for The Abbey.

Mission Printers  – (831) 423-4005 – 522 Soquel Avenue

Community Printers – 831.426.4682 – 1827 Soquel Avenue

I have worked with them for years through my other job and they have always been great. Totally professional and on point. I know this is the go to shop for a lot of old school Santa Cruz graphic designers.

Mpress Digital – (831) 420-1999 – 252 Potrero Street

Their website features referrals from some great local businesses.

Dynamic Press – 831-479-7920 – 1334 Brommer Street, Suite B-1

Looks like they are a certified green printer.

UCSC Print Service – 831-459-2925 – Basement of Baskin Engineering B66

Not just for UCSC students. They offer free delivery on orders for customers on and off campus.

Print Shop Santa Cruz – 831.429.5340 –  511 River Street

The Multitaskers:

Bro Prints – (831) 427-BROS – 131 Center Street #3

Custom screenprinting including posters (but also t-shirts, hats, pins, stickers and all that other stuff).

Catto’s Graphics (831) 454-9742 – 1317 River Street
Custom screenprinting but they recently acquired a printing, promotional products and embroidery company. We used them for our t-shirts, stickers and vinyl banners and we tend to love them.

Clutch Couriers – 831-466-0560

They are a bike messenger service, but also do printing at very competitive prices. We have used them to print and hang our event posters and are always happy with the service.

The Chains:

Fed-Ex/Kinkos – (831) 425-1177

Yes there is always Fedex/Kinkos but my experience (especially at the downtown store) has always pretty much sucked and they are expensive.

Staples – (831) 477-9002

OfficeMax – Santa Cruz – (831) 459-8910

Over My Dead Body

September 20, 2010

A Selection of Mixed-Media work by Kelley Richardson

Artist Reception
First Friday, October 1 from 6-9 PM
Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios
118 Coral Street

Show will be available for the entire month of October.

If, what comes to mind, when you see a depiction of a skeleton is something scary, dark, morbid, or associated with certain cultural holidays, Kelley Richardson asks that you go away and come back when you have opened up your mind a bit.  After all- you are being held up by one right this very minute. If you strip us all down we are pretty much alike, Kelley’s skeleton paintings are each portraits of the core – coupled with the fabric of experience, an emotion, a transformation.

Kelley paints skeletons because she is in constant state of self-reflection and contemplation of the human experience. Painting is how she processes the experience of being human in a sometimes inhuman world.

About the Artist:

My creation of artwork, whether with a camera or a paintbrush, is a necessary component in my intrinsic process as a human being. The work I create relates, in one way or another, to every facet of my life and in turn, every facet of my life relates to the work I create.  I feel compelled to create images as I travel through my life and process my experiences.  It is as if each piece I indulge myself in- becomes a road map of understanding for me as my experiences unfold.  It is an exploration into my conscious and unconscious mind.  Much of my artwork is reflective of the questions that I ask myself.  Who are we as humans? as women? as mothers? as parents? as partners? as sexual creatures? as athletes? as biological machines?  If I’m not excavating ‘whom’… the next fueled fire is ‘why’?  Why are we this or that?, and who taught us to be? And why is this- this way or that way?  Becoming a parent brought more questions…because now I have “little people” that are like clay in my hands, and in the hands of society. This has made me more aware of the artistry of life.  If I am an artist in life, what responsibility do I have in the world at large and personally in the artwork of my family?  I know that I have the capacity to affect the world at large with my art as member of society, and more readily to create art that has impact on my smaller world in terms of my community and my family.  Our world is full of visual imagery, suggesting this or that, encouraging us one way or the other, begging us to think.  I am completely enamored with the process of creating imagery that does just that… asks you, the viewer, to think.  I create art about life, about process, about identity.
My formal training and education in the fine arts were gained at The San Francisco Art Institute, where I earned my BFA with an emphasis on photography. This education taught me how to “see” with the sensibility of a fine artist and has given me an understanding of the world founded in a classical academic education.

Playing the Pub – Tips on how to book at show at The Poet and the Patriot

September 15, 2010

Complete blog can be found on The Good Times Making Noise site.

The Poet and the Patriot
320 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4362
(831) 426-8620


  • Booking contact: Various (anyone that works at the pub can talk to you about booking)
  • Preferred method of contact: You can email  –, call or belly up to the bar.
  • Timing: Touring bands are booked 1-2 months out. Local bands are booked out as far as one month or with very little notice if they have your number and they are in a pinch.
  • Payment: Open Mic and showcase slots are unpaid. Once you move up to a weekday show you will get a minimum of $100 + drinks (more if you have a bigger draw). It’s negotiable.
  • Genre: Open to celtic, folk, jazz, bluegrass, rock, soul, etc. The only genres they don’t usually book are punk, metal and hip-hop.
  • Sound:  in-house sound system including PA, sound board, etc. Each show comes with a designated sound engineer.
  • Capacity: About 75 people for live music. There is usually a small built-in crowd and if the band brings 20-25 friends to add to that – everyone is happy.
  • Schedule:

Thursday – show night 9 PM
Friday – DJ – no bands
Saturday – Open Mic and then sometimes show at night 9:30 – Midnight
Sunday –  afternoon celtic jam on 1st and 3rd Sunday and Trivia at night
Monday – sometimes early shows ( finish by 11:00 PM)
Tuesday – darts
Wednesday – darts

Open-mic Every Saturday: Half hour slots. Slots fill up early! Showcase performer from 6-8 PM.