Cynthia Emeterio. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Premiere Cinemas reopens at 25% capacity

New protocols at Hollister’s multi screen movie theater don’t deter film lovers.

Ukulele student Sydney Luna poses with school instrument. Photo by Dreia Luna.

Art & Culture

Hollister third graders pluck away in ukulele program

HSD and San Benito Arts Council launch new collaboration.

Art & Culture

Local student earns honorable mention at state poetry competition

Angelo Hillstock shares his poem about the pandemic.

Anne-Marie Sayers. Photo by Rucha Chitnis and courtesy of Poppy Jasper Film Festival.

Art & Culture

Poppy Jasper Film Festival highlights local contributions

13-day online program features three movies shot in San Benito County.

Hollister City Hall. Photo by John Chadwell.

Art & Culture

Hollister City Council seeking applications for Art and Culture Commission

Hollister residents ages 18 and over are welcome to apply. Filing deadline is March 31, or until all seats are appointed.

Hollister artist Danae Parra painting for the 2017 Utility Box Mural Project. Photo courtesy of SBC Arts Council.

Art & Culture

Applications now open for Arts Express Grant Program

This year’s program prioritizes artists as essential workers, with the Arts Council seeking to fund projects that demonstrate how artists are part of the solution to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still from "Cholitas," courtesy of the Watsonville Film Festival.

Art & Culture

This year the Watsonville Film Festival goes virtual—and free

Twenty films highlight the event’s multicultural offerings. For the first time, San Benito County residents can explore the varied range of Latino filmmaking online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Left: First place winner Angelo Hillstock, SBHS, Grade 10. Top right: runner up Kayla Salazar, SBHS, Grade 10. Bottom right: second runner up Julia Magdei, SBHS, Grade 10. Photos courtesy of SBC Arts Council.

Art & Culture

Poetry Out Loud competition moves online

San Benito County high school students face off on Zoom; three move to the state contest in March.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Art & Culture

Gavilan College holding its 16th annual piano competition online

Contest that started as local teachers showing off their students has grown to attract entries from throughout the Bay Area.

State Senator Anna Caballero speaks in memory of Joseph "Mr. O" Ostenson. Screenshot of Feb. 22 session of the California Legislature.

Government / Politics

Joseph Ostenson memorialized in state Capitol

State Senator Anna Caballero adjourns in memory of the Hollister music instructor who died in January.

Jose Chuy Hernandez has a background in mariachi, choir, opera and classical music. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

CANTA offers art education and collaboration

New Hollister music and culture studio opens in the former location of Mr. O’s Academy.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Art & Culture

San Benito Stage Company to air first virtual show of 2021

What if you had to use Zoom to audition online for a famous television show? 'Bad Auditions Caught on Camera' attempts to answer this question.

Claudia Narvaez at Barone's Westlakes Balloons and Gifts in Hollister. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

Creating tokens of love for Valentine’s Day

Local florists talk about fulfilling orders and making arrangements for the upcoming holiday.

Luis Valdez directing a staged reading of "Valley of the Heart." Photo by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

Gavilan College offers class on the dramatic works of Luis Valdez

Students will get an in-depth look at the plays and films of the founder of El Teatro Campesino.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Art & Culture

Poppy Jasper International Film Festival goes virtual for 2021

Online festival to feature films, short films, panel discussions and musical performances.