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23A>3@/ 23A>3@/B3:G /B3: :G A3397<5:=571 A 3397<5 :=5 3397<5 571 ONCE A ONCE AGAIN GAIN the city city has done d something leaves utterly that lea ves me ut terly mystified myystiff iied (last time was sidewalk it w as the lunch hour side walk a sweeper). sweeper). There T here is a parking lot on the ocean ocean side of West Cliff Drive, from lighthouse,, W eest C lifff D rive, just up fr om m the lighthouse been spot that had ffor o or yyears ears b een a gathering gath hering sp ot ffor o or group hung out a gr oup of folks fo olks who pretty pretty much m theree all day, spacee ther daay, effectively efffeectively declaring declaaring the spac ffor o or their own. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ttalking alking ab aabout out beat-up beat-up serve old campers campers and vans that se erve as living spaces transportation. The was spac es as much as transp ortation. a The air w as somewhat communal, if not always friendly. somewhat communal,, always y friendlyy.

Due to this co-opting Due co - opting of this particular particulaar lot, it was was not n typically typically used by by tourists, tourists, beach beach e goers, go ers, surfers su urfers e or pretty pretty much anyone anyone else eelse.. When cityy embark embarked West Cliff n the cit ed on its W es est C lifff project, was and rrepaving epaavvin ng pr oject, this lot w as closed an nd used parking heavy materials. ffor or park o king hea avvy equipment and mat terials. I that day, pass tha at lot a ccouple ouple of times each da ay, and I noticed after notic ed that it rremained emained closed well af ftter the project was other pr oject w as ccompleted ompleted and all the oth her lots been had b eeen rreopened. eopened. Just Just recently recently the lot was was rreopened eopened but b with one big dif difference: ffer e ence: All All the curbs had been been green been posted painted d gr een and signs had b een p ostted minutes. rrestricting estrictiing the parking time to 24 min nutes. Given the theree is rreally nothing G iven th he fact that ther eally noth hing anyone area an yone ccan an do in that ar ea that ttakes akes only o 24 minutes, manyy people minute s, (I (I mean, how man people go g to the beach obvious b each ffor o 24 minutes?), or ? it seems ob vio ous that was cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempt discourage ouragge the this w ass the cit yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at tempt to disc return of this ad-ho ad-hocc ccommunity. return o ommunity. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the


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problem: Wher problem: Where, e, eexactly xacctly did the theyy think these ffolks olks wer o o? Did Did they they imagine that weree going to go go? the sappear or â&#x20AC;&#x153;go home?â&#x20AC;? theyy would simply dis disappear N o â&#x20AC;&#x201D;they lik ed b eingg down b cean, Noâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they liked being byy the o ocean, so the ved d their rigs down to the theyy simply mo moved akingg up valuable parking lighthouse lot, ttaking in a highly used touri ist destination or down tourist to the Lane Lane where where they theey take take up spaces, spaces, often offten t mor er vvehicle, e ehicle , used b cal moree than one p per byy the lo local surf ccommunity. ommunity. So w eas b effor o e â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;theyâ&#x20AC;? theyâ&#x20AC;? surf So,, wher whereas before wer ely gr ouped e to gether in one sp ot weree all nic nicely grouped together spot that w asnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t b eing used db yone else wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t being byy an anyone else,, now that lot is ccompletely ompletely empt emptyy all the time and â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;theyâ&#x20AC;? theyâ&#x20AC;? ar aking up spac sspaces es that wer eing aree ttaking weree b being used b byy others others.. Can someone explain explaain the logic logic in this? Can Doug Springs Springs, s, Santa Santta Cruz

1=:=;0=1/::7<5 1 =:=;0= 1/::7<5 IR READ EAD yyour our ffood ood cri criticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ar article ticle ab about out P Pearl earl Ocean (â&#x20AC;&#x153;P earl in i an O cean,â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;? Epicur e, of the Ocean (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pearl Ocean,â&#x20AC;? Epicure, O ct. 28) b ecause I ha ave of ften t eaten ther e. I Oct. because have often there. ha ve alw ays y ffelt eelt that a critic should ha ave a have always have basic knowledge efully mor knowledge,, hop hopefully moree than m myy own, of that which is b eing criticized. I ffeel eel e being yyour our writer has misse ed the mark. To To compare compare missed Sri L ankan â&#x20AC;&#x153;panâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;pan panâ&#x20AC;? with h Middle Eastern â&#x20AC;&#x153;pitaâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;pit pitaâ&#x20AC;? Lankan is the same as comparing comparring tor tillas with tortillas W onder br o ead. The The only on nly thing the ave in Wonder bread. theyy ha have eads ccommon ommon is that the fformer o ormer ar oth br aree b both breads of A sia while the lat teer ar eads of N orth Asia latter aree br breads North A merica. America. The article article made a huge deal out of the fact The that the wine w as ser ved in b etween se veral was served between several etizers. Sri Lanka Lanka does does not ha ave a of the app appetizers. have wine cultur e. O rderin ng wine with Sri L ankan culture. Ordering Lankan curries ccaters aters to the need n some A mericans Americans ha ve to or der an alc oh holic b everage with have order alcoholic beverage their meal. T hatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lik talian Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likee going to an It Italian rrestaurant estaurant in Tokyo Tok o yo and a ordering ordering sak sakee with yyour our spaghet ti. Exp eccting a ser ver to know spaghetti. Expecting server wine in France France is one thing xpect the thing,, but to eexpect same fr om a Sri Lankan Lankan is another And isn â&#x20AC;&#x2122;t from another.. And isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that wh xplore ffoods oods fr om ar ound the whyy we eexplore from around world, to eexperience xperience something s dif ffeerent? different? The article article left lefft me feeling feeeling that yyour our writer The has ne ver b een to Sri Lanka, Lanka, and ther effo ore, never been therefore, d do es not ha h ave the h aut thorit h i y to criticize i i i its i does have authority ffood ood or its cultur e. culture. came from from lunch lun nch at P earl of the I just came Pearl O cean. My inner criti anted to Ocean. criticc just w wanted shar ou that th he squash curr as sharee with yyou the curryy w was outrageous! Russell Ru ussell Downing Downing, g, Santa Sant ta Cruz

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assem assemblymembers mblymembers to do so. so. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s t itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ref ref lective lective of consistent consisten nt princ ciples between between Sierra Club and d principles m viiew of how I represent represent our coastal coaastal myy view inter e ,â&#x20AC;? sa ests ys Monning. Monning. interests,â&#x20AC;? says Staate Sen. Sen. Joe Joe Simitian, Simitian, who who State re preesents the the district district encompassing encompassing represents S antaa Cruz Cruz and and Palo Palo Alto, Alto, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do do Santa sso o badly badly either, either, scoring scoring 13 13 out out of of 115. 5. The The two two demerits demerits stem stem from fro r m d isagrreement over over the the Bay Bay Delta Delta disagreement ggovernance overnance bill, bill, which which Simitian Simitian wrote, wro r te, aand nd its its corresponding corresponding $11.1 $11.1 billion billion w ater bond. bond. Simitian Simitian stands stands by by his his water re cord r . record.

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The Year We Wish Had Happened It was one for the record books, this 2009. Oh, sure, there were bright points: the inauguration, some entertaining scandals, the inauguration, Giants slugger Pablo â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Kung-Fu Pandaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sandoval, the inauguration. But for the most part, when we look back at this annus horribilis of bankruptcies and bailouts, we prefer to contemplate what might have happened rather than what actually did.

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During polling to consider new rules on panhandling, Santa Cruz city leaders found that the only thing residents hate more than beggars with a sense of entitlement are terrible musicians. Talented artists and performers abound in downtown Santa Cruz, it seems, but according to shoppers and locals, there is also a rotating cast of people who ought to be kept no less than 300 feet from any object capable of making a soundâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as in not even allowed to have change that might jingle in their pockets.

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Responding to the outcry, city leaders formed a three-judge talent board to force potential street musicians to obtain a license through an American Idolâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;style audition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe that performing in front of a nitpicking trio of judges will produce better quality street musicians,â&#x20AC;? said Downtown Association executive director, talent judge and Simon Cowell look-alike Chip. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plus, the humiliating entertainment it will produce will have much more community value than any instrument these morons might try to play.â&#x20AC;?

430@C/@G Santa Cruz Gives Federal Stimulus Money Back to Residents Having received $11.3 million from the Obama administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Santa Cruz city leaders decided that instead of repaving roads or widening highways, they would send each of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 54,778 residents a check for $206.28. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m spending my Obama money on beer,â&#x20AC;? said a grinning 16-year-old standing outside of Longs on Front Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, um, will you buy me some beer?â&#x20AC;? Other residents were more responsible, like Robert Steffen, also

known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pink Umbrella Man,â&#x20AC;? who said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll use his stimulus cash to upgrade the pink daisies on his sneakers to orchids and roses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time to stimulate my feet with some fly new kicks,â&#x20AC;? whispered the slowmoving man on his way to the flower shop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thanks, Obama!â&#x20AC;?

Furlough Days Accompanied by Adjusted Workload Throughout California, in both the public and private sectors, employers recalibrated their expectations of workers to reflect the combination of shortened work weeks resulting from regular furlough days and reduced resources resulting from massive layoffs. Many municipalities, Santa Cruz included, went a step further by making it a misdemeanor to tell employees to â&#x20AC;&#x153;do more with less.â&#x20AC;?

Widespread Improvement in Service In shops, coffeehouses, restaurants, dry cleaners and government agencies across Santa Cruz County, surly Millennials actually gave a shit, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, and obstructionist oldtimers inexplicably became helpful. City ¨ "


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Deep in a $7 million budget deficit, the city of Santa Cruz announced it would bring back the afternoon siesta in order to cut costs and improve morale. From 1 to 3pm Monday through Friday, city offices will close while hammocks are strung up and futons folded down for what Councilmember Tony Madrigal called â&#x20AC;&#x153;something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing at council meetings for years!â&#x20AC;? Several local businesses are taking the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead in scheduling a customary naptime, and restaurants citywide revamped their menus with siestafriendly lunches like sliced turkey, barbecue ribs and white wine. No one was happier than Santa Cruz City Manager Richard Wilson, who took a moment from his Councilmember Story Time session to talk about the move. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just look at how happy little Mikey is,â&#x20AC;? said Wilson, looking up from his Aesopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fables book and pointing to a teddy bearâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;clutching Mayor Mike Rotkin curled up on orange air mat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Spanish had it right all along!â&#x20AC;?

/>@7: First Lady Censured Instead of turning a blind eye to Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife Maria Shriverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s repeated traffic violationsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; talking on her cell phone while driving, parking her Escalade in a red zone, not paying a parking meter while getting a coffee and muffinâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;traffic police wrote her a $50 million DWI (driving while irritating) ticket. The money was sent straight to a special â&#x20AC;&#x153;Insaney Day Fundâ&#x20AC;? created in case the state government is hijacked by lunatics, and is being used to shore up the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safety net services.

;/G Santa Cruz Council Backs Down From Smoking Ban After considering the findings of a task force on a proposed downtown smoking ban, the Santa Cruz City Council opted not to outlaw smoking tobacco on Pacific Avenue and Main Beach, saying that bourgeois moralizing disguised as concern for the environment and public health would just be annoying. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live and let live,â&#x20AC;? the councilmembers said in a prepared statement explaining the imminent appearance of concrete ashtrays on city streets and beaches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Addicts are people, too.â&#x20AC;?

Bankrupt House-Flippers Shamed Across the United States, ordinary citizens who behaved like high-rolling real estate speculators during the housing boomâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;flipping houses, overleveraging their personal assets and dominating dinner parties with talk of their financial successesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;were made to explain their actions to panels of frugal grandmothers. Teams of therapists were on hand to assist in case any of the subjects went into shock from the full understanding of just what colossal assholes theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been.

8C<3 Derelict Spouses Program Launched The Obama administration introduced its new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cash for Cuckoldersâ&#x20AC;? program to encourage spouses of political figures to trade in their old marriages at the first evidence of unfaithfulness, rather than playing along to preserve an outdated notion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;family values.â&#x20AC;? In June 2009, Jenny Sanford became the first beneficiary of the program, collecting a $3,000 rebate for her husband, Gov. Mark Sanford, after discovering a paper trail that pointed to his Argentine mistress, long before the moronic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Appalachian trailâ&#x20AC;? incident. She spent it on a tropical vacation to decompress. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are outdated and unrealistic models of married life,â&#x20AC;? said President Obama. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to retire them.â&#x20AC;? ¨ %


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8C:G Reason Prevails at Town Hall Meetings An anonymous donor gave millions to cover the cost of getting reasonable people across the country to health-care town hall meetings, providing education on the issues in several languages, buses, day-care money and wage compensation. Millions of the uninsured working poor flooded town hall meetings to voice their support for a public option, drowning out gadflies and waving drawings of Betsy McCaughey with a Hitler mustache. Lawmakers grew a pair and passed the public option lightning quick.

California Legislature Exhibits Competence, Decency Representatives in Sacramento averted catastrophe in the form of $15 billion in cuts to education and services

by raising taxes on the wealthiest Californians and increasing fees, despite the unpopularity of these methods. The break in the months-long stalemate reportedly came after California Democrats took a seminar titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Take No Guff â&#x20AC;? from the ladies at the El Palomar taco bar and subsequently opened up a can of whoop-ass on their Republican counterparts.

/C5CAB Mountain Man Successfully Stubs Out Cigarette on Sole of Shoe An unidentified Santa Cruz Mountain resident living somewhere near the old Lockheed facility finished his cigarette, considered tossing it into the bone-dry underbrush near his shack and decided instead to stub it out on the bottom of his boots, preventing a 7,800-acre wildfire and saving the state $29 million. The man then went inside and ate his dinner.

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A3>B3;03@ Best and Brightest Students Liberated From Financial Burden of Tuition A computer hacker classified all underprivileged UC students as veterans

and enrolled them under the new GI Bill. Before the error was spotted, all the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tuition was paid. With their worries about making ends meet wiped out, the students threw themselves into their studies and remarkable work came pouring out of the UCs. An econ student solved the California budget crisis, a graduate student perfected carbon sequestration and a philosophy student permanently disabled Twitter.

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at the Capitol building in Sacramento. When Gov. Schwarzenegger demanded he come out, Keeley appeared briefly with his necktie tied around his forehead, screaming, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No way, man! Not until we fix this fucking tax system, man!â&#x20AC;? The Commission came down with a severe case of Stockholm syndrome and decided instead to get behind Keeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blue plan, recommending a pollution tax and a rainy day fund. When they finally emerged, Schwarzenegger got in Keeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t approve of your methods! But, dammit, they get the job done.â&#x20AC;? He signed the reforms into law on the spot.

<=D3;03@ Santa Cruz County Goes Gotti on Gangs Taking a page out of the FBI playbook, the Santa Cruz Police Department and Santa Cruz County sheriffs office unleashed a Sopranos-style shakedown on local street gangs this year, using the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (better known as RICO) to indict more than 300 SureĂąo and NorteĂąo gangsters, making the county the safest in

California. Using wire taps, undercover agents and turncoat witnesses, local cops were able to charge gang members with conspiracy for connectionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;no matter how tenuousâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to crimes ranging from murder to minors in possession of alcohol. Gangsters left off the indictments quickly realized they would no longer be tolerated and went back to San Benito County whence theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d come, leaving residents free to walk down the street shank-free once again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If RICO laws can take down the mafia, we thought, why canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it work with a bunch of street punks?â&#x20AC;? said police spokesman Zach Friend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was one of those â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;duhâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; moments in law enforcement.â&#x20AC;?

2313;03@ StabSantaCruz.com Goes Dark Helbard Alkhassadeh, the concerned citizen behind the website StabSantaCruz.com, let his domain name license expire after local thugs and gangsters took their score-settling methods to the virtual world of Super Mario Bros, causing a cartoon hammer to the head to replace knives as the weapon of choice in Santa Cruz County. 0


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Disney had anything to do withâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it suggests that it is a terrible fate to cling to a past. This is a hard lesson for animators, who are almost all terrible nostalgics. A close second to Up was Coraline, a ravishing fairy tale told with Oregon terroir (and Brothers Grimm terror); here is a more elegant tale of the dangers of coming of age than BeWZWUVb(<Se ;]]\â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spot-that-metaphor game of deflowering equals vampirization. /\dWZBVSAb]`g]T/\dWZshows that even in the age when everyone documents everyone else, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still possible to trust a director. Critics have remarked of BVS6c`b:]QYS` that it is amazing a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Kathryn Bigelowâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;made such a tough movie. Could a man have directed Agnès Vardaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gentle yet incisive BVS0SOQVSa]T/U\|a? Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proof that self-documentation doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be boring; a mirror turned to an artist can turn out to reflect a good portion of the world. And what this year was more triumphant than the display of the inner youth of an elderly lady? /AS`W]ca;O\â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fear and trembling is the opposite. The fable of a confused hero (Michael Stuhlbarg) caught between human malice and divine silence is essential viewing in a year when possibly more nonsense was talked about God and what He wants than in perhaps any other year in the history of the world. (You could judge this nonstatistic on a basis of population alone; nearly 7 billion, and the Internet gives them quite a megaphone.) BVS7\T]`[O\bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s similar Midwestern blight and its study of trust and duplicity also constitute a kind of corporate critiqueâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;more Sinclair Lewis than Billy Wilder. AW\<][P`S is as dreamy as a film could be while dealing with the unspeakably sordid subject matter of drug gangs. Cary Fukunagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s postâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;City

of God filmmaking represents as accomplished a debut as we have enjoyed in years. And BVS;OWRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ridealong with a domestic servant is a work of great intimacy and terror, and of unexpected mercy. As for the rest of the year: I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if I have energy enough left to slap it goodbye. On the nonblockbuster flank we endured a coterie of hipster comingof-age movies that make you wonder if a certain segment of society is ever going to grow up: /eOgES5], 5WUO\bWQ, EVS`SbVSEWZRBVW\Ua/`S. If # 2Oga]TAc[[S`gets the Oscar for best original script, the Academy will be rewarding screenwriters who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come up with a funnier porn-movie title than â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweet and Shower.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a precedent we want to set.

Von Busackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top 10 Up Coraline Anvil! The Story of Anvil A Serious Man The Informant! The Maid The Beaches of Agnes Sin Nombre The Fantastic Mr. Fox Capitalism: A Love Story

Honorable Mention Canary; The Exiles (1961); Thirst; Still Walking; A Town Called Panic; Every Little Step; Taking Woodstock; The Cove; Food Inc.


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/D/B/@(PG-13; 162 min.) In the future, Earthling mercenaries are shipped to the planet Pandora, where 9-foot-tall, blue-skinned noble savages called Naâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;vi live in a phosphorescent forest full of saurian beasts. Jake (Sam Worthington) is the paraplegic brother of a dead soldier hooked up to a Naâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;vi shell; the program is under the direction of a chainsmoking biologist (Sigourney Weaver). The politics play it both ways; letting us swoon over the military hardware and still lament for the plundered forests. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to see it, see it in 3-D. (RvB) B630:7<2A723

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(R; 135 min.) A sleek, twisty mystery, illuminated by the stunning PenĂŠlope Cruz, the new Pedro AlmodĂłvar is also a sprawler. The James M. Cainâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;style plot involves a blind film director from Madrid (LuĂ­s Homar). After losing his sight, the filmmaker took the ballsy new name â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harry Caineâ&#x20AC;? and became a writer. News of the death of a corrupt tycoon sends Caine back to confront unfinished businessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to retrieve the moment 16 years previously where he lost both love and sight. The dead tycoon in question, a cuckolded millionaire named Ernesto Martel (JosĂŠ Luis GĂłmez), unwillingly shared the love of Caineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. Lena, known as Magdalena, was an actress, secretary and part-time prostitute who took as her working-girl name Severine. She, of course, is played by Cruz. No one but AlmodĂłvar knows how to make Cruz really fascinating. (RvB)

0@=B63@A(R; 110 min.) Jim Sheridanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dud remake of a 2004 Danish original. Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) is just out of the joint after three years for bank robbery; his brother, Sam (Tobey Maguire), is a captain in the Marines, about to head back for another stint. Grace (Natalie Portman), Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife, and the mother of his two children, settles down to wait for his return. But Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helicopter is shot down by the Taliban, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taken prisoner and brutalized. In stress mode, wielding a gun and screaming to the heavens, Maguire showboats with all smokestacks belching. (RvB) /16@7AB;/A 1/@=: (PG; 96 min.)

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(PG-13; 103 min.) Lone Scherfigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s British coming-of-age film has its good points. Twickenham-raised Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is studying for Oxford when she gets picked up by David (Peter Sarsgaard), a slightly older rotter; his slightly cruel eyes and f lat smile forecast trouble to come. Until then, Jenny gets to see London highlife and nightclubs, and voyages to Paris. Smelling class, and wanting to make their hard-working daughter happy, Jennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents (Cara Seymour, Alfred Molina) relax the leash. Mulligan is charming, the meet-cute is deft and Olivia Williams bears all the movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spine as a deliberately drabbed-down English teacher. Nick Hornbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screenplay, from Lynn Barberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memoir, might have meant he had input on the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excellent preâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Swinging London soundtrack. Singer Beth Rowley steals the show as the breathy canary at one nightspot. (RvB)

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named Frank, trying to investigate what became of his family (Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell and Drew Barrymore), British director Kirk Jones (Waking Ned Devine) is a little myopic when it comes to class in America, but one cuts holiday movies slack. (RvB) 4/<B/AB71;@ 4=F(PG; 87 min.) In

switching gears entirely from live action to stop-action animation, director Wes Anderson has created his most consistently enjoyable film. Based on a Roald Dahl childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a fairy tale, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a realistic, slightly bleak one. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) is living a straight life with his wife (Meryl Streep). A midlife crisis rouses the beast; he decides to turn hunter once again. Retaliation comes fast and hard: the Fox is robbed of his tail by a shotgun blast. In the war that follows, Fox and his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and, soon, all the creatures in the woodsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;become refugees. (RvB) B636C@B:=193@

(R; 131 min.) The soldiers of Bravo Company are stationed in Baghdad for the 2004 fighting. Central to the film is the

mystery of Staff Sgt. James (Jeremy Renner) who comes in to replace a slaughtered demolition expert. Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; risk-taking amazes and angers his subordinate, Sgt. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie). The suspenseful, grimly funny script is by coproducer Mark Boal. Renner is outstanding as the inhumanly brave demolition expert. Director Kathryn Bigelow does what Howard Hawks would do: she finds the cooperation between men of great competence in a killing trade, rather than pumping up rivalry. Bigelow breaks through the sense of anonymity that characterizes most Iraq war movies, where helmeted men move alike and talk the same terse slang. (RvB) 7<D71BCA(PG-13;

143 min.) Based on John Carlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book Playing the Enemy, Clint Eastwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film tells of South African president Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) exhorting the South African Springboks to greatness in the Rugby world cup as a publicrelations move to heal the racial divisions. Team captain Francois Pienaar is not much of a role, but Matt Damon makes it a model of

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(R; 118 min.) Meryl Streep stars as a divorcee who becomes the mistress of her remarried husband, Alec Baldwin. ;3/<2=@A=< E3::3A(PG-13;

122 min.) Zac Efronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Richard is a high school student who literally wanders into a small part in Orson Wellesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; late-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;30s production of Julius Caesar at the Mercury Theater. Dealing with the moods of the already notorious Welles, Richard is drawn by two women: one is Wellesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; assistant Sonja (Claire Danes); the other is a yearning would-be writer (Zoe Kazan) who longs to get into The New Yorker. Shooting at a restored old theater in Douglas, on the Isle of Man, director Richard Linklater re-creates Wellesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; New York staging of Julius Caesar in fascist blackshirt costumes. The stage scenes are the most compelling. Linklaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unforced handling of the cast is a plusâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as Wellesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; expression has it, Linklater doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t push the river. (RvB) B63;3<E6= AB/@3/B5=/BA

(R; 100 min.) George Clooney war comedy about Army experiments with psychic powers in Iraq. <7<3(PG-13; 117 min.) Federico Felliniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 8 1/2 (1963) is boiled down to a musical series of celebs in pushup bras. An Italian film director, Guido (Daniel DayLewis), has announced an ambitious new film project. But Guido has no idea what the film is going to be, and the time to start shooting is coming up. Director Rob Marshall (Chicago) has calmed the camerawork downâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previously been an addict of fast cutting to make a group of mostly nonsingers and nondancers to look like lightfooted showstoppers. But only Marion Cotillard, as Guidoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s muchspurned wife, delivers a

number that leaves an aftereffect. As Guidoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mistress, PenĂŠlope Cruz is edible (if slightly selfconscious) sliding down a satin banister. Nicole Kidman is the pedestal girl, inserted into a strapless evening gown that makes her look like a single arrow in a quiver. Kate Hudson is the Yank journalist who only pays attention to the surfaces of Italian film. What we see in Nine is not an artist in peril of his soul; what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really seeing in these musical fantasies is essentially the problems of a creatively blocked choreographer. (RvB)

running for their lives from a voodoo conjurer (voiced by Keith David, reprising the malevolent silkiness of his Cat in Coraline). The attempt to make a multiculti story is suitably enchanting. The full-length cartoon is a tribute to a centurylong history of cellular animation. (RvB) B63@=/2(R; 119 min.) Two figures, half-starved on a perilous road to the sea, are the survivors of some thorough but indefinite holocaust. All civilization has broken down utterly; long-pig consumption is on the rise. The film offers a serious vision >:/<3B#(PG; of a world without 91 min.) (PG) An warmth, humor or sex, animated kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; film. and only a lightweight, When an earth one thinks, would f lee astronaut (voiced by from it. The Roadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dwayne Johnson) postapocalyptic center arrives on an alien is a moral struggle: even planet, he causes a as his strength wanes, panic among the cozy Vigo Mortensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Man suburban inhabitants. tries pass on the spirit >@317=CA0/A32 of â&#x20AC;&#x153;the good guysâ&#x20AC;? =<B63<=D3:>CA6 to his son. The son is 0GA/>>67@3(R; 110 called, as in Tarzan min.) Much lauded, movies, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boyâ&#x20AC;? (Kodi but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bulldozer. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Smit-McPhee). The 1987, during some of film has its moments. Harlemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most suffering Mortensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real-toyears. A girl of immense the-pith suffering is girth, 16-year-old unimpeachable, and Claireece (Gabourey a sightless Robert â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gabbyâ&#x20AC;? Sidibe) makes Duvallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tales of her way through life. apocalypse have some She has intelligence, genuine weight to but she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t focus, them. (RvB) and we learn why in /A3@7=CA;/< f lashback; she was (R; 113 min.) All the serially raped by her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boyfriend. Her themes in the Coen scathing, angry mother, brothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; previous films blend harmoniously Mary (Moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Nique), in this terrific tale blames Precious for of comedic woe and this and her resulting horror. Minneapolis, pregnancy), urging her 1967: a meek professor to stop this foolishness Larry Gopnik (stage about school and go on actor Michael welfare. Moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Nique is Stuhlbarg, looking like great, but Precious has a dispirited Harold a judgmental streak Lloyd) teaches physics that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quit. And at a small college. thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been essential to Gopnik is tantalized a success worthy of its with the possibility sensationalism. (RvB) of tenure, betrayed B63>@7<13AA/<2 by his wife with their B634@=5 (G; 97 neighbor Sy Ableman, a min.) In New Orleans clammy, polyester-clad of the 1920s, a hardswine (Fred Melamed, working Africanbrilliant). Gopnikâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s American girl, Tiana son Danny (Aaron (Noni Rose), falls Wolff ) has a cowlike for the myth that a indifference to his princessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kiss can turn fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plight. And a frog back to a prince, Larry must take charge but the curse turns out of his unemployable to work both ways, and brother Arthur soon the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;now (Richard Kind), an both frogsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are obese holy fool. The

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(PG-13; 128 min.) There are moments during Sherlock Holmes when you wish you could hit director Guy Ritchie with his own storyboard; there are bone-crushing fights that you feel like applauding for just to celebrate the fact that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re over at last. Yet all in all, Sherlock Holmes is ripping fun. Robert Downey Jr.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expert acting ref lects Aldous Huxleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thought that if you could open the doors of perception, you would see the world as it is: infinite. This insight sums up the mind of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest detectiveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it also sums up the mind of a schizophrenic. Downeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holmes is a dandy in high Victorian regalia, smoked glasses, ascots and the kind of slanted hats worn in Oscar Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s circle. But we also see another side of Holmesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a hermit crab in a dank f lat, huddled under a silk dressing gown so raveled it looks shaggy as a bear skin. The

movie keeps coming back to a serene partnershipâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;when Holmes says â&#x20AC;&#x153;The gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s afoot,â&#x20AC;? Jude Lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formidable Watson picks up the rest of the Henry V quote. (RvB) A97<(PG-13; 116 min.) The absurd but inexorable logic of apartheid is laid out with considerable emotional impact in Skin. Based on a true story, the film follows the difficult life of Sandra Laing, born in the mid-1950s with skin color and features that would make her black in the eyes of the law, except that her parents are both white. As a genetic researcher later admits in front of an embarrassed courtroom, most Afrikaner settlers have African blood. The law makes clumsy attempts to cope with the situationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Sandra is at first termed white because of her parentage, then â&#x20AC;&#x153;coloredâ&#x20AC;? by her appearance, then white again. The whiplash affects her whole life, tearing at the fabric of her family, poisoning her relationships and

thrusting her into poverty. This is a grim chronicle leavened by some fine acting. Young Sandra is played by the very appealing, wideeyed young first-timer Ella Ramangwane. Sophie Okonedo (last seen in The Secret Life of Bees) takes over as the grown-up Sandra, valiantly trying to find a way to cope with personal and societal upheaval. Alice Krige is touching as Sandraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, but the real surprise is Sam Neill, who gives a subtle, wound-up performance as her father. At times, director Anthony Fabian is guilty of laying on the blows of apartheid with too heavy a hand, but the film earns its tearful, haltingly hopeful conclusion. (MSG) C>7<B63/7@ (R; 109 min.) As the predatory Ryan Bingham, George Clooney delivers a startlingly good performance. Sadly, the film is compromised by director Jason Reitman, who shows signs of morphing into Cameron Crowe. Bingham is a hired terminatorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a man

brought in to fire people; he tolerates this job with benefits of an executive life with plenty of travel. Enter a young, seemingly equally callous rival (Anna Kendrick). Having this inexperienced girl along interrupts Ryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regularly scheduled no-strings f lings with a fellow constant business traveler, Alex (Vera Farmiga). The acrid first half is the best partâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Clooney makes us admire Ryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gamesmanship. The film wants us to equate two different kinds of toxicitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to draw a line between the corporate bloodletting that juices up stock portfolios and the wrongness of the present-tense sex life that Ryan and Alex enjoy. Too bad that Farmiga and Clooney are such a scintillating pair that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to see them pay the piper. (RvB) B63G=C<5 D71B=@7/

Unforgivably static, despite the fascinating subject: the early and often unpopular years of the longest-

reigning and most iron-bottomed British royal who ever lived. As Victoria, the lovely and suitably aristocratic Emily Blunt is the best part of this story. Treated with brutal overcaution and surveillance by her mother, the Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson), and her friend (perhaps with benefits) Lord Conroy, the girl is kept locked up and escorted down all stairs as if she were a brittle-boned child. When she grows older, her cousin Albert (Rupert Friend) comes to court, and this starts a romance, tainted with scheming by the power in Albertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family, the perfidious Belgian king (Thomas Kretschmann). Director Jean-Marc ValĂŠe slows things down and smooths over the complexities of history; matters get simplified to the point where it seems like nothing is going on in the world outside the problem of Victoria trying to get some time alone with Albert. The sketchy background and the slow pace bring on the familiar PBS-watcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s narcosis. (RvB)


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Dinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide

Our selective list of area restaurants includes those that have been favorably reviewed in print by Santa Cruz Weekly food critics and others that have been sampled but not reviewed in print. All visits by our writers are made anonymously, and all expenses are paid by Metro Santa Cruz. AG;0=:A;/23A7;>:3(+C\RS`+#+$ + O\Rc^

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Indian. Authentic Indian dishes and specialties served in a comfortable dining room. Lunch buffet daily 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner daily 5pm to close. www.ambrosiaib.com American and specialty dishes from the British and Emerald Isles. Full bar. Children welcome. Happy hour Mon-Fri 2-6pm. Open daily 11am to 2am. Italian. Ambience reminiscent of a small trattoria in the streets of Italy, serving handmade lasagna, pasta dishes, gnocchi and fresh fish. Wed-Sun, Lunch 11am-2pm, Dinner 5-9pm. Continental California cuisine. Breakfast all week 6:30-11am, lunch all week 11am-2pm; dinner Fri-Sat 5-10pm, Sun-Thu 5-9pm. www.seacliffinn.com.

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7528 Soquel Dr, 831.688.4465

meat and vegetarian kebabs, gyros, falafel, healthy salads and Mediterranean flatbread pizzas. Beer and wine. Dine in or take out. Tue-Sun 11am-8pm.

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104 Stockton Ave, 831.479.8888

All day breakfast. Burgers, gyros, sandwiches and 45 flavors of Marianneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Polar Bear ice cream. Open 8am daily.

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California Continental. Swordfish and other seafood specials. Dinner Mon-Thu 5:30-9:30pm; Fri 5-10pm; Sat 4-10:30pm; Sun 4-9pm.



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231 Esplanade, 831.464.1933

international wine list and outdoor dining with terrific views in the heart of Capitola Village. Open daily.

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203 Esplanade, 831.475.4900

California cuisine. Nightly specials include baby back ribs, prime rib, lobster and mahi mahi. Daily 7am-2am.

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2218 East Cliff Dr, 831.476.4560

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460 Seventh Ave, 831.477.2908

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221 Cathcart St, 831.426.4852

Mexican/Seafood/American. Traditional Mexican favorites. Best fajitas, chicken mole, coconut prawns, blackened prime rib! Fresh seafood. Over 50 premium tequilas, daily happy hour w/ half-price appetizers. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. American, California-style. With a great bar scene, casually glamorous setting and attentive waitstaff. Full bar. Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm, Sun 1-10pm. Crepes and more. Featuring the spinach crepe and Tunisian donut. Full bar. Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri 11am-1am, Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-midnight. Seafood. Fresh seafood, shellfish, Midwestern aged beef, pasta specialties, abundant salad bar. Kids menu and nightly entertainment. Harbor and Bay views. Lunch and dinner daily. Mexican. Serving breakfast all day. Popular for our street tacos and handmade Salvadorian pupusas. Vegetarian options made w/ local fresh vegetables & organic tofu. Daily 9: 30am-9:30pm. Americana. Ribs, steaks and burgers are definitely the stars. Full bar. Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner Sun-Thu 5:30-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-10pm. California/full-service bakery. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Eggs Benedict in Town.â&#x20AC;? Happy Hour Mon-Fri 5-6pm. Halfprice appetizers; wines by the glass. Daily 8am-9pm. â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s Vegas meets â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s Waikiki. Amazing dining experience in kitchy yet swanky tropical setting. Fresh fish, great steaks, vegetarian. Full-service tiki bar. Happy-hour tiki drinks. Aloha Fri, Sat lunch 11:30am-5pm. Dinner nightly 5pm-close.


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Fine Mexican cuisine. Opening daily at noon. 49-B Municipal Wharf, 831.458.9393 1319 Pacific Ave, 831.420.1700



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2415 Mission St, 831.423.9010

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Japanese Fusion. Sushi bar, sake bar, vegetarian, seafood, steak in fun atmosphere; kids play area; karaoke every night. Open seven days 5-10pm; Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm.

1220 Pacific Ave, 831.426.9930

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Thai. Individually prepared with the freshest ingredients, plus ambrosia bubble teas, shakes. Mon-Thu 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri 11:30am-10pm, Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon-9:30pm. Italian-American. Mouthwatering, generous portions, friendly service and the best patio in town. Full bar. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am, dinner nightly at 5pm. Irish pub and restaurant. Informal pub fare with reliable execution. Lunch and dinner all day, open Mon-Fri 11:30ammidnight, Sat-Sun 11:30am-1:30am. Wine bar with menu. Flawless plates of great character and flavor; sexy menu listings and wines to match. Lunch Wed-Sat noon2pm; dinner Mon-Thu 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 5-11pm, Sun 4-10pm; retail shop Mon 5pm-close, Tue-Sat noon-close, Sun 4pm-close. Pizza. Specializing in authentic Sicilian and square pizza. Homemade pasta, fresh sandwiches, soups, salads and more. Hot slices always ready. Sun-Thu 10am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm. Pizza. Pizza, fresh salads, sandwiches, wings, desserts, beers on tap. Patio dining, sports on HDTV and free WiFi. Large groups and catering. Open and delivering Fri-Sat 11am-2am, Mon-Thu 11am-1am, Sun 11am-midnight.

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Organic Pizza. Everything organic: pizza, lasagna, soup, salad, beer and local wine. Always organic, local produce. Party room seats 32. Weeknights 4-9pm (closed Tue), Fri 4-10pm, Sat 1-10pm, Sun 1-9pm. See menu at www.redwoodpizza.com.

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Cambodian. Fresh kebabs, seafood dishes, soups and noodle bowls with a unique Southeast Asian flair. Beer and wine available. Patio dining. Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm.

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Mexican. Open for breakfast. We use no lard in our menu and make your food fresh daily. We are famous for our authentic ingredients such as traditional mole from Oaxaca. Lots of vegetarian options. Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, weekends 8am-9pm.

710 Front St (Next to Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s)

(831) 427-4444

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Astrology Free Will

By Rob Brezsny

For the week of December 30 /@73A(March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19): One of my favorite landscape painters makes a livable wage from selling her art. She has had many gallery showings and has garnered much critical acclaim. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the good news. The bad news is that she feels obligated to keep churning out more landscape paintingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even when her muse nudges her to take a detour into, say, abstract expressionism or surrealistic portraits. Galleries donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want anything from her except the stuff that has made her semifamous. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes I fantasize about creating a series of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sock Puppet Monkeys Playing Poker,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she told me. If she were an Aries, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d advise her to do what I think you should do in 2010: Listen to what your version of the sock puppet monkeys are urging you to do. B/C@CA(April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20): My Taurus friend Jill had a dream in which she stopped by a blackberry bush on a summer afternoon. All the ripe blackberries were too high on the bush, just out of reach. She stood there gazing longingly up at them for a long time. Finally three people in medieval garb came by, as if having stepped out of a deck of Tarot cardsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a warrior, magician and priestess. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really want those blackberries,â&#x20AC;? she said to them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Could you give me a boost?â&#x20AC;? They stooped down to make their backs available. She climbed up, but still couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reach the berries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh well, we tried,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Follow us,â&#x20AC;? said the priestess, and she did. After a while they came to another bush whose blackberries were lower and easy to pluck. Then the four shared the feast. After analyzing the omens for 2010, Taurus, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to the conclusion that Jillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream is an apt metaphor for your best possible destiny in 2010. 53;7<7(May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20): â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should not think of our past as definitely settled, for we are not a stone or a tree,â&#x20AC;? wrote poet Czeslaw Milosz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My past changes every minute according to the meaning given it now, in this moment.â&#x20AC;? I suggest you make abundant use of this wisdom in 2010. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you will have unprecedented power to re-vision and reinterpret your past. Keep the following question in mind as you go about your work: â&#x20AC;&#x153;How can I recreate my history so as to make my willpower stronger, my love of life more intense, and my future more interesting?â&#x20AC;?

1/<13@(June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22): I think everyone should always have an improbable quest playing at the edges of their imaginationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you know, some heroic task that provokes deep thoughts and rouses noble passions even if it also incites smoldering torment. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking about an extravagant dream thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perhaps a bit farfetched but not entirely insane; a goal that constantly rouses you to stretch your possibilities and open your mind further; a wild hope whose pursuit makes you smarter and stronger even if you never fully accomplish it. The coming year would be an excellent time to keep such an adventure at the forefront of your awareness. :3=(July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 22): A guy who goes by the name of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winterâ&#x20AC;? has made it his goal to visit every Starbucks in the world. According to his website, he has thus far ordered drinks in 9,874 stores. His project contrasts dramatically with an acquaintance of mine who calls herself â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indian Summer.â&#x20AC;? She is in the midst of a global pilgrimage to the hundreds of sites listed in Colin Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book The Atlas of Holy Places and Sacred Sites, including cave paintings, dolmens, medicine wheels and temples. Guess which of these two explorers Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m nominating to be one of your inspirational heroes in 2010. D7@5=(Aug. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sept. 22): Scientific studies have proved what we all knew already: A person whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only mildly interesting to you will probably become more attractive if you drink a couple of pints of beer. What if I told you, Virgo, that in 2010 you could regularly create the same effect without drinking the beer? I have it on good astrological authority that this will be the case. Due to fundamental shifts in your relationship with the life force, and having nothing to do with how much alcohol you consume, the entire world will often be at least 25 percent more attractive to you than it ever was before.

:70@/(Sept. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Oct. 22): Your limitations will be among your greatest assets in 2010. Yes, you heard me right, Libra; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not speaking ironically or sarcastically. During the coming months, you will be able to benefit from circumstances that you might otherwise imagine would prevent you from operating

with maximum freedom. It might require you to look at the world upside-down, or work in reverse to your habitual thought patterns, but you could actually generate interesting opportunities, vital teachings and maybe even financial gain by capitalizing on your socalled liabilities.

A1=@>7=(Oct. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Nov. 21): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dear Rob: I sure donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like so much God stuff mixed into my horoscopes. Can you cut it out, please? I understand itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s common for the masses to believe in an Ultra Being, but you? Pul-lease. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re smarter than that. I just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t abide all the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Divine Wowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; this and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cackling Goddessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nonsense that you dispense; it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t jibe with the practical, sensible, unsuperstitious, nonmushy world I hold dear.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Sally Scorpio Dear Sally: I predict that many Scorpios will have sensational, ongoing, up-close and personal communion with the Divine Wow in 2010. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re free, of course, to call it something else, like an unprecedented eruption of creative energy or a breakthrough in your ability to access your own higher powers.

A/57BB/@7CA(Nov. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dec. 21): You Sagittarians may wander farther and wider than the other signs of the zodiac, and you may get itchier when required to stay in one place too long, but you still need a sense of belonging. Whether that comes from having a certain building where you feel comfortable or a wilderness that evokes your beloved adventurousness or a tribe that gives you a sense of community, you thrive when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in regular touch with a homing signal that keeps you grounded. According to my analysis, 2010 will be prime time for you to find or create or renew your connection to a source that serves this purpose well. 1/>@71=@<(Dec. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jan. 19): â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am a man of fixed and unbending principles,â&#x20AC;? said American politician Everett Dirksen, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the first of which is to be flexible at all times.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the kind of playful and resilient spirit I urge you to aspire to in 2010, Capricorn. I think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re most likely to have a successful year if you regularly explore the joys of improvisation. The more empirical and less theory-bound youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to be, the better youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel. Practicing the art of compromise doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be galling, I promise you; it may even turn out to be more fun and educational than you imagined possible.

/?C/@7CA(Jan. 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Feb. 18): Who and what do you hold most dear, Aquarius? I encourage you to get clear about that. Once you do, I hope youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make a vow to bestow extra care and attention on them in 2010â&#x20AC;&#x201D;I mean literally write out a one-page oath in which you describe the inner states you will cultivate in yourself while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in their presence and the specific actions youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to take to help them thrive. Nothing else you do will be more important to your success in 2010. >7A13A(Feb. 19â&#x20AC;&#x201C;March 20): The philosopher Nietzsche said there was no middle ground: You either said â&#x20AC;&#x153;yesâ&#x20AC;? to life or you said â&#x20AC;&#x153;no.â&#x20AC;? You either celebrated your vitality, enjoyed your power, and thrived on challenges, or else you practiced constant self-denial, hemmed yourself in with deluded rationalizations, and tormented yourself with indecision. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not so sure itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always as clear-cut as that. While Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m usually in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;yes to lifeâ&#x20AC;? camp,â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone through â&#x20AC;&#x153;no to lifeâ&#x20AC;? phases, as well as some extended â&#x20AC;&#x153;maybe to lifeâ&#x20AC;? times. What about you, Pisces? Whatever youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done in the past, I hope that in 2010 you will take maximum advantage of the cosmic rhythms, which will be encouraging you to give life a big, resounding, ongoing YES. B]QVSQY]cb[gSf^O\RSROcRW] T]`SQOab]Tg]c`RSabW\gW\  U]b]@SOZ/ab`]Z]UgQ][ Go to @3/:/AB@=:=5G1=; to check out Rob Brezsnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Expanded Weekly Audio Horoscopes and Daily Text Message Horoscopes. The audio horoscopes are also available by phone &%%&%!"&&& or 1.900.950.7700




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