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COUPLE months ago, I opened an unexpected package from a parishioner serving now in the Persian Gulf. It was an American f lag, folded neatly, an expression of her gratitude. The certificate said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d f lown it in a combat mission over Iraq on Christmas Day, 2009. Before shipping out, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d attended church services here in Santa Cruz for a year and a half. Most Sundays, she and a friend slipped out of Monterey, where they were studying at the Defense Language Institute, rode up the coast and joined us for worship. They were quiet, both of them, but always grateful, intensely grateful. I remember, especially, their smiling widely as they received the bread and cup at communion each week. Like it mattered. A lot. Tucked in the same package was a letter. She reminded me that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d found our church during a difficult time, a tense time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have no idea how much it meant for me to have some place to go to escape the stresses of the military,â&#x20AC;? she wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With policies like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Ask, Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Tellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in place that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow gays to serve openly, getting through my year and a half tour down there was emotionally difficult.â&#x20AC;? We were her sanctuary, her oasis, and she had taken these gifts to heart. Now sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s f lying reconnaissance f lights over Iraq. And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking at a folded f lag sitting f lat on my desk. I confess to a certain ambivalence when it comes to the American f lag. Having come of age during the ReaganNorth-Cheney-Bush years, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m deeply skeptical of those whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve wrapped misguided, bloody policies in the red, white and blue and then called them holy. If the first Gulf War was wrong, the secondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been disastrous in almost every way. Just the same, her f lag touched some part of me that aches for patriotism, that wants desperately to love my country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the thought of the war is too much,â&#x20AC;? she wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of this f lag as supporting bad things. This f lag, in my opinion, is for all of us who have greater dreams, better dreams for our nation and a better future forward.â&#x20AC;? I get it now. If we are to be a nation, if we are to fulfill any kind of destiny, we need this f lag to mean something. It has to mean something like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only as resilient as the most vulnerable among us. Something like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only as strong as our capacity to love and make sacrifices for one another. We need this f lag to mean something more than a Blackberry in every hand and a f lat screen in every living room. Another aviator, the great French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery, once wrote that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not saying thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy. Looking together in the same direction requires patience, grace, commitment, tenacity, love. But nothing else will do. Nothing else gets us moving toward meaningful health care reform or effective action on global warming. Nothing else fixes our broken school systems or our corporate-sponsored election cycles. Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to turn off all those pundits making millions on our misery. Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to turn to the f lag again. Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for all of usâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;gay, straight, black, white, Anglo, Latino, theist, atheistâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to look together in the same direction. Toward the future of America. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take a lot of love. The greater dreams always do.

DAVID GRISHAW-JONES is Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Santa Cruz.


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VERY TIME Anne Smith washes her kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; grass-stained sports uniforms, her agapanthus gets watered too. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a time-saving, water-conserving trick that may one day become commonplace as more and more people discover the benefits of recycling household â&#x20AC;&#x153;graywater.â&#x20AC;? That dirty water laden with detergent, hair and other unmentionable cooties that drain from our washing machines, bathroom sinks and showers classifies as graywater, and it makes up more than half the average householdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water waste. Since 1928, graywater has been flushed into city sewers along with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;blackwaterâ&#x20AC;? that drains from toilets and kitchen sinks, sent to a water treatment center on Bay Street and later expelled

into the ocean via Monterey Bay. But with droughts, heightened awareness of water scarcity and a new emphasis on conservation, the fate of gray wastewater is beginning to change. And Santa Cruz, not surprisingly, is at the forefront of a growing movement to legally divert household graywater away from the sewer system and into the soil, where it can provide moisture for trees and other plants and recharge long-depleted water tables. In January, the California Building Standards Commission adopted a new plumbing code legalizing graywater reuse in residential buildings, a breakthrough that gives residents the go-ahead to rig up their own systems. Proponents say it can save money in the long run, relieve overstressed

septic systems and conserve the life-giving element. Most importantly, perhaps, it can help change the way people think about their water use. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead of calling it wastewater and shipping it downstream, graywater [reuse] goes with the idea that we all live downstream,â&#x20AC;? says Ken Foster of Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping, a member of the Central Coast Graywater Alliance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In nature there is no such thing as waste. One thingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waste is anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food. Graywater reuse transforms our concept of waste.â&#x20AC;? Unlike blackwater, graywater is safe and abundant enough to use for irrigating landscape and certain types of garden plants (itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not recommended for root crops, for example). ¨ # If done right, the benefits can be manifold.

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Mother Earth Knows Best All laundry-to-landscape systems, whether simple or complex, rely on one fundamental component: the soilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural â&#x20AC;&#x153;food web.â&#x20AC;? The microbes and insects that live in soil act as a biological filtration community, breaking down and using as fuel the microscopic bacteria, potential pathogens, lint and hair that come out in the wash water. Conveniently, these fungal microbes and insects that love to eat nasty things thrive in wood chip mulch, a gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend. Although their powers are great, these microbes are not skilled at breaking down chemicals, so laundry-to-landscape

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The Options The most basic laundry-to-landscape model is cheap and easy. According to Sherry Bryan of EcoAction and the California Graywater Alliance, the cost of a simple system is between $100 and $200, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simple enough that even the mechanically impaired among us could learn how to install it. This system involves a three-way valve that connects an external pipe to the washing machine. The washing machineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pump then propels the water through the pipe, which can be perforated in certain areasâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;say, under the rose bushes or apple tree. ¨ $

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6=;35/@23<j1:3/<5@33<E/B3@7<5;/167<3 The three-way valve is crucial here. Did your space cadet roommate mistake Comet for your ecofriendly detergent again? Flip the valve from â&#x20AC;&#x153;landscapeâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;sewerâ&#x20AC;? and the roots of your prized fig tree will be spared the caustic chemical burns. The graywater flow should also be redirected to the sewer in times of heavy rain to prevent flooding the garden. According to Bryan, the simplest branch drain laundry-to-landscape system can save almost 4,000 gallons of water a month used for landscape purposes during the irrigation season (May through October). Watering your plants with perfectly good drinking water that has gone through a costly purification process seems crazy when graywater is an optional sourceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;almost as absurd as flushing your waste with the same purified drinking water. More elaborate laundry-to-landscape irrigation systems like the one that keeps Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agapanthus satiated have a materials cost of around $400â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$500. Golden Love of Loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gardens is the mastermind behind Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s irrigation system. The garden is set around a bocce ball court, with an expanse of black piping running its length beneath the mulch, and with 28 release valves that can be opened or closed to release the water. The most elaborate systems,

incorporating bathroom sinks and showers into the graywater flow, require a permit and an approved backflow valve to prevent graywater from flowing back into the sink or shower whence it came.

A Case-by-Case Solution Laundry-to-landscape systems are a great start to graywater reuse, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not the end-all solution to water scarcity in Santa Cruz. Toby Goddard, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water conservation manager, encourages citizens to explore the options that the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liberalized use of graywater may present in their own yards but to remember that it is one of many measures a resident can take to conserve water. Reducing yard size, using low-volume sprinkler nozzles and weather-based irrigation systems and planting more shade trees are other methods Goddard lists to cut down on landscape water usage. After all, as Sherry Bryan of Ecology Action says, the point is to reduce along with reusing and recycling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just like you would reduce your overall energy consumption before installing solar panels,â&#x20AC;? she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;you should reduce your overall water consumption before pumping all your graywater into your landscape.â&#x20AC;? 0 B]5`SS\OAQS\S¨ 

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visual art, visual art, a publishing publishing imprint imprint and and a cconstantly onstantly expanding expanding brood brood of of students students aand nd former former students students he he has has initiated initiated into into tthe he dangerous dangerous pleasures pleasures of of education. education. Now, Now, after after the the Shelley Shelley prize prize and and before before tthat hat the the William William Carlos Carlos Williams Williams Award Award ffor or his his trilogy trilogy No No Other Other Life, Liffe, after after the the NEA NEA and and NEH NEH fellowships, fellowships, the the Peregrine Peregrine Smith S mith Poetry Poetry Prize, Prize, the the James James D. D. Phelan Phelan Award A ward and and his his various various other other honors, honors, Gary Gary Young Y oung was was named named this this past past January Jaanuary poet poet llaureate aureate of of Santa Santa Cruz Cruz County, County, the the first f irst llocal ocal bard bard to to be so so honored. honored. I asked asked him him how how this this compares compares with with his h is other other laurels. laurels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I measure measure it it aagainst gainst my my other other awards awards or or honors, honors, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not n ot as as hefty hefty a prize, prize, and and yet yet itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting starting tto o feel feel more more important, important, even even to to me, me, as as I see see what what it it means means to to other other people, people,â&#x20AC;? he he ssaid. aid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My â&#x20AC;&#x153;My father, father, for for instanceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he instanceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ccare are less less about about any any prize prize Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve won. won. This? This? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s It tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big big deal deal to to him. him. And And this this has has been beeen happening happeening a lot. lot.â&#x20AC;?

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decades. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I decades. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tthink hink tthe he aacademy cademy iiss tthe he m main ain eengine ngine o hat,â&#x20AC;? he he ssaid. aid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;There Th here aare re 3350 50 off tthat, M FA p rograms iin n tthe he ccountry ountry cchurning hurning MFA programs o ut M FAs b he tthousands housands eevery very yyear. ear. out MFAs byy tthe T hey d onâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, m ost o hem, be come They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, most off tthem, become p rofessional poe ts, b ut tthey hey w rite aand nd professional poets, but write tthey hey tteach each aand nd tthey hey tteach each w orkshops, aand nd workshops, I tthink hink iitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jjust ust be come m ore aavailable. vailable. become more â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think think twice twice about about Sunday Sunday â&#x20AC;&#x153;We p ainters aand nd aamateur mateur p ainters; tthere here aare re painters painters; m illions o ople w ho p aintâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;loo ok aatt millions off pe people who paintâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;look tthe he aart-supply rrt-supply sstoresâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and toresâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and m any o hem, many off tthem, m ayb be eeven ven m ost o hem, aare re ffairly airly maybe most off tthem, aaccomplished. ccomplished.â&#x20AC;? In Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view, view, this this proliferation proliferation of of In â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;amateurâ&#x20AC;? amateurâ&#x20AC;? poe ts aand nd poe try iiss h ealthy ffor or poets poetry healthy ccultural ultural llife. ife. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music Music w as aalways lways tthat hat w ay was way u ntil tthe he iinvention nvention o ecorded m usic; until off rrecorded music; eeverybody verybody p layed, aand nd ssome ome pe ople w ere played, people were aamateurs mateurs b ut eextremely xtremely ttalented. alented. M ost but Most w ere aadequate, dequate, and and h appy tto o be aid. were happy be,,â&#x20AC;? h hee ssaid. 3 $

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;And so, God bless people who write poetry, and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hope they buy poetry books and read poetry and that it brings them some joy, because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supposed to do, what it can do.â&#x20AC;?

Freeform In his own writing he has gone from a technically skilled if formally conventional verse to a distinctive style of prose poem that looks simple on the surface but is in fact very tricky and idiosyncratic. In Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands the simplest observations can open into unexpected depths, often revealing a spiritual dimension in the most seemingly ordinary phenomena: kids playing soccer, the cooking of dinner, a mockingbirdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s song, moonlight through the redwoods, a wild mushroom. Putting his own mark on a form that goes back through Baudelaire in the 19th century all the way to the ancient Chinese masters he reveres, Young has earned a lot of respect in the literary world and a certain amount of controversy as well for trafficking in an oxymoron: prose poetry. In the prose poem, absent the formal framework of lined verse, Young says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to be much more subtleâ&#x20AC;? to create the kinds of linguistic tension and compression characteristic of poetry, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more difficult to achieve.â&#x20AC;? But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the things he likes about the form. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something charming about writing poetry that some people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think are poems,â&#x20AC;? he adds, laughing. Asked about the slim material rewards of poetry, he replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an artist, your reward is just being able to do the work.â&#x20AC;? And yet paradoxically, at this peak of his artistic accomplishment, he has less

and less time for writing amid his other duties. He laughs this off, too. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like I had my retirement in the first half of my life, and now when everyone else is retiring Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m starting to work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But also at this age if I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t write every day, or even every month, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m depriving the world of some aspect of my genius. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as important to me right now as teaching kids and doing these civic and educational things. I get a lot of pleasure out of it, and after working at this for 40 years I know a lot and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind giving it back.â&#x20AC;? Printing, says Young, has been essential to his development as a poet: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I have written anything of value, a lot of it is because I became a printer. It allowed me to think about poems as objects, as things, and encouraged me to think of poems as something made, where you would set it in type and feel it in your hands; and the fact that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s physical, just the fact that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re using your body, is a real corrective to staying in your head.â&#x20AC;? He told me that when he started out he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect much. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to expect. I just wanted to see where what I wanted to do would lead me, and 30 years ago if someone had said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the poet laureate of Santa Cruz County,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I would have laughed.â&#x20AC;? GARY YOUNG launches his term as poet laureate with a reading Sunday, April 18, at 6pm at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. He will be joined by Ellen Bass, Robert Sward and Stephen Kessler for brief readings and a panel discussion about poetry and community. Music provided by ZunZun. Free. (831.427.2227)

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Rhan Wilson doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do normal holidays. The local musician, actor and comedian likes them â&#x20AC;&#x153;altared.â&#x20AC;? And no single day revels in distorted states more than Earth Day, April 20, the annual pot smokerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday. With Have You Ever Been Altared, Wilson and his cotton-mouthed crew will present herb-influenced skits and songs in the trademark Altared minor key style and ring in Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite holiday with a thick cloud of comedy. Tuesday, April 20, 7pm at Kuumbwa, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. Tickets $25 advance/$30 door. 831.427.2227.

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is more of a fashion show and a forced march. Screenwriter Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast) is sensibly trying to do a Wicked on the famous tale, complete with rivalry between witchy queens: the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) and the ghostly yet sugary White Queen (Anne Hathaway). The now 19-year-old Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is meant to quest for good in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Underland,â&#x20AC;? a place she misremembered as Wonderland. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a helpless Burton fan, but the colors here arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t state of the art, and compared to Coralineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solitude and thoughtfulness the finale turns out to be familiar dragon slaying; ultimately, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just Alice who has been here before. (RvB) /D/B/@ (PG-13; 162 min.) A victory for people who insist that science fiction has to be dumb. In the future, Earthling mercenaries are shipped to the planet Pandora, where 9-foottall, 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). While it is a maxim of screenwriting that the plot ought to be the longest distance between two points, James Cameronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s terrible script for this putative end-of-thedecade experience really overworks the principle. The politics play it both ways; letting us swoon over the military hardware and still lament for the plundered forests. After an hour, the drugs wear off, and the appeal of synthespianism starts to drag; motion capture isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly motion release (compare the synthetic Weaver to the real thing), and the cobbled-together story

of eco-rebellion isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be eclipsed by the visuals. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to see it anyway, see it in 3-D. (RvB) 0=C<BG6C<B3@

(PG-13; 111 min.) Jennifer Aniston is a reporter working undercover and Gerard Butler her bountyhunting ex in this romantic comedy directed by Andy Tennant (Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama). Bit parts by Jason Sudeikis and Jeff Garlin sweeten the pot. (TH) 1:/A6=4B63 B7B/<A (PG-13;

110 min.) Sam Worthingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Perseus saves Argos from a large and angry Kraken. A synthespian made completely out of Black Angus beef, Sam Worthington demonstrates his ability to suck every touch of humor in a movie, so that no matter how ridiculous things get no one laughs during his scenes. He passed on the risible coiffures endemic in director Louis Leterrierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision of the ancient world, the land of a thousand frightwigs. Hairiest of them all is Liam Neesonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zeus, in shiny tinfoil armor last seen in Excaliburâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;glittering 3-D eyesore like a f licker postcard. This glowing apparition stares down his evil brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes): nothing says â&#x20AC;&#x153;tensionâ&#x20AC;? like two furry, heavily mascaraed men giving each other the eye. Your kid will agree that any movie with Medusa in it canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a total loss. Her backstory is told by Perseusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; guardian angel Io (Gemma Arterton); Arterton provides not only the movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too-rare girly-action, but Clashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one nod to the pathos of Ovid. Some respite by Mads Mikkelsen and Jason Flemyng. Bargainmatinee filler, heavily Cecil B. Demillized to make it all about the chastisement of a loving God on his impious people. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen more out of control paganism at a Unitarian potluck. (RvB)

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(PG-13; 136 min.) Roman Polanskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good-looking thriller follows a British journalist (Ewan McGregor) hired to clean up the memoirs of a British prime minister (Pierce Brosnan) whose previous ghost writer has just turned up dead. With Kim Cattrall as the PMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curvaceous chief of staff and Olivia Williams as his intellectual wife. (CW)


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(Unrated; 158 min.) Stieg Larssonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book is the hottest thing going in mysteries right now, and thankfully, director Niels Arden Oplev and screenwriters Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg recognized that more important than any of the hype swirling around the book is the protagonist at its center, Lisbeth Salander. She is the girl with the dragon tattoo, and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maybe the best fictional character to come around yet this century. Swedish actress Noomi Rapace is absolutely incredible in her ability to bring Lisbeth to life. She is a force of nature, pure and simple. Lisbeth is hired to dig up dirt on Mikael (Michael Nyqvist) but ends up helping him investigate the disappearance many years ago of Harriet, heiress to a creepy, feuding family

of millionaires. Though it may use the U.S. title, the movie doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shy away from the bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unrelenting critique of the violence that society allows men to perpetuate against women, and though the scenes with certain unsavory characters may have been cut down in number, they are still surprisingly graphic. Luckily, Lisbeth is womankindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ultimate revenge fantasy come trueâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;sooner or later, her boots are gonna walk all over absolutely everyone. (SP) 5@33<03@5 (R; 107 min.) Writer/director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) is back with another character study. A dysfunctional, emotionally unbalanced fortysomething in full-on midlife crisis, Greenberg (Ben Stiller), to be blunt, is an asshole. He makes the nearly two hours we spend with him an unpleasant, disquieting experience, but Baumbach wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have it any other way. Roger Greenberg, a

one-time musician down on his luck, arrives in Los Angeles from New York City after a six-week stay in a mental institution. He plans to house-sit for his more successful brother and his wife. He strikes up a halting, hesitant relationship with his brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal assistant, Florence Marr (Greta Gerwig). (MV) 6=BBC0B7;3 ;/167<3 (R; 100

min.) Sublime, but not dainty. Due to a wormhole, observed by a hot tub repairman or a Time Lord or something (Chevy Chase), three idiots (Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and the ever soulful John Cusack) are transported back to their happier past at a ski resort in 1986. Accidentally transported with them is 24-year-old Jacob (the hilarious Clark Duke), a depressed middle-aged-man-intraining whose life may depend on the events of the night to come. Certainly the funniest and grimiest film since The Hangover, but Hot Tub Time Machineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

editing is ruthless, almost to the point of resembling a comingattractions reel. Rather than looking like a frenzied mess, however, it is more like there was some brilliant four-hour version that was cut down to a ragged but right shape. Director Steve Pink scripted High Fidelity; Cusack and Corddry do things here that you will still be laughing about 10 years from now: examples being Corddryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s violent unplugging of himself from a hospital bed or Cusackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monologue about the day life went wrong for him, a tale as funny as the story in Gremlins about the Santa who ruined Christmas. (RvB) B63A31@3B=4 93::A (Unrated;

80 min.) Short but ravishing Irish cartoon about their national treasure, the Book of Kells, an 1800year-old illuminated manuscript. Young Brendan (voiced by Evan McGuire) is a monk at his uncleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abbey at Kells in ninthcentury Meath. The merciless Viking raiders

approach, but Brendan is more interested in the arrival of a fellow artist to the monastery: the aged brother Aidan (Mick Lally), who carries with him the last treasure from his island of Iona: the book which later will be known as the Book of Kells. When Aidan sends the boy out into the wolf-haunted forest to seek pigments, the boy encounters a fairy named Aisling (Christen Mooney). Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stressed here is art as the hope of civilization, representing something more than life.The love of nature also radiates from this movie; directors Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey and the rest of the artists at Cartoon Saloon have indeed made something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful yet never airy-fairy. (RvB) D7<13@3 (Unrated; 136 min.) When you get into bed with a fascist, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprised if he steals all the covers. Director Marco Bellocchio charts the story of Ida Dalser (the lovely, monotonous Giovanna

Mezzogiorno), a beautician who sacrificed everything for Mussolini (Filippo Timi). It is thought that Dalser married Il Duce, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evidence he acknowledged their child. After World War I, the luckless Dalser becomes a state secret, interned at a series of mental hospitals. And her son, also named Benito, is spirited away to captivity at a grim boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school. Ida can only watch Il Duce in newsreels. Was Mussolini, then, cinema itself ? A seductive deception, no deeper than a screen? Turbulent music heightens the operatic side of the story: Carlo Crivelliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s score sounds like Philip Glass and Bernard Herrmann having a fistfight while going over a waterfall. For most of the film, Ida does two things. She writes letters and she watches movies. Regrettably, the retroness of this drama signals an Italian cinema that, like Ida, looks backward instead of forward. (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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7500 Old Dominion Ct, 831.688.8987

Indian. Authentic Indian dishes and specialties served in a comfortable dining room. Lunch buffet daily 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner daily 5pm to close. 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.

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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.

>/@/27A3ACA67 Japanese. This pretty and welcoming sushi bar serves superfresh 200 Monterey Ave, 831.464.3328 fish in unusual but well-executed sushi combinations. Wed-Mon 11:30am-9pm.

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



1750 Wharf Rd, 831.475.1511

AB=19B=<0@72535@7::3 Mediterranean tapas. Innovative menu, full-service bar,


231 Esplanade, 831.464.1933

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

$$$ Capitola


203 Esplanade, 831.475.4900

California cuisine. Nightly specials include prime rib and lobster. Daily 7am-2am.

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$$ Santa Cruz

1116 Pacific Ave, 831. 426.7588

1141 Soquel Ave, 831. 426.5664


110 Church St, 831.429.2000

$$ Santa Cruz



Santa Cruz

2218 East Cliff Dr, 831.476.4560

$ Santa Cruz

460 Seventh Ave, 831.477.2908

1134 Soquel Ave, 831.429.6994


$$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz


303 Soquel Ave, 831.426.7770

1102 Pacific Ave, 837.420.0135

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. California organic meets Southeast Asian street food. Organic noodle & rice bowls, vegan menu, fish & meat options, Vietnamese-style sandwiches, eat-in or to-go. Consistent winner â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Cheap Eats.â&#x20AC;? Open daily 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 Salvadoran 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.


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Santa Cruz

221 Cathcart St, 831.426.4852

$$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz

516 Front St, 831.421.0706 8=6<<G¸A6/@0=@A723

493 Lake Ave, 831.479.3430

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. 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. Seafood/California. Fresh catch made your way! Plus many other wonderful menu items. Great view. Full bar. Happy hour Mon-Fri. Brunch Sat-Sun 10am-2pm. Open daily.

$$$ :/>=AB/ Santa Cruz 538 Seabright Ave, 831.457.2782

Italian. La Posta serves Italian food made in the old styleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; simple and delicious. Wed-Thu 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-9:30pm and Sun 5-8pm.

$$ Santa Cruz

Fine Mexican cuisine. Opening daily at noon.

$$ Santa Cruz


49B Municipal Wharf, 831.458.9393 >/17471B6/7

1319 Pacific Ave, 831.420.1700


Santa Cruz

555 Soquel Ave, 831.458.2321


Santa Cruz

270 Soquel Ave, 831.427.2400

$$ Santa Cruz


1220 Pacific Ave, 831.426.9930

$$ Santa Cruz

105 Walnut Ave, 831.423.2020

$$ Santa Cruz

2415 Mission St, 831.423.9010

$$ Santa Cruz




710 Front St, 831.427.4444

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 Indian. World-famous Indian curries, vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes. Authentic Indian food at affordable prices. $8.95 lunch buffet Mon-Thu 11:30am -2:30pm; Fri-Sun 11am-3pm. 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.

A1=BBAD/::3G $ 63/D3<:G1/43 American. Serving breakfast and lunch daily. Large parties Scotts Valley 1210 Mt. Hermon Rd, 831.335.7311 welcome. Mon-Fri 6:30am-2:15pm, Sat-Sun 7am-2:45pm. $ 87/B3::/¸A Scotts Valley 5600 #D Scotts Valley Dr, 831.438.5005

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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Astrology Free Will

By Rob Brezsny

For the week of April 14 /@73A(March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19): Photons work hard to get from the heart of the sun to the surface. They can take up to 160,000 years to complete the 400,000plus-mile journey. And yet once Earth-bound photons get topside, they travel the 93-million-mile distance to our planet in just over eight minutes. I foresee a metaphorically similar situation unfolding in your life in the coming weeks. A development that has been a long time in the making will accelerate tremendously in its last phase of ripening. B/C@CA(April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20): Taurus genius Irving Berlin (1888â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1989) has been called the greatest songwriter who ever lived. Among his 1,500 compositions were iconic tunes like â&#x20AC;&#x153;God Bless Americaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;White Christmas,â&#x20AC;? as well as scores for 18 Hollywood movies and 19 Broadway shows. And yet he never learned to read or write music. Was he embarrassed about his handicap? Not at all. He even bragged about it. He felt that having such a minimal grasp of the conventions of songwriting was an advantage, giving him the freedom to be extraordinarily original. Is there any way in which youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like Irving Berlin, Taurus? Do you have a seeming limitation that is actually an aid to your creativity and uniqueness? Celebrate it this week.

53;7<7(May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every changed circumstance contains opportunities, which accrue to the first people to recognize them,â&#x20AC;? wrote poet Charles Potts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since circumstances are in constant flux, there is a steady stream of opportunities. Learn to spot them and make them your own.â&#x20AC;? I offer you this advice, Gemini, because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll soon be in a prime position to derive great benefit from it. If you tweak your attitude just rightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;aligning your novelty receptors to be on high alertâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the clattering commotion of metamorphosis thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headed your way will bring with it a bustling welter of unforeseen openings. 1/<13@(June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22): First the negatives: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a martyr to what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve won. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let your success oppress you. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t become a slave to the useful role youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve earned. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t neglect your own needs as you serve the needs of those who admire you for what you give. Now letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s try a more positive way to frame the challenges ahead of you: Keep questioning whether the fruits of your victories are still enjoyable and fulfilling to you. Make sure the triumphs of the past donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get in the way of the potential triumphs of the future. Find out how your success may need to evolve. Push beyond whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good and head in the direction of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great.

:3=(July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 22): My rage against the machine began early. I joined my first protest march at age 15, led a boycott at 17, and was tear-gassed by cops at a demonstration when I was 18. In the intervening years, my anger at injustice has broadened and deepened. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lent my rebel yells to hundreds of righteous causes. But in 2006, I decided to shift my approach. Instead of fighting every single abuse that incited my ire, I chose three to concentrate on: the obscene militarism of the American government, the extreme financial disparities between the rich and poor, and the environmental degradations caused by corporations and corporate culture. Since then, my crusading energy has been more focused and effective, and my general mood has brightened. I recommend you consider a similar change, Leo. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an excellent time for you to give more of your passion to fewer causes.

D7@5=(Aug. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sept. 22): Do you remember the monster that sometimes lived under your bed when you were a kid? Recently it found its way back to you, and has been spending time in your closet. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as frightening as it used to be, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not alarmed by its return. In fact, I think it has an important message for you that would be valuable to discover. I encourage you to invite it out for a conversation. As you might suspect, as soon as it delivers its crazy wisdom, it will leave you in peace. :70@/(Sept. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Oct. 22): Present the following dare to a person or persons with whom you would like to go deeper: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You think you know me, but you really know just a tantalizing fraction. Would you like to experience the rest of the story?â&#x20AC;? And if anyone expresses interest, take him or her on a magical tour they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget. Reveal the sides of you that are too mysteriously interesting to show the general public, or too intimate to reveal to anyone you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trust, or so

potent they might intimidate those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot of self-possession.

A1=@>7=(Oct. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Nov. 21): In North America, California Condors are the biggest flying birds that live on land. Their wingspans are up to ten feet. Once sacred to certain Native Americans, these members of the vulture family can live for 60 years and soar as high as 15,000 feet. But they came close to extinction in the 20th century, mostly because of human activity. In 1987, conservationists intervened. In the hope of replenishing the population in captivity, they captured every last one of the 22 remaining wild condors. Painstaking efforts gradually yielded results, and today there are 348 birds, including 187 in the wild. I bring this to your attention, Scorpio, because I believe now is an excellent time to begin a project to save your own metaphorical version of an â&#x20AC;&#x153;endangered species.â&#x20AC;? A/57BB/@7CA(Nov. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dec. 21): According to Us Weekly, baseball star Alex Rodriguez owns two paintings of himself in which heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portrayed as halfman, half-horse. This is an excellent time for you to be inspired by his example. Gazing at a picture of a mythical centaur who looks like you would speak to your subconscious mind in just the right way. Bypassing your rational ego, that stirring icon would animate and cultivate the wise animal in you. It would stimulate the sweet spot where your physical vitality overlaps your visionary intelligence. Do you know anyone who could Photoshop this powerful image for you? 1/>@71=@<(Dec. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jan. 19): Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my startling prediction: More Capricorn spiritual seekers will become enlightened in the next five weeks than in any comparable period of history. Hell, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be so much infinity mixed with eternity available for your tribe that even a lot of you nonseekers could get a lightning bolt of illumination or two. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to say that you have to accept the uplifting revelations, or even tune in to them, for that matter. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d prefer to ignore the sacred hubbub and go about your practical business without having to hassle with the consequences of a divine download, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine.

/?C/@7CA(Jan. 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Feb. 18): Can you imagine what it would be like to venture into the opposite of the Bermuda Triangle? You know, a zone where wonderfully odd things occur rather than bad strange things? I think that such a place exists, and I think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll soon find it. The luck that unfolds for you will be a blend of dumb and brilliant. The discoveries you make may be useless on the outside but valuable on the inside. Lost keys may reappear and missing links will materialize out of nowhere. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the piece de resistance: An apparent memory of the future could provide a secret passageway to a previously hidden enclave that contains â&#x20AC;&#x153;magic garbage.â&#x20AC;? >7A13A(Feb. 19â&#x20AC;&#x201C;March 20): In honor of the new identity youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re evolving into, I hereby give you the nickname of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miracle Player,â&#x20AC;? or elseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if you like one of these betterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleek Catâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Giant Stepâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fate Whisperer.â&#x20AC;? You may hereafter also use any of the following titles to refer to yourself: â&#x20AC;&#x153;CEO of My Own Lifeâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Self-Teacher of Jubilance and Serenityâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fertile Blur of Supple Strength.â&#x20AC;? Feel free, as well, to anoint your head with pure organic virgin olive oil, fashion a crown for yourself out of roses and shredded masks, and come up with a wordless sound that is a secret sign youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give to yourself whenever you need to remember the marvelous creature you are on your way to becoming.

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