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B63033A¸<332A  IN your article â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rumble in the Bumbleâ&#x20AC;? (Cover story, April 27), Tessa Stuart quotes me as saying honey bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;clarion call to our society regarding our industrial food system,â&#x20AC;? and then fails to communicate why that is so important to all of us. She also refers to me as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;new ageâ&#x20AC;? naturalistâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t present what ecological â&#x20AC;&#x153;naturalâ&#x20AC;? beekeeping would look like and why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a critical approach to backyard beekeeping. For the record, as a literary term, â&#x20AC;&#x153;new ageâ&#x20AC;? has been historically used to discredit intelligent,

scientific, alternative approaches to just about anything from farming to governance. As a Regenerative Permaculture Educator and Designer, I use a holistic approach to keeping bees, growing food and healing the broken relationship between humanity and Nature. Closed loop systems, diversity and honoring Nature as the model all guide my way of life and my approach to backyard beekeeping. Commercial beekeeping and often backyard beekeeping in our country are oppressed with the same philosophies and protocols of our GM seed and crop monocultures, which masquerade as healthy food farming. Our current food system is unsustainable, oil dependent and under the control of government-protected corporations. Genetically modified seed, sown in dead and toxic soils, fed petroleum toxic fertilizers and laced with pesticides and fungicides as it grows are laid out in martian landscapes which are hostile to endangered honeybees and pollinators. In fact, if honeybees were left in monocropped acreage approximately more than two weeks they would die of starvation. These artificial monocrops masking as â&#x20AC;&#x153;naturalâ&#x20AC;? food from the Earth are then harvested, processed and FDA-approved for our consumption, as is the honey thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made from them. Sound crazy? It is. Our commercial food and livestock, like our honeybee practices, are not ecological or biologically sound. Because 85 percent of our food crops are honeybee-pollinated, our survival is directly linked with theirs; understanding and deconstructing CCD within the context of commercial beekeeping and its relevance to backyard beekeeping is essential for our well-being. The majority of backyard beekeepers are handed down the same practices and justifications for the practices that are hallowed in the commercial industry, and most begin their backyard hives with commercially bred and managed stock. Palika Benton Santa Cruz

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WE LIKE BIKES The Xterra Triathlon takes athletes on a course through Wilder Ranch this weekend.

Extreme Green Could Santa Cruz become an extreme sports destination? BY JACOB PIERCE


ATHLETES and adrenaline junkies will converge at Cowell Beach for a one-mile swim alongside the length of the Santa Cruz Wharf in the first part of Xterraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pacific Championship Triathlon this weekend. Next, the May 15 event will send thrillâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;seeking fitness freaks on a 19-mile coastal bike ride starting on the Westside, including up an 800-foot climb in Wilder Ranch State Park and down fistclenching single-track descents that will allow leaders to make serious gains. Finally, triathletes will literally get their feet wet (depending on the tide) on a six-mile run along the beaches and bluffs of Wilder Ranch. Jennifer Karno, a special projects coordinator for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic development department who

helped plan the race, says extreme adventure events like this are just what the city needs to stimulate the economy. Santa Cruz has the natural resources to pull them offâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the hospitality infrastructure to benefit from them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These athletes are high earners, usually, and they usually stay for three nights,â&#x20AC;? says Karno, who helped organize Stage 3 of the Amgen race in Santa Cruz last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And they generate a lot of money in the community that they visit.â&#x20AC;? Xterra, which hosts more 100 races worldwide, is paying Santa Cruz to use Depot Park and other facilities for their three events this weekend. Proceeds from parking will go to Wilder Ranch, which has hovered in financial limbo along with the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 277 other state parks ever since Proposition 21,

market in Santa Cruz is expanding as more kite surfers, kayak surfers, standup paddle boarders and mountain bikers sprout up around the county. She notes that skiing towns like Odgen, Utah and Boulder, Colo. have transformed what used to be their slow off-seasons into well-marketed, busy summers. Perhaps, Karno suggests, Santa Cruz could do the same thing with its winter months, when motelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;vacancyâ&#x20AC;? signs burn all season long. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of towns that are really known for putting themselves on the map that way,â&#x20AC;? says Karno, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and I think that we just havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done a very good job of that yet.â&#x20AC;?

THE DURBINATOR James Durbin appears headed for more â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Idolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; glory.

James Addiction Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s country and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gospel, along with all the bubblegum pop for which American Idol is famous. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ?VbZh9jgW^c. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll explode onstage with a marching band or leap from a piano as it bursts into f lames. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll pout, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll shriek, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hit notes that will send you rushing to protect your stemware, and his audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;everyone from preteen girls to gyrating grandmas

and grandpas reliving their wild Woodstock daysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;will be hanging on the edge of their seats, hollering for more. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s answer to 21st-century rock, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be coming home for a visit to the Beach Boardwalk this Saturday if everything turns out right. Which is to say if Scotty McCreery, Haley Reinhart or Lauren Alaina gets the boot from the show this week. Unless heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eliminated in this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roundâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem likely given the consistency of his performances to dateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Durbin will come back to Santa Cruz for a hometown tour, a regular Idol feature for the three finalists. The plan is for the White Album Ensemble to take the Boardwalk stage at 4pm, with Durbin joining them at 5pm for a free show. James Durbin is more than a wannabe pop star on a 10-year-old reality show that critics say may be past its prime. Some claim heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the lifeblood thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invigorating Idol after several seasons of bland performances geared more to riding elevators than cruising 3&

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which would have increased vehicle registration fees to pay for parks, failed in November. Karno could not say just how many dollars the event will rake in because planners donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how many athletes the event will draw. But Chris Ferrante, owner of the newly renovated Beach Street Inn, expects to pull in $10,000 this week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being a small, 40â&#x20AC;&#x201C;room property, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big chunk of revenue for us,â&#x20AC;? says Ferrante. The hotel taxes should provide a small but needed boost to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget, and Karno expects Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long list of bike stores to see an increase too. Karno says the extreme sports




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down Pacific Avenue. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also part and parcel of Santa Cruz. Durbin has his own unique style, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bandana wrapped around a fauxhawk or silk scarves spilling out of his backside like a tie-dyed tail. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one performer on the show who can give bad-boy rocker and judge Steven Tyler a run for his money. By now we know the story. Born in Santa Cruz in 1989, Durbin lost his musician father, Willy, to a drug overdose at the age of 9 and was raised by his mom, Judy SettleDurbin. Soon after his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, James was diagnosed with both Aspergerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Tourette syndromes. Fortunately he inherited Willyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical talent, and thanks to former Doobie Brother Dale Ockerman, he attended Musicscool, going on to perform with two of Ockermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s groups, the White Album Ensemble and Guitarmy. He also starred in Kids on Broadwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s productions of Beauty and the Beast and Singinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the Rain and as Tony in All About Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West Side Story (though frankly, he should have been a Shark, not a Jet). This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s audition was Durbinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second attempt to appear on Idol. He tried out in 2009, the same year as another hard rocker, Adam Lambert, but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it past the first stage. This year heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stunned the judges with his performance of everything from the Shirelles to Judas Priest to Stevie Wonder to Muse, with a heavy dose of the Beatles. When pressed, he admits that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even done country. Judge Randy Jackson has said that this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contest is Durbinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to lose. Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his story, maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his style (or utter lack thereof ). Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because he got rock idol Sammy Hagar to perform with him or got a challenge from Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy over who could sing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uprisingâ&#x20AC;? in a higher key. (Durbin won, of course.) But this Wednesday, when Santa Cruz fans gather around their TV sets at home or at Pizza My Heart (the unofficial local headquarters of the James Durbin fan club), theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be watching along with 20 million Americans, throngs of them rooting for the kid with the hard-luck story and the great big voice. Danny Wool


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atmosphere provides multigenerational

new things made by private corporations,

the Oakland Hills all the way down to

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the emerging open-source DIY movement

garages in Santa Cruz, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re putting the

of knowledge where the most creative

is spreading through our regional hotbed of

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innovation and technology.

fast-approaching Maker Faire 2011. Once

forum with a new set of rules. The open-

described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burning man without the

source philosophy of the Maker Faire

of technology. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unconstrained by

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bureaucracy and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fueled by passion

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their designs with the world. There

instead of profit,â&#x20AC;? says Eric Stackpole,

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Part playground, part science fair, part workshop, part county fair, the Maker Faire is also famously a catalyst where disparate elements meet and new forms of art and technology are born. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the knitters start talking to the folks from the Graffiti Research Labs, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when the magic happens,â&#x20AC;? says Huss, referring to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;yarn bombs,â&#x20AC;? or knitted graffiti, that came out of a Maker Faire in New York. Six years after Sebastopol-based Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly Media threw the first Maker Faire, the movement has caught fire, and as Maker Faires pop up around the country, the possibilities are endless.

Jaws of Light Santa Cruz artist and sculptor Todd Williams was in the middle of Nevadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Black Rock Desert when he saw a tumbleweed float by suspended above a remotecontrolled truck. It was 1998, his first year at Burning Man, and the hovering bundleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one of thousands of strangely beautiful and absurdly creative works of art he would see that weekâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;planted a seed of inspiration that would come to fruition years later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just something so elegant and ridiculous about seeing a tumbleweed floating by instead of tumbling around,â&#x20AC;? says Williams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I never really thought about putting art on a remote-controlled car before that.â&#x20AC;? Captivated by another floating object in the desert that weekâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this one a two-dimensional neon horse â&#x20AC;&#x153;gallopingâ&#x20AC;? over the black sandâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he found his fascination with floating art deepening, and he began thinking about other possibilities. The horse had been fashioned from electroluminescent wire, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;el wire,â&#x20AC;? a new material that was at that time coming out of Israel. Basically copper wire coated in phosphorescent material, it required only a low voltage charge to glow as if it were red-hot. Williams began experimenting with el wire projects, returning to Burning Man in subsequent years with various art projectsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;horses, UFOs and â&#x20AC;&#x153;alien bug things,â&#x20AC;? all strapped to remote-controlled monster trucks, and all received with

great enthusiasm by his peers. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until the underwater-themed year of Burning Man, though, that a swimming shark began to take form in the shadows of Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind, and six years after he began working with el wire, he crafted his most popular and intriguing piece of work to date: a 4-foot neon shark named Sparky. Williams crafted Sparky working overtimeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;over 250 hours to be exactâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in a sculpting class he was taking at Cabrillo College. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first time I drove it was better than I had dreamed,â&#x20AC;? says Williams, his eyes aglow with the memory. Sparkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skeleton was crafted with wire, welded into a shark-shaped basket, then covered with a scaly aluminum screen, papier-mache and paint. The result, should you catch sight of it in daylight, is a realisticlooking shark skin. The final touch is outlining the whole shape in el wire, with segmented jaws, gills and tails lit in succession to create the illusion of biting, breathing and swimming. Perched on long metal rods above her remote-controlled vehicle, Sparky swims a couple feet off the groundâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; the perfect height for nibbling at the calves of unsuspecting festivalgoers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What started as a toy to play with in the desert for a week turned into a cult favorite,â&#x20AC;? says Williams, who is coming to be known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the shark guyâ&#x20AC;? and now has four â&#x20AC;&#x153;Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;durableâ&#x20AC;? sharks, two of the average great white body type (Sparky and Betty) and two hammerheads (a.k.a. â&#x20AC;&#x153;glamorheadsâ&#x20AC;?), Hammie and Stella. When Santa Cruz Weekly caught up with Williams he had just returned from Coachella, where he had been commissioned to troll the fields with the neon creatures each night of the threeday festival. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You never know what people will do. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had people run up and tackle them,â&#x20AC;? says Williams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every night thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually one incident.â&#x20AC;? And since most people have never seen a neon shark swimming towards them in the dark, there are thousands of different reactions to be had. Williams says a few people are scared by the sharks. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also noticed how people behave depending on

gbtijpofe!gspn!xjefmz!bwbjmbcmf!qbsut/! the sharksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; genders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I bring two males, people say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fight! Fight!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and when I bring Hammie and Betty they say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Kiss!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Williams will be bringing all four of his sharks, as well as el wire clothing heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been working on, to the Maker Faire this year, while a life-sized 12-foot-shark prowls the far reaches of his imaginationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one large enough to ride, he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would require finances and a truck with a trailer. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just waiting for everything to line up,â&#x20AC;? he says.

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act as both matador and bull in a two-minute simulated bullfight, with absolutely no help from their makers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea is to make a fun project the kids can work on and synthesize all of the skills Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to teach them,â&#x20AC;? says Elkaim. The bullâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s task is to sense the matador and â&#x20AC;&#x153;goreâ&#x20AC;? it by making contact for five seconds. Three gores and the matador is considered dead. The matador must avoid being gored while attempting to drop pingpong balls into the bullâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;basket.â&#x20AC;? Three ping-pong balls and the bull is dead. All this is made possible by programming the droids to react to infrared sensors. As Maker Faire ringside fans will learn, the student engineers are less concerned about form than function. The eight droids, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;bots,â&#x20AC;? which resulted from countless hours and allnighters in the labâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;sometimes with Elkaim showing up at 2am to help iron out kinksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;do not resemble actual â&#x20AC;&#x153;bullsâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;matadorsâ&#x20AC;? but compact little gizmos that seem like they could actually come to life after the lights go out in the lab and everyone goes home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our bot was made out of a kind of particle board, but one group actually used a transparent plastic so you can actually see into the guts of the bot,â&#x20AC;? says Andrew Patterson, a senior double majoring in computer science and computer engineering. (He also happens to be working on a glove-based computer mouse that controls the cursor through movements of the hand.) What do autonomous robots have to do with technology today? According to Professor Elkaim, everything. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This underlies everything from your vacuum cleaner to your toaster to your cell phone to the new cars that park themselves. The sense of automation has made such amazing progress possible at a societal level,â&#x20AC;? says Professor Elkaim. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robots help people be good at what they are good atâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;being people. A machine doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get grumpy or have off days. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an absolute consistency.â&#x20AC;? 0cZZTWUVbW\U2`]WRaeWZZPS PObbZW\UOZZROgOb3fVWPWb!%W\ bVS3f^]0cWZRW\U



Search Engine Adventurer Eric Stackpole has been burning the candle at both ends. Designing his second Remotely Operated Vehicle for underwater exploration is â&#x20AC;&#x153;just a work of passion,â&#x20AC;? he saysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a passion he somehow finds time for when not working on his senior thesis at the University of Santa Claraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Mechanical Engineering. But dividing his time between school and building robots is one of Stackpoleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talents. While an undergrad at San Jose State, he once built a robot named ESTR that he outfitted with a webcam and sent to attend lectures in his stead, controlling her from his dorm room. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It could access anything a wheelchair could access,â&#x20AC;? says Stackpole. ESTR is one name on an impressive little list of robots Stackpole has been tinkering with since high school, and the drive behind his passion is clear: exploration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the last 10 years alone, some of the greatest exploration that has been doneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;missions to the deepest parts of Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oceans and the highest latitudes of Marsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; poles, and many places in betweenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;has been with telerobots,â&#x20AC;? says Stackpole. His latest Remotely Operated Vehicleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll call it the second OpenROV for nowâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;was inspired by his desire to delve into the


mysterious depths of Hall City Cave, a cavern in the mountains of Northern California with a seemingly bottomless water-filled shaft rumored to contain a stash of stolen gold. Although many people have attempted to explore the shaft, no one has ever reached its end. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Using a home-built OpenROV submarine, I intend to telerobotically explore the parts of this submerged labyrinth that have never been seen by human eyes before,â&#x20AC;? says Stackpole, whose OpenROV features a highresolution camera on boardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;part of its mobile device â&#x20AC;&#x153;brainâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and magnetic thrusters that allow it to go to more extreme depths than ROV-1. But the most notable aspect of Stackpoleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new OpenROV is that it is an â&#x20AC;&#x153;open hardware project,â&#x20AC;? meaning that it will be built from â&#x20AC;&#x153;everyday parts,â&#x20AC;? or materials that can be obtained at tech and hardware stores (rather than commissioned by special companies), and the entire blueprint will be open and free to the public. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The open hardware movement is just emerging now, but it has huge potential,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The advantages to keeping it open is that the design work is transferable, the cost of development is spread among users and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shared within a community

of peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a lot of times the most brilliant and capable engineers happen to like open hardware stuff too.â&#x20AC;? The one stipulation for the open hardware project is that it always remain in the public domainâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all subsequent modifications and improvements in design are to be shared with the community, just as the first design was. So: a project motivated by an altruistic desire to share the ability to explore the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mysterious places and not by patents, copyrights or profits? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost too awesome to believe. But listening to Stackpoleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s animated breakdown of the project, it becomes apparent that this is exactly what the OpenROV project is about. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imagine what we could do if the average person had access to serious telerobotic exploration equipment and could conduct expeditions to unknown places on his or her own with the same ease as playing a video game. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I envision for OpenROV,â&#x20AC;? says Stackpole.

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Sound Garden Complex melodies and uncanny effects from the Santa Cruz Guitar Orchestra BY JACOB PIERCE


MESUT OZGEN of the Santa Cruz Guitar Orchestra is more than a music conductor. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tough coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave!â&#x20AC;? the UCSC music professor tells an orchestra member in the back row as the group practices for its May 17 performance at Kuumbwa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I told you,â&#x20AC;? the musician barks back, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a professional rehearsal!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;One minute,â&#x20AC;? says Ozgen as intimidating portraits of Beethoven and Mozart glare down from above. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s do the third movement.â&#x20AC;? On his cue, the mix of amateur and professional musicians pluck their strings, quietly at first, and climax into a building crescendo. Two things are important in the Santa Cruz Guitar Orchestra: attendance and volume. In weekly rehearsals the group alternates between the kind of gentle melodies that could put a teething child to sleep and roaring movements that might knock listeners out of their chairs. On Tuesday night, the ensembleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vibrating spruce and ringing rosewood will send melodies resonating through the hall as Ozgen conducts with smooth precision, grasping at the air with each eighth note. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exploring the potential of the instrumentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the important thing,â&#x20AC;? says Ozgen, a native of Turkey

STRING FLING The Santa Cruz Guitar Orchestra performs Bach, Spaghetti Western theme music and original compositions this Tuesday. who also holds a Ph.D. in medicine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exploring the possibilities.â&#x20AC;? The groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dueling Stringsâ&#x20AC;? concert will take listeners on a journey from Baroque compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach and Henry Purcell through 20th-century folk, ragtime and jazz pieces. They will also play an arrangement of movie music from old Westerns and new songs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scenes from Ellis Island,â&#x20AC;? written by Ozgenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend Benjamin Verdery. Ozgenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s orchestra knows how to make a guitar sound like just about anythingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a bassoon, a violin section, a snare drum, even a flock of seagulls (achieved by hitting, twisting and pulling all six strings in every way imaginable). Guitar player Sean Hayward, a rising star in the orchestra, used cracking whip sounds in his arrangement of Ennio Morriconeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scores from Clint Eastwood films like The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Hayward says the three songs took him 70 hours to disassemble and rearrange. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It ended up being about 10 minutes long but probably about 50 pages of music,â&#x20AC;? says Hayward, a second-year UCSC student. The musicians will send the

audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearts thumping hard into intermission with a song written by Gerrald Garcia, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jerry,â&#x20AC;? as Ozgen affectionately calls him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Deadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; one,â&#x20AC;? says Ozgen, smiling at his own joke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This guy is interesting.â&#x20AC;? Garcia, a British chemist who paints watercolors and plays guitar on the side, sent â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sand Man Comethâ&#x20AC;? to Ozgen specifically with his orchestra in mind. The percussive piece sounds like two separate rock bands battling each another in a duel to the death. Garcia sent his friend the song because Ozgenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former UCSC guitar ensemble, currently on budgetary hiatus, did well with another of Garciaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs. The evening will finish with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scenes from Ellis Island,â&#x20AC;? a musical tale of New York Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bustling gateway to the United States from 1892 to 1934. If immigrants failed a health inspection, they might be sent home across the Atlantic Ocean, 4,000 miles away from those family members with whom theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d made the arduous journey. The hypnotic climax incorporates Western melodies over what Ozgen calls a â&#x20AC;&#x153;cowstail rhythm,â&#x20AC;? which changes time signatures and rapidly decreases beats

with every other barâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from six beats to five to four, three and twoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;before starting over again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes the whole audience likeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;standing ovation,â&#x20AC;? says Ozgen, smiling again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scenes from Ellis Islandâ&#x20AC;? is filled with guitar effects simulating squawking birds, falling coins and rattling drums. Meanwhile, electric guitarists, singers and other guest musicians will swarm audience members from all sides in a musical bombardment to make them feel like they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t escapeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not that they would ever want to. Like the musicians, the audience is along for the ride. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is certainly a master,â&#x20AC;? says orchestra member Hayward of Ozgen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of my favorite guitarists ever. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to have the opportunity to work with him.â&#x20AC;?

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2/<13 Free Beer: A Dance Concert Dance pieces choreographed by Dixie FunLee Shulman to the music of Philip Glass and the words of Noam Chomsky. Free beer at India Joze before the show. FriSat, 8pm. Thru May 14. $15. 418 Project, 418 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.466.9770.

B63/B3@ The American Crown Circus The worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smallest horse, motorcycle heroics in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Globe of Death,â&#x20AC;? sidesplitting antics of the circus clowns, highwire performers and more under the big top. Tue-Thu, 5 and 7pm. Thru May 19. $12 adult, $5 kids. Skypark, 361 Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Village Rd, Scotts Valley, 831.438.1010.

BUG A cocktail waitressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; slow descent into insanity under the influence of an AWOL vet. Winner of 2004 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $20. Paper Wing Theater, 320 Hoffman Ave, Monterey, 831.905.5684.

Eurydice Pulitzer Prize nominee and MacArthur genius award winner Sarah Ruhlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modern take on the Greek myth â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Orpheus.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; WedSun Thru Jun 19. $7-$35. Circle Theatre, Casanova St, Carmel-by-the-Sea, 831.622.0100.

I Hate Hamlet A TV actor from Los Angeles starts is regretting his decision to play Hamlet on the New York stage when the ghost of John Barrymoreâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the greatest Hamlet everâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;suddenly appears to guide him to glory. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Thru May 14. $16-$20. Park Hall, 9370 Mill St, Ben Lomond, 831.336.4777.

Peace on Fire: Global Blues, Poetry, & Politics A spoken-word and live music performance featuring Angela Davis, Shailja Patel, Ekua Omosupe and Corey Harris. Sat, May 14, 7pm. $25. Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, 831.427.2227.

The Sound of Music Santa Cruz Performing Arts presents Rodgers and Hammersteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family musical. Fri-Sat, 7pm and Sun, 3:30pm. Thru May 22. $10-$15. Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.334.2121.

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1=<13@BA Dueling Strings The Santa Cruz Guitar Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final concert of the season will feature a program of music from baroque and romantic to jazz, ragtime, western and rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll styles. Tue, May 17, 7:30pm. $15-$20. Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, 831.427.2227.

Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra Season finale concert featuring two masterworks by George Frideric Handel. Sun, May 15, 6pm. $20-$25. First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz, 900 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.688.1167.

Lights on the Horizon A concert of World Music featuring Santa Cruz World Choir & Orchestra. Sun, May 15, 7:30pm. $15 adv/$20 door. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz, 831.421.9200.

Santa Cruz Baroque Festival presents Primal Winds The early music band The Whole Noyse plays rousing dances and canzonas from the 16th and 17th centuries. Sat, May 14, 7:30pm. $3$23. First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz, 900 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.457.9693.

Spring Festival Of Bands Featuring the Cabrillo Symphonic Winds. Sun, May 15, 3pm. Cabrillo College Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.479.6100.

Art ;CA3C;A 1=<B7<C7<5 Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Big Creek Pottery: Social History of a Visual Idea, 1967-1983. An exhibit featuring more than 70 vessels made at or brought to the Big Creek workshops by visiting master potters and the founders, plus a photo collection documenting the school at its beginnings along with workshop experiences and writings by workshop leaders and students at Big Creek. Thru Jul 17. $2-$5. The Art of Nature: Works from the Northern California Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. The museum welcomes back the Northern California chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). The exhibit will include over 60 works depicting the flora and fauna of Northern


/@BA6=E5@/<2>@7F4=@0@G/<AB=E On Saturday a Scotts Valley shopping center will transform into a playland with bouncy house, face painting and a kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; art show (one entry depicted above); on Sunday the Scotts Valley Grand Prix gets underway with bike races and art activities. Both will raise funds for Bryan Stow, the local paramedic and Giants fan who remains in critical condition after an attack at Dodger Stadium in March. Saturday, May 14, 1-4pm at Kings Village Shopping Center, 222 Mt. Hermon Rd., Scotts Valley; and Sunday, May 15, 1-9pm at Canepa Design, 4900 Scotts Valley Dr., Scotts Valley. California, from moon snails to mountain lions, roses to red tides. Thru Jun 4. Museum hours Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm; closed Mon. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

5/::3@73A =>3<7<5 Aptos Grange Hall Gardenersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Club Meeting. Vase exchange and a talk by Jody Cramer on the Assisted Living Project and their Garden. Thu, May 12, 7pm. 831.475.0991. 2555 Mar Vista Dr, Aptos.

1=<B7<C7<5 Davenport Gallery Fibre and Textiles. Over a dozen local artists featuring wearable art, wall display, quilting and sculptural work. Artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception Saturday, May 14, 3-6pm Thru May 19. Free. 450 Hwy 1, Davenport, 831.426.1199.

Felix Kulpa Gallery Inked Up: New Work from the MPC Printmakers. A display of more than 40 artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work produced with plates, blocks, palettes and brayers. Thru May 29. Free. 107 Elm St, Santa Cruz, 408.373.2854.

Pajaro Valley Arts Council Multiples: Variations on a

Theme. Featuring multiple small works on a theme by PV gallery members. Artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception Sunday, May 15. Thru Jun 12. 37 Sudden St, Watsonville, 831.722.3062.

Santa Cruz County Bank Celebrate Santa Cruz County. Over 100 images celebrating our rich local heritage and a special tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Boardwalkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Looff Carousel. Thru Jul 1. Free. 720 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.457.5000.


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First Annual Santa Cruz Rejuvenation Festival With art, yoga classes and a music lineup featuring Grammy nominee Youssoupha Sidibe and the Mystic Rhythms Band. Sat, May 14, 10am-5pm. Free. San Lorenzo Park, between Water St and Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz.

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Calaveras De Los Heroes. The prints of Enrique Lopez. Thru May 31. Free. 118 Coral St, Santa Cruz, 831.425.7277.

167 films representing 33 countries, including 67 that were produced by Santa Cruz and Monterey local filmmakers. Thru

Bug Day Learn, experience and interact with the world of bugs through games, puppet shows, art projects, nature walks and displays. Sat, May 14, 11am-4pm. Free. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Hwy 9, Felton, 831.335.7077.

Scotts Valley Supports Bryan Stow Sat, May 14, at the Kings Village Center & Sun, May 15, at the Scotts Valley Grand Prix there will be

a bouncy house and arts activities for kids with proceeds to support the family of Bryan Stow. Sat, May 14, 1-4pm and Sun, May 15, 1-9pm. Kings Village Shopping Center, 222 Mt Hermon Road, Scotts Valley, 831.439.9233.

Sin Sisters Burlesque v. Santa Cruz Derby Girls Join the broads and bullies of Santa Cruz Derby Girls as they compete for the most laughs, whistles and catcalls with the world-famous Sin Sisters Burlesque. Proceeds benefit the SCDG travel fund. Fri, May 13, 8pm. $20 adv/$25 door. The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.1336.



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Surf theme costume parade, Doxie Dash Daschund Races, Disc Dog Fetch, Weenie Bobbing, Best Kisser, Ball Retrieve and Bulldog and Pug Beauty Contests. Sun, May 15, 9am-3pm. $10 per dog, $5 per person. Soquel High School, 401 Old San Jose Rd, Soquel.

Spring Rummage Sale More than 100 families from 3 preschools are donating toys, clothes, furniture, household items and more. Proceeds benefit the 3 Parent Education Nursery Schools. Sat, May 14, 8am3pm. Soquel High School, 401 Old San Jose Rd, Soquel.

:7B3@/@G 3D3<BA Arthur Phillips The author of The Tragedy of Arthur Phillips will read and sign copies of his book, named â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a top book of 2011 to watchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by the Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly. Wed, May 11, 7:30pm. Free. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.0900.

Drop-In Poetry Group With over ten years of experience leading poetry writing groups, Magdalena Montagne can help you bring out the poet within. Fri, May 13, 7pm. $5. 831.252. 5776.

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Celebrated author Goldman drew from profound personal tragedy to write his newest novel, Say Her Name; he will read and sign copies of the book. Wed, May 11, 7:30pm. Free. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.462.4415 .

Friday Shakespeare Club Seeking new women and inviting you to join us in the study of the Bardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plays. Every other Fri Thru Jun 3. Free. First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz, 900 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.421.0930.

Kaira Rouda The author of Here, Home, Hope will read and sign copies of her latest novel. Mon, May 16, 7:30pm. Free. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.462.4415.

Margo True Food editor at Sunset magazine and author of One Block Feast:An Adventure in Food from Yard to Table will read and sign copies of her book. Tue, May 17, 7:30pm. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.462.4415.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Write Your Futureâ&#x20AC;? Workshop with Marcia Heinegg A writing workshop with prompts and exercises to help with a life or career transition. Wed, 10:30am12pm. Thru May 25. $10. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.462.4415 .

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A/<B/1@CH @38CD3</B7=<43AB7D/: A full musical lineup headlined by Grammy-nominated Youssoupha Sidibe and the Mystic Rhythms Band will soothe Santa Cruz souls, and if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not enough there will be drumming, dancing, chanting, free yoga classes, the Asana Tea Garden, vendors and alternative healers on hand. Saturday, May 14, 10am-5pm in San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota St., Santa Cruz. Free. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork Wed, May 18, 7:30pm. Free. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.0900.

:31BC@3A The Social History of Big Creek Bruce and Marcia McDougal share a conversation about the legendary pottery school that attracted 1,100 students from across the globe. Sat, May 14, 4pm. free members, $3 non-members. Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

Sustaining Our Water Future in Santa Cruz James Fryer, former head of conservation programs at the Marin Municipal Water

District, will speak and landscape architect Bobby Markowitz will give a slide show. Thu, May 12, 7-8:30pm. Free. Unity Temple of Santa Cruz, 407 Broadway, Santa Cruz.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Next: The Future of Food Panelists include Maureen Wilmot of the Organic Food Research Foundation, Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard, Scott Roseman of New Leaf Community Markets and Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue. Wed, May 11, 7pm. $12 adv/$15 door/$3 students. Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, 831.427.2227.

WILPF Monthly Meeting Israeli writer and teacher, Dalit Baum, PhD, visiting

the U.S. as an activist in residence with Global Exchange will speak. Tue, May 17, 7pm. Free. Friends Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney St, Santa Cruz, 831.457.6797.

<=B713A Call for Entries: Mix It Up, Mixed Media Show August 5 - September 4, 2011. Max 3 entries; jpegs on CD and prospectus. Mail to: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Deadline Friday, May 20, 2011. May 11-20. $40/$30 Members.

Leads Club Open House Women interested in increasing their visibility and expanding their business are invited to visit the Aptos

Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chapter of Ali Lassenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leads Club open house. Thu, May 12, 121:15pm. 831.818.4178.

Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital

Plein air painting and a poetry workshop with Amber Sumrall in the garden at Camp Joy. Sun, May 15, 9am-4pm. $30. Camp Joy, off Irwin Way, Boulder Creek, 831.338.3651.

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For musicians, poets, magicians and other artists. Wed, May 11, 7pm. Free. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Santa Cruz County, 6401 Freedom Blvd, Aptos, 831.689.0670.

Rail Cleanup: 17th Ave to 41st Bring long pants, close-toed shoes and work gloves and join the effort to clean up the rails. Sat, May 14, 10am. Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.325.8659.

Red Cross Mobile Blood Drives Drives occur at several locations countywide each month; for schedule and locations call 800.733.2767.

Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild Meeting Carole Beckett, a guild member experienced in transforming handwoven cloth into garments, will share her knowledge about working with handwoven cloth. Wed, May 11, 9:30am12pm. Free. Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd, Aptos, 831.454.0247.

SC Diversity Center The Diversity Center provides services, support and socializing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning individuals and their allies. Diversity Center, 1117 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.425.5422.

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1/:74=@<7/A1@33<7<¸ JOHN Steinbeck famously opened his 1945 novel Cannery Row with the observation, â&#x20AC;&#x153;California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.â&#x20AC;? OK, so it actually starts â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise...â&#x20AC;? but the street is a microcosm of a larger and even more complex and stirring composite. In May 2010, local filmmaker, blogger and director of the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts Kirby Scudder set out on a yearlong project with filmmaker Mark Halfmoon to ascertain whether, in spite of her current problems, the Golden State had lost her charms. Scudder and Halfmoon crisscrossed the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; from Los Angeles to Mendocino, Whiskeytown to Napa, Joshua Tree to Sacramentoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;asking Californians adopted and native what inspires them about the state. The resulting film will screen along with another local film, Big John on the Road, about hot rod culture in Santa Cruz, on the closing day of the Santa Cruz Film Festival. (Tessa Stuart)

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Letter carriers will collect non-perishable items from mailboxes for Second Harvest. Sat, May 14. 831.722.7110 x226.

Stitchers-by-the-Sea Meeting The local chapter of Embroiderersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Guild of America meets and weaves yarns; public welcome. Second Wed of every month, 7pm. Free. Dominican Hospital Rehab Center, 610 Frederick St, Santa Cruz, 831.475.1853.

Support and Recovery Groups Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Assn., 831.464.9982. Cancer: Katz Cancer Resource Center, 831.351.7770; WomenCARE, 831.457.2273. Candida: 831.471.0737. Chronic Pain: American Chronic Pain Association, 831.423.1385. Grief and Loss: Hospice, 831.430.3000. Lupus: Jeanette Miller, 831.566.0962. Men Overcoming Abusive Behavior: 831.464.3855. SMART Recovery: 831.462.5470. Trans Latina women:


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Yoga Instruction Pacific Cultural Center: 35+ classes per week, 831.462.8893. SC Yoga: 45 classes per week, 831.227.2156. TriYoga: numerous weekly classes, 831.464.8100. Also: Yoga Within at Aptos Station, 831.687.0818; Om Room School of Yoga, 831.429.9355; Pacific Climbing Gym, 831.454.9254; Aptos Yoga Center, 831.688.1019; Twin Lotus Center, 831.239.3900.

Zen, Vipassana, Basic: Intro to Meditation Zen: SC Zen Center, Wed, 5:45pm, 831.457.0206. Vipassana: Vipassana SC, Wed 6:30-8pm, 831.425.3431. Basic: Land of the Medicine Buddha, Wed, 5:30-6:30pm, 831.462.8383. Zen: Ocean Gate Zendo, first Tue each month 6:30-7pm. All are free.

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Joan of Arc Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tim Kinsella keeps the ashes of Capâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Jazz aďŹ&#x201A;oat and in the studio. May 12 at Cafe du Nord.

Of Montreal Quite possibly the most theatrical, costumechanging band on tour today. May 13 at the Fillmore.

The Cars Yes, Ric Ocasek is back in the band, but no, that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meant their new album is a masterpiece. May 13 at the Fox Theater.

A-Trak ITF champ and Kanyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DJ heats it up with Kid Sister and the Gaslamp Killer. May 16 at Mezzanine.

Bill Charlap Trio Versatile Blue Note recording jazz pianist with Peter and Kenny Washington. May 17 at Yoshiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SF. More San Francisco events at

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Concert only: $12/Adv $15/Door Jazz & Dinner: $24.60/Adv Monday, May 23 U 7 & 9 pm Brazilian pianist!


$23/Adv $26/Door Sponsored by Ten Sharps Media Sponsor: Tuesday, May 24 U 7 & 9 pm


A fusion of hip hop, soul and R&B $30/Adv $33/Door, No Jazztix/Comps Sponsored by ZNA Communications

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A night of Ghost Stories & Performance Art! $20/Adv $23/Door Thursday, June 2 U 7 pm

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Serendipity Project is undeniably a product of Santa Cruz: only this town could produce a group that credibly pulls off an amalgam of conscious hiphop, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s funk throwbacks, after-hours jazz, smoldering blues and jam bandâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; inspired instrumental explorations. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a feat that has made the six-piece a touring machine on the festival circuit over the past nine years, all while using Santa Cruz as a home base. The Catalyst; $8 adv/$10 door; 9pm. (Paul M. Davis)

An ever-evolving musical project made up of friends and family of founder Tim Kinsella, Joan of Arc was a key player in the emo and math-rock scene, paving the way for countless progressive indie and minimal bands and helping to establish Chicago as a hotbed of experimental mid-1990s rock. From the catchy electro-acoustic indie-pop debut A Portable Model of... to critic-baffling, one-track albums and noise-based songs, then back again to hook-heavy pop ditties, Joan of Arc is a genre-defying moving target with a musical toolbox overflowing with talent and vision. Crepe Place; $12; 9pm. (Cat Johnson)

Adeptly traversing the terrain between jazz, gospel, funk and soul, Monterey Bay saxophonist Patt Casion brings to the local jazz scene a vibrant and multi-faceted musical perspective. From fun and funky toe-tappers to smoothed-out, slow jams, Casion plays with a grace, fervor and style that embodies her music-as-ministry approach (along with churches and concert halls, Casion also plays prisons and juvenile facilities). Her current band, IOC, is known for its unique fusion of post-bop jazz and gospel and features Richard Hall, John Wineglass, Arlington Houston and local favorite Tammi Brown. Kuumbwa; $15; 7:30pm. (CJ)


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6=CA3=44:=G2 Pink Floyd cover bands may be a dime a dozen, but few give whole-hearted attention to both the musical and the visual facets of psych rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beloved act. The seven members of San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House of Floyd remedy this oversight by pairing their epic and precise performance with an ambitious stage show that includes deranged videos,

laser lights and, most recently, a giant inflatable pig recalling the cover of the album Animals. The septetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s act, through relentless touring, has become something of a legend in Northern California, and while weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not saying that someone should show up having consumed a mind-altering substance, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not saying they shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Don Quixoteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; $15; 8pm. (Curtis Cartier)




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G3::3 What rhymes with â&#x20AC;&#x153;bellâ&#x20AC;? and raises hell? That would be Yelle, a French trio which derived its name from an acronym for â&#x20AC;&#x153;you enjoy lifeâ&#x20AC;?! Since forming in 2005, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve garnered a sparkling reputation for their multilingual, heart-stopping, partystarting electropop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ce jeu,â&#x20AC;? for example, is as tasty as an ice cream truck popsicle on a summer evening. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve covered Robynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s That Girl?â&#x20AC;? and are currently on tour with Katy Perry. Never mind that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak French, this much is clear: Girls do just want to have fun. Rio Theatre; $15 adv/$18 door; 8pm. (MW) @/7A7<5B63AB/93A Indie experimenters Joan of Arc at Crepe Place

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FOR EVERY Jim Bridger or Kit Carson, there must have been a dozen fools like the hoarse-voiced, lying guide Stephen Meek. Director Kelly Reichardtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neo-Western Meekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cutoff shows us a group helpless in the hands of a moody and not-quite-sane mountain man. In the 1840s, Meek (Bruce Greenwood) leads a small group of pioneers on a hazardous shortcut off the Oregon Trail, through terrain too far away from the Columbia River. With their oxen, the small group trudges through the sagebrush. The water is alkaline, and the chance of Paiute attack increases with every mile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even Indians despise these Indians,â&#x20AC;? Meek saysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not that his opinion means anything. Befitting Reichardtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smaller scale, there is just one Indian (Ron Rondeaux), an injured brave taken as a hostage by the whites. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as foreign as he can be, either unable or unwilling to communicate. Is he just one of a war party? No one can tell. And Meek, a foaming racist, knows no sign language. The real-life Meek lost two dozen pioneers during a larger trek. For reasons of budget or focus, the group in the film consists of just three wagons. On them are three women, posed together like the Three Fates. Wide sunbonnets mask their faces and, symbolically, their emotionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and everything else women of the time werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t permitted to express.

GIRL BALK Shirley Henderson, Zoe Kazan and Michelle Williams are reluctant frontier women in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Meekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cutoff,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; opening Friday. The milestones along the way are the losses of prized possessions. Millie (Zoe Kazan), the softest and most childlike of the three women, brought a caged canary with her. Just as in Francis Parkmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s account of the Oregon Trail, furniture is left behind to lighten the load. Shirley Henderson plays a pregnant traveler with a long-suffering look. Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy) gives another major part to Michelle Williams as Emily, perhaps the canniest of the ladies. She volunteers to mend the Indianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s torn moccasin, and not out of Christian kindness. Stabbing it with a needle and thread, she mutters, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want him to owe me something.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hell trip, a pioneer Wages of Fear, and oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blood runs cold watching it. The husbands (Paul Dano, Will Patton and Neal Huff) stay the course, dividing up the water and ignoring the endless â&#x20AC;&#x153;screekâ&#x20AC;? sound the axles make. Meekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cutoff has something of the sun-struck trances of Nicolas Roegâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

1971 Australian outback trek film Walkabout, as well as some touches of the avant-garde filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s man of the hour, Terrence Malick. Like Malick, Reichardt is a director who lets the wind speak for itself. An anti-Western, like a Western, has room to play with history. The real Meek, who ran a butcher shop in Santa Cruz for a while, wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have survived a week if he were this fiercely incompetent. Yet the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus on the pioneer women is more than overdue. At Sundance, Reichardt said she wanted to make a Western seen through the eyes of the person who made soup for John Wayne (wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that Walter Brennan?). Raoul Walshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Big Trail (1930) created the Hollywood convention of a stalwart Wayne in beautifully tailored buckskins. That film about the Oregon Trail, with its use of vast spectacle, is the perfect opposite to Meekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cutoff. The Big Trailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winching up of a half-dozen huge Conestoga wagons over steep stone

cliffs compares to the destruction of just one of the wagons in Meekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cutoffâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a lesser crash, but it serves the purpose effectively. I wonder if the end of Meekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cutoff isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a similar crash. Having made a movie full of excitement and integrity, Reichardt decided to leave the ending open. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s similar to the limbo John Sayles left us with in his film of that name. (Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the kind of gesture that can keep a director on the film-festival circuit for good.) Questioned about the ending at Sundance, Reichardt justified her own cutoff. She said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all know how it ends.â&#x20AC;? Namely, the West gets settled eventually. That kind of logic could be a game for Twitter. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start: why watch the last reel of Casablanca if you know the Germans eventually lose the war? Meekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cutoff (>5)"[W\ 2W`SQbSRPg9SZZg@SWQVO`Rb abO``W\U;WQVSZZSEWZZWO[a 0`cQS5`SS\e]]RO\REWZZ >Obb]\=^S\a4`WROg

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Film Capsules <3E ATLAS SHRUGGED: PART 1 (PG-13; 97 min.) Railroad baroness Dagny Taggart spearheads an effort to replace aging tracks with newfangled Rearden Metal despite opposition from industry lobbyists and government regulators in this adaptation of Ayn Randâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s objectivist opus. (Opens Fri at Scotts Valley) THE BIG HEAT (1953) Fritz Lang directed this gangland story about a vigilante cop (Glenn Ford) out to avenge his wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death and uncover foul play on the force. (SatSun at Aptos) BRIDESMAIDS (R; 125 min.)

Kristen Wiig is Annie, a lovelorn gal who must throw a bridal shower for her best friend (Maya Rudolph) and prove to the other bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to the task. (Opens Fri at 41st Ave, Riverfront Twin and Green Valley)

EVERYTHING MUST GO (R; 96 min.) When an alcoholic salesman (Will Ferrell) gets canned from his job and dumped by his wife falling off the wagon yet again, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forced to sell everything and start from scratch with the help of an awkward neighborhood kid (Christopher Jordan Wallace)


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and an interesting new neighbor (Rebecca Hall). With Laura Dern. Based on a short story by Raymond Carver. (Opens Fri at Del Mar)

THE MET: CAPRICCIO (NR; 165 min.) Straussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opera about opera stars soprano RenĂŠe Fleming. (Weds 5/11 at Santa Cruz 9)

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) In Hawaii on the eve of World War II, a private with talent as a boxer (Montgomery Clift) is punished by his unit commander when he refuses to get in the ring for the company. Meanwhile, the commanderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife (Karen Holmes) strikes up an affair with one of her officerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subordinates (Burt Lancaster), and trouble brews. (Thu at Santa Cruz 9)

THE MET: DIE WALKĂ&#x153;RE (NR; 310 min.) The second opera in Wagnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four-part Der Ring des Nibelungen series stars Bryn Terfel as Wotan, lord of the Gods, and Deborah Voigt as BrĂźnnhilde. (Sat at Santa Cruz 9)

MEEKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CUTOFF (PG; 104 min.) See review, page 29. (Opens Fri at the Nick)

THE MET: IL TROVATORE (NR; 165 min.) Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complex opera about love in the time of the Spanish Civil War is staged in all its difficulty. With Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Ă lvarez and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. (Wed 5/18 at Santa Cruz 9)

PRIEST (PG-13; 87 min.) In a post-apocalyptic world, the church rules over downtrodden humans, among whom dwells a Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) from the old Vampire Wars. When vampires abduct his niece, he breaks his vow in order to rescue her with the help of a Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q). (Opens Fri at Santa Cruz 9 and Green Valley) QUEEN TO PLAY (NR; 97 min.) After discovering an interest in chess, middle-aged HĂŠlène (Sandrine Bonnaire) seeks wisdom from expat American Kroger (Kevin Kline), whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whiling away his time in lovely Corsica. (Opens Fri at the Nick)

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"AB/D3<C317<3;/ 1475 41st Ave., Capitola 831.479.3504 0`WRSa[OWRa â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 11; 1:45; 4:40; 7:30; 10:15. 4Oab4WdSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11; 1:45; 4:40; 7:30; 10:15; Fri-Wed 1; 4; 7; 10. BV]`!2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:10; 1:45; 4:30; 7:15; 10; Fri-Wed 11; 1:40; 4:20; 7:15; 9:55. EObS`T]`3ZS^VO\baâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11; 1:30; 4:15; 7; 9:45.

23:;/@ 1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz 831.426.7500 3dS`gbVW\U;cab5] â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 2:50; 5; 7:15; 9:20 plus Sat-Sun 12:40. /T`WQO\1Obaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 2:50; 4:45. 8O\S3g`Sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 6:45; 9:10. EObS`T]`3ZS^VO\ba â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daily 2; 3:30; 4:30; 6; 7; 8:30; 9:30 plus Sat-Sun

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<7193:=23=< Lincoln and Cedar streets, Santa Cruz 831.426.7500 ;SSYa1cb]TTâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 2:20; 4:40; 7; 9:30 plus Sat-Sun 12:10pm. ?cSS\b]>ZOgâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 2:10; 4:20; 6:40; 9 plus Sat-Sun noon. /T`WQO\1Oba â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fri-Wed 2:40 plus Sat-Sun 12:40pm. BVS1]\a^W`Ob]`â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wed-Thu 1:30; 7. 7\O0SbbS`E]`ZRâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 4; 9:30. 8O\S3g`Sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fri-Wed 4:30; 6:50; 9:10. EW\EW\ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Daily 2:30; 4:50; 7:10; 9:20 plus Sat-Sun 12:20pm.

@7D3@4@=<BAB/27C;BE7< 155 S. River St, Santa Cruz 800.326.3264 x1701 0`WRSa[OWRa â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 4; 7; 9:50 plus Fri-Sun 1pm. >`][â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 3:45; 9:20. A][SbVW\U0]``]eSRâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 4; 7; 9:40; Fri-Wed 3:45; 6:45; 9:20

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A1=BBAD/::3G$17<3;/ 226 Mt. Hermon Rd., Scotts Valley 831.438.3261 /bZOaAV`cUUSR â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 11:10; 1:45; 4:20; 7 plus Fri-Sat 9:30pm. 4Oab4WdSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 4:30; 7:15; Fri-Wed 4:20; 7. BV]`â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 4:30; 7:30; Fri-Wed 4:40; 7:20 plus Fri-Sun 11:20; 2 and Fri-Sat 10pm.

5@33<D/::3G17<3;/& 1125 S. Green Valley Rd, Watsonville 831.761.8200 0`WRSa[OWRa â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 1:30; 4:10; 7; 9:30 plus Fri-Sun 11am. >`WSabâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 1:30; 4:10; 7; 9:20 plus Fri-Sun 11:15am. /T`WQO\1Obaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1; 3. 4Oab4WdSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daily 1:30; 4:10; 7; 9:40 plus Fri-Sun 11am. 6]]ReW\YSRB]]â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1:15; 3:15; 5:15; 7:15; 9:15. 8c[^W\UbVS0`]][ â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1:30; 4:10; 7; 9:40; Fri-Wed 1:30; 4:30; 7;

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@3D73EA AFRICAN CATS (G; 89 min.) Disneynatureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s live-action film following two families of African lions as they raise their cubs; narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. THE CONSPIRATOR (PG-13; 123 min.) Robert Redfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Conspirator is one of those pieces of history that Howard Zinn liked to unearth. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shameful episode and it deserves to be remembered. After Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth (Toby Kebbell), accused accessories are rounded up. Caught in the dragnet is one female prisoner: the landlady Mrs. Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), whose son had been in cahoots with Booth. She refuses to inform. The trial of the conspirators was a military tribunal, on the grounds that Lincoln was a military commander himself. But is this movie really about 1865? Throughout, we can feel Redford whispering in our ear: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This suspension of rightsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;remarkable how it anticipates Gitmo. And the hooding of prisoners is like Abu Ghraib. Did you notice the parallels?â&#x20AC;? (RvB) FAST FIVE (PG-13; 130 min.) In the fifth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise, Brian (Paul Walker) springs Dom (Vin Diesel) from prison and the crew lights out for South America. Upon arrival, they find themselves caught between a brutal drug dealer and an unrelenting federal agent. HANNA (PG-13, 105 min.) Dressed in a fur wardrobe and living in the permafrost, Hanna (the icy Saoirse Ronan) was raised to kill; her ex-assassin father (Eric Bana) raises her with the motto â&#x20AC;&#x153;adapt or die.â&#x20AC;? She turns 16, and Dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idea of a debutante party is to contact the CIA, which has been seeking Hanna since birth with the intent of rubbing her out. Evil intelligence agent

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RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) Steven Spielbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rip-roaring adventure tale stars Harrison Ford as swashbuckling archeologist Indiana Jones, who must find the biblical Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis do. (Fri-Sat midnight at Del Mar)

Marissa (Cate Blanchett), as motivelessly evil as a wicked stepmother, chases the girl across Europe; so does a trio of theatrical German goons, with their own evil musicbox tune by the Chemical Brothers. Director Joe Wright (Atonement) sensibly adds some art-house cachet to the butt-kicking action. Considering the Girl Who Brought People Back to the Art Houses trilogy, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a smart commercial tactic. This weirdly artsy mash of Jack London and Alias is meant as a pleasure machine, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an oddly dour thrill ride that insists on repetitive training over the free-style adaptation it claims is the only key to survival. (RvB)

HOODWINKED TOO (PG; 85 min.) Red Riding Hood and the Wolf are called to investigate the disappearance of Hansel and Gretel. With the voices of Glenn Close, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and more. I AM (Unrated; 76 min.) Director Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, etc.) tells of how a bad fall from a bicycle left him with postconcussion syndrome. When he recovered, he decided to make a film about the essential problems of the world. Shadyac put a microphone in front of some renowned people: Rumi scholar Coleman Barks, Desmond Tutu and populist radio host Thom Hartmann, among them. Shadyac is sincere, but this is a twirl through the kind of Northern California cryptophysics that proves loving attitudes in our hearts can magnetically effect change. Maybe so, but a lot more gets accomplished by justly angry people. (RvB) IN A BETTER WORLD (R; 127 min.) In a small town on a Danish island, a pair of young boysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one a child of a cancer-stricken mother, the other a child of a messy divorceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are caught in a downward spiral of trouble. The father of one, Mikael Persbrandt, a doctor in a warzone in Darfur, tries to teach his kids the importance of nonviolence. This winner of the best foreign film Oscar is well acted, even if it looks like the kind of drama theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have if Ikea was a multiplex. JANE EYRE (PG-13; 121 min.) Atmospheric yet unself-

LETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MAKE A DEAL!!Ojdl!Ibmtfz!)Xjmm!Gfssfmm*!boe!ofjhicpsippe!lje!Lfooz! )Disjtupqifs!Kpsebo!Xbmmbdf*!tiblf!po!ju!jo!Ă&#x2022;Fwfszuijoh!Nvtu!Hp-Ă&#x2013;!pqfojoh!Gsjebz/ conscious version by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre), perhaps the best film of the novel ever. Moira Buffiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s script makes the smart choice of circumventing Janeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s horrifying school years and starting the story after Jane leaves Thornfield. Mia Wasikowska, pale, hair tightly braided and dyed a dull brick-red, embodies the fine bones and honesty of the bravest of Gothic heroines. While no one beats Orson Welles, Michael Fassbenderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s study of the proud yet internally crumbling Rochester takes this character out of the realm of the theatrical and into realism. A combination of popularity and rare talent is what you hope for in a film. And a young audience that associates Gothic lit with the mass-market paperback will be exposed to a story rich with depths and cross currents: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dreamy, tragic, completely fulfilling. (RvB)


13; 101 minutes) Angela Bassett and Paula Patton star in a film about two black families from opposite ends of the economic spectrum who clash when they meet for the first time at a Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vineyard wedding.

PROM (PG; 111 min.) Director Joe Nussbaum (American Pie: The Naked Mile) chronicles a slew of high school students getting ready for the big dance. RIO (PG; 96 min.) Blu, a modest macaw from Minnesota, sets off on a madcap adventure tailing the bird of his dreams to Brazil in this 3D animated film from Pixar. SOMETHING BORROWED (PG-13; 103 minutes) Romantic comedy takes a complicated turn when, at her 30th birthday party, a successful lawyer and perpetualâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and unhappily still singleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;good girl (Ginnifer Goodwin) has one too many drinks and winds

up with her crush from law school, who happens to be her best friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fiancĂŠe.

SOURCE CODE (PG-13; 93 min.) A commuter train bound for Chicago has a bomb on it. Because of one of those new time/spacewarping devices the U.S. military keeps around, they can beam an officer named Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) back to try to find the bomber. Stevensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; control is Coleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga). Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mere presence on a video screen. The timetraveling officer takes his orders from her, bunkered in a remote undisclosed location, wired up like a test monkey. The stage is set handsomely, then, and the twisting begins: Groundhog Day meets La JetĂŠe, with a nice little garnish of The Manchurian Candidate. During his cycles into the past, Colter becomes fixated on a girl on the train (Michelle Monaghan). She becomes a human stake in

what will happen if the train evaporates into a fireballâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; as it does more than once. When finding an escape route out of a seemingly inescapable situation, the movie doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cheat. (RvB)

THOR (PG-13; 114 min.) Cast to earth in rural New Mexico, the son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) must redeem himselfâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even as his disposed brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) schemes to keep him in exile forever. The part of Thor is a star-making performance for Chris Hemsworthâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an Australian actor who remembers the old ways of movie heroism. Director Kenneth Branagh finds the perfect tone of nobility without too much loft. The movie has its Shakespearean side; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as full of grand, ringing voices as it is of fight scenes and fireworks. Natalie Portman is endearing as the scientist befuddled by the arrival of a god. She looks pleasingly discomfited to be close to someone who is better-

looking than she is. The witty script (co-written by former Metro staffer Zack Stentz) reflects 1950s films about the perplexity of scientists in the bombhaunted New Mexican desert meeting a creature from another world. (RvB)

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (PG13; 122 min.) A veterinary student (Robert Pattinson) suffers a minor breakdown following the death of his parents and joins a traveling circus, where he cares for the animals and falls in love with the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s star (Reese Witherspoon). WIN WIN (R; 106 min.) Paul Giamatti plays Mike Flaherty, a down-on-his-luck attorney moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach who discovers an exceptionally gifted athlete. Suddenly it looks like all of his personal and professional losing streaks are at their endâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; that is, until the kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mom is released from lock-up and free to ruin everything.

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LIKE HOT CAKES? Zacharyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s does them with love.

Beautiful Mess


355AH/16:G For decades Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve sworn by HOQVO`g¸a as the heartland of the Ăźber breakfast. Between the endless cups of better-than-decent java and the sinful sourdough pancakes, Zacharyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s puts out superior breakfast product. And this week we renewed our adoration with a post-workout visit to the home of Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mess. Jack is a devotĂŠ of the Chili & Eggs. He goes for the buried treasure of black bean chili, the glaze of gooey, melted cheese and the undulant expanse of moist, scrambled eggs. I continue to plow into my tart sourdough pancakesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; thin and tender, as God intended. And I love the side of eggs, perfectly done over medium, along with three slices of bacon. Everything you need for life is on this plate. Still downtown, open 7am-3pm. B63G¸::/:E/GA6/D3A/<B/1@CH As long as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in Santa Cruz, the historic 1OaOPZO\QO7\\@SabOc`O\b has been owned and operated with hands-on style and warm hospitality by 5Zg\O\R@Og:cbb`SZZ. But all things change, and according to Casablancaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longtime chef AQ]bb1ObS` the couple have decided to enjoy some richly-deserved relaxation after over 30 years managing the oceanview landmark. The property has been sold, and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just say this: There will be even more changes in the near future. In other news, 8>1]``SO admitted to me that the downtown all-Santa Cruz Mountains wines shop DW\]1`chis available. J-P and his partner 8STT`Sg9]\UaZWS are headed for New York (J-Pâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old stomping grounds), where Kongslie has been tapped for a high-powered fundraising gig on behalf of a national marriage equality org. Buyers are already lining up for this inviting wine shop behind the Museum of Art & History. Stay tuned. >@=2C1B=4B63E339 That would be the B][Ob]1Vcb\SgT`][ AcYVW¸a<Obc`OZ7\RWO\1cWaW\S. For under $5 this little jar of sweet and tangy chutney will give new meaning to your turkey sandwich, that filet of sole or (especially) a cheeseburger. We discovered this gem last year and now it lives permanently in our refrigerator next to Sukhiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tamarind Chutney. 6=B>:/B3 Those light, rich, utterly tender blueberry scones at 1OTTS >S`U]ZSaWâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;where I stop for killer coffee every time I visit my cleanersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;were so blatantly authentic (unlike the big, dough-intensive, mono-textured items most bakeries call â&#x20AC;&#x153;sconesâ&#x20AC;?) that I called to find out more. Turns out theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re made by 6SObVS`¸a>ObWaaS`WSin Aptos. The secret is (gulp!) heavy cream. Once tasted, never forgotten. AS\RbW^aOP]cbT]]ReW\SO\RRW\W\URWaQ]dS`WSab]1V`WabW\OEObS`a ObfbW\O.Q`chW]Q][@SORVS`PZ]UObVbb^(QV`WabW\OeObS`aQ][

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S A N T A C R U Z . C O M may 11-18, 2011D I N E R â&#x20AC;&#x2122; S G U I D E


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^

Price Ranges based on average cost of dinner entree and salad, excluding alcoholic beverages />B=A $$ Aptos $$ Aptos $$$ Aptos $$$ Aptos $$ Aptos


207 Searidge Rd, 831.685.0610 0@7B/<<7//@;A

8017 Soquel Dr, 831.688.1233 :/03::/D7B/07AB@=

257 Center Ave, 831.685.8111 A3D3@7<=¸A5@7::

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.

H/;33<;327B3@@/<3/< Middle Eastern/Mediterranean. Fresh, fast, flavorful. Gourmet

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.

1/>7B=:/ $ Capitola


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


104 Stockton Ave, 831.479.8888



1750 Wharf Rd, 831.475.1511

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

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

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.

A/<B/1@CH $$ Santa Cruz


$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz


1116 Pacific Ave, 831. 426.7588

1141 Soquel Ave, 831. 426.5664

110 Church St, 831.429.2000

1134 Soquel Ave, 831.429.6994


Santa Cruz

2218 East Cliff Dr, 831.476.4560

$$ Santa Cruz

303 Soquel Ave, 831.426.7770

$$ Santa Cruz



1102 Pacific Ave, 837.420.0135


Santa Cruz

221 Cathcart St, 831.426.4852


Santa Cruz

418 Front St, 831.325-3633

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. 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. Eclectic Pan Asian dishes. Vegetarian, seafood, lamb and chicken with a wok emphasis since 1972. Cafe, catering, culinary

classes, food festivals, beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner daily except Sunday 11:30-9pm. Special events most Sundays.

$$ Santa Cruz


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

493 Lake Ave, 831.479.3430

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


$$ Santa Cruz


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. 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.

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


Santa Cruz

555 Soquel Ave, 831.458.2321

$$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz

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 A=74

105 Walnut Ave, 831.423.2020

$$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz


2415 Mission St, 831.423.9010

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 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. Dinner Mon-Thu 510pm, 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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6205 Hwy 9, 831.335.1500

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TTAURUS A UR US (April (April 220â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 0â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20): 20): â&#x20AC;&#x153;If â&#x20AC;&#x153;If yyou ou wish wish ttoo bbake ake

from scratch, must an apple pie fr om scr atch, you mu st ďŹ rst invent the uuniverse,â&#x20AC;? niverse,â&#x20AC;? ssaid aid aastronomer stronomer CCarl arl SSagan agan iin n hhis is bbook ook Cosmos. In In other other words, words, the the pie pie canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eexist xist until until thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a star orbited by a habitable plane planet et that has spawned intelligent intelligent creatures creatures aand nd aapples. pples. A lot lot ooff ppreliminaries reliminaries have to be in place. KKeep eep that in mind, m TTaurus, aaurus, as you start start oout ut ddown own tthe he llong ong aand nd winding winding path path ttoward oward manifesting equivalent manifesting your own personal eq quivalent of the iconic apple pie. In a sense, you will have to cr create entiree eate an entir world to ser serve ve as the womb for for your your brainchild. brainchild. TToo aid you in your intricate quest, make sur ssuree to keep a glowing vision of the prize always burning in the sacred sacred temple of your imagination. imagination

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with which â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dawn Dawn sshould hould nnot ot bbee cconfused onfused w ith ssunrise, unrise, w hich iiss edge the moment when the leading edg ge of the sun itself other words, appears above the horizon.â&#x20AC;? In oth her wor ds, dawn comes bbefore efore tthe he ssun un hhas as aactually ctually sshowed howed iitself. tself. IItâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a ghostly ghostly fforeshadowingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a oreshadowingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a ppale ale llight ight aappearing ppearing oout ut ooff nnowhere owhere Wheree you ar aree right now now, to tinge the blackness. Wher w, Gemini, comparable before is compar able to the last hour bef o e the sunrise. When or ďŹ rst mistake tthe he ppale ale llight ight ďŹ rst aappears, ppears, ddonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t onâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t m istake iitt ffor or tthe he ssun un premature Wait and take pr emature action. W ait uuntil ntil you can actually see the golden rim rising.

CCANCER ANCER ((June June 221â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22): 22): When When some some readers readers write write to me, they address Brezsny.â&#x20AC;? address me as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Br e ezsny .â&#x20AC;? It rreminds eminds me of what happens when a check check-out k-out clerk at Whole Foods calls me â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;sirâ&#x20AC;?: sir â&#x20AC;?: I ffeel eel as if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been hit in the fface ace with a cream breezy, cream pieâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like someone is i bashing my br eezyy, casual with casual self-image self-image w ith aan n unwelcome unwelcome bblast last of of dignity dignity and and decorum. decorum. SSoo letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get get this this straight, straight, people: people: I am am not not a mister, sir.. Never was, misterr, and I am not a sir w never will be. Now as for for your challenges in the coming cominng week, Cancerian: Cancerian: I expect that you, too, may ffeel eel pressure pressur e e to be overly respectable, respectable, uuncomfortably ncomfortably formal, formal, excessively excessively polite polite and and in in too too much much ccontrol. ontrol. TThat hat would would be be ppushing ushing yyou ou iinn a direction direction opposite to the one I think thinnk you should go. LEO LE O ((July July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 22): 22): A Att oone ne point point iinn the the sstory tory Alice in W Wonderland onderland o d, a lar large ge talking talking bird bird known as the Dodo Dodo organizes organizes a race race with with unusual unusual rules. rules. There There is is no no single course that all the runners must m follow. follow. Rather, Ratherr, everybody scampers around around wherever wherever e he or she wants, and decides when to begin and when wh hen to end. When the the â&#x20AC;&#x153;raceâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;raceâ&#x20AC;? iiss aallll oover, ver, ooff ccourse, ourse, iitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible impossible to to sort sort out who has performed performed best, so the thhe Dodo declares declares everyone to be the winner. winnerr. I encourage encouurage you to organize organize and participate in activities like that thaat in the coming weeks, weeks, Leo. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an excellent time to t drum up playful victories victories and and easy easy successes successes not not only only for for yourself, yourself, but but for for everyone else, too. VIRGO (Aug. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sept. 22): In his book The Rough

Guide to Climate Change, B Bob ob H Henson enson ttalks alks aabout bout the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ďŹ ve places to go before before global globaal warming messes them Rocky them up.â&#x20AC;? up.â&#x20AC;? One One such such beautiful beautiful spot spot is is Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s R ocky Mountain National Park. Park. Vast Vast swatches swattches of its trees trees are are being ravaged ravaged by hordes hordes of pine pinne beetles, whose populations populations used used to to be be kept kept under under control control by by frigid frigid winters winters before before the the climate climate began began to to change. change. Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Great Barrier Barrier Reef and Switzerlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Switzerlanddâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alpine glaciers are are among among the the other other natural natural beauties beauties that that are are rapidly rapidly changing form. form. I suggest that you apply this line of thought to icons with a more more personal personal meaning, Virgo. Virgo. Nothing Nothing stays stays the the same same forever, forever, and and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an an apt apt time time in in your astrological cycle to get all you can out of useful astrological yoou and and wonderful wonderful resources resources that that are are in in the the midst midst of of transformation. transformation.

LIBRA LIBR A (Sept. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Oct. 22): Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ss not a whole lot of

funny stuff reported reported in the Bible, but b one notable case occurred occur red when God told Abraham Abraham that he and his wife wife Sarah Sar ah would ďŹ nally be able to conceive concceive their ďŹ rst child. made TThis his m ade Abraham Abraham laugh laugh out out loud, loud, since since he he was was 99 99

and Sarah years old at the time t Sarah was 90. It may have while bbeen een a w hile since since God God has has delivered delivered any any humorous humorous messages m essages ttoo you, you, Libra, Libra, but but my my sense sense is is that that Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gearing up for for such su uch a transmission transmission even as we speak. TToo rreceive eceive this this cosmic cosmic jest jest in in the the right right spirit, spirit, make make sure sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r seriously. youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ree not takingg yourself too damn seriously.

SSCORPIO CORPIO ((Oct. Oct. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Nov. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Nov. 21): 21): No No one one in in history history has has ever ever entire contents of a regulation-size regulation-size ketchup drunk the entire b ttl in i less l than than 39 seconds. tha d So S says the th Guinness G i bottle Book of W oorld Re ecords. However However,r, I believe it itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible World Records daaredevil will soon break break this record. record. Right that a Scorpio daredevil now, your your tribe tribe has has an an almost almost supernaturally supernaturally enormous enormous now, rapidly extract extrract a the essence of anything you power to rapidly extracting. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Yoouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the instincts of set your mind to extracting. cleaneer. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r o e an expert at tapping into the a vacuum cleaner. source and and siphoning siphoning off off exactly exactly what what you you need. need. You You source succkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in the best sense of that wordâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; wordâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; know how to suckâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not shy shhy about sucking. and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re SSAGITTARIUS AGITTARIUSS (Nov. (Nov. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dec. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dec. 21): 21): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not not

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