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0:/;7<5B63D71B7;  WITH THE recent tragic hit-and-run deaths of two cyclists in Santa Cruz County, and the bikersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; deaths on Mission Street a couple of years ago still weighing on me, I was hopeful when I saw Jacob Pierceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bike safety article (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Biker Beware,â&#x20AC;? Currents, July 6). Unfortunately, he focused mainly on bicyclists. This strikes me as strange, when hit-and-runs killed the cyclists that prompted him to write his article in the first place, and since the main danger on our busy roads comes from large, heavy, fast, hard-to-see-out-of (and see-around) cars and trucks.

I would like to see an article focusing on motor-vehicle violators, lack of driversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; understanding about bicycle rights and necessary safety precautions around vulnerable roadway users, as well as the dangers of distracted driving that increasingly puts everyone at risk. Or, how about a story that explains the inhumane act of striking a bicyclist and driving away? Also, whether or not cyclists choose to wear helmets has nothing to do with whether they ride safely, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s totally wrong to use a bare head to excuse deadly driving. Jim Langley Santa Cruz

E6G13:30@/B3-  I READ with some interest the letter from Micah Posner in which he announced that his organization, People Power, would be having a party to celebrate the government purchase of the local rail line (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Couple Quibbles,â&#x20AC;? Posts, July 6). When you consider that this purchase virtually eliminates the possibility of a bicycle trail ever being built along the rail right-ofway, it seems a strange reason indeed to throw a party. People Powerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idea is for a bike path alongside the existing railroad tracks. Generally accepted safety standards call for 10 feet of clear area between the centerline of the track and the near edge of any trail, and 3 feet between the far edge of the trail and any obstruction, such as a neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fence. Most of the rail right-of-way is 20 feet wide. That would leave 7 feet available for a trail. Unfortunately, the minimum safe width for a bicycle trail is 8 feet, one critical foot wider than the available space. If it canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be built safely, it shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be built. Any informed bike trail advocate would have opposed the rail line purchase, because in the absence of government subsidy and a major shipper, the rail line most would most likely be abandoned. As part of the abandonment process, the federal government would take control of the line and then offer it, with conditions, to any responsible local governmental entity. That entity could then convert the right-of-way into (you guessed it) a recreational trail. Unlike an expensive and unsafe trail built beside the rail line, this trail would be built cheaply and safely over the existing roadbed, using existing bridges. Simply put: Government purchase of rail line equals no bike trail. Abandonment of rail line equals really nice trail. But hey, Micah Posner and People Power, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Party hearty, dudes.â&#x20AC;? Jeffrey W. Handley Capitola


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LATE LAST year, Winifred Thomas quit taking her weekly hike around the three-mile Stanford Dish loop. Her health had been deteriorating for months, she says, until shaky limbs, physical weakness and persistent headaches made her unfit for most activity beyond household tasks. Then, in January, Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; health crashed entirely, with insomnia, loss of leg mobility and chronic dehydration essentially crippling her. She says she began experiencing spontaneous burning and peeling of her skin and violent beating of her heart â&#x20AC;&#x153;so loud that other people could hear it.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was pretty much bedridden for all but about two hours of the day,â&#x20AC;? Thomas recalls. Thomas says she did not know at the time that a SmartMeterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one of PG&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new wireless powerreading devicesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;had been installed on her home by the energy provider


in early 2010. As far as she is concerned, that is what sparked her symptoms. Only in February, after being struck, she says, by an invisible force field while walking across her front yard, did Thomas inspect her home and take full notice of the device, as well as the SmartMeter on her neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started doing some research and I found that other people were having similar problems,â&#x20AC;? says Thomas, who quickly packed a few of her belongingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including her cat, Toby, who she says was also experiencing similar symptomsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;into a van. Thomas says she began living out of her vehicle, sleeping every night in neighborhoods (including some in Santa Cruz) free of SmartMeters, which PG&E is now installing statewide. Her symptoms, she notes, cleared up. Thomas, who has not received a diagnosis from a doctor, believes she suffers from a condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS). This slightly understood disorder is

generally associated with symptoms like headaches, ringing in the ears and insomnia, and its victims believe it is caused by exposure to electromagnetic radiation, the sort emitted by SmartMeters, cell phones and WiFi routers. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is not recognized by any established American medical body. Many of the people who complain of EHS are widely believed to be hypochondriacs. In a peer-reviewed study published in a 2007 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, author Stacy Eltiti, a psychology professor, found â&#x20AC;&#x153;no evidenceâ&#x20AC;? that individuals suffering from EHS could detect the presence of radiofrequency-electromagnetic fields. The same report concluded that â&#x20AC;&#x153;exposure from mobile phone technology is not related to levels of well-being or physical symptoms in [electromagnetic hypersensitive] individuals.â&#x20AC;? Nevertheless, worldwide, many people are increasingly reporting pain and irritation that they believe is traceable to the presence of wireless devices. Numerous agencies, groups and surveys dedicated to the issue seem to have settled on a number: they say that about 3 percent of all individuals are electro-hypersensitive. In Sweden, sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation is now officially recognized as a functional impairment. And in May, the World Health Organization (WHO) determined that enough evidence exists linking brain cancer to the use of cell phones to officially classify â&#x20AC;&#x153;radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans.â&#x20AC;? This designation puts electromagnetic radiation in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Group 2B,â&#x20AC;? the category shared by such known toxins as DDT and leaded gasoline. But the WHO panel that made the classification, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, is by no means convinced that a cause-effect relationship exists between cell phones and cancer.

Jonathan Samet, the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chair and a professor at the University of Southern Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Preventive Medicine, responds carefully when told that his agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conclusions are being cited as evidence that electromagnetic radiation is toxic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our agency analyzed a lot of evidence and concluded that cell phones might possibly cause cancer,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But nothing is definite. The evidence may be adequate, or maybe there is no risk.â&#x20AC;? Samet says more sophisticated studies must be conducted before any conclusion can be reached about possible hazards of wireless communication technology. But for Karl Maret, a Santa Cruz M.D. who specializes in â&#x20AC;&#x153;energy medicine,â&#x20AC;? the correlation between EHS symptoms and the radiation emitted by increasingly ubiquitous wireless communication devices is clear enough to take seriously. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know some of these people who report these symptoms, and they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily crazy people,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have these symptoms, and they often coincide with the installation of their SmartMeters.â&#x20AC;? Maret lists the symptoms frequently described by EHS sufferers: ringing in the ears, headaches, anxiety and difficulty using oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s limbs. Lloyd Morgan, a researcher with the Berkeley-based Environmental Health Trust, says EHS is a serious health issue for people who suffer from it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like an allergy,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have it, but those that do can have really dire problems. The tragedy is that no officials are taking this seriously.â&#x20AC;? Morgan, who says that he himself was once diagnosed with radiationcaused brain cancer, warns that all peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;whether with or without EHSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are susceptible to brain and other tissue damage caused by electromagnetic radiation. He believes that the paucity of serious efforts to understand any health impacts of cell phone use and WiFi is a result of 3'


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industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s influence on the government agencies meant to protect the health of the public. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Agencies are controlled by the corporations they regulate,â&#x20AC;? he says. Joshua Hart, founder of the Scotts Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;based organization Stop SmartMeters!, says he suffers from EHS. Hart does not use a cell phone and, when possible, he stays out of proximity of wireless Internet routers. But while commuting on the Highway 17 Express to Santa Cruz, Hart says, he experiences headaches, ringing of the ears, and fatigue. He blames these symptoms on the WiFi routers that the Santa Cruz Metro Transit District fitted on its fleet buses in 2007. In February, Hart sent a letter to the transit district asking that Internet routers be removed from the buses. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unlikely to happen, according to Ciro Aguirre, the transit districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manager of operations. The bus lineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s WiFi service, he says, seems to have generated a sharp increase in ridership. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have become quite a popular feature,â&#x20AC;? Aguirre said. Several Santa Cruz County residents have been attending weekly public meetings to rally the board of supervisors to call on state legislators to cut back on the amounts of electromagnetic radiation in the environment. The same group has also asked that WiFi routers be removed from the county building. And at least one public placeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Asana CafĂŠ, a downtown tea-sipping venueâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;removed its wireless Internet connection after owner Shanna Casey tuned in to a growing body of anecdotal evidence indicating that WiFi routers are dangerous. At Way of Life in Capitola, owner Marcy Myers says her remedyseeking customers regularly complain of feeling ill as an apparent result of exposure to electromagnetic radiation. Myers has made her shop a cell-free zone and has not installed WiFi. Even skeptics of electromagnetic hypersensitivity agree with believers that people who exhibit symptoms are actually suffering and need help, though the causes of the condition remain unclear. As university researcher Eltiti writes: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is imperative to determine what factors other than low-level [radiofrequency-electromagnetic fields] exposure could be possible causes of the symptomsâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? Almost certainly, the causes are invisible. Less certain is whether theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re real or imagined.



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HVkZDjgH]dgZhâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; July 5 beach cleanups are well known around these parts, but the nonprofit may soon work itself out of its morning-after cleanup job. Three years after launching a July 4 litter prevention effort on local beaches, the amount of trash collected from local beaches has dwindled dramatically from its high of 14,000 pounds in 2007. This July 5, Save Our Shores volunteers prevented 1,657 pounds of cigarette butts, firework remains and assorted beach party leftovers from becoming a stinky supper stew in the stomachs of seabirds and marine wildlife. More than 250 volunteers swarmed 10 beaches in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties at 8am on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;morning afterâ&#x20AC;? cleanup. Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 167 volunteers picked up 1,354 pounds of trash and recyclables, while Montereyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 101 volunteers came away with 303 pounds. Santa Cruz beaches produce more trash because there are more organized cleanups here, says Save Our Shores spokesperson 8daaZZc7ZYcVgo, and the beaches may endure more hardship on holiday weekends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems to me that a lot more of the traffic from over the hill comes to Santa Cruz instead of Monterey County,â&#x20AC;? says Bednarz. The three dirtiest beaches cleaned were all in Santa Cruz County, with Seabright producing the most trash, followed by Cowell/Main Beach near the Boardwalk and Panther Beach coming in third. Panther Beach, a notorious party location, looks to be improving and fared better than in 2010, when volunteers found the remains of large-scale bonfires. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year, we ran into people sleeping on the beach,â&#x20AC;? says Bednarz. The amount of garbage collected last week was about half of the 3,000 pounds collected in each of the past two years on July 5 and about 12 percent of the 2007 trash haul. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy the numbers are going down,â&#x20AC;? says Bednarz, adding that this year volunteers handed out 1,650 garbage and recycling bags and talked to 4,850 people about protecting the ocean. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe in five years, the July 5 beach cleanup will be just a fun gathering where thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only 20 pounds of trash to remove,â&#x20AC;? says Bednarz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not likely, though.â&#x20AC;? Jacob Pierce

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EVERY generation has its defining moments. The way folks of a certain age remember exactly where they were when J.F.K. was shot or when they watched Princess Diana walk down the aisle, I remember where I was at 10 minutes to 8am on July 21, 2007: the parking lot of a Target off I-5, somewhere in the Central Valley. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last book in the series, came out the summer after my sophomore year of college. I had an older boyfriend, and that weekend we were meeting a group of his friends in Lake Tahoe to celebrate his birthday. I spotted the bullseye from the freeway

and insisted that no, I was not joking, we had to pull off right now. When we drove up there was already a handful of bleary-eyed, pajama-panted individuals queued up, presumably because they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait until their pre-ordered copies arrived in the mail to start the final chapter of a saga that, if they were like me, had spanned exactly half their lives. People who have never known the magic of J.K. Rowlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world (like the man behind the wheel that morning) sometimes have a hard time understanding the devotion the books have inspired in longtime fans. To really understand

what it meant to grow up with Harry Potter, you have to start at the beginning. I was 10 years old in the year of our lord 1997. I liked Hanson, the Spice Girls and the movie Titanic. Ten going on 11 was the same age, incidentally, as the boy wizard protagonist of a new book, Harry Potter and the Philosopherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stone, released that year in the U.K. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come out in the U.S. until a year later, and it was still another year before the book battled its way past MTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Total Request Live, Tamogachis, Britney Spears and Blink-182 and into ¨ ! my pre-teen consciousness.

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Secret Society September 11 fell on the second Tuesday of my freshman year, and the sheer impact of the events of a single day seemed to shatter whatever concept I had of how things were or would ever be. When the next book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, came out in 2003, it reflected the changed world in which my peers and I found ourselves. It was a place that was more violent, more sinister, and where things that were once unimaginable were now happening. The hero Sirius was dead, Voldemort was alive (and activating a cell system of Death Eaters) and the wise Dumbledoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s power was faltering. Like us, Harry had changed too. He was moody, brooding, angsty. He fought with his cousin and his best friends, struggled to understand romantic relationships, drank butterbeer and lashed out at the adults in his life. When at Hogwarts they were taking O.W.L.s or N.E.W.T.s, I had S.A.T.s, A.P.s and an extracurricular agenda to rival Hermioneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. There was one club that I left off college applications, though. Formed my junior year by a handful of students, it was called â&#x20AC;&#x153;the D.A.,â&#x20AC;? after the secret club that Harry and his classmates form at Hogwarts. In the books, the students in Dumbledoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Army meet in secret to teach each other things that the school (under the iron fist of interim Headmistress Umbridge) refuses to. There was nothing subversive about our groupâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we met, albeit secretly, to talk about the books, parse their subtexts, quiz each other on trivia, make predictions and drink tea. There was something, though, about getting together to obsess over a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book series instead of drinking, experimenting with drugs and sneaking out of the house (or, OK, in addition to that stuff) that felt like an act of rebellion. We were subverting a cultural dialogue that dictated who we were supposed to be, or at least who we were supposed to want to be. The members of our group came from different niches: we were the captains of sports teams, art students, theater kids, student council officials, ¨ "

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I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember the first time I heard about the book, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure that my response was to roll my eyes and say something along the lines of, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no such thing as magic. Sheesh! Call me when the mail comes. My copy of Seventeen should be here today and Topanga from Boy Meets World is on the cover this month.â&#x20AC;? Like just about every other middle schooler in the history of middle school, I spent the majority of those three years wanting, and waiting impatiently, to be older and cooler than I was, mining the pages of teen magazines for clues (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get Glam Hair and Makeup!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quiz: Is He Crushing Back?â&#x20AC;?) on how to reach that pinnacle of sophistication. I initially dismissed Harry Potter out-of-hand because of the childish coverâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a goofy pastel cartoon of a dorky kid with thick glasses, falling off a broomstick. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t totally sure what cool was, but I knew that guy wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it. When curiosity got the better of me, I picked up the book. The first thing I learned was that on Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eleventh birthday he is informed he is a wizard and whisked from the cupboard under the stairs to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. For muggle children, 11 is the upper limit for magic in our lives. By that age there is no more Santa Claus, no Easter Bunny, superheroes are a fiction and magicians are just masters of deceit. For people my age, Rowlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book came along at just the right time, reintroducing us to imagination at the exact moment that magic was being drained from our world. Instead of telling us to spurn make-believe, she showed us its utility, creating a world that was expansive, crafted with rich detail and populated with characters we related to. We were allowed to immerse ourselves in it, and we did. Once started, I devoured books one, two and three in almost immediate succession. When the fourth book came out, the summer before I entered high school, I attended the first of what would turn out to be several midnight release parties over the years.

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jo!Ă&#x2022;Ibssz!Qpuufs!boe!Uif!TpsdfsfsĂ&#x2013;t!TupofĂ&#x2013;!)3112*/ kids who got stoned in the parking lot. Two were even teachers. Who we were outside didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter, though, when we got together in the evening a few times a semester over the last two years of high school. The only thing that really mattered was how much we loved these books, and how fast and accurately we could recall their details in a trivia match-up. After graduation the D.A. disbanded. (No one, including three members who remain close friends to this day, responded to my message for this piece. We are that serious about secrecy. Or something.) I think, over time, the excitement that the books sparked in us when we were young melted away, but it left an enduring loyalty to the characters with whom weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d gone through so much. The summer the sixth book came out, I had graduated from high school and was working as a summer

camp counselor. I still read the book in one sitting, but only because I was afraid that major spoilers would slip if I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t finish it before my 10-yearold campers did. By the time the seventh and final book was released I was midway through college, studying Kierkegaard and setting up house for the first time. There were midnight bookstore parties around the country, but not for me or most others I knew. Yet the old loyalty drew us back one last time. For me and a handful of other stragglers, there was a Target on the side of I-5, and we were there when it opened, pulling a copy from the towering display of books, shuffling single-file to the lone open checkout stand and cracking the binding while we drove away, in my case toward a weekend of debauchery in Lake Tahoe. Or that was the plan, anyway. Once I started reading I might as well

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have been 12 years old again, under the blankets with a flashlight, for the embarrassing amount of time I spent tucked away in the cab of the truck with my headlamp on, turning page after page of the final book while my boyfriend and his friends, all college graduates, played drinking games around a campfire. As you might imagine, reader, that relationship only lasted so long after it became clear that finishing the final Harry Potter book took precedence over the birthday festivities, and yes, I still feel a pang of guilt thinking back on it. When all was said and done, though, this other relationship had spanned 4,100 pages, 1,179 minutes of film, countless hours spent reading, rereading, parsing and debating the respective merits of the books and moviesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; nine years of my life at that pointâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and if a person couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand

that, well, I knew a few other people who could. Even among the most loyal readers, there is one literary choice Rowling made that is more contentious than any other: the decision to include an epilogue to the final book. That chapter, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nineteen Years Later,â&#x20AC;? depicts Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville and Draco as adults, now married and sending their own children off to Hogwarts. For some readers, it would have been enough to see Harry vanquish Voldemort and imagine how the rest of his life played out (if nothing else, Rowling had taught us how to do that much). We understand why she did it, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make us any less uncomfortable reading it. It is a reminder that sooner or later, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to grow up tooâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to know how it all ends quite yet. 0 E7H/@2E=@:2A¨$

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Wizard Worlds â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Harry Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fans make rock magic BY LEILANI CLARK


n 2008, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wrock Chicagoâ&#x20AC;? brought 30 bands, three stages and thousands of fans from across the world together for an epic celebration ending with sweaty teens and twenty-somethings dancing around in full-wizard gear, squid heads and English schoolboy ties. Amid this melee, a multi-band jam cranked out an impromptu version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smells Like Teen Spirit,â&#x20AC;? with the iconic refrain of â&#x20AC;&#x153;a denialâ&#x20AC;? supplanted, lyrically, by two different words: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harry Potter.â&#x20AC;? This is wizard rock, a musical genre mixing an obsessive love of J. K. Rowlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s series and an obsessive need to set that love to music. Wizard rock bands unabashedly worship at the altar of Harry Potter, singing songs about characters and happenings

from the series with nerdy, gleeful abandon. Fan lore names Harry and the Potters, a punkish group of stripedtie- and glasses-wearing lads out of Massachusetts, as progenitors, which led to Draco and the Malfoys, which then led to 500 wizard rock bands and counting. But whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got the goods? We decided to enlist the help of Xenia, our resident 15-year-old Harry Potter superfan (girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s read the series six times, for Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sake!). Xenia was more than able to deliver a quick assessment of some of the better-known wizard rock videos. Since the Hogwarts crew is separated into houses depending on their varying levels of abilities, strengths, wizard blood or muggledom, we rated the wizard rock bands on a scale from 1 to 5:

17 lyrics pretty well reflect how Draco Malfoy might think. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singing, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My dad is rich and your dad is dead,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s making fun of Harry for that because it makes Draco feel superior,â&#x20AC;? she notes.

2 = Gryffindor. Founded by Godric Gryffindor, this house values courage, bravery, loyalty and nerve. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re people that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take things sitting down,â&#x20AC;? says Xenia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re brawny rather than brainy.â&#x20AC;?

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3 = Hufflepuff. These are the kids who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really fit into other houses. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re loyal and hard-working, and their spirit animal is a badger, if that tells you anything. 4 = Ravenclaw. The super-smarties of the school. Creative and intelligent, they rule when it comes to wit, talent and brains. 5 = Slytherin. The house for people who have pure wizard blood. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re of â&#x20AC;&#x153;noble descentâ&#x20AC;? says Xenia, but also the source of most of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;dark wizards,â&#x20AC;? and hence have a bad rep.

6O``gO\RbVS>]bbS`a ¡BVS5]RTObVS`¸ Rating: 2 (Gryffindor) Xenia explains that this song is about Sirius Black, who in the third book reveals himself to be a good guy instead of a bad guy. The music is super-catchy, a cross between early Green Day and Bright Eyes. The bandmembers writhe and screech before a crowd of screaming Potter fans, mainly girls, a scene that repeats itself throughout many of the live videos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mess things up,â&#x20AC;? says Xenia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve obviously read the books and seen the movies, and they put that into their songs.â&#x20AC;?

2`OQ]O\RbVS;OZT]ga ¡;g2OR7a@WQV¸ Rating: 4 (Ravenclaw) This is one of the bigger bands in the wizard rock movement, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t impress our teen expert. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their lyrics are really good, but their songs are kind of slow. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just not quite as good as Harry and the Potters.â&#x20AC;? She thinks they take the sarcasm a bit too far, but that the

Rating: 1 (Dumbledore) Xenia likes this one so much that she reposts the link onto Facebook immediately. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m creating a new category, because this is really good. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty clever,â&#x20AC;? says Xenia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lyrics are spot-on and ironic.â&#x20AC;? The song has a pensive, sad feel to it, which makes sense given the subject matter of Cedric being killed even after he was nice to Harry.

"BVS6c\UO`WO\ 6]`\bOWZa¡7/[O2`OU]\¸ Rating: 3 (Hufflepuff ) This song is the most punk rock out of the bunchâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;think Daniel Johnston on speed, sung by a little boy who attacks his guitar with an energy not seen since Pete Townsend broke his Gibson at the Cow Palace in 1967. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am a dragon and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care!â&#x20AC;? the young wizard rocker screeches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are by far the cutest, most adorable band,â&#x20AC;? says Xenia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rate them, because that wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be fair since theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only 9.â&#x20AC;?

#BVS>O`aSZ[]cbVa ¡EVOb9W\R]T<O[S7a 6S`[W]\S-¸ Rating: 2 (Gryffindor) Two girls take the bratty, sneering ethic of â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s era riot grrrl band Bratmobile and mix it with some serious ministry-of-magic wizard action. One of the more popular bands on the wizard rock scene, the Parselmouths represent just one of many girl-fronted wrock bands out there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It sort of seems like something Slytherin girls might say, because none of the Slytherins like her, and the band name is sort of associated with Slytherin, so it makes sense,â&#x20AC;? says Xenia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lyrics are pretty clever, because Hermione is a know-it-all a lot of the time, and she does have crazy hair.â&#x20AC;? 0

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A violinmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quest to solve an age-old mystery BY SCOTT MACCLELLAND


THE VIOLIN was not David Morseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first calling. Between 1978 and 1993, he made fine guitars for clients worldwide at the rate of two to three per year. His foray into the world of violins began in 1984 when he collected damaged and discarded instruments from public schools in Tucson and reconditioned them for students and amateur players at The Soundpost, his shop in Santa Cruz. He began building his own violins around 1986, closed The Soundpost in 1991, and has produced fine instruments from his Soquel workshop ever since. Like the names he gives themâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Spirito, Davenport, Magister, Nimbusâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;each of his violins comes with its own individual qualities; they have been seen and heard in orchestras throughout the Bay Area, in the Boston Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle in Leipzig and in the Jupiter String Quartet. (San Francisco Symphony laureate conductor Herbert Blomstedt owns one.) Since becoming a violinmaker, Morse has never accepted anybody elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opinion on how to practice his craft. He has put every theory through his own rigorous testing and experimentation. He started by measuring the density of the woods he used, and explains, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I

GLEAM IN HIS EYE David Morse, whose violins are played in symphonies the world over, recently discovered a new formula for varnish, a crucial component of fine instruments. did this following an experiment where I made four violins out of as different quality woods as possible, played and evaluated the sound, then switched the tops to see where the different tone qualities went.â&#x20AC;? This insatiable need to perfect his craft has taken him to the mountains of Serbia in search of (expensive) maple for the neck, back and sides of the instruments. In Italy, he buys whole logs of spruce, cuts them into blanks for violin tops, lets them dry there for a year, then has them shipped to his atelier in Soquel where they dry for several more years. And his rigor had paid off. Clients who own legendary instruments from Cremonese masters Guarneri

and Stradivari have paid Morse to release the true voice of their promise, sometimes including taking them apart, repairing the interior plates, and gluing them back together. But unlocking the mystery of the old Italian mastersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; varnish has proved to be a stubborn challenge. Perhaps for the first time in Morseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career, the ultimate solution didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reveal itself to him through the applied sciences that had served him so well for so long. There is literally no end of varnish formulas promoted within the violin-making community and, he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been a one of them I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tried to reproduce in a beaker on my electric burner.â&#x20AC;?

Under ideal circumstances, the varnish has a neutral effect on the sound of the instrument. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It can beneficially focus the sound,â&#x20AC;? he adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but when badly formulated it can put a rubbery blanket over the tone, or impart a brittle tin can effect to it.â&#x20AC;? In the late 1990s, Morse had success with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;very goodâ&#x20AC;? formula of his own that employed propolis, a crumbly material made by bees that breaks down the blanketing film of oil-based varnish. The result was a hardness that protected the instruments from dings and scratches, but remained f lexible enough to allow it to breathe. The problem was that it took a long time to apply, some 30 hours per instrument, and

years to fully dry. This past spring, infuriated by the daunting task of not knowing which materials did what, and knowing he would have to wait 10 years to find out what the varnish would â&#x20AC;&#x153;soundâ&#x20AC;? like, he said to himself â&#x20AC;&#x153;I give up!â&#x20AC;?

Sweet Inspiration Like any commitment to high quality in a competitive world, making fine violins requires plenty of ambition and, to no small degree, the confidence outsiders often see as an abundance of ego. Moreover, the luthier, like the fine artist, does everything by hand and in isolation. Sometimes such conditions can take the maker to highs of exhilaration, or magnify personal demons. Morseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent breakthrough followed two years of concentrated study and experimentation when he poured more than half his bench time into unlocking the secret of the ideal varnish. During these same last two years, Morse has been on a personal pilgrimage to confront his â&#x20AC;&#x153;old stuff,â&#x20AC;? with the help of a teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a guru. This quest actually began for him decades earlier, but surfaced again almost as if the varnish question

had been emblematic of unresolved personal issues. The word â&#x20AC;&#x153;spiritualâ&#x20AC;? makes some people uneasy, perhaps because it is so personal as to resist mutually reliable understanding. Yet it also speaks with authority of the impulse that makes people do creative things. For Morse, â&#x20AC;&#x153;giving upâ&#x20AC;? opened a door to a kind of spiritual energy that transcended his intellectual and emotional resources. His epiphany â&#x20AC;&#x153;came out of left field,â&#x20AC;? he says. The key was sugar. Burnt sugar, to be exact, in place of propolis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to make any logical or chemical sense,â&#x20AC;? he recalls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All I know is that it works.â&#x20AC;? As Morse explains it, dissolving the sugar and pigment in water, then combining it with the oil varnish base, results in everything the varnish is supposed to do, including: f lows on easily, breaks down the oily film to let the instrument start breathing right away and reduces the application time to thirty minutes. Morseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s varnish is now â&#x20AC;&#x153;fully transparent to both sight and sound.â&#x20AC;? As he ref lects on the new formula and deep personal passage of the last two years, he adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hold our secrets thinking that by doing so gives us an edge. Now I can put them into the light.â&#x20AC;? 0

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B63/B3@ The Full Monty A comedy about six unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, New York. Low on both cash and prospects, the men decide to present a strip act at a local club after seeing their wivesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendales. Thu-Sat, 7:30pm and SatSun, 2pm. Thru Jul 17. $16$34. Cabrillo College Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.479.6154.

Journey Fantastique: Art and Poetry in Motion A multimedia collaboration featuring paintings by Santa Cruz artist James Carl Aschbacher, stories in verse about the artwork by Trish Black Melehan and pianist Samantha Allott performing the music of Scott Joplin. Sat, Jul 16, 2pm and Sun, Jul 17, 6:30pm. $10-$13. Bethany University Theatre, 800 Bethany Dr, Scotts Valley, 831.818.1516.

The Last Five Years A one-act song cycle by Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown explores the five-year relationship between novelist Jamie and struggling actress Cathy. Thu-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 3pm. Thru Aug 14. $16-$38. Cabrillo Black Box Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 831.479.6154.

The Tempest: Revisited Scotts Valley Performing Arts Youth Shakespeare performs an adaptation by local poet and playwright Trish Black Melehan. ThuSun Thru Jul 17. $10-$18. Bethany University Theatre, 800 Bethany Dr, Scotts Valley, 831.818.1516.

1=<13@BA Ancestree Roots reggae from Santa Cruz Wed, Jul 20, 4pm. Streetlight Records Santa Cruz, 939 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.421.9200.

Balto Folk/Americana from NYC. Mon, Jul 18, 4pm. Free. Streetlight Records Santa Cruz, 939 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.421.9200.

Bill Spencer Part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evenings by the Bayâ&#x20AC;? summer concert series, presented by the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Aquarium. Sun, Jul 17, 6-8pm. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Monterey.

My Machete L.A. indie/alternative. Tue, Jul 19, 4pm. Free. Streetlight Records Santa Cruz, 939 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.421.9200.

Pete Lips Part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evenings by the Bayâ&#x20AC;? summer concert series,

presented by the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Aquarium. Sat, Jul 16, 6-8pm. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Monterey.


Phil Collins: 2011 Artist of the Year

Santa Cruz County Bank

Co-founder, artistic director and conductor of New Music Works is honored as Santa Cruz County artist of the year. Local and Bay Area musicians will join Collins to perform a variety of his works. Fri, Jul 15, 7pm. Free. Cabrillo Music Recital Hall, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.454.7901.

local beaches by Susan Dorf. Thru Jul 31. Free. Daily 10am6pm. 510 Bay Ave, Capitola, 831.475.2500.


Pajaro Valley Arts Council

Birds of a Feather. Seven artists observe birds through original prints, paintings, photographs, encaustic and assemblage. On display at all branch locations. Artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception Wed Aug 3, 57pm, 595 Auto Center Dr, Watsonville. Jul 15-Sep 30. Free. 720 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.457.5000.


Art ;CA3C;A =>3<7<5 Scotts Valley Library TEDxSantaCruz Event: TEDGlobal Webcast. A webcast of the TEDGlobal 2011 conference taking place in Edinburgh, Scotland. Wed, Jul 13, 11am-6pm. Free. 230-D Mt. Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley, 831.420.5369.

1=<B7<C7<5 Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Big Creek Pottery: Social History of a Visual Idea, 19671983. 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. Museum hours Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm; closed Mon. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

Art du Jour The Bees Knees: Flowers, Fauna and Bees of California. Illustrations, paintings and sculpture by local artists. Thru Jul 31. 1013 Cedar St., Santa Cruz.

Davenport Gallery

Sculpture Is. 56 artists and 135 sculptures among two acres of Mediterranean gardens. Thru Oct 31. 831.728.2532. 37 Sudden St, Watsonville.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Alexander Lowry: Documentary Photographs of Santa Cruz County. UCSC & MAH present a virtual retrospective of photographer Alexander Lowryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gelatin silver prints at www. Thru Jul 17. Free. Museum hours TueSun, 11am-5pm; closed Mon. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

Santa Cruz Stoves and Fireplaces ArtWorx. Mixed media paintings by Jane Harlow and new sculptures by Aaron Van de Kerckhove. Thru Sep 17. Free. 1043 Water St, Santa Cruz, 831.476.8007.

Art of Photography. Original work from over a dozen artists. Artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception Sat July 9, 4-7pm. Thru Jul 31. Free. 450 Hwy 1, Davenport, 831.426.1199.

Felix Kulpa Gallery


White Balance. New mixed media paintings by Michelle Stitz and selected works by Jody Alexander. Thru Jul 31. 107 Elm St, Santa Cruz, 408.373.2854.


Louden Nelson Community Center Gallery By the Coast & Stones of Ages Past. Fine art photography by Virginia Draper & Tom Bullock. Thru Jul 31. Free, 831.420.6177. 301 Center St, Santa Cruz.

Many Hands Gallery Capitola

First Annual Covewater Classic, Northern California Stand Up Paddle Championships Comprised of three races: 2-Mile Open, 7-Mile Open and 7.5 Mile Elite. Elite race purse is $2,000 split evenly between the male and female

Beach Paintings. Miniature oil paintings of people on


San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s City Guide

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Nellie McKay

Experience Clay. Local artists will be giving demonstrations, presentations and workshops while the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ground floor will be open for visitors to experience clay in all shapes, sizes and forms. Sat, Jul 16, 10am-5pm and Sun, Jul 17, 10am-5pm. Free. Spotlight Tours. Bringing the artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; voices directly to visitors. Go behind the scenes and museum-wide exhibitions. Third Sat of every month, 11:30am-12:30pm. Museum hours Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm; closed Mon. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

Charming, smart singer presents suite based on classic Susan Hayward ďŹ lm â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I Want To Live!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jul 14 at Yoshiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SF.

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History Endangered Neighbors. Conservation photographs by Sebastian Kennerknecht. Wed-Sun . Thru Sep 10. TueSun, 10am-5pm. 1305 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, 831.420.6115.

Dirty Vegas Party like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2003 to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Days Go Byâ&#x20AC;? and more with live set from electronic hitmakers. Jul 15 at the Independent.

Alkaline Trio Chicago pop-punk stalwarts join superior Windy City crooners the Smoking Popes. Jul 16 at Slimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

Owl City If only Ben Gibbard had made another Postal Service album instead of letting this guy swoop in. Jul 19 at the WarďŹ eld.

Avett Brothers Quiet on record, furiously energetic live, North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nest play two nights. Jul 19-10 at the Fox Theater. More San Francisco events at

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/@B7AB=4B63G3/@(>67:1=::7<A Santa Cruz honors local composer Phil Collins with a concert celebrating more than 30 years of contributions to the local arts scene. Collins co-founded New Music Works, created productions staged at UCSC, Cabrillo and Shakespeare Santa Cruz and teaches at Cabrillo, Gavilan and Hartnell colleges. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say that beats Genesis any day. Friday, July 15, 7pm, Cabrillo College Music Recital Hall, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. 831.454.7901. Free. 1  athletes. CovewaterClassic. com Sat, Jul 16. $40-$48. Capitola Beach, Capitola.

Urban Arts Festival An afternoon of free art workshops for youth of all ages and their families. Sat, Jul 16, noon-4pm. Free. Callaghan Park, 222 Sudden St/Freedom Blvd, Watsonville.

/@=C<2 B=E< Big Basin Redwoods State Park Activities Wildflower Walk, Sat, July 16, 10am; Sun, July 17, 10am. Shadowbrook Stroll, Sat, July 16, noon. The Road Less Traveled, Sun, July 17, 10am. The Stars of Harry Potter, Mon, July 18, 7:15pm. Jul 1618. Free. Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Hwy 236, Boulder Creek, 831.338.8883.

DoonArt Bonny Doon Studio Tour Thirteen established painters, sculptors, ceramic artists, printmakers, woodcarvers and glass artists will be opening their studios and demonstrating their processes to the public. Sat, Jul 16, 11am-5pm and Sun, Jul 17, 11am-5pm. Free. 831.466.0314.

Energy Upgrade California Community Forum Attendees will learn how businesses, homeowners and community can benefit from incentives, rebates and workforce support. Thu, Jul 14, 2:30-5pm. Free. Ecology Action, 877 Cedar Street, Suite 240, Santa Cruz, 831.426.5925.

English Country Dance Second and fourth Thursdays of each month; beginners welcome. Second Thu of every month. $5-$7. First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz, 900 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.426.8621.

July Passport to the Wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains Passport holders will be invited to tour the facilities of more than 50 wineries, meet winemakers and sample the fruits of their labors. Sat, Jul 16, 11am-5pm. $40. Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association Office, 7605-A Old Dominion Court, Aptos, 831.685.8463.

Life on the Ranch: A Family Living History Day at Wilder Ranch State Park Activities may include draft horse wagon rides, branding, horseshoes, making tortillas and salsa, chuck wagonstyle cooking, roping skills and lawn games. Sat, Jul 16, 11am-3pm. Free. Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, 831.426.0505.

Santa Cruz Derby Groms vs. LA Junior Derby Dolls Santa Cruz Derby Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; junior derby team, the Groms, host the LA Derby Dolls junior derby team. Sun, Jul 17, 1pm. $7.50-$12.50. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.420.5260.

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park Activities Junior Rangers â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheep to Shirt,â&#x20AC;? Thu, July 14, 11am. Old Fashioned Campfire for the Whole Family, July 15, 5:30pm. Jul 14-15. Free. Mission State Park, 144 School St, Santa Cruz, 831.425.5849.

Taste of Scotts Valley Art & Wine Kick-Off Party With appetizers from local restaurants, pours from festival wineries and work from festival artists will be raffled off. Thu, Jul 14, 6-8pm. $35. Scotts Valley Hilton, 6001 La Madrona Dr, Scotts Valley.

TheatreFest 2011 Original paintings, jewelry pieces, sculptures and ceramics along with international foods and live music from The Troubudoors and Jim Fucello. Sat, Jul 16, 9am-5pm and Sun, Jul 17, 9am-5pm. Custom House Plaza, NA, Monterey, 831.622.0700 x106.

Wine Tasting: Varietals of Italy Taste, savor, learn and explore the wines of Italy with wine educator Laura Majano. Fri, Jul 15. $10. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.462.4415.

47:; Covewater Classic Film Screening The Santa Cruz premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Destination 3 Degreesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lake Tahoe Circumnavigation,â&#x20AC;? a benefit for Save Our Shores. Fri, Jul 15, 6:30pm. $10. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz, 831.423.8209.

Ghostbusters Bring your own beach blanket or low-back chair and enjoy a classic film on the beach. Free. Wed, Jul 13, 9pm. 831.426.7433. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, 831.426.7433.

Top Gun Bring your own beach blanket or low-back chair and enjoy a classic film on the beach. Free. Wed, Jul 20, 9pm. 831.426.7433. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, 831.426.7433.

:7B3@/@G 3D3<BA Book Group Mixer Wine, cheese, a raffle, staff recommendations and information about the many benefits of registering your book group at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Wed, Jul 20, 7pm. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.0900.

Colleen Morton Busch Author of Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara will read and sign copies of her newest work about the monks who guided raging wildfires at the Tassajara Zen Center in 2008. Mon, Jul 18, 7:30pm. Free. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.462.4415.

Geoffrey Dunn The author of The Lies of Sarah Palin will read and sign copies of his book. Thu, Jul 14, 7:30pm. Free. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.423.0900.

Ice Cream Social Story Hour Crafts and stories on the theme â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer By The Seaâ&#x20AC;? for grades K-5. Wed, Jul 20, 1pm. Free. Porter Memorial Library,

Poet/Speak Open Reading With featured reader Magdalena Montagne. Sun, Jul 17, 2pm. Free. Santa Cruz Central Branch Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.464.8983.

S. Brian Willson The Vietnam vet and nonviolent pacifist will read and from his autobiography Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson Wed, Jul 20, 7:30pm. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.462.4415.

Young Adult Literature Community Book Group: A discussion of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Wed, Jul 13, 7:30pm. Free. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.0900.

:31BC@3A Chinese Art Appreciation An evening appreciating Chinese brush art, learning Chinese art history and tasting vegetarian Dim Sim. Thu, Jul 14, 5:30-8:30pm. Capitola Community Center, 4400 Jade Street, Capitola, 831.475.5935.

Freedom Forum Presents: Desalination for Santa Cruz? Featuring a Presentation by Rick Longinotti, cofounder of Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives. Wed, Jul 20, 7:30pm. Free. Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz.

<=B713A Day On The Beach Volunteers needed to assist persons with disabilities participate in ocean sports events. Sat, Jul 16, noon-5pm. Free. Cowell Beach, NA, Santa Cruz, 831.459.7210.

Free Financial Education Classes Learn about savings, budgeting and credit. Tue, 6-7:30pm. Thru Jul 19. Free. Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, 512 Front St., Santa Cruz, 831.460.2346.

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

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.

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.



<=E/<2B63< BASED ON the failed marriage of writer and composer Jason Robert Brown, The Last Five Years is a painfully realistic portrait of a relationship running its course. From the opening song, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Still Hurting,â&#x20AC;? to the final sceneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goodbyes, Cabrillo Stageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of the Tony Award-winning one-act musical keeps the audience feeling connected, enough so that on opening night, viewers rewarded the cast with a standing ovation. Heartfelt performances by Cabrillo Stage veterans Andrew Ceglio (Jamie Wellerstein) and Ariel Buck (Catherine Hiatt), a real-life couple, reveal two people dealing with temptation, betrayal and guilt. The show also explores the corrosive effects of jealousy and insecurity; Cathy, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waging an uphill battle in the acting world, has trouble celebrating Jamieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing victories. The story employs an unorthodox storytelling technique by unraveling two separate perspectives that range over the course of five years and overlap in the middle of the show: Cathy begins at the end of the relationship and moves backwards in time, while Jamie starts when he first meets Cathy and moves forward chronologically. Although this structure may be at bit confusing at times, it provides an interesting contrast of perspectives throughout the relationship. Under the direction of Mollye Maxner, the two principals excelâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Buck with her Judy Garland-worthy voice and graceful acting and Ceglio as the ego-swollen Jamie with his highly animated style and comic instincts. With musical direction by Michael J. McGushin, the live ensemble provides outstanding support. The Latinesque piano in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shiksa Goddessâ&#x20AC;? underscores Jamieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excitement about starting something new with Cathy, and in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Next Ten Minutesâ&#x20AC;? the strings (especially the violin) perfectly accompany Jamie and Cathy, who, optimistic about their future together, waltz under blue lights. (Jenny Cain) B63:/AB47D3G3/@A`c\abV`]cUVAc\ROg/cU" ObbVS1OP`WZZ]1`]QYS`BVSOb`S$#A]_cSZ2`/^b]a BWQYSba$!"eeeQOP`WZZ]abOUSQ][

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:

Mariposas, 831.425.5422. Trichotillomania: 831.457.1004. 12-Step Programs: 831.454. HELP (4357).

Tax Workshop for Lesbian/ Gay Married Couples & Domestic Partners: Join tax expert and advocate for same-sex couples tax reform Cynthia Leachmoore for an informational workshop. Wed, Jul 20, 5:308pm. Free. Diversity Center, 1117 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.425.5422.

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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$25/Adv $28/Dr, No Jazztix/Comps Monday, July 25 U 7 pm

EDMAR CASTANEDA TRIO Phenomenal Columbian harpist! $20/Adv $23/Door Monday, August 1 U 7 pm


Local singer returns home! $20/Adv $23/Door Sponsored by Silent Gong Fund Advance tickets at amd Logos Books & Records. Dinner served one hour prior. Prremium wine and beer. Tickets subject to service charge and 5% city tax. All age venue.

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A multinational ensemble with members from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, Freshlyground is being touted as one of the most important bands to come out of South Africa in the 21st century. Formed in Cape Town in 2002, the seven-piece has grown steadily in popularity and prestige, playing a unique style of vibrant and contagious Afro-pop fusion. From its well-received 2003 debut album Jika Jika to 2010â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multi-platinum Radio Africa, Freshlyground is primed to become a worldwide sensation. As music reviewer Justin Zehmke said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make sure you catch them live while they are still playing small venues, because this band is set to soar.â&#x20AC;? Kuumbwa; $20 adv/$23 door, 7pm. (Cat Johnson)

Comprised of Strungoverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jeremy and Jason Lampel, Sheila Golden on vocals and Mike Luke of the proto-alt-country â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s band Moonshine Willy, the Down Beets have an impressive pedigree. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nimble picking and witty songcraft lend their performances an easygoing energy, with Goldenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vocals soaring above the tight arrangements. This show serves as a CD release show for the band, a welcome addition to Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vibrant string band community. Crepe Place; $8; 9pm. (Paul M. Davis)

Break out the red leather pants and style that hair high, because Loverboy is rocking the Boardwalk. Formed in 1980, this Canadian rock band turned on the heat with four multi-platinum albums that boasted such anthems like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Girls in Love,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turn Me Looseâ&#x20AC;? and, of course, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working For The Weekend.â&#x20AC;? After eight years of stardom, Loverboy disbanded with the departure of keyboardist Doug Johnson. However, after a quick reunion show in 1991, Loverboy decided to regroup and has been playing ever since. In 2007 the band released its seventh album, Just Getting Started, proving that you just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep good rockers down. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk; Free; 6:30 & 8:30pm. (Mat Weir)


GB Hard rock outfit Y&T has only released one album in the past 14 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facemelterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but for this band, the albums have never been the focus. Among the Y&T faithful, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been about the live performances, incendiary affairs that earned the rockers their legendary live reputation during their â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s heyday. Though founding member Phil Kennemore succumbed to lung cancer earlier in the year, Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti is keeping the fire alive and hitting the road with the sort of vintage AM radio rock thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in short supply nowadays. The Catalyst; $19 adv/$23 door; 9pm. (PMD)


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label in 1998 after watching her deliver a powerful performance. Both artists are known for their blazing beats and soulful singing that will be sure to set the dance floor on fire. Moeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley; $20 adv/$25 door; 9pm. (MW)


>3B33A1=D32= One of the giants of Latin jazz, timbale master Pete Escovedo is known for a lively playing style that fuses jazz with salsa, soul, rock and pop. Through his collaborations with a diverse roster of artists, from Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock to Bobby McFerrin and Anita Baker, Escovedo has helped to introduce Latin jazz to mainstream audiences and expanded the boundaries of contemporary music. Best known in some circles as Sheila Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dad, Escovedoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebrated work as a bandleader has solidified his standing as one of the modern day jazz greats. Kuumbwa; $22 adv/$25 door; 7pm. (CJ)


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Film Capsules <3E1/>A AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1950) In this classic romance, playboy Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant) and Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) hit it off after meeting several times on an ocean liner; the two agree to meet six months later at the top of the Empire State building. When Terry doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show up, Nickie is left to discover why she stood him up. (Sat-Sun at Aptos)

A BETTER LIFE (PG-13; 98 min.) Carlos Galindo, an undocumented gardener looking to avoid immigration enforcement officials, struggles to keep his son away from gangs. Based on a story by Roger L. Simon, the film, set in California, has strong messages about immigration politics. (Opens Fri at Nickelodeon) BUCK (PG; 88 min.) This documentary, fresh from a successful run at Sundance, tells the story of â&#x20AC;&#x153;horse


whispererâ&#x20AC;? Buck Brannaman. The film reveals Brannamanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childhood history of abuse. (Opens Fri at Del Mar)

CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER (2010) Lucy and Edmund return to Narnia, departure point for a maritime journey fraught with meetings with dragons, dwarves and warriors. (Weds 7/13-Thurs 7/14 at 41st Ave) HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (PART I) (2010) Harry, Ron and Hermione go

Movie reviews by Tessa Stuart and Richard von Busack

into hiding in an attempt to find Lord Voldemortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Horcruxes, magical items that involve his immortality. First part of the final chapter in the series based on J.K. Rowlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s epic novels. (Thu at Scotts Valley)

HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (PART II) (PG-13; 130 min.) In the final movie of the series based on J.K. Rowlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books, an all-encompassing battle of good versus evil takes place at Hogwarts. (Opens Thu midnight at Santa Cruz 9,

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THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971) Larry McMurtryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brilliant coming-of-age tale set in 1950s rural America launched the careers of Cybill Shepherd and Jeff Bridges. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich. (Thu at Santa Cruz 9) MEGAMIND (2010) Supervillain Megamind (Will Ferrell) thinks he has lost his purpose after he defeats the hero Metro Man. While creating a new hero, Megamind falls in love

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A1=BBAD/::3G$17<3;/ 226 Mt. Hermon Rd., Scotts Valley 831.438.3261 6O``g>]bbS`O\RbVS2SObVZg6OZZ]ea>O`b â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens midnight Thu) Fri-Wed 10:45, 11:20; 11:55; 12:45; 1:30; 2;10; 3:35; 4:30; 5:20; 6:45; 7:30; 8:15; 9; 9:15; 9:45; 10:30. EW\\WSbVS>]]Vâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) Fri-Wed 11:10; 1:10; 3:10; 5;10; 7. 1O`a â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Call for Wed-Thu showtimes. Fri-Wed 11; 1:30; 4;10; 6:45. 6]``WPZS0]aaSa â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Call for Wed-Thu showtimes. Fri-Wed 12:30; 3; 5:20; 7:20; 9:30. ;WR\WUVbW\>O`Wa â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Call for Wed-Thu showtimes. Fri-Wed 2:40; 4:55; 7:20; 9:30. B`O\aT]`[S`a(2O`Y]TbVS;]]\ â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Call for Wed-Thu showtimes. FriWed 11:10; 2:20; 5:30; 8:45. H]]YSS^S` â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Call for Wed-Thu showtimes. Fri-Wed 11:30; 2; 4:40; 7:20; 9:30. ;SUO[W\Râ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 7/13-Thu 7/14 10am. 6O``g>]bbS`O\RbVS2SObVZg6OZZ]ea>O`b â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Thurs 8pm. 4`WS\RaeWbV0S\STWba â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 7/20 10am.

5@33<D/::3G17<3;/& 1125 S. Green Valley Rd, Watsonville 831.761.8200 6O``g>]bbS`O\RbVS2SObVZg6OZZ]ea â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) Fri-Wed 11:20;

1:20; 3:20; 5:05; 7. Fri-Sun 10:15 am. EW\\WSbVS>]]V (Opens Fri) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fri-Wed 1:20; 3:20; 5:05; 7. Fri-Sun 11:20 am. 0ORBSOQVS`â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Call for Wed-Thu Showtimes. Fri-Wed 9:30. 1O`a â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Call for Wed-Thu Showtimes. Fri-Wed 1:30; 4; 6:45; 9:15. Fri-Sun 11am. 6]``WPZS0]aaSa â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Call for Wed-Thu Showtimes. Fri-Wed 1; 3; 5:05; 7:15;

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PAGE ONE (R; 88 min.) The Jayson Blair and Judith Miller scandals pantsed The New York Times. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s losing its shirt as advertisers flee and online aggregators pig out on their stories. In Page One: Inside the New York Times, director Andrew Rossi (Control Room) demonstrates why the Timesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; woes are a calamity â&#x20AC;Ś not just for fans of Frank Rich but for the republic itself. Rossi got great access. The blood on the walls from cutbacks and buyouts practically pulsates in 3-D. The indifferentlyshaved, Werner Herzog-ish media critic David Carr is this documentaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best source. Ultimately Carr makes the best points, defying the electronic glibsters who feel the Times is being karmically punished for having been the megaphone for Wâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s war. (RvB) (Opens Fri at Nickelodeon) WINNIE-THE-POOH (G; 69 min.) Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit and Piglet set out to rescue Christopher Robin after Pooh misinterprets a note from Christopher and assumes he has been kidnapped by a creature named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Backson.â&#x20AC;? (Opens Fri at Santa Cruz 9, Scotts Valley and Green Valley)

@3D73EA BAD TEACHER (R; 92 min.) Crude junior high teacher Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) attempts to charm a rich substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake), but her plan goes awry when she finds out he is interested in her colleague (Lucy Punch). Halseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend Lynn (Phyllis of TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Office) and the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gym teacher (Jason Segel) help her unpack her obvious daddy issues with characteristically dry commentary. BEGINNERS (R; 104 min.) In this semi-autobiographical film inspired by writerdirector Mike Millsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; past, Oliver (Ewan McGregor) must deal with two revelations about his father (Christopher Plummer): that, after 45 years of marriage to Oliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s late mother, he is coming out of the closet; and that he has terminal cancer. Such honesty marks a new beginning for the father-

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BRIDESMAIDS (R; 125 min.) Annie (Kristen Wiig) is a Milwaukee woman going downhill. Her ex-boyfriend (Jon Hamm) uses her for sex. Suddenly, Annieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best pal, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), announces her impending marriage. Lillian also introduces a new, gorgeous friend (Rose Byrne) who elbows Annie aside and takes charge of the wedding. The wedding planning becomes more pretentious, more expensive and ever more humiliating for Annie. Wiig is at her most comically nonchalant as the desperation seeps out of her pores. In her capacity to register degrees of comedic suffering, this actress suggests what happens when a movie is really loose down deep in its soul, and is not just wobbly and formulaic. But Judd Apatow was the executive producer,

and Bridesmaids is shaped like an Apatow film: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a half-hour too long. Though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s released as a chick-flick alternative, we still get the traditional pointless fight between Annie and her new man (Chris Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dowd). (RvB)

CARS 2 (G; 116 min.) An animated Bond parody. Events lure Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) into a race demonstrating alternative fuels in Paris, London and Tokyo; tagging along is his gauche towtruck buddy from Radiator Springs. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all barely worthy of Pixarâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the debate between regular fuel versus fossil fuels ends with such nervousness that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think director John Lasseter was dealing with a controversial matter. (RvB) GREEN LANTERN (PG-13; 105 min.) A cocky test pilot named Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) joins an intergalactic brotherhood known as the Green Lanterns charged with keeping order in the universe and fending

off an enemy called the Parallax. Humans havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t impressed the Green Lanterns much, but Jordan may turn out to be their only hope against the new threat.

HORRIBLE BOSSES (R; 100 min.) With help from an ex-con (Jamie Foxx), Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) scheme to take out their evil employers, played by Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston. Directed by Seth Gordon (The King of Kong, Four Christmases). KUNG FU PANDA 2 (PG; 90 min.) Smart-ass dialog and the voices of Jack Black, Seth Rogan, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman and a multitude more spice up the story of the chubby panda Po, who takes on old enemies with a new weapon. LARRY CROWNE (PG-13; 99 min.) Middle-aged Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) gets fired and decides to head back to college, where

he crushes on his public speaking teacher (Julia Roberts) and joins a quirky scooter community.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (PG-13; 100 min.) Woody Allen wrote and directed this film about Gil (Owen Wilson), a killjoy writer on vacation in Paris with his fiancĂŠe (Rachel McAdams) and her family. When they run into some old friends (Michael Sheen and Nina Arianda), Gil begins stealing away from his party by taking conspicuously long walks at night. He soon discovers a newfound love for the city, and life, in this romantic comedy that asks the question: Is a different life better, or is it justâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;different? SUPER 8 (PG-13; 112 min.) In 1979, the U.S. government shut down a section of the mysterious Area 51 and ordered all materials to be transported to a secret location in Ohio. Some, however, never made it. After witnessing a horrific train crash, a group of

young friends begin to notice mysterious anomalies around town. When monster sightings are reported, they arm themselves with Super 8mm cameras in search of some answers in this sci-fi thriller from genre guru J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, televisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fringe).

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (PG-13; 109 min.) In this latest installment of Michael Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transformersâ&#x20AC;? series, the Autobots compete with the Decepticons to find out the secrets of the Cybertronian spacecraft that has crashed on the moon after an attack. Starring Shia LaBeouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. THE TREE OF LIFE (PG-13; 138 min.) Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain star in Terrence Malickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s masterful memory play about a family struggling with the death of one of their own. The images, sharp and yet lambent, are of a lost worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a peaceful world that breaks out in

storms of color and rage. The Tree of Life is the meeting place of cinema and sacred memory. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an invocation of something that is all-seeing, all-remembering, deathdefying. (RvB)

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG-13; 131 min.) In this prequel to the blockbuster trilogy, audiences are treated to a rare glimpse at the origins of the X-Men. In 1963 the Cold War is at its height and the human population is still not aware of the existence of mutants with superhuman powers living in its midst. All of that changes when Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) opens a school for mutants to hone their abilities, unleashing a wave of persecution from normal society. ZOOKEEPER (PG; 104 min.) Zookeeper Kevin James is dumbfounded to learn that the wild animals in the zoo can talk and are willing to scheme to get him together with Rosario Dawson.

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A>@=CB/<2/0=CBCynthia Sandberg checks seedlings at Love Apple Farms.

Big Love


:=D3/>>:34/@;A¸5@=EB6A>C@B â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our early group of apprentices were all interested in becoming organic growers,â&#x20AC;? 1G<B67/ A/<203@5 recalls of :=D3/>>:34/@;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; salad days. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now more of our apprentices are cooking people.â&#x20AC;? That includes a recent French Culinary Institute graduate from Boston, who on a recent afternoon was busy planting erosion control perennials along the steep slope of Sandbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vibrant acreage. When the former Smothers Winery property high atop Vine Hill Road became available last year, Sandberg gathered a few co-investors and bought the 22-acre parcel. The compound includes cottages, a spacious two-story classroom, a house, former winery tasting room and exhibition kitchenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in short, an idyllic sanctuary for the partners, as well as the restaurant garden for 2/D7297<16â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-Michelin-star ;/<@3A/. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just 15 minutes to the restaurant,â&#x20AC;? Sandberg explains happily. And that means a much shorter haul than she and her truck used to make from the former Ben Lomond location. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the edibles go to David,â&#x20AC;? she says, pointing to terraces holding dozens of raised beds. These fragrant, compostintensive organic plots yield vast crops of Kinchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beloved fingerling potatoes, edible flowers, unusual eggplants, celeriacs, chicories, garlics and of course tomatoes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We harvest several times a week for Manresa,â&#x20AC;? she says removing a tiny yellow leaf from under a boisterous young red-veined sorrel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And all along the back,â&#x20AC;? she points to a quartet of young apprentices in shorts and hats, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we propagate perennials to attract beneficial insects and to sustain our honeybeesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and for erosion control.â&#x20AC;? Deep sigh, as she considers how much labor she has just described. Goats, chickens, honeybeesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;everything here implies sustainability. I admire the raised beds of eclectic edibles just below Sandbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office cottage and the view, which extends from Loma Prieta to the distant Monterey Peninsula. This summer will be the first harvest at the new Love Apple Farms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really become a gardening and cooking educational center,â&#x20AC;? she explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last week we launched our off-site educational program by giving a class on container gardening at Apple Computer.â&#x20AC;? Cheese-making, preserving and canning, tomato master classes, specialty cuisines, drip irrigation intensivesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;more than 100 classes will be held at Love Apple Farms this year. Check the website for details. 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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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 



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 200 Monterey Ave, 831.464.3328 superfresh fish in unusual but well-executed sushi combinations. Wed-Mon 11:30am-9pm.



1750 Wharf Rd, 831.475.1511

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

1116 Pacific Ave, 831. 426.7588

$$$ Santa Cruz

328 Ingalls St, 831.425.6771

$ Santa Cruz

1141 Soquel Ave, 831. 426.5664




$$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz


110 Church St, 831.429.2000

1134 Soquel Ave, 831.429.6994


Santa Cruz

2218 East Cliff Dr, 831.476.4560

$$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz


303 Soquel Ave, 831.426.7770

1102 Pacific Ave, 837.420.0135


Santa Cruz

221 Cathcart St, 831.426.4852

Mexican/Seafood/American. Traditional Mexican favorites. Best fajitas, chicken mole, coconut prawns, blackened prime rib! Fresh seafood. Over 50 premium tequilas, daily happy hour w/ half-price appetizers. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Features the vibrant and esoteric wines of Bonny Doon Vineyard, a three-course, family-style prix fixe menu that changes nightly, and an inventive small plates menu, highlighting both seasonal and organic ingredients from local farms. 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.

vegetarian.Full-service tiki bar. Happy-hour tiki drinks. Aloha Fri, Sat lunch 11:30am-5pm. Dinner nightly 5pm-close. 7<27/8=H3

418 Front St, 831.325-3633

$$ Santa Cruz

493 Lake Ave, 831.479.3430


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

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. 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.

$$ Santa Cruz

=:7B/A Fine Mexican cuisine. Opening daily at noon. 49-B Municipal Wharf, 831.458.9393

$$ Santa Cruz


1319 Pacific Ave, 831.420.1700


Santa Cruz

555 Soquel Ave, 831.458.2321

$$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz

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.

A/<:=@3<H=D/::3G $$ Felton


6205 Hwy 9, 831.335.1500

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

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.

A=?C3: $$ Soquel


4724 Soquel Dr, 831.477.1048

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

No Need to Cook, Come to Woodstockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for a Night Out or Take-Out... or Call us to Deliver Our Award-Winning Pizzas, Fresh Salads, Savory Sides, & Decadent Desserts Huge Patio Fire Pit Sports on HD TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Free Wi-Fi Video Games Beers on Tap Wine & More


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710 Front St (Next to Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) 831-427-4444 |

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For the week of July 13 ARIES (March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19): In the coming days you have permission from the universe to dwell less on what needs to be resisted, protested, ďŹ&#x201A;ushed out and overcome. Instead you have license to concentrate on what deserves to be fostered, encouraged, bolstered and invited in. Sound like fun? It will be if you can do it, but it may not be as easy to accomplish as it sounds. There are many inďŹ&#x201A;uences around you that are tempting you to draw your energy from knee-jerk oppositionalism and cynical naysaying. So in order to take full advantage of what life is offering you, you will have to ďŹ gure out how to rebel in a spirit of joy and celebration.

be amazingly glad and would spread good will about you everywhere. My age is 34, and I am sharply eager to know in detail about my next ďŹ ve years at leastâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;any big good or bad predictions. Kindly be very speciďŹ c, no cloudy generalizations.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Fayyaz Umair Aziz, FirstDegree Scorpio.â&#x20AC;? Dear Fayyaz: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy to inform you that your future is not set in stone; you have the power to carve out the destiny you prefer. And it so happens that the next four weeks will be prime time for you Scorpios to formulate a clear master plan (or reformulate your existing one) and take a vow to carry it out with impeccability.

TAURUS (April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreams are todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dec. 21): One of my readers sent me an interesting tale. He said the teacher Rudolf Steiner â&#x20AC;&#x153;once had a devotee who complained that after years of meditating and studying sacred texts he had not yet had a spiritual experience. Steiner asked him if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d noticed the face of the conductor on the train on which they were riding. The man said no. Steiner replied, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Then you just missed a spiritual experience.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?This is a good tip for you to keep in mind in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a time when you could dramatically expedite and intensify your education about spiritual matters by noticing the beauty and holiness in the most mundane things.

answers to tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s questions,â&#x20AC;? said the seer Edgar Cayce. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your thought for the week, Taurus. Not just in dreams, but in your waking life as well, you will be experiencing insights, hearing stories and getting messages that provide useful information for the crucial questions you have not yet framed, let alone posed. I hope that by telling you this, I will expedite your work on formulating those pertinent questions.

GEMINI (May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20): â&#x20AC;&#x153;The most important thing

in acting is honesty,â&#x20AC;? said Hollywood actor George Burns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you can fake that, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got it made.â&#x20AC;?The same thing is true about life itself in the coming weeks, Gemini. The more you dispense the raw truthâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even if you have to push yourself to do itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the more successful youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be. Being a fount of radical authenticity might feel like a performance at ďŹ rst, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll eventually get easier, more natural.

CANCER (June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22): The great-grandson of

a slave, Cancerian Thurgood Marshall (1908â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1993) was Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst African American Supreme Court Justice. According to Thurgood, a play about his life that appeared on HBO, his unruly behavior as a school kid played a role in launching him toward his vocation. As punishment for his bad behavior, his teacher exiled him to a storage room where he was instructed to study the U.S. Constitutionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a document he would later be called on to interpret during his service on the high court. I foresee a version of this scenario playing out in your immediate future, Cancerian. Mischief could lead to opportunity. Blessings might evolve out of shenanigans. Bending the rules may bring rewards.

LEO (July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 22): Do you mind if I call you â&#x20AC;&#x153;The

Original Liontamerâ&#x20AC;?? I know it sounds a bit extravagant, maybe even pretentious, but it really ďŹ ts you right now. More than any other sign of the zodiac, you have the power to control the wild, ferocious forces of the unconscious. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the ďŹ&#x201A;uid ďŹ&#x201A;owmaster in charge of making the beastly energy behave itself; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the crafty coordinator of the splashy, ďŹ&#x201A;ashy kundalini; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the dazzling wizard of the dizzy whirling whooshes. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tip to help you soothe the savage rhythms with maximum aplomb: Mix a dash of harmonious trickery in with your charismatic bravado.

VIRGO (Aug. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sept. 22): You have maybe 10 more

days left to locate the healthiest possible gamble for the second half of 2011. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m referring to a smart risk that will bring out the best in you, expand the hell out of your mind, and inspire you to shed at least 10 percent of your narcissism and 15 percent of your pessimism. Trust your gut as much as your brain, Virgo. It will be important to have them both fully engaged as you make your foray all the way out there to the edge of your understanding.

LIBRA (Sept. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Oct. 22): â&#x20AC;&#x153;He got a big ego, such a huge ego,â&#x20AC;? sings Beyonce in her song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ego.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too big, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too wide / Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too strong, it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ t / Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too much, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too tough / He talk like this â&#x20AC;&#x2122;cause he can back it up.â&#x20AC;? I would love to be able to address that same message to you in the coming days, Libra. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m serious. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to admire and marvel at your big, strong ego. This is one of those rare times when the cosmic powers-that-be are giving you clearance to display your beautiful, glorious self in its full radiance. Extra bragging is most deďŹ nitely allowed, especially if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done with humor and wit. A bit of preening, mugging and swaggering is permissible as well. SCORPIO (Oct. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Nov. 21): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dear Rob Brezsny: Please, sir, if you could do me a cost-free favor and tell me something special about my upcoming future, I would

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jan. 19): Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got two bits

of information for you late bloomers out there, two inspirational messages to quell your worry about how long everything seems to be taking to unfold for you. First comes this fact: While some oak trees begin growing acorns after two decades, many donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t produce a single acorn until theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re 40 or even 50 years old. Your second message is from poet Robert Bly: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know a lot of men who are healthier at age 50 than theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been before, because a lot of their fear is gone.â&#x20AC;? Keep the faith, Capricornâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and continue your persistent efforts.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Feb. 18): Russia has more

psychic healers than medical doctors. Research done by the World Health Organization says so. While licensed physicians number around 640,000, there are 800,000 witches and wizards who use occult means to perform their cures. Personally, I prefer a more balanced ratio. I feel most comfortable when there are equal amounts of ofďŹ cially sanctioned practitioners and supernaturally inspired mavericks. In fact, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my guiding principle in pretty much every situation. I want as many unorthodox rebels who mess with the proven formulas as serious professionals who are highly skilled at playing by the rules. That helps keep both sides honest and allows me to avoid being led astray by the excesses and distortions of each. May I recommend a similar approach for you in the coming week?

PISCES (Feb. 19â&#x20AC;&#x201C;March 20): â&#x20AC;&#x153;The most frequently

leveled criticism of Jimmy Fallon is that he laughs too much.â&#x20AC;? So begins a New York magazine proďŹ le of the late-night talk show host. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He laughs before jokes, after jokes, during jokes.â&#x20AC;? He is â&#x20AC;&#x153;TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most inveterate cracker-upper.â&#x20AC;? Cynics point to this as proof that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suffering from a profound character defect. But there is another possibility, says New York: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fallon laughs so much because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just having a really good time.â&#x20AC;? According to my reading of the astrological omens, Pisces, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re primed to have a Fallon-like weekâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a period when the fun is so liberating and the play is so cathartic and the good times are so abundant that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in a chronic state of amusement. In response, people addicted to their gloom and doom might try to shame you. I say: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you dare let them inhibit your rightful relief and release.

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