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LIKE POT AND KETTLE DRIVEN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS IS in response to Craig Cheatham’s letter (“Don’t Sacrifice Reason,” Posts, Jan. 25) regarding the Mayan Calendar. It’s not clear to me the point you were trying to make in linking human sacrifice with the Mayan Calendar, but don’t you think it’s a bit odd that our Western Calendar (B.C./ A.D.) is also based on human sacrifice (the crucifixion of Jesus)? Patti Sirens Santa Cruz

I JUST want to thank the people of Santa Cruz County from the bottom of my heart for helping me make my 16th trip delivering donated items to New Orleans. My name is Curtis Reliford. I was born and raised in Louisiana. I have been making these trips since 2005. This trip was a little different. Usually we—me and 10 guys with five trucks—would save the money we needed and would make marathon trips. This trip I went alone and I left Santa Cruz with $100 in

my pocket, a tank of gas and a strong desire combined with faith. I keep doing this work just because of what my 8-year-old daughter said to me when Katrina first struck. She said, “Dad, if anybody can do anything for these people, you can do it.” This is the first time anyone ever believed in me, which helped me believe in myself. Now, I recognize a calling … to serve people who are in need and bring encouragement and love. I am inspired to continue doing this, and to expand the project’s focus, by whom and what I have seen since starting this work. En route to New Orleans I have witnessed slums, Indian reservations, ghettos and young and old people hungry, without shelter, without medicine and desperate. To see this government spending money on war and weapons and not helping these people makes me want to do more. I have witnessed the devastation and heard the testimony of many people. I was told by one of the residents in the Ninth Ward community that FEMA gave him $50,000 to rebuild his home, which was not nearly enough. An unlicensed out-of-town contractor started rebuilding the home, and then, leaving it unfinished, took the $50,000 and went on to the neighbors, taking their money as well, and then disappeared. Many people told me similar stories of out-oftown contractors taking people’s money and leaving town. Also, the city is coming up with different laws that were never enforced before, such as back taxes, building permits. The rich are taking advantage of the Ninth Ward’s original owners by purchasing their homes for little money, rebuilding them, selling them to investors from out of town and moving the original residents who have been living there for 40-50 years. This kind of information touches me deeply and makes me want to bring awareness to all the poorest of the poor areas in the United States, and try to make a difference through giving. I would be happy to share my story and ideals to any gathering or individual who shares my desire to help others. You can contact me through my website: www. Curtis Reliford Santa Cruz



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City pols cool to the idea of a citizens’ advisory board on climate change BY JACOB PIERCE


WITH THE 108-page Climate Action Plan awaiting final approval by the Santa Cruz City Council, environmentalists are nursing hopes that a few final items on their wish list will make it into the framework. One such item is creation of a citizens’ advisory board to make sure the city meets its own goals for cutting its emissions. “I envisioned a working group where there were would be committees that were open to the public,” says People Power’s Micah Posner, describing his democratic dream. But some Santa Cruz politicians, past and present, are a little hesitant about such a board, to say the least.

“I think that’s a big, big mistake,” former Mayor Mike Rotkin said at a study session on the Climate Action Plan last week. Rotkin says a new advisory board would add bureaucracy and says the idea implies “a level of disrespect” for city council’s ability or willingness to stick by the goals, which aim to cut 1990level emissions citywide 30 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. Rotkin was the first public commenter to address the council at the Jan. 24 session, which was filled with activists who had just changed out of their wetsuits and sea anemone costumes following a quasiironic underwater tour highlighting the dangers of climate change and the threat of rising sea levels.



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already calls for one new full-time staff Rotkin, who worked on the Climate member in addition to filling two Action Plan in 2010 during the last of and a half vacant positions.) “It may his five terms as mayor, said one of the not be obvious to casual observers, great things about the plan is that it but every public meeting requires forces the city council to be the source a lot of backup in terms of creating of change. “It’s not something where notices, preparing staff reports, staffing somebody sits outside whining or the meetings and then creating the crying that things aren’t being done,” minutes, ” says Mathews, who is he said. Rotkin, who doesn’t plan on considering a run for council this running for council again in the near year. Councilmember Ryan Coonerty future, says he wants the council itself thinks businesses and citizens can be to function as the citizens’ advisory proactive about saving energy without committee. a committee. “I can hear that,” says Posner. “The Still, there is a glimmer of hope for important thing is that the head the citizens’ advisory board. staff members share how they’re “Philosophically, I have no problem implementing the plan with the with it,” says Mayor Don Lane, who public on a frequent basis. The biggest directed the staff to look at provisions problem is the frequency.” Right now, for more community oversight. various department heads are required Lane adds, though, that he doesn’t to report on what they are doing to want people focused on the CAP to cut emissions once every one to five stonewall all economic development years, depending on the department. and improvement projects in the Posner would like to see those reports name of greenhouse gas reduction. come out once every couple of “Greenhouse gas reduction is not the months. only priority of the city,” says Lane. “As Posner, along with important as it is, it will not override environmentalists like Transition every other consideration that we Santa Cruz’s Michael Levy, organized have.” the Jan. 24 underwater tour to Rotkin says activists should definitely highlight remaining concerns with have their role in following the plan, the CAP. Afterward, they flooded with or without a committee. “I want the public comment period at that the public to put pressure on you to night’s meeting. They have two major make sure that there’s reform around remaining concerns, the first being what’s being laid out here,” Rotkin told their contention that the Public city council last week. Works Department isn’t taking the Based on last week’s underwater climate goals into account in its plans demonstration and deluge of public to widen congested intersections comment, local activists look like they and bridges (therefore facilitating can hold up that end of the bargain.0 car traffic). The other is making sure concerned residents will be able to monitor city officials’ progress on cutting emissions. ON T H E B E AC H Cynthia Mathews, another former mayor On the Beach is a report from Save Our Shores who worked on the that appears the first week of each month plan, doesn’t see the need for a new board. Combined pounds of trash (140) and recyShe says every new cling (40) picked up from local beaches by Save board and meeting Our Shores volunteers in the month of January. has hidden costs for staff. (The plan

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Working Blues Tackling another side of the food movement BY SALLY NEAS

WHILE THE local food movement emphasizes where food comes from, it often neglects the questions of who grew, shipped, processed or sold it. This weekend the UCSC Humanities Department will host academics and activists to discuss “Labor Across the Food System” in a bid to address some of the farm labor and social justice issues that often go overlooked. These issues fall on fertile ground in Santa Cruz County. Davenport-based Swanton Berry Farm was the first organic farm to sign a contract with the United Farm Workers, an agreement he undertook in 1998. Swanton continues to pioneer this movement, taking part in at-will government audits of labor conditions and allowing workers to own shares of the business. The area has a rich history of farmworker activism, says local historian and conference keynote speaker Frank Bardacke. “Santa Cruz County, especially Watsonville, has been a center of farmworker militancy since the 1930s,” says Bardacke, whose talk will focus on the role of allies, particularly wealthier and more educated allies, in labor movements. “Because the basis of power for farmworkers fluctuates seasonally, there is a great need for allies in this movement, while also not letting those allies dominate.”

The conference strives to address this issue in its systems approach of uniting both activist and scholars around the entire food system. “This is a pathbreaking conference by addressing labor issues in a way that is across the spectrum of the food system,” said Patricia Allen, the director of the UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. The conference is broken into four sessions, identifying issues paralleling the food system: “Farm Labor,” “Food Processing,” “Food Shipping & Retail” and “Food Service & Restaurants.” The modern food system is rife with labor and social justice issues. Food and agriculture workers are often some of the lowest paid workers worldwide, while holding some of the most laborintensive and hazardous jobs. As Steve McKay, director of the UCSC Center for Labor Studies, says, “Cheap food doesn’t come cheap. It comes from squeezing all of the parts along the chain, and the workers are a particularly vulnerable place to squeeze.” LABOR ACROSS THE FOOD SYSTEM Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 9pm UCSC Humanities Lecture Hall Free


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Iraq war vets, MDMA and the quest to cure PTSD BY MARIA GRUSAUSKAS


SEVEN years ago, John was in crisis, cut off from the rest of humanity and disconnected from the people he loved. He was suffering extreme anxiety in social situations and having trouble sleeping, and even when he did sleep he was waking suddenly with night terrors. He was 23, fresh out of a five-year stint in the U.S. military, including six months fighting in Iraq, and could see no help in sight.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I got out there was no transition therapy or anything. This was 2004, and I

wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offered any kind of psychological help on the way out, nor was I advised on what I should do,â&#x20AC;? he says. Although he was never officially diagnosed, John, who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want his real named used for legal reasons, thinks he was likely experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a severe anxiety disorder caused by psychological trauma that, according to one estimate, affects nearly one in five U.S. soldiers returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Relief finally came, but not by any officially prescribed means. Although John was undergoing psychotherapy at the time, the most effective treatment he came across was self-administered: the illicit use of MDMA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had a large sense of guilt that I carried, and I think MDMA, when I did it, was most effective

at relieving me of any feelings of guilt or anxiety over what I had done over there, and where I fit in life now that I was back,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And those feelings have lasted a long time.â&#x20AC;? Seven years later, John is a professional living in the Bay Area. He maintains deep and meaningful friendships and no longer feels alienated from the rest of society. But the drug he credits with ending his suffering remains highly illegal.

War at Home Two weeks ago, health officials in neighboring Santa Clara County fed the ever-burning drug war a new campaign, this time against MDMA and â&#x20AC;&#x153;ecstasy,â&#x20AC;? the version of MDMA sold on the black market. Officials warned of a statewide ¨

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11 C O V E R S T O R Y | S O L D I E Râ&#x20AC;&#x2122; S L I T T L E H E L P E R increase in MDMA use and cited a 2010 survey that found one in four Santa Clara County high school students have tried the drug. The campaign released a new documentary, Ecstasy: Lives Out of Balance, now on the public school circuit. There are good reasons to be wary of MDMA. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been known to cause rare fatalities due to insufficient water consumption and cardiac arrhythmia caused by sudden overheating, most commonly in rave scenarios where people are dancing for long periods of time.

Scientists know that MDMA settles down the amygdala, which is the fear center of the brain The real danger, though, lies with the other drugs that lace the street product ecstasy, according to Jim Sibley, supervising deputy of the narcotics unit at the district attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office in Santa Clara. MDMA, colloquially referred to as Molly, often comes in through black-market shipments of pills or capsules containing powder, Sibley says, which can lead to the drugs being cut with methamphetamine, ketamine, benzylpiperazine (BZP) or dextromethorphan (DXM)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the latter which, when mixed with MDMA, considerably increases the possibility for dangerous dehydration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The frightening thing, when you look at it, is that so few of them actually contain [MDMA],â&#x20AC;? Sibley says. Of the tablets seized by law enforcement, Sibley estimates that as few as one in four may actually contain MDMA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unless you test it in a lab, you really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting when you buy it on the black market,â&#x20AC;? says writer David Jay Brown, who warns that the much-publicized

dangers of black market ecstasy mask MDMAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential for therapeutic benefit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;MDMA is a relatively safe drug, without a lot of risks, that really should be legal for recreational useâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and most certainly it should be available for medical use, which, right now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not,â&#x20AC;? says Brown.

Medicalize It Brown is talking about a very specific medical use. The Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; based Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies, or MAPS, for which Brown is guest editor, is currently the only organization in the world funding clinical trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, and the results have been promising. A recent case study, which was carried out in South Carolina with the approval of the Food and Drug Administration, shows that a high percentage of women sexually assaulted and abused can overcome post-traumatic stress disorder with the help of MDMA-enhanced therapy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We found that 83 percent of participants in that study no longer qualified for a diagnosis of PTSD,â&#x20AC;? says Brad Burge, a communications director at MAPS. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And those benefits we saw were confirmed with long-term follow-up.â&#x20AC;? The study was conducted by Dr. Michael Mithoefer and his wife Ann Mithoefer, B.S.N. MAPS is trailblazing its way through a second studyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this time with a focus on 24 war veterans with PTSDâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and is a quarter of the way through the process. According to Burge, the PTSD cases in this current study encompass combat trauma as well as trauma from sexual assault in the militaryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the latter appears to be on the rise. Since 2006, the rate of violent sexual crime in the military has increased by 64 percent, according to a report that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta presented to the Pentagon earlier this month.

Quelling Fear MAPSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; study entails three doubleblind MDMA-assisted therapy sessions a month apart. Each session lasts between eight and 10 hours, and the patient is accompanied by a male and female psychiatrist for the entirety of the session. Afterward,


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6/D3/63/@BDavid Jay Brown of MAPS says keeping MDMA from vets with PTSD is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;misguided.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; the patient stays the night in the clinic and is monitored with regular therapy sessions between the MDMA or placebo-assisted sessions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the time they spend focused inward, listening to music with headphones and eye shades on, and some of the time they spend talking to us. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very nondirective form of therapy. During that time they may process the trauma, but we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to direct them too much,â&#x20AC;? says Michael Mithoefer. Anecdotal reports of the drugâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effects include feelings of love, empathy, self-confidence, an upwelling of unexpected emotions, feelings of euphoria, heightened sensuality, mild hallucinations and decreased fear. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all pleasure and bliss for the PTSD patients. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the right setting, people who have had traumatic experiencesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or anybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;can have difficult things come up,â&#x20AC;? says Mithoefer, who adds that several of his patients have remarked they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called â&#x20AC;&#x153;ecstasy.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although sometimes they have some very affirming experiences and sometimes even joyful experiences, a lot of the time it was bringing up and processing very traumatic experiences, and it was not easy,â&#x20AC;? says Mithoefer. MDMA has been able to effectively bridge the two obstacles Mithoefer notes in psychotherapeutic treatment

of PTSD: an overwhelming emotion that inhibits the patient from revisiting the traumas, and on the other hand an emotional disconnect from the traumas they are able to talk about with ease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we kind of think of it that it gives people an optimal zone of arousal. It connects people to emotions, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not overwhelmed by them,â&#x20AC;? he says. One sex abuse survivor in Mithoeferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s study described it this way: â&#x20AC;&#x153;After youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ridden a few of those waves of fear then it gets easier and easier to trust the next one.â&#x20AC;? As with many psychedelics, scientists understand what MDMA does, but they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t explain why or how it works. Scientists know that MDMA settles down the amygdala, which is the fear center of the brain, but the feelings of inner peace, spiritual depths and life-changing effects commonly associated with the drug remain mysterious. One veteran who participated in a study described it this way: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a sense of much greater connection with a wise inner voice, inner knowing. It used to happen occasionally over the years, but now since the MDMA sessions itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very common,â&#x20AC;? the veteran said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my inner wisdom. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s God.â&#x20AC;?

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studies can reproduce positive results, then MAPS scientists will be able to apply for permission to move on to multi-center trials with 200â&#x20AC;&#x201C;300 subjects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need two of those in order to apply for MDMA to become a prescription medicine. My guess is that it will take around 10 years, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to predict,â&#x20AC;? says Mithoefer. Proponents guess the medicalization of MDMA will cost around $10 million, but MAPS scientists are optimistic that it will be achieved. As it happens, the scientific community is abuzz right now with news of studies underway to see whether ketamine, one of the substances often cut with MDMA in street ecstasy, is useful in treating major depression. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of resistance to our workâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s less and less of itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;comes just as a result of some of the sort of general fear and suspicion that people have surrounding these substances, and a lot of that fear comes from anti-drug education campaigns,â&#x20AC;? says Burge. MDMA remains in its Schedule 1 classification alongside substances like heroin, pot and LSDâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all drugs the federal Drug Enforcement Agency deems to have no accepted medicinal uses. But a tipping point seems closer now than it did in 1985, when the drug was criminalized. Meanwhile, says Brown, those who experiment with illegal substances are serving as a vanguard of sorts for science. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that the brave individuals who have courageously experimented with these novel psychedelic drugs should be considered heroic explorers, like Sir Francis Drake or Ferdinand Magellan,â&#x20AC;? he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;charging the unknown topography of these new states of consciousness and helping us to establish a symbiotic relationship with the rest of the biosphere.â&#x20AC;? And, he adds, as a society we have a moral obligation to care for our veterans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keeping MDMA from our military, and allowing them to suffer, is one of the meanest and most misguided things that our government is doing,â&#x20AC;? he says. 0

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Phnomenon It’s no use trying to resist Dengue Fever’s strain of Cambodian pop BY PAUL M. DAVIS


IT’S TASTELESS and more than a little bit obvious to compare Dengue Fever’s music to the potentially fatal, fever-inducing tropical disease for which it was named. But there’s no doubt that the band invites the comparison by naming itself after the largely third-world aff liction, taste (and hack jokes) be damned. So let’s focus instead on what makes the band’s music so damned contagious: a cross-continental mashup of heady psychedelic rock, bouncing Cambodian pop, far-out surf guitar and retro-futuristic kitsch that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on an Esquivel record. Hailing from Los Angeles, Dengue Fever is a six-piece outfit led by former Dieselhed vocalist and guitarist Zac Holtzman, his brother Ethan and Chhom Nimol, a Cambodian singer the brothers discovered in a Long Beach nightclub after a fruitless trip to Southeast Asia to find their chanteuse. The issues of cross-cultural appropriation suggested by the brothers’ blithe trip abroad to poach a Cambodian pop singer could supply a UCSC grad student with dissertation topics in perpetuity. But despite the ethical questions posed, the duo met their match in Nimol, who established herself as a commanding force in the band.

FEVER RISING Dengue Fever plays Moe’s Alley on Feb. 1. A star in Cambodia prior to coming to the States, Nimol greeted the brothers’ initial overtures with skepticism. Once assured of their sincerity, though, she became the band’s marquee name and its most essential element, her soaring vocals bridging cultural and genre divides every bit as effectively and provocatively as the rest of the band does in its arrangements. To Dengue Fever’s credit, they’ve been careful to do more than resurrect and export the Cambodian psychedelic, surf-rock and pop music banned in 1975 by the Khmer Rouge for hip Western listeners. The band has returned to Nimol’s homeland to tour Phnom Penh and the surrounding countryside, a trek documented in the 2005 film Sleepwalking Through the Mekong. They’ve also put money back into the impoverished country, which remains one of the poorest in Southeast Asia, through

partnerships with a number of charitable organizations. This could all be academic if the band’s music weren’t so, ahem, infectious. On the band’s six fulllength albums—most recently 2011’s Cannibal Courtship—Dengue Fever creates ebullient experimental pop for a globalized, culturally borderless world. And in live performances, any hypothetical issues of cultural appropriation are brushed aside by the band’s exuberant cross-cultural stew, presided over by a commanding vocalist who calls to the dance f loor, not the lecture hall.

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Stage DANCE Divine Particle’s Vision #4 A collaborative concert integrating and improvising new choreography and video art compositions. Wed, Feb 1, 7:30pm. Free. UCSC Music Center Recital Hall, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.459.2159.

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The Tchaikovsky Bronze medal winner will play the new Yamaha CFX nine foot grand piano. Sun, Feb 5, 3pm. $25-$45. Cabrillo College Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.656.9507.

Glenn Carter: A Guest to the Mystery. Mixed media work by Santa Cruz resident Glenn Carter. Opening reception Thu, Feb 16, 5-6:30pm. Carter will discuss his work Tues, Feb 21, 7pm. Feb 6-Mar 9. Free. 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.479.6308.

Shweta Jhaveri A live performance by one of the most innovative Indian vocalists of the younger generation. Sat, Feb 4, 7:30pm. $6-$10. UCSC Music Center Recital Hall, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.459.2159.

THEATER Hairspray When Tracy Turnblad wins a spot on the Corny Collins Show she becomes a teen celebrity overnight, but snagging a spot on the local TV dance program was a cakewalk compared to her next challenge—racially integrating the show. ThuSun Thru Feb 19. $7-$20. Golden Bough Theatre, Monte Verde between Eighth and Ninth streets, Carmelby-the-Sea, 831.622.0100.

CONCERTS Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway A solo show by legendary Tony Award-winner Betty Buckley. Sat, Feb 4, 8pm. $59-$79. Sunset Center, Mission and Eighth streets, Carmel-by-the-Sea, 831.620.2040.

Building Blocks The Santa Cruz Chamber Players present compositions from the late 19th and 20th centuries featuring winds and piano in combination. Sat, Feb 4, 8pm and Sun, Feb 5, 3pm. $10-$25. Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.420.5260.

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin Part of Cabrillo’s Distinguished Artists Concert and Lecture Series. Featuring pianist Sara Davis Buechner playing a Yamaha CFX grand piano. Sat, Feb 4, 8pm. $25$45. Cabrillo College Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.656.9507.

Jewish Music from the Lands of Islam Israeli Musician Yair Dalal Celebrates Iraqi Roots with “Bridge to Babylon: Music from the Lands of Islam,” featuring guest percussionist Dror Sinai. Fri, Feb 3, 7:30pm. $8-$12. UCSC Music Center Recital Hall, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.459.2159.

The Preservation Jazz Hall Band New Orleans legends live in concert. Thu, Feb 2, 8pm. $39-$59. Sunset Center, Mission and Eighth streets, Carmel-by-the-Sea, 831.620.2040.

Art MUSEUMS CONTINUING Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Futzie Nutzle & The Espresso Police. Featuring works by Nutzle, Judy Foreman and Frank Foreman, musical performances by the artists who played Caffe Pergolesi and artifacts from the old cafe. Thru Mar 17. Free First Friday. View the exhibits for free every first Friday of the month. Docent tours at noon. First Fri of every month, 11am-6pm. Spotlight Tours. Bringing the artists’ voices directly to visitors. Go behind the scenes and museumwide exhibitions. First Sat of every month, 11:30am12:30pm. Museum hours Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm; closed Mon. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History Coastal Lagoons: A Closer Look through Art, History and Science. A virtual visit to seven local lagoons. Visitors will learn how land-use decisions have changed the outlines of each site, how scientists measure the current health of each lagoon and how artists continue to be inspired by the everchanging nature of lagoons. Thru Feb 25. $2-$4, free for members and youth under 18. Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm. 1305 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, 831.420.6115.

GALLERIES OPENING Art duJour Written Word/Spoken Word. Featuring the book art of Mary Atkinson and Felicia Rice. Feb 1-29. 1013 Cedar St., Santa Cruz.

Artisan’s Gallery Hearts for the Arts. A heartinspired exhibit featuring local art students and teachers. Feb 1-29. 1368 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.8183 .

Cruzio Art From Within. Cruzio’s staff and coworking members, both professional and hobbyists, display their artwork side by side. Feb 129. Free. 877 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, 831.459.6301.

Felix Kulpa Gallery Pass It On. Seven artists used coffee, sugar, ink, silkscreen, thread and other material to alter each other’s work in a collaboration that waxed and waned for more than four years as squares were passed between them. Feb 3-27. 107 Elm St, Santa Cruz, 408.373.2854.

Marjorie Evans Gallery The Horse: A Guide To The Unknown. An exhibition of original mixed media and collage by Nancy Leigh Hillis. Opening reception Fri, Feb 3, 5-7pm. Feb 1-29. Free. San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel, 831.620.2052.

R. Blitzer Gallery A Figurative Affair. Figurative works by painters Linda Christensen, David Fleming, Stephanie Heit, Cher Roberts and Andrew Purchin, sculptors Rob Blitzer, Irwin Kaplan and more. Opening reception Fri, Feb. 3 5-9pm. Fri, Feb 3, 5-9pm. Free. Mission Extension and Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz.

Rittenhouse Building Wet Art 2012. Wetsuits, donated by local surfers, turned into art pieces by local artists. Feb 1-29. 1375 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz.

Rivendell Tea Room Treescapes. Plein aire acrylic and watercolor landscapes by Pegatha Hughes. Feb 1-29. Squid Row Alley, Santa Cruz, 831.459.0614.

Santa Cruz Central Branch Library Gallery Do You See What I See?. The work of mother-daughter artists Janis O’Driscoll (printmaker) and Ana Schechter (photographer). Feb 1-29. 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.420.5700.

Santa Cruz County Bank REPEAT!. A playful exploration of repetition by six artists utilizing mixed media, photography, assemblage and construction. On display at all locations. Opening reception Feb 8, 56:30pm at 720 Front St. Feb 1-Apr 20. 720 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.457.5000.

Sesnon Gallery Katerina Lafranco: Natural Selection. A site-specific

installation by Katerina Lafranco. Opening reception Wed Feb 1, 5-7pm, artist talk starting at 6:30p.m. Feb 1Mar 16. UCSC, Porter College, Santa Cruz, 831.459.2273.

CONTINUING Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery An Untold Odyssey. The story of Akira Nagamine as related by artists Tosh Tanaka and Jono Shaferkotter. Thru Feb 19. Personal Memory, Public History. Fifteen assemblages by Lucien Kubo predicated on the Japanese American experience. Thru Feb 19. 831.459.2953. Cowell College, UCSC, Santa Cruz.

Pajaro Valley Arts Council The Art of the Rydell Fellowship: 2006-2009. Featuring all eight artists awarded the Rydell Fellowship for the Visual Arts from 2006-2009: Skip Epperson (set design), Terri Garland (photography), Hanna Hannah (painting), Rob Larson (mixed media: discarded objects), Will Marino (mixed media: found object), Beverly Rayner (mixed media), Felicia Rice (book arts/letterpress) and Daniella Woolf (encaustic). Thru Feb 12. Free. 37 Sudden St, Watsonville, 831.722.3062.

Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center Inspirations. A collection of inspirational artwork by Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center artists. Thru Mar 17. Wed-Sun, noon-6pm. 9341 Mill St, Ben Lomond, 831.336.4273.


Events AROUND TOWN 32nd Annual EcoFarm Conference The largest ecological agricultural gathering in the West, offering more than 60 workshops, educational and networking sessions for 1,500 farmers, marketers, activists, consumers, students and educators. Feb 1-5. $65$150. Asilomar Conference Grounds, NA, Pacific Grove, 831.763.2111.

Hard French Winter Ball San Francisco’s legendary queer dance party migrates south for a winter evening extravaganza featuring DJs Brown Amy & Carnita. Sat, Feb 4, 8pm-1am. $15-$25. Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, 831.423.2053.

A FIGURATIVE AFFAIR An A-team of local artists will unleash their latest work exploring the human figure. Curated by Susan Hancey and Sefla Joseph, the show features works by painters Linda Christensen, David Fleming, Stephanie Heit (shown), Cher Roberts, Andrew Purchin and others as well as sculptors Rob Blitzer, Irwin Kaplan and more. Part of First Friday, Feb. 3, 5-9pm at R. Blitzer Gallery, 410 Natural Bridges Dr., Santa Cruz. Children’s School, 366 Gault St., Santa Cruz, 831.429.8444.

FILM Art of Flight Snowboarders Travis Brown and Jeremy Jones discover new descents in Alaska and untraveled territories in Chile. Thu, Feb 2, 7:30pm. $10-$15. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz, 831.423.8209.


Santa Cruz Children’s School Open House

Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman

Parents of prospective students can meet the kindergarten teacher and tour the school. Tue, Feb 7, 4-5pm. Free. Santa Cruz

The author of the Lemony Snicket series and the author-illustrator of And the Pursuit of Happiness and The Principles of Uncertainty will

talk about their new novel, Why We Broke Up. Wed, Feb 1, 7pm. $21.69. Santa Cruz High School, 415 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.429.3960.

Friday Shakespeare Club Founded in 1903, FSC is Santa Cruz’s oldest social club for women. Visitors and new members welcome. First Fri of every month, 10:30am12:30pm. Free. 831.421.0930.

John Dizikes & Dale Johnson Part of Gabriella Cafe’s Literary Salon Series, featuring dinner and discussion. Tue, Feb 7. 831.457.1677. Gabriella Cafe, 910 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, 831.457.1677.

John Jordan The UCSC Professor and author of Supposing Bleak House will read, discuss and sign copies of his book. Thu,

Feb 2, 7pm. Free. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.0900.


Nikki Giovanni

Natural History classes for adults. Sat, Feb 4, 10am. $8 members/$10 general. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, 831.420.6115.

The renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, will speak at UC Santa Cruz’s 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Convocation. Thu, Feb 2, 7pm. Free. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.420.5260.

The Writer’s Journey with Laura Davis 7-time local author Laura Davis leads an introductory evening of writing practice. Mon, Feb 6, 7:30pm. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.0900.

Connect with Nature Series

Food for Life: The Power of Food for Cancer Prevention and Survival Topics include how foods fight cancer; beneficial low-fat, high-fiber foods; dairy and meat alternatives; cancer-fighting compounds; and healthy weight control. Wed, 6pm. Thru Feb 15. New Leaf Market Westside, 1101 Fair Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.325.3811.

Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County Featured speaker Mas


Support and Recovery Groups

Auditions for PacRep Productions


PacRep will hold auditions for productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast & Spamalot. By appointment only, call to schedule. Sat, Feb 4, 10am-5pm, Sun, Feb 5, 9am-12pm and Mon, Feb 6, 6-9pm. Golden Bough Theatre, Monte Verde between Eighth and Ninth streets, Carmel-by-the-Sea, 831/622.0700.

Auditions for The Mikado

Red Cross Mobile Blood Drives

Auditions for Cabrillo’s spring production on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please come prepared to sing and dance. Bring sheet music in your key. Feb 7-9, 7-10pm. Cabrillo College Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.423.9808.

Auditions for Cabrillo Youth Strings String players ages 5 to 18 are welcome to join the private lesson, chamber and orchestral programs. Fri, Feb 3, 3:45-4:15 and 5:55-6:10pm. New Music Building VAPA 5000, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.479.6101.

Eating Disorders Resource Center Meeting Groups will be led by Kimberly Kuhn, LCSW and Carolyn Blackman, RN, LCSW. First Fri of every month, 6-7:30pm. Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz, 408.559.5593.

Free Homework Assistance Available at Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Mon 3:30-5:30 Garfield Park, 705 Woodrow Ave., Tue, 2-4pm at Boulder Creek, 13390 West Park Ave., Tue 3-5pm at Live Oak, 23080 Portola Dr., Tue 3:30-5:30pm at Branciforte, 230 Gault St. Mon and Tue. 831.477.7700x7665.

Montessori and Babies Classes Two different workshop offerings for parents, grandparents, doulas, nannies and childcare providers covering the basics of infant development in the first year of life. Email amontessorihome@gmail. com to register. Thru Feb 5. $20-$60. Cafe iVeTA, 2125 Delaware Ave, Santa Cruz.

NAACP Santa Cruz Membership and Leadership Outreach Effort Members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend meetings of the NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch #1071. First Mon of every month, 7:30pm. Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 517 Center St, Santa Cruz.

Overeaters Anonymous Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm at Teach By The Beach in the

Drives occur at several locations countywide each month; for schedule and locations call 800.733.2767.

Alzheimer’s: Alzheimer’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).

Yoga Instruction

Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group For adults with ADHD and all those who love someone with ADHD. Wed, Feb 1, 6:308pm. Mar Vista Elementary School, 6860 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.684.0590.

Santa Cruz Film Festival Call for Entries Films and videos of all lengths and formats completed after Jan. 1, 2011 are invited to enter including narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, student and youth-produced works. SantaCruzFilmFestival. org Thru Feb 10.

SC Diversity Center The Diversity Center provides services, support and socializing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning individuals and their allies.

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. 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. Hatha Yoga with Debra Whizin, 831.588.8527.

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.

San Francisco’s City Guide

IVORY TICKLER Concert pianist Sara Davis Buechner performs Saturday with the world-renowned Chamber Orchestra Kremlin.

CRAZY BUSY WEEK Why We Broke Up (Wednesday, Feb. 1) For his latest project, Daniel Handler (otherwise known by his pen name, Lemony Snicket) teamed up with author-illustrator Maira Kalman. The New York Times calls the resulting novel, which takes the form of a letter written by a girl to her ex-boyfriend, “a silken, bittersweet tale of adolescent heartache.” The two appear at Santa Cruz High, 415 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz. Tickets $21.69 at 831.429.3960 or Nikki Giovanni (Thursday) A well-known poem by Nikki Giovanni starts: “I should write a poem, but there is almost nothing that hasn’t been said and said and said beautifully, blandly, excitingly,” but by the same poem’s end she has repurposed half a dozen well-worn adages beautifully, blandly, excitingly and in the way only she can. Tonight she is the guest speaker at UC–Santa Cruz’s 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Convocation at Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz, 831.420.5260. Free.

The Art of Flight (Thursday) Adrenaline-fueled avalanche rescues, sweeping slow-motion panoramic shots of spectacular peaks and, of course, plenty of big air are all on order in the newest Brain Farm snowboarding film. First 40 people in the door win free lift tickets to Kirkwood. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz. Tickets $10 advance, $15 at the door available at Helm of Sun Valley and O’Neill Surf Shop.

Shabazz Palaces

Hard French Winter Ball (Saturday) Break out your

Butterfly from Digable Planets, whose ‘Black Up’ was a hip-hop highlight of 2012. Feb 2 at Yoshi’s SF.

finery—San Francisco’s legendary queer dance party is coming to the beach this weekend. DJs Carnitas and Brown Amy will be spinning original vinyl all night long. 8pm-1am in the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. Tickets $15-$25 at Saturn Café or

VHS or Beta Brooklyn outfit outgrows fringes of electroclash with new album, ‘Diamond and Death.’ Feb 2 at Rickshaw Stop.

The Spinners Legendary R&B group behind ‘It’s a Shame’ and ‘Mighty Love’ plays jazz club. Feb 3-5 at Yoshi’s Oakland.

Eleanor Friedberger Never one to settle for normalcy, the Fiery Furnaces founder always surprises. Feb 4 at the Independent.

Twin Sister Long Island buzz band peddles in dreamy disco and fantasy-laden imagery with lead singer Andrea Estella. Feb 4 at Slim’s.

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Chamber Orchestra Kremlin and Sara Davis Buechner (Saturday) One of Russia’s leading string ensembles comes to Crocker Theater for a red-banner event in Cabrillo’s Distinguished Artists series. With Tchaikovsky award-winning concert pianist Sara Davis Buechner. 8pm at the Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos. Tickets $25-$45 at 831.656.9507 or Buechner performs solo Sunday, Feb. 5 at 3pm in the Crocker Theater.

Gabriella Café Literary Salon (Tuesday) The inaugural session of Gabriella Café’s dinner and discussion series will be hosted by John Dizikes, professor emeritus at UCSC and author of Opera in America: A Cultural History. He’ll be joined by Dale Johnson. 8pm at Gabriella Café, 910 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. Free with dinner. 831.457.1677 for reservations. (Tessa Stuart with Traci Hukill)


Highlighting a different local animal, habitat, or natural history topic with stories, songs, puppets and Museum artifacts. Thu, Feb 2, 3:30pm. $4 adults/$2 seniors/kids free. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, 831.420.6115.

Diversity Center, 1117 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.425.5422.

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Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center, Aptos. Thursdays 1-2pm at Louden Nelson Community Center, Room 5, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz. Wed-Thu. 831.429.7906.


Hashimoto will present a talk titled, “The JapaneseAmerican Experience.” Thu, Feb 2, 1pm. Santa Cruz Central Branch Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.335.7838.


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18 Celebrating Creativity Since 1975

Thurs. February 2 U 8 pm

JAZZ MAFIA ALL-STARS Fri. February 3 U 8 pm

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH JOHN DOE plus LIA ROSE Tickets: Sat. February 4 U 7 pm


Mon. February 6 U 7 pm


RAVI COLTRANE QUARTET No Jazztix or Comps Sat. February 11 U 3 & 8 pm

WHITE ALBUM ENSEMBLE “UNPLUGGED” Tickets at Streetlight Records and Mon. February 13 U 7 pm


Tues. February 14 U 7 & 9 pm

VALENTINE’S EVENING WITH TUCK & PATTI Special Jazz & Dinner Package available! No Jazztix or Comps

Mon. February 20 U 7 & 9 pm

REGINA CARTER QUARTET “REVERSE THREAD” 9 pm: 1/2 Price Night for Students

X-PHILES John Doe plays Kuumbwa this Friday.

No Jazztix or Comps

Tues. February 21 U 7 pm

MASTER CLASS SERIES: STAN POPLIN “Insights into Jazz Bass, Volume II” Free workshop - all welcome! Thurs. February 23 U 7 pm


TIM BERNE / SNAKEOIL Tues. February 28 U 7:30 pm At the Rio Theatre

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO No Jazztix or Comps Sun. May 6 U 7 pm At the Rio Theatre

ROSANNE CASH No Jazztix or Comps Unless noted advance tickets at and Logos Books & Records. Dinner served 1-hr before Kuumbwa presented concerts. Premium wines & beer. All ages welcome.

320-2 Cedar St [ Santa Cruz 831.427.2227

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Perhaps better known by its original name, the Animal Liberation Orchestra, ALO rose from the ashes of a number of less successful but beloved Bay Area bands and surfed to greater recognition thanks to the patronage of folk-folk maven Jack Johnson, who signed the band to his label following a 2005 joint tour. Now a favorite on the jam band circuit, ALO genially meanders between funk-rock freakouts, pastoral folk, sturdy rock & roll and improvisatory release. The band has streamlined its expansive sound in recent years, but even though the approach is slightly more radiofriendly than before, the result remains as heady and mind-expanding as ever. Moe’s Alley; $20; 9pm. (Paul M. Davis)

As a founder of the seminal L.A. punk band X and the alt-country group the Knitters, John Doe’s rock & roll bonafides are as solid as anyone’s. But when it came time to embark on a solo career, rather than sticking with his punk roots, he boldly chose to make music more intimate and immediate than anything he had previously produced. Critics rewarded him with universally enthusiastic reviews pointing to his soulful voice and strong songwriting skills. His collaborations with artists such as Aimee Mann and the Sadies have done nothing to dampen their enthusiasm. In 2011, Doe produced his ninth solo album, Keeper, which once again showcased him at the top of his game. Kuumbwa; $20 adv/$22 door; 8pm. (Juan Guzman)

AYA-OMAC & BAEZ At the age of 9, with five years of piano studies under her belt, Marianne Aya-Omac discovered the music of Joan Baez and shifted her focus to the guitar. A natural composer, singer and songwriter, Aya-Omac later developed a unique style, perfected during a stint busking on the streets of France, that blends flamenco, gospel, gypsy and folk music. In 2009, Baez—tonight’s special guest—agreed to record with Aya-Omac and has since become one of her most vocal supporters, saying, “We will soon see her bright light, which has been traveling under the radar for too long, rise to become the rightful star she is destined to be.” Catalyst; $25; 7:30pm. (Cat Johnson)


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BOBBY BROOM When Bobby Broom was a youngster, he turned down an offer to play in legendary jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins’ band. The reason? The prodigious jazz guitarist wanted to finish high school first. Five years later, Broom joined Rollins’ band and has worked with him off and on ever since. In addition to his work as a sideman for such influential artists as Miles Davis, Dr. John and Max Roach, Broom has also played bandleader for several projects, including the Deep Blue Organ Trio featuring Greg Rockingham


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Feb. 13 at Don Quixote’s



Feb. 17 at Moe’s Alley

On paper, Sonoma State University’s jazz program might seem like a strange place for the roots of a reggae band to grow, but the musicians of Groundation prove otherwise. Formed in 1998, Groundation has been fusing reggae, jazz, Latin horns and soul into a mellow sound purely its own. Although it’s had several lineup changes, the band’s success continues to grow as it headlines music festivals throughout the world. Groundation’s prolific writing has led it to make seven studio albums, with 2011 seeing its latest release, The Gathering of the Elders. Monday’s show pays tribute to the legendary Bob Marley. Catalyst; $18 adv/$22 door; 7:45pm. (Maya Weeks & CJ)

Feb. 18 at Kuumbwa



MICKEY HART BAND Mar. 1 at Rio Theatre

stars as Neil Diamond and Trisha Yearwood, Gretchen Peters recently turned the spotlight on her own life and released a collection of songs that she refers to as her “most close-to-thebone work.” The product of a year of extreme highs and lows, Hello Cruel World explores loss and love through Peters’ characteristic insights and disarmingly honest delivery. The songs were written, according to Peters, at a time when she felt “absolutely fearless about telling the truth.” Don Quixote’s; $15; 7:30pm. (CJ)

GRETCHEN PETERS An accomplished singer-songwriter who has penned songs for such mega-


WATER TOWER BUCKET BOYS The Water Tower Bucket Boys’ rolling energy and old-time integrity provides a kick in the seat to everything overproduced and boring. The Portland kids’ latest offering, Sole Kitchen, was recorded and produced by Mike Herrera of MxPx and solidifies their place as rising stars in the bluegrass scene. Since forming in 2005 they’ve shared bills with bluegrass notables such as Hayseed Dixie and Old Crow Medicine Show. The Crepe Place; $8; 9pm. (JG)

SONGBIRD Grammy nominee Gretchen Peters at Don Quixote’s this Tuesday


Blues-rocker Carolyn Wonderland has shared billing with the best of the best—B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy and the Allman Brothers, to name a few. Her powerful voice won her comparisons to Janis Joplin and a slew of Best Female vocalist awards from her native Houston press. Whether performing solo or with her band the Imperial Monkeys, she delivers a unique and compelling blend of blues, rock, country, gospel, soul and even jazz. Moe’s Alley; $12 adv/$15 door; 9pm. (JG)

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on drums and Chris Foreman on the B-3 organ. Blending R&B, jazz, blues, gospel and funk, the trio blurs the lines between genres, finding common ground in the groove. Kuumbwa; $20 adv/$23 door; 7pm. (CJ)



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SAT 2/4 Open Mic

350 Mission St, Santa Cruz


Taterr Famine

923 PaciďŹ c Ave, Santa Cruz

Dirty Filthy Mugs

Live Comedy

BOCCIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CELLAR

Roberto - Howell

Acoustic Time Warp

Scott Cooper


Arsonists Get

Too Short

Marianne Aya Omac

All the Girls, Continuum


special guest Joan Baez

On The Spot Trio

Miss Lonely Hearts

Savage Pros, Pros The Won Ent

140 Encinal St, Santa Cruz


Jazz Open Mic

110 Church St, Santa Cruz

The Esoteric Collective


Accordion Babes

1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

CROWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NEST


& Friends

1011 PaciďŹ c Ave, Santa Cruz


Salineros, J-Blaze

Bryn Loosely The Back Pages

Yuji Tojo


Back to Nowhere

New Horizon

2218 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz


Reggae Night

120 Union St, Santa Cruz


Esoteric Collective

1 Davenport Ave, Santa Cruz


Marty Atkinson

1104 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

& Friends Acoustic Night


Preston Brahm Trio

Terminal Degree Jazz Band


1102 PaciďŹ c Ave, Santa Cruz

with Gary Montrezza


Jazz MaďŹ a All-Stars

320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz



John Doe

Buskers Showcase

Lia Rose

Mad Jam


DJ Marc


529 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz

Bring your instrument

Rainbow Room



MOEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ALLEY

Dengue Fever

Errol Dunkley


Carolyn Wonderland

1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

Secret Chiefs 3

The Melodians



Libation Lab


Tech Minds

with AL-B

DJ Sparkle

1209 PaciďŹ c Ave, Santa Cruz

RED 200 Locust St, Santa Cruz

RIO THEATRE 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz

SEABRIGHT BREWERY 519 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz

The Art of Flight


MON 2/6

TUE 2/7


90s Night


with DJ AL9k

SC Jazz Society

Toby Gray


Ruby Rudman

BOCCIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CELLAR

Highway Buddha




Albino, Thrive


Jazz Baby

CLOUDS 831.429.2000

Movie Nite

7 Come 11

Vote for the Best!


Total Recall


Live Comedy

CROWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NEST 831.476.4560

Open Acoustic Night

CYPRESS LOUNGE 831.459.9876&#8206;

Local Bounty


FINS COFFEE 831.423.6131

Dana Scruggs Trio

Joe Leonard Trio

Barry Scott


& Associates


Bobby Broom


The Deep Blue Organ Trio

Beer Pong/Beer Bust


DJ Chante


Neighborhood Night


Honey Island

MOEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ALLEY

Swamp Band

Rasta Cruz


Salsa with Omambo

Primal Productions



MOTIV 831.479.5572

RED 831.425.1913

RIO THEATRE 831.423.8209


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ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS plus Continuum also Ecophagy


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Friday, February 3Â&#x2039;In the AtriumÂ&#x2039;AGES 16+ STELLAR CORPSES plus The Wild Ones also Requiem

For The Dead and Between Your Teeth !DV$RSs$RSPM3HOWPM

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Marianne Aya Omac with a Special Guest appearance by

Joan Baez

sPMPM Saturday, February 4Â&#x2039;In the AtriumÂ&#x2039;AGES 21+ BAMALAMA SOUL CLUB with DJ Tom LG Open dance ďŹ&#x201A;oor - Limited seating

WEDD 2/1

THU 2/2

FRI 2/3


Trivia via Quiz Night



THE FOG BANK 221 Esplanade, Capitola

MICHAELâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ON MAIN

&EBThe Chop Tops Atrium (Ages 21+) &EBY & T/ Zen Vendetta (Ages 21+) &EBSin Sisters Burlesque Atrium (Ages 21+) &EBThe Slackers Atrium (Ages 21+) &EBFalling In Reverse Atrium (Ages 16+) &EBRebelution/ The Green (Ages 16+) Feb 25 Mistah Fab/ Fashawn (Ages 16+) &EBAlkaline Trio (Ages 16+) Mar 2 Lagwagon (Ages 16+) Unless otherwise noted, all shows are dance shows with limited seating.


Phoenix Rising

Joint Chiefs

2591 Main St, Soquel


Johnny Fabulous

Dennis Dove

215 Esplanade, Capitola



Dizzy Burnett

1 Seascape Resort Dr, Rio del Mar

In Three

& Grover Coe

SEVERINOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BAR & GRILL

Don McCaslin &


7500 Old Dominion Ct, Aptos

The Amazing Jazz Geezers

Cocktail Combo


Joe Ferrara

Phoenix Rising Frank Sorci

1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola



KC Weiland Band




DB Walker

211 Esplanade, Capitola

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SAT 2/4

8017 Soquel Dr, Aptos





1400 Wharf Rd, Capitola

Mike Sugar

4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel

Owen Plant


Jake Shandling Trio

DJ Johnny Dex

Martyn Joseph


The Poison Oaks

The Devil Himself

Hip Shake

203 Esplanade, Capitola


Just Cream BeerDrinkers&HellRaisers

HENFLINGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TAVERN 9450 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond

Honey Wilders



Hippo Happy Hour

1934 Main St, Watsonville


Mariachi Ensemble

KDON DJ Showbiz

& KDON DJ SolRock

Open Jam

Hwy 1, Moss Landing

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Open Mic with Jordan

Movie Night


7:45 pm start time


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Wanda Coleman Jack Hirschman Genny Lim Lorna Dee Cervantes COCOANUT GROVE The Ellyn Maybe Band Grand Ballroom Stephen Kessler Doors: 3 p.m. Avotcja & Modupue Show: 3:30 p.m. Charles Curtis Blackwell Andy Clausen HOSTS: Jerry Kamstra GINGER MURRAY A.D. Winans MARC KOCKINOS Gerald Nicosia Call to order tickets : Cara Vida 1-888-71-TICKETS Jennifer Barone or Go Online Quiet Lightning (see website below) Peter Marti Art, Book & Sarah Cruse Memorabilia Fair Alan Sitar Brown also included Ruebi Lynn Jimenez



Ray Manzarek Michael C. Ford Ellen Bass 6$*ULIÂżQ Gary Young John Allen Cassady Mike The Poet Jane Ormerod Marc Olmsted Rich Ferguson w/Bo Blount Floyd Salas Claire Ortalda Ron Lampi T. Mike Walker Keith Savage Dennis Holt Kevin Patrick Sullivan The Invertebrates Geordie Van DerBosch

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A gentleman with a secret looks for love in all the wrong places in ‘Albert Nobbs’ BY CHRISTINA WATERS


AFTER PLAYING the part of a 19thcentury British cross-dresser on the stage, Glenn Close worked to bring the tightly crafted character study to the big screen. Watching the poignant, if slight, results, we can understand just how tough it was for her to find financial backing for Albert Nobbs, a tidy period piece starring Close herself in the title role. Without makeup, Close’s face is a blank canvas of ambivalent gender— sensitive, shining and ultimately sad. This face guides us through the “downstairs” world of a Dublin hotel, Morrison’s, run by aging coquette Mrs. Baker (Pauline Collins) and loaded with a full deck of social discards who have made a family for themselves at the popular Victorian establishment. The hotel doctor (Brendan Gleeson) likes his Bushmills too much. The youngest chambermaid, Helen (Mia Wasikowska), pines for romance and a life of her own. Wealthy lords and ladies (including Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Viscount Yarrell) frequent the dining room (and tear up the bedrooms), where Mr. Nobbs is one of the tightlipped, impeccably mannered servants. Secretly, however, Nobbs is carefully saving his gratuities toward the day when he can buy his own little business and perhaps share it with a wife. But as we already know, Nobbs is

ODD COUPLE Hotel waiter Albert (Glenn Close) wooes the young chambermaid Helen (Mia Wasikowska) in ‘Albert Nobbs,’ opening Friday. in fact a woman who has found work, and perhaps a true identity, as a man. Fate turns Nobbs’ secret life upside down when house painter Hubert Page arrives to spruce up the interior. Mrs. Pearce insists that Page share Nobbs’ room for one night until other accommodations are found. And yes, you guessed it. Nobbs’ true biology is discovered, and thus begins the slimmest of story lines, hung upon a largely outstanding cast and the fervor of producer/star Close. The cinematography is almost sculptural in this authentic-looking period piece, the camera like brushstrokes revealing the worn surfaces of the kitchen courtyard, the starched laces and rich velvets of the hotel’s public rooms. And, to be sure there are gorgeous male bodies to be seen at every turn. One of those belongs to dashing Aaron Johnson, who plays an itinerant handyman, Joe, who stumbles upon a job at Morrison’s. He

also catches the eye of Helen, and there begins a courtship that complicates Albert Nobbs’ own designs on the young housemaid. Since the part of Hubert Page is played by the fiery-eyed, broadshouldered Janet McTeer, it’s probably not giving away too much to point out that Hubert too is living a gender lie, and soon the two cross-dressing females exchange life stories. As played by McTeer, Hubert is as robust and dashing as Close’s Albert is repressed and boring. In fact, Glenn Close was perhaps too generous in sharing the screen with McTeer, who owns this film from the moment she steps in, ablaze with charisma, thick, rough tweeds and handknit sweaters. Thanks to McTeer’s frank and open face, her character exudes a complete sense of who she is, even in her male guise. And that, of course, is part of the film’s subtext—not only that gender is merely a cultural performance, but that even the stereotypes about

gender-crossing themselves are conventions to be questioned. In Albert Nobbs, everyone is looking for love in all the wrong places. One of the interwoven tales, of Helen and the stunning-looking Joe, their wild romance, their misery over circumstance, and ultimately their inevitable conflicts, falters simply because it is so obvious that it will come to no good. And however good to behold is the young Aaron Johnson, he is no actor. The film tells a grim little tale of quiet desperation with precious little action, plot or remedy. It does offer obvious pull quotes, such as Albert’s remark to Hubert that “We are both disguised as ourselves.” Yes, and what an interesting starting point that might have made. ALBERT NOBBS R; 113 min. Opens Friday


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Film Capsules FILM CAPS BIG MIRACLE (PG; 107 min) John Krasinski, Kristen Bell and Drew Barrymore star in this film about an unlikely alliance between oil tycoons, Inuit natives and the American and Russian militaries on their quest to save a family of grey whales. Capturing it all is Alaskan newsman Adam Carlson (Krasinski), whose main concern is not whales or oil barons but the arrival of his exgirlfriend (Barrymore). CHRONICLE (PG-13;) Shy, introverted teen Andrew, his cousin Matt and their popular

classmate, Steve, make an unbelievable discovery when they happen upon a mysterious substance that imbues them with superpowers. As their powers grow stronger, their darker sides emerge, forcing each of them to struggle with his baser instincts.

GROUNDHOG DAY (1993) In this classic romantic comedy, embittered news anchor Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is forced to take a particularly loathsome assignment, covering the annual Groundhog Day festival in Punxsutawney. When he wakes up the next morning he finds himself reliving the same day again and again. As he


spends more time with each of his co-workers, he finds that he cares more about them than he would like to admit.

KEVIN SMITH LIVE FROM BEHIND (NR; 180 min) Director Kevin Smith has gained quite a following by creating cult classics like Clerks and Dogma. Now he gets set to provide his fans with a unique theatergoing experience where he and frequent co-star Jason Mewes will host an episode of their podcast, “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old,” followed by a Q & A session where anyone can ask them questions live via Twitter. SIXTEEN CANDLES (1984) One

Movie reviews by Traci Hukill, Tessa Stuart and Richard von Busack

of John Hughes’ best-loved teen comedies traces the hopes and failures of an eclectic group of high schoolers. Samantha (Molly Ringwald) pines for the attention of mysterious hunk Jake, but he hardly seems to notice her at all. Beset by sophomoric geeks and tactless family members, she suffers every sort of humiliation as it all comes to bittersweet climax at her sixteenth birthday party. THE WOMAN IN BLACK (PG-13; 95 min) A young lawyer (Daniel Radcliffe) is sent to a remote village to settle the estate of a recently deceased eccentric. It quickly becomes clear to him that the local villagers

are hiding a terrible secret: the spirit of an old woman haunts the house searching desperately for something or someone she lost.

REVIEWS THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (PG; 113 min.) Steven Spielberg directs this adaptation of the beloved series by Hergé, starring the curious young reporter Tintin (Justin Bell) and his loyal dog Snowy. THE ARTIST (PG-13; 110 min.) The French writer-director Michel Hazanavicius brought his cinematographer (Guillaume Schiffman) and two French

Showtimes are for Wednesday, Feb. 1, through Wednesday, Feb. 7, unless otherwise indicated. Programs and showtimes are subject to change without notice.

APTOS CINEMAS 122 Rancho Del Mar Center, Aptos 831.688.6541 The Artist — Fri-Wed 2:10; 4:20; 6:40; 8:50 plus Sat-Sun noon. The Descendants — Daily 2; 4:30; 6:50; 9:10 plus Sat-Sun 11:40am. My Week With Marilyn — Wed-Thu 2:10; 4:20; 6:30; 8:40 plus Sat-Sun noon.

CINELUX 41ST AVENUE CINEMA 1475 41st Ave., Capitola 831.479.3504 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close — Wed-Thu 12:45; 3:45; 6:45; 9:45; Fri-Wed 3:45; 9:30. The Grey — Fri-Wed 11:20; 2; 4:40; 7:20; 10. The Iron Lady — Wed-Thu 11:45; 2:15; 4:45; 7:15; 9:45; Fri-Wed 11:30; 2; 4:30; 7; 9:30. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy — Wed-Thu 1; 4; 7; 10; Fri-Wed 1; 6:45.

DEL MAR 1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz 831.426.7500 A Dangerous Method — Daily 2:40; 4:50; 7:15 9:20 plus Sat-Sun 12:30pm Hugo 3D — Daily 1:45; 4:20; 7; 9:30 plus Sat-Sun 11:15am. The Iron Lady — Daily 2:20; 4:30; 6:40; 9 plus Sat-Sun 12:10pm. Groundhog Day — Fri-Sat midnight.

NICKELODEON Lincoln and Cedar streets, Santa Cruz 831.426.7500 Albert Nobbs — (Opens Fri) 2; 4:20; 6:40; 9:10 plus Sat-Sun 11:40am. The Artist — Daily 2:30; 4:40; 6:50; 9 plus Sat-Sun 12:20pm. The Descendants — Daily 2:20; 4:50; 7:10; 9:40 plus Sat-Sun noon. Shame — Wed-Thu 2:50; 5; 7:20; 9:50. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy — Daily 1:30; 4:10; 7; 9:30 plus Sat-Sun 11am.

RIVERFRONT STADIUM TWIN 155 S. River St, Santa Cruz 800.326.3264 x1701 One for the Money — Daily 4; 7; 9:20 plus Fri-Sun 1pm. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close — Wed-Thu 3:45; 6:45; 9:45 Fri-

Wed Call for showtimes.

SANTA CRUZ CINEMA 9 1405 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz 800.326.3264 x1700 Big Miracle — (Opens Fri) 2:10; 4:55; 7:40; 10:30 plus Sat-Sun 11:20am. Chronicle — (Opens Fri) 2:40; 5:05; 7:20; 9:40 plus Sat-Sun 12:20pm. The Adventures of Tintin 3D — Wed-Thu 1:35; 4:10; 6:50; 9:35; Fri-Wed

2; 4:45; 7:30; 10:20 plus Sat-Sun 11:10am. Beauty and the Beast 3D — Wed-Thu 2:10; 4:40; 7:30; 9:55 Fri-Wed 1:30; 4:10 plus Sat-Sun 11am. Contraband — Wed-Thu 2; 4:50; 7:50; 10:35; Fri-Wed 2:15; 5; 7:50; 10:40 plus

Sat-Sun 11:30am. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close — Fri-Wed 6:40; 9:50. The Grey — Wed-Thu 1:30; 4:25; 7:20; 10:15; Fri-Wed 1:10; 4:05; 7; 10:00. Haywire — Wed-Thu 1:25; 3:55; 6:30; 9 plus Sat-Sun 11:05am. (No Thu 9pm) Man on a Ledge — Wed-Thu 2:20; 5; 7:40; 10:20 Fri-Wed 1:05; 3:50; 6:30; 9:30. Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol — Wed-Thu 1:05; 4:05; 7:05; 10:05;

Fri-Wed 1; 4; 7:10; 10:15. (No Thu 4:05; 7:05; No Wed 2/8 4; 7:10; 10:15) Red Tails — Wed-Thu 1; 4; 7; 10. Underworld: Awakening 3D — Daily 2:30; 5:20; 8; 10:25 plus Sat-Sun Noon. MET Opera: Enchanted Island — Wed 2/8 6:30pm. Kevin Smith: Live From Behind — Thu 6:30pm. Sixteen Candles — Thu 9pm.

CINELUX SCOTTS VALLEY 6 CINEMA 226 Mt. Hermon Rd., Scotts Valley 831.438.3260 Chronicle — (Opens Fri) 11:15; 1:10; 3:30; 5:45; 8; 10:10. Big Miracle — (Opens Fri) 11:10; 1:45; 4:20; 7; 9:30. The Woman in Black — (Opens Fri) 11:55; 2:20; 4:55; 7:20; 9:45. The Adventures of Tintin — Wed-Thu 11:30; 2; 4:30. Beauty and The Beast — Wed-Thu 11:10; 6:45; Fri-Wed 11; 3:30. Beauty and the Beast 3D — Wed-Thu 1:20; 4:30; Fri-Wed 1:20pm. Contraband — Wed-Thu 7:20; 10. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close — Wed-Thu 12:45; 3:45; 6:45; 9:45. The Grey — Daily 11; 1:45; 4; 7:10; 10. The Iron Lady — Daily 11:30; 2; 4:30; 7; 9:30. Man on a Ledge — Daily 11:45; 2:30; 4:55; 7:30; 10. One for the Money — Daily 11:55; 2:15; 4:45; 7:15; 9:30. Red Tails — Daily 11:10; 2; 4:45; 7:30; 10:10. Underworld: Awakening — Wed-Thu 11; 1:10; 5:45. Underworld: Awakening 3D — Wed-Thu 3:30; 8; 10:15. War Horse — Wed-Thu 4:15; 8:45; Fri-Wed 5:30; 8:45.

GREEN VALLEY CINEMA 8 1125 S. Green Valley Rd, Watsonville 831.761.8200 Big Miracle — (Opens Fri) 1:15; 4; 7:15; 9:40 plus Sat-Sun 10:55am. Chronicle — (Opens Fri) 1; 3; 5:05; 7:15; 9:30 plus Sat-Sun 11am. The Woman in Black — (Opens Fri) 1:15; 4; 7:15; 9:40 plus Sat-Sun 10:55am. The Grey Digital — Daily 1:15; 3:50; 7; 9:30 plus Sat-Sun 10:50am. The Descendants — Daily 1:15; 3:50; 7; 9:30 plus Sat-Sun 10:50am. One for the Money — Wed-Thu 1:15; 4; 7:15; 9:40; Fri-Wed 1; 3; 5:05; 7:15;

9:30 plus Sat-Sun 10:50am. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close — Wed-Thu 1:15; 4; 7; 9:45. Haywire — Wed-Thu 1; 3; 5:05; 7:15; 9:30. Man on a Ledge — Daily 1:15; 4; 7:15; 9:40 plus Sat-Sun 10:55am. Red Tails — Wed-Thu 1:15; 4; 7; 9:45. Underworld: Awakening — Wed-Thu 1pm; Fri-Wed 1; 5:05; 9:30.

CONTRABAND (R; 110 min.) Mark Wahlberg plays a former smuggler who is brought back into the game after his brother-in-law fails to deliver millions in counterfeit bills. He must decide how far he is willing to go to protect his family from danger. A DANGEROUS METHOD (R; 99 min.) See review, page 28. THE DESCENDANTS (R; 115 min.) Almost everyone will enjoy the George Clooney/ Alexander Payne film The Descendants. Clooney’s Matt King is a lawyer who toils while his family has a good time. Matt’s wife languishes in a coma after a bad boating accident. He goes to retrieve his daughter, Alexandra (Shailene Woodley), currently immured at a strict boarding school because of her partying. Alexandra confesses that she’s been acting out lately because she saw her mom with a stranger’s hands on her. Matt also has to deal

THE DEVIL INSIDE (R; 87 min.) Filmed in cinéma verité style by director William Brent Bell (2006’s Stay Alive). A woman tries to discover the fate of her mother in Italy and is led into a world of demonic possession and unauthorized underground exorcisms. EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE (PG-13; 129 min) Jonathan Safran Foer’s elegiac novel is adapted to the big screen by director Stephen Daldry. Oskar Schell’s father died in the World Trade Center attack on 9/11, leaving behind only a key. Oskar, convinced that his father has left him a message somewhere in the city, embarks on a journey to find the lock that fits the mysterious key and finds out more about the world than he expected. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (R; 164 min.) Director David Fincher (Fight Club, Social Network) takes on the first installment of the Swedish trilogy armed with Daniel Craig, Robin Wright, Christopher Plummer and Rooney Mara. THE GREY (R; 117 min) See review, page 29. HAYWIRE (R; 93 min) Gina Carano steps out of the ring to play Mallory Kane, a black ops agent who has been double crossed while on a mission in Dublin. Now she must race back to the United States in order to protect her family and get revenge on those who betrayed her. THE IRON LADY (PG-13; 105 min.) This unusually meretricious biopic, about England’s first female Prime Minister, has been called worth seeing for Meryl

THE BOY WHO LIVED Daniel Radcliffe is a young lawyer investigating a series of mysterious deaths in ‘The Woman in Black,’ opening Friday. Streep, but this is hardly an example of a peerless actress playing a really once-in-alifetime part. Banking on historical amnesia, the film transcends its surpassing political naiveté by trying to sleaze its way into Margaret Thatcher’s personal life, presenting Thatcher in her senility as being haunted by the prankish specter of her late husband, Denis (Jim Broadbent).

JOYFUL NOISE (PG-13; 123 min.) Two small-town choir directors (Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah) go toe-totoe over how best to win a national competition. With Kris Kristofferson and Keke Palmer. MAN ON A LEDGE (PG-13; 102 min) Elizabeth Banks stars as Lydia Mercer, a hard-living New York Police psychologist called on to talk down ex-cop (and now-wanted fugitive) Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) from a New York City high-rise. As their encounter unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear to her that things are not what they seem and that Cassidy may be hiding an ulterior motive. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL (PG-13; 139 min.) Tom Cruise and the rest of the Mission Impossible force must operate outside the spy agency’s command structure and umbrella of protection when a bomb goes off at the Kremlin, pushing the U.S. and Russia to the brink of war. MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (Rated R) Kenneth Branagh stars as Sir Laurence Olivier and Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in a story about the tension between the two stars during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl. ONE FOR THE MONEY (PG13; 106 min) Tough-talking Jersey girl Stephanie Plum (Katharine Heigl) has fallen on hard times. She’s been unemployed for six months and just lost her car to a debt collector. Desperate, she turns to her cousin, a bail bonds agent, to give her a job as a recovery agent. Her

first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old high school boyfriend who just happens to be wanted for murder.

RED TAILS (PG-13; 120 min) Terrence Howard stars as Colonel A.J. Bullard, tasked with the duty of leading a group of young black pilots into duty during World War II. At the same time they face down Nazis in the sky the pilots struggle with segregation and prejudice at home. SHAME (NC-17; 101 min) A man’s carefully managed private life, which allows him to engage his sexual addiction, is thrown into chaos when his troubled younger sister arrives unannounced. Starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, directed by Steve McQueen (Hunger). SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS (PG-13; 135 min.) In Guy Ritchie’s hasty and frequently low-class sequel to his 2009 franchisebuilder, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) is treated as a clown, with cheap wigs and beards and longunderwear scenes. He’s even painted with mascara and lipstick. The tension between Holmes and Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), whose schemes the detective has discovered, survives Ritchie’s unconquerable urge to vulgarize. The Professor is a sweet role for any actor, and Harris does it well. There’s a vaguely syphilitic quality to this citizen above suspicion. One nasty scene has him admiring his reflection in a mirror and singing Schubert while putting Holmes through the torture sequence. The women seem retrofitted into the script, while the bromance between Holmes and Watson (Jude Law) peaks in a cramped ballroom with the two dancing. Like all the film’s many double entendres questioning the closeness of the great detective and his assistant, this moment is absent of all sexual charge, unless you’re sexually aroused by stupidity. (RvB)

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (R; 127 min.) In London in the early 1970s, the Cold War still has England frozen. It’s as if World War II had never stopped. The secret service is the most paranoid place in this war. And its denizens face unignorable news: a mole at the top level is pipelining secrets to the U.S.S.R. It falls to George Smiley (Gary Oldman), the man once certainly next in line for the position of Control of the British Secret Service, to figure out who it is, but he and his boss (John Hurt) were forced to resign after a particularly bad fiasco in Budapest, so he works from the outside. The mole suspects include one of the most baleful actors alive, Ciarán Hinds as Roy Bland; Colin Firth as Bill Haydon, an icon of condescension; Toby Jones as the pompous mediocrity Percy Alleline; David Dencik as a downy Toby Esterhase, last seen wailing for his life on an airport tarmac; and Benedict Cumberbatch as the too-natty Peter Guillam (this new version gives Guillam a secret of his own). And out in the cold: the ominous Tom Hardy as Polyesterswathed legbreaker Ricki Tarr. Those who love actors know that a silent man can be more urgent than a noisy, flamboyant type. Oldman is startling, even after years of superb supporting work. (RvB) UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING (R; 88 min) Kate Beckinsale reprises her role as the vampiress Selene in the fourth part of the Underworld series. When humans try to eradicate the Vampires and their enemies, the Lycans, Selene must lead the battle against humankind in order to save her own species. WAR HORSE (PG-13; 154 min.) Steven Spielberg’s epic horse movie begins with the heartwarming story of a friendship between a boy and his mount, and then becomes a heart-rending epic war movie.


CARNAGE (R; 79 min.) A quartet of nasty bourgeois, played by four top-drawer actors with crack timing, make Roman Polanski’s Carnage a civilized entertainment. In the prologue, in the distance, one bad little boy hits another bad little boy in the head with a tree branch. Aside from that, we never leave the apartment of a couple in the high-rent part of Brooklyn at the after-school mediation session. The man of the house (John C. Reilly) is a gregarious but lumpy executive at a household hardware company. His wife, Penelope (Jodie Foster) is writing a book about Darfur, which makes her particularly ready to forgive and forget playground violence. The father of the offscreen bullying boy is Alan (Christoph Waltz), a snide lawyer. His wife, Annette, (Kate Winslet) has more than a touch of incapacitating nausea. The more Carnage flaunts the idea that man is a wolf to man, the cozier it finally gets. Carnage is made for audiences of married people who know what it’s like to live with someone who can look like a ninny or a hog in social situations. (RvB)


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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D (G; 90 min.) A 3-D version of Disney’s classic 1991 tale about a prince who is bewitched because he could not love and a girl who happens upon his castle while in search of her father. Only her love can save the prince and his courtiers from the evil enchantment.

with his cutely awkward, profane younger daughter, Scottie (Pacific Grove’s Amara Miller, debuting), as well as with his ornery father-in-law (Robert Forster, excellently embodying the old military side of Hawaii). Coming along for the ride is Alexandra’s pal Sid (Nick Krause), her seemingly silly young partner in partying, who wedges himself into this family tragedy. Meanwhile, Matt must make the painful decision to liquidate a piece of property that he’s holding in trust for the rest of the family. The end result of the deal will be yet another resort with golf course, part of the endless effort to turn Hawaii into Costa Mesa. Clooney is roguish and entertaining; he gives the kind of star’s performance that probably only looks easy and smooth to pull off. And he finishes with some very heavy old-school acting, which puts Clooney farther out on the limb than he is in the rest of the film. (RvB)


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MISS DIAGNOSED Keira Knightley is Sabina Spielrein, the hysterical patient who fascinated both Freud and Jung.

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he anticipates Jew-hatred and is always ready for the riposte. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a harder man. The idea of the pair in some adventure (pursuing Moriarty to the Swiss waterfalls, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s say) seems workable: They harmonize. But the woman between them keeps them off-key. As for Knightleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a catastrophe: a series of strange contortions, funny accenting and gnashing of teeth. The most dangerous thing in A Dangerous Method is her set of dangerous choppers. Amid the talky story of the gamesmanship between the doctors, there are moments of nostalgia for old architecture and furnishings, as in the lair of Freud, with its masks and idols. Cronenberg has made a few films regarding the pathology of physiciansâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; most notably Dead Ringers, from a similar blueprint of a pair of doctors encircling a woman. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turned from the out-and-out psychological horror of the past to a Dangerous Liaisonsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;style battle of attraction and snobbery. And nothing could be more like watching water trying to boil.

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Down, Big Fella Two hours of tough guys barking at each other BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


THE INFLATIONARY quality of The Grey begins early, even before the finish, with a four-line bit of indomitable Irish doggerel. Liam Neeson plays Ottway, an Arctic legend busted down to wolf shooter on an Alaska oil-drilling rig. We can see how he feels about this job when he stops to pet the fur of his victim. One glimpse of Celtic loss would have said volumes, but what we get is a fur-ruffling moment of communion. That’s when a Jack London–style story turns into the wolf-wrestling adventures of Groundskeeper Willy. Payday and the flight home—the plane doesn’t make it through a storm. Northern California–bred director/co-writer Joe Carnahan (The A-Team) is expert with the small grueling details. A few roughnecks survive the crash deep in the high tundra. The sensible, visually boring thing would be to wait for rescue by the plane’s side. But when a pack of wolves begin to pick off some of the extraneous characters, Ottway decides to lead the survivors deep into the woods where “there’ll be more cover.” The men disappear, and the wolves dine. The Grey boasts fiercely cold locations, but it put its faith in CGI.

When a man’s blood fills up an indentation in the snow, revealing a paw print, the image is as pretty as a raspberry snow cone. Also overamped is a cliffside ordeal, which looks too much like the scene of escape by rappelling with dental floss, which every screenwriter has threatened to do at some time. One believes Neeson’s ability to growl down anything from a moose to a Mountie. There’s genuineness in his reprise of the last rites for a wolf, when Ottway advises a mortally wounded comrade to embrace death: “It’ll slide over ya.” I’ll revere Neeson forever for his oncamera confession that his OBE (a British honor, like a junior knight) stood for “Other Buggers’ Efforts,” but a man with such a killer glare doesn’t need this script’s bullhornlike machismo. The hard-man dialogue is worthy of Cracked. “This is Fuck City—Pop. 5 and dwindling!” heralds a snowy adventure sliced too thick for anyone but Sarah Palin.

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By Rob Brezsny

For the week of February 1 ARIES (March 21–April 19): Sad but true: A lot of people

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Of all the signs of the

GEMINI (May 21–June 20): “If Mark Twain had had Twitter,” says humorist Andy Borowitz, “he would have been amazing at it. But he probably wouldn’t have gotten around to writing Huckleberry Finn.” I think you’re facing a comparable choice, Gemini. You can either get a lot of little things done that will serve your short-term aims, or else you can at least partially withdraw from the day-to-day give-and-take so as to devote yourself with more focus to a long-range goal. I’m not here to tell you which way to go; I just want to make sure you know the nature of the decision before you.

CANCER (June 21–July 22): You now have a special talent for helping your allies tap into their dormant potentials and latent energy. If you choose to use it, you will also have a knack for snapping lost sheep and fallen angels out of their wasteful trances. There’s a third kind of magic you have in abundance right now, Cancerian, and that’s the ability to coax concealed truths out of their hiding places. Personally, I’m hopeful that you will make lavish use of these gifts. I should mention, however, that some people may resist you. The transformations you could conceivably set in motion with your superpowers might seem alarming to them. So I suggest that you hang out as much as possible with change-lovers who like the strong medicine you have to offer.

LEO (July 23–Aug. 22): “Publishing a volume of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo,” said author Don Marquis, speaking from experience. Something you’re considering, Leo, may seem to fit that description, too. It’s a project or action or gift that you’d feel good about offering, but you also wonder whether it will generate the same buzz as that rose petal floating down into the Grand Canyon. Here’s what I think: To the degree that you shed your attachment to making an impact, you will make the exact impact that matters most. Give yourself without any expectations.

VIRGO (Aug. 23–Sept. 22): Comedian Louis CK told a story about his young daughter. She had a fever, and he gave her some Tylenol that was bubble gum flavored. “Ewwww!” she complained. Louis was exasperated. “You can’t say ‘ewwww,’” he told her. What he meant was that as a white kid in America, she’s among the most privileged characters in the world—certainly far luckier than all the poor children who have no medicine at all, let alone medicine that tastes like candy. I’m going to present a similar argument to you, Virgo. In the large scheme of things, your suffering right now is small. Try to keep your attention on your blessings rather than your discomfort.

LIBRA (Sept. 23–Oct. 22): I stumbled upon an engineering textbook for undergraduates. There was a section on how to do technical writing, as opposed to the literary kind. It quoted a poem by Edgar Allan Poe: “Helen, thy beauty is to me/Like those Nicean barks of yore/That gently, o’er a perfumed sea,/The weary way-

SCORPIO (Oct. 23–Nov. 21): Are you ready to start playing in earnest with that riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma? Are you looking forward to the rough and tumble fun that will ensue after you leap into the middle of that sucker and start trying to decipher its impossibly interesting meaning? I hope you are primed and eager, Scorpio. I hope you can’t wait to try to answer the question that seems to have no answer. Be brave and adventurous, my friend—and be intent on having a blast.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Lessons could come to you from unforeseen sources and unanticipated directions during the next few weeks, Sagittarius. They will also come in expected forms from all the familiar influences, so the sum total of your learning could be pretty spectacular. To take maximum advantage of the opportunity, just assume that everyone and everything might have useful teachings for you—even people you usually ignore and situations that have bored you in the past. Act like an eager student who’s hungry for knowledge and curious to fill in the gaps in your education. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22–Jan. 19): “The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person,” said British writer Quentin Crisp. If you harbor even a small tendency in that direction, Capricorn, I hope that in the coming days you will make a concentrated effort to talk yourself out of it. In my astrological opinion, this is a critical moment in the long-term evolution of your healthy self-sufficiency. For both your own sake and the sake of the people you love, you must find a way to shrink your urge to make them responsible for your well-being. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20–Feb. 18): If you go to California’s Yosemite National Park this month, you might get the chance to witness a reddish gold waterfall. Here’s how: At sunset, gaze up at the sheer east face of the rock formation known as El Capitan. There you will see what seems to be a vertical river of fire, also known as Horsetail Fall. I nominate this marvel to be your inspirational symbol for the coming weeks. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you will have the power to blend fire and water in novel ways. I encourage you to look at the photo here——and imprint the image on your mind’s eye. It will help unleash the subconscious forces you’ll need to pull off your own natural wonder. PISCES (Feb. 19–March 20): After singer Amy Winehouse died, actor Russell Brand asked the public and media to scale back their derisive opinions about her struggle with intoxicants. Addiction isn’t a romantic affectation or glamorous self-indulgence that people are too lazy to overcome, he said. It’s a disease. Would you mock a schizophrenic for his “stupid” propensity for hearing voices? Would you ridicule a victim of multiple sclerosis for not being vigorous? I’m of the opinion that all of us have at least one addiction, although it may not be as disabling as Winehouse’s weakness for liquor and narcotics. What’s yours, Pisces? Porn? Sugar? Internet? Bad relationships? The coming weeks would be a very good time to seek help in healing it.

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zodiac, Tauruses are the least likely to be arrogant. Sadly, in a related development, they’re also among the most likely to have low self-esteem. But your tribe now has an excellent opportunity to address the latter problem. Current cosmic rhythms are inviting you rather loudly and dramatically to boost your confidence, even at the risk of you careening into the forbidden realm of arrogance. That’s why I recommend Taurus musician Trent Reznor as your role model. He has no problem summoning feelings of self-worth. As evidence, here’s what he confessed when asked about whether he frequents music social networks: “I don’t care what my friends are listening to. Because I’m cooler than they are.”

worn wanderer bore/To his own native shore.” Then the book gave advice to the student: “To express these ideas in technical writing, we would simply say, ‘He thinks Helen is beautiful.’” Don’t take shortcuts like that, Libra. For the sake of your emotional health and spiritual integrity, you can’t see or treat the world anything like what a technical writer would.

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seem to be perpetually in a state of wanting what they don’t have and not wanting what they actually do have. I’m begging you not to be like that in the coming weeks, Aries. Please? I’ll tell you why: More than I’ve seen in a long time, you will have everything going for you if you want precisely what you do have—and are not full of longing for what’s unavailable. Do you think you can you manage that brilliant trick? If so, you will be amazed by the sublimity of the peace that will settle over you.




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Feel the breeze through the trees from these Breathtaking Sanctuary Acres. Flat and spacious with Beautiful Oak trees, Giant Redwoods, Turkeys and Deer. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just too pretty to describe. Excellent location, just minutes to town. Already has Well, Phone & Power. Septic Perc. test completed. Offered at $750,000. Call Debbie @ Donner Land & Homes, Inc. 408-395-5754

Come explore 290 acres consisting of 11 meandering parcels varying in size from 18 acres to 40 acres. This sprawling land is rough and rugged, ideal for your quads and dirt bikes or saddle up the horses and have your own Lewis and Clark Expedition. Massive, yet pretty much untouched acreage with Timber possibilities. If you appreciate land that is sprinkled with springs, warmed by lots of sun, and has views as far as the eye can see, consider this beautiful spread. Excellent owner financing is available with just 20% down, the seller will carry at 6%. Inquiries welcome. Offered at $850,000. Call Debbie @ Donner Land & Homes, Inc. 408-395-5754

SKYVIEW CABIN 12 Gorgeous AC, Off the Grid, in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mtns. Beautiful spot for a Large house. Comes with a stage that opens 40â&#x20AC;&#x2122; by 16â&#x20AC;&#x2122; +, (great for storage, the owner was thinking about an amphitheatre). The amazing landscape in a dream-like environment, surrounded by Redwoods, Madrones, Oak Trees, and friendly terrain. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never stop exploring & enjoying this unique piece of land, just 8 MI from town. Water & nice neighbors! Great Investment. Approx. 90 member, private Road Assoc. Broker will help show. Offered at $450,000. Call Debbie @ Donner Land & Homes, Inc. 408-395-5754

Approved septic plan, soils report, and survey. Plans Approved & Building permit ready to issue. Easy drive to town, yet feels private. Shown by appointment only. Offered at 140,000. Call Debbie @ Donner Land & Homes, Inc. 408-395-5754

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PERFECT PERCH Approx. 1/2 acre located in Boulder Creek with Stunning Views and many lovely Redwoods. Design your dream home for this unique property. Already has water, power at property line,

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ROUGH AND TUMBLE Bring your dreams. Travel 3 miles in, on a private road to a bit of the forest to call your own. This 8 AC parcel is pretty much untouched. Approx. 90 member, private Road Assoc. Broker will help show. Offered at $350,000. Broker will help show. Call Debbie @ Donner Land & Homes, Inc. 408-395-5754


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