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HAD ENOUGH I WISH I had a free appetizer or glass of wine for every time Christina Waters has mentioned Gabriella, Avanti and Soif in her columns over the years—but then I would be an overweight alcoholic. Clark Heinrich Santa Cruz


THE LENTEN DIET SAVES LAST Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period preceding Easter when Christians would abstain from meat and dairy products in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of reflection before launching his ministry.

Devout Christians who still observe meatless Lent help reduce chronic diseases, environmental degradation and animal abuse. In the past four decades, dozens of medical reports have linked consumption of animal products with elevated risk of heart failure, stroke, cancer and other killer diseases. A 2007 U.N. report named meat production as the largest source of greenhouse gases and water pollution. Undercover investigations have documented animals being raised for food under abject conditions of caging, crowding, deprivation, drugging, mutilation and manhandling. Lent offers a superb opportunity to honor Jesus’ powerful message of compassion and love for all living beings. To stop subsidizing disease, devastation and cruelty. To choose a wholesome nonviolent diet of vegetables,

fruits and grains and a vast array of meat and dairy alternatives. It’s a diet mandated in Genesis I-29 and observed in the Garden of Eden. Entering “vegetarian lent” in your favorite search engine provides ample tips and recipes. Steven Alderson Santa Rosa

INSPIRED BY “OPEN LETTERS” To the Office Worker Loudly Gagging and Coughing all Day: Your choking, gagging and coughing is absolutely revolting. I’m nauseated. True story. In fact, if you’re going to continue making these loud disgusting sounds, I may have to check into a mental health facility to overcome the daily stress you are causing me and to those around us. Would you consider removing yourself to the restroom during these never-ending gag attacks? What if I paid for a pillow to put over your mouth? I am seriously willing to pay. YOU ARE THAT BAD.





HATE TO BE A DOWNER… [RE: “Nonprofit Ayurvedic Clinic Opens Doors,” Feb. 21]: Thanks for this article, but Valium is not made from valerian! Valium is a synthetic pharmaceutical that is chemically completely unrelated to valerian. Randy Baker, MD




CORRECTION In last week’s Currents (“Water Torture”) we erroneously reported that a ballot initiative sought by Desal Alternatives would require two elections. That is wrong. It would require one election, in November 2014. Also, in “Song of The River” (Cover story) we misreported the distance from the end of the Colorado River, in the desert, to the Sea of Cortez. It is 90 miles. We regret the errors.


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If given the choice, Michael Lewis says he’ll vote against any plan to construct a $100 million-plus desalination plant to increase the Santa Cruz area water supply. “I’m opposed to it for a number of reasons,” says the Live Oak resident. He cites concerns about the plant’s energy usage as well as its location on the federally protected Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. “To be drawing water out of there is atrocious. It’s a ridiculous thing to do.” But Lewis might not have a chance to weigh in. He and his wife, Jean Brocklebank, are two of about 40,000 Santa Cruz Water Department customers who don’t actually reside within city limits. While two separate proposals to bring the controversial desal project to the public for a vote would guarantee a say for Santa Cruz city

residents, those city water customers living outside the city proper would have to stay home on election day. So would the 38,000 customers of the Soquel Creek Water District— whose water supply (and water bills) would also see a boost from the desal plant. That’s a lot of disenfranchised people, say critics. County Supervisor John Leopold, whose District 2 constituency includes residents of Live Oak and Soquel, is spearheading the effort to find a way to let water customers in unincorporated parts of the county weigh in. He’s focusing on city of Santa Cruz water customers first. “It’s going to be very hard to support any construction unless there’s a vote of the people, and that means all of them,” says Leopold, who’s written a letter to Santa Cruz Mayor Don Lane in hopes of getting the conversation started. Leopold wants to know if there


is a way for nonresident Santa Cruz water customers to take part in the vote outlined in a new city ordinance proposed by Lane and Councilmember David Terrazas. As of press time, Santa Cruz City Council was expected to approve the ordinance on Tuesday, Feb. 28. It would put the desalination plant to a vote of city residents, probably sometime next year. Leopold says he’s also asked county counsel chief deputy Rahn Garcia to look into the possibility of including Live Oak residents in the city’s election process, but Garcia is not commenting on the matter, citing client privilege. Leopold notes that water customers in the unincorporated areas already pay a higher water rate than city residents. Santa Cruz Water Director Bill Koch confirms that those customers pay rates 26 percent higher than city residents. He says that’s because their water depends on piping


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and infrastructure that is specific to them and does not benefit the city. Leopold also notes that out-of-city water customers, who mostly live in Live Oak and Pasatiempo, with a few in Capitola as well, have almost no representation on the city water commission. The seven-member water board has only one non-city member, and he’s appointed by the city. Leopold wants residents of the Soquel Creek Water District to have a chance to vote on the plant too. Under the desal plan, Soquel Creek would use the plant at half capacity for about 90 percent of the time. But any vote would have to be OK’d by the district’s leaders, and its board has not yet discussed the possibility of holding an election. Rick Longinotti, a leader of Desal Alternatives, has been gathering signatures for a measure, separate from the one advanced by Lane and Terrazas, that would put desal to a vote, most likely in November 2014. Longinotti says he’d like to join forces with Leopold, but says he can’t for legal reasons: Longinotti says his group’s measure cannot be changed to include out-of-city voters. But he wishes Leopold’s efforts well. “I totally support his goal, which is to have his constituents in Live Oak have some kind of voice in their water future,” Longinotti says. Lewis looks forward to voicing his concerns on desalination, but adds there’s more than one way to do that. He says sometimes Americans put too much focus on voting and end up ignoring the other aspects of democracy. If the activist, a member of Desal Alternatives, does not get a chance to cast his vote, he says it won’t be the end of the world. Protest and activism are also important. “If I were not able to vote on it,” Lewis says, “l wouldn’t sit and cry in my beer, because I [already] take part in democracy on a day-to-day basis. Voting is just one part of it.“0

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A new vintage of Santa Cruz Mountains winemakers is emerging BY STETT HOLBROOK AND CHRISTINA WATERS


The ancient practice of turning grape juice into wine is wonderfully Old World and low-tech. But just like the rest of the world, winemaking undergoes generational shifts. In spite of its culture of age and wisdom, it needs new blood. For our Food & Wine issue, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re celebrating the Santa Cruz Mountains winegrowing regionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a rambling appellation that runs from Woodside to Watsonville and from Santa Cruz to Saratogaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; along with a new class of young winemakers who

& are writing the next chapter of a local winemaking story that began 130 years ago. Martin Ray, a protĂŠgĂŠ of Paul Masson, proved the power and grace of Santa Cruz Mountains wines nearly 70 years ago with his pinot noir and chardonnay grown in vineyards high above Saratoga. Mount Eden Vineyards winemaker Jeffrey Patterson carries on Rayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tradition on the same mountaintop site where Ray once lived and made wine. Just to the

north, Ridge Vineyards showed the world that California wines were every bit as good as those of France in the now famous Judgment of Paris tasting in 1976. Do any of these four winemakers, all in their mid30s or younger, have what it takes to make a wine for the ages and prove once again that Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best wines donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all come from Napa and Sonoma? Time will tell. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Stett Holbrook


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T WAS while enjoying a glass of wine with his then-girlfriend and future wife, Claire, that Denis Hoey realized he wanted to become a winemaker. He had been helping out at Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, and one day he got the last bottle of grenache rose to come off the bottling line. That day, the satisfaction of a hard dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work, the beauty of the wine and the pleasure that came with enjoying it with somebody he loved sealed the deal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ahaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; moment,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was hooked.â&#x20AC;? Hoey continued working for Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jeff Emery, one of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elder statesmen. At first he worked parttime, but he was clear about what he wanted, and he stuck with it. Now heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the production manager and assistant winemaker. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been blessed that Jeff allowed me to just go for it,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is the one reason I am where I am.â&#x20AC;? Hoey, now 29, is an exuberant man with tight, curly hair and a cherubic, ever-smiling face. He seems to realize

his good fortune and is enjoying the ride. In 2004, he decided to make his own wine, and Odonata Wines was born. He started with just 65 casesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; three barrels. Now heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to 2,000 cases. But he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to get a whole lot bigger. He likes running a one-man show. This spring heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to open the doors to a new tasting room (Odonata currently occupies a back corner of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s densely packed winery). He loves working within the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, a region whose potential has yet to be fully tapped, he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My aspiration is to breathe new life and energy into the Santa Cruz Mountains [appellation] and showcase the energy that is here,â&#x20AC;? he says. He aims to make wines with less tannin and acid to make them drinkable right away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not trying to make 30-year wines. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to make wines that people are going to latch onto day one.â&#x20AC;? They are definitely drinkable. He focuses on Rhone varietalsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;syrah, grenache and mourvedreâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but is

13 Until his tasting room opens, he pours his wines out of the Santa Cruz Mountain Winery space the first weekend of the month. Sometimes his dad helps out, and people assume the elder Hoey is the winemaker and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the assistant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had plenty of people tell me, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re too young. What are you doing?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m starting to get gray hair,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are starting to take me seriously.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Stett Holbrook

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verything about Kenny Likitprakongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story is filled with independent attitude. Growing up in Healdsburg of Thai, Chinese and Jewish ancestry, he exercised his passions for skateboarding and snowboarding in tandem with plenty of world travel. His umbrella Hobo Wines group is named partly in homage to songwriter/vagabond Woody Guthrie and the free spirit of wandering. He had launched the Banyan label

with his father to showcase a line of crisp white wines, including varietals like riesling and viognier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We started with Banyan for aromatic whites that would pair with foods I grew up eating,â&#x20AC;? explains the winemaker, now in his mid-30s, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and Hobo for Sonoma County Reds, where I am from originally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Later, some wines came up that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really fit that well into either of those categories, so we added the ¨ "

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working with other grapes as well. His 2009 malbec won a double gold medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in January. My favorites are his 2009 syrahâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a well textured wine made from Santa Cruz Mountains fruit with abundant flavors of black pepper, cocoa and raspberry and a long, drying finishâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and his 2009 grenache, made with grapes grown near Lodi. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also got a grenache blanc still in the barrel that promises to be a stunner.

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13 F O O D & W I N E | K E N N Y L I K I T P R A K O N G Folk Machine label to have an outlet for more â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;experimentalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; type wines.â&#x20AC;? That includes, at the moment, a rare and feisty valdiguie. Likitprakong makes no promises as to what grapes might show up in his bottles from one year to the next, something that gives his fan base plenty to look forward to. The winemaker admits that his â&#x20AC;&#x153;career pathâ&#x20AC;? has tended toward many forking paths, rather than a single, obvious goal. In fact, Likitprakong refuses to pin down ultimate goals, as might be expected from an experienced traveler who left arts studies at UCSC to snowboard in Tahoe; sample wines in Italy, Peru and the south of France; crush his first grapes in the Santa Cruz Mountains and surf a bit in Mexico before settling into his current oenological explorations. His avantgarde blends and unexpected varietal bottlings have already made him a cult figure in a domain well-stocked with mavericks. The story behind his Ghostwriter label began in Santa Cruz. He made connections with Santa Cruz Mountains grape growers and winemakers when he worked at Feltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hallcrest Vineyards in the early 2000s. This connection led him to the Woodruff Vineyard,

a hallowed patch of ground in Corralitos. The vineyard has yielded a particularly intense dose of Santa Cruz Mountains terroir in the form of the 2009 Ghostwriter Pinot Noir. Jon BonnĂŠ, wine editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, named it one of 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top 100 wines. The wine is a collaboration between Likitprakong and partner Brian Wilkerson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Woodruff Family Vineyard is special,â&#x20AC;? Likitprakong acknowledges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has the right geographic orientation and natural hillside drainage. The vines are old and well taken care of. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dry farmed and always have been.â&#x20AC;? But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more to the story. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have walked through and worked in a lot of vineyards over the last 15 years or so, and each vineyard has a certain energy or feeling somehow,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You just know which ones are special. The Woodruff Family Vineyard carries a certain peace and tranquility, where you feel like things are right and as they should be.â&#x20AC;? Like many restless creators, the winemaker has a strong sense of place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no doubt in my mind that the vines feel this tooâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the resulting wines are a testament to it.â&#x20AC;? Many palates agree. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Christina Waters

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indsey Otisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; travels as a winemaker have taken her all over the world, but she finally found her place in the Santa Cruz Mountains, close to home. After graduating from UC-Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; prestigious oenology program, she headed to France. She then spent time working at Saratogaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CooperGarrod winery and later Bonny Doon Vineyard in Santa Cruz. She moved to New Zealand. She made shiraz and riesling in Australia. Back in the States, she worked in Napa Valley at Silver Oak Cellars, makers of one the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bestselling cabernet sauvignons. But Napa wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was very clear to me I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t belong in Napa,â&#x20AC;? she says, recalling how she chafed under a conservative

winemaking culture. From Napa, Otis headed west to Sonoma Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dry Creek Valley and the Williams Selyem Winery, maker of one of Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most lusted-after pinot noirs. But still Otis, 30, longed for home. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d grown up on Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Westside a short walk from the beach and had developed a love of quirkiness, a willingness to take risks and a distaste for buttoned-down, textbook style. Most of all she wanted the latitude to create. So when Bradley Brown, winemaker and owner of Big Basin Winery near Boulder Creek, posted a job for assistant winemaker, she jumped on it. So did about 100 other people. Brown says he picked


winemaking,â&#x20AC;? a minimalist approach that involves using wild yeasts and as little intervention as possible. She calls it â&#x20AC;&#x153;guiding the grapes to the bottleâ&#x20AC;? to produce wines that are â&#x20AC;&#x153;transparentâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;pure.â&#x20AC;? Keep an eye out for the wineryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first-ever riesling. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still in the barrel, but already the 2010 vintage is a racy beauty with floral aromas and juicy flavors of pineapple and tropical fruit backed with well-edged acidity. While Big Basin has made its reputation with its syrah, the wineryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pinot noirs are outstanding, particularly those from Corralitosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Woodruff Vineyard. Otis and Brown collaborated on the 2009 and 2010 vintages, and they are flat-out gorgeous wines built with tannin and heft. They are made to last. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a winemaker I like that people can share in it and that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re passing on a message of place,â&#x20AC;? says Otis. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Stett Holbrook

Mica Raas


inemaker Mica Raas is a rebel and an outsider. A tall 29-year-old with close-cropped dark brown hair, he has a singleminded focus: to restore the Santa Cruz Mountains wine appellation to greatness. He rejects what he says is the

cliquish old-boy network of Santa Cruz Mountains winemaking. He says he often finds himself unable to buy grapes from local growers because he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t belong to the right club. He calls the Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association, the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s member-based promotional arm, ineffectual. ¨ %

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Otis over all the rest because of her technical expertise and breadth of experience were big selling pointsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and because she knew the area well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She really wanted to be here,â&#x20AC;? he says. As a winemaker, Otis says she wanted to come home to Santa Cruz because she loves the multitude of microclimates and soils in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. And people here, she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afraid of making wines that taste different.â&#x20AC;? Otis looks the Westsider part, with her Haut surfshop sweatshirt, oversized sunglasses and straight blond hair. But a taste of some of the vintages sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had a hand in during her 18 months at Big Basin reveals a winemaker of real talent. She oversees production of the wineryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s white and rose wines while Brown handles the reds, mainly pinot noir and syrah. But in reality they collaborate on everything. Otis was attracted to Big Basinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to â&#x20AC;&#x153;natural


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But he thinks the appellation can achieve greatness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Santa Cruz Mountains in my opinion is one of the most underdeveloped and underappreciated wine regions in America,â&#x20AC;? he says. Raas went to school at Sonoma State University, where he discovered his love for winemaking, a passion he likens to a disease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You either have it or you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t,â&#x20AC;? he quips. His affliction took him to several

wineries around the state, from Sonoma Port Works to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;custom crushâ&#x20AC;? house that made wine for scores of big-name brands like Charles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Buck Chuckâ&#x20AC;? Shaw. The experience exposed him to all sides of winemaking, from small-batch, artisanal production wines to industrial sugar- and acidflavored wines made to mask crappy grapes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I found out what I like to make is single vineyardâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; designated wines,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to make something that is repeatable. Even if it is the same vineyards, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the same every year.â&#x20AC;? He established Mica Cellars four years ago to showcase what a single vineyard can do. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tiny winery, just 405 cases. He sources grapes from this area and beyond, but in the future he plans to make his wine from all Santa Cruz Mountains fruit. His 2010 Smith Road Pinot Noir, a meaty but well-balanced wine made from grapes grown in Corralitos, picked up 91 points from the Beverage Tasting Institute, making it the second-highest score given to a Santa Cruz Mountains pinot noir (Windy Oaks Winery took the top score). He also makes a charbono, a unique but highly drinkable red wine made with

17 an obscure Italian varietal. For easy quaffability, my favorite was his 2009 CFM, a delicious blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot. If heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Santa Cruz Mountainsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rebel outsider, his Winemakers Studio in Watsonville is his rebel base. The industrial-looking winery near the airport sits between a bike factory and auto repair shops and occupies a warehouse with cement slab floors that hold the chill of the morning all day. His runt-sized boxer Tule runs about and chews on stray bits of wood. He calls it â&#x20AC;&#x153;an above-ground cave,â&#x20AC;? a rather ideal setting for making and cellaring wine. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unglamorous, but still attracts visitors for tastings. But Raas says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not after the glory alone. The Winemakers Studio is a collective. He shares it with three other wineries, and a mead producer is planning to move in as well. He envisions the place as an incubator for new winemaker talent. The idea is to offer a supportive (and affordable) environment for a new generation of winemakers who can learn from each other and create wines to match or beat those of better-known winegrowing areas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to bring in all the upstarts who have a dream,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is how a region becomes successful.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Stett Holbrook

Project Cooking: French Baked Beans Building a proper Cassoulet de Porc et de Mouton a la Julia Child BY ALEX GILRANE


WHAT STARTED OUT as a French peasan peasa peasant pot dish, likely created to allo allow a farm cook to recycle her le recycl lefto leftovers, has become the h worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most glamorous casserole. While the legendary cassouletâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even the best cassouletâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; retains the straightforwardness

of its peasant roots, it is so rare that many Americans have never actually tasted it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult to find in any restaurant (Ma Maison in Aptos offers it only twice a year). So the best way to get your hands on this legendary dish is to make it yourself. And that will

require some commitment. Cassouletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preparation can be one of two things: the culmination of a week of fine meals, or a twoor-three-day project. Either way, if you do it correctly, in the end you will wind up with a remarkably succulent, surprisingly subtle and ¨ &

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17 F O O D & W I N E | F R E N C H B A K E D B E A N S ridiculously rich dish: a combination of roast pork, stewed lamb, homemade peasant sausage, duck confit (optional) and a slow-cooked bean soup flavored with meat drippings and pork fat. Julia Child, our still-reigning queen of French cuisine, hilariously calls this elaborate cornucopia of proteins â&#x20AC;&#x153;French Baked Beans.â&#x20AC;? The efficient way to cook it, seems to me, is to harvest the remains of four or five dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of meals. The other way, which Julia strongly recommends, is to prepare four or five separate, rather involved dishes from scratch and combine them in total. My decision to do it the hard way was partly journalistic (I figured it would make a better story) and probably partly ex-Catholic (Ordeal? OK!). In her epic tome Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia concedes that â&#x20AC;&#x153;constructing a good cassoulet is a long process,â&#x20AC;? and, in another outlandish understatement, asserts that â&#x20AC;&#x153;any cassoulet worthy of the name is not a light dish.â&#x20AC;? Ahem. Yes. She manages to squeeze the recipe onto five pages, into which she fits more detailed instructions than a golf coach describing the perfect swing. For example, here are her instructions about the correct preparation of a pork rind: While the beans are soaking, place the rind in the saucepan and cover with 1 quart of cold water. Bring to the boil and boil 1 minute. Drain, rinse in cold water, and repeat the process. Then, with shears, cut the rind into squares one-quarterinch wide; cut the strips into small triangles. Cover the rind again with a quart of cold water, bring to the simmer, and simmer very slowly for 30 minutes. Set saucepan aside. This process freshens the rind, and softens it so it will lose itself as it cooks with the beans. So: almost an hourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work to get the pork rind just right before putting it into a dish that also includes a dozen other strongly-flavored, ultrarich ingredients. Still, the idea of the rind â&#x20AC;&#x153;losing itself â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;yum. Sadly, I was unable to procure pork rind in Santa Cruz with no notice (the nice butcher at Shopperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corner said he could get it for me with a couple daysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; notice, but it was already bean-cooking night). So, following Juliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helpful

recommendation, I substituted lean salt pork that had been cut up, placed in cold water and simmered for 10 minutes, then drained. For a good cassoulet, the beans are cooked three times. The first time they are boiled with the pork rind (if you can find it), blanched salt pork, a cup of onions, and an herb bouquet (garlic, parsley, thyme and bay leaf tied up in cheesecloth). Oh, I forgot to mentionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I had already prepared a very nice threepound Roti de Porc Poele (casseroleroasted pork). This involved pansearing the roast on all sides in rendered pork fat, then roasting it for two hours with onions, carrots and an herb bouquet (see above), basting occasionally. (The roast was amazing, but in truth, the most valuable thing to come out of this process was one cup of extraordinarily flavorful cooking juices.) Next step: the mutton. Madame Child apparently feels that mutton is preferable to lamb for this dish, although she will settle for â&#x20AC;&#x153;almost matureâ&#x20AC;? lamb. Recalling my late motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frequently stated complaint that virtually all of the lamb to be found in stores today is actually mutton, I spared myself the work of tracking down mutton by that name and secured a bone-in lamb shoulder, which I then carved into two-inch cubes (each thoroughly dried with paper towel), retaining the bonesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a laborious and oddly satisfying task, I will admit. I browned the meat (in pork fat), then browned the bones, then caramelized some onions in the pork/lamb fat. The meat, bones and onions went into the casserole with garlic, three cups of white wine, tomato puree, chicken stock and another herb bouquet. After bringing this to a simmer on the stove I put it into the oven for an hour and a half. When it was done, I removed the meat and bones with a slotted spoon and set them aside separately. The beans were then cooked for a second time in the liquid that remained, with the addition of the juices from the roast pork. Seriously. The next-to-last step in Mme. Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recipe called for the creation of a very simple variety of French sausage cakesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Saucisse de Toulouse.


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>=@9¸<¸03/<AA French peasant dish, cassoulet really comes down to a few very simple ingredients.

To do it right, one must hand-grind a pound of lean fresh pork and a half-pound of fresh pork fat. To this is added salt and pepper, a pinch of allspice, a quarter cup of armagnac or cognac, and a clove of garlic. I was very temped to improvise here. It seemed to me counterintuitive (as the French would say) that the sausageâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in some ways the star of this mealâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;should be so bland. I toyed with the idea of whipping up an andouille, which seemed to make sense. But I chose, again for journalistic and ex-Catholic reasons, to follow the rules. (The only variation: Because we had some good-enough leftover fruitcakemaking brandy in the cabinet, I could not justify the purchase of a bottle of cognac or armagnac. I regret that choice for reasons that have nothing to do with this recipe.) After all of this, the final assembly was somewhat anticlimactic. The pork is cut into chunks, the salt pork into cubes, and all of the ingredients are layered in the casserole, ending with a layer of beans and sausage. Bread crumbs and parsley are traditionally sprinkled on top. Leftover meat-cooking juices and/or bean-cooking juices are poured over

the whole thing. Pop it in the oven for the final one-hour (re)cooking (donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to baste) and an hour laterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;voila! Again, the first few bites were an anticlimax. Julia had predicted this response, pointing out that because of cassouletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation, we approach it expecting â&#x20AC;&#x153;some rare ambrosia.â&#x20AC;? After all of this complicated labor, it was almost surprising how subtle the dish was. The flavor of the lamb dominated somewhat, as might be expected. And yet I had anticipated something more, at least at first. Part of my initial disappointment was self-inflicted. My favorite restaurant cassoulet is found at Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro du Coin, and my favorite thing about it is the duck confit. I had decided to forgo the duck for reasons described above. Eventually I was glad I did. By the time I got to the bottom of the bowl, I was in love with the stuff. Somehow all of the strong flavors had melded to create something both complex and simple. It was something like the difference between French and California winesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this was a taste of the Old World, and it was just plain good. Next time, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m adding the duck. 0

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Still Sinless


The former megastar keeps his act clean without losing charm BY JACOB PIERCE


ANYONE who’s grown tired of watching videos of famous dead comedians should google Sinbad, the performer many people forgot was still alive. They’ll find a genuinely talented comic (if funny in a different way than you thought when you were 7) with a unique knack for skewering human nature while keeping the jokes clean. Sinbad (legal name: David Adkins), who performs this Friday at the Rio Theatre, was most famous in the ’90s for his work in family flicks like First Kid, House Guest and Jingle All the Way— plus for a few outrageous outfits dating back to the 1980s. He isn’t exactly swimming in praise in the new century. Comedy Central named Sinbad the 78th funniest comedian of all time in 2004—right in between Paul Reiser of Mad About You sitcom fame and the some guy named Dom Irerra from Pennsylvania. The dismal ranking probably wasn’t Sinbad’s proudest publicity moment, but it wasn’t his lowest either. That may have come in 2006 when Maxim—citing his questionable fashion sense, oversized earrings and what the editors termed “his shitty jokes”—named him the alltime worst. To be fair, the Christian comic, who hosted the 2008 family-oriented DVD special Thou Shalt Laugh 3, isn’t exactly

IT AIN’T EASY BEING SEEZY Sinbad’s had his ups and downs, but one thing has remained constant: If you can’t get a babysitter, you can bring the kids to the show. courting the lad mag crowd. He doesn’t swear in his routines. And much of his material focuses on family issues with an added edge—like getting your 23year-old to move out of the house by walking around naked—although he covers a wide range of topics. “I talk about everything that everyone else talks about. I just don’t curse,” Sinbad tells Santa Cruz Weekly. “It’s got the same bite. I talk about every subject under the sun. I just found a way to do it where you can bring the whole family.” In addition to stand-up comedy, weird outfits and movie success, there was a time when Sinbad was famous in part just for being Sinbad. Americans couldn’t turn on their TV without seeing his perpetual grin. Sinbad was on The Cosby Show, a Cosby Show spinoff, and twice appeared on Bill Nye The Science Guy. He was in an infomercial for the Tae Bo fitness workout and in commercials for Polaroid cameras. There’s a typical explanation for why performers like Sinbad fall out of

favor: They changed, we tell ourselves. It happens to all our favorites—Green Day, the cast of Saturday Night Live, Bob Dylan. (Hard-core Dylan fans love going on the defensive to pretend their favorite former folk singer’s new music is just as good these days, just different.) With Sinbad that’s not the case. Sinbad didn’t change. We did. In 2012, Sinbad’s straightforward, curse-free jokes about family and relationships seem even further from the edge than they used to be. We’ve adapted to forms of comedy that are more shocking (Sarah Silverman, Sacha Baron Cohen)—or super awkward (Flight of The Conchords, Zach Galifianakis). Sinbad’s audiences even stand a chance of learning something. The comedian provides the most entertaining relationship or dating advice in town. He’s told women to seek out a man with only one tooth. “You can get him a few teeth,” Sinbad joked in the 2010 comedy special Where U Been? “Other women don’t see what you see.”

The 55-year-old offers advice for single men too. In the same special he shared that older men should ignore young gold diggers and instead chase down “women that know the signs of stroke.” He personally likes a woman who keeps his medicine in her purse. In addition to his comedy specials and a rigorous touring schedule, Sinbad recently had a two-week stint on 2010’s Celebrity Apprentice: Season 3 and hosted a short-lived reality show about his family life on the Women’s Entertainment channel. “At the end of the day, if you can keep a fan base and stay true to who you are, that’s the only thing that’s important to me,” Sinbad says. “In this career, you’ll be hot, but you can’t be hot forever.” Sinbad Friday at 8pm Rio Theatre Tickets $37 general/$48 gold circle at


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A Case of You Santa Cruz musicians pay tribute to Joni Mitchell BY CAT JOHNSON


A MASTERFUL lyricist, composer and painter, Joni Mitchell is an inimitable creative force. She’s racked up eight Grammys, has her name in stars on sidewalks and gets honorary doctorate degrees and lifetime achievement awards. She is also a chain-smoking, media-wary introvert with a serious case of stage fright. These seemingly disparate facets, however, serve only to strengthen the allure of Mitchell, whose musical contributions are held up with those of Dylan and the Beatles. Her catalog is immense and varied and she has won the loyalties of countless die-hard fans who understand that with Joni, the artist cannot be separated from the art. “She’s the complete package,” says local singer-songwriter Jayme Kelly Curtis. “She’s a fully-realized artist in every way. She has a facility of the language, she’s a guitar innovator, she’s an arranger, and she’s the artist responsible for the visual look of her output.” A longtime fan, Curtis is bringing together some of Santa Cruz’s finest musical talents for a celebration of Mitchell’s life called The Joni Show. Featuring Barry and Shelley Phillips, Ginny Mitchell, Mary McCaslin, Jesse Autumn, Nancy LeVan, Bill Walker, Amy Obenski and many more, the Joni Show pays loving tribute to the legend and her music. Altogether, 19 artists will be performing songs that span much of Mitchell’s career, from her 1968 debut Song to a Seagull through her mid-1990s release Turbulent Indigo. “Everybody who is in the show has had a serious love affair with Joni Mitchell at some point in their lives,”

MILES OF SMILES In all, 19 local musicians are performing in The Joni Show this Saturday at Kuumbwa. says Curtis. “I’m thrilled about the range of material that got chosen. There are six songs from Blue, which didn’t surprise me at all, but there are also 16 other songs that run the gamut.” Hits such as “Chelsea Morning,” “Woodstock,” “Help Me” and “I Wish I Had a River” are represented (by Celina Guttierez, the Phillipses and Autumn, Mitchell and Obenski respectively), but so are some of Mitchell’s lesserknown works. McCaslin is performing “Nathan La Franeer,” Guttierez is doing “Magdalene Laundries,” Curtis is singing “For the Roses” and Paula Bliss, Bob Bliss and Daniel Vee Lewis are taking on “Trouble Child.” As fans know, some of Mitchell’s greatest work never made it onto the charts. And as Mitchell’s aesthetic evolved, it left some listeners behind, wondering where the young folk singer went. “For a while, I had to be a Joni Mitchell apologist,” says Curtis. “I’d say, ‘She’s just so far beyond where you’re at right now.’ It took a long time for the world to catch up to the fact that

her music is really jazz music.” As Mitchell steered away from pop music and moved further into the realm of jazz, she expanded the public notion of what popular music could be. Well known for her inventive guitar tunings, textured and complex song structures and lyrical openness, Mitchell changed the face of music. Her work with jazz innovators Jaco Pastorius and Charles Mingus further stretched her musical range and solidified her status as a compositional master whose work exists outside of any pre-existing genre. “A lot of the songs that she’s really well known for don’t really represent the body of her work,” says Curtis, whose first experience of Mitchell’s music was through headphones, with the album open in her lap, reading along to the lyrics. “It put me in another dimension,” she says. “You were entering her world and it was a magical kingdom. You can have [Mitchell’s music] on in the background, but if you want to get into it, you have to get into it.”

Though her ventures into uncharted musical territory were not always met enthusiastically at first—albums such as The Hissing of Summer Lawns and Hejira were dismissed at the time of their release—Mitchell now stands in the living legend category. Taken as a whole her body of work follows the arc of a generation. Innocence, optimism, love, pain, tragedy and hope are all present in her music, and her fans return to her poetic insights again and again. “This woman has touched me and so many other people so deeply,” says Curtis. “Her lyrics really resonate in a universal way. She has the ability to express not just what’s in her own heart, but she really speaks for a generation. There’s a Joni Mitchell lyric for everything.”

The Joni Show Saturday 8pm Kuumbwa Jazz Center Tickets $20 adv/$25 door

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"We have all come to this life on a soul errand to complete and fullfill our golden purpose"

Journey True North

Jullianna Brooks LCSW

In these current times the culture and social climate is loaded with material expectations and misleading guidance which can waylay our purpose JOURNEY TRUE NORTH provides practical tools to recalibrate the internal compass and support the continued journey towards a personal north star and golden purpose.

LISTEN TO THE MUSIC The Doobie Brothers play their first Santa Cruz show in 20 years at the Santa Cruz Blues Festival.

Big Blue Ball On its 20th anniversary, the Blues Festival honors old-school blues and all the styles it spawned BY AARON CARNES


ALL MODERN American music, be it jazz, bluegrass, soul or good old-fashioned rock & roll, is rooted in the blues. It quite literally changed music permanently since its inception in the late 19th century. The Santa Cruz Blues Festival, which turns 20 this year, celebrates the blues’ wide-ranging inf luence on American music by booking not just traditional blues bands but more eclectic groups who mix the blues with a whole range of other styles. This year’s lineup includes such diverse acts as the

Doobie Brothers, Los Lobos, Joan Osborne and Los Lonely Boys. “What we’re doing is stuff that’s based in the blues and American roots music, like the Doobie Brothers. They’re definitely an American band, but it’s roots music with a lot of different inf luences,” says festival promoter Bill Welch. The festival has promoted this mission of musical diversity over its 20-year run by booking such artists as Joe Cocker, Boz Scaggs, Eric Burdon & the Animals, the Neville Brothers and Bonnie Raitt. At the

same time, the festival has always brought in top-notch blues legends like Buddy Guy, Bobby Bland, Ray Charles, Albert Collins, Etta James, B.B. King and John Lee Hooker. This year the two-day festival starts off Saturday with a particularly eclectic blend of blues- and roots-inspired music. The lineup includes New Orleans jazz/funk combo Big Sam’s Funky Nation; Joan Osborne, who, though best known for her 1996 alt-rock ballad “One of Us,” has in fact recorded several funk and blues albums; Los Lobos, who play a mixture of rock & roll, blues, soul and traditional Mexican music; and of course San Jose’s own Doobie Brothers, famous for such rootsoriented ’70s classic rock hits as “China Grove,” “Taking it to the Streets” and “What a Fool Believes.” This will be the Doobie Brothers’ first Santa Cruz concert in over 20 years. Sunday’s lineup will be a special celebration of the festival’s twodecade run by paying tribute to the past and future of blues music. “We want to show some of the crowd favorites we’ve had over the years, but also show where blues is going. It’s the best of the blues yesterday and today,” Welch explains. Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery and Michael Burks, all of whom have played the Blues Festival countless times before, kick things off on Sunday, followed by what’s sure to be a memorable set with two living legends—Chicago blues pioneer Elvin Bishop and James Cotton, one of the last living members of Muddy Waters’ band. Closing out the festival are two young up-and-coming acts, TexMex–blues mixologists Los Lonely Boys and Johnny Lang, one of the finest young blues guitarists in music today.

20th Annual Santa Cruz Blues Festival Saturday–Sunday, May 26–27 Aptos Village Park Tickets $65 general/one day, $120 general/two day at www. starting Feb. 29.


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THEATER 6th Annual Broadway Cabaret

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CONCERTS The Benny Golson Quintet Legendary jazz musician performs with Mike LeDonne, Ray Drummond, Jason Marsalis and Grammy-nominated vocalist Nnenna Freelon. Mon, Mar 5, 7 and 9pm. $28-$31. Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, 831.427.5100.

A cabaret show that blends theatre, bluegrass, jazz, spoken word, live art, burlesque, bellydance and more. Sat, Mar 3, 8pm. $15-$20. Ristorante Barolo, 8041 Soquel, Santa Cruz.

Eligh & Amp Live

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Streetlight Records in Santa Cruz hosts a free in-store concert with experimental hip-hop group, Eliquate. Tue, Mar 6, 4-5pm. Streetlight Records Santa Cruz, 939 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.421.9200.

The World Theater Performing Arts Series presents five acts depicting the American West. Wed, Feb 29, 7:30pm. $10-$50. CSU Monterey Bay University Center, 100 Campus Center, Seaside, 831.582.4580.

Hello and Goodbye The Jewel Theatre Company continues its current season with Athol Fugard’s evocative play about family, hope and redemption. Thu-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. Thru Mar 18. $23-$28. Center Stage, 1001 Center St, Santa Cruz, 831.425.7506.

Smudge A dark comedy about how a couple deals with the arrival of their unbearably deformed baby. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Thru Mar 10. $17-$20. Paper Wing Theater, 320 Hoffman Ave, Monterey, 831.905.5684.

Starting From the Wrong Place A performance that blends story and improvised music and dance, exploring life’s confusions, mysteries and empty spaces. Sat, Mar 3, 8pm. $15-$20. 418 Gallery, 418 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.466.9770.

The Thinning Veil UCSC Theater Arts Department presents this multimedia program which follows the troubled members of the House of Atreus. Performed on two different stages with six video cameras for a unique experience. Thu-Sat, 7pm and Sun, 3pm. Thru Mar 11. $12-$15. Experimental Theater, Theater Arts Center UCSC, Santa Cruz, 831.420.5260.

West Side Story Pacific Collegiate Charter School presents its Spring Musical with this classic Broadway production. Fri-Sat, 7pm and Sun, Mar


A one night only production that showcases a wide variety of local performers with singing, dancing, and acting. Sat, Mar 3, 7:30pm. $15$18. Bethany University Theatre, 800 Bethany Dr, Scotts Valley, 831.566.9411.

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Eligh and Amp Live come to Santa Cruz as part of their first-ever headlining tour. Thu, Mar 1, 8pm. The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.1336.


Funkranomicon Popular Bay Area funk group comes to Santa Cruz with a new lineup after an eight year hiatus. Fri, Mar 2, 9pm. $6. Crow’s Nest, 2218 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, 831.476.4560.

La Voz de Tres


INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE Even though it’s about indie gamers (not what you’d automatically call the most tragic figures) ArsTechnica reports that there were tears—yes, tears!—at this film’s debut at Sundance a month ago. Santa Cruzans may wish to see it for another reason: it stars our very own Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes, creators of the critically acclaimed Super Meat Boy. The two stars do a Q&A after tonight’s screening. Friday, March 2, 7pm at the Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. Tickets $15 at

Kuumbwa Jazz Center hosts an evening with this Latin American jazz group as they spice up familiar bossa-novas, boleros, tangos, Andean folk tunes, jazz standards as well as perform daring originals. Thu, Mar 1, 7pm. $18-$21. Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, 831.427.2227.


Mickey Hart’s New Band


Mickey Hart’s new band performs a concert to benefit Music Therapy. All ages welcome. Thu, Mar 1, 8pm. $29. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz, 831.423.8209.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Musical Charis and ZuhG Streetlight Records in Santa Cruz hosts a double bill with Musical Charis and ZuhG. Free in-store concert. Sat, Mar 3, 4-5:30pm. Streetlight Records Santa Cruz, 939 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.421.9200.

Santa Cruz County Symphony Family Concert Featuring members of the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, and Rock Lerum’s Circus Troupe. Sun, Mar 4, 2pm. $10-$12. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.462.0553.


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 museum-wide 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.


June as part of the 99th First Friday. Fri, Mar 2, 6-9pm. Free. 118 Coral St, Santa Cruz, 831.425.7277.

Felix Kulpa Gallery



One’s Own Voice exhibit explores discovering one’s own personal imagery. Opening reception in conjunction with First Friday Santa Cruz. Fri, Mar 2, 6-9pm. One’s Own Voice exhibit explores discovering one’s own personal imagery, featuring the works of Sharon Bosley, Susan Moore, Sylvia Gerbl, Kathleen Pouls, Coeleen Kiebert and more. Thu-Sun, noon-5pm. Thru Apr 29. Free. 107 Elm St, Santa Cruz, 408.373.2854.

Santa Cruz Art League Art Bites Back. A short exhibit that showcases 12 Santa Cruz artists as they speak out on environmental, political, and social issues. Wed-Fri-Sat, noon-5pm. Thru Mar 18. Wed-Sat, noon-5pm, Sun noon-4pm. 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, 831.426.5787.

Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios The Poster Art of Yasamine June. Artist Reception celebrating the works of graphic artist Yasamine

Art du Jour Written Word/Spoken Word. Featuring the book art of Mary Atkinson and Felicia Rice. Thru Feb 29. 1013 Cedar St., Santa Cruz.

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

Cabrillo College Gallery Glenn Carter: A Guest to the Mystery. Mixed media work by Santa Cruz resident Glenn Carter. Carter will discuss his work Tues, Feb 21, 7pm. Thru Mar 9. Free. 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.479.6308.

Marjorie Evans Gallery The Horse: A Guide to The Unknown. An exhibition of original mixed media and collage by Nancy Leigh Hillis. Thru Feb 29. Free. San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel, 831.620.2052.

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

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

Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos A Prison Art Exhibit. Works feature themes of survival, culture and spirituality. Thru May 17. 1817 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.457.8208.


Santa Cruz Central Branch Library Gallery

Art From Within. Cruzio’s staff and coworking members, both professional and hobbyists, display their artwork side by side. Thru Feb 29. Free. 877 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, 831.459.6301.

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

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REPEAT!. A playful exploration of repetition by six artists utilizing mixed media, photography, assemblage and construction. On display at all locations. Thru Apr 20. 720 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.457.5000.

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

Sesnon Gallery Katerina Lanfranco: Natural Selection. A site-specific installation by Katerina Lanfranco. Thru Mar 16. UCSC, Porter College, Santa Cruz, 831.459.2273.

less-visited trails, firescarred redwoods and log bridges. Sun, Mar 4, 1pm. Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Hwy 236, Boulder Creek, 831.427.2288.

First Friday at the Library There will be a mother/ daughter art exhibit, as well as art supplies for guests to contribute to the Library’s spring mural. Fri, Mar 2, 4-8pm. Santa Cruz Central Branch Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.420.5700.

Free First Friday At MAH Enjoy extended hours, a no-host bar, live music, and plenty of art exhibits and activities. Fri, Mar 2, 11am-9pm. Free. Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

Global Oceans Awards Gala

Events AROUND TOWN Creeping Forest Ramble Doreen Devorah leads a three-hour hike through

Stephen Plumbi, professor, scientist, researcher, conservationist, author and musician, is the 2012 Global Oceans Hero. The gala features an exquisite meal and award-winning wines. Sat, Mar 3, 6pm. $150. Bittersweet Bistro, 787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Aptos, 831.459.3694. ≥ 26


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< 25 Sinbad Renowned comedian Sinbad brings his unique brand of comedy to Santa Cruz. Tickets available at Streetlight Records in Santa Cruz. Sat, Mar 3, 8pm. $35-$45. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz, 831.423.8209.

Y.L.I. Rummage Sale Plenty of bargains on books, household items, clothing and much more with a $5 bag sale on Sunday. Sat, Mar 3, 8:30am-4pm and Sun, Mar 4, 9am-1pm. Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 515 Frederick St, Santa Cruz.

FILM Indie Game: The Movie Preview screening of this documentary that follows indie game developers as they create games and release them to the public. Tickets available only at http://www. Fri, Mar 2, 7pm. $15. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz, 831.423.8209.

LITERARY EVENTS Andrea Nguyen Andrea Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen and Asian Dumplings, presents a lecture on how to cook with tofu, based on her newest book, Asian Tofu. Wed, Mar 7, 7:30pm. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.0900.

bring writing materials. Mon, Mar 5, 7:30pm. Free. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.0900.

LECTURES Eat Yourself Healthy Local nutritionist Sandi Rechenmacher hosts a presentation on the latest nutrition science and how to live healthy. Thu, Mar 1, 6pm. Santa Cruz Central Branch Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.420.5700.

Mat Framing Your Art Anouk Johanna shows you how to create and decorate a mat for your artwork. Sat, Mar 3, 12:30-2:30pm. Free. Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, 9341 Mill St, Ben Lomond, 831.336.3513.

Online Historical Photo Resources Mary Hanel, historian for the Santa Clara City Library, demonstrates how to find historical images of Santa Cruz County through a variety of resources. Thu, Mar 1, 1pm. Santa Cruz Central Branch Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.420.5700.

Wild and Minimal Impact Camping by Kayak, Bicycle and Backpack Sierra Club Santa Cruz Group gives a handson demonstration of equipment and techniques used for wild, low-impact camping. Free. Wed, Feb 29, 6:30pm. Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz.


Author Event: Meredith Maran

Auditions for Legally Blonde

Meredith Maran discusses her first novel, A Theory of Small Earthquakes, a love story that addresses equal rights and the changing definition of family. Wed, Feb 29, 7:30pm. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.462.4415.

Auditions for All About Theater’s upcoming production, limited to 36 students. Please prepare an audition song, and provide a resume and headshot. Sun, Mar 4, noon-5pm and Tue, Mar 6, 6:30-9:30pm. All About Theater, 325 Washington Street, Santa Cruz, 831.345.6340.

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, 10:30am-12:30pm. Free. 831.421.0930.

John Dizikes & Dale Johnson Part of Gabriella Cafe’s Literary Salon Series, featuring dinner and discussion. Tue, Mar 6. 831.457.1677. Gabriella Cafe, 910 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, 831.457.1677.

Poetry Santa Cruz Readings by Toi Derricotte and Ellen Bass. Fri-Sat, 7:30pm. Thru Mar 10. $3 donation suggested. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.0900.

The Writer’s Journey with Laura Davis Seven-time local author Laura Davis leads an introductory evening of writing practice. Please



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 3:305:30pm at Branciforte, 230 Gault St. Mon and Tue. 831.477.7700x7665.

Free Spay or Neuter for Feral Cats Courtesy of Project Purr. Thru Mar 31. 831.423.6369.

Mobile Blood Drive

SC Diversity Center

831.227.2156. TriYoga:

Zen, Vipassana, Basic:


HELLO AND GOODBYE Jewel Theatre presents South African playwright Athol Fugard’s study of family pain and hope in this play about two siblings who, after years of estrangement, come together to sort out their inheritance. With Julie James and Mike Ryan, directed by Jessica Heidt. Friday, March 2–Sunday, March 18. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. At Center Stage, 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz. Tickets $23-28 at or 831.425.7506.

American Red Cross hosts several mobile blood drives throughout Santa Cruz County. To schedule an appointment, go to Thu, Mar 1, 11am-4pm. Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, 220 Elk Street, Santa Cruz, 1.800.733.2767.

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 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.

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

Santa Cruz Fringe Festival Needs Performers Performing artists and groups of all kinds are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is Feb 29. Info and application are available at www.scfringe. com Wed, Feb 29.

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.

Support and Recovery Groups 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).

Wild and Minimal Impact Camping by Kayak, Bicycle and Backpack Sierra Club Santa Cruz Group gives a handson demonstration of equipment and techniques used for wild, low-impact camping. Free. Wed, Feb 29, 6:30pm. Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz.

Yoga Instruction Pacific Cultural Center: 35+ classes per week, 831.462.8893. SC Yoga: 45 classes per week,

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.

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

Flipper SF heroes play with basically every member of the Dead Kennedys except Jello Biafra. Mar 2 at the New Parish.

ESG South Bronx disco pioneers play special show with all four Scroggins sisters. Mar 3 at Mezzanine.

Cloud Nothings Cleveland band ditches pop for darker feel on acclaimed album ‘Attack on Memory.’ Mar 3 at Bottom of the Hill.

Andrew W.K. Once a bloody-nosed party animal, now the most unpredictable man in rock. Mar 6 at the Regency Ballroom.

Ceremony From the suburbs of Rohnert Park to Matador Records, innovative hardcore masters play free in-store. Mar 6 at Amoeba SF. More San Francisco events by subscribing to the email letter at



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Thurs. March 1 U 7 pm

LA VOZ DE TRES An evening of Latin Jazz! Fri. March 2 U 8 pm

THE HOUSE JACKS Tickets: Sun. March 4 U 7:30 pm

ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS Tickets: Monday, March 5 U 7 & 9 pm


No Jazztix/Comps, Pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm 9 pm: 1/2 Price Night for Students Thurs. March 8 U 7 pm

NELLIE McKAY “I WANT TO LIVE!” No Jazztix or Comps

Thurs. March 15 U 7 pm

BEN WILLIAMS & SOUND EFFECT 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

PLAY, MISTY, FOR ME Father John Misty, lately of Fleet Foxes, serenades the Crepe Place on Sunday.



FRIDAY | 3/2




San Francisco duo Girls’ brand of ethereal, druggy pop evokes the warmth of a summer stroll on the beach. Their sweet compositions belie a body of work that is largely about lost love and inner turmoil, a reflection of singer Chris Owens’ tumultuous childhood growing up in the Children of God cult. Eventually he raised enough money to escape to Texas, then San Francisco, where he met part-time cook and full-time slacker J.R. White, whose own affinity for drugs and music led to a collaboration that would become the band’s debut release, Album. The Cocoanut Grove; $20; 8pm. (JG)

Southern California pop-punkers Lagwagon never reached the level of fame of some of their contemporaries, but their commitment to DIY indie label Fat Wreck Chords proves their punk credentials are as solid as anyone’s. Through multiple lineup changes and personal tragedies, lead singer Joey Cape and guitarist Chris Flippin have stuck to it, producing some of the most freewheeling and irreverent rock & roll in recent memory. The band has recently begun touring again in support of the reissues of its first five albums. The Catalyst; $18 adv/$20 door; 9pm. (JG)

Former Grateful Dead percussionist and ethnomusicologist Mickey Hart convenes a new band in anticipation of his new solo release, Mysterium Tremenda, an ambitious project linking light and sound waves. Though best known for his collaboration with the Dead, the breadth and scope of Hart’s work extends far beyond his time with them. His early involvement with world music star Babatunde Olatunji led to a lifelong interest in world beat and fusion, a passion that has led him to author four books on the history of drumming around the world, even as he continues to push his own limits as a percussionist. Rio Theatre; $29; 8pm. (Juan Guzman)





Mar. 7 at Kuumbwa



Mar. 23 at Catalyst

Possessing a crystal clear voice and a penchant for penning dark and introspective songs, Father John Misty, (a.k.a. J. Tillman, a.k.a. Josh Tillman) is a bit of an enigma. As drummer for Fleet Foxes from 2008-2011, he helped initiate the band’s ascent up the pop charts, but his career in music started long before then with numerous albums under the J. Tillman moniker. These days, FJM has a new name, a soon-to-be-released album and a fresh perspective on writing songs. “I had this realization that all I had really done with [songwriting] was lick my wounds,” he has said. “I don’t believe that until now I’ve ever put anything at risk in my music.” Crepe Place; $10 adv/$12 door; 9pm. (CJ)


MONDAY | 3/5

BENNY GOLSON QUINTET An NEA Jazz Master saxophonist whose resume includes stints with legendary jazzmen Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Art Blakey and Lionel Hampton as well as a prolific

Robyn Twomey

Led by real-life siblings Alex and Ben Morrison, the Brothers Comatose play a rollicking brand of bluegrass that calls to mind an old-fashioned hootenanny. Since coming together with Gio Bendetti on bass, Ryan Avellone on Mandolin and Phillip Brezina on fiddle in San Francisco two years ago, the brothers have led the quintet to such legendary venues as the

SUNDAY | 3/4


HAVE A HART Famed Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart plays the Rio this Thursday.

Mar. 26 at Rio Theatre


Apr. 10 at Cocoanut Grove

MICHELLE SHOCKED Apr. 18 at Moe’s Alley

and successful career as a composer and bandleader, Benny Golson has contributed a wealth of material to the jazz canon including the standards “I Remember Clifford” and “Killer Joe.” His current quintet is a star-studded outfit featuring Nnenna Freelon, Mike LeDonne, Ray Drummond and fellow Jazz Master Jason Marsalis. Interesting sidenote: Golson’s presence in the famous jazz photograph “A Great Day in Harlem” was a key plot element of the Tom Hanks movie The Terminal. Kuumbwa; $28 adv/$31 door; 7 & 9pm. (CJ)


JAYME STONE Jayme Stone takes traditional banjo music and traces its history back. Way back. Like before it came to America back. His study of the banjo’s African roots led to a trip to Mali and the creation of the Juno Award–winning album Africa to Appalachia, a crosscultural celebration of the instrument’s African roots. His latest release, Room of Wonders, explores folk traditions from Norway, Brazil, Bulgaria and more and has earned him widespread praise for re-imagining cultural and musical boundaries. Don Quixote’s; $10; 7:30pm. (CJ)


Fitz Cotterell has gone through several incarnations on his way to becoming the Jamaican reggae favorite known worldwide to audiences as Prezident Brown. While in grade school, he would chant under the moniker Junior Ranking before becoming known as Slim Brown due to his resemblance to his mentor, U Brown. Now, as resident M.C. of his Hi-Power Sound System, Brown takes his classic sound and roots and reality consciousness message all over the world. Recently he has performed in Paris, Israel and closer to home at the prestigious Sierra Nevada World Music Festival as champion of the reggae movement of the 21st century. Moe’s Alley; $15 adv/$20 door; 9pm. (Mat Weir)

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the Great American Music Hall and San Francisco’s Fillmore poster room, just one indication of how far the band has come and what a bright future it has. The Crepe Place; $10; 9pm. (JG)



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WED 2/29

THU 3/1

FRI 3/2


SAT 3/3 Open Mic

350 Mission St, Santa Cruz


Live Bands

Live Comedy

Live Bands

DJ Tripp

Roberto - Howell

Fish Hook

Le Strange


Alkaline Trio

Eligh & Amp Live


Gappy Ranks

923 PaciďŹ c Ave, Santa Cruz

BOCCIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CELLAR 140 Encinal St, Santa Cruz

THE CATALYST 1011 PaciďŹ c Ave, Santa Cruz


Jazz Open Mic

110 Church St, Santa Cruz

The Esoteric Collective


Starlight Girls

The OTS Trio

Brothers Comatose

Brothers Comatose

Hot Club PaciďŹ c

Tsunami Lite


Extra Large

1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

CROWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NEST 2218 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz


Esoteric Collective

1 Davenport Ave, Santa Cruz


Marty Atkinson

1104 Ocean St, Santa Cruz


& Friends Acoustic Night

Ukelele Music

Preston Brahm Trio


La Voz de Tres

The House Jacks

1102 PaciďŹ c Ave, Santa Cruz

Isoceles with Gary Montrezza


The Joni Show

320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz


Mad Jam


DJ Marc


529 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz

Bring your instrument

Rainbow Room



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Eddie Roberts

Prezident Brown

1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

MOTIV 1209 PaciďŹ c Ave, Santa Cruz

Andrew Teh Pie-Rat

Libation Lab

DJ Sparkle

Tech Minds

with AL-B

RED 200 Locust St, Santa Cruz


Reggae Night

120 Union St, Santa Cruz


Mickey Hart Band


1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz

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The Joint Chiefs

SUN 3/4

MON 3/5

TUE 3/6

Autumn Sky


The Box

Live Bands

90s Night with DJ AL9k

SC Jazz Society

Toby Gray

Ruby Rudman




Under the Boardwalk

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THE CATALYST 831.423.1336

Jazz Baby

CLOUDS 831.429.2000

Father John Misty

Willy Tea Taylor

7 Come 11

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Live Comedy

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

CofďŹ s Brothers


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SUNDAY, MARCH 4 2 PM Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium


Dana Scruggs Trio Alasdair Fraser

Joe Leonard Trio

Barry Scott


& Associates


Benny Golson Quintet


Sponsored by James & Catharine Gill and Jack & Barbara Ritchey


Beer Pong/Beer Bust

DJ Chante Neighborhood Night

Joe Louis Walker


MOEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ALLEY 831.479.1854

Rasta Cruz Reggae



Primal Productions

MOTIV 831.479.5572


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WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries BRITTEN Young Personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to the Orchestra Narrated by Joseph Ribeiro


Open Acoustic Night

THE REEF 831.459.9876&#8206;

RIO THEATRE 831.423.8209



Semper Fidelis March Pirates of the Caribbean Theme

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Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Orchard School Circus Troupe

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Trivia Quiz Night



Live Music

Vinny Johnson Band

Touched Too Much Robert Howell

8017 Soquel Dr, Aptos

THE FOG BANK 211 Esplanade, Capitola


David Paul Campbell

David Paul Campbell

George Christos


Lennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basement

Lil Pea

783 Rio del Mar Blvd, Aptos

MICHAELâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ON MAIN 2591 Main St, Soquel


Johnny Fabulous

215 Esplanade, Capitola


Music by George

Dizzy Burnett

1 Seascape Resort Dr, Rio del Mar

In Three

& Grover Coe

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

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7500 Old Dominion Ct, Aptos

The Amazing Jazz Geezers


Joe Ferrara

Frank Sorci

1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola

THE WHARF HOUSE 1400 Wharf Rd, Capitola


Matt Conable

The Driftless Band

4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel


Live Music

203 Esplanade, Capitola


Salvador Santana

Front Street Band

Mariachi Ensemble

KDON DJ Showbiz

6275 Hwy 9, Felton

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


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1934 Main St, Watsonville


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Film Capsules FILM CAPS THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985) John Hughes is a master at portraying trials and tribulations of adolescence in a nuanced and insightful manner, and The Breakfast Club is unquestionably his magnum opus. When a group of five high schoolers—a jock, a brain, a nerd, a princess and a kook—meet in Saturday detention, they learn to look past the stereotypes and see that each is much more than

just a label. (Thu at Santa Cruz 9)

BULLHEAD (R; 124 min) A gritty crime drama about a young cattle farmer, Jacky Marsenille, who enters into a shady deal with an infamous Mafioso beef trader. When a federal agent ends up dead, Jacky must deal with his dark past and the tragic consequences of his decisions. (Opens Fri at the Nick) DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX (PG; 95 min) Based on Dr. Seuss’ classic environmental morality


tale about a furry forest creature that “speaks for the trees.” While searching for the one thing that can win the affection of his crush, 12-yearold Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) encounters the Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito) engaged in a desperate struggle to save the woods from the Once-ler, who is determined to expand his factory at the expense of the forest. (Opens Fri at 41st Ave, Santa Cruz 9, Scotts Valley and Green Valley)

PROJECT X (R; 87 min) Todd

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

Phillips (The Hangover, Old School) produces this comedy about three high school seniors determined to leave their mark by throwing the craziest party anyone has ever seen. In a classic case of be-careful-what-you-wish-for their mission turns out to be all too successful as the night spirals out of control. (Opens Fri at Green Valley)

THE SANDLOT (1993) David Evans’ nostalgic baseball movie takes its audience back to a time when heroes great

and small loomed large in the imagination. Scotty Smalls, struggling to assimilate in his new hometown, takes solace by playing baseball in the abandoned sandlot near his house. One day he loses his stepfather’s prized autographed baseball over the neighbor’s fence and discovers a baseball graveyard guarded by the mysterious and possibly man-eating creature known only as The Beast. (Fri-Sat midnite at Del Mar)

W.E. (R; 118 min) Madonna

Showtimes are for Wednesday, Feb. 29, through Wednesday, March 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 — Daily 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.

CINELUX 41ST AVENUE CINEMA 1475 41st Ave., Capitola 831.479.3504 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax — (Opens Fri) 11:30; 2; 4:20; 6:45; 9. Act of Valor — Wed-Thu 11:55; 2:30; 4:55; 7:30; 10; Fri-Wed 11:45; 2:30; 4:55; 7:20; 9:45. The Iron Lady — Fri-Wed 2:15; 7. My Week with Marilyn — Fri-Wed 11:55; 4:40; 9:25. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance — Wed-Thu 11:55; 2:20; 4:45; 7:15; 9:45. This Means War — Wed-Thu 11:45; 2:20; 4:30; 7; 9:30.

DEL MAR 1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz 831.426.7500

2/29 6:30; 9:20; No Wed 3/7 6:40; 9) Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance — Wed-Thu 2:35; 5:10; 7:50; 10:30; Fri-Wed 5:10pm plus Sat-Sun 11:30am. Gone — Wed-Thu 2:20; 4:50; 7:20; 9:50; Fri-Wed 2:15; 7:50; 10:20. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island — Wed-Thu 4:30pm; Fri-Wed 4:10pm. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D — Wed-Thu 2; 7:10; 9:45; FriWed 1:30; 6:50; 9:25 plus Sat-Sun 11am. Safe House — Wed-Thu 1; 3:50; 6:40; 9:30. Star Wars: Episode I 3D — Wed-Thu 1:05; 4:15; 7:30; 10:40; Fri-Wed 1; 4; 7; 10:10. The Vow — Wed-Thu 1:40; 4:20; 7; 9:40; Fri-Wed 1:50; 4:30; 7:10; 9:50 plus Sat-Sun 11:05am. Wanderlust — Wed-Thu 2:50; 5:20; 8; 10:35; Fri-Wed 2:50; 5:25; 8; 10:40 plus Sat-Sun 12:10pm. The Breakfast Club — Thu 9pm. Love Never Dies — Tue 7:30pm. MET Opera — Sat 9:55am. LA Phil Live: Dudamel – Mahler — Wed 2/29 7pm.

Hugo 3D — Daily 1:45; 4:20; 7; 9:30 plus Sat-Sun 11:15am. Pina 3D — Daily 2:40; 4:50; 7:10; 9:20 plus Sat 12:30pm. The Secret World of Arriety — Daily 2; 4; 6; 8; 10 plus Sat-Sun noon. The Sandlot — Fri-Sat midnite. The Comedy of Errors — Sun 11am.



The Artist — Fri-Wed 11:45; 2:10; 4:40; 7; 9:20. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance — Wed-Thu 11:45; 2:10; 4:30; 7:30; 10. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island — Wed-Thu 11:20; 1:45; 4:10; 6:45;

Lincoln and Cedar streets, Santa Cruz 831.426.7500 Bulllhead — (Opens Fri) 2:20; 4:50; 7:15; 9:40. W./E. — (Opens Fri) 2:10; 4:30; 7:10; 9:30 plus Sat-Sun 11:50am. Albert Nobbs — Wed-Thu 12:10; 6. Animated Shorts Program — Wed-Thu 2:20; 8:15; Sat-Sun 11am. The Artist — Daily 12:20 2:30; 4:40; 7; 9:10. (No Mon, Tue 12:20pm) A Dangerous Method — Wed-Thu 9:10pm. The Descendants — Wed-Thu 12; 2:20; 4:50; 7:10; 9:30. A Separation — Daily 1:50; 4:20; 6:50; 9:20 plus Sat-Sun 11:30am. Live Action Shorts Program —Wed-Thu 3:50; 9:45; Sat-Sun 12:25pm.

RIVERFRONT STADIUM TWIN 155 S. River St, Santa Cruz 800.326.3264 x1701 Project X — (Opens Fri) 2:20; 4:30; 7; 9:30 plus Fri-Sun 11:45am. The Grey — Wed-Thu 3:45; 6:45; 9:25. This Means War — Wed-Thu 4; 7; 9:30.

SANTA CRUZ CINEMA 9 1405 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz 800.326.3264 x1700 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax — (Opens Fri) 1:40; 4; 6:20; 8:40 plus Sat-Sun 12:20pm. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 3D — (Opens Fri) 2:40; 5; 7:20; 9:40 plus Sat-Sun 12:20pm. Act of Valor — Wed-Thu 2:30; 5; 7:40; 10:15; Fri-Wed 2:05; 4:50; 7:40; 10:30

plus Sat-Sun 11:10am. Chronicle — Wed-Thu 1:35; 4; 6:30; 9:20. Fri-Wed 2; 4:20; 6:40; 9. (No Wed

226 Mt. Hermon Rd., Scotts Valley 831.438.3260 Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax — (Opens Fri) 11:40; 12:20; 2; 2:45; 4:20; 5:10; 6:45; 7:30; 9; 9:45. Act of Valor — Wed-Thu 11:55; 2:20; 4:45; 7:10; 9:40; Fri-Wed 11:20; 1:45;

4:30; 7:10; 9:40.

9:10; Fri-Wed 11:30; 2:15; 4:45; 7:15; 9:40. Safe House — Wed-Thu 11; 1:40; 4:20; 7:20; 10; Fri-Wed 9pm. The Secret World of Arriety — Daily 11:10; 1:30; 4; 6:30; 9. This Means War — Wed-Thu 11:55; 2:30; 4:55; 7:20; 9:45; Fri-Wed 11:55; 2:30; 4:55; 7:30; 10. The Vow — Wed-Thu 11:30; 2; 4:30; 7; 9:30.

GREEN VALLEY CINEMA 8 1125 S. Green Valley Rd, Watsonville 831.761.8200 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax — (Opens Fri) 1; 5:05; 9:30. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 3D — (Opens Fri) 3; 7:15 plus Sat-Sun 11am. Project X — (Opens Fri) 1; 3; 5:05; 7:15; 9:40 plus Sat-Sun 11am. The Artist — Fri-Wed 1:15; 4; 7; 9:40 plus Sat-Sun 10:55am. Gone — Wed-Thu 1; 4; 7:15; 9:40; Fri-Wed 1:15; 4; 7; 9:40 plus Sat-Sun 10:50am. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance — Wed-Thu 1:15; 4; 7; 9:40; Fri-Wed 9:40pm. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island — Wed-Thu 1; 5:05; 9:30; Fri-Wed 1;

3; 5:05; 7:15; 9:30 plus Sat-Sun 11am. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D — Wed-Thu 3; 7:15. Safe House — Wed-Thu 1:15; 3:50; 7; 9:30.

The Secret World of Arriety — Wed-Thu 12:55; 3; 5:05; 7:15; 9:30 Fri-Wed 12:55; 3; 5:05; 7:15 plus Sat-Sun 10:50am. This Means War — Wed-Thu 1:15; 4; 7:15; 9:40. The Vow — Wed-Thu 1:15; 3:50; 7; 9:30; Fri-Wed 1:15; 4; 7; 9:40.

THE ARTIST (PG-13; 110 min.) The French writerdirector Michel Hazanavicius brought his cinematographer (Guillaume Schiffman) and two French actors to Hollywood to make this black-and-white silent tribute to 1920s American cinema, which has some critics charmed and others blown away. 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 gray whales. Capturing it all is Alaskan newsman Adam Carlson (Krasinski), whose main concern is not whales or oil barons but the arrival of his ex-girlfriend (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. 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

GOOD DEEDS (PG-13; 129 min) Tyler Perry directs and stars in this film about straightlaced businessman Wesley Deeds, who is jolted from his scripted life when he meets Lindsey, a struggling single mother who works as a maid in Deeds’ office. As he helps her to get back on her feet, he finds the strength to create the life he’s always wanted rather than the one expected of him. GHOST RIDER: THE SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE (PG-13; 95 min) Nicholas Cage reprises his role as Johnny Blaze, the former motorcycle stuntman who sold his soul to the devil. Now Blaze is called from his Eastern European hideout by a group of renegade monks in order to save a young boy’s life, thwart the devil’s plan to take human form and, possibly, rid him of his curse forever. GONE (PG-13; 85 min) When the sister of Jill Parrish (Amanda Seyfried) goes missing, she becomes convinced that the serial killer she escaped from a year before has returned to exact revenge for his failure. Now she must find her sister before the kidnapper has a chance to take vengeance. HUGO (PG; 133 min.) Martin Scorcese’s first 3-D film, about an orphan growing up in 1930s Paris in a train station, involves an automaton and a reserved man who runs a toy shop. With Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law and Emily Mortimer. JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS

I SPEAK FOR THE TREES The Lorax tells it straight in ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,’ opening Friday countywide. ISLAND (PG; 94 min.) Picking up where the original left off, Sean (Josh Hutcherson) is still consumed with the “Vernian” theories that have been a family obsession—the notion that all of Jules Verne’s fantastic tales were actually non-fiction. So when Sean intercepts a coded message that he believes to be from his grandfather, he and Hank (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) head off to the South Pacific to charter a helicopter into an uncharted region, eventually crashlanding on a mysterious island. With Michael Caine, Luis Guzman and Vanessa Hudgens. OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORTS (Animated) (NR; 52 min) A boy struggles with the boredom of his family’s Sunday routine, a young neophyte learns the family business, a New Yorker and a chicken square off and an Englishman finds he is entirely unsuited for life in the Canadian frontier in this year’s pack of Oscarnominated animated shorts. OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORTS (Live Action) This year’s Oscar-nominated live action shorts include the stories of an altar boy called into mass at the last minute, a German couple who adopt a young Indian orphan, a reunion of two friends after 25 years apart, a neurotic inventor who gets lost in time and a dying man who sets things right with his aged mother. PINA (PG; 103 mins.) Wim Wenders’ glorious cinematic festschrift for the German choreographer Pina Bausch, who passed away in 2009. The dancers deliver their memories of Bausch straight to the camera. We can see why they fell in love, despite what Bausch demanded from them. However rarefied it seems in descriptions, Bausch’s art was all about hard work and ordinary pain. Note the melancholy yet sweet line of geriatric dancers at the rim of a strip-mined chasm. And one

performance is staged on the edge of traffic with TJ Maxx and McDonald’s signs looming overhead. (RvB)

SAFE HOUSE (R; 115 min.) Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is a rookie CIA operative languishing in his remote post in Cape Town when he is charged with safeguarding one of the most dangerous men in the world, Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington). An ex-CIA operative, Frost was once the best in the business, but since turning he has sold U.S. military secrets to the highest bidder. Soon after debriefing, their safe house is attacked, sending the two unlikely allies on a desperate search for those who want them dead. THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY (G; 94 min) Spunky 14-year-old Borrower Arrietty (voiced by Bridgit Mendler) lives in the Lilliputian confines of her suburban garden home with her parents (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler), venturing out only to borrow scraps from her comparatively huge human hosts. When 12-year-old Shawn sees the tiny Arrietty one night, a friendship develops that, if discovered, could lead Arrietty and her family into danger. A SEPARATION (PG-13; 123 min.) In Iran, a potential divorce is complicated by a criminal case when a pious nursemaid (Sareh Bayat) tending to an aged member of the splitting-up family claims that she was made to miscarry. The significant glances and open-faced lies make the title a play on words—the film is actually about the split between the world of men and the world of women. This is obviously worse in an Islamic republic that works to keep the two as separate as possible. Director Asghar Farhadi’s astonishing drama shows the problems of legislated morality, but he seems to have his eye on a more metaphysical, ancient

statute: the hidden laws of bad luck, and how that luck inevitably worsens because of the acts of desperate men and women. (RvB)

STAR WARS: EPISODE I — THE PHANTOM MENACE 3D (1999) The first installment in George Lucas’ six-part odyssey rendered for the first time in 3-D. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are sent to the blockaded planet of Naboo only to find that the conflict runs much deeper than they first anticipated. As they escort the Queen of Naboo to the Intergalactic Senate, their ship is stranded, and they discover a young boy of incredible potential that may become the leader the Jedi were hoping for. THIS MEANS WAR (PG-13; 98 min) Partners and best friends FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) rank among the world’s greatest CIA operatives. But when they find out they’re dating the same woman (Reese Witherspoon), their friendship is put to the test in what becomes a high-tech battle for her love. THE VOW (PG-13; 104 min) Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lange and Sam Neill star in this romantic drama about a young couple trying to recover from a devastating accident. When a car accident leaves Paige (McAdams) with severe memory loss, her husband Leo (Tatum) is determined to win her back. WANDERLUST (R; 98 min) Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as George and Linda, an uptight, stressedout Manhattan couple who find themselves in dire straits when George is laid off. The change forces them to experiment with alternative living options when they stumble upon Elysium, a rural commune where free love is the order of the day. Now their relationship must survive the challenge a new perspective can bring.


ACT OF VALOR (R; 101 min) Active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs star in this edge-of-your-seat thriller. When a CIA operative is kidnapped, it’s up to the SEALs to lead a covert mission to rescue him, but in the process they uncover a plot that would endanger the entire world. Now it is up to them to foil their enemies before they carry out the deadly plan.


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mom with a stranger’s hands on her. Matt also has to deal 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 oldschool acting, which puts Clooney farther out on the limb than he is in the rest of the film. (RvB)


directs this film about Wally Winthrop, a woman trapped in an unhappy and abusive marriage who becomes entranced by the story of Wallis Simpson, the socialite who led a scandalous affair with King Edward VIII. Featuring the award-winning costume work of Santa Cruz native Arianne Phillips. (Opens Fri at the Nick)

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february 29-march 6, 2012

Christina Waters





Chocolate Vision Quest


HOT CHOCOLATE Shaman Organic Chocolate bars are the total

package. Delicious, organic chocolate, every $3 bite of which goes to help maintain the endangered indigenous lifestyles and traditions of the Huichol Indians of Mexico. Soquel-based shaman Brant Secunda—whose Dance of the Deer Foundation has long worked to preserve Huichol shamanic traditions—is the energetic mind behind the “Shaman” brand chocolates. Almost 10 years ago Secunda’s visionary dream of the loving properties of chocolate helped launch the creation of these beautifully-packaged chocolate bars. All the profits (100 percent) support villages in Central Mexico, where 15,000 Huichol still live in the Sierra Madre mountains. Incredibly, they have managed to preserve most of their pre-Columbian traditions. The cacao seed has long been involved in Mexican culture and was used in ceremonies by Maya and Aztec priests and royalty. The chocolate was mixed into a potent drink along with fiery chiles, and the cacao seeds were even used to pay taxes to the rulers. Naturally it was one of the first things European “visitors” borrowed from the New World, along with lots of gold. Well, now you can eat the right thing while doing the right thing. The earthy, rich and full-bodied chocolates come in dark (60 percent cacao) and milk (37 percent cacao) chocolate. Nine flavor combinations are available, including dark chocolate with coconut, milk chocolate with hazelnuts and my favorite, dark chocolate with green tea and ginger. At enlightened stores. NEW WINERY? NEW NAME! Thanks to Mary Lindsay of Muns Vineyard, spokeswoman for the oeno-collective Surf City Vintners, I now know why there is a new entity called Rexford Winery at the corner of Ingalls and Swift streets, on the Westside of Santa Cruz. Wasn’t that just “Hillcrest Terrace winery?” I asked. Yes, Christina, Lindsay agreed, it was Hillcrest. But now—voila!—it’s Rexford. Lindsay explained that winemaker (and former Lick Observatory director) Joe Miller decided on the change since there were some conflicts with another Hillcrest Winery name. Too similar, thought the savvy winemaker. “After considering many possibilities, we chose Rexford,” says Miller, “the name of the street where I grew up in Los Angeles, which holds many fond memories for me and where I first became passionate about wine.” Sounds like a smart move. Stop by and toast the new name at 429 Ingalls St. Rexford’s tasting room is open noon–5pm on Sat, 2–5pm on Sun. Send tips about food, wine and dining discoveries to Christina Waters at Read her blog at


CHOCOHUICHOLIC Shaman chocolate takes you to new places.

38 DINERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GUIDE

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. SYMBOLS MADE SIMPLE: $ = Under $10 $$ = $11-$15 $$$ = $16-$20 $$$$ = $21 and up

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Price Ranges based on average cost of dinner entree and salad, excluding alcoholic beverages APTOS $$ Aptos


$$ Aptos


$$$ Aptos


$$ Aptos

207 Searidge Rd, 831.685.0610

8017 Soquel Dr, 831.688.1233 SEVERINOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GRILL

7500 Old Dominion Ct, 831.688.8987 ZAMEEN MEDITERRANEAN

7528 Soquel Dr, 831.688.4465

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. Continental California cuisine. Breakfast all week 6:30-11am, lunch all week 11am-2pm; dinner Fri-Sat 5-10pm, Sun-Thu 5-9pm. Middle Eastern/Mediterranean. Fresh, fast, flavorful. Gourmet meat and vegetarian kebabs, gyros, falafel, healthy salads and Mediterranean flatbread pizzas. Beer and wine. Dine in or take out. Tue-Sun 11am-8pm.

CAPITOLA $ Capitola




GEISHA SUSHI 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




231 Esplanade, 831.464.1933

$$$ Capitola

203 Esplanade, 831.475.4900

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.

California Continental. Swordfish and other seafood specials. Dinner Mon-Thu 5:30-9:30pm; Fri 5-10pm; Sat 4-10:30pm; Sun 4-9pm. Mediterranean tapas. Innovative menu, full-service bar, international wine list and outdoor dining with terrific views in the heart of Capitola Village. Open daily. California cuisine. Nightly specials include prime rib and lobster. Daily 7am-2am.

SANTA CRUZ $$ Santa Cruz


$$$ Santa Cruz


$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz

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1116 Pacific Ave, 831. 426.7588

328 Ingalls St, 831.425.6771

1141 Soquel Ave, 831. 426.5664

110 Church St, 831.429.2000 THE CREPE PLACE

1134 Soquel Ave, 831.429.6994


CROWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NEST

Santa Cruz

2218 East Cliff Dr, 831.476.4560

$$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz

910 Cedar St., 831.457.1677

303 Soquel Ave, 831.426.7770 HOFFMANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S

1102 Pacific Ave, 837.420.0135

Mexican/Seafood/American. Traditional Mexican favorites. Best fajitas, chicken mole, coconut prawns, blackened prime rib! Fresh seafood. Over 50 premium tequilas, daily happy hour w/ half-price appetizers. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. 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. Califormia-Italian. fresh from farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; markets organic vegetables, local seafood, grilled steaks, frequent duck and rabbit, famous CHICKEN GABRIELLA, legendary local wine list, romantic mission style setting with patio, quiet side street 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.


Santa Cruz

221 Cathcart St, 831.426.4852



Santa Cruz

418 Front St, 831.325-3633

$$ Santa Cruz


493 Lake Ave, 831.479.3430

$$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz


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 style— simple and delicious. Wed-Thu 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-9:30pm and Sun 5-8pm.

Fine Mexican cuisine. Opening daily at noon. 49-B Municipal Wharf, 831.458.9393

1319 Pacific Ave, 831.420.1700 RISTORANTE ITALIANO

Santa Cruz

555 Soquel Ave, 831.458.2321

$$ Santa Cruz

1220 Pacific Ave, 831.426.9930


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.

$$ Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ MTN. BREWERY California / Brewpub. Enjoy a handcrafted organic ale in the

402 Ingalls Street, Ste 27 831.425.4900

taproom or the outdoor patio while you dine on Bavarian pretzels, a bowl of french fries, Santa Cruz’s best fish tacos and more. Open everday noon until 10pm. Food served until 7pm.

$$ Santa Cruz


Wine bar with menu. Flawless plates of great character and flavor; sexy menu listings and wines to match. Dinner Mon-Thu 59pm, Fri-Sat 5-10pm, Sun 4-9pm; retail shop Mon 5pm-close, Tue-Sat noon-close, Sun 4pm-close.

$$ Santa Cruz


105 Walnut Ave, 831.423.2020

710 Front St, 831.427.4444

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.

SCOTTS VALLEY $ HEAVENLY CAFE 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. $ JIA TELLA’S 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.

SOQUEL $$ Soquel


4724 Soquel Dr, 831.477.1048

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.



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.


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$$$ LA POSTA Santa Cruz 538 Seabright Ave, 831.457.2782

’60s Vegas meets ’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.



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Free Will



By Rob Brezsny

For the week of February 29 ARIES (March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19): At one point in his book

activities that you do best. Be resolutely faithful to your higher mission and feed your lust for life. Slowly but surely, I think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd that the frustrating impediment will be drained of at least some of its power to lock up your energy.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Nov. 21): A few years ago, the Hong Kong company Life Enhance sold briefs and boxer shorts that were supposedly designed by a master practitioner of feng shui. On the front of every garment was an image of a dragon, which the Chinese have traditionally regarded as a lucky symbol. To have this powerful charm in contact with your intimate places increased your vital forceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or so the sales rap said. By my estimates, Scorpio, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to need a boost like that in the coming weeks. Without any outside aids whatsoever, your lower furnace will be generating intense beams of magical heat. What are you going to do with all that potent mojo? Please donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use it on trivial matters. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dec. 21): There are times in


The Divine Comedy, the Italian poet Dante is traveling through purgatory on his way to paradise. American poet T.S. Eliot describes the scene: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people there were inside the ďŹ&#x201A;ames expurgating their errors and sins. And there was one incident when Dante was talking to an unknown woman in her ďŹ&#x201A;ame. As she answered Danteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s questions, she had to step out of her ďŹ&#x201A;ame to talk to him, until at last she was compelled to say to Dante, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Would you please hurry up with your questions so I can get on with my burning?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? I bring this to your attention, Aries, because I love the way youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been expurgating your own errors and sins lately. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let anything interfere with your brilliant work. Keep burning till youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done. (Source: A New Type of Intellectual: Contemplative Withdrawal and Four Quartets, by Kenneth P. Kramer.) TAURUS (April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20): If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been holding yourself back in any way, Taurus, nowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the time to unlock and unleash yourself. If you have been compromising your high standards or selling yourself short, I hope you will give yourself permission to grow bigger and stronger and brighter. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been hiding your beauty or hedging your bets or rationing your access to the mother lode, you have ofďŹ cially arrived at the perfect moment to stop that nonsense. GEMINI (May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20): In the cult blaxploitation ďŹ lm The Human Tornado, the main character Dolemite brags about his prowess. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I chained down thunder and handcuffed lightning!â&#x20AC;? he raves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I used an earthquake to mix my milkshake! I eat an avalanche when I want ice cream! I punched a hurricane and made it a breeze! I swallowed an iceberg and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t freeze!â&#x20AC;? This is the way I want to hear you talk in the coming week, Gemini. Given the current astrological conďŹ gurations, you have every right to. Furthermore, I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be healthy for you. CANCER (June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22): Astrologer Antero Alli theorizes that the placement of the sign Cancer in a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chart may indicate what he or she tends to whine about. In his own chart, he says, Cancer rules his ninth house, so he whines about obsolete beliefs and bad education and stale dogmas that cause people to shun ďŹ rsthand experience as a source of authority. I hereby declare these issues to be supremely honorable reasons for you to whine in the coming week. You also have cosmic permission to complain vociferously about the following: injustices perpetrated by small-minded people; short-sighted thinking that ignores the big picture; and greedy self-interest that disdains the future. On the other hand, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have clearance to whine about crying babies, rude clerks, or trafďŹ c jams. LEO (July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 22): L.A. Weekly praised the music of drone-noise band Barn Owl. Its review said that the listening experience is â&#x20AC;&#x153;akin to placing your ear against the Dalai Lamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stomach and catching the sound of his reincarnation juices ďŹ&#x201A;owing.â&#x20AC;? That sounds a bit like whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ahead for you in the coming week, Leo: getting the lowdown on the inner workings of a benevolent source â&#x20AC;Ś tuning in to the rest of the story that lies behind a seemingly simple, happy tale â&#x20AC;Ś gathering up revelations about the subterranean currents that are always going on beneath the surface of the good life. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ultimately all positive, although a bit complicated. VIRGO (Aug. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sept. 22): In the coming days, you could do a lot to develop a better relationship with darkness. And no, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that you should do bad things and seek out negativity and be fascinated with evil. When I use that word â&#x20AC;&#x153;darkness,â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m referring to confusing mysteries and your own unconscious patterns and the secrets you hide from yourself. I mean the difďŹ cult memories and the parts of the world that seem inhospitable to you and the sweet dreams that have lost their way. See what you can do to understand this stuff better, Virgo. Open yourself to the redemptive teachings it has for you. LIBRA (Sept. 23Oct. 22): Sister Jessica, a character in Frank Herbertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dune books, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The greatest and most important problems of life cannot be solved. They can only be outgrown.â&#x20AC;? I encourage you to use that theory as your operative hypothesis for the foreseeable future. Here are some speciďŹ c clues about how to proceed: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t obsess on your crazy-making dilemma. Instead, concentrate on skillfully doing the pleasurable

your life when you do a lot of exploring in the outer world, and other times when your pioneering probes are directed primarily inward. In my astrological opinion, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re currently more suited for the latter kind of research. If you agree with me, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one tack you might want to take: Take an inventory of all your inner voices, noticing both the content of what they say and the tone with which they say it. Some of them may be chatty and others shy; some blaring and others seductive; some nagging and needy and others calm and insightful. Welcome all the voices in your head into the spotlight of your alert attention. Ask them to step forward and reveal their agendas.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jan. 19): The Oxford English Dictionary, an authority on the state of the English language, adds an average of two new words every day. In the coming weeks, Capricorn, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see you expand your capacity for self-expression with equal vigor. According to my reading of the astrological omens, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re due for an upgrade in your vocabulary, your clarity, and your communication skills. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the OEDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fresh terms, which would be a good addition to your repertoire: â&#x20AC;&#x153;bouncebackability,â&#x20AC;? the ability to recover from a setback or to rebound from a loss of momentum.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Feb. 18): We turn to Dr. Seuss for help in formulating your horoscope this week. He told a story of dining in a restaurant with his uncle, who was served a popover, which is a puffy mufďŹ n thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hollow on the inside. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To eat these things,â&#x20AC;? said his uncle, â&#x20AC;&#x153;you must exercise great care. You may swallow down whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solid, but you must spit out the air!â&#x20AC;? Drawing a lesson from these wise words, Dr. Seuss concluded, â&#x20AC;&#x153;As you partake of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill of fare, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s darned good advice to follow. Do a lot of spitting out the hot air. And be careful what you swallow.â&#x20AC;? I expect your coming week will be successful, Aquarius, if you apply these principles. PISCES (Feb. 19â&#x20AC;&#x201C;March 20): You should be like a rooster, Pisces: dispensing wake-up calls on a regular basis. You should be nudging people to shed their torpor and shake themselves out of their stupor. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your personal version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cockadoodle-doo!â&#x20AC;?? It shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be something generic like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Open your eyes!â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stop making excuses!â&#x20AC;? Come up with attention-grabbing exclamations or signature phrases that no intelligent person can possibly ignore or feel defensive about. For example: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leap into the vortex and scramble our trances!â&#x20AC;?

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