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Rights at Risk Three cheers for Geoffrey Dunnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excellent article featuring Mitt Romneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long history of cold, demeaning attitudes and actions toward women (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mittguided,â&#x20AC;? Oct. 17). Any woman who cares about her particular rights [and] all peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights, should not vote for Mitt Romney. MILLY PLUMMER Aptos

LDS vs. Women Kudos for printing your excerpt of Goeffrey Dunnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Book of Romney. The mainstream press has exhibited a hands-off policy when it comes to Romneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s religionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a mistake when one is aware of the amount of time and energy he has devoted to spreading the LDS gospel in his lifetime. Any woman who is even considering voting for Romney should Google â&#x20AC;&#x153;LDS views on women,â&#x20AC;? and

your eyes will be opened to the restrictions on rights women will be subjected to under his presidencyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially with extremist and Tea Party favorite Paul Ryan bringing up the rear. JUDY SLATTUM Capitola

Lane for Council It is with pride and confidence that we endorse the candidacy of Mayor Don Lane for another term. We need someone like him who truly and honestly cares about our City and its people, and who has made a tremendous difference in helping the business owners like myself. More power to Mayor Don Lane. CHARLES CHEATHAM Owner, Casablanca Inn and Bistro Santa Cruz

Hammer for 5th I urge you and every 5th District voter to choose Eric Hammer for Supervisor. His knowledge and insight about the issues of concern for our communities, and for the County, is founded on direct experience and lifelong interest. He has proven again and again his ability to work with individuals, businesses and organizations to make significant improvements to our lives and to find solutions to difficult problems. Eric has worked for schools and parks, small business and community service organizations, and is not beholden to outside interests; his focus and support is local. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;oweâ&#x20AC;? anyone. Understanding the real threats to our environment, water supply, watershed and economy are critical to our communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well being â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and he is committed to positive and productive solutions. We are so lucky he is willing to take on this task, and I hope to see him working for all of us. JENNIFER HENNIG Boulder Creek

Getting It Done? Almost all of the people who have publicly supported Bruce McPherson over Eric Hammer for Supervisor of the 5th District stress Mr. McPhersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;knowledge and experienceâ&#x20AC;? based on his years of work in state government. Before you vote for Mr. McPherson based on his ability to get things done, stop and think: Do we want to elect someone who is really good at getting bad things done? In his last year in office, 2004, Mr. McPhersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legislative scorecard included the following: 6% from the League of Conservation Voters for protecting the environment; 12% from the California Federation of Labor, for protecting labor rights; 20% from Equality California, for protecting LGBT rights; and only 50% from Planned Parenthood, for protecting womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reproductive rights. Particularly in the local world of the Board of Supervisors, I support Eric Hammer, who has far less political experience but far more commitment to the issues that are important to most 5th District voters. PETER GELBLUM Boulder Creek


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of creative art pieces integrated throughout the park. Some of them are so subtle and carefully concealed that they are missed by a good number of visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; like for instance a carved eagle that sits on a tree, or some small art pieces hidden inside fallen trees.

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SPATIAL RECOGNITION Jeff Helmer has turned the Byrne-Milliron Forest on the outskirts of Corralitos into one of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strangest and most interesting parks.

Turning Parks Into Art Thanks to Jeff Helmer, Corralitos has one of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most intriguing open spaces BY AARON CARNES

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he Santa Cruz Mountains have their fair share of offbeat destinationsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Mystery Spot and the Bigfoot Museum, for example. One of the lesser known, and equally intriguing spots, is the ByrneMilliron Forest, which is nestled in the outskirts of Corralitos. It is, at first glance, a hiking destination like any other. But after a short hike, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much moreâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a unique melding of park and an art museum. There are works of artâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;big and smallâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;scattered throughout the trails. At several spots, visitors can sit down and read poems or one of the guest books, where visitors leave whatever random

thoughts they feel like writing. At the two vistas, there are an assortment of thrift store tables, grade-school desks and hand-carved chairs, instead of standard park benches. The park isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t federally owned, or run by the state. Rather, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owned privately by the local non-profit organization, the Land Trust of Santa Clara Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one more example of what has put them at the forefront of a revolutionary model for land conservation.

Meet the Curator What truly makes the park unique, though, is Jeff Helmer, who was appointed almost 30 years ago to be the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sole caretaker.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always tried to get away from the norm. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to be a certain way, I would always want to be just the opposite. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just real artsy. Fortunately, the Land Trust is OK with that,â&#x20AC;? Helmer says. One of his more unusual ideas was to put a great big Victorian door right in the middle of the trail, situated so that people would turn the corner and see it suddenly, with little notice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just made for a nice surprise. People are ready for a hike in the woods and here is this door. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this? Most people appreciated it,â&#x20AC;? Helmer says. Though the door isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there anymore, there are still plenty

One of the most impressive displays is the Cathedral, which is one of the spots with poems and a guestbook to read. Right next to the bench is a display Helmer calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;the shrine,â&#x20AC;? which is a raised dirt bed with an assortment of art and memorabilia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It started off when I found a dead coyote in the water and just laid the carcass up there,â&#x20AC;? he says. Helmer continued to leave small meaningful objects in that spot. Through the years, visitors joined in and left many different objects, including old photographs of loved ones, which in some cases Helmer has laminated to help preserve them. The park was purchased by the Land Trust of Santa Cruz in 1984. Helmer was one of about 100 people who applied for the position as land steward, and the decision to add art was his. Within a few years, he had added three wooden carvings of bears at the beginning of one of the trails. He was thinking about his son, who was in kindergarten at the time. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d bring the whole class up there for field trips. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted it to be like a fairy tale for them,â&#x20AC;? Helmer says. Before stewarding the ByrneMilliron Wilderness, Helmer did a little bit of everything. He believes he found his calling here, and plans to steward this property as long as he can. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was blessed to get this job. I could care less about money. I had a very dysfunctional familyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we had money. I figured thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to be something else to life besides money,â&#x20AC;? Helmer says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I may have gone a little too far in the other direction. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s okay. I got exactly what I needed spiritually, and that was this mountain here.â&#x20AC;?0


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On an application to the County of Santa Cruz Treasury Oversight Commission from 2011, current Fifth District Supervisor candidate Eric Hammer listed a Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Science degree from San Francisco State in 2000 as one of his credentials, in addition to an Associateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from Cabrillo College. The only problem? He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Science degree from San Francisco State. The same untruth was also listed on his construction companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, under the heading, â&#x20AC;&#x153;About Eric.â&#x20AC;? When queried by Lompico resident Paula Gee recently about the matter, Hammer played dumb: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been very clear that I have the credits and I did attend SFSU, but have yet to receive a diploma,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have not stated anywhere that I have a Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree.â&#x20AC;? But, of course, he had. Hammerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s construction company website was suddenly taken down for â&#x20AC;&#x153;maintenance.â&#x20AC;? As of press time, the site is still down. Clearly, the stonewalling had begun. Unfortunately for the Hammer campaign, County Treasurer Fred Keeley, a key supporter of Hammerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opponent Bruce McPherson in this campaign, wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t having it. Between this and the recent controversy over whether Hammer knew a supporter who vandalized McPhersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signs, Keeley sees a pattern of lying. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not quite like saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I was cocaptain of the JV soccer team in 6th grade.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; This is a substantial issueâ&#x20AC;ŚThatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pattern of resorting to lying as your first response,â&#x20AC;? says Keeley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know a voter who, if the call is relatively close, if they knew a candidate whose first reaction on fundamental issues is to lie, that they would then say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gee, all other things being equal, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go with the liar.â&#x20AC;? It quickly got worse. In a phone interview with the Weekly, Hammerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign manager Amanda Robinson at first insisted no diploma has been mentioned in any of Hammerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign for supervisor literature. She mentioned the numerous awards Hammer won at SF State and then tried to steer the conversation into a bigger picture look at the woes of community college students who transfer to four-year institutions: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lots of

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Guv at UCSC â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like standing under those redwoods because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re soaring, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re strong. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how the hell they keep themselves going up. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how I want to see the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;going up with new funding.â&#x20AC;? Those were Gov. Jerry Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening words when he came to UCSC on Friday (Oct. 26) to talk about Proposition 30, his plan to save public schools from massive funding cuts. The plan, which has been called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;millionaireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax,â&#x20AC;? would increase taxes for Californians making over $250,000 a year, and raise sales tax a quarter of a cent. If voters donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pass it, California would hand its college students major tuition hikes and cut K-12 schooling by 14 days. Support was strong at first for the measure, but recently dipped below 50 percent in the polls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students, there is no vote you will make that is more directly linked to your self interest than your â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;yesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vote on Proposition 30,â&#x20AC;? California assemblymember and state senate candidate Bill Monning told the crowd of a few hundred at the rally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will translate directly into what you have to pay in tuition next semester.â&#x20AC;? 0

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students are struggling with getting their courses transferred, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really the issue here,â&#x20AC;? she says. Mmm, maybe. Or maybe the issue is that Hammer lied about a diploma and then tried to cover it up. Finally, Hammer came clean, maintaining that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve earned all the credits and then some! But I should have done a better job representing myselfâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; instead of calling it a BS, I should have said that I earned all the credits for a BS. I look forward to working through the process and getting the final paperwork.â&#x20AC;? To be sure, the position of county supervisor doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require a college degree. But no one would argue with the assertion that it demands integrity. While McPherson himself is staying above the fray, his supporters are turning this last week of the campaign into a referendum on character. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out to prove the issue with Hammer is no longer just inexperience, but that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flat out too immature for the office. Unfortunately for the Hammer campaign, their candidate suddenly seems intent on helping them.

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Wellness TEAR DOWN THE WALLS Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Renee Tennant believes balancing bioenergy can change the way we live.

Life in the Balance What Steve Jobs and bioenergy practitioners have in common BY MARIA GRUSAUSKAS

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uring his 2005 commencement speech at Stanford, Steve Jobs dispensed a curious piece of advice: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your time is limited, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t waste it living someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life.â&#x20AC;? He implored the fresh crop of graduates to muster their courage and follow their hearts and intuition, for â&#x20AC;&#x153;they somehow already know what you truly want to become.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Bradley Nelson, holistic physician and author of The Emotion Code, thinks thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something to that. He believes barriers resulting from traumasâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;what he calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;heart wallsâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;limit our ability to connect with our true selves and honor our true desires. Nelson theorizes that a

whopping 93 percent of humanity lives with a debilitating retainer around our â&#x20AC;&#x153;second brains.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that Steve Jobs was most likely one of the seven percent of people who do not have a heart wall,â&#x20AC;? writes Nelson. Torn between a slight cringe at the new-agey fanaticism of Nelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spiel and a growing obsession about my own possible â&#x20AC;&#x153;heart wall,â&#x20AC;? I decided to reach out to local healer and certified bioenergy balancing practitioner Renee Tennant. Well-versed in the art of identifying and releasing heart walls, her alluring business card simply reads: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be Your Authentic Self.â&#x20AC;? We meet on the beach, where she

brings many of her clients. Being someone who would rather be branded on the forehead with a scarlet â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;? than make purchases from the self-help section of the bookstore (although sheepish browsing can be highly enjoyable), Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m instantly reassured by the non-judgmental demeanor of this tall and trim mother of two. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually kind of pleasant in some ways, I enjoy just letting that energy roll through me, and I know that when I allow it to roll through me it actually assists you, because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made that energy significant, not me,â&#x20AC;? says Tennant, when I press her on how it must feel to clear all of that dark energy

from her clients. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just helping you to unpack that energy,â&#x20AC;? For Tennant, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just like watching a movie. Walking in the morning sunshine of New Brighton beach, she â&#x20AC;&#x153;calibratesâ&#x20AC;? her energy to mine, and based on the images she gets, immediately picks up on my worrying about a coworker who was going into surgery that day. Using a discreet â&#x20AC;&#x153;muscle testingâ&#x20AC;? technique with her pointer and index fingers, she finds energy blockages and releases them with a satisfying sigh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no more weird than being quiet and asking God for insight, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really doing,â&#x20AC;? she claims. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m more tuning into â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;God,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; as in God in everything, as energy. Everything has energy...this physical body just happens to be the vehicle that the energy is moving around in, in this physical world.â&#x20AC;? Tennant has been working with energy for eleven years now, and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s found numerous connections between her clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; physical health issues and their emotional counterpartsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;low tyrosine levels in people dealing with a controlling or tyrannical partner or parent, digestive issues in those living with something they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want, bone issues in people who are convinced they are unsupported in life. In the course of a two-hour walk, we bump up against a heart wall of my own creation, which is holding in place another more encrusted one, passed down a line of grandfathers that reaches back two centuries. She works on releasing them, and opening up my perspective to see a wider span of possibilitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not just the finite ones I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll die if I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t achieve. Maybe it was my willingness to confess a long list of mistakes and a few traumas, but I left the beach feeling lighter, more optimistic about my current path and pretty confident Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not living anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life but my own. For more information about Reneeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work as an Intuitive Facilitator, visit www.reneetennant.com. 0


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The outspoken high priest of a Santa Cruz coven is on a campaign to bust the myths about witchcraft BY GEORGIA PERRY

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tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock on a Saturday morning, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on the roof of my house screaming bloody hell. It is a scream as big and wild as a tornado. One that comes from the darkest, twistiest knot of terror at the core of me. It is the scream of death. I am wailing at my friend, the one who gave me this funny mixture of herbs to smoke, and who is now holding me in his arms, soothing me as if I were a toddler. In American culture, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no situation we are more uncomfortable thinking aboutâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and therefore more ruefully unprepared forâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;than death. Now here I am, on a roof, simulating death with my friend, the accidental shaman. The next afternoon I run into my next-door neighbors in the driveway. They ask me if everything is okay. I awkwardly laugh and apologize profusely, extending my hand. The wife takes it, but the husband turns his baby away from me, and nods stiffly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My neighbors,â&#x20AC;? I tell my friend later, â&#x20AC;&#x153;think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a witch.â&#x20AC;?

The Dark Half Real witches, I later learn, arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so scared of death. In fact, they celebrate it, especially around Halloween. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Traditionally itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the season of death. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the dark half of the year starting,â&#x20AC;? says Birch, owner of the Sacred Grove witchcraft shop in Seabright. Sahmain (pron. Sow-an, like the Danzig band) is their New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve, as it marks the beginning of winter and the end of summer. Witches believe that the veil between our world and the spirit world is thinnest around Sahmain, making it easier to contact spirits and ancestors who have died. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about death rituals and our ancestors and psychic readings and divination,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All that stuffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kinda dark and spooky to people.â&#x20AC;? Born Michael Correll, Birch isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all that offended by mainstream societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perception of witchesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in fact, he goes with it, wearing more black this time of year. As far as reporters who, um, only want to talk to him at Halloween, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understanding: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is

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our spooky time of year, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when people think about witches.â&#x20AC;?

Slice of Life Birch, 47, normally wears a uniform of a black fedora, a black t-shirt and three silver necklaces: a pentagram, â&#x20AC;&#x153;some Italian hornâ&#x20AC;? and a Cimarutaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an Italian protective charm in the shape of a rue plant. When I go into Sacred Grove to meet him, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m relieved to see he is drinking a large coffee and his coworker is eating a slice of pizza. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already so much emphasis on being impeccably organic here in Santa Cruz, I could only imagine what the followers of a nature-based religion ate for lunch. Turns out, this witch is pretty laid back. The High Priest of a Santa Cruz coven, Birch also leads a monthly full moon ritual at Seabright Beach and teaches the basics of witchcraft on YouTube through Sacred Groveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online â&#x20AC;&#x153;WitchSkewl.â&#x20AC;?

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I ask him how he became a witch, and he says it happened about the time he was 9 years old, when he was bedridden for several days with a really bad flu and high fever. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something happened,â&#x20AC;? he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and I understood things way beyond my measure.â&#x20AC;? He tried to relay what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d realized to his Catholic parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; something along the lines of, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am God, you are God, we are all manifestations of God who came to Earth to have the flesh experience.â&#x20AC;? It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go so well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I basically got to say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I am Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and then they slapped me.â&#x20AC;? That was the end of thatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;until he was 13, and he stumbled into a witch shop called Eye of the Cat in his hometown of Long Beach. For years before that, he had spent most of his free mental energy developing his own religion in his head, based on the epiphanies he encountered during his flu. At Eye of the Cat, he was surprised to find that the thing he thought up on his own was actually already a religion: Witchcraft. By 14, Birch was teaching witchcraft to his â&#x20AC;&#x153;little punk rock friends.â&#x20AC;? Eventually, he made his way to Santa Cruz, which he says is a spillway of the huge San Francisco pagan scene, itself home to at least a few thousand witches, according to Glenn Turner, owner of Ancient Ways Pagan Emporium in Oakland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other than Salem, the Bay Area has been where witches come to from other parts of the country while fleeing persecution,â&#x20AC;? Birch says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tend to have much of that [persecution] here.â&#x20AC;? He knocks on a wood coffee table. But when they do encounter haters, there is one functional rule of thumb all witches learn at one point or another, according to Birch: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we learn is to shut the hell up. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk to them. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to get it,â&#x20AC;? he says.

Magick Man Witchcraft is not to be confused with Wicca, which Birch calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;the PR campaign of Witchcraftâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;to him, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a watered-down version of an ancient religion, bent on appeasing the general public and peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many misconceptions and fears. On the other hand, Witchcraft is associated with Paganism, which is used as

an umbrella term for any naturebased religion. Ancient Witchcraft is as complex as any religion, but is generally recognizable to the outside public by its believersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; use of magick (spelled that way to distinguish it from sleight-of-hand entertainments). I ask Birch to describe a practical spell relevant to our life in Santa Cruz: A person is in need of a house. With Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice-tight rental market, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a witch to do? A Christian would likely respond by praying for help from God or, if the situation was dire, asking the congregation to pray on his behalf. A witch might take matters into his own hands, and risk a trespassing violation to do so. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A spell to get housing would involve making incense and burning a brown candle. Then using a lode stone with three drops of your blood on it and burying it in the yard of the house you are aiming for,â&#x20AC;? he says. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;life-affirming nature religion,â&#x20AC;? according to Birch, Witchcraft focuses on the changes of the seasons and operates under the belief that when humans attune themselves to the natural cycles of nature, they can harness that natural energy to make things happen. Hence, magick, which Birch describes as â&#x20AC;&#x153;causing change in accordance of will.â&#x20AC;? When I told my rooftop shaman friend I was writing a story about witchcraft he asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t witches only do bad things?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like saying Christians only do good things,â&#x20AC;? says Birch. There is black magic, which is probably what my friend was thinking ofâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;doing a spell to bring harm to someone else, or even make someone love you against his will. When people come into Sacred Grove with those sorts of ideas, Birch and his staff try to steer them in a more productive direction. For example, rather than a spell to cause harm on an enemy, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better to cast a protection spell for yourself. But the basic elements are the same. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can hex with the same stuff you use to heal,â&#x20AC;? says Birch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The energy used in magick is similar to electricityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it can be used to light and heat your house, or it can be used to strap somebody to a chair and end their life.â&#x20AC;?

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Halloween Costumes We Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Want to See But undoubtedly will anyway BY JANELLE GLEASON CLINT EASTWOOD & CHAIR: Upside: youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always have a place to sit when the trick-or-treating gets a little too exhausting. Downside: the highwaisted pants. BINDERS FULL OF WOMEN: Finally, a way for the ladies to be scantily clad and alarmingly politically conscious at the exact same time! SAN FRANCISCO GIANT: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a costume when no one can distinguish it from what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been wearing every day for the last month. HONEY BOO BOO: A sip of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go Go Juiceâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mixture of Red Bull and Mountain Dewâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;should keep you vibrating at a dangerously glitzy frequency all night. Pageant girl or down-South redneck, HBB is gonna be a big deal. And thank god TLC will be airing a holiday special so we can all satisfy our burning curiosity to find out how the real Alana Thompson celebrates Halloween. PSY: A good excuse to learn some new dance moves, sure. But roughly three of the words in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gangnam Styleâ&#x20AC;? are in English, so it would behoove you to either learn Korean or make up some words, instead of repeating a loud and drawnout â&#x20AC;&#x153;HEY SEXY LADYâ&#x20AC;? to anyone who will listen. 50 SHADES OF GREY: No man is going to voluntarily be Christian Grey unless his girlfriend has him completely whipped, in more ways than one. Which means Christian & Anastasia will most likely be an uncomfortable couplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; costume. But if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to see it, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got my fingers crossed for a more literal interpretation: grey shirt, grey pants, gold cross necklace. OLYMPIANS: Except for memesation McKayla Maroney, if you can manage to look like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not impressed all night. THE AVENGERS: This group costume has the potential to satisfy a lot of middle-school fantasies. But way too many opportunities for your friends to make inappropriate puns about the hammer of Thor. A CAT: An excuse to wear a jumpsuit and meow, but a little outdated. What is this, 1957? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get creative, people.


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Under the Moon I went to Sacred Groveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly full moon ritual at the end of September. Held on Seabright Beach just after sunset, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where local witches and pagans gather to sing, recite sacred words and ask the full moon for the things they need. About 25 of us gathered in a large circle, and Birch walked into the middle of the group. He greeted

The Sacred Grove will offer beginnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; witchcraft classes at the shop beginning in December.

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Birch uses YouTube videos, of which heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made over 100, as a way to both stick up for Witchcraft and take digs at some other, more conventionally accepted ways of viewing the world. For example, one Christmas he donned antlers (Pagan religions like Witchcraft recognize a horned hunter God), pointed a cigar at the camera and addressed Jesus directly: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You were one of us, not one of them. . . . It seems obvious to me that you were trying to teach us how to do magick, rather than beg our father for magic . . .Happy alleged birthday, zombie Jesus! May you die and rise from the grave and bring us presents, Easter eggs, something, God. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m confused about that.â&#x20AC;? Some of his statements are definitely meant to provoke a response, and have a tone of animosity. Birch even claims itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historically documented that witches, who â&#x20AC;&#x153;hexed Hitler,â&#x20AC;? are the true winners of World War II: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Russia likes to say they beat Hitler. The Allies like to say they beat Hitler. The historic fact is winter beat Hitler. We see that as a direct answer from our Goddess.â&#x20AC;? Birch says the misconceptions about his religion, and the persecution his people have faced for generations, is immense. A couple misconceptions that he believes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to clear up are that the ingredients in spells, such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;eye of newtâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;ear of lamb,â&#x20AC;? were just folk names for plantsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;witches never used actual newt and lamb body parts. By the same token, â&#x20AC;&#x153;blood sacrificeâ&#x20AC;? more often meant three drops of your own blood. Virgin sacrifice meant sacrificing someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s virginity. Birch says Witchcraft as a tradition emphasizes equality among all living things. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sacrifice animals,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Or humans, for that matter.â&#x20AC;?

everyone, then took out his guitar and began to strum. For those of us who were attending the ritual for the first time, he offered this sage advice: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look like a cult, but just do what everyone else is doing.â&#x20AC;? A woman with long, curly hair and a shawl crouched on the ground and blew a conch shell skyward with gusto. Birch began to walk around the circle and sing, and at each verse the group turned to face a different direction. When the song ended we all sat, and Birch proclaimed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now it is time for sacred bullshit.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you have need of anything, once a month it best of be, when the moon is full, we shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of me,â&#x20AC;? Birch said. In pagan religions, he later explained to me, the moon is representative of the goddess Diana. As legend has it, in Europe in the 1300s witches were being persecuted by the Catholic church and would gather in small groups, led by Dianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter Aradia, who â&#x20AC;&#x153;arrived on a beam of light from the heavensâ&#x20AC;? to ask the moon for protection. Birch has us walk down to where the tide breaks and draw a visual representation of a problem weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like the moon to unburden us of in the wet, claylike sand. He tells us to draw it, then briskly walk away and let the moonsoaked ocean wash away our pain. Probably it was a placebo effect, but I felt lighter afterwards. Sometimes if you put a strong enough intention into anything, you can get what you want. For the rest of the ritual we drank wine from paper cups, ate store-bought leaf cookies and talked. Santa Cruz has about the nicest witches you could ask for. After the ritual and back in my daily life, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing Birch told me that sticks out. Fear of death, fear of the unknown, fear that my neighbors will call County Mental Health on me and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be shipped away to an institution without even figuring out somebody to watch my cat while Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m goneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;these things invade my consciousness all too often. But Birch told me the reason weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here is to have the flesh experience. So I figure: hey, I have flesh. I guess Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m qualified.

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FOLLOW WHEREVER HE LEEDS Michael Leeds debuts a new exhibit at First Friday Nov. 2.

Bot Is It Art? Michael Leeds delves further into his strange world of sculpture tech BY JACOB PIERCE

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ith a hospital wheel, an industrial light and 19th century oiler in front of him, Michael Leeds is musing on his most recent Tim Burton-esque metal sculpture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a spy bot,â&#x20AC;? he says of the art piece. This one has a bloodshot eyeball at the center of the bulb and a red antenna on top, like a cherry on a sundae. Leeds, a well-known local sculptor and glassmaker, is gearing up for his first motorcycle art show in 10 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an exhibit opening at this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Friday celebration at Leeds Gallery, which is run by Michael and his younger brother

Mattie. The show pulls from his disparate collections, including the motorcycle creations that helped make him a Santa Cruz icon, as well as his recent dabblings in graphic art. But for the moment, 67-year-old Leeds is standing in his metal shop in red overalls with a pencil in his breast pocket. His fingers are stout and muscularâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;their crevices filled with grease that would take weeks to fully wash out. Leeds is explaining to me the significance of these scattered artifacts that came together into one still-unnamed bot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each part is iconic,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It talks about the use [the part] had

in their culture, and it talks about the design aesthetic of the time they occupied. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very anthropological. There are moments that make us who we are. Then you bring all these pieces together and into one story.â&#x20AC;? That story, in part, is one of new energy. The fictional bot could run off energy from an electromagnetic crystal, Leeds says. He is working on similar creations that run on other forms of green energy, like machines that are powered by sound. Basically, the new line of fake machines is somewhere between Willy Wonka and Henry Ford. Just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect these models to run. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never happen now,â&#x20AC;? Leeds

says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to realize that things we consider commonplace nowâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you would have been burned at the stake if you said they were possible 100 years ago! Seriously, fucking Galileo lived [for years] under house arrest because he believed Copernicus instead of the church.â&#x20AC;? The creations fuse futuristic ideas with elements of an industrial past. It speaks to one of Leedsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; great talents, doing more than one thing at a time. The artist, who constantly switches from graphic art to glasswork and metal sculpting, likes dualisms and pieces that work on multiple levels. The exhibit will also feature old friends like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smokey Joe,â&#x20AC;? a bike sculpture made mostly out of wood with his then-six-year-old son that looks like it actually puttered out of The Coastersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1955 hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smokey Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ.â&#x20AC;? The show will also include his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Electro Luxâ&#x20AC;? piece made out of old neon light parts, including leftovers from Regalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Santa Cruz 9 theater sign, which he built in the early 1990s. His motorcycles, like the â&#x20AC;&#x153;spy bot,â&#x20AC;? pull pieces from bygone erasâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;cheese slicers, vacuum tubes, musical instruments and â&#x20AC;&#x153;all this iconic stuff,â&#x20AC;? he says. Leeds who calls himself â&#x20AC;&#x153;dogmaticâ&#x20AC;? by nature, likes to challenge his own notions of realityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and everyone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s while heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at it. And from the second people glance at one of his motorcycle sculptures, they start wondering whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a feeling itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a motorcycle,â&#x20AC;? Leeds says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then they start to see the handlebars are ice cream scoops. And for that moment they get to toggle between what they thought it was and what it really is. It becomes a nice place to dwell.â&#x20AC;? Michael Leeds First Friday, Nov. 2. Leeds Gallery


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MUSEUMS

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SC Sirens Burlesque Joined by special guest performances in hoop dance, aerial dance, clowning, magic and live music, the Sirens will also perform their neo-burlesque moves. Fri, Nov 2, 10pm and Sat, Nov 3, 7 and 10pm. $20-$25. 418 Project, 418 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.466.9770.

THEATER Black Snow This comedy by Keith Reddin follows a playwright whose play winds up in the hands of a legendary theater director under the thumb of a nanny government in Moscow. www.cabrillovapa.com. FriSat, 7:30pm and Sun, Nov 4, 2pm. Thru Nov 18. $19 general. Cabrillo Black Box Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 831.479.6154.

The Imaginary Invalid Moliereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic humorous tale explores whether to marry for love or convenience. Thu, Nov 1, 7pm, Fri, Nov 2, 7pm, Sat, Nov 3, 7pm and Sun, Nov 4, 2pm. $7-$10. San Lorenzo Valley High, 7105 Hwy 9, Felton, 831.278.1257.

UCSC Rainbow Theatre This multicultural theater arts troupe puts on a variety of plays and performances emphasizing different cultural groups: African American, Asian American and Chicano/Latino. Thu, Nov 1, 7pm, Fri, Nov 2, 7pm, Sat, Nov 3, 7pm and Sun, Nov 4, 7pm. Free for UCSC students, $10 general. Stevenson College, UCSC, Santa Cruz, 831.458.1861.

CONCERTS

Callahan Park and Cultural Center Sugar Skull Workshop. Miguel Quintana, a fifth generation sugar skull artist from Puebla, Mexico, will lead a workshop on creating these traditional Dia de Los Muertos items. Sun, Nov 4, 1-4pm. $2 per sugar skull. 225 Sudden St, Watsonville.

&217,18,1* Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History 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 artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Passages: An Art Installation. Santa Cruz County artist Rose Sellery presents a large-scale installation that explores the journey of an individual womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life as she searches for love, loses herself and then finds herself. Thru Nov 25. $5 general. Museum hours TueSun, 11am-5pm; closed Mon. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

Santa Cruz Stoves and Fireplaces Artworx Gallery. Encaustic + Paper + is a collaboration of encaustic mixed media by local teachers and artists Daniella Woolf, Wendy Aikin and Judy Stabile of Wax Works West. Gallery hours Tues-Sat 10am-5pm. Thru Dec. 1043 Water St, Santa Cruz, 831.476.8007.

GALLERIES 23(1,1* Felix Kulpa Gallery Dark Fields: An exhibition by Jake J. Thomas of self-portraits by his three fictional personae. Gallery open Thu-Sun, noon-6pm. Show runs until Nov. 18. 107 Elm St, Santa Cruz, 408.373.2854.

&217,18,1* Dragonfly Gallery Artist Linda Bjornson. Stained glass art by custom window designer Bjornson. www.lbglassart.com. Gallery hours Tues-Sat 10am-4pm. 831.224.8888. 380 Blohm Ave, Aromas.

Leeds Gallery Emotion in Motion: New Paintings by Ursula Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Farrell showcases large-scale oil paintings with bold colors and thick textures. The show supports Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center. Thru Oct. 31. 408.569.0105. Wed-Sat, noon-6pm. 123 Locust St, Santa Cruz.

African Harp Concert Foday Musa Suso brings his harp-playing talents from Ghana to the stage alongside pianist and drummer John Malkin. Special guest Bill Walker on guitar. Fri, Nov 2, 7pm. $15-$25 donation. Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.426.8893.

Painting Our Parks. Plein air oil paintings of county state and national parks in California. Twenty percent of sales benefit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. Mon-Thu, 9am-5pm & Fri. 9am-6pm, thru Jan. 18. 831.457.5003. 720 Front St, Santa Cruz.

Louden Nelson Community Center Gallery Different Directions 5. Three Photographers: Different Directions 5 is a collaborative show featuring a variety of photography styles by artists Susan Lysik, Gail Nichols and Susan Hillyard. Monâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sat, 9am-9:30pm. Thru Nov. 30. 831.425.1305. 301 Center St, Santa Cruz.

Events LITERARY EVENTS Storytime Former Shakespeare Santa Cruz actress Billie Harris and Book Cafe manager Jill Rose perform animated readings of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stories. Mon, 11am. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.462.4415.

LECTURES Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz Lisa Cooke, owner of Genealogy Gems, offers a talk titled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers.â&#x20AC;? Thu, Nov 1, 1-3pm. Free. Santa Cruz Central Branch Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.420.5700.

NOTICES 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 Sundays 9-10:15am at

2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz. Wednesdays noon-1pm at 49 Blanca Ln. #303, Watsonville and 6:307:30pm at 335 Spreckles Dr. Ste. A, Aptos. Thursdays 1-2pm at Louden Nelson Community Center, Room 5, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz. Fridays noon-1pm at 49 Blanca Ln, #303, Watsonville. Wed-Fri-Sun. 831.429.7906.

Pilates Workshop A workshop entitled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pilates2Voice,â&#x20AC;? hosted by Veera Asher, DMA. Sat, Nov 3, 1-4pm. $25-$40. Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.227.4596.

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

Serenity Firstâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pagans in Recovery A 12-step meeting with a Pagan flair where guests are free to discuss their naturebased, goddess-centered spiritual paths. Sun, 7pm. The Sacred Grove, 924 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831.423.1949.

Spiritual Energetics for Women Dr. Loah Grace, Spiritual Physician, will lead a class to help participants regain vitality, clear mental and emotional static, and quiet the mind. Email anasagrace@aol.com for details. Sat, Nov 3, 14pm. Private home, N/A, Geyserville, 904.377.5979.

Support and Recovery Groups Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Assn., 831.464.9982. Cancer: Katz Cancer Resource Center, 831.351.7770; WomenCARE, 831.457.2273. Candida: 831.471.0737. Chronic Pain: American Chronic Pain Association, 831.423.1385. Grief and Loss: Hospice, 831.430.3000. Lupus: Jeanette Miller, 831.566.0962. Men Overcoming Abusive Behavior: 831.464.3855. SMART Recovery: 831.462.5470. Trans Latina women: Mariposas, 831.425.5422. Trichotillomania: 831.457.1004. 12-Step Programs: 831.454.HELP (4357).

The Speaker s Gym This workshop, led by Noel Murphy, teaches the skills of leadership, effective communication, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fortune 100-caliber speaking.â&#x20AC;? Wed, 7-9pm. Discovery Gym, 75 Mt Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley, 831.238.1234.

FRIDAY 11/2-SUNDAY 11/4

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Black Snowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at Cabrillo Ah, the joys of being an artist: In the comedy Black Snow, a playwright watches in horror as an autocratic director takes over a production of his work at the Theater of Moscow, based on the true experience of 1930s Russian playwright Mikhail Bulgakov. Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30pm and Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2pm at the Cabrillo College Black Box Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Tickets $19, general admission. Yes on 37 Volunteer Meeting Volunteers in support of Ballot Measure 37: The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act will gather to help educate the community about GMOs. Email gmofreesc@gmail. com for location and details. Wed, 7-8pm. Thru Nov 6. Private home, N/A, Geyserville, 831.818.8487.

Yoga Instruction Pacific Cultural Center: 35+ classes per week, 831.462.8893. SC Yoga: 45 classes per week, 831.227.2156. TriYoga: numerous weekly classes, 831.464.8100. Yoga Within at Aptos Station, 831.687.0818; Om Room School of Yoga, 831.429.9355; Pacific Climbing Gym, 831.454.9254; Aptos Yoga Center, 831.688.1019; Twin Lotus Center, 831.239.3900. Hatha Yoga with Debra Whizin, 831.588.8527.

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

AROUND TOWN Contra Dance No partner is necessary to attend this Celtic contra dance, scored by Professor Spicerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dance Tonic. www. santacruzdance.org. Fri, Nov 2, 8pm. $10 general. Felton Community Hall, 6191 Hwy 9, Felton.

Native Revival Nursery, 2600 Mar Vista Drive, Aptos, 831.684.1811.

trick-or-treat at local businesses on the wharf while enjoying scenic stroll. Wed, Oct 31, 4-6pm. Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, 831.420.6025.

Wharf Trick-orTreat Kids and families can

Diversity Center Election Night

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Snacks and coffee will be provided while staff members and the public are invited to watch the election results come in. Tue, Nov 6, 6pm. $4 suggested donation. Diversity Center, 1117 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.425.5422.

Robert Glasper Experiment

Farm & Garden Salon

Noise emanates from Toronto and Ottawa, congeals, is handed rhythm, reverberates. Nov 5 at Bottom of the Hill.

Orin and Stephanie Martin of UCSCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chadwick Gardens present a tasting and history of peppers, kale and apples in this four-course dinner, tasting and talk. Thu, Nov 1. $35. Gabriella Cafe, 910 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, 831.457.1677.

Poppy Farm Fair Local artists, musicians and food vendors come together along with goats, sheep and plenty of California native plants. www.nativerevival.com. Sat, Nov 3, 10am-4pm.

Progressive pianist who delivered this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stellar â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Black Radioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plays with quartet. Nov 1 at Palace of Fine Arts.

Fred Wesley & the New J.B.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s James Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right-hand man plays with Clyde StubbleďŹ eld, Jabo Starks, more. Nov 3 at Mezzanine.

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Asia All original members: John Wetton, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes and Carl Palmer. Nov 7 at the Regency Ballroom.

Smoking Popes â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Born to Quit,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; played here in its entirety, captures a strange, underappreciated zeitgeist. With Dr. Frank. Nov 7 at Slimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.

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Rotating cast of belly dancing talent each Saturday on the garden stage at the Crepe Place. Sat, 1:30pm. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.429.6994.

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Looking for a last-minute Halloween show that steers off the beaten path of holiday dance parties? Head over to the Crepe Place to catch four of Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own rock and roll bands performing in-character cover sets of classic rock and punk acts. Featuring the Groggs as the Kinks, the Wild Ones as the Ramones, the Phantom Pains as the Cramps and Bummer City as Television, the show is revving up to be a raucous and raging tribute to bands that have all left extraordinary imprints on popular music. Crepe Place; $10; 9pm. (Cat Johnson)

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Hailing from Stillwater, Oklahoma, Other Lives was, in its original incarnation, an instrumental band called Kunek. Since then, the outfit has morphed into an indie pop sensation and is currently basking in the glow of its critically acclaimed sophomore album, Tamer Animals. An arrangement-driven, atmospheric band in the lineage of Godspeed You Black Emperor and Sigur Ros, Other Lives combines cello, guitar, violin, piano, drums and vocals into a sound that is rich, sweeping and engaging. Don Quixoteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; $12 adv/$15 door; 9pm. (CJ)

Rupa Marya calls her style â&#x20AC;&#x153;intentionally unclean.â&#x20AC;? Beyond that, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult to explain. Cooler and crazier than useless phrases like â&#x20AC;&#x153;world musicâ&#x20AC;? could hope to describe, her San Francisco-based band Rupa and the April Fishes takes gypsy jazz on a punky, border-crashing joy ride that sprawls across multiple styles, cultures and languages. Of Indian descent, born in California with an international upbringing, Marya takes the influences sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absorbed and makes a particularly intense brand of dance music. Moeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; $10/$13; 9pm. (SP)

If, at one of our local farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; markets, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard a loose and lively band playing covers of Madonna, Prince, Motorhead and Queen, in a style that sounds like a distant relative of bluegrass, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already been introduced to the Coffee Zombie Collective. Made up of acoustic musicians who know their way around an old-time jam, this collective stands apart from roots music purists, preferring instead to bring rock anthems, pop hits of the last 40 years and old-time standards all under one unexpectedly entertaining musical canopy. The Poet and the Patriot; free; 9pm. (CJ)

MONSTER BASH 5 From the people who bring you the Freakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ball, this dead manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s party is a monster rave. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll turn loose some of electronic musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest bone-rattlers: Vibesquad has been touring with Bassnectar and brings a similar heavy attack, FreQ Nasty is a breakbeat pioneer, and headliner Random Rab is a Burning Man icon and pretty much a crazy man. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be performing with a live band. The nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lineup also includes Fungineers, Little John, Digital Honey and more. Cocoanut Grove; 8pm; $35/$40. (Steve Palopoli)

COUNT THREE AND PLAY The Devil Makes Three return to Santa Cruz Saturday.


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ORQUESTA ARAGON If this band were a person it would be old enough to be enjoying a nice quiet retirement somewhere in the countryside, but instead it lives on in fiery Latin fashion. Formed in 1939 in Cienfuegos, Cuba, Orquesta Aragon is definitely a classic. Though not quite old enough to be credited with inventing the cha-cha, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve maintained a reputation as Cubaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best charanga band from the 1950s and 60s. The rhythmic ensemble has been passed down through generations and continues to produce Afro-Cuban beats to keep the people moving, more than 73 years after its inception. Kuumbwa Jazz; $25 adv/ $28 door; 7pm. (JG)

Thursday, November 1 U 7 pm

CHRIS LIGHCAPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BIGMOUTH â&#x20AC;&#x153;...inspired music.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; All About Jazz 1/2 PRICE NIGHT FOR STUDENTS Friday, November 2 U 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 pm

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PAMELA ROSE: WILD WOMEN OF SONG A swinging jazz & blues course in history! Monday, November 12 U 7 and 9 pm Gypsy Jazz At Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Finest!

DORADO SCHMITT & THE DJANGO ALL-STARS No Jazztix/Comps

Friday, November 16 U 7:30 pm

PROVERB TRIO FEATURING DAFNIS PREITO (drums), KOKAYI (vocals, poetry, rap), JASON LINDNER (keyboards) 1/2 PRICE NIGHT FOR STUDENTS Sun. November 18 U 7:30 pm at the Rio Theatre

ANGELIQUE KIDJO No Jazztix/Comps

Mon. November 19 U 7:30 pm at Cabrillo College Crocker Theatre

RAY BROWNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GREAT BIG BAND â&#x20AC;&#x153;MY MAN STAN (KENTON)â&#x20AC;?

Tickets: Brownpapertickets.com

Fri. November 30 U 8 pm at the Rio Theatre

PUNCH BROTHERS FEATURING CHRIS THILE 11/28 11/29 12/3 12/6 12/13 12/17

Master Class: The Supportive Roll of the RhythmGOLD Section CIRCLE Renata Bratt andSOLD StringOUT! Land Lee Ritenour with special guest Mike Stern Tessa Souter Jeff Hamilton Trio Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola Duo

Unless noted advance tickets at kuumbwajazz.org and Logos Books & Records. Dinner served 1-hr before Kuumbwa presented concerts. Premium wines & beer. All ages welcome.

GO FISH Rupa and the April Fishes bring their slamdance of world musical traditions to Moeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

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HE SURPRISE about The Sessions is that despite the seemingly dire subject matter, the film is mostly a comedy. Berkeley writer Mark Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien (subject of Jessica Yuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1996 Oscar-winning documentary, Breathing Lessons) was confined to an iron lung because of childhood polio; he earned an English degree at UCBerkeley and managed to write prose and poetry with a stick held in his mouth. Set in the late 1980s, the script is based on an article Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien did for the North Carolina literary magazine The Sun about his experience losing his virginity late in his 30s to a sex therapist.

Helen Hunt has the role of Cheryl, the unglam healerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;she drives a Country Squire station wagon. Huntâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aquiline face is seasoned but not carved into a dollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grimace by plastic surgery like far too many of her contemporaries. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essential to her aura of authority. One respects her as an actress because sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a smiler. Director/writer Ben Lewin, who has been working for a couple of decades without causing a big splash, has a taste for strong faces. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular helper, Vera (Moon Bloodgood), is an Asian woman with a tightly braided pony tail and Clark Kent glasses. She downplays every reaction, even when talking

about penis size with the curious Mark. Mark falls in love with his earlier attendant, Amanda. He describes her in one of his poems as having a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tudor face,â&#x20AC;? yet Annika Marks, who plays her, is far more Mediterranean than that Anne Boleyn type one often sees in the small-town South. John Hawkes, who plays Mark, has to work with his face instead of his bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and with his head held at a difficult angle. Hawkes has excelled as dangerous men: the Manson figure in Martha Marcy May Marlene and the meth-cooking uncle in Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bone. Although the gold standard of paralytic acting is still Daniel Day-

Lewis in My Left Footâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no shade of a confined manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrath hereâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Hawkesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; gentleness and fine comic timing make The Sessions a sex comedy of a variety we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen before. The sessions with Cheryl give Mark confidence, and he was a talker alreadyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as much as his lungs allowed. His confidant is Father Brendan (William H. Macy), who hallows Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan. (He is punished for it: Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conversation becomes more and more explicit, and the harrowed priest is driven to cigarettes and beer.) The scenes of Hunt and Hawkes together required a lot more physicality than you get in American movies, and the mood goes to the border of raunch. (It turns out not to be a good idea to sit on the face of a person who has to sleep in an iron lung.) The Sessions pleasingly records the sunliht, the cafes and the cottage gardens of Berkeley, one puzzling inset of a cable car notwithstanding. But the conflict between Cheryl and her husband, Josh (Adam Arkin), comes off as contrived. Cheryl is strictly professional at first. When Mark tries to quiz her about what sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like, she responds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d want to know about me is that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a private person.â&#x20AC;? Eventually, she describes Josh as a philosopher and a guitar player. We can see that as soon as the words are out of her mouth, they sound to her (and us) like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bum.â&#x20AC;? Josh is usually shown reclining, and later he throws a jealous fit at the letters Mark sends. We get what we get in the movies, and The Sessions is essentially lovable. Hawkes and Hunt are ultimately very touching, and Lewinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two final matching shots are both gently sentimental and tastily mordant. This movie could have gone so, so wrong. THE SESSIONS R; 95 min. Opens Fri at the Nick


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outrageous near-future dystopian style and plenty of shock scenes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also maybe Kubrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most divisive film, but even those who hated it have to admit its images have become iconic over the years. (Plays Thu at Santa Cruz 9) FLIGHT (R) An airline pilot (Denzel Washington) makes an emergency landing to save a plan from crashing, but an investigation reveals a troubling discovery. (Opens Fri at Santa Cruz 9, Scotts Valley and Green Valley)

Movie reviews by Steve Palopoli and Richard von Busack

THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS (R; 96 min) Russell Crowe is Jack Knife, an opium-addicted soldier named after his signature weapon, in this action-packed search for fabled Chinese gold. (Opens Fri at Santa Cruz 9, Scotts Valley) THE SESSIONS - Opens Fri at the Nick SMASHED (R; 85 min.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perfectâ&#x20AC;? alcoholic relationship between husband and wife Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul is ruined when wife decides to get sober in this

comedy-drama thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proven a favorite on the festival circuit. (Opens Fri at the Nick) WRECK-IT RALPH (PG) John C. Reilly is the voice of the title character, a videogame villain who longs to be a hero, in this Disney film. (Opens Fri at 41st, Santa Cruz 9, Scotts Valley)

Reviews ALEX CROSS (PG-13; 101 min.) A serial killer (Matthew Fox) faces off in a battle of

Showtimes are for Wednesday, Oct. 24, through Wednesday, Oct. 31, unless otherwise indicated. Programs and showtimes are subject to change without notice.

Wreck-It Ralph â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 11; 1:40; 4:20; 7; 9:40. Argo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11; 1:45; 4:30; 7:15; 10; Fri-Wed 11; 1:45; 4:30; 7:15; 10. Hotel Transylvania â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:45; 2:15; 4:40; 7; 9:20. Paranormal Activity 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:55; 2:30; 4:55; 7:45; 10:15. Pitch Perfect â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fri-Wed 11:20; 2; 7:30. Seven Psychopaths â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fri-Wed 4:40; 10:10.

Argo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 12:05; 3:30; 7:25; 10:25; Fri-Wed 12:10; 3:30; 7:20; 10. Frankenweenie â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 12:10; 4:50. Frankenweenie 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 2:30; 7:15. Fun Size â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:30; 2; 4:30; 7; 9:30; Fri-Wed 11:50; 2:15; 4:30. Hotel Transylvania â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 12:30; 2:55; 5:15; 7:35; 9:55. (No Thu 7:35, 9:55) Looper â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daily 12:50; 4:20; 7:05; 10:15. Pitch Perfect â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 12:20; 3:40; 6:45; 9:45; Fri-Wed 11:40; 2:25; 5. Silent Hill: Revelation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 12:40; 5:30; 10:30; Fri-Wed 12:40; 5:30. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daily 3; 8 plus Fri-Wed 10:40pm. Sinister â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1; 4:40; 7:45; 10:20; Fri-Wed 7:40; 10:20. Taken 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 11:50; 2:40; 5:05; 7:50; 10:05; Thu 11:50; 2:40; 4:50. NCM: Jesus Christ Superstar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Thu 7:30pm. A Clockwork Orange â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Thu 9pm. MET: Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Elsir Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amore â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 11/6 6:30pm.

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226 Mt Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley 831.438.3260 www.cineluxtheatres.com

Cloud Atlas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1; 2:30; 4:15; 6; 7:30; 9:15; Fri-Wed 2:30; 4:15; 6; 7:30; 9:15 plus Sat 11:15; 1; Sun 1pm; Fri-Sat 10:45pm. Frankenweenie â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fri-Wed 3:30; 5:30 plus Sat-Sun 1:30pm. Paranormal Activity 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Wed-Thu 2:15; 4:30; 6:30; 8:30; 10:30; Fri-Wed 7:45; 9:45. American Psycho â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fri-Sat midnight. Timon of Athens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sun 11am. Bending Colors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mon 8pm.

Flight â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 11; 1:45; 4:30; 7:15; 10. The Man With the Iron Fists â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 11:55; 2:30; 4:55; 7:30; 10:20. Wreck-It Ralph â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 11; 11:40; 1:40; 2:20; 4:20; 7; 9:40; 10. Wreck-It Ralph 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 5:05; 7:45. Alex Cross â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 2:10; 4:45; 10:10. Argo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11; 1:45; 4:10; 7; 9:45; Fri-Wed 11; 1:45; 4:30; 7:15; 10. Chasing Mavericks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:10; 2; 4:40; 7:20; 10; Fri-Wed 11:15; 11:55; 2;

APTOS CINEMAS 122 Rancho Del Mar Center, Aptos 831.688.6541 www.thenick.com

Chasing Mavericks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daily 2; 4:20; 6:50; 9:20 plus Fri-Sun 11:40am. The Perks of Being a Wallflowerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daily 2:10: 4:30; 7:10; 9:20 plus Fri-Sun noon.

CINELUX 41ST AVENUE CINEMA 1475 41st Ave, Capitola 831.479.3504 www.cineluxtheatres.com

The Sessions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 2:10; 4:30; 7; 9:10 plus Sat-Sun 11:50am. Smashed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 2:40; 5; 7:30; 9:20 plus Sat-Sun 12:20pm. The Master â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Wed-Thu 3:30; 6:30; 9:20. The Perks of Being a Wallflowerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Daily 2:30; 4:50; 7:20; 9:40 plus Sat-Sun 12:10pm. Samsara â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 2:40; 7. Seven Pyschopaths â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daily 2:20; 4:40; 7:10; 9:30 plus Sat-Sun noon. Searching for Sugar Man â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 5; 9:10.

2:45; 4:40; 5:30; 7:20; 8:15; 10. Cloud Atlas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:20; 2:30; 6:30; 9; Fri-Wed 1:15; 4:55; 8:30. Frankenweenie â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:40am. Fun Size â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:55; 3; 5:20; 7:40; 10; Fri-Wed 11; 11:30; 1:45. Here Comes the Boom â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:15; 1:45; 4:20; 7; 9:40. (No Thu 7pm) Hotel Transylvania â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:10; 1:30; 4:30; 6:45; 9:30. (No Thu 1:30pm) Paranormal Activity 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 12:20; 2:45; 5:10; 7:35; 10. Seven Psychopaths â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 7:10pm. Silent Hill: Revelation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fri-Wed 4; 6:30; 10:20. Taken 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Wed-Thu 11:55; 2:30; 5:10; 7:35; 9:55; Fri-Wed 11:55; 2:20; 4:55; 7:20; 9:45. Casablanca â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Thu 2; 7.

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NICKELODEON Lincoln and Cedar streets, Santa Cruz 831.426.7500 www. thenick.com

155 S River St, Santa Cruz 800.326.3264 x1701 www.regmovies.com

Chasing Mavericks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1; 1:45; 4; 4:45; 7; 7:45; 9:45; 10:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

SANTA CRUZ CINEMA 9 1405 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz 800.326.3264 x1700 www.regmovies.com

Flight â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 12; 3:10; 6:30; 7; 9:40; 10:05. The Man with the Iron Fists â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 12:20; 2:40; 5:10; 7:50; 10:30. Wreck-It Ralph â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 11:30; 2:05; 4:40; 7:15; 9:50. Wreck-It Ralph 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 1:15; 4; 6:45; 9:20. Alex Cross â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 10pm.

1125 S Green Valley Rd, Watsonville 831.761.8200 www.greenvalleycinema.com

Alex Cross â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1:15; 4; 6:50; 9:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Argo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1:20; 4; 6:50; 9:45; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Fun Size â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1; 3; 5:05; 7:15; 9:45; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Hotel Transylvania â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1:15; 6:50; 9:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Hotel Transylvania 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 3:45; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Paranormal Activity 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1; 3; 5:05; 7:15; 9:45; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

Silent Hill: Revelation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1; 5:05; 9:45; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 3; 7:15; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Sinister â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1:15; 3:45; 6:50; 9:45; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

wits against police detective/ psychologist Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) in this adaptation of a James Patterson novel. ARGO (R; 120 min.) Actors play CIA agents all the time, but CIA agents playing actors? You know Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna love that. So now we have actors playing CIA agents playing actors in this new film based on an actual 1979 event (the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canadian caper,â&#x20AC;? as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now known) in which operatives pretended to be movie-biz types making a film called Argo, in order to rescue diplomats trapped in Iran. Ben Affleck directs and stars. CHASING MAVERICKS In this real-life Santa Cruz tale, our own legend Jay Moriarty (played by Jonny Weston) forms a unique friendship with Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler) on a mission to tackle one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most daunting waves. CLOUD ATLAS During the 1800s, Adam is dying on a ship voyage to California and wonders if he is perhaps being poisoned by Dr. Goose (Tom Hanks) in this complex film with six different storylines. FINDING NEMO 3-D (G; 100 min.) Will he be easier or harder to find in 3-D? Hopefully not harder, because Albert Brooksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nerves are shot as it is. FUN SIZE Wren just wanted to spend Halloween at a party with her crush. But when her mom (Chelsea Handler) orders her to take her little brother Albert trickor-treating, she loses him. Shenanigans ensue. FRANKENWEENIE (PG; 87 min.) In a bit of a career slump of late, Tim Burton expands his early short about a re-animated dog (which basically got him fired from Disney) into a full-length animated feature. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (PG; 91 min.) Adam Sandler and Addy Samberg team up for another movie, but this time itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s animated and Sandlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing the voice of Dracula, so you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have to see or hear him. His count runs a hotel for monsters that is stumbled upon by a human boy. Wackiness ensues. THE MASTER (R; 137 min.) Paul Thomas Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most accomplished film to date tells of the partnership between a shell-shocked Navy vet of 1950 named Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix) and a dapper, bigger-than-life fraud, Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman).

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 (R; 88 min) Those who were bummed that Paranormal Activity 3 provided no insight into what happened to Katie and Hunter (or about anything else, really) may be happy to know that the series is getting back on track, at least story-wise. Original writer-director Orin Peli has long since checked out, but the found-footage song remains the same. Five years after the events of the first two films, another family has to find an excuse to carry cameras around all the time when Katie and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robbieâ&#x20AC;? move in next door. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (PG13; 103 min.) I know, I know, it must be a short film. Ha ha. But apparently there are perks to be found in this story of two seniors who take an introverted freshman under their wing. SAMSARA ( PG-13; 102 min.) The director of Baraka filmed this documentary over five years in 25 countries, across five continents. Like his 1992 film, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wordless flurry of breaktaking images and music, this time a meditation on the natural world and the effect that mankind has had on it. The fact that the title is Sanskrit for â&#x20AC;&#x153;cyclic existenceâ&#x20AC;? provides a clue to the message. SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS (R; 109 min.) A struggling screenwriter (Colin Farrell) has just messed with the wrong gangster (Woody Harrelson), by stealing his fluffy Shih Tzu. SILENT HILL: REVELATION Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a revelation: the first Silent Hill movie sucked. Not as bad as, say, Doom, maybe, but still. Five years later, this sequel picks up where the last one left off, and tries to work in more of the mythology from the video game series. SINISTER (1994) Found footage? Murder houses? Supernatural oogly-booglies who look like the guy from Slipknot? It all sounds pretty, pret-ty sinister. TAKEN 2 (PG-13; 91 min.) Boy, if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anything more embarrassing than having your friends and family taken once, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gotta be having them taken again. This time, Liam Neeson has to find a couple who are taken due to fallout from his last rescue mission. This guy has worse luck than Jack Bauer.

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AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000) Who knew Mary Harronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adaptation of the ultraviolent, non-GloriaSteinem-approved Bret Easton Ellis novel would turn out to be a cult comedy classic? Shedding the bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graphic murder scenes, Harron instead concentrated solely on the satirical themes, creating a black-humor classic thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more famous for Christian

Baleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hilarious delivery of lines like â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to return some videotapesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?â&#x20AC;? than it is for its indictment of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s greed and narcissism. Also one of the few movies in history better than the book itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s based on. (Plays Fri-Sat at midnight at Del Mar) A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) Stanley Kubrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adaptation of the original Anthony Burgess novel has completely overshadowed its source material, thanks to the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emphasis on

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Send tips about food, wine and dining discoveries to Christina Waters at xtina@cruzio.com. Read her blog at christinawaters.com.

his popular Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, Watson has jumped into the mobile catering galaxy, and the extremely colorful Zameen catering truck just began operations in the Performing Arts parking lot up on the UCSC campus. Monday through Friday, from 11:30am to 2pm, hungry and grateful students, faculty and staff can now grab hot, freshly prepared falafels, kebabs, tzatziki, chutneys and gyros. Oh, and acres of hummus. Also check out the original Zameen at 7528 Soquel Dr., whose attractive interior was designed by cooking entrepreneur Mimi Snowden. PIZZA, PIZZA: PIZZERIA AVANTI

ONCE SMITTEN, TWICE LIVE Culinary blogger Deb Perelman appears in the flesh at Bookshop on Sunday.

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or the past six years, culinary blog czarina Deb Perelman has been showing her legions of fans how to whip up insanely delicious dishesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;yes, items you actually can try at homeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and throwing in sexy food images to whet the appetite as well. Her DIY website (www.smittenkitchen. com) captures millions of views each month, and so it will be a big fat relief to her local fans to know that Perelman herself will be coming to Bookshop Santa Cruz this Sunday, Nov. 4, at 7pm, to talk about the pleasure of cooking and

to sign her brand-new cookbook, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. And if that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t temptation enough for all you fierce foodies out there, our own Companion Bakeshop, led by Erin Lampel and company, will be preparing three or four of Perelmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular baked goodies (yes, the recipes are in Perelmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cookbook) for you to savor at the book signing. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to like here? An appealing, highly approachable new cookbook, the creator/chef/author herself talking about cooking and life, plus samples of her recipes

baked by the pastry team of Companion Bakeshop. Just be there! Early. There will be many others eager to hear Perelmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remarks and get their hands on her new book. For more details, check the Bookshop Santa Cruz event calendar at www.bookshopsantacruz.com/ event/deb-perelman ZAMEEN ON WHEELS. Ed

Watson opened Aptosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Zameen five years ago. He was enamored of the Iranian dishes created by his father-in-law, co-owner Mike Assar. To expand the spicy influence of

has opened in the old Mission Street digs of Ristorante Avanti, with a nightly dinner menu strong on locally sourced designer salads and innovative pizzas in two sizes. (I am drooling as I write this.) Meanwhile, a few blocks away, Bantamâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;our newest pizzeria/cafein-progressâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is continuing to finetune its airy, industrial interior. Chef Benjamin Sims canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to fire up the wood oven, but tells me it will be a few more weeksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;midNovember. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is coming along really well at Bantam, better than expected, we are getting super excited.â&#x20AC;? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the only one. Stay tuned. AU MIDI CORRECTIONS: It seems an outdated email is to blame for my incorrectly implying that the charming French bistro in Aptosâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Au Midiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;was not open for lunch and dinner. It is open for lunch and dinner. The Pasta Special is the current highlight of the menu. The crepe specials were, literally, so yesterday. Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;accord? Pasta, oui. CrĂŞpes, non. Au Midi is located at 7960 Soquel Dr., Aptos. 831.6852600; www.aumidi.com. 0


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The food is the best of what we offered at all our stores. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fresh, organic, as we can find it, with lots of texture and a lot of flavors. People can discover their long lost favorite mighty muffin or scone. We also have a whole new line of gluten-free, agave sweetened muffins, bars, cookies and granola. EVgR]g]cbVW\Y[cTTW\aO`SacQVOPWURSOZ-

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Diners 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.

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Ambrosia India Bistro Indian. Authentic Indian dishes and specialties served in a 207 Searidge Rd, 831.685.0610 comfortable dining room. Lunch buffet daily 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner daily 5pm to close. www.ambrosiaib.com

$$ Aptos

Britannia Arms

$$$ Aptos

Severinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grill

$$ Aptos

Zameen Mediterranean

8017 Soquel Dr, 831.688.1233

7500 Old Dominion Ct, 831.688.8987

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. www.seacliffinn.com.

Middle Eastern/Mediterranean. Fresh, fast, flavorful. Gourmet 7528 Soquel Dr, 831.688.4465 meat and vegetarian kebabs, gyros, falafel, healthy salads and Mediterranean flatbread pizzas. Beer and wine. Dine in or take out. Tue-Sun 11am-8pm.

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Cafe Violette

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Geisha Sushi

All day breakfast. Burgers, gyros, sandwiches and 45 flavors of 104 Stockton Ave, 831.479.8888 Marianneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Polar Bear ice cream. Open 8am daily.

Capitola

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.

$$$

Shadowbrook

Capitola

1750 Wharf Rd, 831.475.1511

$$$

Stockton Bridge Grille

Capitola

231 Esplanade, 831.464.1933

$$$ Capitola

Zeldaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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 203 Esplanade, 831.475.4900 and lobster. Daily 7am-2am.

SANTA CRUZ $$ Acapulco Mexican/Seafood/American. Traditional Mexican favorites. Best Santa Cruz 1116 Pacific Ave, 831. 426.7588 fajitas, chicken mole, coconut prawns, blackened prime rib! Fresh seafood. Over 50 premium tequilas, daily happy hour w/ half-price appetizers. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. $$$ Le Cigare Volant Santa Cruz 328 Ingalls St, 831.425.6771

Featuring vibrant, seasonally driven cuisine that pairs effortlessly with Bonny Doon Vineyard wines. Menu changes weekly to spotlight the freshest, local, organic and biodynamic ingredients. Bring friends, meet new ones, and dine ensemble, while embracing community and cuisine.

$ Charlie Hong Kong California organic meets Southeast Asian street food. Organic Santa Cruz 1141 Soquel Ave, 831. 426.5664 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 $$ The Crepe Place Crepes and more. Featuring the spinach crepe and Tunisian Santa Cruz 1134 Soquel Ave, 831.429.6994 donut. Full bar. Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri 11am-1am, Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-midnight. $$

Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest Seafood. Fresh seafood, shellfish, Midwestern aged beef, pasta Santa Cruz 2218 East Cliff Dr, 831.476.4560 specialties, abundant salad bar. Kids menu and nightly entertainment. Harbor & Bay views. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. $$ Gabriella Cafe Santa Cruz 910 Cedar St., 831.457.1677

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.

$$ Hindquarter Americana. Ribs, steaks and burgers are definitely the stars. Santa Cruz 303 Soquel Ave, 831.426.7770 Full bar. Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner Sun-Thu 5:30-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-10pm. $$ Hoffmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s California/full-service bakery. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Santa Cruz 1102 Pacific Ave, 837.420.0135 Eggs Benedict in Town.â&#x20AC;? Happy Hour Mon-Fri 5-6pm. Halfprice appetizers; wines by the glass. Daily 8am-9pm. $$

Hulaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Island Grill â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s Vegas meets â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s Waikiki. Amazing dining experience in Santa Cruz 221 Cathcart St, 831.426.4852 kitchy yet swanky tropical setting. Fresh fish, great steaks, vegetarian. Full-service tiki bar. Happy-hour tiki drinks. Aloha Fri, Sat lunch 11:30am-5pm. Dinner nightly 5pm-close.


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Rob Brezsny

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