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We Wish Please tell me you were playing a prank on your readers with â&#x20AC;&#x153;White Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burdenâ&#x20AC;? (Letters, Dec. 19). I had to check the calendar to make sure it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t April Fools Day. Much as I would love to remain in denial that one of your â&#x20AC;&#x153;white, maleâ&#x20AC;? readers would get so defensive about Tom Tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brilliant wit, I must concede that these backward views on race and sex still exist. Please, Mr. Stout, get out from your unnecessary defensive shield and understand that this country/world is still controlled by white males and their many unwitting enablers. Look at the faces of those in control in the dominant culture to understand where change is needed. If you are an inclusive human being, that will be noted and understood by those working hard for equality and toward a more inclusive world. There is no need to convince anyone as your actions speak the loudest. The destructive

policies of inequality from racism, sexism and classism stem from the power relationships in this country/world. Come join us in doing the hard work to overcome these dynamics and save us the misguided self-promotion. MARY MOORE Camp Meeker

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Bash Re: â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Holdâ&#x20AC;? (Letters, Dec. 26). Theodore Meyer jumps on the bash-Israel bandwagon. He alleges that money that assists Israel could go to lower our healthcare costs. First of all, American aid is far less than he claims. Secondly, it is used to buy weapons made in the USA which helps our economy and creates jobs. It is a drop in the bucket compared to the billions spent in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea. Israel has never asked for American troops, and in fact welcomes our servicemen and women for R&R. The Israelis share military intelligence with the

United States, and we work together fighting the international threat of Islamic terrorism. Israeli technology in field bandages is used to save American lives on the battlefield. Meyer may be confusing Israel with the Palestinian Authority when it comes to independence. The PA cannot survive without money from us, the United Nations and others. Yasser Arafat and others squandered billions of aid money. They run to the United Nations against the wishes of President Obama. Israel didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask for help to destroy Saddam Husseinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nuclear plant, nor did they ask for help when they took out Syriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nuclear program. When it comes to security they will fight their own battles as they always have. The Palestinians have had nearly 20 years since the Oslo Agreement to get their act together. Bill Clinton tried to broker a deal that would have given them a state in virtually all the territory they allegedly claim and they said no and they repeated the rejection twice more. American policy acknowledges that the area where Israel is building is within the area that she will keep, despite the public protestations. GIL STEIN Aptos

Put a Little Love in It Many poor folks in the world havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet found the real meaning of Christmas. So many people are lost, lonely, downtrodden, weak and weary. Some are weak in their bodies, weary in their flesh; others are weak in their minds; and yet others are weak in body, mind and spirit. There are the trampled-on, the poor, the persecuted, the hungry; those who are victims of war and crime and exploitation; those who nobody wants and for whom nobody cares; those who have so little in the way of worldly goods, who are lacking in food, clothing and shelterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even the basic necessities. There are others who do have material goods and riches. They can extend hands to those who are found wanting; those who ache inside; those who are engulfed in a sea of emptiness. We can spread a little more love and light and cheer! â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lift up your fellow man, lend him a helping hand. Put a little love in your heart.â&#x20AC;? TED RUDOW III Palo Alto


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Tess Dunn interviews singersongwriter Nina Storey Sultry-voiced songstress Nina Storey made her initial visit here more than a decade ago, with a club show in February 1999 and later that year at the Santa Cruz Blues Festival. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first time I heard Nina I knew I was experiencing something very special,â&#x20AC;? says Moeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley owner and Blues Festival producer Bill Welch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She has a one-in-a million voice.â&#x20AC;? Over the ensuing decade, Storey has become something of a fixture on the local music scene, playing here more than a dozen times and garnering a loyal international audience while headlining blues festivals around the world. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s produced seven albums and provided the soundtrack for several commercials, films and television shows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With a voice like hers,â&#x20AC;? People magazine wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;pyrotechnics are redundant.â&#x20AC;? Storey, who now lives in Los Angeles, will return to Moeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley on Saturday, Jan. 12, where sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll celebrate the release of her new album, Think Twice, which showcases her vocal talents and finds her exploring new genres while revealing herself, in the words of one early review, as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mischievous and seductive temptress.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to call it â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;future retro,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Storey says of Think Twice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got the sensibility of an old-school soul record with a modern, pop edge. The record has all the ferocity of my live performances, plus a focus on unforgettable melody.â&#x20AC;? Santa Cruz singer-songwriter Tess Dunn, whom Welch introduced to Storey as a youngster, shares a personal conversation with Santa Cruz Weekly readers in the interview that follows.

TESS DUNN: Tell me a bit about the creative process of making the new album. Did you write all the songs yourself? Who did you collaborate with? Who were some of your main influences?

RED ROAM Nina Storey plays a release party for her new CD â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Think Twiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at Moeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Jan. 12.

I did a ton of writing for this CD. There were probably 45-plus songs in consideration for this record. I wrote with so many amazing writers who really helped me grow as a songwriter, which also helped to inspire what direction I went with the overall feel of the record. I wrote with some incredible people like Chris [Seefried], Stefan Skarbek [Amy Winehouse], Mikal Blue [Colbie Callait, Jason Reeves, One Republic], Jeff Trott [Sheryl Crow] and two of my favorite

writers and producers ever, Ryan Franks and Scott Nickoley. What is special about your Santa Cruz fans?

I love Santa Cruz, as everyone there always makes me feel like I am home. Two great things about Santa Cruz fans: First, they love and appreciate music and the experience of hearing and seeing it live. This is a very precious thing. Second, everyone has a great sense of humor, and they get all my ridiculous jokes. All of them?

Okay, most of them. I first saw you at the Santa Cruz Blues Festival when I was 5. It was like an entirely different century. You had a more R&B sound back then. Your music has evolved quite


a bit through the years, and this album is no exception. Can you share a bit about the evolution of your style?

What do you like best about performing?

I love getting to interact with the crowd when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m singing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as though the energy of the experience is multiplied by every single person in the room, so it then elevates the joy of the moment exponentially. Yeowza, that sounds so Bouldery, huh? Speaking of sounding â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bouldery,â&#x20AC;? a lot of your longtime fans identify you as a Colorado singer/ songwriter. You live in L.A. now. How is it seeping into your musicâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; or is it?

I know, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still considered a Colorado singer/songwriter. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so proud to be from Colorado, so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all good. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see, living in LAâ&#x20AC;Ś well, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a truckload of amazingly talented people, so you really have to keep pushing yourself and exceed your expectations constantly. I see and hear a lot of incredible music, and it inspires me and makes me want to run home immediately and work on my craft. My first time ever on stage was with you. While we have become good friends through the years, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been really lucky to have you as a musical mentor. Did you have someone in your life who filled this role for you?

I would say Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a few mentors, but I am also always looking for new people to look up to and learn from because that process never ends. Keb Moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; has been a great mentor to me over the years, as I met him when I first started doing music in Colorado. He actually worked with my mom in the studio when I was a little girl.

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Everyone tells me that the music industry has gone through this massive transformation in recent years. How has this impacted you?

Well, it seems I work about 10 times harder today than I did a few years ago, but because I do it on my own, I tend to spend more of my time on business stuff and less of it on creative music stuff, and so that is something that is a bit of a challenge at times.

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So you need a lot of business savvy?

I worked with PledgeMusic.com to raise the funds to record Think Twice. What that involved was creating incentives for my fans to get them involved in the process of making the record. The incentives ranged from hand-written lyrics, to private concerts, to me singing on their voicemail. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been amazing, fun, a lot of work and a new way that has connected me to the people who care the most about seeing me succeed. What is your advice to independent musicians and bands trying to make it in the industry?

Wear comfortable shoes. Work hard. Work smart. Think outside of the box. Be true to your artistic goals as much as possible, but be prepared to compromise for the bigger picture. Stay humble and respect other artists. Stay for the whole show. Buy other artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; music. Talk to your fans and ask questions about them. Find out about the people who are taking time to write you, buy your music, schlep to your shows. Do things other than music to become a well-rounded human beingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it will make you a better artist. And know that if you keep fighting the good fight, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get to the top of your mountain. Nina Storey plays an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;album release celebrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; show at Moeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley on Saturday, Jan. 12, with special guest Tess Dunn; 8:30pm; $15/$20.

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Short Play Festival â&#x20AC;&#x153;8 Tens @ Eightâ&#x20AC;? is an annual festival of 10minute plays. www.sccat. org. Thurs, Fri and Sat at 8pm; Sat and Sun matinees at 3pm. Thru Jan 27. $20 general. Center Stage, 1001 Center St, Santa Cruz, 831.425.7529.

CONCERTS Harp Music Concert The 9th annual Santa Cruz Harp Festival, featuring performances by different styles of harp plus a harp â&#x20AC;&#x153;petting zooâ&#x20AC;? where audience members can try the instruments for themselves. www. communitymusicschool. org. Sun, Jan 6, 2pm. free/donation. Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 515 Frederick St, Santa Cruz, 831.426.9155.

Mission Extension and Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz County Bank â&#x20AC;&#x153;Painting Our Parksâ&#x20AC;?: Plein air oil paintings of county, state and national parks in California. Twenty percent of sales benefit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. Monâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thu, 9amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm & Fri, 9amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;6pm, thru Jan 18. 831.457.5003. 720 Front St, Santa Cruz.

Events LITERARY EVENTS Community Poetry Circle Poetry writing workshop led by Magdalena Montague, local poet and teacher. Sat, Jan 5, 10am12pm. Free. Santa Cruz Central Branch Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.427.7717.

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Art MUSEUMS &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, 11:30am-12:30pm. Museum hours Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm; closed Mon. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

GALLERIES 23(1,1* Cafe Delmarette First Friday: Jessica Vaughan. Opening for first Friday show. Fri, Jan 4, 5:30-8pm. 1126 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz.

&217,18,1* Felix Kulpa Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neon Artâ&#x20AC;? is a sculpture show by Brian Coleman with brightly colored pipes and more. Thru Jan 20. Free. 107 Elm St, Santa Cruz, 408.373.2854.

R. Blitzer Gallery A 100-piece retrospective of Fuzie Nutzleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s black inked drawings and paintings. Thru Jan 26. Gallery hours Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm. 831.458.1217.

Poetry readings by Alta Ifland, Charles Atkinson and Tsering Wangmo Dhompa. Tue, Jan 8, 7:30pm. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.462.4415.

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 Dr. Robert Jackson will present a talk: â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Introduction to Researching the Great Wave of German Immigration, 1830-1900.â&#x20AC;? Thu, Jan 3, 1pm. Santa Cruz Central Branch Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.419.7244.

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santacruzmuseums.org. Mon, Jan 7, 10am-1pm. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, 831.420.6115.

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.

Friday Shakespeare Club The club is seeking new members to join them in the study of the Bardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plays. www. fridayshakespeare.org. Fri, Jan 4, 10am-12:30pm. First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz, 900 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.421.0930.

A weekly meeting on learning how to forgive and live in peace. Drop-ins are welcome. Thu, 7-9pm. The Barn Studio, 104b Park Way South, Santa Cruz, 831.272.2246.

Docent Training Volunteer training for those interested in leading school programs and being museum hosts for 2-4 hours per month. Register online: www.

Overeaters Anonymous Sundays 9-10:15am at 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz. Wednesdays noon-1pm at 49 Blanca Ln #303, Watsonville and 6:30-7:30pm 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. WedFri-Sun. 831.429.7906.

Qigong Flow Led by Bonnie Eskie, MFT. Tue, 10-11am. $10-$12. Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz, 831.515.4144.

Fruit Tree Workshop

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Fruit Trees 101: Basic Fruit Tree Care is a workshop designed to address basic questions about growing fruit trees. Sat, Jan 5, 10am-1pm. $30 general; $20 members. UCSC Farm and Garden, UCSC, Santa Cruz, 831.459.3240.

For those interested in joining the American Red Cross Blood Services volunteer team. Thu, Jan 3, 12pm. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 220 Elk Street, Santa Cruz, 408.202.1896.

Insight Santa Cruz Meditation sits, talks and discussions every day of the week. Learn the formal practice of meditation and engage with a community dedicated to reducing suffering by cultivating compassion. Visit www. insightsantacruz.org for specific times and more information. Ongoing. Insight Santa Cruz, 1010 Fair Avenue, Suite C, Santa Cruz, 831.425.3431.

Library Board Applications Applications are currently being accepted for a citizen member to serve on the Library Joint Powers Board for the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. The four-year term begins in March 2013. www.santacruzpl.org. Application deadline: Jan 7. Santa Cruz Central Branch Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.427.7700.

Miracle Working A Course In Miracles Study Group

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.

Spiritual teacher Dominique Free leads a weekly class on cultivating the consciousness to heal, overcome, succeed and create miracles. Thu, 7-8pm. Conscious Lounge, 1651A El Dorado Av @ Capitola Rd, Santa Cruz, 831.359.0423.

NAACP Santa Cruz Membership and Leadership Outreach Effort Members of the community are invited and encouraged to

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

Summer Class Proposals Parks & Recreation is currently accepting class proposals for the 2013 Summer Session. People with a special skill theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to share in fitness, digital media, arts, food, languages or other areas are encouraged to submit. Forms available at www. cityofsantacruz.com. Due Jan 9. City of Santa Cruz, 323 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.420.5273.

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).


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Harp Festival Pop quiz: Which of the following is not a type of instrument? A) Folk Harp, B) Wire Strung Harp or C) Autoharp? Answer: Trick question, son! All of these harps and more will be plucked and strummed in all their ethereal glory at the 9th annual Harp Festival put on by the Community Music School. Bonus question: Do you want to find out what a â&#x20AC;&#x153;harp petting zooâ&#x20AC;? is? Answer: Yes. Yes, you do. Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2pm at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 515 Frederick St., Santa Cruz. Free admission. Writing Contest Santa Cruz Reads is sponsoring a writing contest inspired by John Steinbeckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Grapes of Wrath. Entries should involve issues prominent in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political, cultural or social landscapes that parallel those from the past. Categories in fiction, poetry/song lyrics and essay/op-ed for adults, high school students and middle school students. www.santacruzreads.org. Entries accepted thru Jan 16. Santa Cruz High School, 415 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.429.3960.

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.

Film 5 Broken Cameras Screening of a film by Emad Burnat, which follows a Palestinian man filming conflicts in his village. Mon, Jan 7, 6:30pm. $5-$10 donation. Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, 831.216.6570.

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

Tourettes Without Regrets Beatboxing, slam poetry, freestyle battles, dirty haiku and plenty more from bizarre brigade. Jan 3 at Oakland Metro.

Anthony B Pan Afrikanist and reggae ruler rarely seen without trademark headwrap. Jan 3 at the Independent.

The Easy Leaves A â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Winter Formalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with old-time faves, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve hired a party bus for the show. Jan 4 at Great American Music Hall.

Blues Harmonica Blowout Mark Hummel leads tribute to Jimmy Reed with Charlie Musselwhite, Kim Wilson, more. Jan 4-6 at Yoshiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oakland.

Reel Big Fish Big sideburns, Hawaiian shirts and trombones: these fourthwave ska revivalists will never die. Jan 6 at Regency Ballroom. More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.

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AMERICANA GOTHIC Marrisa Nadler plays haunting neo-folk at Don Quixoteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thursday.

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A darling of the neo-folk movement, Marissa Nadler fuses dream pop, Americana and American Gothic styles to create something haunting and lovely. A talented singer, songwriter, guitarist and visual artist to boot, Nadler frames songs of loneliness and grief with lyrics inspired by poetry and literature. Her music has a timeless, familiar quality about it and she has a delicate, clear voice that, according to one reviewer, â&#x20AC;&#x153;could have lured men to their death at sea.â&#x20AC;? Don Quixoteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; $10 adv/$12 door; 9pm. (Cat Johnson)

I saw the Psychedelic Furs last year, when they started doing the whole Talk Talk Talk album from start to finish. Having been too young to see them in their mid-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s heyday, I always lumped them in with the other poppy synth bands of the time. But it turns out lead singer Richard Butler is so much weirder than the rest of that crowd. The guy pretty much acts out his songs while heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singing them. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kinda awesome. Seriously, if you could never quite picture Caroline from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pretty in Pinkâ&#x20AC;? waving, buttoning your shirt, handing you the coat, etc., Butler will make it all clear. Rio Theatre; $35; 7pm.

The first blues song a young Mark Hummel ever heard was Jimmy Reedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honest I Do.â&#x20AC;? He also got to meet his idol in 1976â&#x20AC;&#x201D;just two days before Reed died. So perhaps itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise that Reedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music has continued to have a special hold over him, and with Hummelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 21st annual Harmonica Blowout, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll pay tribute to the tragic bluesmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy. Joining him, as usual, is a crowd of fantastic players, from Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds to Joe Louis Walker to Rick Estrin, and many more. Moeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley; $30/$33; 8pm.

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ANTHONY B Like many a great musician, reggae superstar Anthony B got his musical start in the church. The son of a Seventh-Day Adventist mother, spirituality played a key role in his upbringing and carries over into his music. When he first hit the music scene, many of his peers in Jamaica were singing about girls and guns but Anthony B, a.k.a. Keith Anthony Blair, took another route, writing songs that were socially and spiritually charged. One of his claims to fame is singing about revering women rather than despising them, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been criticized in the past for homophobic lyrics. So letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hope that all that spirituality and respect is trickling into all corners of his consciousness these days. Moeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley; $23 & $25 adv/$28 & $30 door; 9pm. (CJ)


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MOONALICE The Moonalice story is a multi-faceted one. The Bay Area jam band, comprising seasoned musicians with roots in the Other Brothers, Jefferson Starship, Phil Lesh and Friends and more, mixes roots, rock and improvisation and has had over 1 million downloads of its hit song, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4:20 Somewhere.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a band that leverages technology to create community (think Twittercasts, forums and streaming concerts), has an enormous library of free music available, and takes the â&#x20AC;&#x153;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not doing it for the moneyâ&#x20AC;? approach. Oh yeah, and the band is bankrolled by successful businessman and bandleader Roger McNamee, so that pesky money thing isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an issue anyway. Don Quixoteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; $10; 8pm. (CJ)

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MANZAREKROGERS BAND Pairing rock keyboardist Ray Manzarek, co-founder of legendary rock band the Doors, with Roy Rogers, one of the great slide guitarists of all time, the ManzarekRogers Band is a mini-supergroup built upon decades of top-tier musical experience. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound is an amalgamation of blues and rock built on driving riffs, imaginative keyboard play, mind-blowing guitarwork, poetic lyrics and enough whispers of the Doorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sound to keep the die-hard fans happy. Consistently drawing positive critical reviews, the Manzarek-Rogers Band is an exciting project built around two of the most respected musicians of the last 50 years. Rio Theatre; $25 gen/$35 gold; 7:30pm. (CJ)

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WATER TOWER Hailing from Portland, Water Tower is a three-piece acoustic outfit that draws from old-time, bluegrass, cajun, jazz, folk and punk traditions to create a sound that is fast, furious and engaging. With rich, three-part harmonies, foot-stomping grooves and a busker-style delivery, the band fits nicely into the current roots revival and has shared stages with some heavyweights of the genre including Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford & Sons and Wilco. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also garnered some big-time critical acclaim, catching the attention of both NPR and the BBC. Crepe Place; $8; 9pm. (CJ)

TOMMY EMMANUEL FEBRUARY 4, 7:30PM AT THE RIO THEATRE Also coming to the Rio Theatre: ROBERT RANDOLPH PRESENTS THE SLIDE BROTHERS

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Masters of the Sacred Steelâ&#x20AC;? FEBRUARY 20 LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO MARCH 6 SAVE IT FOR SATURDAY Dave Wakeling brings the English Beat to the Catalyst.

Tickets available at kuumbwajazz.org and Logos Books & Records. More info: 831.427.2227 or kuumbwajazz.org

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The English Beat were 2-toneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best ska band, with songs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mirror in the Bathroom,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Save It for Later,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Confessâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hands Off Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mineâ&#x20AC;? all enshrined in the skankinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; canon. Band leader Dave Wakeling now lives in NorCal, and the last time I talked to him, he was enjoying breakfast at a small cafe in the California sunshine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is why I fucking left England,â&#x20AC;? he told me. His gigs since moving here burn with the same passion and skill that made him famous 30 years ago. Catalyst; $20/$25; 9pm.


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THE MANZAREKâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;ROGERS BAND featuring Ray Manzarek keyboardist from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Doorsâ&#x20AC;? and slide guitarist Roy Rogers Thursday, January 10 U 7 and 9 pm

MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Benny Green, Lewis Nash, Chris Potter & Ambrose Akinmusire | No Comps Thursday, January 17 U 7 pm

ERIK DEUTSCH BAND Former Charlie Hunter keyboardist with funky grooves! DAVIINA & THE VAGABONDS FREDDY COLE QUARTET WASABI JOE LOVANO US FIVE featuring James Weidman, Esperanza Spalding, Otis Brown III & Francisco Mela | No Comps 1/31 BILLY COBHAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S â&#x20AC;&#x153;SPECTRUM 4Oâ&#x20AC;? 2/4 TOMMY EMMANUEL at the Rio 2/11 ALLEN TOUSSAINT 2/14 TUCK & PATTI Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day! 1/18 1/21 1/24 1/28

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Best Bites of 2012 BY CHRISTINA WATERS

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ike many of you, I found myself dining out a bit less last year than I might have liked. But there was much to remember in the way of delicious restaurant experiences, such as an appetizer of fresh porcinis joined by one of those refreshing cucumber and mint vodka cocktails at =aeOZR. A plate of salumi and grilled vegetables started us off on our first pizzaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;mozzarella, basil and heirloom tomatoesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at the new >WhhO`WO/dO\bW. Love at first bite! Last year also provided several knock-out dining experiences at the

late :S1WUO`SD]ZO\b, whose eclectic small plates and luscious flatbread apps are now the stuff of culinary history. A rhubarb panna cotta from Oomi Shelton had me babbling, as did a remarkable convergence of heirloom tomatoes, honeydew melon and shell beans followed by roasted suckling pig, from Le Cigare Volant chef Ryan Shelton. A tapas portion of pan-seared scallops from /_cO`Wca arrived with a dusting of preserved lemon, a corsage of arugula and fennel, and a creamy scoop of Greek yogurt. I still smile when I re-imagine those flavors making a rendezvous

with my tastebuds. A pulled pork sandwich, loaded with spices and zesty coleslaw over at 1]]Z1OTSin Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cantor Museum, provided a robust rainy day lunch last month. The crab cakes at ;cR1Wbg 1`OPAVOQY in Manahawkin, New Jersey remain a definitive seafood encounter. Sweet, succulent and sided by French fries and a healthy dose of horseradish, these were a tribute to everything the Eastern Seaboard can offer (when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not being blown away by hurricanes, that is). A plate of housemade green pasta

A lunch to remember involved one of El Salcicheroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s juicy hot dogs at Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The great hot dog is a true guilty pleasure and this one pushed every East Coast button Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got. At A]WT any number of dishes from chef Santos Majano are worthy of praise, especially a recent tapas of micro-thin green filet beans. Wrapped in a ribbon of thick luscious pork belly, and served with an aioli, they were perfection with a Sicilian nero dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;avola. A plate of slender bratwursts, warm potato salad and draft beer at a corner cafe in Bayreuth, Germany reminded me why I love Bavaria. A lunch to remember involved one of El Salcicheroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s juicy hot dogs on a genuine hot dog bun, served with bowls of mustard and ketchupâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at 9SZZg¸a on Ingalls. The great hot dog is a true guilty pleasure and this one pushed every East Coast button Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got. My very latest top meal of the year was Christmas dinner at my house involving my variation on Syrian lentil stew, laced with chili sauce, tamarind and highly non-traditional ham hocks. We enjoyed it along with an arugula salad, Gayleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pain de compagne and sizzling dry Veuve Fourny & Fils Brut champagne. May we all dine out much more often in 2013! 0


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Drawn to the Frames

The yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best films elevated the art BY RICHARD VON BUSACK

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MAGINE a parallel-world Top 10 movies list: Dreams From My Real Father, 2016: Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s America, Atlas Shrugged Part 2, October Baby, etc.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;a challenge to the morally easy, left-leaning cinema in the era of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;gun-grabbinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Muslin usurper.â&#x20AC;? Luckily, 2012 gave us two epics about the richness of cinemamaking: both digital (Life of Pi) and analog (the uncanny, gorgeous Holy Motors). Thus the movies held their own with the pageantry and shame of a national election staged during the 24-hour news cycle. There were times in 2012

when cinema was just part of the bandwidth, instead of being something above and beyond all other popular art forms. However, small camerawork competed with bloated-budget features for fascination. Shot with phone cameras and home-movie equipment, This Is Not a Movie isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a film in the Syd Field sense. Rather, it is an astonishing vision of the Iranian tyranny and the true meaning of the house arrest: a paternal state ordering its child to go to their room. No movie in 2012 offered a braver act of defiance. Funniest question I had to answer

all year, from occasional film viewers: Should they see Skyfall or Lincoln? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny not just because the answer is â&#x20AC;&#x153;both,â&#x20AC;? but also because the answer was obvious, and they already knew it. As a Bond fan of 40 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; standing, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m grateful Skyfall made Bond relevant, interesting and Zeitgeisty in a way he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been since Goldfinger. Repeated viewings made the film grow in mood and color. With success, however, came a bit of a shift to the right: 007 once again takes orders from a man, and the sharpshooting field agent Eve becomes â&#x20AC;&#x153;the desirable secretaryâ&#x20AC;? to use Ian Flemingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phrase.

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In 2012, we had Batman fighting the Commie revolution in Gotham, winning in the end, heralding four more years of muddling centerism. Lincoln was a fine film surprisingly free of Spielberg sentiment about the harsh side of forming coalitions. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also remember The Avengers as a crazier tale of political consensus, with its mixed crew ironing out their differences. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m likening Lokiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alien army to the losing party in the last election (and Republicans never actually came out and called Sandra Fluke a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mewling quimâ&#x20AC;?). Long before the election was over, I knew Romney was going to be walking home in the rain like a Hemingway hero on the ďŹ rst Wednesday in November. And I knew it the instant I heard Agent Coulsen summing up Loki: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll lose. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in your nature. You lack conviction.â&#x20AC;? (Director Joss Whedonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own feelings about Romney are summed up in his viral mockendorsement of the candidate as the one leader who could save us from a zombie invasion.) ParaNorman was an acute animated fable about the cost of small-town intolerance. Keenness about class-crossed romance made Wuthering Heights and Deep Blue Sea two of the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best in different ways: history working its will on trapped lovers. The strange world of The Master (with the best male acting of the year, give or take the mighty Samuel L. Jackson in Django Unchained) makes for a sometimes mystifying ďŹ lm. When pondered over, Paul Thomas Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ lm made the clearest address yet to the struggle between paternal iron authority and the urge to commit acts of monkey-man misbehavior.


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NOT FADE AWAY (R; 112 min.) Sopranos creator David Chase sticks with New Jersey and Italian Americans, but this time goes for a flashback rock and roll story with this film (featuring his Sopranos leading man James Gandolfini) about friends trying to make it big as a band. (Opens Fri at the Nickelodeon) TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D (R; 92 min.) The two Texas Chainsaw remakes of the early 2000s were terrible, like most of what Platinum Dunes inflicted on the horror genre. Now the franchise is in new hands, and their combination sequel/reboot has Leatherfaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cousin

traveling to the house where the original TCM events took place to claim her inheritance. Apparently, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set in modern times, which raises the question: If the original took place in 1974, wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Leatherface be collecting Social Security by now? (Opens Fri at Regal Santa Cruz 9 and Green Valley)

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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

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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. DJANGO UNCHAINED (R; 147 min.) Quentin Tarantino uses the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s version of the Columbia Lady in his pretitles, but Ride Lonesome was a mere 73 minutes long, while the unkempt sprawl of Django Unchained exceeds the bounds of the Western movie/slavesploitationers that Tarantino is raiding. Django Unchained sits solidly in Tarantinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comfort zone, with a combination of low-key speechifying and big payback. It is, however, Samuel L. Jackson who

Movie reviews by Steve Palopoli and Richard von Busack

catalyzes everything Tarantino has to say about slavery. 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. THE GUILT TRIP (PG-13; 95 min) Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogan star in this comedy about a dysfunctional mother and son on a road trip. HITCHCOCK (PG-13; 98 min) Anthony Hopkins plays the master of suspense in this biopic based very loosely on the Stephen Rebello book about the making of Psycho. Helen Mirren plays his wife Alma, and Scarlett Johansson is Janet Leigh.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG-13; 178 min.) After the Lord of the Rings trilogy made three billion dollars collectively, Bilbo Baggins was about the only one who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect this journey back into J.R.R. Tolkienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fantasy series. Director Peter Jackson has split the original novel into three films, which means heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be milking roughly the same running time as his first trilogy out of one-fifth the material (by page volume, anyway). So for this one, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back to the Shire, where Bilbo hooks up with Gandalf and some rowdy dwarves for a quest to recover stolen treasure from the original kick-ass dragon, Smaug.

Showtimes are for Wednesday, Jan. 2, through Wednesday, Jan. 9, unless otherwise indicated. Programs and showtimes are subject to change without notice.

APTOS CINEMAS

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

Lincoln â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1:15; 4:20; 7:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. This Is 40 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:30; 2:20; 5:10; 8; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

CINELUX 41ST AVENUE CINEMA

1475 41st Ave, Capitola 831.479.3504 www.cineluxtheatres.com

Django Unchained â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:45; 3:15; 7; 10:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11; 2:45; 6:30; 10:15; FriWed call for showtimes. Les Miserables â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:30; 3; 6:45; 10:15; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

DEL MAR

1124 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz 831.426.7500 www.thenick.com

Lincoln â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:30; 2:20; 5:10; 8; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. This Is 40 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:30; 2:20; 5:10; 8; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

NICKELODEON

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

Anna Karenina â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 12:30; 3:30; 6:15; 8:50; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Hitchcock â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 12:20; 2:40; 4:50; 7:10; 9:20; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Lincoln â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 12:10; 3:20; 6:30; 9:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Not Fade Away â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Silver Linings Playbook â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1:20; 4; 6:40; 9:20; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

RIVERFRONT STADIUM TWIN

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

The Guilt Trip â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 12:15; 2:35; 4:55; 7:15; 9:35; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. This Is 40 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1; 4; 7; 9:55; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

SANTA CRUZ CINEMA 9

1405 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz 800.326.3264 x1700 www.regmovies.com

Argo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. Jack Reacher â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes.

Life of Pi 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. Monsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Inc. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. Monsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Inc. 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. Rise of the Guardians â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. Rise of the Guardians 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. Skyfall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes.

CINELUX SCOTTS VALLEY STADIUM CINEMA 226 Mt Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley 831.438.3260 www.cineluxtheatres.com

Les Miserables â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. Parental Guidance â&#x20AC;&#x201D;call for showtimes Django Unchained â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. Hitchcock â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey â&#x20AC;&#x201D;call for showtimes. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. Jack Reacher â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. Life of Pi â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. Monsters, Inc. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. Monsters, Inc. 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. Rise of the Guardians â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. This Is 40 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes. Skyfall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; call for showtimes.

GREEN VALLEY CINEMA 8

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

Django Unchained â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 12:50; 3:45; 6:50; 9:45; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

Les Miserables â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 12:20; 3:30; 6:45; 10; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Guilt Trip â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 10:45; 12:55; 3; 5:05; 7:20; 9:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 12; 4; 8; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 2:45pm. Jack Reacher â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 10:35; 1:20; 4:10; 7; 9:45; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Parental Guidance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 10:55; 1:15; 3:45; 7:10; 9:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Monsters, Inc. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 9:30pm; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Monsters, Inc. 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11; 1 3; 5:05; 7:15; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. This Is 40 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 10:35; 1:20; 4:10; 7; 9:45; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

JACK REACHER (PG13; 136 min) What the world needs is now is another movie about a cop who shoots people in cold blood and has a reckless disregard for the law. What, no? Well, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tom Cruise to bring us one anyway. LES MISERABLES (PG13; 164 min.) The realism of the cinematic closeup marries the figurative qualities of the beloved stage hit; they have a baby and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ugly. Tom Hooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film version seeks streetiness through hand-held cameras and an emphasis on blood and realistically filthy sewers; amid this, Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean) and Russell Crowe (Javert) bellow at each other at close range. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sunless movie, seeking to recreate the surly clouds of the illustrator Dore. But Hooper is also trying to emulate Tim Burtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last great movie Sweeney Todd in the soot and satin costume design, the gore and the whores: thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even two of Sweeneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cast members, Helena BonhamCarter and Sasha BaronCohen. As the show-stopping Fantine, Anne Hathaway gives something like 10,000%; she plummets into her fate so fast, that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no time to feel anything for her. (RvB) LIFE OF PI (PG; 127 min.) Not content to be absolutely phantasmagorical, Life of Pi claims it will also make you believe in God. A little more modestly, the computer graphics represent a milestone of the technique, and although the film comes with a heavy wow-factor, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not lobotomized like Avatar. One can take it straight as a hell of a rousing open-boat adventure. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rime of the Ancient Marinerâ&#x20AC;? with a splendid tiger in it, a beast all the more splendid for being nothing but a figment of pixels. (RvB) LINCOLN (PG-13; 158 min.) After the huge outcry from undead moviegoers over Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Steven Spielberg attempts to bring audiences together for some healing with a Lincoln biopic that completely ignores the 16th presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unrepentant hate crimes against the livingimpaired, instead focusing on his fight to free the slaves and hold the Union together as the nation is ravaged by civil war. MONSTERS INC. (G; 98 min.) The most underrated Pixar flick? (Wall-E lovers are shaking their heads

disapprovingly, but, hey, that was at least the first animated movie to get a Best Picture nom). Despite the fact that this was about monsters and featured an all-star cast, there was something low-key about its charm, making it less flashy than say, The Incredibles. But its maybe the sweetest of the studioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stories, thanks to its bond between Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and the two-year-old Boo. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being re-released in 3D, and will get a prequel next year about Sulley and Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s college years (no, really!). PARENTAL GUIDANCE (PG; 111 min.) Family comedy has Billy Crystal and Bette Midler getting in way over their heads when they agree to watch their three grandchildren. (Opens Dec. 25 at Green Valley.) RISE OF THE GUARDIANS Animated flick about immortal Guardians who rise up when an evil spirit tries to take over the world. But cuter than that sounds. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (R; 130 min.) David O. Russellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest features Bradley Cooper as a former mental patient moving back in with his parents and trying to win back his ex-wife. SKYFALL (PG-13; 143 min.) Director Sam Mendes attempts to do for James Bond what Christopher Nolan did for Batman. In terms of big-budget spectacle, at least, early reports are that he has, with Daniel Craig returning to play Bond a third time, 50 years after Sean Connery first portrayed him in Dr. No. THIS IS 40 (R; 140 min.) Judd Apatowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;sort-of sequelâ&#x20AC;? to Knocked Up follows the lives of that movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secondary characters, a few years after the up-knocking. Paul Rudd reprises his role as Pete (probably best remembered for hiding out in a fantasy sports league instead of cheating on his wife) and Apatowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own wife Leslie Mann is back as the whining-about-Spiderman Debbie. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2 (PG-13; 115 min.) Sparkly vampires make their last stand in this final chapter of the Twilight saga, which will have to work hard to be as dramatic as the Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson breakup saga.


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