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EDITOR’S NOTE Talking to locals at all levels of the restaurant scene for a cover story a few years back, I learned some hard truths about how things work here. One is that Santa Cruz diners are more willing to drop big money on a unique, ambitious dining experience in San Francisco than they are closer to home, where they typically want something cheaper and more casual. While there’s still great dining here, knowing that local foodies are willing to experiment only so much in their own neighborhoods has had





Re: “The 20 Best Songs About Santa Cruz” (GT, 12/28): I appreciated your article on the subject and was tickled by a letter suggesting an album be made including them. However, I did not see any mention of a track by It’s a Beautiful Day of “White Bird” fame in the late ’60s or early ’70s. I caught them in two concerts back in the day, twice at the Catalyst some 20 years later, and more recently at Don Quixote’s. They played a piece they named “Santa Cruz” at that last gig, and even had a CD of that name, if I recall correctly. Hope that news is a useful addition to your collection. ED LYON | LIVE OAK

WAGE WARS Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson’s more than $170 million package and other such imbalanced compensation to many others is contributing to a deflation of the minimum wage. Housing is less and less affordable, and even just a small sandwich now costs $8, which further deflates a paltry $15 per hour wage. What was a 10-times disparity is now approaching a thousand times. Could the wage war be taking place at the wrong end of the pay spectrum? Instead of spending all the efforts upon the minimum wage of those struggling to eke out a living, maybe efforts should be directed at the

somewhat of a chilling effect on what restaurateurs feel they can do. Over time, this has led to the popular perception that Santa Cruz has a less-than-adventurous dining scene. But in truth, there have always been chefs and other culinary dreamers doing interesting things here—maybe not as extravagantly or as visibly as in bigger urban dining scenes, but they have been here, are here and will continue to be here. Lily Stoicheff’s cover story this week profiles the newest members of these ranks—six up-and-coming culinary innovators who are primed to beat back the typical notions of what Santa Cruz dining can be. Good luck to them, and bon appetit! STEVE PALOPOLI | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

MY ONLY SUNSHINE A break in the slew of storms led to an actual sunny day at Santa Maria Beach in Live Oak last weekend. Photograph by Bill T. Sautter.

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outrageous salaries of the corporate leaders, sports figures and the many celebrities? Is anyone really worth the excessive millions they are receiving? Needless to say, those on a fixed income are particularly vulnerable to the wage inequality. Who will speak for them? BOB FIFIELD | APTOS

ONLINE COMMENTS RE: SARA KELLY KEENAN Sara it is an honor and privilege to know you. Triangle Speakers (and the world) is fortunate to have such a fierce, compassionate warrior who shares her remarkable journey in our community school and college classrooms with such eloquence and grace. Congratulations too on yet another summit you have climbed on my Mother Africa–the highest on the continent, Mount Kilimanjaro! Your courage to challenge the hegemonic norms and institutionalized orthodoxies of the gender binary is an inspiration. We are blessed! — LESLEY-REID HARRISON

RE: CANNABIS TAX Cannabis is the real thing. People need to get over this antiquated stigma. A thriving cannabis industry in the U.S. would benefit not only the economy but all the people that need cannabis for health reasons. Many different types of industries could flourish, like the CBD industry — DELIA







After making connections at the local Women’s March on Washington event, community members have come together to support immigrants. Santa Cruz Women’s Action, a group that march organizers started, has announced a partnership with Santa Cruz County Immigration Project. They are launching a fundraising effort to help families stalled in the visa process, where federal fees range from $535 to $1,140 per application. To donate, visit

David Dunn, a UCSC music professor, has teamed up with two scientists at Northern Arizona University to study the bark beetles that are wreaking havoc in North American forests. The trio has been awarded a patent for a device that Dunn came up with to listen to beetle activity. He says the invention took less than $10 to build, and he released his recordings on an album titled The Sound of Light in Trees.


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What’s your favorite conspiracy theory? BY MATTHEW COLE SCOTT


September 11th, 2001. The way the building collapsed. CHRISTIAN MARTINEZ SANTA CRUZ | LANDSCAPE DESIGNER

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LIBRA Sep23–Oct 22

By my estimates, 72 percent of you Aries are in unusually good moods. The world seems friendlier, more cooperative. Fifty-six percent of you feel more in love with life than you have in a long time. You may even imagine that the birds and trees and stars are flirting with you. I’m also guessing that 14 percent of you are weaving in and out of being absurdly, deliriously happy, sometimes without any apparent explanation. As a result of your generosity of spirit, you may be the recipient of seemingly impossible rewards like free money or toasted ice cream or unconditional tenderness. And I bet that at least ten percent of you are experiencing all of the above.

The ancient Roman rhetorician Quintilian authored a twelve-volume textbook on the art of oratory. As ample as it was, it could have been longer. “Erasure is as important as writing,” he said. According to my reading of the astrological omens, that counsel should be a rewarding and even exciting theme for you in the coming weeks. For the long-term health of your labor of love or your masterpiece, you should focus for a while on what to edit out of it. How could you improve it by making it shorter and more concise?

TAURUS Apr20–May20

Do you know about the long-running kids’ show Sesame Street? Are you familiar with Big Bird, the talking eightfeet-tall yellow canary who’s one of the main characters? I hope so, because your horoscope is built around them. In the Sesame Street episode called Don’t Eat the Pictures, Big Bird solves a riddle that frees a 4,000-year-old Egyptian prince from an ancient curse. I think this vignette can serve as a model for your own liberation. How? You can finally outwit and outmaneuver a very old problem with the help of some playful, even child-like energy. Don’t assume that you’ve got to be relentlessly serious and dour in order to shed the ancient burden. In fact, just the opposite is true. Trust blithe and rowdy spirits.

I am launching a campaign to undo obsolete stereotypes about you Bulls. There are still backwards astrologers out there who perpetrate the lie that many of you are stingy, stolid, stubborn slowpokes. As an antidote, I plan to heighten everyone’s awareness of your sensual, soulful sweetness, and your tastefully pragmatic sensitivity, and your diligent, dynamic productivity. That should be easy in the coming weeks, since you’ll be at the height of your ability to express those superpowers. Luckily, people will also have an enhanced capacity to appreciate you for who you really are. It will be a favorable time to clarify and strengthen your reputation.

GEMINI May21–June20 Will Giovanni surreptitiously replace Allesandra’s birth control pills with placebos? Will Camille take a hidden crowbar to her rendezvous with the blackmailer? Will Josie steal Jose’s diary and sell it on eBay? Given the current astrological omens, you may have an unconscious attraction to soap opera-type events like those. The glamour of melodrama is tempting you. But I’m hoping and predicting that you will express the cosmic currents in less toxic ways. Maybe you’ll hear a searing but healing confession after midnight in the pouring rain, for instance. Perhaps you’ll break an outworn taboo with ingenious grace, or forge a fertile link with a reformed rascal, or recover a lost memory in a dusty basement.

CANCER Jun21–Jul22


All naturally occurring matter on earth is composed of 92 basic elements arranged in various combinations. Since some of these appear in trace amounts, they took a long time for humans to discover. In the 18th and 19th centuries, chemists were exuberant when they tracked down seven of the 92 in a single location: an underground mine on the Swedish island of Ytterby. That small place was a mother lode. I’m predicting a metaphorically similar experience for you, Cancerian: new access to a concentrated source that will yield much illumination.


LE0 Jul23–Aug22 The next four weeks will be an excellent time to upgrade your understanding of the important characters in your life. In fact, I suspect you will generate good fortune and meaningful synchronicities whenever you seek greater insight into anyone who affects you. Get to know people better, Leo! If there are intriguing acquaintances who pique your curiosity, find out more about them. Study the oddballs you’re allergic to with the intention to discern their hidden workings. In general, practice being objective as you improve your skill at reading human nature.

VIRGO Aug23–Sep22

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In 1787, English captain Arthur Phillip led an eight-month naval expedition to the southeastern part of the continent now known as Australia. Upon arrival, he claimed the land for England, despite the fact that 250,000 Aboriginal people were living there, just as their ancestors had for 2,000 generations. Two hundred years later, an Aboriginal activist named Burnum Burnum planted the Aboriginal flag on the White Cliffs of Dover, claiming England for his people. I encourage you to make a comparably artful or symbolic act like Burnum’s sometime soon, Virgo—a ritual or gesture to assert your sovereignty or evoke a well-deserved reversal or express your unconquerable spirit.

SCORPIO Oct23–Nov21

SAGITTARIUS Nov22–Dec21 Your lessons in communication are reaching a climax. Here are five tips to help you do well on your “final exam.” 1. Focus more on listening for what you need to know rather than on expressing what you already know. 2. Keep white lies and convenient deceptions to a bare minimum. 3. Tell the truth as strong and free as you dare, but always—if possible—with shrewd kindness. 4. You are more likely to help your cause if you spread bright, shiny gossip instead of the grubby kind. 5. Experiment with being unpredictable; try to infuse your transmissions with unexpected information and turns of phrase.

CAPRICORN Dec22–Jan19 The meaning of the Latin phrase crambe repetita is “cabbage reheated, twice-cooked.” I urge you to avoid partaking of such a dish in the coming weeks, both literally and figuratively. If you’re truly hungry for cooked cabbage, eat it fresh. Likewise, if you have a ravenous appetite for stories, revelations, entertainment, and information—which I suspect you will -- don’t accept the warmed-over, recycled variety. Insist on the brisk, crisp stuff that excites your curiosity and appeals to your sense of wonder.

AQUARIUS Jan20–Feb18 Here’s your mantra for the next three weeks: “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Say this out loud 11 times right after you wake up each morning, and 11 more times before lunch, and 11 more times at bedtime. “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Whenever you do this little chant, summon an upflow of smiling confidence—a serene certainty that no matter how long the magic might take, it will ultimately work. “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Don’t let any little voice in your head undermine your link to this simple truth. Lift your heart to the highest source of vitality you can imagine.

PISCES Feb19–Mar20 “We cannot simply sit and stare at our wounds forever,” writes Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. “We must stand up and move on to the next action.” That’s your slightly scolding but ultimately inspirational advice, Pisces. According to my astrological analysis, you have done heroic work to identify and investigate your suffering. You have summoned a tremendous amount of intelligence in order to understand it and further the healing. But right now it’s time to turn your focus to other matters. Like what? How about rebirth?

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The often-forgotten benefits of daily meditation The most common excuse, though, is simply that life is busy. Setting aside a chunk of minutes to do nothing is all too easy to deprioritize. But the outer chaos of today’s world has aligned with meditation’s extensive list of physiological benefits—which includes salutary effects on depression, addiction, stress, the immune system and worry—in such a way that makes the ancient practice seem as important as eating vegetables and drinking water. Two years ago, modern science turned up one of its most profound findings: meditation actually changes the structure of our brains. Using MRIs, a Harvard study found that subjects meditating for eight weeks (approximately 30 minutes a day) had thicker gray matter in the

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ately, many friends, family members, co-workers, strangers on the street— even my therapist—have expressed a certain weighted despair hanging over their outlook. There is an anxiety tattering the nerves of the nation, refueled by each day’s fever pitch of headlines. Many of these same friends have also admitted that they wish they meditated more—that they mean to, that maybe they even have a reminder set in their phone, but somehow the habit fails to stick. Indeed, there is something daunting about pursuing a thoughtless calm within the mind’s torrent of chatter—a task that journalist and former meditation cynic Dan Harris likens to “holding a live fish in your hand.”


thoughts, but still helpful. “Two and a half millennia before Eckhart Tolle started cashing his royalty checks, it was the Buddha who originally came up with that brilliant diagnosis of how the mind works,” Harris writes. Among the mental habits identified in Buddhism is the concept of papañca, “mental proliferation,” or the tendency to run away with a thought or worry, entertaining various negative, hypothetical scenarios—something many of us are prone to lately. It’s harmful not just to mental well-being but to our bodies, too. My own phone has buzzed with a meditation reminder every day at 1 p.m. for more than a year now, ever since I finished reading Harris’ witfest of a book, 10% Happier. I’ve come to realize mid-afternoon is an ill-planned time to dive into my mind’s abyss in search of calm; waking up a little earlier to meditate first thing is a more promising strategy, at least for many beginners. And while 30 minutes is a long time, Harris suggests beginners commit to just five minutes a day, and see what happens. “Every time you get lost in thought—which you will, thousands of times—gently return to the breath. I cannot stress strongly enough that forgiving yourself and starting over is the whole game,” writes Harris, whose meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg says, “Beginning again and again is the actual practice, not a problem to overcome so that one day we can come to the ‘real’ meditation.” Among the plethora of helpful, no-nonsense advice for the beginning meditator laid out in 10% Happier is something I’ll be doing a lot of in the coming weeks: “Every once in awhile, do a little reading about meditation or Buddhism,” writes Harris. “Even though the basic instructions are simple, hearing them repeatedly can be useful. It’s the opposite of airplane safety announcements.” He adds that glancing at even a few passages of a good book can be a helpful reminder of the compelling intellectual underpinnings of the practice, and among his recommendations is a title that seems most relevant to the times: Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart, by Dr. Mark Epstein.


NEWS WILL TO HEAL After getting burglarized and stabbed, veteran finds a teaching moment about holistic living BY JACOB PIERCE


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Paul Damon woke up five times in the middle of the night on Saturday, Jan. 14. Each time, he told himself that he should climb off the lofted bed in his studio apartment on Cedar Street and lock the front door, but his back had seized up from a day of shoveling dirt. The fifth time, Damon, a veteran, woke and said, “Ain’t nobody coming up in here, anyway.” But the next thing he heard was “Wake up, motherfucker. Give me your money, or I’m gonna shoot you.” Down below, a man with long dreadlocks was yelling at Damon’s friend Adam Binckley, another veteran who was crashing that night on Damon’s spare bed. Damon remembers that night vividly, as he sits on his mattress, which is now resting on the floor. Blankets and sheets off to the side, Damon’s wearing only a pair of pale plaid blue boxers, which are safety-pinned up high on his right leg, revealing a strap of gauze over a scabbing gash and layers of stitches on his thigh. Damon, founder of the nonprofit Holistic Veterans, says the experience taught him the value of a strong community and strengthened his understanding of spirituality. Using the type of healing practices he advocates at his nonprofit, he believes he’s been able to speed up his recovery. Property crime in Santa Cruz is notoriously high, among the highest in the state. According to newly compiled police statistics, there were 3,620 reported property crimes last year. After declining in 2013, such crimes have trended up slowly, increasing by 14 percent over the three years since. That January night in his apartment, Damon wanted to take a swing at the suspect—who Damon says was visibly drugged-out—but he couldn’t bring himself to do so. Once the man, who wore a green raincoat and short beard, sprinted out the door with an armful of medical cannabis and cash, Damon bounded after him, taking long strides. He leapt forward, arms outstretched to tackle the suspect as he fumbled with the apartment complex gate. >16

CONSTRUCTING A PROTEST Native American activist Dennis Banks is part of the Longest Walk, which this year will stop in the Standing Rock Reservation on its way to Washington D.C. PHOTO: LEONIE SHERMAN

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ennis Banks, the 79-yearold Anishinaabe man who once faced down armed FBI agents and helped found the American Indian Movement (AIM), is wearing an apron and waving a spatula in the bustling kitchen of the Oakland Intertribal Friendship House. “We don’t need any help back here,” he insists. He returns his attention and his spatula to the massive skillet filled with frying rice, onions, garlic and jalapeños. “It’s the women’s day off in the kitchen!” Banks helped found AIM in 1968. Ten years later, he helped organize the Longest Walk, a journey from the West Coast to Washington D.C. to

protest legislation that would have abrogated native treaties. ‪Sunday evening, he led the kitchen crew in a traditional chant as they whipped up a meal at the end of the first day of the 39th annual Longest Walk. “This walk is a prayer. It’s an honor,” explains organizer Ray St. Claire, an Eagle Clan Ojibwa. “This walk is serious stuff. If you believe in us, if you want to come with us, we welcome you.”

TAKING A STAND The Longest Walk will take a significant detour this year to visit the Standing Rock Reservation in

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“Dennis is an icon,” says Wounded Knee, an elder from the Me-Wuk tribe. “He stands with Chief Joseph, Crazy Horse, Martin Luther King Jr. and JFK. He’s of that same stature.” Everyone present knows his history; how he participated in armed occupations at Alcatraz and Wounded Knee, spent 10 years fleeing federal charges and appeared in Hollywood movies like The Last of the Mohicans and Thunderheart. A charismatic but quiet man, Banks is best known for his thoughtful and sober leadership with AIM. In its first year, AIM’s priorities were jobs, housing and protection from police brutality for the thousands of bewildered natives forcibly relocated to urban centers. Its purpose and achievements quickly expanded. “AIM was a movement to let the world and other Indians know we still existed,” says a young Oglala Lakota woman named Olowan Martinez. “It woke up indigenous people in this country. Old people tell us that after AIM showed up they started seeing people in long braids again.” Banks was highly visible in that movement to reclaim native ways. “Dennis is a warrior, he’s always making history. But he’s also a peacemaker,” explains Banks’ >17


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With a smile, Suna Lock remembers the first time she went to a meeting for the Downtown Streets Team in San Jose, nearly a year ago. The program, which provides work to homeless people, filled the whole room with positivity and cheer, as staffers used yoga exercises and stretching to keep people engaged, says Lock, board president for the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz (DTA) and owner of the store Stripe. The Downtown Streets Team pays stipends for groceries and other basic needs to team members on their cleaning crews, which pick up trash from the

streets, sidewalks and parks of Silicon Valley. “It’s extraordinary, really,” Lock says. They just needed someone to bring it over the hill. Since then, Chip, the no-lastname executive director of the DTA, has led the charge to create a streets team chapter in Santa Cruz, one he hopes will kick off in July. After searching for someone to spearhead the effort, Chip decided to take a crack at it himself. He came up with a goal to try to raise $48,000 by his 48th birthday, which falls on Sunday, Feb. 19, and he’s holding a fundraising concert at Motion Pacific on the 18th, with tickets going for $25.

“It’s always easy to say ‘They should do this.’ And then there’s this realization that we’re ‘they.’ I really believe in this program. I think it’s going to be successful in Santa Cruz. I could have asked the City Council to do it, but if we start it ourselves, they will follow us. I have friends. I’m about to turn 48, I can exploit that,” says Chip—who honestly doesn’t look a day over 46—explaining his fundraising efforts and thought process. Sunday’s benefit show will feature music from Keith Greeninger, playing with his old Americana group City Folk, and Tammi Brown. Chip says the campaign has raised around $40,000 so far, and he’s optimistic they’ll raise the

remaining $8,000 by Sunday. To fill out the budget, he’ll ask local governments for the rest of the funding this spring. If the chapter gets off the ground, it could possibly bring cleaning crews to areas all over town, including to the beaches and river levee. The group strikes a balance, Lock says, between structure and flexibility, offering a number of classes and services to help crew members in need. The Downtown Street Team fundraiser is at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Motion Pacific. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit To donate or learn more about the Downtown Streets Team, visit streetsteam. org. JACOB PIERCE




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into his thigh, poke out the other side and then come back out again the way it came in. As the two men fell to the ground, Binckley came running down the path and proceeded to lob punches at the suspect. Damon pulled the man’s pants down, so that he wouldn’t be able to run, and gripped his dreads, accidentally pulling some out of the crown of his head. “I just felt horrible about that part of it,” Damon reflects. “The guy’s messed up on drugs. I still felt bad that he took the beating he did, and I’m also very thankful for Adam being there, because if he wasn’t there, I’d have had my ass whipped and handed to me 10,000 times over.” Damon says he learned early that morning about the strength of his community, as people came out of their homes before sunrise to call 911, talk to law enforcement and stay with Damon as he bled on the sidewalk. That kind of commitment to community, he says, is the

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HARBORING TALENT From left to right: Danny Mendoza and Justin Williams of Kickin Chicken;

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Brad Briske and Jessica Yarr are the driving forces behind the next wave of Santa Cruz fine dining, elevating Santa Cruz food culture. Liz Birnbaum takes diners even deeper into the farm-to-table philosophy that you can’t really know a thing about a meal without knowing where it comes from. All six of these individuals are 35 or under and looking to make their mark on the Santa Cruz dining experience. Here are their stories.

DARE AROWE, 27 There’s been a lot of speculation about what’s going to go into the historic Octagon building now that Lulu Carpenter’s has vacated, especially since whoever opens its doors will be adjacent to a newly renovated Abbott Square—one of the largest downtown undertakings since the earthquake. Wonder no more: the site will be home to the Kitchen at Abbott Square, the newest project from local chef Santos Majano, and will be headed by Majano’s sous chef, Dare Arowe. As Arowe sits across from me in the back room at Lúpulo, she’s tempered any excitement about this transition with an air of cool pragmatism. But the pale burn scars that freckle her forearms among clean lines of ink reveal


hile most Santa Cruz restaurants embraced the farm-to-table movement early and easily—thanks in part to the more than 4,000 acres dedicated to organic farming in Santa Cruz County—other culinary trends seem to arrive belatedly, or pass by our sleepy beach town altogether. It seems odd, because while Santa Cruz is home to many adventurers, the dining experience here can be … well, not very adventurous. But there is actually a fine tradition of Santa Cruz culinary innovators. Some, like Oswald and Charlie Hong Kong founder Charlie Deal, have left town, while others like Jozseph Schultz of India Joze, and farm-to-table-dinner pioneer Jim Denevan are still here. That tradition is continuing with a new generation of chefs and others working to expand the world of Santa Cruz dining. Danny Mendoza and Justin Williams brought a new business model to the Santa Cruz food scene with their delivery-only kitchen. With a diverse background and a preference for flavors from Asia and the American South, Dare Arowe is bringing multi-cultural fusion to the Octagon building. Deeply committed to the bounty of exceptional products available year-round and inspired by seasonal changes, chefs

how hard she’s worked to get here. Arowe came to work for Majano in July of 2015 after stints at Cremer House, Chaminade, private catering and pop-ups. It’s clear from the way Arowe describes Majano that she holds him in high regard. She praises his intensity and acute attention to detail, which has made





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LIZ BIRNBAUM, 30 Last summer, as each guest slipped into a backyard garden in San Francisco, they were handed a gin and tonic with black assam tea simple syrup. The theme for this Curated Feast was “Botanical Imperialism,” and as they sipped the floral libations, Santa Cruz-based Curated Feast founder Liz Birnbaum explained that each ingredient illustrated the movements of edible plants around the world as a result of colonization. The presence of sugar was made possible by the brutal sugar trade; British explorer Robert Fortune smuggled the first tea plants out of China in the mid1800s; tonic was included in the rations of British troops in India because it contains quinine, an antimalarial; the label of Bombay Sapphire boasts the image of Queen Victoria, whose reign marked great expansion by the British Empire. And there were four courses yet to come that evening. Since 2015, Birnbaum has held five feasts in Santa Cruz and one in San Francisco, each focusing on a different culinary theme and featuring a collaboration with a different chef. The elaborate meals are realizations of an idea that had been simmering for the better part of a decade, inspired by her career in organic and ecological agriculture and a class she co-taught on Botanical Imperialism at Lake Forest College in Chicago. She says


JESSICA YARR, 32 As I take a seat at one of the wide, dark tables at Assembly to meet with newly appointed executive chef Jessica Yarr, she reaches across to show me a picture on her phone. On the screen are two deep-fried chicken feet presented cross-legged on top of a pile of fiery wings. “The chicken feet came today!” she says excitedly. She’s been waiting for the ingredient, a popular snack in other cultures that has yet to catch on in the U.S., to arrive for a few days. Yarr plans to test them out on the menu by using them as a garnish on her popular chicken wings. Despite her enthusiasm, she’s not without her reservations. “I’m not sure what people will think,” she says. The chicken feet are one of the quirkier additions Yarr plans to make to the menu at Assembly. Since she took over the kitchen in November, she’s streamlined the New American menu, keeping most of the original dishes that customers already love in place while tailoring them to her own tastes, which

can run toward the more adventurous. She hopes to continue to build on the strong relationships with farmers established by owners Kendra Baker and Zachary Davis, while bringing in some edgier ingredients, including house-fermented vegetables and pickles, “more exciting” vegetarian dishes and house pâtés and rillettes. “Maybe a little offal,” Yarr muses. “Nothing crazy.” Cooking with local ingredients comes naturally to Yarr, whose childhood in the Santa Cruz Mountains included digging up potatoes and picking lettuces for dinner. Although she says she hated these chores at the time, the lifestyle gave her an appreciation and high standard of flavor. “I already started off with that standard of food flavor that came directly from the ground, and I feel like that’s a huge part of why I like to cook the way I do,” says Yarr. After graduating from culinary school, Yarr returned to Santa Cruz to intern at Theo’s (now Home), attracted to the large on-site kitchen garden where fresh herbs and greens were grown to garnish their farm-totable offerings. “It’s so easy to grow beautiful things here because of the climate. It’s easy to make good food, because it’s all around us already,” says Yarr. “We don’t have to do too much to it.” Yarr believes restaurants committed to this practice are what is bringing the Santa Cruz culinary scene to the next level. Not only does it allow chefs to play with incredible flavors, it also invigorates communities. Now Yarr wants to take it one step further and increase collaboration within the industry. “That’s what the younger generation of chefs is about. They’ll work at several different restaurants, and the farmers market, and they’ll have their own farm. There are a lot of younger people with their hands in a bunch

of different food operations, and that lends itself to collaboration,” says Yarr. “We’ve been doing namedropping on our menus for years. People are starting to be like, now what? Well, how about Brad Briske’s back there cooking with Jessica right now?”

BRAD BRISKE, 35 It’s the middle of winter when I meet with Brad Briske, chef and owner of Home in Soquel, but he’s excited for warm weather, so he can make use of the garden at the back of his new restaurant, which opened last fall. “There are kiwis, roses and perennial herbs—20-year-old plants that have deep root stocks,” he says. “There are eight vegetable beds. And we’ll plant flowers and things like lemongrass all around, little boutique-y vegetables you can’t really get anywhere else—things people aren’t used to seeing but also things that are just beautiful.” That Briske has chosen this space for his first restaurant, which has previously housed La Giaconda, Main Street Garden & Café, and Theo’s, feels appropriate not only because Briske was a sous chef at Main Street Garden before going on to command attention for his flavorful cuisine as the chef at Il Grillo and La Balena in Carmel, but also because of his passionate dedication to local ingredients. The deep relationships he’s formed with local farms even transformed this one-time vegan



she couldn’t unsee the stories she uncovered through her research. “Once I saw them, I realized that there was an infinite thread to be pulled upon. And they made my experience eating and drinking, both alone and socially, way more interesting,” says Birnbaum. Every dish in these intimate, multi-course feasts is steeped in the historical context of the ingredients, inviting the feaster to think critically about our food systems and glimpse what the future might hold. Similarly to how Jim Denevan, who works closely with Birnbaum as a member of her advisory team, changed the dining scene when he connected guests to the origins of their food through his Outstanding in the Field dinners, so does Birnbaum, but she goes beyond modern farming and reaches through time. “There’s a beautiful movement going around farm-totable, but we’re also not digging in in the way that I feel is the most interesting way to dig in,” she explains. While the breadth of fact and legend each guest is exposed to could easily stray into classroom territory, it doesn’t. Birnbaum and a team of collaborators deftly present the educational side of each feast by wrapping it in romance. The venues, whether a private home or boutique locale, are stunning; thematic attire is encouraged; live music gently strums in a corner; floral decorations and candlelight abound, creating a magical tableau. Growing up in Chicago and raised on food stamps, Birnbaum says the canned and processed food she ate was disassociated from a true origin. Her research for the Curated Feast has given her a new relationship and deeper understanding of food, which is what she ultimately hopes her guests will walk away with. “Understanding the history of food in terms of food origins, mythology and symbolism is important because whether you’re interested in this thread or that thread, or this ingredient or that ingredient, you could make your kitchen or your plate a classroom,” says Birnbaum. “And it’s so fun.”






into a skilled butcher after he participated in his first pig slaughter at Everett Family Farm. “It gave me an understanding of how food is and how it can be,” says Briske. “It doesn’t have to be massproduced, high-commodity. It makes you much more appreciative of the animal and make sure you don’t throw anything away. You find a way to use everything.” The delicious cuisine that Briske offers reflects that ethos, from the house-made salami curing in the wine cellar to making carrot “chips” from the ends that would normally be discarded. He even stopped serving the heads of spot prawns when too many of them returned to the kitchen. Now, he roasts them and pulverizes them into a flavorful oceanic powder, which he’s experimenting with as a flavor enhancer. As a result, the menu at Home is one of the most adventurous available in Santa Cruz right now, a simultaneous expression of Briske’s exceptional talent and an homage to the bounty available in the Monterey Bay. An extensive list of small plates may offer miyagi oysters from Marin with Guwurztraminer granita and chili oil, a salad of abalone and Monterey Bay seaweeds, beef tongue with anchovy aioli and mustard, or any manifestation of his creative whims—as well as handmade pastas, locally caught seafood and sustainably raised meats. “We don’t serve the food that people make at home. What would be the point of going to a restaurant if you could cook it yourself? That’s why so much of the stuff we do has so much time put into it, whether we’re butchering, brining or curing a whole animal, or serving exotic ingredients,” says Briske. Briske reports that the restaurant has so far been well received by the community. How can he tell? “At the start, half a pig per week sustained the restaurant. I could make some salamis and have chops to serve. Now it’s January, when we should be slow, and we need to purchase a whole pig. That’s a good thing, to see that support. That’s what allows us to do more.”

DANNY MENDOZA, 25 AND JUSTIN WILLIAMS, 29 One of the most daunting factors for food entrepreneurs is the often prohibitively high cost of opening and sustaining a brick-and-mortar restaurant. So in order to open the doors to Kickin Chicken, business partners Danny Mendoza and Justin Williams decided that their restaurant didn’t need an actual door. Focusing on fried chicken, waffles and home-style sides, Kickin Chicken is a delivery-only restaurant. Guests order their meal online, choosing à la carte fried chicken, sandwiches and a number of creative sides like kimchi fried rice, brussels sprouts and bacon, cornmeal waffles or macaroni and cheese dusted with hot Cheetos, and in under an hour their meals arrive at the door. It’s a decision that has allowed the young entrepreneurs to grow sustainably, tweak their recipes

and get a better understanding of their customer. Operating Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight, they’ve attracted a lot of business from UCSC students, while frequent pop-ups at local breweries and the Food Lounge, as well as catering for private events and festivals like the Santa Cruz Music Festival, allow them to reach a larger Santa Cruz audience. “We weren’t modeling our delivery format off anything else, other than there was nothing like it in Santa Cruz,” says Mendoza. “It was the only way we could manage sustainable growth without a kitchen or brick-and-mortar,” adds Williams. “There’s a lot of risk in the food industry. It’s really hard to throw your whole nest egg out there without seeing if the market works.” Now that Kickin Chicken is more than two years old, Williams and Mendoza finally feel their restaurant is ready for a permanent location. As Williams puts it, “We’re looking

for place to roost.” But while they’ve entertained several offers to move their business over the hill to the larger Bay Area, the two Southern California transplants say the reason they started their business in the first place was to build a community here in Santa Cruz—and after the support their business has received, they’re committed to finding a storefront locally. When these fowl folk finally do find their nest, the concept will expand, but generally be the same—a home-style meal with latenight delivery service. “Our goal from the get-go was to try to offer as creative food as possible for less than $10,” says Williams. “You don’t always get pot de crème or crème brûlée delivered straight to your door,” says Mendoza, referencing two desserts they periodically have on their menu. Williams adds, “The only time you even need to get out of bed is to answer the door.”

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Top picks for the bigger-than-ever Santa Cruz Music Festival BY ANNE-MARIE HARRISON



he Santa Cruz Music Festival has come a long way since the days of being organized in co-founder Brian Crabtree’s living room. Crabtree and Thomas Dawson, as well as a small and vigorously dedicated team, have their own office overlooking Pacific Avenue, and the lineup has swelled


from 130 artists in 2015 to well over 250 across two days this year. Headliners for the latest festival, which will be held Feb. 18 and 19 at venues around Santa Cruz, include Louis the Child, Troyboi, G Jones, and the Brothers Comatose. That’s how you build a music festival. They’re staying true to the promise of representing local

talent, says Dawson, with 65 to 70 percent of the bands being local. And they’ve got a little bit of everything. “Electro, a little jazz— we don’t have any classical—but rock, metal, hip-hop, reggae, indie rock, acoustic singer/songwriters, Americana, rockabilly stuff, some funk, some goth,” says Dawson. “We’re trying to get as many

genres in here as we can.” There’ll be hip-hopping, dancing, speaking events, food, vendors, a bike party, an app (coming soon). And for those who can’t make the festival in person, KZSC will be broadcasting interviews throughout the weekend. SCMF is stuffed to the gills with something for everyone (and it’s constantly being >26

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Headliners for the festival, which will be held Feb. 18 and 19 at venues around Santa Cruz, include Louis the Child, Troyboi, G Jones, and the Brothers Comatose <24 updated, so check the website for full details). Here are some top picks:

SANTA CRUZ SPEAKS An art, comedy, music and lecture series combo featuring local leaders and professionals discussing the music industry, local community, sustainability, and cannabis science. Speakers include Drew Glover of Project Pollinate, Laurie Egan from Coastal Watershed Council, Santa Cruz Tunes founder Jeffrey Ferrel and so many more. Oh, and it’s free. 2-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Santa Cruz Food Lounge.




There are far too many acts to highlight here for this year’s event, but the Catalyst Main Stage has some stellar acts to keep an eye on. They’ll be hosting big names across genres, like future bass duo Louis the Child, house producer Monolink, Americana group the Brothers Comatose, trap music Londoner Troyboi, and local rock ’n’ roll darlings the Coffis Brothers. Saturday and Sunday, The Catalyst.


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Got an hour to kill in between sets? Take a chair, grab a beer and get ready for some belly laughs (beware: belly laughs and beer can prove messy). Stand Up Santa Cruz is bringing Comedy Central’s Brendan Lynch (“Notorious for dealing with hecklers ... That should be fun,” says Dawson), Chad Opitz of Punchline, Sam Weber, DNA and Emily Catalano—don’t miss her boyfriend jokes and deadpan delivery, it’ll split your sides right open. Saturday and Sunday at Poet and the Patriot, Rosie McCann’s, Food Lounge, 99 Bottles.


It’s a party for the people and the party, people, don’t stop. There’s something for the kids, the comedy lovers, the boogie-downers and the festivalites, so what about bike folks? Oh yeah, there’s an event for that. Slip into your best salty gear for the pirate-themed costume paaaarrrty (pst … the best-dressed will win two free SCMF tickets) and grab your favorite two-wheeled contraption for Santa Cruz Bike Party ride from downtown to the Westside and back up to San Lorenzo park. 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Depot Park.


Their newest evolution has been called both proggy and kind of metal, but they aren’t what you’d normally call prog metal. What they’ve deemed “Post Wizard New Mage Far Out Casual” is very, very weird—but in a surprising way that keeps listeners coming back to the psychedelic Santa Cruz natives. Following their set, goth night will take over with The Box for a “very dark and very black” Sunday evening. 8 p.m., Sunday, The Blue Lagoon.


While rock group the Bad Light will be holding court at the Poet & the Patriot on Saturday and electro duo M Machine blows up Motiv on Sunday, smoother sounds are taking to 99 Bottles and Woodstock’s Pizza. This year, the beer bastion will be home to all things acoustic with Henry Chadwick from the Coffis Brothers, Hidden Still, and Ruby, My Dear. “The Wild Iris show at 99 Bottles is going to be huge,” says Dawson. Saturday and Sunday, 99 Bottles. Info:


LITERATURE leaned on South Africa, and the South African government would not give the visa, and the Dalai Lama was not allowed to come. So we really wanted to bring the Archbishop to the Dalai Lama for his 80th birthday. To come back to your original question about the tingling; yes, looking into their eyes for five days, witnessing this incredible gaze of compassion and love and being there as this kind of representative for people was incredibly powerful. I did have this really extraordinary experience of tingling from head to toe. We have these amazing things called mirror neurons, which are the foundation for empathy. They’re what allow us to experience what others experience. That might have been my neurons firing with a kind of receiving from the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop what they experience on a regular basis.

What were those five days like?

FACE OFF The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s five-day series of dialogues forms the basis of local author Doug

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Local author Douglas Abrams conveys a message of joy from Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu BY JOHN MALKIN for a film which is currently in production. Abrams previously worked with Desmond Tutu on a number of books, including the children’s title God’s Dream. On Feb. 22, Abrams will join Dr. Bruce Eisendorf for a discussion of The Book of Joy, including addressing one of the book’s underlying questions: How do we live a life of joy in the face of adversity? The presentation—which is from 5:30-7 p.m. at Santa Cruz Support Center, in conference room B— will include a Q&A period and the screening of short videos from the Dharamsala dialogues between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu. A suggested donation of $25 (not required) will benefit programs and

services of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation for people with chronic pain. I caught up with Abrams to talk about his book.

At the beginning of The Book of Joy, you write, ‘I am very skeptical about the magical sensations that some attribute to being in the presence of spiritual teachers, but from the very first day I found my head starting to tingle.’ DOUGLAS ABRAMS: The scientific skeptic in me says that the tingling could have been adrenaline. We had this incredible time. The trip was conceived of quite a few years before. The Dalai Lama was supposed to be the guest of honor at Arch’s 80th birthday, and the Chinese government

What stands out as one of your favorite moments? Many Buddhists talk about detachment and separating from worldly distractions and pleasures. I was sitting next to the Dalai Lama during lunch, and he turns to me with a bowl of Tibetan rice pudding in his hands and says, “I love this!” It was just so wonderfully humanizing. You can be the Dalai Lama, and you can still like a good bowl of rice pudding. INFO: The “Book of Joy” discussion event with Doug Abrams and Dr. Bruce Eisendorf is from 5:30-7 p.m. at Santa Cruz Support Center 1, Conference Room B, 2200 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. Register online or call 458-6391. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.



ast year, Santa Cruz-based author and editor Douglas Abrams was in Dharamsala, India learning meditation techniques from the Dalai Lama and hearing from Archbishop Desmond Tutu about cultivating compassion toward one’s political enemies. Abrams moderated a five-day series of dialogues between the two spiritual icons and social leaders, documenting the discussions in The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, published last year. The book was originally conceived by Abrams and Dr. James Doty, who now heads Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). The meeting was also documented

The night before the dialogues I was thinking, “Who the hell am I to be doing this, five days of interviews? And will the real Anderson Cooper or Oprah Winfrey please step in and take over?” But then I realized I was just there as a kind of ambassador for people. As Arch says, to help me overcome my self-regard. Our insecurities are part of our selfregard, as well. We had this amazing opportunity not just to have this incredible five-day dialogue, but also to have the Dalai Lama teach us to meditate.



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uja Wang, the Chinese-born piano virtuoso, turned 30 last Friday, but she’s already spent half of her life as one of classical music’s most celebrated young musicians. Tackling some of the most demanding works in the canon, particularly Beethoven’s “Piano Sonata No. 29” (the “Hammerklavier”), her fluid and preternaturally mature performances inspire critics to rapturous superlatives. Meanwhile, Wang continues to expand her repertoire and her audience, which has multiplied exponentially via Youtube. She alights in town for an unprecedented two-day engagement with the Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra, performing Saturday night at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and Sunday afternoon at Watsonville’s Henry J. Mello Center. The program features Brahms’ emotionally expansive “Piano Concerto No. 2” and Prokofiev’s boisterously magisterial “Piano Concerto No. 5,” which she recorded with the Venezuelan Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar

conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. “The fact we’re able to showcase the very final piano concertos of two famously pianistic composers is so exciting,” says Daniel Patrick Stewart, the symphony’s music director and conductor. “This would be an event with any of the world’s great venues or symphonies.” Indeed, Wang is usually heard in the company of legendary orchestras like the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic. She comes to Santa Cruz to join forces with Stewart, a friend from their student days at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Since taking over the symphony’s reins four years ago, he’s brought in a number of world class artists, but Wang “is the most high-profile concert in our history,” Stewart says. “She simply doesn’t play with regional orchestras. In the classical world, it’s the equivalent of Beyoncé or Taylor Swift playing a small club.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at Henry J. Mello Center, $27-$75,


SWAMP THINGS The Legendary Shack Shakers play the Catalyst on Thursday, Feb. 16.

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lot of today’s Americana music sounds slick and formulaic, but throw on an album by the Legendary Shack Shakers (LSS) and the speakers will blast with true hillbilly music fueled by hellfire and whiskey. How many other Americana musicians can say their fans include horror master Stephen King and Dead Kennedy’s founding member Jello Biafra? Just don’t call them rockabilly. “That’s just what journalists, critics and people end up calling us because I have sideburns and there’s an upright bass,” says LSS singer and songwriter J.D. Wilkes in his Kentucky drawl. “The [original rockabilly musicians] don’t even

sound like one another. They were playing country, hillbilly music and the blues. Just mashin’ it up.” Mashing together different Midwestern influences is what the Legendary Shack Shakers have been doing for more than two decades. Wilkes’ lyrics are legendary tales that often draw upon Biblical themes, and stories of sorrow mixed with ideas as old as the mountains themselves. This Thursday, Feb. 16, LSS will rain their country-fried sound down on the Catalyst Atrium—and they’re no strangers to Santa Cruz. “I love your artsy community and beautiful scenery,” Wilkes says. “I should learn more about your history while I’m there, too.”

Founded in 1995 in Kentucky, the band started out as more of a hobby between college friends, playing biker bars, juke joints and frat parties wherever they could. “We ended up playing these shitty joints, making some money, which ended up paying for college,” says Wilkes. The band quickly parted ways after moving to Nashville, but Wilkes was restless. He reformed the Legendary Shack Shakers with a different lineup, and in 2000 they hit the dirtsoaked roads of America and Europe. Bloodshot Records signed the band and released their label debut, a greasy, blues-filled 12-track album called Cockadoodle Don’t. To LLS’a

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surprise, their peers were listening. “We got onto Bloodshot Records and toured with Hank III, the Reverend Horton Heat and all this kind of happened,” he says. “But it really took six or seven years before it was more than a hobby.” Since then, LSS has become known throughout the country and rock worlds for its phenomenal playing and abrasive stage presence. The band has toured with everybody from the Black Keys and Robert Plant to punkers the Damned, and Rancid, with lots of lineup changes along the way. “I’d say about 1,000 different changes,” says Wilkes with a laugh. “I’m kind of like John Mayall, I guess … but this lineup is my favorite of any of them, for real.” In 2015, the Shakers released their eighth studio album, The Southern Surreal, on Alternative Records, but already have a new record cooking for release in April, called After You’ve Gone. Wilkes says they will be touring on the record’s new material “basically all year.” Wilkes can be described as an American Renaissance man for modern times. Along with the Shakers, he also had a side project, the Dirt Daubers—later to become J.D. Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers—which released three albums between 2009 and 2013. More than just a musician, Wilkes is also a cartoonist, filmmaker, and— more recently—novelist. Later this March, his debut novel, The Vine That Ate The South, will be published. Named after the kudzu vine, Wilkes describes the novel as an “epic like Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey” for modern times. Its characters find themselves wandering into an enchanted forest in search of a legendary house covered in the plant, supposedly hiding the bodies of victims inside. As the protagonists wander deeper into the tree, Wilkes sews colloquial folklore with modern times, bringing to life regional tales from his neck of the woods. “There’s a lot of rhythm in the language,” he says. “It came naturally. Even though I’ve never written a novel before, every one of my songs are short stories anyway.”




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‘DEMOCRATIZING THE GREEN CITY’ CONFERENCE From Santa Cruz’s housing crisis to Mexico City, Seattle, São Paulo and beyond, the issue of green affordability persists. How do planners battle the negative effects of these initiatives? Speakers from universities across the nation will speak on how it’s possible to break that link, how to include affordable housing and equitable sustainability efforts, and the consequences of ignoring these negative byproducts. Registration preferred. Info: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Rachel Carson College Red Room, UCSC, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. Free.





She’s been hailed for her “magnificent singing line and an exquisite artistic sensibility” and combining “high-wire virtuosity” with “deep musical intuition and ability to connect with the audience.” Internationally acclaimed pianist Sofya Melikyan has been awarded the Prize for outstanding Music Talent at the Marisa Montiel International Piano Competition in Linares, First Prize at the Ibiza International Piano Competition in Spain, First Prize for Music Interpretation awarded by “Amigos del Colegio de España” Association in Paris. Melikyan will perform this Sunday, Feb. 19 at Peace United Church. Info: 4 p.m., Feb. 19. Peace United Church, 900 High St., Santa Cruz. $20-$35.

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WEDNESDAY 2/15 ARTS 8 TENS @ EIGHT SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL The annual 10-minute play festival is one of the most anticipated and popular events of the theatre season in Santa Cruz. This year’s 16 award-winning plays, from Actors’ Theatre’s National playwriting contest, will be presented as an “A” and “B” night, eight 10-minute plays on each night, in rotation over the five-week festival. 8 p.m. Center Street Theater, 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz. 425-7506. $22. STEAM IN NATURE Create STEAM-based nature art while learning about the science of our natural environment in this weekly class with educator Sue Creswell. Sue Creswell has been a primary teacher, with an emphasis on environmental education, for 26 years. 3 p.m. Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola. 888-424-8035. ‘CLIMATE HUSTLE’ The film that changes the debate on global warming. Climate Hustle is now smashing onto the scene to rock the climate debate and set the record straight. The film features prominent scientists from around the world who used to warn about the dangers of man-made global warming but have reexamined the evidence. 7-9:30 p.m. Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave., Santa Cruz. or 476-6424. Free.

CLASSES PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY CLASSES FOR AGES 7-12 Science for kids in New Leaf’s classroom while you shop. Active learning with hands-on activities from our school programs. Sign up at 2:30-4:30 p.m. New Leaf Market, 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz. info@ $119. ZUMBA TONE Join the party. Zumba moves for a great workout. Get fit while you have fun. 4:30 p.m. International Academy of Dance, 320 Encinal St., Santa Cruz. 466-0458. $10.

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TUESDAY 2/21 14TH ANNUAL SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE Got a song and a dream? The 11-week Songwriters Showcase is the event for you. Open to any unsigned songwriters, the showcase is a competition to bring closet musicians out of their shells and inspire music making. Eight prize winners will receive everything from recording time at Mars Studios to gift certificates from Jansen Music and Guitar Works. Songwriters will be judged on their musical creations based on originality, content, and composition. All proceeds benefit Guitars Not Guns, a nonprofit that works to get at-risk youth out of the streets and into into music. Registration required. Info: 6 p.m. Britannia Arms, 110 Monterey Ave., Capitola. 688-8435. Free.

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THURSDAY 2/16 ARTS STORYTIME Join us for storytime. Free with museum admission and for MOD Members. 10:30-11 a.m. Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery. 888-424-8035. Free. THURSDAY ART MARKET Check out the new Thursday Art Market with live music, demonstrations from artists across mediums, featured loft artists, and food from Jonathan Parvis’ Dead Cow BBQ. New features and performers every week. 4-7 p.m. The Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River St., Santa Cruz. 621-6226.




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EAST CLIFF BREWING COMPANY ANNIVERSARY East Cliff Brewing Company’s first anniversary will take place this Saturday, Feb. 18, for a riproaring good time with music by Coffee Zombie Collective and the New Shockwaves (where are the old ones?) rockin’ all day and into the night. It will be the first time the ECBC has had live music in the taproom. Food Trucks A Go Go will provide food with three trucks for the day: Saucey’z, the Organic Taco, and Lindsey’s Palate Pleasure. Info: Noon-10 p.m. East Cliff Brewing Company, 21517 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. Free.

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CLASSES NATURALIST NIGHT: ORGANIC AGRICULTURE RESEARCH Join the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for a talk focused on current organic agricultural research, as well as the history of organic farming and advocacy in Santa Cruz. Preregistration suggested. 7-8:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. 420-6115. $12/$6. BEYOND STANDING ROCK Levi William EagleFeather Sr. is a Sicangu Lakota from Rosebud South Dakota. He is born of a long-

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standing resistance to the destruction and domination of his people and their land. His presentation focuses on cultural reparation and restorative justice, for all people, from a Native American perspective. 6:30-9 p.m. Democratic Party Headquarters, 740 Front St. #165, Santa Cruz. 555-5678.


CALENDAR designed for ages 0-3. 11-11:30 a.m. Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola. 888-424-8035. FAMILY BARN DANCE Family-friendly barn dance for all. Come out and do-si-do and sashay to your heart’s content with dance caller Andy Wilson and a room full of friendly people. 6-8 p.m. Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave., Santa Cruz. 650-879-0864. $10.

FOOD & WINE WATSONVILLE FARMERS MARKET This market is in the heart of the famously bountiful Pajaro Valley. Peaceful and familyoriented, the Hispanic heritage of this community gives this market a “mercado” feel. 2-7 p.m. 200 Main St., Watsonville.

SUNDAY 2/19 PIANO ENSEMBLE’S “A PIANO EXTRAVAGANZA” The Celebrate Piano Ensemble will present its annual benefit concert with two matched grand pianos. A small army of four pianists will tackle the Sabre Dance on two pianos, and Leah Zumberge will perform a portion of recently deceased Stephen Tosh’s piano concert. There will also be ultra modernist compositions of Johanna Beyer and duets by Piazzolla and Guastavino. This annual concert benefits the Talent Bank, a merit scholarship program that awards $3,000 every year to inspire and support Santa Cruz County music students. Info: 2 p.m. UCSC Music Center Recital Hall, UCSC, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. $10 Donation.



LIVE MUSIC AT ZIZZO’S COFFEEHOUSE AND WINE BAR Enjoy live music at the area’s only built in piano bar with the biggest mirror ball on the Central Coast! Our bar serves a variety of wines and local craft beer along with tasty small-plate appetizers and desserts. 7-9:30 p.m. Zizzo’s Coffeehouse & Wine Bar, 3555 Clares St., Capitola. 4770680 or $5.


MUSIC COMMUNITY SINGING/SONG BATHS Come for one song or stay for the evening. Lie in a reclining chair and receive songs focused on your well-being. Singers welcome too! Organized by the Santa Cruz Threshold Singers. 7-8:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Naturopathic Medical Center, 736 Chestnut St., Santa Cruz. Free.

FRIDAY 2/17 ARTS ARTIST WAY GROUP NOW FORMING The Artist Way is a fun, experiential process that will help re-enliven and nurture your innate creative and spiritual self. The class helps people

recover their artistic, fun self to bring more depth, light, and joy into their personal and professional lives. 1-3 p.m. Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River St., Santa Cruz. 251-0866. $25. WINE AND WATERCOLOR Come spend an evening painting with watercolors and sipping artfully-crafted wine. Paper, paint, brushes, still life subject, and brief instruction provided. Just show up. With book Illustrator Madia Jamgochian. 6-8 p.m. New Leaf Market, 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz. 426-1306. $15.

CLASSES CHAIR YOGA WITH SUZI Instructor Suzi Mahler, CMT NE will guide you through a series of gentle seated yoga postures that are performed slowly and with breath awareness. This wonderfully therapeutic practice will help you increase strength and range of motion. 9:30 a.m. California Grey Bears, 2710 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz. 234-6791. $5. CIRCLE TIME We are so happy to present this weekly program offering- Circle Time! Join us in the MOD Toddler Area at 10:45 for rhythm and song, in both English and Spanish. Let your littles explore musical instruments and finger puppets while everyone sings. Developmentally

FOURTH ANNUAL FOOD FROM THE HEART You’re invited to the fourth annual Food from the Heart event, benefiting Meals on Wheels for Santa Cruz County. This Valentine’s Day themed event is the primary fundraiser to support the important work of Meals on Wheels. 11:30 a.m. Chaminade Resort and Spa, 1 Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz. 475-5600. $60. SAVE THE WAVES FUNDRAISER 20 percent of our daily sales will be donated to the Save the Waves Coalition. Stop by for a glass of wine for a great cause. We are happy to work in support of an organization that works to protect our beautiful coastal environment. 2-7 p.m. Equinox Winery, 334 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz.

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SATURDAY 2/18 ARTS OPEN ART HOUR Join us for this open art experience. 5 p.m. Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola. 888-424-8035.

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MUSIC UGLY BEAUTY PLAYS BEAUTIFUL JAZZ Ugly Beauty is a piano trio with tenor saxophonist who doubles on clarinet. Their repertoire ranges from Bebop and ballads to the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk, Gershwin, Porter, Ellington, Dameron, Strayhorn, and other jazz greats. 6-9 p.m. Davenport Roadhouse, 1 Davenport Ave., Davenport. 426-8801. Free.

VOLUNTEER VOLUNTEER TO FEED THE HUNGRY WITH FOOD NOT BOMBS We need help sharing vegan meals with the hungry every Saturday and Sunday in downtown Santa Cruz: Cooking from Noon-3 p.m, 418 Front St., Santa Cruz. 515-8234. Serving from 4-6 p.m. at the Post Office, 840 Front St., Santa Cruz.

SUNDAY 2/19 ARTS TRACING DIASPORAS Agua Doce Dance and the Santa Cruz Arts Council present Tracing Diasporas, which is a first annual performance series that promotes cultural


YOUNG MAKERS: ICOSAHEDRON PAPER PLATE PROJECT Join Maker Ed experienced mentor Sasha for a weekly Young Makers club. The club brings together a community of young people with a mentor and a space to make. 3-4:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Public Library, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz. news/permalink/508. Free.

CLASSES SWING DANCING EVERY SUNDAY Come join Swing Set Lounge every Sunday for all things swing. Lessons and social dancing. Snacks provided. All ages welcome. No partner needed. No experience necessary. 6-10 p.m. 1122 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 471-8142. $10. RISING TO THE CHALLENGE: SALT MARSH RESILIENCE AT ELKHORN SLOUGH Dr. Kerstin Wasson of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve will introduce the audience to the dynamics of a critical habitat within estuaries, salt marsh. She will review the values of marshes to wildlife and humans, and explain what salt marshes need to survive. 11 a.m. College 9 and 10 Multipurpose Room, 615 College Nine Road, Santa Cruz. 426-1280. Free.


SPIRITUAL SUNDAY CELEBRATION SERVICE This is a New Thought, Science of Mind event. Our Sunday Service is an alternative to traditional worship in an atmosphere of joyful praise, conscious music, and inspirational teachings relevant to your life. 10:30 a.m. Center for Spiritual Living, 1818 Felt St., Santa Cruz. 462-9383. Free.

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LIVE COMEDY AT THE CROW’S NEST Crow’s Nest features live comedy, with talent from the national circuit, every Sunday night year-round. 21 and up. 2218 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. 476-4560. $7.

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There’s not a lot of music on local trio Bitter Buffaloes’ Soundcloud page—in fact, there’s only one song. It’s a surprisingly mature, genre-tinkering, tripped-out mellow rock tune. But it’s not the group’s first. They’ve gone through several lineup and style changes, and now as a trio, they’re really starting to land a sound all their own.


“We’ve never been able to identify really strongly with a specific genre,” says guitarist/singer Chris Halasz. “I think the more we started realizing that we were kind of synthesizing different parts of blues and rock and jazz, and even some punk stuff, we just bottled it up into what we liked.”




The group started years ago as a duo, with Halasz on guitar and vocals, and Josh Hewett on drums. At one point, there was a saxophone and a bass player. When the bassist left, keyboardist Curtis Murphy altered his parts to cover the low end, while still playing some more traditional high keyboard fills and leads. The tighter, slightly offbeat sound worked to the group’s advantage. The song on Soundcloud is a result of this new lineup shift, which happened less than a year ago. They removed all older music from their Soundcloud page, and are currently working on an EP in the vein of this tune.


“I think what makes the trio thing work so well is, on a personal level and chemistry-wise, and just from an artistic and creative perspective, the three of us have this really strong connection. I feel like these two guys are like my brothers,” says Halasz. AARON CARNES


INFO: 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $8. 429-6994.


What do you call it? Newgrass? Jamgrass? How about alt-bluegrass? However you want to describe it, this is some seriously high-energy roots dance music. The five-piece Dusty Green Bones Band, which formed in the Bay Area a few years back, has made it a mission to get folks all over the West Coast stomping their feet wherever the band plays. The bluegrass energy and string interplay is there, but the group incorporates electric instruments and drums, so it’s got everything you love about traditional bluegrass—and more. INFO: 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $7/adv, $10/door. 479-1854.

THURSDAY 2/16 REGGAE One of the choice acts of the 1970s roots reggae scene, the Gladiators worked with legendary Jamaican

producer Coxsone Dodd in the late70s. When the group teamed up with Studio One it had its biggest hits with “Bongo Red,” “Jah Jah Go Before Us,” “Mr. Baldwin” and “Roots Natty.” The Studio One stint launched them into the international spotlight and attracted the attention of major labels, critics and fans alike. On Thursday, the band returns to town, fronted by vocalist Droop Lion, nephew of founding member David Webber. CAT JOHNSON

helped the band build an impressive fan base. They are playing the Catalyst twice just to please all of their rabid fans. AC

INFO: 8 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $20. 335-2800.

A ripping banjo player who received the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass award in 2015, Danny Barnes is no slouch when it comes to traditional music. But Barnes is not your run-of-the-mill bluegrass player. The road-tested artist, who plays 150 dates per year, sidesteps traditional confines to create what he calls “barnyard electronics,” a unique sound made from combining bluegrass, noise, rock and electronic music via a custom computer program. Bridging experimental techniques with a mastery of bluegrass and folk techniques, Barnes is one of the most groundbreaking roots artists around. CJ

THU & FRI 2/16 & 2/17 PSYCH-GARAGE

GROWLERS The whole Southern California garage rock scene gets a bad rap as a bunch of bands that all sound the same. It’s just not true. A great example its diversity is the Growlers, a band that has a dark, moody pop sound. The members call it “beach goth,” which might be a bit of hyperbole. But they do manage to cram elements that are dark, hooky, depressive, and dance-party fun into each song. This unique sound has

INFO: 8 p.m. (Thu), 9 p.m. (Fri) Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $25. 429-4135.



INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $10. 429-6994.






INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $9/adv, $12/door. 479-1854.


JOHN SCOFIELD Jazz and country music are too often cast as antithetical cultural currents, with the former representing the

INFO: 7 and 9 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $30/adv, $35/door. 427-2227.


GAMMA GAMMA was an underrated early metal band. What’s kept the music potent is the mix of guitarist Ronnie Montrose’s heavy blues licks and singer Davey Pattison’s piercing vocals. The band’s original run was from’ 78 to ’83, but started back up in 2000. When Montrose passed away in 2013, the remaining members put on a powerful tribute show for him in San Francisco. It was such a success that the group

has managed to continue on, even without Montrose slinging the axe. Anyone that likes ’70s metal should check this out. Pattison still leads this band with ferocity. AC INFO: 8 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $20/adv, $23/door. 335-2800.


WEYES BLOOD When asked what she’d tell people to get them to come out to her show at the Crepe Place, singer Natalie Mering simply replied, “I have a really good voice.” I think she said it half-jokingly, but it’s true regardless. Her voice is beautiful—haunting, elegant, dramatic, and a perfect match for the power-pop psych-folk she performs with her L.A.based band, Weyes Blood. The lyrical content of Weyes Blood’s most recent album, Front Row Seat to Earth, reflects on current events, effects of technology on society and culture, and our changing environment. Joni Mitchell and Enya are clear influences. Sharing the bill are Fatal Jamz (L.A.) and Plush (San Francisco). KATIE SMALL INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, Santa Cruz. $10/ adv, $12/door. 429-6994.

INFO: 7 and 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 427-2227. WANT TO GO? Go to giveaways before 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.


Post-rock, electronica and “noir jazz.” Wednesday at Don Quixote’s BLUES IS A WOMAN

Multi-media tribute to blueswomen. Thursday at Kuumbwa AMY OBENSKI

Local singer-songwriter favorite. Thursday at Crepe Place HIBBITY DIBBITY

Country-funk out of San Francisco. Thursday at Moe’s Alley ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN

Gary Mullens and the Works celebrate the legendary rock band. Tuesday at Rio Theatre


A rough-around-the-edges outfit that is impossible to pin down, El Radio Fantastique throws pop, international, psychedelia, rock and New Orleans funk into a musical stew that is unpredictable, engaging, odd, and completely danceable. Hailing from Point Reyes Station, El Radio Fantastique, led by charismatic frontman Giovanni Di Morente, who also plays flute, guitar, sax, theremin and percussion, is one of those see-it-to-believe-it acts. As one review put it, “If Anton LaVey, Frank Sinatra and David Bowie dropped acid in New Orleans and had an orgy with the Beatles, their unholy offspring would be El Radio Fantastique.” CJ

bustling urban experience and the latter standing in for white rural and suburbanites. But great musicians can find inspiration anywhere, and the insistently creative guitarist John Scofield harkens back to his early love of Nashville on his recent album Country For Old Men. Simultaneously paying loving homage and reinventing classic songs by master tunesmiths like Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, and George Jones, Scofield makes each piece feel like it was conceived as a vehicle for jazz expression. For this West Coast tour, he’s joined by Larry Goldings (piano), Bill Stewart (drums) and ace bassist Vicente Archer.ANDREW GILBERT

Best known as vocalist for legendary rock band Santana, Tony Lindsay is a Grammy-winning singer and bandleader in his own right. Born in Kingston, New York, the now-Bay Area resident is one of standouts of the local soul, rock and jazz scenes. On Feb. 27, Lindsay brings his Soul Soldiers, featuring vocalists Fred Ross and Will Russ, Jr., to town to perform the hits from Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Lou Rawls, Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway. CAT JOHNSON



Wednesday February 15th 8:30pm $7/10 Live Jamgrass/Rock Double Bill

DUSTY GREEN BONES + BLUE LOTUS Thursday February 16th 8:30pm $7/10 Americana/Rock

HIBBITY DIBBITY + PAPA BEAR & THE EASY LOVE Friday February 17th 9pm $9/12 A Very Special Double Bill With




APTOS ST. BBQ 8059 Aptos St, Aptos

Al Frisby 6-8p

AQUARIUS RESTAURANT Santa Cruz Dream Inn 175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz BAYVIEW HOTEL 8041 Soquel Dr, Aptos

Live Jazz & Wine Tasting 6-9p

BLUE LAGOON 923 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Music Festival 2017 2p

Santa Cruz Music Festival 2017 2p

Metal Monday 9p




BOCCI’S CELLAR 140 Encinal St, Santa Cruz

Shabby Guru Funk Jam Free 8p

Ukulele Monthly Free 5:30p Karaoke Free 8p

Jazz Society Donation 3:30p The Thyme Bombs Free 8p

Swing Dance $5 5:30p Variant Soul Free 9p Karaoke 9p



WWW.MOESALLEY.COM 1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz 831.479.1854

International Music Hall and Restaurant

Wed Feb 15 Kan Wakan

Hypnotic-soul, post rock, noir jazz $16 adv./$16 door 21 + 8pm

Thu Feb 16 The Gladiators feat. Droop Lion w/ King

Hopeton Legendary Jamaican Reggae $20 adv./$20 door 21 + 8pm

Fri The Killer Queens - All Girl Tribute to Queen Feb 17 plus Rebel Rebel - Tribute to David Bowie

$10 adv./$10 door 21 + 8pm

Sat GAMMA feat. Davey Pattison Feb 18 plus The Golden RAGE of Television feat. Pat

McCormack $17 adv./$20 door 21 + 8pm

Sun Feb 19 California Beach Boys

2pm All the Beach Boys hits! $10 adv./$10 door 21 + 2pm

Sun Sol Nova plus The Crafters Feb 19

7:30pm Funky Rockin’ Reggae & Soul $7 adv./$7 door 21 + 7:30pm

Weds Feb 22 Moon Duo The Apex of Psychedelia

$15 adv./$15 door 21 + 8pm

Thu The Human Experience, AtYyA, KR3TURE Feb 23

$20 adv./$20 door 21 + 8:30pm


Fri. Feb. 24 Sat. Feb. 25 Sat. Feb. 25 Sun. Feb. 26 Sun. Feb. 26 Tue. Feb. 28

Mustache Harbor San Francisco’s Hottest Party Band Eric Johnson Acoustic Guitar & Piano 2pm Spirit of ’76 Lionel Hampton Big Band featuring Jason Marsalis 2pm Roy Zimmerman 7pm Temples Desert Daze Caravan US Tour Temples, Night Beats, Deap Valley, Froth, JJUUJJUU

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James Murray 6-8p

The Growlers Sold Out 7p

The Growlers Sold Out 8p

Legendary Shack Shakers $15/$18 8p

Beatles v Stones $20/$25 8:30p

Karaoke 8p-Close

Free Pool 7p

Comedy w/Shwa Free 8:30p

Ugly God $16/$18 8:30p

The Palms $10/$12 8:30p

Santa Cruz Music Santa Cruz Music Festival: Troyboi, Louis Festival: Troyboi, Louis the Child & More $70 4p the Child & More $70 4p

OPEN LATE EVERY NIGHT! wednesday 2/15


Doors 8:30pm/Show 9pm $10 Door

thursday 2/16


Doors 8:30pm/Show 9pm $10 Door

FRIday 2/17


Advance Tickets at

Doors 8:30pm/Show 9pm $10 Door

saturday 2/18


Doors 8:30pm/Show 9pm $10 Door

monday 2/20


Advance Tickets at

Doors 8pm/Show 9pm $10 adv $12 door

TUESday 2/21

7 COME 11 Show 9pm $5 Door

MIDTOWN SANTA CRUZ 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz


Karaoke 8p-Close

Karaoke 9p

Live Electronic Dance Music


Broken Shades 6-8p

Bro Magnon, Condemned Existence & more $5 9p

Thursday February 23rd 8:30pm $9/12



Comedy Night/80s Night Free 8:30p



Steve Freund and Sid Morris 6-8p


Tango Ecstasy 6-9:30p

Hammerdown 9-11:45p

CATALYST ATRIUM 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz



Karaoke 8p-Close

Riff Raff $17/$23 7p

Preacher Boy Trio 1p Lloyd Whitley 5p


Salsa Bahia 6-9p

BOARDWALK BOWL 115 Cliff St, Santa Cruz

CATALYST 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz


Minor Thirds Trio 7-10p


DJ Luna 9p


Shane Dwight 6-8p

Punk Night

CASA SORRENTO 393 Salinas St, Salinas

SoCal Reggae Favorites

Big Jon Atkinson 6-8p

THE BLUE LOUNGE 529 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz

THE CHINA CATS Sunday February 19th 8:30pm $12/15


FRI SAT F.U.X., Elektrix, Exiled Force, Give You Nothing $8 7p

Minor Thirds Trio 6:30-9:30p

BRITANNIA ARMS 110 Monterey Ave, Capitola



THE APPLETON GRILL 410 Rodriguez St, Watsonville

Saturday February 18th 9pm $12/15

Grateful Dead Dance Meets YES Tribute











CAVA WINE BAR 115 San Jose Ave, Capitola

Steve’s Kitchen Jazz 6:30-9:30p

CILANTROS 1934 Main St, Watsonville

Hippo Happy Hour 5:30-7:30p

CREPE PLACE 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Judo No, Olright, Planet Plow $10 9p

Amy Obenski, Pieces $10 9p

Danny Barnes, the Wail Aways Duo $10 9p

Parsonsfield, Dan Juan $10 9p

CROW’S NEST 2218 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz

Yuji Tojo $3 8p

Ten O’Clock Lunch Band $5 8:30p

Third Stone $6 9p

Hall Pass 9:30p

Dave Muldawer 6:30-9:30p

Frank Sorci 6:30-9:30p




Dave Muldawer 5-8p

Weyes Blood, Fatal Jamz, Plush $10 9p

$7 Live Comedy $7 9p

7 Come 11 $5 9p Reggae Party Free 8p

Ugly Beauty Kan Wakan $16 8p


KPIG Happy Hour 5:30-7:30p

DAV. ROADHOUSE 1 Davenport Ave, Davenport DON QUIXOTE’S 6275 Hwy 9, Felton

Myhalo K 6:30-9:30p


SpeakEasy 3

Gladiators w/Droop Lion, Golden Rage of California Beach Boys King Hopeton The Killer Queens $10 8p Television, Pat $10 2p Sol Nova, The $20 8p McCormack $20/$23 8p Crafters $7 7:30p

THE FISH HOUSE 972 Main St, Watsonville

Standing Wave 8p

HINDQUARTER BAR & GRILLE 303 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Spun Free 9p

Silverback 9p

Pamela Rose $25/$30 7p

MALONE’S 4402 Scotts Valley Dr, Scotts Valley

Live Music 5:30-9p

MICHAEL’S ON MAIN 2591 Main St, Soquel

Scott Slaughter 7-10p

Bryn Loosley & the Back Pages $5 9p

Larry Goldings, Cicente Archer & Bill Stewart $30/$25 8p

Next Blues Band 4p

Joint Chiefs 7-10p

Live theatrical concert celebrating women in blues from Ma Rainy to Bonnie Raitt.

Friday, February 17 • 9 pm

$5 @


7 & 9 pm | No Comps

JOHN SCOFIELD’S “COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN” 2017 Grammy Winning Album!

Roadhouse Karaoke 7:30p

Wednesday, February 22 • 7 pm

Carlos Martinez 6-9p

Tickets: Thursday, February 23 • 7 pm



Scott Amendola Band $25/$30 7p

Karaoke w/Ken 9p Lucille Blues Band 7-10p



Karaoke 10p

KUUMBWA 320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz

Thursday, February 16 • 7 pm

Monday, February 20 • 7 pm

Broken Fences

HENFLING’S 9450 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond

Celebrating Creativity Since 1975

Friday, February 24• 7:30 pm Saturday, February 25• 7:30 pm


Groovity 7-10p

Tickets: Sunday, February 26 • 7 pm | No Comps

RALPH TOWNER — SOLO Monday, February 27 1011 PACIFIC AVE. SANTA CRUZ 831-429-4135 Wednesday, February 15 • Ages 16+


Thursday, February 16 • In the Atrium • Ages 16+


Friday, February 17 • In the Atrium • Ages 21+


Monday, February 20 • Ages 16+

Tuesday, February 21 • In the Atrium • Ages 16+


Feb 22 Badbadnotgood/ Hodgy (Ages 18+) Feb 22 Moon Hooch Atrium (Ages 16+) Feb 23 J Boog/ Jo Mersa Marley (Ages 16+) Feb 23 The Grateful Ball Atrium (Ages 16+) Feb 24 Zepparella (Ages 21+) Feb 24 Gibbz Atrium (Ages 16+) Mar 3 After The Burial/ Emmure (Ages 16+) Mar 4 Trevor Hall/ Satsang (Ages 16+) Mar 10 Matisyahu (Ages 16+) Mar 11 Andre Nickatina (Ages 16+) Mar 15 Julieta Venegas (Ages 21+) Mar 18 The Holdup (Ages 16+) Mar 21 The Kills/ Dream Wife (Ages 16+) Mar 24 Fortunate Youth (Ages 16+) Mar 25 Chronixx/ Jah 9 (Ages 16+) Mar 28 Badfish A Tribute To Sublime (Ages 16+) Mar 30 STRFKR/ Psychic Twin (Ages 16+) Apr 6 Descendents (Ages 16+) Apr 12 of Montreal (Ages 16+) Apr 14 Tech N9ne (Ages 16+) Apr 15 Joseph (Ages 16+) Apr 17 DJ Shadow (Ages 16+) Apr 22 Cock Sparrer (Ages 21+) May 2 Dweezil Zappa (Ages 16+) May 24 Robin Trower (Ages 21+) May 27 Jurassic 5 (Ages 16+)

Unless otherwise noted, all shows are dance shows with limited seating.

Tickets subject to city tax & service charge by phone 877-987-6487 & online

7 & 9 pm | No Comps

Performing the hits from Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Lou Rawls, Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway

Thursday, March 2 • 7 pm | No Comps


One of women’s music’s most famous and enduring folk singers

Friday, March 3 • 9 pm


$5 @ the door

Saturday, March 4 • 7:30 pm


Tickets: Monday, March 6 • 7 pm




Unless noted advance tickets at and Logos Books & Records. Dinner served one hour before Kuumbwa presented concerts. Premium wines & beer. All ages welcome.

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Wed. February 15 Al Frisby 6-8 pm Thurs. February 16 Big Jon Atkinson 6-8 pm Fri. February 17 Shane Dwight 6-8 pm Sat. February 18 Lloyd Whitley 1-4 pm Preacher Boy Trio 6-8 pm Sun. February 19 Steve Freund and Sid Morris 6-8 pm Mon. February 20 Broken Shades 6-8 pm Tues. February 21 James Murray 6-8 pm

LIVE MUSIC WED MISSION ST. BBQ 1618 Mission St, Santa Cruz MOE’S ALLEY 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz MOTIV 1209 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz


Broken Shades 6p Dusty Green Bones Band, Blue Lotus $7/$10 8p Space Bass w/ Andrew the Pirate 9:30p-2a

NEW BOHEMIA BREWERY 1030 41st Ave, Santa Cruz 99 BOTTLES 110 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz

Trivia 8p

PARADISE BEACH 215 Esplanade, Capitola



Kid Andersen & John “Blues” Boyd 6p Hibbity Dibbity, Papa Bear & the Easy Love $7/$10 8p








Lloyd Whitley 6p

Steve Freund and Sid Morris 1p Al Frisby 5p

Coyote Slim 6p

El Radio Fantastique, Post St Rhythm Peddlers $9/$12 8p

China Cats, Shine Delirious $12/$15 8p

Pacific Dub, Brewfish $12/$15 8p

Libation Lab w/ Syntax 9:30p-2a

Trevor Williams 9:30p-2a

Gordo Gustavo’s 5-8p

Speakeasy 3 7-9p

Rasta Cruz Reggae Party Eclectic Bass Event 9:30p-Close 9:30p-Close Apple City Slough Ban d 7-9p



Preacher Boy 6p

Hip-Hop w/DJ Marc 9:30p-Close Tacos & Trivia 6-8p

Bert Javier 10p-Midnight Claudio Melega 6p

Do’h Bros. 2-5p

Dolce Musica 2-5p

THE POCKET 3102 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz

Comedy 9p

POET & PATRIOT 320 E. Cedar St, Santa Cruz

Jesus Ship 8p

Santa Cruz Music Festival 8p

Santa Cruz Music Festival 8p

Comedy Open Mic 8p

THE RED 200 Locust St, Santa Cruz THE REEF 120 Union St, Santa Cruz

Open Mic 8-11:30p ‘Geeks Who Drink’ Trivia Night 8p

Toby Gray Acoustic Calssics 6:30p

Moshe Vilozny Acoustic/World 6:30p

Traditional Hawaiian Music 6:30p

Brunch Grooves 12:30p Featured Acoustic 6:30p

Brunch Grooves 1:30p Chas Cmusic Krowd Karaoke 6p

Acoustic Classics 6:30p

RIO THEATRE 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz



Rob Vye 6p

ROSIE MCCANN’S 1220 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

James Murray Soulful Acoustic 6:30p One Night of Queen $40 7:30p

Trivia 8p

Open Mic 7:30p



Feb 16 Live Nation Presents: Brian Regan 7:30pm


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Amazing waterfront deck views.


See live music grid for this week’s bands.


Three live comedians every Sunday night.


Mon–Fri from 3:30pm. Wednesday all night!


Wood-fired pizza, ice cream, unique fine gifts.


$9.95 dinners Mon.-Fri. from 6:00pm.


Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily

(831) 476-4560

Mar 3 Banff Film Festival 8pm Mar 3-5 Jazz Bash by the Bay Mar 10 The Beach Boys 7:30pm Mar 17 Los Lobos with Jonah Smith 8pm Mar 25 In the Mood 1940s Big Band Music Review 2pm Mar 30 (((folkYEAH))) & KPIG present Yonder Mountain String Band and The Lil’ Smokies 8pm April 26 David Crosby 8pm Jun 2 Los Lonely Boys 8pm

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THE SAND BAR 211 Esplanade, Capitola

The Love Dogs 8-Midnight

Sasha’s Money 8-Midnight

SANDERLINGS 1 Seascape Resort, Aptos

Sambassa 8-11p

In Three 8-11p

SEABRIGHT BREWERY 519 Seabright, Santa Cruz

Bobby Love & Sugar Sweet 1-5:30p Don McCaslin & the Amazing Jazz Geezers 6-10p

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SHARED HISTORY Sandra Huller plays the daughter of a prankster in the bittersweet family comedy ‘Toni Erdmann.’


Her Father, Herself


Family ties bind in offbeat ‘Toni Erdmann’ BY LISA JENSEN


amily relationships are complicated. Especially the one depicted in the Oscar-nominated German film, Toni Erdmann. On the surface, it seems like a mild comedy about a fun-loving, prankster dad who makes life impossible for his workaholic businesswoman daughter. But there’s a lot more going on beneath the surface in this offbeat meditation on family, aging, the passage of time, and the meaning of happiness. This is the third movie directed by German producer and filmmaker Maren Ade, and her first to get wide distribution in the States. The story revolves around Winfried Conradi (the wonderful Peter Simonischek), a

retired schoolteacher who confounds a deliveryman at the door by pretending to be twin brothers, likes to fool around with a set of fake buck teeth, and puts on zombie makeup to lead a chorus of kids at a school musical recital. Amicably divorced from his ex-wife, Winfried attends a birthday party for their grown daughter, Ines (Sandra Huller). Briefly home from Bucharest, where the German corporation she works for is setting up business interests in Romania, Ines spends most of her time on the phone with her boss. Concerned that his daughter is trapped in a joyless life, Winfried “spontaneously” follows her back to Bucharest and shows up

at her workplace. His antics drive Ines nuts (he dons a mop-top wig and calls himself Toni Erdmann), but he makes some unexpected connections among her business contacts—passing himself off as a “consultant,” or a life coach. Except for the few moments she loses her cool and blows up at him, their time alone together is marked by long silences, his aching worry that she’s wasting her life butting up against her resentment at his interference. Meanwhile, Ade sketches in a dubious portrait of the business world Ines is so desperate to succeed in. Her bosses exhibit a corporate mentality that’s moving in to gentrify and profit on a country whose people have

already been through a lot. Shabby housing squats in the shadows of a fancy office building, day laborers are treated like slaves, and a luxury mall has been erected that few Romanians can afford to shop in. When the movie’s viewpoint switches away from Winfried for a while to Ines, we begin to understand all the ways that her life is disappointing her, just as her father fears. She gets no satisfaction at work; as driven as she is, and no matter how much time and energy she puts into hatching her ideas and rehearsing her presentation for a big meeting, she’s still assigned to take the client’s wife shopping. The girlfriends she meets for drinks after work are business contacts. Even her sex life, such as it is, is just another appointment on her schedule, with another colleague from work. She has a sort of belated epiphany when her partner casually jokes that their boss knows about them, and has instructed him not to do it with her “too hard, or she’ll lose her bite.” This has interesting repercussions throughout the rest of their encounter, as she reconsiders how willing she is to participate in their view of who she is. Winfried counsels everyone not to lose their sense of humor, and Ade herself displays comic audacity. When an exasperated Ines has to open the door to her party guests in the nude, she improvises that it’s a “naked party,” shedding their workplace identities, along with their clothes, as a “team-building” exercise. At two hours and 42 minutes, the movie feels way longer than it needs to be; boring business meetings in particular seem to go on forever. But what better way for director Ade to make us feel the crushing airlessness of the business world Ines inhabits? Or suggest the complexity of feeling, shared history, and passing time that connects father and daughter? It is length, accumulation of detail, and, of course, humor, that allows Ade to craft her story with such emotional richness. TONI ERDMANN *** (out of four) With Peter Simonischek and Sandra Huller. Written and directed by Maren Ade. A Sony Classics release. Rated R. 162 minutes. In German and Romanian with English subtitles; also some English.


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FILM NEW THIS WEEK A CURE FOR WELLNESS So, basically the story of John Harvey Kellogg’s sanitarium, right? Gore Verbinski directs. Jason Isaacs, Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth co-star. (R) 146 minutes. FIST FIGHT Ali vs. Frazier, 2Pac vs. Biggie, Batman vs. Superman. This Friday, it’s Mr. Campbell vs. Mr. Strickland. Richie Keen directs. Christina Hendricks, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Charlie Day. (R) 91 minutes. THE GREAT WALL Matt Damon with a ponytail. The Great Wall, but with zombie hell monsters trying to break through it. White dudes swooping in like they know better. So many conflicted feelings right now. Yimou Zhang directs. Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe co-star. (PG-13) 103 minutes.


I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Writer James Baldwin’s story of race in modern America is told through the words of Samuel L. Jackson and archival footage. Raoul Peck directs. Jackson, James Baldwin, Dick Cavett co-star. (PG-13) 95 minutes.


THE RED TURTLE For those who want a little less chit chat in their cinematic experiences, The Red Turtle is an animated beauty about a man who ends up a castaway on a deserted tropical island and his adventures with the ocean’s inhabitants. Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature. Michael Dudok de Wit directs. (PG) 80 minutes. THE SALESMAN A young couple move into a house that was inhabited by a woman who allegedly pursued a career in sex work. Throughout their performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, their relationship begins to fray. Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Picture. Asghar Farhadi directs. Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi co-star. (PG-13) 125 minutes. SPECIAL SCREENINGS: V for Vendetta Midnight, Friday, Feb. 17 & Saturday, Feb. 18, Del Mar Theatre, 1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. CONTINUING EVENT: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MOVIES Film buffs are

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NOW PLAYING ARRIVAL Aliens are here, but no one can decipher what they’re saying. Thankfully, the military sends in a woman to help communicate. Denis Villeneuve directs. Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker co-star. (PG13) 116 minutes. THE COMEDIAN Taylor Hackford directs. Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny Devito co-star. (R) 119 minutes. A DOG’S PURPOSE Well if you’ve seen TMZ’s video of Hercules the German Shepherd being forced into a pool of rushing water, it’s a little difficult to believe the happy, smiling doggie vibes this movie is trying to send. Producer Gavin Polone did respond to the leaked video, saying it “portrays an inaccurate picture of what happened,” so, we really hope that no animals were hurt in the making of this film? Lasse Hallström directs. Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad co-star. (PG) 120 minutes. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Eddie Redmayne accidentally let a bunch of evil ghouls into our realm. It all makes sense now: how else could a cheeto-faced Voldemort have gotten in? David Yates directs. Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol co-star. (PG13) 133 minutes. FENCES For a black man raising a son in the 1950s, keeping his family together and facing the daily reality of racist America, nothing comes easy.“Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in.” Denzel Washington directs. Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson co-star. (PG-13) 138 minutes. FIFTY SHADES DARKER Anyone seen The Fall? Because that show makes Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey such a creepy casting choice … Oh, and this soundtrack sounds pretty cool. James Foley directs. Dakota Johnson,

Jamie Dornan, and Eric Johnson costar. (R) 115 minutes. THE FOUNDER The story of the man behind the golden arches and his insatiable drive to create the world’s first fast food empire. John Lee Hancock directs. Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch co-star. (PG-13) 115 minutes. HIDDEN FIGURES Finally, the untold story of the African-American women who calculated how to shoot a man into space (something they were probably hoping to do for a long time). Theodore Melfi directs. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe. (PG) 127 minutes. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 He stabbed the devil in the back and now the devil wants justice. Chad Stahelski directs. Ruby Rose, Keanu Reeves, and Bridget Moynahan co-star. (R) 122 minutes. JULIETA A mother’s attempt to reconnect with her estranged daughter after a lifetime of mistakes and wrong turns. Pedro Almodóvar directs. Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao co-star. (R) 99 minutes. LA LA LAND Old Hollywood whimsy, musical magic à la Rogers and Astaire that’s getting Emma Stone early Oscar buzz—it’s just the kind of la la land we needed during a post-Nov. 8 season. Damien Chazelle directs. Ryan Gosling, Stone, Amiée Conn co-star. (PG-13) 128 minutes. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Batman is revelling in his stardom … except, he has no one to share it with! Very sad. In order to soften his hardened heart, he has to take responsibility for the orphan he adopted and build his own family, Lego style. Chris McKay directs. Jenny Slate, Ralph Fiennes, and Channing Tatum co-star. (PG) 104 minutes. LION Saroo is starting to remember losing his mother and brother on a train platform in Calcutta at the age of 5. Now, worlds away living a very different Australian life, he’s decided to find his family. Garth Davis directs. Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara costar. (PG-13) 118 minutes. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA What do you do when you’re suddenly faced

with the responsibility of becoming a teenager’s legal guardian, but your own life is hard enough to handle? Kenneth Lonergan directs. Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler costar. (R) 137 minutes. MISS SLOANE She’s the enemy now. She’ll use whatever resource she has to lead the fight on gun control, and she was hired to win. John Madden directs. Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw co-star. (R) 132 minutes. MOANA A great danger is coming but Moana will find the demigod Maui and they’ll save the world—he’s a little difficult, so she’ll need all the help she can get. Thankfully, she’s got the ocean on her side. Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker, Chris Williams direct. Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House co-star. (PG) 113 minutes. PATERSON One week in Paterson’s life as a bus driver in a city of the same name—his name is really Paterson— through his quiet and triumphant daily poems. Jim Jarmusch directs. Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Nellie costar. (R) 118 minutes. PATRIOTS DAY The 2013 Boston marathon bombing is still a raw memory to many Americans, as it put a city on lock-down and terrified the nation. This is the story of the heroes who handled the aftermath. Peter Berg directs. Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons co-star. (R) 133 minutes. RINGS If you missed The Ring and The Ring Two, don’t worry because this is all the rings. All the rings! F. Javier Gutiérrez directs. Vincent D’Onofrio, Laura Wiggins, Aimee Teegarden costar. (PG-13) 102 minutes. ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Ah, what a time to be a Star Wars fan. Gareth Edwards directs. Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk co-star. (PG-13) 133 minutes. THE SPACE BETWEEN US When you have a crush on a girl who lives on another planet that might kill you. Peter Chelsom directs. Britt Robertson, Asa Butterfield, Janet Montgomery costar. (PG-13) 121 minutes.

SILENCE Their lord told them to go forth and preach the gospel to every living thing … but in seventeenthcentury Japan, that meant risking their lives and the lives of their converts. Martin Scorsese directs. Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson co-star. (R) 161 minutes. SING An alligator rapping “The Humpty Dance,” a buffalo singing “Butterfly,” bunnies hollering “Oh my god, Becky, look at her butt,” a tracksuit-wearing pig belting Lady Gaga and a British gorilla who just wants out of the game. Best idea for a zoo ever. Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings direct. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane costar. (PG) 108 minutes. SPLIT Dealing with one kidnapping psychopath is bad enough, but trying to figure out which one of 24 personalities will set you free sounds like a mmmnightmare. M. Night Shyamalan directs. James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson co-star. (PG-13) 117 minutes. TONI ERDMANN Reviewed this issue. Maren Ade directs. Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, and Michael Wittenborn co-star. German with English subtitles. (R) 162 minutes. 20TH CENTURY WOMEN It’s 1979, nothing means anything, and raising a son on your own is damn hard. Mike Mills directs. Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig co-star. (R) 119 minutes. UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS Nothing like a good ol’ vampire vs. lycan battle to start off the zombie apocalypse new year. Anna Foerster directs. Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies co-star. (R) 91 minutes. WHY HIM? Because he’s stupid rich, dad, duh. John Hamburg directs. Zoey Deutch, James Franco, Tangie Ambrose co-star. (R) 111 minutes. XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE “Guns, girls, global domination” is a real thing that someone says in this movie. D.J. Caruso directs. Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone directs. (PG-13) 107 minutes.

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FOOD & DRINK of these grim objects, and at 110 calories per half muffin, they are not exactly diet-friendly. No flavor, almost unchewable—sorry, but these are simply not worth attempting. What a shame. Happily, Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free products are available just about everywhere!


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An investigation into the best of gluten-free toasted products BY CHRISTINA WATERS


ne way to work our way through the obvious limitations of winter activity is to do food research. You know—sampling wines, making friends with glutenfree specialties, applying Sriracha sauce to everything. So in the interest of culinary field work I have recently compared glutenfree products that can be loosely assembled under the heading: “toastable.” Bagels, bread, English muffins, that sort of thing. News flash! I have found a good glutenfree bagel! As always, the folks

at Canyon Bakehouse lead the way. Armed with their incredibly persuasive version of bagels, we are able to partner eggs and Canadian bacon with worthy carbs. Now, nothing will ever provide that combination of chewy and tender that characterizes a True Bagel, but the Canyon Bakehouse ($4.99) version is shockingly satisfying, and makes a terrific delivery system for our house favorite Somerset English butter (at Shopper’s) and our current reigning jam, the Peach Amaretto from Stockwell Cellars. Breakfast is always a joy, but especially when the

days are both short and grey (like a few of my friends). Gluten-free bagels makes it even better. Now, for the bad news. I got excited when I saw a package of gluten-free English muffins ($4.99) made by Food for Life. Filled with organic brown rice flour, plus a bit of tapioca flour and potato starch, these muffins looked very convincing. But, no. They had all the flavor appeal of damp cardboard— that’s after toasting—and the dense, jaw-breaking texture of partially set cement. I have an old Webster’s dictionary that weighs less than one

In the interests of giving equal time to the joys of gluten, I joined my writer buddy Lisa for our monthly dose of quality caffeine with something on the side (careful there ...). Heading out to Gayle’s, we braved the challenge of finding a parking spot and aimed for the espresso counter and colorful tables in the back. Lisa immediately zeroed in on a croissant stuffed with chocolate. Lisa can spot chocolate with her eyes closed. But I was interested in the wilder side of the croissant experience, and found exactly what I needed (and much more) in the fullfigured form of an almond croissant ($4), or more correctly, le croissant d’amande. The expression “OMG” immediately came to mind. Inside this bulging croissant was a molten heart of almond-tinged pastry cream, while the top was glazed with marzipan and sliced, toasted almonds. Every bite was a cardinal sin, filled with light, buttery microlayers of pastry, almonds in various forms and that voluptuous, creamy heart. A pastry this stupefying can overcome most forms of glutophobia. Although it can require doubling up on trips to the gym.

WINE OF THE WEEK Every home needs its trusty bottle of low-alcohol white wine, and ours (currently, at least) is the light, minerally Grüner Veltliner 2015 from Pratsch. The top grape of Austria receives plenty of pampering in this welcoming, highly affordable quaff, $15ish (available at New Leaf, among others), and given its 12-percent alcohol, this wine makes a no-brainer, go-to experience at day’s end. With impunity. Add a few green olives, some almonds, perhaps a sardine on a quinoa cracker, and toast the end of winter. (OK, that’s still six weeks away, but now is a good time for some optimism.)

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WASABI READY A selection of nigiri at Naka Sushi.

Naka Knock Out

Beloved sushi restaurant reopens in Begonia Plaza with a bang BY LILY STOICHEFF


y McConney and Masao and Keiko Nakagawa, the owners of Naka Sushi, shut their 41st Avenue location at the end of last March, and the transition to their new location in the Begonia Plaza up the street took more than six months longer than expected. The longing on my sushi-obsessed friends’ faces became almost painful to watch as the eagerly awaited reopening dragged on. Since Naka finally reopened in December, sushi fans new and old have been clamoring to get a seat at the sleek new location—and now that I’ve had a chance to visit, I understand why. While I would normally order a roll, several longtime customers recommended I opt for sashimi and nigiri at Naka in order to appreciate the chef’s adept techniques. On their advice, my table started with the hamachi sashimi appetizer, a selection of fresh, raw yellow-tail tuna. While I was first hesitant at the $22.50 price tag, the quantities were far more generous than I expected, and the silky texture of the rich, pale pink fish was divine,

seeming to melt on my tongue. Plate after plate of nigiri that followed allowed us to appreciate a range of textures and the chef’s undeniable skill—the effervescent popping of deeply golden tobiko; luscious, slightly oily salmon and light, clean halibut. But to our surprise, the dish that made our jaws drop was the unlikely unagi. When it arrived at the table, it wasn’t the first thing I reached for, simply because I’ve had such unpleasant experiences with freshwater eel before that I assumed I didn’t like it. But the guest that ordered it insisted that I give this one a try. Another skeptical friend and I put a small bite to our mouths and our eyes locked in astonishment. The flesh was unbelievably tender, the texture of soft-cooked egg, and gently smoky—so unlike the chewy, over-grilled product I was familiar with. To say we were floored would be an understatement. We did also enjoy a couple of Naka house rolls, stuffed to bursting with three or four varieties of impeccably flavorful fish, but the rumours were true—the nigiri stole the show. 1200 41st Ave., Capitola, 479-9620.




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Countries and nations enter into chaos, as one way of life disappears and a new way of life slowly emerges. Chaos and conflict result. Humanity learns through chaos and conflict. This is the Law of Ray 4: new harmony emerging from conflict and chaos. In transition times, the sign Libra steps in, offering humanity balance, equanimity, poise, Right Relations, Right Thinking, Right Choice, Right Discernment and discrimination. Libra asks us, especially in times of transition, to consider the Hindu word ahimsa, which means “doing no harm in thought, word or deed.” Ahimsa means kindness toward all living creatures. Ahimsa avoids all types of verbal and physical violence. The Vedas (Hindu Holy Scriptures) tell us that “by not harming any living being, one becomes fit for salvation.”

ARIES Mar21–Apr20

LIBRA Sep23–Oct22

With Mercury in Aquarius, your mind becomes very inventive, scientific, original, strong and humanistic. You become more of a risk taker. You actually become a bit of an eccentric, different than your usual ways of being. You become witty, more socially conscious, wondering who your group is. You are attracted to advanced ideas and begin to ponder the psychology of everything. Perception is the result.

Ponder deeply upon fairness and balance in all interactions and with all people, especially family. These virtues create Right Thinking, ease and harmony. Libra is the sign that is to create Right Relations, especially if there is an event, person or time in your life that feels difficult. Ponder deeply on ahimsa, which means doing no harm. Ask yourself if you are living by this precept. It produces beauty, which you need to truly thrive.

TAURUS Apr21–May21

SCORPIO Oct23–Nov21

Considering all your gifts and talents, you consider how to be known and then how to bring your work into the world. You have exceptional abilities that serve and assist humanity. You’re practical and know how to accomplish goals, step by step. Don’t bother being competitive with anyone. Only you have the information. It’s very advanced information for humanity. Make plans to move forward later in the year.

Home and family may be on your mind. Either your original family or a family you’ve created or are creating. Your mind considers where you came from, your ancestry, what you learned about nurturance and loyalty. It’s most important that home is comfortable. It’s where we return for sustenance, security, relaxation and well-being. It is our refuge. You may be more reflective and emotional at this time. Offering you information about yourself.

GEMINI May 22–June 20


Your mind is quite versatile and restless. You always need the freedom to think for yourself. However, it’s easier to think like everyone else. If you do this, following other’s thoughts and ideas, the special light and sparkle of Gemini is extinguished. Know that you are to be intellectually stimulating for other people, bringing changes to their thinking. You are to be a leader, not a follower. Ponder on this.

Let yourself feel, be and act dignified. Focusing the mind on learning and study allows for the mind to feel honorable, noble, self-respecting and uplifted, as if one were a special messenger with important information to disseminate. There is great learning that will occur at this time simply by asking more questions, having a dialogue and conversations; also by reading and pursuing a new level of education. The arts and artists illuminate you, leading you to new levels of creativity.

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VIRGO Aug23–Sep22 You are logical and diligent in your thinking, detailed and discriminating. You like to learn and evaluate, which allows for analytical, systemic understanding. It’s most important to always refrain from any criticism. And to always maintain a daily level of tending first to the self so you can adequately serve others. Tending to the self with care is an important spiritual discipline needed by all disciples.

CAPRICORN Dec21–Jan20 It’s important right now to focus on values and resources. Be disciplined about money coming in and money going out. It’s also important to see what one’s talents are, and to value the self through this recognition. Venus retrogrades soon. This is important information I am sharing.

AQUARIUS Jan21–Feb18 All of the experiences you are having in your life at this time make you more adaptable. Adaptability is what humanity needs to learn, especially as we prepare for times of change and transition. Aquarians learn things much earlier than most of humanity, because eventually Aquarians will need to teach humanity how to adjust and acclimate to revolutionary times. Your quickness and inventiveness are assets. Everything about you is an asset.

PISCES Feb19–Mar20 The mind of Pisces is a sensing intuitive mind. It becomes strengthened when there is contemplation, adequate solitude and a study of religions and their inner mysteries. Often Pisces are poets, artists or dreamy mystics. But one day they shift and become occultists. That means one who uses the mind along with the heart in order to understand things. Pisces are subtle, deep and mysterious—two fish under a lotus. They are the “jewel in the lotus.”


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“rBST Free” Chardonnay Steals Loaf Cuts/ 5.09 Lb, Average Cuts/ 5.49 Lb 2012 COLUMBIA CREST, Columbia Valley, (90WS, Reg. ■ PEPPER JACK LOAF, “Great Melting Cheese”/ 6.99 Lb ■ 14.99)/ 6.99 ■ DANISH BLUE CHEESE, “A Customer Favorite”/ 8.09 Lb ■ DRY JACK RAMIANO, “Aged, Pepper Coated”/ 8.29 Lb ■ 2014 CHATEAU STE MICHELLE, Columbia Valley, (89WS)/ 8.99 Shop Local First ■ 2013 BASILISK, Australia, (89JH, 19.99)/ 8.99 ■ VIDA JUICE, Jun Tonic, “A Pure Direction”, ■ 2012 METZ ROAD, Monterey, (92WE, Reg. 29.99)/ 11.99 12oz/ 3.69+CRV ■ 2012 ALTA, Napa Valley, (90WE, Reg. 29.99)/ 12.99 ■ DEERHAVEN, Handmade Soap from Bonny Doon, Incredible Reds-Under $10 5oz/ 5.99 ■ 2012 ABRAS, Malbec, (94WW, Reg. 18.99)/ 8.99 ■ JAVA BOB’S COFFEE, ■ 2011 FROG HAVEN, Pinot Noir, (90WW, Reg. 16.99)/ 8.99 “The Connoisseurs Choice”, 12oz/ 9.99 ■ 2014 H3, Merlot, (90WS Reg. 14.99 ) 9.99 ■ LUKE’S, Organic Potato Chips, 4.5oz/ 3.79 ■ 2012 VERUM, Malbec, (91W&S, Reg. 19.99)/ 9.99 ■ MOUNTAIN GOLD APIARY, Wild Mountain Honey, 16oz/ 8.99

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■ CRYSTAL GEYSER, Sparkling Spring Water, 1.25L/ .99 ■ SANTA CRUZ ORGANIC, Mango and Cherry Lemonade/ 1.99 ■ ODWALLA, Orange Juice, 1.8Qt/ 4.99 ■ SAN PELLEGRINO, Italian Sparkling Juice, 6 Pack, 11.15oz Cans/ 4.99 ■ BEN & JERRY’S ICE CREAM, (Reg. 5.29)/ 4.29

■ 2012 PRIMARIUS, Pinot Noir, (90W&, Reg. 19.99)/ 9.99

Italian Wines

■ 2015 ALLEGRINI, Valpolicella, (93D)/ 14.99 ■ 2015 PECCHENINO, Dolcetto, (90WS)/ 14.99 ■ 2013 VILLA ANTINORI, Toscana, (91JS, 90WA)/ 14.99 ■ 2013 PRUNOTTO, “Fiulot”, Barbera D’Asti / 16.99 ■ 2012 ASCHERI, Barolo, (94WS)/ 34.99

Connoisseur’s Corner- Santa Cruz Mountains

■ 2013 STORRS, Petite Sirah, (90WE)/ 21.99 ■ 2012 CENEY, Chardonnay, Bald Mountain (93WE)/ 31.99 ■ 2013 BARGETTO, Chardonnay, Reagan Reserve, (93WE)/ 33.99

■ 2014 SANTE ARCANGELI, Pinot Noir, Split Rail Vineyard, (93WE)/ 44.99

■ 2012 BEAUREGARD, Cabernet Sauvignon, Beauregard Ranch, (92WE)/ 64.99

AMANDA McKNIGHT, 25-Year-Customer, Santa Cruz


What do you enjoy cooking? I’m a vegetarian so I do a lot of grains with veggies, but also Mexican and Indian food. I shop here almost daily because I want the freshest produce to go with my rice or quinoa. I make my own garam masala, so one of the things I really like about Shopper’s is their spices. As a single mom, Shopper’s Corner makes it easy for me to put together lunches for my girls, from the bagged bulk products, like the nuts and chocolate covered pretzels. I can also grab bagels and, of course, fresh fruit. Quality, local products, including many organics, and Shopper’s consistent hospitality, are some of the reasons I shop here.

Consistent hospitality? Well, whether it’s 6:05 am or 8:55 pm, everyone is welcoming and warm — you don't find that everywhere. Shopper’s checkers — they’re fantastic! — will open up a new line for you, it’s not something that happens often elsewhere. My daughters Isabel and Phiona, and my niece, Eden, all love it here! It’s cool to hear employees say, ‘I just saw your mom or your sister in the store.’ I appreciate Shopper’s positive vibe and being recognized by the crew, and their eye contact is authentic. It makes me feel a part of the community. As a family-owned market, things run smoothly here, and they seem genuinely interested in their customers.

What would you say about Shopper’s to a new resident? Shopper’s is the epicenter of the the Seabright area. There’s a warmth that’s generated from this corner store that resonates throughout the community because when you leave you’re in a good mood. Back to the food, I love their gluten-free pasta, and the organic bananas, corn on the cob, the fresh herbs… I make my own pesto, minestrone and salsas, and Shopper’s always has ripe organic avocados. In no way am I limited here as a vegetarian — there’s an abundance of great foods. My family are omnivores eating soup to nuts. I’m awed by all the excellent products, even the ones I don’t eat!

“Shopper’s is the epicenter of the the Seabright area. There’s a warmth generated from this corner store that resonates throughout the community.”


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February 15-21, 2017