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The Couch Potato is NOT going out of business, but the Head Spud is retiring! As The Couch Potato heads into its 30th year serving Santa Cruz and beyond, it is time for Bruce Cushnir, the founder and Head Spud, to take an exit bow. It has been a good, long and very enjoyable run for Bruce, and he is looking forward to his well-earned retirement. Bruce will be dividing his time between Santa Cruz and Troncones, Mexico. Long time employee and long time Santa Cruzer Jackson Allen will be taking over the reins beginning January 2018. Jackson will carry on the same no-nonsense straightforward approach that has worked so well for all these years and he will continue to support local non-profits. So…come on by during these last couple of months of the year and say adios to Bruce and hola to Jackson!

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EDITOR’S NOTE Coming in at roughly 35,219th on the list of despicable things that Richard Spencer, Steve Bannon and the rest of the so-called “altright” have done is ruin the term “alt” for a lot of people. Even if it ranks relatively low on their list of offenses, as the editor of an altweekly newspaper, I’m here to tell you it’s still really bad. Alternative culture has always stood for inclusiveness and new, expanded understandings of how we define communities—it’s a term intended to add more identities to the larger conversation about the makeup of society. The rejection of diversity by Spencer et al. is anti-“alt” in every way, and the real shame in the mainstream’s willingness to let them





I appreciate Stett Holbrook’s characterization of the changed risks associated with a changed climate as “the terrifying new normal” (GT, 10/18). I, like so many people, feel heartbroken, sad, and fearful about the extreme natural disasters that have become everyday events. The world is still reeling from recent devastating hurricanes, earthquakes, and flooding. And now, the fires are highlighting the horrifying reality of climate change right here in our home, California. While I am grateful that I can count on the Good Times to report climate change as a reality, I feel sad that the scant references in the article regarding measures for mitigating climate change reinforce the prevailing conversation about climate change causation, rather than even mentioning the primary cause. When Holbrook asks the question about whether Santa Rosa will be “better built to reduce CO2 emissions,” or when he includes the quote by Richard Heinberg about

use the term is that we already had a number of perfectly fitting names for what they are: racist, misogynist, homophobic, etc. That’s why I’m so delighted by this week’s cover story. Oberon Zell is an alternative icon in the classic mold: brash, bright and genuinely anti-Establishment, he brought the goddess-worshipping, back-to-theEarth modern pagan movement into the cultural spotlight in grand fashion. My favorite quote from Aaron Carnes’ story about him is from a local pagan describing how Zell boldly went down “the wizard route”: “He’s always been like, ‘yep, this is who I am.’ … he’s willing to be weird so that other people can see that it’s OK.” Yes. I love when we can profile fascinating locals like Zell who have made their cultural mark in a way that our readers probably don’t know about. And what better week of the year to feature a legend of the occult arts? Have a happy and safe Halloween! STEVE PALOPOLI | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

investment in mass transit and green energy, he fortifies the palatable idea that to most effectively address climate change, we need to look to transportation and energy sustainability. What he fails to do is to also interview an expert on the devastating impacts of animal agriculture, the leading cause of climate change and so many other environmental disasters. There are many ways that people respond to humanitarian crises—prayer, opening one’s home, raising funds, donating supplies, etc., are helpful. It is essential that we provide support to those in need. It is also crucial that we take responsibility to address climate change. The strongest measure any individual can take to reduce her/his/their personal contribution to climate change is to adopt a plant-based diet. When enough of us do this, we will be able to turn climate change and its devastating consequences around. BETH LOVE | SANTA CRUZ

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Volunteers for the Coastal Watershed Council have been hard at work by the lower San Lorenzo River, planting native species like coyote brush, manzanita and California blackberry in place of the invasive species that they removed earlier this fall. The first planting was last weekend, and they’ll continue from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Oct. 28, meeting on the banks of the San Lorenzo near the dog park. They’re looking for extra hands, and students from UCSC’s Rachel Carson College will come to help.

Jory John climbed the charts of the online forum Reddit over the weekend via a picture of the book All My Friends Are Dead. The book’s a humorous take on extinction, co-written by John, who grew up in Santa Cruz. In the hilarious picture on Reddit, a young child reading it is doubled over crying. With 91 percent of users upvoting it, the post made it to the top three on Saturday. “My son did not enjoy this book. 0/10,” the post was titled. “Do not recommend.”


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LIBRA Sep23–Oct 22

I share Vincent Van Gogh’s belief that “the best way to know life is to love many things.” But I also think that the next 12 months will be an inspiring time for you to be focused and single-minded in your involvement with love. That’s why I encourage you to take an approach articulated by the Russian mystic Anne Sophie Swetchine: “To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.” Halloween costume suggestion: a lover celebrating a sacred union to the love of your life, to God or Goddess, or to a symbol of your most sublime ideal.

Now is an excellent phase in your cycle to scour bathrooms, scrub floors, shampoo carpets, and wash windows. But the imminent future will be an even more favorable period to purify your motivations, tonify your emotions, purge your less-than-noble agendas, calm down your monkey mind and monkey heart, disinfect the moldy parts of your past, and fact-check the stories you tell about yourself. So which set of tasks should you focus on? It may be possible to make great strides on the second set as you carry out the first set. But if there’s not enough time and energy to do both, favor the second set. Halloween costume suggestion: a superhero who has wondrous cleaning powers; King Janitor or Queen Maid.

TAURUS Apr20–May20 “Yes, We Have No Bananas” is a silly novelty song that became a big hit in 1923. Its absurdity led to its wide use for humorous effect. For example, on the kids’ TV series *The Muppet Show,* puppets made out of fruits and vegetables sang parodies of the tune. That’s why I find it droll that the “No Bananas” songwriters stole part of the melody from the “Hallelujah Chorus,” the climax of classical composer George Handel’s religious oratorio Messiah. I’d love to see you engage in comparable transmutations, Taurus: making serious things amusing and vice versa. It’s a time when you can generate meaningful fun and playful progress through the art of reversal. Halloween costume suggestion: a tourist from Opposite Land or Bizarro World.

GEMINI May21–June20 In the next two weeks, you may have to navigate your way through careless gossip, distorted “facts,” superficial theories, hidden agendas, fake news, and official disinformation. To prevent problems in communication with people who matter, take advantage of the Halloween spirit in this way: Obtain a bicycle helmet and cover it with aluminum foil. Decorate it with an Ace of Clubs, a red rose, images of wrathful but benevolent superheroes, and a sign that says “No Bullshit Allowed.” By wearing this crown, you should remain protected. If that’s too weird for you, do the next best thing: Vow to speak the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and ask to receive the whole truth and nothing but the truth.


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Watch out for a fake pizza-delivery driver who’s actually trying to issue you a legal summons. Be careful you don’t glimpse a blood red sky at dusk, in case it’s a prophetic sign that your cell phone will fall into a toilet sometime soon. Beware of the possibility that a large bird carrying a turtle to its nest accidentally drops its prey into a rain puddle near you, splashing mud on your fancy clothes. Just kidding! All the scenarios I just described are stupid lies. The truth is, this should be one of the most worry-free times ever. You’re welcome, of course, to dream up a host of scary fantasies if you find that entertaining, but I guarantee that they’ll be illusory. Halloween costume suggestion: an indomitable warrior.

LE0 Jul23–Aug22 What is the material object you want most but don’t have? This is an object that would serve your soul’s highest purposes, although not necessarily your ego’s. Here’s another question: What evocative symbol might help keep you inspired to fulfill your dreams over the course of the next five years? I suggest that you choose one or both of those things to be the inspiration for your Halloween costume.

VIRGO Aug23–Sep22 Did you get a chance to go to circus school when you were a kid? How about magic school? Or maybe detective school or time-travel school or superhero school? Probably none of the above, right? Much of your education revolved around what you had to learn rather than what would be fun to learn. I’m not saying it was bad you were compelled to study subjects you felt ambivalent about. In the long run, it did you good. But now here’s some sweet news, Virgo: The next ten months will be a favorable time to get trainings and teachings in what you yearn to learn. Halloween costume suggestion: a student.

SCORPIO Oct23–Nov21 “You never sing the same song twice,” said chanteuse Billie Holiday. “If you sing it with all the same phrasing and melody, you’re failing your art.” That’s an extreme statement, but I understand what she was driving at. Repeating yourself too much can be debilitating. That includes trying to draw inspiration from the same old sources that have worked in the past. I suggest you avoid this behavior in the coming days. Raise Holiday’s approach to a universal principle. Fresh sources of inspiration are available! Halloween costume suggestion: a persona or character unlike any you’ve ever imagined yourself to be.

SAGITTARIUS Nov22–Dec21 How can you enjoy the lavish thrills of rebirth later unless you die a little inside now? It’s the trickiest phase of your cycle, when your energies are best used to resolve and graduate from the unfinished business of the last 10 months. I suggest that you put the past to rest as best as you can. Don your funniest sad face and pay your last respects to the old ways and old days you’ll soon be leaving behind. Keep in mind that beauty will ultimately emerge from decay. Halloween costume suggestion: the mythical phoenix, which burns itself down, then resurrects itself from its own ashes.

CAPRICORN Dec22–Jan19 There are no such things as magic healings and miraculous redemptions and impossible breakthroughs. Right? Hard evidence provided by science precludes the existence of exotic help coming from spiritual realms. Right? Well, no. Not right. There is in fact another real world that overlaps the material world, and it operates according to different laws that are mostly imperceptible to our senses. But events in the other real world can have tangible effects in the material world. This is especially true for you right now. Take advantage! Seek practical answers and solutions in your dreams, meditations, visions, and numinous encounters. Halloween costume suggestion: white-magic sorcerer or good witch.

AQUARIUS Jan20–Feb18 Many years from now, in your last hours on Earth, you will have visions that show you how all the events in your life were crucial to your life story. You will understand the lesson that was provided by each twist and turn of your destiny. Every piece of the gigantic puzzle will slip into place, revealing the truth of what your mission has been. And during that future climax, you may remember right now as a time when you got a long glimpse of the totality. Halloween costume suggestion: the happiest person on Earth; the sovereign of all you survey; the wise fool who understands yourself completely.

PISCES Feb19–Mar20 You might be able to pass for normal, but it will be better for your relationship with yourself if you don’t. You could try to tamp down your unusual urges and smooth your rough edges, but it will be smarter to regard those urges and edges as fertile raw material for your future happiness. Catch my drift? In the coming weeks, your main loyalty should be to your idiosyncratic intelligence. Halloween costume suggestion: the beautiful, interesting monster who lives in you.

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By Datta Khalsa, Broker Halloween is upon us, and while this is the season when people put on masks, it also provides a good reminder for us to not just take things at face value the rest of the year, either. The Internet has become the way most people search for homes now. Not surprisingly, it has also become the way many agents build their presence. As with most things, this is achieved in straightforward and not-so-straightforward ways. The organic way an agent gets a presence on the Internet is by listing a property on the MLS, which is then propagated to consumers via third-party sites which provide access to available properties within as little as 15 minutes. That is the treat part. The tricky part can be when the consumer tries to reach that agent for more information on a property. On the two leading consumer sites, which happen to be owned by the same company, the user is given 4 choices of agents to contact, one of whom is the agent who actually listed the property. The other agents, referred to as “Premier Agents,” paid to be on the page and often their bios are far more elaborate and impressive than the listing agent, despite how they might compare in the real world. Another leading site narrows down your options to just one agent, who isn’t the listing agent. Instead, viewers are provided a link to the site’s “Partner Agent” for additional property information. The listing agent is relegated to a non-descript, single line statement buried in the text of the main body of the listing. You are on your own to track down their contact information. Why is this so? In short, it is endemic to the business model from which these sites profit, which is primarily to charge agents hundreds to thousands of dollars per month to promote themselves to the consumers who use the sites to find homes.

These promoted agents range from a newer agent with 15 positive reviews despite having only 3 sales in her entire career to a “Top Producer” with a team of assistants who handle a dizzying number of transactions per month. In this age of mass media and fake news, it is more important than ever to verify the information you are being fed and look for telltale signs of what kind of professional you are dealing with before you press that button.

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RESTING PLACE New, more eco-friendly burial practices are beginning to gain acceptance in the funeral industry.

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rom the hurricanes of September, which caused unprecedented damage and displaced hundreds of thousands, to a fire season that brought the largest firestorms in California history and is now 50 days longer than it was just a few decades ago, the latest news in climate change has crescendoed to an apocalyptic chord. We’ve reached a point where neglecting to adopt greener, more sustainable behaviors is not just ignorant and dangerous to future generations, it’s self-canceling. But to reduce our individual footprints requires making daily decisions to live more organically—

and that includes dying more organically. Cremation, long considered to be the “greener” alternative to traditional burial, requires the natural gas equivalent of driving 500 miles, notes Caitlin Doughty of the “Ask a Mortician” web series. Or, about two SUV tanks of fuel per body. Cremation also doesn’t fit into the desireable concept of returning to the Earth from whence we came, to enrich the soil and push up wildflowers. “In a traditional cremation, the ashes that are left over, inorganic bone fragments, form a thick chalky layer that, unless distributed in the soil just right, can actually hurt or

kill the tree,” says Doughty in an April TED Talk. In traditional burials, the body is pumped full of carcinogenic formaldehyde and rubbing alcohol, placed in a hardwood or metal casket with rubber sealant and lowered into a vault of concrete or metal. Not only does this use a lot of resources, but, “When you choose burial at the cemetary, your dead body is not coming anywhere near the dirt that surrounds it,” says Doughty, and food for worms, you are not. The expensive process of embalming with chemicals for sanitization reasons is also moot, she points out, since a dead body is only dangerous if it has


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been consumed by a wildly infectious disease like ebola. “Human decomposition is perfectly safe,” says Doughty. “The bacteria that causes disease is not the same bacteria that causes decomposition.” She says the multibillion-dollar funeral industry, with its sterile, out-of-sight, out-of-mind practices, promotes this idea of human exceptionalism—it doesn’t matter what it takes, how much it costs, or how bad it is for the environment, because humans are worth it. Doughty, who runs a funeral home in L.A., is among a new wave of funeral directors looking for a more eco-friendly way of dying. One such new option is composting, or “recomposition,” which people have been doing with cattle and other livestock for years, and which is being tested at Western Carolina University’s outdoor human decomposition facilities—one of just six in the country. Bodies are laid in a nutrientrich mixture that reduces the body to soil. “In those four to six weeks your molecules become other molecules. You literally transform,” says Doughty. Another option on the rise is green burial. There are 93 registered green burial sites in the country. The closest one to Santa Cruz is Mill Valley’s Forever Fernwood green cemetery, which since 2004 has been offering green burials of unembalmed bodies. Most choose to be wrapped in a cotton shroud or provide their own pine box, and stones or simple GPS are used to mark the plots, which run from $6,500-$9,700. Perhaps the greenest prospect, though, is conservation burial, where large swaths of land are purchased by a land trust. “The beauty of this is that once you plant a few dead bodies in that land it can’t be touched, it can’t be developed on. It’s the equivalent of chaining yourself to a tree, postmortem,” Doughty says. It’s a way for the dead to blend seamlessly into dedicated green spaces in both rural and urban areas. “Most importantly, they offer us once again a chance to just decompose, in a hole, in the ground,” says Doughty. “The soil, let me tell you, has missed us.”


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Bob Morgan, a longtime resident of the Live Oak area near Pleasure Point, admits that Santa Cruz County’s communities are likely to grow, paving the way for newer businesses and new housing. But Morgan hopes that as they do, the county retains the character of areas like Live Oak, Aptos and Soquel that make each a desirable place to start with. “Density is a fact of life,” Morgan says, adding that building more in established areas preserves the natural environment near given neighborhoods. “But you have to do it intelligently, because you could really ruin a community if you do it wrong.” Corridor rezoning efforts may have garnered more attention in the city of Santa Cruz, where planning staff, council members and locals have disagreed over plans to update zoning codes for increased density on the city’s busier streets. But several unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County have also been targeted for development with a similar aim of boosting the local economy and providing housing to a region with rising rents. That’s left residents wondering what’s next. Morgan has lived in his neighborhood since moving from San Francisco 27 years ago because he felt the community was ideal for raising a family. “It’s important to preserve that element,” he says. On a sun-kissed Saturday morning in September, 100 or so residents filed into the auditorium of the Live Oak Elementary School to debate design features that are likely to guide future development for decades to come, with a focus on the Pleasure Point area. Like Morgan, most neighbors welcome development in the transportation corridor at the intersection of 41st Avenue and Portola Drive, but they also want any new buildings to slip seamlessly into the funky, unique character of the neighborhood. During the meeting, residents broke into groups of eight to 12, discussing their visions for the future. Conversations ranged from heated debate to more gentle disagreements. By the end, >16

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this really complicated system,” he says. FishWise has a plan, Aguirre says, to fill these gaps through a new global alliance for sustainable fisheries called the Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT). With FishWise guiding the way, the SALT alliance aims to do for the seafood industry what Fair Trade USA has done for coffee and chocolate. FishWise will coordinate SALT’s efforts to share information and make industry changes, while working with stakeholders that include other NGOs, countries, and major companies, all with the goal of improving fishery management. The SALT effort focuses, in part, on making the supply chain more traceable, Aguirre says, with the

aim of letting groups track a product through the supply chain back to its origin. “The global traceability system,” Aguirre explains, “is similar to what we have in banking where you can go to any ATM around the world and through this integrated network, it eventually talks to your home bank or credit union. We really need that in seafood.”

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As it prepares for the SALT discussions, FishWise has ideas for how to fix this, including equipping fishermen with apps on handheld devices to record their catches.

Aguirre says that better recordkeeping systems can also help reduce human rights abuses, which have garnered attention in Southeast Asia. UCSC alumna Martha Mendoza won her second Pulitzer Prize last year for a series of investigative reports for Associated Press detailing human trafficking on fishing boats in Indonesia. Mendoza and a team of three other reporters traced the fish caught by slaves to stores like Safeway, Kroger, Albertsons and Wal-Mart. That food, the report detailed, was ending up in everything from popular pet food to fancy restaurants to the frozen section of the grocery store. Aguirre says that the AP’s investigative stories, along with reporting from The Guardian, “pulled back the curtain in some of these really hard-to-see areas in the seafood industry.” “You can’t talk about environmental sustainability or sustainability in the seafood industry, without looking at the human side of it,” he adds. Aguirre hopes that by ensuring that the whole crew has passports and access to reporting grievances, SALT can hold bad players in the industry accountable. And if the fishermen have more access to data, that means they can be more informed about the best times and places to fish as well as how to avoid bycatch, the unintended species that end up in nets. Changes could save fishermen time, fuel, and energy, he explains. “It’s hugely ambitious and there’s a lot of great NGOs, seafood companies and foundations working on it, but we do need more support from tech companies,” Aguirre says. The SALT alliance will be a fiveyear $5.3 million project with funding from the United States government, as well as nonprofits like the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation. In a FishWise press release, Teresa Ish, oceans program officer at the Walton Foundation, called traceability “a critical component of an efficient, modern and sustainable seafood industry.” She added that she hopes the new alliance will incentivize companies to use best practices out in the water. It isn’t clear yet exactly how

incentives would work, but Aguirre is optimistic that fishery managers will see a need to modernize their operations, including record keeping and data sharing. Aguirre grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and attended Mount Madonna School. While in grad school in San Diego he returned to Santa Cruz to do an internship with FishWise in 2004. At the time there were only five employees; there are now 30. New Leaf Community Markets was already a leader in the green grocery business, as Aguirre noticed at the time. And when he returned to grad school, he looked for ways that major chains might sell more fish and become more environmentally responsible at the same time. “In the last 12 years, we’ve created a whole portfolio of examples of companies doing exactly that. It’s been really fun,” he says. Now 80 percent of the largest grocery stores and foodservice companies have some sort of sustainable seafood program, Aguirre says, adding that it all started with New Leaf in 2001. Chris Farotte, program and category manager for meat and seafood for New Leaf Community Markets, says that FishWise has been instrumental in helping educate customers on the quality of their fish purchases by developing a data-driven flowchart, which store employees call “the Bible.” Both purchasers and customers can see the sustainability of various fish categorized with a stop light labeling system, split into three areas—green, yellow and red. “I give a lot of credit to the customers because they voted with their dollars,” Farotte says. New Leaf’s customers, he says, avoided red-designated fish, even as the store saw an increase in overall purchases. FishWise and its partners aim to empower major seafood buyers like Safeway, Albertsons, Target and Hy-Vee, a grocery chain of 240 stores with sustainable practices in the Midwest. It’s also helping to build comprehensive sustainability goals into the commitments of major companies. “Now [there] is a groundswell of work to really think about the wellbeing of everyone that’s catching and raising and processing our fish,” Aguirre says, “and getting this critical protein to us.”

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GETTING HEIGHT <12 several overlapping areas of agreement emerged: two-story buildings that increase density while still preserving views of the Santa Cruz Mountains; fewer driveways onto Portola to reduce collisions and congestion; an emphasis on bike and pedestrian transportation; dedicated lanes and turnaround spaces for delivery trucks, which otherwise clog the streets during the day; businesses that cater to residents, rather than tourists. “It’s good for the community to be in sync,” says District 1 Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold, whose jurisdiction includes the commercial district of lower 41st and Portola, already home to businesses like Zameen at the Point, Freeline Surf Shop, Chill Out Café

and two Pleasure Point Pizzas. “Instead of fighting over individual projects, I thought it would be better if we could collectively decide what we want.” Leopold says that most residents realize change and development are coming to Santa Cruz County, as the region grapples with growing pains reflected in a housing crunch that’s caused escalating prices in both the rental and real estate market. The county Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Sustainable Santa Cruz County Plan in 2014 to provide a guiding document for land use, zoning, transportation and infrastructure improvements in urbanized areas. The lower 41st area near Portola is on the forefront of a public process as the county seeks to involve community residents. The plan also seeks to guide

development in Soquel, Aptos and Seacliff village centers, as well as around the Dominican and Sutter hospitals on Soquel Drive and in the areas fronting Highway 1. These so-called “transportation corridors” are the center of future county plans, similar in concept to discussions in the city of Santa Cruz, where planning officials have been looking at updating the zoning code in four of the city’s major thoroughfares—Water Street, Mission Street, Ocean Street and Soquel Avenue— in some cases expanding the allowable height of buildings and the density of residential occupancy. Unlike in the city, Santa Cruz County leaders haven’t endured much handwringing over their plans, perhaps because county officials haven’t put forward any major changes to height allowances.

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SACRED BOND Oberon Zell and Morning Glory in 1974. They started the Grey School of Wizardry together 30 years later.


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mythology, science, nature, history, astronomy, science fiction and fantasy. The museum is lined with strange things displayed along every square inch of the walls. Later, I learn that one section has extensive pictures of Zell’s unicorns from the ’80s—yes, unicorns. If you went to Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey circus in this period you likely remember Zell’s unicorns. (“We discovered the secret of the unicorns. They were not a myth. The world has completely forgotten, but for a while it was in every magazine, every newspaper,” he says.) What I find most interesting is Zell himself. He sits in front of me, long flowing grey hair, massive, thick beard: a real-life wizard. Or, rather, a pagan, the godfather of the neopagan movement in fact. He formed the Church of All Worlds in 1962, which kicked off the neopagan movement, and started Green Egg magazine in 1968, which “injected key memes into the whole mix.” “I like living in a world that is strange and mysterious. It’s not so much about the answers, it’s about the questions,” Zell says. “They don’t always give you the answers, but they take you in interesting directions in the journey along the way. That’s what I try to work with.”

THE SACRED AND MUNDANE Right now, he’s reading my tarot cards. He lays down three cards: the Lovers, Queen of Pentacles, and the Ace of Rods. He’s considering the cards’ meaning. My dilemma, I told him, was that I was torn on whether I should write an article. I’m considering that could bring a considerable backlash. He considers the first card, the Lovers: “You’re thinking about protecting the sanctity of your life, your family, your marriage. You don’t want to endanger any of that because that’s the central part.” My second card, Queen of Pentacles, represents security and financial matters, he tells me. The third, The Ace of Rods is apparently speaking directly to the dilemma itself: “The Ace of Rods wields the power to have an impact to change the world. Probably a major reason why you’re into journalism is really wanting to have some far-reaching thing with your words.” He considers how it all works together: “Pursuing what you believe to be right is more important than worrying about the consequences.” He suggests that I take a picture of the cards before he picks them up and reshuffles them back into his deck. “I


he has green skin, long flowing hair, and a pregnant belly that looks like, or perhaps is, the Earth. Her name is Gaia, and she’s one of the many goddesses on display in miniature statuette form in the large glass case next to me. On the other side of the room I see a couple shelves of toy dinosaurs, a collection so vast and diverse, I can only assume it was accrued over the course of several decades. To its left, there’s a display case of skulls, which catches my attention. I ask its owner, Oberon Zell, about them. “I used to find roadkills, take them home, clean them up, dissect them and collect the skulls,” says Zell, who is the 74-year-old proprietor of the shop we’re sitting in, Academy of Arcana, in downtown Santa Cruz. The skulls are creepy—and all real, he casually explains, except the top shelf, which includes the skulls of an alien, a werewolf, and a cyclops. We’re in the back room of the Academy of Arcana, the museum and sanctuary, he calls it. The front of the store features mostly merchandise and curiosities that can be purchased. Behind that is the library, which contains materials on magick (ie: not performance magic), paganism and the occult, as well as









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locally focus on very niche aspects of paganism, whereas Zell’s vast eclectic knowledge, Colacicco says, makes him a remarkable resource. He’s also got his own unique style that is, in its own way, very Santa Cruz. “He went down the wizard route, which a lot of us haven’t been brave enough to pose ourselves in,” Colacicco says. “He’s always been like, ‘yep, this is who I am.’ In that way, he’s been a huge inspiration to many of us who were like ‘I don’t want to be too weird.’ He’s willing to be weird so that other people can see that it’s OK.”

CHANGER OF WORLDS Zell relocated to Santa Cruz following the death of his wife and longtime life partner Morning Glory, after her battle with cancer. The two met at the third annual Gnostic Aquarian Festival in Minneapolis in 1974, where he was a keynote speaker. They instantly clicked, and their first conversation lasted all night.

WIZARD OF CRUZ one of a very small group of people that saw what was happening, and really saw the coming together of the environmental movement, feminism, and the sexual revolution, and sort of the emergence of a new religion during the 1960s. Before that, it was just some scattered people practicing individually.” Everything leads back to the formation of Church of All Worlds, which predates his meeting with Morning Glory. In fact, the early years of Church of All Worlds seems more of a goof by college students who were obsessed with Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land. But they turned out to be very serious about their efforts to revive the ancient pagan ways and deities, create a training system for selfactualization, ordain priestesses, celebrate the old seasonal festivals, revere nature and the Earth, and in general, create an alternative to Christianity and other contemporary religions.


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Fifty years ago, Zell announced that he was the high priest of the Church of All Worlds—to a scattering of people at a St. Louis coffee shop. “I said the fateful words: ‘We’re pagans.’ That was the first time anybody had ever put those two words together. It had always been ‘those pagans,’” Zell says. “It had always been a term of appropriation. Nobody had identified themselves as pagans.” The Church of All Worlds began in 1962 between Zell and college friend Lance Christie, inspired by Stranger in a Strange Land. What started as conversations between the two about paganism, philosophy and the growing cultural changes, eventually evolved into a secret society that by 1965 had 100 members. The idea of a new religion was implicit in the book. After he and Christie read it, they dedicated their lives to manifesting that vision. In 1967, the group was printing a newsletter of their ideas. In order to raise money for a ditto machine, they held a garage sale at a local coffeehouse over Labor Day weekend. The newspapers gave free


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“It was love at first sight,” he says. “From then on, we were inseparable.” Less than a year later, they married, and did everything together, including running the Church of All Worlds and Green Egg— and, of course, raising unicorns. Now a couple of years after her death, Zell is still trying to figure out what to do with himself. “We were just total soulmates. We shared everything,” Zell tells me, stopping to hold back tears. “It’s very strange to have her not with me. We watched all the same TV shows, and movies. Read all the same books and magazines. Had the same friends, listened to the same music. It was a running commentary on everything. I can’t turn to somebody and say hey, ‘how about that?’” After she passed away in May of 2014, Zell was unsure of what to do with his life. A friend in Bonny Doon invited him to come down and stay with him, suggesting he take all of those memories and accomplishments that he and Morning Glory had created in their life together, and put them on display in downtown Santa Cruz. Zell did so, and opened the Academy of Arcana on Nov. 27, 2015. Since the move, Zell has been the subject of international write-ups and documentaries, including a segment shot by the Chinese travel channel. The impact that he and Morning Glory have had on American culture, even beyond paganism, is surprisingly significant. They were involved with environmentalism, women’s rights, and polyamory—in fact, Morning Glory is credited with coining the term “polyamory.” Zell’s influence in paganism and the occult is hugely significant. There likely wouldn’t be a neopaganism movement had he not started the Church of All Worlds. “There were sort of small scattered groups and individuals, but there was no movement. Church of All Worlds is one of the main driving forces of that,” says Sarah Pike, a professor of comparative religions at CSU Chico. “It would be hard to overstate his importance. He was




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<25 ads to churches, so they advertised as the Church of All Worlds. Regular patrons at the coffee shop wondered who the Church of All Worlds was. On the following Thursday, Sept. 7, Zell got on the mic to satisfy their curiosity. Dressed in a white turtleneck sweater and nicely trimmed goatee, he officially declared the Church of All Worlds a religion open to the public. People asked what this “Church of All Worlds” was. He replied, “I guess you could say we’re pagans.” Of course, deciding to move his little group from secret society to a public religion brought up a lot of questions. For instance, what was their theology? As a student of mythology and organized religions, he didn’t want the Church of All Worlds to be controlled by

any specific dogma. He certainly didn’t want it to become a cult. He made the decision to make it as open-ended as possible, while still embracing the ideals of paganism. “It was intended to be all this inclusive, all-encompassing thing that could draw the wisdom and good experience from anywhere, but not be bound to any single, particular source. It’s still going strong,” Zell says. The church grew in large part because of Zell and his kind nature, and because he treated people like family. He never tried to recruit or force his beliefs on anyone. Gwydion Genzoli has known Zell since he was three years old. Genzoli’s father was a close friend of Gwydion Pendderwen, who purchased a 55-acre parcel on Greenfield Ranch

can’t recall a time in his childhood when he didn’t feel like the odd duck in his own family. “My father was Ronald Reagan’s campaign manager for his first presidential bid. That gives you an idea where my family was on this stuff,” Zell says. They weren’t quite sure what to do with him. As a kid, Zell would talk about memories that were his late grandfather’s, and that he would have no reason to even know. Looking back, he now says that he is his grandfather reincarnated. “I remember dying very well. It was a very big deal when I was a kid. I used to have nightmare about it. Many kids’ nightmares, if you talk to kids about nightmares—really look at the story—it’s memories of their former death.” When Zell became a pagan leader (he appointed Don Wildgrube as ‘high priest a few years later, giving himself the title of “Primate”), his father couldn’t accept it. At his marriage with Morning Glory in 1975, where 500 people attended, including a film crew from Japan that showed up to document it, one of Zell’s friends asked his dad if he was proud of everything his son had achieved. His response was: “I feel like I’ve given birth to the anti-Christ.”

Morning Glory had a profound impact on Zell and the Church’s happenings. Zell and his fellow pagans were always interested in fostering a women-empowering organization, and her partnership made that all the more real. Her focus, and even workshops on goddesses through the years would help Church of All Worlds, and even the pagan community alone become a place where women held leadership positions and were viewed as equals within the structures of power. Originally from Long Beach, Morning Glory moved to Eugene, Oregon a few years before she’d gone to the third annual Gnostic Aquarian Festival. Like Zell, she was different from other people around her. But her friends appreciated her


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in 1975. When Zell and Morning Glory moved in next door in 1977, they saw Genzoli and his dad fairly frequently. “He and his wife had this idea of accepting what it is people are into and what it is they are about, even when—especially when—it contradicts your own [beliefs],” Genzoli says. “He’s a much better person than I am. I try to be as good as him, and sometimes, I think of him looking over my shoulder, to correct the choices I’ve made. You kind of appreciate him ’cause it leaves you a little less jaded about the world. We can use a few more dreamers out there.” The Church of All Worlds was more to Zell than just an expression of his philosophies and ideals for how people could live in harmony together; it was a family of like-minded weirdos. Zell




WIZARD OF CRUZ <27 interests, and helped chip in to get her a bus ticket to go the festival. She got her name at age 16 during a trip to Big Sur, on a vision quest. She woke up one morning covered in morning glories people had picked and left on her. From then on, that was her name. The Church of All Worlds was always a pro-feminist religion, which is what made it so attractive to Morning Glory. Their first priestess, Carolyn Clark, was also an ardent feminist, as would be anyone ordained as a Priestess. Morning Glory carried that on even further.




Lately, there is a lot of focus on a newer aspect of Zell and Morning Glory’s legacy: the Grey School of Wizardry, which they started in August of 2004. Through it, folks can take online courses on magick. Zell likens it to the old “mystery” schools of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle that explore the mysteries of the universe. There’s no separation between modern science and magick. Astrology and astronomy are treated with the same respect. Physics and metaphysics. Alchemy and chemistry. The Academy of Arcana serves as a physical space for the school with a library, museum, classroom, meeting place, scheduled classes, and events. The wizard school was something that Zell always wanted to do, but it wasn’t until the popularity of Harry Potter bloomed that he felt compelled to do it. He was invited to speak in November 2001 at a screening of the first film. “All these kids with pointy hats. And we sat up there in the balcony— the school had reserved the whole balcony. Looking down, there were all of these kids watching the show,” Zell says. “We thought, ‘this is huge. And these kids, some of them are going to want to look for the real thing. And maybe that’s what we should do is to put it together.’ So this is a real life school of wizardry, instead of just the fantasy one,” Zell says. Creating a school and a church had been in their minds for a while, and was inspired by Professor

Xavier’s School of Gifted Youngsters in the X-Men comics. A few years following the release of the Harry Potter film, Zell was commissioned to write a book of Wizardry, which became a textbook, so he thought this was the time to create a school for it. “I realized that the world was finally ready for a school of Wizardry,” he says. In the back of the museum/ sanctuary at the Academy of Arcada, a small section catches my eye. I ask Zell about it. It’s a shrine to Morning Glory. It has different pieces of memorabilia. He shows me an old photo of her where she’s topless and says, “You can see why it was so easy to fall in love with her. She was an amazing woman.” He then adds that the entire place is a shrine to Morning Glory. “Everything reminds me of her. She’s so embedded in so many things. This was her priestess crown, these are her magical tools,” he says, holding them up. “I feel like an amputee, running around with a good part of me missing. I go to take a step and there’s none left there. She was just truly a phenomenon. And dearly beloved by so many. I can survive. It’s not what I want to be doing, just surviving.” There’s more to the Academy of Arcana than simply remembering the past. With all of Zell’s history, rarely has he had it on display for the public to see and learn from. A lot of the reason for his decision to move to Santa Cruz and open this business was to do just that. For the first time, he’s really focusing on establishing his legacy. “This is my life,” Zell says. “I’m very proud and happy with my life. I don’t have any dark secrets that I want to hide from anyone. To be able to show it off is kind of cool. It’s like having a big fancy estate and having guests come through—escort them through the collections, the library and the exhibits.” The Academy of Arcana is at 428-A Front St., Santa Cruz; 291-4009.

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them run, literally, from one show to another,” he says. “It’s like The Amazing Race with no prize and more work. They run around like idiots. The point is to be a non-elitist festival, which is very Santa Cruz.” The festival returns for a fourth

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the middle ground at a lot of things.” By featuring David Liebe Hart and other well-known West Coast comedians alongside local comics, DNA says he hopes to appeal to a wide range of comedy fans. Hart will headline the Catalyst Atrium, along with Nervous Energy and DJ Real, there will be an All Star show at the Kuumbwa with 15 headliner comics, and Pure Pleasure Shop’s lineup of female-identifying performers returns following their sold-out show last year. And of course there are the WasTED talks, which are exactly what they sound like—wasted comedians hosting a TED-style talk. “Comedians are like microbrews, everyone has their favorite,” he says, adding that there will certainly be something for everyone from the stereotypical stand up to the ultra weird comedy. Like many local comedians, Christina Powell got her start at DNA’s standup showcases at the Blue Lagoon, having dragged her friends there weekly until she mustered up the courage to get on stage herself. She will be hosting part of the Streetlight Records show on Saturday, and will then move on to host the Pure Pleasure show. Starting out last year, Powell says she was surprised by how supportive everyone is in the Santa Cruz comedy scene, as well as by their range of backgrounds. “There are doctors, lawyers, students, people who work in restaurants and weed stores, everything,” says Powell. “You need to have some pieces of a normal life to be a good comedian. If I was just at home writing all day I wouldn’t be experiencing anything or creating relatable material.” She says that the comedy festival keeps local comics on their toes by bringing a new, unpredictable audience to try out material on—and full-time professional comedians to

be completely intimidated by. “If you are performing in the same town and the same bars, there is a style of comedy that works, and you stick with that,” Powell says. “It’s good to get out of your comfort zone.” Even though the festival is his brainchild, DNA wants to make sure he doesn’t get all of the credit. Besides the comics, there are 100 volunteers helping to make the festival run smoothly as possible—even with frantic comics running everywhere. “So many of the comics coming to the festival have a socially conscious perspective on life, with a humorous edge,” DNA says. “Not only is it cathartic to laugh for several hours at a show, but it can change your perspective on things, and then change your life.” A highlight of last year’s festival were the pop up events, including theatrical stagings of two Twilight Zone episodes, followed by DNA himself hosting the Late Late Night Show. The Twilight Zone dramatizations breathed new, tense energy into stories that— despite setting the standard for current mindbender series like Black Mirror—are sometimes mistakenly thought to be outdated. And the faux talk show was a weird and very funny twist on the late-night format set the night before the world ends. This year will see two new Twilight Zone adaptations, followed by the return of the Last Late Night Show at Center Stage Theater, on Oct. 31 and Nov. 2-4. DNA says everyone deserves a laugh, especially now. “It’s a cathartic experience. Laughter brings people together and they leave with a smile on their face,” he says. “Laughter is going to get us through. And music, too. And drugs and alcohol.” For more info and full lineups visit


RETURN TRIP Wooster reunites for a show at Moe’s Alley on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Reanimated Wooster rises again for Halloween show BY AARON CARNES The band had a good run locally. They even had a legitimate hit—in Guam. Gallagher says the last time he checked the numbers on Spotify for their low-key, reggae-influenced “Ooh Girl,” it had nearly 900,000 plays. On YouTube, there are more than a dozen videos of would-be Woosters, mostly from Guam, covering the song. “Ooh Girl” got so big that the band was flown to Guam in late 2013 to play five sold-out shows. Gallagher recalls going to a high school and getting swarmed by kids asking for their autographs. “We got treated like royalty. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Gallagher says. “Everyone was waiting for us to play that song. When are you guys going to play ‘Ooh Girl?’ We could have

just played that 12 times in a row.” Around the same time as this Guam trip, Wooster was just releasing its second album. Things were looking bright for the group, which had been touring the West Coast regularly and selling out local venues—usually Moe’s Alley—with some consistency. They were averaging 50 to 75 shows a year. But less than a year later, the band played its final show. A combination of touring exhaustion, new personal responsibilities and a feeling that their second album didn’t take off quite to the extent that they had hoped it would led to them calling it quits. “I think in the back of our heads, we always knew we’d be down to do it again. We had such a cool thing going. It’s more of a community

Wooster plays at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $15/$20. 479-1854.



hree years ago, local dancerock-jam ensemble Wooster played their last show, a sold-out Moe’s Alley farewell at which they played both of their albums in their entirety. Over the course of the night, they had everyone on stage who’d ever been in the band. It was an emotional celebration. The band members haven’t spent too much time together since, and have gone on to pursue individual goals. But this Halloween, the band gets together once again to headline Moe’s. “I definitely had a little bit of a breakdown after the whole thing was over,” says guitarist Brian Gallagher. “But it was a chance to see what was next.”

experience for us. People that came out to the show, we’re all still really good friends,” Gallagher says. Before Wooster became a band, it was Gallagher’s solo project. Originally from New York, he named the band after Wooster Street in his hometown. He moved to Santa Cruz for college, and started working with Zack Donoghue and Caroline Kuspa for about a year. Together they reworked some of Gallagher’s songs and wrote some new ones. When it came time to record what would be Wooster’s debut record, he hired some players he admired in town—Bobby Hanson, Nate Fredrick, Dustin Hengl and Gianni Staiano—who’d eventually join. “I figured out who were some of the best musicians in Santa Cruz, and surrounded myself with as many of those people as I could,” he says. In the coming years, they adapted those songs into an eclectic live band experience, pulling from the diverse influences of reggae, soul, indie, folk, and creating the sound that Santa Cruzans would come to know and love. There was so much energy and support for the band by the time they recorded their second album that they were able to fund it through money they’d made from touring. When it didn’t propel them forward, it was kind of a surprise. “It definitely seemed like the first album caught on more,” Gallagher says. “The second album didn’t pick up or have the same hits. Our second record was more of what we do at our live show, where the first one was based on the songs.” This upcoming show could be the beginning of something regular again for the group. They probably won’t be touring and playing 75 shows a year, but they might make it a regular thing to gig locally, depending on how this show goes. “It’s kind of like a big reunion for us to get back together to play this music that was such a big part of our lives,” Gallagher says. “It’s very meaningful for us that we get to play these songs again and revisit those days and all those memories we have.”




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WEDNESDAY 10/25 ARTS PACIFIC RIM MUSIC FESTIVAL The 2017 Pacific Rim Music Festival will feature awardwinning composers writing 40 new works that will be performed by the United States’ and Korea’s most prestigious ensembles on prominent stages including UC Santa Cruz, Cal Performances, Kimmel Performing Arts Center, the Lincoln Center, and in Korea. 7:30 p.m. UCSC Music Center and Recital Hall, Heller Drive and Meyer Drive, Santa Cruz. Free.

THE GAIL PROJECT: ‘AN OKINAWANAMERICAN DIALOGUE’ The Gail Project is a collaborative, international public history project that explores the founding years of the American military occupation of Okinawa. The project is inspired by a collection of photos taken in Okinawa in 1952 by an American Army Captain, Charles Eugene Gail. 5-7 p.m. Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. art.ucsc. edu. Free.





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MUSIC TOBY GRAY AT REEF/PONO Toby’s music is cool, mellow and smooth, with a repertoire of classic favorites and heartfelt originals. 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Reef Bar and Restaurant, 120 Union St., Santa Cruz. reefbarsantacruz. com. Free. OPEN MIC NIGHT Open Mic Night every Wednesday in Capitola Village. Join us at the new Cork and Fork Capitola. All are welcome. Always free, always fun. Awesome wines by the glass or bottle, Discretion beer on tap, hand made pizzas and great small -plate dishes. 7 p.m. Cork and Fork, 312 Capitola Ave., Capitola. Free.

THURSDAY 10/26 ARTS ALEHOUSE NARRATIVES Come join in the alehouse tradition of sharing your personal anecdotes, poems, short stories, creative nonfiction, essays and humor, accompanied by a jazz band and a pint of fine organic ale. Write Sober. Edit Drunk. Read Buzzed. 7 p.m. Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, 402 Ingalls St. Suite 27, Santa Cruz. 425-4900 or Free.

FOOD & WINE TRIVIA NIGHT This festive event brings together trivia aficionados, boneheads and the chic geek for a night of boisterous fun. 8:30 p.m. Woodstock’s Pizza, 710 Front St., Santa Cruz. 427-4444.

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MUSIC DJ A.D. Come out every Thursday evening to dance, drink, and play some pool. 21 and up. 9 p.m. The Castaways, 3623 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz. Free. OPEN MIC Bob Carter’s Open Mic every Thursday at the Santa Cruz Food Lounge. Featuring the talents of local singersongwriters. Come on out, enjoy the music with friends or take a turn behind the mic. All ages welcome. Dog-friendly patio. 5:30-9 p.m. Santa Cruz Food Lounge, 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz. Free.

FRIDAY 10/27 ART THE GAIL PROJECT: ‘AN OKINAWANAMERICAN DIALOGUE’ The Gail Project is a collaborative, international public history project that explores the founding years of the American military occupation of Okinawa. The project is inspired by a collection of photos taken in Okinawa in 1952 by an American Army Captain, Charles Eugene Gail. 5-7 p.m. Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. Free. THE LAST BELL … THE FIRST OF MANY Premier showing of an independent movie starring local actors Jim and Tom Goldrup. This event is being sponsored by Mountain Community Theater. The two-hour film concerns an aging poet residing in a country where all freedoms have been lost, and his inner struggle to shout out his convictions against that tyranny. 7:30 p.m. Park Hall, 9401 Mill St., Ben Lomond. 336-5059 or Free/Donation.

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



CINEMA OF THE ANTHROPOCENE Cinema of the Anthropocene seeks to challenge conventional documentary cinema and typical representations of climate change and the so-called Anthropocene, and invite the community in discussions over how we can better represent and think through climate change. 5-7 p.m. University of California Santa Cruz, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. Free.

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<37 DIA DE LOS MUERTOS + OUR 4TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY We’re returning to the Santa Cruz Food Lounge for our second annual Día de los Muertos party. Join us for a night of food, drink, and dance. Costumes are encouraged. A portion of the night’s sales will support the Food Justice & Equity Scholarship Fund at UCSC Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. 5-9 p.m. Santa Cruz Food Lounge, 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz. 212-5399 or Free. SANCTUARY SPEAKER SERIES: INSIDE CALIFORNIA’S UNDERWATER PARKS Dive into this Sanctuary Speaker Series and learn about an exciting new network of special underwater protected areas along your California coastline with Dr. Rikki Eriksen. 5:30-8 p.m. Alta Organic Coffee and Tea, 2712 Mission St. EXT, Santa Cruz. Free.


Happy Hour at Thrive Natural Medicine. B12 improves energy, memory, mood, immunity, sleep, metabolism and stress resilience. Come on down for a discounted shot and start your weekend off right! Walk-ins only. 3-6 p.m. Thrive Natural Medicine, 2840 Park Ave., Soquel. or 515-8699. $15.

MUSIC FORWARD FRIDAYS REGGAE IN THE MIX Reggae Party with DJ Daddy Spleece, Ay Que Linda and special guests in the mix at the Jerk House. All ages event. 6 p.m. The Jerk House, 2525 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz. Free. COOK AND ROSE AT STREETLIGHT RECORDS Christopher Cook and Emmy Rose from Austin, Taos, and points West, play original music rooted in folk and blues. Christopher plays finger-style guitar backed by Emmy on harmonium, resulting in “a mixture of cornbread, tacos, and brokendown circus wagons.” 7-8 p.m. Streetlight

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VOLUNTEER 2017 BE THE DIFFERENCE AWARDS Join the Volunteer Center and our sponsors as we honor the top 50 individuals, groups, nonprofits, and businesses who do the most to transform our community through volunteerism. 11:30 a.m. Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. 427-5070 or $40. KAYAK CLEANUP IN THE ELKHORN SLOUGH Come join us on the waves for a day of waterway cleanup and shoreline debris removal from the comfort of your kayak. We recommend that all volunteers dress in layers, wear sun protection, and bring a reusable water bottle. Volunteers under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kayak Connection, 2370 Hwy. 1, Moss Landing. Free.

SATURDAY 10/28 ARTS FOURTH ANNUAL SANTA CRUZ COMEDY FESTIVAL The fourth Annual Santa Cruz Comedy Festival returns to downtown Santa Cruz. Sixty-five comedians run around 10 venues. 11 a.m. Downtown Santa Cruz, Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. standupsantacruz. com. $30/$10/Free.

HALLOWEEN AND MASK MAKING FESTIVAL There will be mask making and decorating, a photo booth, touch tanks, and “The Lost Loudeneers” Haunted House. And Thrill the World dance will take place at Laurel Park. Noon-4 p.m. Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz. 420-6177 or Free.

CLASSES ZEN MEDITATION & DISCUSSION Ocean Gate Zen Center. Meditation and talk on Zen

INTERMEDIATE TRIYOGA CLASS WITH JAMIE ANDRES-LARSEN TriYoga flows are presented with personalized guided alignment assistance. For Levels 1 and 2. 10:30 a.m.-Noon. TriYoga Center, 708 Washington St., Santa Cruz. 310-589-0600 or $15. BEAT THAT TICKET In this intense, mindblowing seminar, you will learn how one man has been able to consistently beat moving violations and other citations using Constitutional principles and little known laws, procedures and strategies. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz. seminars@communique. com or PAINT YOUR PET Kimberly Godinho will be teaching the class step by step. All supplies included and no experience necessary. Send us a picture of your pet and Kimberly will hand sketch the image onto the canvas for you prior to the class. Light appetizers and beverages are included in this class. 11 a.m. The Painted Cork Art Studio, 1129 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 4718939 or $50.

FOOD & WINE APTOS FARMERS MARKET AT CABRILLO COLLEGE Voted Good Times best farmers market in Santa Cruz County. With more than 90 vendors, the Aptos Farmers Market offers an unmatched selection of locally grown produce and specialty foods. 8 a.m.-Noon, Saturdays, Cabrillo College. or akeller@ Free. WESTSIDE FARMERS MARKET The Westside Farmers Market takes place every week at the corner of Highway 1 and Western Drive, situated on the northern edge of Santa Cruz’s greenbelt. This market serves the communities of the west-end of Santa Cruz including Boony Doon, North Coast, UCSC Campus and is a short trip from downtown. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mission Street and Western Drive, Santa Cruz. 454-0566. SCOTTS VALLEY FARMERS MARKET Started in 2009 with the City of Scotts Valley, the market represents farmers and specialty food purveyors along with cookedto-order food. This local market is the place for the Scotts Valley community to get their >40 fill of fresh, healthy, locally grown


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MUSEUM OF THE MACABRE: AN EVENING OF BONES, BEASTS & BREWS Come in costume and explore the mysteries of the Museum after dark. Imbibe cauldronconcocted cocktails, feast on freakish foods, and explore the world of bones, skeletons, and ancient fossils at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. 6-9 p.m. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. 420-6115 or $15. BEER, BRATS, BLUES & BOOS Enjoy the rhythm and groove of ‘Carrie & the Soulshakes’ playing funked up blues and soul, a spooky adult costume contest, local craft beer and an Oktoberfest-inspired menu. 5-8:30 p.m. Chaminade Resort and Spa,1 Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz. 4575600 or $45 or $20.

HEALTH B12 HAPPY HOUR Come and get your Happy Hour B12 shot. Your body needs B12 to create energy and is not well absorbed from the diet or in capsule form. Everyone can benefit from a B12 shot! After B12 injections many patients feel a natural boost in energy. 10 a.m.-Noon. Santa Cruz Naturopathic Medical Center, 736 Chestnut St., Santa Cruz. 477-1377 or $29.

MUSIC STELLA BY BARLIGHT Stella By Barlight is a five-piece combo featuring the vocals of Stella D’Oro with a tenor sax, upright bass, guitar, and drums. 7:30 p.m. Hoffman’s Bistro, 1102 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. Free. SECOND ANNUAL WOMEN OF MUSIC FUNDRAISER Indigital’s Santa Cruz recording studios present the second annual Women of Music event in the studio, featuring several local DJs and producers. All proceeds benefit the Women of Music Scholarship fund, helping women to succeed in the recording industry. 8 p.m. The Indigital Institute of Recording Arts, 1305 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz. 419-6070 or $20/Donation. MATT MASIH & THE MESSENGERS Saturday night live music continues at Abbott Square. This week, Matt Masih & the Messengers will be performing, so join us

for a night of dancing. Bring your friends for some delicious food, drinks and a good time. 7 p.m. Abbott Square, 118 Cooper St., Santa Cruz. Free. GEOFF ALLAN AND BLUE Guitarist Geoff Allan has been rocking since the 1970s when he played in the band Lomamar and played with some of the major rockers. As Blue the band, Geoff and friends perform many musical genres and enjoy requests. 6-9 p.m. Davenport Roadhouse, 1 Davenport Ave., Davenport. 426-8801. Free.

OUTDOOR RIVER HEALTH DAY Every fall, the Coastal Watershed Council organizes habitat restoration events called River Health Days along the lower San Lorenzo River. At each event, volunteers learn about the role of native plants in the riverine ecosystem and then learn to identify and remove invasive plants. 9:30 a.m.-Noon. Coastal Watershed Council, 345 Lake Ave., Santa Cruz. Free. CITY OF WATSONVILLE NATURE WALKS Guided exploration walk in the wetlands. Meet at the Nature Center. Binoculars provided. Great for all ages. Weather permitting. 1:30 p.m. City of Watsonville, 30 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville. 768-1622. Free. HALLOWEEN PARADE & CELEBRATION Gault Elementary School invites all of Santa Cruz to come out and enjoy our annual fall celebration. Festivities include the Costume Parade down Soquel Avenue and culminate with the Carnival on the Gault School grounds, featuring games, food, prizes, music, and trophies for the best homemade costumes. 9 a.m. Gault Elementary School, 1320 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz. 421-0920. Free.

SUNDAY 10/29 FOOD & WINE 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. SPOOKY HALLOWEEN HIGH TEA Celebrate Halloween at our special Halloween High Tea. Spooky menu items include: witches brew pistachio cups, caged heart cheesecakes, spiced pumpkin soup, and more. Vegan and gluten-free options

CALENDAR available. Costumes welcome. Please call to reserve your space. Noon-4 p.m. Buttercup Cakes and Farm House Frosting, 1411 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. 466-0373 or $24.

GROUPS OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Speaker/ Discussion meeting. Have a problem with food? OA is a 12-Step support group to stop compulsive eating behaviors. 9:05-10:15 a.m. Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center, Sutter Room, 2900 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz. or 429-7906. Free. NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUPS—SANTA CRUZ AREA OF NORTHERN CA, SUTTER HOSPITAL Nar-Anon Family Groups meet to support the friends and families of addicts. We share experience, strength and hope to reduce the stress related to living with active addiction and after that to live life on life’s terms. We are a 12-Step program. 6:30-8 p.m. Sutter Maternity Center, 2900 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz. 477-2200. Free.

MUSIC OPEN BLUEGRASS JAM Got banjo? Come to our open bluegrass jam on the garden stage. Every Sunday through October. 5-8 p.m. The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 429-6994 or thecrepeplace. com. Free.


SPIRITUAL MONDAY DROP-IN MEDITATION Basic meditation instruction and practice. The leader will give brief instructions to get you set up for some stabilizing meditation, followed by guided reflection meditations on various Buddhist topics. 6-7 p.m. p.m. Land of Medicine Buddha, 5800 Prescott Road, Soquel. 462-8383. Donation.

TUESDAY 10/31 ARTS ‘TWILIGHT ZONE’ LIVE CENTER STAGE Come join us as we enter another dimension as we bring two episodes of The Twilight Zone to life, on stage. Staged by a stellar group of local Santa Cruz actors and directed by lifelong Twilight Zone enthusiast Miguel Reyna. 7 p.m. Actors Theater, 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz. 530-592-5250. $25/$20.

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THE LAST LATE NIGHT SHOW: SERIAL KILLER EDITION Join us for our Last Late Night Show. It’s the last night on Earth and our host, sidekick and band host the Bay Area's hottest comics. These special performances are spooky as they also feature some of the world’s most famous serial killers. 10 p.m. Actors Theater, 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz. 530-592-5250. $15/$10.

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TRIVIA NIGHT Trivia Night at New Bohemia Brewing Company every Tuesday. 21 and up. 6 p.m. 1030 41st Ave., Santa Cruz. nubobrew. com/events. Free. FRIED CHICKEN, BUBBLES & BOURBON Nothing pairs better with fried chicken than sparkling wine, so each Tuesday we’re opening a different bottle of bubbly to pour by the glass all evening. For those who prefer a stiff cocktail to the fizz, “The Bitter Liberal,” a house cocktail featuring Benchmark bourbon, will be discounted to $8 all evening. 5 p.m. Soif Wine Bar & Restaurant, 105 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz. 423-2020. $10. HAUNTED BREWERY TOURS We’ve turned the back of the house at Shanty Shack Brewing into a haunted house. Come get a haunted brewery tour. The tour ends with a warm cup of mulled beer. Noon-9 p.m. Shanty Shack, 138 Fern St., Santa Cruz.

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Dreaming Ghosts is a sci-fi punk band made up of local musicians known for playing in very non-sci-fi punk bands: 7 Come 11, Coffis Brothers and Brothers Comatose. Ryan Avellone, the mandolin player from bluegrass ensemble Brothers Comatose, first brought the project together a year and a half ago as an outlet for the weirder side of his musical interests.


“I love all kinds of different music. I needed something heavier, more psychedelic, experimental. I’ve never really had a rock band,” Avellone says. “I already have a band that has popularity. It has an audience. It has a relationship with its crowd. I wanted something where I wasn’t focused on the audience. I was just making art.”


Unlike Brothers Comatose, which writes very precise pop-oriented songs, Dreaming Ghosts is loose, goes longer, and has room to go darker. “The rule I have for this band is to not have rules,” he says. The band plays hard rock riffs doused in a gritty, dark mood, drifting in and out of instrumental jams, and the lyrics are inspired by science fiction.



LAURA CORTESE & THE DANCE CARDS Laura Cortese is a Bay Area-born, Boston-based singer-songwriter and fiddler. As frontwoman for the Dance Cards, Cortese leads the group through a repertoire of folk, roots, acapella and instrumental roots music grooves that “inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger.” Comprising Cortese, Valerie Thompson on cello and vocals, Jenna Moynihan on fiddle and vocals, and Zoe Guigueno on bass and vocals, the Dance Cards easily morph from string band to string quartet to pop outfit with ease. Also on the bill: acoustic duo Paper Wings and clawhammer banjo player Evie Ladin. CJ

“I’m a big fan of little pocket paper sci-fi books and illustrations. That’s a big influence,” Avellone says. “Whatever book I’m reading, I’m ruminating about that in my head, and it’ll maybe influence the narrative I’m writing.” AARON CARNES

INFO: 7:30 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $12/adv, $15/door. 335-2800.

INFO: 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $10. 429-6994.



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Dustbowl Revival was being described as the kind of band that would be right at home in the “Preservation Hall of New Orleans’ French Quarter.” It was apt at the time. The ensemble was a frenzy of infectious Americana with Dixieland jazz, bluegrass and folk spilling over into one another to delightful results. On the new record, not so much. What we’ve got here is a straight-up R&B album, although all those other influences still play a part. AC INFO: 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $10/adv, $14/ door. 479-1854.


EARTHLESS Inspired by Japanese psychedelic rock, German krautrock and tons of coffee, Earthless has been blowing minds since 2001. Featuring professional skater Mario Rubalcaba (also of Off! and Rocket from the Crypt) on drums, Mike Eginton on bass, and Isaiah Mitchell (Lions of Judah, Nebula) on guitar, this instrumental power trio unapologetically blasts into the

core of the psychedelic genre with one hand on the wheel and the other on the nitrous booster. MAT WEIR INFO: 9 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $20. 335-2800.


RHIANNON GIDDENS As a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens helped bring the black string band tradition back into the spotlight. It wasn’t until she left the group, however, that the full scope of Giddens’ talent was revealed. A singer-songwriter multi-instrumentalist whose musical comfort zone seems to have no bounds, Giddens winds her way through early-American folk music, blues, soul, jazz vocals, gospel, country, pop and more to reveal an artist well-versed in tradition and moving American music forward in exciting ways. Now several celebrated albums into her solo career, Giddens is one of the most important voices in the contemporary music scene. CJ INFO: 7:30 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $30/gen, $45/gold. 423-8209.






INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 479-1854.


M. WARD M. Ward was an indie-folk darling when he first came to public attention in the late ’90s. Over the last 20 years, the Portland, Oregon-based singersongwriter has proven himself to be a lasting presence in the genre and an accomplished collaborator and producer, to boot. His own work tends toward introverted, catchy acoustic

INFO: 8 p.m. Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. $29.30. 423-2053.


SAGE THE GEMINI Bay Area rapper Sage the Gemini returns to Santa Cruz with both feet on the gas pedal. For the last nine years, he has cultivated hit single after hit single, expanding his music beyond the Yay. Along with P-Lo, Iamsu! and others, Sage is part of the HBK Gang (HBK stands for “heartbreak”) and was featured on their 2013 mixtape Gang Forever. This past July, he dropped his unannounced, 15-track mixtape Morse

Code, but fans are still anxiously waiting for the follow-up to his 2014 debut, Remember Me. MW INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $22/adv, $25/door. 429-4135.


INFO: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $18. 423-8209. WANT TO GO? Go to before 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 6 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the festival.




Delicate Steve sure knows how to throw a party, but do be careful if you attend his Halloween Extravaganza— he’s fragile. At least you might assume so because of his name and contemplative poses on his album covers. But on his records, he kind of sounds like both an arena rocker and an indie bedroom loner at the same time. The whole thing is pretty weird. When Steve hit the scene in 2010, he had Chuck Klosterman write him a fake bio, which was taken as fact, and then later exposed on NPR’s All Things Considered. AC

Indie-rock out of San Diego. Wednesday at Catalyst

INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $12/adv, $15/door. 429-6994.



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East Bay glam, garage and futuristic sci-fi. Friday at Crepe Place MATTSON 2

Identical twins’ guitar and drum duo. Sunday and Monday at Crepe Place BEATS ANTIQUE

Pioneering world-fusion electronica group. Tuesday at Catalyst


There’s been a vibrant afrobeat scene in Brooklyn for a while. A lot of credit goes to Antibalas, who formed in 1997 and brought the African fusion sound to the Big Apple. Afrobeat originated in Nigeria with Fela Kuti, but Antibalas originated in Mexico City, beginning in earnest when the members relocated to Brooklyn. The latest record, 2017’s Where The Gods Are In Peace, is a vibrant, funky jam that could almost work as the score for a chase scene in a really weird ’70s B movie. AC

folk music, but his collaborations— including She & Him with Zooey Deschanel, and Monsters of Folk with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst, and Mike Mogis—stretch from radio pop to underground rock. His production credits include work with the legendary Mavis Staples and singersongwriter Jenny Lewis. His latest album, 2016’s More Rain, is perfect listening for an introspective pajama day. CJ

Every Memorial Day, Telluride, Colorado hosts the Mountainfilm Festival, a showcase of films, talks and more about “issues that matter,” including environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice stories. Once the festival ends, the films hit the road. On Nov. 11, they come to the Rio Theatre. This year’s films cover Alaskan glaciers, one cyclist’s journey back from amputation, people who value experiences over income, BASE jumping, light pollution, one family’s refugee experience, and more. CAT JOHNSON


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THE BLUE LOUNGE 529 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz

Crazy Horse Punk Night

BOARDWALK BOWL 115 Cliff St, Santa Cruz

Karaoke 8p-Close

Karaoke 8p-Close

U Turn 9:30p-1a

Big Band Afrobeat Legends From Brooklyn

BOCCI’S CELLAR 140 Encinal St, Santa Cruz

Kage O’Malley Free 8p

Charlie Don’t Surf 8p

Burlesque $5 8p Light Harry & the Hit Men the Band, Dos Osos $20 Ginger & Juice Free 8p


BRITANNIA ARMS 110 Monterey Ave, Capitola

Alex Lucero & friends 8-11p

Karaoke 9-12:30a

Karaoke 9-12:30a

SWMRS $16/$18 7p

The Underachievers $20-$73.15 8p

David Liebe Hart Sage the Gemini $10-$20 6p Saint Motel $22/$25 8p $22 8p

Twiddle $15/$18 8:30p

Phutureprimative $15/$19 8:30p

The Monster Mash $5 9p


Saturday October 28th 9pm $25/30


Sunday October 29th 8:30pm $10/15 Euphoric Styles Presents


Comedy, 80s Night Free 8:30p



Halloween Monster Bash 9p-12a Broken Shades 6-8p

Scott Miller 6-8p

+ DIEGO’S UMBRELLA Friday October 27th 9pm $15/20 Afro Brazilian Halloween Dance Party & Costume Contest w/ Cash Prizes


Michael Palmer 8p

Virgil Thrasher & Blind Lloyd Whitely 1p Rockin’ Johnny Burgin Rick Stevens Al Frisby 6-8p 6-8p 6-8p Minor Thirds Trio 6:30-9:30p


Mojo Mix 6-8p

Minor Thirds Trio 7-10p ‘90s Music Videos Free 9p

Santa Cruz Comedy Festival Amy Miller $5 9p

The Box Goth Night 9p

Halloween Funk Night $5 9p


Karaoke Karaoke 6p-Close

Karaoke 6p-Close

Karaoke 8p-Close

SC Jazz Society 3:30p

Free Magpie’s Blues Band Free 8p

Cruz Patrol 9p-12:45a The People’s Disco Halloween Free 8p

CASA SORRENTO 393 Salinas St, Salinas CATALYST 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz CATALYST ATRIUM 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

The Black Heart Procession $15 7:30p

Brother Ali $20/$25 8:30p

6LACK $25/$29 7:30p

Beats Antique $30/$35 8p

Rittz $22/$25 8:30p

Sammy J $20/$24 8:30p

Monday October 30th 8:30pm $10/14

Bluegrass, Americana & Outlaw Country





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CAVA CAPITOLA WINE BAR 115 San Jose Ave, Capitola CILANTROS 1934 Main St, Watsonville

Hippo Happy Hour 5:30-7:30p

CORK AND FORK 312 Capitola Ave, Capitola

Open Mic 7-10p

CREPE PLACE 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Science on Tap Free 7p The Regrettes $12 9p

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

Hot Club Pacific $3 7:30p

KPIG Happy Hour 5:30-7:30p Alex Lucero 7-10p

John Michael Halloween Party 7-10p

The Jolly Llamas $8 9p

The Phenomenauts $10 9p

Halloween Party ft. Redlight District $10 9p

Open Bluegrass Jam 5p FolkYEAH $20 9p

Groovity $5 8:30p

Hall Pass Halloween Party $6 9p

Billy Martini Halloween Show $7 9:30p

Live Comedy $7 9p

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

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards $12/$15 7:30p

Antsy McClain & the Trailer Park Troubadours $25 7:30p

Earthless $20 9p

Colby Dee 6-9p

Flingo 7:30p

Hwy 9 8p

TV Show 9p

Halloween Celebration Bad Dog5p w/ The Night Drivers 9p

Roadhouse Karaoke 8p

Karaoke 10p Banda Magda $25/$30 7p

Santa Cruz Comedy Festival All-Star Show $25/$30 8p

Kuhai Halau O Mehana Pa ‘Olapa Kahiko $30/$35 5:30p

AT THE RIO THEATRE Saturday, October 28 • 8 pm

SANTA CRUZ COMEDY FESTIVAL ALL-STAR SHOW Tickets: Sunday, October 29 • 6 pm


BALLAKE SISSOKO & VINCENT SEGAL A genre defying collaboration between kora and cello.

Halloween Extravaganza California Kind $17/$20 Daniel Champagne & Grateful Dead Tribute 7p more $17/$20 7:30p $25 8:30p Soul Doubt 8p

HINDQUARTER BAR & GRILLE 303 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz KUUMBWA 320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz

Delicate Steve Halloween Extravaganza $12/$15 9p Reggae Party Free 8p

Blue, Geoff Alan 6-9p

THE FISH HOUSE 972 Main St, Watsonville HENFLING’S 9450 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond

FolkYEAH $20 9p

RHIANNON GIDDENS A singular vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and storyteller.

1/2 PRICE NIGHT FOR STUDENTS! Wednesday, November 1 • 7 & 9 pm

HABIB KOITÉ & BAMADA A super-group of West African musicians. Monday, November 6 • 7 pm

Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal $25/$30 6p

BENNY GREEN TRIO Green’s flawless pianistics are the epitome of tasteful swinging. Thursday, November 9 • 7 pm

PATRICIA BARBER A pianist/vocalist with a flair for daring and sharp songwriting. Friday, November 10 • 7:30 pm

THE SAM CHASE & DAVID LUNING Tickets: Saturday, November 11 • 8:30 pm

Oct 26 Ron White 8pm

Oct 27 Home Free 8pm

Nov 28 Timothy B. Schmit of The Eagles Presented by SBL Entertainment 7:30pm Nov 29 An Irish Christmas 8pm

Dec 2 19th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival 7:30pm Dec 12 A Holiday show with PINK MARTINI (featuring China Forbes) 8pm presented by (((folkYEAH!)))

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A TRIBUTE TO JESSE WINCHESTER & TOWNES VAN ZANDT Tickets: Monday, November 13 • 7 pm

RENÉ MARIE A fearless vocalist whose latest album is her first comprised of all original compositions. 1/2 PRICE NIGHT FOR STUDENTS! Thursday, November 16 • 7 pm

THE BAYLOR PROJECT A duo with gospel roots and jazz inflection. 1/2 PRICE NIGHT FOR STUDENTS! Friday, November 17 • 7 & 9 pm

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Flynn’s Cabaret and steakhouse will be presenting its Grand Opening in mid-December...and yes...of course, we are keeping the music! Farm-to-table, non-GMO with 40% Vegan, Vegetarian menu. Wed Oct 25

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards CD Release paper Wings, Evie Ladin String band heaven tonight--rough and ready, innovative and timeless, bold and elegant

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thu Oct 26

Antsy McClain & the trailer park troubadours

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Fri Oct 27

Sat Oct 28



MISSION ST. BBQ 1618 Mission St, Santa Cruz

Aki Kumar & Little Jonny Lawton 6p

Al Frisby 6p

MOE’S ALLEY 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

Dustbowl Revival & Pete RG Ft. Dave Krusen Diego’s Umbrella $7/$10 8p $10/$14 8p

MOTIV 1209 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

Depth! 9:30p-2a

99 BOTTLES 110 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz

THE REEF 120 Union St, Santa Cruz


Trivia 8p



Rob Vye 6p

Blues Mechanics 6p

SambaDa $315/$20 8p

Antibalas & Here Lies Mann $25/$30 8p

PartyWave, Pacific Patterns & the Pirate $10/$15 8p

Whiskey Shivers & Whiskey West $10/$14 8p

Wooster 8p $20

Halloween Party w/ Shotgun Suitor 7-9p

Tacos & Trivia 6:30-8p

David Jeremy 10p Aaron Avila 6p Open Mic 4 -7p Annual Comedy Festival 9p

Alex Lucero 2p 4th

Toby Grey Acoustic Favorites 6:30p

Moshe Vilozny Acoustic/World 6:30p

Traditional Hawaiian Music 6:30p

RIO THEATRE 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

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

Rhiannon Giddens 7:30p

1011 PACIFIC AVE. SANTA CRUZ 831-429-4135

ALL StRuNg up tOuR Daniel Champagne, Christie Lenée, Hussy Hicks Mind-blowing guitar

Wednesday, October 25 • In the Atrium • Ages 21+

THE BLACK HEART PROCESSION Thursday, October 26 • Ages 16+

SWMRS •The InTerrupTers Thursday, October 6 • Ages 16+


the Steel Wheels

The Underachievers


$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent 7:30pm


Sat Nov 4

Wake the Dead

Grateful Dead Dance Celtic Style The Bay Area’s own Celtic All-Star Summer of Love Party Band

$15 adv./$15 door dance ages 21+ 8pm COMIN g RIg H t u p

Sun. Nov. 5 grant Farm 2pm matinee Sun. Nov. 5 Jolie Holland & Samantha parton Fri. Nov. 10 Kris Delmhorst & Jeffrey Foucault Sat. Nov. 11 the Coffis Brothers & many friends tom petty tribute Wed. Nov. 15 Baby gramps plus Hot Damn Scandal Fri. Nov. 17 August Sun, Light the Band, urban theory Sat. Nov. 18 Solo Flight Swing

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Friday, October 27 • Ages 16+

Super string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia

$10 adv./$12 door dance ages 21+ 8pm

Open Mic 8-11:30p McCoy Tyler 9p ‘Geeks Who Drink’ Trivia Night 8p

California Kind

“A Evening Of Americana Rock”

Jazz Jam Santa Cruz 7p

Pre Halloween Bash w/ Dynamic 9:30p-2a

Monster jam greats and members of David Nelson Band, The Dead, Phil Lesh, Jefferson Starship, Moonalice & more

Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, Levi Jack, McCoy tyler


Rockin’ Johnny Burgin 6p

North Coast Rovers 9p

$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent 7:30pm

Fri Nov 3


Broken Shades 1p Gil DeLeon Trio 6p

Aaron Avila 6p

virtuosity meets soaring vocals

Wed Nov 1


Lloyd Whitley 6p

$17 adv./$20 door Dance – ages 21+ 7pm Mon Oct 30


Grateful Sundays 5:30p

$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21+ 8:30pm Sun Oct 29


Breeze Babes 8p

The Crafters 7-9p

PARADISE BEACH 215 Esplanade, Capitola

THE RED 200 Locust St, Santa Cruz


Libation Lab w/ Syntax 9:30p-1:30a

NEW BOHEMIA BREWERY 1030 41st Ave, Santa Cruz

$20 adv./$20 door all standing 21+ 9pm



Acoustic Soul 7:30p

POET & PATRIOT 320 E. Cedar St, Santa Cruz

HALLOWEEN EXtRAVAgANZA China Cats A Tribute to the


Spun 7:30p

Earthless A psychedelic sonic kaleidoscope of lava and lightning


MICHAEL’S ON MAIN 2591 Main St, Soquel

Friday, October 27 • Ages 16+

Costumer Appreciation Weekend (Thu, Fri, Sat Halloween Shows)


Amazing waterfront deck views.



Saint Motel


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Sunday, October 29 • Ages 16+





Saturday, October 28 • Ages 16+ • 9pm

Three live comedians every Sunday night. Mon–Fri from 3:30pm. Wednesday all night!


Saturday, October 28 • Ages 16+ • 6pm

See live music grid for this week’s bands.


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Sunday, October 29 • Ages 16+


Monday, October 30 • Ages 16+ RITTZ Tuesday, October 31 • Ages 21+

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Wednesday Comedy Night 9p


Open Mic 7:30p

THE SAND BAR 211 Esplanade, Capitola

DB Walker 8p-12a

Live Again 8p-12a

SANDERLINGS 1 Seascape Resort, Aptos

Gold Shred w/ Eddie Mendenhall & more 8p

Yuji Tojo & Steve Robertson 8p

SEABRIGHT BREWERY 519 Seabright, Santa Cruz

Jimmy Dewrance Band 6:30p

SEVERINO’S BAR & GRILL 7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos

Moondance 7:30-11:30p

Patio Acoustics 1-4p Tsunami 8-11:30p

Joe Ferrara 6:30-10p

Claudio Melega 7-10p

SHADOWBROOK 1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola


Ken Constable 6:30-9:30p

Dennis Dove Pro Jam 7-11p

Alex Lucero 7-11p

Acoustic Soul 6:309:30p

UGLY MUG 4640 Soquel Ave, Soquel

Open Mic w/ Steven David

WHALE CITY 490 Highway 1, Davenport WHARF HOUSE 1400 Wharf Rd, Capitola YOUR PLACE 1719 Mission St, Santa Cruz

Ziggy Tarr 6-8p

ZELDA’S 203 Esplanade, Capitola

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SO MUCH TO BEAR Domhnall Gleeson (right) and Will Tilston star in ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin.’


Pooh Cornered


‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ sticks to the emotional core of its real-life tale BY LISA JENSEN


few weeks ago, I was ranting in these pages about biographical movies that commit a sin of admission—unable to be selective about the facts of a person’s real life, they let the point of the movie drown in too many details. Not so in Goodbye Christopher Robin. In telling a story about A. A. Milne, author of the celebrated Winnie the Pooh children’s books, director Simon Curtis seizes on one aspect of Milne’s life and career to focus on, and follows it through to its conclusion. A larger picture of Milne and his era emerges along

the way, but it never distracts from the emotional core of Curtis’ very poignant film. Curtis has impressive credentials for translating real-life stories to film, after directing My Week with Marilyn and Woman in Gold. Working from a thoughtful script by veteran Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughan, Curtis crafts a gentlespirited movie around a serious theme: how Milne’s harrowing experiences in World War I drove him to create the healing fantasy of Winnie the Pooh, inspired by his young son and his son’s toy animals. Serious, too, is the minor theme:

the effect of worldwide fame on a 6-year-old boy. After an ominous 1941 prologue, the movie switches back to the glitz and glamour of Jazz Age London. Alan Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) is a writer of frothy stage comedies who’s finding it hard to adjust to his old life after a tour of duty in the trenches of France. He keeps having devastating flashbacks of the battlefield— whenever a champagne cork pops, for instance, or a car backfires. To “cheer him up,” his socialbutterfly wife, Daphne (Margot Robbie) consents to bear their son, Christopher Robin. But after

enduring childbirth, Daphne is eager to resume their usual round of parties and opening nights. Alan, however, who finds London too disturbing, shocks his wife by moving the family, along with Olive (the always endearing Kelly Macdonald), the young nanny who has raised the boy, to a country house in Sussex, where he hopes to start writing again. Although he longs to produce a work that will convince people to abolish war, as they once abolished slavery, Alan is still unable to write in the country, and Daphne soon flees back to London. But when Alan is left alone for a few days with 5-year-old Christopher, whom everyone calls Billy (the disarmingly dimpled Will Tilston), wandering the benign, sunlit wood on their property, the two begin to bond. Alan starts to get drawn into the imaginative world Billy creates for his stuffed animals, which jump-starts Alan’s own creativity. Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet are born. These lovely scenes between Tilston and Gleeson (reserved at first, then playfully loosening up) are the heart of the movie. The publication and immediate global mania for the Pooh books and poems go by in a fleeting montage. (Director Curtis is smart enough to realize that’s the part of the story we already know.) But even as Billy becomes an accomplished, if reluctant celebrity (to Daphne’s delight), their father-son relationship is damaged. It’s heartbreaking that they can never again regain that golden time when the stories were just for the two of them, before the whole world was watching. It’s a little odd that, except for her hairstyle, Robbie’s Daphne doesn’t seem to age at all in the 20-some years the story covers. But otherwise, in these last few absorbing scenes, Curtis and his scriptwriters return to their main themes, which are paid off with very sharp attention to emotional detail and an enormously satisfying resolution. GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN ***(out of four) Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Will Tilston. Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughan. Directed by Simon Curtis. A Fox Searchlight release. Rated PG. 197 minutes.


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THE FLORIDA PROJECT Even good kid actors are usually more tolerable than remarkable, but Brooklynn Prince is getting glowing reviews for her performance as a six-year-old girl living with her offthe-wall mother in a motel in the shadow of Walt Disney World. She’s getting Oscar buzz, but the actress who plays her anti-heroine mom, 24-year-old Bria Vinaite—who had never acted before and was discovered by director Sean Baker on Instagram—is getting even more. Together, they’re the core of this edgy drama. Willem Dafoe costars. (R) 115 minutes. (SP)


JIGSAW When asked about their approach to making a Saw film in 2017, the directors of this movie summed it as … “Saw for 2017.” Whoa, insightful! Don’t look now, but Get Out was also “Get Out for 2017” and Suburbicon is “Suburbicon for 2017.” For future reference, citing the year that you are making a new movie for a long-dead franchise that hadn’t even been good since its original entry in 2004 is not the same as justifying the existence of that movie. Even the Jigsaw Killer himself has officially been dead for 10 years within the universe of these movies, so who knows where they’re going with this. Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. Starring Tobin Bell, Matt Passmore and Callum Keith Rennie. (R) 92 minutes. (SP) MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE Liam Neeson plays the most famous whistleblower in American history, Deepthroat. He has a very particular set of skills! Like, for instance, yapping to reporters about Watergate. Actually, that’s it. But it was enough to bring down a president. This story of his life reveals how he kept his identity secret for three decades. Peter Landesman directs. Diane Lane and Michael C. Hall costar. (PG-13) 103 minutes. (SP) SUBURBICON You’ve seen the trailer about a hundred times

at this point, now see the movie where Matt Damon dresses like a big galoof from 1959, walks around with his face covered with blood, and rides a tricycle! If that sounds to you like a tangled web of seething suburban intrigue written by the Coen brothers, you’re right on. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that after putting George Clooney in several of their movies, they cowrote this story of a home invasion that shatters a small town’s fragile sense of peace with him, and are letting him direct their script this time around. Co-starring Julianne Moore and Nora Jupe. (R) 104 minutes. (SP) THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE The good news is that this story of U.S. soldiers trying to readjust to civilian life after serving in Iraq is based on David Finkel’s book— the best look at PTSD in recent memory. The perhaps-not-so-good news is that it’s the directorial debut of Jason Hall (who also penned the script), best known for writing bad movies like Spread and Paranoia before getting an Academy Award nomination for his disturbingly glowing portrait of a bloodthirsty “patriot” in American Sniper. Miles Teller and Haley Bennett star. (R) 108 minutes. (SP) MIDNIGHTS AT DEL MAR Friday and Saturday, it’s the original midnight movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with Slugs in Fishnets doing a live “shadowcast” at the screenings. (SP) CONTINUING EVENT: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MOVIES Film buffs are invited Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. to downtown Santa Cruz, where each week the group discusses a different current release. For location and discussion topic, go to https://

NOW PLAYING BATTLE OF THE SEXES Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs’ 1973 match-up comes to the big screen in Battle of the Sexes, a thoughtful and entertaining movie about gender, identity,

politics, and celebrity at a pivotal cultural moment in American history. Written by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), it was directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton—whose first film, Little Miss Sunshine, demonstrated their skill at developing sympathetic characters and tuning into the subtle absurdities of life. Starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. (PG-13) 121 minutes. (LJ) BLADE RUNNER 2049 You don’t have to have an encyclopedic knowledge (or memory) of the original Blade Runner to appreciate this 30-years-later sequel to Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking sci-fi epic. The new movie tells its own story, with a (mostly) new cast of characters, although the main plot thrust here was launched in the original. Incoming director Denis Villeneuve sticks to the original theme of the first film and (more loosely) the Philip K. Dick novel that inspired it: an existential question of the meaning of life when a breed of super-strong, machine-made androids called “replicants” have been created to serve the master race of humans.. Starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. (R) 163 minutes. (SP) BREATHE Feel-good period piece based on the true story of Robin and Diana Cavendish. Robin (Andrew Garfield) is struck by polio at age 28, and given only a few months to live, but Diana (Claire Foy) stands by him. With the help of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), they change not only their own lives, but those of countless others. Andy Serkis directs. Tom Hollander and DeanCharles Chapman co-star. (PG-13) 117 minutes. (SP) GEOSTORM What would be amazing is if all the scientists in this global disaster movie were like, “Oh no, here comes a GEOSTORM!” And then a 1993 Isuzu Geo Storm drives up, and everybody goes, “Aw, actually it’s so cute, why did we stop making them?” I emailed the

producers of Geostorm like 1000 times about my idea, but they still wouldn’t let me write this movie. Sad! Dean Devlin directs. Gerard Butler, Abbie Cornish and Ed Harris star. (PG-13) 110 minutes. (SP) GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Reviewed this issue. Simon Curtis directs. Domhnall Gleeson, Will Tilson and Kelly Macdonald star. (PG) 107 minutes. (SP) HAPPY DEATH DAY Whether or not you have any interest in this horror take on Groundhog Day—a teen keeps reliving the day she dies over and over until she can figure out who her killer is—I think we can all agree it’s a lock for worst title of the year. Christopher Landon directs. Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard and Ruby Modine star. (PG-13) 96 minutes. (SP) LOVING VINCENT For their tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, co-writers and directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman not only poured over 800 of the artist’s personal letters, they also decided to paint his life story for the big screen. The result is the world’s first fully oil-painted film, made up of 85,000 frames—it took six years of work from 125 artists. The story begins a year after Van Gogh’s death, and follows a postman tasked with delivering the artist’s last letter, who then attempts to piece together Vincent’s troubled last days. Featuring the voices of Saoirse Ronan, Chris O’Dowd, Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson. (PG-13) 94 minutes. (SP) LUCKY John Carroll Lynch is Hollywood’s most unassuming Renaissance man. Probably best-known as the lovable Norm Gunderson from Fargo, his remarkable career as a character actor recently also included the absolutely terrifying Twisty the Clown in American Horror Story. Now he makes his directorial debut with this, the late Harry Dean Stanton’s final film, in a story about a 90-year-old atheist seeking enlightenment in a quirky Texas town. If that sounds a bit like David Lynch’s The Straight Story, well, John Carroll Lynch is very up front about the inspiration—in fact, David Lynch (no relation) co-stars in this

film, along with Ron Livingston, Tom Skerritt and Beth Grant. (Not Rated) 88 minutes. (SP) MARSHALL Portrait of the Supreme Court justice as a young man, with Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) taking on a case that would help establish his name—defending a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) against a wealthy white socialite (Kate Hudson)’s charges in a segregationist court. Reginald Hudlin directs. Dan Stevens and James Cromwell co-star. (PG-13) 118 minutes. (SP) THE SNOWMAN This movie has been in development hell for years— and from the looks of it, it probably should have stayed there. Yeah, it’s based on a bestseller by talented crime novelist Jo Nesbø, who also wrote the novel on which the thrilling and darkly funny 2011 Norwegian film Headhunters was based. And the book upon which The Snowman is based was hailed as a “first-class roller coaster ride,” yet Hollywood seems to have found a way to turn it into a grim and dull film with possibly the worst serial killer gimmick ever: a murderer who cuts off women’s heads and places them on snowmen. John Ajvide Lindqvist directs. Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson and Val Kilmer star. (R) 119 minutes. (SP) TYLER PERRY’S BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN Spike Lee once criticized Tyler Perry’s work for the tired, negative stereotypes of African Americans that he continues to peddle to great success. Perry responded with the carefully crafted counterpoint that Lee should “shut the hell up.” Whoever you’ve got in that fight, this sequel to Perry’s god-awful Halloween film last year is unlikely to change your mind. Judging from the trailer, this movie seems to rely on the same overdone, bottom-ofthe-barrel horror-parody cliches as the last one. So who should be more offended—African Americans or horror movie fans? Probably African American horror movie fans, I guess. Perry directs and stars. (PG-13) (SP)

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inocruz has returned! Which is great news for those of us who loved combing around the former wine shop specializing in wines made right here in our own Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. The new owners, Jordan Iversen and Matt Schofield, have finished jumping through all of the regulatory hoops and will open the wine shop this week—in a new location, at the corner of Soquel Drive and Main Street in greater metropolitan Soquel. “We wanted to retain what made Vinocruz special in the first place: A focus on Santa Cruz Mountains wines,” Iversen says, but adds that Vinocruz needs to evolve. “So we changed the business

model to allow for a huge selection of wines by the glass (30-plus) and the option to taste Reserve wines that would normally only be available by the bottle, using the Coravin wine system,” he says. This is very exciting news to fans of locally made premiums. “We also wanted to add local beer, cider and wine on tap, something that was not previously available,” Iversen adds. Chef Anthony Kresge, industry veteran and opening chef for Sotola, will be providing a choice tasting menu. “With a focus on local, we are trying to bring everyone a true taste of the Santa Cruz Mountains,” Iversen says. Vinocruz will be open daily 3-9 p.m., closed Monday. Stop by and welcome them back.

OH MY, O’MEI “Turns out that after studying the new lease extended to me that we have decided to not go with this opportunity. Because of this, O’mei closed permanently this past week,” Karl Cook emailed me on Monday. The O’mei chef and manager of 15 years who had hoped to take over ownership, also thanked “the individuals who reached out to me did so in a very supportive way.” Grateful for all of the community support during a difficult time, Cook says he has not made any firm decisions as to his next move. “There is a good chance that you’ll see me offering ‘O’mei-style’ food here in Santa Cruz in the future.”

Fans of the fresh and seasonal will want to note fall/winter hours for the Downtown Farmers Market. Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 8, the operating hours will change to 1-5 p.m. This means an earlier opportunity for the lunch break crowd to check out the market action before it grows dark (yes, winter is coming up). It’s true there is less of the flashy opulence of summer produce happening right now in the market, but think of the deep and earthy flavors coming up as the sun slides lower in the sky. I’m talking about beta carotene! Yes, that would include orange carrots, red (and yellow) beets, and deep green kales, chards, and of course our local hero— Brussels sprouts. As the temperature cools, many herbs, chicories and lettuces pop up in the market. This is their time to shine. And it’s the season for persimmons and pomegranates for salads and tea breads. Did I mention pumpkins? They’re not just for carving. Get ambitious and try making your own pumpkin pie from scratch this year, starting with organic pumpkins from the Farmers Market. And this is the last week for UCSC Market Cart at the foot of campus—the last day is Oct. 27. Until next year.


It came together just by chance, this delicious juxtaposition of flavors. We bought fresh blackberries, small oatmeal cookies, and a container of crème fraîche, tinged with Madagascar vanilla from Vermont Creamery. Our hosts, Jim and Lisa, suggested perhaps some ice cream? Maybe strawberry ice cream? So, in a classic DIY moment, I boldly put some of each of these ingredients on our little dessert plates. We all went for it, and found ourselves amazed by how these flavors and textures worked together. The special discovery was the pairing of the cool, sweet strawberry ice cream with the pungent, delicately sour flavor of the crème fraîche. Cool and warm, fruit and cookie—almost everything you want in a dessert experience on a single plate. These are ideas you can try with whatever you have in your own kitchen— contrast of textures, sweet and sour, make the heart of a memorable sensory experience. Trust me.



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Why are you shifting gears to focus on ramen? ELIJAH CHAUSSE: It’s something that we wanted to try before we opened. We went a different route when we started. We are not tied to anything there. My executive souschef Jasper Ramirez and I are really trying to go with the flow and see what people are receptive to, and test the waters in a few different cuisines. Neither Jasper nor I have a ramen

background. So we hit the books hard and did a lot of reading. It’s certainly not traditional by any means. The cool thing about ramen is it’s one of those dishes that you can kind of make your own. And the beer pairs really well with the Asian flavors. Alec does a lot of Asian-influenced beer, as far as the flavors and profiles go.

How many different ramens do you have? Right now we have two broths. Tonkotsu ramen and a veggie ramen with additions as options. You can add a miso bomb, which turns the tonkotsu broth into a miso broth. Then you can add three different kinds of meat. You can add tofu. There are a lot of different possibilities, kind of a build-yourown-ramen kind of thing. We started with four different kinds of ramen, and we slimmed it down to the two. More options, less menu style. So, we can add other menu items and still keep the menu rotating and not be 100-percent a ramen shop. 415 River St., Santa Cruz, 621-8040.


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REVIVAL ICE CREAM A wine event I attended in Carmel Valley was serving Revival Ice Cream, made with organic milk from Clover Dairy and fresh, organic, locally sourced, in-season ingredients. I tried the Heart of Darkness chocolate, and the awardwinning Bee’s Knees—a vanilla ice cream with bee pollen and honey comb. Both flavors were incredible. Revival Ice Cream, 463 Alvarado St., Monterey, 747-2113.

SHELLEY’S BISCOTTI Shelley’s Biscotti was one of the vendors at Gourmet Grazing on the Green in Aptos Village Park this month. Shelley Patterson always turns out the best and crunchiest biscotti—and they’re all handmade and delicious. They’re available in gift boxes, too. Shelley’s Biscotti, 216B Fern St., Santa Cruz, 479-4121.

H RISA’S STARS BY RISA D’ANGELES JUPITER IN SCORPIO—OUR HEART’S DESIRES Jupiter, the Truth Teller (ruler of Sag) has entered Scorpio’s deep waters of desire, remaining in Scorpio for a year (till Nov. 8, 2018). During last year’s Jupiter in Libra, we saw unrest, intolerance, turmoil and a country divided. For humanity to see what was not in balance and choose which side to stand upon. Now with Jupiter in Scorpio—sex, power, money, rock ’n’ roll - (the Hollywood sex scandal broke right after Jupiter entered Scorpio; now the Iran scandal and JFK records to be released)—what’s hidden (silenced, secret, repressed, held back, etc.) comes to light. This revealing will continue through the year. Keynote: dismantling dominant paradigms, providing avenues of awareness, acknowledging, revealing, stepping forward into the light. We will develop more courage and determination. Simultaneously, we will consider the wise (and unwise) use of power and control. Jupiter in Scorpio exposes corruption, vice,

immorality, fraud and the manipulations of the elite. Over time we will demand transparency, ethics and financial reforms. Personally, we could be over-extravagant and over-confident (Jupiter) about our own finances. Careful, everyone. Our belief systems will be tested. There can be rigidity and a fanatical observance of old (religious, political, etc.) beliefs. Scorpio rules study, research, reorientation and death, expanding us into realms unknown. Many will seek mediums who speak to the dead. Others will begin studying Kabbalah, the Bible, Course in Miracles and Ageless Wisdom teachings. For one whole year, humanity becomes Persephone, taken into the underworld by Pluto, with Jupiter benevolently protecting us, and, while we are in the dark Scorpio recesses, asking each of us, “What are your heart’s deepest desires?” Tuesday is Halloween. Something wicked our way comes (we hope)! The night (Pisces moon) is void-of-course. Careful, everyone!

ARIES Mar21–Apr20

LIBRA Sep23–Oct22

The coming year brings you deeper understanding of self in relationships. Intimacy becomes you, generosity, trust and compassion too, as you more fully embrace the “other.” This brings a certain empowerment and feelings of joy and happiness. Careful with finances. Don’t beg, borrow, depend on credit or accumulate debt. Learn to be frugal. Tithe each month to those in need.

You are the seven-stringed lyre of Apollo. Music, art and architecture create the magic and beauty that released you from daily harsh realities. Social justice, care and kindness for those in need are your greatest gifts. They come from the heart. In always helping others, you reflect the kindness and beauty of God. There is a hidden path to God. It’s called Beauty. God is grateful for you.

TAURUS Apr21–May21

SCORPIO Oct23–Nov21

You assume new ways of communicating, cooperating and negotiations which allow relationships to experience greater happiness. It’s a blessing to extend beyond compromise and have harmony in relationships. You begin to understand the Law of Right Human Relations and ideas that foster the well-being of others. Love comes surprisingly and unexpectedly and assuredly.

There will be transformations, reorientations and renewal, some rather numinous, in the coming year. When focused in the heart, you move into a level of existence that is honey-yellow, a transparent golden hue. You find the path of “I Am” and then the goals you have set for yourself come true. You will step into new roles, new identities. Life’s purpose catches you and you’re never the same again.

GEMINI May 22–June 20


Daily life rhythms and rituals, health, small animals, serving others—these bring you deep enjoyment. You enter into the world of form and matter, and find that it is good. Gemini (and Pisces) tend to remain somewhat “out and away from this world.” What is all around is what really matters now and during this time you recognize your part in the world, your usefulness and goodness in helping others. Life purpose comes to stay.

Reviewing the past year helps integrate all of your experiences, desires, dreams, aspirations and the constant messages encountered from the beyond. The Great Ones left you “breadcrumbs” each day to let you know you’re on track, that wherever you were and are, there is support, and that all limiting beliefs can be laid by the wayside, forever. You will teach and share all that you’ve learned.

Esoteric Astrology as news for week of Oct. 25, 2017

It’s time to have fun, amusement and pleasure for the entire year, time to express yourself in ways unknown before. It’s time to be artful and creative, to be playful, take risks, expand and grow like a garden in the wild. Notice new ideas, new dreams, desires and aspirations. Discover what nourishes you and allow yourself to be entertained without apology. Explore all possibilities, especially the emotional and romantic.

LE0 Jul21–Aug22 Family life, living arrangements, comfort, beauty, the rooms in your house, your garden, all things domestic, your origins and foundations … all of these will be an expanding focus in the coming year. Some Leos will buy real estate, others will decorate, move, or invite family and friends home often. A sense of peace prevails and privacy, too. Begin to build a garden gate.

VIRGO Aug23–Sep22 You will do more of the following—express yourself (speaking, writing), take short trips, talk with siblings and friends, relate more consciously with the world around you. Perhaps you’ll purchase a new vehicle to explore new lands. More people will contact you. There will be more errands, too. Daily activities and tending to details may become overwhelming. You’ll need to be in a garden more than ever.

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CAPRICORN Dec21–Jan20 You worked diligently and persistently this past year and in subtle and interesting ways you will be rewarded. Over half our lifetime we are gathering past-life gifts, learning about ourselves and what our talents and gifts are. This coming year is very private, filled with psychological understandings and recognition of your essential divine self. Whatever you ask for comes to you. Is it balance in relationships you seek? Pray for this.

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You will assess your place in and contribution to society and culture, and how authentic you can be publicly. There is a balancing of your personal and public lives. One area of livingness ends as another begins. The new is aligned with your heart’s desires. You have vision and farsighted concepts. Follow them. They lead you to the “forest” (Vedic metaphor for where you need to be).

PISCES Feb19–Mar20 The way we live our lives affects our health and well-being. It is important to see the broader picture, not allowing small inconveniences to upset inner balance. This new cycle is to be one of joy and happiness. We can choose this each day. The next 12 months is a time of preparation. Next year Pisces will be called to world service. During this year, travel, write, publish and fine-tune talents and skills in preparation. Life begins to change.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 17-1594 The following Individual is doing business as LUXE ELECTRIC. 769 OLD SAN JOSE RD, SOQUEL, CA 95073. County of Santa Cruz. BRIAN LEVI BACKER. 769 OLD SAN JOSE RD, SOQUEL, CA 95073. This business is conducted by an Individual signed: BRIAN LEVI BACKER. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above on 9/19/2017. This statement was filed with Gail L. Pellerin, County Clerk of Santa Cruz County, on Sept. 25, 2017. Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25.

business name listed above is NOT APPLICABLE. This statement was filed with Gail L. Pellerin, County Clerk of Santa Cruz County, on Sept. 26, 2017. Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25.

appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING November 13, 2017 at 8:30 am, in Department 10 located at Superior Court of California, 701 Ocean Street. Santa Cruz, CA 95060. A copy of this order to show cause must be published in the Good Times, a newspaper of general circulation printed in Santa Cruz County, California, once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated: Sept. 26, 2017. Denine J. Guy, Judge of the Superior Court. Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25.

95060. This business was conducted by: INDIVIDUAL: SHULEI TONG FLIPPEN. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of SANTA CRUZ COUNTY on the date indicated by the file stamp: Filed: Sept. 28, 2017. File No.2016-0000030. Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25.

SANTA CRUZ. PETITION OF MARCOS NOEL FERNANDEZ CHANGE OF NAME CASE NO.17CV02539. THE COURT FINDS that the petitioner MARCOS NOEL FERNANDEZ has filed a Petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for an order changing the applicants name from: MARCOS NOEL FERNANDEZ to: NOEL VISION FERNANDEZ. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING November 17, 2017 at 8:30 am, in Department 10 located at Superior Court of California,

701 Ocean Street. Santa Cruz, CA 95060. A copy of this order to show cause must be published in the Good Times, a newspaper of general circulation printed in Santa Cruz County, California, once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated: Oct. 3, 2017. Denine J. Guy, Judge of the Superior Court. Oct. 11, 18, 25, & Nov. 1.

CALIFORNIA, FOR THE COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ. PETITION OF ALICE TABANAN ALCARAZ CHANGE OF NAME CASE NO.17CV02627. THE COURT FINDS that the petitioner ALICE TABANAN ALCARAZ has filed a Petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for an order changing the applicants name from: ALICE TABANAN ALCARAZ to: IRISH ALCARAZ. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING November 27, 2017 at 8:30 am, in Department 5 located at Superior Court of California,

701 Ocean Street. Santa Cruz, CA 95060. A copy of this order to show cause must be published in the Good Times, a newspaper of general circulation printed in Santa Cruz County, California, once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated: Oct. 13, 2017. Denine J. Guy, Judge of the Superior Court. Oct. 25 & Nov. 1, 8, 15.


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 17-1599 The following Individual is doing business as LOWE'S WINDOW AND GUTTER CLEANING. 341 ARTHUR AVE, APTOS, CA 95003. County of Santa Cruz. KIRK DERRICK LOWE. 341 ARTHUR AVE, APTOS, CA 95003. This business is conducted by an Individual signed: KIRK DERRICK LOWE. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious

CHANGE OF NAME IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, FOR THE COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ. PETITION OF HENRY GEORGE SCHWAN JR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NO.17CV02486. THE COURT FINDS that the petitioner HENRY GEORGE SCHWAN JR has filed a Petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for an order changing the applicants name from: HENRY GEORGE SCHWAN JR to: OWLSWAN FREE EAGLE. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must

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STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME. The following person (persons) have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name: SHULEI HEALING ARTS. 528 CHESTNUT STREET, SANTA CRUZ CA 95060. The fictitious business name referred to above was filed in SANTA CRUZ COUNTY on: 1/6/2016. 528 CHESTNUT STREET, SANTA CRUZ CA

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 17-1632 The following Individual is doing business as CARTER BOOKS. 999 OLD SAN JOSE RD SPACE 12, SOQUEL, CA 95073. County of Santa Cruz. CAROL MARIE YVANOVICH. 999 OLD SAN JOSE RD SPACE 12, SOQUEL, CA 95073. This business is conducted by an Individual signed: CAROL MARIE YVANOVICH. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above is NOT APPLICABLE. This statement was filed with Gail L. Pellerin, County Clerk of Santa Cruz County, on Oct. 2, 2017. Oct. 11, 18, 25 & Nov. 1. CHANGE OF NAME IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, FOR THE COUNTY OF

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 17-1717 The following Individual is doing business as GALLI'S CUSTOM FABRICATION. 3621 SOQUEL DR. UNIT 8, SOQUEL, CA 95073. County of Santa Cruz. MICHAEL TAYLOR GALLI. 3621 SOQUEL DR. UNIT 8, SOQUEL, CA 95073. This business is conducted by an Individual signed: MICHAEL TAYLOR GALLI. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above is NOT APPLICABLE. This statement was filed with Gail L. Pellerin, County Clerk of Santa Cruz County, on Oct. 16, 2017. Oct. 25 & Nov. 1, 8, 15. FICTITIOUS


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 17-1695 The following Individual is doing business as LIA ADAMS EVENTS. 2665 ORCHARD STREET, SOQUEL, CA 95073. County of Santa Cruz. LIA RANAE ADAMS. 2665 ORCHARD STREET, SOQUEL, CA 95073. This business is conducted by an Individual signed: LIA RANAE ADAMS. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above on 10/1/2017. This statement was filed with Gail L. Pellerin, County Clerk of Santa Cruz County, on Oct. 11, 2017. Oct. 18, 25 & Nov. 1, 8.


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real estate FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 17-1713 The following Limited Liability Company is doing business as BIFROST LIGHTING. 403 LOMA AVE, CAPITOLA, CA 95010. County of Santa Cruz. BIFROST LIGHTING, LLC. 403 LOMA AVE, CAPITOLA, CA 95010. AI# 23610301. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company signed: KRISTOPHER CLEMSON. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above on 10/16/2017. This statement was filed with Gail L. Pellerin, County Clerk of Santa Cruz County, on Oct. 16, 2017. Oct. 25 & Nov. 1, 8, 15. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 17-1734 The following Married Couple is doing business as FLOWTECH SALES. 130 ANTHONY STREET, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95060.


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 17-1675 The following Individual is doing business as BLUE SKY ACUPUNCTURE. 120 B 20TH AVENUE, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95062. County of Santa Cruz. MOLLIE MAE. 120 B 20TH AVENUE, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95062. This business is conducted by an Individual signed: MOLLIE MAE. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious

business name listed above is NOT APPLICABLE. This statement was filed with Gail L. Pellerin, County Clerk of Santa Cruz County, on Oct. 6, 2017. Oct. 25 & Nov. 1, 8, 15.

BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 17-1719 The following Individual is doing business as DEPAYSEMENT SUPPER CLUB. 217 1ST AVE UNIT 1/2, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95062. County of Santa Cruz. MARIE NICOLE FISHER. 217 1ST AVE UNIT 1/2, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95062. This business is conducted by an Individual signed: MARIE NICOLE FISHER. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above is NOT APPLICABLE. This statement was filed with Gail L. Pellerin, County Clerk of Santa Cruz County, on Oct. 16, 2017. Oct. 25 & Nov. 1, 8, 15.







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Occupation: Jennifer Grady, licensed acupuncturist & herbalist Hobbies: Loves playing in the ocean, bike rides, yoga, growing food, reading Astrological Sign: Aries

Is Shopper’s your main grocery store? Yes, I’m here almost every day. I like fresh food! Shopper’s is convenient because you don’t wait in lines. I like its size yet they have everything and an amazing variety of specialty items. Recently I was making pickled blackberries and I needed Champagne vinegar. Turns out Shopper’s had multiple choices. It’s almost magical that they can pack the shelves with such variety of foods yet it’s not overwhelming. I can get inspired by a single fantastic ingredient and create an entire dish. I did that with Parmesan-molasses where I added carrots and chicken thighs baked in a skillet. Shopper’s fits my style.

How so? Shopper’s has that throw-back small-town vibe. It has a super-sweet community feel. I see people here all the time that I don’t know but we exchange smiles. The cashiers are friendly and efficient which always makes for a positive experience. My kids, Jasper and Iona (camera shy), love it! They get excited at the meat counter because the butchers are so kind to them. The guys are also very knowledgeable and create a light-hearted environment. You get eye contact and smiles from everyone. I feel good about spending my money here; I want it to stay local. Shopper’s is generous by always donating to school auctions. Very community-oriented…

What do you like to cook? I’d call it California style with lots of fresh local veggies and meat — Shopper’s has great meat! We tend to mix it up between fish, chicken, lamb, and beef. Love their wines, especially the many great local Pinot Noirs and the very reasonably priced imports. I was amazed to find a delicious Greek wine I had read about. I love the many local products you’ll find here such as Aunt Nettie’s hummus, Roberto’s salsa, Del Pueblo’s tortillas — we buy ‘em every day! — Donnelly Chocolate’s, and much more. Shopper’s is the gathering place of authentic Santa Cruz. It stands for quality, environment, and affordability. And fun!

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