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Taint Misbehaving Re: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A New Twist on Closureâ&#x20AC;? (Epicure, Feb. 6): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Corkedâ&#x20AC;? wine does not come from too much air being admitted into the liquid (wine). The cause of a wine being â&#x20AC;&#x153;corkedâ&#x20AC;? is from cork taint, or TCA, which stands for 2,4,6-trichloroanisoleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a chemical so powerful that even in infinitesimal amounts it can cause musty aromas and flavors in wines. The compound forms through the interaction of plant phenols, chlorine and mold. It most frequently occurs in natural corks (TCA can even form on tree bark) and is transferred to the wine in bottleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which is why wines with these off-aromas are often called â&#x20AC;&#x153;corky.â&#x20AC;? But the taint can originate elsewhere in wineries, where damp surfaces and chlorine-based cleaning products are commonplace; barrels, wooden pallets, wood

beams and cardboard cases are all sources of phenols. If TCA goes undiscovered, it can spread and eventually taint the wines. Most importantly, Zork Corks, screw caps and plastic cork composites consist of inorganic material (Zork Corks are, at least as far as I know) taking years to disintegrate (or not). One hundred percent cork is an organic substance and will break down over time. Christina, thank you for the article. Next time you would like to share a meal with a family of three please let me know! GREG MUCK Santa Cruz

an indictment of our stewardship of land & waterways. I was drawn to read this article because a fair number of Santa Cruz residents now have close ties with SD Wounded Knee Lakota, where access to safe, and even sometimes any water, is a big challenge. Here we have it on tap and our concerns turn to quality of such. I am stilled by stark juxtaposition in this day and age. CORRINA MCFARLANE Santa Cruz


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Re: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tap Secretâ&#x20AC;? (Cover, Jan. 23): Public water is fine if you are â&#x20AC;&#x153;not pregnant.â&#x20AC;? So before you know you are pregnant, at the most vulnerable stage, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really a pity you were drinking that City water. Oh dear, that is such

Re: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bottom Line on Local Restaurantsâ&#x20AC;? (Letter, Jan. 23): I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have said it better. You are 100% correct. I always say that there is plenty of money here but people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to spend it here. They would rather spend a weekend in SF for theater, culture, fine dining, and accommodations. DON HONDA

Yay Us? Re: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bottom Line on Local Restaurantsâ&#x20AC;?: This was a really peculiar letter, because on one hand youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re faulting Santa Cruz residents for being â&#x20AC;&#x153;bottom feeders,â&#x20AC;? and on the other, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re applauding establishments like Cafe Cruz and La Posta for their winning strategy of catering to the localsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that is, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bottom feeders.â&#x20AC;? So are weâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the local consumersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; the problem or the solution? TJ JUCKSON Santa Cruz

More Bang Re: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bottom Line on Local Restaurantsâ&#x20AC;?: Santa Cruz patrons, when it comes to food or art, are cheap, period! Mr. Marsh suggests that we are presented with the dining quality we deserve at lower prices. For food, maybe, but for artistic works, locals get far more for the dollars charged. KATHY CHEER


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Currents FAIR EXCHANGE? Street Outreach Supporters volunteer Emily Agers, with some of the needles SOS is no longer allowed to distribute to drug users in Lower Ocean.

Clean Sweep How Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needle exchange got pushed to the outskirts of town BY MAT WEIR Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note: This is part two of our look at major shifts in the way drug use is being approached as a public health problem in Santa Cruz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It saved my life,â&#x20AC;? says Roxanne Baker of the needle exchange program in Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lower Ocean area. Now 60, Baker has long since recovered from a drug addiction that lasted 34 years. But she almost didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the chance. In 1991, her husband contracted AIDS from a dirty syringe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The needle exchange was making its first appearance down in the Beach Flats then,â&#x20AC;? explains Baker. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So my husband and I were able to have our own, separate utensils. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been [dead] 21 years now, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because of the needle exchange that I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t infected. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when I started

becoming involved in harm reduction.â&#x20AC;? She is now, in fact, the president of the National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery. But the local Syringe Exchange Program (SEP) that gave her a new lease on life is under heavy fire. At the end of last month, the nonprofit, volunteer-based group which runs the program, Street Outreach Supporters (SOS), was told to stop operating at their regular exchange site at a laundromat on Barson and Bixby in Lower Ocean, where thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a needle exchange for over two decades, in one form or another. Complaints from neighborhood residents led Bei-Scott & Co., the property owner, to serve a cease and desist letter to SOS. Representatives at Bei-Scott & Co. refused to be interviewed.

Zone Defense? The shutdown seems to have been spurred by city pressure. On January 22, before Bei-Scott & Co. sent the letter, City Attorney John Barisone was given permission by the City Council, in a closed session, to begin code enforcement activity against the property. Barisone says the property wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t zoned for a needle exchange. However, according to Zoning Administrator Eric Marlatt, the SEP is â&#x20AC;&#x153;like a medical office,â&#x20AC;? and medical offices are zoned for the Ocean Street area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the same [as a medical office], but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s similar,â&#x20AC;? Marlatt states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a provision in our zoning code that allows for a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;use

determinationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to be made.â&#x20AC;? Meaning that if SOS were to apply for a use permit, the Zoning Administrator would then approve or deny the request depending on if the use is determined to be compatible with the surrounding area. So why is the city now suddenly cracking down on a program thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been operating for so long? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was unaware of the needle exchange until recently,â&#x20AC;? says Barisone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody has said the Needle Exchange cannot operate, but it cannot set up without a use permit.â&#x20AC;? Volunteers from SOS say that in all the years of the program they were never told they needed a permit to operate the program. They have not yet filed for one, though they may still do so. Meanwhile, they continue to operate in the parking lot of the County Public Health office on Emeline. However, many fear the out-of-the-way location will discourage participants from using it. When asked about the closed nature of the meeting at which the needle exchange issue was decided, Barisone replied that he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t discuss any direction he received from the City Council on the matter, or any conversations he had with council members.

Citizen Concerns Four-term City Councilwoman Cynthia Matthews believes the needle exchange should be an ongoing, community debate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We acknowledge the clear public health benefits of a needle exchange, but we want to continue discussions that are also responsive to the legitimate concerns of the community,â&#x20AC;? she says. Community groups like Take Back Santa Cruz who met with the City Council about resident complaints argue that the needle exchange lacks proper oversight and is the reason why so many used syringes have been found on Santa Cruz beaches, in parks and on local streets.



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However, Take Back Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research on local pharmacies also revealed other problems with needle disposal. Only five of the eight pharmacies surveyed would accept used syringes for disposal, even if they were in the proper sharps container. Under California state law, pharmacies are also allowed to sell up to 30 syringes without a prescription, and do not require customers to bring back the used ones. Interestingly, only three pharmacies were willing to give Take Back Santa Cruz members proper sharps containers for disposal. All of the containers also had a sticker with SOSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s number for people to call if they needed any more supplies for free. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We support needle exchange, actually,â&#x20AC;? says Take Back Santa Cruz spokeswoman, Analicia Lesnowicz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important, and something our community needs.â&#x20AC;? Lesnowicz says Take Back Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stance on Street Outreach Supporters has been mischaracterized, and that the group isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trying to sabotage their work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, no way. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always going to be people who hate Take Back Santa Cruz, but never have [we] said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;[we] want to end needle exchange.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; What Take Back Santa Cruz is saying is that we need to fund our needle exchange better.â&#x20AC;?

Problem or Solution? Some locals believe the needle exchange program enables drug users to continue their habits, despite numerous studiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;funded by a wide range of groups including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Office of the Surgeon General and even the World Health Organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; contradicting that notion. Hilary McQuei of the national Harm Reduction Coalition believes that many in the community donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand what SOS contributes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What happens when SOS no longer collects the 20,000 syringes a month that they have been?â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You take that away and I think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see a lot more syringes on the beaches. People wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a place to bring them and there is no incentive to keep the used ones. SOS is part of the solution, not the problem.â&#x20AC;? 0

Briefs Kid vs. Bus If 75 bus-riding cyclists fought with a few hundred kids over a pot of money, who would win? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty much what unfolded at Santa Cruz City Hall last week. During a Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) meeting, commissioners had to choose certain transportation programs for grant applications through the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Regional Surface Transportation Program. The RTC was able to fund most of the projects and programs at about 75 percent of the requested amounts. But after taking a look at a $50,000 program to provide vouchers so people can buy folding bikesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which are better for busesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;some commissioners wondered why the program would only serve 75 riders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The number of people served seems small,â&#x20AC;? commissioner Don Lane told Metro grants manager Tove Beatty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can you explain why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so costly for unit of service?â&#x20AC;? Beatty explained public relations, staff time and the vouchers would all present significant costs. But commissioners like Lane, Bruce McPherson and Zach Friend floated concerns that the money could be better spent on expanding Boltage, an Ecology Action program that encourages kids to walk and bike to school, instead of Metroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s folding bike program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a question of the value of the program,â&#x20AC;? Friend told Beatty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The concern is how many people are being served when we have competing programs that have track records.â&#x20AC;? To make matters more complicated, commissioner Eduardo Montesino of Watsonville was upset that South County, with its high rates of obesity and diabetes, had been left out of the Boltage discussion. Both schools proposed for the program had been in the City of Santa Cruz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have two Santa Cruz schools and not have Watsonville be looked at, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an insult because of where the need is so great,â&#x20AC;? Montesino said. The commission ultimately voted 10-3 to increase funding to Boltage



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CHILL FACTOR Bookselller Zisel Saunders worries the tragic shooting of Pauly Silva will reinforce a troubling reputation for Santa Cruz. and Santa Cruz Open Streets, an outdoor festival that encourages people to walk and rideâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and did not fund the folding bike program. The commission also requested that one of the schools added to the Boltage program be in Watsonville. RTC executive director George Dondero noted that the two programs that the commission spent the most time squabbling over amounted to less than 2 percent of the total $5.3 million, most of which would be spent on road pavement. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy, he added, to encourage people to change their behavior. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interesting that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent so much time today on basically educational or behavioral programs,â&#x20AC;? Dondero said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I understand that as elected folks itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very controversial, and you want to justify your decisions, but from our side, I can tell you itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very, very challenging to keep these programs going.â&#x20AC;?

Shooting Shock â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, my gosh, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening to Santa Cruz?â&#x20AC;? Carlos Ortiz of Planet Fresh Gourmet Burritos wondered two days after a tragic shooting near

the restaurant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like this five years ago.â&#x20AC;? Pauly Silva was shot and killed around 12:30am Saturday morning, over two hours after Planet Fresh closed, just outside the entrance to the upstairs Red Restaurant and Bar. Witnesses say Silva was shot by suspected gang members from a green or gray Mercedes on Locust Street. Police have made three arrests. Zisel Saunders and David Watson of the nearby Literary Guillotine said they feel safe downtown and worried that the murder would contribute to a growing perception about safety problems downtown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfortunate [that] it reinforces ideas about how scary Santa Cruz is,â&#x20AC;? Watson said. A memorial has sprung up outside the entrance to the Red with bouquets of flowers and a plain white sign reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never Forget Pauly Silva.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;May the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Universal Forceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; forever cradle and comfort you,â&#x20AC;? Susie Kriz of Santa Cruz wrote in Silvaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory at Legacy. com. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your light will shine forever. May your family and friends find peace and comfort in knowing that your legacy is one of honor and righteousness.â&#x20AC;? 0


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Brewing Storm This weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Twisted Tasting highlights how DIY brewing culture has taken hold in Santa Cruz BY LILY STOICHEFF

STRANGE BREWS Sante Adairius Rustic Ales owner and brewer Tim Clifford acknowledges Santa Cruz beermakers are an iconoclastic bunch.


eer is a beloved member of my inner circle. To simply classify it as a beverage omits the strong artistic connection I feel to it, and the instant bond it creates with other likeminded brew-philes. So I decided to put some DIY where my mouth is and make my own.

In the Santa Cruz community, I am certainly not alone. James Hoffner, a member of the Santa Cruz-based brewing supply co-op Seven Bridges, says brewing is booming, and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show any signs of slowing down. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We opened our doors 15 years ago, and have been doing a steady retail business ever since. People in Santa Cruz have the do- it-yourself attitude, and many people enjoy beer, so why not make it at home? Homebrewing is constantly growing in popularity.â&#x20AC;? The craft brew industry is exploding throughout the

U.S.; it grew 12 percent in 2011, despite the recession, and continued to grow in 2012, according to a study by the Craft Brewers Association. That growth is evident in Santa Cruz County, which is home to seven (going on nine) breweries, and countless enthusiastic homebrewers. Its calendar full of brew-related festivals includes this weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Twisting Tasting on the top of the Rittenhouse building in downtown Santa Cruz, which will emphasize the boundarypushing style the new generation of beermakers is bringing to the art. Around here, they often start out in the same place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We see new customers almost every day looking for a home brewery starter kit,â&#x20AC;? Hoffner says.

Changing Tastes Since Prohibition, the American beer tradition has been overwhelmingly dominated by mega-breweries, and now only two remain: MillerCoors and Anheuser-


Busch. They control over 90 percent of the market, but the persistent growth of craft breweries is starting to make them sweat. The conglomerates have started fighting back by filling the supermarket shelves with craft beer lookalikes such as Blue Moon and Shocktop, and snapping up considerable shares of smaller breweries like Kona. Anheuser-Buschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent acquisition is the leader in Mexican beer production, Grupo Modelo. These beer behemoths have built their empires on crystal-clear lagers, and that style has overwhelmed the market for decades. The marketing insistence on drinking beer at near-freezing temperatures masks the tastelessness of the beverage. Has anyone ever really enjoyed drinking a Bud at room temp? â&#x20AC;&#x153;American tastes have been changing. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re reverting back to darker, more complex beers, beers that might be a little skunky, or hoppy, or even a little sour,â&#x20AC;? explains Hoffner.


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These styles require time, patience, quality ingredients and more than a little bit of love and creativityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which are not necessarily characteristics that lend themselves to mass production. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homebrewers that are pushing beer in new directions. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re creating beer styles that advance the scene,â&#x20AC;? says Hoffner.



New Brews That may especially be true at Sante Adairius Rustic Ales, which opened in Capitola in May of 2012. The self-described â&#x20AC;&#x153;homebrewers breweryâ&#x20AC;? lacks a lot of industrial equipment, but has used this as an opportunity to make small, unique batches, which gives them the freedom to experiment wildly without a huge overhead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our equipment is rudimentary, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what makes our beers rustic,â&#x20AC;? explains brewer and owner Tim Clifford, who started the brewery with his wife, Adair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making beer in such small quantities, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to embrace the playful Belgian tradition of nonformal brewing techniques.â&#x20AC;? Sante Adairiusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; successes are many, including an array of whimsical Belgian and light, saison-style beers, a heavily hopped â&#x20AC;&#x153;831â&#x20AC;? IPA, and the recently here-and-gone brew entitled Fumare, a smoked saison. Clifford says friends, fellow brewers and other community members in Santa Cruz have provided many of the initial materials for his brewery, and trade everything from knowledge to yeast. He enjoys passing that knowledge on, and a young yet earnest homebrewer can walk away from a conversation with a new appreciation for the brettanomyces yeast strain and its sour flavors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Santa Cruz is an pretty iconoclastic town,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People here are celebrated for doing their own thing. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re bullheaded about making the beer we want. Authenticity is paramount, and that authenticity is evident in Santa Cruz.â&#x20AC;?

Uncommon Talent Renegade brewer Alec Stefansky of Uncommon Brewers might agree with him. Stefansky began his brewing history by exploiting a then-overlooked

CHECK YOUR HEAD Taylor Settanni pours at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery. SCMB will be bringing back its Twisted Tasting this weekend. university loophole in college, and his rebellious act became a path for his passion. After establishing Uncommon in 2002, the rule-breaking found its way into his beer, which he has infused with everything from toasted California poppyseeds to bacon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No one else was doing it, so we thought, why not?â&#x20AC;? he explains. Thirsty patrons can now imbibe his critically lauded creations around the country, and in several Canadian provinces, Australia, Japan and England. However, Stefansky still believes in localism, and he continues to source his organic ingredients from within California as much as possible. He cites the proximity of Seven Bridges as a major factor when choosing his Old Sash Mill warehouse location, and, although Uncommon doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a tasting room, his beers are available at several Santa Cruz County spots.

Getting Twisted Community is paramount at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, which has evolved since its beginnings eight years ago into a gathering place for locals, tourists and students alike.

Owner and brewer Emily Thomas began brewing with her uncles in Portland in the early â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s. She received the prophetic gifts of a homebrew kit and a toolbox as a graduation present, and returned to her Santa Cruz mountain home toâ&#x20AC;Śbe an engineer for 13 years. And then she started a brewery. The community has been a heavy influence in the expansion of the SCMB in a variety of ways. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For one, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the reason why weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re organic,â&#x20AC;? says Thomas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This community has a strong awareness of where what they consume comes from. We source all of our ingredients from Seven Bridges, and have a very close relationship with them. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to us to support the local community, because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a part of this community.â&#x20AC;? Thomas has helped to keep that relationship dynamic by hosting a variety of beer-centric events. But traveling for months out of the year can be tiring, and she wanted to host a tasting event that would be fun for brewers, too. From that desire, Thomas created the Twisted Tasting, a foodie

experience not for the faint of heart. The event returns to the top of the Rittenhouse building in Santa Cruz on Saturday, Feb. 16, featuring 40 brewers whose beers reflect the adventurous nature of DIY brewing culture, and locally produced, beer-inspired foods. There will be two sessions to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event, in the afternoon (1-4pm) and evening (6-9pm). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Traveling and doing events can be exhausting for brewers. I wanted to make an event that would be fun for them too, and enable them to let their creativity really go nuts. I want them to make some crazy beer.â&#x20AC;? Spoiler alert: Thomas hinted that SCMBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contributions could include beers flavored with onion, smoke, white chocolate and pomegranates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personality in what you create,â&#x20AC;? says Kathleen Genco, one of the founders of the soon-to-be Discretion Brewery in Soquel. She and her partners have been striving to create a community spot at which friends and neighbors could gather regularly. That philosophy is threaded through the thirstquenching, low-alcohol lagers and saisons that will take center stage

Moment of Truth Like so many in Santa Cruz, my own DIY brewing journey began at Seven Bridges. I surveyed mysterious sounding ingredients, innocuous and not-so-friendly-looking equipment, and a variety of numbered rubrics I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fully understand. The nonchalance of the co-op member assisting me calmed me, and I felt a certain amount of triumph leaving with a box of grain, malt, pellet hops and yeast. My boyfriend and I painstakingly measured and read temperatures and stirred and YouTubed our way through Seven Bridgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; red ale recipe. We alternated between pacing anxiously around our kitchen, resanitizing equipment and watching a thermometer increase and decrease by tenths of degrees. Several spent nerves and one six pack later, we proudly tucked 5 gallons of muddy slurry into our closet to ferment. The process really wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t difficultâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if you can boil water and read a thermometer, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more than half way there. And there were unseen benefits: warm, earthy smells that lingered in our kitchen for days and the creeping anticipation while staring at the fermentation lock for long minutes, waiting for tiny gas bubbles to be released because they proved that yes, this thing is alive. Throughout the process I attempted to channel my inner Hoffner, who says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My biggest suggestion for any new brewer is to be patient and relax. Fermentation is one of the oldest methods of preserving food and although modern technology has made it more complicated, you do not need a science background or to invest a lot of money to make beer. Beer is alive and brewing it requires you to be involved in every step of the process.â&#x20AC;?

I felt a surge of satisfaction wash over me as I cracked my first beer a few weeks later. I felt a kinship with beer lovers both contemporary and long gone, and blessed to be part of a community where not just ingredients but ideas come to be fermented and shared. And, you know, it tastes great, too.


Santa Cruz Mountain Brewingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TWISTED TASTING will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 at the top of the Rittenhouse Building in Santa Cruz. There will be two sessions, 1-4pm and 6-9pm. Tickets are $65.

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on their menu, enabling patrons to linger over a few beers. Although they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet opened their doors, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve coordinated a web of support among themselves, Fogline Farm and Main Street Garden and CafĂŠ. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fogline will use our spent grains from the brewing process for compost and chicken and pig feed. We have a small kitchen that Main Street Garden will prep out of, using Fogline ingredients, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll work with them and feature a weekly menu to pair with our beer,â&#x20AC;? says Genco.

An Index of Santa Cruz Breweries BOULDER CREEK BREWERY 13040 State Route 9, Boulder Creek (831) 338-7882 CORRALITOS BREWING CO. 2536 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville Tasting room set to open next year DISCRETION BREWING 2703 41st Ave, Soquel (831) 316-0662 HOLLISTER HILLS TAPROOM & BREWERY 401 McCray St, Hollister (831) 637-2337 SANTA CRUZ ALE WORKS* 150 Dubois St Ste E, Santa Cruz (831) 425-1182 SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAIN BREWING 402 Ingalls St #27, Santa Cruz (831) 425-4900 SANTE ADAIRIUS 103 Kennedy Dr, Capitola (831) 462-1227 SEABRIGHT BREWERY 519 Seabright Ave #107, Santa Cruz (831) 426-2739 UNCOMMON BREWERS* 303 Potrero St Ste #40-H, Santa Cruz (831) 621-6270 * tasting by appointment only

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A E! IMAGINE HAT Ben Lomond Americana songwriter Jay Lingo got a big boost from entering the Songwriterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Showcase.

Points of Impact At M.A.R.S.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; long-running songwriting competition, craft is still king BY GEORGIA PERRY


n evenings throughout February and March, dozens of fans will flood the pub, just as they do every year. They will erupt into raucous applause when their favorite player does well, and grumble and drink another beer when the score isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in their favor. Over the course of several weeks, they will witness wins, losses and wild upsets. They will watch the pool of competitors narrow from damn near 100 down to 24, and then 16. And then the elite eight, the finalists who will battle it out for the win, the titleâ&#x20AC;Ś Pump fake! This is Santa Cruz, where â&#x20AC;&#x153;March Madnessâ&#x20AC;? is just what your college roommate named the strain of weed he was growing in the dorm basement. But those looking for a lively,

entertaining competition throughout the next several weeks can call off the hounds: the annual Songwriter Showcase at Britannia Arms has arrived once again. In its eighth consecutive year, the showcase invites local songwriters of every experience level to put it all on the line with two original songs. A panel of judges will score the performancesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;up to 12 people can play in a night, so the event often doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wrap up until late, close to 11pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and determine who moves on to the semifinal and final rounds in April. The eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founder, Ken Capitanich, is also the owner of M.A.R.S. Studios, so first and second-place winners receive coveted recording time to lay

down tracks. Other finalists can win gift certificates, music equipment and more. While professional folk and Americana musicians frequently enter the showcase, Capitanich has seen his fair share of unknown performers steal the show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of the people who enter are closet musiciansâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;people that played music in school then went off to their careers,â&#x20AC;? Capitanich says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They come in they say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got this great song I wrote in college and I kinda perfected it till now.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll actually beat out a lot of the professional people that come in.â&#x20AC;? All styles of music are represented at the showcase, from folk and bluegrass to hip-hop and jazz. All levels of talent

have also had their time in the spotlight over the years. Jay Lingo, a country and western performer originally from Pennsylvania, entered the contest a few years back. Now he is well known around town and tours regularly. Becki DiGregorio is another recent winner; her song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Break the Worldâ&#x20AC;? left contest judge Paul Wagner speechless. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was just one of the most breathtaking things Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever heard,â&#x20AC;? says Wagner, a journalist and songwriter who regularly judges the contest. The contest is no American Idol knockoff, as performers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get scored on their performance (â&#x20AC;&#x153;X Factorsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;smizesâ&#x20AC;? matter not, either). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lyrics, music and composition that determine whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tops, with judges awarding a score between 0 and 10 for each of those categories. A largely casual affairâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;walk-ins can be signed up on the spotâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;audiences are generally receptive to all performers, even those who may be better suited for a shower stall lined with sound-proof foam. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One year, this lady popped in, very bubbly and friendly, and asked to sign up. She gets up there and sings, and she was lousy. I mean, she sucked really bad. It happens sometimes. But everybody clapped and was supportive, mostly for her braveness. Of course, she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win. But then she flipped out. She started screaming and threatened to sue us,â&#x20AC;? says Captanich, who fortunately avoided a lawsuit by having all performers sign a simple contract before entering. Most entrants, though, have something special to share. The nature of the event attracts true talent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not an open mic,â&#x20AC;? says Capitanich. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is what we call a songwriting showcase.â&#x20AC;? The Songwriter Showcase will be held every Tuesday night from Feb. 19 to April 30 at Britannia Arms, 110 Monterey Ave., Capitola. Slots are still available for those whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got what it takes. 0

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18, 7:30pm. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.462.4415.


Community Poetry Circle


THEATER Bye Bye Birdie The popular 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rock musical explores themes of teenage love, rock nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll stardom and the vast difference between being 15 years old and being 16. Performed with a live orchestra. Fri, Feb 15, 7pm, Sat, Feb 16, 3 and 7pm and Sun, Feb 17, 3pm. $15. Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz, 831.420.6177.

CONCERTS Jake Shimabukuro â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ukulele wizardâ&#x20AC;? Shimabukuro will play songs from his new record, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grand Ukulele,â&#x20AC;? for lovers at this Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day show. Tickets at Streetlight Records or www.pulseproductions. net. Thu, Feb 14, 8pm. $30. Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, 831.423.7970.

Santa Cruz Chamber Players Music of Celestial Spheres: Music composed by Messiaen, Bach and Schoenberg that addresses varying interpretations of spirituality. Sat, Feb 16, 8pm and Sun, Feb 17, 3pm. $25 general. Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.420.5260.

The Valentine Sonologues A benefit concert for the Walnut Avenue Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center featuring five female songwriters from California. Sat, Feb 16, 8pm. $5-$25, sliding scale. Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz.

Ukulele Concert Family-friendly concert by Lilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rev, songwriter and ukulele player. Morning performance at the La Selva Beach Branch Library and afternoon performance at the Branciforte Branch Library. Tue, Feb 19, 10:30am and 3:30pm. Free. La Selva Beach Library, 316 Estrella, La Selva, 831.427.7717.

&217,18,1* Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Spotlight Tours. Bringing the artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; voices directly to visitors. Go behind the scenes and museum-wide exhibitions. Third Sat of every month, 11:30am12:30pm. Museum hours Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm; closed Mon. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

GALLERIES 23(1,1* Cabrillo College Gallery Cabrillo Gallery. Mythical Installation: Scott Serrano presents an installation of an invented tropical island, complete with drawings, portraits and even â&#x20AC;&#x153;specimens.â&#x20AC;? Gallery hours Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm and Mon & Tues 7-9pm. Thru March 15. 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.479.6308.

Davenport Gallery Big Love: An exhibit of paintings, prints and sculpture from local artists. Thru March 15. 450 Hwy 1, Davenport, 831.426.1199.

&217,18,1* Felix Kulpa Gallery Cemetery Polka: Sixteen artists present original work inspired by Tom Waitsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; music. Thu-Sun . Thru Feb 24. 107 Elm St, Santa Cruz, 408.373.2854.

Santa Cruz County Bank In Dreams: Six local artists present their viewpoints on dreams and surrealism through a variety of media. At Santa Cruz County Bank locations in Aptos, Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. Monâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thu, 9amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm & Fri. 9amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;6pm, Thru April 26. Free. 831.457.5003. 720 Front St, Santa Cruz.

LITERARY EVENTS Author Event: Kathryn Gualtieri Local author Gualtieri will discuss her latest Carmel historical mystery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Murder Takes the Stage,â&#x20AC;? on Wed, Feb 13, 7:30pm. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.462.4415.

Author Event: Sheila Applegate An author and clinical therapist, Applegate will read from her guidebook for integrating love into every moment of life, Enchanted One. She will also lead a guided meditation. Mon, Feb

Poetry writing workshop led by Magdalena Montague, local poet and teacher. Sat, Feb 16, 2-4pm. Scotts Valley Library, 230-D Mt. Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley, 831.427.7717.

Poetry Reading Willing Suspension Armchair Theater: Readings by Monterey Bay Area members of the Hummingbird Press Poets Group. Wed, Feb 13, 7pm. Free/donation. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.0900.

Friday Shakespeare Club The club is seeking new members to join them in the study of the Bardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plays. Fri, Feb 15, 10am-12:30pm. First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz, 900 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.421.0930.

Health Fair The public is invited to receive free health screenings, talk to doctors and learn about healthrelated products. Thu, Feb 14, 11am-3pm. Free. Chaminade, 1 Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz, 831.465.3418.

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

LECTURES Homelessness Forum A talk hosted by the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International League for Peace and Freedom, featuring an update from Monica Martinez of the Homeless Services Center on the 180/180 campaign to find housing for at-risk homeless individuals. Tue, Feb 19, 7pm. Free/donation. Friends Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney St, Santa Cruz, 831.428.5096.

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

One Billion Rising A party and candlelight walk intended to stand up against violence towards women and girls. Email for information. Thu, Feb 14, 5-7pm. Free. Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

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

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An emerging choreographer showcase by local and international artists. Sat, Feb 16, 8pm and Sun, Feb 17, 3pm. $20. Spector Dance, 3343 Paul Davis Drive, Marina, 831.384.1050.


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yarns; public welcome. This meeting will feature stitching a lacy canvas scissors case. Second Wed of every month, 7pm. Free. Dominican Hospital Rehab Center, 610 Frederick St, Santa Cruz, 831.475.1853.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Monthly Meeting VFW Tres Pueblos Post 7263. Second Thu of every month, 6:30pm. 831.475.9804. Veterans Hall, 2259 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.345.3925.

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

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Mythical Installation at Cabrillo Gallery Journey to a dreamlike tropical islandâ&#x20AC;Świthout sitting through six seasons of Lost. Artist Scott Serrano used drawings, specimens, documentation and notes to create a science narrative for his invented landscape, based on the work of 19th-century naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace, which fills the Cabrillo Gallery and transports viewers to another world. Exhibit runs Friday, Feb. 15 until March 15, with an artist reception Thursday, Feb. 14 from 56:30pm at Cabrillo Gallery, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri from 9am-4pm and Mon. and Tues. from 7-9pm.

Small Business Workshop

Red Cross Mobile Blood Drives


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Internet with a Purpose for Small Businessâ&#x20AC;? is a workshop for Spanishspeaking entrepreneurs and business owners. Mon, Feb 18, 6pm. $10. El Pajaro CDC, 23 East Bach St, Ste 216, Watsonville, 831.722.1224.

American Red Cross will be hosting several mobile blood drives in Santa Cruz County throughout the month of February. Feb. 15 at 6090 Highway 9, Felton. Visit to schedule an appointment. Various sites, NA, Carmel, 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Blueberry Workshop Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the time of year to plant blueberry bushes. This workshop covers the basics. Sat, Feb 16, 10am1pm. $30 general; $5 UCSC students. UCSC Farm and Garden, UCSC, Santa Cruz, 831.459.3240.


Rise Up Singing Party

English Country Dance

Bring â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rise Up Singingâ&#x20AC;? songbooks, instruments, a vegetarian finger food to share and your own cup and plate. Thu, Feb 14, 7-9pm. Free/donation. Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, 831.335.3342.

Second and fourth Thursdays of each month; beginners welcome. Second Thu of every month. $5-$7. First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz, 900 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.426.8621.

Bruce Adamson Film Festival

Serenity Firstâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pagans in Recovery

Learn about the courtship behaviors of some of the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plants and animals on this easy walk. Sat, Feb 16, 11am. Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Hwy 236, Boulder Creek, 831.338.8883.

NOTICES Beat Sanctuary A dance class for exploring authentic movement as connection, exercise, prayer and spiritual practice. Wed, 7:30-9:15pm. $15. Santa Cruz Yoga, 402 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz, 831.227.2156.

Dog Hikes Santa Cruz International Dog Ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community hosts a weekly one-hour, easy hike along the beach for dog lovers and their pets. www. Mon, 8:45-9:45am. Free. Aptos Beach staircase, 1049 Via Palo Alto, Aptos.

Foster Parent Orientation Above the Line-Homes for Kids offers monthly informational meetings for potential foster parents. To register and get directions,

A 12-step meeting with a Pagan flair where guests are free to discuss their naturebased, goddess-centered spiritual paths. Sun, 7pm. The Sacred Grove, 924 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831.423.1949.

Stitchers-by-the-Sea Meeting The local chapter of Embroiderersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Guild of America meets and weaves

Romance in the Redwoods

Traditional Dancers of Santa Cruz The Whoots will provide musical backdrop for this special sweetheart contra dance. www. Fri, Feb

15, 8-11pm. $10 donation. Felton Community Hall, 6191 Hwy 9, Felton.

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A non-profit TV show airing every Saturday throughout February on Public Access, featuring films such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lady Di + Santa Cruz Triathlonâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bush Sr., CIA, Leon Panetta, The Cover Up.â&#x20AC;? Full schedule is available at Sat, Feb 16, 7-11pm. Free. Various sites, NA, Carmel, 831.425.8848.

Among Mike Pattonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more explorative bands, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s saying something. Feb 15-16 at Great American Music Hall.

The Wedding Present Over two nights, band plays â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;George Bestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Hit Paradeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in their entireties. Feb 16-17 at Bottom of the Hill.

Camâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ron Yoooooooooouuuuuu maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad! Yooooooouu maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad! Feb 16 at the Mezzanine.

Icona Pop If you are a newly single girl and havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Love It,â&#x20AC;? you are only punishing yourself. Feb 14 at Rickshaw Stop.

Oscar-Nominated Short Films

Marilyn Manson

The Oscar-nominated short films in both the animated and liveaction categories will be screened. www.thenick. com. Thru Mar 1. $10.50. Nickelodeon Theatre, 210 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz, 831.426.7500.

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Complete with inability to create anything on the WarďŹ eld stage more freaky than Market Street itself. Feb 19 at the WarďŹ eld.

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I LOVE UKE Jake Shimabukuro returns to Santa Cruz on Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day.

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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has been bringing the funk, New Orleans-style, to foot-stompers and tail-shakers around the world since 1977. A standout act from a city rich with musical talent and history, this is a band that, since its inception, has pushed the boundaries of brass styles. Always paying respect to tradition, the Dirty Dozen has moved the genre forward with 35 years of grooves, a repertoire that borrows from R&B and pop, and an unwillingness to be stylistically boxed in. Moeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley; $17 adv/$20 door; 8:30pm. (Cat Johnson)

Even though Jake Shimabukuro was a phenomenon here in Santa Cruz before he caught on in other parts, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m probably not alone in thinking the documentary Life on Four Strings (which showed last year at the Pacific Rim Film Festival) is what really opened my eyes to what his music is all about. More than that, it revealed the truly amazing person at the core of his one-man ukulele revolution. Certainly no one has ever brought the power and emotion to the instrument that he does. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appropriate that he returns to Santa Cruz on Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, because Shimabukuro has made his career a celebration of love and beauty from the most unexpected of places. Cocoanut Grove; $32; 8pm. (Steve Palopoli)

Bluesman Eric Bibb and Malian guitar legend Habib Koite have teamed up for a collaboration that explores the intersection of American and West African blues. Dubbed Brothers in Bamako, the project celebrates two different but related cultures, and spotlights the musical treasure trove where they overlap. The result is beautiful and thoughtful, a return to common ground. As Bibb sings, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my first visit to West Africa, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty sure itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna feel like cominâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home.â&#x20AC;? Koite returns the cross-cultural appreciation as he pays musical tribute to Los Angeles in â&#x20AC;&#x153;L.A.,â&#x20AC;? a song that is sung in French but features the unforgettable hook, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tequila makes me happy.â&#x20AC;? Kuumbwa; $28 adv/$31 door; 7pm & 9pm. (CJ)

Having recently released their fourth album with buddy Jack Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record label Brushfire Records, ALO are out and about California on their annual Tour Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amour. The tour benefits public music school programs and with show themes such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Hot Regalia,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Love Boatâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pretty in Punk Promâ&#x20AC;? itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to imagine not having a good time. The CA natives and long-time friends have a lively blend of funk, jazz and rock that kind of makes you want to sit around a bonfire after having surfed all day and then jam out in the basement. Moeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley; $20 adv/$25 door; 9pm. (Melanie Ware)


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CHRIS RENE Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Chris Rene picked up his first guitar and started writing songs at the age of 12. Although he has gone through a series of drug and alcohol addictions and rehab, he is now sober and determined to prove himself. On the first season of The XFactor he came out strong with sincere support from all the judges and a standing ovation from the audience for performing his original song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Young Homie.â&#x20AC;? The inspirational anthem tackles his past struggles, how to build upon your mistakes and learn to love life. Catalyst; $19 adv/$23 door; 8pm. (MW)

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OM IS WHENEVER Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;M WITH YOU The doom stoners play Tuesday.

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SLIDE BROTHERS In the 1930s the voice-mimicking, praiseaccompanying pedal steel guitar became a fixture in the African-American Church of God, and has remained so ever since. Steel guitarist Calvin Cooke utilized this technique of sliding metal across guitar strings to create a smooth, rich sound in the church for a few decades. He has now ventured outside of worship to create the Slide Brothers, a group including musicians Darick and Chuck Campbell and Aubrey Ghent. With the help of Robert Randolph, one of the most successful sacred steel guitarists, the four have just released their first album and are performing around the nation. Rio Theatre; $25 gen/$40 gold; 7:30pm. (MW)


Wednesday, February 20 U 7:30 pm At the Rio Theatre | No Comps

ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE SLIDE BROTHERS â&#x20AC;&#x153;Masters of Sacred Steelâ&#x20AC;? - a powerful blend of blues, gospel, rock and soul Thursday, February 21 U 7 pm



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Monday, February 25


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Tickets: 3/4 DONNY MCCASLIN GROUP 3/6 LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO At the Rio Theatre 3/11 JOSE JAMES PRESENTS â&#x20AC;&#x153;NO BEGINNING NO CIRCLE ENDâ&#x20AC;? GOLD 3/15 CAMINOS FLAMENCOS SOLD OUT! 3/16 VIJAY IYER TRIO 3/18 KYLE EASTWOOD GROUP 3/25 BRUBECK BROTHERS QUARTET â&#x20AC;&#x153;TRIBUTE TO DAVE BRUBECKâ&#x20AC;? 4/24 CHICK COREA & THE VIGIL Unless noted advance tickets at and Logos Books & Records. Dinner served 1-hr before Kuumbwa presented concerts. Premium wines & beer. All ages welcome.

320-2 Cedar St [ Santa Cruz 831.427.2227

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Jackson Browneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent snoozer of a tour highlighted how different his path has been than that of his frequent collaborator David Lindley. Browne has mellowed with time, while Lindley seems as crazy as ever. Growing up, Lindleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second album with El Ray-o X, Win This Record, made a huge impression on meâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;its edgy mix of rock with reggae, ska, Cajun music and more still represents to me what was great about â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s music. But in terms of experimentation, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play compared to what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re likely to find Lindley doing at any given live performances these days. And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not just talking about the weirdness of songs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cat Food Sandwiches.â&#x20AC;? He can play anythingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and does. Kuumbwa; $25; 7pm. (SP)



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Disciples of Bacchus

Live Comedy

Honky Tonk Night


DJ Mikey

Rainbow Lounge


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923 PaciďŹ c Ave, Santa Cruz

BLUE LOUNGE 529 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz

BOCCIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CELLAR

The Showcase

DJ Tripp

Live Hip Hop

The Melodians

Stupid Cupid


Blazinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Reggae

140 Encinal St, Santa Cruz

DJ Stoney




Swingin Utters

In Flames

Starting Six

DJ Don~ette G

1101 PaciďŹ c Avenue, Santa Cruz

THE CATALYST 1011 PaciďŹ c Ave, Santa Cruz


Maple Street Five

New World Ape

The Subtle Tease

Billy Martini

Touchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Too Much

1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

CROWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NEST

Hot Club PaciďŹ c

Yuji Tojo

2218 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz


Esoteric Collective

1 Davenport Ave, Santa Cruz


Gene Fintz

1104 Ocean St, Santa Cruz


Preston Brahm Trio



Tuck & Patti

Habib Kolte &

White Album

1102 PaciďŹ c Ave, Santa Cruz

with Gary Montrezza

KUUMBWA JAZZ CENTER 320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz

MOEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ALLEY

Eric Bibb

Fishtank Ensemble

1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

Dirty Dozen



Hot Buttered Rum

Brass Band



Libation Lab

1209 PaciďŹ c Ave, Santa Cruz

by Zagg

with Sam F & Ruby Sparks



Paradise K

DJ Sparkle Aloha Fridays

Dressed in Roses

120 Union St, Santa Cruz


Delta Rae &

1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz

ZZ Ward

SEABRIGHT BREWERY 519 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz

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Neighborhood Night


831.423.7117 831.425.2900

The Naked Agenda

Santa Cruz New Music

BOCCIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CELLAR 831.427.1795

Tijuana No!

Dead Meadow


Chris Rene

THE CATALYST 831.423.1336

Movie Nite

7 Come 11

Run Lola Run

CREPE PLACE 831.429.6994

Live Comedy

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

Erica Sunshine Lee


Geese in the Fog

FINS COFFEE 831.423.6131

Dana Scruggs Trio

Joe Leonard Trio

Barry Scott & Associates

David Lindley

Kurt Rosenwinkel

Andy Statman



Israel Vibration &

Toubab Krewe

Roots Radics

Rasta Cruz Reggae Rick Walker Trio

Chasing Ice Film Screening

HOFFMANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BAKERY CAFE 831.420.0135


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

Eclectic by

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Primal Productions


Movie Night

Naked Bootleggers

MOTIV 831.479.5572

THE REEF 831.459.9876

RIO THEATRE 831.423.8209


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DJ Mikey


1011 PACIFIC AVE. SANTA CRUZ 831-423-1336 Thursday, February 14 AGES 16+ also


All Shall Perish and Battlecross


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INDemon FLAMES Hunter

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STARTING SIX A-1 DJ Aspect Antdog Da Beast







Friday, February 15Â&#x2039;In the AtriumsAGES 21+


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THU 2/14



The Shakers


David Paul Campbell

David Paul Campbell

George Christos


Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oh Bros

July Fire

West Coast Soul


211 Esplanade, Capitola 783 Rio del Mar Blvd, Aptos

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


Vinnie Johnson

215 Esplanade, Capitola



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The Amazing Jazz Geezers

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Kurt Stockdale

203 Esplanade, Capitola




Strangers Family Band !DV$RSs$RSOPENPM3HOWPM

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In Three

Breeze Babes

Kaye Bohler Band

Joe Ferrara


Audio Spectrum

Joint Chiefs

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Diegoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Umbrella

Jay Lingo

Felson & Medicine

1 Seascape Resort Dr, Rio del Mar


Lenny Wayne

1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola


Michael Mullen

You Knew Me When

4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel



6275 Hwy 9, Felton

The All Seeing I


Jayme Kelly Curtis

9450 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond



Hippo Happy Hour

1934 Main St, Watsonville

George Cole

417 Alvarado St, Monterey CA Hwy 1, Moss Landing

KDON DJ Showbiz

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Mariachi Ensemble

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Lenny Wayne

SHADOWBROOK 831.475.1511

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New BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (PG-13; 121 min) Everything seems to be about Twilight these days. Warm Bodies was heralded

(or reviled) as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilight for zombies,â&#x20AC;? and of course the original Twilight had a lock on vampires and werewolves. Now some are calling this adaptation of the popular young-adult book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilight for witches.â&#x20AC;? It too has star-


crossed lovers, this time having to deal with Jeremy Irons (who, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it, probably really is a warlock) and the rest of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;casterâ&#x20AC;? family. (Opens Fri at Green Valley, Cinema 9 and Scotts Valley)

Movie reviews by Steve Palopoli and Richard von Busack

ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH (PG; 101 min) Brendan Fraser, Ricky Gervais and Sarah Jessica Parker top the vocal talent in this animated flick about an astronaut hero on the planet Baab who accepts a dangerous

mission that requires him to face off with William Shatner. Will he ever be able to name his own price at over 1000 Baab destinations again? (Opens Fri at Green Valley, Cinema 9 and Scotts Valley)

Showtimes are for Wednesday, Feb. 13, through Wednesday, Feb. 20, unless otherwise indicated. Programs and showtimes are subject to change without notice.

APTOS CINEMAS 122 Rancho Del Mar Center, Aptos 831.688.6541

The Impossible â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fri-Wed 12:30; 8. Lincoln â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fri-Wed 2:50; 6. Side Effects â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daily 1:50; 4:10; 6:30; 8:45 plus Sat-Mon 11:30am. Warm Bodies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1:20; 3:40; 6; 8:10. Zero Dark Thirty â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1:15; 4:30; 7:45.

CINELUX 41ST AVENUE CINEMA 1475 41st Ave, Capitola 831.479.3504

A Good Day to Die Hard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Wed 10pm) 11:10; 1:45; 4:15; 7; 9:30. Safe Haven â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Wed 10pm) 11; 1:45; 4:30; 7:15; 10. Argo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 12:45; 6:45. Identity Thief â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daily 11:20; 2; 4:45; 7:30; 9:30. Les Miserables â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:45; 3:10; 9:30. Life of Pi â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 3:45pm. Silver Linings Playbook â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1; 4; 7.

DEL MAR 1124 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz 831.426.7500

Argo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 2; 7:30; 10:15; Fri-Wed 11:45; 8:15 plus Fri-Sat 10:40pm. The Impossible â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 4:30; 7; 9:30. Les Miserables â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1:20; 6:15; Fri-Wed 3:30pm. Lincoln â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fri-Wed 12:30; 6:30. Side Effects â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:30; 2; 4:30; 7; 9:20. Stand Up Guys â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 2; 4:10; 6; 9:20; Fri-Wed 2:10; 4:10; 6:15; 9:30. Tropic Thunder â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fri-Sat midnight.

NICKELODEON Lincoln and Cedar streets, Santa Cruz 831.426.7500

Academy Award Nominated Shorts program - Animatedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Daily 3;7:10 plus Fri-Wed 1pm. Academy Award Nominated Shorts program - Live Action â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daily 4:50; 9. Amour â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 12:15; 3:15; 6; 8:45; Fri-Wed 12:45; 3:20; 6; 8:45. The Impossible â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fri-Wed 12:30pm. Lincoln â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 12:30; 3:30; 6:30; 9:30. Silver Linings Playbook â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daily 1:20; 4; 6:45; 9:15. Quartet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daily 1:40; 3:45; 6:15; 8:30.

RIVERFRONT STADIUM TWIN 155 S River St, Santa Cruz 800.326.3264 x1701

Safe Haven â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Thu) 4:15; 7; 9:35 plus Sat-Sun 1pm. Movie 43 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 2/13 3; 5:15; 7:30; 9:45. Zero Dark Thirty â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daily 4; 8 plus Sat-Sun 12:30pm.

SANTA CRUZ CINEMA 9 1405 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz 800.326.3264 x1700

Beautiful Creatures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Wed 10pm) 12:30; 3:30; 7; 9:45. A Good Day to Die Hard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Wed 10pm) 12; 12:40; 2:30; 3:10; 5; 5:35; 7:30; 8:10; 10; 10:35.

Escape from Planet Earth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 12:10; 4:55; 9:30. Escape from Planet Earth 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 2:40; 7:10. Bullet to the Head â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 2/13 1:10; 7:10. Django Unchained â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 2/13 1:20; 6:10; 9:45; Thu call for showtimes; FriWed 1:20; 6:10; 9:45 plus Sat 2:20pm. (No Sat 1:20pm)

Gangster Squad â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 2/13 4:10; 9:40. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 2/13 2:50pm Thu call for

showtimes; Fri-Wed 2:50pm.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 2/13 12:30; 5:15; 7:35; 10; Thu call for showtimes; Fri-Wed 12:20pm. The Hobbit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 2/13 12:45; 4:25; 8; Thu call for showtimes; Fri-Wed 5:10; 9. Identity Thief â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 2/13 12:15; 3; 7; 9:30; Thu call for showtimes; Fri-Wed 1:10; 3:50; 6:45; 9:55. Life of Pi 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 1; 4; 6:55; Thu call for showtimes; Fri-Wed 1; 4; 6:55; 10:10. Mama â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 2/13 12:10; 2:35; 5; 7:45. Parker â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 2/13 1:30; 4:40; 7:25; 10:15. Warm Bodies â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Wed 2/1312; 2:45; 6; 8:25; 10:45; Thu call for showtimes; FriWed 12:50; 3:20; 6; 8:25; 10:45.

CINELUX SCOTTS VALLEY STADIUM CINEMA 226 Mt Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley 831.438.3260

Beautiful Creatures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Wed 10pm) 11:10; 2; 4:55; 8; 9:30. A Good Day to Die Hard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Wed 10pm) 11; 12:15; 1:30; 2:45; 4; 5:15; 6:30; 7:45; 9; 10:10. Safe Haven â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Wed 10pm) 11; 2; 4:55; 8; 9:30. Escape From Planet Earth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Thu) 2:15; 4:40; 7; 10. Escape From Planet Earth 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Thu) 11:45am. Argo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 2/13 3:45; 6:45; Thu 7:20pm; Fri-Wed 7:20pm. Bullet to the Head â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Wed 2/16 11:15am. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 9:45pm; Fri-Wed 12:30; 2:45; 5:15; 7:45; 10. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daily 11:55; 2:20; 4:55; 7:30. The Hobbit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fri-Wed 11:45; 2. Identity Thief â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 2/13 11:20; 2; 4:40; 5:45; 7:20; 8:30; 10; Thu 11:20; 2; 4:40; 7:20; 10; Fri-Wed 11:20; 2; 4:40; 7:20; 10. The Impossibleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Wed-Thu 11:30; 1:40; 4:20; 7; 9:30; Fri-Wed 11:15; 1:50; 4:55; 7:30; 9:55. Les Miserables â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:30; 3:15; 9:30. Life of Pi â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 2/13 4; 7; Thu 4:30pm; Fri-Wed 4:30pm. Movie 43 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 7:45; 10:10. Parental Guidance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed 2/13 11:20; 1:30; Thu 11:30; 2. Side Effects â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:10; 1:45; 4:30; 7:10; 9:45; Fri-Wed 12:45; 3:45; 6:45; 9:30. Silver Linings Playbook â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daily 12:45; 3:45; 6:45; plus Fri 9:30pm. (No Thu 6:45pm) Warm Bodies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 11:55; 2:20; 4:55; 7:30; 9:55; Fri-Wed 11:55; 2:20; 4:55. (No Fri 7:30pm 11:55am) Zero Dark Thirtyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Wed-Thu 11:30; 3; 6:30; 10; Fri-Wed 12:15; 4; 7:45. (No Sat 12:15am)

GREEN VALLEY CINEMA 8 1125 S Green Valley Rd, Watsonville 831.761.8200

Beautiful Creatures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Thu) 1:30; 4; 7; 9:30 plus Sat-Mon 11am. Escape From Planet Earth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Thu) 1:15; 7:25; 9:30. Escape From Planet Earth 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Thu) 3:15; 5:15 plus Sat-Mon 11am. A Good Day to Die Hard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Thu) 1:45; 4:15; 7:15; 9:45 plus Sat-Mon 11:15am. Safe Haven â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (Opens Fri) 1:30; 4; 7; 9:30 plus Sat-Mon 11am. Bullet to the Head â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1:15; 3:15; 5:15; 7:20; 9:45. Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Wed-Thu 3:15; 7:20; 9:45 plus Sat-Mon 11am. Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters 3D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1:15; 5:15. A Haunted House â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 7pm. Identity Thief â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daily 1:30; 4; 7; 9:45 plus Sat-Mon 11:15am. Life of Pi â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1:30; 4. Mama â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 1:45; 4:15; 7:15; 9:45. Movie 43 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 9:45pm. Parker â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wed-Thu 7; 9:30. Side Effects â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daily 1:45; 4:15; 7:15; 9:45 plus Sat-Mon 11:15am.

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (R; 104 min) Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you feel sorry for the guy whose job it is to come up with the titles for these Bruce Willis movies? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure he retired after Live Free or Die Hard, thinking â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve given it all Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got.â&#x20AC;? Then one day, the phone rang. His wife was like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lester, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pick it up. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go watch you be torn apart over this again. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you see what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing to our family?â&#x20AC;? But of course he picks it up. Was there ever really another option? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bruce is back in,â&#x20AC;? says the voice on the other line. Lester puts his hand to his temple. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How long do I have?â&#x20AC;? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a moment of silence on the other end of the line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uh, why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you just toss out the first thing that comes to mind, like you usually do, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll use that?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perfect,â&#x20AC;? says Lester. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eh, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seeâ&#x20AC;ŚA Good Day toâ&#x20AC;Śsomething something.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lester,â&#x20AC;? says the voice, â&#x20AC;&#x153;youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve still got it.â&#x20AC;? (Opens Fri at Green Valley, Cinema 9 and Scotts Valley) ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) The original midnight movie just keeps chugging along, luring in generation after generation with its mix of sex farce, sci-fi and endless quotability. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safe to say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a long time since anybody losing their Rocky Horror virginity actually saw a science fiction double feature. (Plays Fri and Sat at midnight at the Del Mar) SAFE HAVEN (PG-13; 121 min) Best known for My Life as a Dog, Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eating Gilbert Grape and The Cider House Rules, Swedish director Lasse Holstrom is a tough one to get a handle on. With Safe Haven, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crafted a mystery-romance about a young woman who comes to a new town with dark secrets. Kind of like Beautiful Creatures, but without witches. (Opens Fri at 41st Ave, Green Valley, Riverfront, and Scotts Valley)

Reviews AMOUR (PG-13; 135 min.) Acclaimed French drama from writer-director Michael Haneke explores the nature and challenges of love in this story of a couple in their 80s that won the Palme dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Or at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cannes Film Festival, and is nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. BULLET TO THE HEAD (R; 91 min.) As if beamed to 2013 via time machine, this action movie not only stars Slyvester Stallone and Christian Slater, it was directed

by Walter Hill (48 Hrs.), and has a Foreigner song in the trailer! Also like an â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s action movie, the plot is about stuff that blows up, and the people who IDENTITY THIEF (R; 117 min.) Bridesmaidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; breakout star Melissa McCarthy gets her own comic showcase playing a woman who steals Jason Batemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s identity (made possible because his characterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sandy,â&#x20AC;? see? Erâ&#x20AC;Ś). Seth Gordon, who made his debut with the I-canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t-believe-this-mademe-care-about-video-games documentary The King of Kong, directs. OSCAR SHORTS (NR) The Nick is presenting both the animated and live-action shorts nominated for an Academy Award this year. Trust us, this annual service to movie lovers is the best way to rule these categories at your Oscar party, and also a good reminder that, in the age of endless YouTube crap, great short films are still being made. SIDE EFFECTS (R; 111 min.) For what he claims is his last feature film ever, director Steven Soderbergh combines bits from his last three movies: the social message of Contagion, the suspense (theoretically) of Haywire and the Channing Tatum of Magic Mike. This thriller has Rooney Mara caught up her own personal Big Pharma conspiracy, as her life with hubby Tatum is turned upside down after suspicious psychiatrist Jude Law prescribes her medication for her anxiety. STAND UP GUYS (R; 94 min.) While the idea of senior-citizen bad guys getting together for one last job is far from originalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Crew, Tough Guys, etc.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;none of those movies had both Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in them (plus a bonus Alan Arkin!). Between this and giving up the Ricky Roma role to play Shelley Levine in the Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, Pacino seems to be finally taking old age gracefully. WARM BODIES (PG-13; 105 min.) Another addition to the budding zom-com genre has a zombie falling for stillalive Julie (Teresa Palmer). Clearly infused with more heart (a beating one) than the generally rather cynical films in this vein, it also attempts to unite the â&#x20AC;&#x153;fastâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;slowâ&#x20AC;? camps of zombie fans by having both.


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PSYCHIATRIST VS. PSYCHIATRIST Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones play shrinks on opposite sides of a patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleepwalking disorder in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Side Effects.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

See Emily Play


UMEROUS TWISTS make Side Effects a film about which the less said, the better: the one scene the celeb reporters have been talking about spoils the impact. Stephen Soderberghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allegedly last movie has a witty, plausible subject. This Scientologistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream date plays on the shudders you get seeing cartoony advertisements on television and billboards for antidepressants. A serious crime is committed by Emily, a deeply depressed Manhattanite. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s played by Rooney Mara, who is a revelation, recalling the most jittery waifs of the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s, particularly Mia Farrow. Emilyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense is that she cannot recall the crime because her meds made her a sleepwalker. This leaves her psychiatrist (Jude Law) legally vulnerable, caught in a fork between his own corporate dealings and the reporters from the New York Post. Some clues are provided by Emilyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s severe former psychiatrist (Catherine Zeta-Jones). While Soderberghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautifully turned series of flashbacks made Out of Sight a kind of classic, the jumping around here keeps Side Effects remote. The filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poster is telling: four actors all looking in different directions. The materialâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essential Michael Crichton-ness could have benefited from a crowd-pleasing approach.

Lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skeeviness (this shrink forgets to shave) is well worked; as always with Law, you can never tell if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crooked right up until the end. But the casting of an actress with a Viking warrior vibe (Vinessa Shaw) as the shrinksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wife canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t counterbalance the ambient evil with tendernessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and increases the scriptâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lean toward misogyny. Among his many gifts, Soderbergh has a sense of the erotic, for making you feel youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen far more than you have. The soundscapes intensify the paranoia: the prattling of a child during an important TV broadcast, the soughing of a skyscraper breathing, the cutting out of the sound entirely. The cleverly matched beginning and ending say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be a homicidal maniac to live in New York, but it helps.â&#x20AC;? Soderbergh is claiming this is his last film and that he wants to paint; without sarcasm, I note that his studies of blood splotches on a hardwood floor are very painterly. Hope he has a nice long vacation, and then one morning the EON people try to tempt him out of retirement with a meeting about Bond 24.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Richard von Busack

February 22, 23 & 24 7 PM @ Rio Theatre

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FEBRUARY 13-19, 2013


175/@31634:/<2A7<>/:= /:B=: Ryan Shelton, formerly of Le

Cigare Volant Restaurant, emailed to tell me what he calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;exciting news.â&#x20AC;? Last week, Shelton was tapped to be chef at the Palo Alto Grill, the new American steakhouse at the former Miyake site on University Avenue. >OZ]/Zb]5`WZZ owners are Bruce Schmidt and Luka Dvornik, formerly of Lavanda, also on University Avenue. And Shelton says that the new dining room â&#x20AC;&#x153;will be specializing in contemporary California cuisine and hopes to open by the end of February.â&#x20AC;? Could be a reason to drive over the hill. At any rate, those of us who admired Sheltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s handiwork when he was at Le Cigare Volant wish him success.

TOPPING CHEF Owner and pizzamaker Giuseppe Vitagliano at work at the new Tramonti on Seabright.

Lavish Lunches at Tramonti BY CHRISTINA WATERS


ew and lively, Tramonti has already won the tastebuds of Seabright locals with its large portions, delicious pizzas and can-do service. When Rita and I had lunch at Tramonti last week, we found all of the aboveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and more. Yes, Tramonti is open for lunch Monday through Saturday, noon to 2:30pm. Pizzas are quite tasty here, she assured meâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;again, big is the game plan. Generous portions served by very well-trained, friendly staffers. We shared a ham, cheese

and egg stuffed Calzone Tramonti that looked, I kid you not, exactly like Vesuvius from the air, with a light toasted crust and its â&#x20AC;&#x153;coneâ&#x20AC;? emitting steam ($12). Housemade potato gnocchi in a dreamy fontina, gorgonzola cream sauce was lavish. For my money the hit of our lunch was an insalata Santa Croce (Santa Cruz in Italian) that involved an addictive mix of arugula, radicchio, kale, carrots, celery and toasted hazelnutsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with lots of feta and parmigiano, all tossed with fresh

lemon and extra virgin olive oil dressing. Okay, get this: for $7, two of us got full on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;smallâ&#x20AC;? salad, and still had enough to take home for two more servings. Seriously. It was an impressive and bountiful salad. And if you can wrap your head around thisâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;there is a bigger version for three dollars more! Bring the soccer team. Tramonti pizzas are truly freeranging, from biancas with walnuts and pears, or grape tomatoes and arugula, to bold pizze rosse topped

0=E3@>=E3@( New Leaf Community Market customers have donated over $7,000 at the cash register for relief efforts to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy in October. Proceeds will go to two New Jersey Food Banks and the American Red Cross. You go, Leaf! 0:C303@@G67::=<B6367::(

Oh, yes, you can grow your own blueberries here in Santa Cruz, says UCSC Farm field production manager Liz Milazzo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By paying attention to a few important factors they can be a great addition to your garden.â&#x20AC;? Sign up for the upcoming workshop, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden,â&#x20AC;? on Saturday, February 16, from 10 am to 1 pm at the UCSC Farm. $30 for general public, $20 for Friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;register at


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with tomato sauce and Italian sausage, or four cheeses, veggies, anchovies and oreganoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Siciliana, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to have it next time I go. Pizza crust here is absolutely delicious. Our terrific salad arrived with a few strips of fired pizza crust on the side that were as full-flavored as any designer crackers. Tramonti is located across the parking lot from La Posta, and across the street from Engferâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;sort of a Bermuda Triangle of pizza. And the entire Seabright neighborhood is overjoyed. If you go in the evening, remember this sleek, textile-free interior, can get quite sonic. Tramontiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;528 Seabright Ave., SC (831) 426-7248, www.


Diner’s Guide Our selective list of area restaurants includes those that have been favorably reviewed in print by Santa Cruz Weekly food critics and others that have been sampled but not reviewed in print. All visits by our writers are made anonymously, and all expenses are paid by Santa Cruz Weekly.

Symbols made simple: $ = Under $10 $$ = $11-$15 $$$ = $16-$20 $$$$ = $21 and up

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

APTOS $$ Aptos

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

$ Aptos

Heather’s Patisserie

$$$ Aptos

Severino’s Grill

$$ Aptos

Zameen Mediterranean

7486 Soquel Dr, 831.662.3546

7500 Old Dominion Ct, 831.688.8987

Bakery and deli. f. A wide variety of Parisian style pastries, breads and American baked goods baked fresh on site daily. Hot breakfast and lunch available daily. Enjoy with our organic coffee and espresso. Delicious, custom built wedding cakes available. Open 6am Mon - Fri, 7am Sat - Sun. Continental California cuisine. Breakfast all week 6:30-11am, lunch all week 11am-2pm; dinner Fri-Sat 5-10pm, Sun-Thu 5-9pm.

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

CAPITOLA $$ Capitola

Geisha Sushi




1750 Wharf Rd, 831.475.1511


Stockton Bridge Grille


231 Esplanade, 831.464.1933

$$$ Capitola


Japanese. This pretty and welcoming sushi bar serves 200 Monterey Ave, 831.464.3328 superfresh fish in unusual but well-executed sushi combinations. Wed-Mon 11:30am-9pm. California Continental. Swordfish and other seafood specials. Dinner Mon-Thu 5:30-9:30pm; Fri 5-10pm; Sat 4-10:30pm; Sun 4-9pm. Mediterranean tapas. Innovative menu, full-service bar, international wine list and outdoor dining with terrific views in the heart of Capitola Village. Open daily.

California cuisine. Nightly specials include prime rib 203 Esplanade, 831.475.4900 and lobster. Daily 7am-2am.

SANTA CRUZ $ Charlie Hong Kong California organic meets Southeast Asian street food. Organic Santa Cruz 1141 Soquel Ave, 831. 426.5664 noodle & rice bowls, vegan menu, fish & meat options, Vietnamese style sandwiches, eat-in or to-go. Consistent winner “Best Cheap Eats.” Open daily 11am-11pm $$ The Crepe Place Crepes and more. Featuring the spinach crepe and Tunisian Santa Cruz 1134 Soquel Ave, 831.429.6994 donut. Full bar. Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri 11am-1am, Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-midnight.

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

Califormia-Italian. Fresh from farmers’ markets organic vegetables, local seafood, grilled steaks, frequent duck and rabbit, famous CHICKEN GABRIELLA, legendary local wine list, romantic mission-style setting with patio, quiet side street.

$$ Hindquarter Americana. Ribs, steaks and burgers are definitely the stars. Santa Cruz 303 Soquel Ave, 831.426.7770 Full bar. Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner Sun-Thu 5:30-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-10pm. $$ Hoffman’s California/full-service bakery. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. “Best Santa Cruz 1102 Pacific Ave, 837.420.0135 Eggs Benedict in Town.” Happy Hour Mon-Fri 5-6pm. Halfprice appetizers; wines by the glass. Daily 8am-9pm. $$ Hula’s Island Grill ’60s Vegas meets ’50s Waikiki. Amazing dining experience in Santa Cruz 221 Cathcart St, 831.426.4852 kitchy yet swanky tropical setting. Fresh fish, great steaks, vegetarian. Full-service tiki bar. Happy-hour tiki drinks. Aloha Fri, Sat lunch 11:30am-5pm. Dinner nightly 5pm-close. $ India Joze Santa Cruz 418 Front St, 831.325-3633

Eclectic Pan Asian dishes. Vegetarian, seafood, lamb and chicken with a wok emphasis since 1972. Cafe, catering, culinary classes, food festivals, beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner daily except Sunday 11:30-9pm. Special events most Sundays.

$$ Johnny’s Harborside Santa Cruz 493 Lake Ave, 831.479.3430

Seafood/California. Fresh catch made your way! Plus many other wonderful menu items. Great view. Full bar. Happy hour Mon-Fri. Brunch Sat-Sun 10am-2pm. Open daily.


$$$ La Posta Italian. La Posta serves Italian food made in the old style— Santa Cruz 538 Seabright Ave, 831.457.2782 simple and delicious. Wed-Thu 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-9:30pm and Sun 5-8pm.

Silk road flavors. Fresh, nourishing and delectable Mediterranean cuisine with a unique Afghan twist. Patio dining. Open daily for lunch 11:30-3pm & dinner at 5pm.

$$ Louie’s Cajun Kitchen Santa Cruz 110 Church St., 831.429.2000

Laissez les bons temps rouler at this cool, funky N’awlins-style celebration of food, libations and bluesy sounds. Start with a Hurricane as you peruse our menu of serious cajun goodness.

$$ Olitas Fine Mexican cuisine. Opening daily at noon. Santa Cruz 49-B Municipal Wharf, 831.458.9393 $$ Pacific Thai Thai. Individually prepared with the freshest ingredients, Santa Cruz 1319 Pacific Ave, 831.420.1700 plus ambrosia bubble teas, shakes. Mon-Thu 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri 11:30am-10pm, Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon-9:30pm. $ Pono Hawaiian Grill Santa Cruz 120 Union St, 831.426.pono

Authentic Hawaiian Island Cuisine! Featuring “The Reef” tropical bar. Large outdoor patio. Variety of poke, wraps, salads, vegetarian, all entrees under $10! “Aloha Fridays,” Hawaiian music and hula! Open 11-10pm Sun-Wed,11-11pm Thur-Sat!

$$ Ristorante Italiano Santa Cruz 555 Soquel Ave, 831.458.2321

Italian-American. Mouthwatering, generous portions, friendly service and the best patio in town. Full bar. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am, dinner nightly at 5pm.

$$ Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing California / Brewpub. Enjoy a handcrafted organic ale in the Santa Cruz 402 Ingalls Street, Ste 27 taproom or the outdoor patio while you dine on Bavarian pretzels, 831.425.4900 a bowl of french fries, Santa Cruz’s best fish tacos and more. Open everday noon until 10pm. Food served until 7pm. $$ Soif Wine bar with menu. Flawless plates of great character and Santa Cruz 105 Walnut Ave, 831.423.2020 flavor; sexy menu listings and wines to match. Dinner MonThu 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-10pm, Sun 4-9pm; retail shop Mon 5pmclose, Tue-Sat noon-close, Sun 4pm-close.

Stagnaro Bros. Seafood and more. Family owned since 1937. Fresh seafood, $$ Santa Cruz 21 Municipal Wharf, 831.423.2180 pasta and steaks . Kid friendly. Panoramic ocean views from the main dining room and Upper Deck Lounge. Large outdoor fish market on site with 20+ types of fresh fish. Open daily at 11am. $$ Woodstock’s Pizza Santa Cruz 710 Front St, 831.427.4444

Pizza. Pizza, fresh salads, sandwiches, wings, desserts, beers on tap. Patio dining, sports on HDTV and free WiFi. Large groups and catering. Open and delivering Fri-Sat 11am-2am, Mon-Thu 11am-1am, Sun 11am-midnight.

SCOTTS VALLEY $ Heavenly Cafe American. Serving breakfast and lunch daily. Large parties Scotts Valley 1210 Mt. Hermon Rd, 831.335.7311 welcome. Mon-Fri 6:30am-2:15pm, Sat-Sun 7am-2:45pm. $ Jia Tella’s Scotts Valley 5600 #D Scotts Valley Dr, 831.438.5005

Cambodian. Fresh kebabs, seafood dishes, soups and noodle bowls with a unique Southeast Asian flair. Beer and wine available. Patio dining. Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm.

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Laili $$ Santa Cruz 101B Cooper St, 831.423.4545

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