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We Believe Re: â€œThe Bigger Victoryâ€? (Currents, May 8): Thanks, Fred! You said that better than I could and I agree wholeheartedly! HENRY CARTER Santa Cruz
Yes, â€˜West Endâ€™ Re: â€œWhere Exactly is Our West End?â€? (Epicure, May 1): If you look around in the businesses in the West End/West Side, you will see a brochure and map created by many of the businesses identifying and marketing the region as â€œWest End.â€? I give out the maps in my tasting room. The project was spearheaded by Mark & Kelly Sanchez of Kellyâ€™s Bakery, who I believe get the credit for starting the revitalization of this end of town to begin with. The brochure was a good idea and good branding, and very much enforces the fact that a lot of us are already
calling this the West End. Furthermore, the West End moniker is much more appropriate than West Side for anyone who isnâ€™t local, as â€œWest Sideâ€? is unfortunately also a gang name. There is a lot of very inaccurate press regarding this restaurant. Iâ€™ve seen many things about â€œbig outside moneyâ€? involved. The family of one of the main partners has lived in Santa Cruz County for over 100 years. It is a local project by local folks and will provide another great dining option for locals and visitors. I own one of the 10 wineries within walking distance in the West End. Four of us have been door-to-door next to each other since June of 2008. It works greatâ€”we all do good business. Why canâ€™t beer places do well with it too? There is certainly enough room for another good locally owned eatery and wine-and-beer establishment in this ever more exciting part of town. JEFF EMERY Proprietor, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard
Map Quest This weekâ€™s (May 8) letters to the editor criticizing Christina Watersâ€™ article about the new West End Taproom missed a crucial point! She claims that what locals call the â€œWestsideâ€? is actually the northern end of town, as though we just have this wacky local disregard for geography. The Westside is, in fact, south west of downtown, west of the San Lorenzo, and north of, well, pretty much just the ocean. VERONICA GARRETT Santa Cruz
Geography Crisis II When I see car decals, t-shirts, hats etc. in and around Santa Cruz that say â€œNorCalâ€? (which is frequently), I canâ€™t help but wonder: where the heck do these people think theyâ€™re living? Havenâ€™t they heard of the CENTRAL Coast or the CENTRAL Valley? NAME WITHHELD BY REQUEST
Profit Margin Re: â€œSticking Pointsâ€? Currents, May 15): How are the 700,000 needles being filled with illegal drugs that cost from $60 to $200 a day? I am no math whiz either, but that is a lot of crimes committed to fill those needles, and man, who is making bank on the illegal drug sales? CHRIS BROWN
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Goal Tending The studies show that the needle exchange program is working and meeting its goals, but Ken Collins knows otherwise, so we should shut the program down? Is that really how we want to make public policy decisions? TIM GONCHAROFF
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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN GRANT Kevin Devaney came up with the idea for the FEAST series at the Tannery.
Feeding the Arts The Tanneryâ€™s new FEAST series invites the community to dinner to fund local artists BY AARON CARNES
anta Cruz artists looking to get their projects funded now have a whole new avenue available to them, through a new program at the Tannery Arts Center called FEAST. The idea is part Kickstarter, part American Idol, part Top Chef: Once a month, eight artists stand up in front of a room of diners and explain their projects. For 20 dollars, attendees will get not only dinner, but the opportunity to vote on which of the eight artistsâ€™ projects they believe deserves to be funded. The artist with the most votes gets the entire grant. The amount of money the winning artist receives depends on how many people are
in attendance, as the grant money comes directly from the attendeesâ€™ fees. In April, Devi Pride was the winner at the first FEAST event, winning around $700 to fund her documentary on urban farming and agricultural sustainability. Of the seven people she was competing against, one person proposed a public mural, another a mobile lighting rig that would be used to enhance art shows at the Tannery Arts Center. â€œItâ€™s open to all artists, all mediums, you donâ€™t need to go through a complicated application process. You literally just need to be able to stand up and for five minutes and convince
people that this thing that you want to do is awesome enough for them to be giving their money to do it,â€? says FEAST organizer Kevin Devaney. FEAST is open to all, and dinner is donated by local businesses, so very little money is being taken out of the admission fee to cover costs. The dinner for last monthâ€™s FEAST came by way of Casa Nostra, Emilyâ€™s and Rebeccaâ€™s. The next FEAST will be at the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art on May 30 at 6:30pm. â€œSo often in the grant community, if someone isnâ€™t able to get their idea on paper in a way that clearly communicates whatâ€™s going on, they
donâ€™t get funded. The whole point of this program is to break down that power structure, open it up, and make it a very democratic process,â€? Devaney says. If attendance grows, the grant amount could get as high as $2,000, as the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art can hold about a hundred people inside and on the patio. Grant winners are expected to attend the following meeting to show their project to the same people that funded it. What they will show will depend on the nature of the project. If it is shorter, they may show it in its completed form. But in the case of Prideâ€™s documentary, which could take substantially longer than a month to complete, she will likely bring clips, or photos from on location. â€œWe donâ€™t want them to feel like thereâ€™s a time restraint, because that really limits the types of arts we can fund. But we donâ€™t want to feel like weâ€™re just giving somebody a bag of cashâ€”like â€˜all right, beer money!â€™ Thereâ€™s a give and take here that works for everyone involved,â€? Devaney says. The program is based on a similar one called Sunday Soup in Chicago that inspired Devaney. Before moving to Santa Cruz, he did a couple similar events in his hometown of North Hampton, NH. Once here, he presented the idea to Kirby Scudder at the Tannery Arts Center, who immediately gave him the go-ahead. â€œI just thought it was a phenomenal idea that had so much potential to be a real gift to any community where it was happening. If weâ€™re able to do this correctly every month, itâ€™ll be a huge asset to artists in Santa Cruz, and could really help us be a vibrant arts community, in addition to all thatâ€™s already going on,â€? Devaney says. Artists interested in participating, should go to http://www.scica.org/ to fill out an application.0
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GIMME SHELTER The Palomar Inn remains one of few low-income-housing options in downtown Santa Cruz.
Inn Depth â€œLetâ€™s turn the Palomar Inn on Pacific Avenue back into a hotel.â€? Thatâ€™s the theme Good Times keeps hammering away at latelyâ€”most recently in its â€œCriticsâ€™ Picksâ€? last monthâ€”with a bizarre lack of analysis as to how such a move would affect low-income housing locally. This last time around, GT editor-inchief Greg Archer gave the building his award for â€œWorst Eyesore,â€? advocating once again that the building is long overdue for some good old-fashioned gentrification. Now, letâ€™s be honest, the seven-story historic structure probably wouldnâ€™t even make most localsâ€™ top 10 list of Santa Cruz eyesores, but thatâ€™s not the point here. Itâ€™s not the first (or even the fourth) time Archer has suggested the change. He first expounded on this vision in 2010, and likes to revisit it regularly. This yearâ€™s â€œWorst Eyesoreâ€? award was even a demotion from last year, when the Inn won â€œWorst Use of Downtown Space.â€? Archer also deemed the hypothetical Palomar revamp his number one â€œBright Idea for 2013â€? last December. He thinks such a change would improve the social and economic scene downtown, and bring in more tax dollars, too. Last month he wrote, â€œThe buildingâ€™s upper levels are used for affordable housing. Not sure what Andy Balich, who owned it back in the day, would have thought of that.â€? Weâ€™re not sure what Balich would think about it, either, but we canâ€™t find any evidence that heâ€™d be against locals
being offered affordable place to live. Letâ€™s look at what we actually do know: the Palomar does provide low-income housingâ€”currently 23 units to be exact. Santa Cruz Housing Authority director Ken Cole says that makes it a valuable source of Section 8 housing, which would go away if developers changed the space. Therein lies the biggest problem with this revamp vision, especially at a time when thereâ€™s a such huge public demand for keeping people housed and off the streets. The need for Section 8 housing in Santa Cruz is already at a critical level, and Cole says that makes the Palomar much more than some fixup project. â€œAffordable, low-income housing like the Palomar is the goal in terms of helping low-income people, helping the homeless. Period,â€? Cole says. â€œTo entertain the notion of turning it into a something else is hard to conceive at this point. Nothing else could ever replace it.â€? Exactly how high is demand for lowincome housing in Santa Cruz? Cole says the Housing Authority stopped adding people to its Section 8 wait list when it reached 14,000 names a few years ago. He estimates the Housing Authority currently accommodates only about 10 percent of people in Santa Cruz who qualify for Section 8 housing. Luckily, despite the GT campaign, this doesnâ€™t appear to be in any danger of actually happening. Palomar owner Richard Gouker says he has no interest in selling: â€œThere are low-income people here,â€? he says. â€œWhere else are they going to go?â€?0
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Dancing on the Fringe
As Santa Cruzâ€™s Flex prepare their burlesque-inspired show for Julyâ€™s Fringe Festival, they admit that when it comes to intimacy, they donâ€™t have to fake it. BY GEORGIA PERRY
fter a recent rehearsal at the Pacific Arts Complex on Soquel Avenue, several members of the Santa Cruz dance company Flex sit on the ground in a circle. Some have their legs out in a V, or one leg tucked under the other. Rachael Bianchi sprawls across Melissa Wileyâ€™s lap, while Wiley massages her leg for her. Ian Crowell lies on his belly with his chin propped on his hands.
FLEXUAL HEALING The Flex Dance Company will perform their burlesque-inspired show â€˜Leather and Laceâ€™ at the Fringe Festival in July.
They wear black leggings, little cropped sweaters, colored sports bras, sweat pants and socks. Socks are big. Crowellâ€™s are printed with marijuana leaves. Bianchiâ€™s are pale pink, and Molly Katzman changed hers twice during the course of the rehearsalâ€”rejecting one pair for dragging too much, one for being too slippery, and eventually going barefoot for a while and then putting back on her original pair of socks.
The group is tight-knit, to say the least. They have to be do to the kind of choreography theyâ€™ve become known forâ€”visceral, raw and technical, full of lifts and longing, and real connection. â€œWeâ€™re really in tune with each othersâ€™ bodies, which is exciting,â€? says Katzman, who has a round face and beautiful short hair, thick and curly like the fur on your favorite childhood teddy bear. â€œDance and touching other bodies and thinking of the intention behind it, it is healing. And really loving, and that does something in your body.â€? Sarah Kocina, tiny and blonde, but impossibly muscular, murmurs in agreement. â€œI was just thinking of what all of your hands feel like. Like I canâ€”â€œ â€œCreep,â€? laughs Bianchi, who wears black leggings and a Guns Nâ€™ Roses t-shirt with the sleeves cut off. â€œMelissa knows what everyone smells like!â€? someone shouts. Itâ€™s true, apparently. Wiley, who is tall and curvy and has the strongest
off-stage presence (itâ€™s no surprise sheâ€™s a teacher at Motion Pacific), announces: â€œIf someone leaves a shirt, Iâ€™ll pick it up and be like, â€˜oh, thatâ€™s Carlyâ€™s.â€™ We should play a game where we blindfold ourselves and we have to take turns lifting a person. I bet we would know everybody!â€? Tonight they learned part of a routine theyâ€™ll use in their next performance, a burlesque-style show at the Fringe Festival this July. Called â€œLeather and Lace,â€? the show is about dating and onenight stands, and the stage will be designed to look like a bedroom. â€œItâ€™s a more adult show,â€? says Leslie Johnson, the groupâ€™s 26-yearold founder and choreographer. Johnson is cheery and good-natured, with a wide grin. She arrived at the rehearsal with a slicked-back bun on the top of her head, but halfway through she took down her hair and whipped it around like a great horse shaking her mane in the wind as she danced.
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â€œItâ€™s not a whole burlesque show, so itâ€™s not stripping the entire time. We want to hold very true to what our company is also, which is a very contemporary company,â€? she says. Abra Allen, the owner of Motion Pacificâ€”where Flex is the resident company, and several members teach classesâ€”describes their style as â€œsome balls out, fast-paced, technical, high-flying dance that is fun and accessible to all ages, and all types of dance audiences.â€? She says the intimacy within the group allows them to take risks on stage that would not be available to them otherwise. â€œFlex is more than a company, it is a family,â€? she says. Dixie Mills, the founder of the Fringe Festival and a choreographer herself, saw Flex do a couple short
burlesque routines at Motion Pacificâ€™s winter cabaret show this year ,and suggested they bring that element to this yearâ€™s festival. Their strength is their accessiblity. Their shows are full of â€œI see what you did thereâ€? moments, which can be rare in the more experimental Santa Cruz dance scene. â€œLeslieâ€™s much more commercial, sheâ€™s very accessible. Itâ€™s very athletic. Thereâ€™s not a lot of thinking involved. Youâ€™re not gonna be, like, thinking about social issues. Itâ€™s not gonna challenge you necessarily intellectually, but itâ€™s gonna move you,â€? says Mills. Bianchi says the burlesque show wonâ€™t be too different from how they are on a daily basis. â€œWeâ€™re pretty flexual,â€? she says. â€œWeâ€™re just playing it up a little.â€? Everyone laughs in agreement.
The members of Flex have endless stories detailing their psychic connections with one another, a phenomenon Wiley simply calls â€œbrain twiddling.â€? Thereâ€™s the time the music unexpectedly cut out in the middle of the show, and when it came back, everyone miraculously guessed together where to pick up the choreography again. Or the time everyone was standing with their backs to the audience, and Rachel started the choreography early. Everyone had to decide together, silently, whether to join her or give her an unexpected solo. They chose to let her solo, and claim it looked completely intentional. Then thereâ€™s the time the music went out suddenly for a few moments before the end of a piece, and the
dancers all stopped at the same time. â€œAnd it wasnâ€™t a place where you would normally stop. But everyone stopped together, and it was completely in unison,â€? remembers Johnson. â€œThat was crazy. I was so impressed. It was perfect.â€? The groupâ€™s impressive and, at times, bizarre synchronicty can be attributed to the way Johnson coaches them. â€œShe says â€˜watch each other, pay attention to each other, listen to each other breathing.â€™ She is asking us to constantly cue into one another,â€? says Kocina. As with any tight-knit herd of females, their menstrual cycles are synced up. (Overheard after rehearsal: â€œDid you start yours yet? No? Well, then, you will tomorrow.â€?) But in addition, all the members of Flex, including the two males, are greatly influenced by one anotherâ€™s moods. â€œOur energy affects each other so much, like if we come into class and a couple people arenâ€™t having a good day, or if one person is really excited. Everyone gets on board with that and it can either be really great or really horrible,â€? says Bianchi. â€œThere was one show where Molly was really, really sick, and so everyone was feeling really supportive, so it was this crazy supportive energy that everyone had toward one another,â€? remembers Johnson. â€œOooh,â€? coos Wiley softly. â€œI forgot about Molly being so sick.â€? Thereâ€™s a pause, and the supportive energy seems to rise up in the room once again, as the group collectively remembers. â€œOh, my god,â€? says Bianchi, â€œthere was snot flying everywhere.â€?
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WHAT ARE WE RUNNING FOR? Brad Pitt is willing to face the zombie apocalyse if it means no more stupid questions about his wifeâ€™s breast surgery in â€˜World War Z.â€™
No Escape This summerâ€™s movies all have a dark streak BY RICHARD VON BUSACK
curdled version of â€œAmerica the Beautifulâ€? plays in the trailer for the home-invasion thriller The Purge (opening June 7). And some kind of equally subtle political allegory can be discerned in the gated community taken to outer space in Elysium (Aug. 9), which depicts the have-not/got-more civil war of 2154. And the executive mansion gets it once again in White House Down (June 28). Escapism keeps getting harder to find, even in summer movies.
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may trigger wails of â€œBenghazi!â€? among the loyal right-wingers watching in Southern movie theaters. Yes, I am in favor of Superman, I ainâ€™t that ironic. Item: TVâ€™s Justice League Unlimited, an adaptation of Alan Mooreâ€™s For the Man Who Has
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Everything, is very moving, despite the lackluster animation. My point is that thereâ€™s no law a Superman movie has to be dumb or predictable, even if in Man of Steel the crypto-religious origin story is once again rehashed: Russell Crowe plays the godly Jor-El, while Kevin Costner appears as a corn-fed St. Joseph to the immaculate superhero. Through youthful confusion, Superman rises to face the Hitler of Krypton, General Zod (Michael Shannon) and ad astra per aspera.
Much Ado About Nothing (June 7) Just as some directors relax their actors with softball, Joss Whedon (The Avengers) used to encourage impromptu Shakespeare readings during rehearsals for Buffy the
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PEW! PEW! ROBOTS ARE SHOOTINâ€™ STUFF! Thereâ€™s no Transformers movie this summer, but â€˜Pacific Rimâ€™ has plenty of giant battling pieces of metal. Vampire Slayer. In that tactic lies the basis of this low-budget Shakespeare adaptation, which is a little Neil La Bute in its mood, features modern dress (suit and tie) and is in blackand-white, shot in the spurious Tuscany of Santa Monica hillside mansions. Amy Acker from TVâ€™s Angel makes a witty Beatrice; Alexis Denisof is a sarcastic Benedick determined not to be married (â€œthrust the neck into a yoke, wear the print of it, and sigh away Sundaysâ€?). Meanwhile, the everdebonair Nathan Fillion plays that lawmanâ€™s lawman Dogberry. It would be patronizing to assume that the many fans of Buffy werenâ€™t familiar with Shakespeare; knowing the extent of fanboy and fanlady tunnel vision, though, this may be the first Shakespeare theyâ€™ll see. So itâ€™s a good thing all around.
Pacific Rim (July 12) Simply colossal. Perhaps it will rekindle the love of super-robots that Michael Bay tainted in three lousy Transformer movies. Pacific Rim is fantasy creator Guillermo del Toroâ€™s marriage of Japanese kaiju (the aliens are even called â€œthe kaijuâ€?) with a plot seemingly pilfered from John Wyndhamâ€™s 1953 novel The Kraken Wakes. We have war with an alien enemy,
which has nested in the oceans. The critters must be repelled with skyscraper-size battle robots called â€œjaegersâ€? (â€œhuntersâ€? in German). Iâ€™d love to think that these were a tribute to the mechanical killer jaegars in the novels of Cordwainer Smith, subject of 2013â€™s most unfairly uncelebrated literary centenary.
Frances Ha (May 24) Bright-but-not-brittle director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) collaborates with the everrising Greta Gerwig, who was last glimpsed in a small but key role in the last Woody Allen movie. She is credited with co-writing this comedy about a hapless New Yorker who wants to be a dancer. Gerwig has persisted through a string of half-baked indie movies that were far more forgettable than she is. She ought to be a star by now, and Frances Ha may finish the job. Both physically, and in choice of odd, uncompromising female roles, she bears a strong resemblance to the most versatile of Hollywood studio actresses, Barbara Stanwyck. And Baumbachâ€™s use of black-and-white cinematography may bring out that classic strain in the actress, who also happens to be his significant other.
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NOT ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID Kristen Wiig (left) and Annette Bening in â€˜Girl Most Likely To.â€?
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This may be the trend killerâ€”the flop that ends the zombie crazeâ€”or the restart of a whole new round. The Good War, Studs Terkelâ€™s narrative history of World War II, isnâ€™t the exact source, but it might well have been. Itâ€™s Why We Fight and How We Hopefully Won, all about fighting zombies on the beaches and in the streets. Brad Pitt plays the U.N. investigator piecing together accounts of the global conflict. Rewrites galore has plagued the project, so the only certainty is that the film has Pitt and several hundred million zombs. Will the final version amplify or squelch the political satire of the real source: Max Brooksâ€™ novel? Marc Foster (Quantum of Solace) directs.
A couple of years ago, the sweet, bizarre and convulsive Kristen Wiig was a cast member on Saturday Night Live, where she supported the entire troupe on her shoulders like the low person in a human pyramid. Wiig starred in Bridesmaids, which was considered a risk. Girl Most Likely, recently retitled from its original Imogene (as if in tribute to the great comedienne Coca), is described as Wiigâ€™s passion project. She plays a cracked-up boomerang girl bounced off of the New York theater scene who moves in with her mean mom (Annette Bening) and her momâ€™s mendacious pal (one of the seriously underrated funny ones, Matt Dillon).
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Fate is, one assumes, the hunter aboard a damaged and seemingly doomed plane of fools headed for Mexico City. No one is raving about this airborne allegory for the horrors of the Spanish economy, but theyâ€™re murmuring with approval. Pedro AlmĂłdovar is one of the few directors who makes completionists out of the hardest to please. Maybe itâ€™s the graveyard wit, maybe itâ€™s the campiness, maybe itâ€™s the attention to glowing fine surfaces in the era when the digital changeover is making for a lot of ugly movies.
Director Rick Rowley documents Jeremy Scahill, the journalist investigating the Joint Services Operations Commandâ€”the secret warriors tracking and killing terrorists from Yemen to Central Asiaâ€Śor people who to our best knowledge are terroristsâ€Śor people who were driving in a truck that was the same brand of truck that a terrorist was known to driveâ€Śor people who were just in the wrong tent at the wrong time. Scahillâ€™s brave investigations take him to scary places and to encounters with everscarier people.
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Robert Earl Keen Rio Theatre, June 12
This year 22 bands, including local favorites Wooster, North Pacific String Band and McCoy Tyler Band, will grace the ears of attendees as they lay out in the beautiful meadow surrounded by redwoods. Along with a wide range of music that appeals to all ages, this two-day event will feature beer from local breweries, Santa Cruz Mountains wines, and delicious and unique foods. Children can enjoy face painting, a bounce house and more, while dozens of artists will be offering paintings, instruments, jewelry and more. This event gives back to the community as proceeds go to local non-profits and service organizations. (MW)
Keen is the Jimmy Buffett of country music, with a striking balance of sincere ballads and rocking, getdrunk party songs. Also he loves Santa Cruz so much he made it the focus of â€œComing Home,â€? one of his biggest fan faves. Sure, the songâ€™s about leaving Santa Cruz, but weâ€™ll take it. (JP)
White Album Ensemble Santa Cruz County Symphony, June 1 Santa Cruzâ€™s biggest super-group plays nothing but songs by the greatest band in rock & roll history. No, not the Surf Punks! The other one. The Ensemble, led by the Doobie Brothersâ€™ Dale Ockerman, guitarist Ken Craft and keyboardist Richard Bryant, plays with the Santa Cruz County Symphony. (SP)
Santa Cruz Mountains Vintnersâ€™ Festival Santa Cruz, June 1-2, 8-9 Thereâ€™s so much wine it couldnâ€™t possibly fit in one weekend. The first weekend focuses on wineries from the eastside of the mountains, and the second on wineries from the west. The last day, June 9th, will wrap up with a car-free street festival downtown because sometimes when you drink wine, itâ€™s hard to walk a straight line down the sidewalk. (JP)
Marty Oâ€™Reilly Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, June 14 If thereâ€™s one artist that embodies Santa Cruzâ€™s burgeoning Americana folk scene, Marty Oâ€™Reilly might be it. Oâ€™Reilly has a soaring, scratchy voice, amazing resonator guitars, a heartbreaking fiddle player, an upright bassist that hangs with the best and compositions that sound born out of the Great Depression. (JP)
Austin Lounge Lizards Kuumbwa, Santa Cruz, June 15 The Austin Lounge Lizards might be the funniest alt-country band ever, with songs like â€œLife Is Hard, But Life Is Hardest When Youâ€™re Dumbâ€? and the â€œproposedâ€? Banana Slugs Fight Song. (JP)
Woodies on the Wharf Santa Cruz Wharf, June 22 This Surf City classic features over 200 stylish, pre-1952 woodies. During the past 19 years, the event has grown and is now one of the busiest days of the year on the wharf. There will also be live music and a raffle featuring a chance to win a beach cruiser bike or a custom designed â€œSanta Cruz Woodiesâ€? long board. (MW)
Redwood Mountain Faire Roaring Camp, Felton, June 1-2
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With a fusion of folk tenderness and soft rock sensibilities, guitar-player Griffin has an angelic voice that sounds like an powerful whisper and a moving songwriting style that hasnâ€™t lost much since her popular 1996 debut Living With Ghosts. Sheâ€™s in a relationship with Robert Plant, so if sheâ€™s good enough for one of the alltime greatestâ€Ś(JP)
Garden Faire Sky Park, Scotts Valley, June 22 Embrace change and growth at the 8th annual Garden Faire, a free-admission event. This yearâ€™s theme, â€œGrowing Together: Nourishing Our Community,â€? educates the public on the importance of individual actions that promote the well-being of the community through new organic gardening techniques. Knowledgeable speakers will share their understanding of fresh and inventive ways to assist the growth of plants in a sustainable way that nurtures the earth and environment. There will be food and beverages, live music, interactive presentations, activities for all ages as well as a unique assemblage of garden goods and materials, plants and services. (MW)
Dave Alvin Acoustic Trio Kuumbwa, Santa Cruz, June 26 A lifelong supporter of good folk, blues and roots music, Alvin is at his best with an acoustic guitar in his hand.
Cabrillo Stage Cabrillo College, Aptos, July 12-August 18 This yearâ€™s lineup kicks off on July 12 with La Cage aux Folles, the risquĂŠ story of flamboyantly gay couple in Spain. Summer shows also include Escaping Queens, a local musical comedy from Joe Ortiz about an immigrant family in New York and the Rogers and Hammerstein classic Oklahomaâ€”where, ya know, the wind comes sweeping down the plains. (JP)
Camper Van Beethoven/ Cracker Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, July 19 Camper Van Beethoven is arguably Santa Cruzâ€™s most famous band, and might have been superstars if it wasnâ€™t for that little spat in Europe on the Key Lime Pie tourâ€”and, you know, the breakup. Lead singer David Lowery picked up again with Cracker, who then obligingly became superstars. Now theyâ€™re all one big, happy family,
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HEY BUDDY Buddy Wakefield is one of the featured acts at the Santa Cruz Music Festival July 20. and Camperâ€™s new album (the second since their reunion) has a great Santa-Cruz-style tribute to â€œNorthern California Girls.â€? (SP)
Santa Cruz Music Festival Santa Cruz, July 20 The inaugural edition of the SCMF will feature 60 bands in more than half a dozen venues around Santa Cruz. Headliners include Sage Francis, the extremely political Oakland hiphop outfit the Coup, slam poet Buddy Wakefield, indie-rock quintet Forrest Day, South Bay dubsters Getter and Santa Cruzâ€™s own alt-hip-hop band par excellence, Eliquate. As those examples suggest, the festival brings a broad range of genres and styles to an epic one-day event. (SP)
Shakespeare Santa Cruz Festival Glen, UCSC, July 23September 1 Every year, Santa Cruzâ€™s bestknown theater company performs Shakespeare playsâ€”some popular and some obscureâ€”surrounded by the stunning beauty of UC-Santa Cruzâ€™s redwood forest. This yearâ€™s installment features historical masterpiece Henry V, as well as Shakespeareâ€™s battle-of-wits (and sexes) romantic comedy Taming of the Shrew. Also in
the outdoor Festival Glen this year is Tom Jones, a collaboration with this summerâ€™s Fringe Festival. (JP)
Berlin featuring Terri Nunn Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, July 26 When promoting shows, Berlin bills themselves as â€œfeaturing Terri Nunnâ€? because not many bands still have their lead singer after so many years. But at 51, Nunn still has great stage presence, can nail hit songs like â€œRiding on the Metroâ€? and is as hot as everâ€”no, weâ€™re not just talking about her pipes. (JP)
Cabrillo Music Festival Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Aug. 2-11 Spread over the course of almost two weeks, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music just about has it allâ€”emerging composers and conductors, experimental string quartet Kronos and even a familyfriendly, free performance by The Animated Orchestra. And, of course, the annual work of Maestra Marin Alsop is never to be skipped. (JP)
Xavier Rudd Catalyst, Santa Cruz, August 2 With a voice like Paul Simon,
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Michael Pollan Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of four groundbreaking titles, including The Omnivoreâ€™s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, is a cutting-edge thinker when it comes to food, and specifically â€œan inspiration for a lot of what people are doing in Santa Cruz,â€? says Casey Coonerty Protti, owner of Bookshop Santa Cruz. The bookshop will host Pollan on June 18 for a reading and discussion of his new book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. â€œCooking links us to nature, it links us to our bodies. Itâ€™s too important to our well-being to outsource,â€? writes Pollan in Cooked. In the pages of his book, he explores how the four classical elementsâ€”fire, water, air and earthâ€” relate to how we cook our food, from grilling pork shoulder to baking bread to fermenting beer. Cooking, he argues, is a vital part of what it means to be human (â€œraw foodists take note,â€? he writes), as our early use of fire led us to expand the boundaries of what we could eat and, in turn, evolve. Tickets for Pollanâ€™s appearance at Santa Cruz High, sponsored by Bookshop Santa Cruz, are still available. A $31 ticket to his talk also includes a copy of the book. (GP) AO\bO1`ch6WUVj8c\S&
Australian multi-instrumentalist Rudd has for sung for years of environmental messages that resonate with Santa Cruz: â€œIf you love keep this coast clean as it evolves. The way that it shines, â€™cause it may just dwindle with time with the changes it will confront.â€? Lately Rudd has been getting even deeper into world music and his experiments with electronic music. (JP)
Cabrillo Music, Art and Wine Festival Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, August 6 This art and wine festival celebrates 20 years with an amazing blend of musical styles and flavors. Flex Dance Company, the Great Morgani, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Watsonville Taiko and SambaDĂĄ will all perform on Church Street outside the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. (JP)
Outside Lands Golden Gate Park, August 9-11 Big-name throwbacks Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nine Inch Nails are set to headline, but even these guys might get outshone by the
younger acts. French indie rockers Phoenix show up with hipster heavies Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National, Grizzly Bear, Band of Horses, Yeasayer, Matt & Kim and many more. A few electronic acts are in the mix, as well, including Kaskade and Pretty Lights. Former R&B recluse Dâ€™Angelo will make an appearance, though no word yet on whether his eternally forthcoming new album will be out in time.
Scotts Valley Art and Wine Festival Sky Park, Scotts Valley, August 10-11 If the art doesnâ€™t totally blow your mind, try going back for another glass. Hosted by the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce and the cityâ€™s Art Commission in beautiful Sky Park, this festival promises the best in food, beer, wine and art.
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Bellydance Showcase Different belly dancers each week on the garden stage. Presented by Helene. www. thecrepeplace.com. Sat, 1:30pm. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.429.6994.
Blueprints Contemporary and traditional dance inspired by Burkina Faso, Estonia, America and the Cosmos. Fri, May 24, 7pm, Sat, May 25, 7pm and Sun, May 26, 3pm. $15 general; $12 students/seniors. UCSC Mainstage Theater, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.459.2159.
THEATER Rainbow Theater SOLID: Souldiers Overwriting Limitation In Definitions. A spoken word, poetry, music, dance and monologue show put on by Community Studies senior students. Fri, May 24, 7pm. Free. Stevenson College Event Center, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, 831.459.1861.
CONCERTS SC Guitar Orchestra Sinfonia de Guitarra: Baroque, modern, and traditional African and eastern European music played by a symphony of guitars. scgo.brownpapertickets. com. Fri, May 24, 8pm.
$15 general; $10 seniors; $5 students. First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz, 900 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.423.1626.
Pajaro Valley Arts Council
â€œAgriCulture, Land & Peopleâ€?: All-media exhibit exploring the people, produce & politics of the Pajaro Valley. Gallery hours: Wed-Sun 11am4pm. Thru June 9. Free. 37 Sudden St, Watsonville, 831.722.3062.
R. Blitzer Gallery
&217,18,1* Cabrillo College Gallery Student Exhibition: 150 works of painting, mixed media, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and more. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm & Mon-Tues 7-9pm. Thru May 31. 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.479.6308.
Chimera Tattoo Studio â€œLife Underwater.â€? An exhibition of oil paintings by Joel Frank inspired by water. www.jdfrank.com. Gallery hours Mon-Sat, noon-8pm. Thru May 31. Free, 831.426.8876. 1010 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz.
Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery â€œIn Her Place, Visual Narratives: Tapestries by Bonnie Stone.â€? Gallery hours: Tue-Sun 11am4pm. Thru June 22. 831.459.2953. Cowell College, UCSC, Santa Cruz.
Felix Kulpa Gallery â€œMyths, Lies & Legendsâ€?: Contemporary fine art prints by MPC Printmakers. Gallery hours: Thu-Sun, noon6pm. Thru May 26. 107 Elm St, Santa Cruz, 408.373.2854.
â€œFirenze-una Storia dâ€™Amoreâ€?: Traditional egg tempura artist Adrienna Momi. Gallery hours: TuesSat, 11am-5pm. Thru May 31. 831.458.1217. Mission Extension and Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz County Bank â€œViva Santanaâ€?: A solo retrospective of the late painter, printmaker and sculptor Manuel Santana. At Santa Cruz County Bank locations in Aptos, Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. Monâ€“Thu, 9amâ€“5pm & Fri. 9amâ€“ 6pm, Thru Aug. 23. Free, 831.457.5003. 720 Front St, Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz actress Billie Harris and Book Cafe manager Jill Rose perform animated readings of childrenâ€™s stories. Mon, 11am. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.462.4415.
LECTURES Democratic Womenâ€™s Club Santa Cruz Countyâ€™s Climate Action Strategy: A presentation by Ross Clark, Santa Cruz Climate Action Coordinator. Fri, May 24, 11:30am. Free. Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room, 155 Center Street, Santa Cruz, 831.688.2931.
Human Resources Association Human Resources Business Partner Series: Managing Talent for Organizational Success. www.nchra.org. Wed, May 22, 5:30-7:30pm. $35. Plantronics, 345 Encinal St, Santa Cruz, 415.291.1992.
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Events LITERARY EVENTS Poetsâ€™ Circle This monthâ€™s featured reader: Cabrillo College English Dept. Chair Adela Najarro. Thu, May 23, 6-8pm. Free. Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main Street, Watsonville, 831.768.3419.
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A six-month workshop series for families, kids and teens about how to mitigate the effects of bullying and create empowerment strategies. Fourth Sun of every month, 2-3:30pm. Thru Jun 24. Free. Santa Cruz Central Branch Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.427.7717.
Peopleâ€™s Democratic Club Democracy for the Rest of Us: Leveling the playing field in national, state and local politics. A forum with keynote speaker Derek Cressman of Common Cause. Thu, May 23, 7pm. Santa Cruz High School, 415 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.421.9367.
NOTICES ADHD Support Group A group meeting for adults with ADHD. Email Judy Brenis at email@example.com for information. Wed, May 22, 6:30-8pm. Mar Vista Elementary School, 6860 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.818.9691.
Santa Cruz Guitar Orchestra â€œSinfonia de Guitarraâ€? is the finale concert of the guitar orchestraâ€™s season, featuring traditional music and classic orchestra pieces from Baroque to modern. Friday, May 24 at 8pm at First Congressional Church, 900 High St., Santa Cruz. Tickets $15 general.
Beat Sanctuary A weekly class for exploring exercise and spirituality through dance. Wed, 7:30-9:15pm. $15. A dance class for exploring authentic movement as connection, exercise, prayer and spiritual practice. Wed, 7:309:15pm. $15. Santa Cruz Yoga, 402 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz, 831.227.2156.
The Search for Life on Other Planets This talk with NASA Planetary Scientist Dr. Christopher P. McKay will traverse such varied topics as: the evolution of the solar system; human exploration of Mars; the origin of life; and oh, just EVERYTHING YOU HAVE EVER WONDERED ABOUT EVER. Thursday, May 23 at 7pm at the Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. Tickets $3. Clutterers Anonymous
Hemlock Discussion Group
A free weekly 12-step meeting for those frustrated with too much clutter and not enough room. Fri, 5:30pm. Free. Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.359.3008.
Discuss end-of-life options for serenity and dignity. Meets in Aptos the last Wed afternoon of every month except Dec; call for more info. 831.251.2240.
A Course In Miracles Study Group A weekly meeting on learning how to forgive and live in peace. Drop-ins are welcome. Thu, 7-9pm. The Barn Studio, 104b Park Way South, Santa Cruz, 831.272.2246.
Dog Hikes Santa Cruz International Dog Ownerâ€™s Community hosts a weekly one-hour, easy hike along the beach for dog lovers and their pets. www.newdogsintown. com Mon, 8:45-9:45am. Free. Aptos Beach staircase, 1049 Via Palo Alto, Aptos.
Insight Santa Cruz Meditation sits, talks and discussions every day of the week. Learn the formal practice of meditation and engage with a community dedicated to reducing suffering by cultivating compassion. Visit www. insightsantacruz.org for specific times and more information. Ongoing. Insight Santa Cruz, 1010 Fair Avenue, Suite C, Santa Cruz, 831.425.3431.
Miracle Working Spiritual teacher Dominique Free leads a weekly class on cultivating the consciousness to heal, overcome, succeed and create miracles. Thu, 7-8pm. Conscious Lounge,
1651A El Dorado Av @ Capitola Rd, Santa Cruz, 831.359.0423.
Overeaters Anonymous A 12-step support group for those who wish to recover from compulsive eating. Sundays 9-10:15am at 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz. Mondays 12:15-1:15pm at 2500 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz and 12:15-1:15pm at 4851 Soquel Drive, Soquel. Tuesdays 12:15-1:15pm at 2500 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz. Wednesdays noon-1pm at 49 Blanca Ln. #303, Watsonville and 6:30-7:30pm at 335 Spreckles Dr. Ste. A, Aptos. Thursdays 1-2pm at Louden Nelson Community Center, Room 5, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz. Fridays noon-1pm at 49 Blanca Ln, #303, Watsonville. WedFri-Sun. 831.429.7906.
Qigong Flow Led by Bonnie Eskie, MFT.
Tue, 10-11am. $10-$12. Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz, 831.515.4144.
Serenity Firstâ€” Pagans in Recovery A 12-step meeting with a Pagan flair where guests are free to discuss their nature-based, goddesscentered spiritual paths. Sun, 7pm. The Sacred Grove, 924 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831.423.1949.
Support and Recovery Groups Alzheimerâ€™s: Alzheimerâ€™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.
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A Tropical Affair Ladies, grab yer parasolsâ€”itâ€™s time for a garden party! As a fundraiser for the Baroque Festival, enjoy an evening of Indonesian music and dance washed down with Hallcrest Vineyards wine. Sunday, May 26 at 5pm. Address will be provided to ticket holders. Tickets $50. www.santacruztickets.com. . SMART Recovery: 831.462.5470. Trans Latina women: Mariposas, 831.425.5422. Trichotillomania: 831.457.1004. 12-Step Programs: 831.454.HELP (4357).
The Speakerâ€™s Gym Instructor Noel Murphy provides leadership coaching and public speaking skills every week. www.thespeakersgym. com. Wed, 7-9:30pm. Discovery Gym, 75 Mt. Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley, 831.238.1234.
Touched By Adoption Group
Twin Lotus Center, 831.239.3900. Hatha Yoga with Debra Whizin, 831.588.8527.
Zen, Vipassana, Basic: Intro to Meditation Zen: SC Zen Center, Wed, 5:45pm, 831.457.0206. Vipassana: Vipassana SC, Wed 6:30-8pm, 831.425.3431. Basic: Land of the Medicine Buddha, Wed, 5:30-6:30pm, 831.462.8383. Zen: Ocean Gate Zendo, first Tue each month 6:30-7pm. All are free.
Adoptive families, adult adoptees, families waiting to adopt and birth parents meet monthly to connect in a safe, confidential setting. Last Sat of every month, 10am-12pm. Free. Live Oak Family Resource Center, 1438 Capitola Rd, Santa Cruz, 1.866.219.1155.
Aptos Chess Tournament
Pacific Cultural Center: 35+ classes per week, 831.462.8893. SC Yoga: 45 classes per week, 831.227.2156. TriYoga: numerous weekly classes, 831.464.8100. Yoga Within at Aptos Station, 831.687.0818; Om Room School of Yoga, 831.429.9355; Pacific Climbing Gym, 831.454.9254; Aptos Yoga Center, 831.688.1019;
A weekly comedy night featuring Bay Area talent. Lineup changes every week. Wed, 7pm. Cafe iVeTA, 2125 Delaware Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.713.0320. A new comedy showcase hosted by DNA featuring a different Bay Area headliner each week. Tue, 8:30pm. $5. Blue Lagoon, 923 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.7117.
Open registration for children and teens, K-12. Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each skill range. Sat, May 25, 12-4:30pm. Free. Aptos Library, 7695 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.427.7702.
English Country Dance Second and fourth Thursdays of each month; beginners welcome. Fourth Thu of every month. $5-$7. First
Congregational Church of Santa Cruz, 900 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.426.8621.
San Franciscoâ€™s City Guide
Holy Ghost! Party party Brooklyn, the U.S.A., where everyone records with Michael McDonald. May 22 at the Independent.
Autre ne Veut Dynamic dance singer with the yearâ€™s best hangover song, â€œGonna Die.â€? May 24 at the Rickshaw Stop.
Subhumans Dick Lucas, one of punkâ€™s great lyricists, brings Brit legends around once again. May 24 at Oakland Metro.
Flying Lotus With new album â€˜Until the Quiet Comes,â€™ grandnephew of John Coltrane blips nocturnally. May 25 at the Fox Theater.
Chvrches Scottish new-new-wave band heavy on synthesizers, misspelled Google-gaming. May 29 at the Mezzanine. More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.
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Cumbia, a folkloric musical style that originated in Colombia, combines African and Colombian percussion instruments and techniques with the European-born accordion to create an upbeat, rhythm-driven style that has migrated and morphed throughout the Americas. Mexican accordionist Celso PiĂąa is largely credited with popularizing the style in his native Monterrey. His particular style draws from a variety of influences including tropicalia, hiphop, ska, reggae and rock, and appeals to fans of all ages. On Thursday, the legendary PiĂąa plays his Santa Cruz debut and the only Bay Area performance of his current tour. Moeâ€™s Alley; $23 adv/$28 door; 8:30pm. (Cat Johnson)
Kylesa got their name from the Buddhist term denoting delusory mental states, â€œkilesa mara.â€? Their music is a reflection of that, metal infused with elements of crust punk, psychedelic rock and sludge metal, creating an aggressive sound that still manages to give off a stoner vibe. This Georgia band has seen 11 different musicians and retains only two original members, Phillip Cope and Laura Pleasants. Their latest album, Ultraviolet, will be released on the 28th and will feature darker lyrics and more vocals from Pleasants. Catalyst; $12 adv/$15 door; 8:30pm. (Melanie Ware)
Portland indie-folkers the Builders and the Butchers have a deep, dark secret, which is that they have a chiptune geek in their midst. Okay, itâ€™s not that much of a secret, since they put drummer Ray Rudeâ€™s 8-bit arranged-for-Gameboy cover of their song â€œDown In This Holeâ€? on a 7â€? split a while back. Itâ€™s not bad either, almost as menacing as the pounding original, but replacing the bandâ€™s soulful grit with a mechanical chill. Still, fans of Okkervil River will likely gravitate toward the sprawling and dark roots sound of TBATB. Crepe Place; $10; 9pm.
Founding members Fattah Abbou and Mohamed Aoualou are Berbers native to the High Atlas mountain region of Morocco who came to Santa Cruz eight years ago and formed the sextet AZA with four Californian musicians. Their music is reminiscent of Saharan-African blues, AfroCaribbean and Latin rhythms with a wider global influence. Traditional North African instruments such as banjo, lotar and sintir join saxophones, penny whistles and steel pans to create danceable rhythms and intricate string melodies. The lively performances also act to inform people of all ages about their struggling culture so that it may be recognized and appreciated around the world. Kuumbwa; $22 adv/$25 door; 7:30pm. (MW)
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Growing up in a small farming community in Kansas, Freedy Johnston was always inspired by a sign with two arrows pointing opposite directions; one said San Francisco, the other New York. The cities called out to him with all their musical opportunities, so finally he packed up and went to NY City. Five years later his second album, Can You Fly, was called a masterpiece and a perfect album. His next album got him named the best musician of the year and with his 2010 Rain on the City he still knows how to captivate his audience. With a raspy, sleepy voice, itâ€™s clear he learned a lot from his idol Elvis Costello. Don Quixoteâ€™s; $12 adv/$15 door; 7:30pm. (MW)
BLACK LILLIES Cruz Contreras spent years as mandolinist and bandleader of Robinella and the CCstringband. But the breakup of his marriage to the bandâ€™s co-founder, Robinella Bailey, saw Contreras moving in new directions, including one to center stage as frontman of his new band, the Black Lillies. An outfit steeped in Appalachia and stirred with doses of blues, rock and honky-tonk, the Knoxville, Tenn.-based Lillies play music that is driving, beautiful and rockinâ€™. On Wednesday, the road veterans with a dozen Grand Ole Opry appearances to their name (a record for an independent act) come to Don Quixoteâ€™s. Don Quixoteâ€™s; $10; 7:30pm. (CJ)
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THE SEASONS GUITAR QUARTET FEATURING ANTHONY WILSON, JULIAN LAGE, CHICO PINHEIRO & LARRY KOONSE Monday, June 3
CYRILLE AIMEE & THE SURREAL BAND
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DILLON BAIOCCHI AND THE NEON DEON EXPRESS A contemporary twist on jazz! KUUMBWA CUBANA ! Wednesday, June 12 U 7 pm
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THE PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP FEATURING ARIACNE TRUJILLO Wednesday, June 19 U 7 pm The brilliant new voice of jazz!
GREGORY PORTER Friday, June 21 U 7 and 9 pm
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After a weekend in the sun at the Santa Cruz Blues Festival, itâ€™s a natural biological reaction to want to retreat into a dark spaceâ€Śfor more blues. Thatâ€™s why the festivalâ€™s after-party is a key part of the festivities, and this year features a headlining set from Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers. Which makes sense, because Iâ€™m sure San Francisco singer-songwriter Bluhm (wife of the Mother Hipsâ€™ Tim) will have plenty more grambling left in her after her Sunday afternoon set in Aptos Village Park. Many will know the rootsy, silken-voiced Bluhm from her popular â€œVan Sessionâ€?YouTube videos of cover songsâ€”filmed while she drives the band to various places. Hall and Oatesâ€™ â€œI Canâ€™t Go For Thatâ€? is the one that blew up, but their impromptu version of George Michaelâ€™s â€œFaithâ€? is a must-see. Moeâ€™s; $20; 9pm. (SP)
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Film 9== Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Kirk (Chris Pine) take on the universe again in â€˜Star Trek Into Darkness.â€™
Logic and Impulse Market forces pull the franchise in two directions in J.J. Abramsâ€™ â€˜Star Trek Into Darknessâ€™ BY RICHARD VON BUSACK
F YOU WANT a captain who double-teams twin alien chicks (they have tails, a la Avatar) and whoâ€™ll get into senseless fights with prisoners who have already surrendered, Capt. James Tiberius Kirk is your man. Chris Pineâ€™s resemblance to our Shatner is mostly physical, a baby-faced thuggery; heâ€™s more lowdown, and he has motorcyclistâ€™s hooks to the cut of his sideburns. Thereâ€™s no Shakespeare in him, though, as there was in the Shat. Pineâ€™s Kirk is made out of almost pure proactiveness. Ultimately, the enjoyable sequel to the highly enjoyable reboot doesnâ€™t show Kirk growing, no matter how the film assures us that he is growing. God bless him, Kirk is impulsive. The capacity for self-sacrifice is strongâ€”from a reverse angle, Star Trek Into Darkness replays the single most powerful moment in the Star
Trek movie series. But Kirkâ€™s consistent refusal to follow directions is always ultimately applauded as his greatest strength, and never here as the true weakness it can be in the military and in real life. As a fantasy, the film moves along: visual density is kept up with flying debris, contrails in space and director J.J. Abramsâ€™ trademark lens flares. If the Enterprise had zoomed past a black hole, Abrams would have given it a prisming shaft of spreading light. But like the show that foaled it, Star Trek Into Darkness is earnestly trying to be about somethingâ€”you can understand the reason itâ€™s dedicated to the soldiers who serve in the War on Terror, because it could easily be peacenik-baited. Like Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness is nicely transparent allegory about overreaction to a terrorist act. The plotting gets unlikelyâ€”sometimes it seems the Enterprise is trying its best
to fly right into a hostage situation. But the film gives the villain the benefit of a reason. He is called John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). He coldbloodedly commissions the suicide bombing of a London archive. The sequence is thoroughly effective, from the picking of the victim to the reveal of Cumberbatchâ€™s startlingly feline face to the ingenious way in which the destruction is carried out. The script seems to have been retrofitted with women. Not counting the alien chicks, there are three. Zoe Saldanaâ€™s Uhura gets at least one opportunity to almost save the day, but mostly she ends up in a women-arefrom-Venus, men-are-from-Vulcan situation with Spock. Thereâ€™s a blonde semi-stowaway (Alice Eve, and if the name sounds fabricated, thatâ€™s the way the actress looks). Most baffling, thereâ€™s a bald, lipsticked androgyne, a red-shirted lieutenant who keeps
catching our eye but who is otherwise unexplained. Speaking of crying games (if thatâ€™s whatâ€™s going on), when you watch a franchise that youâ€™ve been watching since you were old enough to have eyes, itâ€™s impossible to watch with completely clear ones. Sometimes J.J. Abrams and the three credited scriptwriters overdo the attempts to get you to fog your 3D glasses. The best of these tear-pumpers are the simplest: the passing mention of a starship called the USS Bradbury, or Kirk helplessly extending his arm to a crewman falling past him to his death. Quinto is an odd duckâ€”a pale Poindexter, an overexplainer so pedantic you feel for him. I loved the way Spock dropped his jaw a little when Kirk declares his friendship, as if what the captain had said was shockingly indecent. When Quintoâ€™s Spock and Pineâ€™s Kirk look at each other, itâ€™s clear there could be no other serious affection in each otherâ€™s lives: the prophecies in the slash fiction are fulfilled. These reboots are a fight between market forces, between what a friend dismissively calls â€œgamer crapâ€? and the sturdy roots of the Trek mythos, whose lifeblood (and sap) come from 20thcentury moviemaking. The tensions resemble the same quarrel between military ardor and technical expertise played out in every giant-insect movie ever made; eventually, the white coats and the top brass patch up the differences between them over the bodies of the dead alien invaders. Maybe Iâ€™m being too hard on the Captain. Kirk is still essentially out of control when the movie ends, but maybe, just maybe, heâ€™s beginning to see the light of logic. No, probably just another lens flare.
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one eye-roller of a failed experiment, this film has in the last three or four years seen nostalgic fans who liked it as kids taking to Internet message boards to defend it (â€œHow can this movieâ€™s rating be so low?â€? is a common theme). They believe this live-action/ animation blend featuring Michael Jordan helping out the Looney Tunes characters is criminally underrated. Keep in mind: they were six. (Plays Fri and Sat at midnight at the Del Mar)
Se Marie gets an American remake from writer-director Justin Zackham, and an all42 (PG-13) A crotchety old EPIC (PG; 102 min.) star cast featuring Robert Harrison Ford signs Jackie Somewhere between Brave DeNiro, Susan Sarandon, Robinson to the Brooklyn and Arthur and the Invisibles is Diane Keaton, Robin Williams, this computer animated story Dodgers and changes sports Katherine Heigl and Amanda of a girl who finds a culture history forever. Seyfried. Wacky wedding of tiny people in the forest, comedy? You bet! This time, AT ANY PRICE (R; 105 shrinks down to their size and a divorced couple pretends to min.) Dennis Quaid and Zac be still together as their family joins them in a battle of good Efron star in this drama about gathers for the nuptials. against evil. Amanda Seyfried family struggles on a small and Clint Ferrell headline the THE COMPANY YOU Midwestern farm. voice cast. (Opens Fri at Santa KEEP (R; 121 min.) Robert THE BIG WEDDING (R; 90 Redford directs and stars SPACE JAM (1996) Cruz 9, Scotts Valley, Green Valley) Considered by most to be min) The French film Mon Frere in this political thriller as a former Weather Underground activist whoâ€™s managed to hide Showtimes are for Wednesday, May 22, through Wednesday, May 29, unless otherwise indicated. from the FBI for 30 years, until Programs and showtimes are subject to change without notice. heâ€™s discovered by reporter Shia LaBeouf. THE CROODS (PG; 98 min) Thu call for showtimes; Fri-Wed 3:20; 10. APTOS CINEMAS Sort of like The Flintstones Pain and Gain â€” Wed 5/22 12; 4; Thu call for showtimes. for the deconstructionist 21st 122 Rancho Del Mar Center, Aptos 831.688.6541 www.thenick.com Star Trek Into Darkness â€” Wed 5/22 10:40; 1:40; 4:50; 7:10; 8; 10:10; 10:55; century, this animated family The Big Wedding â€” Wed-Thu 4pm; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. flick has a prehistoric clan Thu call for showtimes; Fri-Wed 11:10; 2:10; 5:05; 8:10 plus Fri-Sat 11:10pm. The Great Gatsby â€” Wed-Thu 1:30; 4:30; 7:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. leaving the safety of its cave Star Trek Into Darkness 3D â€” Wed 5/22 11:30; 1:10; 2:30; 4:20; 5:30; 7:30; 8:30; for the proverbial incredible The Sapphires â€” Wed-Thu 1:45; 6; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. 10:25; Thu call for showtimes; Fri-Wed 11:40; 12:10; 2:40; 3:10; 5:40; 6:30; 9; 9:40. journey. With lots of hip The Karate Kid â€” Thu 9pm. modern references of course, CINELUX 41ST AVENUE CINEMA and Nick Cage as father Grug. 1475 41st Ave, Capitola 831.479.3504 www.cineluxtheatres.com CINELUX SCOTTS VALLEY STADIUM CINEMA DISCONNECT (R; 115 226 Mt Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley 831.438.3260 The Hangover Part III â€” (Opens Wed 10pm) 1; 2:15; 4:45; 7:15; 9:45. min.) A hard-working lawyer www.cineluxtheatres.com Iron Man 3 â€” Fri-Wed 11:15; 2:30; 5:30; 8:30. always on his cell phone Star Trek Into Darknessâ€”Wed 5/15 12:30; 2:15; 3:45; 5:15; 7; 8:45; Thu-Wed 3:45; 7. never has time for his family. The Hangover Part III â€” (Opens Wed 10pm) 11; 11:45; 1:30; 2:15; 4; 4:55; 6:30; Star Trek Into Darkness 3D â€” Wed 5/15 11:30; Thu 11:30; 10; His story collides with many 7:30; 9; 10. (no Sat 11am) others to weave a dramatic Fast and Furious 6 â€” (Opens Thu 10pm) 11; 2; 4; 5:15; 7; 8:30; 10:10. DEL MAR thriller about people struggling Epic â€” (Opens Fri) 11:15; 1:45; 4:20; 7; 9:30. to connect with others in this 1124 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz 831.426.7500 www.thenick.com Epic 3D â€” (Opens Fri) 12:30; 3:15. wired world. The Great Gatsby â€” Wed-Thu 11; 12:15; 2; 3:30; 5:15; 6:45; 8:30; 9:55; Fri-Wed Disconnect â€” Wed-Thu 7:30pm; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. ERASED (R; 100 min.) 3:30; 6:45; 9:55. (no Wed 2/22 9:55pm) Escape From Planet Earth â€” Wed-Thu 1:45pm; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Cross-eyed Aaron Eckhart The Great Gatsby 3D â€” Wed-Thu 11am. Kon-Tiki â€” Wed-Thu 2:15; 4:45; 7:15; 9:50; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. plays an ex-CIA agent who Iron Man 3 â€” Wed-Thu 11:15; 12:30; 1:30; 2:15; 3:45; 4:30; 5:30; 7; 8:45; 10; FriMUD â€” Wed-Thu 1:30; 4:15; 7; 9:40; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. will not stand for anyone who Wed 11:30; 2:30; 5:30; 8:30. (no Thu 10pm) The Reluctant Fundamentalist â€”Wed 5/22 4:30pm; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. crosses him, except his own 42 â€” Wed-Thu 7:45pm. Simon Killer â€” Wed-Thu 10pm; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. eyes! Can he see straight through the Companyâ€™s MUD â€” Wed-Thu 11:30; 2:30; 5:30; 8:30. plot to erase any trace of NICKELODEON Oblivion â€” Wed-Thu 11:55; 3:15; 6:30. his existence, as part of an Lincoln and Cedar streets, Santa Cruz 831.426.7500 www.thenick.com Pain and Gain â€” Wed-Thu 9:30pm. international conspiracy? Not Star Trek Into Darkness â€” Wed-Thu 11; 12:45; 1:50; 4; 4:55; 7:15; 8:15; 10:15; At Any Price â€” Wed-Thu 2:20; 4:50; 7:20; 9:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. likely! Fri-Wed 11:55; 1; 3; 4:10; 7:15; 10:15. The Company You Keep â€”Wed-Thu 1:40; 4:20; 7; 9:40; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. THE GREAT GATSBY Star Trek Into Darkness 3D â€” Wed-Thu 11:30; 3; 6:15; 9:30; Fri-Wed 5:45; 8:45. Erased â€” Wed-Thu 5; 7:10; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. (PG-13; 143 min.) What Baz Cabaret â€” Thu 7pm; Sat 11am. Midnightâ€™s Children â€” Wed-Thu 1:30; 4:30; 7:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Luhrmann did for Shakespeare, The Place Beyond the Pines â€” Wed-Thu 9:20pm; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. he does for F. Scott Fitzgerald, GREEN VALLEY CINEMA 8 giving his adaptation of the The Sapphires â€” Wed-Thu 2:40pm; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. 1125 S Green Valley Rd, Watsonville 831.761.8200 great American novel a look www.greenvalleycinema.com and feel both modern and RIVERFRONT STADIUM TWIN classic. Leonardo DiCaprio 155 S River St, Santa Cruz 800.326.3264 x1701 www.regmovies.com The Hangover Part III â€” (Opens Wed 10pm) Wed-Thu 1:05; 2; 3:15; 4:30; 5:25; stars as Gatsby, with Tobey 7; 7:35; 9:30; 10; Fri-Wed 1:05; 3:15; 5:25; 7:35; 9; 10 plus Sat-Mon 10:55am. The Hangover Part III â€” (Opens Wed 10pm) Thu 11:45; 12:30; 2:10; 2:55; 4:35; 5:30; 7; Maguire as Nick and Carey Fast and Furious â€” (Opens Thu 10pm) 1:35; 3:40; 4:15; 7; 9:45. Mulligan as Daisy. 8; 9:30; 10:30; Fri-Wed 2:55; 4:35; 5:20; 7; 8; 9:30; 10:30 plus Thu-Mon 11:45; 12:30; 2:10. Epic â€” (Opens Fri) 1:15; 4; 7:15; 9:30 plus Sat-Sun 10:55am. 42 â€” Wed-Thu 6:30; 9:20; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. IRON MAN 3 (PG-13; 101 Epic 3D â€” (Opens Fri) 1:30; 6:45 plus Sat-Mon 11:10am. The Croods â€” Wed 2/22 4; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. min.) Of all people, did anyone 42 â€” Wed 5/22 1:30; 6:45. think Robert Downey Jr. would Escape From Planet Earth â€” Wed-Thu 1:15; 3:15; 5:15. end up being the star of one SANTA CRUZ CINEMA 9 The Great Gatsbyâ€”Wed 5/22 1; 3; 4; 6; 7; 9; 10;Thu 1; 4; 7; 10; Fri-Wed 1; 3:50; 6:45; 9:45. of the biggest comic book 1405 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz 800.326.3264 x1700 www.regmovies.com Iron Man 3 â€” Wed-Thu 1:35; 4:15; 7; 9:20; 9:45; Fri-Wed 1:20; 4; 6:45; 9:30 plus movie franchises in history? Epic â€” (Opens Fri) 4:45; 9:35. The blue-hair-and-mascara Sat-Mon 10:40am. Epic 3D â€” (Opens Fri) 11; 1:45; 7:10. goth get-up in Back to School Iron Man 3 3D â€” Wed-Thu 1:50; 4:30; 7:15; 10. certainly didnâ€™t offer any clues. Fast and Furious 6 â€” (Opens Fri) 10:50; 1:20; 1:50; 4:30; 5; 7:30; 8; 10:30. Pain and Gain â€” Wed 5/22 4:05pm. But Iron Man, one of the The Great Gatsby â€” Wed 5/21 11; 2:10; 6:30; 9:45; Thu call for showtimes; Star Trek Into Darkness â€” Wed-Thu 1:50; 4:30; 7:15; 10; Fri-Wed 1:50; 4:30; clunkiest and lamest super Fri-Wed 11:50; 3; 6:50; 10:10. 7:15; 10 plus Sat-Mon 11:10. heroes ever devised (wow, you The Great Gatsby 3D â€” Fri-Wed 12; 6:45pm. Star Trek Into Darkness 3D â€” Wed-Thu 1:35; 4:15; 7; 9:45; Fri-Wed 1:35; 4:15; have armor onâ€Śokay) needed Iron Man 3 â€” Wed 5/22 10:50; 1:05; 1:50; 4; 4:45; 7; 7:45; 10:40; Thu call for 7; 9:45 plus Sat-Sun 10:55am. somebody with flair and cool showtimes; Fri-Wed 11:20; 2:15; 5:10; 8:05 plus Fri-Sat 11pm. Tyler Perry Presents Peeples â€” Wed 5/22 7:25; 9:45; Thu 7:25pm. to spare to breathe some life Iron Man 3 3D â€” Wed 5/22 11:15; 1:15; 2:15; 3; 4:20; 5:15; 7:15; 8:15; 10; 10:30; into him. So now heâ€™s back in this second sequel, which features him flying around
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again and blowing more stuff up. 41st Avenue is even doing a marathon of the other films on Thursday. May we suggest skipping the second one and just showing the first film twice? KON-TIKI (PG-13; 118 min.) Finally, the Norwegians take back Thor. Okay, not that Thor, but Thor Heyerdahl, the Norwegian researcher and adventurer who sailed the famous Kon-Tiki expedition of 1947. Nominated for an Oscar and all kinds of other awards, this film dramatizes his attempt to prove a theory about pre-Columbian explorers by building and then attempting to sail what is basically a wood raft 4,300 miles across the Pacific. Itâ€™s not as easy as it soundsâ€Śoh wait, it sounds absolutely impossible. MUD (PG-13; 130 min.) Ellis and Neckbone, two 14year-olds living on a river in Arkansas, go on an adventure and come across some surprises, including a very gritty Matthew McConaughey. OBLIVION (PG-13; 126 min.) Tom Cruise, an experienced sci-fi performer, plays the part of a drone repairman on the devastated planet Earth. But when Cruise finds a woman in a downed spacecraft, he starts questioning his bosses and his own acting skills. PAIN AND GAIN (R; 130 min) Mark Walhberg and Dwayne Johnson are bodybuilders who take up a life of crime in this thriller based on a true story. THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES (R 140; min.) A former lover (Eva Mendes) tells motorcycle stuntman Luke (Ryan Gosling) they have a child together. Luke starts robbing banks to provide for them and a cop (Bradley Cooper) gets on his case. THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST (R; 130 min.) Monsoon Wedding director Mira Nair changes things up with a thriller about a young Pakistani immigrant on Wall Street who gets caught up in a hostage crisis. Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson and Liev Schreiber star. SIMON KILLER (NR; 109 min.) Sundance cult favorite from last year is a spooky erotic thriller about a college grad who attempts to escape heartbreak in Paris, only to get tangled up in a relationship with a prostitute. From there, things getâ€Śdark. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (PG-13; 132 min.) See review, page 32.
Hangover Part II. Director Todd Phillips returns, along with stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. The plot, while at least not involving another goddamn bachelor party, unsurprisingly centers around yet another Wolfpack adventure with Ken Jeong. At least the tagline promises â€œThe End.â€? (Opens Thu 41st Ave, Riverfront Twin, Scotts Valley, Green Valley.)
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FAST AND FURIOUS 6 (PG-13; 130 min) Fasterer! Furiouserer! And Michelle Rodriguez is back from the dead! Thatâ€™s pretty much the extent of the plot in this fifth franchise sequel. How did they fit it all into 130 minutes? (Opens Fri Santa Cruz 9, Scotts Valley, Green Valley) THE HANGOVER PART III (R; 100 min.) Finale of the Hangover comedy trilogy starts with the basic premise that there are still people interested after the abysmal rehash of
for the downtown Wednesday market. Little Bee Pops will be contributing artisan pop-sicles using seasonal ingredients. Always finetuning a great idea into an even greater one. To get a sense of how this will feel, visit the Westside Saturday market and check out the action. You can find out all the delicious details about this seasonâ€™s six pop-up brunchesâ€”and make plans in advanceâ€”by checking the very informational website. The gala marketplace pop-up brunches start June 1â€”so get your reservations pronto! RIDGE @ SOIF: Thatâ€™s right,
an epic tasting of wines from an epic wineryâ€”Ridge Vineyardsâ€” happens this Saturday, May 22, 2pm @ Soif. Winemaking on this property high in the Santa Cruz Mountains dates back to the late 1800s, and the consistently outstanding wines from this estate are world-renowned. In other words, this $20 per person tasting is one of the bargains of the yearâ€”it will include generous tasting, highly engaging remarks from a Ridge representative, cheese, bread and all the ambience Walnut Avenue can muster. Donâ€™t even think about itâ€”grab your cell and call (831) 4232020 to purchase a ticket.
RAISE THE RIDGE Historic Santa Cruz Mountains winery Ridge Vineyards will be the toast of Soif on May 22.
Pubbed the Wrong Way BY CHRISTINA WATERS
An email from Quinn Cormier set the record straight. Cormier, a partner in the upcoming West End Taproom & Kitchen (in the former Bonny Doon Vineyard facility) corrected me: â€œWe are a restaurant with good beer on tap,â€? says the project partner and longtime Santa Cruz native, whose father was one of the pioneers of Tied House microbrewery in Mountain View. The phrase Quinn uses to describe the new Taproom & Kitchen is â€œgastropubâ€?â€”with craft beer and
wine on tap, plus local, fresh and seasonal food with â€œa pub flair.â€? Not a brewery. I stand corrected. Iâ€™m still a bit unconvinced by the â€œWest Endâ€? moniker (which to me smacks of the London theater district). Everybody knows this area as the Westside. Cormier revealed that the partners all wanted to use â€œWestsideâ€? in the name and were counseled not to because it â€œcan hold gang tones.â€? Hmmm, never heard about that before... Much luck to these courageous entrepreneurs and I look forward to having even more dining and
drinking options on the Westside very soon. MORE NEW NEWS: Nesh Dhillon, Santa Cruz Community
Farmersâ€™ Market director, is excited about some changes in the popular marketplace phenomenon. Coming soon, the downtown marketâ€™s artisan food section will be redesigned so that all the seating is in the middle, and there are plans to design a â€œstaged area for local musicians to come and play,â€? he adds. Truck Stop SC is working on a new pan-fusion Asian menu
OUTSTANDING IN SOQUEL: Speaking of Soif, chef Santos Majano will be the guest
cuisinartistâ€”joining the folks from Alfaro Family Vineyards & Wineryâ€”at the Sunday, June 16 =cbabO\RW\UW\bVS4WSZR event at fabled Everett Family Farm in Soquel. Yes, there are still some seats left at the long, deliciously set, al fresco table, where a farm tour, winemaker comments, multiple courses, multiple wines and matchless sunset atmosphere is yours for $200 per person. The experience begins at 4pm, and if youâ€™ve never been to one of these completely pampering events, youâ€™re way overdue. This is the 8th OITF dinner with farmers Rich and Laura Everett and their lovely property, where fruits, vegetables, chickens, pigs and goats are raised with love, care and expertise. You really need to savor the true California pastoral outdoors, and this is one of the tastiest ways to do it.0
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Ayoma Wilen Owner and chef, Pearl of the Ocean
yoma Wilen felt humbled to be named one of the Best Chefs of 2013 from Best Chefs America. Wilen, the owner of Pearl of the Ocean on Water Street, also beams when she talks about being on the cover of Santa Cruz Weeklyâ€™s dining guide. But neither of those stories brought tears to her eyes. That happened when I told her a story about two elderly women who came to our office this year to submit hand-crafted Gold Awards ballots because they didnâ€™t have computers and wanted to vote for her restaurant. â€œItâ€™s surprising,â€? Wilen says. â€œItâ€™s thoughtful generosity. Itâ€™s amazing.â€?
A1E(EVgÂˇ>SO`Z]TbVS=QSO\-Â¸ AYOMA WILEN: Sri Lanka used to be called so many names in ancient times. The Pearl Ocean comes from the first time the sailors came to it in the ocean and thought, â€˜Oh, size of pearl in the ocean!â€™ Itâ€™s a name they used to call it for years. 6]eR]g]c^`S^O`Sg]c`YOZS- Itâ€™s finely shredded kale and shredded coconut. It is sautĂŠed in olive oil, mustard and a little onions. 6]eOP]cbQc``WSRQVWQYS\- The recipe comes from my mother. There are so many spices in itâ€”cooking with the lemongrass and the garlic and all the roasted curry powder. You cook it slow. Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s so tender and absorbs the spices really well. EVObÂ¸ag]c`TOd]`WbSTO`[S`Â¸a[O`YSb- I really love the Cabrillo College one, but sometimes I go to the downtown one too and the Westside one because I support every place. But mostly Iâ€™m supporting every farmer at the Cabrillo College one. Iâ€™d rather support everybodyâ€” buy carrots and green beans and potato from you and maybe leeks and tomoatoes and cauliflower from you. 7bÂ¸aQ]hgW\VS`S2]SabVSYWbQVS\YSS^WbeO`[- Thatâ€™s the energy
I created. I believe food also brings energy. I meditate every single day. I cook very happily. If you look at the employees and who they are, theyâ€™re very happy souls. I feel energy really well. I donâ€™t care how talented or smart someone is. I want them to [cook] very lovingly. Food is an energy. To touch my food or be part of this place, I donâ€™t want anyone to come in and cut angry. I donâ€™t want anyone to put anger into my food. This food is to nourish you. â€”Jacob Pierce
DONâ€™T WORRY, CUT HAPPY Ayoma Wilen of Pearl of the Ocean is very mindful of the energy that goes into the preparation of her food.
Dinerâ€™s Guide Symbols made simple:$= Under $10$$= $11-$15$$$ = $16-$20$$$$ = $21 and up Price Ranges based on average cost of dinner entree and salad, excluding alcoholic beverages
APTOS/SOQUEL $$ Aptos
Ambrosia India Bistro Authentic Indian. Fresh regional flavors & techniques. 207 Searidge Rd, 831.685.0610 Lunch buffet daily 11:30a-2:30p. Dinner daily 5p-close.
Manuelâ€™s Mexican. Northern Mexican inspired fare, made fresh daily. 261 Center Ave, 831.688.4848 Family restaurant since 1965.
2621 41st Ave, 831.476.3801 2703 41st Ave, 831.316.0662 7486 Soquel Dr, 831.662.3546
$$ Severinoâ€™s Grill Aptos 7500 Old Dominion Ct, 831.688.8987
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Rosticceria & Bar. Fresh, local, sustainable. Lunch, dinner. Patio dining, happy hour menu. Brewery/gastropub.. Handcrafted beers on tap. Tasty beerinspired tapas by Main Street Garden w/ local ingredients. Bakery and deli. Pastries, breads, baked goods baked daily on site. Breakfast, lunch, wedding cakes.
Continental California Cuisine.. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. www.seacliffinn.com
Middle Eastern/Mediterranean. Fresh & flavorful. Beer and 7528 Soquel Dr, 831.688.4465 wine. Dine in or take out Tue-Sun 11a-8p.
CAPITOLA $$ Capitola
110 Monterey Ave, 831.464.2583 1750 Wharf Rd, 831.475.1511
British and Classic American.. Daily specials. Happy Hour Monday - Friday. California Continental. World-class service, fine food, wines, with Old-World charm. Open daily.
California cuisine. Weekly specials include prime rib and 203 Esplanade, 831.475.4900 lobster. Patio dining on the beach.
SANTA CRUZ $$$ Aquarius Creative American cuisine. Oceanfront dining. Local Santa Cruz 175 West Cliff Dr, 831.460.5012 produce and sustainable seafood. $ Charlie Hong Kong CA Organic meets Southeast Asian street food. Santa Cruz 1141 Soquel Ave, 831. 426.5664 Consistent winner â€œBest Cheap Eatsâ€?. Open daily 11a-11p. $$ The Crepe Place Crepes and more. Full bar and beautiful outdoor patio. Santa Cruz 1134 Soquel Ave, 831.429.6994 Live music. $$$ Crowâ€™s Nest Seafood and American cuisine. Kids menu and nightly Santa Cruz 2218 East Cliff Dr, 831.476.4560 entertainment. Harbor and Bay views.
Gabriella Cafe $$ Santa Cruz 910 Cedar St., 831.457.1677
Califormia-Italian. Farmers market fresh and organic. Local wine list, romantic setting with charming patio.
Hindquarter Grill Americana. Specializing in ribs, steaks and burgers. $$$ Santa Cruz 303 Soquel Ave, 831.426.7770 Full bar. Hoffmanâ€™s Bistro Calif. cuisine & Bakery. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch. $$ Santa Cruz 1102 Pacific Ave, 837.420.0135 Full Bar w/ $3 Bar Bites/$4.50 Well Drinks. $$ Hulaâ€™s Island Grill Santa Cruz 221 Cathcart St, 831.426.4852
â€™60s Vegas meets â€™50s Waikiki. Fresh fish, great steaks, vegetarian. Full-service tiki bar.
$ India Joze Santa Cruz 418 Front St, 831.325-3633
Eclectic Pan Asian dishes. Vegetarian, seafood, lamb and chicken with a wok emphasis since 1972.
$$$ Johnnyâ€™s Harborside Santa Cruz 493 Lake Ave, 831.479.3430
Seafood/Calif. Fresh seafood made your way on the Harbor. Great views & full bar.
$$$ La Posta Italian. Traditional Italian cuisine made w/ the finest Santa Cruz 538 Seabright Ave, 831.457.2782 local ingredients. Extensive wine list. $$ Laili Santa Cruz 101 Cooper St, 831.423.4545
Silk road flavors. Fresh and flavorful Mediterranean cuisine with an Afghan twist. Patio dining.
$$ Lillianâ€™s Italian Kitchen Santa Cruz 1116 Soquel Ave, 831.425.2288
Italian. Home-style Italian specialties. Cozy, friendly atmosphere. Beer & wine.
$$ Louieâ€™s Cajun Kitchen Santa Cruz 110 Church St., 831.429.2000
Nâ€™awlins-style dining. Cajun and southern flavors. Full bar. Bluesy, cool, funky..
Olitas Cantina Fine Mexican cuisine. Stunning Bay views. Full bar. $$$ Santa Cruz 49-B Municipal Wharf, 831.458.9393 $ Pacific Thai Thai. Fresh ingredients, ambrosia bubble teas, shakes. Santa Cruz 1319 Pacific Ave, 831.420.1700 Daily specials. $ Pizza My Heart Pizza. Slices and whole pies. Original & award -winning Santa Cruz 1116 Pacific Ave/2180 41st Ave recipes. Daily specials.
$ Pono Hawaiian Grill Santa Cruz 120 Union St, 831.426.7666
Authentic Hawaiian Cuisine. Large outdoor patio. Feat. â€œThe Reefâ€? tropical bar. and â€œAloha Fridaysâ€?
$$ Red Restaurant and Bar Santa Cruz 200 Locust St, 831.425.1913
Restaurant and Lounge. Large, small and shared plates. Extensive cocktail, beer, wine lists.
$$$ Ristorante Italiano Santa Cruz 555 Soquel Ave, 831.458.2321
Italian-American. Generous portions, friendly service, beautiful patio. Full bar.
$ Samba Rock Acai Cafe Santa Cruz 291-B Water St, 831.458.2224
Brazilian. Fresh and authentic acai smoothies and bowls. M-F 8a-5p, Sat/Sun 9a-5p.
$ Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing California / Brewpub. Handcrafted organic ales and large 402 Ingalls Street, 831.425.4900 outdoor patio.
$$$ Solaire Santa Cruz 611 Ocean St, 831.600.4545
Seasonal cuisine. Farm-to-table American comfort food. Gluten-free/vegetarian options.
$$$ Stagnaro Bros. Seafood and more. Panoramic ocean views. Fresh seafood, Santa Cruz 21 Municipal Wharf, 831.423.2180 pasta and steaks . Kid friendly..
Pizza. Beers on tap, patio dining, HDTV and free WiFi. Large groups, catering, deliveries.
$$ 515 Kitchen & Cocktails Santa Cruz 515 Cedar St, 831.425.5051
Restaurant & Lounge. Specialty cocktails, small plates & happy hour menu. Dinner nightly.
SCOTTS VALLEY/FELTON $ Heavenly Cafe American. Breakfast and lunch. Famous eggs benedict. Scotts Valley 1210 Mt. Hermon Rd, 831.335.7311 welcome. Large parties welcome. $$ Maya Mexican Restaurant Mexican. 75+ flavors of tequila. Authentic flavors, fresh Scotts Valley 3115 Scotts Valley Dr, 831.438.7004 ingredients. Kid-friendly. $$ Mollieâ€™s Country Cafe American. Homemade meals in a comfortable, family Scotts Valley 219 Mt Hermon Rd, 831.438.8313 environment. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Outdoor patio.
Redwood Pizzeria Felton
Pizza. Local and organic toppings, lasagna, salads. Beer & 6205 Hwy 9, 831.335.1500 Gluten-free options.
$$ Woodstockâ€™s Pizza Santa Cruz 710 Front St, 831.427.4444
$$$ Soif Wine bar with menu. Seasonal menu with local ingredients Santa Cruz 105 Walnut Ave, 831.423.2020 paired with fine wines. Wine shop on site.
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