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EYES ON THE ROAD Teri Ellen Westra says the Big Basin General Plan’s emergency routes for her neighborhood are laughable.

Little Basin, Big Dispute Resident Teri Ellen Westra says park plan is dangerously ill-conceived BY JESSICA LYONS HARDCASTLE


eri Ellen Westra, Ph.D., says she met the Santa Cruz district superintendent of the California State Parks system at Little Basin campground last week, hoping that he would prove her wrong. Westra, a clinical psychologist who lives on Little Basin Road, doesn’t believe State Parks’ emergency plan for the park is adequate—which, she says, puts hundreds of campers at risk every weekend should a wildfire occur. One did, in fact, occur on Aug. 12, ignited by an improperly extinguished campfire. No one was hurt. “If it would have happened on a Saturday, we would have been in big trouble,” Westra says. The Big Basin General Plan names the Tanbark Loop Trail/Pine Mountain Road as an alternate emergency

evacuation route for Little Basin, if Little Basin Road isn’t accessible. Westra says Pine Mountain Road — a narrow, windy road that’s unpaved in places — is too steep and deeply rutted to allow a twowheel drive vehicle to get from Little Basin campground to Big Basin in case of a fire. State Parks officials, however, say otherwise. In a July 28 letter to Westra, District Superintendent Chet Bardo says the Pine Mountain fire road “is in adequate condition and passable in a two-wheel-drive vehicle with moderate clearance. Recommended improvements include brushing both sides of the road and repairing the poor drainage and gullying that exists within the first 100 yards after the pavement ends within Little Basin.” So on Aug. 14, Westra met Bardo at the

campground. She wanted him to drive the road with her, and show her that “300 Priuses really can drive it, and there is indeed a safe route out of the park. “He’s driving one of those nice Chevy Impala white sedans,” Westra recalls of their meeting. “He refuses to go up the road because he doesn’t want to get his car stuck.” After Bardo left, Westra tried to drive the Pine Mountain Road escape route in her pickup that doesn’t have four-wheel drive. Her truck didn’t make it. Bardo did not return phone calls seeking comment. The solution, as Westra sees it, is simple. “Either show me I’m wrong, or see that I’m right, and close the park down. I want people to love the forest. I want them to support it, but not at the expense of human life and not at the

expense of quality of life of my whole neighborhood.” Westra’s activist streak started early. When she was 6 years old, she wrote a letter to President Nixon demanding he return Alcatraz to its indigenous inhabitants. Her Little Basin campaign started in 2010, when State Parks began holding planning meetings about the Big Basin General Plan. A year later, the campground and cabins opened to visitors. Neighbors, meanwhile, watched the park’s usage skyrocket. It was originally owned and developed by HewlettPackard as an employee retreat, with 100 to 200 people visiting quarterly, Westra says. The new state park property, however, managed by UCCR, has at least that many visitors every weekend. Robin Musitelli, Supervisor BruceMcPherson’s analyst, says Public Worksand State Parks looked into Westra’sfire and safety concerns about PineMountain Road. “It is adequate andpassable in a two-wheel drive car,” she says. Mike Carr, UCCR president and CEO, says guests’ safety is top of mind at UCCR, and Little Basin is no exception. “There’s a large meadow, what we call a safe zone, if there ever was an emergency,” Carr says. “From there, our guests and campers would take direction from emergency personnel who would direct them to the safest escape route. It’s not that complicated.” Robert Mallory and his wife lived on Little Basin Road for more than 30 years before selling their property in June. “I could see the writing on the wall,” he says. “Once the park changed hands, I could tell things were going to change drastically in terms of the amount of people coming out here. In the old days, the park had a hometown feel. Now it’s more of a corporation.” He says Westra’s work is “awesome — I just hope she actually gets somewhere. It’s kind of like David going against Goliath. She’s a smart cookie and she has a lot of energy, so I hope she’s able to help the Little Basin.”0














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Santa Cruz’s tech visionary Jon Luini explains the evolution and ethics of Internet music BY GEORGIA PERRY

DOWNLOAD THIS IUMA co-founder Jon Luini will speak at the Creative Convergence Silicon Valley (C2SV) technology conference and music festival taking place Sept. 26-29 in San Jose. “Before you may have sucked locally. Now you can suck globally.” — Unofficial tagline of the Internet Underground Music Archive


he Internet is killing music, because the Internet is stealing music. That’s conventional wisdom. Jon Luini, the founder of the first-ever music downloading service in 1993, isn’t buying it. According to Luini, we were all stealing music before the concept of “stealing music” even existed. Before BitTorrent, before Napster, before any of it— there was the Great and Powerful Cassette Tape. And rather than killing music, it opened a generation’s ears for a first time—including his own.

“When I was a kid, every weekend I would take my bike, go down to the record store, look through stuff, figure out what I could afford, buy it and bring it back home. And my friends would be doing the same thing,” he recalls. “It’s like, ‘You bought this one, I bought that one. All right, we’re gonna tape, and we’ll swap the cassettes. My friend bought the first Metallica album in the small little record shop in Walnut Creek, and I got a tape of that, and that’s what first turned me on to music.” Luini, who will lead a panel discussion about Internet music at the Creative Convergence Silicon Valley (C2SV) technology conference and music festival, taking place Sept. 26-29 at 12 locations in downtown San Jose, grew up to become a full-fledged Internet geek in the earliest days of the Internet— the late 80s and early 90s. Santa Cruz is where he discovered the Internet, after moving here in 1986

and landing his first tech job at the Santa Cruz Operation (SCO) software company. Luini went on to launch the Internet Underground Music Archive in 1993 along with co-founders Rob Lord and Jeff Patterson, who were both about 20 years old at the time. (At 25, Luini was the elder, experienced statesman of the group.) With artists in the driver’s seat when it came to distributing their music, IUMA's model was a far cry from the rampant piracy commonplace on the next generation of online music downloading sites. Its purpose, rather, was to give unsigned artists a place to share their music and connect with fans, which Luini says is the biggest challenge for any band that is not pop. The site took off, and within just a few months of launching was featured on CNN. After that, Luini says he recalls a new news piece nearly every week.



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RETRO FUTURO A screen grab from the heyday of the Internet Underground Music Archive. An early screen-grab of the site’s homepage from 1995 shows an unmistakably mid-90’s photo and illustration collage-style design, reminiscent of the album art for Green Day’s Insomniac. An image of a retro 1950s woman with a salon hairdryer on her head welcomes visitors to “The Internet’s Pad for Hi-Fi Living.” The site’s categories for Record Labels, Bands, Publications and “What’s Brewin’” are paired

with images of a washing machine, stereo cabinet, toaster and coffee pot, respectively. The images are all suspended in a navy blue night sky with twinkling stars. Today, Luini is 45 and looks every bit the part of a present-day Santa Cruz tech entrepreneur. He has the rectangular eyeglasses with industrial slate grey frames. He has the clean and intentional five o’clock shadow. He wears jeans, an O’Neill baseball


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cap and a zip-up hooded jacket. Before our interview at the Cruzio building in downtown Santa Cruz, he spends a couple moments tying up loose ends on his iPhone. In the throes of planning his panel for C2SV, Luini hopes to facilitate a thoughtful and nuanced discussion about the online music movement— where it has been, where it is now and what direction it should go in. “Rather than just having a bunch of

people talking about their products, I want to have real conversations about the issues and the people and the experience of how we interact with music,” he says. A complex thinker, Luini’s thoughts on these issues cascade over one another in a kind of ever-unfolding origami sculpture. He can see all sides of an argument, and is unafraid to explore forgotten corners and taboo points of view.


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“Jon has this ability to get to the heart of the issue at hand, and then he can synthesize information from a lot of different areas to bring it together to draw a much bigger picture about what’s going on,” says his wife, Sheila Schat, a consultant for non-profits. “It’s a pretty unique skill. It’s something I love about him. I can always float ideas past him.”

The Ethical One As befits a man who earned the nickname “the ethical one” at IUMA, Luini’s career trajectory has not followed the sort of reckless, rip-offthe-rear-view-mirror-and-gun-it path favored by so many Internet entrepreneurs both then and now. Instead, he chose to focus more on how best to serve artists and use the tools of the Internet to connect people. In 1994, at the same time as IUMA, Luini launched Addicted to Noise, the first online magazine to include audio samples alongside album reviews. When he left IUMA in the late ’90s, he went on to launch MediaCast, a web casting company that he says achieved a similar “leveling of the playing field” for users as did IUMA. After that, he began working with artists to create digital contracts—something he says is still missing from the picture today: “The system is very broken in many ways, but one thing you can say [about traditional recording companies] is they actually funded the recording artists’ music. Whereas an iTunes is taking their percentages, but they’re really just a storefront. I don’t see a lot of, ‘Oh yeah man I signed a deal with iTunes and they paid for me to go into the studio and record this album,’” he says. Regarding his contemporaries who arguably dropped the ball on the whole “ethics” thing, Luini is not nearly as cynical as one would expect him to be. He says he doesn’t think Napster was evil. Careless? Maybe. But he can empathize. “Once things really started taking off [for Napster] it really is like you’re driving a car and somebody just reached over and put a brick on the gas pedal. I mean, how do you control that? You steer just a little bit off, and you’re off the cliff,” he says. Luini is more forgiving than his former colleague, IUMA co-founder

Rob Lord, who declined to be interviewed for this story save for a brief email exchange in which he declared, “Napster was a disaster for Internet music IMHO.” Lord went on to work at Winamp as well as several startups, which he says have netted him over $100 million in sales to AOL, Yahoo! and the like. At worst, Luini says Napster and other music sharing sites were more focused on themselves and what they could accomplish than on the artists whose products were actually fueling their success. “It was all about what we can do. It became this excitement, almost like a feeding frenzy of like, look at what we can do—we can put this out and it’s gonna go to millions of people. But there wasn’t a lot of thought about, like, what should we do? And whose work is this built on the back of? And shouldn’t they be part of the conversation? “Just because something’s possible with technology doesn’t mean that you have that right, and I think there is a responsibility there to understand what you’re doing and how it’s affecting the band,” he says. “The fact that the band has been removed from the equation entirely is what feels so broken about the current state of sharing of music. That was the thing about IUMA that was very different,” he continues. “We were very much about the artists and about the artist/fan relationship and that connection.”

Brand Camp “IUMA was not ever a cultural taste maker or anything like that,” Luini says. “We just wanted to help those bands connect with the fans they had never been able to reach before. One of the goals was to create this new middle class of musician where more could quit their day jobs and make great art through using the Internet to reach fans across the globe.” And while he empathizes with the challenges that can come with the rapid-fire growth companies like Napster experienced, he is more than a little skeptical of what has become of our culture’s relationship to art. “There are a lot of people out there that feel very strongly that art should be free,” Luini acknowledges. “But those people often are not musicians or they’re not artists.”



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16 OP EN S OU R CE What has happened in the last several years of the Internet’s growth, he says, is that the fan relationship has been somehow co-opted by big tech companies themselves, bypassing art and experiences, the products that technology companies supposedly provide us—the stuff that we know deep down is most important. “People idolized Napster as a brand of some sort,” says Luini. And that practice has carried through to today. “Look at the way people idolize Apple gear. It’s fetishized. It’s so deeply ingrained that it’s not even really discussed. People go, ‘Oh yeah I’m gonna go camp out for the new iPhone.’ That’s not an unusual thing to hear people say. But take a step back and think what people used to camp out for? Concert tickets.” As if that wasn’t heartbreaking enough, Luini twists the dagger: “You go to the concert and you’re getting the connection with this music which affects you so emotionally. That experience has now been transferred to this device.” Though it may be a sexy device, he says, it is not the thing. “A phone is valuable because of the people you talk to,” he says. “So the optimist in me thinks that we’re all searching for something which connects us together and our options to do that are just not necessarily the right ones.” Throughout his career, Luini has been motivated by the same thing: a desire to use whatever tools are available to connect people to one another and to art. And while this has proved fulfilling to him, he acknowledges what he sacrificed by sticking true to his values. “I think I have probably hamstrung myself in ways that, if I had been more willing to give up certain things, I could have made a ton of money.” And he knows enough about the industry to know it can get ugly when you start giving up those “certain things.” “Mark Zuckerberg can say that he wants to connect people and do things for good the same way Google can, but at the end of the day you know that a large driving part of that is, ‘All right how are our ads doing?’ Inevitably any company that is big is going to be driven by other forces other than what’s good for people necessarily,” Luini says.

But when asked point blank if the online music industry got completely derailed at some point, Luini won’t bite. “Certainly there was a moment in the ’90s where I felt that sense of, ‘well yeah, we thought this was gonna be different, but it’s really been co-opted by the dominant corporate forces like every other medium,” he admits. “But at the same time, it brought so much power into people’s hands and so much art to so many people that never would have encountered it otherwise.” Through nuanced conversation, Luini believes some of the damage done by the online music industry can be corrected. There was a missed opportunity, he thinks, to educate a public as it was transitioning out of its proverbial Walnut Creek record store days and onto the Internet. “Before the Internet, when you went out and bought a record there was an assumption of, ‘I paid money, I have this thing, therefore I own this music. I can make a copy and give it to a friend and that’s OK.’ When you remove the physical album and now you have this digital item, the mentality just sort of carried along with it, but there was no discussion about that. There was never a moment when the industry and artists said, ‘You don’t own that music, you just own a license for it.’ So this is where there really needs to be education.” And if that doesn’t work? He has faith that, at some point, progress will find a positive direction to move in. “I think that the Internet in general has failed to live up to its potential,” he says, “But that’s OK, you know, if it gets really bad, then there’ll just be a new Internet that comes up and we can learn from our mistakes and give it another go…The only way you get out of difficult situations is to innovate around them.” 0

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castings by Sheila HalliganWaltz and Eike Waltz. Gallery hours: Thurs-Sun, noon-6pm. Aug. 2-31. Free. 107 Elm St, Santa Cruz, 408.373.2854.

Parent Education Nursery School Co-op. Sun, Aug 25, 11:30am. $8-$16. Harvey West Park Clubhouse, 326 Evergreen St, Santa Cruz, 831.334.3368.

Bellydance Showcase

Lulu’s at the Octagon

SC Storytelling Festival

Different belly dancers each week on the garden stage. Presented by Helene. Sat, 1:30pm. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.429.6994.

Paintings by Mary Karlton. Thru Sept. 22. Free. 118 Cooper St, Santa Cruz.

Storytellers from Santa Cruz and the Bay Area plus a children’s show on the 25th. www. santacruzstorytellingfestival. com. Sat, Aug 24, 7pm and Sun, Aug 25, 1-3:30pm. Santa Cruz Waldorf School, 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz, 831.425.0519.

THEATER ‘Henry V’ Shakespeare Santa Cruz: Artistic Director Marco Barricelli presents this classic tale of civil war. Fri, Aug 23, 8pm and Sun, Aug 25, 7:30pm. $20-$50. UCSC Festival Glen, UCSC campus, Santa Cruz, 831.459.2159.

Live Comedy Weekly standup comedy showcases featuring rotating Bay Area comics held Tuesdays at the Red Room, 200 Locust St., Santa Cruz and Wednesdays at The Mediterranean, 265 Center Ave., Aptos. Both shows 810pm. Free. The Red Room, 1003 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, 831.227.1500.

Shakespeare Santa Cruz “Taming of the Shrew”: The classic Shakespearian romantic comedy. Full schedule of dates at www. shakespearesantacruz. org. July 23-Aug. 31. $20$50. UCSC Festival Glen, UCSC campus, Santa Cruz, 831.459.2159.


dimensions + six: An exhibition of work by six artists from the Monterey Peninsula including sculpture, book arts and printmaking. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. Thru Aug. 31. 831.458.1217. Mission Extension and Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Central Branch Library Libraries Inside Out. HOME: A large-scale woodblock printmaking exhibition by Bridget Henry. Aug. 2 through the winter months. Free, 831.427.7700. 224 Church St, Santa Cruz.


Summer Fair A weekly concert series and art fair put on by the team behind the Santa Cruz Rejuvenation Festival. Sun, Aug 25, noon-6pm. Free. San Lorenzo Park, between Water St and Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz.

Wetlands Tours “Wetlands Alive!” Informational tours offered by Watsonville Wetlands Watch. Sat, Aug 24, 10am. Fitz Educational Center, Pajaro Valley High School, Watsonville, 831.345.1226.

Wine Bottling BBQ Wine bottling event hosted by the Wine Club of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Guests are welcome to bring a dish to share. Sat, Aug 24, noon-5pm. $10. River Run Vintners, 65 Rogge Ln., Watsonville, 831.477.0500.

The Gift Economy A talk by Charles Eisenstein about resource-based economics and the gift economy. Sat, Aug 24, 35pm. Free/donation. Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

Wellness Fair An outdoor community event with booths of

Author Event: Alfredo Corchado Renowned journalist Alfredo Corchado will discuss his book, “Midnight in Mexico,” about the Mexican drug war. Wed, Aug 21, 7:30pm. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.0900.


Live music by a different group each week. Wed, 6-8pm. Thru Aug 29. Free. Capitola Esplanade Park, Capitola Village, Capitola.

Former Shakespeare Santa Cruz actress Billie Harris and Book Cafe manager Jill Rose perform animated readings of children’s stories. Mon, 11am. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.462.4415.



Twilight Concerts

Comedy Showcase


The C2SV Technology Conference takes place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center from Thursday, Sept. 26 to Saturday, Sept. 28. Tickets for the tech conference and accompanying music festival may be purchased at

R. Blitzer Gallery

information and treatments by local health-conscious practitioners, schools and businesses. Sat, Aug 24, 11am-5pm. Free. College of Botanical Healing Arts, 1821 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.462.1807.

Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center Pop Up Museum. Lost and Found: Bring objects you’ve found around town to share your finder’s eye with the community. Sat, Aug 24, 1-5pm. Free, 831.4291964. Wed-Sun, noon-6pm. 9341 Mill St, Ben Lomond.

CONTINUING Felix Kulpa Gallery “Kiss My Bronze”: Bronze

A new comedy showcase hosted by DNA featuring a different Bay Area headliner each week. Tue, 8:30pm. Free. Blue Lagoon, 923 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.7117.

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.

Family Fun Fair A buffet, family fair and live music from Con Corazon put on by the Westside


Wine of the Mountains A French-themed wine tasting, auction, and cuisine event hosted by the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association. Sun, Aug 25, 2-5pm. $55 in advance. Roaring Camp, 5401 Graham Hill, Felton.


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DEEP ELLUM Champions of analog recording, 1970s-inspired rock and the play-ithow-you-feel-it aesthetic, Deep Ellum is emerging as one of Santa Cruz’s standout musical attractions. Possessing a sound and look that throws one back about 40 years, this band takes elements of the Band, Creedence, early-era Grateful Dead and country songsmith Townes Van Zandt and rolls it into something that is very Bay Area, very groovy and very good. Catalyst; $10; 9pm. (Cat Johnson)



JONATHAN RICHMAN Yeah, okay, he looked like he was 12 years old until Y2K, but Jonathan Richman’s been in music for four decades now. He’s swiveled his hips through one incredible phase after another—electro-distorto teen angstivist in the Velvet-Underground-inspired Modern Lovers; acoustic rebel who gave up cool for kid-friendly songs like “I’m A Little Dinosaur”; low-fi rock primitive; There’s Something About Mary cult-music king; and now international troubadour. Don’t ask which era he’s gonna play from tonight, just surrender to Jonathan. Don Quixote’s; $15; 8pm. (Steve Palopoli)


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YELLOWMAN With almost sixty albums under his belt, Yellowman is as tenacious as he is energetic. Having grown up in a Kingston orphanage, the albino Jamaican was the first reggae artist to be signed to a major U.S. label and project his career into dancehall stardom. One of his top hits is “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt,” but he doesn’t stay still for long— averaging almost five albums per year while simultaneously defeating skin and jaw cancer. Because that’s the kind of guy he is; all rude riddim and energy. Moe’s Alley; $20 adv/$25 door; 9pm. (Anne-Marie Harrison)



BEN FLOCKS & BATTLE MOUNTAIN From Bonny Doon to Switzerland, Ben Flocks & Battle Mountain have taken their unique sound across the globe and back again. Inspired by jazz kings John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, band frontman Ben Flocks has more than proved himself a name in the sax scene— having played at jazz festivals in Italy, Croatia and the Bay, as well as alongside Joshua Redman and Dave Brubeck as a Brubeck Institute Fellow. The local sax prodigy is back in Santa Cruz to debut Battle Mountain and give back a little of that jazz inspiration. Headed by the local saxophone prodigy, the band covers more than just the traditional, with everything from jazz to folk and Brazilian to funk. Kuumbwa; $12 adv/$15 door; 7:30pm. (AMH)

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HONEY WILDERS If you were to hear the Honey Wilders without seeing them, you might think that they were a 1970s power rock band that slipped under the radar. With arena-style guitar riffs, crashing drums, classic rock hooks à la Thin Lizzy and Cheap Trick, and plenty of whoops, unghs and other vocal embellishments, this Sunnyvale-based band sidesteps the crowded indie-electronicaalt-folk river to wade chest deep into the waters of good old rock & roll. On Saturday, the band makes its Santa Cruz debut as part of Club Kuumbwa. Kuumbwa; $5; 9:30pm. (CJ)



THE BREEDERS “I still am shocked that that got radio play,” Kelley Deal told me last week about the Breeders’ big hit “Cannonball.” And that’s with 20 years to get used to the idea. In any case, Kelley, her ex-Pixies sister Kim and the rest of the group that turned that song and the album Last Splash into bona fide phenoms in 1993 seem to have come to grips with the fact that they had something special, because the line-up has re-united for a 20th anniversary tour. It’s accompanied by a box set from 4AD that may be the most complete, downright exhaustive re-release ever given one record. (Read the story on santacruz. com.) Rio; $27; 8pm. (SP)



SARAH & THE TALL BOYS A road-tested outfit that plays an average of 200 tour dates a year, Sarah and the Tall Boys know their way around both Americana barn burners and a-tear-in-my-beer country weepers. Led by frontwoman/guitarist/ songwriter Sarah Potenza, who has been compared to Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Raitt and Johnny Cash, this Nashville-based band steers clear of gimmicks, choosing instead to walk the well-worn, proven path of straightahead American roots music. And, they play there’s that too. Also on the bill: singer/songwriter Chicago Farmer. Don Quixote’s; $10; 7:30pm. (CJ)



THE GROGGS If you like rock & roll, you’ll love the Groggs. Named for exactly the Santa Cruz liquor store you’re thinking of right now, the Groggs pick and choose from a little 60s, a little 70s and a little miscellaneous, and their dedication to raw sound totally works. Santa Cruz natives, they released their first EP Up To No Good in 2008 and have proven themselves a local fixture. Moe’s Alley; $5 adv/$8 door; 8:30pm. (AMH)


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Film TROUBLE ON TAP By the end of the Golden Mile pub crawl, a group of friends (Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Eddie Marsan) will be facing down more than hangovers.

Storm and Foam

Old friends revisiting a storied pub crawl in The World’s End find it’s dangerous to go home again BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


HERE’S A SHORTAGE of good films about beer—the list ought to include Saddest Music in the World, The Quiet Man, Strange Brew and the “Beer Bad” episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now there’s The World’s End, a maniacal apocalyptic comedy. It’s the tale of a diabolical pub crawl that changes the destiny of the human race. A group of former pals, grown paunchy, boring, suit-clad and Bluetooth-bearing, are rounded up by their erstwhile “king,” Gary King (Simon Pegg). This no-hoper wishes to commemorate the 20th, or something, anniversary of a high-school graduation pub-crawl. King has the air of a water-rat bathed in lager, with a gold Eye of Horus on a chain around his neck, and the world’s last Sisters of Mercy t-shirt on his skinny chest. He has

a simple mission to hit a dozen pubs in a row on his home-town’s “Golden Mile.” In this century, the Golden Mile isn’t getting the stumbling visitors it once did. Or so one might guess, given the age of King’s map, and the dirt on its creases. Packed into his shabby car, the pals return to the hamlet of Newton Haven, distinguished as the site of England’s first traffic circle. The first pints are seen poured from a POV shot of the inside of a pint glass. The simultaneous farting and pissing sounds of the tap signify foamy golden trouble: it’s the same cloacal sound effect made by the Chango Beer served at the various hellholes in From Dusk Till Dawn. Gary King’s former best friend is a drab, spectacle-wearing Andy Knightley (Nick Frost), dressed like George Smiley and supposedly a teetotaler. We can

trust that events will change, and he’ll Hulk out. This indeed happens when the trouble begins: a session of Sammo Hung-worthy fat-man fu, executed in handsomely vintage Hong Kong style. Wright’s high-powered cast of actors are usually in more tragic kitchen sink films—the captive drinkers include Paddy Considine, and Eddie Marsan as a dreamy peaceable soul instead of a Dr. Moreau pitbull, as usual. Sight unseen, Bill Nighy is the voice of the Cosmos. Wish a female had been a regular of these companions—whatever happened to Tamsin Grieg, proven to be a moody, lean and capacious drinking buddy on TV’s Black’s Books? Who wants to drink when there are no women at the table? The ever-lovely Rosamund Pike is in the fray, and though she’s the prettiest British actress since Joan Greenwood,

she’s a cadet member, a wheel-woman: truth is, the real love (as always) is between the weedy Pegg and the hulking Frost. When the craziness happens, it has resonance—the violence and destruction addresses those sad questions that bedevil every maudlin old drinker. Why is every town getting to look the same? Who are these identical jerks crowding my favorite watering hole? Why do formerly fun-loving friends become dour middle-aged middle-managers? The World’s End changes the mood from elegiac to sinister by focusing on a traditional British folk-art: cryptic wooden pub signs. The pub’s names suggest a Ulysses-like voyage. “The Beehive” is indeed the heart of the conspiracy. Alluring yet lethal sirens populate “The Mermaid.” To American viewers, these signposts up ahead are as pregnant with menace as Tarot cards. I won’t hint at what lurks within these taverns … but it’s been about 40 years since the last version of this kind of story worked in a film. And the last time it did, the film in question was set in San Francisco … then as now, under pitiless siege by conformist forces. In selecting the village pub as a standoff for humanity’s last battle, Wright reinforces the theme of this trilogy (with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) of England under attack by agents of boredom and standardization. These three films celebrate hearty regionalism without crankiness, without insistence on superiority, without political rancor or foreigner-bashing. The trio of Frost, Wright and Pegg circle the wagons to protect what’s left, which is a roster like the Kinks’ A. E. Houseman-like “Village Green Preservation Society”: 007’s suaveness, Dr. Quartermass’ expertise, Benny Hill’s practiced leer and horrible puns.

THE WORLD’S END PG-13; 98 min.

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a real story. And good. (Opens Fri at Del Mar, 41st Avenue, Scotts Valley and Green Valley)


2 GUNS (R; 109 min) Denzel Washington plays a DEA agent, because of course he does. Mark Wahlberg plays a Navy SEAL, because whatever. They think they’re stealing money from the mob, but it all turns out to be a double-cross by the CIA. Written by Homer Simpson. BLACKFISH (NR; 83 min.) After the SeaWorld killer whale Tilikum was involved in a third trainer death in 2010, writer-director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite undertook this documentary in attempt to get at what

Movie reviews by Steve Palopoli and Richard von Busack

might really be happening (she might have sensed something fishy when SeaWorld claimed Tilikum had attacked trainer Dawn Brancheau because her hair was in a ponytail). In a larger sense, Cowperthwaite examines whether it’s really true, as water parks claim, that animals like Tilikum are better off living in captivity. BLUE JASMINE (PG-13; 98 min) If Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay are in a movie together, you know either the apocalypse is going down, or there’s a new Woody Allen film. His neverending movie tour of the world’s great cities has finally stopped in San Francisco, to which Blanchett’s character Jasmine escapes after her life gets a seismic shake up.

THE BUTLER (Pg-13; 132 min) Forrest Whitaker stars as a butler in the White House who gets to meet Oprah. THE CONJURING (R; 112 min.) Two ghost hunters investigate a house in Rhode Island and get very freaked out by what they find in this based-on-a-true-story tale from 1971. DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG; 98 min.) How often is the most anticipated film of the summer an animated movie? That isn’t made by Pixar? Right, and yet the first movie was the movie that was more than just a big moneymaker. It also bubbled up from nowhere on the cultural radar, with fans watching it over and over with the same kind of passion normally reserved

Showtimes are for Wednesday, Aug. 21, through Wednesday, Aug. 28, unless otherwise indicated. Programs and showtimes are subject to change without notice.


You’re Next — (Opens Fri) Fri-Thu 11:45; 2:30; 4:55; 7:30; 9:55pm. Elysium — Wed-Thu 11:45; 2:15; 4:45; 7:15; 9:45pm. Kick-Ass 2 — Wed-Thu 11:45; 2; 4:30; 7; 9:30pm.

9:45; 10:35; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Paranoia — Wed-Thu 11; 1:40; 4:15; 6:50; 9:25; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters—Wed-Thu 11:30; 2:10; 7:40; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 3D — Wed 4:50; 10:15; Thu 4:50; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. The Butler — Wed 10; 10:30; 1; 1:30; 4; 4:30; 7; 7:30; 10; 10:30; Thu 10; 10:30; 1; 1:30; 4; 4:25; 7:15; 10:15; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. We’re the Millers — Wed-Thu 11:10; 2:20; 5:15; 8; plus 10:35 Wed; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy — Thu 5:30pm. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas — Thu 9pm.



122 Rancho Del Mar Center, Aptos 831.688.6541

Blue Jasmine — Wed-Thu 2:30; 4:45; 7; 9:10 plus Sat-Sun 12:15pm. The Butler — Daily 1:15; 4; 6:45; 9:30pm.


1475 41st Ave., Capitola 831.479.3504

1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz 831.426.7500

The Spectacular Now — (Opens Fri) Fri-Thu 2:30; 4:45; 7; 9:40; plus Fri-Sun 12:15; 11:30pm (No 12:45 Sat 8/24).

You’re Next — (Opens Fri) Thu-Wed 3; 5:15; 7:30; 9:30; plus Fri-Sun 12:45; 11:45pm (No 11:45 Sun 8/25).

Blue Jasmine — Wed-Thu 2:45; 5; 7:15; 9:20 plus Fri-Sun 12:30pm.


Lincoln and Cedar streets, Santa Cruz 831.426.7500

20 Feet From Stardom — Wed-Tue 2:40; 7pm. Blackfish — Wed-Tue 4:50; plus Sat-Sun 12:50pm. Blue Jasmine — Wed-Thu 1:45; 4; 6:15; 8:30 plus Sat-Sun 11:30am. In a World — Wed-Thu 2:50; 5; 7:10; 9:20 plus Sat-Sun 12:40pm. The Conjuring — Wed-Tue 9pm. The Way Way Back — Wed-Thu 2:30; 5:10; 7:20; 9:30pm plus Sat-Sun 12:10pm.

226 Mt. Hermon Rd., Scotts Valley 831.438.3260

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones— (Opens Wed) Wed-Thu 12:45; 4; 7; 10:15 You’re Next— (Opens Fri) Fri-Thu 12:15; 2:45; 5:15; 7:45; 10:10pm. Blue Jasmine — Wed-Thu 11:40; 2:10; 4:40; 7:10; 9:45pm. Elysium — Wed-Thu 11:45; 2:20; 4:55; 7:30; 9:30; 10pm. Jobs — Wed-Thu 2:30; 5:30; 8:30pm. Kick-Ass 2 — Wed-Thu 11; 1:30; 4:10; 7:40; 10:15pm. Paranoia — Daily 10pm. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters — Wed-Thu 11; 1:40; 4:20; 6:45pm. Planes — Wed-Thu 11:30; 2; 4:30; 7pm. The Butler — (Opens Fri) Wed-Thu 12:30; 3:45; 7; 9:30pm. The Smurfs 2 — Daily 11:30am. We’re The Millers — Wed-Thu 11:10; 1:45; 4:20; 7:20; 10pm.



1125 S. Green Valley Rd, Watsonville 831.761.8200

Jobs—Wed-Thu 12:45; 1:15; 3:30; 4:15; 6:45; 7:30; 9:45; 10:15; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones—(Opens Wed) Wed-Thu 1:35; 4:25; 7:15; 10pm. You’re Next — (Opens Fri) Thu 10pm; Fri-Thu call for showtimes. Elysium — Wed-Thu 10:40; 12:55; 3:10; 5:25; 7:45; 10:15pm; plus Fri-Sun 10:40am. Kick-Ass 2 — Wed-Thu 10:40; 12:55; 3:10; 5:25; 7:45; 10:15 (No 10:40 Mon-Thu). Paranoia — Wed-Thu 1:30; 4:15; 7; 10; plus Fri-Sun 11am. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters —Wed-Thu 1:45; 7:15; 9:45pm plus Fri-Sun 11:15am. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 3D — Daily 4:15pm. Planes — Wed-Thu 12:55; 5:15; 7:30; 9:30; plus Fri-Sun 10:45am. Planes 3D — Daily 3:05pm. The Butler — Wed-Thu 1:35; 4:25; 7:15; 10 plus Fri-Sun 10:45am. We’re the Millers — Wed-Thu 1:25; 4; 7; 10 plus Fri-Sun 11am.

155 S. River St, Santa Cruz 800.326.3264 x1701


1405 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz 800.326.3264 x1700

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones — (Opens Wed) Wed-Thu 10; 1:15; 4:15; 7:15; 10:15; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

The World’s End — (Opens Fri) Thu 10pm. Despicable Me 2 — Wed-Thu 10:50; 1:35; 4:10; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Elysium — Wed-Thu 10:05; 12:45; 3:50; 7:50; 10:40; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Kick-Ass 2 — Wed 10:35; 1:05; 3:45; 6:15; 7; 8:45; 9:45; 11:10; Thu 10:35; 1:05; 7;

for a Nolan Batman flick. The main characters—Steve Carell as former supervillain Gru, Miranda Cosgrove as Margo, Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario, etc.—are all back in this story of what happens when world leaders call upon Gru’s expertise to defeat a new villain. ELYSIUM Neill Blomkamp, director of the refreshingly smart sci-fi flick District 9, goes full-on big-budget Hollywood action for this story set in 2154 about Matt Damon doomed to a bleak life on a broken-down Earth overrun by crime and disease. (I kinda feel like Ben Affleck deserved it more, but whatever.) When he needs a miracle cure, he infiltrates Elysium, a giant space-station to which the elite have escaped. IN A WORLD (R; 93 min) Writer-director Lake Bell also stars in this comedy as a woman living in the shadow of her father, the greatest movie-trailer voiceover legend of all time. Can she find coming-attraction stardom of her own? Probably! After all, her father is only…one man. KICK-ASS 2 (R; 103 min) Jim Carrey filmed a guest role for this sequel to the film adaption of Mark Miller’s comic book about high-schoolers who start dressing up in costumes and fighting crime. Now Carrey says that he can’t support the film because of the violence. You gotta respect Carrey’s principles and all, but this is a comic book movie about characters in brightly colored jumpsuits named Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl. Dude might wanna chill. PARANOIA (PG-13; 106 min) Another unfortunate entry in the If You’ve Seen the Trailer, You’ve Seen the Whole Damn Movie sweepstakes, this thriller stars Liam Hemsworth as a corporate spy who gets caught up in a Harrison Ford-Gary Oldman double-cross. Maybe even a triple or quadruple cross! There’s lots of crossing, promise. PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS (PG; 106 min) Oh, it’s on! Nerds everywhere are already filling Internet message boards with fabulously uninteresting debates about whether Percy Jackson is better than Harry Potter. This is the second PJ adaptation, featuring Percy and company on a quest to find the Golden Fleece. PLANES (G; 92 min.) This

spin-off of Cars was originally supposed to go directto-video, but apparently theatrical audiences can’t get enough of kid’s movies about things that long to do other things, but can’t because of reasons, but then do. So here you go. RED 2 (PG-13; 116 min.) Frank (Bruce Willis) hasn’t killed anyone in months, and Marvin (John Malkovich) convinces him to come out of retirement and chase down a nuclear device in this star-studded sequel with Catherine Zeta Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. R.I.P.D. (PG-13; 96 min.) Ryan Reynolds dies, gets hired by the Rest In Peace Department and starts chasing around and scaring monsters as Jeff Bridges’ sidekick. Think Men In Black with Ryan Reynolds as Will Smith. THE SMURFS 2 (PG; 109 min) The official plot summary for this movie is 600 words long. It contains the phrases “time-traveling Smurfs,” “using the Eiffel Tower as a conduit” and “the evil wizard puts them into his Smurfalator.” Who directed this, David Lynch? STILL MINE (PG-13; 102 min.) James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold play a couple who have to fight city hall to build the home in which they want to live out the rest of their years together. TURBO (PG) It’s hard to imagine some executive at Dreamworks didn’t say “I want Ratatouille meets Cars!” when they came up with this story of a snail who dreams of competing in the Indy 500. Guess if he does! WE’RE THE MILLERS (R; 110 min.) Filling the no-doubt massive audience demand to see the last vestiges of their ’90s innocence ruined by seeing Jennifer Aniston play a stripper, this comedy stars Jason Sudeikis as a pot dealer who enlists a random group of weirdos to be his fake family so he can smuggle drugs in from Mexico. THE WOLVERINE (PG13; 126 min.) No, not that Wolverine movie from 2009, this is the new Wolverine movie from 2013, which is of course a sequel to the X-Men movie from 2006. This time, Hugh Jackson goes to Japan and has to fight samurai while not being immortal. I hate when that happens.

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THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES (PG-13; 130 min) Cassandra Clare’s popular young adult series gets a film adaptation, with a young emo cast straight out of Twilight central casting. But this is nothing like Twilight, we swear, because see it’s about demons, not vampires. And yes, there are magical people who fight the demons, but it’s nothing like Harry Potter, we swear. For instance, in Harry Potter people who don’t know about the supernatural world are called Muggles, but here they’re called Mundanes. See? Totally different. (Opens Wed at Santa Cruz 9, Scotts Valley and Green Valley)

THE SPECTACULAR NOW (R; 95 min) The writers of 500 Days of Summer return to the theme of starcrossed love in this story of a high school bad boy who falls for the good girl. (Opens Thu at Del Mar) THE WORLD’S END (R; 109 min) See review, page 26. (Opens Fri at Santa Cruz 9) YOU’RE NEXT (R; 96 min) Easily the most anticipated horror movie of the year, up-and-coming director Adam Wingard (who’s made his mark on the recent anthology phenom with short films for both V/H/S films and also The ABCs of Death) oversees this tale of mysterious home invaders who get more than they bargained for from the family whose home they attack. Kind of The Strangers, except with



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Ionian at the wildly enjoyable, 33rd Greek Food & Cultural Festival:

Fri. Sept. 6, 5-10pm; Sat. Sept. 7, 11am10pm; Sun. Sept. 8, noon-8pm. At the Prophet Elias Orthodox Church, corner of Center and Church. FREE. Enjoy the sounds of Bouzouki music and the tempting aromas of Greek specialties like souvlaki and gyro. Come on and eat like a Greek! Think authentic moussaka, roasted lamb shank, calamari and pastitsio. The Taverna will be serving beer, Greek wine and traditional Greek spirits—

‘As if you’re a million miles from cares and stress’

TRAY COOL Lindsey Avery serves up a cocktail from Solaire’s bar at Hotel Paradox.


ouzo, metaxa and retsina. And, of course, desserts such as baklava and loukoumades. The Greek Agora includes ethnic jewelry, pottery, clothing and food items. Greek dancers from the Bay Area will perform folk dances dressed in traditional costumes. Who knows? You might purchase the winning raffle ticket for a trip to Naxos Island (including airfare!). You won't believe how much fun it is to be Greek for a day! TINY TIPS: Check out the major

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rinks by the pool, soaking up sun while sipping a Cosmo. This can be yours by visiting Solaire Restaurant & Bar in the handsomely appointed Hotel Paradox. Even if you’re not a guest at this lovely oasis, you can enjoy all-day pool privileges—including beach towels and tableside food and libation service—for $20. Last weekend, it was a lively mixed crowd of local visitors and out-of-towners sipping jewel-toned cocktails and catching the last rays of the day

by the ultra aqua pool. Maybe it’s the pool or the warm summer ambience, but Solaire’s indoor/ outdoor bar scene feels exactly like a resort. As if you’re a million miles from cares and stress. In addition to an attractive line-up of original cocktails for $9, Solaire boasts a backbar deep in single malts and over a dozen American artisanal whiskies. So if you enjoy sampling rare bourbons, this is your spot. The sensitive American cuisine created by chef Ross McKee emphasizing

local ingredients is another reason to make a date here. Solaire happy hour offers apps & drinks starting at $5, Sunday through Thursday 4-7pm. It’s time you played tourist and stopped by this sexy hotel dining room. And bar. And pool. SANTA CRUZ GREEK FEST: Ever

danced on the beach like Zorba the Greek? Of course you have. And now you can join hundreds of other Santa Cruzans eager to channel their inner

Gabriella. Delicious with its topping

of caramelized onions, and accompanying designer salad…The current issue of Bon Appetit Magazine picks its top 10 new restaurants in the U.S. Number One is Los Angeles’ Alma, and the house chef is Ari Taymor, who for 15 minutes cooked at our own Gabriella. Paul Cocking should collect royalties from his graduates…To die for from Companion Bakeshop—the gluten-free biscotti made crunchy and sensuous with anise, almonds and apricots. Heaven for $2. 0

Diner’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


Cafe Cruz 2621 41st Ave, 831.476.3801

Discretion Brewing 2703 41st Ave, 831.316.0662

$ Aptos

7486 Soquel Dr, 831.662.3546

$$ Soquel

5050 Soquel Dr, 831.462.5051

Heather’s Patisserie Sawasdee

$$ Severino’s Grill Aptos 7500 Old Dominion Ct, 831.688.8987 $$ Aptos

Brewery/gastropub.. Handcrafted beers on tap. Tasty beerinspired tapas by Main Street Garden w/ local ingredients.

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$ Soquel

Rosticceria & Bar. Fresh, local, sustainable. Lunch, dinner. Patio dining, happy hour menu.

Bakery and deli. Pastries, breads, baked goods baked daily on site. Breakfast, lunch, wedding cakes. Thai cuisine. Authentic flavors and preparation, fresh ingredients. Lunch & Dinner Sun-Thurs 11a-9:30p Continental California Cuisine.. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Zameen Mediterranean

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

Shadowbrook 1750 Wharf Rd, 831.475.1511

California Continental. World-class service, fine food, wines, with Old-World charm. Open daily.

SANTA CRUZ $$$ Aquarius Creative American cuisine. Oceanfront dining. Local Santa Cruz 175 West Cliff Dr, 831.460.5012 produce and sustainable seafood. $ Charlie Hong Kong CA Organic meets Southeast Asian street food. Santa Cruz 1141 Soquel Ave, 831. 426.5664 Consistent winner “Best Cheap Eats”. Open daily 11a-11p. $$ The Crepe Place Crepes and more. Full bar and beautiful outdoor patio. Santa Cruz 1134 Soquel Ave, 831.429.6994 Live music.

Crow’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.

$$$ Hindquarter Grill Americana. Specializing in ribs, steaks and burgers. Santa Cruz 303 Soquel Ave, 831.426.7770 Full bar. $$ Hoffman’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. $$ Hula’s Island Grill Santa Cruz 221 Cathcart St, 831.426.4852

’60s Vegas meets ’50s Waikiki. Fresh fish, great steaks, vegetarian. Full-service tiki bar.

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

Seafood/Calif. Fresh seafood made your way on the Harbor. Great views & full bar.

$$ Laili Santa Cruz 101 Cooper St, 831.423.4545

Silk road flavors. Fresh and flavorful Mediterranean cuisine with an Afghan twist. Patio dining.

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

N’awlins-style dining. Cajun and southern flavors. Full bar. Bluesy, cool, funky..

$ 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. “The Reef” tropical bar. and “Aloha Fridays”

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.

$ 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.

$ Santa Cruz

Sawasdee By The Sea 101 Main St, 831.466.9009

$$$ Solaire Santa Cruz 611 Ocean St, 831.600.4545

Thai cuisine. Authentic flavors and preparation, fresh ingredients. Lunch & Dinner Sun-Thurs 11a-9:30p Seasonal cuisine. Farm-to-table American comfort food. Gluten-free/vegetarian options.

$$$ Stagnaro Bros. Seafood and more. Panoramic ocean views. Fresh seafood, Santa Cruz 21 Municipal Wharf, 831.423.2180 pasta and steaks . Kid friendly.. $$ Woodstock’s Pizza Santa Cruz 710 Front St, 831.427.4444

Pizza. Beers on tap, patio dining, HDTV and free WiFi. Large groups, catering, deliveries.

SCOTTS VALLEY/FELTON $$ Mollie’s Country Cafe American. Homemade meals in a comfortable, family Scotts Valley 219 Mt Hermon Rd, 831.438.8313 environment. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Outdoor patio. $$ Felton

Redwood Pizzeria 6205 Hwy 9, 831.335.1500

Pizza. Local and organic toppings, lasagna, salads. Beer & wine. Gluten-free options.


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