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Wellness W elln e llnes ss WE JUST WA WANNA ANNA PARTY WITH YOU Scientists have been studying E. coli and other bacteria dangerous ous to o t humans, Human Microbiome more approach understanding microbes our but the Huma an Micr obiome is taking a mor re holistic h appr ro oach to understandi ing the trillions of micr ro obes in ou ur bodies.

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Currents Chip Scheuer

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CELEBRATED NATIONALLY, SCORNED LOCALLY While the Homeless Services Center’s innovations are winning it ‘Best Practices’ awards, Executive Director Monica Martinez says its successes have gone mostly unnoticed in its own community.

In the Eye of the Storm

HSC’s Monica Martinez says the political whirlwind around homelessness has obscured real progress BY GEORGIA PERRY


ithin the walls of Monica Martinez’s office at the Homeless Services Center, the executive director excitedly scrolls through emails announcing various national awards the center has received for its work. There’s one for an invitation to lead a workshop at the 2014 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference in New Orleans. “Respond by December 6,” she reads aloud. “I’ve got to remember to do that.” But outside of her office, there is not much celebrating. In the three years she has held this position—after moving from Los Angeles where she worked to fight homelessness on Skid Row—she says the public dialogue locally around

homelessness has gotten “progressively heated.” And yes, it has affected her work. “It is really resource-heavy to constantly be in a position of defense, and facing opposition,” she admits. There is a perception that Santa Cruz attracts homeless people because of the services the center offers, and many locals blame the homeless population for the city’s high crime rates and drug problem—including a number of hypodermic needles that have reportedly been found in the Harvey West neighborhood where the center is located. Indeed, the Public Safety Citizen Task Force, a group of 15 residents appointed by the City Council, reported in its draft recommendations last week that the

homeless population in Santa Cruz was responsible for 40 percent of arrests and 30 percent of citations in 2012. The Task Force went on to implore the Homeless Services Center to “cooperate with SCPD in recommendations to modify or eliminate services to persons identified as chronic offenders who threaten public safety.” Martinez says this language is indicative of one of many misconceptions about HSC—that they need to do a better job of cooperating with the police department. In reality, Martinez says, HSC and the police force work as a partnership; since taking over, she has brought a representative from the SCPD into each of their staff meetings, and the department regularly

makes recommendations about the safest way for HSC to operate. “Since Monica’s come into play, we’ve established an unprecedented relationship with the Homeless Services Center,” says Santa Cruz Police Deputy Chief Rick Martinez. “She’s very receptive, and her staff has been very receptive to changes in regards to security at the site.” The SCPD has been instrumental in implementing an ID card system at HSC, as well as closing the campus to individuals who aren’t there for services. Before Martinez became executive director, he says, the department’s relationship with HSC was “very adversarial.” At the same time that public safety concerns have boiled over, Monica Martinez says, HSC has shifted its focus, embracing the concept of ending homelessness rather than just managing it. This change in approach is in accordance with national recommendations for practices being embraced across the U.S. However, she worries that many Santa Cruz residents are misinformed about the progress she and other community leaders have made in recent years to end homelessness. “It feels like a lot of the [public response] is almost blinded by emotion, so then it’s not open or not seeing some of the really progressive and innovative things that are happening today. And when people are really blinded by their own fear or their own emotional response to what they see happening in their community, they’re less inclined to get engaged with solutions. And at this point it’s creating a polarization in our community about how to resolve issues that we all share and issues we all want to see resolved.”

Off the Streets

But some community members have gotten involved in a productive way, she says. For the 180/180 program, a community-wide effort to provide



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housing for 180 of the county’s most vulnerable homeless individuals, Martinez and her staff developed the idea of a “housing navigator”—a community member who volunteers to helps homeless individuals look through apartment listings, meet with landlords and stay housed. This role was recently featured as a “best practice” by the nationwide 100,000 Homes Campaign, of which 180/180 is a part. Elana Yannotti, a formerly homeless 42-year-old woman who received an apartment three months ago through the 180/180 program with the help of a housing navigator, says having a warm place to rest each night has helped her chronic pain immensely. “I actually feel like I’m going to live longer,” she says. Yannotti used to have to wear a knee brace daily as she walked her route from her camp behind the Tannery to HSC and to the beach, but she has only worn it two or three times since she’s been inside.

Not Alone The backlash that Martinez has faced in the last few years isn’t exclusive to Santa Cruz. Jennifer Loving, the executive director of Destination Home, an organization working to end chronic homelessness in Santa Clara County, says many communities are facing the exact same frustrations as Santa Cruz. “There is an understandable amount of fatigue and weariness. I totally get it. No one wants a homeless encampment in front of their business or in their backyard,” she says. “But then we walk a fine line between that and sort of criminalizing being poor by banning sleeping in cars, making it illegal to sleep in a park, to walk on a median.” Deputy Chief Martinez says he understands the reaction to homelessness outlined in the Public Safety Task Force recommendations, with the call to eliminate services to particularly troublesome offenders. However, he says, “it’s kind of a doubleedged sword. Sure you want to send a message that those behaviors aren’t tolerated, but are you really going to stop that behavior just by turning them away?” 0

Briefs Partial Recall Dewayne Dedmon started the Santa Cruz Warriors Basketball season with three goals: dominate on rebounds, make easy shots and ultimately leave to get called up to Golden State Team in Oakland—although he added on Media Day that he likes the “nice city” of Santa Cruz. (Dewayne, stop. We’re blushing.) The season just started, and the 7-foot center—whose hand is probably large enough to hold the entire Weekly staff—has already accomplished of all three of his goals. After dominating in two preseason games, where he averaged 13.5 points, 12 rebounds and 27.5 minutes, Dedmon got called up Nov. 18 to Golden State along with Ognjen Kuzmic and Nemanja Nedovic, after Golden State backup center Jermaine O’Neal bruised his knee. But the next day, all three gentlemen got assigned to practice with the Santa Cruz Warriors, and we thought we had finally won our man Double-D (we made up that nickname just now, and it probably won’t stick) back. But as it turned out, Dedmon was only hanging out with his old team because they were in Oakland for the night. The painful yo-yoing of our hearts continued the day after Santa Cruz Warriors spokesperson Matt De Nesnera announced that Dedmon was being recalled to Golden State for a Nov. 20 game. That made Kevin Kotzur the tallest healthy person on the Santa Cruz team at 6 feet nine inches. “We’re hoping to get more size at some point,” Santa Cruz Warriors GM Kirk Lacob said after the team’s 121-102 win over the Austin Toros. “Losing Dewayne when we did and not having other guys back on the court yet certainly wasn’t ideal, but the guys held it down tonight, and we’re really proud of them.” The story wasn’t over yet. Dedmon, who didn’t start playing basketball until his high school senior year, scored one point and didn’t get any rebounds over five minutes in four games. He and Nedovic got reassigned to Santa Cruz before last Sunday’s game, a 117-103 Santa Cruz win before leaving again. Monday morning they got recalled to Golden State for the third time. Say it ain’t so, Lacob clan! 0
















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SOUL POWERED Left to right: Jeff Kissell, Marty O’Reilly and Chris Lynch of the Marty O’Reilly Old Soul Orchestra, who play the Black Friday American Roots Festival at Moe’s Alley Friday.

The Marty O’Reilly Old Soul Orchestra is part of a thriving local scene showcased at the Black Friday American Roots Festival BY JACOB PIERCE


hen Santa Cruz’s Marty O’Reilly is playing guitar on stage, he sometimes closes his eyes, loosens his jaw and starts to sway.

“I noticed it as soon as I started playing—that I make ridiculous faces when I play,” admits O’Reilly. “It was something I was self-conscious about for a while, but I came to realize the more important thing than

worrying about that is staying focused and keeping my head in the music.” Sharing his philosophy, he says, are fiddler Chris Lynch and upright bassist Jeff Kissell, the other twothirds of the Marty O’Reilly Old Soul Orchestra. “We all do funny little things when we’re playing music,” says O’Reilly. “I think people like to see that we’re so in it. We don’t really care what we look like.” Whether or not O’Reilly realizes it, basic biology

might be behind what he’s doing. And if he wants to drop his jaw low enough mid-solo to fit a country biscuit between his molars, he might be better for it. “You will never be in the zone without your jaw unhinged and your tongue relaxed,” Illinois-based life coach Jim Fannin wrote in Esquire last summer. “That's why Michael Jordan stuck his tongue out when he went to the hole. That's why A-Rod, when he's at his best, looks like he's yawning.”




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MAKING SOME NOISE After creating a huge buzz locally with a recording of his band’s first show ever last fall, O’Reilly played the Outside Lands festival over the summer. Indeed, O’Reilly has been in the zone. His band, which blends Mississippi Delta blues and folk sounds, had a harmonic convergence the very first time they performed together, just over a year ago at the Kuumbwa. Luckily, someone recorded it. “There was just a magical chemistry that happened,” O’Reilly says. Within six months, the CD was selling and getting passed around Santa Cruz, making O’Reilly and his crew staples of Santa Cruz’s thriving American roots music scene. They have been booking periodic West Coast tours, and played Outside Lands in San Francisco over the summer. UC Santa Cruz theater grad student Wendy Burr, Lynch’s housemate at the Tannery Arts Center, witnessed

the Old Soul Orchestra blossom in front of her own ears. “What they’ve done in just a year as a group is incredible. I’m so proud of these guys,” Burr says. Spotting Kissell doubling over and laughing at her effusion, she doubles down: “I am! I’m really, really excited for these guys to keep making music.”

Naked Truths The excitement is contagious. “The American roots music scene in Santa Cruz is blowing up right now, and there are so many great bands,” says Ona Stewart, guitarist/front man for the Boulder Creek-based Naked Bootleggers. Stewart has put together the inaugural Black Friday American Roots Festival at Moe’s Alley on Nov. 29.


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“I thought it would be a great idea to get everyone together and do a showcase of all the awesome roots bands, and share fans, and maybe we can take this scene to the next level,” he says. Stewart wants to create an acoustic music community out of the bands— some members of which run in the same circles and others that have never heard of each other. Sharing the bill with the Naked Bootleggers and O’Reilly’s Old Soul Orchestra are nine other groups, including Joshua Lowe and the Juncos, who mix early rock & roll with bluegrass in a balance of footstompers and ballads. North Pacific String Band, a quintet that brings bluegrass music to the college-aged crowd, will bring their smooth

harmonies and songs of solitude. Steep Ravine, which started as a North Pacific String Band side project, brings jazz chords to that same bluegrass sound. It won’t just be locals. Stockton Banjo player Snap Jackson, Lester T. Raww out of San Francisco’s Pine Box Boy, bluegrass band Windy Hill from Menlo Park and the punk-infused Little Fuller Band from Twain Harte, Calif., will also perform. McCoy Tyler will sit in with the Juncos, and 22-year-old bossa nova guitar player Kendra McKinley is an alternate should any group drop out. McKinley’s drummer Alex Bice is also the bassist for Steep Ravine and North Pacific. After a popular set at the Do-It-Ourselves Festival in



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Ten years ago, after a month of pounding his fingers on a guitar he’d gotten for Christmas and didn’t know how to play, O’Reilly convinced his best friend to teach him something. The friend showed him where to place his fingers and told him to strum for his first guitar chord. E major. “It was very resonant in my body,” O’Reilly says. He took that warm feeling as a sign to keep playing through high school, practicing about 30 hours a week. Now, at 24, his ridiculously steady rhythm hand leads the Old Soul Orchestra on deep dives into the delta-blues sound passed down through Mississippi John Hurt and John Lee Hooker. O’Reilly’s singing is hoarse, but powerful, like the vocal layering on a Bon Iver album. The Old Soul Orchestra doesn’t write set lists, and sometimes their song structures are loose, even when finished. “We’re not afraid to just see where things go,” Kissell, the bassist says. “One of the things people I think like about is us is we have that sense of abandon in the way that we perform. We just go. Just step onstage and let it rip. We’ve got ideas, and we’ve got arrangements for tunes, but a lot of times we just bend them and take them to some place new—whatever it feels like in the moment.” Onstage, Lynch, the fiddle-player, leans forward and sometimes kneels, wincing and moving his bow from right to left so ferociously he often shreds it, tearing hairs on half the songs. In between tunes, Lynch holds out his bow and bites off the busted hairs—which are made from horse hair—spitting them out and leaving a blanket of hair around his feet. “It’s exponential,” Lynch explains. “If you break some, you’re going to break a lot more. I wish I owned a lot of horses.” One Saturday last month, DeAngelo Nieves, a trumpet player who had just moved to Santa Cruz from Massachusetts, was walking out of the

Tannery Arts Center, where he lives, when he ran into O’Reilly, who was on his way to play a free show at the Poet and Patriot. “He said ‘Do you wanna sit in?’” Nieves recalls. “And I was like ‘I’ve never played with you. Ever.’ And he said, ‘I trust you.’” Nieves joined O’Reilly onstage that night and has since become a frequent addition to the Old Soul Orchestra. “It felt like a breath of fresh air. I love Louie Armstrong and the blues. I love Tom Waits. This is like if Tom Waits had a string band,” Nieves says. “It’s really earthy. There’s a lot of flexibility that anything can happen. Whenever I play with these guys, I feel like we’ve been playing together a long time.”

Hog Call Americana music didn’t take off in Santa Cruz out of nowhere. Local disc jockeys have been spinning folk, bluegrass and weird country music, on public radio and most famously on KPIG 107.5, and on KFAT before that. Both had as their driving force the late Laura Ellen Hopper. When singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris credited KPIG with single-handedly creating the Americana genre at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium earlier this month, she was hardly the first. “That’s the whole role KPIG played: everything,” says “Sleepy” John Sandidge, who hosts the station’s Sunday live music show “Please Stand By.” “We were the first commercial radio station to play Americana. And you can ask any artist who does the most to promote Americana, and they have to say KPIG. There’s nobody else.” Hopper and her radio friends earlier helped launch successful musical careers for off-beat songwriters like Crowell, Robert Earl Keen, James McMurtry, the Austin Lounge Lizards and Todd Snider. Sandidge’s show has provided a big boost to the local scene. National artists often appear, but so have local acts like the McCoy Tyler Band. Of course, the term “Americana” can be problematic, because no one knows exactly what it means. Some, like Keen, have equated it with alternative country music. But others describe



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it as something more open-ended and old-timey. The wordy Americana Music Association says the genre is “contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, rootsrock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres.” Sometimes, O’Reilly and his bandmates don’t even call their music Americana. “We are an Americana band in a lot of ways, but in a lot of ways we aren’t,” O’Reilly says. “People call us an acoustic band, but we’re really not. I’m playing through an amp and Chris has a lot of effects pedals.” There are other reasons folk, roots and blues music thrive in Santa Cruz. Fiddle-player Lynch credits the Devil Makes Three, a trio originally from Santa Cruz, with inspiring a number of Americana bands locally. Wellknown local songwriters like Sherry Austin and Keith Greeninger have also bolstered Santa Cruz’s acoustic music credentials. Stewart from the Naked Bootleggers credits Santa Cruz’s history of people busking on the street with creating that cultural space. “In Santa Cruz, it all stems from the street music scene—such a big attraction for traveling musicians. They come here, and they settle and find a niche. This is such a cool place to hang out and play, there’s so many good musicians,” Stewart says.

Over the Cliff It’s Nov. 7, and O’Reilly is standing in the parking lot of Moe’s Alley, getting ready to open for the Tumbleweed Wanderers, who he first met when they were at UCSC together. O’Reilly, Lynch and Kissell just got back from a beach cabin rental in Steep Ravine, near Stinson Beach, for a band retreat this month to work on some songs. O’Reilly’s a little bit embarrassed to report that several bottles of whiskey have obscured their new arrangements, and left what the band actually worked on sounding a little fuzzy. “You need those nights, too,” Rob Fidel, a guitarist for the Tumbleweed Wanderers, chimes in. “You’re much more familiar with

your girlfriend if you see her every night, so you know her left and right,” Fidel adds. “So, you know if she sends you a text that says ‘K’ that she’s upset because you know the way she thinks. Let’s say, Marty brings a song to the table, they think, ‘Oh, I see where you’re going with that.’ That way you’re on each other’s level. It’s really important. It’s just like a retreat camp for a class or a family vacation. And you’re also able to get of your element and put aside all the distractions at home and focus on each other.”

‘It felt like a breath of fresh air. I love Louie Armstrong and the blues.I love Tom Waits. This is like if Tom Waits had a string band.’ — DeAngelo Nieves Kissell, a 49-year-old Santa Cruz local, is a veteran of the Old Soul Orchestra and a workhorse when it comes to technique—usually putting in from 90 minutes to four hours a day and hiring a teacher whenever he feels stuck. He says it’s the band’s fearlessness and trust in one another that provide for its chemistry and creativity. “I’m older than both of them are,” Kissell says. “And I’ve played in a lot of bands that were not there, to have that sense of curiosity about music. You don’t want technique to get in the way of creativity, but you need the technique to be able to achieve the kinds of creative things that we want to go for. Even if I totally crash this thing that I’m doing over a cliff, they support that.” Black Friday American Roots Festival Friday, Nov. 29 Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz

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Cabrillo College Gallery Cabrillo Gallery. David Fleming & Diane R. Ritch: To awardwinning artists selected from a juried exhibition. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm & Mon-Tues 7-9pm. Thru Dec. 13. Free. 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.479.6308.

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It's A Wonderful Life A live theater production in the style of a 1940s radio broadest. www. Nov. 15-Dec. 8. $10-$40. UCSC Mainstage Theater, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.459.2159.

Mi Casa es Tu Casa: An exhibit of installations paying tribute to Dia de Los Muertos with the theme of "Passages." Gallery hours: Wed-Sun 11am-4pm. Thru Dec. 8. Free. 37 Sudden St, Watsonville, 831.722.3062.

Sant Cruz Rehearsal Studios. The Rock Series: Acrylic on canvas paintings by June inspired by Janis Joplin and other rock icons. Hours: Mon-Sun, 10am-midnight. Free. 118 Coral St, Santa Cruz, 831.425.7277.

Various Santa Cruz County Bank Locations Bank Arts Collaborative. Down on the Farm: Seven local artists whose work represents the beauty of simple life on the farm. Mon-Thurs, 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-6pm. Thru Jan. 3. Free. n/a, Santa Cruz.

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Santa Cruz Central Branch Library

Aromas Bands Together

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.

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.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History


Museum of Art & History. Journey Forth: An exhibition that explores our complex relationships with nature in the digital age, juxtaposing the natural and artificial. Gallery Hours: Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm; Fri 11am-9pm. Thru Dec. 1. Museum hours Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm; closed Mon. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

White Buffalo Americana music from Southern California. Tue, Dec 3, 5pm. Streetlight Records Santa Cruz, 939 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.421.9200.

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AIDS Rememberance World AIDS Day Remembrance Celebration honoring the millions of lives affected worldwide by AIDS. Sun, Dec 1, 5pm. Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.427.3900.

Baby Feeding Circle A chance to relax, feed your baby and chat with other new mothers. Open to all mothers and babies. Mon, 10:30-11:30am. free. Luma Yoga & Family Center, 1010 Center St., Santa Cruz, 831.325.2620.

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Stellar productions from the UK range from stoned soul to trip-hop to modern house. Nov 29 at the Mezzanine.

A dance class for exploring authentic movement as connection, exercise, prayer and spiritual practice. Wed, 7:30-9:15pm. $15. A weekly class for exploring exercise and spirituality through dance. Wed, 7:30-9:15pm. $15. Santa Cruz Yoga, 402 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz, 585.278.0080.

Less Than Jake Gainesville’s ska-punk juggernaut continues its pizza-and-teddy-bear crusade. With Anti-Flag. Nov 29 at Slim’s.

Adventure Club Montreal dubstep duo currently taking the internet and club scene by storm. Nov 30 at Regency Ballroom.

Cat Power Like Bruce Cockburn once sang: You pay your money and you take your chance. Dec. 1 at Regency Ballroom.

Louis Hayes Jazz drummer leads Cannonball Legacy Band in ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’ and other favorites. Dec 3-4 at Yoshi’s Oakland. More San Francisco events at

Dog Hikes Santa Cruz International Dog Owner'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.

Fatherhood Class A monthly dads' class supporting men in taking an active hand in parenting babies and children. First Mon of every month, 7-8pm. $5-$10 suggested donation. Luma Yoga & Family Center, 1010 Center St., Santa Cruz, 831.325.2620.

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CONCERTS A benefit concert for families in need through the Adopt-A-Family program featuring Carr Creek Crossing and other acts. Sat, Nov 30, 7pm. suggested donation $10$15. Aromas Community Grange, Corner of Rose Ave and Bardue St, Aromas, 831.726.2457.

are welcome. Thu, 7-9pm. The Barn Studio, 104b Park Way South, Santa Cruz, 831.272.2246.

Computer Coaching Basic computer help for adults: Emailing, searching the internet, creating passwords and more. Sign up for 30-minute sessions at the front desk. First Sun of every month, 1-4:30pm. Free. Santa Cruz Central Branch Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.427.7700x7635.

A Course In Miracles Study Group A weekly meeting on learning how to forgive and live in peace. Drop-ins

Weekly drawing from a live model, facilitated by Open Studio artist Richard Bennett. Mon, 7-10pm. $16. Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, 831.426.5787.

Grief Support A lunchtime drop-in support group for adults grieving the death of a family member or friend. Tues. 6-7pm at 125 Heather Terrace, Aptos; Fri. noon-1pm at 5403 Scotts Valley Dr. Ste. D, Scotts Valley. free. Various sites, NA, Santa Cruz, 831.430.3000.

Holiday Sale A selection of unique and affordable gifts for the holidays. www. Open 10am-8pm daily thru Dec. 24. Homeless Garden Project Store, 110 Cooper St., Santa Cruz.

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

Luck of the Draw Visit an exhibit and enter for the chance to win a piece of artwork of your choice to take home. Drawing takes place Dec. 8. Nov. 30-Dec. 8. $65. Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, 831.426.5787.

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.

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The White Buffalo The White Buffalo, fronted by singer/songwriter Jake Smith, is a deeply soulful Americana group from Southern California that is as good as any of the famous country acts from the mid-20th century. To quote, “The only thing real is love in this crooked world.” Indeed. They’ll play at the Crepe Place later the same day, but do yourself a favor and catch this free acoustic solo show beforehand. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5pm at Streetlight Records, 939 S. Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. Free. NAACP Santa Cruz Membership and Leadership Outreach Effort Members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend meetings of the NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch #1071. First Mon of every month, 7:30pm. Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 517 Center St, Santa Cruz.

Overeaters Anon. Thanksgiving A Thanksgiving meeting of Overeaters Anonymous. Thu, Nov 28, 10-11:30am. Calvary Episcopal Church, 532 Center St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.7906.

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 and 4-5:15pm at 115 South Morrissey, Santa Cruz. Mondays 12:15-1:15pm at 420 Melrose Ave, Santa Cruz and 7-8pm at 4951 Soquel Drive, Soquel. Tuesdays 12:15-1:15pm at 420 Melrose Ave, Santa Cruz. Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am at 1335 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz; noon-1pm at 49 Blanca Ln #303, Watsonville; and 6:307:30pm at 335 Spreckles Dr, Ste. A, Aptos. Thursdays 1-2pm at 301 Center St., Santa Cruz. Fridays noon1pm at 49 Blanca Ln, #303, Watsonville and 12:15-1:15pm at 225 Rooney St., Santa Cruz. Saturdays 9-10am at 532 Center St, Santa Cruz and 11am-noon at 75 Nelson St, Watsonville. 831.429.7906.

Postpartum Health Circle A weekly community circle offering support and information about postpartum changes for mothers. Wed, 1:30-2:30pm. $5-$10 donation. Luma Yoga & Family Center, 1010 Center St., Santa Cruz, 831.325.2620.

Qigong Flow Led by Bonnie Eskie, MFT. Tue, 10-11am. $10-$12. Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz, 831.515.4144.

Support and Recovery Groups Alzheimer's: Alzheimer's Assn., 831.464.9982. Bipolar: 707.747.1989. Cancer: Katz Cancer Resource Center, 831.351.7770; WomenCARE, 831.457.2273. Candida: 831.471.0737. Chronic Pain: American Chronic Pain Association, 831.423.1385. Grief and Loss: Hospice, 831.430.3000. Lupus: Jeanette Miller, 831.566.0962. Men Overcoming Abusive Behavior: 831.464.3855. SMART Recovery: 831.462.5470. Trans Latina women: Mariposas, 831.425.5422. Trichotillomania: 831.457.1004. 12-Step Programs: 831.454. HELP (4357). Pagans in Recovery: 831.428.3024. Narcotics Anonymous: Clutterers Anonymous: 831.359.3008.

The Speaker's Gym Instructor Noel Murphy

provides leadership coaching and public speaking skills every week. Wed, 7-9:30pm. Discovery Gym, 75 Mt. Hermon Rd., Scotts Valley, 831.238.1234.

Touched By Adoption Group 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.

Yoga Instruction 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; 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.

AROUND TOWN Chaminade Thanksgiving A Thanksgiving dinner buffet for adults and children. Participants are encouraged to bring unwrapped gifts for the Boys & Girls Club. Thu, Nov 28, noon-6pm. $49.95 adults; $16.95 children. Chaminade, 1 Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz, 831.475.5600.

Comedy Showcase 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.

Turkey Bowl Teams of four bowlers can register for bowling alongside the Santa Cruz Derby Girls. Email: TurkeyBowl@ Wed, Nov 27, 6:30pm. Boardwalk Bowl, 115 Cliff St, Santa Cruz, 831.426.3324.

UCSC Farm Tours Learn about organic farming while visiting greenhouses, orchards, and row crops. First Sun of every month, 2-3:30pm. Free. UCSC Farm and Garden, UCSC, Santa Cruz, 831.459.3240.

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

Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios

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Concerts FROOTIE FLAVORS Nov. 30 at Crepe Place NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE Dec. 1 at Moe’s Alley PETER ROWAN Dec. 6 at Don Quixote’s MOTHER HIPS & KELLER WILLIAMS Dec. 6 at Catalyst WALL OF SOUND Chris Isaak returns to Santa Cruz on Sunday.

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Sorry to disappoint, Sorry disapppoint, but Nahko’s Nahko’s rreggaeeggaepopular underground influenced, po opular under ground song “Warrior “W arrior People” Peopple” is nott about Santa Cruz D-league basketball bassketball fans. fans. Nahko, a proud proud mix of Apache Apache, e, Puerto Rican and Filipino cultures, cultures, writes writees uplifting songs that blend cultures cultures from from m around around the globe. “I’m black as the night withh a little bit of moonlight,”” he sings. “Sharp and smooth to the touch with my dark little cinnamon mane.”” Joining him on this bill is Trevor Trevor Hall, a laid-back, young singer acoustic sing er songwriter so talented he could practically practicaally break break hearts with a single strum. Moe’s Moe’s Alley; $15; 8pm. (JP)

ZAMBOMBA GITANA! A Traditional Flamenco Holiday Celebration Direct from Spain Tickets: Monday, December 9 U 7 pm | No Comps

PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP Unless noted advance tickets at and Logos Books & Records. Dinner served 1-hr before Kuumbwa presented concerts. Premium wines & beer. All ages welcome.

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Film POUNDS THE SAME Josh Brolin in Spike Lee’s remake of ‘Oldboy.’

Hammer Time

Spike Lee’s fast, ruthless remake of ‘Oldboy’ follows a bloody trail of vengeance BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


RITING ABOUT noir stalwart Robert Ryan, critic David Thomson commented that just as some men grind their teeth, some men could be said to grind their eyes. Spike Lee’s crazed, delightfully sick remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 shocker Oldboy has Josh Brolin grinding his eyes impressively as he goes on the customary blood-soaked trail of vengeance. Give or take Michael Shannon, there may not have been an actor with such a clenched fist-like face since Ryan himself. Josh Brolin’s Joe Doucett (there ought to be an ‘h’ in his name) is an advertising swine of the early 1990s. He’s the kind of man you can count on to ruin an advertising presentation by groping the client’s wife, to insult his

3-year-old child, to stagger down the streets baying for more vodka, and to end up collapsing and puking all over his suit. Hardly anyone misses him when he vanishes: Joe wakes up in what looks like the interior of the fifth worst hotel in Terre Haute. His surroundings include a set of aged Encyclopedia Britannicas on a shelf buckling under the weight of the books, and an everreplenished drawer full of white Navysurplus skivvies. On one wall is a toolarge poster of a grimacing bellboy (it’s the director’s brother Cinque Lee, sort of reprising his crimson-liveried role in Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train). Here Joe will be imprisoned for 20 years. On the TV broadcasts, Joe learns his wife has been brutally murdered, and that he is the prime suspect. With crafty distortion and all due horror, Lee sprints through the years of

the ordeal—the madness, the suicide attempt, the resignation. A grisly variation on the Mr. Jingles bit in The Green Mile is cut with such dispatch and harshness that we stay in the movie’s mood of ruthlessness, instead of having a big sad about it. Eventually, Joe decides to make time serve him: learning from the endless kung-fu movies and exercise programs, he bulks up with muscle. Without warning, he’s released. It doesn’t bear explaining how he picks up a partner—a physician or social worker or something played by the astoundingly good-looking Elizabeth Olsen. But Joe does have a lead—he gets taunting messages from an “Invisible Man” (Sharlto Copley of District 9) on a cellphone he can’t get used to: “What happened to all the payphones?” he snarls. The phantom

caller leads Joe in the direction of his daughter, who is in peril. I respect Park’s original, but one viewing was enough—this, however, is made with drive and the good-kind of bad-taste: the amazing hammer fight is restaged and doubled (two floors this time); good to have just a nod to Park’s infamous octopus-geeking scene, instead of a reprise. The plot makes about the same lack of sense as Park’s original: there’s a left-field reason for this Poe-like act of imprisonment: though the title provides a clue, if you know your British slang. Lee, a Lumet-like director, is quite capable of first-rate noir, such as Inside Man and his brilliant The 25th Hour. Strange, but the Lee who discomfited the hell out of white America for so many years doesn’t seem to be present. And if you were idiotically didactic, you could shame the director for a scene of a black man tortured for our amusement. That happens when Doucet gets his hands on his jailor—he’s credited as “Chaney,” played by Samuel L. Jackson with a bleached Mohawk and a gold lip cuff. (Wouldn’t it be great to be looking over Samuel L.’s shoulder as he opened up his wardrobe: “What will I wear to work today?”) This is Samuel L., Lord of Men, we’re talking about—considering Samuel L. as anyone’s victim is as dumb as considering him over the top. Samuel L. is never over the top. The top bows with respect. When the going gets bad, the audience wants something decadent. Lee’s sensibility implicitly acknowledges the evil of the times in this pop Jacobean drama of the doubleedge of guilt and remorse. Rather than an unnecessary remake for those too dumb to read the English subtitles, Oldboy is a cruel, rapid entertainment bristling with surprises.

OLDBOY R; 104 Min. Opens Wed at the Nick

Film Capsules New


12 YEARS A SLAVE (R; 133 min) Based on an 1853 memoir, this story of a free African American kidnapped


and sold into slavery in the South is easily the bestreviewed film of the year. ALL IS LOST (PG-13; 106 min) Robert Redford stars in this adventure story of a man on the open sea whose boat is damaged, leaving him in a lonely and desperate fight for survival. BAD GRANDPA (R; 92 min) Johnny Knoxville’s obnoxious old man character from Jackass gets his own movie, which for sure nobody saw coming. For some reason, the movie combines a fictional plot with the typical hiddencamera footage of real people being grossed out by Grandpa’s lewd behavior. THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY (R) Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall and Terrence Howard

Movie reviews by Steve Palopoli and Richard von Busack

star in this story of college friends who reunite at Christmastime after 15 years. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (NC-17; 179 min) Much buzzed-about French lesbian love story has French lesbians, love story. Also won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (PG-13; 134 min) Oscar buzz is already a-buzzin’ for Tom Hanks, who plays the titular captain in this true story of the first U.S. cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (R; 117 min.) Matthew McConaughey continues his bizarre transformation into one of the best actors of our generation in this true story about a Texas electrician

named Ron Woodroof, who took on the medical establishment after being diagnosed with HIV in the ’80s—in his attempt to get alternative treatments for himself and others, he became a drug smuggler. What has gotten into McConaughey, anyway? Remember when he was the acting equivalent of lumber back in the Contact days? Jared Leto is making a different kind of comeback, after not making films for a while—here he plays a transvestite who forms an unlikely partnership with Woodroof. DELIVERY MAN (PG13; 103 min) If you feel like the premise for this Vince Vaughn comedy—slacker finds out his sperm-bank donation accidentally fathered hundreds of

Showtimes are for Wednesday, Nov. 27, through Wednesday, Dec. 4, unless otherwise indicated. Programs and showtimes are subject to change without notice.


122 Rancho Del Mar Center, Aptos 831-426-7500

Dallas Buyer’s Club — Daily 1:50; 4:20; 6:50; 9:20;. Delivery Man — Daily 2:30; 4:50; 7:10; 9:30; plus Wed-Sun 12:10pm.


1475 41st Ave., Capitola 831.479.3504

Frozen— (Opens Wed 11/27) Wed-Thu 11; 1:45; 4:30; 7:15; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Frozen 3D — (Opens Wed 11/27) Wed-Thu 10; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — Wed-Thu 11:45; 3:15; 6:45; 10:15; FriWed call for showtimes.

call for showtimes. Ender’s Game — Wed-Thu 12:50; 3:25; 6; 8:45 Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Gravity — Wed-Thu 2:15; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Gravity 3D — Wed-Thu 4:30; 6:50; 9:15; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — Wed-Thu 11; 11:30; 12; 12:30; 3; 3:30; 4; 6:30; 7; 7:30; 10; 10:30; 10:40; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Thor:The Dark World —Wed-Thu 12:40; 3:45; 6:20; 9:05; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

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

Old Boy — (Opens Wed 11/27) Daily 2:45; 5:10; 7:30; 9:40 plus Wed-Sun 12:30pm. The Book Thief — Daily 1:10; 3:50; 6:30; 9:10. Dallas Buyer’s Club — Daily 2; 4:30; 7; 9:30; plus Wed-Sat 11:30; Sun 11am. Philomena — Daily 1:50; 4:20; 6:45; 8:50 plus Wed-Sun 11:20am.

The Book Thief — (Opens Wed 11/27) Wed-Thu 1; 4; 7; 9:55; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Frozen — (Opens Wed 11/27) Daily 11; 1; 1:45; 3:45; 4:30; 6:30; 7:15; 9:15; 10; FriWed call for showtimes. Frozen 3D — (Opens Wed 11/27) Daily 11:55; 2:45; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Delivery Man — Wed-Thu 11:15; 1:45; 4:20; 7; 9:40; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Ender’s Game — Wed-Thu 4; 9:20; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Free Birds — Wed-Thu 11:55; 1:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — Wed-Thu 11:45; 3:15; 6:45; 10:15; FriWed call for showtimes. Gravity 3D — Wed-Thu 5:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Last Vegas — Wed-Thu 6:45; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Miracle on 34th Street — Thu 7:05pm. Thor: The Dark World — Wed-Thu 11: 1:45; 4:30; 7:20; 8; 10; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.



Thor: The Dark World —Wed-Thu 11:15; 2; 4:40; 7:20; 10; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.


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12 Years A Slave — Daily 1:50; 4:40; 7:30 plus Wed-Sun 11:10am. Delivery Man — Daily Daily 2:30; 4:50; 7:15; 9:30; plus Wed-Sun 12:10pm. Nebraska — Daily 2; 4:30; 7; 9:20 plus Wed-Sun 11:30am.


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Homefront — (Opens Wed 11/27) Wed-Thu 12:40; 3:40; 7; 9:25; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.


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Black Nativity — (Opens Wed 11/27) Wed-Thu 12:05; 2:35; 5:15; 7:40; 10:05;Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

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About Time — Daily Daily 7:30pm. Delivery Man — Daily Daily 1:30; 4:05; 7:10; 9:45; plus Wed-Sun 11am. Free Birds — Daily Wed-Sun 11am. Frozen — Daily 1:30; 2:30; 5:05; 7:20; 9:45 plus Wed-Sun 10:45; 11:45am. Frozen 3D — Daily 4pm. Homefront — Daily 1:45; 4:20; 7:30; 10 plus Wed-Sun 10:45am. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — Daily Daily 12:30; 1:50; 3:45; 4:55; 7; 8;

Frozen — (Opens Wed 11/27) Wed-Thu 12:45; 3:45; 6:35; 9:15; Fri-Wed call for

10:05; plus Wed-Sun 10:45am.


Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa — Daily 10pm. Thor: The Dark World — Daily Daily 1:40; 4:15; 7:15; 9:45.

Frozen 3D — (Opens Wed 11/27) Wed-Thu 10:30; 1:30; 4:15; 7; 9:35; Fri-Wed

children, and 142 of them are suing him—sounds familiar, it might be because it sounds exactly like the kind of comedy Vince Vaughn would have made by now. He actually didn’t, but New Zealander Ken Scott did in 2011, a movie called Starbuck on which it is based. I know some of those Kiwis have thick accents, but really, they’re remaking New Zealand films now? ENDER’S GAME (PG13; 104 min) There’s been a lot of LGBT supporters protesting this movie because of the despicable anti-gay views of Orson Scott Card, the author of the book it’s based on (and a producer of the film). I don’t know if the film itself should be judged on the basis of that—maybe more on the fact that Ender’s Game wasn’t a great book to begin with, certainly inferior even to Card’s short story of the same name on which it was based. (Philip K. Dick’s Time Out of Joint is a far superior take on a very similar idea.) But whether or not you think the political issues should affect whether or not you see the film, at least we can all agree the guy’s a total douche. FREE BIRDS (PG; 91 min) Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson star in this animated movie that is seriously about turkeys traveling through time. They go back to try to stop JFK’s assassination. Just kidding, of course they try to get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu. GRAVITY (PG-13; 90 min) In director Alfonso Cuaron’s much-anticipated space-disaster flick, an accident on a space shuttle mission threatens to make Sandra Bullock and George Clooney astro-nots. HOW I LIVE NOW (R; 101 min) Action thriller is an adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s novel about an American teenager bored out of her skull while staying with relatives in Britain, until it suddenly comes under martial law, and she has to escape a violent military dictatorship. FML! HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG-13; 146 min) Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth return in the further adventures of Katniss Everdeen and friends. This time, it’s

personal! Just kidding. It’s not that personal. KILL YOUR DARLINGS (R; 104 min) The beat writers get tangled in a 1944 murder in this hip drama, man! Daniel Radcliffe plays Allen Ginsberg, with Kerouac and Burroughs represented as well. LAST VEGAS (PG-13; 105 min) The trailer for this comedy just makes you involuntarily smile. Is it getting to watch Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro and Kevin Kline being goofy? Yeah, and also that this old-fart version of The Hangover actually looks hilarious, when it could have been just a cash-in on its all-star cast. PLANES (G; 92 min.) This spin-off of Cars was originally supposed to go direct-to-video, but apparently theatrical audiences can’t get enough of kids’ movies about things that long to do other things, but can’t because of reasons, but then do. So here you go. RUNNING WILD: THE LIFE OF DAYTON O. HYDE (NR; 93 min) Documentary follows the cowboy conservationist as he tries to preserve homeon-the-range culture while at the same time protecting natural resources and rescuing horses. RUSH (R; 123 min) Ron Howard’s epic re-telling of the real-life rivalry between Formula 1 racers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (James Bruhl). THOR: THE DARK WORLD (PG-13; 122 min) If he had a hammer, he’d hammer in the morning. He’d hammer in the evening, all over the nine realms. Anyway, Thor is back in a plot that’s basically what you’d expect: blah blah Dark Elves, blah blah wormhole, blah blah anomaly. Thank god for the Loki comic relief. 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.

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BLACK NATIVITY (PG; 93 min) Incredibly, not a metal band, but in fact a heartwarming holiday musical starring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson. (Opens Wed at Cinema 9) FROZEN (PG; 108 min) Disney animated film has the kingdom of Arendelle trapped in perpetual winter, with young Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) teaming with a rugged outdoorsman (Jonathan Groff) to journey across the frozen wasteland and lift the spell. Blizzards, trolls and a comic-relief snowman (Josh Gad) stand in their way. (Opens Wed at Cinema 9, 41st Ave, Scotts Valley and Green Valley)

HOMEFRONT (R; 100 min) Jason Statham gets as close as he ever will to a dramatic role in this story of a former DEA agent who moves his family to a sleepy little town. Oh, don’t worry though, there’s a druglord there! Do they fight? Are you kidding me? It’s Statham! Plus, Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay, so yes, that’s happening. James Franco and Winona Ryder co-star. (Opens Wed at Riverfront Twin and Green Valley) OLDBOY (R; 104 min) See review, page 27. (Opens Wed at the Nick)


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Send tips about food, wine and dining discoveries to Christina Waters at Read her blog at season gears up so do the treats at this vibrant shop. A clear cylinder filled with Cantuccini—oh so buttery and crisp, the Venetian-style baby biscotti studded with almonds, not the hard, jaw-breaker Bolognese ones—will run you just under $8. Perfect stockingstuffer size. I defy you to not open the container and wolf down a couple on the way home! NEW ON THE HORIZON:

BUILDING THE BETTER BIRD Patak’s Hot Mango Chutney can be your secret flavoring weapon this Thanksgiving.

A Gonzo Thanksgiving BY CHRISTINA WATERS


veryone has a favorite condiment, a go-to jar or bottle of something that invariably adds dash, spice, interest, sex appeal and just plain more bang for the buck to a favorite dish. In addition to a shelf full of hot sauces and mustards, our refrigerator never lacks a jar of Patak's Hot Mango Chutney. Mango chutney is incredibly clever at adding both forthright and soft focus flavor to any number of creations. Take turkey, a timely example. Turkey in and of itself lacks anything remotely close to flavor. But it accepts other flavors with all the graciousness of

a TV star at the Emmys. It adores mango chutney, and I don't mean the mild kind, either. I mean hot mango chutney, which definitely puts lead in the otherwise lackluster pencil of turkey (with apologies to metaphor mavens everywhere). The kick, the sweet/pungent sass of hot mango chutney gives turkey serious attitude, and it will not detract one iota from mom's traditional stuffing. Au contraire. A hit of chutney will also pump up the volume on everything from those inevitable peas and broccoli casseroles, to stuffing. Even—just think about this for a minute—pumpkin pie.

And if you're contemplating roast goose, or a ceremonial baked ham for the holidays, grab an extra jar of Hot Mango Chutney. Think of it as a culinary pro-choice moment. Your guests will be dazzled. A few more tips from my gonzo culinary style sheet. I've added hot mango chutney to black beans. Chile verde loves it and so do those thin-cut pork chops I sear up for quickie dinners. Put some on pancakes. Live a little! STOCKING STUFFERS: PART 1: Cruising the sparkling display cases of Gayle's is a joy all year

'round, but as the winter holiday

Once it's the first of December, and that turkey dinner has faded into a sweet memory, start looking for imminent restaurant openings. One is Maharaja, housed in the former Royal Taj, and looking to be a whole new, refurbished place to satisfy your aloo gobhi cravings. The menu, billed as offering “authentic Indian cuisine,” looks long and mouthwatering. Start cruising Soquel Avenue at the corner of Riverside and keep your eyes peeled for the opening day. Or just call and be the first on your block to find out when the garlic naan is out of the oven—(831) 427-2666…Also scheduled for early December is a new eatery with the very postmodern name of Your Place, where the former La Mission used to be in the Pizzeria Avanti and Sushi Totoro complex on Mission St. The new "farm-to-table" restaurant plans to offer breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Whew! Keep your ear to the ground. WINES OF THE SEASON: Meanwhile, quickly run over to Soif and grab a bottle of Birichino 2011 Pinot Noir Lilo Vineyard, a stunning creation of subtle orange peel, currants, bay leaves and mineral perfume. Velvety tannins and an intricate spice finish gives you a whole lot to like for only 12.5 percent alcohol. More soon on this perfect holiday table wine with the memorable medieval woodcut label. From the alternative winemaking minds of Alex Krause and John Locke, it’s $40—and worth every penny. 0


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Caffe Pergolesi Karl Heiman, owner


arl Heiman has owned Caffe Pergolesi, the venerable local coffee institution housed in what was once a dentist’s office, for 11 years. We caught up with Heiman, who serves on the Downtown Commission and Downtown Association Board, on the coffee shop patio

SCW: What’s your favorite room here out of the four? KARL HEIMAN: The blue room is my favorite, because it’s got the big windows. If you look up in the ceiling, it’s got this beautiful hand-painted ceiling. I don’t know who did it, but it was done about 20, 30 years ago, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Do you have any goals for the feel here? What we like to do is provide

a place that’s fun, comfortable, easy to be at. And then we focus on local food, quality food. We have 10 or 12 local suppliers— Aunt Nettie's Kitchen, Kerri’s Cookies, Shelley’s Biscotti, Kind Grind pastries. The other thing we try to do is be a good deal. Coffee’s gotten to be so expensive. And we’re kind of a coffeehouse beer garden out here. Coffee or tea? I prefer coffee. I probably drink too much coffee—between two and six shots a day of coffee. It’s hard not to because—well, it’s organic and it’s really good, but to be honest with you if I have coffee, I get a lot more done. So, what kind of coffee? The espresso drinks. I don’t drink the brewed because I like having it with soy. We also have almond milk. I drink a cross between a latte and a cappuccino. It’s got more steamed milk than a cappuccino and less than a latte. Do you have a name for that? No, but people come in and order the

craziest things, and we’re thinking about naming some of them after them. And we have a wide tea selection, and they’ll combine a jasmine and a ginger or green tea and a chamomile. What are the tenants upstairs like? They’re good. They’re college students. There’s three or four of them—they come and go over the years as they graduate, but they’re good people. In fact, a lot of them come down and study. How would you improve downtown? Give me a piece of paper, and I’ll make you a list. The first is infrastructure. Fixing the roads, the cracks in the pavement. Cleaning up litter is another. Number three: cleaning up the street level parking lots. I think it would be great if the side streets had as much decoration as Pacific Avenue. —Jacob Pierce

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COFFEE KING Karl Heiman has been running Pergolesi for the last 11 years.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Mike M Finnigan is a veter veteran an keyboar keyboardist dist and blues vo vocalist ocalist who has toured toured with more more than 20 major acts, a including Jimi Hendrix, Etta James, Leonar Leonardd Cohe Cohen, en, and LLos os LLonely onely Boys. Ther There’s his It’s e’s a primal quality to hi is singing. It ’s gritty and fluid and tempestuous, almost eral at times. I almosst fferal understand perfectly perfectly why Bonnie Raitt has called him a “tall drink of bacon.” The sound hee makes with his voice is that lush and tasty. guess an you gue tasty. CCan ess his astrological astrological sign? It’s It’s Taurus, Taaurus, of course. I’m naming nam ming him your patron patron saint this week because you yourself yoursself are are as close as you have ever come to being a tall drink drinnk of bacon. GEMINI (May 2121 21-June June 20): Fr French e ench painter Henri Matisse thought highly of his ow own wn work. He tended to ignore didn’t ignore critics because he didn ’t think t they understood his art well enough to pr produce intelligent ntelligent critiques. oduce in There opinion There was one person whose opi inion he was willing to heed, though; a single colleagu colleague ue who he said had earned to right to evaluate and assess Pablo a his art: P ablo Picasso. I encour encourage Gemini,, to come up with age you, Gemini your own short list of people who whose ose judgment you totally trust and rrespect. It’s espect. It ’s a good goood time to seek out their ffeedback you’ree doi doing. eedback on how you’r ing. CANCER (June 2121-July July 22): Ho How ow is it possible that you have come so ffar ar and workedd so diligently only to be rresigned esigned now to hanging oout ut in limbo, waiting around luckyy br break eak that may ar ound ffor or the luck m or may not arrive? heree today to esc escort ever ar rive? I’m her cort you out of this infernal assignment drag inf ernal place. If you rresist, esist, my as ssignment is to dr ag suree it it’s you out. Why am I so adamant? Because B I am sur ’s a mistake ffor or you to be passive and a hope ffor or the best. diligently, YYou ou o need to rresume esume working dilig gentlyy, ffocused ocused ffor or what’s now on what ’s right in front front of you yoou without worrying worrying picture. too much about the big pictur e. In I my opinion, that approach unforeseen appr oach will lead you to unf oresseen help -- and a picture. clarification of the big pictur e. LEO (July 23-Aug. 23-Aug. 22): YYour oour levelss of personal magic aree high. The radiance ar radiance beaming out ouut of your eyes is extraa sparkly. aree extr sparkly. There’s There’s an artistry too the way you ar expressing expr essing yourself. yourself. Without even trying, you’re you’re exuding natural natur al charisma and animal magnetism. magnetism. In light of all these advantages, I suspect you will w have an elevated capacity for for both giving and receiving receivving pleasure. pleasure. In fact, fact, predict I pr edict that your ability to feel feel really really e good and make other people feel feel really really good will be b at a peak. I hereby hereby designate this the Week Week of Supreme Suprem me Bliss. VIRGO (Aug.. 23-Sept. 23-Sept. 22): The BB BBC BC rreported eported on an expert who combs SSwitzerland’s witzerland’s Risoud Rissoud Forest Forest to find the trees made spruce tr ees whose wood can be ma ade into the highest experience, Pellegrini quality violins. After years of experie ence, LLorenzo orenzo P ellegrini trees produce knows which ffew ew tr ees will pr oduce instruments with grow the most rresonant esonant tones. They gr ow w slowly and have ffew ew enough grow strong, knots. They need to have had enoug gh water to gr ow str ong, they’ree mushy mushy. but not so much water that they’r m y. YYour oour task in weeks, Virgo, certain the coming week s, Vir go,, has a certa ain rresemblance esemblance to tree-picker’s ’s time the master tr ee-picker’s work.. ItIt’s time for for you to start materials selecting and gathering the rraw aw ma terials you will use to craft cr raft a your own lyrical story in 2014. LIBRA (Sept. (S t 23-Oct. 23-Oct. O t 22): 22) Here’s H e’s Her ’ the th bad b d news: For all of us, including you, ther theree is a gap between our intentions and our actual eff effects. Here’s ects. Her e’s the good news: Now is your special time narrow t to nar row that gap. Mor Moree bad news: All of us, yo you aree u included, ar periodically guil guilty ty of sending outt mixed messages. We ambivalence; We confuse people with our amb bivalence; what we say is sometimes diff different from Moree erent fr om what w we ffeel. eel. Mor good news: Now is your special time t to rreduce educe your mixed messages to as close to ze zero ero as possible. One more aree a bit more taste of bad news: Like all of o us, you ar hypocritical. YYou behavior ou engage in behav vior that you criticize

don’t practice preach. in others. YYou ou o do on’t pr actice what you pr each. One last news: piece of good ne ews: Now is your special time to work on being fforthright, orthright, genuine, and consistent.

SCORPIO (O (Oct. ct. 23 23-Nov. -Nov. 21): “I am very ffond ond of strawberries andd cream,” cream,” said author Dale Carnegie, Carnegie, strawberries foun nd that for for some strange strange reason, reason, fish “but I have found prefer worms. Soo when I went fishing, I didn’t didn’t think prefer waanted. I thought about what they about what I wanted. didn’t bait the hook with str awberries and wanted. I didn’t strawberries cream. Rather, Ratherr, I dangled a worm or grasshopper grasshopper in cream. front of the fish.” fish.” That’s That’s a good teaching story for for you, front orderr to get your desires desires fulfilled by the Scorpio. In order have the power to do that, you should people who have for—not what you give them what they actually long for—not forr, nor what whaat you wish they would long for. for. This is long for, c but it ’s especially applicable to always true, of course, it’s what’s going onn in your life life right now what’s now.. SAGITTAR SAGITTARIUS RIUS (Nov (Nov.. 22 22-Dec. -Dec. 21): TTouted oouted as source spirituality,” a prime sour ce of o “kick-@ss spirituality y,,”” author LaPorte that’s Danielle LaP ortee has advice that ’s good ffor or you to hear Yoou will aalways lways be too much of something ffor or hear.. “Y “You someone,”” she says, s “too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy .”” But that ’ss exactly as it should be, she adds. edgy.” that’s It would be a mi istake to “round “round out your edges,” mistake because then yo ou would “lose lose your edge edge. m you edge.”” And II’m her heree to tell you that you need all of your edge right now s. It ’s time to ignor ’s mediocr now,, Sagittarius Sagittarius. It’s ignoree people people’s mediocree expectations an nd push past their limits. TToo be true and to yourself obably have to be too much of yourself,, you will pr probably something for for sseveral everal someones. CAPRICORN N (Dec. 22 22-Jan. -Jan. 19): Going into my mentoriing session with the priestess, I had spiritual mentoring d the intention of discovering truths about myself I didn’t know bef o e. That meant stir or ring up rrevelations evelations didn’t before. stirring ignorance as well as my potentials. I wanted about my ignorance faccing my flaws as well as in tapping assistance in facing into my dormantt powers. It worked. Her guidance was catalystt. I was able to shed the debilitating a potent catalyst. nonsense storiess I’d been telling myself about who I am. strenngths that had been asleep. What I wish I awakened strengths for you, Capricorn—indeed, Capricorn—indeed, what I pr predict reedict ffor or you—is for comparable experience. exxperience. To To expedite matters, go out in a comparable search of a person, persoon, adventure, adventure, or breakthrough breakthrough that can search provide youu with the kind of prod prod I received. received. help provide AQUARIUS S (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I bet people will be more than usual. Is there there anything gossiping about you more ennsure that it’s it’s mostly benevolent you can do to ensure Yes, e there therre is. First, make sure sure that when you gossip? Yes, othhers, you are are unfailingly unfailingly positive in your gossip about others, don’t have anything good to say about comments. If youu don’t don’t say s it. Second, be on your best behavior someone, don’t behavior.. cleearly and don’t don’t even think about Communicate clearly Finallyy, contribute more more taking unethical shortcuts. Finally, inspirational energy eneergy than usual to every group group you’re you’re inspirational of. Be an effervescent efffervescent team player. playerr. part of. PISCES (Feb (Feb.. 19-Mar 19-March ch 20): Maybe your ego isn isn’t ’t big enough. I’m serious. Is it possible that you could benefit fr om bei ing mor oud of yourself? W ould it from being moree pr proud Would be heal thy for for you yoou to give yourself more more credit credit for for the healthy struggles you ha ave weather ed and the skills you have have weathered master ed and th he beauty you have managed to fforge orge mastered the out of the chaot tic rraw aw materials that lif chaotic lifee has given you? I’ve got a good g ffeeling eeling about this, Pisces. I can imagine you sum mmoning the playful cour age you will summoning courage need to expr ess mor express moree confidence. I can even pictur picturee you beginning ttoo ffantasize antasize about embarking on certain stir ring adventur aadventures es you’ve never believed you stirring wer ong eno ough to try bef ore now weree str strong enough before now..

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nking inside the ARIES (Mar (March ch 21-April 19): Thi Thinking box will be a crime against your natur nnaturee in the weeks. coming week s. The last place youu want to be is in from a pigeonhole. I advise you to stayy ffar ar away fr om claustrophobic tight squeezes, claustr ophobic ““sanctuaries,” sanctuaries,”” and ““convenient” convenient” confinements. If you’re youu’re in a one-size-fitswon’t all situation, you simply won ’t be able to access your where highest intelligence. So then whe ere should you be? I frontiers am rrooting ooting ffor or you to wander intoo the wild fr ontiers wheree unsanctioned wonders andd mar marvels wher vels await you. virgin terrain I’d love ffor or you to find vir gin ter rain a and uncharted territories wheree the boring old ru rules don’t apply.. ter ritories wher ules don ’t apply




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