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our rresearch esearch because be iit's t's im important porrtan nt tto o poin ou ut th at ibog aine can be pointt out that ibogaine eextremely xtremely d angerous," sa ays Br ad Bur ge dangerous," says Brad Burge o S. "I It ttakes akes th dy an d min d off MAP MAPS. "It thee bod body and mind tto o abso lute eextremes...Ibogaine xtremes...Ibogaine is on absolute onee o ost po weerrful f psy ychedelic off th thee m most powerful psychedelic com pounds in terms terms of of the the depth depth of of compounds th xperien e ce an d also also th length of of thee eexperience and thee length th xperien e ce, so it's it's not not likely likely tto o be a thee eexperience, po pular rrecreational eccrea attional dr ug. P eople d on't popular drug. People don't jus ave a bun ch of of friends frriends over ovver e ffor or th o justt h have bunch thee nig ht an dd o a bun ch o aine." night and do bunch off ibog ibogaine." An ibog ga aine trip trip lasts lasts up up to to 36 3 hours, hours,, ibogaine an d is ffar a ar m ore in tense th an L SD or and more intense than LSD psil ocyyb bin,, p rocuring a dr eamsca ap pe psilocybin, procuring dreamscape th at can bee nig httmarish. An epu utable that nightmarish. Anyy rreputable cclinic linic rrequires equires a p hysical eexam xa am p rior physical prior tto o tr ea attmen nt to to rule rule ou ut eexisting xisting h eart treatment out heart con ditions. Ev ven e th en, p attien ntts gget et a conditions. Even then, patients ttest est d ose be effo ore ac ctu t al tr ea atm t ent, an d dose before actual treatment, and rremain emain in th tthee cclinic linic ffor o or up up to to two two weeks wee e ks aft errwa ards, s since since ibogaine ibogaine potentiates poten ntia t ates afterwards, th pia ate ac a tion, increasing increasing risk risk of of thee o opiate action, ov veerrdose iff a patient pattien nt relapses relap pses soon after. afterr. overdose Am ong 30 3 subj eccts, t th ose w ho Among subjects, those who rreported eported p rofoun o d eexperiences xperiences profound on ibog aine comm only d escribed ibogaine commonly described en nvisi v oning their their future fu utture if th ey envisioning they con tinued wi w th th eir ad dicttions—a continued with their addictions—a vivid, n ot so op retty on e—and m an ny al so not pretty one—and many also rreported eported rrealizing e zing th eali xtent o thee full eextent off p ain th ey w eere causin g tto o ffamily amil a y an d pain they were causing and fr iends, ffor o orr th e. friends, thee firs firstt tim time. "I was wa as ffascinated a ascinated b y peo ple’s stories, stories, by people’s an d th ower erful f l tr ttransformations ansfo ormattions and thee po powerful th ey rreported," eported," sa ays Br own, w on his they says Brown, ini tial in terrest in th tudy. "T hese w ere initial interest thee sstudy. "These were peo ple w ho w eent fr om ffeeling eeeling lik ey people who went from likee th they w eere ggoing o oing tto o di om th pia ates, or were diee fr from thee o opiates, lik ey w anted tto an o commi cide, likee th they wanted committ sui suicide, tto o bein g pe eople w o orking in the the field field being people working o rovidin ng tr ea atm t en nt ffor or o abuse an d off p providing treatment and dr ug d epen ndence." drug dependence." T he MAP PS-supporrted sstudy tudy in The MAPS-supported N ew Zeal an nd is sstill till in full sswing, win w g, an d New Zealand and w hile iits h ts ffocus ocus is al so o pia ate ad dicti t on, while also opiate addiction, ibog aine's an a ntti-addicti t on p roperties ibogaine's anti-addiction properties ar howin ng tto o be ef ffeectivve ffor o or cocain e, aree sshowing effective cocaine, m ethamphetamine, alcohol alcohol an d eeven veen methamphetamine, and cig arette ad ddicti t on, sa ays Br own. cigarette addiction, says Brown. So will th he so-call ed W a ar on Dr ugs the so-called War Drugs som eday be b th ar on Ad a dicti t on? someday thee W War Addiction? Onl ((and d sstudies) tudies) will ttell. ell. 0 Onlyy tim timee (an


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RAIN MAN David Shaw wants Santa Cruz to improve water conservation and save its rivers.

Our Great Wet Hope

Will conservation really work as a desal alternative? BY JACOB PIERCE


he walk to the San Lorenzo River from David Shaw’s backyard is surrounded by banana, avocado and bamboo trees that have all turned yellow from frost damage after one of the driest, coldest fall seasons the county has ever seen. “We’re having uncertainty with our weather—which can be normal,” Shaw says as he unlocks a gate that leads from his Santa Cruz house on Ocean Street Extension to the river. “But certainly there’s a lot of signs we’re having global climate weirding going on.” Unpredictable weather patterns make for unreliable rainfall. And that can make for an unreliable water supply—at least without careful planning. The dilemma ties into a series called Restore the Watershed

that Shaw is organizing this weekend at UCSC to discuss ways to protect Santa Cruz’s rivers and conserve water. A couple years ago, climate change and fear of dry spells were cornerstones of the city water department’s commitment to study desalination in hopes of increasing the town’s water supply in dry years. But now that city officials have decided to put those plans on hold once the environmental impact report is finished, the threat of very dry years is not going away. As he and I walk across a narrow tree trunk bridge over the San Lorenzo River, Shaw explains that in normal winters there is more than enough rainfall to get Santa Cruz through the year. In order to restore the watershed in Santa Cruz, he says people need to both cut back on pollution and the amount of

water they’re draining from reservoirs and streams. “This is the watershed we’re talking about. I’m sitting here in a sandy wash in the middle of the San Lorenzo River. In many years, this is underwater right now,” Shaw says. “On one level, watershed restoration means me coming down here and picking up trash. But on another level it means all the properties that are in this watershed doing what they can to catch water on the landscape—in swales, in tanks, in ponds.” To reduce water use, Shaw wants to see more Santa Cruzans install rooftop rain catchment systems and composting toilets—he says the best of the latter are similar to outhouses. He says residents need to reduce consumption and store the rain when

it comes. This might be no easy task: the City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District have both been recognized by the state for conservation. For years as it pursued desal, the department wrote off conservation measures as not being ambitious enough to offset the area’s water demand. With desalination on hold, though, conservation methods look like the way of the future—at least for now. Shaw’s three-day Restore the Watershed event kicks off Friday, Jan. 11 at Kresge Town Hall with a presentation called “Basins of Relations” by UCSC grad Brock Dolman from the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in Sonoma County. “No water, no life,” Dolman says. “We live on this amazing planet that some of us think is better called Planet Water than it is Planet Earth because that’s really what’s uniquely amazing.” (Dolman and Shaw both sign their emails “Mostly water.”) Saturday will feature a history presentation about the San Lorenzo River at Calvary Episcopal Church Fellowship Room. Sunday Shaw and Dolman will lead a $100 workshop on watershed restoration and permaculture. Over the last six months, Santa Cruz received just 10 percent of its average July-December rainfall. If Santa Cruz has a third consecutive dry year, the county could be in a tough spot as far as water supply goes. When it does rain, Shaw says we need to do a better job of storing water or letting it soak into the ground before letting it all run down the gutter. “The rain hits the roof and goes down the downspout to drainage that just takes it right out to the ocean. We’re not infiltrating it, we’re just plumbing right out to the ocean, this fresh water from the sky. We don’t have a water shortage in Santa Cruz. We have a water storage shortage. Now this year’s a little different. We’re actually having a water shortage as well,” Shaw says, pointing to the sky. “Which happens.” For more information about Restore the Watershed, visit


Briefs They Wanna Have Fungi

Cellular Connection Her, it turns out, is more than just a film about a man who falls in love with an operating system on a handheld device. The new Spike Jonze movie starring Joaquin Phoenix has a special connection to Santa Cruz, says Ike Jablon, marketing director for Nickelodeon Theaters. That’s because the first phone picture ever was taken here in Santa Cruz County. Inventor Philippe Kahn took the picture at Dominican Hospital in 1997 of his newborn daughter Sophie. (Even more amazingly, he didn’t use The Flight of the Conchords method of ducttaping a film camera to a cell phone.) “It was a magical moment: ‘point, shoot and share instantly,’” Kahn wrote us via email. (We assume he couldn’t talk on the phone because he’s still busy taking pictures with it.) “We have friends and family all over the world and this was 1997 in Santa Cruz. Magical!” The camera phone changed the way people interact with technology, and Jablon says Her, which opens at the Del Mar this Friday, takes a closer look at that bond. A Daytime Emmynominated producer, Jablon moved back to his native Santa Cruz in 2012. In his new job, he’s filling the big, Irishaccented shoes of Maurice Peel, the much-loved Nick fixture (stretching back to the Sash Mill days) whose departure last year for a life of leisure in Aptos left all of us in Santa Cruz maddeningly unable to determine what movies are playing on that mystical day of the week known only to our Celtic brethren, “Tursday.” “The film explores our relationship with technology and where it can go,” Jablon says. Kahn, a “cinema fan” who loves indie flicks, says the difference between the camera phone and Her’s device is a leap, but he sees the connection: “Without the camera phone, that device in Her would have no eyes and ears. And without eyes and ears, I’m not sure that that there would be a movie. The camera phone is ‘eyes and ears for instantly sharing.’” 0

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With Santa Cruz’s Fungus Fair around the corner, organizers are going into desperation mode. “It’s been a terrible year for mushrooms. It’s been so dry and cold,” fair co-chair Phil Carpenter says. “It’s going to be a challenge, but we’ll pull it off.” Mushrooms prefer steady, consistent rains and a little fog to help them fruit and grow. The past year has made things difficult for event planners from Santa Cruz’s Fungus Federation, which assembles displays of locally picked mushrooms at the Louden Nelson Center for the event. This year’s season is as bad as any Carpenter has seen in his 35 years volunteering for the event. “There was one year right at the beginning with similar conditions, where the fair was canceled,” says Carpenter, who resembles former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka—granted, that has nothing to do with mushrooms, we just think it’s cool. In any case, with these fungus lovers, failure is not an option. “Now we have a lot more momentum and the venue booked and the publicity,” he says. “If we canceled now, it’d be like ‘what?’” Experienced foragers like Carpenter and Christian Schwarz, who’s currently co-authoring Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, will lead impromptu talks in the center’s main auditorium, where the federation puts fungal displays. “We’ll do our best to make it a fun event for everyone who comes,” says Ditka—uh, we mean, Carpenter. Mushrooming legend David Arora (who first launched the fair), chef Joseph Schultz and tattoo-covered, purple-haired mycology Ph.D. Tom Volk are coming back this year to give scheduled talks. And there will also be lessons on identifying both poisonous and edible fungi. If, in the meantime, any commoners do stumble across mushrooms in this wintry desert, they should jump for joy at their incredible good fortune and extraordinary field vision. Then bring it to the 40th annual fair, which kicks off Friday, Jan. 10.

“We’ll have an ID table,” Carpenter says. “We’ll tell you what it is, and whether or not you can eat it, and that kind of stuff.”

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Josh Alper’s death last November brought the issue of cycling’s dangers home to Santa Cruz. Can the supposedly bikefriendly city commit to real protection for bicyclists on the road?


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Marines found it surreal—she still isn’t sure how they got that photo. Maybe Facebook, she thinks. Today, sitting in downtown Santa Cruz, Marines still wears her wedding ring on her left hand. On a chain around her neck, she wears his. Along with a lock of his hair, the ring is the only thing she got back from police after her husband was struck by a car and killed while riding his bike along Highway 1 on November 2. He was 40. She still is. Inside the right-hand pocket of her winter coat,

Marines has pinned a small black and white button someone gave to her at the funeral. It says, “Never forget Josh Alper.” As if she could. “This is a lifetime of thinking about him, and it’s just the beginning of it,” she says. Alper, a well-known local musician and UCSC librarian, was killed when a 63-year-old man driving on Highway 1 crossed over the yellow dividing lines into oncoming traffic. His car went all the way into the bike lane and crashed into Alper, who was on a ride with a group from the


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The Failure of ‘Share the Road’

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Bike Dojo, a local cycling gym. The other riders were spread out enough that they did not see the collision. The driver’s name has not been released, and he was not arrested. No alcohol was found in his system. The official story is that the man fell asleep at the wheel. However, in early reports witnesses said they saw him get out of his car while holding onto his cell phone. The District Attorney’s office is currently investigating the case and could still press charges. As surreal, as horrific as it has been to lose her partner, at this point there is one thing that seems cut and dried to Marines: “I think the bottom line is just personal responsibility for your actions,” she says. “Especially when you kill someone.”

No Protection Josh Alper is not the only bicyclist who has died this way—in the bike lane, obeying all the rules of the road and wearing a helmet. In November, just 10 days after Alper’s death, a 41-year-old cyclist was hit by a car and killed in Newport Beach. While riding her bicycle in Woodside last September, Joy Covey, the former CFO of, was struck and killed by a van making a left turn. And in August, a 24-year-old woman was run over by a delivery truck in San Francisco. There are many more stories like these. As Daniel Duane points out in a November New York Times op-ed (“Is It OK To Kill Cyclists?”), drivers who kill or injure bicyclists are almost never cited by local authorities. In cases where they have been, “the penalty’s meagerness defied belief,” writes Duane, citing the 2011 case of a teen near Seattle who drove into 49-year-old cyclist John Przychodze from behind, killing him. After he passed a breathalyzer test, police issued him a $42 ticket for making an unsafe lane change. Perhaps it’s no wonder that many cyclists say they are treated like second-class citizens on the road. But in Santa Cruz, bicycle advocates are trying to change that. Last fall, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Three Foot Bill—a new law that requires drivers to give cyclists three feet of space when passing them. Drivers can be fined if they

violate the law, with higher rates if they injure a cyclist while violating the law. While it is definitely a victory for cyclists, the Three Foot Bill is more of an educational tool than something that is expected to be strictly enforced, says Amelia Conlen, the director of Santa Cruz bike advocacy organization People Power. “It’s a way to talk to drivers about how they should be driving around cyclists,” she says. Drivers, meanwhile, often complain that cyclists get in the way, blow through stop signs or otherwise ride recklessly on the roads. Ironically, Alper was the type of bike advocate who insisted on fellow cyclists following the letter of the law exactly when using the roads, in order to stay safe and keep peaceful relations with drivers. “He would stick his head out the window and yell at cyclists who would run stop signs,” says Marines, “because he was just like, ‘What are you doing? You’re going to get hit, or you’re going to hurt someone.’” “There’s this frame of thought that cyclists should obey the law so that the wider public will respect us more or acknowledge our right to be on the road more,” says Richard Masoner of local cycling blog Cyclelicious. “If only cyclists were all completely lawabiding, then motorists would respect our right to the road. I don’t think that’s the reason harassment exists. I think the reason harassment exists is because we are identified as a different type of person. “People should ride safely, but cyclists aren’t getting hit and killed because of the actions of cyclists. They’re getting hit and killed because of cars,” he says.

Constructing Change The central issue, says People Power’s Conlen, is creating a genuinely safe space for bicyclists in a system of roads that has evolved over the last century to primarily serve cars. “We hear a lot about driver/cyclist tensions, but if we have infrastructure that makes it really clear where the cars are supposed to be, where the bikes are supposed to be, and what each of them is supposed to do at an

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DANGEROUS DELUSION Richard Masoner of local cycling blog Cyclelicious says it’s a complete myth that bicycling would be safe ‘if only cyclists were all completely law-abiding.’

intersection or turn, I think that takes a lot of the conflict away.” And by infrastructure, Conlen doesn’t just mean bike lanes. There is a huge segment of the population that doesn’t feel safe riding in bike lanes next to traffic, with the possibility of cars swerving or turning into them, she says. And devastating stories like what happened to Alper show that their fears are not unfounded. “How many people are going to not ride now that that happened?” wonders Dave Snyder, the executive director of the Oakland-based California Bicycle Coalition, a lobbying organization that works to get bike laws passed. “How many people are saying, ‘Fuck that, I’m not going to ride. I don’t want that to happen to me’?” Snyder, whose organization was key in getting the Three Foot

Bill passed, says driver education is important, but not nearly as important as better infrastructure. “The Three Foot Bill can go only so far. It’s not going to do anything to prevent someone getting killed because a driver fell asleep at the wheel,” he says. He lowers his voice, already slightly raspy, to a grave sort of rumble: “You don’t think ‘three feet’ in your sleep.” Rather than simply building more traditional bike lanes, Conlen and Snyder advocate separated bike lanes—barricaded by concrete, plastic buffers, planters or rows of parked cars. If there were more setups like that, Conlen says, more people would feel safe riding. And the more bikes are on the road, the safer it is, and the more aware drivers are. Santa Cruz has some of these types of bike lanes—there’s the cycle track

down by the Boardwalk, and part of High Street is separated with little plastic markers called “bollards.” But there are other areas where bicyclists are more vulnerable. Ocean Street could really use a separated bike lane, Conlen says, and she’d like to see one on Soquel Avenue all the way out to Aptos, too. There are certainly some victories when it comes to bike awareness in Santa Cruz, says Snyder. Micah Posner, the former head of People Power, got elected to city council last November. “The fact that they would vote him in shows you something about how much they support bicycling in Santa Cruz,” says Snyder. However, Posner has publicly expressed dissatisfaction that he has been kept off transportation-related boards, limiting his ability to enact change.

“You could celebrate the victories and talk about how it’s getting better,” Snyder continues. “Or you could compare yourself to a city like Amsterdam, or a city like Davis. Compare yourself to the potential and recognize that you’re a pitiful, embarrassing, sliver of potential. You’ve done almost nothing.”

A Question Of Identity In the office for the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, Senior Transportation Planner Cory Caletti flips through the Monterey Bay Area “Complete Streets Guidebook,” a hefty volume of research and diagrams outlining dozens of options for transforming


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our streets into more bike- and pedestrian-friendly spaces. “The focus is on shifting the emphasis from moving cars to mobility— mobility of people,” she says. It’s about expanding the number of choices people have for getting from Point A to Point B. It sounds simple enough. “It’s not really rocket science,” says Caletti, pointing out the dozens of different options in the book like a wedding planner explaining color combinations. “Having bike lanes that are wide enough so that the cyclist isn’t pinched into the door zone; having green bike lanes; having cycle tracks; having contra-flow bike lanes—that’s basically a separated bike lane that’s going in the opposite direction of traffic on a one-way road. There are a lot of treatments available.” So why isn’t our supposedly bike-friendly city brimming with them? “It’s a challenge,” admits Christophe Schneiter, the Assistant Director of Public Works. “Money is always a problem. Money and, ‘Is there room to do these things?’ Do you have to take out a lane of traffic? Do you have to take out parking? While we want to do more separated bike facilities, it’s finding the resources and right of way to do those things. It’s not easy. We’re a built-out city, and an expensive one, so it’s a big challenge.” There are other California cities with much more innovative and wide-reaching bike infrastructure than Santa Cruz. Take Davis, for example, which was an early leader in innovations like bike-only roundabouts and bike-specific traffic light heads. Or San Francisco, which has a bike share program that extends down the Bay into San Jose. Or Long Beach, which abruptly declared itself “the most bike friendly city in America” a few years ago, and has since implemented a series of bike boulevards and business districts. “We do a lot of great bike projects; we have some innovative stuff in Santa Cruz,” says People Power’s Conlen. “I just don't think we’ve taken it on as part of our identity and really embraced it. But if people were excited about it, if our city council was excited about it, that could be something that really took off,” she says.

Indeed, one of the major unifying factors among cities with progressive bike facilities is that they have all incorporated biking into their identity. Davis, for example, has a bicycle as the city’s official symbol. In Long Beach, the city first decided it wanted to be known as a bikefriendly place, then started looking into how to make that a reality. About six years ago, they started looking for grants to facilitate bike programs.

‘The Three Foot Bill can go only so far. It’s not going to do anything to prevent someone getting killed because a driver fell asleep at the wheel. You don’t think ‘three feet’ in your sleep.’ —DAVE SNYDER

They secured $12 million from county, state and federal resources, and then hired a team of specialists to implement three pilot projects within three years. Since then, all three projects have proven to be award-winning safety improvements. Long Beach has built protected bike lanes, created bike business districts with increased signage, and implemented traffic calming features and reduced speed limits. There is also a bike share program currently in the works. Grandiose as it may sound, Charlie Gandy, mobility coordinator for Long Beach, equates his city’s transformation

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LEADER BY EXAMPLE Alper was a vocal advocate of cyclists following the letter of the law when on the road.

to President Kennedy deciding to send a U.S. shuttle to the moon. “It was about deciding that was a worthy endeavor,” he says. “Not knowing all the steps to get there, but saying, ‘Let’s get there in a decade,’ and putting the sense of urgency on it,” he says, with a get-it-done Texas twang. Gandy moved to California from his hometown of Austin, where he worked on the “Keep Austin Weird” branding campaign. “It’s a conscious political decision that needs to be made and then managed,” says Gandy. And the change in mindset at the top trickles down to residents, he believes. “When the city as the authority figure communicates that bikes belong on the street by painting bike lanes and building infrastructure, that sends a message to motorists that the authority figure expects bikes to be here. The more the authority figure communicates right-use on the street, the more compliance we have between all users, and there’s a reduction in the friction between the two.”

First Steps Here in Santa Cruz, the issue may be at a crossroads. While there is a lot more that could be done to make things safer, the newly approved Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail could be a harbinger of more bikefriendly times to come.

Just this winter, the Regional Transportation Commission and Congressman Sam Farr secured $5.3 million in federal money to fund the first three stretches of the 32-mile coastal bike/pedestrian trail that will eventually provide safe, separated bike and pedestrian access from Watsonville to Davenport—including the area where the collision that killed Alper took place. The first portion of the trail, which is being built in stages, will connect Natural Bridges Drive to the Wharf intersection, by the Sanctuary Exploration Center. It is expected to take about three years to complete. A lot of agencies are involved, and there has to be a detailed Environmental Impact Report, and a coastal permit, and then there will be a public review period, says Public Works’ Schneiter, who is a leader on the project. Bike advocates are excited about the trail, in particular the potential it has to bring out cyclists who have been afraid to ride on unprotected roads along with car traffic. That’s the first step, they say, in fixing a situation that has already led to tragedy too many times. “I don't think there's a share-theroad mentality across the board,” says Marines. "As much as I want cyclists to be safe on the road, they are vulnerable. Cyclists are vulnerable being that close to a vehicle.”0

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its dying father and an Iraq war veteran working as construction worker atop the World Trade Center while grappling with post-traumatic stress. The book doesn’t develop the vast majority of the characters with much depth. On top of that, some song lyrics are weak and distract from the already scattered, ambitious plot. (One example is a bridge about “Jack and Jill going up the hill to fetch a pail of water,” during a song about looking for meaning after losing a loved one.) This all might explain why the play was forgotten for a couple decades before being unearthed for this Aptos showing. The play’s original writers, including Emmy-winning TV writer Rich Hawkins, made an effort to bring it into the 21st century. Some of the references to Siri, smart phones and Facebook work better than others. But things pick up toward the end with interesting and moving messages about love. The second act’s ballads resolve the play’s conflicts better than earlier songs did. In the end, Lunch provides audiences with some clever lines, a few good songs, a helping of good morals and a heck of a lot of talent.

We Were There, and Now We're Here: A concert focusing on the issues of peace, workers' rights, women's rights, gay rights and human rights. Sun, Jan 12, 2pm. $15-$20 sliding scale. Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz.


The 19th annual festival of short plays written by Bay Area playwrights. www. Thu, Jan 9, 8pm, Fri, Jan 10, 8pm, Sat, Jan 11, 3 and 8pm and Sun, Jan 12, 3pm. $15-$30. Center Stage, 1001 Center St, Santa Cruz, 831.425.7529.

Felix Kulpa Gallery Neon art by Brian Coleman featuring glass tubes filled with multicolored glowing gasses. Gallery hours: ThursSun, noon-6pm. Thru Jan. 26. 107 Elm St, Santa Cruz, 408.373.2854.

Are We There Yet? A one-man live comedy show by Richard Stockton aimed at rekindling the Baby Boomers' revolutionary spirit. Tickets at www.arewethereyetshow. com. Fri, Jan 10, 8pm. $15. Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz.

Lunch: A Modern Musical Myth An original musical about a deceased Wall Street specialist who must answer three Manhattanites prayers before being allowed into heaven. Thu, Jan 9, 7:30pm, Fri, Jan 10, 7:30pm, Sat, Jan 11, 7:30pm and Sun, Jan 12, 2pm. $22-$42. Cabrillo College Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.479.6154.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Rydell Visual Arts Fellows. An exhibition showcasing the diverse work of four local artists who received grants to pursue their projects. Gallery hours: Tues-Sun, 11am-5pm. Thru Feb. 23. $5 general; $3 students/seniors. Museum hours Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm; closed Mon. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

Events LITERARY EVENTS Best-selling author Lee will read from his new novel, On

San Francisco’s City Guide

Sasha Go Hard Chicago rapper who came up with Chief Keef leads all-female MC lineup. Jan 9 at the New Parish.

Charlie Murphy’s Acid Trip Chappelle cohort and standup comedian brings national tour to the jazz club. Jan 9 at Yoshi’s Oakland.

Tennis Husband-and-wife duo with fashion sense direct from the Regan era. Jan 10 at the Bottom of the Hill.

Yacht Part of a special 10-year anniversary seies at the storied venue. Jan 10 at the Rickshaw Stop.

Benga His 2008 album ‘Diary of an Afro Warrior’ remains a landmark release in modern dubstep. Jan 11 at Mezzanine.

Lunch Crocker Theater in Aptos through Jan. 19. $22-$42.

postpartum changes for mothers. Wed, 1:30-2:30pm. $5-$10 donation. Luma Yoga & Family Center, 1010 Center St., Santa Cruz, 831.325.2620.

Poetry Santa Cruz

Qigong Flow

Poetry reading by Kate Aver Avraham, Joanie Maro, Joanna Martin and Michael Wolfe. Tue, Jan 14, 7pm. $3 suggested donation. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.464.8983.

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


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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.

NOTICES 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.

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Such a Full Sea, and do a Q&A session. Mon, Jan 13, 7pm. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.0900.

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.

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The Speaker's Gym Instructor Noel Murphy provides leadership coaching and public speaking skills every week. www. Wed, 7-9:30pm. Discovery Gym, 75 Mt. Hermon Rd., Scotts Valley, 831.238.1234.

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

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

Parks & Recreation Classes


Registration opens Jan. 6 for the Santa Cruz Dept. of Parks & Recreation's WinterSpring classes, including yoga, aerial fitness, kayak whale watching and more. www.santacruzparksandrec. com Applications due Jan. 21. Varies. Parks and Recreation Office, 323 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.420.5270.

Comedy Showcase

Postpartum Health Circle Anne Feeney & Bev

Support and Recovery Groups

A weekly community circle offering support and information about

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. Second Thu of every month. $5-$7. First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz, 900 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.426.8621.

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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.

ood acting makes a big difference in any production, but the cast of Lunch isn’t just the best part of this winter’s Cabrillo Stage offering. They outshine the material altogether. After Mackenzie Richards (Max Bennett-Parker) gets hit by a New York City hot dog cart and dies, he finds himself in heaven, where he strikes a deal with receptionist Mona (Samantha Pistoresi) that sends him back to Earth. Mona assigns him four prayers, and if he answers all four between noon and 1pm, he’ll get to return to his life as a selfish Wall Street broker. When Richards starts entering people’s worlds to comfort them during their moments of despair, he switches hilariously from a newscaster to a French maitre d', a British room service attendant and a female nurse. Accompanying Richards is his charming, bumbling God-given sidekick (Nicholas Ceglio)—a “lost soul” who can’t remember his own name. The play is bolstered by strong vocal performances—like ones from soulful singer Ronald Johnson Jr. as a construction worker and Kristin Schmidt as a young woman whose dad is dying in the hospital. Richards and his sidekick have tough prayers to answer—with a father who’s thinking about risking financial security by liquidating his assets, a family trying to trying to communicate with


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ROBB STARK Usually caught up in a collaborative effort, Robben Ford gets single billing at the Kuumbwa Friday.


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White Fence is a psychedelic-pop outfit that combines random noises, a lo-fi aesthetic

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Celtic and flamenco guitarist Matthew Montfort builds musical bridges in Ancient Future by teaming up with Indian musicians and instruments from around the world. In a miniature version of that group, Montfort will be playing alongside tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar. The tabla, a pair of Indian drums that sing, is incredibly difficult to play and takes years to master. Having a musician as worldrenowned as Nagar come to the Santa Cruz Mountains is a real treat. Don Quixote’s; 7pm; $12-$15. (JP)






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and catchy pop jingles to create music that sounds like it’s being teleported in from another dimension. The brainchild of Tim Presley of Darker My Love and the Strange Boys, White Fence balances noise, distortion and the occasional lyrical gibberish with a foundation of pop sensibility that gives a nod to the sweeter side of 1960s rock with Beatles-esque melody lines, straightforward instrumentation and just enough auditory oddities to keep you coming back for more. Catalyst; $12 adv/$15 door; 9pm. (CJ)

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I think it’s safe to say that reggae-rock is now a thing. What was once the stomping ground of Sublime and a few Sublime-inspired bands is now a bona fide genre that boasts more bands than you can shake a shortboard at. We West Coasters have a front row view of the action as reggae-rockin’ bands regularly roll up and down the coast. Hailing from San Diego, Tribal Seeds is one of the standouts of the pack, playing rootsinspired music that nicely bridges the space between consciousness and grooves. Catalyst; $20 adv/$25 door; 8:30pm. (CJ)


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AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (R; 121 min) It’s this year’s Acting Olympics, as Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper…oh come on! You saw the preview! You know you’re gonna go! They got the people everybody loves to be in an adaptation of a play everybody loves,

with a plot about family dysfunction, which everybody loves! (The plot, not the dysfunction). Face it, you’re going! I’m already there! In my mind! (Opens Fri at the Nick and 41st Ave) FIGHT CLUB (1999) Midnights at the Del Mar returns with this cult triumph from director David Fincher. Oh, what’s it about? Well, we’d like to tell you, but the


Movie reviews by Steve Palopoli

first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club. (Plays Fri and Sat at midnight at the Del Mar)

a writer who falls in love with his operating system. Hey, we’ve all done it. (Opens Fri at the Del Mar and Scotts Valley)

HER (R; 126 min) Guys have been falling in love with robots in science fiction for probably as long as there’s been science fiction. Hell, on Twilight Zone it happened like every other week! This take on it from director Spike Jonze has Joaquin Phoenix as

LONE SURVIVOR (R; 121 min) Well gee, thanks for giving away the ending, war movie title! Apparently we shouldn’t get too attached to the cast that includes Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Eric Bana in a story based on a real-life

Navy SEAL mission that got FUBAR. (Opens Fri and Green Valley and Scotts Valley)

Reviews 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.

Showtimes are for Wednesday, Jan. 8, through Wednesday, Jan. 15, unless otherwise indicated. Programs and showtimes are subject to change without notice.


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Philomena — Wed-Thu 1:30; 4:10; 6:45; 9:15. Saving Mr. Banks — Wed-Thu 12; 3:50; 7:30; Fri-Wed 1:30; 4:10; 6:45; 9:15 plus Sat-Sun 11am.

The Wolf of Wall Street — Fri-Wed 12:30; 4; 7:30. The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box — Sat-Sun 10:30am.


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August: Osage County — (Opens Fri) 1:15; 4:15; 7:15; 10. American Hustle — Wed-Thu 12:45; 3:45; 7; 10; Fri-Wed 12:45; 3:45; 7; 10. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues — Wed-Thu 1:30; 4:30; 7:20; 10:15.


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Her — (Opens Fri) 1:50; 4:30; 7:10; 9:45 plus Sat-Sun 11:10am. Saving Mr. Banks — Wed-Thu 1:15; 4; 6:45; 9:20; Fri-Wed 1:40; 4:15; 6:50; 9:20

The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug 3D —Wed-Thu 6:15pm;Fri-Wed call for showtimes. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — Wed-Thu 11:20; 2:45; 6; 9:20; FriWed call for showtimes.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom — Wed-Thu 11:15; 2:35; 6; 9:15; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones — Wed-Thu 12:30; 3; 5:15; 6:45; 7:35; 9; 9:50. (no Thu 9:50pm)

Walking With Dinosaurs —Wed-Thu 11:45; 2:15; 4:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

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Lone Survivor — (Opens Fri) 11; 1:45; 4:30; 7:20; 10:10. Her — (Opens Fri) 1; 4:15; 7:10; 10. The Legend of Hercules — (Opens Fri) 7:30; 10. The Legend of Hercules 3D — (Opens Fri) 11:55; 2:30; 4:55/ 47 Ronin — Wed-Thu 1:15; 4:15; 7:10; 10. American Hustle — Wed-Thu 12:45; 3:45; 7; 10:15; Fri-Wed 12:30; 3:45; 7; 10:15. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues — Wed-Thu 11; 1:30; 4:20; 7:20; 10:15;

plus Sat-Sun 11am.

Fri-Wed 11:15; 3; 6:45; 9:45. (no Sat 11:15; 2)

The Wolf of Wall Street — Wed-Thu 12:50; 3; 4:30; 7; 8:15; Fri-Wed 12:20;

Frozen — Wed-Thu 11; 1:45; 4:30; 7:10; 10:10; Fri-Wed 11; 1:45; 4:30; 7:10. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug — Wed-Thu 11:15; 3; 6:45; 9:45; Fri-

3:50; 7:30. (no Thu 7pm)

Merrily We Roll Along — Thu 7:30pm; Sat 11am. Fight Club — Fri-Sat midnight.


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August: Osage County — (Opens Fri) 1:40; 4:20; 7; 9:30 plus Sat-Sun 11am. 12 Years a Slave — Wed-Thu 1:40pm; Fri-Wed 8:50pm. Dallas Buyer’s Club — Wed-Thu 4:20; 7:10; 9:35; Fri-Wed 4; 9. Inside Llewyn Davis — Wed-Thu 2:20; 4:40; 7; 9:20; Fri-Wed 2:30; 4:50; 7:10; 9:20 plus 12:10pm. Nebraska—Wed-Thu 2; 4:50; 7:20; 9:40; Fri-Wed 1:30; 6:30. (no Wed 1/15 6:30pm) Philomena—Wed-Thu 2:10; 4:30; 6:50; 9; Fri-Wed 2:10; 4:30; 6:45 plus Sat-Sun 11:50am.


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American Hustle — Wed-Thu 3:45; 7; 9:45; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty—Wed-Thu 3:15; 6:30; 9:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.


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The Legend of Hercules — (Opens 10pm Thu) call for showtimes. The Legend of Hercules 3D — (Opens 10pm Thu) call for showtimes. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues — Wed-Thu 11:30; 2:30; 5:10; 7:50; 10:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.

47 Ronin — Wed-Thu 6:10pm; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. 47 Ronin 3D — Wed-Thu 12; 3:05; 9:25; 2:20; 8; 10:50; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Frozen — Wed-Thu 10:45; 1:30; 4:15; 6:50; 9:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Grudge Match — Wed-Thu 11; 1:45; 4:30; 7:15; 10; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug — Wed-Thu 11:05; 2:35; 9:45; FriWed call for showtimes.

Wed 11:15; 3; 6:45; 9:45. Grudge Match — Wed-Thu 11:20; 2; 4:40; 7:30; 10:15. Saving Mr. Banks — Wed-Thu 1; 4; 7; 10; Fri-Wed 12:45; 4; 7; 10. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty — Wed-Thu 11; 1:45; 4:30; 6:45; 9:30; FriWed 11; 1:40; 4:20; 7; 9:45. Walking With Dinosaurs — Wed-Thu 11:15; 1:30; 4:10. The Wolf of Wall Street — Wed-Thu 11:55; 4; 8; Fri-Wed 11:45; 3:45; 7:45. Lawrence of Arabia — Thu 7pm; Sat 11am.


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The Legend of Hercules — (Opens Fri) 12:55; 5:15; 9:40. The Legend of Hercules 3D — (Opens Fri) 3:05; 7:25 plus Fri-Sun 10:45am. Lone Survivor — (Opens Fri) 1:25; 4:15; 7; 9:45 plus 10:45am. 47 Ronin — Wed-Thu 10:45; 1:40; 7:30; 10:15. 47 Ronin 3D — Wed-Thu 4:30pm. American Hustle — Wed-Thu 1; 4; 7; 10:15; Fri-Wed 1; 4; 7; 10:15. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues —Wed-Thu 11; 1:40; 4:15; 7:15; 9:45; Fri-Wed 1:40; 4:15; 7:15; 9:45 plus Fri-Sun 11am. Frozen — Fri-Wed 1:30; 4; 6:45 plus Fri-Sun11am. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug — Wed-Sun 12:15; 3:30; 6:45; 10; Mon-Wed 3:30; 6:45; 10. Grudge Match — Wed-Thu 10:45; 1:30; 4; 7; 9:45. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones — Fri-Wed 1:05; 3:10; 5:15; 7:30; 10. Saving Mr. Banks — Wed-Thu 10:45; 1:30; 4:15; 7:15; 10; Fri-Wed 1:30; 4:15; 7:15; 10 plus Fri-Sun 10:45am. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty —Wed-Thu 11; 1:40; 4:30; 7:15; 9:45; Fri-Wed 7:20; 9:50. Walking With Dinosaurs — Wed-Thu 1:05; 3:10; 7:30; 9:30; Fri-Wed 1:05; 3:10; 5:15 plus Fri-Sun 11am. The Wolf of Wall Street — Wed-Thu 12; 3:45; 7:30; Fri-Wed 9:15pm.

AMERICAN HUSTLE (R; 138 min) When it comes to cool, movies either got it or they don’t. And there’s something about the promise of director David O. Russell and an all-star cast led by Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner taking on a con man story (with mafia tie-in!) that is going to make American Hustle irresistible to a lot of movie lovers. Throw in the great trailer that suggests everyone involved has lived up to that promise, and it doesn’t seem like hyperbole to say that in terms of movie cool, American Hustle could be the Pulp Fiction of its time. ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (PG-13; 119 min) I tried to get through the Ron Burgundy book, but trust me, his ridiculousness isn’t that interesting unless it’s coming out of Will Ferrell’s mouth. That’s the thing that made Anchorman so great in the first place—these characters weren’t shticks, and they even transcended the caricatures they were meant to be in the first place. They seemed like real people—hilarious, dumbass real people— living in some kind of alternate reality that was a lot like ours, except funnier and with news-team gang fights. Can this much-anticipated sequel recapture the magic? Don’t look at me, I have no idea. (Opens Wed at 41st Avenue, Cinema 9, Scotts Valley and Green Valley) 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. 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. 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 comicrelief snowman (Josh Gad) stand in their way. THE GREAT BEAUTY (NR; 142 min) Comedy-drama from director Paolo Sorrentino (who did the Sean Penn film This Must Be the Place a couple of years ago) satirizes the Italian nightlife scene through the eyes of a writer trapped by the success of his first novel. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (PG-13; 161 min) We’re now up to five hours of Hobbit adaptation, so it’s understandable if, like Ice Cube, you’re asking “Are we there yet?” But c’mon, the dragon part of The Hobbit is the best part, by far! So even if you’re on Middle Earth overload, just hold out for a hero, like Bonnie Tyler. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (R; 105 min) A likely contender not only for most misspelled title of the year, but also for several Oscars, this latest film from the Coen Brothers has Oscar Isaac as an aspiring folk singer in Greenwich Village in 1961. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (R; 84 min) How much do you think the makers of the Blair Witch Project wish they could go back in time and re-do their sad attempt to turn their movie into a franchise, using everything we’ve learned from Paranormal Activity? The producers behind PA have done absolutely everything right, and now they practically have a Marvel Universe type of thing happening with this spin-off from Paranormal Activity 4, which creates a completely different storyline about a young man “marked” by supernatural forces, but will no doubt tie in to the main Katie-Demon-andher-stolen-baby-Hunter storyline somehow. Even more intriguing, this film is specifically targeted at a Latino audience, setting the franchise up for success across demographic lines. Maybe GOP leaders will show up opening night to pick up some pointers?

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ight about now, as the new year begins, many of us raised in the North American tradition of turkey, ham or roast beef as the centerpiece of the holiday table would kill for a bit of spice. I'm not going to cite the obvious drawbacks of two winter feasts featuring mashed potatoes, stuffing (off the scale gluten-wise) and gravy (delicious, yet unexciting). And cranberry relish is not really anyone's idea of a piquant condiment. Yes, indeed, unless you're lucky enough to have consumed home-cooked pozole during Christmas, right about now your tastebuds are looking for something

in the key of wasabi, raita or hot chutney. I fondly recall the tradition we used to have of starting off the new year with fiery hot and sour soup from the late China Szechuan, where Hula's is now. Choosing from our current culinary landscape, I might like to spend some quality time at Laili, where an entree of roasted cauliflower, with its sensuous tomato-y ginger sauce would cater to my quest for spice. Or I could climb into some chile colorado splashed liberally with pickled jalapeños and pico de gallo at El Palomar. Almost any dish from Charlie

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with vibrant pan-Asian rice bowls and noodle creations. I am mad for Charlie's pad thai in which veggies, noodles, mushrooms and carrots are penetrated by intensely flavored black bean sauce. Then I hit the condiment counter and pile on the blazing Sriracha red chile sauce. Or just get a bowl of noodles and the incredible braised pork hoisin topping, iridescent with fresh ginger. Yeah, baby! At Aptos’ Ambrosia, we can inhale Rogan Josh lamb curry and a side of aloo gobi laced with turmeric and fenugreek. Add some of that mysterious and highly potent

mint sauce and enjoy the heat! Or simply ask for any of Ambrosia's authentic Indian dishes, customized for those who like it "medium" or "hot." Another great spice stop in Aptos is Zameen, where the Mezze sampler platter will take your tastebuds around the Mediterranean with garlicky hummus and tzatziki, joined by dolmas, roasted eggplant and, of course, the distinctly non-spicy felafel. I love the house slow-roasted lamb loaded with cumin, garlic, smoked paprika and coriander—add some fig chutney or mint pesto and you'll forget all about roast turkey and cranberry sauce. Thai cuisine is one of my go-to flavor regions for bright flavor and spicing. The lunches at Soquel’s Sawasdee offer a variety of zippy curries, as well as an energizing pad prik sod that teams chicken with garlic, Thai basil and fresh chiles. At Sabieng on the Westside, I love the silver noodles laced with prawns, cilantro, peanuts and chiles. As hot as you want it to be. And if you want to linger long over your regional Chinese cookery, start off with a plate of red oil dumplings at O'mei. Add one of those sexy small plates of incendiary chilicilantro carrot salad. Start sweating with the first bite of fabulous Sichuan green peppercorn chicken, and don't neglect the never-better house specialty, Kung Pao chicken with peanuts, gooey sweet/tart sauce and plenty of firepower. Our last big home-cooked holiday dinner of 2013, just for the record, consisted of moderately spicy homemade chili verde. With the stewed pork, I made black beans, brown rice and flour tortillas. Veuve Clicquot partnered the chili verde, followed by a multi-dimensional 2007 Le Cigare Volant and aged Spanish manchego cheese. God, it was good! Maybe 2014 will be the year that we reinvent our holiday dining traditions—a bit more spice couldn't hurt, could it? 0

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GINGER SPICE Breanne Hunt holds Laili’s roasted cauliflower with ginger sauce, one of the local dishes recommended for putting post-holiday spice back in your life.

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HEY, IT’S BETTER THAN ‘LOL’ Richard Perez doesn’t mind getting a bit of a ribbing for his restaurant’s Internet-trend-derived name.

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OLO customers are all over the Internet already, raving about the new restaurant’s food, and making fun of its name. Richard Perez opened the restaurant in September on the corner of Water Street and May Avenue.

SANTA CRUZ WEEKLY: So this is named after the county where Davis is, right? PEREZ: I learned that after! I just got the acronym. My

nephew told me when I went to visit him in North Africa two years ago, and that was his word of the day, YOLO: “You only live once.” I thought that was a great name for this restaurant. Actually, I think it invokes a lot of my spirit. Enjoy. You only have today. What’s in a kitchen sink salad? A little bit of everything. Basically I do

some grilled vegetables—grilled asparagus, green beans, carrots and red bell pepper. And I make my own blackberry vinaigrette. It’s really healthy and a little different than everyone else does it. Also I’ll put it with fried feta. How did you come up with fried pickles? Just following trends. I

saw it three years ago, and I know it’s up and coming. On the East Coast or Southeast, it’s an everyday thing for them. How do you season your burgers? First I mix in a little garlic and

onions. Then I just salt and pepper. And I have an eight ounce patty, and I just like to cook it the way people like it—medium rare, medium well. That’s all you really need. Keep it simple, and you can garnish it with extra stuff— bacon, cheese, avocado. Do you take dessert seriously? I try. That’s where I started in the

kitchen—with baking. I really want to involve that and invoke that over here. I make my own caramel apples, and I make my own caramel, and I put a coconut crisp around it. And then I make my own chocolate cakes, my own toffee cookies. I use Marianne’s Ice Cream to complement my little toffee ice cream sandwiches. Then I do my own little pumpkin muffins. Are cats forbidden from eating here because they have nine lives?

No, anyone’s welcome here. That’s the point of YOLO. Just come here, enjoy, have a great time. No, seriously, what are you going to call this place in five years?

Hopefully it stays YOLO because I want it to be successful, because this is such a neighborhood place. — Jacob Pierce

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): When Whhen is the last time talking you did an experiment? I’m not ta lking about scientific tests and trials that take place in a labor atory. I’m laboratory. rreferring eferring to rreal-life eal-life experiments, like when you try out unfamiliar an unf amiliar experience to see if it appeals to you, or your attract when you instigate a change in yo our rroutine outine to attr act unpredictable sphere. unpr edictable blessings into your spher e. Now would be yourself elf to a ffew ew what-ifs an excellent time to expose yourse overdue your like that. YYou’re oou’re over due to have yo our eyes opened, your stretched, blown. limits str etched, and your mind blo own. GEMINI (May 21-June 21-June 20): To To help help take the edge wrestling offer off the darkness you have been w restling with, I off er you these lines fr om a poem by KKay a Ryan: “The day ay from misspent, / the love misplaced, / has h inside it / the seed off rredemption. edemption. d ti / Nothing N thi iis exemp ptt / fr ffrom om rresurrection.” esurrection.” ti ” exempt words, disappeared In other wor ds, Gemini, whatever has h disappear ed from lifee will pr probably fr om your lif obably rreturn eturn later in a new fform. orm. wrong The wr ong turns you made may lead leead you to a fresh fresh possibility.. Is that what you want? Or would you pr prefer possibility efer that the lost things stay lost, the dead d things stay dead? Make a decision soon. CANCER R (June 2121-July July 22): “Hu “Human uman beings are are often receive because we do not n know what to ask unable to receive for,” forr,,”” says the writer Malidoma Somé Som mé in his book W Water ater a and Spiritt. “W “Wee are are sometimes una unable able to get what we whhat we want.” With need because we do not know what Cancerian, hear my two tw wo pleas: first, that in that in mind, Cancerian, weeks, you will work diligently d the next six weeks, to identify seecond, that you will the goodies you want most; and second, cultivate cultivate your capacity to receive receive the t goodies you want refining your skill at asking askinng for for them. most by refining LEO (July 23 23-Aug. -Aug. 22):: Julia Mor Morgan g (1872 gan (1872-1957) -1957) was c chitect in CCalifornia. alifornia. the first woman licensed as an ar architect in the course of She designed over 700 buildings in careerr, and thrived both both financially and her brilliant career, artistically. artisticallyy. One key to her successs was her humility humility.. “Don’t because it’s “Don’t ever turn down a job becau use it ’s beneath you,” she advised. That’s That’s a helpful message message for for you to hear, hearr, Leo. It applies to the work-related work-related opportunities you may be invited to take on, as well as the tasks tasks that your friends, associates, and loved oness ask you to consider. consider. You Yoou can’t can’t possibly know ahead of time how important it might ultimately ultimately be to apply yourself yoursself conscientiously to a seemingly small assignment. VIRGO (Aug. 23 23-Sept. -Sept. 22):: One of o Beethoven Beethoven’s ’s music composer,r, he is hopeless.” When teachers said, ““As As a composer teacher Thomas Edison was a kid, a teache er told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Walt Walt Disney worked at a newspaper when he was young, but his editor fired fired him because “he lacked imagination imagination and had no good ideas.”” I’m sure sure there there was a personn like that in your past—someone who disparaged disparaged and discouraged discouraged you. But I’m happy to report report that 2014 will be the best year ever for for neutralizing neutralizing and overcoming overcoming that naysayer’s naysayer ’s curse. If you have not yet launchedd your holy crusade, begin now. now. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23-Oct. 22): As As a ch child, hild, Fr French ench philosopher and writer Blaise Pascal Pasccal (1623-1662) (1623-1662) loved math. But his father, fatherr, who homeschooled homeschhooled him, forced forced him to forego forego math and concentrate concentrate a on studying the humanities. Blaise rebelled. rebelled. When he was 12 years old, he locked himself in his room room for for days d and immersed himself in mathematical investigations. investigaations. When he emerged, emer ged, he had figured figured out on his hiis own some of Euclid’s fundamental theorems theorems about abbout geometry. geometry. Eventually, Eventually y, he became a noted mathematician. maathematician. I see the coming weeks weeks as prime time to t do something like the young Pascal Pascal did: Seal yourself yourself away from from other people’s you’re people ’s opinions about who you’r re supposed to be, and exploree the themes that will be crucial explor cruucial for for the person you are are becoming.

SCORPIO (Oc (Oct. ct. 23-Nov. 23-Nov. 21): In 1609, Dutch sea explor er Henry Hudson H explorer sailed to America and came upon what we now noow call Coney Island. Back then it was a bar ren spit of sand s were barren whose main inhabitants were rrabbits. abbits. But it was waas eventually turned into a dazzling rresort—an esort—an “extravagant “extrravagant playground,” playground,”” according according to the documentaryy film Coney Island. By the early 20th centuryy, there there were weere three three sprawling sprawling amusement parks parks century, tw wo square square miles of land, plus “a “a forest forest packed into its two g g electric electric towers, historical displays, p y , freak freak of glittering simulatted trip to the moon, the largest largest herd herd shows, a simulated the world, and panoramas panoramas showing of elephants in the Creation, thee End of the World, World, and Hell.”” I mention the Creation, beccause 2014 could feature feature your very this, Scorpio, because Hudsson moment:: a time when you will own Henry Hudson virgin territory teerritory that will ultimately ultimately become an discover virgin extravagant playground. playyground. extravagant SAGITTARIUS SAGITTARI IUS (Nov (Nov.. 22 22-Dec. -Dec. 21): “If men had wings bore black feathers, feathers, e ffew ew of them would be clever and bore o ” said 19th-century social rreformer ows,” eformer enough to be cr crows,” ard Beec cher. That might be an accurate accurate Henry W Ward Beecher. for most m people, but I don ’t think it will be assessment for don’t for you Sagi ittarians in the foreseeable foreseeable futur e. YYour our o true for Sagittarians future. intelligennce will be working even better than animal intelligence Your o instin nctual inclinations ar ve as usual. Your instinctual aree likely to ser serve reliable li bl guides id ttoo wise i action. ti TTrust rrustt what h t your bbody d ttells ll reliable oou will definitely defi finitely be clever enough to be a crow. crow. you! YYou CAPRICORN N (Dec. 22 22-Jan. -Jan. 19): Can Can you guess combinatioon of colors makes the most vivid what combination Psychologists say it’s it’s black on yellow. yellow. visual impact? Psychologists Toogether they arrest arrest the eye. They command attention. Together readiness to respond. respond. According According to my They activate a readiness reading of the astrological asstrological omens, this is the effect effect you reading h in the coming weeks. weeks. It’s It’s time for for can and should have draw the best kind of attention to yourself. yourself. You Yoou you to draw have a right and a duty to galvanize people with the prresence. Whether you actually wear power of your presence. w black highlights is optional as long yellow clothes with cultivate a similar potency. potency. as you cultivate AQUARIUS (Jan. ((Jan 20 20-Feb. 20-Feb Feb. 18): II’m m guessing that in a sennse, you’ve been swallowed by a whale. metaphorical sense, you’re biding bidinng your time in the beast ’s belly. bellyy. Here’s Here’s Now you’re beast’s prediction: YYou oou will be like the Biblical Jonah, who my prediction: underwent a mo ore liter al version of your experience. The underwent more literal eturn whale eventuallyy expelled him, allowing him to rreturn life saf nd sound—and your story will have the to his life safee an and W should you do in the meantime? same outcome. What Here’s the advicee that Dan Alber gotti gives in his poem Here’s Albergotti “Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale.”” “Count the o up ffor ook or blue sk ough the spout. ribs,”” he says. “L “Look skyy thr through fires with the br oken hulls of fishing boats. Make small fires broken Practice smoke signals. s CCall all old friends. Or ganize your Practice Organize calendar. Dr eam of the beach. Review each of your life’s life’s calendar. Dream choicces. Find the evidence of those before before ten million choices. for th he sound of your heart. Be thankful that you. Listen for the y are are here, here,, swa allowed with all hope, p , wher you swallowed wheree yyou can rest and wait.” rest PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar 119-March ch 20): How do you like your inteense, and dramatic? dramatic? Or leisurely, leisurelyy, drawndrawntests? Short, intense, low-pressur e e? Here’s Here’s another question: Do you out, and low-pressure? prefer to pick out out the tests you take, making sure sure they’re they’re prefer for the precise precise lessons you want to master? Or good fits for moore exciting and adventurous adventurous to let fate fate do you find it more unpredictable tests get sent your way? determine what unpredictable Yoou’re due for for a Ruminate about these matters, Pisces. You’re som metime soon, and it’s it’s in your interest interest to nice big test sometime d unfolds. help shape and define how everything unfolds.

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