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PLAY AN ACCORDION, GO TO JAIL Frank Lima, a.k.a. the Great Morgani (left), gets some soothing bubble magic from another Pacific Avenue street-performance legend, Tom Noddy.

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rank Lima almost didn’t leave his condo Sunday Feb. 16 to perform on Pacific Avenue, because he’d already enjoyed a nice afternoon busking the day before. It takes Lima, a 71-year-old mustached ex-stock broker, up to an hour to turn into the Great Morgani—an accordionist dressed head to toe in lycra, velvet and flamboyant colors. But it was a sunny day, and Lima changed his mind. He was standing on a box with his back to the Verizon Wireless store in downtown Santa Cruz wearing a unitard he calls his “Gene Shalit costume,” one of his 150 outfits, with a big mustache and blue hair. He was playing his accordion, as he had been doing on Pacific Avenue for 17 years. Two police officers walked over to tell Lima he was standing too close to the

building—less than the 14 feet required by city law. Lima had written permission from Verizon to play, but the officer explained private businesses don’t have authority over the sidewalks; if he didn’t move, he’d get a $300 ticket. If he didn’t sign the ticket, he’d go to jail—a highstakes decision Lima contemplated for about a second. He picked up his box and drove home. When Lima announced his retirement from street performing on Facebook, some of his supporters were indignant, others livid about the downtown ordinances restricting street performance on Pacific Avenue, which created a wave of controversy when they were updated with even tighter regulations last fall. “Once again the city council making the WRONG decisions for wrong reasons affecting the WRONG people,” one such commenter wrote.

“Please people, purge the city council next election.” And that, Lima says, is about when he realized he might become “a sacrificial lamb” in a debate over the unpopular ordinances, which critics say unfairly encroach on individual rights, and endanger the Santa Cruz tradition of street performance. “I didn’t realize the scope of it, and the other window that it’s opened, as far as the ordinances,” Lima says. Kate Wenzell, a Bay Area native, makes scarves and sells them on Pacific Avenue, and officers make her move her display every hour. Winzell, who dislikes the rules and sells scarves “to make a living,” sees a glimmer of hope in the stand Lima is taking and hopes he can accomplish something she couldn’t. “I thought here’s a great person, an institution and figurehead for people to

rally behind,” she says. “People say, ‘Scarf Lady can kick it, we don’t care.’”

Turning Point? The City Council’s most recent action on the ordinances last September reduced the amount of space artists could take up from 18 square feet to 12, and forbid vendors like Wenzell from laying down blankets. The September update also forces vendors and performers to keep 14 feet—previously 10 feet— from buildings, benches...and information and directory signs. Previously, there was a range of space restrictions anywhere from 10 to 14 feet, depending on the specific downtown feature. Officers have given out one citation for coming too close to protected such items since the fall, and another four for taking up too much space. Lima says he wants City Council and staff to take another look at the ordinance, but he knows it’s complicated. “It’s not an easy job. You can’t please everyone,” Lima says. “Are they going to have to go back and start all over on these ordinances? Can you amend one? Is it fair to give me the right to perform where I do, and not give others the option?” To Lima, it’s an open question. He does want to play downtown again, but the Great Morgani isn’t your average street performer, and he knows it. Twelve years ago, when the council passed the first round of ordinances, he saw differences between talented street performers, and the grimier elements the council actually wanted to kick out. "We, the street performers are the dolphins caught in the tuna net of ordinances,” Lima said. Wenzell says officers have often asked street performers to move whenever they got within 14 feet of a building for more than an hour straight, adding Lima might have gotten special treatment for years because of his icon status. “What they’re asking him to do is the tiniest, tiniest thing compared to what







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we’re getting dumped on, but I like him,” Wenzell says. “He’s a nice guy.” Scott Collins, assistant to the city manager, doesn’t know when or if staff will revisit the ordinance. “It’s absolutely possible,” Collins says. “At this time there hasn’t been a lot of interest in doing that, because we just went through that last year. Certainly the staff is always looking at this. Just because Morgani can’t perform in costumes where he wants to doesn’t mean we’re going to change everything we do, but we’ll certainly take another look at it if council wants us to.” Don Lane and Micah Posner, the two councilmembers who cast dissenting votes against the ordinance update in September, are both interested in revisiting the rules. But Lane says he doesn’t know how changes would look. “I have to say I don’t know exactly what the right answer is. I’m looking for ideas and taking to a lot different people, and it’s a challenge to find consensus,” Lane says. “One thing that makes it really tricky is a lot of people say, ‘Why don’t you just do something good for Morgani? Why can’t you give him a pass?’ Unfortunately, the city can’t make rules that way. We have to make a system of rules that work for him and work for everyone.” Mayor Lynn Robinson, David Terrazas and Cynthia Mathews—the three city councilmembers who wrote the most recent changes—did not respond for comment. By standing close to buildings, Lima has long been breaking rules that have been on the books for over a decade, but when the council passed the new rules, Lane says it sent a strong message to the community. “A lot of rules that were older were not being enforced regularly. When they got updated, it was like a refresh,” Lane says. “It was like council was saying to enforcement and downtown hosts, ‘We’re tightening up, so we want to you to be more diligent.’” Collins knows the Great Morgani does bring life to downtown. “Everyone loves him—tourists, merchants,” Collins says. “He’s family-friendly.” Collins says he would be happy to show Lima the “50-plus spots” he can play downtown, where Collins says staff wants to keep “a balance” of performers and pedestrians. He says the city doesn't have a map of performance spots

downtown, but a Santa Cruz Weekly reporter walked Pacific Avenue and neighboring streets with a tape measure and found there would be enough room for 28 spots on Pacific and neighboring streets, assuming artists spaced themselves well. Some of those locations were at far ends of the mall and wouldn't get much foot traffic. Three were in front of vacant lots.

Back to the Wall

Lima says he wants everything to be resolved “calmly and respectfully.” But, he adds, he’s only interested in performing in front of Verizon Wireless, Dell Williams Jewelers, the Hat Company and Bunny’s Shoe’s—he has written permission from each—with his back to the buildings. He doesn’t like standing in front of the street. He also believes shops are better off with him standing in front of stores, so people can see what’s for sale in the windows. When he stands in front of the sidewalk, music blares into open doors, and crowds block the entrances. Last month, Alexander Raymond, of the Alex Raymond Band, was playing music with his upright bassist and drummer on the corner of Walnut and Pacific in front of Super Silver. They had played a few songs, and were about to start another when “a cop came up to us said, ‘All right, I’m tired of this. Everyone get your IDs out, you’re all getting tickets,’” Raymond says. The officer’s decision to hand out a ticket, according to Raymond’s account, would seem to violate the ordinance itself—which requires an artist to have “first been notified by a police officer, public officer or downtown host that he or she is in violation of the prohibition in this section,” and to still continue playing. Raymond, bassist David Preston and drummer Elijah Stoll all received $300 tickets. Their setup was taking up more than 12 square feet, and they were within 14 feet of a trash can, a building and a crosswalk. Raymond was upset, but is planning a tour this summer to towns across the United States—some that he hopes will let them play the streets. “When we got the tickets, for a few days there, I was mad at Santa Cruz and at the cops. But being mad doesn’t do you any good when you’re trying to fight a city,” Raymond says. “I came back to rationality.” 0



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GOING TO SEE A MAN ABOUT A DOG Tim Ruzzo, just after Johanne was returned to him.


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he first time I met him, Tim Ruzzo was saddled with a large briefcase stuffed to near bursting with documents about his dog. Like a magician pulling an endless handkerchief out of his pocket, Ruzzo retrieved adoption papers, legal documents and news articles about other people like him— people who had had their dogs stolen. He was obsessed. It was early December, and I had reached out to him in response to an online blast he sent to the Weekly’s Facebook page. It directed me to a website he had created, entitled “Find Johanne the Beagle.” Active since August, the site posted and reposted the same stark flier every day. “STOLEN BEAGLE DOG,” it read, above a photo of a Beagle standing on a tile floor. “Johanne. Male. 3 years old. #1561554 (tattoo under right ear). Please call the owner Tim.” It listed Ruzzo’s phone number. A few weeks after that, things got heart wrenching. “I love Johanne more than anything,” he posted. “Since the day I adopted him until he was taken, he and I spent every day together. He is my best buddy. I miss him more than I can express. Not knowing where he is has paralyzed me with worry and anxiety.” It quickly became clear that Ruzzo was clearly not the kind of dog owner who tacks a few fliers around the neighborhood and hopes for the best. But little did anyone know this oneman campaign would turn into a beast of its own—a wild tempest of red tape, tangled legal proceedings and online communications with an ever-growing web of allies, enemies and pranksters, innumerable sleepless nights, and increasingly obsessive thinking and behavior. It would cost those involved their jobs, their time and even their sanity. “It’s driven me crazy,” Ruzzo said flatly when we met in December, during the most intense days of the search. He was not exaggerating.

Fateful Night Ruzzo’s troubles started last January. After bouncing around different living arrangements for

several months, he discovered that he could make decent money selling prescription painkillers over the online marketplace Craigslist. It took only three weeks before he got caught selling to an undercover police officer. “It was stupid, stupid,” he says. He is stocky, and wears his jet black hair spiked up, betraying the gentleness that comes through from talking with him. He didn’t expect to be selling the drugs for long, he says. He was just trying to scrape together enough money to rent a place for him and his dog to live in. The night he got arrested, he was on the way home from the dog park with Johanne, and his friend Amanda Shepherd. The police officers left Johanne with Shepherd, who immediately brought the dog to their mutual friend Emily Kay, who runs Puppy Breath boutique in downtown Santa Cruz, and who Ruzzo and Johanne stayed with off and on before the arrest. Kay then gave Johanne to a friend of hers, Alex Rudzinski, who kept him for two weeks before creating yet another link in the chain—she gave him to friends of hers, a family who renamed him Howard and claimed him as their own, for good. During his arrest, as he was shuffled from one person to the next, Ruzzo says he asked them all what had happened to his dog. No one would tell him. But once he heard what had happened, Ruzzo says he pleaded with his father from behind the glass at Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas to get on Facebook and contact Rudzinski, whom Ruzzo had never met before. But his father, who is not technologically savvy, just made a few deadend phone calls to Shepherd and Kay and then gave up the hunt. “He told me, ‘Emily [Kay] says you don’t deserve a dog anymore, and if you talk real nice to [Rudzinski] when you get out, maybe you’ll get him back,” Ruzzo remembers. “I’m like, what? What kind of friends would do this?”

Another Side I found Emily Kay behind the counter of the Puppy Breath Boutique in downtown Santa Cruz in early January. She was playing Fiona Apple over

the sound system and making pastel drawings of dogs between greeting customers. She has a calm demeanor, and coos at all the dogs that people bring in, offering them free biscuits. When she heard the reason for my visit, she sighed and shook her head. She and Ruzzo are no longer on speaking terms. She denies saying anything about Ruzzo needing to “talk nice” to Rudzinski in order to get his dog back, and maintains she never spoke to Ruzzo’s dad. “I don’t have his number, and he doesn’t have mine.” In fact, Kay claims Ruzzo’s dad never made any sort of attempt to get Johanne back. When Shepherd showed up with the dog, the two believed it was their responsibility to figure something out. “We didn’t know how long he was going to be in jail. It was just well, I don’t have a place to be keeping this Beagle, Amanda doesn’t have a place to be keeping this Beagle, it’s not either one of our responsibilities, it was rainy middle of January, let’s find this dog a new home,” says Kay. Kay says that during the time Ruzzo stayed with her off and on before the arrest he was a terrible owner, usually “passed out on drugs somewhere” and leaving Johanne with her for weeks on end. Ruzzo owns up to some of this, but insists he made sure to see his dog every day. Ruzzo is well aware that he messed up. He knows that none of this would have happened if he hadn’t gotten arrested. But the question this case would ultimately come down to in the courts was: does that change whether or not he is Johanne’s rightful owner? “I feel like I kind of let him down by getting arrested,” he says. “But I don’t feel like that should mean I don’t get to have him anymore.”

Obsession Unleashed The first thing Ruzzo did when he got out of jail, in July of 2013, was send a Facebook message to Rudzinski, thanking her for watching his dog while he was in jail, and asking to set up a time to see Johanne. He never heard back. After a few weeks of texting, calling and sending her online messages, Ruzzo decided to take legal action.



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Over the course of the five months between when he was released from jail and when I met him, Ruzzo had filed two police reports (to which he received no response); paid a lawyer $500 to write a cease-and-desist type letter to Rudzinski (she did not reply); held two civil standbys at Rudzinski’s house, in which county sheriffs accompanied him and inspected the premises for signs of Johanne (there were none); opened a case with the Santa Clara County Dispute Resolution Program for mediation (Rudzinski and Kay failed to show up to mediation); and filed a case in small claims court, which he later closed in order to file a case with the superior court (small claims can only award money, not the stolen property itself). The superior court case is still pending. The fault for some of this can be traced back to the San Jose Police Department. When I asked them what their protocol is in a situation like this, they said it would be “permissible to release the dog at the arrestee’s request to another party.� Ruzzo insists that if his protocol had been followed he would have had his father pick up Johanne. As it happened, the police released Johanne to Shepherd without informing Ruzzo, and he was left wondering what happened to his dog. Shepherd’s phone line was disconnected when I attempted to reach her for this story, but according to the police report, she told them she was Ruzzo’s girlfriend (Ruzzo denies this) and that she would take care of the dog. Christine Garcia, a Bay Area animal rights attorney who advised Ruzzo on the steps he needed to take to eventually get his dog back, says this was a big mistake on the part of the police. “As with any other property, you don’t just give it to anybody who is hanging around and standing by. You take the animal into custody and give the owner the chance to make arrangements.� But what was done was done. And Ruzzo knew he was the only one who would be able to put in the time and energy needed to get his dog back. To that end Garcia says his perseverance was unmatched. She’s had people bug her for free legal advice before, but never with quite the same intensity as Ruzzo. “He’s amazing. He would write to me and write to me and write to me

and finally I’d be like, OK—do this. Usually people that want their animal back, with one blow or two blows they’ll say, ‘Oh, I guess this isn’t going to happen.’ He kept getting up and going back in there with something else.� Ruzzo turned to the Internet, creating a Facebook page entitled, “Find Johanne the Beagle� that at one point had a documented reach of 15,000 people. He spent “easily hundreds of hours� on Facebook, he says. “I posted on every dog forum, every dog page, every yoga page because [Rudzinski] is involved in that scene, every—anything. People thought I was using some kind of robot. I would just copy, paste, click. Copy, paste, click. I couldn’t rest. If I wasn’t doing something in efforts to get him back I felt like it’s just going to slip away.� In his search to restore some sanity to his life, Ruzzo did things that pushed him to the fringe—things that many considered insane. “My Dad and the few friends I have are tired of hearing about this,� he told me in mid-December following a court appearance. “I understand—it’s my whole world at this point.� “When he first got out, he seemed in really good spirits,� says Kay. “Like his life had really turned around because he was off the drugs and everything. At first he’s saying he just wants to see the dog, even for 15 minutes is fine, but then it goes to threatening Alex, threatening her family, bringing the police over and, ‘That’s my property, I want my property back.’ He was just a completely different person.� Rudzinski declined to comment for this story, but Kay says the ordeal caused her to suffer depression and cost her the internship she had at Satori Yoga Studio in San Francisco, because Ruzzo called the owners asking if they knew anything about Johanne. The owners of Satori Yoga did not respond to calls for this story. In an early draft of Ruzzo’s online flier, he listed Rudzinski’s name and phone number, which he admits was a mistake. This resulted in strangers calling and texting her, demanding she return Ruzzo’s dog. She responded by blocking Ruzzo’s phone number and filing a





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restraining order against him. Months passed, and while his site gained more and more traction, very little of it was helpful. “I’d have calls. ‘I found your bagel dog.’ You know. I’m all, ‘you found my Beagle?’ ‘Yeah, I found your bagel dog.’”

Legal Beagle Things seemed like a dead end for Ruzzo for a long time. Despite the large online response to his postings, very little of it was of any help. “I would get weird emails like, ‘Where does this person live? I’ll go handle this.’ You know? And I’d say, ‘Well what were you thinking? I’ve got legal proceedings and I don’t want to do anything to hurt anybody. Do you work for any organization or something?’ And a lot of times I’d hear nothing back after that,” he says. All told, it took another six months on top of the six he spent in jail for Ruzzo to be reunited with his dog. It also took him filing what’s called a writ of possession—basically a court order requiring Johanne’s new family to give Ruzzo back his property. He had to prove to the judge that he was Johanne’s legal owner, and that he had a stable home for the dog. To that end, Ruzzo submitted as evidence his official adoption papers, plus photos of his father’s house in San Jose, where Ruzzo is currently living and which has a yard for Johanne. He also tried submitting a printout of the approximately 2,500 signatures he had collected via an online petition, but the judge squinted and promptly dismissed this. “What people say online doesn’t impact my application of the law,” he said. “I think you know that.” The judge granted Ruzzo possession of Johanne on a Friday in late January, and ordered the dog’s new owner—an older man with glasses who showed up in court but insisted on remaining anonymous, to return Johanne to Ruzzo in front of the courthouse later that day, at noon. He obliged, pulling up in front of the courthouse in a gray van at noon sharp. He stepped out of the car with Johanne and, along with a woman and two young kids, petted the dog one last time. “I’ll just need to see your ID,” he

told Ruzzo before releasing his hold on Johanne’s leash. Without looking up from his dog, Ruzzo retrieved his drivers’ license from his wallet and handed it to the man. “OK,” he said. The man then turned, leaving Johanne with Ruzzo, and handed me a plastic bag full of toys and food. I stood there and watched him drive away with his family while Ruzzo pet his dog, and put the red collar he had brought on him. “Hi buddy, buddy,” he said, calmer than I expected. Johanne was calmer than I expected him to be, too. He ran up to Ruzzo and sniffed him, then also sniffed me, and a random couple walking past. He was probably overwhelmed. There had been a lot of change for this Beagle in the last year. “He’s grayer in the face,” Ruzzo said, gazing at Johanne.

Chip Scheuer


Howard’s End During the six months he spent at Elmwood, Ruzzo dreamed of the chance to walk his dog again daily. He would even walk around the yard holding onto an invisible leash. “I was like, ‘I’m gonna go walk on the yard with my dog,’ and pretended.” The other inmates made fun of him and called him crazy. But he did it anyway. He says thinking of Johanne was the only thing that got him through his time there. “I prayed every night, ‘I hope he’s in good hands.’” About a week after the exchange I spoke on the phone to the man who had Johanne—or Howard, as he called him—for the past year. He declined to give his name, for fear of retribution by Ruzzo. When I told Ruzzo this, he scoffed. “I did everything by the law and legally. If anything he’s the criminal who kept a dog that wasn’t his knowingly for so long,” he said. All the man really said was that the dog was happy with his family, and it was extremely difficult to give him back. “I’ll tell you, that was one of the hardest days of my life,” he said. He then asked me if I had seen the dog. He wanted to know how the dog was doing. I told him I hadn’t, but I would be soon. I offered to call him afterwards, give him a report.

HERE’S WHERE THE STORY ENDS Ruzzo walking Johanne on Its Beach.

“That’s OK,” he said. “Just when you see him, could you give him a belly rub from me?”

Fetching in Red About a month and a half after Ruzzo got Johanne back, I met up with him on a Sunday afternoon at a dog park in Palo Alto, where a local group of Beagle owners were getting together. He had outfitted Johanne in a black and white hounds tooth collar with red along the edges. “I always liked him in red,” he said. He let Johanne off the leash, and he quickly made friends with the other Beagles—sniffing behinds and running, jumping up on his hind legs to play-wrestle with a Beagle wearing a pink bandana. I asked Ruzzo how it’s been having Johanne back. He said he’s been making

homemade dog food from recipes he’s found online, and retraining Johanne to walk on the leash. He said Johanne gets nervous when he’s left alone, so Ruzzo and his dad make sure at least one of them is home at all times. He takes him to the dog park almost every day. “I feel normal again,” he said simply. Ruzzo first found the Palo Alto Beagle group online, when he was searching for Johanne last year. He thought it sounded like a nice thing to do once he was reunited with Johanne. But when he applied to join, via the website, he was surprised to be rejected. “They thought I was spam,” he said, because Johanne’s picture had been on so many dog sites in the last year. But he told them the story, and applied again, and he got a second chance. 0





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You’re usually working with cutup and collage techniques. How much do the ‘found’ recordings shape the songs and themes on any given record? Generally—90 percent of the time—we’re being inspired by what we find. So it’s not “oh, let’s make a record about this, and look for stuff that fits the topic.” No, it’s that you find something. A classic example is “Christianity Is Stupid,” where that track exists because we found that record with the voice that we used. Or the “U2” single; that track exists because we were given—by a fan, at a show, on cassette—these outtakes of Casey Kasem. This was of course pre-Internet, when this stuff was hard to find. We just loved it so

much that we were inspired to build an entire record around it. In fact, it brings up for me an interesting thing I’ve been thinking about lately, which is that there’s an aspect to our work where we are all, to some degree, archivists. And we collect all this strange detritus that we find in our culture, that we take both horror and delight in. And in our work, one of the things we get to do is share it with you. I think that whole “U2” record works as a thing, as a complete work, but it is also sharing with you this really cool, weird thing we found that nobody really had. That was then. Now, the whole damn Internet is spam, porn and sharing cat videos. It really struck me recently that the whole act of being an archivist and sharing weird stuff, to some degree our thunder has been stolen from us. Everyone gets to do it now. Part of what’s fascinating for fans about seeing you live is that for so long, you guys almost had this cloak of anonymity. Your pictures weren’t on the records, and there was no information about how they were done. Well, that’s still true. In fact, I think that will always be true. We’ve never been shy about chatting with people. But we just think that in the actual thing we put out into the world, we’re only going to play the game of being a “band” to a certain degree. Then we say “no, we’re not playing that game. We’re not going to show you who we are, and try to be stars.” It projects something different, I think, to people who hear our work: that what we’re interested in is the work. And if you want to dig more, you can. We’re not being secretive, we’re not like the Residents, where we’re actually hiding who we are. I think it actually all started when we were doing the cover design for Helter Stupid in 1989. We finished the cover design and we looked at it and said, “Oh, we forgot to say who we are, and who did what, anywhere on the record.” I said, “Actually, I don’t really care, does anyone care?” And no one cared. From then on, it just became our thing.

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The Weatherman’s most famous delivery is probably reading the words to ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ on the ‘U2’ single. When we did the “U2” single, I knew that all we had to do was hand him Bono’s lyrics. We just said, “Read these lyrics, and anything else that comes to mind while you’re reading them, just say it.” That’s how David works best—you can’t direct him too much. You just have to let him go. But he still needs editing, so when we did David’s vocal track for “U2,” he’s reading Bono’s lyrics, he’s riffing on them and altering them in ways that we think are hysterically funny and brilliant. In fact, I remember that when we recorded it, our studio doesn’t have a separate booth for vocal stuff, and as he was reading the lyrics, it was so funny in the moment that I had to duck down under the mixing table and pinch my nose and cover my mouth with my hands because I thought “My god, if I burst out laughing, I’m going to ruin this take, and this is gold!” ’Cause remember, we’re fans of each other’s ideas, right? We all contribute totally weird, different things to what we do. Richard, Peter, Don, David, me—we will come up with ideas that no one else in the group would come up with. That was one of those moments, where it was just, “Oh my god, he’s on fire!” He did three takes, each one different. Then what we did was spend weeks carefully sifting through the three takes, and we made this sort of perfect edit of all the best, funniest bits. You get this spontaneous, loose feeling, which I think is great, but then you hone in on it, and rein it in a bit by editing.

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THEATER 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, Feb 28, 8pm. $15. Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz.

Cultural Arts & Diversity

Machinal: The expressionist drama by Sophie Treadwell inspired by the infamous murder trial of Ruth Snyder. Fri, Feb 28, 7:30pm, Sat, Mar 1, 7:30pm and Sun, Mar 2, 3pm. $15 general; $12 students & seniors. UCSC Mainstage Theater, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.459.2159.


"To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: A Portrait of Lorraine Hansberry In Her Own Words." Presented by the African American Theater Arts Troupe. Fri, Feb 28, 7pm, Sat, Mar 1, 7pm and Sun, Mar 2, 7pm. Free with UCSC student ID. Stevenson Event Center, 101 McLaughlin Drive, Santa Cruz, 831.459.1861.

From Inspiration to Artistry: A musical and visual journey showing a young bass prodigy's rediscovery of musical joy after lessons with a Tia Chi master. Fri, Feb 28, 7:30pm. $12 general; $10 seniors; $8 students. UCSC Music Center Recital Hall, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.459.2159.

Santa Cruz Symphony

Jewel Theatre Company Three Days of Rain: A Pulitzer nominated drama about two adult siblings and their friend who reunite to settle their fathers' estate. www. Thu, Feb 27, 8pm, Fri, Feb 28, 8pm, Sat, Mar 1, 8pm and Sun, Mar 2, 2pm. $26-$31. Center Stage, 1001 Center St, Santa Cruz,

The Symphony's annual family concert, "Music in Motion," includes works by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Leonard Bernstein and more. Sun, Mar 2, 2pm. $8-$12. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.420.5260.

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MUSEUMS CONTINUING Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Spotlight Tours. Bringing the artists' voices directly to visitors. Go behind the scenes and museum-wide exhibitions. First Sat of every month, 11:30am-12:30pm. Museum hours Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm; closed Mon. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

OPENING Cabrillo College Gallery Cabrillo Gallery. Bridging Santa Cruz: A survey show spanning 50 years of printmaking in Santa Cruz County. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm & MonTues, 7-9pm. Thru April 11. 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.479.6308.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Nikki McClure. Cutting Her Own Path 1996-2013: McClure transforms black construction paper into graphic stories of daily life. Thru May 25. Museum hours Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm; closed Mon. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

CONTINUING Felix Kulpa Gallery Urns, Shrines, and Reliquaries: A collection of ceramic vessels and sculptures for honoring special people, presented by Coeleen Kiebert. Gallery hours: Thurs-Sun, noon-6pm. Thru Feb. 23. Free. 107 Elm St, Santa Cruz, 408.373.2854.

Lulu's at the Octagon

S.F. staple rocks their garage folk sound with heart. Feb 26 at Brick and Mortar Music Hall.

Barbara Lawrence. Landscape oil paintings. Open daily from 6am-8pm. Thru March 16. Free. 118 Cooper St, Santa Cruz.

Hardcore legend and Husker Du front man celebrates the 25th anniversary of his first solo album. Feb 27 at Great American Music Hall.

Com Truise The DJ and producer likes getting funky with his stylized synths. Feb 27 at Mezzanine.

Dr. Dog Rich and fun folk rock band from Philly never fails to impress. Mar 1 at the Warfield.

Will Downing Sophisticated soul man tours in support of his new album. Mar 2 at Yoshis SF. More San Francisco events at 831.425.7506.

SC County Bank Arts. Off the Wall: Local artists create works exploring the beauty and space of our 3-dimenstional world. Mon-Thurs, 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-6pm. Thru May 2. Free. n/a, Santa Cruz.

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Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center Prime Time: The "best of the best" submitted by local artists. Judged by George Rivera. Thru April 5. Free, 831.336.3513. Wed-Sun, noon-6pm. 9341 Mill St, Ben Lomond.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History The Cradle Project. An exhibition of hand-crafted cradles honoring the numbers of African children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. Thru March 23. Museum hours Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm; closed Mon. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

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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 Beat Sanctuary 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.

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

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.

Figure Drawing 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.

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop Orchardist Freddy Menge will illustrate various grafting techniques and lead handson grafting exercises. Sat, Mar 1, 1-4pm. $20. Live Oak

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‘Machinal’ An expressionist drama presented in multiple highly stylized episodes is one way to experience a murder trial. And for those looking to experience the 1920’s trial of Ruth Snyder, a young housewife accused of killing her husband and raging against an increasingly mechanized, male-dominated culture, Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal is the way to go. Friday, Feb. 28 – Sunday, March 2 & Thursday, March 6 – Sunday, March 9 at 7:30pm (Sundays at 3pm) at the Mainstage Theater, UCSC Theater Arts Center. Tickets $15 general; $12 students & seniors. Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.332.4699.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Rope Bondage Workshop Sexy rope play workshop. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a minimum of 2 lengths of 15 feet and 2 of 25 feet rope. Wed, Feb 26, 7-9pm. $25-$30. Pure Pleasure, 204 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.466.9870.

Support and Recovery Groups Ongoing groups and weekly meetings. ADHD: 831.818.9691. Alzheimer's: 831.464.9982. Cancer: Katz Cancer Resource Center, 831.351.7770; WomenCARE, 831.457.2273. Candida: 831.471.0737. Chronic Pain: American Chronic Pain Association, 831.423.1385. Grief and Loss: Hospice, 831.430.3000. Lupus: Jeanette Miller, 831.566.0962. Men Overcoming Abusive Behavior: 831.464.3855. SMART Recovery: 831.462.5470. Trans Latina women: Mariposas, 831.425.5422. Trichotillomania:

831.457.1004. 12-Step Programs: 831.454. HELP (4357). Pagans in Recovery: 831.428.3024. Narcotics Anonymous: Clutterers Anonymous: 831.359.3008. Recovering Couples Anonymous: 408.592.6377. Female Survivor Support: 831.425.4030.

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.

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.

English Country Dance Second and fourth Thursdays of each month; beginners welcome. Fourth Thu of every month. $5-$7. Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.426.8621.

MAH Teen Night "What the Cruz?!" Local teen groups share various resources for teens looking to get involved in the community. Fri, Feb 28, 7-10pm. Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

Spanish Movie Night A screening of the Chilean film "Gloria," followed by a discussion session in Spanish. RSVP to rsamaha@ Wed, Feb 26, 7pm. $7.50. Nickelodeon Theatre, 210 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz, 831.426.7500.

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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.

Comedy Open Mic

Wharf Wildlife Tours

A rotation of the best up-and-coming stand-up comedy acts from the Bay Area. Thu, 8:30pm. Free. Blue Lagoon, 923 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.7717.

Free eco-tours of the wharf by the Seymour Discovery Center. Sat-Sun, 1 and 3pm. Thru Dec 31. Free. Santa Cruz Wharf, Beach Street, Santa Cruz.


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.

A late restoration comedy by George Farquhar about two young travelers who travel through small towns trying to entrap rich young women and steal their fortunes. Fri, Feb 28, 8pm, Sat, Mar 1, 8pm and Sun, Mar 2, 2pm. $20 general; $17 students & seniors. Mountain Community Theater, 9400 Mill St, Ben Lomond, 831.336.4777.




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In keeping with folk music tradition, Sherry Austin with Henhouse brings together styles that are both old and new, performing a range of harmony-rich songs from country footstompers to contemporary folk ballads. Taking the get-in-where-you-fit-in approach to playing music, Henhouse feels and sounds like good friends playing good music. Featuring some of the area’s most well-known roots artists in Austin, Sharon Allen, Tracy Parker, Jim Norris and Patti Maxine, the seasoned and talented Henhouse exudes warmth, passion and an outstanding musicality. Also on the bill is Bay Area songwriter Steve Meckfessel. Don Quixote’s; $15; 8pm. (Cat Johnson)

Yoodoo Park will make you wonder what you were doing when you were 20 years old. The UC Santa Cruz student has crafted a new album of catchy songs for his band GRMLN with drowsy vocals, clean guitar, fast bass lines and a circa 2008 rock sound reminiscent of the days when bands like Motion City Soundtrack and The Bravery were on the radio. Some of his musical inspirations go back much farther. Park, who grew up in Japan, loves listening to older music—the Beach Boys, Elvis and Ben E. King of the Drifters. Crepe Place; $10; 9pm. (Jacob Pierce)

For 18 years Melvin Seals held down Hammond B-3 duties for the Jerry Garcia Band. Now he’s one of the remaining direct links to the Grateful Dead musical family. A young study, Seals took up the church organ at the age of 8 and logged time with the legendary Chuck Berry before he took up his post with Jerry. He’s joined by our very own China Cats, whose renditions of Dead songs and Dead-inspired original material keep the tie-dyed flame burning bright in Santa Cruz. Don Quixote’s; $20 adv/$24 door; 8:30pm. (CJ)

I tip my hat to Greg Kihn for being way ahead of the curve on two of my favorite popculture phenomena: zombies (in the 1983 video for his hit “Jeopardy”) and Weird Al (who turned his song into the equally classic “I Lost on Jeopardy”). And for continuing to be a down-to-Earth guy who’d rather talk to you about how the San Jose Sharks are doing than crow about his successful music, radio and novelist careers. Meanwhile, the reunion of the Greg Kihn Band in Santa Cruz a couple of years ago was huge, and now the band, who have a greatest-hits album out, is back. Moe’s Alley; $25/$30; 9pm. (Steve Palopoli)

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Concerts HILLSTOMP Feb. 28 at Moe’s Alley DR. DOG Feb. 28 at Catalyst

HARMED BROTHERS In 2009, three young musicians with a shared appreciation for the music of Ryan Adams, Wilco and the Avett Brothers created a band to try their hand in the roots-rock game. Led by Ray Vietti, the trio soon met up with Alex Salcido who Vietti calls his musical soulmate. The group took off in a direction they’ve dubbed “indiegrass,” and hit the road to play music for whoever crossed their path. The experience served them well. Blending tight, lovely harmonies and spacious instrumentation, with clear, simple songwriting and wholehearted delivery, this band brings something fresh and memorable to the crowded alt-acoustic landscape. Moe’s Alley; $7 adv/$10 door: 8:30pm. (CJ)

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DAN P & THE BRICKS Mar. 8 at Crepe Place

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LEO KOTTKE Mar. 28 at Rio Theatre

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CYRILLE AIMÉE Mar. 3 at Kuumbwa


JUST DON’T FEED HIM AFTER MIDNIGHT UCSC student Yoodoo Park brings GRMLN to the Crepe Place Friday.

Monday, March 3 U 7 pm One of the new first ladies of jazz

Andy Statman ain’t no one-trick pony. A former student of David Grisman, the 64-year-old musician is more than an expert bluegrass mandolinist. He’s a klezmer clarinetist. He’s played with the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Ricky Skaggs and Béla Fleck. The Grammy nominee received the National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor in American folk arts, in 2012. His clarinet playing is dark, mysterious and playfully fun all at the same time. On mandolin, he shreds like a guitar legend, which always looks funny because the instrument appears way too small to be so virtuosic. Kuumbwa; $30 adv/$36 door; 7:30pm. (JP)


ANI DIFRANCO Now that Michelle Shocked has turned her back on her acoustic-loving progressive fan base with her gay slurs, feminists hungry for sweet melodies and positive messages need a new hero. Tracy Chapman and k.d. lang come to mind. But we can’t forget about Ani DiFranco, either. The popular activist’s latest album Which Side Are You On—named after the old 1930s protest song—has ear-opening tunes like “Promiscuity,” a beautifully penned defense of experimenting in the world of love. Rio Theatre; $40; 8pm. (JP)


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Film HOWLING OVER ‘WOLF’ This was a year of divisive movies. Who’ll walk away with the Oscars on March 2?

Oscar Obscura

A few musings about this year's Academy Award nominations BY CHRISTINA WATERS


lmost nothing is as commercial as an Oscarnominated film—except in the case of the nominees that frankly aren't. This year's nominees are as eclectic a marginal mix as anyone can remember: a grumpy alcoholic mumbling his way through a high plains road trip, an elderly British woman tracking the baby she gave up for adoption, a mustachioed misfit who falls in love with his computer, a brutal backstory of the Old South, a female scientist having panic attacks in space, some of our finest actors screaming and swearing their

way through a family dinner, and a close-to-X-rated rococo romp through the sex and drug excesses of Wall Street securities trading. Invoking my inner Gloria Swanson, I wonder what ever happened to the Big Pictures? Given the nominees this year, it looks as though Netflix is winning. The youth market might be too addicted to Facebook to sit still for two hours without texting, and not all seniors are eager to embrace the raunchy black humor of Martin Scorsese. Not knowing whom to aim at, most of the Big Production House films seem to have just fallen flat.

It was a year of films you either loved or hated. For every viewer who howled at the satiric bawd of Wolf, there were two others who walked out in disgust. For every viewer moved to tears by the truelife soap opera of Philomena, there were some (like me) who remained underwhelmed. Nonetheless, every filmgoer has some idea of who will actually win the Oscars, and we all know that artistic greatness is never the deciding factor. Will this be a year in which Tom Hanks—whose past solid gold blockbuster track record endears him to the Hollywood

community—wins again at the March 2 ceremony? Or are his detractors, the bitter ones who lost out to him in the past, setting up a negative PR campaign against the mega-star? Given the tender youth of last year's Best Actress winner—the adorable Jennifer Lawrence—will this year's Best Actress Oscar go to octogenarian Dame Judi Dench? Will dueling political stances cancel each other out? For example, Matthew McConaughey as the HIV-positive entrepreneur of Dallas Buyers Club, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as the educated freeman forced to suffer through 12 Years a Slave? If they trump each other, then perhaps sloe-eyed Leonardo Di Caprio could walk away with a well-deserved statuette. Will the skillfully timed accusations of abuse against Woody Allen ruin chances for Blue Jasmine's many nominees? Given the fact that Allen is so New York and never shows up at the Awards ceremonies, and given the fact that Mia Farrow comes from Hollywood royalty, who knows? Hollywood memories, like Hollywood rivalries, are passed down from generation to generation. Given the way things are going in the current White House, this might be a year in which politics does not play the obvious part it has in the past. Awards might not be given on the basis of how good the Academy will feel by its largesse, but on the basis of less utopian concerns. Such as box office (Gravity, American Hustle). Or lifetime contributions (Judi Dench). Or dues paid (Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett). Venturing out on a few limbs: I predict Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity) will receive the Oscar for Best Cinematography, and Michael O'Connor (The Invisible Woman) will get the Best Costume Design award. Unless there's an American Hustle sweep, and then it will be Michael Wilkinson. See what I mean? 0

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THE WIND RISES (PG-13; 126 min) Will this really be Hayao Miyazaki’s last animated film? That’s what he says, and the guy is 73. But he will leave a hole in the art of cinema that can’t be filled. At least this is a hell of a send-off, if advance word is any indication. (Opens Fri at Del Mar)


3 DAYS TO KILL (PG-13; 100 min) An action thriller co-written by Luc Besson, directed by McG, and starring Kevin Costner as a secret service agent forced to become an assassin probably can’t be that bad. Plus, I love any trailer where the character actually says the name of the movie. “You’ve got 3 days

to kill! ‘Cause you’re in the movie 3 Days to Kill, and 3 days of killing shall you do! The number of days of killing shall be 3! Four days shall thou not kill, neither kill thou two days, excepting that thou then proceed to three days. Five days is right out.” 12 YEARS A SLAVE (R; 133 min) Based on an 1853 memoir, this story of a free African American kidnapped

Showtimes are for Wednesday, Feb. 26, through Wednesday, March 5, unless otherwise indicated. Programs and showtimes are subject to change without notice.


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Her — Fri-Wed 1:15; 4; 7; 9:30 The Monuments Men — Wed-Thu 1:40; 4:15; 6:45; 9:10. Winter’s Tale — Wed-Thu 2; 4:30; 7; 9:25.


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Non-Stop — (Opens Fri) 11:15; 2; 4:45; 7:30; 10:15. Son of God — (Opens Fri) 12:30; 3:45; 7; 9:15. American Hustle — Wed-Thu 8:55pm. The LEGO Movie — Wed-Thu 11; 12:30; 1:45; 3:15; 4:20; 7; 9:30; Fri-Wed 11; 1:40; 4:15; 6:45; 10:10. Philomena — Wed-Thu 6:30pm. Robocop — Wed-Thu 11; 1:30; 4:30; 7:20; 10:15.


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The Wind Rises — (Opens Fri) 1; 3:45; 6:30; 9:15 plus Sat-Sun 11:10am. Her — Fri-Wed 1:50; 4:30; 7:10; 9:45. The Monuments Men — Daily 1:40; 4:20; 7; 9:30. The Wolf of Wall Street — Wed-Thu 12:20; 3:50; 7:30. (no Thu 7:30pm) War Horse — Thu 7:30pm; Sun 11am. Moonrise Kingdom — Fri-Sat midnight.


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12 Years a Slave — Wed-Thu 1:20pm; Fri-Wed 12:30; 9. Animated Oscar Shorts — Wed-Thu 1:10pm; Fri-Wed 12:50pm. American Hustle — Wed-Thu 4; 9:10; Fri-Wed 3:15; 8:30. August: Osage County — Wed-Thu 12:20pm. In Secret — Wed-Thu 3:15; 5:20; 7:30; 9:40. (no Thu 7:30pm) Gloria — Wed-Thu 2:20; 4:40; 7; 9:20; Fri-Wed 2:10; 4:30; 7; 9:20. (no Thu 7pm) Live Action Oscar Shorts — Wed-Thu 11am; Fri-Wed 11:45am. Nebraska — Wed-Thu 6:45pm; Fri-Wed 6pm. The Past — Wed-Thu 11:30am. Philomena — Wed-Thu 11:10am. Walking the Camino — Wed-Thu 3; 5; 7:10; 9:30; Fri-Wed 3; 5; 7:10. The Wolf of Wall Street — Fri-Wed 12:20; 3:50; 7:30. Double Indemnity — Mon 7pm.


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Endless Love — Wed-Thu 4:15; 7; 9:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Winter’s Tale — Wed-Thu 4; 6:45; 9:25; Fri-Wed call for showtimes.


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Non-Stop — (Open 8pm Thu) call for showtimes. Son of God — (Opens 10pm Thu) call for showtimes. 3 Days to Kill — Wed 11:45; 2:25; 5:05; 7:45; 10:25; Thu 11:45; 3:15; 10:30; FriWed call for showtimes.

Movie reviews by Steve Palopoli

About Last Night—Wed-Thu 12:25; 2:45; 5:25; 7:55; 10:15; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Frozen —Wed 11:55; 2:50; 6; 8:35; Thu 11:55; 2:25; 5; 7:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. The LEGO Movie—Wed-Thu 11:40; 2:10; 4:40; 7:05; 9:30; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. The LEGO Movie 3D — Wed-Thu 12:05; 2:35; 5:05; 7:35; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. (no Thu 10pm) Lone Survivor — Wed-Thu 10:05am; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Pompeii — Wed 11:35; 9:35; Thu 11:35; 10; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Pompeii 3D — Wed 2; 4:25; 7; Thu 2; 6:05; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Ride Along — Wed-Thu 12:20; 2:55; 6:05; 9; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. Robocop — Wed-Thu 11:30; 12; 2:15; 3; 6:30; 7:15; 9:15; 10; Fri-Wed call for showtimes. (no Thu 10pm)

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Non-Stop — (Opens Fri) 11:15; 2; 4:40; 7:30; 8:30; 10:15 Son of God — (Opens Fri) 11; 12:30; 2:10; 3:45; 5:20; 7; 10. 3 Days to Kill—Wed-Thu 11; 1:45; 4:30; 7:20; 10:15; Fri-Wed 11:15; 2; 4:30; 7:20; 10:15 American Hustle — Wed-Thu 9:15pm. Endless Love — Wed-Thu 11:45; 2:20; 4:55; 7:40; 10:15. Frozen — Wed-Thu 11:15; 1:55; Fri-Wed 11:10; 1:45. The LEGO Movie —Wed-Thu 11; 11:40; 1:30; 2:15; 4; 4:45; 6:35; 7:30 plus Thu 10pm; Fri-Wed 11; 11:40; 1:30; 2:15; 4; 4:45; 7:15; 9:45. The LEGO Movie 3D — Wed-Thu 10pm. The Monuments Men — Wed-Thu 11:30; 12:30; 3:45; 4:55; 7; 8; 9; Fri-Wed 11:30; 12:30; 3:45; 4:55; 7; 8; 9:15. (no Thu 9pm or Sat 11:30am) Nebraska — Wed-Thu 12:45; 3:45; Fri-Wed 4:15; 6:30. The Nut Job — Wed-Thu 11:15am. Philomena — Wed-Thu 2:30; 6:45; Fri-Wed 2:30; 7; 9:20. Pompeii — Wed-Thu 11:20; 4:40; 7:30; 10 Fri-Wed 11; 1:40; 4:55; 7:30; 10. Pompeii 3D — Wed-Thu 2; 10. Ride Along — Wed-Thu 9:45pm. Robocop — Wed-Thu 11; 1:45; 4:30; 7:20; 10:15 Saving Mr. Banks — Wed-Thu 7:45pm. That Awkward Moment — Wed-Thu 4; 9:45. Winter’s Tale — Wed-Thu 1; 4; 7; 9:45. An Affair to Remember — Thu 7pm. The Man Who Knew Too Much — Sat 11am.


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Non-Stop — (Opens Fri) 1:25; 4:15; 7:15; 9:45. Son of God — (Opens Thu 10pm) 12:45; 3:45; 6:50; 9:50 plus Sat-Sun 11:15am. Son of God in Spanish — (Opens Fri) 7:30 plus Sat-Sun 11:15am. 3 Days to Kill —Wed-Thu 1:25; 4; 7:15; 9:45; Fri-Wed 1:25; 4; 7:15; 9:45 plus Sat-Sun 11am. About Last Night — Daily 1:45; 4:30; 7:30; 10 plus Sat-Sun 11:15am. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues — Fri-Wed 12:45; 3:45; 6:45; 9:45. The LEGO Movie — Daily 1:45; 4:30; 7; 9:30 plus Sat-Sun 10:45am. Ride Along — Wed-Thu 1:20; 4; 7:30; 10; Fri-Wed 2:30; 5:15. Robocop — Wed-Thu 1:25; 4:15; 7:15; 9:45; Fri-Wed 1:45; 4:30; 7; 9:30 plus SatSun 11:15am. Pompeii — Wed-Thu 1:35; 7; 9:30; Fri-Wed 1:35; 4; 7; 9:30. Pompeii 3D — Wed-Thu 4pm.

and sold into slavery in the South is easily the bestreviewed film of the year. ABOUT LAST NIGHT (R; 100 min) Say you gave me a list of 1000 movies, and asked me to rank them by likelihood that Hollywood would remake them. Say, for some reason, 1986’s About Last Night… was one of those films. I can guarantee you that astoundingly forgettable post-Brat-Pack dramedy— based on a play by David Mamet, but now remembered almost exclusively for featuring Demi Moore’s breasts, if it’s remembered at all—would be somewhere near the very bottom. And yet, here’s the remake, featuring flavor-ofthe-month comedian Kevin Hart and once again following a new couple as they go from one-night-stand to full-blown relationship. No word on whether Moore’s breasts return for a cameo. 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! ENDLESS LOVE (PG-13; 103 min) Wait, let me check the bottom of my list again. Yup, this one’s there, too. But hey, this drama about obsessive love can’t be any worse than that god-awful 1981 version with Brooke Shields, right? Right? GLORIA (R; 110 min) Pauline Garcia is getting rave reviews for her portrayal of a freespirited older woman in a new relationship in Santiago. THE LEGO MOVIE (PG; 100 min) Everybody from Morgan Freeman to Will Ferrell to Shaq gets to voice something in this animated movie, which (spoiler alert) is not actually made out of Legos. In other news, it’s official: everything gets to have a movie. What’s next, Battleship? Oh wait… POMPEII (PG-13; 104 min) The Game of Thrones phenomenon has inspired a new crop of swords-andsandals flicks—and most of them have actual GoT actors in them, which is kind of funny. It’s like, “You loved him talking like it was olden times as Jon Snow, now see him talking like it was olden times again in Pompeii!” And what are they going to come up with for Lena Headey’s character in 300: Rise

of an Empire? “She’s like Cersei, without the incest!” THAT AWKWARD MOMENT (R; 94 min) Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan star as three best friends whose dating lives start to come between them because rom-com. THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG-13; 118 min) There’s something creepy about the fact that this movie is flying so under the radar. It’s written and directed by George Clooney, with a great premise (a World War II platoon rescues art from the Nazis), and an all-star cast featuring Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Bill Murray and more. It’s based on a true story, the trailer looks great. Why isn’t anyone talking about this? THE NUT JOB (PG; 86 min) I can’t even imagine what the pitch sessions are like for these animated quirky-animal movies. Is there a lightning round? “OK, there’s a bear…” “No.” “OK, there’s a duck…” “No.” “OK, there’s a platypus…” “Hell no.” Somehow, somebody sold the idea of a squirrel, and so in this movie little Surly the Squirrel (voiced by Will Arnett) gets kicked out of his home in a park and has to survive in the city. THE PAST (PG-13; 130 min) In this French mystery-drama, an Iranian in Paris leaves his wife and children to return to his homeland, but must return when his wife wants a divorce. Original title: Nice Going, Dumbass. RIDE ALONG (PG-13; 100 min) We know Ice Cube can act, but for the last decade his career has been pretty much reduced to finding different ways to contort his face for a wide spectrum of annoyed looks. Make no mistake about it: if there were Oscars for facial tics, Ice Cube would add to his collection with this latest comedy in which he plays a cop who keeps getting annoyed by Kevin Hart. How is that a movie? We’re all annoyed by Kevin Hart. ROBOCOP (R; 102 min) What a coincidence, this is also low on my list of movies Hollywood should remake! But for a different reason. Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original was so unique in its mix of comicbook brightness and gritty crime action that it seems silly to try to recreate that magic. They couldn’t just make a whole different movie about a cyborg cop? Hells to the no! So now we have what appears to be a Christopher-Nolaned-up version from Brazilian director Jose Padilha, who would like to thank you for your cooperation.


NON-STOP (PG-13; 110 min) The flight is non-stop! The danger is non-stop! The feeling that Liam Neeson is in a hell of a lot of B-level thrillers lately is non-stop! (Opens Fri at Santa Cruz Regal 9, Cinelux Scotts Valley, 41st Ave and Green Valley) SON OF GOD (PG-13; 138 min) Jesus gets a reboot! As

with most franchises, this epic Biblical drama starts at the beginning with an origin story, but apparently the producers didn’t get the memo about how hot trilogies are these days, because this one goes all the way through to the end of the story. If only someone had put them in charge of The Hobbit. (Opens Fri at Santa Cruz Regal 9, Cinelux Scotts Valley, 41st Ave and Green Valley)





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MUNS THE WORD The Santa Cruz Mountains’ Muns Vineyard does pinot right.

Dynamic Duo of Local Pinots BY CHRISTINA WATERS


t was a charmed week in which I was able to discover not one, but two of the best Santa Cruz Mountain appellation pinot noirs I've ever tasted. The first was a 2008 Miller Hill Vineyard pinot from Silver Mountain Vineyards ($38). Made from Dijon clones 115 and 667, this gorgeous creation had been aged in tight-grained Hungarian oak. And even though it contains a robust 14.7% alcohol, it remains graceful and beautifully balanced. The nose is spicy, with a minty fragrance, and the flavors emerging range from licorice to sassafras and black plums. This wine actually tastes intelligent.

One sip and a narrative in some unknown, yet familiar language unfolds. Kudos to Jerold O'Brien, Tony Craig and the exceptional grapes of Miller Hill Vineyard. The second outstanding Pinot Noir discovery was the 2009 Muns Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Pinot Noir, an intricate

creation of Dijon clones 114,115, 667 and 777. It exudes spice—star anise, white pepper, bay leaves—with a seductive velvety core of tangerine, cherries, and birch bark. The finish inclines toward geranium and terracotta, and the tangerine expands hauntingly as the wine opens.. Each

sip implies intimacy as well as infinite distance. We were practically breathless with admiration. And at 14.1% alcohol, and the refining influence of new Hungarian oak, this is a Pinot Noir capable of partnering everything from sturgeon, to grilled cheese, to rack of lamb. Our congratulations to winemaker Ed Muns for proving that a $40 wine can walk on water. Available at VinoCruz. FREESTYLING PANCAKES: Try

as I might to find decent pancakes on a breakfast menu, I have been disappointed over and over again.

So I decided to pump up the volume on the ones I make at my house. A few years ago I traded in Bisquick for Pamela's Gluten-Free Baking & Pancake Mix. And Pamela's has been very good to us as a basis for wonderful pancakes without a lot of guilt (or preservatives). Last week, I added the touch that sent my pancakes over the top: plain yogurt. I've often added yogurt to pancakes for the delicious tang of sourness it adds. This time I added, well, almost half a container. The pancakes that resulted were sensuously piquant— the perfect counterpoint to butter and maple syrup—and tender. The secret, as with almost everything I bake at home, is the crucial ingredients. For example, to one cup of Pancake Mix I added one egg (as indicated). But from then on, I freestyled it. Instead of 3/4 cup water (never use milk, it makes pancakes tough), I used enough to create a thin crepe-like batter. Instead of 1 tablespoon oil, I added 3 tablespoons. Then I whisked in a half cup of plain yogurt. The result was the best batch of pancakes my sweetie and I had ever tasted. Yes, you can try this at home. Pamela's Baking & Pancake mix is made of whole grains flours, including brown rice flour, white rice flour, almond meal, tapioca starch, sweet rice flour, potato starch, and a few other non-gluten, non-wheat ingredients. Get some and treat yourself to memorable homemade pancakes for breakfast! COUNTING SHEEP ON MARCH 22: Mark your calendars now and don't miss the Live Earth Farm "Sheep to Shawl" Fair, with

professional sheep shearer, Bruce Wool, demonstrating his techniques while his wife spins yarn. Young ones will go wild watching the sheep being sheared. It happens on March 22, 10am-2pm at 1275 Green Valley Road in Watsonville. Plus food vendors, storytelling, yarn dyeing, spinning, knitting, and felting. 0






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RE-RESORT Sanderlings sous chef Mario Garcia is gearing up for summer as Seascape Resort stays open during renovations.

Sanderlings Restaurant Mario Garcia, sous chef


ario Garcia began as a dishwasher at Sanderlings eight years ago and rose to line cook. He’s now a sous chef for the restaurant at Seascape Resort, which is staying open during renovations to gear up for the summer.

SCW: What have you eaten today? MARIO GARCIA: When I got in, one

of the chefs made a pizza, and I just ate a piece right now. Our diets are not as nice as the stuff we make. Either we wait, and at the very end of the meal make something for everyone, or we’ll wait until banquets are done. But we’re always moving and always busy. So, you can never have a set meal, and it will probably be something crappy for you. What does a sous chef do? I control the restaurant side. There are two sides—banquet and Sanderlings Restaurant, and I’m in charge of Sanderlings. I oversee the other cooks and make up the menu and make sure food costs are in order. Does that ever get dry? I don’t think this industry ever gets dry. If you

get bored of it, you just change. There’s Italian. There’s French. There’s Asian, Pacific Asian. You never get bored of it. I’ve been in almost 10 years, and I’m still having fun, still learning things. There’s always so much to learn, so much to master. If you get bored with something, just switch over to something else. If you get bored with food, you can go into winemaking or sales. How do you make Dungeness crab cakes? We take fennel. We add some onion, celery, and we add the Dungeness crab, mix it around— onion, mayo, salt and pepper. It’s really simple. Mix it up. A little panko breadcrumb makes a little crust crunchy. It’s really a favorite among the people that come here. What do you do on your breaks? If you’re here all day, you take a nice walk along one of the trails here down to the beach and back up, and you’re good to for another couple hours and relax. What’s the worst dish you’ve ever made? When we tried to infuse Chinese and Italian together (laughing). It didn’t turn out very well. We should just let these two be their own, and not mess with them. We didn’t serve it. We were just messing around in the back, but that one didn’t turn out so good. I’m not saying it couldn’t be done, but what we did wasn’t that great.

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Right now ancerian, I’m me editating on how I’d come like to see your inner Wild Bill com me out to play ffor or a Billll takes some time off off.. while, even as your inner TTame aame Bi LEO (July 23-Aug. 23-Aug. 22): “If I was a love poet,” writes Rudy Francisco, Francisco, addressing addressing a lover, loveerr, “I’d write about how you have the audacity to be beautiful even on days when everything around around youu is ugly.” ugly.”” I suspect you have that kind of audacity right rigght now, now, Leo. In fact, fact, I you bet the ugliness g y encounter will w actuallyy incite you y to amplify the gorgeous gorgeous charismaa you’re you’re radiating. radiating. The sheer volume of lyrical soulfulness soulfuulness that pours out of you will have so much healing power that you may even make the ugly stuff less ugly. ugly. I’m betting that you will lift up everything you touch, touuch, nudging it in the direction dir ection of grace grace and elegance and a charm. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 23-Sept. 22): “Y “You Yoou miss m 100 per percent cent of the shots you don don’t’t take,”” says hockey ggr great Wayne Gretzky. reeat W aayne Gr etzky. words, shouldn’t’t be tim timid In other wor ds, you shouldn mid about shooting the worry about puck toward toward the goal.. Don’t Don’t wor ry ab bout whether you have Just enough skill or confidence or luck.. Ju ust take the damn shot. YYou’ll oou’ll never score score if you don’t don’t shoot.. Or so the theory goes. But an event in a recent recent pro prro hockey game showed there’s therre’s an exception to the rule. A New YYork oorkk player named Chris Kreider Kr reider e was guiding the puck with hhis stick as he skated towardd the Minnesota team’s goalie. Kreider towar team’s goalie e. But when Kr eider missed entirely. cocked and swung his stick, he miss sed the puck entir reelyy. whiffed. sliding He whiff ed.. And yet the puck kept sl liding slowly along all itself.f. It somehow flummoxed thee goalie, sneaking past by itself rule: him right into the net. Goal! New ru le: YYou oou miss only 99.9 percent per rcent c of the shots you don’t don’t take.. I believe you will soon from Virgo. benefit fr om this loophole, Vir rggo. LIBRA (Sept.. 23-Oct. 23-Oct. 22): If you ar aare re the type of person who wears gloves when you thr throw ow snowballs, s , Germans would call you Handschuhschneeba Handschuhschneeballwerfer allwerffeerr. They use the same word word as slang to mean “coward.” “cowardd.”” I’m hoping that

in the coming days dayys you won’t won’t display any behavior that would justify you being called Handschuhschneeballwerf Handschuhschneeballwerfer feerr. You Yoou need to bringg a raw, raw aw, direct, direct,, straightforward straightforward attitude to everything youu do. You buffers, You o shouldn’t shouldn’t rrely ely on any buff ers, surrogates, surrogates, or intermediaries. inteermediaries.. Metaphorically speaking, make sure sure that nothing noothing comes between your bare bare hands and the pure purre snow. snow w.

SCORPIO (O (Oct. ct. 23-Nov. 23-Nov. 21): In his song “4th of July July,, Asbury Park (Sandy),” Asburyy P ark (Sa ndy),” y Bruce Springsteen p g mentions a disappointing development. “That waitr waitress ess I was seeing lost her desire d e ffor desir or me,” he sings. “She said she won’t herself firee ffor anymore.” won’t set he erself on fir or me anymor e.”” I’m assuming nothing nothing like that has happened to you recently, theree recentlyy, Scorpio. Scorpioo. Just the opposite: I bet ther are creatures theree who would set are attractive attractive cr reatures out ther themselves on fire fi fire for for you. If for for some reason reason this isn’t fixx the pr problem! isn’t true, fi oblem! YYou ou o have a cosmic mandate to be incomparably i incompar ably irresistible. irresistible. SAGITTAR SAGITTARIUS RIUS (Nov (Nov.. 22 22-Dec. -Dec. 21): “Some people from,” character say home is where wheere you come fr om,”” says a char acter in KKatie atie Kacvinsky’s Kacvinskky’s novel A Awaken waken. “But I think it it’s ’s a place you need to it’s t find, like it ’s scattered scattered and you pick pieces of it up aalong way.” That’s ’s an idea I invite long the way .” That you to act on in the coming week weeks, s, Sagittarius. It will be moree about where b an excellent ll t ttime ti to t discover di mor b t wher h e you belong and who you belong with. And the best way to do that is to be aggr search aaggressive essive as you sear ch ffar ar and wide for for clues, even inn seemingly unlikely places that maybe you would neverr guess contain scr scraps aps of home. CAPRICORN N (Dec. 22 22-Jan. -Jan. 19): What wor words ds bring the most pointss in the game of Scrabble? Scrabble? Expert Christopher SSwenson weenson says that among the top scorers scor ers are are “piezoelectrical” “piezoelectrical”” and “ubiquitarianism”— “ubiquitarianism”— boardd that assuming ffavorable avorable a placements on the boar letter wordd scor scores. bring double let tter and triple wor es. The first wordd can poten potentially wor tially net 1,107 1,107 points, and the second Theree ar aree metaphorical clues her here, 1,053. Ther e, CCapricorn, apricorn, might ffor or how you mig ght achieve maximum success in the next phase of the thhe game of life. life. You Yoou should be wellinformed inf ormed about the rules rules, including their unusual corollaries cor ollaries and loopholes. l Be rready eady to call on expert help and specialized specialized knowledge. Assume Assume that greatest aree willing to plan your luck will bee gr eatest if you ar nonstandardd ga gambits tricks. nonstandar ambits and try bold trick s. AQUARIUS S (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Sorry Sorry to report report that you won’t the won’t win th he lottery this week. It’s It’s also unlikely that you will score score an unrecognized unrecognized Rembrandt Rembrandt painting for for a few few dollars at a thrift store store or discover that you have inherited a chinchilla farm farm in Peru Peru or stumble upon a stash of gold g coins half-buried in the woods. On the other hand, you y may get provocative provocative clues about how you could increase inncrease your cash flow. flow. To To ensure ensure you will notice those clues when they arrive, arrive, drop drop your expectations about aboout where where they might come from. from. PISCES (Feb.. 19-March 19-March 20): Avery, Avery v y, a character character in Michaels’’ novel Anne Michaels n The Winter V Vault aault, has a unique way of seeing. When he arrives W arrives in a place for for the first time, he “makes “makes room room for for it in his heart.”” He “lets himself be altered” altered” e ” by it. At At one point in the story he visits an old Nubian Nubbian city in Egypt and is overwhelmed overwhelmed by its exotic beauty. beauuty. Its brightly colored colored houses are are like “shouts “shouts of joy,” joyy,” ,” like like “gardens “gardens springing up in the sand after a rainfall.” drinking in the sights, he marvels, rainfall.”” After A marvels, “It will take all my m life life to learn what I have seen today.” today.” Everything I just described is akin to experiences you could have in thee coming weeks, an you make weeks, Pisces. CCan room room in your heart heaart for for the dazzle?

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ARIES (Mar (March ch 21-April 19): The battles you’ve been waging these last 10 months havee been worthy of you. They’ve tested your mettle and grown grown your courage. courage. But I suspect that your relationship relationship with these battles is due for for a shift. In the future future they may m not serve serve you as well as they have up until now. now. At At the very least, you will need to al alter It’s ter your strategy strategy and tactics. tacctics. It ’s also possible that now is the time to leave them m behind entirely—to entirely—to graduate graduate from from them and search search for for o a new cause that will activate the next phase of your p you y ur evolution as an enlightened warrior. warrior. What do you think?

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