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American Music

American Music

Chris Isaak and Gregg Allman trace back the roots of their sound as they headline the Santa Cruz Blues Festival on Memorial Day weekend

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A Long Way from Opportunity

A Long Way from Opportunity

Santa Cruz activists pushing for a sanctuary camp for the homeless have a model in Eugene’s Opportunity Village—but can they find the same success?

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Control Issues

Control Issues

As she comes to Santa Cruz to speak at this week’s Anthropocene Conference, science fiction legend Ursula K. Le Guin tells GT how her life and work have been affected by Taoism and anarchism.

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Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

The 2014 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll

Come on in, and have a look around. There’s a lot to see—hundreds of winners selected by thousands of GT readers across Santa Cruz County. So if some of this looks familiar, it’s probably because you helped make it happen. But there are always new things to discover, too—you could go to a different winner or runner-up every day in the Food and Drink category alone, and you’d be booked just about until next year’s Best of Santa Cruz County issue comes out.

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Best of Santa Cruz The Rest

Best of Santa Cruz The Rest

Best Doggie Daycare

Bed and Biscuits
Fur couture
Their grooming offerings include rhinestone bling that can be affixed to dogs’ ears, and temporary tattoos.

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Best of Santa Cruz Arts and Entertainment

Best of Santa Cruz Arts and Entertainment

Best Band

Requiem for the Dead

Listen Up18: The amount of shows Requiem for the Dead, since forming in 2012, has played—including six in Santa Cruz.

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Best of Santa Cruz Food and Drink

Best of Santa Cruz Food and Drink

Best Brunch

Harbor Cafe

The Harbor Café has been a Santa Cruz institution for more than 50 years.

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Best of Santa Cruz Health and Fitness

Best of Santa Cruz Health and Fitness

Best CrossFit Gym

CrossFit Santa Cruz

CrossFit focuses on functional movements done at high intensity with lots of variance. It combines weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardiovascular activities in as many ways as possible.

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Best of Santa Cruz Shops

Best of Santa Cruz Shops

Best Bicycle Shop

Bicycle Trip

Project Bike sells about 900 bikes a year and services more than 3,000.

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Best of Santa Cruz Critics' Picks

Best of Santa Cruz Critics' Picks

Best Cute Overload

Beau and Theo’s Nap Habit

In the fall of 2013, the Shyba family adopted a 7-week-old puppy from the Santa Cruz SPCA. Theo, as he came to be called, had been abandoned as a baby along with his siblings. Upon moving in with the local family, Theo immediately began napping with the family’s son, Beau, who was not quite 2 years old. The rest—as they say—is history.

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Whether you live by the Vogue bible or choose to go into your day wearing what you slept in, odds are you wear clothes.

 

The Thought Form of Solution

It’s our last week of Leo before the sun enters Virgo (next Friday/Saturday). The planets this week make complex patterns and relationships (vibrational cadences and rhythms) with the outer planets, mainly Neptune—the planet that veils, obscures, protects and finally refines us. Neptune offers us entrance into a deeply spiritual sense of comfort and solace. Neptune is the personality ruler of Pisces (saviors of the world) and soul ruler of Cancer (world mother). “The fish goddesses who leapt from earth (Virgo) to water (Pisces) unitedly give birth to the Fish God (Christ, the Soul) who introduces the waters of life  (Neptune & Aquarius) into the ocean of substance (matter, mother bringing light to the world. Thus does Neptune work.” (Esoteric Astrology).

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Cultures Collide

No surprises, but lots to savor in foodie film ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’
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Foodie File: Kauboi

Japanese-Western themed unites sushi with whiskey and beefgrill

 

How should Santa Cruz develop downtown around the San Lorenzo River?

Santa Cruz | Artist/Show Promoter

 

Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Have Mercy!

Looking for a frisky summer wine at a reasonable price? Look no further than Mercy Vineyards’ 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($20). Richly textured “with an exotic flavor profile,” the wine reveals aromas of honeydew melon and honeysuckle, with anise appearing as a star attraction. Smidgeons of pineapple and honeycomb add a touch of sexiness to this well-balanced, easy-drinking wine, which pairs well with a variety of cuisine —especially ceviche, calamari and other not-too-heavy foods.