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Who’s Nextie?

Who’s Nextie?

The annual salute to Santa Cruz’s entrepreneurial spirit expands, honoring locals with a range of goals and crusades

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Andrea Mollenauer

Andrea Mollenauer

For Andrea Mollenauer every night is a party—but not everyone would think so.

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Paul De Worken

Paul De Worken

Everywhere Paul De Worken goes, he sees blank walls.

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Monica Karst

Monica Karst

You get your first job, and then realize you have no idea how to file your taxes. You blow a tire on Highway 17 and haven’t a clue how to change it. You try to make your first pot of pasta (it’s the easiest food to make, they say) and boiling water floods the kitchen floor.

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Coffee Zombie Collective

Coffee Zombie Collective

There’s a video on YouTube from about 15 years ago of a band called the Real Jimmies, four young guys who used to busk on Pacific Avenue. One of them grew up to be Nate Lieby, the lead singer of Santa Cruz’s freakishly inventive cover band Coffee Zombie Collective.

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Martijn Stiphout

Martijn Stiphout

To most Santa Cruz residents, a pile of old wood on the side of the road is just trash. To Martijn Stiphout, founder of Ventana Surfboards and Supplies, it represents endless possibilities.

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Courtney Laschkewitsch

Courtney Laschkewitsch

The first time Courtney Laschkewitsch recalls wanting to be an entrepreneur, she was 4. By 6 years old, she’d gotten into the habit of ripping up pieces of paper so she could fold and tape them together to create prototypes of her product ideas, which were usually tables, chairs, desks, and kitchen appliances.

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Zines 2.0

Zines 2.0

How DIY culture—and the way we document it—is evolving

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An Excerpt from 'Speak Out'

An Excerpt from 'Speak Out'

[Editor’s Note: The following is from “One Sex Worker's Experience” by Anonymous, as collected in “Speak Out” and reprinted by permission.]

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In Black and White

In Black and White

Women in Santa Cruz use underground zine as a medium for a raw look at gendered violence

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I Was a Teenage Deadhead

Memories of life on tour, plus the truth about that legendary Santa Cruz Acid Test

 

I Build a Lighted House and Therein Dwell

Wednesday, June 24, Chiron turns stationary retrograde (we turn inward) at 21.33 degrees Pisces. We usually speak of “retrograde” when referring to Mercury. But all planets retrograde. Next month in July, Venus retrogrades. What is Chiron retrograde? Chiron represents the wound within all of us. Wounds have purpose. They sensitize us; make us aware of pain and suffering. Through our wounds we develop compassion. Through compassion we become whole (holy) again. Chiron helps develop these states of consciousness. Everyone carries a wound. Everyone carries family wounds (family astrology tracks the astrological “DNA” through generations). Chiron wounds are deep within. We’re often not aware of them until Chiron retrogrades. Then the wounds (through pain, hurt, sadness, suffering) become apparent. They seem to break us open emotionally, psychologically. Painful events from the past are remembered. They are brought to the present for healing. Through experiencing, talking about and deeply feeling what is hurting us, healing takes place. We begin to understand and bring healing to others. All week, Jupiter and Venus move closer together in the sky. They meet in Leo at the full moon, Cancer solar festival, on Wednesday, July 1. The Cancer keynote is, “I build a lighted house and therein dwell.” The soul’s light has finally penetrated the “womb” of matter. The New Group of World Servers is to radiate this light. At the end of each sign are keywords to use and remember during the Chiron retrograde.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of June 26

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Kickin' Chicken

Local kitchen alchemist Justin Williams is fast becoming a cult flavor master. His late-night wizardry, which began last fall delivering mainly to starving UCSC students, is catching on with taste buds beyond campus. Kickin’ Chicken delivers its spicy-sweet fried chicken and waffles to Westside residents between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. nightly. Or you can catch him and his brother and sister, Candice and Danny Mendoza, serving it up at their “Sunday Mass” at the Santa Cruz Food Lounge at 1001 Center St. in Santa Cruz. Using sous vide, a French method of cooking chicken in a water bath at a tightly controlled temperature, they then flash fry it for an amazingly crispy coat. Candice Mendoza spoke to GT about Kickin’ Chicken’s rise.

 

What’s a creative new approach to addressing summer beach litter?

Robotic dogs, with duct tape on their paws, that walk around picking up litter wherever they go. Joaquin Heinz, Santa Cruz, Barista

 

Pelican Ranch Winery

The most popular red wines found on store shelves are also those most commonly known, such as Pinot, Zinfandel and Merlot. But when you come across a more unusual varietal, like Pelican Ranch Winery’s Cinsault ($19), it opens up a whole new world. Cinsault is a grape that can tolerate heat, so it is found in countries with warmer climes such as Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, and France. It’s rare in California but grows well in places like Lodi—Silvaspoons Vineyard in this particular case—where it’s hot and dry. Often used as a blending grape, the silky Cinsault is just fine on its own.

 

Open Wide

Soif’s soft reboot leads to expanded menu, plus the ‘thinking woman’s ketchup’