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The Water Diviners

The Water Diviners

Conjunctive use is being touted by the city’s advisory committee as the last great hope for Santa Cruz’s water supply. But will it work, and at what cost?

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What’s In Store

What’s In Store

New Leaf Community Markets celebrates its 30th anniversary with a block party this weekend. Co-founder and president Scott Roseman talks about how he set out to change the world, and the changes in his own life after New Leaf’s sale

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Special Publications

Dilated Pupil

Dilated Pupil

In our last issue of Dilated Pupil, things got kind of … weird. I mean, we interviewed the UCSC banana slug mascot, and he talked about how living on campus helped him to come out as a hermaphrodite—“twice the junk at half the speed” is I believe how he put it.

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An A-Z Guide to Santa Cruz Restaurant Week

An A-Z Guide to Santa Cruz Restaurant Week

515

515 Cedar St., Santa Cruz

425-5051, 515santacruz.com

For Restaurant Week, 515 is taking the local ingredients they already use and making entirely new menu items. Sous chef Jessica Carlson explains, “We are going to have fun, while staying true to ourselves. We want our regulars to be excited about trying new stuff.” Carlson recommends such unique dishes as the saffron seafood risotto, with sustainable prawns, mussels and calamari; and the grilled New York strip steak, which will feature a demi glaze.

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Hot in Here

Hot in Here

This ain’t no Burning Man—the MAH’s GLOW festival flames on

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Making a Scene

Making a Scene

As it celebrates its 30th year, Santa Cruz County’s Open Studios is one of the most successful in the country—and a make-or-break event for many local artists

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At Clothes Range

At Clothes Range

FashionART’s 10th anniversary show introduces a new generation of designers on the edge

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Jazz EPICenter

Jazz EPICenter

In celebration of the Kuumbwa Jazz Center’s 40th anniversary, a look back at how it shook up the jazz world

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Our Big Ideas

Our Big Ideas

10 Santa Cruz inventions that spread all over—and even changed—the world

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Special Publications

Food & Drink 2015

Food & Drink 2015

Hard economic times make for a lean dining scene, but by the same token, the seeds of recovery usually take root in the restaurant landscape before they can be seen in other sectors. When people have money to spend again, their hunger for interesting tastes returns as well, and in Santa Cruz, empty spaces are being filled and local favorites are expanding to meet this budding demand. Christina Waters documents these changes in this issue, and local foodies will be happy to see the spaces vacated by Benten and Louie’s Cajun Kitchen opening again with concepts that will add new dimensions to Santa Cruz dining.

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You Are What You Post

You Are What You Post

Online personality algorithms put astrological profiles to shame, but UCSC psychologists are raising questions about sharing personal data

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Heart Me Up

In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Making Dreams

Coen brothers salute vintage Hollywood in sly comedy ‘Hail, Caesar!’
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Pub Watch

Mega gastro pub-in-progress at the Old Sash Mill, plus the best pasta dish downtown

 

How do you know love is real?

When you feel the groove in your heart and you’re inspired to dance. Becca Bing, Boulder Creek, Teacher

 

Temple of Umami

Watsonville’s Miyuki is homestyle cooking, Japanese-style

 

How would you stop people from littering?

Teach them from the time that they’re small that it’s not an appropriate behavior. Juliet Jones, Santa Cruz, Claims Adjuster