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Wizards of Awe

Wizards of AweThe Nick/Del Mar digital upgrade brings the future of movies to Santa Cruz

You may not have noticed, but a revolution occurred in the Santa Cruz arts scene last December. While you were out Christmas shopping, the busy elves at the Nickelodeon and Del Mar theatres were taking a giant leap into the future of movie presentation.

Gone are the huge reels of 35 millimeter film, whirring away with a clattering of sprockets. In their place, the four Nickelodeon and three Del Mar auditoriums have now been converted to all-digital sound and picture projection. If you didn't notice, that was the point: they managed to make the conversion pretty seamless for the public, only cancelling a few matinees here and there to get the new equipment in. 
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City Slackers

City SlackersAdrift urbanites try commune life in lightweight 'Wanderlust'

The back-to-nature movement takes another hit in Wanderlust, a new comedy about an old subject: hectic urban values vs. the simple life. Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as a couple of city mice temporarily detoured into a rural free-love commune straight out of Easy Rider. Although it seems like a haven at first, director David Wain (who co-wrote the script with actor Ken Marino) soon strips away the veneer of grooviness to reveal the usual Hollywood clichés: hypocritical hippies, opportunism, and self-righteousness. It's like Martha Marcy May Marlene played for laughs.
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Film, Times & Events: Week of Mar 1

Film, Times & Events: Week of Mar 1

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Silent night

Silent nightAudacious 'Artist' poised to make big noise at 84th Academy Awards

Imagine my surprise to find so many of my favorite movies of 2011 up for major Academy Awards this year. Are my tastes becoming more mainstream, or is the Academy getting a clue? But whichever, some surprises in the pre-Oscar awards season and the usual free-for-all resulting from nine Best Picture nominations, ought to make for a lively Oscar show. Time to dust off the ol' crystal ball and make a few fearless predictions.

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Film, Times & Events: Week of Feb 24

Film, Times & Events: Week of Feb 24

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Great Divides

Great Divides

Oscar-worthy 'A Separation' a nuanced, vivid mosaic of life in modern Iran

If you had to decide between keeping your family together under impossible circumstances, or emigrating alone to a new place with more opportunities to make a better life for your child, which would you choose? Such is the central dilemma that fuels in A Separation, an absorbing, and powerful Iranian domestic drama from filmmaker Asghar Farhadi. Eloquent and well-reasoned, it's a peek under the burkha cloaking private life in modern Iran. Farhadi views his subject with a thoughtful humanity that makes this film the front runner for this year's Foreign Language Academy Award.

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Film, Times & Events: Week of Feb 17

Film, Times & Events: Week of Feb 17

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Dancing Queen

Dancing QueenChoreographer Bausch celebrated in wildly invigorating 'Pina'

The late, legendary German dancer/choreographer Pina Bausch is the subject of Pina, an utterly thrilling cinematic tribute by Wim Wenders. "You always felt more than just human, working with Pina," recalls one of her dancers, and this is more than just a documentary, or a dance film, or a memorial. Wenders crafts an extraordinary plunge into the mystery of the creative process, a visionary concept film that reinvents the way dance is viewed onscreen, and a wildly invigorating expedition into the soul of an artist.
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Film, Times & Events: Week of Feb 9

Film, Times & Events: Week of Feb 9

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Secrets and Lies

Secrets and LiesTwo stars shine in nuanced, gender-bent 'Albert Nobbs'  

An odd mix of quaint and edgy, Albert Nobbs has a plot that often smacks of the creakiest kind of Victorian melodrama. Yet at other times, the story feels startlingly modern, with its insights into gender confusion and sexual identity in turn-of-the-century Ireland. 
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Best of Santa Cruz 2015

In 40 years of publishing, Good Times has seen a lot of “bests.”

 

Spring Triangle: Three Spring Festivals—Aries, Taurus, Gemini

The Spring signs Aries, Taurus and Gemini constitute a triangle of force that sets the template for the nine signs that follow and the template for the entire year (Spring 2015 - Spring 2016) ahead. Aries initiates new ideas, Taurus stabilizes the new thinking of Aries and Gemini takes the initiating stabilized ideas of Aries/Taurus and disperses them to all of humanity. It is in this way that humanity learns new things, with the help of Mercury, the messenger. As Spring unfolds, three elements emerge: the Fire of Aries (initiating new ideas), the Earth of Taurus (anchoring the ideas of God through Mercury) and the Air of communicating Gemini. These three signs/elements are the Three Spring Festivals. They are the “triangle of force” forming the template (patterns) of energy for the upcoming new year. After these three we then have the soothing, calming, warming, nurturing and tending waters of the mother (Cancer). Cancer initiates our next season under the hot suns of summer. Planets, stars and signs create the Temple of Light directing humanity towards all things new. March 29 is Palm Sunday, when the Christ, World Teacher, was led into Jerusalem (City of Peace) on a donkey (humility). Palms waving above His head, signified recognition of the Christ’s divinity. Palm Sunday is the Sunday before the Easter (Resurrection Festival). Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, the week of capture, imprisonment, passion, sacrifice, crucifixion, death and resurrection of the christ. All events in the Christ’s life represent events (initiations) that humanity experiences through many lifetimes. We turn our attention to these holy events this week. Their concepts portray and reveal to us greater spiritual understanding. Then, Aries, the “light of life itself” shines through us.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Editor's Picks

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