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High Spirits

High Spirits

World-music legend Angélique Kidjo performs at the Rio on the heels of a new album and book

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Radical Movement

Radical Movement

Third Friday’s ‘Art That Moves’ showcases scribbler’s unorthodox philosophy

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Planks for the Memories

Planks for the Memories

In honor of Woodies on the Wharf June 21, a look back at how surfers saved an American classic 

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Ron Jones: Lens Craft

Ron Jones: Lens Craft

Prizefighter handsome, Ron Jones has been making pictures most of his life.

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Building Harmony

Building Harmony

Folk duo the Milk Carton Kids takes success one step at a time

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When I’m 65

When I’m 65

Santa Cruz celebrates the Rio Theatre’s anniversary 

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Altered State

Altered State

Santa Cruz’s Camper Van Beethoven take California fetish to BottleRock

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Public Images

Public Images

First Friday Santa Cruz celebrates its 10th anniversary 

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The Virtuoso

The Virtuoso

Irene Herrmann lives the sound of music  

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Are the Kids All Right?

Are the Kids All Right?

Gia Coppola on youthful indiscretion and her debut film ‘Palo Alto

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Mercury Enters Libra

It’s the week of Burning Man, the temporary, intentional, alternative, art-filled community on the playas of Nevada. Mercury, messenger of the Sun, enters Libra this week. Libra is the equalizer, a sign of balance and right human relations. Sometimes with Libra, we can be indecisive and confused while learning how to make balanced and right choices. Sometimes to keep the peace we communicate only what others want to hear. Eventually, we learn how to speak from the heart.

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Banter and Spark

Engaging actors, wry script distinguish lightweight rom-com ‘What If’

 

Back to Silicon Beach

With a new wave of startups, the future of Santa Cruz tech looks more promising than ever
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Himalayan Kitchen

Chef Purna Regmi on the secrets of Nepalese cooking

 

What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone this week?

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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

 

A Cab To Be Coveted

I first tasted Villa del Monte’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at a Fourth of July party, where the hosts had bought a case of it because they love it and didn’t want to run out. It’s one of those wines that will grab you—in the best way—with its full body and rich fruit characteristics.