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Arts, Entertainment, Dining, Calendar

Theater

Tripping

Tripping

Jewel Theatre’s ‘Harper Regan’ is a heady twist on the current extreme-adventure zeitgeist

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Literature

Witty Snicket

Witty Snicket

When he’s not writing immensely popular books for children, Daniel Handler turns his irreverent strangeness to novels

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A&E

Quilt Trip

Quilt Trip

Ann Baldwin May’s quilts are like abstract paintings

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Theater

All Eagles

All Eagles

UCSC Theater Group Channels Tuskegee Airmen in ‘Black Eagles’

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A&E

Be Our Guest: George Lopez

Be Our Guest: George Lopez

Comedian George Lopez is best known for his starring role in the sitcom George Lopez, which ran from 2002-2007, but his resume also includes author, stand-up comedian, producer, and talk show host.

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A&E

Elbow Grease

Elbow Grease

Dancers literally build the new show ‘Economies of Effort’

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A&E

Nature Reclaimed

Nature Reclaimed

‘Broken Halos’ explores a post-apocalyptic future, with an eye to the past

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A&E

Be Our Guest: BANFF Mountain Film Festival

Be Our Guest: BANFF Mountain Film Festival

Now in its 39th year, the Banff Mountain Film Festival has a rich history of taking audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on earth.

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Literature

Sherlock in Love

Sherlock in Love

Laurie King on writing romances for one of the most famous literary characters of all time

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A&E

Best of Pluck

Best of Pluck

Capitola’s Jennifer Cass on the good vibrations of the harp

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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’