Sleeping Beauty takes a nap, but it’s keeping things at SSC wide awake
Acting in a Shakespeare Santa Cruz production is a hard gig. In order to score a beloved spot in any of the revered company’s summer shows, your resume will probably need to be lengthy and impressive. So for the neophytes who are trying to break in, SSC is accommodating: The company offers “interns” choice spots (usually in the ensemble) in the summer repertory plays. During the winter season, SSC gives students even more stage time. In late November through December, in recent years, the company has offered an annual pantomime (a style of theater originating in England, which requires that male roles be played by females and vice versa, among other surprises). These pantomimes feature a cast that is heavily made up of UC Santa Cruz students.
Howard Dully writes a mind-bending memoir about his lobotomy
The year was 1960. Dr. Walter Freeman shoved two ice picks through 12-year-old Howard Dully’s eye sockets and scrambled his brains. Dully was known to be the youngest person to ever receive a transorbital lobotomy by the controversial doctor. And that was just one of Dully’s problems.
The 'What-the-Bleeper' shows the amazing union between water and thought
When it comes to H20, what you think about it matters, says water titan Masaru Emoto It came from the nether regions of somewhere else—that curious place or dimension that is difficult to describe. But there it was—an infinitesimal shiny purple heart on the beige carpet I was lying on during an early morning Bikram yoga class. Lovely, I thought. The titular icon of love had miraculously appeared before me. I used my index finger to pick it up. I kept the small heart-shaped spec there until an
Jane Fonda heads to Santa Cruz, memoir in tow
Editor’s Note: Good Times spoke with Jane Fonda over the phone while she was recently staying in Washington DC. The actress/activist will be in town on April 24 at the Rio Theatre, reading from her memoir, “My Life So Far,” and answering pre-submitted questions.
Love her or loathe her, Jane Fonda is a downright American icon: A two-time Academy Award winner, the daughter of entertainment royalty, a workout queen, “Hanoi Jane,” a feminist, a mom, Ted Turner’s former honey. In 67 years Fonda has packed in a lifetime of achievements, tragedies and some admitted mistakes.
Sister Helen Prejean of ‘Dead Man Walking’ pens another winning tale
A wing and a prayer might not stop the death penalty, but maybe a book will. And a Sister. The Catholic nun who ruffled political feathers when she penned the New York Times bestseller “Dead Man Walking,” is back on the road with a new book in stores and a visit to the Capitola Book Café on Jan. 21. No slouch, this nun is on a mission from God and she knows it. Namely: end the death penalty. She hopes to do this not only through numerous speaking engagements but also through her second recently released story, “The Death of Innocents.”
Boy, has the prolific Caroline Myss got a (sacred) contract for you
Caroline Myss doesn’t have a short answer for anything. OK. That may not be entirely true—not all the time anyway—but ask the acclaimed writer-speaker a question about life and our significance here, and Myss will most likely respond paragraphs at time.
Maybe it simply comes natural to Myss. Energized by what she calls spiritual “truths” and “knowledge, she can wax divine, ponder historic influences, write a string of bestsellers (“Anatomy of the Spirit,” “Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can”) and
Cirque du Soleil’s latest masterpiece hits San Jose
Words simply do not give Cirque du Soleil’s “Varekai” justice—although you could sum it up by calling it a sumptuous, exhilarating, jaw-dropping spectacle that leaves you breathless and feeling good. But, you cannot truly describe real art. It must be experienced. And, you really should experience “Varekai,” now playing in San Jose after a show-stopping turn in San Francisco.
The Cirque du Soleil mystique has been enthralling audiences worldwide for nearly