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Literature

Mountain High

Mountain HighRevered author Charles Frazier comes down off the mountain for
a talk in Santa Cruz about his new book, ‘Thirteen Moons’


There are few big league writers who can score something like an $8 million advance for their sophomore book. Charles Frazier is among the select few. He might even be the one-and-only. In 1997 his first book, “Cold Mountain,” was published. The novelist was quickly ushered into the A-list. His book became a massive bestseller, he won the National Book Award for it and the story went on to hit the big screen, starring Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Renee Zellweger, who won an Oscar. Now, in 2006,
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Theater

Sweet Sleep

Sweet Sleep

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.

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Literature

His Lobotomy

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.

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Literature

Masaru Emoto: Generate Good Thoughts

Masaru Emoto: Generate Good Thoughts

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

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Literature

The Casting Couch

The Casting Couch Two of Hollywood’s biggest casting directors
share their stories with Santa Cruz at the Capitola Book Cafe


When Julia Roberts glided into her Mystic Pizza audition, she was completely unprepared, and a little rough around the edges. But nonetheless, the divine Ms. Roberts was imbued with magic—the type of stuff that stars are made of. Casting director Jane Jenkins sent the pretty woman home and told her to come back the next day, better prepared and dressed for the part. Roberts did just that. And she landed the role, which ratcheted her up a notch in Hollywood. While Steel Magnolias gave her an Oscar, and Pretty Woman made her a bonafide star, Mystic Pizza was unarguably Roberts’ breakthrough role. She might want to send a thank you note to Jenkins and her casting partner, Janet Hirshenson.
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Literature

Her Story Thus Far

Her Story Thus Far

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.

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Literature

Some Heart, Some Soul

Some Heart, Some Soul

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.”

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Literature

Caroline Myss Gets Sacred

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

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Theater

Voracious Varekai

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

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Mars Enters Scorpio: The Nine Tests

Over the years I’ve mentioned the nine tests of Mars and Scorpio. The tests are given to everyone—unawakened, beginning to awaken, and the awakened. The purpose is to test our strength, courage, ability to adapt, discriminate and have discernment. To see if we are deceived by illusion or are “warriors triumphant, emerging from the battle.”

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 25

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >

 

The Maestra Returns

Cabrillo Festival’s Marin Alsop is back to ‘rock the boat of tradition’
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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

 

Muns Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir

This vivacious cherry-pink Rosé is a simply beautiful summer wine.

 

Time is Ripe

Local fruit harvests hit markets, Storrs Winery celebrates ‘Best White’, and a salt fix from heaven