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Sol Survivor

Sol Survivor

For his 3,000th show, local promoter Michael Horne debuts the two-day Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival

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Animated Life

Animated Life

Larry Cuba’s algorithmic graphics blend the world of mathematics into cutting-edge digital art

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Literature

Lady Luck

Lady Luck

Amy Bloom follows the twists of hope and desire in ‘Lucky Us’

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Walk Together, Mock Together

Walk Together, Mock Together

Santa Cruz native Joe Sib goes from one-man punk show to stand-up

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Theater

Time of Our ‘Wives’

Time of Our ‘Wives’

Santa Cruz Shakespeare hits new comic heights with ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’

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Art Files: Opposites Attract

Art Files: Opposites Attract

Using found objects, Victoria May seeks beauty in dichotomy and tension, the creepy and absurd

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Literature

Hooked for Life

Hooked for Life

Lisa Jensen’s new adult fantasy explores a new twist on Neverland

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Doubting Harris

Doubting Harris

Ian Harris doesn’t care what you think—he’s just going to make fun of it

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Theater

What's Not to Like?

What's Not to Like?

Shakespeare returns to the Festival Glen with ‘As You Like It’ 

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Art Files: Heart of Glass

Art Files: Heart of Glass

Local glassblower Peter Vizzusi has found a following with his unique creations

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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?

Germany  |  Beekeeper

 

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.