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The Five-Year Itch

The Five-Year Itch

Marital drama stumbles in atmospheric 'Take This Waltz' 

Is there something innately unsatisfying about long-term married love? Does familiarity breed contempt or content? These are some of the issues raised in Take This Waltz, the second feature film directed by Canadian actress Sarah Polley. (The first was the poised, heartbreaking Away From Her.)

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Film, Times & Events: Week of July 19th

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 19th

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Water Baby

Water Baby

6-year-old heroine galvanizes bayou survival fable, 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' 

It's one of the most common plotlines there is: finding one's place in the Universe. But rarely has a coming-of-age story been told with such engrossing originality as in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

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Film, Times & Events: Week of July 12

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 12

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Heart in the Highlands

Heart in the Highlands

Mother, daughter bond in fresh, funny, feminist 'Brave' 

There are so many fairy tales that feature a wicked stepmother, or absent or negligent parents, it's refreshing to see one devoted to the loving, if sometimes fraught, relationship between a mother and daughter.

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Film, Times & Events: Week of July 5th

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 5th

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Film, Times & Events: Week of June 28

Film, Times & Events: Week of June 28

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Real ‘People’

Real ‘People’

Chris Pine opens up about chance moments, lessons learned and the cool factor of his new film ‘People Like Us’ ALSO Writer-director Alex Kurtzman on ‘People Like Us’

Writer-director Alex Kurtzman’s new film People Like Us (★★★out of four) is one of those rare big screen comedy-dramas that manages to effectively pull you into its universe—and keep pulling you in deeper until you cannot help but care about the people who occupy it.

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Film, Times & Events: Week of June 21st

Film, Times & Events: Week of June 21st

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Soft ‘Rock’

Soft ‘Rock’

Any way you want it? Not quite. Try as it might, ‘Rock of Ages’ never quite finds the right rhythm. 

Like soft porn, Rock of Ages teases our pop culture erogenous zones but never really rises to the occasion. Oh, it tries, and the film can be fun—it’s not that hard to fall in love with the spirited ’80s song list here, after all—but ultimately, it’s a clunky, lugubrious mess, and you find yourself more interested in watching this musical train actually wreck right before your eyes than caring about the principal players on board. (Grease 2 comes to mind; see also 2011’s Footloose reboot.)

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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’