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Sunni Side Up

Sunni Side Up

How art can change the world: Renowned poet/activist Sunni Patterson speaks out

Celebrated spoken word artist, poet, and activist Sunni Patterson heads to UC Santa Cruz on Sunday, May 6, to take part in the sixth annual Birth of Word Festival, presented by Rainbow Theater. Prior to her visit, GT caught up with Patterson to discuss her craft, the role of an artist in today’s world, the culture of her hometown, New Orleans, and more.

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The Ticker

Remembering Derby Park

Remembering Derby Park

SANTA CRUZ > Facelift of historic skate park draws local nostalgia, ire, and some hasty negotiations by city officials

The face of one of the first public skate parks in the world is being replaced by four inches of rebar and concrete. Derby Skate Park, which was built in the 1970s, is a landmark of skateboarding history stationed on Santa Cruz’s Westside. Recently, Santa Cruz public officials felt that the timeworn curves and slopes of Derby had become too dangerous to allow.

“Derby Skate Park is undergoing a much needed resurfacing,” says Mauro Garcia, parks superintendent of the City of Santa Cruz. But Garcia noted that the community is, to put it mildly, miffed about the repairs.

“When Zack [Wormhoudt] went to the city to fight for his father’s park, the city told him that the bell had been rung,” says local skater Owen Commons. “[City councilmember] Ryan Coonerty wrote to my brother [and told him] that it was a foregone conclusion.”

 Skaters and community members were angry largely due to what they saw as poor communication by the city regarding the impending repairs. The city has changed tack recently, and has moved to work more closely with the local skating community following the rush of public outrage.

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Cowell Lime Works Botanical Tour

Cowell Lime Works Botanical Tour

SLUG REPORT > Botanical tour of historic district to be given by plant experts and historian

Plant experts Angel Guerzon and Suzanne Schettler and historian Frank Perry will be offering a guided botanical tour of the Cowell Lime Works this Saturday, May 5 on the UC Santa Cruz campus. The leisurely one-mile, two-hour walk will be interspersed with snippets of information from resident experts.

“We’ll be examining the district's garden plants and native vegetation, and learning what they tell us about the historical development of the site,” Perry says.

 

According to Perry, the lime works supplied lime for the building of San Francisco on the heels of the Gold Rush. Facts like these will be par for the course, along with others like “How big does a Monterey Cypress grow in 145 years?” (This answer, and others, will be provided on the tour.)

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A Step in Cancer Research

A Step in Cancer Research

SLUG REPORT >  New database built at UCSC allows for massive data storage, allowing for leap in cancer research

A large-scale data repository has just been built at UC Santa Cruz, bringing cancer researchers one step closer to a truly comprehensive biomedical cancer research database.

Funded by the National Cancer Institute, UCSC’s new Cancer Genomics Hub will allow researchers to manage and analyze the large quantities of gathered data necessary for precision treatment of cancer. UCSC bioinformatics expert David Haussler’s team established the hub, which is in an initial “beta” release.

 

“By providing researchers with comprehensive catalogs of the key genomic changes in many types of cancer, these efforts will support the development of more effective ways to diagnose and treat cancer,” Haussler said in a UCSC press release.

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Around Town Photos

Around Town Photos

A Dance Flash Mob, organized by Zumba instructors Angell Estrada and Jillian Chesley, excited the crowd at the Downtown Farmers Market at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25.

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Fool’s Gold

Fool’s Gold

Cabrillo College Theatre Arts Department taps zeitgeist with revised opera classic

Though it is tempting to compare the comedy of “The Mikada”—Kathryn Adkins’ lissome, literate, lavishly daffy redesign of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s “The Mikado”—to that of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, it would be a stretch of both the truth and the production’s very intention to do so.

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Santa Cruz Takes the Veg Pledge

Santa Cruz Takes the Veg Pledge

SANTA CRUZ > County supervisors issue proclamation declaring it 'VegWeek'

The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Compassion Over Killing has designated April 23 through 29 as national “VegWeek,” and Santa Cruz County is taking up the cause.

VegWeek is an annual event aimed at raising awareness about the purported benefits of vegetarianism by urging supporters to give up meat for one week. The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors showed support for the effort by issuing a proclamation officially declaring this week VegWeek in the county.

 

The proclamation was signed on Thursday, April 19 by Board of Supervisors Chair John Leopold, who caught wind of the VegWeek campaign after speaking with one of his constituents. In the proclamation, Leopold encourages county residents “to participate by choosing vegetarian foods as a way to protect their health, the planet and animals.” The proclamation also acknowledges that a vegetarian diet can decrease the risk of “heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and various cancers.”

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Around Town Photos

Around Town Photos

GT's photo intern, Sal Ingram, captured some of the action at the Second Annual Week of the Child Children's Parade and Free Family Fun Fair in this installment of "Around Town."

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Battling Bullying

Battling Bullying

SANTA CRUZ > Screening of documentary Bully and accompanying workshop to be held at the Del Mar Theatre

A special screening of the documentary Bully will take place at the Del Mar Theatre on Tuesday, April 24 at 11:30 a.m. A free parenting workshop on handling bullying issues will follow from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Both the screening and the workshop are courtesy of a partnership between the Del Mar Theatre and the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P).

Tripe P is a local parent education program through First 5 Santa Cruz County that offers free workshops, seminars, and group and individual consultations in both English and Spanish. The program was established two years ago to promote healthier, stronger families locally. (You can read more about the program in this previous GT blog.)

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Rockers Pizza Calls a Meeting

Rockers Pizza Calls a Meeting

SANTA CRUZ > Neighborhood meeting scheduled for Rockers Pizza Kitchen

Rockers Pizza Kitchen may not be around for much longer if the City of Santa Cruz gets its way. Served with a violation of Santa Cruz municipal codes Section 108.4 and Section 24.10.100 for installing an illegal take-out window, the future of the business is at stake.

Owner Paul Gerhardt intends to contest the issue, saying that the window was installed by the previous tenant, Pleasure Pizza. Gerhardt has called for a “neighborhood meeting” with local business owners, to be held at the Catalyst Atrium on Tuesday, April 17 at 6 p.m.

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Entering Virgo

Sun entering Virgo brings a sign and element change, from Leo’s fire to Virgo’s practical earth. Food, health, grains, service and small animals are in the news and on our minds. It’s one month till autumn. Pumpkins and persimmons are ripening. Venus is in Leo. We radiate warmth; we’re generous, playful and affectionate. Everyone shows off in an ardent, passionate, warm-hearted, romantic and over-dramatic way, reflecting Leo’s fiery nature. Think of life as Shakespeare wrote: life is a play, we are its actors on the same stage together.

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of August 22

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >

 

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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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

 

Clowning Around With Armitage Chardonnay

Four of us headed to Brandon Armitage’s new tasting room in Aptos Village recently to try his well-made wines.

 

Locavores Only

Farm dinners at Route 1 Farms and the Homeless Garden Project expand the revolution