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Obsessive Beauty

AHAVA, Baby

AHAVA, Baby

If you’re an avid reader of Obsessive Beauty, you’ve already heard about the make up and skin care godsend in Santa Cruz called Beauty 360—a sensational emporium packed with lotions and potions galore. My fellow blogger Christa Martin and I have been testing out the sumptuous products. In fact, our only complaint may well be that there are so many choices that it is difficult to know where to begin. That’s why we’ve decided to road test a smattering of brands and products, virtual test rats as you will, to save you the wrinkles you may have gotten had you raised your eyebrows trying to make such decisions.

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CultureBeat

Sacramento’s 2nd Saturday Art Walk

Sacramento’s 2nd Saturday Art Walk

This past weekend I arrived in Sacramento just in time to enjoy Sacramento’s 2nd Saturday Art Walk.  The event was started by artist Michael Himovitz over 20 years ago as a way to bring art lovers together once a month.  Michael passed away 15 years ago, but his legacy lives on in a monthly event that now draws several thousand people each month.  The streets were lined with musicians, artists and vendors everywhere I went.  By nightfall there were thousands of people in the streets (which the city closes off) all with that celebratory air about them.

I met with Lucas Himovitz, Michael’s son, to get a tour of the various activities that take place each month.  We went to four or five galleries, all of which were packed with people and ironically, by 2nd Saturday standards gallery owners thought it was a slow night.  As the organizer of Santa Cruz’ s First Friday Art Tour I was amazed at how many people were out enjoying both the local art and the street party atmosphere.  I met several local bands that had set up in parking lots and allies who have been playing the same spot for years and making a livelihood. Art sales were brisk and everyone was well behaved, even with a minor police presence.  Makes you wonder. This week I will be heading to Napa, Sonoma and Mendicino.  See you on the road.

CultureBeat

We'll Miss You Harvey

We'll Miss You Harvey

 

"It makes you feel good to know that there’s other people afflicted like you." -

Harvey Pekar 1939 - 2010


Harvey Pekar was known for being many things: A writer, record collector, husband, father, grouch - but more than anything else he was known simply for being himself. I first became aware of American Splendor (Pekar's long running autobiographical comic strip) when the brilliant movie adaptation came out back in 2003 and I was immediately fascinated by his unique approach to a medium more well known for ripped up good guys beating up on ripped up bad guys. Alternatively, American Splendor focused on the mundane everyday aspects of life and the accompanying frustration that was inevitable. To put it in Harvey's own words: "Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff," and within the pages of his book it was that and much more.

 

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The Ticker

Farmland Forever

Nearly 1,000 acres of prime Pajaro Valley farmland are to be forever used for agriculture, thanks to conservation easement agreements with the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. The protection was formally announced at a July 10 dedication ceremony, and will ensure the Borina Lands, as well as a few other private South Santa Cruz County agricultural properties, will continue to be rich farmland for the county. A Land Trust press release also said, “Their protected status serves as a buffer against urban development east of Watsonville.”
Obsessive Beauty

The Thistle in the Kiss

The Thistle in the KissOn Friday, July 9, a team of innovative designers changed the face of fashion forever in Santa Cruz, in a powerful, dynamic, creative, inspired, gorgeous way. With the incarnation of The Thistle in the Kiss fashion show at Stripe, a popular clothing, jewelry, and house wares boutique in Downtown Santa Cruz, we saw fierce fashion hit the runway in a show like nothing we’ve seen here prior. It felt like you were a privileged invitee at a top-notch runway show at Bryant Park. And there at the center of everything was apparel designer Alexis Meschi of Lex Designs and accessories designer Terry McInerney of Nuala. Together, the pair joined creative forces with the staff of Stripe, who created an original line of jewelry for the show, and the team threw an unforgettable fashion show that will be gushed about for a long time.
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The Ticker

UCSC Cuts Rape Prevention Education

After 30 years of serving UCSC sexual assault victims, the program for Rape Prevention Education has been disbanded due to budget cuts. The news that Rape Prevention Education Coordinator Gillian Greensite would have a different job next year, educating about STIs, pregnancy and alcohol—all of which she has no experience teaching—came on Thursday, June 3, during a meeting with UCSC administrators. Since the program’s dissolution, Greensite has retired and a Facebook Coalition to Save UCSC Rape Prevention Education has formed in protest with 1,185 members as of press time. Nina Milliken, the group’s leader, posted the following statement to the coalition’s Facebook page: “UCSC’s Rape Prevention Education Center is a vitally important resource for the hundreds of women (and men) at UCSC who have experienced a (or many) sexual assault(s). Rape survivors, partners of rape survivors, friends of rape survivors, and family members of rape survivors will have no where to turn for good advice. We need to fight this!”

CultureBeat

The vastness and the beauty

The vastness and the beauty

We have been on the road for almost 7 weeks now and have finally made it through the desert after enduring temperatures of well over 100 degrees for weeks.  The desert with all of it’s beauty, takes a toll on both the vehicle and the individual.  Surprisingly, more people live in the desert year round than I would have ever suspected and they have figured out how to incorporate the heat into their lives.

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Obsessive Beauty

Zap Those Zits

Zap Those Zits

As an acne sufferer for the last 20 years, I've been plagued by bumpy skin, cysts, white heads, peeling skin, the gamut of acne problems. I've tried prescription medications, topical products, and even antibiotics. Never in all that time has my skin looked clear and beautiful—until seven months ago. I always had some sort of a blemish at all times. At the beginning of 2010, I decided to switch up my entire skin care routine. Sick of using pricey products with minimal results, I did extensive research on what else was out there. In my search, I found a line, Mario Badescu, whose testimonials from real customers outshone those of Proactive and the other anti-acne lines. In the seven months that I've been using the line, I've had very few zits. The reason this line works on my skin (I think) is that it balances out the usage of harsh products like salicylic acid with healing properties like Balsam Peru.

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CultureBeat

Grind Out Hunger

Grind Out Hunger

Over the last year the momentum for locally grown skateboard charity Grind Out Hunger has been accelerated considerably. What has started out as an opportunity to get local school children involved in raising awareness of childhood hunger has began to take on a life of its own. Grind Out Hunger was founded in 2003 with the guidance of Second Harvest Food Bank and the goal was to simply improve the Holiday Food Drive and its relationship with the kids at their schools. Grind Out Hunger exists on a platform of live speaking engagements in the schools spreading altruism, whichever elementary, middle or high school that raises the most pounds of food per student will win gift certificates to Santa Cruz Skate Shop (Skateworks is now on board for the 2010-2011 season!!) and a Grind Out Hunger skateboard trophy designed by legendary artist Jimbo Phillips.

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The Ticker

Bringing Antarctica to You

Bringing Antarctica to You

Waking up on a recent morning in Santa Cruz that was so foggy the streets had puddles, I thought about what to pack for my upcoming expedition to the driest, windiest, coldest, and most extreme continent in the world, Antarctica. What will I need? How will I survive? What’s it going to be like? Soon I’ll find out and so will you. And we’ll learn so much more. We’ll have the opportunity to observe research under the ice of Antarctica as it’s being done and to follow along as scientists try to measure and understand changes in seafloor communities. We’ll watch them SCUBA dive and use underwater robots to take pictures and videos, collect specimens, and get data. We’ll learn about the logistics of getting to remote spots on the most remote continent in the world. We’ll get the inside scoop of what it actually means to do research and what scientists are doing to understand climate change, ecology, and extreme environments.

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On the Run

Is there hope for California’s salmon?

 

Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey

Monday, Feb. 8, is Aquarius new moon (19 degrees) and Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey (an imaginative, intelligent and vigilant creature). Monkey is bright, quick, lively, quite naughty, clever, inquiring, sensible, and reliable. Monkey loves to help others. Often they are teachers, writers and linguists. They are very talented, like renaissance people. Leonardo Da Vinci was born in the year of Monkey. Monkey contains metal (relation to gold) and water (wisdom, danger). 2016 will be a year of finances. For a return on one’s money, invest in monkey’s ideas. Metal is related to wind (change). Therefore events in 2016 will change very quickly. We must ponder with care before making financial, business and relationship changes. Fortune’s path may not be smooth in 2016. Finances and business as usual will be challenged. Although we develop practical goals, the outcomes are different than hoped for. We must be cautious with investments and business partnership. It is most important to cultivate a balanced and harmonious daily life, seeking ways to release tension, pressure and stress to improve health and calmness. Monkey is lively, flexible, quick-witted, and versatile. Their gentle, honest, enchanting yet resourceful nature results often in everlasting love. Monkeys are freedom loving. Without freedom, Monkey becomes dull, sad and very unhappy. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), the Chinese official title of Marquis (noble person) was pronounced ‘Hou,’ the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. Monkey was thereby bestowed with auspicious (favorable, fortunate) meaning. Monkey years are: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.  

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of February 5

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Wine and Chocolate

West Cliff Wines gets its game on, plus a brand new chocolate cafe on Center Street

 

How would you stop people from littering?

Teach them from the time that they’re small that it’s not an appropriate behavior. Juliet Jones, Santa Cruz, Claims Adjuster

 

Dancing Creek Winery

New Zinfandel Port is a ruby beauty

 

Venus Spirits

Changing law could mean new opportunity for local spirits