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A Weekend in Wine Country

A Weekend in Wine Country

A luxurious and tasty stay in Paso Robles
I’ve been on a red wine kick lately (and if you aren’t, also, I recommend picking up the habit). I’m also always on the lookout for easy weekend getaways—and considering my recent wine fetish, where better to visit than Paso Robles, Calif., where the wine flows like water? Centrally located between the Bay Area and Los Angeles, the sleepy Old Western style town has a booming wine industry that’s giving Napa a run for its money. So, armed with an extraordinarily low wine I.Q. but some eager taste buds, I headed to Paso (as the locals call it) for a wine country staycation.

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Obsessive Beauty

On the Road

On the Road

Obsessive Beauty visits New York
Calling all fashionistas—do you have some advice for us? Obsessive Beauty is going on vacation in late May to the place where fashion and beauty thrive—New York City. We’ll be spending a day together in Manhattan, and we’ll be blogging from afar, offering up the new things that we find to be obsessed about. And that’s where you, Obsessive Beauty readers, come in. Please comment below or e-mail us with tips on where you think we should shop and eat while in famous neighborhoods like SoHo, Greenwich Village, and the Meatpacking District.

So far, we’re eyeing a few incredible boutiques and house wares shops to check out, like Flying A, Bio-NYC, Kaight, Curve, Pinky Otto, Eryn Brinie, Muji, Kate’s Paperie, and of course, Anthropologie.Check in with us and tell us what you’re obsessed with in New York.
Leave a comment below, or e-mail us at [email protected] or [email protected].

CultureBeat

Homebrewed Tunes on Tap

Homebrewed Tunes on TapHow to book a show at The Parish Publick House
I’ve heard that what makes a good pub is its purpose and spirit. If this is true, local Westside watering hole The Parish Publick House is in good shape. In addition to providing an insane selection of beer and fried food, the spirit of The Parish Publick House is all about supporting a community of very cool people. You’ll find newbie artists exhibited on its walls and local music scenesters bellied up to the bar. Two years young in June, The Parish Publick House started hosting live music because, in the words of owner Erik Granath, “pubs should have music.”
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CultureBeat

Avenging Angel?

Avenging Angel?

All right. I'm sure to catch hell for this, but I have to be honest: I can't stand Joss Whedon. I never got into Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, or ANY of that s...tuff (O.K. his run on the X-Men comic isn't bad). I don't know if I'm still bitter over his horrendous screenplay for Alien: Resurrection (I am) or what, but I am deeply bummed about the recent announcement that he is set to helm Marvel's Avengers movie.

 

 

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Obsessive Beauty

Lex Designs

Lex Designs

Up-and-coming designer showcases work at trunk show
For those who read GT’s recent story, “It Girl,” in the April 15 issue, you met Alexis Meschi, an up-and-coming local fashion designer whose work has been generating enormous buzz around Santa Cruz and beyond. Her stuff has been selling off the shelves at local downtown retailer Stripe. For those interested in checking out her work, and perhaps taking something home at a discounted price, you’re in luck—Stripe is hosting a trunk show for Meschi’s beloved line—Lex Designs. On Thursday, April 22, from 5-8 p.m., there will be an enormous array of Lex Designs T-shirts, tank tops, dresses, skirts, clutches, and more for sale.

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The Ticker

San Francisco Goes Meatless on Mondays

Just days before the article “Eating For the Environment” came out in Good Times, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a nonbinding resolution making the city meatless on Mondays. The latest of people and places to join the growing Meatless Monday movement, San Francisco can’t force its residents to forgo meat, but they do hope to raise awareness on the environmental benefits of eating less of it through their decision. Will Santa Cruz be next?

CultureBeat

Skateboarding legend

Skateboarding legend

Steve Caballero and his art show at The Abbey
Since the early 80’s Steve Caballero has been portraying his love of skateboarding through his contest results and video segments. The industry has rewarded him accordingly, Caballero was the first skater in history to get a signature pro deck in 1980 through Powell Peralta who has been distributing his pro model skateboards at a feverish rate. Steve was also the first skater in history to get a signature pro skate shoe with Van Shoes producing the Half Cab since 1989. He was also named "Skater of the Century" by Thrasher Magazine! Caballero broke into music in 1982-1985 with The Faction and then a series of other bands in order Odd Man Out, Shovelhead and Soda. Known for his skating, music, product endorsements and Christian influence on the people he comes in contact with, sometimes the incredible artistic ability that Caballero possesses is overlooked.

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Obsessive Beauty

Beauty 360

Beauty 360

New makeup/skincare store opens in Santa Cruz
Until recently, you had to brave sketchy Highway 17 in order to get your large-scale beauty fix. No longer. All of that changed when CVS—yes, the drugstore on Mission Street—launched a classy, glamorous sidekick—Beauty 360.

On a whim, I swung by CVS one day, and was more than shocked to discover its offshoot—Beauty 360—with its sparkly makeup bottles and skin care creams that beckon beauty aficionados with tempting fragrances, skin care solutions, and lip glosses galore. The store is spacious, well designed and spotless. It offers myriad products from recognizable lines, and the staff is quite generous with letting you sample products. Beauty 360 has become an exclusive beauty destination in Santa Cruz. Good-bye Sephora. It was nice knowing you.

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The Ticker

Walk the Bay

Walk the Bay

New eco-tourism effort has visitors walking from Santa Cruz to Monterey
“The more you travel, the more you come home and you realize that we live in this amazing place,” says Santa Cruz resident Margaret Leonard. Leonard has hiked all around the world—places like the Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal, the Inca trail in Peru, and The Pyrenees in Spain, just to name a few. However, she says, “I sometimes came home, and realized, I knew more about some obscure trail in Switzerland than I knew about my own backyard.”

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The Ticker

Growing History

Growing History

UCSC library to launch an online oral history of organic farming

Dale Coke grew up on an apricot orchard in California’s Santa Clara Valley. In 1976 he bought 10 acres of farmland near Watsonville in Santa Cruz County but continued to work repairing fuel injection systems rather than farming at his new home. In 1981, a struggle with cancer inspired him to rethink his life and become an organic farmer. His neighbor, who had grown strawberries using pesticides and chemical fertilizers, asserted that strawberries could not be grown organically. Coke set out to prove him wrong.

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Green Swell

Local surfboard company greens up the industry with an eco-conscious business model

 

Two Fish Bound by a Golden Cord

Until March 20, (Spring Equinox), Earth and her kingdoms (mineral, plant, animal, human) experience the influence of Pisces, sign of the World Savior. Whereas the task of Aquarius is as world server, the Pisces task is saving the world—tasks given to the two fishes. Pisces never really enters matter, and as the last sign of the zodiac includes all the signs. During Pisces, having gathered all the gifts of the previous 11 signs, it is a good time to prepare for new initiating plans when Aries (sign of beginnings) begins. No wonder Pisces, like Scorpio, is so difficult (both are ruled by Pluto, planet of death, new life, regeneration, transformations). Both signs (with Scorpio drowning in dark and deep waters) find life on Earth a hardship, disorienting (from the spiritual perspective), at times feeling betrayed. Life is a paradox, especially for Pisces. Each zodiacal sign represents and distributes a different phase and facet (12) of the Soul’s diamond light, Pisces is the “Light of Life itself, ending forever the darkness of matter.” It takes two fish to complete this work (creating eventually an extraordinary human being). One fish turned toward the material world (in order to understand matter), the other fish toward the heavenly world. Around the two fish is a silvery cord binding them together. The two fish are forever bound until all of humanity is redeemed (lifted up into the Light). This is the dedication of all world saviors (Buddha, Christ, the NGWS). Thus the sacrifice and suffering experienced by Pisces. Knowing these things about Pisces, let us help them all we can. Sometimes all of humanity is Pisces.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Seal Change

Celtic selkie lore comes alive in dazzling ‘Song of the Sea’
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