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Santa Cruz Welcomes Back Pixar Icon

Santa Cruz Welcomes Back Pixar IconIn the top story of the unfinished E.C. Rittenhouse building on Pacific Avenue, UC Santa Cruz students and staff gathered along with community members to welcome Technical Director Mark Henne of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios back to Santa Cruz.
Henne received his Master of Science from UCSC in 1990 and began working for Pixar in 1994. The UCSC Baskin School of Engineering invited Henne to speak about his involvement with the film “Toy Story” and coordinated the event with Nextspace.  
The lecture was part of UCSC’s Pixar week, which will also feature documentary “The Pixar Story” Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009 at 7 p.m. at the Del Mar. The week will conclude with a speech by Ed Catmul of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios at the UCSC Music Recital Hall Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 at 3 p.m..
“People ask what my favorite Pixar films are, and ‘Toy Story’ is definitely at the top of the list,” said Henne, who has also worked on “WALL.E,” “Monster’s INC,” “A Bug’s Life” and “The Incredibles.”  “There is nothing like the making of the first ever Pixar film.”
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Amgen Take Two

Amgen Take TwoThe Amgen Tour will lay its finishing line in Santa Cruz once again
At a press conference held at Bicycle Trip on Soquel Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 22, Mayor Cynthia Mathews officially announced that Stage 3 of the Amgen Bike Race, the race's only coastal route, will be finishing in Santa Cruz.
"We are delighted to be bringing this international race back to Santa Cruz... it elevates the sport of cycling and our cycling industry here to the national stage where we belong." says Mathews.
Matt Twissleman, chairman of the Santa Cruz Local Organizing Committee, says he was pleased with the decision to move the race from February to May of next year.  "We see this as a huge positive," says Twissleman. "The weather's gonna be great in May."  He went on to say great weather is not only better for cyclists and spectators but also opens up the state geographically.  "Now they can bring it to the Sierras... it's going to be longer and harder," he says.
The race will have eight stages and last from May 16 to May 23, coming to Santa Cruz on the 18th.
Karen Kefauver, social media chair for the event in Santa Cruz, will be posting information about the race on Twitter under the name TOCSantaCruz, and urges people to join the Facebook page "2010 Amgen Tour of California - Santa Cruz Stage 3."  More information can also be found at amgentourofcalifornia.com.
The Ticker

Close Call for Shakespeare

UC Santa Cruz Arts Chancellor David Yager and Artistic Director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz Marco Barricelli were pleased to announce that SSC will survive another season. After concerns that the program would be unable to balance its 2009 budget, the theater group is preparing for its 29th season.  Yager and Barricelli held a conference call at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct.13, 2009 to announce the good news. Visit goodtimessantacruz.com for more about this and other UCSC updates in GT’s newest blog, News from the Hill, which will dole out university-related news and features each week.

CultureBeat

SKATE LIKE A GIRL #6: Girl, you’ll be a woman soon…

SKATE LIKE A GIRL #6: Girl, you’ll be a woman soon…

Look around the rink at any roller derby practice and you’re bound to see women of various ages, usually mid-twenties through mid-forties, and it will be safe to assume that the majority have experienced a coming-of-age event in her life, whether as part of a cultural, religious or familial celebration, or a more casual social event. Ask enough questions at the right time during an after party and you’ll hear details of bat mitzvahs, quinceañeras, confirmations or sweet-sixteens. Dig deeper, or buy a round of shots, and you might hear about other rights of passage that might not include members of the immediate family, guest lists, or places of worship, but may have necessitated covert activity, recovery time and/or bail.

What these momentous events usually have in common is that they generally take place before the age of reason (I’d like to think that’s approximately twenty-six), and that they change the participant into wiser women, when all is said and done and the dust eventually clears.  Look around the rink again. Out of the forty or so women skating, there are twenty or so who are facing yet another coming-of-age event in her life, at a later age than any of them ever expected: her first roller derby bout. In front of people. Real live people. Strangers, friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. And she’ll be wearing less clothing than she might wear to bed.

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Tackling the Green Economy

Tackling the Green EconomyAn opportunity for green businesses to share ideas

Local green entrepreneurs are uniting for the first Santa Cruz Green Business Camp on Oct. 22. The conference brings local small and medium-sized businesses together to share ideas and perspectives on achieving a green economy. Conference organizer and consultant for Sustainability Works, a company that helps monitor and manage sustainability performance and offers sustainability workshops, Matthew Marichiba stresses the importance of green businesses gathering and discussing their ideas. “The underlying intention is to crank up the local green economy, and the unconfrence format is a perfect way to spark the conversations that need to happen,” he says.
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Delayed Landscaping for Highway 1/17 Merge Project Finally Approved

On Wednesday, Oct. 14, the California Transportation Commission approved $1.5 million to be used for landscaping at the Highway 1 and Highway 17 interchange area after almost a year of delay due to funding shortfalls.

The landscaping is intended to offset the uprooting of mature trees and other vegetation, an unavoidable step in the Highway 1/17 Merge Project, and restore the dense roadside vegetation that residents and tourists alike have some to expect of the Santa Cruz area. Plants removed during the project will be replaced at nearly a three-to-one ratio.  Over 3,700  plants are proposed to be planted along the roadside, among them 1,700 vines to cover soundwalls, a mix of native trees and shrubs, and over seven acres of native grasses and wildflowers. It is estimated that as the plants grow and assimilate they will come to require no irrigation in roughly six years.  Landscaping crews will begin work as soon as possible.
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Shakespeare Santa Cruz Safe for 2010

Shakespeare Santa Cruz Safe for 2010Shakespeare Santa Cruz Balances Budget and Moves Forward

On a rainy, windy day at UC Santa Cruz, Arts Chancellor David Yager and Artistic Director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz Marco Barricelli were pleased to announce one of UCSC's unique theater programs would survive another season.

After concerns that the program would be unable to balance its 2009 budget, Shakespeare Santa Cruz is ready to prepare to enter its 29th season in 2010.  Yager and Barricelli held a conference call at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct.13, 2009 to announce the good news.
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Revisiting the Epicenter

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks will offer locals a hands-on chance to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake by leading a hike deep into the heart of the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, to the epicenter of the Loma Prieta earthquake, on Oct. 18. The guided hike will take participants off the beaten-track to locations where evidence of the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes can be seen. The event is a fundraiser for Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. Visit ThatsMyPark.org for more information. (Or see page 28.)

CultureBeat

Out of the Pages of Comics

Out of the Pages of Comics

With so many super-hero movies dominating the silver screen this past decade it can be easy to forget that comic books have a lot more to offer than just a bunch of shredded up, scantily clad men and women running around beating on each other. I'd even argue that the idea of comic books as a genre unto itself is more than misleading as a comic book can be ANY genre it chooses. Westerns, Horror, Romance, you name it. This also applies to cinematic adaptations with Whiteout and The Surrogates currently in theaters being two perfect examples.

With that in mind I thought it might be fun to compile a top five list (because come on, who doesn't love lists?) of movies that you may or may not know originally found their way into the world through the pages of a comic book.


 

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The Ticker

Local Advocate Awarded

Kathleen Johnson, executive director of Santa Cruz's Advocacy, Inc., has been awarded the Howard Hinds Memorial Award by the National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) for her advocacy for nursing home residents.
Johnson served as coordinator for the Long Term Care Ombudsman, one of Advocacy, Inc.'s programs, for over 11 years before becoming the non-profit agency's executive director. NCCNHR president Norma Harris said Johnson was honored for "Remarkable dedication to preserving the dignity and rights of residents needing long term care and leadership which has made Advocacy, Inc. one of California's most exceptional Ombudsman programs."
Gov. Swarzenegger recently cut all funds for local Ombudsmen from the state budget.
Johnson will be receiving the award at NCCNHR's national convention on Oct. 25, in Washington, D.C..
 
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Gate Openers

Up-and-coming artists like Ryan Bingham are a great reason to show up early to the Santa Cruz American Music Festival

 

Gemini Sun, Pentecost, Shavuot—Enlightenment and Gladness

As the sun enters Gemini on Sunday, sign of speaking, communication, thinking, inter-relations, writing and understanding languages, the feast days of Pentecost & Shavuot (Catholic and Jewish festivals) occur. During Pentecost’s 50 days after Easter, tongues of fire appear above the heads of the disciples, providing them with the ability to understand all languages and all feelings hidden in the minds and hearts of humanity. It’s recorded that Pentecost began with a loud noise, which happened in an upper room (signifying the mind). The Christ (World Teacher) told his disciples (after his ascension) when encountering a man at a well carrying a water pot (signs for Age of Aquarius) to follow him to an upper room. There, the Holy Spirit (Ray 3 of Divine Intelligence) would overshadow them, expand their minds, give them courage and enable them to teach throughout the world, speaking all languages and thus able to minister to the true needs of a “seeking” humanity. Pentecost (50 days, pentagram, Ray 5, Venus, concrete and scientific knowledge, the Ray of Aquarius) sounds dramatic, impressive and scary: The loud noise, a thunderous rush of wind and then “tongues of fire” above the heads of each disciple (men and women). Fire has purpose. It purifies, disintegrates, purges, transforms and liberates (frees) us from the past. This was the Holy Spirit (Ray 3, love and wisdom) being received by the disciples, so they would teach in the world and inform humanity of the Messiah (Christ), who initiated the new age (Pisces) and gave humanity the new law (adding to the 10 Commandments of the Aries Age) to Love (Ray 2) one another. Note: Gemini is also Ray 2. Shavuot is the Jewish Festival of Gladness, the First Fruits Festival celebrating the giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses as the Aries Age was initiated. Thus, we have two developmental stages here, Jewish festival of the Old Testament. Pentecost of the New Testament. We have gladness, integrating both.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Off Her Meds

Kristin Wiig runs wild—and transcends her sketch comedy roots—as a truly strange character ‘Welcome to Me’
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