In celebration of the new film Cesar Chavez, a biopic of the famed civil rights leader and farm labor organizer by actor-turned-director Diego Luna, The Del Mar Theatre is hosting a special event on opening night, Friday, March 28.
The Santa Cruz journalism scene would not have been as contentious, creative, or subversive in the 1970s and ‘80s without Buz Bezore. And it wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun. When Buz sauntered off to the newsroom in the Great Beyond last week, Santa Cruz lost a little piece of itself.
I met Buz years before either of us landed a job in the newspaper biz, when we were both students at UCSC. We had a two-quarter, multi-media class together at College V (now Porter) called The ‘20s and ‘30s in America; we read Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Dos Passos and Gertrude Stein, and we watched a lot of movies in class—Busby Berkeley musicals, crime melodramas, screwball comedies.
Citing a record dry 2013 and a current snowpack that is 20 percent of normal, Gov. Brown has declared an official State of Emergency regarding California’s drought. The declaration allows state officials to assist farmers and communities that are economically impacted by dry conditions and ensures that the state can respond if Californians face drinking water shortages. Additionally, state water officials will have the flexibility to manage water supply throughout California and state agencies have been directed to initiate immediate conservation measures.
Brent Adams, a local homeless advocate and champion of the Santa Cruz Sanctuary Camp housing concept, recently returned home from a multi-state tour researching and documenting more than a half dozen citizen-organized, community-sanctioned homeless communities. Along with filmmaker Jeremy Leonard, Adams traveled throughout Oregon and Washington to interview the creators, inhabitants and neighbors of camps known as “Opportunity Village,” in Eugene, Ore., “Camp Quixote,” in Olympia, Wash., and “Tent City #3,” in Seattle. The pair recently completed and released a new 30-minute documentary entitled “Exploring the Sanctuary Camp Concept.”
Shakespeare Santa Cruz meets fundraising goal to fund summer performances
In what Shakespeare Play On is calling a “Herculean” fundraising effort, the nonprofit has raised enough money to fund a two-play Shakespeare Santa Cruz season this summer.
This comes after professional repertory company Shakespeare Santa Cruz closed at the end of the 2013 season with nearly 80 plays under its belt. Shakespeare Play On formed in the wake of the closure to lead the charge for its revival, and is comprised of a Board of Directors, artistic leadership and an advisory board that includes such luminaries as Sir Patrick Stewart and Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis.
The recent fundraising push for $885,000 resulted in $1.1 million raised.
A firsthand account of reporting at Mavericks
They had the road blocked at Capistrano, so we had to park on the east side of Highway 1 and make our way the mile or so to the beach entrance. My nephew, Ethan, had the day off and was along for the ride, eager to see the infamous breakers. Knowing that we only had a few hours of the morning, I decided we needed to make haste.
Like a trooper, the 12 year old kept up with my 6’2” frame as I barged past the Mavericks Festival tents and the Half Moon Bay Brewery until we got just beyond the Green Pier, where I made a beeline for the beach. Sheriffs had the entrance blocked and steadfastly refused us access. I showed them my press pass and they laughed.
Lee Daniels The Butler didn't do it—score an Oscar nomination that is. Nor did the film's actors, which makes it one of the more curious snubs of the 2014 Oscar season. Nominations were announced early Thursday.
American Hustle and Gravity boasted the most attention—10 noms in all for each—and Nebraska surpassed expectations, grabbing nods for Best Picture, Actor (Bruce Dern), Best Supporting Actress (the delightful June Squibb), Best Director (Alexander Payne) and Best Screenplay (Bob Nelson).
Good news for Dallas Buyers Club, the riveting period piece about an HIV-positive man in the 1980s who became an unlikely advocate for others during the AIDS crisis: The film collected six nominations, alongside Captain Phillips and Nebraska.
The Santa Cruz Warriors split a pair of back-to-back home games this past weekend, defeating the Reno Bighorns 95-85 before falling to the Canton Charge, 104-85.
Dewayne Dedmon had another monster game, scoring a season high 27 points on 12-15 shooting while hauling in 19 rebounds. He was on fire with his jumper and was crashing the boards on offense, creating second-chance point opportunities for himself and his teammates. Daniel Nwaelele contributed 17 points, six rebounds and four assists as the Warriors had four players in double figures. They took the lead on a Dedmon hook shot at the 5:27 mark in the first quarter and did not trail for the rest of the game.
Last Tuesday, the Sea Dubs eked out an overtime win against the Los Angeles D-Fenders by a score of 115-114. Santa Cruz held a 22-point lead in the fourth quarter before L.A. climbed all the way back to tie the game. Seth Curry scored a game high 27 points and Dewayne Dedmon logged a huge double-double with 15 points and a Santa Cruz record 21 rebounds.
The Warriors wore custom red jerseys with a Salvation Army emblem for "Salvation Army Night." The game-worn jerseys were auctioned off and signed by the players after the game, with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army.
The Sea Dubs are back in town and face the Los Angeles D-Fenders tonight at 7:30 at Kaiser Permanente Arena. They went 3-2 during their road trip and look forward to playing seven of their next nine games at home.
The Warriors dropped their first away game at Reno before winning the next two in Bakersfield. They finished up the five-game road trip by splitting games in Los Angeles.